Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Because so many of us use Solar Fire, this space will collate the various tips & custom templates. (Some free downloads are scattered around the forum in other locations where they make more sense.)
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Re: Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Post by TheScales_BothWays » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:39 am

Danica wrote:
Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:12 am
Scales, where are those zodiac emojis? Me wants!
If you're using your mobile phone (Samsung or Apple, especially) then those emojis should be in your keyboard, in the emoji option. Emojis are usually grouped into categories (smileys, food, animals) and the zodiac signs should be in the final category, the "miscellaneous" emojis or the "symbols/glyphs" emojis.

If you're using a Windows 10 PC, you can use emojis in the on-screen keyboard that you can click to pop out when it's in Tablet mode. Go to the final category of emojis as well.

Or, you can visit getemoji.com and scroll to the symbols section and just copy and paste your desired zodiac sign emoji. Voila ✨😄

Hope I helped! 😊

Note: The zodiac sign emojis are usually purple in Samsung and iOS devices, and Windows 10 devices (maybe Windows 8 too). In devices that don't support zodiac sign emojis, they usually appear as typical black zodiac sign glyphs. They'll get colourful again once you post them in the forum, :) because that's how the forum software renders the zodiac emojis.
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Re: Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Post by Jim Eshelman » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:49 am

Yeah, no sign of them on mine, so I'm guessing they're keyboard dependent or maybe browser dependent. (I've overwritten the standard Android keyboard with a different one and replaced Chrome with Edge. I wasn't going to touch Android until I could pretty much gear it completely to Microsoft services and tools.)
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Re: Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Post by Jim Eshelman » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:13 am

The interpretation template linked above had expired:
https://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=9& ... 753#p13753

I've updated the download link so everyone should be able to get to it.
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Re: Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Post by Arena » Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:21 am

Hey guys!
I've finally got SF up and running again. OMG, what a joy :)

Now I really would like to write my own interpretation files. I am hoping I can perhaps use some of your material Jim, with your permission, and then build on that with material from different directions and put it all together in one file. But I am not sure how I can make my own file. Am currently reading some instructions within SF help.

I do not want to download your file to override the original interpretation files in SF since I might want to use material from both of them. Can you please guide me into the right direction on how to be able to open and use both?

Right now, I am reading the SF instructions on how to edit, but this means just editing their own file and not how I could possibly combine the two.

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Re: Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Post by Jim Eshelman » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:31 am

Arena, I don't recommend using their editor tool directly. It's cumbersome and I found it often screwing up the intended results. I suggest the following:

Export the interpretation file as a text file. Edit it with Notepad or another simple, non-formatting text editor. Then reimport it to Solar Fire.

More specifically:

Your interpretation files are stored in the SF folder under Solar Fire User Files | Interpretations.

To export a file: Click Interps | Interpretation Files | Natal. Pick a file you want to export. Click Edit. In the Interpretations Editor box that appear, pick File | Decompile, give it a name. It will save it as a .def file, which is just a text file you can open in Notepad.

To edit an exported file: Just preserve the format that you find. It's easiest to start with an existing file and change the text assigned. If my sample file doesn't have all the options you want, export one of the built-in major files, such as Standard, to see the format.

To import a file (whether mine, one you have constructed, or whatever): Reverse the above procedure. Make sure the .def file is in the Interpretations folder. To back to Interps | Interpretation Files | Natal and click Edit. In the new box, click File | Compile, specify the name/location of the definition file and the desired output file, then click the Compile button.

When you run the interpretations, you have to pick the definition file each time. I find it doesn't retain your last choice.
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Re: Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Post by Arena » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:49 am

Thanks Jim. I will try this.

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Re: Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Post by Lance » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:13 pm

Jim Eshelman wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:13 am
The interpretation template linked above had expired:
https://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=9& ... 753#p13753

I've updated the download link so everyone should be able to get to it.
Jim, if you don't mind, would you please update the Word Doc link so that it is active again?

Thank you.

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Re: Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Post by Jim Eshelman » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:01 pm

Lance wrote:
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:13 pm
Jim Eshelman wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:13 am
The interpretation template linked above had expired:
https://solunars.com/viewtopic.php?f=9& ... 753#p13753

I've updated the download link so everyone should be able to get to it.
Jim, if you don't mind, would you please update the Word Doc link so that it is active again?
Strange, it's supposed to not change when the filename doesn't change. In any case, I've now updated it in the first post on this thread, and here it is again: https://1drv.ms/w/s!Ansnmu2xbktamtJAxhH ... g?e=Pll2md
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Re: Sidereal Natal Interpretations in Solar Fire

Post by Jupiter Sets at Dawn » Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:31 pm

Arena wrote:
Wed Jan 23, 2019 3:21 am
I do not want to download your file to override the original interpretation files in SF since I might want to use material from both of them. Can you please guide me into the right direction on how to be able to open and use both?
I'm sure you already found this in the SF instructions, but in case you didn't..
The instructions here include how to to save a copy of your original interpretations file under another name so you have one saved and one you can edit without worrying about overwriting the original.

https://alabe.com/solarfirehelp/index.h ... _files.htm
>> To save a copy of the current interpretations file under a new name
1. Select the Save As option from the File menu.
2. This will display a standard “File Save” dialog, in which you can select a new name for the interpretations file, and optionally a different folder. It is recommended that you keep your new interpretation files in Solar Fire’s \INTERPS folder, because that is the only folder that Solar Fire can access interpretations from (there is an exception to this - see Files and Paths). Also, the new file name must be an acceptable file name and end with a “.int” extension.
3. Click on the OK button. You will then be returned to the interpretations editor and the newly saved copy will be open instead of the original file.

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