First case study — my own experience

Whenever I talk with someone who seems like a potential love interest, I generally try to look at the location they’re in to see what it would be like if I moved there. It’s putting the cart before the horse for sure, but, if nothing else, it allows me to practice locational astrology on several levels and think through my intentions long-term. It’s an exercise.

So it is with a younger woman — let’s call her Maura — who lives in Abilene, TX. Keep in mind what I haven’t done is a compatibility chart for her, which I’ve done with other people. However, on a more basic level and per the Secret Language of Relationships, she’s a Capricorn III, and I’m a Sagittarius II, so, although I do like her a lot, it’s not necessarily likely that we’d be good for each other.

(Keep in mind I am not posting her Astro Map — which is just as important to this exercise as posting my Astro Map. I haven’t done it yet, and haven’t asked her permission).

Still, I think that going through this process is kind of cool — allowing me to indulge my imagination as well as doing the first of many case studies. I’m first going to post my Astro Map, using just a Basic Map.

My Astro Map, with Jupiter Ascending line near Abilene

One of the reasons I’m performing this exercise is that I knew my Jupiter Ascending line and Saturn descending line — oppositions with a 3 1/2 degree orb — were slicing diagonally through the middle of the country, as I’ve no doubt shared before. I figured that, given Abilene was somewhere in the western half of the state, that it would be pretty close to it.

I also realize that the Abilene area is kind of red, to wit:

Yikes! Not a hint of blue anywhere on the map.

Looking up at the Astro Map above the precinct map, we see that, indeed, the Jupiter ascending line does go very close to Abilene. It should be noted that Abilene is to the east of the Jupiter line.

This case study is illustrative. In Abilene, Jupiter is in my 12th house (unless my birth time is at least three minutes earlier than listed on my birth certificate).

I have mentioned in at least one earlier post that it matters pretty greatly which side of the line one is on — whether it be the MC, Ascendant, IC, or Descendant. In this case the difference is between the 12th house and the 1st house. The post entitled “Jupiter,” where I only riff on Jupiter related themes dates to April 11 of this year.

This is what Mapping Your Travels says about the first house:
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.

This is what the Round Art says about the 1st house:
frankness, honesty, leadership, travel; generous, optimistic, self-sufficient, speculative, aspiring, capable, ambitious, noble, adventurous.

This is what the Round Art says about the 12th house:
altruism, contentment, solitude, tolerance, capacity for enjoyment; compassionate, generous, selfless, imaginative, beneficent, charitable, visionary, indolent, wasteful.

But I want to focus on a more conceptual and psychological level, quoting from Jim Lewis’/Kenneth Irving’s “The Psychology of Astrocartography. Here he discusses what happens when you’re west of the line or east of the line, for any given planet:

Ascendant/1st House (West of Line):
Among the possible manifestations you could see with a particular planet, those involving your direct perception of your own personality and identity should be the major focus of interest. You could come to identify strongly with the various functions, energies, personality attributes and activities of this zone, and might consciously incorporate them into your repertory of personality options. Real power can come from recognizing the nature and potency of this influence, a positive personal energy which you can come to symbolize in a very real way for others, whether through exaggerating it, or through consciously acting out the positive aspects of its role. This energy flows both ways, as you’ll find that other people empower you, recognizing your instinctive ability to handle matters that either make them uncomfortable or escape their understanding, perhaps because they strike too close to the core of personality. In your personal relationships, you may tend to play the role assigned by this psychological influence, and your partner may well play what is opposite. Success comes from accepting this role and learning to manage and project it consciously.

Ascendant/12th house (East of Line):
In this situation, your external personality is very strongly coloured by the psychological principles of the planet. However, others my see this more clearly than you do, and in general you are inclined to see these principles and their role in your life as things that happen to you, rather than things you consciously do. Gaining control of these impulses can be difficult for this reason, and you stand the best chance to capitalize constructively on the power of this zone or to integrate the planetary potentials it highlights if you work towards understanding how events that frequently or repetitiously befall you here really are the product of a consistent, inner attitude towards yourself and your identity. This may sound abstract, but it is still important, because if you fail consciously to control your role in events that befall you here, you could unconsciously be working against yourself.

It’s a pretty substantial difference. I don’t want to underestimate the reality that, even in Abilene, I have Jupiter conjunct Ascendant to less than a one degree orb. That’s huge; just as important as which side of the line it’s on. Interpretations abound, and almost all of them are good. The Round Art explains it as such:
luxurious environment, magnanimity, charm, largesse, wealthy people; grandiose, regal, good humoured, imperturable, grandiloquent, extravagant, overweight.

The psychology of AstroCartoGraphy explains, for Jupiter conjunct Ascendant:
Spiritual evolution can be attained here, since your mind grasps universal principles easily. You rapidly emerge as a person of consequence, the essence of establishment values, a pillar of the community, and are liked by people for the joy and exuberance with which you live your life, your generosity, your kindness and your obvious concern for others’ place on the ladder of spiritual evolution. .. This is a very good zone in which to improve your own health (unless your main problem is caused by an excess of some sort, such as overweight).

I’m going to finish this post by posting some of the Treasure Maps that also are generated through Sirius III. These are as concerning as the precinct map I posted. First for “Love and Romance”:

Not a great location for Love and Romance, but neither is where I live now!

There’s a Venus 40 degrees from the Ascendant going through Odessa, Lubbock, and Amarillo to the west, and Venus 36 degrees from the Ascendant going near San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, but nothing in between.

Even more concerning, is Friendship and Family, detailed. These are meant to measure comfort zones, and they usually take up most of the map. It’s pretty important that you live in one.

And there’s a big white space where Abilene is.

I did this exercise, for one thing to follow my whim to evaluate the prospects with someone who I liked (Maura) and thought of as somebody compatible with me in a number of ways. I also did this exercise to illustrate that when you’re doing Astrocartography and Relocation Astrology, you need to thoroughly explore things from a variety of angles, which I tried to do. I haven’t generated Maura’s Astro Map (yet), nor have I done a compatibility reading. More conclusions can be made if and when I do these things.

By David Muir

David Muir recieved his PAC as a 2020 graduate of the Avalon School in Vibrational Astrology. He has been a practicing astrologer having studied astrology since 1997. He specializes in relocation astrology, particularly in terms of how both one's character and external influences change in a new location. He has interests in compatibility, and just generally “getting the necessary information out there for you,” which can entail personology as well as different interpretations in general. David writes a 2x/weekly blog in both relocation astrology and other astrological topics of interest, on

David received a BA from Carlow University in 2011 with concentrations in philosophy, writing, and political science. He does a 2x/month radio show and has lived in Denver, CO since 2016.

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