What interpretations do you prioritize, and why?

Every person who is into astrology — from the beginners to the world-renowned astrologers — read and follow certain things and not others. David Cochrane mentioned in our Vibrational Astrology classes (I’m paraphrasing) that “each of us takes a very specific slice of astrology,” a small slice, really. He also said that we shouldn’t try to know everything — because we can’t; not even the greatest astrologers are capable of this. Trying would just stress us out and even demoralize us.

So when two people who know a lot about astrology but haven’t interacted with each other get together and talk, they very well may be talking past each other. There could even be an expectation (which is unfulfilled) that their counterpart know certain things that they actually don’t know.

The other day I was talking with Aria Gmitter, who was in our Vibrational Astrology class and who edits YourTango, an online magazine with a rather large readership, about different things (including syndicating my articles on her website, which is great) and we also talked about astrology for part of that conversation.

She mentioned something about critical degrees. I have to admit that I haven’t paid that much attention to critical degrees, which is just where a planet it — where I think it means it’s either between 29 degrees and 30 degrees of a sign or 0 degrees to 1 degree of a sign. Or maybe it involves other degrees — 7 to 8? 15 to 16? It’s not my focus.

I will say that I do, as I’ve written about before, tend to evaluate the degree of a planet on a scale of 0 to 30 degrees, where the higher the degree the more mature expression of a planet. Somebody with Moon at 2 degrees of any sign may be dealing with very primitive emotions, and I have to say that a woman I’m about to have a date with has Mars at 29 degrees, which is great — a mature expression of ego. My Mars is at 26 degrees (Aquarius) and I do tend to appreciate people with mature egos.

My point is that Aria has been studying astrology for a lot less time than I have and yet she knows things that I don’t. This should not be overlooked.

My background in astrology started in late 1997 where my friend Gina exposed me to something called “Personology” which was a newly formed form of astrology that evaluates people for their personality. I don’t know how she found it, although she is a librarian so she has a keen eye for this.

(Actually, a few years earlier my esoteric practice started with the Pythagorean Numerology of Dan Millman as expressed in his book, “The Life You Were Born To Live.” But that’s numerology, not astrology.)

Back to Personology. I read The Secret Language of Relationships around the end of 1997, and The Secret Language of Birthdays came out the same year and I looked at it a little bit. I’ve mentioned the book in a recent post, but I’ll review — it divides the zodiac into 48 periods, defines them, and does each period’s relationship with each other period, which is 482 divided by 2, or 1152 possible matchups.

I was excited to learn this. I told people it changed my life. I was practically bragging about it to my hair stylist, and she said, “But what’s your ascendant?”

What’s that? I asked. If you read this blog, you probably know what an ascendant (or rising sign) is, but she pointed me to Jeanne Avery’s book “The Rising Sign : Your Astrological Mask.” This is an older book; it came out in 1983. I learned I was a Scorpio rising — wow, intense, incisive, powerful. (I was proud of my Scorpio rising, and didn’t really think of the drawbacks of it that much until I endeavored to leave it behind — which is all about relocation). Avery’s book just allots about 40 pages to each rising sign and tells a very long story about each.

From there I found “The Idiot’s Guide to Astrology” sometime in early 1998. Yes, that is a thing. A comprehensive book going into all facets of astrology. It makes it easy. The book had just come out, too. It was praised on the cover by the late Noel Tyl. Wow, my timing was pretty good for going into this field, even as just a student. Do not feel like an idiot for reading this book; it systematically and orderly fills in almost every gap that a beginning or even intermediate astrologer has.

The fourth and final of my formative early sources came from a co-worker. It was called The Round Art : The Astrology of Time and Space. This is a very difficult book to describe but it has beauty and brains and profound powers of observation. The book was so profound that it even contributed to my instability and was one of the reasons I checked myself into the main psychiatric hospital in Pittsburgh for the fifth and final time around the Summer Solstice 1999. (Some books are dangerous, even if they are incredibly useful. Embrace the danger, or don’t.)

I got into many other books over the following years and I’m going to try to distill them in some orderly way into this article, unless that makes the article too long. But those were the “big four.” They were books I related to in a way, that other books that many astrologers swear by, I didn’t.

What does this say about me? That I’m interested in personality and character, that I’m interested in the “story” behind a planetary position (Avery and the Idiot’s Guide are great about stories), that I’m interested in psychology in a basic yet profound way.

My father was an educator. He wasn’t a university professor. He was a teacher, covering social studies, mainly for junior high school students; he also taught Special Ed and spent years as an evaluator of children. All of this was in NYC schools, and he retired in 1990. (Mom always said he didn’t know how to run a classroom, but that’s a different story).

The basic environment I grew up in had to do with concepts of basic education — things that are relatively introductory but have a good deal of depth and clarity — things that can still be incredibly useful. I dabbled in a lot of areas of life — I was particularly good at math in my early years, then became disillusioned when I had to take more advanced calculus and basically abandoned that kind of math and went into the humanities.

I studied journalism, politics, philosophy, activism, and, eventually history. I try to be broad-minded in what I try to get into. That does also apply to the astrology I study. The four “big, introductory” sources I read when I got started could not be more different.

I was a big fan of Listening to Prozac, the book that came out in 1993 that talks about how antidepressants not only correct a chemical imbalance (which is measured kind of arbitrarily by clinical personnel, anyway) but can transform the personality (with stories, there are always stories). This was a very influential book for me in trying to get a handle on my own brain, my own cognition. And it wasn’t until 2010 that I got where I needed to be on it.

When I showed the book to a psychiatrist sometime in the mid-1990s, he derisively referred to it as a “pop book.”

Now, what is a pop book? To the psychiatrist trained in medicine through a post-secondary education lasting 10 years (or more) — well, don’t get me started. There is a certain lack of “human-ness” (or humanity) among many trained in that field — it is not “medicine,” it deals in unquantifiable things. It may, I must say, be the reason that outcomes for psychiatric patients run a spectrum, but average mediocre at best. Outcomes are not that good precisely because the humanity of such a doctor has been trained out of them. (There are some really bright exceptions!)

Psychiatrists can be snobs but most people are hungering for something a little different. It is not hard for me to argue that the salaries for (good) therapists vs. (average) psychiatrists should be reversed.

Why is that? A good therapist should at least have the tools for a humanistic practice. She should at least be interested in the humanity of the person she is talking to. Chemical imbalances are real, but they cannot be solved by medicine alone. They require a thing called love.

And again, medicine does often do different things than what psychiatrists think it does. Having more serotonin or dopamine in the brain, if fully understood as to the implications (which is what good discourse does) can in fact transform the personality. I am a living example of this.

Bringing this back to the practice of astrology, I am struck by the advanced nature of some of the sources I have. Some of it is challenging and I’m going to try to distill some books I have lying around me.

Right now I’m looking at Communicating the Horoscope (1995, Llewellyn Publications). This is up my alley. I’m not so impressed by Noel Tyl’s introduction (he edited the book), it gets into abstractions that go over my head. What I’m interested in are the chapters, each written by a different astrologer with a different training, most written by women. I’m going to go down the list and distill some of the chapters for you.

  • The Magic of the Consultation Time — Christian Borup
  • Creative Listening and Empathy — Haloli Q. Richter
  • A Communication Model for Astrologers — Diana Stone
  • Solving Problems: Key Questions to Ask Your Client — Donna Cunningham
  • When the Client Avoids the Issue — Karen M. Hamaker-Zondag
  • Bottom-Line Astrology — Susie Cox
  • Telling Stories To Make Your Point — Jeff Jawer
  • Working with Measurement, Memory, and Myth — Wendy Z. Ashley

Because all of this is so important for an astrological counselor to grasp, I’m going to be distilling this further in a future post. It looks really good.

For the longest time I figured that even though I knew a lot about astrology, and learning more constantly, I would never make a good astrologer. A good astrologer will listen to their client — will empathize with them, identify their problems, come up with helpful solutions. Maybe it was about four or five years ago that started to change and I began to become more confident. Moving to Denver, CO, with Jupiter moving into my first house really helped. Having a strong 17 vibration (strong connections in my 17th harmonic — empathic, interested in the stories of others) helps too.

Whether I am such a good astrologer or not is kind of irrelevant. What is relevant is that there is a skill set and a certain personality needed. For Myers-Briggs, I am an INFP. Let me say this in a different way. I am not an INTP, although maybe I was much earlier in life. The kind of astrologer who can act as a life coach generally requires the “NF” type, whether the ENFP, ENFJ, INFP, or INFJ. They are not the ones writing hard-to-read books or trying to “outthink” (or outrank) their fellow astrologers.

If you can create such a bond with your client, to resonate well, that ultimately matters a lot more than your grasp of a certain concept unless that concept is directly relevant to the client’s psyche. And, as I’ve said, each of us has our own slice of the astrology pie, not the whole thing.

Okay, just to reinforce the sense of pop literature, I’m going to end this with an article on Mercury Retrograde. Y’all are probably waiting for it to end.

Venus Lines

Venus is a benefic planet — some astrologers think it is is the most benefic — and I’ll be focusing on both the planetary lines and the house placements over the next couple of weeks. (We’ve covered Sun, Moon, and Mercury planetary lines, as well as Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn house placements, in earlier posts).

First, the planetary lines. Let’s review what an Astro Map looks like. This is the map of someone I did a relocation reading for about a year ago.

An Astro Map of the entire earth

You can see both Ascending and Descending lines running diagonally from North to South and back again. This person’s chart almost has the Bowl shape — planets are distributed among 7 houses and 192 degrees, with nothing on the other side. Descending lines are slightly fainter than Ascending lines, and the vertical Midheaven and Nadir lines are solid and dashed lines, respectively.

The Venus symbol is a little hard to make out, but it’s the only set of planetary lines in the color green. Zooming in we see the Venus line:

Venus Ascending line in green

You will notice that the Venus Ascending line is closer to vertical than any other line on the map. That’s because Venus is at 6 degrees Virgo, which is pretty close to the Libra-Virgo cusp, where, if the planet was a star, would give us pretty close to daylight; Venus spends 12 hours above and below the horizon if it happens to be on the Virgo-Libra cusp (or the Pisces-Aries cusp, for that matter).

You can see the Venus ascending line comes very close to both Montreal and New York City, before passing south through the Dominican Republic, then Venezuela, western Brazil, Bolivia, and Argentina. We are using Time Passages to generate this map and the interpretation for the Venus Ascending line is as follows:

With Venus on the Ascendant, this place puts you in touch with the things in life that bring you pleasure and joy. A sense of wealth could accompany your footsteps while visiting this locale or you could experience a sharpened sense of financial acumen. Your artist self could easily become inspired here. You might also be drawn to the aesthetics of this particular culture and environment. You might desire to collect things, particularly beautiful things, which somehow come easily to you in this place. This location also has a tendency to inspire sensuality in you, and your desire to connect with others. You could find yourself falling into infatuations with people you encounter. You might benefit from bundling some humility and a sense of appreciation into your suitcase. It could be important that you develop a sustaining quality to your passions while you are here, and learn to pace yourself in the pursuit of your pleasures.

Dan Furst, who I like to draw from (his book is “Finding Your Best Places: Using Astrocartography to Navigate Your Life”) has it as follows:

A Venus line pointing east to the Asc is more likely to favor individual artistic achievements than shared success, but it surely can’t hurt that we will appear more beautiful under this line.

Moving on to the Venus in the Midheaven, the map mostly goes through Eastern Europe, including the Balkans, south through Central Africa:

The Venus MC line is a solid vertical line, corresponding, in each location, to the highest point the sun will reach that day.

Time Passages has the interpretation as follows:

With Venus on the Midheaven, this place brings aesthetics and partnership with others to the forefront. Linking up with people that you meet or bring to this area will form a large portion of your success here. You may feel a sense of destiny or fate at play when you are in these parts, especially when it comes to expressing your artistry, and that the public accepts, recognizes and even encourages you in your pursuits. This place can also become your very own pleasure-seeker’s paradise, being ideal for investing in your financial future and for acquiring valuable possessions. If your Venus is challenged, you could let your ambitions run away with you, or find you get easily caught up in status symbols. However, with a little luck and a positive focus, you may find that grace and beauty become your implements for success in this locale, and that cultivating a sense of pleasure pays off both literally and figuratively.

Dan Furst has Venus Midheaven line a little differently:

While all four of the Venus lines are good for money, the two best love lines are the ones pointing up to the MC, and west to the Descendant. As the vertical Venus on the MC line carries the nuance of a spiritually nourishing union, it happens often that people find, or have already begun, happy marriages or other intimate relationships with partners who were born under this line, or whom they encounter there.

Looking at the Venus on the Descendant line (the Descendant, being the cusp of the 7th house, is all about partnerships), the map looks like:

The Venus Descending line, which is all about relationships.

You can see the line moving southward through Siberia, eastern China (where there are a LOT of really big cities), and southeast Asia including Indonesia, missing Australia to the south. Time Passages interprets it as follows:

With Venus on the Descendent, relationship issues predominate for you in this place. You may find that here, you feel strangely incomplete unless and until you have formed a deep bond with a significant other. You could find yourself in these parts motivated to learn the art of relationship, mastering your ability to consider other’s needs as important as your own. You might form connections in this part of the world that focus on pleasure and riches of either the aesthetic or financial kind. At its most challenging, you could also attract others in this place who force you into lessons in love, or who over-express Venusian qualities, appearing hedonistically pleasure seeking or extremely materialistic. As you learn to more consciously express your own sense of beauty and the wealth within you, you could find yourself in partnerships here where you easily manifest the finer things in life and pleasurably share in their enjoyment.

Dan Furst simply says:

The Venus-Dsc line is not called the Marriage Line for nothing.

The most fascinating of the Venus lines is the Venus IC line, or Nadir (not really the Nadir, it is really just the lowest point the sun will reach underneath the earth. Many astrologers use the terms interchangeably.

The Venus IC line goes directly through Oahu!

Time Passages has the interpretation as follows:

With Venus at the Nadir, you will find this place to be the embodiment of rest, enjoyment and creativity. You may find that when visiting in this locale you can take a step back from the world and relax into your privacy. Making a home for yourself comes easily here. You could find this to be an ideal place for an artist’s retreat or for raising children or retiring. Your connections with family and friends become more important, and may take precedence over work or partnership concerns. You enjoy touch, and touching beautiful things. If your Venus is challenged, you may find that you have to watch your tendency to get lost in the comforts. At its best, however you take great joy in home, homeland and family when in these parts and begin to master the high art of self-care. Whether you find yourself planting a garden, pulling out the art supplies or wandering through the nearest countryside, you will enjoy a life in the body as well as in the mind.

Dan Furst gives us the goods, though:

The Venus line going down to the Nadir may be the best and most dangerous one, at least for those who are engaged in spiritual practice. Here life is so easy, materially and emotionally — we may be supported by another, and not have to earn a living — that we lack nothing except a soul life, and we may lose all sense of striving toward spiritual goals. That’s why I call this the Gina Lollobrigida line, for the high-end, low-talent starlet who made a life of being supported by generous men. Yes, enjoy this line if you’ve had years of exasperating struggle. But beware of getting stuck there.

The Venus lines do not make all of a Venus interpretation. Most people in the world would have a difficult time moving near a line, mostly because of material restrictions. Venus is also important in whatever house the client happens to be living in. Having a first house Venus versus a second house Venus, etc. makes a huge difference. We’ll cover that (like we’ve covered Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn), using different interpretive tools, in a future post.

Redux: “I don’t know if I believe in that.”

Somebody I talked with a couple of days ago (we were having an online date) said the above. I’ve addressed this before. Relocation astrology is met with skepticism even by people who are into astrology. I think it’s necessary to address this because I think that how we talk about relocation astrology, what kinds of things we accept as truth, can influence how they are taken by the public.

I have taken an expansive view of relocation astrology. An astrologer I talked with over four years ago, before I moved more than halfway across the country, talked with me. (She is the wife of the person who is teaching our Vibrational Astrology course, and does a lot of the administrative work for the school). This was after I had visited Colorado but before I moved there. I talked about the idea of my ascendant changing, and her blunt response to me was,

“You’re always a Scorpio rising. Your ascendant doesn’t change.”

It was disconcerting. Well, the proof would be in the pudding as I moved less than a month later.

I had planned this move for several months. I even sold my car and bought a Subaru Forester precisely because it was tall enough to hold a dog carrier, and I needed a dog carrier to transport my cat, something large enough with food and a litter pan. I’d be driving for three days.

I left on May 4, 2016. I arrived in Boulder late in the day on May 6. (You try transporting a cat across the country for three days. All I can say is that Day 2 was the easiest and Day 3 was the hardest, where she gave out meows and noises that made me think she was dying.)

I had lived in Pittsburgh, and my stops were the Chicago area and Omaha, NE. I was following my planetary lines. I have Jupiter opposite Saturn in my birth chart, with a 3 1/2 degree orb, and my Saturn descending line (which again, are diagonal lines), is about 100 miles east of Omaha and my Jupiter ascending line is about 100 miles west of Omaha. Somewhere around there is where my Scorpio ascendant relocates to Libra as I go further west.

I have said this before: The biggest reason I moved was to get Jupiter in my first house. As I eventually passed through my Jupiter ascending line relatively early in the day on May 6. I had noticed it a year ago when I visited. It was subtle, but it was there. There was the change in affect. There wasn’t that feeling of contentment anymore (Jupiter 12th house characteristic), but there was the feeling of capability, optimism, self-confidence, vitality, and some of the other things that I read. This stayed with me for the final six hours of my drive.

Fast forward over the following months for a second. The capability took a fair amount of time to manifest, like building up a skill set, a muscle. This takes time for it to fully manifest.

When I arrived in Boulder with my cat, I started noticing those Libra rising traits. One obvious one was the change that Jeanne Avery described:

“His psychic awareness or perceptions can be quite acute, coming to him on a plane of “knowingness”. He doesn’t receive flashes of inspiration, he simply “knows.”

That’s compared to Scorpio rising, where the epiphany is everything. I noticed this change in particular once I had arrived and was settling in to my first of several AirBnb rentals before settling for good.

If Scorpio rising was still supposed to have an influence on me, it wasn’t obvious that it did anymore. There was a fundamental change in my thinking and in my psyche. There was a lack of paranoia. I am starting to conclude that the characteristics you exude are, in part, a choice.

My date, on the other hand, is born with Leo rising. I haven’t relocated her chart yet, but it would almost certainly relocate to Cancer, or an outside chance of even Gemini! It wouldn’t be in Leo anymore. And yet, her Leo rising characteristics were clear as a bell — I noticed them pretty quick. In Avery’s book, the first two paragraphs of the section on Leo goes as follows:

“Leo is the royal sign The person with this ascendant is dramatic, regal in his bearing, and certainly in control of any situation. Leo rising is the ascendant of “kingship”; the symbol is the lion, king of the beasts. (You can see the natural comparison). Leadership and executive ability are easy for one with this ascendant. It seems that he came into this world to express individuality, dominance, and strength. When he walks into a room, he exudes a vibrancy that is not easily ignored. There is no doubt about his dramatic ability, as that seems to be a natural quality for him to express. He is the actor of the zodiac.

“The ruler of Leo is the Sun. Since the Sun is the source of heat, energy, and light, the kind of dynamic personality that goes with this ascendant is especially sparkling. Leo rising is literally a ball of fire. His energy is almost always high. He is an extrovert and can be somewhat of an exhibitionist at heart. If he is the shy type of Leo, he still commands attention. He can be the life of any party and is never at a loss for social invitations and friendship. Everyone else may actually seem a little tame in comparison.”

(The book was published in 1982, where pronouns still defaulted to “he” and “him”, for what it’s worth.)

So whereas a friend who I made a couple of years ago back east, one with both Scorpio sun AND Scorpio rising, remarked to me that she didn’t think I acted like a Scorpio rising, my date has appeared to embrace her Leo rising characteristics, even though the relocated sign has clearly moved backwards one, or possibly even two signs.

In general, this difference is worth exploring through research. The research should be targeted and using sophisticated methodologies that accept assumptions based on astrological sources like Jeanne Avery’s The Rising Sign, but also other sources I use (which have been mentioned a lot and which I use in my own practice). I would be honored to develop such a study.

This is more data we can have. There are many people who will take issue with something someone says about their chart — “this isn’t me.” It doesn’t happen all that often, but it does happen. When it comes to relocation, I suspect it has something to do with freedom of choice, which is not absolute, of course.

There are some changes we can’t control, and I’ve mentioned some of them (like the talents and skills we might bring to a completely different occupation that we wouldn’t have even fathomed that we can do. This happens a lot with people.

A friend remarked to me that the relocation tends to “add” new characteristics, new possibilities. We definitely need to look into this more.

The Secret Language of Relationships (this has nothing to do with relocation)

In 1997, Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers published a landmark book called “The Secret Language of Relationships. Elffers’ role was to illustrate the book — quite a feat, as I’ll explain — and produce the book. (Elffers also produced the trilogy, The 48 Laws of Power, the 33 Principles of War, and The Art of Seduction — all also very important books which came out over the following few years). Goldschneider did 40 years of biological research for the Secret Language series, which might be an even bigger feat.

Yes, I said, Secret Language series. There are several books in the series; the first two — Relationships, and Birthdays, came out around the same time. And let me tell you that there are world-renowned astrologers (who shall not be named) who are so narrowly focused on their own work that they have never even heard of these books!

That’s too bad, as in my view it’s important to draw one’s experience using a broad variety of sources. It’s the only way I can do things, really.

I want to focus on the Secret Language of Relationships, primarily. That book divides the zodiac up into 48 periods instead of 12. You have Pisces-Aries cusp, Aries I, Aries II, Aries III, Aries-Taurus cusp, Taurus I, Taurus II, Taurus III, Taurus-Gemini cusp, Gemini I … (and so on, all the way to where it finishes at Pisces III).

It gives a four-page spread for each of the 48 periods. The spread goes into what these archetypes are and what part of the cycle of life the archetypes derive from. For example, my own period is Sagittarius II, the Week of the Originator (covering December 3-10) and my own essence draws from rather late in the cycle, or that of a 60-year old. Somebody born on March 25 (Aries I), has rather the essence drawing from that of a 1 or 2 year old. That doesn’t mean they act as such, it’s just a point of identification — drawing from an archetype.

Strengths and weaknesses are also discussed for each period. The Sagittarius II period is Unusual/Ardent/Talented, as well as Peculiar/Irresponsible/Rejected. (In my defense, I have a Capricorn moon, which is supposed to make me more responsible. We would think so, anyway.)

Once the 48 periods have been identified and discussed, which takes up about the first 20% of the book, Relationships then does every single combination — every period’s relationship with every other period. That’s 482 divided by two, or 1152. (An Aries I/Sagittarius II is the same as a Sagittarius II/Aries I, which is why it’s divided by two).

It does a half page spread on each of these matchups, again discussing strengths and weaknesses and which type of relationships are better or worse for such combination — Marriage, Love, Friendship, Family, or Work are the typical areas discussed, although they might also go into Business Partnership, or Sibling, or Acquaintance, etc. This takes up the next 576 pages of the book. (It’s a big book!)

You can see why Goldschneider had to do 40 years of biographical research to get this book done. The commitment of some of these astrologers is remarkable.

To illustrate that, I’m going to read from a random combination. I seem to have settled on Aries III/Cancer-Leo cusp. (Aries III is “The Week of the Pioneer”, April 11-18, Cancer-Leo cusp is “The Cusp of Oscillation,” July 19-25). It’s entitled “A Peak Experience” and it’s on page 291.

“Dominated by the fiery aspects of both its partners, this relationship is striking for its intensity of feeling, sexuality or simply energy. Love between these two can be ardent and romantic, featuring trips to unusual places, physically challenging and dangerous endeavors, sexual or druglike highs and revelations abounding. Should such peak experiences or epiphanies materialize on just a few occasions, they may be enough to ensure the relationship’s continuance. Should they be constantly sought for, however, they can grow addictive, the pure love once felt becoming muddled and dangerously unrealistic. A potentially painful and destructive separation may be necessary. To avoid this, Aries III’s need to keep their self-sacrificial streak from getting out of control, and Cancer-Leos to beware of getting lost in possessiveness or overly needy demands.

“Both Aries III’s and Cancer-Leos are dauntless and courageous, making them good companions in challenging adventures and also protective parents and friends. Aries III’s, however, generally have a high energy level, particularly when engaged in a project, while Cancer-Leos are prone to great fluctuations of energy and mood. If a Cancer-Leo goes into a depressive phase, this can create conflicts with an Aries III, who won’t like hearing complaints and is likely to be worn down by excessive negativity. Should a Cancer-Leo fall into a downward spiral in the middle of a joint endeavor, an Aries III will likely grow impatient and frustrated, and may want to discontinue this working relationship. Aries III’s who are married to Cancer-Leos tend to be more understanding of their moods, but even a deep love can be eroded away over time.

“Cancer-Leo children are apt to find Aries III parents less than sympathetic to their emotional state. The Aries III will listen to, think about and discuss their problems, but may never really empathize. As a result, Cancer-Leo offspring often feel misunderstood by what they perceive as a godlike Aries III parent.

“Advice: Go with the flow. Life has its ups and downs. Cultivate patience and understanding. Strive for empathy. Put matters of the heart first.

“Strengths: Arden, Romantic, Revelatory.

“Weaknesses: Impatient, Moody, Addictive.

“Best: Companionship. Worst: Work.”

What they’ve written here is just one combination. Goldschneider does this for every single one of the other 1151 combinations. Again, 40 years of biographical research.

Many prospective astrologers think that they have to reinvent the wheel and come up with their own original system. OR, said astrologers have to train with another world-renowned astrologer exclusively and learn verbatim the conclusions they’ve made. I don’t subscribe to either of these notions. I, personally, would find it very difficult to tether myself to another astrologer, and my powers of observation are not so keen that I see things on my own, per se.

I think it is good to stand on the shoulders of giants but, if you have the ability to discriminate among different potential truths, picking and choosing among the best systems is important. No world-renowned astrologer is always right. (Nobody is always right — don’t forget that). Experience, too, is important, and humility in the face of experience is crucial.

This would be a helpful book for you, too — you, like anyone, want successful relationships. I’m now going to look at the Sagittarius II/Pisces I, as I believe this is my next prospect…. ūüėČ

Different approaches to relocation astrology

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.

This is what a sample Treasure Map looks like, this one in particular delineating good locations for the category of Friendship and Family.

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‚Äôs Astro*Carto*Graphy and In Mundo Vs. Zodiacal Mapping (Part 1 of 2)
  • Class 3: Jim Lewis‚Äôs 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.

We just had an eclipse

Yesterday, we had an annular eclipse. Eclipses generally happen once per year, and occur when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. The annular eclipse involves the Moon being somewhat closer to the Earth than it usually is, therefore not completely blocking out the Sun, where we see a “ring of fire.”

The reason eclipses happen once per year as opposed to, say, once per month, is that the Moon’s orbit is slightly tilted relative to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. It’s tilted about 5 degrees. If it wasn’t tilted, the Moon would pass directly in front of the Sun every time there was a new Moon. (We’d also have a lunar eclipse every month at the time there’s a full Moon.

The point where the planes, or orbits, intersect are known as the Nodes. There is a North Node, which has to do with the things you were put on this earth to do, and there is, exactly opposite on the chart wheel, a South Node, which has to do with the things you came into this lifetime already knowing what to do, that you don’t particularly get rewarded for.

When either of the nodes becomes conjunct with the Sun and Moon (Sun is only conjunct Moon during a new Moon), that’s where the eclipse happens. This year’s eclipse was only total in a line stretching from eastern Africa, through Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, northern India, and China. Right now, about two days after the eclipse, the Sun is only three degrees from the North Node, on the Gemini-Cancer cusp.

I didn’t want to talk Astrology today, though. I wanted to recap my experience with the first and only total solar eclipse I ever experienced, the Great American Eclipse, which itself took place near a cusp, the Leo-Virgo cusp, on August 21, 2017.

I live in Denver, CO, and the total solar eclipse was not happening all that far from me. I was late to the party, though, having learned that it was within driving distance only a few weeks (or at most a month) before the event. I found that it could be seen in Casper, WY — northward on I-25 — but realized a little later that I didn’t have to drive that far; there was a state park, Glendo State Park, about 100 miles north of Cheyenne.

I got some eclipse sunglasses that blocked out most of the light, and only showed the Sun as a relatively faint disc.

I didn’t know anything about the park but I figured that they were allowing visitors, given the circumstance. But Cheyenne was 100 miles north of me, meaning that it would be a 200-mile drive one way to get to Glendo State Park. Since this was starting early in the morning, and since traffic was expected to be a problem, 200 miles one way was a bit much — I needed to find a hotel or bed-and-breakfast.

Thus began the ordeal of trying to find something affordable. Of which there wasn’t anything. People had been planning for this event for months or even years, and prices were at least fivefold what they would usually be. Then I did find a hotel that was offering lodging for — get this — about $60 per night. Weird. I didn’t think too much about it; I just made the reservation.

Days before the event I was notified that the hotel’s offer of $60 was a glitch and there were no vacancies. I was told that because of the mistake, Booking.com would reimburse me for the hotel of my choice. I would just have to wait for the reimbursement. I found a hotel for about $600/night, the rep at Booking said that was reasonable, and I would only have to file paperwork in order to get reimbursed.

(It turned out there was a fair amount of red tape and hassle to be reimbursed, but I persisted and several weeks later eventually got my money back.)

I arrived to Cheyenne on Sunday night the 20th. I had this idea that I’d have the ability to work out the morning of the 21st, but in any case set my alarm for about 2:30 in the morning. (I am not a morning person). I slept through the alarm but then woke up around 3. There wasn’t enough time to get a workout in. I gathered my things and got in my car and started the 100 mile drive to the state park around 4:30 in the morning. It was still dark. It was going to be a LONG day for me, too — I had a radio show at midnight that night, that wouldn’t end until 3am.

The sun came up by the time I reached Glendo. Of course there was someone there offering admission, and it was only $6. I went through the gate and looked for someplace to go. I took a road that passed through encampments that overlooked a large lake. I picked on and went down a little steep hill (Subaru Foresters are good for this) and there were already people there. It was about 6am.

I was very lucky to pick an encampment where there were people setting up a telescope — actual scientists. They’d be able to put the scope in the right place and we’d be able to look at the sun throughout the morning. All there was left to do was wait — and socialize, as people started trickling in, and the morning developed, without clouds in the sky.

There was a family who came in not long after I got there. The man was fascinating — a born-again Christian who was one of the most present people I have ever met. He came right up to me and started talking to me, acknowledging what was so — he and I in the same space, “here we are.”

He had come all the way from Colorado Springs that morning — at least 250 miles; he must have left his house not long after midnight.

We had discussions throughout the morning. He came across to me as an impossible inspiration, not impossible in terms of “couldn’t happen” but impossible for me to achieve. He had eschewed antidepressants in his life. That was definitely something I couldn’t do, as I thought of the cognitive benefits that they provided. We had as I recalled a discussion, sitting down, of philosophy that turned into theology — a rewarding conversation for me in particular.

I recognized his born-again — I could even identify with it — but cautioned him about becoming a fundamentalist. I wouldn’t have wanted him to start believing that the world was created by God in seven days. Oh, and it was within one day of his birthday — a Leo-Virgo type; observant.

I spoke with others throughout the morning — the scientists, and one educated young woman who I tried to make aware of the reasons Trump won those midwestern voters in those Rust Belt states — yes, he was a con man, but he made them feel heard, was the gist of what I was saying. It didn’t go over particularly well, but I tend to not have a filter when I’m running on five hours sleep. And no, I voted against Trump).

All of a sudden I heard, “FIRST CONTACT!”

I quickly put on my eclipse sunglasses and lo and behold, that moon had taken a tiny, tiny bite out of the sun. It was 10:24AM.

It would be more than a whole hour (11:45AM) before the eclipse was total. And we didn’t really notice much of a change — other than looking through our sunglasses — until about 11:30. In order to fully understand that, it makes sense to do some math.

Pretend you’re coming out of an eclipse. 1 second out, there is a little bit of sunlight. 2 seconds out, there is twice as much sunlight. 4 seconds out, twice as much sunlight as with 2 seconds out. 8 seconds out, twice as much sunlight as with 4 seconds out.

Now put that in reverse, and elongate the timeline. 8 minutes out, there’s a small sliver of sunlight. 4 minutes out, half as much sunlight. 2 minutes out, half as much sunlight.

Looking directly at the sun without sunglasses, it was very difficult to tell that most of the sun was hidden, even five minutes before totality. And yes, the light outside seemed to get more metallic in nature, and the little animals — crickets, frogs, etc., that were all around us — seemed to be acting a little differently. And you could see the light going through the tree branches, making little crescent shapes on the ground.

1 minute, half as much. 30 seconds, half as much. 15 seconds, 8 seconds, 4 seconds, 2 seconds, 1 second. The changes start slow and the darkness sneaks up on you. We were watching the small crescent lights between the shadows that the branches of the trees were making. It was changing, a little bit faster, and then — slips into darkness.

We all gasped.

I had taken pictures throughout, but I don’t think I had any of the totality itself. It looked like a little black bubble with a faint white outline. It was about as light as maybe halfway through twilight, or maybe even slightly darker. We could still see each other. We were in awe. I had thought of going down to the lake, but for some reason decided against it; instead, I was sitting on the ground.

It lasted for 2 minutes and 28 seconds.

Noting the speed by which it was going to get light, in that reverse-exponential way that was a mirror image of the darkness, I was ready with my camera. I took a picture just a few seconds after the sun had popped out again.

Well, that was our climax. That educated woman who was probably wondering if I was a Trump supporter ended up talking with me again about other things. The crescent shapes were out, except in reverse.

I talked a bit more with people — discussing with the scientists my awe of how they could get eclipses so precise, years in advance. I don’t know how NASA gets its data for future events, but it was amazing to me.

For some reason, the Sun, Moon, and Moon’s Node are not listed here as exactly the same degrees and minutes. The North Node is 4 degrees from both the Sun and Moon. I’m going to try to figure out why this is.

Then I determined that I’d need to get an early start out of there just to be safe and get to the radio station long before midnight. I said goodbye and walked to my car and turned it around and went up the hill. It was not long after noon, and the sun was still partially occluded.

It was three miles to get to the park exit, and there was so much traffic from all of the other encampments that it took nearly four hours to get there. Now it was 4pm, and still about 200 miles to get home AND I was running on minimal sleep.

And with all the people using their cell phones, GPS simply wasn’t working on the drive back to Denver. There was still stop and go traffic on I-25 and, while filling up my gas tank, still north of Cheyenne around 6:30 in the afternoon, I called our station chief and told him that I wasn’t sure if I’d get to the station in time to do my show.

It was starting to get dark by the time I reached Cheyenne. It was still another 100 miles to get to the station. Traffic was starting to thin out but it was still well below the speed limit. Worrying throughout about making time, I got to the station around 11pm.

Our next total solar eclipse in the U.S. will occur on April 8, 2024 and will move diagonally from Texas northeastward to Maine.

There are astrologers who write books on eclipses and how they affect the financial world, in particular. One I personally know, Bill Meridian, was able to make a good living as a financial astrologer and wrote a book about eclipses and how they affect finances. But it’s often just as well to tell stories about the human element of total solar eclipses — how they, through our rapture, make us more human.

Mercury Lines

This is a straightforward post regarding interpretations for Mercury lines using an Astro Map. You can go back into my archives as I’ve done lines for both Sun and Moon (so far). To recap, I like to say that the things you learn in your Astro Map are roughly half of what a relocation reading is supposed to teach you. The other half is the birth chart wheel ‚ÄĒ what houses the planets are in and what aspects they make to the Ascendant or Midheaven, and all the midpoints that involve the Ascendant and Midheaven.

I use both the Astro Maps that Time Passages (an astrological software program) offers (which does only the ascending, descending, midheaven and IC lines) as well as Astro Maps through Sirius (which does a whole bunch of other stuff including aspects to the four lines, including the really cool Treasure Maps in ten different categories including love and romance, vocation and career, etc.)

For this, however, we’re only focused on interpreations on planets which fall on or very near the four lines, which also are the cusps of the angular houses — 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th. (Rising = 1st, IC = 4th, Descending = 7th, Midheaven = 10th). Since I covered Mercury in the signs and houses a week ago, I’ll be focusing on Mercury. It’s not as important as Sun lines (covered on May 16th) but Mercury, being one of the inner planets, is usually a very favorable planet, so you should get some mileage out of this.

An Astro Map of the entire Earth.

This is a map of the entire earth, but it’s a little hard to follow unless you know what the symbols mean. For one thing, we can see the Mercury symbol on the very far left and far right in yellow, pertaining to the yellow curved line, but it’s only saying that it’s Mercury on the descendant. That’s because the Mercury ascendant is the part of the map that’s in the left-middle. A close-up illustrates this better.

NOW you can see the Mercury rising line going through South America — Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil. It doesn’t go particularly close to the biggest cities.

The Mercury line keeps going up diagonally, as follows:

Mercury rising line continues to go northeast across the Atlantic ocean until it makes it to Europe.

You can see the Mercury ascending line hitting central England, and going right through Stockholm.

Mercury rising is defined by Time Passages as follows:

With Mercury on the Ascendant, this location activates your intellect and your communication skills. You may find that this place turns you on mentally, enhancing your wit, your rhyme and your reason. You could also become extraordinarily interactive with your surroundings, since here you possess an unusual attention to detail, as well as the capacity to figure things out with lightning speed. You are likely to be curious to understand more about the people, places and things that you encounter. You may also find that when challenged you have an inclination here toward sarcasm and bite. When the energy of this locale is functioning at its best, you will find that this part of the world provides an ideal environment for learning, reading, writing and all forms of communicating.

Dan Furst notes that a Mercury line can be colored by another planet if the position is near that planetary line — whether Jupiter (law and government), Uranus (digital technologies and telecommunications.

I should stop here and address the question you have — why are the lines diagonal? And you can see, some lines are very diagonal, some are close to vertical.

That has to do with the tilt of our earth. The earth is tilted 23.45 degrees in the same direction all year, but because it revolves around the Sun, the North Pole is pointing directly toward the Sun on the summer solstice, and pointing away from the Sun on the winter solstice. On the winter solstice the Sun may be setting in Seattle, WA at the same time as it sets in New Mexico! — and conversely, on the summer solstice the Sun may be rising in Seattle, WA at the same time it is rising in New Mexico.

What this ends up meaning is that, in most cases, the closer the planet is to the Gemini/Cancer cusp or Sagittarius/Capricorn cusp, the more diagonal it is, whereas the closer the planet is to the Pisces/Aries or Virgo/Libra cusps, the more vertical it is. This can be seen with Uranus, which is at 8 degrees Libra:

Uranus at 8 Libra, the rising line is close to vertical

Getting back to Mercury, let’s look at the Mercury Midheaven on a map:

Mercury Midheaven — the vertical yellow line

Mercury Midheaven in this case goes through Madagascar, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. Time Passages has it as follows:

With Mercury on the Midheaven, this place supports you in being able to think your way into a sense of authority in the world. This lends itself perfectly to scouting out a new position, giving a public presentation or studying for an exam. If you have career goals that require reading, writing and other forms of communication, this place is an ideal environment to for their expression. In general you find that you think better and can express yourself more clearly and concisely. Audiences here tend to receive you well. You also may find this place helpful when planning or organizing long-term projects. Keep in mind that here, emotions and romance may take a back seat to practical goals. If challenged, you could also find you have a propensity to argue more or play the trickster in this locale, especially in public arenas. At its best, this location will aid you in making intelligent contributions to the world and further you in your leadership potential.

Dan Furst discusses the Mercury Midheaven line as follows:

This is why the Mercury lines in our astrocartography maps favor good progress and success in verbal activities like writing, teaching, sales, publishing, advertising, community projects and politics. Professional ambition and success are especially highlighted when the Mercury line goes up to the Midheaven, at the top center of the birth chart, and all that this implies about our efforts to inform and direct the consciousness of others, even many others in an intentional community that may be global in scope.

The Mercury Descending line looks like this:

The Mercury Descending line

You can see the Mercury Desending line, running Northwest to Southeast, going through parts of China (rather close to Beijing and Shanghai), through Indonesia, and then touching the northwest corner of Australia, very close to Brisbane. Time Passages has Mercury on the Descendant as follows:

With Mercury on the Descendent, you will find that there exists an intellectual and playful factor in relationship for you here. You may find that in this place, you spend a lot of time thinking, writing, or communicating about relationships and their workings. You may bring a detached objectivity to consideration of a particular relationship or to relationships in general. You could also draw people to you in this region that embody Mercurial qualities, such as wit, youthfulness or chattiness, or who come across as scattered and overly mental or Trickster-like. As you creatively engage with your own intellectual self as well as with like-minded others, you may find that you come into balance, and thus create relationships where together you think clearly, speak freely and enjoy the lighter side of life.

Mercury on the IC, or Nadir, looks like this on the map:

Mercury on the Nadir line is the yellow dashed line.

Mercury on the IC, or Nadir, which is Mercury’s lowest point underneath the earth for that location, goes through the Pacific Ocean and only appears to hit land around Juneau, Alaska. Time Passages has it as follows:

With Mercury on the Nadir, your thoughts and communication in this location tend to revolve around safety, security, and the home. You may find that you have a strong desire to concentrate your mental energy on your private life in this locale, letting the outer world fade away as you focus within. You may also experience an enhanced connection between your intellect and your inner emotional awareness, which can make this a great place to start therapy or to write your memoirs. On a more practical level, real estate opportunities may arise here and your cleverness will be an asset in attaining them. You may also find that a stay in this location brings out a desire to explore your immediate surroundings and get to know your neighbors. Whether you become interested in mapping your family tree, reconnecting with old friends, buying property or exploring the roots of your emotional life, it benefits you while you are here to give time and space to your private life.

Dan Furst has it as follows:

The emphasis goes the other way when a Mercury line points down to the Nadir, as here we will tend to fit in to prevailing ideas and customs, rather than seek to change them, and this is why people living on Mercury-on-the-Nadir lines often feel they’re more progressive-minded and aware than the others around them, whose patriotic and relgious values may seem stolid and denial-bound to the mercurial observer. Or, as can happen within a Nadir line’s grounded stability and familiarity, a Mercury line aimed at the bottom of the map can feel reassuring, as cozy and welcoming as a small town where we all know everyone else, and we’re happy to talk about the same things we talk about every day, as long as we keep talking.

You can see that, especially for the Nadir, Time Passages and Dan Furst give VERY different interpretations! It’s a good idea in general to get several perspectives about a particular thing that you want interpreted — whether it be a Mercury line, two planets aspecting each other or the Ascendant or Midheaven, a planet in a given house, and so forth. Knowledge is power, and you should be able to sit with all of it.

Changing Ascendant and Midheaven signs, per Mapping Your Travels

One of the ways to interpret the change in Ascendant or Midheaven signs, goes as follows: My birth Midheaven is Leo, it relocates to Cancer where I’ve lived for the last four years. My birth Midheaven characteristics are still, pretty much “there” but they are diminished somewhat and the Cancer qualities are more prominent.

We could use interpretations like The Round Art to nail down those changes. For example, one of the things pertaining to a Cancer midheaven, per the Round Art, is “thrift”. This is very easy to notice — since I’ve moved here, I’ve been much more conscious about how I spend my money. This is important. Another characteristic is “slow.” I noticed this kind of slowness in my thoughts, actions, and progress through life almost immediately since I got here.

Also, “dedicated.” I can sense my dedication to what I’m involved in — whether it be my work or a relationship. Frankly, all twelve of these Cancer Midheaven characteristics are worth looking at daily as a kind of daily affirmation.

What about Leo Midheaven characteristics, that are diminished, according to the theory? The things I supposedly “gave up” (but not entirely!) Well, it’s not entirely clear about characteristics like ‘optimism,’ ‘organized,’ ‘rigid,’ or ‘self-confidence’ (maybe I’m not documenting the ‘loss’ of those things, if that’s in fact what it is, since I’m too busy paying attention to other things?) But I can see that I’m significantly less interested in social climbing, and egotism seems to be less present.

I’m just one example. We all are dealing with our relocation ‘stuff,’ and, if you’ve relocated, you might want to catalog your old characteristics and reflect on how present they still are.

The Round Art is just one interpretation (although a good one). Mapping Your Travels takes a different approach. It could be termed as the ‘synthesis’ of the two locations. But not necessarily the way you think.

It combines the first location with the second location for both their Ascendant or Midheaven characteristics. So under Capricorn, for example, we have ‘Capricorn to Aries,’ ‘Capricorn to Taurus,’ etc. It has all 11 location changes for each of the 12 signs, or a total of 132 possible combinations, for both ascendant and midheaven.

It’s really a different philosophy than the shorthand I often use. And although I do not know how the authors (Martha Pottenger & Kris Brandt Riske, MA) came to their conclusions — what research they used — they seem sound to me. I want to highlight a few of the 132 combinations for both Asc & MC to highlight this.

Many readers here are American. Some are European. Either way, a lot of us don’t move very far from our birthplace because it may be a ‘bridge too far’ for us either psychically or in terms of what our finances will allow. We may stay in America, and European borders may be open enough (although l think they are getting less so) to allow people to move freely within the continent.

A few of us may be able to move all over the world without a problem. Nonetheless, most of us are going to move only one, or maybe two, Asc or MC positions from our birthplaces. So I’ll focus for the most part on that. Obviously I can’t list all 264 (132 x 2) positions, but I can focus on how they highlight the difference in tone with this new kind of interpretation, and you can look into it further for your own positions.

Ascendant: Scorpio to Libra
Intensity can be softened with diplomatic, tactful people-pleasing skills in this location, where relationships are in high focus and joint resources are an arena for discussion. Striving for and reaching comfortable compromise with others is highlighted; emphasize give-and-take with other people, professionally and personally. Sharing power is a signifcant motif.

But what if their Ascendant goes from Scorpio to Virgo?
Tenacity pays off with efficiency and productivity, and a do-or-die attitude serves you well in the workaday world, allowing you to hang in there and get the job done well. Self-critical tendencies might increase, so try not to become obsessed with your faults. Research and organizational skills are emphasized. Listen when partners encourage you to relax.

Let’s reverse this — Ascendant : Libra to Scorpio
You, the natural diplomat, become somewhat more ruthless and tenacious, and people-pleasing skills become less important than digging up the facts, both pleasant and unpleasant. You also might face and master the dark side of life. Both competition and cooperation are highlighted in relationships, which accent comfort and material success more than excitement.

And, Virgo to Scorpio
Your noted common sense acquires emotional overtones, and a practical attitude might be applied to the realm of intimacy and joint resources. Analytical ability and research skills are accentuated, but guard against a compulsive trait that emerges. Determined productivity is a keynote, and relationships bring in the polarity of comfort and relaxation. Enjoy the moment.

I have a friend who moved from Brisbane, Australia to the eastern U.S. Her ascendant moved from Aquarius to Cancer:
Your focus on freedom is softened by a desire for emotional conections, but some push/pull is possible between devotion to family versus friends, or nesting activities versus exploring the wider world. You can be innovative in domestic matters, and supportive and nurturing of each family member’s intellectual adventures. Power motifs are strong in relationships; avoid dominating or being dominated. Look for ways in which each person can be strong and in charge of his or her own arena.

I want to focus on a couple involving Capricorn. I tend to believe having an Ascendant in Capricorn highlights a kind of unhappiness, and I typically don’t recommend people move where their relocated ascendant becomes Capricorn. I want to see how that changes.

Ascendant: Capricorn to Sagittarius
A serious, sober, hard-working theme wanes, balanced by laughter, extroversion, and adventure. You’re eager to expand your horizons. Work is less a priority, and intellectual stimulation and new vistas become more important. Security in relationships also is less of a priority, while fresh ideas and insights become more important. You want bright partners who are good communicators.

Ascendant: Leo to Capricorn
Power issues are central, so finding a place to lead and take charge is vital. Your dramatic personal style becomes more disciplined and controlled, and, although love and romance remain important, ambition and accomplishment move up on the priority list. An attraction to independent, unconventional individuals shifts toward a desire for more safety and security in relationships.

Moving along to the Midheaven, I’ll start with my own.

Midheaven: Leo to Cancer
You’re likely to take fewer risks, and being center stage is less important here than is an established, secure professional base. You want professional safety. You may gravitate toward fields involving land, real estate, nurturing, protection, food, clothing, shelter, etc., and may work with family members. Your demeanor is warm and supportive. In your nest, the motif moves from an unconventional, freedom-loving focus to a cautious, careful, responsible one. Doing the right thing matters much.

Midheaven: Cancer to Leo
You’re ready to have a major impact in your career field! Leadership skills are highlighted, and you can sparkle and shine, bringing applause and admiration from others. You may be drawn to fields in the entertainment world, acting, recreation, creative arts, sales or promotion, or work with children or loved ones. Your natural warmth, caring, and protective instincts will be expressed in a more dramatic, visible fashion. On the home front, predictability becomes less important as you seek more excitement, stimulation, and change.

Let’s look at the Midheaven moving from one Earth sign to another.

Midheaven: Taurus to Virgo
You could end up working harder than ever before because getting results and doing things well matters so much to you. You may be drawn to fields that involve health, nutrition, healing, repairs, paperwork, facts, figures, analysis, technical matters, or any kind of improvement. Your efficiency quotient is high, and you can be quite organized, thorough, and effective. On the domestic front, sensitivity, emotions, and unconscious reactions are featured. High ideals about your home (and/or loved ones) are likely, and you may be motivated to make your domicile more attractive.

Let’s look at Midheaven: Aries to Pisces
You can bring more intuition and imagination into your vocational world, and visualization skills are apt to sharpen. You may be drawn to fields that involve beauty, mysticism, healing, compassion, or imagery, and you’re more likely to have high standards for your work and yourself as a worker. Your inner world becomes more important; you are not so quic to move into action. (Dreaming takes over from doing.) On the home front, a more pragmatic, “fix it” focus prevails. The emphasis is on getting the job done, and you and loved ones must be careful to keep a critical attitude directed toward the physical world and not toward one another.

A lot of relocation astrology pertains not to how the world changes when you move (although it does do some of that), but rather, how the new location changes you. In my consultations, I encourage everybody to focus on what they want for themselves. Who do you want to be? Is it possible?

Do you see yourself as able to not only and not necessarily adapt per se, but to mutate into something else you couldn’t have imagined at your own location except for what an interpretation says is possible. Given the world’s skepticism toward astrology, that’s a leap of faith, but it’s often a leap of faith worth pursuing.

Mercury, per house placements and aspects

Before I begin, the usual disclaimer, which I’ve mentioned earlier, is: try not to relocate somewhere unless you’ve actually been to the place at least once. Try to observe yourself in the context of the interpretations that you should bring with you to the location. (That is what I did five years ago before moving here). Once your trip is over, focus on the changes you saw and what’s in the interpretation for a while. Look at all the interpretations you can. You will find many of them in this blog as well as the sources they came from.

Mercury is generally considered to be a very positive planet — no source I know considers it to be a malefic. That’s in contrast to Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and even Jupiter by some sources! The inner planets, including the Sun and Moon, are considered benefic, as are Mercury and Venus.

Mercury is the planet of communication, particularly verbal — a key to the logical, rational mind, and to curiosity and the need to know — symbolizes flexibility, multiple talents, the urge to learn (Mapping Your Travels and Relocation).

I’ll focus here on Mercury in the houses, per Mapping Your Travels (Maritha Pottenger & Kris Brandt Riske), and The Round Art (A.T. Mann). Mapping Your Travels will come first. Then I’ll go into aspects that Mercury makes with the Ascendant and Midheaven:

Mercury in the 1st house:
With Mercury in your relocated first house you can be more spontaneous and quick with your repartee. It’s also a plus if you’re quiet and reserved and want to strengthen your communication skills and become more open with people.

verbal aggression, repartee, quick-wit, over-work, enthusiasm, active intellect, nervousness, faux pas; observant, critical, precocious, sarcastic, eloquent, tactless.

Mercury in the 2nd house:
If you want to make money through your mind or mouth (writing, speaking, sales, media) or through handling information, Mercury in your relocated second house can put you closer to your goal. This placement also favors a pleasant and easygoing communication style.

formal thinking, logic, endurance, patience, sense of form; dogmatic, acquisitive, sensible, deliberate, one-sided, thorough, ponderous, thick-headed.

Mercury in the 3rd house:
You’re apt to be more verbal and versatile when Mercury is in your relocated third house. Mercury here also can help you become more articulate and multitalented, with a broader range of interests. Your curiosity and lightheartedness could rise.

versatility, inquiring mind, wide reading, speaking and writing, business talent, lack of thoroughness; witty, naughty, facile, articulate, intellectual, flippant, inquisitive, clever.
(Mercury is in rulership in the 3rd house.)

Mercury in the 4th house:
With Mercury in your relocated fourth house, you can improve family communication and bring more mental stimulation into your home through books and gatherings. This placement also might encourage you to learn more about real estate or your roots.

perception, memory, thinking influenced by feeling, slow but retentive intellect; psychological, irrational, sentimental, profound, diplomatic, discreet, poetic, agreeable.

Mercury in the 5th house:
Mercury in your relocated fifth house can assist you if you want to become a more dramatic communicator, enhance promotional and persuasive skills (speaking and/or writing), or improve communication with children or loved ones.

good humor, enthusiasm, creative thinking, foresight, deteermination; aspiring, dignified, positive, expansive, voluble, speculative, bossy, anti-intellectual, extroverted.

Mercury in the 6th house:
When Mercury is in your relocated sixth house, you can boost your common sense and enhance communication with colleagues. You also might spend more time thinking about health matters. This is probably not a good placement, however, if you tend to be self-critical.

thirst for knowledge, practical thinking, expert knowledge and specialized skill, bibliophilia; scientific, precise, intellectual, patient, analytical, well-read, careful, detached, sceptical, intelligent.
(Mercury is both in rulership and exaltation in the 6th house — the only planetary position in the zodiac that has both.)

Mercury in the 7th house:
You can enhance communication with partners and others close to you when Mercury is in your relocated seventh house. This placement also can help you develop diplomatic and negotiating skills. You may want to avoid this placement if you quickly tire of relationships.

public relations, charm, creativity within existing patterns, learns through others, team-work, justice, tactful mediation, compassion; eclectic, diplomatic, well-spoken, unoriginal, vapid.

Mercury in the 8th house:
Having Mercury in your relocated eighth house is an advantage if you’re doing a major research project for school or work, or an intellectual task that requires much focus and concentration. Here, you also can explore hidden matters and intense emotions.

sharp criticism, interest in difficult problems, intense concentration, scepticism, disputes, money troubles; sarcastic, insulting, cunning, argumentative, practical, penetrating, acidic.

Mercury in the 9th house:
If you’re searching for the right school or college location, or want to travel more, explore new ideas, communicate with people from other countries and cultures, or generally broaden your intellectual horizons, Mercury in your relocated ninth house is an asset.

philosophy, learning, broad outlook, legal troubles, scattered mentality, occupational difficulties; garrulous, hasty, unstable, sincere, freedom-loving, irreverent, inconstant, clever, fickle.
(Mercury is in detriment in the 9th house)>

Mercury in the 10th house:
Mercury placed in your relocated tenth house can help you become known in your community, seek power through your mind, and better understand authority figures or your parental role. If you’re inclined toward guilt or self-criticism, however, choose another location.

logic, concentration, ambition, patience, thoroughness; shrewed, self-seeking, pragmatic, cunning, melancholic, suspicious, economical, painstaking, industrious, discriminating.

Mercury in the 11th house:
With Mercury in your relocated eleventh house, you want more communication with friends and more involvement with organizations, social groups, or causes. This placement also emphasizes stretching your thinking and exploring unconventional ideas.

progressive thinking, quick understanding, ramification, enthusiasm, originality, reformer, inventor, organizer; fresh, lively, involved, well-informed, sociable, utopian, comprehensive, intellectual, studious.

Mercury in the 12th house:
If you want to write poetry or music, develop your imagination, or explore your compassionate, sensitive side or mystical matters, Mercury in your relocated twelfth house is helpful. If you tend toward “poor me” thinking, however, this is not the place for Mercury.

fantasy, imagination, influenced by ideas, of others; intuitive, retentive, discursive, mediumstic, philosophical, poetic, musical, humourous, versatile, refined.
(Mercury is in fall and detriment in Pisces, again, the only planetary position in the entire zodiac with both).

Following are the Mercury aspects to the Ascendant and Midheaven, listed with the source:

Mercury conjunct Ascendant (Round Art):
fluent speech, intelligence, myriad social contacts; educable, inquiring, curious, eloquent, talkative, extraverted, witty, charming, facile.

Mercury sextile, trine, or quintile Ascendant (Round Art):
easy contacts, sociableness, facility, exchange of ideas, passion for discussion, many acquaintances, correspondence, business; analytical, articulate, diplomatic.

Mercury square or opposition Ascendant (Round Art):
disharmonious attitude, poor judgment, gossip, criticism of others, quickly changing contacts; garrulous, superficial, unfriendly, offensive, flighty.

I should add here that with the Round Art, many of the things in the ‘negative’ aspects can be controlled, in terms of the “these are things to watch out for” that we can counter with our own will and awareness.

Mercury conjunct Midheaven (Round Art):
intellectual profession, higher education, advancement through social contact, passion for knowledge, powerful intellect; studious, well-read, analytical, rational, well-informed.

Mercury sextile, trine, or quintile Midheaven (Round Art):
meditiating and reflecting, planning ahead, professional advancement, well-defined aims, serious attitude, rapid progress.

Mercury square or opposition Midheaven (Round Art):
many professions, overestimation of self, changing goals, indecision, vacillation, aimlessness, lack of self-criticism, dishonest practices; unstable, unmotivated.

All below is from Mapping Your Travels and Relocation:

Mercury Conjunct Asc.:
Your communication skills could increase exponentially. (Of course, you might also talk incessantly in this locale!) Flexibility, learning, intellectual curiosity and restlessness, and the need to know are all highlighted. You may talk or read more, or be more active in using your hands with increased dexterity. Your objectivity and observational skills could be sharpened, and you might discover you’re wittier (quicker on the uptake, with quips, comebacks, and rapid repartee) and that your thinking processes have speeded up.

Mercury Conjunct Desc. (or opposite Ascendant):
Communication is emphasized in relationships, and a meeting of the minds is likely. Too much talking (or too much listening) is possible; find a happy medium. A partner might be more flighty, scattered, or inclined to go off in many different directions. If you tend to undervalue your own intellectual abilities, this is a placement to avoid because you could view others as brighter and more articulate than yourself. Humor is likely to be featured in interpersonal exchanges, and contacts with others could help you develop more objectivity, logic, or lightheartedness.

Mercury Sextile or Trine Asc.:
You may find it easier to think, talk, write, reason, or deal with the mental world in this location, where objectivity and logic are strong assets. Your awareness could increase, along with dexterity, adaptability, and eye-mind-hand coordination. Listening skills are highlighted, as is the ability to communicate effectively. You could be noted for your public-speaking, writing, or other communication skills that emphasize one-on-one connections.

Mercury Square or Quincunx Asc.:
Communication blockages or barriers could develop here, where perhaps you feel your thinking is less clear or objective. There could be an imbalance between listening and talking in your relationships, and knowing when to think (or discuss) and when to act might be difficult. Sarcasm, arguments, or sharp verbal exchanges could increase, and multiple interests could pull you in too many directions. Your challenge is to accent flexibility and sharp thinking in ways that enhance your personal freedom and self-expression.

Mercury Conjunction MC (MC is another phrase for “Midheaven”)
You could bring more learning, thinking, communicating, logic, listening, talking, writing, dexterity, variety, commerce, media contacts, paperwork, or versatility into your career in this location. Your mind is apt to be more focused on issues of realism, responsibility, and reliability, and thus you might be more susceptible to your inner critic. But this also is an opportunity to broaden your perceptions of reality, to see more options. You can be very productive with your mind and may work at gathering or disseminating information. Facts and figures are more accessible to you. Dual careers (two at once) are one of your options here.

Mercury Sextile or Trine MC:
Your communication skills, flexibility, media contacts, commercial instincts, sociability, or multiple talents could all be professional assets. Your career might be advanced by relatives, other people you know, dexterity, writing, speaking, or intellect. You can deal well with paperwork, and excel at gathering information and passing it on to others in an effective manner. Objectivity, logic, and good problem-solving abilities are highlighted. Your perceptions are an important part of your contribution to society.

Mercury Square or Quincunx MC:
Thoughts and communication could trigger a clash with authority figures or the powers that be, or perhaps a lighthearted attitude competes with a sober, serious approach. Power struggles with relatives are possible. Too much or too little talking could be a professional issue, and challenges could arise over paperwork, adaptability, the media, or commercial interactions. Your logic and reasoning may differ from conventional wisdom. Professional duties may compete with your social life. Much mental restlessness or activity is possible in your vocational life, where your challenge is to use curiosity and intellectual skills to advance your status.

Mercury Opposition MC:
This locale highlights restlessness in the domestic realm. You may feel the urge to move more often, or to change things around within the nest. Boredom is closer to the surface; you seek variety and mental stimulation. This can lead to many short trips, discussions with the neighbors, people visiting, or doing lots of writing or teaching within or from your home. You might discover that your memory is better here, and your thoughts and feelings are likely to blend, one influencing the other. You also often provide reassurance to others through your words and ideas.

Maybe you have experienced one of these aspects of Mercury to the Ascendant or Midheaven, either by birth or relocation. You might wish to reflect on how true it might be, and if so, really try to absorb into your experience either presently or at the time. This holds true for your Mercury being in a specific house, also except there’s no “Maybe” — your Mercury was and always is in one of the 12 houses.

Joanna, part 2

This post is here to “finish up” the reading I did for Joanna earlier this year. Hopefully this will give you a picture of what a successful reading amounts to.

Joanna had, in particular, lived under three different Midheavens. Her birthplace in Detroit has a Leo Midheaven. In Los Angeles it relocates to Cancer, and in Pittsburgh it relocates to Virgo. Her birth ascendant is Scorpio for both Detroit and Pittsburgh and Libra for Los Angeles. The descriptions, per Round Art, are as follows.

  • Scorpio ascendant (Detroit and Pittsburgh): aggressive environment, passion, industry, reserve, caution, quick decision, violence; hot-blooded, secretive, magnetic, sexual, conservative, willful, brutal, untiring, impulsive.
  • Libra ascendant (Los Angeles): harmonious environment, attractive appearance, charm, flattery, work aversion, vanity, craves approval; agreeable, sociable, indolent, meddlesome, pleasure-loving, saccharine, relaxed, gushing.
  • Virgo midheaven (Pittsburgh):¬† striving for a secure livelihood, tidiness, organization, dissatisfaction, intellectual professions, susceptible to flattery; hypersensitive, petty, conservative, unspontaneous, moral.
  • Cancer midheaven (Los Angeles): simplicity, tactfulness, modesty, thrift; responsible, concerned, conservative, dedicated, emotional, slow, clinging, avaricious.
  • Leo midheaven (Detroit): self-confidence, social climbing, optimism, egotism; organized, ambitious, generous, proud, domineering, rigid, selfish, aspiring.

Some astrologers will tell you that each new location allows you to add characteristics to your personality. This school of thought implies that growing up in Detroit and starting with Leo Midheaven characteristics, then adding Cancer Midheaven characteristics in Los Angeles, then adding Virgo Midheaven characteristics in Pittsburgh allows you to use these characteristics as well.

In my view this can only be pulled off if the client has a great deal of constant self-awareness, as in, significantly more self-awareness and self-knowledge than even a fairly self-aware person. And some characteristics don’t translate over. One great interpretation came from Jeanne Avery in her book, “The Rising Sign, Your Astrological Mask”:

[Libra’s] psychic awareness or perceptions can be quite acute, coming to him on a plane of “knowingness.” He doesn’t receive flashes of inspiration, he simply “knows.”

The idea of the “epiphany” was my reality for the first 46 years of my life. That is a Scorpio rising trait. That literally changed for me on the third and final day of my drive from Pittsburgh to Colorado. My ascendant line changing from Scorpio to Libra occurred in eastern Nebraska. By the time I made it to Boulder, I noticed it — the “it” being the “just knowing”. The epiphanies were gone.

Relating to other people I knew back in Pittsburgh who had Scorpio rising like me and who weren’t into astrology, I explained that characteristic, and they found it interesting. The basic point is that the change from the epiphany to just knowing was out of my control. It’s worth exploring what other things are out of one’s control and what things can be controlled.

Here’s a graph of Joanna’s planetary positions in houses based on location:

Planet               Pittsburgh, Detroit                 Los Angeles

  • Sun¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†3rd¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†4th
  • Moon¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†12th¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†1st
  • Mercury¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 3rd (ruler)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 4th
  • Venus ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2nd (ruler)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†3rd
  • Mars ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†3rd¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†4th (fall)
  • Jupiter¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 11th¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†12th (ruler)
  • Saturn¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†11th (ruler)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 12th
  • Uranus¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†1st¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†2nd
  • Neptune¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†2nd¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†3rd
  • Pluto¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 11th (exalted)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 1st
  • Chiron ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†6th¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†7th¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
  • North Node¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†9th (fall)¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†10th

All of Joanna’s planets were in the same houses in Pittsburgh and Detroit. All of her planets moved one house, except for Pluto, which moved two houses (unless you agree with the In Mundo interpretation that Time Passages uses).

Notably, Joanna has three planets in rulerships and an exalted planet as well back east. This is often very helpful. Venus in the 2nd house, per Mapping Your Travels, goes as follows:
If you want to attract more from the material world, including money and possessions, Venus in the relocated second house can ease your way. You may generate income through beauty, relationships, or work you enjoy, and comfort is highlighted. You could meet someone special in a bank, where you earn money, or at an arts event.

Joanna has already found someone special, but having the ability to attract more from the material world is huge. The Round Art says, for Venus:
physical beauty, personal attraction, need to be loved, good taste, luxury; affectionate, faithful, conservative, artistic, precious, grasping, indolent, materialistic.

Mercury in the third house:
You’re apt to be more verbal and versatile when Mercury is in your relocated third house. Mercury here also can help you become more articulate and multitalented, with a broader range of interests. Your curiosity and lightheartedness could rise.

The Round Art for Mercury in the 3rd house says:
versatility, inquiring mind, wide reading, speaking and writing, business talent, lack of thoroughness; witty, naughty, facile, articulate, intellectual, flippant, inquisitive, clever.

Saturn is also in rulership in the 11th house:
When Saturn is in the relocated eleventh house, you incorporate more common sense into friendships and associations. You may initiate change and take charge in groups or use technology and new concepts in practical ways. If your originality is usually stifled, this is a placement to avoid.

The Round Art says:
realization of plans, practical idealism, false friends, impressive speech, faithfulness, quiet determination; affable but detached, thoughtful, humane, reasonable, deliberate, organized.

But for her Saturn in Los Angeles, it’s in the 12th house. Per the Round Art:
difficult work in seclusion, struggles, timidity, isolation, melancholia, fear of failure, inferiority complex; modest, self-underrating, depressed, ungratified, serious, retiring.

Saturn in the 12th house is equivalent to Saturn in Pisces. It can be somewhat problematic.

Her Jupiter moves out of rulership, but it’s notable where it is in the 11th house. Per the Round Art:
prominent friends, patronage, help from others, good-fellowship, liberality; congenial, good-humoured, humanitarian, sympathethic, philanthropic, genteel, obliging, curious.

Mapping Your Travels has it as:
Intellectual sharpness and progressive ideas are featured when Jupiter is in the relocated eleventh house, as is increasing your circle of friends and increased activity in an organization or humanitarian cause. Your desire for independence is likely to increase, and networking brings you closer to your personal and professional goals.

That’s pretty big and will serve her well should she move to Pittsburgh, and did serve her well during the time she was there.

Her Mars is the last thing I’d like to focus on:

  • Mars in 4th house (LA): intense emotions, temper tantrums, troubled home-life, lacks persistence, accidents; impulsive, instinctual, bold, ambitious, irritable, sensuous.
  • Mars in 3rd house (Det, Pgh): mobility, mental energy, biting criticism, sarcasm, scattered energy, mockery; hasty, nervous, talkative, mischievous, restless, quarrelsome, cynical, irreverent.

Mapping Your Travels has Mars in the third house as:
With Mars in the relocated third house, you can sharpen your wits, develop a comedic bent, become more active in the neighborhood, declare your independence from siblings, or encourage physical dexterity and flexibility. Be cautious, though; in this location your words can become weapons-biting, ironic, sarcastic, and hurtful to others.

If anyone disagrees that based on the information I’ve given you about Joanna in the last two posts things are overall going to be far more favorable, I’d like to hear your rationale. Because to me this is one of the most clear-cut situations where Pittsburgh is more advantageous in many ways.

Last, but not least, there are the Treasure Maps to look at (David Cochrane’s Sirius III astrological program). The first one I’m going to look at is the Excitement and Instability, because it’s very telling.

Joanna’s Excitement and Instability map. Look at Detroit. There’s a Uranus line going right through it.

We were taught early and often that Uranus square Midheaven lends itself to (usually) problematic conditions. I was quite clear to Joanna that it was good that she got out of Detroit, as the saying goes. Neither Pittsburgh nor Los Angeles causes any such problems. David Cochrane implies in his teaching that Uranus is more likely to act as a malefic than Saturn is.

Her Love and Romance Astro Map was one of the most important revelations I found in this consultation:

Wow. Look at Pittsburgh.

Joanna told me she met her partner during the two years that she lived in Pittsburgh. Having Venus sextile her ascendant here, with, according to Time Passages, a three minute orb (!), brought a LOT of beauty in her life, including finding her partner, who is hopefully a life partner (and appears to be).

Those were the most telling Treasure Maps.

Though Pittsburgh is a lot more favorable for Joanna, she still resides in Los Angeles presently. It’s never that simple when you’re with somebody else who might have a completely different chart than you. She wrote to me in an email:

After your reading I had the talk with my boyfriend about where he wanted to be right now, I was so focused on us moving back to Pittsburgh, I hadn’t stopped and asked the question of “right now” to see what he wanted.. he said that he had been trying to leave Pitts for a while, and while he couldn’t see himself growing old in Los Angeles, he did feel that there was opportunity here that he would not have back home. So, we agreed that we would stay here for a while, so he can figure out where in this business he wants to be.

After that conversation, things opened up for me here that I never thought possible. I was open with the fact that we had been looking for a place and let’s say an earth angel helped us get into a property that is twice as big as our place now, big enough to have guests stay over from out of town, and was exactly what I wanted in a place… bigger and same style as the place I have now but with a bigger closet for two : ). We move in two weeks!

Also, after that decision, my boyfriend also got an extra part in our movie and it rekindled his passion for being on screen. He was a child actor and gave that dream up in high school because of the kids that surrounded him who made fun of him. I didn’t know how much that meant to him until he came to me crying about how this dream of his had resurfaced.

The complexity that many astrologers encounter can often include situations where the client has a partner who has completely different and conflicting needs. Joanna asked me if I could do a compatibility chart for her her and her boyfriend. Although it’s not my specialty, I agreed to give it a game try based on training I’ve had. Once COVID becomes less dangerous and she doesn’t have to worry about income, we’ll likely follow up on this. It will be interesting to see what compromises are made and how they serve both Joanna and her partner.