'Transiting Aspects' Instructions
A brief set of Instructions for using our 'Transiting Aspects' application
The rest of this page takes you through the various set-up options for using 'Transiting Aspects'.
It is common for J2ME™ enabled mobile phones to have a set of navigation keys, with a central 'select' of 'fire' key (it is important to note that some phones will use the 'Select' key for a central menu item, and so you will need to use the '5' key on those phones). Phones that do not have this will use the keys '8' and '2' for 'up' and 'down' navigation, '4' and '6' for 'left' and 'right', and '5' for 'select'. These Instructions will give the navigation directions and use the term 'select'.
For touch-screen phones, you can also use 'dragging' to replicate the actions of the 'up', 'down', 'left' and 'right' keys. 'Tapping' will replicate the action of pressing the 'select' key. You are able to directly 'tap' on a setting to highlight it and a second 'tap' will act to change the state for items such as check boxes, or to enable the editing of the various 'parts' of a setting. Because you are able to directly select another setting by touch, subsequent 'taps' on a partially highlighted setting
The first time you use 'Transiting Aspects' on a phone, you will (after initialisation) be shown a brief description of the application. Like any other page, when there is not enough space to fit it all onto the screen at once, a scroll bar is shown, and you can scroll the page using 'up' and 'down'. This page can be dismissed using your phone's standard application menu system, and selecting 'OK' from it. You will then be shown the settings page. The next time you use the program, you will be shown the results for a calculation using the last saved birth time and the current time that the phone is set to.
How to set the desired settings on the settings page
The settings used in 'Transiting Aspects' are used to set the two times and dates used to calculate the positions of the Astrological bodies.
Each of the individual settings will have up to 3 states;
When an item is in the highlighted state, you can use the 'up' and 'down' keys to move to the next or previous item.
Setting the Dates
There are two date settings in 'Transiting Aspects'. One for the birth date and one for the date to show information on. Initially you cannot change the later setting because the option to use the phone's clock is set. There is a checkbox further down the page that can change this option and allow you to set a custom date.
To begin editing a date, first make sure it is in the highlighted state, where the whole item appears with a green background, eg: 29-JUN-2008.
Now press 'select' to begin the editing. You will notice that the highlighted area changes so that just the first part of the date, the first digit of the day of the month is now highlighted, eg: 29-JUN-2008.
The value can be changed by using the 'up' or 'down' keys.
The day of month can only be set to a valid number, so because there are 30 days in June, if you change the '2' in the example above to a '3' (by pressing the 'up' key), the '9' will be turned into a '0' so that the day becomes '30'. If you were to then change the '3' into a '0' (pressing 'up' again will do this), because you cannot have a day '00', the '00' will become '01'.
You may find sometimes that in order to set the desired day, you will have to set the month or year first.
To change which part of the date you wish to edit, you can use the 'left' and 'right' keys. This changes which part of the date becomes highlighted:
Pressing 'left' when the first character is highlighted will move to the last digit of the year and 'right' from there will highlight the first digit of the day of the month. This wrapping effect is the same for all editable items.
When you have set the desired date, pressing the 'select' key returns to the state where the whole date is highlighted, allowing you to select another item. There is no need to do this if this is the only setting that you wish to change because selecting 'OK' from the menu will begin the calculation using whatever is displayed on this page. You may also use the 'Cancel' menu item to abort any settings changes and return to the last report that was generated.
Because off calculation accuracy, there is a restriction placed on the year so that you cannot set it higher than 4000.
Setting the Times
As with the date there are two time settings. The query time is, like the query date, also initially disabled and set to the phone clock. This can only be edited if the checkbox to use the phone time is unchecked.
Setting the time fields is similar to setting a date, with 'select' used to start and end the editing of them, 'left' and 'right' to highlight the different digits of the time, and 'up' and 'down' to change each digit.
Times are in the 24 hour clock format, so times can be set from 0:00 (midnight) to 23:59. Conversion of a time from the 12 hour clock is simply a case of adding 12 to the hour for times that are after mid day, eg: 7pm becomes 19; 7 + 12 = 19.
Setting the Time Zones
Each of the two times is accompanied by a time zone setting. This is to make sure that the calculations are done using GMT/UT for both times. Some people may find it easier to set the times by working out the time at GMT and ignore the Time Zone (leaving it at zero), others may prefer to work in local times, setting the Time Zone as appropriate. You are advised to pay attention to daylight saving. When in effect, daylight saving normally adds one hour to the normal Time Zone, so you will need to adjust the Time Zone accordingly.
Both Time Zone fields are editable regardless of the state of the option to use the phone clock. This is because some phones allow their clock to be set using a time zone while others do not. If the phone clock has a Time Zone setting, the time displayed on this page for the query time when using the phone's clock will probably be the time at GMT/UT and the Time Zone can be left at zero. Phones that do not have Time Zone information for their clocks (mostly older and the more basic of phones) will likely show your local time and the time zone will have to be set in order that the time at GMT/UT can be worked out by the application.
Time zones are set using the same methods outlined above: 'select' to begin and end, 'left' and 'right' to select a digit, 'up' and 'down' to change it.
'Transiting Aspects' allows any hour between -15 and +15 to be set and will allow minutes of a quarter hour, half hour and three quarters of an hour. To set the minutes, the highlight can be moved beyond the second hour digit onto the fraction, or where none has been set, onto a blank space, eg: +10
The 'use phone time' checkbox
This item tells the application whether to use the time that the phone is set to, or to use a manually set time. Its state can be changed by pressing the 'select' key when this item is highlighted. You can also use 'left' and 'right' to change this item.
When checked (with an 'X' in the box), you cannot edit the query date or time and they become set to whatever the phone's clock is. It is important to note that on some phones, the time according to Greenwich Mean Time will be displayed here and on others, it will show the local time. This is because not all phones allow for their clock to be set with a Time Zone. When this is the case the time zone will have to be set so that the time at GMT can be used in the calculation.
Navigating the Results Pages
The final section here describes what actions can be done on our results display.
There is one page for each of the aspects found during a calculation. This is indicated using an editable control that displays which page you are currently viewing as well as the total number of pages there are.
You can change pages to the next or previous page buy using the 'right' and 'left' navigation keys, or by setting the page number directly. To set the page, you have to press the 'select' key, and can then use the 'up' and 'down' controls to alter the digits, and 'left' and 'right' to move between digits. You must press the 'select' key again when you have chosen a page if you need to scroll it 'up' or 'down' (otherwise 'up' and 'down' will change the page instead of scrolling the display).