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EXPLANATIONS OF THIS SITE
This is a somewhat unique page and Gary has not seen such a page on any other Web site so far.  The primary purpose of this page is to explain the parameters used and how you can adjust your computer to render the pages on this site properly.  A secondary purpose is to list and explain Gary's astrological preferences that he uses in his work.  Although this latter information is for those who have studied astrology, brief explanations of Gary's preferences are included.

About Your Computer and How it Renders this Site
Screen Resolution is the height and width of the display on your monitor (in pixels).  This is often preset in your operating system when you buy or receive your computer (for most personal computers, the operating system is some version of Microsoft Windows) or your monitor or laptop screen is preset to a particular resolution.  If you have an older monitor (a cathode ray tube or CRT monitor), Gary's Web site is designed to look or render best at a screen resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels, which is the resolution that most people are presently using.  If you have a flat screen or wide screen monitor (a Liquid Crystal Technology or LCT monitor), you may need to adjust your screen resolution until the round images on this site look round.  If your screen resolution is 800 by 600 pixels (or 1024 by 768 pixels on a wide screen laptop or monitor), the images are probably flattened.  Changing the screen resolution of your display is easy in Windows and most other operating systems.  Gary uses what is known in the Web design industry as a "liquid" format so, no matter what your screen resolution, this site will fill the width of the page and the proportions used in its design will generally be retained.
    To see what your screen resolution is or to change it in Windows 98, 98SE, 98ME, 2000, or XP:
  • Click on "Start" in the lower left corner of your screen.
  • Put the pointer on "Settings" and a "pull-down" menu will appear.
  • Click on "Control Panel" in this menu.
  • Double click on the "Display" icon, which opens the "Display Properties" window.
  • Click on the "Settings" tab at the top of this window.
  • In the box labeled "Screen resolution" or "Screen area" you will see a sliding control under which is your current screen resolution.
  • If your screen resolution is already set at 1024 by 768 pixels, click "Cancel" at the bottom of this window and exit the "Control Panel" window - no change is necessary (unless you want to view larger versions of the photos on this site by temporarily changing your screen resolution to 800 by 600).
  • If your screen resolution is other than 1024 by 768 pixels, write down what it is, put the pointer on the sliding control, click and drag the control left or right until the resolution reads "1024 by 768 pixels," then release the mouse button.
  • Click the "Apply" button in the lower right corner of the window.
  • If you have Windows 98, 98SE, 98ME, or 2000, another "Display Properties" window will appear that asks you to click "OK" to apply the new settings.
  • Your monitor screen will go completely black and you will momentarily think that your computer has crashed - but don't panic!
  • If you have Windows 98, 98SE, 98ME, or 2000, when your display returns you will see a small window labeled "Monitor Settings" that asks if you want to keep the new settings.  Click "Yes" in that window before the time expires.
  • When your display returns, the "Display Properties" window and everything else will be a different size (larger or smaller)!
  • Click "OK" at the bottom of the "Display Properties" window to close it.
  • Close the "Control Panel" window.
  • You can leave your screen resolution at this setting when you finish viewing Gary's Web site or you can go through the same procedure to change it back.
Text Size on Gary's Web site is set at 15 pixels for most text (including the text you are reading now).  If the text is too small, you can enlarge it quickly and easily in most browsers (your browser is the software used to access the Internet).  The easiest way to change the text size is to hold down the Control (Ctrl) key and turn the mouse wheel toward you to enlarge the text or away from you to make it smaller.  Alternatively, you can

    Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) browsers:
    • Click on "View" in the menu bar at the top of your screen and a "pull-down" menu will appear.
    • Put the pointer on the "Text Size" option and another "pull-down" menu will appear.
    • Click on a setting larger than the current setting.  If you want to return to the intended text size, click on "Medium" in this menu.
    Mozilla Firefox browsers:
          Change the text size in Mozilla Firefox, Version 2:
    • Click on "View" in the menu bar at the top of your screen and a "pull-down" menu will appear.
    • Put the pointer on the "Text Size" option and another "pull-down" menu will appear.
    • Click on "Increase" or "Decrease."  If you want to return to the intended text size, click on "Normal" in this menu.
          Change the text size in Mozilla Firefox, Version 3:
    • Click on "View" in the menu bar at the top of your screen and a "pull-down" menu will appear.
    • Put the pointer on the "Zoom" option and another "pull-down" menu will appear.
    • Click on "Zoom In" or "Zoom Out."  If you want to return to the intended text size, click on "Reset" in this menu.
    Gary's Astrological Preferences
  • He uses the tropical zodiac (1) because it is defined by specific astronomical events - the beginnning of each season, hence the term tropical and (2) because he is a traditional western astrologer.
  • He uses the geocentric positions of the planets (1) because we live out all of our lives here on Earth so it makes sense to him to use the planetary positions as viewed from Earth and (2) because he is a traditional astrologer.
  • He is a traditional astrologer because he uses the complex system of astrology practiced by professional astrologers during and prior to the European Renaissance.
  • Because he is a traditional astrologer, he uses the traditional rulers for all signs of the zodiac (Scropio ruled by Mars, Aquarius ruled by Saturn and Pisces ruled by Jupiter).  Gary includes the three most recently discovered planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto in his interpretations but he usually doesn't associate them with specific signs.
  • He uses the Regiomontanus house system (1) because most of the great astrologers of the European Renaissance like Kepler, Brahe, Placidus, Schoener, and Copernicus used it and (2) because he agrees with the rationale used in this system to divide the sky into sectors called houses.
  • He does not use asteroids in his interpretations because (1) there are too many of them, (2) for most of them, there is very little or no mythology upon which to base an interpretation, and (3) he has found no criteria for including a reasonably small number of them in a chart interpretation.  One exception is the largest of the asteroids - Ceres, which Gary does use in his work.  To read why, see his article "Pluto: Planet or Dwarf?"

Gary reconstructed his site in early 2008
He created the new banner and navigation bar you see at the top of each page.  He changed the color scheme to fit his personal color palette (based on his hair, eyes, and skin complexion), which has many shades of purple.  He enlarged all of the images and the text and reformatted pages containing images.  He also added the following new pages to the site as part of the reconstruction:

  • A Site Map that links to all of the site's categories and serves as a table of contents.  There is now a link to this site map under the photo of Earth in the navigation bar at the top of each page.
  • An astrological Art Gallery that lists brief descriptions of each piece of artwork on the site.  There is now a link to this art gallery under the composite photo of Saturn and its moons in the navigation bar at the top of each page.  Gary will be adding many more pieces of art in the future.
  • A Chart Index page that lists links, by topic, to all of the astrological charts on the site.  There is now a link to this chart index under the chart in the navigation bar at the top of each page.
  • A page that details the distribution of the most popular services provided by Gary for the years 2005 - 2010.
  • The page you are presently viewing.
  • A page of references used in Gary's articles (accessible through links from an article containing references).

Gary is the Webmaster.  Let him know what you like and don't like.
Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
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850-656-5758


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