What is your tolerance for picking up and starting over?

I remember doing some temporary work in late 1999 or early 2000. This was only months after I had my very first Astro Map produced for me (just the map, and it was $90 — those were the days). At the time I had lived in Pittsburgh for more than 11 years, and I wanted out. Or I wanted something I didn’t have — wealth.

I wanted out in part because something in Pittsburgh was missing, and I didn’t know what it was, although I wasn’t developing the friendships that I thought I was entitled to. Or a relationship. I was pretty much indigent at that point (that was about to change, but it hadn’t, yet).

I had just joined a research study that would last the better part of three years. As I was told, it was a research and treatment study called EPICS. I don’t remember what the acronym stood for, but I did know this acronym — CET.

CET stood for Cognitive Enhancement Therapy. It was the method of treatment used in the experimental group in this study. The control group would get something called Personal Therapy, as denoted by the designer of the study, the late Gerry Hogarty. He had a Masters in Social Work, but he was also very self-taught, intelligent enough to conceptualize a method of treatment for schizophrenics that was shown to increase the amount of gray matter in the brain.

When I agreed to be in the study, the psychiatric nurse, Ann-Louise DiBarry, went into the other room to flip a coin. It went my way — it put me in the experimental group. (It is entirely possible they may have cheated because they liked me and wanted me in the experimental group, because they already knew how efficacious it was. That is just speculation on my part, but it’s speculation I’ve had since the very beginning).

I had not been diagnosed schizophrenic, but I was diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder, bipolar type earlier in the year. That enough qualified me. I would not be diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome for another 7 years. But I suspect that the study really helped this writer on that basis as well.

The study involved us playing computer games that would exercise the brain and cause our brains to work better. They involved reaction time, timing, and memory. The one game I particularly remember was called Trail Trace. We would be given a certain number of steps — say, 4, and would have to guess the directions of the steps of the trail (up, down, left, right).

In the end we would have to get the trail perfect before moving on to the next trail, which involved one more step (in this example, 5). And once that was done we’d move on to 6, and 7, and 8 — as far as we could go. This definitely worked out our brains. I remember the weekly therapy sessions where I would play this and other games.

After the computer exercises, we were put into our weekly group. This had seven ‘students’ — myself included; it was not a support group in the traditional sense. In fact it was a group where we would practice stretching our brains, but in a social context. The support we would give each other involved support for each of us to be better. We were helping each other grow.

I have most of the fifty lesson plans for the group, but they are probably in storage somewhere, so not available right now. Yes, fifty lessons. These groups started in June 2000 and lasted more than a year. The lessons are telling — because this was still a research study at the time and included mostly intelligent people, we were given homework assignments that were advanced relative to what most people got after the research study was over, deemed successful, and put into practice.

I can tell you it improved my outcome.

With all that in mind, let’s get back to the temporary work, remembering that I wanted out and noting that my parents would never have supported me in my move away from Pittsburgh, nor did I have the means (although they certainly had the means to help me do this, should they have chosen this).

I saw an older man carry a book entitled “A Bridge Too Far.” This was written by Cornelius Ryan, but I didn’t know that and I never read the book. It is apparently a nonfiction book telling the story of an operation among Allied forces during World War Two.

All I looked at was the title. And it resonated with me. My moving away was a bridge too far. Or, I had the capability to go so far in my change of residence, but no farther. Given my current example, it might have meant I could have gone as far as Colorado, but not as far as Hawaii.

In 2016 I moved to Colorado and now that it’s 2021 I’m considering Hawaii. Once I got to Colorado, I made some friends — real ones, for the first time in my life. One of my friends — an older woman — considered what I had done brave.

It was brave to a point. The issue here was that I received an inheritance, which was given in stages between May 2014 and October 2015 — enough to make me worth about $370,000 at one point. I had the means (and, especially, the time) to do what I did, which was quit my job and then wait a whole year before relocating, because I had to find out where I wanted to relocate to and then do a LOT of soul searching, and looking at my astrological interpretation, the same way I look at with my clients, and weigh the positives and the negatives, and take a calculated risk.

When I left Pittsburgh, I had been there for 28 years — after wanting to leave in 1999 (or earlier), it took another 17 years before I could do so. I am occasionally bitter about the lack of opportunity I had for so long. But I was also brave — just not as brave as my friend said I was.

Truly hardcore brave would have been picking up and starting over without any money.

Every relocation astrologer has to be mindful that each of their clients has a unique situation and varying degrees of comfort with the idea of moving. Many people live in one place for their entire lives, and couldn’t even think about moving elsewhere. Others have no problem with picking up and starting over. Still others are more inclined to pick up and take a job in another city — the conventional path.

Some people are comfortable with the idea of moving 50 miles, some 200 or 400 miles (the latter was my official move from the New York suburbs to Pittsburgh to enter college in 1988). Some people are comfortable moving halfway across the country, as I finally did in 2016. And — this is especially poignant — there is a minority of people, but a significant number, who are worldly (if that’s even the right word) enough to move to foreign country, or many foreign countries.

I know someone on Facebook who is from Ohio and lives in Memphis, TN. He is highly articulate, intelligent and youthful and when I finally found out he was in his 60s, I was very surprised (perhaps his youthful bent is because his Sun sign is Gemini — Gemini III to be exact, per the Secret Language series).

The idea of moving a significant distance across the country scares him. For whatever his situation (I don’t fully know his situation) it might be a bridge too far. I don’t know if it’s about money. Maybe it’s just about unease at the unfamiliar. Maybe it’s a subtle and subconscious love of where it is, or he’s just set in his ways, or a combination of most of these things.

It goes without saying that a relocation astrologer needs to be highly sensitive to the differing needs of their different clients, and that they’ll encounter situations like that of my friend in Memphis. You cannot demand courage of your clients or friends.

After I had gotten to Colorado I was having lunch in the lunch area of the local IKEA. I had a brief conversation with the cashier and told her where I was from. She remarked that Pittsburgh was a violent place. I had never expected to hear something like that. She clarified that her husband was Latino and there was a great deal of hostility toward Latinos there. But the violence could apply to anyone living there.

In the late ’90s, I was on a public bus and had a conversation with a man who had left Pittsburgh in 1959 and returned in 1991 and was struck by how xenophobic people were when he came back.

You might attribute that to the fact that in Pittsburgh, almost all the steel mills had closed, hundreds if not thousands were out of work, and the businesses they supported had to close, the economy was depressed in entire neighborhoods (though other neighborhoods were spared). In short, a dying Rust Belt town (although, it turned out, a town that managed to reinvent itself more than most other Rust Belt towns). Perhaps the xenophobia had to do with all that.

Someone passing through Pittsburgh who lived in Chicago called Pittsburgh ‘weird.’ Another person I overheard on a bus said Pittsburgh was just ‘old.’ Truly, most of the housing stock is literally a century old, yet at this point of gentrification, the prices of a typical house have been bid up from $15,000 to $30,000 to $110,000.

All of this was all I knew, for 28 years.

I had made it to Colorado and it wasn’t all that long before I successfully flipped a condominium. Not super-successfully — with all costs incurred, I made a profit of about $3,000 in a rising market — but my flip allowed me to manage people, contractors, difficult people. I did what I had to do to get this done, even though twice the place was at risk of flooding and the only reason it didn’t was because I was there.

I cannot emphasize enough that I would never have been able to do this in Pittsburgh. Not even remotely close. The 1st house Jupiter makes one capable. In Pittsburgh it was still in my 12th house, as it was at birth. No way would I have been able to flip anything there, though I so much wanted to.

As I learned, being capable does not necessarily mean you can pay the bills, but it doesn’t hurt. Having faith that the astrology works still requires knowledge of what is the scope of a planetary position. What it affects and what it doesn’t affect. If I tell people they are going to be ‘capable’ in this location, I don’t want to oversell it. But I want them to have faith in the process — so much depends on faith.

One of the reasons I enjoyed and appreciated studying under David Cochrane so much was the fact that he is a very realistic man. This makes his astrology practice and his teaching so much more credible. What it also means is that he set a tone in each and every class, and my personal encounters with him (we had lunch once, and a lot of conversation online) reinforced this. The tone he set in class affected me greatly, as I respond to changes in tone. I hope it affected the other students as well.


Repost: 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.


Repost: A Case Study — Joanna (part 1)

(This was the first post about a client named Joanna, which came out on June 6 of last year. Part 2 came out on June 9.)


I do relocation consultations with people. Occasionally, I do one where the conclusions are so clear that the location the client should go to is obvious. So it was with Joanna, a woman in midlife who worked in the television and film industry in Los Angeles but had worked on location in Pittsburgh (a fairly good place for the film industry, actually) for roughly two years. She never felt that Los Angeles was really “home” and wanted to explore what locations were good for her. She was originally from Detroit, MI.

I did the consultation, and this Astro Map below did not tell me a whole lot.

Time Passages’ version of the Astro Map. There’s not a lot to see here, since the locations Joanna’s lived in were Detroit, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh.

Her chart was as follows:

Joanna’s birth chart

She was easy to relate to as she and I shared an Aquarius Mars, a Jupiter Libra; we’d also lived exclusively with either a Libra Ascendant or a Scorpio ascendant, and her Saturn was in Libra as my Saturn is currently in the equivalent 7th house. It’s uncommon to have so many things in common and that makes the reading easier than most.

There are several areas that we can use to determine suitability of a location. These include:

  • Midpoint analysis, per Parker’s Astrology
  • Planetary aspects to the relocated Ascendant or Midheaven, per Round Art AND per Mapping Your Travels and Relocation
  • Houses the planets are in, per Round Art AND per Mapping Your Travels
  • Astro Maps, including Treasure Maps (a Sirius mapping tool) and Astro Maps in Time Passages

Other astrologers use different criteria than I do.

Again, the Time Passages Astro Map doesn’t have any lines near any of her locations. Detroit was at least a couple of degrees east of her Mercury IC line (thus, in the 3rd house) and Los Angeles is at least a couple of degrees east of her Pluto Ascending line. Wait, actually now I’m noticing a contradiction. Here’s her Astro Map in Sirius.

Joanna’s Pluto line is actually to the east of Los Angeles in Sirius!

Now, why would that be? Why is her Pluto line so much farther east of her Pluto line in Time Passages?

Pluto is an interesting planet. Its orbit, besides being far more elliptical than the orbits of any of the other planets, is in fact tilted relative to the rest of the planets as well, which generally revolve around the Sun in a fairly flat plane. Pluto’s orbit is tilted about 15 degrees — ‘declination’ and ‘latitude’ are terms astrologers use to describe this. Here’s a graphic:

Pluto’s orbit, not only highly elliptical but also tilted.

Research done by David Cochrane and others has shown, counterintuitively, that planetary positions are more accurate when they are projected onto the ecliptic plane, which is the path of the Sun (and which is always a flat plane). With Pluto as much as 15 degrees from that plane, the projection is often far away from where Pluto actually is.

Zodiac longitude is the method used in this Sirius image, which shows Pluto to the east of Los Angeles. Time Passages is using the In Mundo method, which has to do with where the planet actually is.

Using Zodiac longitude indicates that, among other things, Pluto is in Joanna’s 1st house in Los Angeles — her only planet that is two houses away from her easternmost location, Pittsburgh. (All the other planets are one house away).

Joanna’s chart relocated to Los Angeles, with Pluto in her first house, conjunct the Ascendant to within 2 degrees.

There are many things one could say about having Pluto conjunct the Ascendant and in the first house. Interpretations abound and generally agree that it’s a powerful placement that can be overwhelming. Based on my getting to know Joanna, however, I decided that it wasn’t the most important thing.

The most important thing was the midpoints. Not entirely, but that’s where I got the most relevant information to her situation.

And it was just a matter of asking her about her life and what she wanted and then applying the interpretations, asking her whether they were relevant, true, or important and then giving her an idea of what she could expect in her new location.

I did conclude that Pittsburgh was going to be a good location adding a number of strengths to her chart that she could sense already as she spent two years there. There were also those things that could potentially become problems, that she would need to understand so that she could counter them if they came up. (Along with all such things that she’d be happy to leave behind).

I’ll just lay it all out here, since looking at it verbatim would allow you to relate to whether a location is ‘worth it’ or not. Midpoints that are in bold are either direct midpoints (0 or 180 degrees away from the midpoint) or are less than 1/2 degrees from the midpoint, or both. (Indirect midpoints are 45, 90, or 135 degrees from the midpoint, i.e. semisquare, square, or sesquiquadrate. There are astrologers who discount indirect midpoints, but I have seen them work well enough that they carry at least some weight.)

Los Angeles location, Midpoints

  • Sun = Mars/Ascendant (45, 0.9) – A brave individual will will not take no for answer!  Tendency to risk-taking.
  • Sun = Mars/Midheaven (90, 0.3) – A strong will and determination to get ahead in the world.
  • Sun = Mercury/Ascendant (45, 0.7) – Easily angered.  Will fall into arguments and disputes.  Quick mind.
  • Sun = Mercury/Midheaven (90, 1.9) – The ability to cope with a changing career scene and to like things that way.
  • Moon = Mars/Midheaven (180, 1.0) – Impulsiveness leads to periods of stress and overwork.
  • Moon = Mercury/Ascendant (45, 0.6) – Decisions made, and opinions formed, will be influenced by intuition and instinct.
  • Moon = Mercury/Midheaven (180, 0.6) – The ability to work well with others, but sometimes moodiness when things go wrong.  The caring professions might be suitable.
  • Moon = Uranus/Ascendant (0, 1.4) – Above-average reliance on the mother or having to take responsibility for her.
  • Mercury = Neptune/Midheaven (135, 1.1) – A teller of tales.  Imaginative salesmanship.
  • Mars = Neptune/Ascendant (90, 0.8) – The need for a colorful, escapist lifestyle.  Poor energy and laziness.
  • Jupiter = Neptune/Midheaven (0, 1.0) – The individual will be something of a prophet.  Teaching.  The ability to inspire students.
  • Saturn = Neptune/Ascendant (45, 1.5) – The tendency to “give in” when under stress, due to lack of self- confidence.
  • Saturn = Neptune/Midheaven (0, 0.3) – Lack of confidence and feelings of insecurity in the working life.
  • Uranus = Saturn/Ascendant (45, 1.5) – The inability to recognize when one is wrong.  Blind persistence of effort.
  • Uranus = Jupiter/Ascendant (45, 1.9) – Originality combines with enthusiasm. A brilliant intellect.
  • Neptune = Mars/Ascendant (0, 1.6) – A poor energy level.  The tendency not to care about practicalities, and to fall into negative escapism.
  • Neptune = Mercury/Ascendant (0, 0.0) – Overly high hopes can result in above-average disappointment.  Lack of perspective on life.
  • Neptune = Mercury/Midheaven (135, 1.2) – A varied and fascinating career, which may never end.  When one ambition is achieved, it’s time to move on to the next.
  • Pluto = Venus/Midheaven (0, 1.3) – The subject would do well working in banking or the money markets.  A fanatical partner or colleague. 
  • Pluto = Ascendant/Midheaven (45, 0.7) – The need to be totally psychologically involved in the career, or inner discontent and restless will mar progress and personal life.
  • North Node = Mercury/Ascendant (135, 1.9) – Friendship and good rapport with like-minded beings is essential.
  • North Node = Mercury/Midheaven (90, 0.8) – An easy mixer, great conversationalist.  Will ask many questions.
  • North Node = Mercury/Ascendant (90, 0.1) – A friendly, if somewhat eccentric quality is expressed when in company with other people.
  • North Node = Mercury/Midheaven (45, 1.2) – The ability to goad people into action with dynamic appeal.
  • Ascendant = Venus/Pluto (45, 0.4) – A wealth of emotion will need expression through love and sex, and color the qualities of the Ascending sign.
  • Ascendant = Venus/Midheaven (0, 0.6) – The individual would do well to form a working relationship with the loved one.  Joint objectives and ambitions will be achieved.
  • Ascendant = Mars/Neptune (90, 0.7) – A liking for all colorful elements of life; an attraction to drug culture.
  • Ascendant = Sun/Saturn (45, 1.5) – Shyness, lack of confidence.  Problems with the father or older relatives.  Slow, sound development.
  • Ascendant = Sun/Jupiter (45, 1.9) – A happy and philosophical attitude to life.  Success without ruthlessness.
  • Midheaven = Venus/Pluto (135, 2.0) – A love of materialistic progress and ambition will often inhibit the expression of love for a partner.
  • Midheaven = Mars/Neptune (180, 1.6) – A liking for an identification with the exotic in lifestyle and fashion.
  • Midheaven = Pluto/Ascendant (90, 1.4) – The individual will act ruthlessly to achieve objectives.
  • Midheaven = Sun/Saturn (135, 0.8) – A solitary person.  No time for idle gossip.  Will carry the heavy burden of responsibility.
  • Midheaven = Sun/Jupiter (135, 0.5) – A happy and fulfilled individual.  Success in the career.  Perhaps acting/dramatic ability.
  • Midheaven = Moon/Saturn (90, 0.2) – Sense of duty and slavish adherence to routine can become obsessional.  Over-concern with achievement, ambitions.
  • Midheaven = Mercury/Neptune (180, 0.0) – A career where sympathy and understanding of other people is paramount.  A good listener.
  • Midheaven = Moon/Jupiter (90, 0.2) – A considerate and kind person who is a good help-mate and colleague.  A sympathetic and understanding boss.
  • Midheaven = Saturn/North Node (45, 0.5) – The need to take action, unassisted by friends or friendly – simply having to go it alone.
  • Midheaven = Jupiter/North Node (45, 0.9) – Popularity at work.  A good boss who has a great sense of humor under all situations.
  • Midheaven = Uranus/Neptune (135, 2.0) – Wild, impractical ambitions and aspirations.  A typical “wannabe” – who usually won’t become anything much!

Pittsburgh location, Midpoints

  • Sun = Saturn/Midheaven (135, 1.9) – Success will come only when the individual is a hard and persistent worker who will overcome all setbacks.
  • Sun = Jupiter/Midheaven (135, 1.6) – A happy, carefree person – often talent for acting.
  • Sun = Pluto/Ascendant (90, 0.5) – This influence will add compulsiveness and dogged persistence to the characteristics of the Ascending sign.
  • Moon = Pluto/Ascendant (0, 1.8) – The influence will heighten the emotional level, so the indvidiual will be prone to outbursts.  Will need conscious controlling.
  • Mercury = Uranus/Ascendant (90, 0.1) – A brilliant, inventive but inflexible mind.  Originality.  Critical acumen.
  • Mercury = Ascendant/Midheaven (135, 1.6) – A lively individual with a good mind that works in harmony with the personality and objectives.
  • Venus = Neptune/Ascendant (45, 1.3) – A hopeless romantic.  Difficulty in keeping both feet on the ground.  No financial acumen.  Creative ability.
  • Mars = Sun/Midheaven (90, 1.7) – A hard-working and very energetic individual, with plenty of drive and enthusiasm.
  • Mars = Moon/Midheaven (135, 1.1) – A hard-working person, tending to be pushy.  Brave, assertive action taken at a moment’s notice.
  • Mars = North Node/Midheaven (180, 0.4) — A bit of a “troublemaker.”  One who will not rest content and get on with the job at hand.
  • Mars = Mercury/Ascendant (45, 1.0) – Will talk assertively, be determined and ambitious.  High level of nervous and physical energy, rather restless.
  • Jupiter = Mercury/Ascendant (90, 2.0) – Not the person to let grass grow under their feet!  Bold, but sincere.  A lively, optimistic mind.
  • Jupiter = Uranus/Ascendant (45, 0.0) – The natural ability to express enthusiasm for others’ efforts or kindnesses.  A lively, somewhat unpredictable but lovable person.
  • Jupiter = Ascendant/Midheaven (0, 1.8) – A big, generous, fun-loving personality with a philosophical attitude to all aspects of live – especially career and finances.
  • Saturn = Mercury/Ascendant (90, 1.3) – An over-serious attitude and outlook on life.  Caution and common sense, perhaps stabilizing the Ascending sign characteristics.
  • Saturn = Uranus/Ascendant (45, 0.7) – Personal development will be hindered by feelings of oppression.
  • Uranus = Mars/Midheaven (0, 1.8) – A worker for workers’ rights.  A union member.
  • Uranus = Mercury/Midheaven (0, 0.3) – The need for change of direction to avoid boredom.  Ambitions may not be achieved due to stress.
  • Neptune = Pluto/Ascendant (45, 1.2) – Attractions to unusual interests and occult disciplines.  Possibly hypnotic powers.
  • Pluto = Neptune/Ascendant (45, 1.7) – The influence will tend to cramp the more go-ahead qualities of the Ascending sign.
  • North Node = Venus/Midheaven (90, 1.2) – A friendly and caring colleague who will enjoy mixing business and pleasure.  Good for the human resources department.
  • Ascendant = Moon/Uranus (0, 1.7) – Nervous tension and highly strung tendencies.  Unpredictable changes of mood and action.  Subject could be own worst enemy.
  • Ascendant = Uranus/North Node (45, 1.0) – This person will have a great many friends and acquaintances who will never really know him or her.
  • Ascendant = Sun/Midheaven (0, 0.6) – The personality and objectives/aspirations are as one – no conflict here.
  • Ascendant = Moon/Midheaven (45, 0.1) – A positive response to outside influences and prevailing conditions.
  • Ascendant = Midheaven/Node (90, 0.7) – The individual is very easy-going and easy to get along with – a friendly soul.
  • Ascendant = Venus/Neptune (45, 1.4) – The creative qualities of Venus and Neptune will enhance or soften the Ascending sign traits.
  • Midheaven = Sun/Neptune (135, 1.9) – Changes of direction in career, which must be carefully considered, otherwise the subject will simply drift.
  • Midheaven = Moon/Neptune (135, 1.9) – A strong natural instinct for dance, ice skating and movement generally.  Imagination.  Successful artistic expression.
  • Midheaven = Saturn/Pluto (45, 1.0) – Powerful endurance and tenacity to make a success, but a difficult workmate.
  • Midheaven = Jupiter/Pluto (45, 0.7) – Ambition and strong aspirations.  The need to make progress and to be noticed by superiors.
  • Midheaven = Neptune/North Node (45, 0.6) – The need to develop more self-sufficiency.

I will also say that there were a few indirect midpoints that did not seem to be all that strong, but which I found very relevant. In Pittsburgh, these included:

  • Sun = Pluto/Ascendant (90, 0.5) – This influence will add compulsiveness and dogged persistence to the characteristics of the Ascending sign.
  • Mercury = Ascendant/Midheaven (135, 1.6) – A lively individual with a good mind that works in harmony with the personality and objectives.
  • Mars = Sun/Midheaven (90, 1.7) – A hard-working and very energetic individual, with plenty of drive and enthusiasm.
  • Jupiter = Mercury/Ascendant (90, 2.0) – Not the person to let grass grow under their feet!  Bold, but sincere.  A lively, optimistic mind.
  • Ascendant = Uranus/North Node (45, 1.0) – This person will have a great many friends and acquaintances who will never really know him or her.

That last one was one I knew well when I lived in Pittsburgh, coincidentally. I was able to counsel Joanna on this one in particular because I had lived it for many years.

This is a lot to read, and I’ve left out both the Treasure Maps and the planets in houses and aspecting the Ascendant and Midheaven (as noted on my criteria). There’s a lot there, too. If this post interested you, I’ll discuss these in the next blog post.


Neptune lines

It’s time to do Neptune lines. I’m going to repeat the following information here:

  • The ascending line is the location on the earth where the planet is rising. (As a corollary, the ascendant is the point on the horizon — northeast, southeast, or anywhere in between — where the sun would be rising at the time of birth). A planetary ascending line is the planet on the cusp of the first house.
  • The descending line is the location on the earth where the planet is setting. (The descendant is the point on the horizon — northwest, southwest, or anywhere in between — where the Sun would be setting at the time of birth). A planetary descending line is the planet on the cusp of the 7th house.
  • The MC lines are where a planet would be at its highest point of the day in the sky, or essentially on the prime meridiem. They will be directly south above the Tropic of Cancer, directly north below the Tropic of Capricorn, or overhead (the possibility for being overhead only exists between the tropics). A planetary midheaven line is the planet on the cusp of the 10th house.
  • The IC lines are where a planet would be at its lowest point of the day underneath the earth. A planetary IC line is the planet on the cusp of the 4th house.

It should be emphasized again, that you should spend some time on or near a line before taking the plunge, picking up, and starting over.

I’ll be using the Time Passages astrological software as well as Dan Furst’s Finding Your Best Places – Using Astrocartography to Navigate Your Life. (Furst’s book came out in 2015 and is essential).

Here’s someone’s Astro Map of the whole Earth:

As I’ve done with every planet up to now, I’ve posted the Astro Map of the entire Earth for someone. This is a little hard to see, but Neptune is a dark blue line; you see the symbol for Neptune Ascending line on the left side of the screen, and the Midheaven and Nadir lines, which are vertical and 180 degrees from each other on the earth.

Looking at a close-up where we can see the Neptune Ascending line, it looks like this for this particular person:

This is the Neptune Ascending line touching the western tip of Australia and meandering N-NE through Indonesia and the southeast Asia archepelago. It doesn’t necessarily hit any cities, in this case.

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation of the Neptune Ascending line:
With Neptune on the Ascendant, you experience the mystical side of life strongly in this location. Your psychic sensitivity increases along with your desire for the attainment of beauty and grace, and for experiences that are literally out of this world. When you are in this place you tend to feel ‘dreamlike’ and somehow removed. You may experience a great deal of artistic sensitivity in your pursuits. You will also get in closer touch with your ideals while you are here. In this part of the world you tend to relate to others you encounter with compassion and empathy, and could find that in turn, people cast you into a savior role. You might discover a heightened sense of romance and emotionality in yourself as well. It is also said that Neptunian energy wants to merge with the divine, but will settle for any substitute. Thus, you want to carefully navigate through subtle fogs of confusion or self-deception that may tempt you in this region. It benefits you to engage in grounding spiritual practices that can help you make the most out of the subtle energies you will access as you move through this part of the world.

Here’s Dan Furst’s take:
Under Neptune on the Ascendant lines, the same fantasy-object outcomes can be even mroe dramatic in every sense. Others who see us as intriguing and beautiful may not see us at all — Marilyn Monroe said, “They don’t see me, the only see thier own desires” — but may only see us as a mirror or remedy for their own sad self-image. We are likely to be hypersensitive here, especially if substance use, even addiction, opens our emotional field to any and all illusions and temptations. While we may pursue spiritual paths here, and identify ourselves as “spiritual people,” we may invest a guru, even one teacher after another, with expectations that are sure to be disappointed, with depressing results when the balloon bursts. We can become self-sufficient in time, but at a painful price.

Looking at the Neptune IC (Nadir) line:

This person’s Neptune IC line is very hard to see as IC lines are dashed vertical lines and Neptune’s is blue. It goes through eastern Africa, Israel, Iraq, Turkey, one of the former Soviet republics and northwestern Russia. There may be places for this person to live close to this line, if the Neptune IC line appeals to them.

Here’s the Time Passages interpretation:
With Neptune on the Nadir, while here you tune in deeply to your inner world, as well as to your family and home environment. Your focus tends to turn away from the mundane and instead toward the vastness of your inner life. Your intuition can open wide, giving you an almost psychic sixth sense. You benefit from paying close attention to the dreams and visions you have while in this place. You may become musically or artistically inspired while you are residing here, or find yourself in retreat mode with a desire to explore nature. While Neptune strengthens your imaginative and transcendental powers, it can also cloud your sense of reality and clarity of judgment as it applies to the routine world. You may feel lost or confused here, especially when it comes to finding your way with regard to home and family matters. You have to trust in the divine. It benefits you to let go of making sense of the three dimensional world and to instead be prepared to make your home in the cosmos.

Here’s Dan Furst’s interpretation:
On Neptune on the Nadir lines, we often suffer from false hope and delusion in the areas of home and livelihood, and we may be prone to disappointment from business associates who are either actively dishonest, or are ethical enough, and have the best of intentions, but seem to live in a Neptunian fog, unable to deliver what we’ve agreed. The unreliability of othres around us may force us to become more inventive and resourceful, yet a reliable, predictable way of making a living can still be very hard to create here, to the point that we may contemplate communal, even monastic living. Life here is built on “foundations of sand,” as Jim Lewis put it, but deep spiritual rewards may still come from all the slippery dreams.

Here’s the map with the Neptune Descending line:

It’s a little hard to see, but this person’s Neptune descending line goes right through New York City. It also touches the eastern Caribbean, and slices through Brazil, touching some cities close to the eastern coast.

For the Neptune Descending line, here’s Time Passages interpretation:
With Neptune on the Descendent, the mystery of relationship is featured for you in this part of the world. You may find yourself strongly attracted to artists, healers and other highly sensitive types of people. You are closer in touch with the divine in this locale and may forge significant bonds with like-minded others that you meet here. Private concerns and worldly issues could take a back seat with regard to interpersonal relationships that you focus on cultivating. You also may find you are unusually attuned to your partner or significant other while here and tend to see them in the most positive of lights. You have more compassion in general and may form relationships that allow you to express your need to serve and to honor the sacred. If your Neptune is challenged, you may find yourself becoming involved with addicts or victims. At its best, you create partnerships here that honor and value sensitivity, celebrate beauty and bring more love and a sense of universal oneness to the larger world.

Here’s Dan Furst’s interpretation:
Neptune on the Descendant lines may be the most agonizing of all, as they raising possibilities of love unions that are based on pure fantasy, or that subject us to love swindlers and people who lose themselves completely in the beloved, so that all their self-esteem depends on their partner’s love, or at the very least they are too emotionally dependent to love from a position of clarity and strength. Similar outcomes can apply to other relationships too, especially with spiritual friends and teachers, so we may come to believe that all, not just some of the people we meet here are spiritual scam artists. Checking perceptions with truthful friends, and being open to what they really say, is essential.

Looking at the Neptune Midheaven line:

The Neptune Midheaven line goes through rural Alaska east of Anchorage. That’s it.

Here’s Time Passages:
With Neptune on the Midheaven in this locale, you will find that your ambition transforms and your worldly life takes on a sense of mystery. Status and salary take a back seat to a larger sense of purpose and meaning. Here you are able to recognize and give priority to the spiritual component of your work in the world, fueled by strong sense of idealism. An increased sensitivity to suffering could add a whole new dimension to your life. You may find you develop an interest in fields involving art, spiritual healing, entertainment, or film. Since these feelings and realizations run counter to the ordinary way of seeing things, there is also the possibility that confusion will overtake you in pursuing your perceived mission. In order to stay out of the fogginess or escapism that can accompany you in these parts, go with your deepest inspiration and give it a constructive, creative outlet. You feel best in this region when you get in touch with your highest ideals and find a way creatively share them.

Here’s Dan Furst:
Neptune on the MC lines can apply to both professional and spiritual paths, and can certainly yield impressive successes in art-related field, especially performing arts — for Neptune rules music, theatre and dance — and creative work in the realm of fantasy. We may also find that we have become objects of fantasy to others, who wish to cast us as characters in their fantasy linves. This line is sometimes called the Hollywood Line, for the thousands of people who go there every year hoping to be Brad Pitt or Nicole Kidman, only to find that their dream is far tougher than they thought, if it’s realizable at all.

Well, we can dream, right? That’s Neptune in a nutshell.


How to interpret an astrological map

I’ll be focusing today on what an Astro Map looks like — using Time Passages software for sure, but going further than that by using David Cochrane’s Sirius III software, which does a lot more than a typical Astro Map does.

First of all: What is an Astro Map?

This is what an Astro Map looks like, though the lines will be in different places for different people.

Astrocartography depends on these Astro Maps. It’s not the only thing I do to do a relocation workup on a client, but it is at least as important as anything else I do.

There are different types of lines here. Some are straight up-and-down lines, and others are curved and somewhat diagonal (though some are more diagonal than others). I enlarged this map so that you can see the symbols on each side of the map, although they are a bit blurry.

A somewhat zoomed-in Astro Map; the symbols are a little easier to see.

When you get your Astro Map from me, you’ll be able to see the symbols. Anyway, what do they mean?

Lines with symbols on on the top of the page indicate Midheaven lines. They are bright symbols and indicate where the particular planet is at its highest point for that latitude. That does not mean overhead unless you are within the tropics, and usually not even then. But it is the place where the planet was at its highest point at the time of your birth. That’s why it’s called the Midheaven, and that’s why it’s a straight line, because it’s true for that longitude, no matter how far north or south.

If you’re living on or visiting someplace on that line, that particular planet is conjunct your Midheaven. This is important.

And if you’re looking at that very strong green line with the symbol for Venus at the top, Venus is conjunct the Midheaven all the way down that line — through Alberta, Idaho, the Nevada/Utah border, and coming pretty close to Phoenix. Likewise, you can see the bright red line a bit to the east of that, and the symbol for the Sun — the line where the Sun is conjunct your Midheaven, or the cusp of your 10th house.

Vertical dotted lines with corresponding symbols at the bottom of the page are known as IC, or Nadir lines. This is the point where the particular planet is as far underneath the earth as it’s going to go — the lowest position under the earth, though almost always not directly underneath the earth.

There are no dotted IC lines crossing the United States, except for a dark blue line bisecting Alaska and going just east of Hawaii — that’s the client’s Moon IC line, where the Moon was at its lowest point underneath the earth at the time of the person’s birth.

The diagonal lines get their representation on the left and right sides of the image. On this most recent image, you can see I snipped a picture without showing the right side of the map. The higher, harder to read map is more representative of what this will look like.

The diagonal lines are either ascending or descending lines. On an ascending line, the planet is rising — in other words, somewhere right on the eastern horizon — and only directly east if the planet is at 0 degrees Aries or 0 degrees Libra. (Much like the Sun only rises directly east on the spring or fall equinox, when it’s at 0 degrees Aries or 0 degrees Libra). The planet will usually be somewhat north or south of east, but always will be on the horizon, rising.

The descending line is the place where the planet would be setting at the time of the person’s birth. Again, only directly to the west when the planet’s at 0 degrees Aries or 0 degrees Libra, but always somewhere on the western horizon, setting.

On this particular map it’s hard to make out which planet is which on the area in the lower left of the picture, with all the planets seeming to converge in that area of Antarctica, but we can see the strong green Venus line — ascending on the left side of the image as it meanders southeast, crossing through the Venus Midheaven line, and then descending as it meanders northeast. For this particular software, the Descending line will always be fainter than the Ascending line — that’s one way to make it out.

There are many interpretations possible, although there is usually some similarity on how astrologers will interpret being on a particular line. For each planet, the Ascending line, Descending line, Midheaven line, and IC/Nadir line, will have its own unique interpretation. For example, for this software clicking on the Pluto Ascending line will give an interpretation as follows:

“With Pluto on the Ascendant, you are likely to find that this location serves as a personal “power spot,” a place where you experience tremendous transformation. Here, the force is with you. You find that you can tap into greater reserves of endurance and concentration. You will also discover that this place engenders sweeping changes in you. This place has the uncanny ability to draw forth previously unknown aspects of yourself, so that you and your shadow side will likely get to know each other more intimately. Sexual desires could become central here. Passion and obsession runs high. Repressed feelings could explode into consciousness. Whatever stressful events do actually manifest might become profound catalysts. You will find that this place provides the backdrop for a dramatic self-actualization that comes from learning to plumb yourself to the depths. A bad attitude in this locale intensifies the presence of seemingly insurmountable forces. In the highest, you receive the opportunity to truly let die that which no longer serves you so that you become like a Phoenix rising from the flames.”

And so on, 10 or 11 planets and the North Node, and four lines for each. The closer you are to a line, the stronger that influence is.

So that’s a typical Astro Map in a nutshell. But I want to move on to what an Astro Map can look like in Sirius III, because that’s a lot more …. advanced? Well, it has a lot more possibilities.

Clicking on the Map function brings us to this window:

One type of setting for a Sirius III Astro Map, though the map isn’t being shown yet. This is on the Treasure Maps setting; if I were to click OK, it would show the Treasure Map for the Imagination & Inspiration category, which will involve Neptune lines.

I use these Treasure Maps extensively when I do consultations for clients. Clicking OK on the map brings us here:

These Treasure Maps take a conglomerate view of the planets appropriate to it. This particular one is under Imagination & Inspiration and involve Neptune aspects to the four angles or “lines” — Ascendant, Nadir, Descendant, & Midheaven. There’s a lot more information here, more than just the four lines.

This particular map has a lot more detail. You can see near the middle of the USA map — a vertical line designated Neptune 108 degrees, and to the west of that, a vertical line designated Neptune with a triangle (that means Neptune trine the Midheaven). In the mapping part of this software, vertical lines aspecting the Midheaven (or Nadir) are designated at the top, while diagonal lines aspecting the Ascendant (or Descendant) are designated at the bottom.

So, on the bottom you can see a variety of lines, including a Neptune/Pluto midpoint the Ascendant line, starting south of west Texas, and originating from the aforementioned Neptune trine line. You can see on these Treasure maps a lot of the map is covered by some line or other.

Again, I use these Treasure Maps extensively in my work. But, working backwards, they originate from lines that can be viewed in a variety of ways.

This is arguably the default setting. You can see ‘No Orbs, Just Lines, & Flexible Asteroid Map. You can also see that it’s on setting #1, Basic Map, which is fairly appropriate for a map covering this much area.
There’s not a whole lot to see here, although you can see the Jupiter Ascending and Saturn Descending cutting through the middle of the country (they form a weak opposition).
This is the Detail Map, setting #2. This is a bit much but works very well on more zoomed in maps.

This Detail Map, setting #2, uses major aspects to the Ascendant & Midheaven. So that includes 8th harmonic aspects like squares, sesquiquadrates, and semi-squares; also sextiles, trines, quincunx, and semi-sextile. And, of course, conjunctions and oppositions, which are already on the Basic Map.

This is the second-most detailed setting, “Very Detailed,” but in this case zoomed into Colorado. (Disclosure — this is my location and my chart).

The Very Detailed map works pretty well when zooming into Colorado. Here’s the Extremely Detailed map:

This is perhaps a bit much, but can be useful if you zoom in even closer.

I would like to emphasize that I use Treasure Maps, covered earlier, in both my Basic Astro Maps as well as the detailed consultations. The Treasure Maps encompass the following:

  • Love & Romance
  • Vocation & Career
  • Friendship & Family
  • Imagination & Inspiration
  • Excitement & Instability
  • Friendship & Family, detailed
  • Education & Communication
  • Culture & Creativity
  • Optimism & Opportunity
  • Responsibility & Focus

In consultations, I automatically cover all of the first six by default except for Imagination & Inspiration, at a bare minimum. I cover any of the other ones when it is or seems warranted based on the situation that the client presents.

We don’t just take Treasure Maps at face value. We try to understand the “why” — what planets are involved and therefore how do these positive (or negative, in the case of the Excitement & Instability Treasure map) manifest on the map, specifically.


Pluto transiting one’s Venus

I’ve written something like 1100 pages of memoirs. I may be a very good writer, but when I write memoirs (and I haven’t, really, since 2014) it tends to be a memory dump and does not necessarily make for very good literature, unlike the writing I do here and elsewhere. It’s like if I have a focal point for my writing, it ends up being very good; if not, then it’s a bit less so.

But is that really right? I mean, I haven’t looked at my writing in ages, either. I’m usually surprised when I pull it out and I think, “You should be writing again.” On some level a memory dump works if your memory is very good. And my memory is or at least was very good.

On that sentiment, I took a memoir writing course while at Carlow getting my bachelor’s degree. So this would have been in the fall of 2010. I had done some of the writing I would eventually do, but by no means most of it. What was observed among many writers and that we discussed in class is, ‘if you write your memory on paper, you’re likely to forget it.’ I have found this to be true, too.

While working a 9-5 between 2012 and 2015 I would often spend my weekends doing nothing but writing. I did not have much of a life, so that’s what I spent it doing, up until about August 2014. I can very much say there are at least three chapters, the most recent chapters, of my life that have not been written yet. First, the federal government job, 2012 to 2015. Secondly, what came before it — working for a call center and getting my degree. (So maybe starting around 2007 or 2008). Thirdly, what came after it — my deciding to pick up and move, a year after I quit the job. The year of preparation followed by the actual move and the experiences I had after I moved — so, covering 2015 to 2021. (This could actually be two chapters).

But the chapter I want to highlight here is called “Psychosis.” It covers a period from about October 1998 through June 2000. It was about my falling into psychosis and then recovery. It was one of five psychiatric hospitalizations I had in my life, all in the ’90s, all in my 20s. My writing on this matter is incomplete, but it does include a lot — about being indigent, more or less, and what that actually meant.

The chapter about my psychosis ‘peaked’ a day before the summer solstice, 1999, when I checked myself into Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic — my decision, as I had decompensated to the point where I knew it was in my best interest to sign on the dotted line when a psychiatrist who evaluated me and didn’t know what to do with me until he finally figured it out, shoved the paper with the signature line toward me.

The chapter is 210 pages long. I have a point to make — not only that I was psychotic, but that the world — my environment, my community — had been getting VERY weird up to that point, and there is an astrological basis for that, which I didn’t realize until recently.

But there was something about the environment I was in that was also very weird. That part of it wasn’t me. But what was it?

I didn’t learn the first part of what it was until sometime late in 2019 as I was learning the Relocational Astrology part of the Vibrational program that I graduated from recently. And this has to do with a set of two Treasure Maps that covered Pittsburgh. I’ll post them:

My own “Excitement and Instability” map, peaking in Western Pennsylvania.
My Friendship & Family, Detailed map. Western Pennsylvania (and Appalachia in general) is one of the few places on the map where there is no comfort zone for me.

These two influences are the first two influences that I highlight in my own bio on the main page, so if you’ve been paying attention, you’ve seen them. I dealt with this energy or lack of energy for 28 years. But there was something about 1999, besides the biblical pronouncement that it was the end times, that was especially… intense.

Pluto is conjunct my natal Venus

I am not the best at interpreting transits so it had to be pointed out to me that transiting Pluto conjunct my natal Venus, with a 1 degree 18 second orb on the day I checked myself in, is a pretty profound thing. Some of you reading this have gone through the same thing.

As the author John Sandbach noted,

“The Moon crosses your Venus every 28 days, but if Pluto ever does it, it will be ONCE IN A LIFETIME, and believe me YOU WILL FEEL IT.”

You can see too that Pluto is retrograde. It actually peaked as a conjunct to my natal Venus in November the preceding year which was probably the first time something exciting happened that ended up becoming something very surreal. I’m not going to relate the story here (it would take up too much space), and it is in the Psychosis chapter of the memoir, so please contact me if you would like to know more. It does involve unrequited love, in a sense — a younger woman I was interested in before things got really intense and weird.

(Pluto gets within a half degree of Venus in August of that year, before turning direct and eventually disappearing as an influence.)

I tell this whole story not only because it is interesting but could teach you a few details about what would make an experience more bizarre.


Neptune house placements

We’re almost all the way through the major planets (yes, you will find that most astrologers do still consider Pluto to be a major planet — the evidence of what Pluto does is staring us in the face), although we haven’t covered Chiron or Ceres or any of the trans-Neptunian planets or asteroids.

Neptune is a very interesting planet. It conjures up themes of mysticism, spirituality, imagination, one’s dream (whether it involves higher value or not). On the other side, it pertains to deception, illusion, drugs & alcohol — this last item is very interesting to me as I am a user of psilocybin as medicine, which I would classify as a benefic UNLIKE more nefarious drugs like meth or heroin. What’s being referred to when we conjure up Neptune for that topic? Your opinion on what Neptune refers to here is as good as mine.

In any case, Neptune is considered to be a more challenging planet by many — perhaps the second most challenging planet after Saturn. So, for example, the Round Art has some pretty damning things to say about a Mars/Neptune adverse aspect (like a square), or a Neptune square the Midheaven — but at least that latter we have some control over as if we have it in our birth chart or a location we live in now, as many of us have the ability to move.

As this is about relocation astrology, Neptune will act differently depending on what house you have it in. I use the same interpretive tools — Mapping Your Travels & Relocation (Martha Pottenger & Kris Brandt Riske, MA, Llewellyn), as well as Correpondence Tables from the Round Art (A.T. Mann, Vega Books). There are many other books you can read for these interpretations.

The Correspondence Tables are also good as A.T. Mann’s theory (which I mostly subscribe to) is that a planet’s being in a house is equivalent to its being in its corresponding sign. So as you read down know that Neptune in the 8th house is the same as the generation born with Neptune in Scorpio, which means that if you have Neptune in the 8th house, you can somewhat identify with our (1956/58-1971/72) generation!

Notice, too, how the signs color the planets as you read the interpretation, especially the Round Art. Is Neptune in the 5th house what you expected, given what you know of Neptune and what you know of the 5th house?

Mapping Your Travels will be listed first.

Neptune in the 1st house:
With Neptune in the relocated first house, you can increase personal grace, beauty, charisma, and artistic ability. Imagination and inspiration are accented. However, physical sensitivity could increase, especially to drugs, alcohol, and environmental influences. This placement also signals adaptability and the talent to “fit in” in almost any situation.

inspired realizations, insanity, highly sensitive, long journeys, addictions, aimlessness; unselfish, mystical, confused, intense, imaginative, uncontrolled.

Neptune in the 2nd house:
Neptune in the relocated second house can fulfill your wish if you want to make more money through art, visualization, compassion, or other inspired pursuits. Financial hunches can be profitable here, but deception is also possible. If income or money management is an issue, this location is probably one to avoid.

form sense, good taste, speculation, ill luck, receptivity, luxury, indolence; soft-hearted, impractical, imaginative, addictable (drugs, nicotine, etc.), patient, aesthetic.

Neptune in the 3rd house:
When Neptune is in the relocated third house, your imagination is an asset, especially in writing, speaking, and hands-on projects. This placement could help you achieve greater fluency in other languages or inspire a gift for singing, song writing, or poetry. Deception could affect your relationships with siblings, relatives, and neighbors.

sensitivity, sense of humor, weak memory, whimsy; fantastical, sprightley, fey, confused, imaginative, mystical, vague, untruthful, scattered-brained, unrealistic.

Neptune in the 4th house:
Neptune in the relocated fourth house can be a positive influence if you desire a home near water or one that functions as your personal sanctuary. Emotional sensitivity, faith, and inspiration could increase. But if a family member has a drug or alcohol problem or sees you as a rescuer, this is probably a placement to avoid.

inspiration, sensitivity, compassion, spiritualism, discontent, anxiety, changes of residence, soul-suffering; emotional, addictable, imaginative, refined, self-sacrificial, unstable, spiritual, psychic.

Neptune in the 5th house:
When Neptune is in the relocated fifth house, you can earn more recognition for your imagination or compassion, and share dreams with children and loved ones. Creativity is heightened, and an artistic hobby could become a source of income. If you’re a parent, nurture your children’s creativity and talk with them about drugs and alcohol.

enthusiasm, love of beauty, peculiar or clandestine pleasures, acting, scandal, self-glorification, gambling, seduction, theatre and opera; wasteful, theatrical, pretentious, lavish.
(Neptune is exalted in the 5th house).

Neptune in the 6th house:
If you want to turn your job-related dreams into reality, Neptune in the relocated sixth house can further your goal. This placement favors artists, craftspeople, helpers, and healers. Here, you can be idealistic and practical, assist the less fortunate, and work to make the world a better or more beautiful place. Avoid this placement if you tend to have mysterious ailments, low energy, or chronic health problems.

intuitive understanding, healing powers, hypochondria, chemistry, botany, planning, pathological sensitivity, seclusion, weak psyche; gentle, patient, discreet, deceitful, addictable.
(Neptune is in detriment in the 6th house.)

Neptune in the 7th house:
When Neptune is in the relocated seventh house, you want to create a relationship that flows with beauty and harmony. This can manifest as love and romance, along with shared ideals and a tendency to see the best in each other. On the downside, deception, lies, illusion, or addictions (drugs, alcohol, etc.) can be a problem in partnerships.

receptivity, refined feelings, easily attracted, platonic love, romanticism, love disappointments, odd relation of self to public; idealistic, dreamy, tender, poetic, seducible sympathetic, sweet.

Neptune in the 8th house:
Neptune in the relocated eighth house increases the potential for sacred sexuality-exchanges that are deeply sensual as well as spiritual. Empathy and compassion may rule where shared resources are concerned, but on a less positive level, using and abusing one another or lies and confusion are possible, especially with money and sex.

subconscious forces, keen senses, metaphysics, wrong-doing, soul-sickness, depression, drugs, debauch; secretive, emotional, seducible, mediumistic, escapist, perverted.

Neptune in the 9th house:
When Neptune is in the relocated ninth house, you want mystical and inspirational experiences, especially through nature, philosophy, or uplifting ideas. You may put more value on travel, education, or truth seeking. Some tension is likely when honesty clashes with idealism and results in “little white lies.” Be true to yourself and your beliefs.

presentiment, clairvoyance, travel, idealism, over-active mind, lack of discrimination, dreams, visions; mystical, prophetic, religious, literary, over-sensitive, vague, unrealistic.

Neptune in the 10th house:
Neptune in the relocated tenth house can help you bring more beauty, compassion, or imagination into your professional life. Perhaps it’s time to follow your dream and pursue a new career. However, try to avoid this placement if your norm is deceptive or confused bosses or jobs thatdissolve and disappear.

deep research, meditation, strange objectives, religious problems, family troubles, psychic experiences, scandal, notoriety; mysterious, crooked, deceptive, depressive, underhanded.

Neptune in the 11th house:
With Neptune in the relocated eleventh house, you can develop friendships based on ideals and dreams, and humanitarian instincts may be heightened. Too much compassion, however, can lead to codependency. Art, beauty, or mystical matters may be the focus of discussion and activities with groups, organizations, and friends.

strange attractions, search for soul unions, dependent on others, noble aims, idealism, unfounded hopes, wild enthusiasm; helpless, drifting, deluded, insincere, easily swayed, fraudulent.
(Neptune is in fall in the 11th house.)

Neptune in the 12th house:
If you seek a deeper connection to universal truths, yearn for more mystical experiences, or want to increase your psychic ability, Neptune in the relocated twelfth house can open the pathway. Heightened compassion and sensitivity are possible. Or you might feel confused, lost in fantasy, or caught up in habit patterns or the lies of others.

art, reverie, reserve, mysticism, inner life, craving for alcohol, nicotine, etc., subject to externals; mediumistic, neurotic, contemplative, over-emotional, escapist, rhapsodic, broad-minded, vague.
(Neptune rules the 12th house.)

I’ll be posting interpretations of aspects that Neptune can make to the Ascendant or Midheaven:

Neptune Conjunct the Ascendant:
You could become more graceful and physically attractive (enhance your appearance) in this location. Aesthetic abilities may increase, and a talent for grace in action (beautiful sports such as dancing, skating, tai chi, etc.) is highlighted. You may instinctively do the right thing at the right time, having been led by your inner wisdom. You are likely to be more sensitive physically and should be extra careful with drugs and alcohol. You may feel more imaginative, idealistic, intuitive, or confused, lost in fantasy, or prone to illusions and misconceptions. You could develop a more personal interest in healing or other compassionate pursuits.

gullibility, deceived by others, sensitivity, insincerity, dishonesty, a misguided outlook; impressionable, weak, deluded, unreliable, unstable, vague, sentimental, flowery, gentle, kindly.

Neptune Quintile, Sextile or Trine Ascendant or Descendant:
Your imaginative, compassionate side serves you well here. Perhaps your “invisible antenae” pick up vital impressions. Perhaps your idealistic, philanthropic instincts find favor in the eyes of others. Perhaps you do more with your creative imagination and artistic abilities. You also might do more rescuing or charitable work — aiding the less fortunate, ill, or downtrodden. Your faith an mystical connection to something higher could provide personal support, and you could be led to do the right thing at the right time. Your courage is fed by your faith, visions, and dreams, and you enjoy venturing into other dimensions, alternate aspects of reality.

sympathy, compassion, refinement, unusual contacts; idealistic, easily led, romantic, sensitive, ingenuous, kind, understanding, unrealistic, artistic, responsive.

Neptune Opposite the Ascendant:
Romance is in the air, and fairy tales reign supreme. The quest for a perfece, idyllic love is alive and well. This combination can seek (and imagine) the best in others, and can be in love with love or disillusioned when the rose-colored glasses come off. Fantasies of perfection and “happily ever after” could abound. Compassion is accentuated, and you might try to rescue partners from drugs, alcohol, illness, etc. If we expect other people to bring us “heaven on earth,” we will be let down. This motif is best handled by sharing artistic interests and talents with others, or through philanthropic endeavors, mystical interests, and inspired activities.

Covering opposite, quincunx and square Ascendant: inability to succeed, influenced by others, betrayals, weak constitution, dishonesty; confused, disappointed, escapist, moody, insincere, fraudulent, hypocritical.

Neptune Square or Quincunx Ascendant:
Your physical sensitivity could increase here, so be extra careful with drugs, alcohol, and anything you put in your body. You may find it easier to succumb to “poor me” feelings (a victim attitude) and could be susceptible to feeling tired, drained, and overwhelmed. Excessive idealism (yearning for the impossible dream) can lead to disappointments. You might wear rose-colored glasses in relationships, inviting people to take advantage of you. You can become more graceful and attractive in this area, and you may become more active in creating beauty, sometimes literally with your physical body. Compassion is apt to increase. Your challenge is to find a happy medium between self-assertion and self-sacrifice.

Neptune Conjunct Midheaven:
In this area, you might gravitate toward fields that feature art, beauty, compassion, healing, escapism, or imagination. You could work in professions with magical, mystical, or visionary elements, and authority figures might be inspirational, sensitive, confused, sympathetic, or inclined to run away from reality. If the idealistic component of this combination is overdone, you could be disappointed and disillusioned in your professional choices. Careers may seem to dissolve, or you chronically search for that “perfect” situation that does not exist. The professional victim is one negative option. On the positive side, you can bring visions into form in an artistic medium. You could make the world better through helping people, particularly the downtrodden or less fortunate. You could offer people a glimpse of something higher, a transcendent experience.

scandal, notoriety, plans without action, exalted notions, self-deception, depressive psychoses, strange or artistic profession; mystical, idealistic, insecure, deluded, misunderstood.

Neptune Quintile, Sextile, or Trine Midheaven:
Your imagination, artistic abilities, intuition, or compassion could advance your career or enhance your status. Your graceful style may appeal to authority figures, and you can inspire the powers that be. You’re able to bring the transcendent and mystical into form in the material world, and artistic and healing skills flow easily into tangible results. You probably know when to go with the flow and when to take charge and direct the action. Visualization skills could be an important vocational asset.

longing for the impossible, unusual pursuits, selflessness, interest in the supernatural, films, music; soft-hearted, sentimental, utopian, otherworldly.

Neptune Opposite Midheaven:
You might find a home by the water in this location, or the ideal, lovely, and beautiful home. You will probably want your home to be a sanctuary, a safe retreat and arena from which you can shut out the world if you wish. A serene, attractive domestic environment is important. You will be more sensitive to where you live and the people (and pets) with whom you live, so surrounding yourself with positive influences is extra important. This combination can denote a “mother/savior” tendency whereby you give, and give, and give (too much) to other people in trying to help, heal, or make it all better for them. Problems with drugs, alcohol, or fantasy are possible for you and/or family members. Illusions and lies can be part of the downside. On the positive side, your creative imagination will be more fruitful. You can establish a richer spiritual life and share your idealism and visions with those closest to you.

Covering Opposite, Square, Quincunx: vague objectives, ill luck, lack of contact with reality, misguided notions, easily deceived, inferiority complex, mental disturbance; weak, unstable, hyper-sensitive.

Neptune Square or Quincunx Midheaven:
Your dreams and visions are apt to conflict with those of authority figures. Perhaps your perceptions of reality are truly different. Perhaps one (or both) of you has problems with drugs, alcohol, or fantasy. You are likely to feel torn between romantic, idealistic dreams and paying attention to the bottom line, and may be unsure when to dissolve boundaries and when to take control and work firmly within the limits. Your urge to help and heal others could be a professional asset, or could result in you feeling drained and exhausted. Your challenge is to find a healthy outlet for your desire to be inspired and uplifted, and to bring your dreams into form in the material world.

Neptune lines will be covered soon; and, I promised a review of Treasure Maps (developed by David Cochrane in his Sirius program), since they’re so crucial to a relocation reading.


Repost: Jupiter and Jupiter lines

In the spirit of Xmas/holiday giving, I’ll repost here the two articles I wrote about Jupiter, arguably the most generous planet (although Venus and the inner planets in general do compete). Most of us who are not plagued by excess need a little more Jupiter in our lives.

“Jupiter” was posted on April 11 and “Jupiter lines” was posted on October 5. These articles provide the two ‘halves’ of an astrology reading — first, what house are they in and do they make aspects to the angles; second, what happens on each of the lines. Happy holidays!

Perhaps the biggest reason I moved from Pittsburgh to Colorado was my Jupiter moving from the 12th house to the 1st house, only 5 1/2 degrees from my Ascendant. (It also became square my Midheaven, which is a different matter.)

I first relied on an interpretation, from Mapping Your Travels and Relocation, that I had brought with me during a visit. For moving Jupiter into the first house, it said:

If more optimism, self-confidence, or vitality is your quest, you could fulfill your desire with Jupiter in the relocated first house. You may become more interested in a religion, philosophy, belief system, or set of ideals, and expand yourself personally and physically (weight gain is possible). More faith and a willingness to risk for greater gain also are possible.

That was enough for me. (And, with four years here now, I can say that most of this has come true).

Traditional astrology has considered Jupiter the great benefic, for good fortune, good luck, and just generally, gain. It can also lead to excess. David Cochrane determined through his research that “it blows everything up, makes it bigger.”

I have Jupiter on the Libra/Scorpio cusp (29 degrees Libra) which is an interesting placement for such good fortune. The Secret Language of Luck indicates that my greatest ability to manifest such luck is by “evaluating.”

After my Colorado visit, but before moving here for good, I did some soul-searching and looked up every interpretation I could find. I gravitated to The Round Art, by A.T. Mann, almost immediately. I had Jupiter on my 12th house for all of my life until 2016. Jupiter rules the 12th house (and the 9th house). The 12th house interpretation is as follows:

altruism, contentment, solitude, tolerance, capacity for enjoyment; compassionate, generous, selfless, imaginative, beneficent, charitable, visionary, indolent, wasteful.

Not bad, right? The 1st house placement is why I was willing to give this up, even though it was no longer in rulership:

frankness, honesty, leadership, travel; generous, optimistic, self-sufficient, speculative, aspiring, capable, ambitious, noble, adventurous.

The three things that were most important on that list were self-sufficient, capable, and noble. Having seen evidence of them in a seven-day visit, I realized that I wanted those things.

This was an opportunity to change, or add to, my character. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve either come from or moved to someplace where your Jupiter is in your 1st house (or if your Jupiter is in Aries). It’s the sort of thing I’d promote — why not move to Jupiter in your first house?

There are two problems — maybe somebody wants something else more. So I’m going to post houses 2 through 11. These are all The Round Art (A.T. Mann) interpretations.

2nd house Jupiter: good humor, wealth, hedonism, gluttony, comfort, trusteeship; generous, liberal, good-hearted, wasteful, over-indulgent, exploitative, jovial.

3rd house Jupiter: popularity, sociability, tact, charm, many contacts, travel; carefree, mannered, conceited, hypocritical, superficial, empty, obliging, sweet.

4th house Jupiter: receptivity, abundance of feeling, attachment, contentment, quiet pleasures, good humour; religious, prolific, just, good-natured, charitable, kindly, sociable, relaxed, intuitive.

5th house Jupiter: self-confidence, optimism, big ideas, speculation, benevolence, prestige, grandeur, prominence; lofty, vain, pretentious, wasteful, spendthrift, inflated.

6th house Jupiter: urge to learn, organization, teaching, teamwork, medicine, ambition; ethical, moral, upstanding, prudent, philosophical, discriminating, materialistic, honest, professional, thorough.

7th house Jupiter: enjoyment of social contact, justice, the Law, public work, conversation, happy marriage, reliance on others; temperate, mild, charitable, well-meaning, philanthropic, cultured, benign.

8th house Jupiter: striving for possessions and pleasures, money from partner and from others, conceit, peaceful death, sex life; pleasure-loving, self-indulgent, materialistic, subtle, proud, emotional.

9th house Jupiter: nobility, tolerance, religious and moral aspirations, broad plans, foresight; humanitarian, just, expansive, positive, good-humoured, philosophical, speculative, wasteful, extravagant, kindly.

10th house Jupiter: leadership, responsibility, material stability, good birth, authority, government and industry, correctness; constructive, capable, organized, egocentric, esteemed.

11th house Jupiter: prominent friends, patronage, help from others, good-fellowship, liberality; congenial, good humoured, humanitarian, sympathetic, philanthropic, genteel, obliging, curious.

Jupiter is in rulership in the 9th and 12th houses, in detriment in the 3rd and 6th houses, exalted in the 4th house and in fall in the 10th house. Please know that this is only ONE interpretation in one type of relocation analysis; and, although it’s worked for me about 80 percent so far, does not guarantee anything for you (e.g. just because you’re speculative doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily going to win at your speculations.)

In general, be careful and visit someplace long before you move there and try to observe things accurately. And get a good relocation astrologer to cast your chart, since there’s a whole other side to astrocartography than what I post here. But this is a good survey of overtones that are likely to color your experience.

The other problem is that most people are probably not willing to move outside their country. I personally consider it to be a bridge too far for now, and possibly ever. In the contintental United States (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) there can be a maximum of a three-house range for any planet, and often only two. My Jupiter ascending line (the cusp of the first house) cuts straight through the middle of the country — the 1st house to the west, and the 12th house to the east.

(Addendum: my Jupiter ascending line is parallel and about 150 miles west of my Saturn descending line — I have Jupiter opposite Saturn with about a 3 1/2 degree orb. If I wanted to move near my Jupiter line, I’d have to contend with my Saturn line. That doesn’t apply to you, but it’s an example of the trade-offs you might need to make or decide if they’re worth it.)

It goes without saying, “Be Safe.” In these times of COVID-19, and in general. Most people aren’t quite thinking about moving right now, but information is there for if and when you’re interested and willing.

Please refer to my April 11 post about Jupiter’s influence in each of the 12 houses. When I cover a planet, I do so two ways — first, I cover each of the 12 houses; second, I cover the planetary lines. I don’t usually do both in the same post, as there’s a lot of verbiage to unpack (the article would easily be well over 2000 words).

Today I’ll cover the different Jupiter lines — the ascending, the IC, the descendant, and the MC (midheaven). To review:

  • The ascending line is the location on the earth where the planet is rising. (As a corollary, the ascendant is the point on the horizon — northeast, southeast, or anywhere in between — where the sun would be rising at the time of birth). A planetary ascending line is the planet on the cusp of the first house.
  • The descending line is the locaiton on the earth where the planet is setting. (The descendant is the point on the horizon — northwest, southwest, or anywhere in between — where the Sun would be setting at the time of birth). A planetary descending line is the planet on the cusp of the 7th house.
  • The MC lines are where a planet would be at its highest point of the day in the sky, or essentially on the prime meridiem. They will be directly south above the Tropic of Cancer, directly north below the Tropic of Capricorn, or overhead (the possibility for being overhead only exists between the tropics). A planetary midheaven line is the planet on the cusp of the 10th house.
  • The IC lines are where a planet would be at its lowest point of the day underneath the earth. A planetary IC line is the planet on the cusp of the 4th house.

Ascending and descending lines are usually diagonal, especially if they’re near the Gemini-Cancer cusp or the Sagittarius-Capricorn cusp. Midheaven and IC lines are always vertical.

Jupiter is considered by many astrologers to be the ‘great benefic’ — the planet of good luck, fortune, expansion. Other astrologers are more neutral and many astrologers would also acknowledge that Jupiter can also correspond with excess — for example, someone with Jupiter in their first house would have more of a propensity to gain weight.

I’ll be covering what influences you should expect if you are on or very close to one of the Jupiter lines. Different astrologers have different interpretations as to what constitutes a strong influence — I would tend to conclude that being within 20 or 30 miles (less than half a degree) of a line is very strong, but there’s still influence up to 100 or more miles (about a degree and a half). But there are astrologers who consider up to 300 miles (5 degrees), or even more. Needless to say, the orbs are everything.

I typically use interpretations from Time Passages, one of the better astrological software packages, as well as Dan Furst in his book Finding Your Best Places, a 2015 book from

Here’s Jupiter on the Ascendant.

The Jupiter ascending line is the red line stuck next to the Mercury descending line, a yellow line. This client has Jupiter opposite Mercury in their chart with a 12 minute orb.

In this client’s map, we can see the Jupiter ascending line travel southwest through eastern Europe, coming near Warsaw, Poland, through Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, near Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and eastern Italy, through the Mediterranean, and near Benghazi, Libya, and south through central Africa.

The Time Passages interpretation goes as follows:
With Jupiter on the Ascendant, no matter how crowded this place may be, you will experience a great sense of expansion here. In this location, you are likely to have abundant energy and good luck with the material side of life. This place may also bring out your love of the outdoors, along with the freedom and independence to just be yourself. You could be inspired to take the good energy you feel here and throw a party, create an adventure or throw yourself whole heartedly into the quest for higher knowledge. You experience yourself as a confident, optimistic and generous person while visiting or residing in this part of the world. You may also enjoy fulfilling your appetites, but you benefit when you take the time to rest and reflect as well. Although your expanded sense of self in this location is wonderful, you may want to temper it with a healthy sense of groundedness and limitation. In other words, faith in yourself is entirely positive so long as you don’t get lost in ego.

Dan Furst has it as follows:
A Jupiter on the Ascendant line is even more likely than the MC line to make us so ebullient and confident that we exert an irresistable charismatic appeal to others. We may embody the hope for a better life than can lead others to invest us with the spiritual power of a God-touched faith healer leading a train of enthusiastic devotees. We can gain such professional success and prosperity, and display such largesse, that we become like Lorenzo the Magnificent looking for some Botticellis to patronize, so the risks of attracting sycophants, and getting carried away with the huge importance others see in us, can bring some hard lessons in humility.

Here’s Jupiter on the Midheaven.

The Jupiter Midheaven line is a solid line (as MC lines are) stuck to the Mercury IC line, a dashed yellow line. This client has Jupiter opposite Mercury in their chart with a 12 minute orb.

This client has the Jupiter Midheaven line cutting southward through central Mongolia and central China, not really near any population centers although there are some cities in southern China it goes close to; then, through southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia, before going through the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles west of western Australia.

Per Time Passages:
With Jupiter on the Midheaven, this is a great place for you to succeed in your endeavors on the public stage. In this locale, business success will follow you wherever you put your energies. Your social goals are expansive and the results of your vision are likely to be returned to you on the same grand scale. In this locale also, you might meet up with influential people who will help you on your way. The sky is literally the limit for you here; in fact, the lack of perceived limits might be the only drawback. In this part of the world you must beware of even too much optimism, of the tendency to have such belief in yourself that you take what could turn out to be foolish risks. If you keep a dose of healthy pessimism handy when you visit or reside in this place, you can indeed work wonders here and set your world on fire.

Dan Furst says:
A Jupiter on the MC line points up to the professional and spiritual sphere, this is where we are apt to rise in business and social status, to achieve public office and a position of leadership in medicine, music and religion, even to attract devoted and zealous fans and followers. This line’s values are conventionally religious rather than spiritual, and we are more likely here to become a pillar of the establishment and an exemplar of bbourgeois morality than to rock anyone’s boat, so the corrupting temptations of money and power, and the pursuit of pleasure, can come to outweigh the altruistic motives that first led us into the public arena.

This client’s Jupiter Descending line is not really a good picture, to wit:

The Jupiter descending line is the red line stuck next to the Mercury ascending line, a bright yellow line. This client has Jupiter opposite Mercury in their chart with a 12 minute orb.

Suffice it to say it runs south from Russia through the Bering Strait, and mostly southward through the Pacific Ocean to Antarctica withough hitting any land, although it goes perhaps within 1000 miles west of the Hawaiian islands, although the Mars Ascending line is closer.

Per Time Passages:
Jupiter on the Descendant makes this place one of the best in the world for you to meet others! You may find you connect easily with people, young and old, rich and poor, foreign and domestic. Relationships in this location tend to expand your horizons while offering you generous amounts of good will, intelligence and cheer. The folks you meet here tend make a deep impression on you that will last long after you leave. They may perhaps launch you into world travels, introduce you to new schools of thought, or join you in a spiritual quest. In its most challenging aspect you may find yourself in relationship with people here who take up a lot of space, who live life to excess, or who act in arrogant or dogmatic ways. At its best, you experience a lot of joy, ease and celebration with your partners here, aligned in a shared quest for knowledge, inspiration and adventure.

Per Dan Furst:
A Jupiter on the Descendant line means professional, financial, and social connections, so that here we may excel in business, sales and the practice of law or medicine, and gain high prestige in professional associations. Our chances of “marrying well” are high under this line, and we may attract help from powerful allies who seem miraculously to appear whenever needed. As Jim Lewis notes, “this is one of the most fortunate areas possible, one in which forces beyond your control seem determined that you are to have an easy time of it.” Jupiter’s special status as the “happy, lucky planet” may be more evident here than anywhere else, so that even when we blunder, we land on our feet not just like a cat, but a very sleek, smooth, and well-heeled cat.

Jupiter on the IC/nadir:

The Jupiter IC line is toward the right of the image. It is a red dashed line (as IC lines are) partially obscured by the Mercury midheaven line, a bright yellow line. This client has Jupiter opposite Mercury in their chart with a 12 minute orb.

You can see the Jupiter IC line going, from north to south, through Ontario, Western Pennsylvania, central Virginia and North Carolina, near Miami and through Cuba, a part of Central America and Ecuador.

Per Time Passsages:
With Jupiter at the Nadir, when in this location you will be especially tuned in regarding issues of home and family, and your core process. This applies at the physical as well as the figurative level, and you might do very well here with real estate investment or discover the joys of home decorating. You will likely feel a spiritual connection with family and tribe while in this place. People that you meet here are helpful aids in becoming better acquainted with the internal dynamics of your family and also in getting to know yourself at a deep level in ways that you had perhaps never previously explored. Your home is likely to become a source of inspiration, with many visitors and lively discussion, or perhaps a treasure trove of wisdom in your library. When in domicile in this locale, as well as being expansive you are perhaps more than a little restless, so that you could leave your home as much as you reside there, or bring the world back with you when you return. In any case, you will find abundant joy here in your abode.

Dan Furst has it this way:
Jupiter on the Nadir is the most prosperous line in the map, and marks the place where we are most likely to gain a life that is solidly and richly rooted in material wealth and substantial, even ostantatious, possessions. We are apt to retire in status and comfort here, to enjoy a fine home and, as landlords, to gain from building and managing homes for others. We are apt here to put down roots, start a family and continue established patriotic and religious traditions, or start new traditions of our own. We may become noted for our generosity as donors to charity and patrons of the arts, sharing our bounty not only with those closest to us, but with those whom we assist through funding and education to create a better life for ourselves.

And that’s it. Not everyone has the opportunity to live near one of these lines, and, noting our restrictions (such as, most people are not comfortable leaving their country), we might only have the opportunity to leave near one of our Jupiter lines. I live about 300 miles or 5 1/2 degrees from my Jupiter ascending line, so I have a weak influence; you may or may not wish to prioritize a Jupiter line if you have a more favorable Venus, Sun, or Mercury line that works well for you. We do the best we can with what we have.


Jupiter and Saturn and why this hasn’t happened in six centuries

Last night we saw Jupiter and Saturn at exactly the same place in the sky. It was roughly thirty degrees from the Sun — the Sun, being at the winter solstice, is on the Sagittarius/Capricorn cusp, and Jupiter and Saturn, having just migrated into Aquarius over the last week, is still on the Capricorn/Aquarius cusp. Being only thirty degrees from the Sun, and given that the Sun has to migrate 10-15 degrees below the horizon before it’s completely dark, made the window open to seeing Jupiter/Saturn really only during the first 1 1/2 hours of the night.

(As an aside, Saturn is about a billion miles from the Sun, Jupiter slightly more than half of that. Our nearest stars are 4 light years away, or 24 TRILLION miles — many that we can see are much further away than that. To put this in perspective, the distance to our nearest star is 24,000 times the distance to Saturn. Or, to put it another way, if you create a scale of the Sun, at 1 millimeter in size, and the Earth is 93 millimeters away — or about 3 1/2 inches, and Saturn is 1 billion miles away, or about 1 meter — then our closest star is 24 KILOMETERS away, or about 15 miles. Why are we able to see these stars at all?)

Jupiter and Saturn, to be sure, are conjunct. But they’re conjunct every twenty years or so. Why now are they in the same place in the sky?

One indirect way of answering this question is that the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is slightly tilted relative to the Earth’s orbit around the Sun — about 5 degrees, and if it wasn’t tilted we’d have a solar eclipse every month and a lunar eclipse every month. Usually though, at least partial eclipses happen on average once every 6 months, or less often than that. This is why we have the Moon’s node — the parts on the Moon’s orbit where the plane of the Moon’s orbit intersects with the plane of the Earth’s orbit.

The term ‘declination’ is often used; but, regardless of the terminology, the planetary orbits are slightly tilted so they two have nodes. Pluto’s orbit is the most radically tilted, but the other planets have slight tilts. If you have a planet near either the Sagittarius/Capricorn cusp or the Gemini/Cancer cusp, and the tilt is in a certain direction, those planets can be ‘out of bounds’ — in other words above the Tropic of Cancer (if near the Gemini/Cancer cusp) or below the Tropic of Capricorn (if near the Sagittarius/Capricorn cusp).

I have two planets that are at 1 degree Capricorn and 2 degrees Capricorn, respectively — and those planets are indeed out of bounds for me. Out of bounds planets usually indicate personality traits having to do with that planet that are completely out of the norm and that we don’t try to hide.

Regardless, Jupiter’s tilt in its orbit is the same as Saturn’s tilt of its orbit. Their nodes are in the same place. In most cases when they’re conjunct, they’re up to two degrees away. But finally, after about six centuries, their nodes are exact.

David Cochrane, who I studied under, discussed the idea of what do we do when planets are nowhere near the ‘ecliptic’, or the Sun’s path around the earth’s rotation and orbit around the sun. Most planets have about a 2 or 3 degree possibility, Pluto far more. What he discovered through his research was that the most accurate astrological interpretation is when these planets are ‘projected’ onto the ecliptic. A line perpendicular to the ecliptic is drawn to that planet, and the planet will be projected onto that spot.

As far as I know no one knows why this turns out to be the case, but it in fact is the case. Empirical research showed it. The age old philosophical debate between empiricism and rationalism rambles on, but astrology tends to favor the empirical, especially in this case because it doesn’t make a lot of sense. This also brings us to the debate between the Zodiacal versus In Mundo approaches to drawing astrological maps.

Zodiacal includes the projection, In Mundo the actual place of the planets, no matter how far off the elliptical they are. Astrologers are having this debate, and no one’s sure who’s right, but every relocation astrologer or astrocartographer has to make that decision of which one to use when trying to guide their client.


Repost: A ‘vibrational astrology’ interlude

(Reposted from May 5 post. I graduated from the Vibrational Astrology program in September. I will be writing more about Vibrational Astrology relatively soon.)

I am currently finishing up an astrological program in a new form of astrology called vibrational astrology (this is a particularly brilliant David Cochrane concoction, based on 45 years of research, and is ‘evidence-based’ — in other words, the conclusions he’s made are based on what he’s actually observed). Several students are already in the process of setting up practices and have their own websites — herehere, and here. (Some other students were already astrologers with practices before they started the program).

It’s an exciting time for all the students as graduation’s happening in a few months. In some ways, I’ve decided to follow my own heart and continue my specialty, although the things I learned in vibrational astrology pertaining to relocation astrology (we spent a semester on it) definitely added to my understanding of it. But becoming a specialist rather than a generalist speaks to my heart.

Vibrational astrology really is fascinating, though. Much of the bedrock of vibrational astrology is about harmonics, in that vibrations in some sense are synonymous with harmonics. Some of you know what these are, but for those that don’t, this is for you.

Imagine the birth chart wheel, all 360 degrees of it. Divide 360 into 5, and you get 72 degrees — 1/5th of the circle. 72 degrees is known as a quintile. And 144 degrees is a biquintile. These quintiles and biquintiles are generally associated with creativity, and, according to David Cochrane, even how you play. (He noted that people with strong quintile patterns — as, for example, I do with my Venus, Saturn, and Pluto as well as my Sun, Uranus, and relocated-to-Colorado Midheaven, tend not to like drudgery and have to come up with more creative ways of making money).

The basic idea about harmonics is that the 5th harmonic multiplies the distance between planets by 5. So two planets 10 degrees apart are 50 degrees apart in the 5th harmonic. And two planets 72 degrees apart are — 360 degrees, or, basically, conjunct. (So two planets 36 or 108 degrees apart basically become oppositions in the 5th harmonic, or vibration — 36 x 5 = 180, and 108 x 5 = 540, reducing to 180.)

Each of the harmonics has its own ‘theme.’ The 7th harmonic — all of this is more David Cochrane’s research — has to do with quiet discipline, introversion — think of the young child who studies piano for hours each day in order to become a concert pianist. The 9th harmonic has to do with how one places oneself in one’s community. The 8th harmonic is about your driving force. If someone has a ‘strong’ harmonic, it is because they have several — at least three — planets aspecting each other.

Going a little further out, someone with a strong 17th harmonic is likely to be empathic and interested in the stories of others. Or, from his publication, “The First 32 Harmonics” (© 2012 Cosmic Patterns Software, Inc.)

Incorporating insights, perspectives, beliefs, customs, habits, and different viewpoints wherever they can be found, without prejudice and without lots of a priori assumptions. Especially inclined towards acting and theatre but also arts, literature and cultural experiences of all kinds. A non-linear way of thinking that incorporates different views and approaches. Interest in the way people understand, experience, interpret, and find meaning in their lives.

Cochrane talked a lot about the 17th harmonic a lot in class, and he revealed a whole host of other (minor?) characteristics about the 17th harmonic, almost as asides.

He once quipped, ’17th harmonic isn’t always there for you’ — meaning, someone with strong 17th harmonic isn’t always there for you (UNLESS they have some other strong harmonic that would allow the subject to be there for you!) He also once mentioned that 29th harmonic can ‘win people’s hearts’.

And that is the thing. You can actually go pretty high with these harmonics! 29th harmonic has to do with an optimistic sense of the universe as an evolving, improving system. Or:

Able to adopt different points of view. Interest in how different people live and experience the world. Gaining a perspective outside the usual frame of reference of most other people. Incorporating styles, habits, or customs of other people. A realistic and mature view that does not offer simple answers and is able to see that there is beauty and grace in many different cultures and life styles,. There are no simple
answers to solving the world’s problems, but it is important to understand that we can adopt new attitudes and we can choose a way of relating to the world that enables us to
evolve, develop, grow, learn, and love in greater measure. We can re-create ourselves by allowing ourselves to restructure our lives and develop the habits, life style, and way of relating to others that expresses our higher ideals and vision of what is possible. A positive attitude that we can make our lives better by relating to the world in a more authentic way.

There’s so much we learned in his 2 1/2 year long course, far too much to write in my blog (and his publication is essential reading) and just as importantly, far too much for most people, including myself, to retain in memory — but he was able to make conclusions for harmonics for prime numbers as high as 43 and for harmonic multiples that included 35, 55, 77, 128 and others! One of the fascinating prime number harmonics he found out about was 37. Another was 43. I include these because they are both pretty strong in me. These prime number harmonics were presented at the 2019 Vibrational Astrology Conference by Starlene Breiter (PAC), another astrologer who graduated from Cochrane’s program some time ago.

What I recalled in her presentation about 37 had to do with the subject preparing sort of a ‘witches’ brew’ in one’s creative endeavor. The 37 harmonic has been thought to be ‘bad-ass.’ These are nice things to hear about oneself, and most neatly manifest in my radio show (KGNU-fm), but also in other creative work I’ve done in the past, if memory serves me, or just my thought patterns in general. (The higher harmonics tend to deal more with abstract things).

The 43rd harmonic is just as interesting. The subject with a strong 43rd harmonic, if they’re in the process of diving deep into themselves, often finds — nothing! (This is exactly what happened during my guided — and I do mean guided, I didn’t do this alone — psilocybin trip last October in Oakland, CA). The person with a 43rd harmonic often has a weak sense of their own identity.

Step back for a second and contemplate what it means to have a strong 43rd or 37th or 35th harmonic — in the technical, mathematical sense, the sense of the chart wheel itself. A harmonic chart is not a ‘real’ chart, it is a magnification of the real chart meant to draw out patterns. So somebody with two planets 10 degrees apart in the natal chart has them 430 degrees apart in the 43rd harmonic, which reduces to 70 degrees apart.

The 43rd harmonic will show oppositions, squares, sextiles and trines, semisextiles, quincunx, semisquares and sesquiquadrates. Two planets in opposition in the 43rd harmonic are basically planets that are an odd multiple (1, 3, 5, 7, etc.) of “43 x 2, or 86, divided by 360.” (Even multiples, 2, 4, 6, etc. would be conjunctions.) If you step back and contemplate how far-fetched this might sound not only to the layperson, but also to many serious students of more ‘normal’ astrology, if you are either of these, you might be compelled to think of it as bullcrap.

But the research has been done, generally of people who have reached some level of fame, and the conclusions are seen to be sound when we combine their truth with the truth that you might feel when you’ve discovered you have a strong 19 harmonic and what that actually means to you personally. It is yet more of the “ID card from the universe” that your astrological chart actually gives you.