Astrocartography and Relocation mapping help us honor an emerging Aquarian theme: that we are in fact global citizens, not confined to national identities, nor to the energies of the place we are born. Mother Earth has different attractive vortexes for our soul’s evolution. This form of astrological mapping guides us in how to activate our soul’s work and harmonize with our personal power places.
The fundamental principle of Astrolocality is that there are going to be more supportive places for your specific intentions to be realized. Thus, if you are looking to find love, a stable career, a supportive home and community, creative fulfillment, etc., different locations will be more or less beneficial for your pursuits.
For our session together, you come with a 3-4 places or regions you are drawn to and some specific intentions for travel or relocation. Or if you know you are moving or traveling somewhere, we will visit the influences in that location. I describe the energy of the places of interest to you, as well as one or two others which jump out at me as powerful vortexes. We work through Skype or phone and I send you jpegs of the maps that we study.
Together, we explore over 3 sets of energetic influences, including astrocartography, parans, and local space. I also look at your transits over a place at a given time, as well. And I also study your geodetic map, about how you connect to the culture of a place. All of this is done in the context of your natal birth chart, which no online software can reference back to.
To find out more about the tools we will use together, please read the sections below.
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A Brief Intro
Many people have heard of Astrocartography, which means “to map by the stars.” Yet, Astrocartography (ACG) is a more subtle and refined instrument than we may first consider. It is also but one of many techniques which can be applied in the enlightening art and science of Astrolocality or Relocation Astrology.
The fundamental principle of this mapping tool is that: there are going to be more supportive places for your specific intentions to be realized. Thus, if you are looking to find love, a stable career, a supportive home and community environment, creative fulfillment, etc., different locations will be more or less beneficial for your pursuits.
In 2008, I took two intensive courses with Western, Vedic, and Relocation astrologer, Moses Siregar. I was motivated first to understand just what had occurred in the 25 countries I had traveled to throughout my 20′s. I also was well aware of my desire to travel further, to teach, to find my roots, to find places which would support the growth of my art and music, and locations to find nourishing, healthy relationships.
In the years of research, study, and life experience, I have unveiled some fascinating and highly instructive discoveries through Relocation Astrology that I hope will inspire readers for their own life journeys.
Many of us will be traveling to vortexes and power places around the planet this exciting year of 2012. But of all the many choices, where can we find the most enlightening and inspirational locations for us personally? In this essay, we explore how Relocation Astrology is becoming a fundamental appendage to the emerging Aquarian Age. We discover why the astrological trance-formations of the 2010s are the ideal time to implement this cosmic roadmap. And we ask how can we understand some technical nuts and bolts of relocation astrology through personal and famous biographies?
Angles of Influence-Astrocartography (ACG)
Planets are strongest when they are located on angles. Thus, if a planet rises (near the Ascendent), it will affect your outer persona, and the energy people receive from you. Planets setting (near the Descendent) will strongly influence all relationship dynamics. When a planet appears on the bottom of your chart (IC), it will greatly affect your home life. If a planet graces the Midheaven (MC) or top of your chart, your career and public image will feel the energy of that particular planetary function of the human psyche. Also, if we relocate the chart, and see certain planets at the cusps (or beginnings) of houses, then those areas of life will also be more strongly affected by the planet.
It is very important that one consider how close to a planetary angle one wishes to live or travel.
Some people desire a lot of dynamic energy, potency, and overall “fame” in an area, but this can be very taxing on an individual. The closer you live to a planetary line, the more that planetary archetype will dominate your life experience, like a deity inhabiting you. Others would prefer a more mellow experience and choose not to live near any lines whatsoever, but may feel bored or non-enthusiastic about their lives. The majority of us would most likely want experiences somewhere between, and this is the delicate art and science of astrolocality.
Let’s present a famous example of Astrocartography in action. Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, but moved to the U.S. to pursue a bodybuilding career, eventually blossoming into becoming a Hollywood star and arising as the Governor of California. One would imagine that California would hold some pretty potent energy for Schwarzenegger.
For Arnold, the planet Jupiter is at the top of the chart, within four degrees of the Midheaven, the point of career and vocation in the chart. Jupiter on the Midheaven locations can bring some of the widest public recognition for our work. There is a need to keep growing professionally here and to push boundaries in our career, perhaps through teaching, publishing, or travel. The possibilities are endless for success and prosperity in the public domain here. We will also be highly visible along these lines.
Arnold traveled to Venice near Los Angeles, California to pursue his bodybuilding career, in which he attained the status of Mr. Olympia. He also published articles for various bodybuilding magazines. In addition to his long and successful acting career, he defied all odds by becoming a foreign-born state Governor.
It is interesting to note that Jupiter is in Scorpio in Arnold’s chart. This means that in California the planet Jupiter is in Scorpio at the most public place of his chart. Arnold’s most famous roles, inTerminator, Predator, Total Recall, Commando, and Conan the Barbarianare all very Scorpionic indeed, with major themes of apocalypse, murder, war, alien invasion, and world takeover by artificial intelligence. Scorpio is also the sign of power gained through merging our resources with others, such as in the political sphere or marriage. In California, Arnold did both as he married into the Kennedy family through his relationship with Maria Shriver. Thus, Arnold wields his most amplified and expanded (Jupiter) sense of power (Scorpio) over the earth in California.
No Planet in a Vacuum
It is possible to look up some ACG lines on the internet. But if we do this, without referring back to the birthchart, we are attempting to isolate a planet from its context in your personal birthchart.
To elucidate this point, imagine an intelligence, a character on a stage, but there’s no scene in the backdrop, and you don’t see any of the other characters. So Venus may be saying some sweet things, but to whom and what does she say? She’s sort of attractive, but blurry because we can’t make out the costume or the make-up she’s wearing. This is a pretty vague scene unfolding before us.
A typical interpretation we might read for where Venus is rising in your chart, may sound like this: “You will be perceived more attractively here, and will be drawn to more artistic and aesthetic and social pursuits. You will be more concerned with relationships, especially with women. This is an ideal location for relaxing and enjoying the pleasurable things in life. You may earn more money here and will likely apply it towards the pursuit of recreation.”
But now if we put Venus on stage in a challenging T-Square formation, with Pluto opposite her, and Saturn in a 90-degree square, she’s going to have some definite relational power struggles. She may be attracted to darker partners with a hidden agenda, and constantly battling the Plutonian underworld emotions of manipulation, possession, and suspicion. And with Saturn in a tense square to this Venus, now we know there are going to be control issues, and even a feeling of responsibility and pressure to stay in this relationship, even if unhealthy, overly serious, or perpetually threatening. Let’s say Venus is wearing a bunch of battle gear — Venus in her fall in Aries. This could become a very violent scene, quite different than if Venus was in her rulership in Taurus. She may be able to transmute that darker energy into a tantric bond with her shamanic partner.
This example demonstrates that when we use Astrocartography lines and the next set of lines, Local Space, we cannot take the planets out of the context of the birthchart dynamic. Thus, an Astrolocality astrologer should be able to evaluate the condition of the planet in the birthchart, and discover if this place truly reflects the intentions of the client. It is negligent to say a benefic planet like Jupiter or Venus will only bring positive results, since those planets must be perceived in the framework of the rest of the horoscope. This is where it becomes most beneficial for a relocation astrologer to have some background in various traditions of astrology that emphasize planetary condition — also called dignity — such as Vedic, Medieval, or Hellenistic.
In another example, when I traveled through India in 2003, I did not yet have the language of Relocation Astrology to help guide me. But in retrospect, I discovered that my North India route tended to follow extremely closely to my Local Space Saturn line. My Saturn is in the sign of Leo, the creator and artist, and I shot thousands of photos, the most exquisite of my life, during that trip, in addition to disciplining myself (Saturn) at daily practice playing the Indian string instrument, the Sarod.
Saturn is a disciplinarian who asks you to mature your energy, often through challenging obstacles, harsh lessons, and reflective solitude. Saturn lines can thus bring heaviness, brooding, melancholy, and serious attitudes, all of which I experienced. But Saturn is also in a challenging square aspect to my Sun. This not only brought me into moments of sometimes depressing contemplations, but it also challenged my health as Saturn limits the solar vitality. This is when my wheat/gluten allergy began, though I had no idea that was occurring. I suffered through almost constant stomach pain during much of my four months there, and experienced multiple severe illnesses with bacteria.
Local Space Lines
One way to think about Local Space lines is almost like Feng Shui energies that compel you towards certain areas to encounter specific archetypal energies. They are the directions of influence in our lives. In his excellent book Astrolocality Astrology, Martin Davis cites Michael Erlewine, one of the pioneers in the field of relocation astrology: “The Local Space chart can show a concrete, measurable relationship of the individual to a place.” He found that individuals tended to move towards cities where these directions were highlighted in order to amplify those planetary characteristics in their lives at a given time.”
In terms of proximity to living or traveling to one’s Local Space lines, the same rules apply as they do to Astrocartography: the closer you move to a planetary line, the more you receive the influence of that planetary intelligence, and how it is conditioned in your birthchart.
A quite obvious example of Local Space influence occurs for George W. Bush in Iraq, the exact location where his Mars line emanates. Mars is the god of war, battle, confrontation, aggression, and rash decision.
Bush’s Local Space Sun line goes through Texas, where he has achieved incredible solar popularity and where his fame first began. Also, Bush’s Sun is in Leo, sign of governance, rule, and in its shadow, self-righteous arrogance. The sun rules Leo, strengthening Bush’s Sun in Texas and influencing his rise to the Leonine ruler of governor in that state. His Local Space Saturn line, which represents where we must put dedicated effort and discipline, goes directly through Austin, Texas where he worked as the governor of the state.
In my own life, I traveled to a Venus Local Space line when I taught at the Boom Festival in Portugal in 2010. This line crosses southern Portugal and Spain. In addition to love, Venus rules both aesthetics and the attractive principle. I met numerous beautiful people, felt a sense of popularity, ease, and pleasure, discovered music I adored, and swam daily in the exquisite waters of the lake. Venus lines also bring women into prominence in our lives. Within a day, I met a woman with whom I shared a profound sense of familiarity, especially of being past life beloveds. My Venus is in Gemini as is hers. Gemini themes of teaching, travel, language, and even sibling rivalry dominated our connection. We met after I taught an astrological workshop, discussed astrological systems and esoteric teachings of the Egyptians and Maya, often spoke both English and Spanish with each other, and traveled together across the Spain and Portugal.
My Venus line also extends to Morocco, where I traveled for the first time with a beloved to another country. Again, since my Venus in Gemini, my writing muse completely consumed me. I wrote many short stories and poems, in addition to segments of my novel while in this location.
In addition to love, Venus rules both aesthetics and the attractive principle. The sultry, physical splendor of the people of southern Spain incredibly magnetizes me. The entire sensual spectrum of Andalucia awakens the Goddess in my soul — including the tapas and beer, the passionate dance and song of flamenco, the cathedrals and the Moorish architecture, and the very sound of Spanish rolling off the tongue. This artistic appreciation carries down into Morocco, with its minarets, exquisite patterns, tile work, wonders of geometric art, and seductive desert mirages.
In modern astrology the term Paran (short for Paranatellonta) is used to describe stars or planets that are on the angles — the horizon or meridian — as another planet crosses the angles. These four angles include the rising sign or ascendant, the midheaven or culminating, the descendent or setting, or the IC, the roots of the sky. For example, the parans of Jupiter would be those stars or planets that were rising, culminating, descending or anti-culminating at the same time that Jupiter is in any or those positions. Thus if the planet Venus culminates on the Midheaven as Jupiter rises on the ascendant it is referred to as a paran of Jupiter and Venus, and one will experience an alchemical merger in the nature of those two planets.
Thus, a paran describes an angular relationship between two planetary intelligences. These form either a square (90 degrees) or opposition (180 degrees) with each other. Squares call us to act in dynamic response to events, while oppositions force us to balance.
In relocation mapping, the entire latitude around the globe where the crossing occurs is considered significant, because in twenty-four hours, the earth will rotate below the crossing of the two planetary lines, so the whole latitude will feel the effects of that planetary crossing.
Celestial Mapping – Aquarian Linguistics
As the Aquarian age continues to emerge, languages such as Relocation Astrology will be implemented to reflect the hermetic principle “As Above, So Below,” so dear to the minds and hearts of the gnostics, alchemists, astrologers, and sages from all cultures.
Let us take just a moment to appreciate our enhanced individuality and the expanded sense of personal freedom (Aquarius) we can now apply through sophisticated software such as astrological mapping. How blessed we are! If we put this technology in any other historical epoch, when the world is not bombarded by information and streaming media distraction, and we could imagine that a metaphysical and intellectual phenomena akin to the popularity of the Theosophical movement could unfold before us.
But Astrocartography and Relocation mapping suggest an even more profound Aquarian theme: that we are in fact global citizens, not confined to national identities, nor to the energies of the place we are born. This global earth village has different attractive vortexes for our soul’s evolution, and we are alive at a time that allows for international travel at the click of a button. These days, almost every plane is booked solid. We are traveling and relocating constantly. This form of astrological mapping guides us in how to activate our antennae to our personal power places.
Archaeologists, dowsers, and energy readers have all demonstrated the presence of Mother Earth’s ley lines, or meridians of energetic power. One well-known vortex of power is southern England, where Stonehenge and many of the crop circles are found. We can think of Relocation Astrology as revealing our own personal ley lines, where the monuments to our soul scan be constructed.
For many of us, it is somewhat disappointing and disillusioning to feel the indigenous magic of certain places, holy sites, pyramids, pilgrimage locales somewhat reduced in power by the sheer number of tourists, or those visitors who disrespect or completely ignore the sanctity of a location. What may become more important for each of us is to find our own personal evolutionary portals, and passionately embrace our places of power on this planet. This is the goal of Relocation Astrology.
Since 2008, I have chronicled the effects of relocation mapping in my own life. As of December 2011, I have traveled to over 25 countries and every continent except Antarctica and Australia, and lived all along the west coast and now in Colorado.
Since my intensive studies in astrolocality began, I have both looked back to analyze places I have lived and traveled as well as forward, as I now plan and strategize my travels and teachings according to my places of potency.
It has also provided a depth of understanding of the cosmic forces at play in my previous experiences, relationships, and energies in particular locations. This has subsequently helped to open up a profound sense of empathy towards myself throughout my journeys.
The geodetic grid is a fascinating tool. It first describes a general energy for the given cultures around the world. On the grid, the earth is split up into 12 regions corresponding to the zodiacal signs, beginning with the Aries midheaven at the Greenwich Meridian. The map moves eastward in order of the signs. Thus the Taurus midheaven is over much of the Middle East, the Gemini midheaven over the Indian subcontinent and so on.
The midheaven in an individual’s chart describes our career orientations and our status in society. In the geodetic map, the Midheaven shows how cultures organize themselves and are known to other cultures.
Because of the nature of the zodiac, there will be a natural Ascendent sign as well, located 90 degrees to the west of the Midheaven. An individuals’ ascendant is their instinctive, impulsive nature, an outer identity. Similarly, a region or nation’s Ascendent will describe how a culture projects their energy out into the world.
It may seem arbitrary to begin with an Aries midheaven over the Greenwich meridian, but if we deeply study the cultures of the world, this tool accurately describes the general energy, drive, and status of these regions. For instance, the United States actually has three different Midheavens which perfectly apply to the regional differences. The entire east is a Capricorn Midheaven. The middle of the country is Sagittarius. The west coast from above the south San Francisco Bay up is a Scorpio midheaven. There are also five different Ascendents in the United States.
The symbolism acutely fits the focus of the regions. The culture of New York is a Capricorn Midheavan with the last degree of Aries rising. Thus, the focus on success, hard work, and accomplishments of Capricorn with the energy, drive, and competition of Aries. Compare this with the Scorpio Midheaven and Aquarius rising of the San Francisco Bay Area, known for its psychedelic/marijuana culture and the magnetic pull of esoteric subjects (Scorpio) and its paradigm-shifting technologies, free-spirit mindset, and transient nature (Aquarius).
The geodetic map is often used to reveal valuable information in the areas of mundane astrology, including where earthquakes, wars, volcanic eruptions, fires, and storms may surface, especially due to the impact of eclipses.
On a personal level, the Geodetic map demonstrates “what the earth does to us” at a given location. In other words, it describes how we fit into the culture of a given place or resonate with the spirit of a place.
In fact, we can locate specific resonant locations — places that will have the same angles of the birthchart which we do. The angles of the birthchart reflect the fundamental and core elements of our identity, including outer persona, home, relationships, and our careers. Often, we will feel completely at home in these resonant locations, as the macrocosmic place is mirroring the microcosmic self. Relocation astrologer Scott Wolfram explains that the Geodetic mapping tool reveals how “the vibration of an individual’s birthchart is in harmony with the vibration of the location.”
An example of this is the master yogi, Pramahansa Yogananda, who established the Self-Realization fellowship in Southern California, and became one of the pioneering forces in bringing yoga to the West. Los Angeles is Yogananda’s exactly resonant location. Southern California has the exact same angles as Yogananda does in his birthchart — the Aquarius rising and Sagittarius midheaven. Thus, it as if Yogananda could just fit in perfectly there as his teachings reverberate strongly with those who lived there.
Another benefit of geodetic maps for the Relocation Astrologer and client is that a birth time is not necessary, as opposed to it being absolutely essential for an accurate Astrocartography analysis.
Transits in Cyclocartography (CCG)
I have found perhaps the most underappreciated yet truly epiphanous tool of astrological mapping in the technique of Cyclocartography (CCG), which allows us to see the transits, the progressions, even the solar arcs — all important forecasting tools — for any location on earth.
Essentially, in CCG, we are studying transits to a relocated birthchart. With Solar Maps software, we can actually animate the map to watch transits of Astrocartography, Local Space, and Paran influences for anywhere in the world. This incredible tool allows us to investigate archetypal influences for any time in any geophysical space for the entirety of a life! Who would not want to wear this radar in the crazed chaos of our modern world?
The Secondary Progressed maps can be very appealing to study, since they reveal places which support the slow unfolding of our evolution. For instance, the Progressed Sun lines will elucidate where our life purpose is radiating strongest for four to five years. The Secondary Progressed Moon lines are very magnetic, calling our souls to find emotional nourishment through a sense of extended family and community in those locations. We may even have some public role to play there.
A famous example of CCG is Barak Obama. The subject of Obama’s birth place and time is controversial, but astrologers have found quite a bit of resonant symbolism with his Aquarius rising chart.
Perhaps this CCG fact will help lend even more legitimacy to that birth information. Over Washington D.C., for the two months before and after his elections, Obama’s Secondary Progressed Moon was at the top of his chart, the midheaven or angle of career. Not only could this make anyone very popular and visible in the public eye, but the Obama campaign’s Aquarian keywords of change and hope, and its ability to rally the youth through technology (the Aquarian future) resonated most strongly in this location at this time in Obama’s life.
I also theorized that those who win Academy Awards might have some powerful energy over Hollywood, CA in the lead-up to the Oscars. 2010′s Best Actress Winner was Sandra Bullock. The transiting North Node, symbolic of evolutionary possibilities and exciting opportunities, was on the Midheaven, the angle of career. Astrologer Celeste Teal describes the North Node transit to the Midheaven as “usually a very positive transit for career recognition, an increase of status, and renewed ambitions of a worldly sort.”
I had a client whose Jupiter was exactly transiting his Descendent, the point of partnership, in Portland, OR. But Jupiter had not yet reached the point in any other part of the United States. During the two weeks of exact conjunction, he reconnected with a female friend from Portland, where his Venus is rising. Upon this meeting, they fell in love and decided to journey together to Indonesia. Jupiter rules all foreign travel and so Jupiter touching his Descendent in Portland delivered a beloved to travel the world with.
Here is another example on how CCG reveals what birthchart analyses cannot. In 2005, I went home to the Bay Area to take care of my father, who was recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. At this time, Saturn was on the IC, the roots of the chart in California. Saturn rules both the joints and the patrilineal line, while the IC or fourth house rules the family.
The first night I was back home, I was running in sandals and slipped. I woke up that night in excruciating pain and needed to be taken to the emergency room. A discovery that I broke my foot. I had gone home to take care of my father’s Saturnian joint surgery, and ended up breaking my foot — all bones are ruled by Saturn. This then delayed my leaving; Saturn always brings obstacles, blockages, and temporal delays to our goals.
Generation Vagabond: Why We Need Astrolocality
Global travel, expatriatism, and migratory fervor is also inscribed in the generations rising to power in the coming decades. Sagittarius is the zodiacal sign most associated with world travel, pilgrimage, and the gypsy, nomad life. It is the hero on the quest for meaning and an education built from personal experience. Specifically, we could see how three generations — the Uranus in Sagittarius, the Neptune in Sagittarius, and the Pluto in Sagittarius generation — are all globetrekking philosophers, seeking to find those locations most supportive to awaken their destinies.
The Neptune in Sagittarius (1970-1984) generation are those who idealize travel, who dream it into visionary mythologies. Those born with Uranus in Sagittarius (1981 to 1988) are hopeful philosophers, optimistically seeking to inspire all of humanity to benefit from international travel and cultural exchange. The Pluto in Sagittarius generation born November 1995 to February 2008, and June to November, 2008, are born spiritual enthusiasts who must transform the archetype of the ‘foreigner.’ These are the souls of 9-11 conspiracies, the shadows of fundamentalist religion and jihad, and the internet age, who have come to excavate and cathartically shift all concepts of national, global, and religious ideologies.
For many in these generations, travel has become a default setting on life. It is a massive struggle, and often perceived as quite spiritually limiting, to remain in one place for a long period of time — a physical home, a city, or even a country. These generations founded and then reaped the benefits of websites such as hospitality.com and couchsurfing.com, to support their restless call to the journey of Sagittarian expansion.
It is these generations who will lead the way in applying the wisdom of Astrolocality to finding their paths of soul empowerment.
A Tool for the 2010′s: Migration and Navigation – Uranus in Aries, Neptune in Pisces
The decade of the 2010‘s also highlights relocation themes. Between 2010-2018, Uranus will travel through the first sign of the zodiac, Aries, while Neptune journeys through Pisces between 2011 and 2025. Historically, both cycles of Uranus in Aries and Neptune in Pisces have been highlighted by their powerful migratory nature.
For instance, Uranus was last in Aries between 1927-1935. We all know that this was the era of the Great Depression, which caused much displacement worldwide as people hunted for work wherever they could find it.
The peak of the Age of Exploration occurred during a Neptune in Pisces cycle, (also highlighting the oceanic symbology of Pisces) through the seafaring voyages around the entire earth with Magellan, Ponce De Leon’s colonization of Florida, Pizarro and Almagro’s expeditions to Colombia and Peru, and Hernando Cortez’s conquering of the Mayans in the Yucatan, Mexico, amongst others.
The last time Uranus was in Aries concurrent with Neptune in Pisces was between the highly transitional middle of the 19th century, when Uranus pulsed through Aries between 1845 and 1853 and Neptune sailed through Pisces between 1848-1862. Massive revolutions spread throughout every major European city in 1848, jolting populations, in addition to the catastrophic potato famine in Ireland, which sent many immigrants to the United States. This time period was also the end of the Mexican-American war and the secession of huge regions of the United States, including Texas and California. We have seen how immigration, especially across the Mexican border, has been and will continue to be a major political motif in the United States in the 21st century, possibly causing civil unrest in this country.
Also, it is highly significant that as Uranus travels through Aries, he will electrify, shake up, and attempt to liberate U.S. citizens through shocking and sometimes traumatizing experiences, since Uranus is in the 4th house of the U.S. chart, the area of the home and roots. We should expect a catalyzing awakening which fuels a revolutionary pulse during the 2010′s in the United States. (This last paragraph was first written just six months before the Occupy movements swept the United States and entire planet).
As it did during the Great Depression, Uranus in Aries signifies the sometimes violent struggle to fulfill primary, instinctual needs. Food shortages, clean water supply, extreme weather, and worldwide unemployment will cause many people to seek out places which can help them to survive and thrive.
We should also mention the book Cosmos and Psyche, in which scholar and professor Richard Tarnas elucidates that any hard aspect (0, 90, 180 degrees) between Uranus and Pluto, which includes the 2010-2015 square formation, consistently displayed massive demographic shifts and increased worldwide migration.
Today of course, every area of the earth has been mapped and tourism is the number one industry in hundreds of countries. Planes rarely have unoccupied seats.
Thus, the emerging Aquarian Age creates global and before we know it, galactic citizens. And because displacement, upheaval, transition, and relocation is a major theme of the planetary cycles of the 2010′s into the 2020′s, we should be aware of the tool of Astrolocality which can help us to find the places which will support our greatest growth, as well as provide us a radar as to when to make our moves.
The Importance of Relocated Charts
These days, few of us live where we were born. This fact alone suggests the vital importance of interpreting our birth charts as if we were born in the area we currently live. Although the imprint of your birthchart will always be carried with you, your influences will be vastly different depending on where you travel to or reside. Thus, all of us would benefit from recognizing the differences in our charts from one location to the next.
Astrolocality, or Relocation Astrology, is based off a simple principle, wherein we relocate your chart to a place you would like to move or travel to, using that city as your birth location. What this reveals is where various planets (intelligences, psychological functions) will become more or less dominant, and how they will radiate energy into certain areas of your life.
If, for instance, you were born on the East Coast, but moved to California in your 20‘s, all of your planets — the various psychological forces within you — would be radiating their influence in different houses, or spheres of life experience. This is especially poignant if you have three or more planets in one house. From one time zone to the next, those forces will influence a completely different realm of life. Instead of creativity and recreation being a major focus (5th house), you could move somewhere that forces you to venture into very different territory, the cathartic transformation and death-rebirth cycles of the 8th house. This is fundamental self-knowledge regarding our decisions for residence or travel. Without this cosmic perspective, we could be expecting a certain kind of energy in our move that will be completely opposite to what awaits us.
For all aspects of life — career, love, financial fulfillment, family, spiritual and artistic pursuits — have their more ideal and less attractive power places in the country and the earth as a whole. No location is perfect for all aspects of life. But with the tools listed below and clarity of a client’s intention for relocation or travel, we can weigh the pros and cons of individual locations to find the most supportive places. In this process, we often discover locations that may never have been on one’s radar.
Conclusion – Life Review, Life Preview, and Empowered Self-Awareness
One might argue that this the techniques of Relocation Astrology encompass an overly left-brained approach to life, or it’s a way of trying to play God with your fate or not trusting your instincts.
Many of us have an intuitive hit about where our souls can develop to their fullest potential. I would argue that instinct coupled with intellect presents a more clear picture for making wise decisions and more efficiently activating our creative gifts of service to the planet. Just as I am a firm believer that the sooner a parent or educator can apply the astrological blueprint to a child’s upbringing, the sooner that child can realize the fullness of his/her potential, I also believe that we are given this celestial language in order to harmonize with this special incarnation. With a more empowered sense of self-confidence through self-awareness, we may awaken to our magic and face our challenges prepared and ready.
As with the entirety of the astrological language, I and many others, wish we had this empowering tool to guide us at a much earlier age. Astrolocality further emphasizes this point. When I review my life and am able to understand that I was undergoing a certain initiatory journey from one of the planets, or that a particular psychological intelligence within me dominated my sphere of reality in a given place and at a given time, I am able to cultivate an appropriate relationship to my lived experiences. In retrospect, this helps me gain compassion and empathy for myself in my journeys. And with foresight and strategy, it gives me tools to seek out those locations and the travel timeframes which can best support my intentions as they shift over the years.
As astrologer and radio host Caroline Casey says, “We use astrology because it works.”
And so it is.
And so it shall be.