Wikipedia on Astrocartography
Astrocartography (called “Astrogeography” in Europe in earlier years) is one of several methods of Locational Astrology, which purports to identify varying life conditions through differences in location. Developed and popularized by American astrologer Jim Lewis (1941-1995), astrocartography/astrogeography is a locational astrology system that focuses on elements of the relocated natal chart, with these factors indicated on a world map such as the “Astro*Carto*graphy map.” Lewis’ Astro*Carto*Graphy maps show all locations on the earth where planets were “Angular” (rising, setting, upper transit, lower transit) at the moment of a person’s birth. An “angular” planet is basically one sitting in a conjunction with the starting house cusps of the 1st, 4th, 7th, and 10th houses, called the “angular houses.” With Astrocartography, lines drawn on a world map show where these factors occur for an individual through relocation.According to Astro*Carto*Graphy theory, if the person were born at any of these locations, the corresponding planet would be said to be prominent and influential in the chart. Jim Lewis took this basic astrological idea one step further by postulating that if a person later travels or visits such an angular location, the planet would have a similar prominent role in the person’s experience of that location. These maps are widely used to plan for relocation or travel. As such, they are part of a general branch of astrology known as “relocation astrology”. Other techniques used for this purpose include local space mapping, relocated birth charts, and city incorporation charts.
That is a quick wrap up of Astrocartography. In recent years software now includes aspects that are made to the lines angle lines also. That would be important in cases like mine, where Neptune Squares Saturn in my natal chart…. Going to one of these lines compromises the other planet energy. If you are not familiar with your chart, do have a professional relocation Astrologer help you along before making decisions based off of your map. You may want to have a nice peaceful vacation on your Moon IC and not know that Uranus makes a semi square to the same spot. (Uranus and semi square guarantees chaos and upheaval… and possible flight problems)
I started to wonder about synastry aspects and did find a few (and far between) web sites that had looked into using the maps in that fashion. The results that they had acquired looks promising. So I had a go at my maps and was, well… stunned.
The first map is the world map with the planetary conjunction lines. I drew little red circles for my birthplace in Spain and my home now in Colorado. I have always been attracted to foreigners… always have had pen pals and now the web makes that even more wonderful. The assumption has always been (and there is still validity, just more now on another dimension) that the Luminary Tsquare I have is to Jupiter. Jupiter rules foreign lands and travelers. I dated foreign exchange students, and being in a military town, there were plenty of schoolmates from other countries. My first boyfriend was from Oslo… Look, a line is plowing through there! Most of Europe has lines in it for me, but then again, my best friend is from Germany, my favorite Pen Friends were always from England, oh yeah, that French exchange student… I was really surprised to see the lines through Tehran, and yeah, dated a Persian for awhile. So now lets take a look at the map where I am located currently.
I have lived most of my life in Colorado, between Colorado Springs and Denver. Amazingly, NEVER dated anyone from Colorado. Again, I went and blamed my Jupiter on that. Now looking at the map it makes more sense. The lines are only active for about 300 miles to each side. I LIVE IN A VOID!! I marked the birth places of partners in major relationships. What an eye opener!! The nature of the planets said the whole story of the relationship too. “Someone Special”… I don’t want to go into detail about, but not a surprise that he was born and resides in an area that affects my North Node. And that pink line next to him… Jupiter’s line. That really was my happy place. And the North Node, suggestion that is what I would pattern my aspirations as.
My first husband was an angel, really. I was too young and too naive to recognize that. He was from Iowa and you can see, right near the Venus IC line. Venus is the planet that promotes harmony and joy and love. I suspect in his chart, my lines did not fall as harmoniously. He always encouraged me to follow any dreams I had… and there was always fresh spontaneity. He did what he enjoyed, bicycling, motocross, parachuting, and movies… did we ever go to the movies…. Venus rules Libra, it is interesting, he is a Libra.
The kid’s father… we never married, the relationship was about 5 years long. He was from Rhodes Island, right near that Purple Neptune line. Neptune…. the great illusionist. I would be hard pressed to remember anything he said as the truth. The lies were grander than you are probably imagining. His entire life had been reinvented, including culture, family, religion, and 6 legal name changes. And the dissolving quality… Hoy! I lost 2 cars, my home, my credit… Neptune also rules drugs…. enough said. Neptune is the ruler for Pisces… and he was a Pisces.
The 2nd Husband… Right up there in Michigan. He is near the Saturn line. Saturn is discipline, restrictions, limits, trials, and general sorrow. In two days will be the anniversary of his “leaving”. I am still sorting through all of that, and will say the above mention of Saturn pretty much fits the bill of what happened with me. I had just started working with Astrocartography a few years ago, so I do have his information… and guess what, his purple Neptune line fell right across Colorado Springs… He dissolved himself into a shell of a person… It became all about apathy. passive aggression, and escapisms. I had to become the Saturn personality all the while letting him pretend what ever it is his psyche was doing. Most of my possessions were “dissolved” one way or another at his hand. Saturn rules Capricorn… and he had an 8th house placement Moon conj Venus. Charming, but deadly by neglect.
I don’t see me moving anywhere, so will be in this void. But I do know to avoid relationships with anyone from the United States, unless they are from that Venus line area. AND then look at their chart to see if there are lines to Colorado and or Zaragoza and make sure they are the good ones.
Synastry covers many different areas of Astrology, this is just one way to look at compatibility.
This is a republication of a blog written on myspace June 2007.