Locational astrology

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Locational astrology (sometimes referred to as astrocartography or astrogeography) is any of various types of astrology that factor in specific locations of the Earth. The different types also carry a range of astrological techniques.


The topic of astrological geography is the astrological study of the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the Earth. The origins of astrogeography may possibly go back to the roots of astrology in Mesopotamian Culture. Some relation between zodiac signs and cardinal points is highly probable to have been established for astrological weather forecasts and other purposes of prediction. Nicholas Campion[1] names Marcus Manilius (1st century) and Claudius Ptolemaeus (2nd century) to be the first authors to deliver a system of rulership of zodiac signs for regions. Others are Al-Biruni (11th century), William Lilly (17th century), Raphael (19th century), Green and Sepharial (20th century).[2]

An important systematic approach to astrogeography was developed by various astrologers such as Sepharial (Walter Gorn Old)[3] in England, and A.M. Grimm in Germany. Both these systems assume that the Greenwich Meridian in metropolitan London has a 0° Aries fixed local MC, leaving the various regions of the globe to correspond with the 12 signs of the zodiac.[4] There are subtle differences between the system of Sepharial and Grimm which are not noticeable in many classical astrology methods, but may be noticeable in precision methods such as those of Uranian astrology[5] or cosmobiology.[6]

The Sepharial system was later popularized by Canadian astrologer Chris McRae,[7] and American astrologer Joyce Wehrman. The Canadian astrologer L. Edward Johndro[8] also worked with this method at various points throughout the 1930s and later years, and vacillated between the starting reference point at Greenwich and one near the greater pyramids of Egypt; there is controversy over which system he actually decided upon in later years.

In the course of the development of computer technology which made it easier to calculate more elaborate astrogeographical maps the so-called Andersen system was published in 1974. It included 11 newly developed world maps valid for one planet each.[9][10] A more complex astrogeographical world mapping system based on the holographic structural model and astrological field study through comparison of the features of the landscape developed in astrological geomancy was published by Georg Stockhorst in 2009 calculating 6 size levels of fields nested inside one another.

Astrological cartography[edit]

The topic of astrological cartography is the astrological study of the relationship of individuals such as subjects or objects to places on Earth by the projection of valid horoscopes onto the Earth's surface. For example, a simple approach applies the 360° and minutes of latitude and longitude (each) to the 12 zodiacs of the wheel chart. Maps produced using any of the following methods are used by 'astro-cartographers' to counsel their clients on relocation or travel.[11]

One astrological cartography system is named "local space astrology", developed by German astrologer Friedrich Sieggrün and later popularized in the United States by Steve Cozzi[12][13] and astrological software developer Michael Erlewine.

Another method in astrological cartography was based on findings by Don Neroman, Gustav Schwickert,[14][15] Cyril Fagan,[16] Roy Charles Firebrace[17] and Donald A. Bradley[18] and developed from about 1930 until the 1960s. In the 1970s and 1980s it was further developed and made popular by Jim Lewis under the trademark Astro*Carto*Graphy.[19][20] This system focuses on elements of the natal chart, by identifying these factors on a world map. Lewis' maps show all locations on the earth where planets were "angular" (rising, setting, on the zenith or nadir) at the moment of an event like a person's birth. An "angular" planet is one that is conjunct one of these four angles (Ascendant, Descendant, MC or IC). These locations are displayed in the form of lines on the map.

Another example is the "Astrolocality Map" developed by Astro Computing Services of San Diego. In addition to the lines on Lewis' maps, it shows conjunctions to the angles, and includes planetary squares, trines, and other aspects.[21]

Astrological geomancy[edit]

Astrological Geomancy is any approach to examine and understand the astrological qualities of places. In astrological geomancy places are studied not through projections from maps like in astrogeography but through consideration of the microcosmic system of a place.

The surroundings, the use, animals and plants, features of buildings and architecture, events and all possible features of places can be evaluated in astrological geomancy but the most important element would be the landscape. A highly elaborate system of astrological geomancy was developed and published by G. Stockhorst between 1995 and 2010.[22][23]

In Chinese geomancy (feng shui) astrological signs, symbols and categories have been traditionally used.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Campion, Nicholas: The Book of World Horoscopes, Aquarian Press, 1st edition 1988.
  2. ^ Campion, Nicholas: The Book of World Horoscopes, Aquarian Press, 1st edition 1988.
  3. ^ Sepharial: Geodetic Equivalents. Foulsham, Slough England, 1925
  4. ^ Baigent, Michael, and Campion, Nicholas, and Harvey, Charles: Mundane Astrology. Aquarian Press, Wellingborough England, 1984
  5. ^ Brummund, Ruth: Ortsmeridiane und Ortsaszendenten. Rudolph Verlag, Hamburg, 1979
  6. ^ Brau, Jean-Louis: Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. McGraw Hill, New York, 1977
  7. ^ McRae, Chris: The Geodetic World Map. American Federation of Astrologers, Tempe, Arizona US, 1988
  8. ^ Johndro, L Edward: The Earth in the Heavens. Samuel Weiser, New York, 1929
  9. ^ Andersen, H.J. Astrogeographie und Geschichte. 400 Seiten. Ebertin-Verlag, Aalen 1974
  10. ^ Andersen, H.J. Astro-Geographie-Atlas.Bochum, 1987
  11. ^ Carlson, S (April 15, 1988). "Astrology". Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences. 44 (4): 290–291. doi:10.1007/BF01961265. PMID 3282904. S2CID 222041198. Even in the 20th century, astrologers have remained strong in number and powerful in influence, and their art has developed into many diverse forms: Natal astrology, Horary astrology, Sabian astrology, Humanistic astrology, Medical astrology, Astro-cartography,... 'Astro-cartographers' frequently counsel clients to move to other parts of their country, and even to emigrate to where the astrological influences will supposedly be more favorable.
  12. ^ Steve Cozzi: "Planets In Locality: Exploring Local Space Astrology", Llewellyn Publications
  13. ^ Astrowiki Jim Lewis
  14. ^ Astrowiki Jim Lewis
  15. ^ Schwickert, Gustav, Finsternisse und ihre Wirkungen, Zenit-Verlag München, 1957
  16. ^ Astrowiki Jim Lewis
  17. ^ Astrowiki Jim Lewis
  18. ^ Astrowiki Jim Lewis
  19. ^ Astrowiki Jim Lewis
  20. ^ Lewis, Jim, and Irving, Kenneth: The Psychology of Astrocartography, Penguin, London, 1997
  21. ^ Davis, Martin (2008). From Here to There. An Astrologer's Guide to Astromapping. Dorset: Wessex Astrologer. p. 8. ISBN 978-1902405278. Neil F. Michelson (1931-1990) of Astro Computing Services began offering "Astrolocality Maps" in 1984. These geographic maps of angularity (similar to A*C*G maps) were notable for their inclusion of aspect lines (60,90 or 120°) from the Midheaven or Ascending lines.
  22. ^ Stockhorst, G. "Was ist eigentlich Astrologische Geomantie?". Sternwelten (in German). Retrieved 14 September 2023.
  23. ^ Stockhorst, G.: Berlin. Astrologischer Stadtplan, Pharus-Plan-Verlag, 2003

Further reading[edit]

  • Lewis, Jim; Guttman, Gail (1981). The Astro*Carto*Graphy Book of Maps: The Astrology of Relocation (1st ed.). Llewellyn Publications. ISBN 978-0875424347.
  • Lewis, Jim (2004) [1985]. "And the future will be nothing less than the flowering of our inwardness". In Mann, A. T. (ed.). The Future of Astrology (Revised ed.). Paraview Press. pp. 115–130. ISBN 978-1616406448.
  • Lewis, Jim; Irving, Kenneth (2012) [1997]. The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy (Revised ed.). Words and Things. ISBN 978-0984428007.