Flash back to December 2013.
There was I, living in London but ready to embark on a spate of travel. Leave the UK and my chaotic existence I’d spent the best part of 18 months planning my exit strategy.
Disenchanted with the 9 to 5 I wanted more, I wanted to work for myself and I wanted to break free from drudgery and not-so-great expectations.
I’d gone from school to university to work without ever really stumbling on a greater life purpose, yet in 2012 I asked the universe for something.
It wasn’t the first time I’d put in an order but this time it was special – it wasn’t a man, job or body-bit I was manifesting, I wanted an idea.
Fast-forward and I’d begun beavering away on the fashion and beauty website ‘Star Sign Style‘, a passion that bought together my long-held interests: astrology, fashion, beauty, celebrities in a neat website – you should totally check it out, if you like that kind of thing.
I’d saved a bit of money, called it quits on my relationship (yes, that was my Saturn return in action), shed my belongings and wrapped up my studies in astrology.
Now I wanted to dedicate all my time to writing and astrology, and more importantly seek out a better existence, preferably somewhere hot…
I bought a one-way ticket to Bali, a very good place to start, and had a rough idea that I’d end up in Australia where I could work and re-stock the coffers, then on to South America.
A couple of months before setting sail I was sitting in my astrology lecture and we touched upon the concept of Astro Mapping. I then stumbled across a hard to find book on the subject at an astrology conference and the message was clear – head to your lines.
AstroCartoGraphy (as it’s also known) holds the premise that we can travel to certain power lines, which are in turn linked to our individual horoscope (the natal or birth chart).
A relatively unexplored area of astrology I wanted to understand more – I wanted to experience it for myself!
Then, perhaps I could breathe new life into this ancient wisdom and share my findings with the world!
Since that moment I’ve been researching, exploring and learning about the subject, travelling to places of significance on my own Astro Map and connecting with others to discover their stories, and the proven effects of the lines.
So, can astrological journeys really prompt change, deepen our understanding and help us in different areas of life?
I believe that they can.
However it’s really with some effort and understanding that you’ll be best rewarded.
The more conscious you can become of your surroundings and the potential they hold the more empowered you’ll be to harness the energy of a place. In other words knowing somewhere is special might connect you to the possibilities.
It’s also important to understand yourself, you’ll want to know your own personal astrological make-up to better understand your place within the planetary influences.
Then you’ll be equipped to have your own Astrology Adventure…
Travelling The World Today
So many people relocate for work, to study, for love, marriage and family life.
Some people escape unfavourable conditions, seek out better opportunities or simply want to have a fresh start.
Since the beginning of time man has conquered new territories – it’s human nature to explore, to discover what’s over the next hill or across the water.
Wherever life takes us, it’s interesting to consider that different places evoke different feelings. We behave differently, are perceived differently, come into contact with different types of people and a different series of events ensues.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to consider that there is more meaning underlying these differences? That certain locations could hold a very personal significance?
There will be places that we’re found to be more attractive, more easy going and carefree, elsewhere we’ll be more alert, switched-on and productive.
There may be places that could prove overwhelming, where you’re prone to surprising obstacles.
Using the ancient art of locational astrology we can consider that there might be prosperous places for career and business, peaceful places to retire or raise a family, even places that prompt a more mentally alert state of being.
With the evolution of travel and the internet we live in a truly connected world and globetrotting, emigrating or relocating somewhere totally new is relatively easy.
It’s really worth thinking about why, where and when we travel and for what purpose.
How Does It Work? In Brief…
Astro Mapping (or AstroGeography, AstroCartoGraphy) casts your personal birth chart over the globe.
You can use this personal map of the world to identify powerful locations that could influence you, or change your perception and life experience moving forwards.
The different coloured lines represent planets, with four labels attributed to each planet (we have a total forty lines, not counting extra celestial factors such as asteroids and nodes).
These labels indicate where the planets are aligned with the axis points on our personal natal chart – on the Ascendant or rising point, Descendant, Midheaven and Imum Coeli.
They are abbreviated to AC, DC, MC and IC (read more about the Axis in Astrology, here.)
There is an astrological theory dubbed ‘the Mars effect’, that planets sitting near to these four points natally are incredibly potent.
AstroGeography suggests that with our movement to places around the globe our natal birth chart data shifts in alignment too – we can create a new chart, and get ‘closer’ to where the planets are strongest in their positioning on the axis, activating them as it were. Read more here.
It’s your journey.
It’s my belief that the most exciting places to visit aren’t always the ones promoted in the ‘Top 50 Destinations’ guides or ‘Best Beaches’ rundown.
In fact, many of my travels have taken me to unusual and obscure places that are often off the grid, and perhaps on the surface terribly boring!
It may be a big fat cliche but I believe
It’s the journey, not the destination that matters.
It’s the people we meet, the lessons we learn and the experiences that count. If you’ve ever gone somewhere that looks magical and exotic from afar only to be disappointed I urge you to look beyond the obvious trappings.
Instead of turning to the next ‘hot list’ you come across, why not use astrology as inspiration for your next trip?
And another thing – my philosophy?
It’s not all about Jet-Setting!
If you’re frustrated that you can’t afford to fly to a destination you’ve discovered don’t be discouraged.
You may be restricted by finances, family or work commitments but that doesn’t mean you can’t explore distant lands and foreign cultures.
You can transport yourself through literature, art – a movie!
You might make friends with someone born near ‘your lines’, have ancestral connections or even treasure a piece of jewellery that was discovered in that place.
Once you have considered your personal map you’ll be more aware and alert to the possibilities.
It’s also worth, sometimes, taking a giant leap of faith. Much of my journey has been spurred on by goodness knows what.
“I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers,”
My favourite quote and it rings true for me, I used Couchsurfing to work with my budget, stayed with family in Australia who I’d never met before and stepped into the unknown.
If you suspect that certain locations are special for you why not look at your Astro Map – it’s free! And you might be tempted to have your very own Astrology Adventure…
The Astrology Adventure website has been created as a free resource to help people understand the subject of locational astrology, and to raise awareness of Astro Mapping.
I hope you learn about something new and interesting, or gain a fresh perspective on a familiar topic.
My name’s Kimberly and I’m currently exploring my own Astro Map, travelling to as many locations as I can with personal astrological significance, paying close attention to what happens under ‘my lines’.
I’m also gratefully receiving stories from others to include as testimonials.
Through the sharing of experiences I hope to achieve further insight into the subject of astrogeography, and how it might enrich us all.