(This is a repost of an article I posted on June 27, 2020.)
If you’ve been following my posts — the posting history, which you have access to, includes everything — you’ve read me explain my approach to consultations. If not, I’m going to summarize it here and then move into some other astrologers and astrology sites’ approaches — that’s the post for today.
(My approach to relocation astrology will be the focus of the e-book that I’m in the middle of writing on “how to do a relocation chart.”
I generally focus on three or four things. I focus, yes, on the lines of the Astro Map, and whether the client lives near or on a line, or whether they would like to, and what it really means. This extends to something called Treasure Maps, which exists only on the Sirius 3 software, developed by David Cochrane and a team of computer programmers.
The next thing I do is discuss what houses the planets were in in the birth chart and what houses they’ve moved to, or will move to. And what that exactly means — the planets are likely to have a completely new expression in a new house. This is especially likely to happen if one moves a significant distance east or west, e.g. halfway across the country.
I use a few interpretation tools for planets in houses including the Round Art and Mapping Your Travels and Relocation, but there are others.
Then I deal with everything having to do with the Ascendant and Midheaven. The Ascendant and Midheaven will change in degree, if not in sign, as thirty degrees (one sign) of Midheaven movement corresponds exactly with thirty degrees of movement in longitude, which is about three-fifths of the way across the United States.
And the Ascendant moves somewhere in the neighborhood of thirty degrees, usually between twenty and forty, unless you’re significantly further north. (As an example, my move from NYC to Denver was a movement of 31 degrees for my Midheaven, and 24 degrees for my Ascendant).
If the Ascendant or Midheaven change signs, that’s a big deal.
But just as big a deal is aspects to the Ascendant or Midheaven changing, and any midpoints involving the Ascendant or Midheaven changing. And this doesn’t require nearly as much movement — just 2 or 3 degrees is going to change things. The orbs for midpoints are especially small — 2 degrees for any influence, 0.5 degrees for a strong influence. The orbs for aspects are a bit larger.
I use the same interpretations for aspects — Mapping Your Travels and the Round Art. For midpoints, though, I rely heavily on Parker’s Astrology. There is a 24-page section in that book that goes through every possible midpoint combination — there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 1000 possibilities, of which each of us will have a few dozen in most cases, whatever our location happens to be.
That’s how I do things. Let’s move on to other approaches.
There’s a practicing relocation astrologer named Moses Siregar. He’s been doing this for a while, and he periodically teaches a course to other would-be astrologers on how to do this. He also does the occasional webinar. I want to take his course at some point, but I’ve only discovered him recently and circumstances made it impossible for me to take it right now. (None of us know everything). I think he uses this software for his work.
You can click on the link, but his course schedule is as follows:
- Class 1: Introduction to Holistic Locational Astrology and Ethics
- Class 2: Jim Lewis’s Astro*Carto*Graphy and In Mundo Vs. Zodiacal Mapping (Part 1 of 2)
- Class 3: Jim Lewis’s Astro*Carto*Graphy and the 14 Grahas (Part 2 of 2)
- Class 4: Exaltation/Depression, the Houses, Questions/Examples
- Class 5: Parans (Part 1 of 2)
- Class 6: Parans (Part 2 of 2)
- Class 7: Local Space
- Class 8: Accessing Planetary Condition in Holistic Astrology (Part 1 of 2)
- Class 9: Accessing Planetary Condition in Holistic Astrology (Part 2 of 2)
- Class 10: Geodetics, Tropical and Sidereal
- Class 11: Live Examples/Case Histories (Part 1 of 2)
- Class 12: Live Examples/Case Histories (Part 2 of 2)
Notably, there is an emphasis on parans. Not all astrologers use parans, but some swear by them, and I’m interested in it. A paran is basically a latitude line that occurs when two other planetary lines (those of the four angles) cross each other. So if we have a Venus Ascending line crossing a Jupiter midheaven line, say, at 32 degrees North, that paran line is exactly 32 degrees north and wraps around the entire earth at that latitude.
When I watched his webinar, I was struck by his awareness on the idea of transits. You can move to a great location but have very bad transits when you’re there. You can move to a poor location and have wonderful transits. Since transits are based on time, not place, these are really important observations to make. Siregar calls his practice one of “holistic astrology,” and that’s one reason why.
He also has his experience of what the planets involved in a paran actually amount to. A Venus/Jupiter paran has a different quality than a Mercury/Chiron paran.
Moving on, Heather Eland is offering relocation astrology readings, but she’s always booked. (She offered readings for the first time in nearly a year a few days ago, and was literally booked up within twenty minutes.) I wanted to have her do a reading of me just to see what her approach is. She offers a reading for three locations of your choice.
Astrodienst offers an Astro Map for free. This is my own Astro Map that they’ve produced based on my birth location. Notably, in order to create a square, flat map of a round earth, they’ve expanded the northward areas in order for the land to be proportional and thus, it makes it look like Greenland is almost the size of North America and like Alaska is about half the size of the lower 48. (It’s not the case). Here’s what it says for the Jupiter Ascending line:
Jupiter/AS Line 21 km
- Without any doubt, this line is one of the best and most pleasant places to stay in terms of the global horoscope. You are self-confident, enjoy the trust and faith in others and appear happy and optimistically enthusiastic. You are surrounded by an aura of confidence, freedom and loyalty.
- You are generous and open-minded towards others. Your opinion shows tolerance, insight and kindness. New mental flashes abound to broaden your horizon and instil a deeply religious and spiritual belief. Overseas connections are extremely positive, and when planning or undergoing long journeys, you gain from the cosmopolitan atmosphere of these regions.
- You will certainly spend a happy and relaxing time at these places. You do need to be careful though that you don’t succumb to all the culinary temptations, otherwise a considerable weight gain will hardly be avoidable!
Nicely, AstroDienst offers harmonious aspects and disharmonious aspects. It gets a bit cluttered, but you can click on any line. Here’s what it says about Pluto in harmonious aspect (trine or sextile, to the Midheaven).
- Here, you have power and influence at your disposal. Both privately and professionally, you make long overdue changes, are prepared to restructure difficult parts of your personal life and lay down basically new work concepts. Displays of power or competition are met with your independent inner strength.
- During the important phases of your development, you get the necessary impetus to make changes. Your productive capacity is stretched to the maximum. Although there is everyday stress and tension, you have the benefit of a seemingly inexhaustible supply of energy in all your dealings.
Here’s what it says about Jupiter square the Midheaven. Both of these aspects are fairly close to me.
- Under the influence of these regions, it is advisable to seek the opinions of outsiders when making important decisions, as your own evaluation is coloured by a sometimes exaggerated sense of ambition and unrealistic optimism. You have limitless faith in your progress, growth and expansion. Here you could lose sight of the actual facts and overestimate your own capabilities. Be careful not to become involved in risky, speculative ventures.
- You are after success at any cost, but your public reputation could be suffering as a result of your difficulty to differentiate between fantasy and reality. Others may see you as arrogant. At this place you should be a little more modest and listen to the honest advice of your friends.
It kind of begs the question — why do a reading with any astrologer I mention (or, for that matter, me), when you can DIY for free on someplace like AstroDienst?
Well, first of all, with the AstroDienst maps you can’t see exactly what cities these lines are super-near to. It looks like both the Pluto sextile Midheaven line and the Jupiter square Midheaven line both appear like they’re close to western Texas/eastern Colorado, but, truth be told, the Pluto line is close to Denver, where I live, but the Jupiter line is significantly further away.
This is easier to see on the more versatile Sirius 3 rather than AstroDienst or Time Passages. And an astrologer offers (in the best cases) empathy, discrimination, questions to you as to what you really want, and a thoroughness in painstakingly uncovering interpretations from multiple sources that you’d have a hard time doing yourself to the extent needed.