FIFTEEN TECHNIQUES FOR READING ASTRO*CARTO*GRAPHY MAPS
©1994 by Jim Lewis
prepared this list of techniques and principles originally as a study guide for people taking the
Astro*Carto*Graphy certification test, we wanted to offer it here for anyone who is seriously
studying this specialty. Those who want to become certified should
look at the page on our testing procedure.
THE LINES NEAREST THE PLACE YOU WANT TO GO DETERMINE ACTIVITIES IN THAT
PLACE. The nearest lines, within orbs, are those that influence the place
THE PLACE NEAREST THE LINES SYMBOLIZES DESIRED ACTIVITIES. You may select
a planetary line that symbolizes a part of the self that you desire to
expand awareness of, and expect that in localities near that line, such
consciousness will prevail.
PLACES OF "NO" INFLUENCE: Lack of planetary lines does not mean lack
of significance of existence. Lines describe only emphasis of particular
qualities in consciousness.
MEANINGS OF EACH ANGLE: Each angle influences the meanings of the planets
according to its traditional house meaning: MIDHEAVEN, you exemplify the
planet in your career. ASCENDANT, you exemplify the planet in your
outer persona, and tend to be confused with that planet's potentials in
the consciousness of others. DESCENDANT, the planet acts through other
people, often, in your environment. IC, the planet operates to change
your consciousness of your basic, immutable nature, particularly as
defined by race, ancestry, nationality, and family.
ORB. There is a range of influence for each Astro*Carto*Graphy feature.
LINES: About 700 miles (about 8 degrees, 5 degrees = 450 miles) either
side of the line. TIME: All things being equal, about a year, but activation
of natal potentials tend to result when CYCLO*CARTO*GRAPHY lines aspect
or activate natal potentials. CROSSINGS: Orb is about 1/16 inch either
LOOK AT THE ENTIRE NATAL COMPLEX. Each ASTRO*CARTO*GRAPHY line bears
with it the sign, house, aspects, and any other qualifying information
pertaining to the natal planet which it designates.
PERSONAL DIFFERENTIATION: Different planets will affect different people
differently. Example: Men and women react differently under Mars lines.
Virgo and Pisces personalities react differently to Neptune influences.
DIFFERENT SIDES OF THE LINES: Generally, west of the line will describe
the planet in the angular house. Locations east of the line find the
designated planet in the cadent house. Individual judgment must be made
as to whether a planet is more externally or internally liable to manifest
in the different positions. But generally speaking, the inward positions
are west of the Midheaven, east of the IC, west of the Ascendant, and east
of the Descendant, according to hemisphere emphasis as described by Marc
CROSSINGS: (paranatellonta) Any crossing of two ASTRO*CARTO*GRAPHY
lines on a map influences not only the area in which they cross, but
the entire line of latitude at which the crossing occurs. The orb of
influence is approximately one degree either side of that line.
TRANSITS AND PROGRESSIONS also modify the natal picture. These are best
seen with CYCLO*CARTO*GRAPHY overlays - but transits and progressions will
give roughly similar results of times of natal planets' activation.
SOLAR RETURNS: Theoretically, solar returns in ASTRO*CARTO*GRAPHY map
form should highlight "cycles within cycles" - highlighting certain areas
only for the year in question.
ZENITHS: The "zeros" on the Midheaven line designate positions on
Earth at which the designated planet was directly overhead - coincident
in both latitude and longitude. Like crossings, they have "latitude
transference," and seem centers of the activity indicated by the planet.
THE "VORTEX"--There is a position in extreme northern and southern
latitudes where many lines cross, and while little is known of this
influence, the few reports suggested this area to be anxiety producing,
upsetting, and difficult.
"REMOTE ACTIVATION"--Distant localities may affect you through people
from that area, business conducted remotely, or in any other way. The
areas' potentials activate abstractly in absentia.
MIDPOINTS: Another tentative idea - that a location exactly equidistant
from two ASTRO*CARTO*GRAPHY lines, as measured along the line of latitude
at which the place exists, will experience a midpoint, blended influence
of the two lines in question.
METAPHYSICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Many people report past lives and other
paranormal experiences in conjunction with their ASTRO*CARTO*GRAPHY lines.
These may be either seen as that, or as examples of consciousness extended
along ASTRO*CARTO*GRAPHY lines and being interpreted as alternative time
CREDITS: The background tile came from ABC Giant.
The head in the world was from a $3 throwaway CD-ROM of clipart, which shows you never know where
you will strike graphic gold. Zodiacal art can be found at Zena's Clip Art.
The clock is from Iband.
The tornado was done by Clip Art Connection.
The Hindu God is by Crystal Cloud.
The compass was at Cool Archive.