Tao Quotes

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.
Lao Tzu
Quotes from Secret Chalice


Adds a sidebar widget that display from the astrological sky the sun sign, the moon sign and the moon phase. The plugin also display degrees for the sun sign, degrees for the moon sign and how old the moon is. It has options to display the signs and moon pictures large and small.

    In addition of English, the plugin comes with various translations:

  • Dutch
  • French
  • Hungarian

Translations credits go to Milly Rondèl for Dutch and Tamas Koos for Hungarian.

Please refer to the WordPress Codex for more information about activating the translation.

If you want to help translating the plugin to your language, please contact me. If you already know how to translate wordpress plugins, have a look at the ephemeris.pot file which contains all the definitions. You may use a gettext editor like Poedit for that purpose.

Download the plugin here: [download#8#size#nohits]


    To install the plug-in:

  • Unpack the *.zip file and extract the /ephemeris/ folder and the files
  • Using an FTP program, upload the full /ephemeris/ folder to your WordPress plugins directory (Example: /wp-content/plugins)
  • Go to Plugins > Installed and activate the plugin.
    To add the widget:

  • Go to Appearance > Widgets, add the widget to the sidebar of your choice and save.

    To use the shortcode:

  • Simply add [ephemeris] to your posts or your pages.

Frequently Asked Questions

    I see differences with other websites. Why?

  • Calculations are done for the northern hemisphere in local time, so you may see differences with other websites as some of them display calculations in universal time (GMT). For example, Joe’s Web Tools server is in Los Angeles and display the correct calculations for pacific standard time (GMT-8).

    Is the plugin compatible with versions of WordPress ealier to 2.8?

  • No. Because of the new widget implementation, you need to use WordPress 2.8 or later. If you are using an earlier version of WordPress, you can try using Ephemeris version 1.1 but, really, you should upgrade.

    How can I support this plugin?

  • If you enjoy this plugin and would like to help with the development, please consider donating. Otherwise, spread the word, report bugs and give this plugin a good rating.

    How do I report a bug?

  • If you find any bugs with the plugin or if you have any suggestions, please leave a comment to let me know.

Version history
The current version of the plugin is 2.0
The plugin requires WordPress to be at least version 2.8
The plugin has been tested with wordpress version up to 2.8.2

    Version 2.0

  • Compatibility check with WordPress 2.8.2
  • Integration of the Hungarian translation
  • New [ephemeris] shortcode
  • New WordPress 2.8 widget structure
    Version 1.1

  • Fixed CSS border style
  • Integration of Dutch translation
  • Integration of French translation

  • Initial release
    To do

  • Check sun sign angle accuracy
  • Integrate Italian translation
  • Add an option to hide the title
  • Add an option to display additionnal planets
  • Add an option to display the ascending
  • Add an option to display the chinese astrological year
  • Add an option to display the midheaven

38 Comments to “Ephemeris”

  1. 1. ahm Says:

    How to change language? There is language folder in plugin but how to change language?

  2. 2. Joe Says:

    No translations are available in the current version but I should be releasing a new version this week that will include Dutch and French. Please refer to the WordPress Codex for more information about activating the translation. If you want to help translating the plugin, I can send you all the information. It’s very easy to do.

  3. 3. ahm Says:

    I’ll wait for this new version, it’s great plugin.

  4. 4. guido alexander waldenmeier Says:

    funny stuff
    nice to view

    kudos to the DEV 😉
    greetings from southwest germany

  5. 5. Joachim Says:

    Can I use it in german language?


  6. 6. Joe Says:

    It hasn’t been translated in German yet. If you want to help translating the plugin to your language, please contact me ([email protected]). If you already know how to translate wordpress plugins, have a look at the ephemeris.pot file which contains all the definitions. You may use a gettext editor like Poedit for that purpose.

  7. 7. Marcel Says:

    Little inaccuracy:

    Moon in Aries
    -2 degrees

    13/7/2009 18:30 MET

    Otherwise a very nice plugin!

  8. 8. Sujan S. Says:

    Hi there! I’ve just sent you the italian translation for this plugin!

    I’d like to know if there can be a way to have this plugin not for pacific standard time (GMT-8) but for Europe (GMT+1).

    Greetings from Italy!

  9. 9. Jone Says:

    I downloaded the widget twice. Today the Sun is in Leo, but not at 29 degrees, as the widget states. There are only 30 degrees to a Sun sign, which would translate that the Sun is about to enter into a new sign tomorrow, August 6th. What am I doing wrong? Thanks, love the widget, just trying to understand this discrepancy.

  10. 10. Milly Says:

    Have something funny (may be a bug):
    I want to delete the title in the widget, because the contents speak for themselves,
    but it keeps showing up in the sidebar.
    It was alright in earlier versions.

  11. 11. Joe Says:

    Thanks for pointing out the inaccuracy. I’ll look into that.

    @Sujan S.:
    Thanks a lot for the translation. I’ll do the integration for the next release.

    That may be related to the issue that Marcel was pointing out. I’ll look into that.

    It’s linked to the new WordPress 2.8 widget structure where widgets use the default title if the title is empty. I’ll add an option to hide the title in the next release.

  12. 12. Sheta Says:

    Inaccurate readings which I just noticed today. Not sure how long they’ve been wrong.

  13. 13. katia Says:

    oi sou uma iniciante em bruxaria e as fazes da lua soa muito importante para mim.

  14. 14. Joe Says:

    I have no problem with having your link for individuals to observe the widget creator, but, if you look at my site, it only shows a right aligned “Joe’s”, and looks kinda funky, did I do something?


  15. 15. Lisa McBride Says:

    Hi- thank you for your work. Please be aware that the information regarding the Sun is very outdated.
    The Sun is currently 18* Libra but the widget suggests it is still 7* Libra.

  16. 16. Claire Says:

    Hello Joe,
    Could you please tell me if your plugin works on Nucleus Blogs? Thanks in advance. Claire.

  17. 17. Joe Says:

    The plugin doesn’t work on Nucleus blogs but I’ve been working on a widget that you should be able to use on any type of blog. Stay tuned…

  18. 18. Astromama Says:

    The ephemeris is wrong, it claims the moon is in Aries but it is actually in Taurus. Can you fix this please.


  19. 19. Astromama Says:

    Ok the degrees are way off and so the signs screw up! Can this be fixed? I love your widget, it is beautiful but……

  20. 20. Nalu Says:

    I can translate this one to portuguese too… ;D

  21. 21. kimc Says:

    Hi there. Nice wordpress plugin. Just wanted to point out that the sun sign is about 10 degrees too much. Today (1/7/10) the sun is at Capricorn 16 and your ephemeris has it at 26 degrees.

    Is it adding a digit – or are other calculations off?

    Not sure, but the moon degree might be off as well.

  22. 22. L McB Says:

    I note that the Sun degree is incorrect by 10 degrees!

  23. 23. Sheta Says:

    When are you planning to release a corrected update with regard to the sun sign inaccuracy, etc? Or have you changed your mind?

  24. 24. Lauren Laserone Says:

    Is there a way to put this on a blogger blog? i.e. a javascript version like there is w/ the moon phase widget?

  25. 25. Murat Says:

    Joe, I can do the turkish translations, no problem, but you need to correct position of the sun, or show us the way to adjust. Thank you for your efforts.

  26. 26. Murat Says:

    I add your ephemeris to my blog, few hours later it stayed behind the actual position of the moon. Today position is corrected, than it seems if position of the moon refers to ephemeris more often, the problem will be sorted.
    In any case what you did is a great job. When you correct the problems, I believe this plugin has a great potential.

  27. 27. Genevieve Says:

    The Sun degree seems to be really off. It says 9 degrees of Pisces when it has entered Aries today! How can this be corrected on my blog, and also on yours!


  28. 28. Genevieve Says:

    Well now it is in Ariea—-that’s good!—-but at 10 degrees—-that’s not good! Can the Sun sign and degree be corrected so it is accurate?

    Thanks so much.

  29. 29. Chris Magnus Says:

    A very attractive plugin. There is a calculation problem, however. Today, for example, it gives the Sun’s position as 27 Aries, whereas the actual position is 17 Aries.

    Thank you.

  30. 30. Genevieve Says:

    The Sun degree is still WAY WAY off! It says 8 degrees Aries, when it is really at 28 degrees, almost 29 degrees. Is there any way to keep this more accurate? I use it on my astrology blog and it’s rather embarrassing to have it so ‘off’. Thanks!

  31. 31. Hanah Says:

    Hello, I wonder, how can I do to make the translation into Portuguese and is also a version for blogspot.

  32. 32. Hanah Says:

    Hello, I wonder, how can I do to make the translation into Portuguese and is also a version for blogspot.

    Thanks and Nice day

  33. 33. Karen Says:

    Is there any (really easy) way I can make the wording deeper on my site, as currently it is barely visible?

  34. 34. Jose A. Delpiano Says:

    I would like to help you with translation to spanish… it’s done. And I would like to change the plugin for the southern hemisphere, can you tell me what parts of the code need it changes ? Like a api., Please send me a e-mail.

  35. 35. Luca Says:

    I’d like to translate the plugin in italian, if you tell me how to do.

  36. 36. deej Says:

    Hi Joe,

    I see quite a few comments here with the same question that I have but you never seem to answer it — the question above from Chris is an example. Would you be so kind as to tell us how to make adjustments to prevent the recurring inaccurate positions? The plugin would appear to be quite useless otherwise.


  37. 37. CLau Says:

    How can i put this widget on my blogspot? Is it possible?

  38. 38. GrutaDigital Says:

    I have a spanish translation of Ephemerides. What is the best way to send it to you for publish it?