A case study: Nora

Nora presented to me back in February. Sometimes when I do relocation consultations, the data is ambiguous — there are good and bad things in each location, and the choice is not an obvious one. I’ll be presenting such a case here or in my e-book at some point. With this case, however, it was pretty obvious what the course of action should be.

Nora’s a registered nurse and on February 13 paid for the full consultation saying she needed to have it by March 1. That was plenty of time to get it done, I said so, and then I started work on it. It wasn’t clear to me where she was living at that point, but she was from Chicago, IL. The locations she wanted me to evaluate were Wilmington, NC and Dallas, TX.

I had done a lot of the report, although not the Treasure Maps part of the analysis, and then, what happened? Nora disapppeared. I tried reaching out to her about five days after I had offered some times to schedule to determine if she wanted to schedule — that was on February 22. I still heard nothing, until March 2.

She apologized for her lack of response. She was in a crisis herself — being stalked by an ex-boyfriend and couldn’t find her daughters. She knew instinctively that there was something wrong with where she was, as she put it:

“please I gotta find out what’s up…every thing has been working against me…”

It was a client that I had to establish boundaries with, and it wasn’t until a day or two before our consultation that I figured out why she was in crisis.

Before that, I looked at all of the verbal information. The Dallas location was a bit more favorable in the midpoints area, but not excessively so. She would be dealing with a Scorpio ascendant in Wilmington, NC, but would have a Libra rising everywhere else, including where she was now, Chicago. That was good to know as I usually try to get as much Scorpio/8th house influence out of their chart if possible, and especially if the client’s life is unstable.

She would have a Cancer midheaven in Dallas, and a Leo midheaven everywhere else. Both have their good points, and I don’t really favor either. She did have Venus in 2nd house (in rulership) everywhere except Dallas, where it was in the 3rd. (3rd house Venus is a good place for Venus to be, in my estimation, even though it’s not in rulership.)

She had Mars in 1st house (rulership) everywhere except Dallas, where it was in 2nd house (detriment). These were all things I would explain to her during the session.

She had Jupiter in 7th house in Wilmington and in 8th house everywhere else. There’s a big difference between these two houses for any planet, including Jupiter, and it was something I would caution her to be aware of.

Every aspect from every participating planet to the ascendant and midheaven in Dallas was a positive one (sextile, quintile, or trine). But in Wilmington she was right on her Uranus rising line, and the interpretation was as follows:

exciting and quickly-changing environment, an exciting but unstable life, going one’s own way, individualism, science and technology, unusual objectives; rebellious, tense, anarchistic, original

This was a red flag for that location. Additionally, she had her Uranus square her Midheaven, not uncommon when Uranus is conjunct your Ascendant, and we got this:

many changes of profession, precipitancy, big upsets, sudden turns for the worse, checquered career; unreliable, temperamental, hasty, stubborn.

So it was starting to become clear that based on what she was talking about, Wilmington was not a good fit for the reasons having to do with Uranus and where her life was now. This was a big deal.

It was what I found with the Treasure Maps that was the kicker. Starting with the Friendship & Family map:

Nothing really remarkable here in terms of the locations Nora is interested in.

Lines on a Friendship & Family map will always involve Venus or the Moon. They are nice places to live in from a personal perspective — with Venus giving beauty, and the Moon giving a sense of history, nostalgia, comfort. The lines and shaded areas usually take up less than half of the map, and it’s not remarkable if you’re not living in one (though preferable if you are).

Moving along to the Friendship & Family detailed map:

The Friendship & Family, detailed map almost always has shading from the vast majority of the map.

As soon as I showed her the Friendship & Family, detailed map, I could explain to her that if you’re in a shaded in area, your life will go smoothly from a business perspective. You will get the support that you need. And notice what’s left out?


Once I told her that she could mentally compare this location with locations she’s been in, in the past, and really ponder the difference between getting what you need, and not getting what you need.

I always go after that to Excitement & Instability, and it was as follows:

Excitement & Instability lines tend to take up aout half of the map, or slightly less.

Chicago took a hit here, as well. The shaded areas also came near Wilmington, as well, but Chicago was right in the middle of a Uranus/Pluto midpoint conjunct the Ascendant. We can see that there wasn’t much going for Chicago. She could see this, too. But until it was spelled out for her through these visuals, she couldn’t put her finger on what was wrong.

I skipped the Love & Romance map, since that wasn’t what she needed right now. I went to the Vocation & Career map:

You can see the Vocation & Career map, which might usually be half-shaded. Dallas is the only city of interest to her that’s shaded in.

Noticing that Vocation & Career was shaded in for Dallas and no other location of interest for her, I suggested to her that her career as a nurse could be like an anchor — bad stuff is a lot less likely to happen if your career is stabilized and moving forward.

The final thing I brought to her attention was the fact that, except in Wilmington, her Chiron was in the 7th house. There’s a nice description from Parker’s Astrology that encapsulates the challenges:

This placing indicates a tendency to merge with a partner and lose one’s individuality.  The Chironic energy encourages the individual to become committed prematurely.  Many unrewarding and heart-breaking relationships are formed and ended.  The lessons are obvious – to learn from past experiences.  That seems simple, but it is extremely difficult, especially if the individual sees the partner merely as an extension of him- or her-self.  This represents an extreme form of selfishness, since the individual is aiming to prevent the partner from being an individual in his or her own right.  Melanie Reinhart says that this group will tend to attract ‘lame ducks’ – people who are less self-reliant than most and over whom the partner can exert power more easily.

It was very important that I made her aware that this theme is still a theme that she may be struggling with as she likely has been. Making her fully aware of the problem was, I would guess, half the battle (hopefully). If you’re doing a consultation with a client and almost everything about a location is good, do not ignore any of the challenges if they are real ones. I could get a sense of her 7th house Chiron based on her manner with me, which made discussing it a lot easier to do, since I could see it so clearly.

She was well into her 40s, too, which means that she’s more likely to integrate challenges because she’s mature and capable enough to own them. One of my recent clients was 31, and if she’d had the same challenges as Nora, she probably would not have been able to integrate them. I do hope to God Nora does — she’s deserving of having them put behind her.

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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