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“I don’t know if I believe in that, tbh.”

That was something that someone I just met on social media and corresponded with recently said. She then moved on to talking about planets near or on cusps and how the planets took on the characteristics of both signs.

Most of my planets are pretty close to cusps, so I should have been receptive to this topic. But I still was stuck on someone saying that they don’t know that they believe in relocation astrology. And why is it that I do “believe” in it?

This was somebody who is involved in the astrological community, offers esoteric services like tarot and astrology chart readings. She’s also someone who has never relocated.

I can’t say that I “believe” in astrology so much as I observe it. Many people might not be ‘receptive’ to observing changes that might be happening to them if they end up living in another place. (And if they don’t relocate at all, they’ll never get the chance.) Others are finely attuned to changes that might be happening if they relocate.

I, myself, spent months before my relocation looking at every interpretation that I could find for the new location as compared to the old, and considering all the pluses and minuses of the new location (and there will be both) before picking up and leaving from a place that I’d lived over a quarter century. My own observation has been that 80 percent of it has come to pass. That’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good.

At the time I moved, I didn’t know everything, as I found out later. But I learned that it was the best decision I made to leave Pittsburgh. For two more reasons:

My Friendship and Family, Detailed Map. This is a map that shows comfort zones, where you feel like home. Most of the places in a Friendship and Family map will be filled in for one reason or another. Notably, the area surrounding Pittsburgh, conspicuously, is not. Credit: Serius III software
My Excitement and Instability map. Lines on this map always have something to do with the planet Uranus, which lends itself to instabilty. They’re the kind of places that most people would want to avoid. The Pittsburgh area is most definitely one of the hottest spots for this characteristic.

Pittsburgh was also pretty close to my Mars IC line, which is a different map entirely. I’ve been told that my feeling that I was sinking, especially toward the end, had something to do with that.

But enough about me. I wanted to post some other people’s personal experiences with their own relocations so that you’d have an idea of what people are seeing. Looking for forums, I found some things worth pondering:

Yes, it was nice being a Leo Rising for a couple of years! 

It sounds weird, but perception people had on me truly changed. Maybe it was I was able to interact with them more freely.

Live in LA – which Sun/ASC crossed through –  Hate it, but had the most achievement and success here. Found myself. Formed my own opinions.

Born in Florida – This area is wedged between my Neptune/DSC and Mars/ASC opp

This place… is strange. There’s nostalgia and anger. There’s a distinct insecurity that surfaces every time I went home.

I am currently back to my birth place aka Saturn/IC line… Ewwwww. Saturn only makes negative aspect. No wonder it’s all depressions and financial struggles. From my previous experiences, Jupiter/IC place made me feel at home, but I wasn’t so career oriented, didn’t go out that much and preferred to stay in and enjoy quiet home life. Uranus/MC places were lots of fun even though kinda too unpredictable and unstable but in terms of recognition and publicity I was doing really well. Sun/Asc made me quite popular and people flooded toward me somehow but with sun square saturn in my natal chart, the experiences were difficult too. I’m thinking about going to my Jupiter/MC place to look for career success, as being stuck here in Saturn/IC line makes me depressed and everything is hard, delayed, not working out. I’ve had enough. 

I grew up in an area with Mars crossing Pluto, and looking back, can say that the stress and tension that comes with those lines played a big part in my life. This was especially true in my work/career. I would work very hard, but the pay was never commensurate with my skills . Then, 18 years ago I moved to the suburbs of NYC which has a Jupiter/MC line. According to Astrodienst, there is no better place for advancement, and good fortune in my career. When I moved, I found a position doing the same job as what I had left behind, but from that point on, I continued to move up in pay and positions. 18 years later, I am at the top of my game and am financially and materially secure. Is this a coincidence – I don’t know. But, it definitely is food for thought!

I lived in Sydney Australia previously and had Pluto on dc. When I first learned Astro I went to an astrologer he kept saying how bad it was having Pluto on my dc because I kept meeting people that treats me cruel or mean. He’s right to an extent I guess. And kept going on about how Melbourne us the best place for me when I moved here cuz it moved Pluto away and up the horizon.

Melbourne is a great place to live but not too great for me. I recently realised that it puts Saturn on my dc 🙄 great astrologer huh? Apparently Pluto on the dc is a no no but Saturn is ok lol.

I found Melbourne people to be quite distant and cold to me no one wants to date me. Yet lots of people in Sydney do.

So I ordered that chart and it confirmed what I knew to be true in these exact words: “Home away from home” “If you relocate permanently anywhere, it would be here” “Comfort, joy, and financial ease”. It was basically a bunch of Venus and Jupiter aspects and I totally felt it, even under the horrendous transits. We had actually planned on moving there but we were in school and I’m so bad with money, so we had to move back so I can finish school here in my home city. After I graduate we’ll be moving back to Japan, aka Venus and Jupiter land 🙂

So then I go to read my home city chart and — oh my god. Chiron. Just Chiron. The mortal wound of my life with nothing but relationship trauma and misery (I mean it could be Pluto, but still). If you knew my life story, you’d understand how perfectly true Chiron going STRAIGHT THROUGH the city and area that’s caused me to never want to come back here again is. Anyone I say it to says, “You need to get OUT and MOVE” haha!

We might wonder about confirmation bias in our reading these accounts, but it’s also a decent set of examples that you can pattern for how to observe how you’re doing in another place.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on relocationastrology.guide.

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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