I only found this out recently, but as of 12 March 2009 Lois Rodden’s astrodatabank has been free to use. There are about 31,000 charts available there, mainly of public figures, but also mundane data. Since Lois Rodden died in 2003, her site had gradually declined, but this move has brought it back to life. It’s a wonderful resource. You can find it at http://www.astro.com/astro-databank/Main_Page. Thank you astro.com and whoever else made this happen!
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The chart for the scheduled release of this data shows the goodwill and desire to be of help behind it. Sun in Pisces, Moon Rising in Libra: the authorities behind it (Sun) are thinking altruistically (Pisces) about astrologers (Sun conjunct Uranus) to whom they are releasing this body of analytical work (Sun opposite Saturn in Virgo). The people - i.e. us astrologers - are represented by the Moon, and our centrality is shown by the Moon being conjunct the Ascendant. The sign of Libra represents the cultural endeavour we are engaged in, as well as the generosity and fairness in making this resource available. Venus on the Descendant, opposite the Moon, gives a similar message.
The North Node in Aquarius, widely conjunct Jupiter, shows how this project has moved from being the creative work of one person (South Node in Leo) to an expansive community project (it is now a wiki).
It's a great project, and I hope the Pluto transits in a few years time to the Moon and Angles prove empowering rather than anything else.