Every astrologer does things a little bit differently, and, although relocation astrology only is one of several topics of the larger field of astrology, it’s considered differently by different astrologers. I want to discuss some of the different methods relocation astrologers use.
First, though, I thought I’d add some (amusing?) context.
I lived in Pittsburgh, PA for 28 years (1988-2016). Like many metropolises in the country, it’s gentrified and become more socially conscious in terms of the people moving in (the ‘latte’ crowd), although it may be an outlier for the Rust Belt.
The changes have been radical. You could walk down the hill to the Lawrenceville neighborhood in 1995 and it felt like you were going back in time — maybe to the 1950s. It was like, in some sense, a pristine, untouched part of nature not discovered or colonized by ‘humans’. (Lawrenceville was one of several depressed neighborhoods, depressed because the steel industry had mostly packed up and left before I even got there).
Now Lawrenceville is running over with cafe bistros and the city in general has a thriving indie music scene. Many working class people are still there (the ‘yinzers’), many aren’t (which is another long story), and it’s an interesting mix. The city is economically thriving, with Google, driverless cars, top-notch hospitals, and high tech. Not quite San Francisco, but definitely moving in that direction. (The houses are now 100 years old in Lawrenceville and Bloomfield, though, although there’s been a lot of newer development in other neighborhoods).
Regardless of how cool the city is now, Pittsburgh never worked for me. My very first bus trip in 1988 had me completely alienated; I didn’t have the means to drive a car until 2004, more than halfway through my time there; it just seemed mean. I wanted to leave early on, but I never had the means to; for fear of my parents’ (particularly my mother’s) disapproval, I wouldn’t have had the support I needed even if I somehow chose to. Indeed, I didn’t even have full, proper psychiatric support to live a semblance of a normal life until 2010, and I had to fight for even that, although I was stable by about the year 2001.
Because I wanted to move, I somehow had heard about something called astrocartography, or relocation astrology, or something, in 1999, maybe about a year and a half after being introduced to astrology for the first time. I’m not even completely sure birth charts were able to be posted online at that phase, although they might have been. I found somebody who did astrocartography.
I paid for his services, and what I got was one Astro Map, with the ascending and descending lines. I was given a few paragraphs of advice (something about avoiding the intensity of California, there’s a Uranus line there, though he didn’t even let me know that that was the reason why). I paid $90 for the privilege.
That was the state of relocation astrology online in 1999, as far as I can tell. We have come a long way since then.
Anyway, different astrologers do things differently. I was tipped off to a Cosmopolitan article the other night, basically a pop article with an interesting take on the most important planet being Jupiter. I was intrigued by it saying that ‘if you want all the money, put Jupiter in your 2nd house’.
That stuck with me because my 1999 astrocartography reading favored a longitude that included Alaska and Hawaii. Again, I didn’t know why at the time, it wasn’t explained to me; it turns out that my Venus IC line runs between Oahu and Kauai. It was a place I thought I wanted to move to, and I still might — I’ve visited twice. But also, Jupiter is in my 2nd house there. (It’s in my 1st house here in Colorado).
Not every astrologer would agree that Jupiter is the most important planet, and clients have decisions to make.
It’s funny thinking about the amount of specialized knowledge I have in astrology, and the methodologies I use — but just that tidbit from a pop article in a women’s magazine struck me as new knowledge. And the same article tells you to get Saturn out of your 7th house if you want to have a real relationship. My Saturn was born in my 6th house but it’s in my 7th house now — the interpretation I used says:
“If you want to be more sensible about relationships and put more effort into partnerships, Saturn in the relocated seventh house assists your quest.”
I do feel that has happened since I moved here. It is something I wanted, or at least thought I wanted. But it also happens that,
“This is not an advisable placement, however, if you tend to feel blocked from love or less loved than you would like, or are subject to criticism and control from partners or close relatives.”
Now this is very interesting. I won’t get into the nitty gritty of my personal life, but this speaks to me right now.
That Cosmopolitan article is just one pop article. Relocation astrology is trending. I could perhaps go into what different sources say about Saturn in the 7th house, which is like Libra, but that would be just one of many things I could do (it would be one of 144 possible planet/house combinations, if we include Chiron and the North Node). But here is one. And I’ll quote from it, here:
“Libra’s traditional ruler, Saturn, finds a home in the 7th House, though mentors a strict discipline which may involve an overwhelming emptiness and isolation, and a bundle of stress and inner anxieties when it comes to relationships. Love may be hard to find here, but when they find it, Saturn will have sent the zodiac’s most precious gift package.”
It also says:
“There is the indication of marriage to a partner who is considerably older, carries much societal affluence, or one which will occur late in life. The relationship orb for Saturn here denotes their greatest trauma, where partners may be indifferent, uncaring, detached or abusive at its worst.”
This is quite a lot to consider.
It says a lot, including:
“It can be said this planet makes people wiser when it comes to love. All the natives having Saturn in 7th house are good at mitigating conflicts and know the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong.”
This is one I don’t like as much, as it seems vague and clinical.
This one I like a lot. The worst news here, if you agree with it, is:
“Going deeper, subjects with Saturn in the 7th House may find themselves with a partner who is more like a parent. If this manifests, it can be helpful to look back at your own parent’s relationship to see how this may have impacted upon you.”
We see a preponderence of qualitative information here with these four or five interpretations. Seeing all four gives us a more full understanding, but somebody who saw only one of the interpretations may come away with a very different impression than somebody who saw one of the others.
A lot of astrologers combine an astrocartography map to cover all locations on the earth, and a relocated chart. My approach includes that, and then diverges from other astrologers insofar as I do rely (quite a bit) on interpretations from other sources and try to get at the truth of someone’s existence and perception through thoughtful use of these interpretations.
I might read one of these interpretations and say, “Does that land for you?” It makes sense for an astrologer to have counseling skills in order to do this. For those of us who have learned counseling skills it makes sense to review them. Saying something like, “I wonder if…” followed by our own observation allows us to admit on some level that no one of us is always right. It generates a lot of goodwill, too.
It may be slightly less applicable to relocation astrology because we’re evaluating locations that the client may have spent a very little of their time there and are trying to make a decision as whether to stay a much longer period of time or even move there. They’re in the dark. If they have spent, say, two weeks there, it’s a great idea to ask “What was it like for you?” and then follow up questions as necessary.
Did this land for you?