The Meaning of Place

Ptolemy (see p20) was one of the first astrologers to classify associations between places on Earth and the constellations in the sky. Over the centuries, some places have become significant in astrology. Venice, for example, is regarded as a Libran city, and it is fun to test out whether someone with a Libran Sun sign especially enjoys visiting Venice.

The idea that certain people will strongly identify with certain places has been taken much further in recent years, particularly by the late American astrologer Jim Lewis, who devised a system called Astro*Carto*Graphy.

The system Lewis invented involves the imposition of the four angular positions of the 10 planets of the birth chart onto a map of the world. The "angular positions" are the positions of the Ascendant, Midheaven, Descendant (the degree of the zodiac setting rather than rising), and I.C. (Imum Coeli), the point opposite the Midheaven, at the very bottom of the chart.

Venice is traditionally regarded as a Libran city.

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