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Repost of: How does relocation astrology work, anyway? (& The Basics)

I have limited time this week and not enough time today to produce an original post. I’ll be reposting an early post from March 28 of this year. If you haven’t been following my blog that closely, or for any other reason, you might not know what relocation astrology is and how it works.

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I have friends who know very little about astrology. (I tend to think I don’t have friends who know nothing about astrology, or at least very few.) Friends may have had a birth chart done by me or by someone else in the past, and they may know, or vaguely recall, their rising sign as being Scorpio or some other sign.

I talked to a friend like that on the phone today. She didn’t know what it meant to have Scorpio on the ascendant. So this post is meant just as a review, or primer, for what an ascendant (rising sign) is, what the midheaven is, and why planets can change their character depending on where you move even when these planets stay in the same signs.

Your ascendant, or rising sign, is the point on the horizon where the sun would be rising that day at the time of your birth. At the equinox that’s directly east; in the fall and winter months it’s somewhat south of east, and in the spring and summer months it’s somewhat north of east. If you were born at sunrise, your ascendant would be exactly the same sign and degree as your Sun sign. I was born roughly two hours before sunrise, so my ascendant is one sign earlier than my Sun sign (Sun sign Sagittarius, Ascendant Scorpio).

Your Midheaven is the point in the sky where the Sun would be at its highest point that day. That is never directly overhead unless you were born in between the tropics. In the winter, it can be quite low in the sky. That might be between noon or 1:30pm, depending on what time of year. If you were born at the highest time of the day, your Midheaven would be exactly the same sign and degree as your Sun sign.

Your ascendant is the cusp of the 1st house and shows up on the left side of your chart wheel. It’s considered your astrological mask, or the face you show to the world. Your Midheaven is the cusp of the 10th house and has to do with your career or place in society. Depending on what sign your ascendant or midheaven are in, they are expressed by the qualities of that sign — so a Leo Midheaven is very different than a Cancer Midheaven.

So, what does it mean when you move? It is very important to remember that you do not ever “lose” the birth chart, wherever you go.  Your birth chart is an imprint that stays with you, but the influence does diminish somewhat as your new location adds new overtones. 

I was born at 4:42am in the Eastern Time Zone. I relocated to the Mountain Time Zone later on in life. That’s two time zones to the west. The relocated chart acts as though I was born at 2:42am in the Mountain Time Zone. My sun sign is the same, as are all the planets. But my relocated ascendant moved back about 24 degrees, from 17 degrees Scorpio to 23 degrees Libra. And my Midheaven moved back about 31 degrees, from 28 degrees Leo to 27 degrees Cancer. And although the planets don’t change signs, they move to different positions in the sky (or different places underneath the earth).

I was born at 4:42am in the Eastern Time Zone. I relocated to the Mountain Time Zone later on in life. That’s two time zones to the west. The relocated chart acts as though I was born at 2:42am in the Mountain Time Zone. My sun sign is the same, as are all the planets. But my relocated ascendant moved back about 24 degrees, from 17 degrees Scorpio to 23 degrees Libra. And my Midheaven moved back about 31 degrees, from 28 degrees Leo to 27 degrees Cancer. And although the planets don’t change signs, they move to different positions in the sky (or different places underneath the earth).

The birth chart
The relocated chart

The difference between the birth chart and relocated chart can be seen in the images I’m providing.  Because each of the 12 houses comprises a different “theme” – like, the 2nd house has to do with possessions, property, and values and the 7th house has to do with marriage and partnership – a planet’s moving from one house to another means that a whole new set of themes for that planet are activated.  (On top of that, any movement and change of the degree and sign of each of the houses means that planets will make a whole new set of aspects to the Ascendant or Midheaven, and aspects to Ascendant and Midheaven of the prior (or birth) location are no longer there.)

In my case, every one of my planets moved one house, except for one — Saturn from the 6th to the 7th house, Venus from the 1st house to the 2nd house, etc. (In my case, the Sun was the planet that didn’t move, staying in the 2nd house. Maybe that was fortuitous!)

We all have free will, and your new location allows you to make new choices as to how to implement new energies and character traits, that didn’t exist before. I’d also add that what I’ve written in this post is only one aspect of relocation astrology. I might consider it the most important building block (and I do) so it’s worth digesting this for a while before moving to the next stage.

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This may be new information for you. I will be looking over some of my other early posts to fill out this teaching on the different facets of relocation astrology. I see the post on Local Space Maps from April 14 but I don’t see a thorough explanation of what an Astro Map is. If I write about that, I can write about how different astrologers interpret how important it is to be close to a planetary line and what the threshold difference is.

I’ll repost another take — an essay I wrote for an online magazine. This post was called “The Basics.” There is some overlap with the above writing.

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If you’ve ever had a birth chart done, you probably know where your Ascendant and Midheaven are.  Your Ascendant being your astrological “mask” (according to the author Jeanne Avery) – the face you show to the world, and the cusp of your 1st house.  The Midheaven being the cusp of your 10th house – the house of career, role or “station” in life.  All the 12 Houses proceed from the 1st house in an orderly manner, although they’re not exactly the same number of degrees per house (unless you live next to the Equator).

Your Ascendant is the point on the horizon where the Sun would be rising if it were rising, at the time of your birth.  Your Midheaven is the point in the sky that the Sun would be at its highest point that day.  It wouldn’t be directly overhead – at a latitude of 40 degrees North it would be to the South, 50 degrees above the horizon at both vernal and autumnal equinoxes, and ranging from 26½ to 73½ degrees above the horizon throughout the year, from solstice to solstice.

Have you ever spent a significant period of time away from your place of birth?  Or, have you lived in different parts of the country or world?  Then you may have observed the effects of having your chart “shift.”  If you were born 2 hours before sunrise in New York City, your going to Denver, CO would shift the chart to being about 4 hours before sunrise, as you move backward 2 time zones and about 30 degrees west longitude across the Earth.  4:42 AM in New York is 2:42 AM in Denver, and New York’s 74 degrees’ west becomes Denver’s 105 degrees west.

Because it’s the same time of year, 30 degrees to the west is likely to move your Ascendant backwards one sign – say, from Scorpio to Libra – and your Midheaven will almost definitely move it backwards one sign.  (The Midheaven moves exactly with longitude).  30 degrees move means that your Ascendant might move backwards, say, 26 or 34 degrees, but your Midheaven moves backwards exactly 30 degrees.  The difference has a lot to do with the 23½ degree tilt of the Earth and the fact that certain Ascendants are more common, the further away from the equator you go.  In the Northern Hemisphere, the most common Ascendants are Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio.  In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the opposite – Aquarius, Pisces, Aries and Taurus.

If your Ascendant shifts backwards somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 degrees, then each of your 12 house cusps will also shift backwards somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 degrees.  And since the planets stay exactly where they are in the zodiac, then what’s likely to happen is most of your planets will move forward one house.

The difference between the birth chart and relocated chart can be seen in these images.  (*)  Because each of the 12 houses comprises a different “theme” – like, the 2nd house has to do with possessions, property, and values and the 7th house has to do with marriage and partnership – a planet’s moving from one house to another means that a whole new set of themes for that planet are activated.  On top of that, any movement and change of the degree and sign of each of the houses means that planets will make a whole new set of aspects to the Ascendant or Midheaven, and aspects to Ascendant and Midheaven of the prior (or birth) location are no longer there.

You can see where this is leading so at this point it is very important to state here that you do not ever “lose” the birth chart, wherever you go.  Your birth chart is an imprint that stays with you, but the influence does diminish somewhat as your new location adds new overtones.  We all have free will, and your new location allows you to make new choices as to how to implement new energies and character traits, that didn’t exist before.

I’ve mostly been talking about changes in longitude making the difference.  It’s true that changes in longitude are more likely to make a difference than changes in latitude.  But not entirely!  The same tilt of the Earth that makes our noon Sun so much higher in the sky in the late spring and early summer also makes the rising and setting signs of each of the planets are not a straight up-and-down longitudinal line, but move at something of a diagonal.  The farther away from the equator, the more diagonal so that changes in latitude can make more of a difference. 

This can be seen on a local space map.  Space maps are related to relocation astrology, but are a whole different type of inquiry, in terms of whether you’d want to have a planet on its own rising line, setting line, midheaven or nadir.  It’s intriguing and helpful (entire books have been written on what local space maps show, and what it means for a planet to be near a “line”), but in a different way than what house a planet is in.  Both are ways to learn more about better or more interesting locations, where you can weigh the pros and cons of somewhere that intrigues you.

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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