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This arrangement reveals what Lewis called "power zones", which match certain areas of the personality with places that are associated with them.

For instance, a city or a town that falls on the longitudinal equivalent of Venus's Midheaven position in, say, John Smith's birth chart would focus all the qualities associated with his natal Venus (i.e., the planet as seen in his birth chart) as far as the qualities of the Midheaven are concerned. That might affect his career - in Smith's case, maybe his talent for working with people.

There are two ways of approaching relocation astrology - another term for this kind of astrological work. The first involves "manual" calculations and the familiar birth chart; for the second you really need the software that Lewis devised for A*C*G*. This is available from www.astrocartography.co.uk.

This area of astrology can be extremely helpful to anyone in need of advice about a coming move, whether because of a change in working conditions or for any other reason.


Indeed, the authors found it extremely interesting when considering moving from London to Sydney.

manual calculations

Using the traditional, manual way of relocating a chart - that is to say, recalculating a birth chart for a location other than the birthplace -is relatively simple. You use the birth date and time (as drawn, say, for 1 May 1979 in London), but convert the chart to a new location (such as New York). The planets' positions and the aspects between them will be the same as in the original birth chart, but in the chart relocated to New York there will be quite different angles and house positions. These new house positions and angles will show how well the subject is able to cope with the move, how he or she will react to a foreign city, and how the relocation is likely to affect the personal and working life.

Working with a manually calculated relocation chart, the most important thing to look for is whether a planet falls on an angle of the new chart -you can allow an orb of 5° or 6°. A planet that is right on either the Ascendant or the Midheaven will be expected to work most strongly. However, a planet on the Descendant or I.C. will be almost as strong, and a planet here is likely to reveal quite a lot about reactions to the new location.

reading astro*carto*graphy charts

In contrast to the basic natal chart, which represents a map of the sky as seen from Earth, the A*C*G* charts show the planets as seen not against the background of the constellations, but against the background of a flattened map of the Earth. It is not unlike the charts that you see unfolding on-screen in an aeroplane, but instead of showing the path of the aircraft, the A*C*G* chart shows the the path of the Sun, the Moon, and all the other planets as they travel across the map of the Earth. Admittedly, the charts look daunting at first, but are in fact not too difficult to interpret once you have a basic working knowledge of astrology. The A*C*G chart shows many lines. The solid vertical lines show where each planet culminates (on the Midheaven, or M.C.). The dotted vertical lines show the anti-culmination point, or I.C., of each planet. The dramatically curving lines describe the rising and setting of each planet.

Setting line of Pluto I

I.C. line for Pluto I Rising line of Pluto

Setting line of Pluto I

I.C. line for Pluto I Rising line of Pluto

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