WHERE IN THE WORLD:
Astro*Carto*Graphy and Relocation
As reviewed by Mike Harding.
As inhabitants of the so-called Global Village we live in a rapidly shrinking world. Many of us can routinely visit places our parents could only dream about, and as we are increasingly able to experience life in different parts of the world so do techniques such as Astro*Carto*Graphy become evermore relevant.
But where to start learning? Anyone whose mind has ever boggled at the sight of an ACG map now has a personal tutor to help make sense of it all. Starting with the natal chart itself, Erin Sullivan unravels the theory and practice of mapping our birth onto the surface of the world. And what an experience ti turns out to be, for Astro*Carto*Graphy is one of astrology's most challenging, and rewarding techniques. Using ACG with which we can located areas of the world which have particular affinities with our own chart, in fact those areas where -- at the moment of our birth -- planets were rising and setting, culminating or on the IC, all creating a picture which demonstrates (conclusively for this reviewer) that we and our world are one.
This book, like other CPA titles, is a transcript of a day's workshop, and herein lies much of its strength. The questions you would like to put to Erin are placed by members of her audience, and answered clearly in a non-technical and highly readable manner. The spontaneous observations and personal anecdotes of both Erin and her students strengthen the text with valuable every-day examples, all helping to cement one's understanding of the approach, and flesh out the ideas presented.
For many years Erin worked closely with Jim Lewis, the originator of the computer ACG map, and her experience is very much in evidence. Although her humour is very present on the page, she takes us methodically through interpretations of all the planets, and the issues of interpreting locations East or West of an ACG line, something many more experienced astrologers will welcome. We explore the significance of planets' latitude, and are given examples of working with progressed and transiting bodies, as well as charts for eclipses and ingresses.
Of course, the ACG map is also a way of looking at locational astrology. Here the birth chart is re-set for a new location, where the planets will invariably find themselves in different houses. With different interpretations now called for, Erin gives clear examples of this approach when used in addition to the overall ACG map. Many students provide telling examples which do help give a deeper understanding of how old and modern approaches overlap and reinforce their findings.
There seems little doubt that certain parts of our planets bring literal aspects of ourselves to life, and we may wish (or need!) to know where on Earth these might be. I have only fainted once in my life: within 15 minutes of arriving at the one point on the planet where my Uranus rose and my Neptune set (Ebertin gives "the elimination of the waking consciousness" for the UR/NE midpoint.) What more proof do you need?!
This book is rich and full of wisdom. When we finish the last page we recognise we have spent a day with a highly gifted astrologer, giving generously of her skills. This is a must for anyone new to Astro*Carto*Graphy, and probably a must for many others besides.
WHERE IN THE WORLD:
Astro*Carto*Graphy and Relocation
As reviewed by Chris Lorenz, in Dell Horoscope Magazine, April 2000.
One of the most exciting astrological innovations over the last few decades has been the development of AstroCartoGraphy. Based on the recognition that planets near the horoscope'Äôs angles dominate the chart, AstroCartoGraphy (A*C*G) maps reflect the locations around the world where specific planets would be angular.
These locations appear as lines on the global map, and describe planetary influences according to the projected horoscope. Jim Lewis first popularized AstroCartoGraphy with the notion that you can change your fortune by changing your location. Looking for love? Move to where a Venus line is angular. Want to become famous? Your Sun line shows where this becomes possible.
Astrologer Erin Sullivan'Äôs practice has taken her all over the world, and so she naturally investigated relocation astrology by using ACG maps. In 1997 she gave a seminar about what she has learned, and now these lectures have been published under the title Where in the World? Sullivan'Äôs expertise in relocation themes mixes well with her knowledge-base in other astrological areas.
Intermediate to advanced astrologers will be entertained and educated by the material presented here, and come away with a new respect for the art of interpretation according to location.
The first half of Where in the World is devoted to explaining the techniques and delineating the effects of the individual planets. One of the most important concepts is the idea of mundane squares, known as parans. For example, even if you don'Äôt have Sun - Jupiter aspect in your natal horoscope, somewhere on the globe your Sun line intersects with your Jupiter line, creating a specific location where you may experience the effects of a Sun-Jupiter combination. The Sun-Jupiter influence is particularly fortunate, and one may find success and material blessings here, or possibly the meaning of life or at least a better understanding of one'Äôs personal mission.
Other fascinating concepts are sprinkled throughout the pages. Most notably, readers are introduced to how transits and progressions can be mapped (known as Cyclo*Carto*Graphy or C*C*G), and how to rectify a horoscope using A*C*G. As an example of rectification, Sullivan investigates Princess Diana'Äôs competing horoscopes, concluding that the Libra Rising chart is most accurate. Another significant concept explained is the 'Äúshadowed planet.'Äù An example of this would be Mars in the horoscope of serial killer Andrew Cunanan. In an amazing demonstration of the accuracy of A*C*G maps, Cunanan first killed when he left his comfortable Moon line in California and moved under a Mars influence in Milwaukee. His murder spree followed precisely his Mars line extending through Chicago and Minneapolis, and culminating in Florida where he killed designer Gianni Versace, and then finally himself.
The second half of Where in the World gets into individual cases. What actually happens when someone relocates to a Pluto line? Sigmund Freud'Äôs chart is explored, with discussion centering around his angular Pluto. Audience members share their stories, with Sullivan providing psychological and astrological insights. Solar returns, progressed lunations, and other interpretive techniques are used when looking at relocated planets. Readers will undoubtedly have many "Aha!" experiences while following along.
Available from Midheaven Books