RIYAL: Part 5 — Working with the Hit List

The processes associated with RIYAL for creating natal, solar return and “daily” charts are quite direct and simple.  Using the “annual view list” can greatly simplify and speed up the user’s view of any charts that might be useful for his/her purposes.

This section has been updated on March 6, 2013.

First, some history and observations.  Cyril Fagan’s introduction of “Sidereal Astrology” in the mid 1950’s was exciting for the astrological community as the predictive accuracy for dating and event definition was quite precise for that time and for the skills and calculation tools of the astrologer.  However, the process of reviewing a year’s charts following a Sidereal Solar Return was daunting in terms of the manual calculation that was needed.  With the introduction of RIYAL and its inclusion of Sidereal practices, the problem of how to “review” the possibilities for the coming year was solved by Juan Revilla’s method of listing, for each date of the Solar Return year, the progressed Moon, MC, Ascendant and RAMC values.  Also, for that date, RIYAL included indications of which natal, solar or transiting planets would contact or be contacted by the progressing MC angle for that date.  This became known as the “hit list.”

In June of 2012, RIYAL’s hit list was changed in that the RAMC value column was changed to a GMT value.  GMT was much more useful, permitting the astrologer to note the GMT time, go to the Menu choice of a Comparison function, plug in a date and GMT, and pop up a PSSR or, as I call them, a PDA chart.  Quite quick and easy compared to other systems that are available. In February/March of 2013, this entire process has been improved by Juan Revilla, creator or RIYAL.  The Hit List has become known as the View List, and clicking on any date in that list will take the astrologer directly to a daily chart.

Further, these charts can be of any of three choices; 1) a single wheel transit chart, 2) a bi-wheel chart with the transits in the outer wheel and with the transiting angles orienting the displayed chart (the natal angles are positioned within the inner wheel where ever they fall), and 3) a bi-wheel chart with the transits in the outer wheel and the natal angles orienting the displayed chart — meaning that the transiting charts angles will be shown where ever they fall relative to the natal chart’s orientation.

As before, the question for the astrologer when reviewing this list is “what dates might be most significant of an event for the subject?”  While the astrologer could somewhat easily review every one of the 365 charts, or shorten the process by reviewing every third or fifth charts, for example, there is an easier way to best utilize the view list.  This process is covered in my book, Personal Prediction, but will be briefly covered here.

First, in zodiac order starting with the MC position (one can start anywhere but this seems to work best) list the angles and planet positions by sign and degree.  (minutes and degrees are not important when working with cyclic charts). Especially note those natal planets and patterns which are likely to act as “triggers” for events — these being angular planets or conjoining pairs or planets be part of a tight aspect pattern within the natal chart.

Second, scan the view list to note which dates have (primarily) these natal or transiting planets listed as angular on that date.  These are the charts that should be first reviewed for indications of a significant event on that date.  Remember, merely right-clicking on that date can present you with a chart for your review.  How much simpler could this process be.  It certainly is far quicker and more convenient than the former methods available to astrologers.

Good luck.  I can always be contacted by leaving a comment on the main pages of this blog site or by e-mailing me at   dadsnook@charter.net   with questions.  Dave


2 Responses to RIYAL: Part 5 — Working with the Hit List

  1. dadsnook says:

    Wayne, if you send me the chart data and brief explanation of your observations I’ll try to replicate the findings you obtained. In any case, three degrees of position is hard to explain for Saturn since it moves so little within a day’s period. The few times I’ve had issues such as this were related to data entry issues. Riyal is exacting in its “entry” procedures. If we can’t resolve it, we’ll take the issue directly to Juan Revilla, the developer, for a quick resolution. Dave


  2. Wayne says:

    I’m badly in need of an epiphany on this: “the zodiac position expressed in whole degrees from the Aries point.” I just ran a SR that had this in the “hit list” for August 15, 2011.

    Sat=280.4 dT

    The transiting dT was at around 8 degrees of Capricorn, which would align with a transiting Saturn contact from 10 degrees Capricorn (Sat=280.4). But the comparison chart shows transiting Saturn at 13 degrees of Libra, and that agrees with the ephemeris. I suppose this could be taken as a square from Libra but the orbs seem to be getting rather wide on some of these. I’m not entirely sure what the zodiacal position is trying to show me. It would be nice if the “hit list” showed the aspect that is being credited as the contact.


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