by Betsi Sites.
ASTROCARTOGRAPHY is the study of where-in-the-world the planets of your birth affect you
most strongly, how you may experience those effects and for how long. It is based on the work
of Jim Lewis, the founder of Astro*Carto*Graphy and Michael Gaugelin before him,
whose statistical research proved that planets are strongest when they are positioned close to
one of the 4 Angles of an Astrological chart, whether natal or relocated.
The Angles are the Ascendant or cusp of the 1st house, the I.C. or
cusp of the 4th house, the Descendant or cusp of the 7th house and the Midheaven
or cusp of the 10th house. The strongest position for these planets is within 8 degrees
of the Angle. With this statistical observation, the concept for Astro*Carto*Graphy
Jim Lewis was the first person to graph planets in these angular positions onto a world map.
He created a software program that would translate the angular positioning of a planet in a chart to
a line on a map. Midheaven and I.C. lines tend to run pretty much north and south on a map,
except at the poles, but Ascendant and Descendant lines form a wavy line across the map.
Each planet carries a certain vibration which becomes accentuated or exaggerated when it lies
near an Angle of a chart. When you have natal planets in this zone, they will
affect your basic character quite strongly. However, when you move to another place, you will
feel the planetary effects somewhat differently - in effect, you experience a rectified birth
chart for that location. An astrocartography map is a quick way to see at a glance,
where the planets in your birth chart are Angular. By picking a planet that expresses
a particular trait you desire to express or experience, you can examine several potential places
where that planet is angular. You might benefit from that planet's increased energetic input into
how you live your life.
One of the basic exercises in Astrocartography is to understand how a planet "behaves" or
is experienced when it is Angular, then to apply that understanding to the area of one's
life that the particular Angle rules.
First let's look at the different Angles and the areas of our lives that they rule.
Next we'll examine the nature of the planets and luminaries.
If you know something about what each house traditionally stands for in western astrology,
this will give you clues as to the nature of the Angles. For instance, the Ascendant
has alot to do with how we experience ourselves, express ourselves, our image, and our ego.
It's a very personal expression, although it can refer to how others see us - not always what we
imagine, especially if our Ascendant and our Sun sign are in incompatible elements,
such as Water and Fire. The first house is all about the Self and the
conflicts within ourself. The Ascendant is also known as our "rising sign"
because it signifies the sign that was rising on the eastern horizon when we were born.
(Two hours later another sign is on the horizon, and so it goes throughout the day - 12 signs
rotating in 24 hours.)
Think about dawn and the beginning of a new day. Something that was hidden
but hours before, now becomes revealed in the light of the morning sun. It
is energized and alive as it comes into the light. It has a whole day ahead of
it to manifest itself. It is young and strong. That is the essence of a planet
on the Ascendant - it is being noticed for the first time, is just coming
into view, and it is "rising" in power, yet it is still "new," untested and usually
fairly idealistic and pure in expression.
There is a difference, however, on each side of that Ascendant. A 12th house planet
"on the Ascendant" signifies an energy that is covertly held, secretive, or subconscious,
still quietly hidden from view, but is none-the-less growing in strength getting ready for its
coming-out party, which may become evident later in the course of the individual's life.
The planet on the other side of the Ascendant in the first house is already "out",
happening and expressing itself overtly. The First house represents The Self and self-expression.
Both represent placements where a planet's innate powers will be felt strongly in that person's life.
This placement sometimes reflects energies that were experienced around the time of birth.
On the Ascendant, the planet's expression will be personal, internally or externally directed
and may be a trait that identifies that personality. It may represent a life-long theme of self
expression for that particular individual.
The I.C. (Imum Coeli) is the cusp of the 4th house. Planets here will affect
you at the core of your being or in your home. Here too we can find planets that
represent our childhood, it's joys or traumas. They may indicate issues that affect
your roots, your geneology, your genetic heritage, such as trans-generational
patterns and inherited deseases. Planets here will be felt internally also, especially
if they conjunct the IC, and most likely they will denote the tone of life in
your home, security issues, relations with family members (the 3rd house side
is more likely to represent sibling issues). Planets here reflect the energies
that center you and make you feel comfortably "at home." This placement corresponds
to the midnight of your chart, where you are snuggled in your bed. Night dreaming
may be affected by planets on the I.C. as well. For instance, Neptune conjunct
the IC can indicate uncertain parenthood, hard to diagnose genetic carriers, deep
dreaming abilities, confusion about who you really are, etc.
The Descendant rules the 7th house, the house of relationships, partnerships,
marriage and social interaction in general. Planets here will reflect how
you relate to others and they relate to you, how you are perceived, and how you
perceive society in general, whether you are socially gracious or awkward, a joiner
or an outcast. It also rules how you handle long-term committments and what you
might bring to or expect out of a marriage. It can indicate the type of people
you attract, and business partners. Planets here will also draw to you what you
are unconsciously attracting so that if a planet here is ill-aspected in your
natal chart, it can lead to co-dependent relationships and sometimes dangerous
liasons. Since we rarely know what our own subconscious holds, the results of
going where a planet is on the Descendant can be deceptive. Rather than
the perfect relationship, we may draw a strongly karmic mate in order to work
out some unfinished business that may not be so pleasant, but may be necessary
to clear before an ideal relationship is even possible. This placement
corresponds to dusk, that romantic, magical time of transcendent beauty when all
is not as it seems.
The remaining Angle is the Midheaven, the cusp of the 10th house.
This corresponds to high noon, when we are manifesting our goals and seeking higher
attainment. Planets here represent what we are known for by the outer world.
It is an external expression of our public self, such as at our jobs or how we
manage our businesses, as well as how we function in the limelight, etc. Famous
people often (but not always) have planets on the Midheaven. Martin Luther
King had his Sun there. Goldie Hawn has Jupiter, Muhammed Ali has Mars and Ghandi
had Uranus on the Midheaven. Others may have planets prominently on the Midheaven
at the places where they became famous. If a person has a reputation, bad or good,
there may be an indication of the nature of their renown, infamy or obscurity
in accordance with the nature of the planets on the Midheaven. Planets
in this sector express themselves in a rather "exalted" fashion and are considered
to be in the strongest part of the chart. Just as the Sun is strongest at high
noon, so a planet on the Midheaven carries a certain weight in
a person's chart. Whereas on the Ascendant the planet's energy is just
rising, here it has come into it's full power where it can mature into success
and achievement (under favorable circumstances), or notoriety and shame (if ill-aspected).
The placement of a planet on an Angle does not alone determine its prominence, however. The birth chart holds many keys as to how a certain planet will express itself. The aspects to that planet in the natal chart often reveal its true character. If a planet in the birth chart is harmoniously aspected by trines and sextiles, especially to planets that are compatible by nature or sign, this has alot to do with its "success". If, however, that planet is "afflicted" with squares and oppositions (often semisquares, sesquisquares and inconjuncts as well), these are called "hard" aspects and may bring out a harder or meaner side of the Angular planet's energy.
For instance, a well-aspected Mars on an Angle, may express itself
as a motivated, competitive, athletic and/or goal-oriented person with a strong
sex drive. However, in some cases a planet on an Angle can be too
much of a good thing, becoming excessive, overbearing or even dangerous.
An "afflicted" Mars on an Angle under certain circumstances may
be boisterous, aggressive, brutally blunt, self-centered or possibly violent.
Or the energy, especially in Retrograde Mars, may be blocked or mis-directed.
On the Descendant, it may draw people to you who have these qualities if your
Mars is "afflicted." In the latter case, it would be better to move away
from a place where Mars is accentuated. For someone who is quiet and unassuming,
lacking self-confidence, devitalized or unmotivated, moving to a
place where Mars is Angular may bring positive energy as the best
solution to their problems. So you see, it is critical to take into consideration
the entire natal chart, and an individual's expression there of, when counseling
a person or recommending a particular location.
We also have to remember that expectations can often exceed reality and that we always
take ourselves where ever we go. Some problems can't be cured by moving to another place.
They simply have to be faced and corrected from within. Denial can't be cured by beautiful
surroundings! Also some of the most "difficult" experiences are exactly what we need
to get ourselves and our lives back on track. So when we decide to consider the alternatives
that Astrocartography can offer, we must first honestly and thoroughly appraise our
personal situation in order to determine our priorities, our responsibilities, our intrinsic gifts,
our shortcomings and our intentions. With all this in mind, Seek BALANCE....
Too much of even a "good thing" can destroy us as surely as excessive hardship.
On the other hand, Life is to be Experienced. Yet "Change for Change's
sake" doesn't always turn out as we had hoped. There are no Guarantees in Life!
But you'll never know unless you give a new set of parameters in a new place a try.
Life is to be experienced after all!
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