I generally like to say that the things you learn in your Astro Map are roughly half of what a relocation reading is supposed to teach you. The other half is the birth chart wheel — what houses the planets are in and what aspects they make to the Ascendant or Midheaven, and all the midpoints that involve the Ascendant and Midheaven.
Most astrological programs — the Sirius III program a major exception — only do your rising, MC, descending, or IC lines in the map, so everything else is handled by the birth chart. It is highly important what houses your planets end up in.
Today, however, I’ll be focusing only on the lines in the Astro Map. We’ll be focusing on the Sun exclusively today. I want to look at various interpretations of each of the Sun lines. Lots of people find living on a Sun line extremely attractive, so it’s worth a closer, more detailed look.
This is a bit of a problem, because there’s so much information here, but truth be told, the only way you can see where ALL the Sun lines are are at one time. This is my Astro Map, and although it might be hard to see, my Sun IC line (cusp of the 4th house) cuts through the Atlantic Ocean a bit to the east of Hawaii. My Sun rising line (cusp of the 1st house) cuts through South America from southwest to northeaast, entering through Chile, Bolivia, Brazil, and Dutch Guyana.
As it approaches the MC line (cusp of the 10th house), it cuts through Scandinavia. The Sun MC line cuts through Eastern Europe, including a slice of Russia, and then the Middle East and eastern Africa. The most prominent European city that’s not far to the west of it is Kiev, Ukraine.
I would interject here that yes, it really is important which side of the line you’re on. It makes a difference if you have Sun in the 9th house (east of the line) or Sun in the 10th house (west of the line). That again has to do with the houses that the planet is in, and the differing interpretations. For now, though, I want to focus only on the lines.
The Sun descending line goes diagonally through Russia, central China, near Indonesia and the Phillipines, and diagonally through Australia, ending up between Adelaide and Melbourne.
Time Passages is a astrological software program that I often use. Its interpretation for the Sun IC line (cusp of the 4th house), says the following:
With the Sun at the Nadir, you will find that this place feels like home to you, with a sense of familiarity that accompanies your steps while residing or even visiting here. You may also find that your life revolves around family concerns when you are in this location. You may feel far away from the hustle and bustle of the workaday world, experiencing a welcome sense of rest and relaxation. Ambitions and the concerns of public life may seem less pressing as you lean towards family or turn within yourself for guidance. You also might find you have plenty of time here to reflect on the past, and to deepen your sense of emotional security through meditation or journaling. If you wind up working here, it is likely that you become involved with family matters in some way, such as a family-based business, or perhaps in pursuing endeavors that have to do with land and real estate. Whether you find yourself engaging with family, repainting the your home or taking a workshop on the inner child, you will shine and get the most out of these parts when you fully engage with the personal and the private side of your complex nature.
Another interpretation is from a great book I picked up a few years ago, Dan Furst’s “Finding Your Best Places” (2015):
“Sun lines can be ‘everything lines,’ unlike other planet lines that pertain mainly to power and money, health and learning and other specific areas of life, and the best example of a Sun line’s all-embracing sweep may be the Sun on the Nadir line, for it favors locations in which we are healthy, financially secure, happily partnered and socially prosperous, blessed by an active and loving circle of friends. As most people seek to enjoy all these advantages in later life this line is sometimes called, not so surprisingly, the Retirement Line.”
I like Furst’s interpretation a bit better, but your own preferences may differ.
The Sun Ascending line (cusp of the 1st house, cutting through South America), again from Time Passages:
“With the Sun on the Ascendant, in this location your focus is on yourself and on the manifestation of your vital force. You may find that you have more courage and determination to actualize yourself here than in other parts of the world. What do you aspire to be and how will what you do serve this higher purpose? In this place you exude health and happiness, and you are inclined to meet life as an adventure. You radiate an energy that can also make you an attractive leader. If this site challenges your vitality, taking the challenge head-on brings rewards. You may find that here you grapple with your ego, encountering situations that evoke pride or shame, and that force you to take risks that lead to greater self-growth. Ultimately, events that take place here will help you learn to shine in the world. Your inner child can feel free to come out and play! Perhaps your best use of the leadership that comes naturally to you in this location is that you demonstrate to others how you glow from within in a way that inspires them and allows them to do the same for themselves.”
From Dan Furst:
“The Sun on the Ascendant line favors the projecting of one’s personal power and leadership into the outer environments of politics, business, and society, especially when the Sun in one’s birth chart is the ‘rising planet’ in the first house, close to the Ascendant line. This is why this Sun position, expressing as it does a desire to shine in this world, is often found in the charts of people who aspire to political and religious authority, and may actually achieve it. The possibilities of acclaim for one’s creative successes are high under this line, so it also carries the risks of all the prancing and preening that can come when the limelight has captured us.“
The sun on the MC line (cusp of the 10th house), which in my case went through South America:
“With Sun on the Midheaven, this is one of the best places in the world for you to actualize your unique potential. Time spent here will help you get in touch with your calling and gain recognition for your gifts. You could step into a leadership position or experience an upgrade in your self-esteem and your social status. While in this location you might make advances in your career or literally find your place on center stage. You feel the most alive in this part of the world when you are in a position of authority and on the central pulse of things. You may also find you bring more of a sense of play, and perhaps of risk, into your working world. You could also find that your private life takes a back seat here and that you can keep very little about yourself hidden or secret. In the only difficult aspect of this connection, you could find that you tend to bump up against figures of authority, but you also have the vitality to do well with these challenges. When you are working for the highest, this place catapults your best self into the limelight and shows you how to find your unique place in the sun.”
From Dan Furst:
“For some astrocartographers, the Sun on the MC line is the best one in our entire Map. It is sometimes called the Fame line because it marks the lcoations where we achieve professional success, gain recognition for our accomplishments, and advance socially with the help of advantageous contacts. A brilliant career may trump everything else here, and can create a need for social climbing.”
Finally, the sun on the Descending line (cusp of the 7th house), going through Australia.
From Time Passages:
“The Sun on the Descendent indicates that in this location relationship strongly impacts you and contributes to your evolving sense of self. Here you tend to attract others who reflect the deeper parts of yourself back to you, in true partnering. You will likely create more and stronger relationships with people in these parts, especially with those who see the best in you, who cheer you on to be the star of your own movie. Even if you don’t own up to your very best and stellar self in this location, you may find yourself dating a star instead and playing the role of audience member and support system. This location is a good one for forming partnerships of all kinds, including business partnerships, and you will be more inclined in this part of the world to put your head together with someone than to go it alone. At its most balanced, this place can become a stage where you and your partners shine together, sharing the limelight of mutual admiration, appreciation and perhaps passion.“
From Dan Furst:
“The Sun on the Descendant line is one I know well. I’m writing this book a few miles from it in a place that favors the building of relationships for intellectual work, project organization, publication and performance. I’ve published two books while living under this line in Peru; and have built good relationships not only with people in the local community, but with people all over the world who seem to find me under this line. Productive partnerships flourish here, especially with colleagues in Europe and the Americas.”
I rely heavily on interpretations that others who have come before me. It’s like ‘standing on the shoulders of giants.’ As an astrologer, it’s my responsibility to be able to pick and choose among the best information relative to and after identifying the needs and values of the client.
That being said, we have only focused on lines today. I have to express once again that it’s VERY important which side of the line you fall on. The line itself explains half; the side of the line (the house you’re in) explains the other half.
- If you’re very close to your Jupiter ascending line, it makes a big difference whether Jupiter is in the 12th house or the 1st house.
- If you have a planet near your IC line (some term this the ‘nadir’, but it’s almost never directly below the earth), it makes a big difference whether the planet is in the 3rd house or the 4th house.
- If you have Venus near your ascending line, it makes a big difference whether its in the 6th house or the 7th house.
- Any planet near your Midheaven will have a much different tone whether it’s in the 9th house or the 10th house.
Houses 1, 4, 7, and 10 are angular houses. Planets generally (or at least often) exhibit more power or prominence when they’re in that house. But if you’re living in a place that isn’t anywhere near a line, the planets still exhibit power. They exhibit the power of the house the planet is in, the aspects they make to the Ascendant or Midheaven, and any midpoints involving two planets and the relocated Ascendant or Midheaven.
The Ascendant and Midheaven are the only things that change when you move, and so much is based on that, that there will be ample opportunities to cover it in the future. It’s something that should be part of any relocation consultation with an astrologer.