To Move or Not To Move?
©2002 by David Cochrane
The following is an excerpt from David's AstroLocality Magic
published in 2002 by
Kepler Software. It is reprinted here with permission.
Not everyone relocates. Some people settle down where they were born and
grew up, or very near to it. Whether one relocates or not is perhaps the
most fundamental relocation decision a person makes. Also, some people do
not grow up where they are born, and this also makes for a fundamental
energetic difference in the person's life. The differences may be difficult
to measure, but they are worth exploring. As astrologers, we are asked for
relocation advice, and sometimes the person considering relocation has never
relocated before. What kinds of energetic differences does it make if the
person moves from the place where he was born and raised?
If you live within very roughly 100 to 200 miles (rougly 150 to 300
kilometers) of where you were born, then your natal house cusps and your
relocated house cusps are very similar. If you live more than about 500
miles from where you were born (about 800 kilometers), then your relocated
cusps are likely to be significantly different from your natal house cusps.
I don't have any strong empirical evidence for the following statements, but
they are logical deductions based on what we know about astrological
relocation methods, and they simply make sense. In time hopefully we can
validate these ideas.
Living where you were born gives you a very strong center to work from. You
are able to leverage more power from your birthplace. Life is, in a sense,
simpler. Your energy field is uncluttered and you can express your potential
with a direct and assertive style that can be more difficult in most other
places. You are at a competitive advantage on your home turf.
For example, suppose that in your natal chart, the Moon is in 1/9 aspect (40
degrees) to your Ascendant. You have an ingratiating personality that
welcomes people of all life styles and cultures. While in the area of your
birth, you are able to fully express this part of yourself. You never lose
this quality when you travel but in your birthplace, you are at home and
comfortable with yourself. Note that this is true even if you grew up in a
completely different place!
When you move, you take on additional hues and colors to your personality
and energy system. Suppose that you relocate to a place where Venus is in
1/9 aspect (40 degrees) to your relocated Ascendant. This adds a new flavor
of sweetness to your already ingratiating personality. This influence will
modify, perhaps even enhance, your natural talents by adding a new tone to
your natural capabilities. By relocating you add some new qualities, but
this also dilutes the simple force of your natural way of being. You become
more versatile but also more complex and sometimes less direct in your
capabilities by relocating.
A person who lives in his or her place of birth would benefit by traveling,
having friends or associates of different walks of life, being well-read, or
in other ways incorporating different elements. Marriage and strong
friendships will have an even more powerful effect on us than relocating so
the need for diversity for people who live where they were born, in most
cases, is not great. Our modern world brings to nearly all of us more
stimulation than most of us can handle, so living where one is born can have
In general, I regard living where one was born as a
good choice! On the other hand, if the person is also unmarried, has few
close friends, does not explore or travel very much, then I suspect that not
having relocated is another symptom of being stuck in an unproductive an
unfulfilling life. Otherwise, operating from one's home base, so to speak,
can give strength and stability to meet life head on.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David is a full-time computer programmer for Cosmic Patterns. David was born
May 1, 1949, at 4:26 AM in East Meadow, New York (time zone 5 hours west,
daylight savings time observed). He has a BA degree in psychology, was a
practicing astrologer in the mid 1970's and switched to computer programming
in the late 1970's.
David began his astrology practice in 1973. He is a well known speaker in
astrological community and astrological conferences. His lectures are well
attended and well received. He is the founder Cosmic Patterns Software Inc.,
and is the lead software programmer of the development team that makes the
Kepler and Pegasus astrology programs. He received a B.A. degree in 1972
with a major in psychology.
David pioneered some new theories of astrological interpretation using
harmonics and midpoints in the 1970's, but since that time has been devoted
to developing astrology software. David plans to continue working on the
Kepler program for many, many years.
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