Astrological chart widget

The “Chart for Now” widget can be added to any screen on iPhone or iPad. The widget presents an astrological chart for the current time at your location.

“Chart for Now” is a Home Screen widget that offers a fully configurable astrological wheel chart for current date & time. Multiple instances of the widget can be conveniently stacked or added across several screens.

Multiple astrological chart widgets stacked on the home screen
Since the widget can be configured to show different kinds of chart data, multiple instances of the widget can be either stacked on top of each other or placed on different screens.

How to add the widget

Follow these steps to add the widgets to your device home screen:

  • Long tap anywhere on the screen.
  • Once the icons began to shake tap on the “+” icon in one of top corners of the screen to bring up the widget selector.
  • In the widget selector scroll down to “Time Nomad”.
  • Add a widget and repeat the steps to add another widget…
Adding astrological chart widget to home screen
Adding the widget to your Home Screen.

Before the widgets can display useful information they need to be configured. When first installed, the widgets aren’t aware of your device geographic location. Scroll down to “How to configure the widget” section of this page that explains the process.

Required widget configuration

Once the widget “knows” your geographic location, it needs to know your preferred colour scheme.

Astrological chart widget requesting color scheme selection
The colour scheme selection is required once for each widget instance. Long tap on the widget and select the “Edit Widget” option.

The three supported colour schemes are:

  • Light
  • Dark
  • Auto Day/Night — the widget will adjust its colour scheme at sunset & sunrise moments at your nominated geographic location.

How often is the widget updated?

Widgets on iOS don’t update themselves in real-time, instead they are allowed to update their information at specified time intervals, that’s provided the device decides to go ahead with the widget update (each device behaves differently depending on available resources and other priorities).

Setting the update interval gives a suggestion to the device as to how often you’d like the widget to update itself. The default value is 5 minutes that seems to work quite reliably. We’ve tried 1 minute but didn’t produce reliable results. Thus the minimal update interval is 3 minutes.

How to force the chart to update? That’s an important question! Although rarely, widgets can get “stuck in time” as the device decides to skip their update for some reason. The workaround is simple — tap on the widget, the app will open and the widget will become instantly updated.

In super rare situations when any of the widgets seems to be completely stuck, simply restart your device. This is a proven way out of tricky situations.

How to spot retrograde and stationary planets?

Retrograde planets have a solid line outside of their coordinate (or outside of the icon if coordinates aren’t shown).

Stationary planets indicated by a two-segment line with one segment darker and another lighter thus hinting that the planet is about to change its perceived direction and is barely moving when seen from the Earth’s point of view.

Astrological chart widget showing retrograde and stationary planets
In this example the retrograde planets are: Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune.
The chart also shows one stationary planet: Uranus.

Fine tuning widget configuration

Each instance of the chart widget can be configured to show a different view of the chart.


Select “Local” or “World” option. The local chart will be based on your geographic location and aligned to the Ascendant. Local chart allows to easily see what planets are above and below the horizon. Since the local chart rotates following the hours of the day, it may not be an ideal chart to observe long-term astrological phenomena like aspects.

The world chart doesn’t rotate and is better suited to observe aspects and planetary positions within the Zodiac.

A good practice is to have both local and world widgets.


The choice of the Zodiac type supports both Tropical and Sidereal models as well as no Zodiac ring or both Zodiac rings displayed.

Zodiac color

The Zodiac sign sectors can be coloured based on their Element or Quadruplicity. This will also define to colour of coordinates.


The widgets supports several most popular house systems: Placidus, Koch, Campanus, Regiomontanus, Porphyry, Equal House and Whole Sign Houses.

The houses wheel can also be turned off.


The Zodiac positions of planets and chart points can be reported in degrees or degrees-minutes, for example 23º or 23º17.

The coordinates can also be turned off.

Visible planets & points

Configures which planets and points should be displayed on the chart.


Having too many aspects makes the chart busy and hinders perception. A good alternative is have several widgets showing different kinds of aspects. For example, one widget with major aspects and another with minor aspects.

Filter aspects

Suppose you only wanted to show the Moon’s aspects with certain planets. Activate the “Filter aspects” option and selects which planets’ or points’ aspects need to be drawn by the widget.

Astrological chart widget showing current aspects of some planet
This is a great tool to create snapshots to share on social media.
For example, if you wanted to talk about current Uranus aspects simply hide all other planets’ aspects.

Widget appearance

The visual presentation of the chart is further configurable by selecting:

  • The colour of coordinates can be set to “Color” or “Mono”. The colour corresponds to the “Zodiac Color” option previously selected.
  • The colour of the chart’s planets and points can be set to “Color” or “Mono”.
  • Setting the “Icon Size” allows to override default sizing of the planets with your preferred value.
  • “Icons” sets the visual weight of icons used for planets and points. Three weights are available: Light, Regular and Bold.

Adding chart descriptors

How to differentiate between several instances of the widget? Use “Your text 1” and “Your text 2” to enter short annotaions that will be displayed in the top right and bottom right corners of the widget.

Astrological chart widget showing aspects of minor planets
Chart descriptors added to clarify that this chart is showing major aspects of minor planets.

How to configure the widget – geographic location

Most chart calculations depend on the knowledge of current geographic location, specifically its coordinate expressed as latitude and longitude. The widget needs to obtain user permissions to access that information.

Widget configuration can be accessed through the Time Nomad application.

Widgets configuration menu

In the app’s right side menu tap on the “Activate widgets” (if present) or alternatively tap on the “Widgets” under the announcements menu (top right corner) as illustrated above.

Planetary hour widget configuration of geographic location

The app offer two methods of obtaining current geographic location:

  • automatic
  • manual

Automatic is the easiest “set and forget” method. When user permissions are prompted, choose to allow Time Nomad access to the device geographic location by using the “When in Use” option. There will also be the second prompt on the home screen that will request similar permission for the Time Nomad widgets. Allow it as well.

And if for some reason a mistake has been made or permissions need to be adjusted, simply go to the Settings app, scroll down to Time Nomad and change “Location” permission. For a smooth widget operation recommended location setting is “While Using the App or Widgets”.

The manual configuration is great for situations when the device can’t access its current location or that is not desirable due to the user privacy concerns.

If that’s the case, set manual location by entering its name and picking the most relevant matching result. Note that Maps access is required for the search to work.