You already know astrology can be an indispensable tool for bolstering self-awareness, learning more about the people you love, and understanding why the vibe of a moment may feel jubilant, intense, or just plain off. There are practically endless applications of the language of the sky, and one of them is getting a read on how you'll feel and fare when you're in a particular location on the globe.
Yep, astrology, or more specifically, astrocartography, can allow you to gauge how your energy could shift depending on where you travel or relocate. You could pinpoint where you might feel at your most creative or where you could be challenged to do deeper self-work. Ahead, more about astrocartography and how to use it to plan your travel or next move.
Astrocartography, or locational astrology, is a system that was pioneered in the 1970s by astrologer Jim Lewis. It involves comparing your astrological birth chart to a map of the globe.
Your Birth ChartAs long as you know the precise time and location you came into the world, you can create an accurate snapshot of the sky at the time of your birth. From that info, you can cast — generally via software these days, but it can also be done by hand — what's referred to as a natal, or birth, chart.
Your birth chart will not only show what signs the planets and luminaries (the sun and the moon) were in when you were born but also other information that offers even more insight into your astrological wiring, like houses, degrees, and the relationships between the planets and luminaries. (There are several free sites like cafeastrology.com or astrology.com, where you can plug in your info and receive your birth chart in seconds.)
Once you have your birth chart, you're ready to dip your toe into astrocartography, which involves taking your natal info and comparing it to the location of the sun, moon, and planets relative to the Earth when you were born.
New to Astrology? Here's How to Unpack the Basics of Your Birth ChartHow to Read an Astrocartography MapBefore computers were household items, astrologers would draw charts and astrocartography maps by hand. Now, in order to get your very own unique astrocartography map — which is a combination of your natal chart details and a world map — you can just head to a site like astro.com, which offers an AstroClick Travel feature, or see a professional astrologer who specializes in astrocartography.
When you look at your astrocartography map, you'll see it looks like a series of lines that run vertically up and down over continents and oceans. With the AstroClick Travel feature, they're color-coded, and you can actually click on them to get detailed info on what they mean. Each line corresponds to a planet and its position in the sky when you were born, and each planetary line offers its own unique energy that you'd experience when you're near that line geographically.
Planetary LinesSun: Visiting or living near this line will lead to greater confidence, a brighter mood, and a sense that you're comfier than usual in your skin.
Moon: Because the moon is all about emotions, you could feel especially sensitive when you're near this line.
Mercury: Being near the line of the messenger planet could boost your ability to think and communicate.
Venus: Being near the line of the planet of love, beauty, and money can make you extra attractive, charming, and a bit of a magnet for romantic and creative pursuits.
Mars: Because Mars rules action, energy, and sex, being near its line can make you braver, bolder, and perhaps a bit more argumentative.
Jupiter: Living or visiting the line associated with the magnifying, fortune-boosting planet can bring more luck and abundance.
Saturn: The taskmaster planet is all about putting your nose to the grindstone, setting boundaries, accepting limitations, and committing fully — basically, being a grown-up. (Hello, Saturn Return.) For that reason, living or visiting near this line could promote maturity but feel like a bit of a downer at times.
Uranus: Being near the line of the rebellious planet, which brings sudden change, can inspire you to strike out against convention.
Neptune: Being near the line of this dreamy, rational, thought-hazing planet could bolster your imagination but also make you more susceptible to illusion and escapism.
Pluto: Proximity to the line associated with the planet of transformation, power, death, and rebirth could require you to burn it all down and start again.
Chiron: Being near the line of this comet, referred to as the "Wounded Healer" in astrology, can help you care for others.
North and south nodes (lunar nodes): The lines associated with these mathematical points (versus actual celestial bodies) speak to your destiny (north node) and karmic past (south node).
The First House of Self, ExplainedFour Angles or Cardinal PointsAdditionally, there are four angles or cardinal points — just like in your natal chart — to pay attention to when you're working with astrocartography. You'll notice on your astrocartography map that there are four Jupiter lines, four sun lines, four moon lines, et al. Basically, each planet pairs with each of these angles to offer multi-layered intel. The angles are:
On the flip side, you could be so ready for something new, lucky, or exciting that you're fired up to go wherever your strongest lines might fall, practicality be damned. However, just as with all astrological concepts, practical application of astrocartography is nuanced.
As Kent noted, "Surprising offers can come to you from a city where positive planets are strong in your astrocartography."
The Bottom LineAlthough astrocartography may make it seem as though your fate has already been written in the stars, you can think of it more as a weather forecast — helpful insight on what you could expect to be working with when you travel or move to a certain location. Ultimately, how you apply the knowledge offered by your unique map is entirely up to you.