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The Astrology of Relocation

Relocation Astrology 

Few people remain in the same location as they were born. While some may only move a few miles away, many move to a different location some distance from their birthplace or even to another country. As the birthchart is based on the place of birth, it is a map of the potential of the individual, but set at that location. The basic psychological make-up of the individual as shown in the natal chart remains the same, no matter where they are. By relocating elsewhere, the potentials of the birthchart may change significantly and therefore a new chart is drawn for the new location.

In drawing up a chart for a different location, the birth data is still used, but is set for the co-ordinates of the new location and read accordingly. The chart will still have the same configuration of planets in the signs, but some or all of the house positions of the planets may change.

The new chart shows the potentials of the individual as likely to be experienced at the new location. The emphasis of certain houses often changes through relocating. Where one area of life was more prominent at the previous location, the focus may change by house position at the new location. For instance, in the natal chart, Mars may be posited in the 4th house where the focus of energy and drive would be shown in matters relating to the home and family. In the new chart set for the new location, the house position of Mars may change to that of the 5th where the focus of energy would be shown in matters relating to leisure and pleasure.

If you want to experiment as to where the best place to live might be, you could "move" the chart around different locations to discover which houses become strengthened where. However, it may be found that the best place to be is in the middle of an ocean, and short of buying the nearest placed island, it might turn out to not be such a good idea after all. In this case, as in any other, it may be found that the new configuration, while looking good in one area, will create difficulties in another.

One very interesting case for both Relocation Charts and Astro*Carto*Graphy (which I have mentioned in greater detail on that page), is that of President John F Kennedy. At the time of Kennedy's birth (29 May 1917 3pm, Brookline, MA), Pluto was residing in his 9th house at 316' Cancer and the Midheaven (MC) was at 2345' Cancer. By a relocation chart set for Dallas, Pluto became conjunct the new Midheaven. The Midheaven being a very sensitive point of the chart and representing one's status, particularly in the public eye. Also in the Relocation chart, Chiron, the "Wounded Healer" became conjunct the descendant, thereby emphasising it.

Other astrological factors played their part that day. Transiting Saturn with Neptune conjunct squared his natal Mars. Uranus and Pluto were conjunct squaring his natal Sun and also in conjunction to his natal Moon. Pluto as the planet of death and rebirth, Uranus the planet of sudden, unexpected events, in hard aspect to his natal Sun, the life giver, shows more than adequately the fate he befell. Two major points of significance for this relocation chart are that Pluto became the most elevated planet, and therefore of great importance at that location and also Chiron became angular. The Arabian Part of Fortune in the Relocation chart is in opposition to Pluto, indicating that this location would be anything but fortunate. It is interesting to note that the same planets were involved by transit on that fateful day as were indicated by the birthchart and the relocation chart.

Kennedy's Birthchart

John F Kennedy's Birthchart


Kennedy's Relocation Chart

John F Kennedy's Relocation Chart - Dallas, Texas


It is often found that although a person may not be able to physically relocate somewhere else, that they find unexpected connections with the location. If a certain place is found to be the ideal location to live, it may be found that connections to this place are of greatest benefit to the individual concerned. This may be in the form of contacts placed there and in a position to help the native in some way.

Relocation charts can be very useful for Solar Returns, and can alter the influences by house positions for the coming year. Please see the page for Solar Returns for more information on this subject.

Another technique for judging the best place for an individual to be is Astro*Carto*Graphy which is much more visual than a chart. Information on this can be found on the appropriate page. 


I acknowledge with grateful thanks permission to use the Astro*Carto*Graphy™ trademark, granted by Robert Currey, Astrologer and holder of the trademark in the UK.

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