In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, many Americans are making a mass exodus out of big cities and they have a big question on their mind, “where do I go next?!” …aside from their parent’s house. This looming question brought us to seek out an astrological tool called Astrocartography. It is one of several methods of locational astrology, which claims to identify various facets of life (think career, money, love, community) through differences in location. This is done by placing your personal natal birth chart on a map of the world.
The big cities like New York City, Chicago, and LA are facing lootings, protests, and upticks of violence that have many feeling unsafe on top of the fact that so many places they once frequented have shut down for good. We also can’t forget that offices are closed until 2021 for the most part and the people who can work remotely wonder why they would invest in an expensive apartment when they can move to a location where they might be able to (FINALLY!) save for their future.
That’s just one example of why someone might choose to move. There are so many variables in the equation like schooling for kids or being closer to family in uncertain times. Whatever the reason is, the feeling is valid.
Many families are choosing opting locations that are driving distance from a city but have more outdoor space like the Hudson Valley or Palm Springs. Singles are looking at B-Markets as viable options now where rent is cheaper, the weather is warmer, and ultimately life is paced a lot slower than Manhattan. It seems that the options are vast from Boulder to Charleston, where is the right place to plant your next set of roots?
I spoke with Steffi Hill, also known as the Spirit Sis, on the podcast about using this sect of astrology right now to plan your pandemic. While she is a jane of all spiritual trades (psychic medium, intuitive energy healer, human design expert) she knows her stuff when it comes to astrocartography.
Astrocartography is a particular modality of astrology that was developed and popularized by American astrologer Jim Lewis. This sect focuses on using your natal chart information (exact date, time, and location of your birth) to create a personalized map that shows the places on the earth where planets were “angular” (rising, setting, on the zenith or nadir) on your birth day thus plotting the energetic influences that specifically apply in specific regions. These maps are used by ‘astro-cartographers’ to counsel people on the best places to live, travel, find love, or even have the best career prospects. On the flip side, it can tell you where to avoid.
If you pull up your individualized astrocartography map (which you can do on astro.com’s AstroClick Travel feature or through a professional astrologer, like Spirit Sis), you’ll see what seems like a bajillion lines curving across the map in a variety of colors with some larger circles (zeniths). Each is related to a planet and its position in the sky when you were born.
Each line represents a planet like Venus which we all know symbolizes love. Though as Spirit Sis taught me just because venus is running through a location if that particular planet isn’t strong for you you may have to look deeper into the conjunctions it’s making to form stronger energy. It’s not so cut and dry. Once you actually learn how certain locations effect you the world really will become your oyster.
Astrocartography Map Lines and Their Meanings
Check out the energetic effect of each planetary line:
- Sun: A confidence-boosting line, the sun line can lift your mood, making you feel in sync with your core self.
- Moon: Associated with emotions, the moon can boost feelings of vulnerability and sensitivity.
- Mercury: As the planet of communication (as well as transportation and technology) Mercury’s line bolsters self-expression, as well as travel and intellectual pursuits. (And, yes, it also goes retrograde sometimes.)
- Venus: The planet of romance, beauty, and money, the Venus line can amplify all of these themes, leading to long-term love and partnerships, creativity, as well as feeling and appearing extra magnetic.
- Mars: Ruling action, athleticism, energy, and sex, the Mars line can encourage combativeness—but amplify excitement and passion.
- Jupiter: The largest planet in the solar system is linked to expansion and fortune, so it’s considered one of the luckiest spots.
- Saturn: The taskmaster planet, Saturn oversees hard work and uphill battles that are meant to teach crucial lessons. Being near a Saturn line might make life feel like a slog, but ultimately, it can boost your maturity and personal growth.
- Uranus: Revolutionary Uranus is all about sudden, unexpected shifts, change, and freedom. The influence of the line can have you feeling energized (generally in an anxious way) and determined to break free of convention.
- Neptune: The planet of dreams, spirituality, and intuition, Neptune clouds rational thought, so its line elevates imagination—but also an illusion.
- Pluto: The planet of transformation also deals with deep-rooted, psychological issues and power struggles, so it can be an emotionally challenging spot to spend time in.
And because the sun is always rising in one spot while it sets at another, there are four lines for each celestial body, referred to as the “four angles” or cardinal points:
- Rising or Ascendant (AC): Your rising line is associated with your outward personality, and you’ll identify with the energy of whichever planet(s) was coziest to your ascendant at the time of your birth. Travel or move to your sun AC line, and you could feel more confident and centered in the way you appear to others out and about in the world.
- The Descendant (DC): The descendant line speaks to your relationships with others. For instance, your Venus descendant line might be a powerful one for finding love.
- The Imuni Coeli (IC): The IC line is associated with your origins, your home, your family, security, and how that foundation influences your identity. It has a reflective influence, so your moon IC line might be a place where you can make headway with a practice like therapy or meditation, getting in touch with deep-seated emotions.
- The Medi-Coeli/Midheaven (MC): The MC line reflects social standing, public reputation, who we are—or aspire to be—at our peak level of success. Spending time on your Mars MC line might have you feeling fired up to pursue bold professional goals. (Related: How to Crush Your Goals, According to Your Zodiac Sign)
Pair these angles with your planetary lines, and you’ll get an interesting sense of what lessons or energies you might experience in a particular part of the globe. Say you go to college in Boston, right on your Venus AC line. This could mean that you’re more apt to be social, make vibrant connections, and cultivate your sense of self-worth. Or if you move to Los Angeles, where your Mercury IC line lies, it may be easier to speak about your emotions and inner life or learn more about yourself through therapy or researching your genealogy.
Use Astrocartography to Move – Literally and Figuratively
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What decisions can it help you with? Say you were born in Chicago and want to know how you’ll feel if you take a job in Miami. You can also use the theory of astrocartography to do relocation astrology, which involves “shifting” your birth chart.
“For example, if two people are born at the same moment in time, but one is in California and the other in London, their perspective on the sky is very different,” explains astrologer April Elliott Kent of Big Sky Astrology and the Big Sky Astrology Podcast. “The stars and planets are in the same signs and relationship to one another, but our perspective on them shifts depending on our geographic location.”
Here’s how this could look: If Pisces is rising in the east in California, a child born there will approach unfamiliar situations in a Pisces way—gentle, empathetic, says Kent. And if a child is born in London at the same moment, Leo would be rising—a commanding, expressive personality. “If that child grows up and moves to California, they’ll align with the Pisces that was rising there at the time of their birth,” she explains. “[It would be] very disorienting for a Leo ascendant person to have to behave in a Pisces way.”
The Bottom Line
Astrocartography is not a magic bullet, says MacIntyre. It’s simply a way to key into the energies of a given location, which might influence you in a particular, preferable way. “You will still need to make the effort to change or accept new opportunities that cross your path,” he says.
Kent echoes that point by reminding that even if you accentuate or moderate natural tendencies and opportunities by shifting your chart, you’re not going to shrug off your core wiring informed by your birth chart. “You’re still you, wherever you go,” she emphasizes, but by understanding and applying astrocartography, you might be able to better understand yourself—and get a leg up on your dreams and goals.
Recovering fashion blogger and Founder of NYC-based creative consultancy, Hashtag Lifestyle.