"Am I Gonna Move?"
©2000 by Donna Cunningham
Moving to a new home may be part of what happens under a
transit to the Natal Moon, the fourth house cusp (IC), through the fourth house, or to a planet in the
fourth. As a certified Astro*Carto*Graphy interpreter
over the years, I have observed such transits as
primary triggers for changes in residence.
goes more smoothly under a trine, with Moon/Uranus trines
being swiftest and the least hassle. A move under a Moon/Saturn trine,
however, is more organized and more likely permanent. Under a
Moon/Uranus or Uranus/IC aspect of any kind, you might as well
keep nonessentials packed in their boxes, as you're likely to
move more than once with repeated hits by Uranus.
Buying a home, especially the first one, is a rite of passage
into adulthood. Having a home of your own gives you a greater
sense of security, roots, and belonging--for lunar types,
especially. Moon/Saturn and Moon/Pluto aspects are the most
likely to involve actual purchase of real estate, although
Pluto as often accompanies major remodeling efforts.
With Moon/Saturn or Saturn to the MH/IC, a home of your own may
be the result of well-earned success. You may be conservative
in your purchase. You may settle for something smaller or less
luxurious than you'd like, because you are being realistic
about not taking on too hard a financial commitment.
With some Moon/Pluto contacts, the new house may be financed
by something other than your own efforts. The source could be
an inheritance, a gift or bribe from your parents with strings
attached, a trust fund, or a divorce settlement--or it may be a
last-ditch effort to keep the marriage together. If you've
suffered lunar losses during this phase, take time to mourn
the end of one chapter in your life. The grief may be
exacerbated by a period of isolation in the new location.
Under Moon/Neptune transits, you're probably not thinking
things through carefully enough and may regret the decision.
You're not so much moving to something as moving away from
something because you've become disillusioned. Your fantasies
about a wonderful new life tend to be unrealistic. If you buy
property under a Neptune transit to the Moon or other points
listed above, you probably haven't inspected the cellar or
foundations. The Realtor saw you coming, and you may have a
lemon on your hands for a good long time. Maybe you could donate it to
the church, your guru, or some charitable organization. Or,
hang in there for whatever deep spiritual lesson it may teach
you--like the one about not signing anything you haven't read
While the planet involved shows the circumstances of the
move, the real question is, why are you doing it? It is
generally due to an important shift in the lunar areas of life.
Often, the reason is that the womb has gotten too confining.
As a young adult, you leave your parents' house to go on your
own. Later, maybe you move to make a home with someone--or a
home without someone.
Sometimes, because any aspect to the IC
is simultaneously an aspect to the MC, either you or your
partner finds a job in a new place. Maybe you have a family
now and the house has gotten too small. Or, your family has
grown up, and you don't need as much space. The Moon waxes
and wanes, all within a life cycle. The pressure to leave
the womb precedes the relocation.
There is a lunar realignment before the move, followed by a
long adjustment to the new home. If you are moving more than
500 miles east or west of your birthplace, obviously, it would
be important to get an Astro*Carto*Graphy map done. Especially
if you have no idea where you want to live, this map can help
you find optimal locations for business, love, home life,
health, and travel.
It can also help you avoid really serious
relocation mistakes, like moving to a place where
Neptune or Pluto falls on an angle. You would also want to
read about your chosen location in Places Rated Almanac, a
reference book that belongs in any astrologer's library.
(By Richard Boyer and David Savageau, it is published by
Prentice Hall Travel, New York, and is periodically updated.)
When considering a move based on your map, it is important
to refer to the birth chart for interpretation and timing.
Suppose you are thinking of moving to one of your Venus
considered the best places in the world to find love. However,
if your natal Venus has every bad aspect imaginable, your
undesirable long-standing patterns in relationships would be
not only active but also exacerbated there. You'd be better off
picking one of the descendant lines, like Sun or Jupiter
on the descendant, if love is a goal.
Timing is also important
even when moving to a positive location. Don't move when
nothing is happening to your Moon, IC, or fourth house
planets, or when Neptune or Saturn is aspecting them.
If you do, you could just sit and spin your wheels for a
costly year or two.
As you can see, relocating isn't just a matter of packing
boxes and calling a mover. You may find, however, that while
packing, you take an intense trip down memory lane. Each object
you touch has memories and feelings attached, which you may
relive. The process of deciding what to keep and what to get
rid of involves re-evaluating your priorities and values.
A move is an immense readjustment in many lunar areas of
life, for what is more basic than a home? A crab goes through
a period of vulnerability when it sheds its shell. We too
may feel especially vulnerable for at least a year after
a move--a complete cycle of lunations. There can even be
strong somatic reactions, particularly to the stomach or
menstrual cycle. Lunar types in particular can find moving
distressing. A move is nothing to take lightly--give yourself
plenty of space to feel the losses and insecurities and to
lay down roots in the new home.
The foregoing is an excerpt from Donna Cunningham's book, The Moon in Your Life, which can be ordered
from the publisher, Samuel Weiser, at (207) 363-4393. It is reprinted here
About the Author: Certified by Continuum, Donna Cunningham has a master's degree in social work from Columbia
University and more than 25 years of counseling experience in
health care facilities, psychiatric clinics, and the treatment
of alcoholism. She began her astrological practice in 1969 and has been certified as a professional by Professional Astrologers Inc.
and the American Federation of Astrologers.
Donna has written twelve well-received books, including such classics as The
Consulting Astrologer's Guidebook and Healing Pluto Problems. She is the webmaster for Continuum
and for the Astrologers' Memorial Web Site.
Her own website is at: http://DonnaCunninghamMSW.com.