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Trade-offs

When I do an astrology consultations, I focus on very specific methodologies and interpretations. They’re typically:

  • Did your ascendant or midheaven change?
  • What houses did your planets move in at your new location, as opposed to your old (or birth) location?
  • Did your planets make any aspects to your ascendant and midheaven in your new location? In your old location?
  • What are the midpoints that involve the ascendant or midheaven in your old location? In your new location?

When I learned David Cochrane’s methods of relocation that he discussed in his class as well as his development of relocation astrology through his Sirius astrological software program, this added a new dimension to my consultations. It gives different information than what I had developed to that point. And I love using Treasure Maps.

It should also be noted that a planet in a house takes up roughly 30 degrees of longitude, or literally potentially two-thirds of the United States. An aspect might take up 6 degrees of longitude at most (3 degrees in each direction), like the distance across Colorado, perhaps, and a midpoint’s influence would span 4 degrees at most (2 degrees in each direction).

There are some things we could ask about this. Yes, I discuss midpoints that involve the ascendant and midheaven, but what about midpoints that don’t? Like, if I have Saturn as a midpoint of Venus and Pluto (which I do), that doesn’t change based on the location. Is that worth discussing with the client?

We have limited time to do a relocation reading. Typically for me it’s several hours of presentation for a consultation that lasts an hour and a half, or slightly more. If the client is truly interested in focusing on a relocation reading, that makes it very difficult to take time discussing planetary positioning that belongs to the client all the time. Other astrologers would perhaps delve into that part of it more deeply, particularly if the client has the need to do so. It would make sense to refer my client to another astrologer for that.

Besides, the astrological changes that occur with relocation are so interesting that the client generally gets a great deal out of it. But we always have to watch out for trade-offs from one location to another. There are new positive things, there are new negative things. There were positive things that disappeared, there were negative things that disappeared.

I’m excited to tell you about my own experience, for teaching purposes. I’ll make my story quick.

I visited Colorado for the first time in thirty years in 2015. There was something always compelling me to come back. When I visited, I had an interpretation with me, and I was observing the things I was reading. When I happened to discuss it with my host (I was in Boulder at the time), I pinpointed three planets that I considered the most influential at the time — Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto. Those three planets happened to be the rulers of my sun sign, moon sign, and rising sign. That may or may not have been a coincidence.

The biggest in my view was Jupiter moving from the 12th house to the 1st house. According to the interpretation, that led to more optimism, self confidence, and vitality. And more faith and a willingness to risk for greater gain. I saw that very clearly. And I knew that I needed that.

Saturn moving from the 6th to 7th house (my Saturn makes a weak opposition to my Jupiter) led to being more sensible about relationships, and more willing to put effort into partnerships. I knew I wanted that.

Pluto being in sextile aspect to my relocated midheaven had to do with more self-control, organizational abilities, perseverance and self-control. It could lead to business partnerships, consulting and counseling talents, and successful investments.

So those were the three biggest things. Two of them definitely came true. The jury is still out on Pluto.

I took nine months to look through every interpretation that I could to see what every positive and negative thing per the methodologies and interpretations that I used was. I learned more things about Jupiter, that it had to do with being capable, noble, and self-sufficient. My jaw dropped when I saw that.

Let’s cut to the chase. I drove out to Colorado and stayed, settling in Aurora for several months and then Denver. I’ve been here over four years. I should know what the negatives are, whether I predicted them or not.

First off, my ascendant relocated to Libra (from Scorpio) and my midheaven relocated to Cancer (from Leo). The Leo-Scorpio influence has diminished. Libra, however, has to do with “work aversion.” That has become definitely a concern for me. The ability to just put my nose to the grindstone is no doubt a problem.

Another thing has to do with my Moon moving from the 2nd house to the 3rd house. My original take on it was that I can spend time on the care and feeding of my mind. Wow! That was almost as significant as the big three. Later, after I got here, I read other interpretations that suggested that I “dislike routine of any kind.” (That was from Isabel Hickey). That is another roadblock. Getting on the elliptical every day at the same time, and going to a regular job, is definitely a problem here.

Lots of people have a Libra ascendant and lots of people have their moon in the 3rd house, even by birth, and they seem to do just fine. I just need to make the new location work, right?

In the next post we’re going to look at midpoints at the different locations I’ve lived in, and do an intelligent analysis of what’s been gained and lost. It’ll be a cautionary tale for you — you should move when you’re pretty aware of what you’re going to get.

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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