Although the addition of images to your blog posts significantly increases a reader’s sense of engagement, it requires more work on behalf of the blogger. This is especially the case when it comes to chart wheels. Let’s say you want to show a chart for the Aries Ingress on March 20. Typically, you would have to do the following:
- Either open your astrology software or visit a site like astro.com
- Enter date, time and location
- Save the chart as a jpg, gif or png (basically, a file that you can display in a web broswer)
- Upload the image file to a web server
- Link to it from within your blog post
This process is time-intensive, but fortunately there’s a shortcut. Kirk Kahn of Planet Watcher has programmed his site so that all you have to do is plop some code into your blog post and just change a few variables:
<img src=”http://planetwatcher.com/chartwheel.php?size=400&asc=0&date=Mar 20 2010 1:32 pm EST”>
As you can observe above, I displayed the chart for the Aries Ingress by entering the date of the ingress after “date=”. I specified a width and height of 400 pixels for the chart image by putting “400” after “size=”.
If I want to “turn” the chart, I change the value after “asc=”. So, if I want Libra rising, “asc=180″.
<img src=”http://planetwatcher.com/chartwheel.php?size=400&asc=180&date=Mar 20 2010 1:32 pm EST”>
If you just want a noon chart at Universal Time, use UTC instead of EST:
<img src=”http://planetwatcher.com/chartwheel.php?size=400&asc=0&date=Mar 20 2010 12:00 pm UTC”>
There is a full list of date formats that you can use if you want to play around. And it appears that you are limited to using the equal houses system. However, if all you want to do is display the chart for an ingress or exact aspect and don’t care about location, then just plopping this code into your blog post will save you a few minutes.