Relocation Astrology: What You Can Learn from Where You Live

relocation astrology

Basics of Relocation Astrology 

Your natal chart is a map of the sky at the time of your birth, at the location of your birth. Relocation chart is your horoscope created for the time of your birth, but at a different location.

Relocated charts reflect experiences and lessons you tend to attract in a given location. Rather than your natal chart being activated through passage of time, relocation astrology studies how it’s activated through movement in space (i.e. location).

 

How to Create a Relocation Chart

You can create a relocated horoscope by setting the “birth location” to a city of your choice, but keeping the birth time accurate (i.e. input your actual birth time adjusted for the local time zone of the new location).

 

Interpreting a Relocation Chart

Angles are Important

The most important factors in relocated charts are the new Angles (ASC, MC). If your relocation chart has planets (or midpoints) conjunct an Angle, the energy of those planets (or midpoints) will be expressed strongly in that location.

For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger (both a Hollywood star and a former governor of California) has an extremely powerful relocation chart for Los Angeles (view relocated chart).

You’ll see that Schwarzenegger’s Jupiter conjoins the relocated MC (i.e. career success). His Venus conjoins the relocated Descendant (i.e. popularity with the public), and his Saturn and Pluto both square the relocated MC (i.e. acquiring political power).

The relocated chart clearly seems to suggest that Schwarzenegger was meant to succeed in California.

 

Planets on a Relocated Angle

Conjunction with a relocated Angle (Ascendant-Descendant or Midheaven-IC) is the most powerful pattern you can observe in a relocation chart.

Here are some guidelines for interpretation. These guidelines will apply if you have a planet making other aspects to relocated Angles (squares are especially powerful), although the effects of other aspects may be a bit weaker than conjunctions.

 

Sun conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Being Recognized”

Sun represents the energy of self-expression, and Angular placement brings it forward. In this location, you have the potential for being in the spotlight. A stay in this area may help you gain more confidence with your creative self-expression.

In addition, if the Sun is conjunct relocated IC, a bulk of your energy may be expressed within your home and family.

 

Moon conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Emotional Fulfillment”

In this location, you’re likely to give priority to fulfilling your Moon sign’s needs (i.e. Moon in fire signs seeks ego recognition, whereas an Air sign Moon may seek social interaction and intellectual stimulation, etc.)

Moon represents your emotional needs. Here, you may also find it easier to establish emotional connection with others and, perhaps most importantly, yourself. Family might be an important factor in this location as well.

 

Mercury conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Accelerated Thoughts”

This is an important location, as Mercury represents both learning and communication – two key skills in most careers. Here, you may find that your perception and communication skills “connect” with others you work with.

You may find learning of all kinds to be emphasized while in this area. You might also discover your talent for speaking, writing or any other forms of communication. Granted, if your Mercury is under high tension, such learning may not come easily – but learn you will!

 

Venus conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Relationship Lessons”

In this area, you tend to find connection with others more important. Being with others and learning about yourself through your relationships become the primary focus.

The relationship lessons suggested by your natal Venus will most likely find expression in this location, if you choose to move here. Another interesting phenomenon is that sometimes you get into relationships with people who are from this location.

 

Mars conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Driven to Succeed”

Mars is the energy of motivation and drive, and you’ll find plenty of both in this location. There is another facet of the Mars archetype, which is “survival,” that might become an issue here.

In this area, you tend to feel a sense of hunger for what you seek – success, knowledge, skills, or anything else. Hunger leads to action, so you have the potential to make a lot of progress in this location.

 

Jupiter conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Abundance of Opportunities “

You see possibilities for growth everywhere in this area, on multiple levels (financially, socially, or spiritually.)

There may be a sense of “seeing a bigger picture” through career promotion or higher learning. You tend toward optimism in this area, most likely to your benefit.

 

Saturn conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Accepting Responsibility”

As we move on to slower planets, things get more serious. Outer planet conjoining a relocated Angle suggests that you’ll experience lasting personal change in that area.

If Saturn conjoins a relocated Angle, it means you’ll have serious “growing up” to do in that area. This usually means taking on a new responsibility, perhaps even a position of authority in this location.

Here you may be forced to confront and overcome your personal weaknesses, which will considerably strengthen your character. As you develop your maturity and wisdom, you’ll be trusted with greater responsibility here.

 

Uranus conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Rediscovering Yourself”

Uranus represents the process of innovation and change. Uranus on a relocated Angle suggests that you will find a new way to express yourself, personally and professionally, as you stay in this area.

Here, you may find new life direction, as well as rediscover parts of your personality that have been long forgotten. In this location, you give yourself permission to depart from long established patterns of thoughts/behaviors, and explore new ways of being “you.”

 

Neptune conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Trusting Your Intuition”

If you’re a creative or intuitive person, your refined sensitivity will find productive expression here. Whether you choose to work in fine arts, science or mathematics, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this area.

Even if you’re not feeling particularly creative, you may have opportunities to refine your sensitivity in this location, perhaps through romance or spirituality. The alternative is to ignore your sensitive inner voice, and as a result feel confused and disconnected.

 

Pluto conjunct relocated ASC or MC: “Being Empowered”

This location has powerful implications. As Pluto symbolizes both power and its extreme uses, a stay in this location will offer you lessons in personal power.

Here, you may have to face questions such as: How do you give your power away to others? How much passion are you hiding beneath your psychic basement? Or: How do you use (or abuse) power?

On a professional front, you may find yourself entrusted with a lot of power and resources. People may trust you with important things, whether it is money, health or information. How you handle such trust will have a powerful impact on the community you’re in.

 

More Complex Interpretations of a Relocation Chart

To fully appreciate the potential of a relocation chart, you’ll need to connect it with your natal horoscope. While a complete analysis of a relocation chart is a subject too large for this article, here is one guiding thought:

 

Relocated chart can emphasize a particular configuration in your natal chart (through contact with relocated Angles), bringing it forward into the eyes of the public.

 

Imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger’s power packed Saturn-Pluto conjunction (extreme discipline, extreme power), coming into focus in the LA relocation chart through its square with relocated MC.

This means your natal chart already shows your potential, but the relocated chart may suggest a location where such potential could be fully realized.

 

Conclusion

Relocation astrology shows us another way in which the potential within your natal chart can be fulfilled. If transit activates your natal potential through passage of time, relocation activates the natal potential through movement within space.

 

Do you live far from your place of birth?   How does your relocation chart look? Do you have interesting (relocation astrology) stories to share about the places you’ve lived in the past? Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences in the comment section.

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

You can contact Hiroki via email at: Hiroki@hniizato.com or Phone: 727-470-4056 to ask a question or schedule a consultation.

Comments

  1. i relocated my chart to BALI indonesia WHERE I AM ON HOLIDAY
    and have the n node conjunct the ASC AND VENUS CONJUNCT I.C what woeld that mean

  2. Planetary crossings are important also. I found out when I ignored negative crossings to my detriment. I moved to my Jupiter MC line, where Neptune crossed Saturn and found a place that helped me get ahead no doubt but at great heartache. I then moved to my Venus Ascendant line without negative crossings and I have resided here 10 happy, wonderful years. Yes, I agree with your statement that Venus Ascendant brings relationships with those who are from this area. I am 53 and I never had a happy long term relationship until I moved here. This summer will mark 7 yrs. for us. I am so grateful for my Jupiter MC line despite the 6 yrs. of misery, it was a learning experience and a helping hand that got me to my much happier Venus Ascendant destination. Ironically, this Venus Asc. line happens to be my son’s Jupiter/Pluto MC line and he has benefited greatly in that aspect of his life as well. Not bad considering when I first learned about it all I was living in a negative Pluto area, raising a toddler by myself in poverty. Along came a couple of Uranus transits that removed barriers making it possible for me to follow those lines that intrigued me so much.

  3. Hi Hiroki,
    This was a really interesting read. I had never heard of relocation astrology but it makes sense. I tried this with my current city. I didn’t have planets on any of the axes but my ascendant was moved to 29 degrees virgo, midheaven at 29 degrees gemini, dc at 29 degrees Sagittarius and descendant at 29 degrees pisces. It moved my stellium (Saturn, pluto, mars) from the second house into the end of the 1st house (still in libra) and Jupiter all lonesome in the 2nd house. Maybe this is a positive move? I havent been able to schedule an updated reading with you but I will!

    • Hi Rosie! This means your relocated Angles moved to Aries Point, which can suggest positive public expression in your work or social life. I look forward to hearing from you!

  4. What happens when planets conjunct the DC or IC? I noticed you just mentioned planets conjuncting the AC and MC angles. Will the effect be different and if yes, how?

    I have spent some time in a place where Neptune became conjunct my DC. That was where I met the father of my son. Our relationship was dreamy but true to Neptune’s fashion, we drifted apart and he is nowhere to be found in my son’s life or mine anymore.

    Tried a place where Mars was on my relocated DC. I have Mars conjunct AC natally. The said place is where my partner and I seemed to have had lots of fights.

    My bf will soon visit me here. And he has his Jupiter/Uranus conjunction on his relocated DC for my place, squaring his relocated MC/IC axis. What could this possibly mean?

    • Hi Vega, thank you for sharing your experience! You almost answer your own questions here, as Descendant naturally has relationship components, and your experience supports this (IC in turn has family/domestic components). Your boyfriend’s relocation chart does not seem to present anything dramatic, if what you listed is all you have.

  5. Hello I live in Spain in the south but always thinking to move to Barcelona ,where there’s a little change in degrees but they turn partile ,so I would end up.having sun AC (Saturn mercury R conj)
    Pluto square AC and Virgo moon at 12 right in the IC line. And the transiting Neptune will hit the MC line this year and the other, I’ve read that is not a good idea to move to a city with this transit.Id like to know what you think.Thank you.

  6. Hello in my natal chart I have mars Asc and saturn Dc. I never had a serious relationship with a man and feel lonely. I am planning to move a city where I have moon Asc and venus,jupiter and pluto are in Dc.And also Mercury Mc I don’t know if its a good place for marriage. What should I expect when I am there. Thank you so much!:)

    • Hi Lisa, Venus line is typically great for relaxation and pleasant social interaction. Yes, probably such a location is suited for focusing on developing a serious relationship.

  7. Excellent post, Hiroki. For anyone who’s into astrology, moving to one’s Jupiter/MC line should be top on one’s list. It worked for me in a big way.

    • Thank you Kat! It makes sense that Jupiter-MC line presents more opportunities for success. If you feel to, please share how it worked for you in a big way.

      • Apologies I wasn’t able to get back on this thread asap. I wasn’t into astrology study when I moved into my Jupiter-MC line. I was clueless about what was waiting for me out there. I got married in that place and gave birth to two beautiful girls. But then I wasn’t the marrying type and I previously had difficulty conceiving. I was successful career-wise and on the top of my game. It was like occupying the seat of power. Other parts of my relocated chart sits Mars on the IC and Pluto on the 4th house as well. My natal moon moved to the 7th house from the 5th. Venus/Uranus conjunction moved to second house from the 12th.

        From the outside looking in it somehow appeared to be a good move. However, I dealt with an inner turmoil on a daily basis.

        I’m back to my natal chart location. The turmoil is gone. The same goes for the stellar career and fancy cars.

        There’s relocation astrology for the clueless like I was at that time.

  8. I love your way of writing! And, this again is a great, short but to the point post!
    I was born with Venus on MC exact and Jupiter in 10th a bit further from MC. I moved from my birthplace to a country where my more playful ASC in Gemini changed into Taurus and MC changed from sign Aquarius to Capricorn with Saturn in 2th house. I am in this area almost 24 years now and only thing that i do a lot is “work”.
    I would like to have more luck in relationships, home life and social life because life is too short spending only at work.
    I was thinking to go to Portugal because i love Spain and Portugal but then i will have Uranus on DC in exact opposition to ASC and Mars from 12th house move into 1st house, Neptune move from 7th house to 8th house.
    is that good or bad? Do you give astro consults for relocation? thanks!!

    • Hi Lina, thanks for your comment.

      Having Uranus on the relocated ASC-DSC axis will emphasize the planet’s energy in your life. You may be able to develop greater independence and self-expression. At the same time, this could be an unsettling location with rapid changes in your social life. Other points you listed aren’t as critical as this one.

      I do provide relocation consultation, generally as an added service. Please look at the consultation page for more details, thanks.

  9. Hi Hiroki,

    What’s the orb you use here? same as in natal chart?

    Thanks

  10. In the relocation chart in Tokyo Japan my jupiter and moon are both conjunct to MC and my uranus and neptune are both conjuct in ASC… and my planets are all in first house and tenth house..a stellium of 7 planets in first house and a stellium of 3 planets in tenth house.. is this a good location for me?

    • Hi ELe, Jupiter Moon conjunct relocated MC sounds pretty darn good to me. Emphasis on 1st and 10th house also suggest significant personal/professional development in this location. You may want to consider it!

  11. Hi Hiroki. Can you look into relocated vertex? I moved to a place where relocated vertex moved up three degrees natally to conjunct my natal Chiron. I have a perfect Uranus conjunct Chiron natal aspect. I also have Mercury square Uranus natal aspect. For the good part of 2016 an this year I have been experiencing the Uranus opposition transit.

    For the first time in my life, I got into finding and developing cure for some diaeases…wihout really thinking too hard about it. Btw I don’t have the slightest medical background.

    It’s as if I joined the medical research community “blindly’ when I moved to this place during my Uranus opposition transit. Roughly, relocated vertex, Chiron and transiting Uranus are now in the same spot – and I find myself healing people.

    • Hi KK, I’m not an expert with Vertex, so cannot comment. Your relocated chart may have other emphasis that would make sense to me. Either way, it sounds like a significant development for you!

  12. I just recently discovered astrocartography. My natal Sun is at 1’03 Gemini, conjunct my MC (2’53 Gemini), both sextile Jupiter (3’45 Leo). My Ascendant is 7’09 Virgo with Saturn exactly (7’14 Virgo) conjunct, and my North Node at 14’28 Virgo. I’ve got Mars (4’55 Taurus) conjunct Venus (5’43 Taurus). Pluto is in my 2nd (16’45 Libra). I’ve been interested in going to Goa, India. My Jupiter/Descendant line runs through there. Also Buenos Aires Argentina has my Sun/Asc line going through it.

  13. I relocated from Pittsburgh, PA which is about 250 miles from my Mars Nadir line. I felt like I was sinking there. There was always something calling me back to Colorado from a vacation 30 years earlier. I have finally relocated here. First of all — I have Jupiter opposite Saturn. However, both planets are near cusps and my Jupiter is 29* Libra and my Saturn is 2* Taurus, so they aren’t six signs away. (Most of my planets are near cusps). But looking at the Astro Map, my Jupiter ascending line is about 50-100 miles from my Saturn descending line — they both migrate diagonally in the Plains, with the Saturn descending cutting through Omaha, NE and then Minneapolis. I was told at a workshop (David Cochrane) that I really did not want to be anywhere near my Saturn descending line. Well, I’m about five hundred miles from it. More to the point, my relocated Ascendant is 23* Libra, so about five degrees from Jupiter, a weak conjunction. I am not too concerned about that b/c I wanted my Jupiter to be in the 1st house rather than the 12th house. Saturn also moved from 6th to 7th, Venus and Neptune moved from 1st to 2nd.

    I am an astrologer (studied for 20 years) and want to know your thoughts. I can give you my data if you want. I’m into Vibrational Astrology (i.e. harmonics) also.,

    • Hi David, I personally do not believe in calling somewhere a “bad” location simply because Saturn is on the relocated Angle.
      As developmental tension must be assessed in relation to the individual, changes like the ones you describe won’t mean much without understanding the natal chart and the choices you made in life. For a full discussion of your horoscope, please consider scheduling a private consultation.

  14. Donny Lim says:

    I toggled with a few locations and coincidentally Seattle, WA seem to be it. My relocated Venus-exalted Jupiter conjunction now is conjunct relocated Descendent, with a trine to my Uranus in Scorpio conjunct relocated MC. DOes that mean increased popularity and potentially have multiple offers for long-term partnership (marriage and/or business) there?
    Unfortunately, Venus-exalted Jupiter conjunction both square Pluto – an uphill battle perhaps while in search for that?

    Also, relocated Moon now in 4th with relocated Sun and Mercury both in 5th – seems like I’ll feel at home (relocated Moon in 4th) and get my creative juices flowing (Sun and Mercury in 5th).

    • Angular Venus-Jupiter conjunction sounds pretty positive to me. Just need to make sure the relationships will be supportive to your authentic self and life purpose (Pluto stuff).

  15. i moved from cancer ascendant and moon in 10th but opposing pluto and saturn, to place where my jupiter-uranus is on on my MC and sextiling sun in 8th, where sun is my 7th house ruler, so far im not having good luck, worse than that a disaster

    • Hi Meghan, thank you for sharing your experience. Natal aspects like Moon opposing Pluto-Saturn will still be active regardless of where you go, so you take these issues with you wherever you go.

  16. Hi and thank you for this article!
    I am an actor looking into relocating from Europe to the US. So of course I made a chart for LA, and one for NY.

    In LA, my NN is conjunct the AC in Aquarius. Mars and Venus being in the same house. Pluto, 10 degrees from the MC is squaring the AC and Mars. LA seems intimidating, although I would love the sunlight.
    In NY, my Sun in Aries is conjunct the AC… Uranus is on the cusp of the MC, which scares me but seems liberating.
    My natal Sun is on the cusp of the MC, in opposition with moon in the IC, forming a T-Square with Saturn in the 6th house. So in the NY chart, this T-Square moves to the houses 1, 7 and 10.

    What looks like the better choice?

  17. Hi there, I’m into show business & acting… considering relocating to New York city and this is the relocation chart I got https://m.imgur.com/a/w2pztEt

    My natal is this https://m.imgur.com/a/7TmDAHv
    For some reason (maybe the T-Square with saturn in my 6th) I feel so awkward in my everyday life. :/

  18. I was told I am located by my moon node and am courious as to what that means? Also, how can I tell if it’s my north or south node?

    • Hi Autumn, Nodal axis emphasis highlights connection with groups or the public. North/South Node distinction does not matter here, as they’re one axis always opposing each other (hence it’s called a Nodal axis).

  19. Hi Hiroki, I am an astrologer and have only just begun looking at relocation. Thank you for this informative article! Here is something not discussed so far – what about natal Asc. conjunct relocated MC? This is what occurs when I relocate my chart to Liverpool, where I have often considered visiting as I am also a semi-professional musician who has always been enamored with the Beatles- go figure!

  20. Hi, I just wanted to ask what would happen if the relocated chart’s ascendant tightly conjuncted the natal MC?

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