If you have found yourself increasingly interested in Hellenistic techniques, join this webinar! Hank Friedman, writing for the Mountain Astrologer, has called Delphic Oracle "the gold standard of Traditional Astrology programs, far and away more powerful and better designed than any other software."
After a brief introduction on the features of Delphic Oracle, this webinar will cover the use of this program in assessing planetary condition, and what Schmidt calls the “universal hermetic techniques”. Curtis Manwaring demonstrates the power of this software and the timing capabilities of these techniques by examining the charts of famous people.
While Curtis Manwaring was first introduced to astrology in the late 60's, his serious study began in 1975 when his mother gave him a copy of "Chart Your Own Horoscope" by Ursula Lewis. Shortly thereafter he became interested in Rudhyar's approach. By 1980 college took time away from advancing further in the subject as he studied psychology and statistics. He was named a Hornbeck Scholar after being admitted into the honors program at the University of Denver.
After returning home, he lived across the street from a church and got caught up in Bible study with pastor Robert Lowe (who was born just a few days after Robert Schmidt). The experience in Greek with a Strong's exhaustive concordance would prove valuable later on during Project Hindsight.
By the late 1980's, he began to feel like something was missing from the predominant psychological approach and obtained a copy of William Lilly's "Christian Astrology" from Carol Wiggers. By 1994, this led to his involvement in Project Hindsight. During the 2nd PHASE Conclave, Curtis found his calling -- about 2 minutes before Rob Hand said "this stuff is just dying to be programmed".
After some initial inquiries to the major astrological companies, Curtis took it upon himself to start programming. His first program, Zodiacal Aphesis, debuted on New Years eve 1997. He paused in his development efforts because it appeared other dedicated software was on the horizon. But when this did not happen, he started work on a pilot project called Timaeus. This led to the construction of the Delphic Oracle, a program devoted to Hellenistic and traditional techniques.
The first version of Delphic Oracle was released in 2003 and has continued to grow ever since. The latest version, Delphic Oracle 7, is based upon the translations of historical astrological texts from the Hellenistic era through Medieval, Renaissance and up to the early Modern era.
The software includes various techniques from such ancient authors as Vettius Valens, Antiochus, Hephastio, Dorotheus, Porphyry, Rhetorius, Critodemus, Firmicus Maternus, Ptolemy, Masha-Allah, Ibn Ezra, Bonatti, Regiomontanus, Lilly, Placidus and many others. Curtis has worked with scholars in the field such as Robert Schmidt, Benjamin Dykes, PhD and others to develop software that is true to the intents of the original astrologers of antiquity. Currently he is expanding the program into other traditional areas such as medieval and Jyotish.