Good Dates for a Trip
Saturday my friend and I left on a road trip. We drove 1500 miles in 2 days – through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state.
Mercury retrograde is a good time to revisit, and research places.
This Mercury retrograde begins August 2nd (at 1 Virgo) and ends August 26th (at 18 Leo). For me, this retrograde period falls in my 12th house.
With Mercury being my chart ruler, and the retrograde being in my 12th house, this feels like an ideal few weeks to take time out from my normal routine.
I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine. ~Caskie Stinnett
For my friend, she is using this period to research whether she wants to move to one of the areas we are visiting: she’s setting up job interviews and sizing up opportunities.
We decided that the New Moon in Leo was a perfect time to begin the trip.
Saturday’s New Moon at 7 Leo conjoined my natal Moon at 2 Leo – I’ll be visiting my mother for the first time in 1.5 years, just in time for her birthday.
The New Moon fell close my friend’s North Node in Leo in the 9th house – a good time for her to travel for pleasure and enjoyment.
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~Lao Tzu
I’m an Aries with a Leo Moon and Virgo rising. My friend is an Aries with a Scorpio Moon and Scorpio rising. Her Sun is in the 5th house and my Sun is in the 8th house.
If you know anyone with Scorpio rising or Scorpio Moon then you know that I asked her permission before revealing her Sun, Moon and ascendant signs!
Making decisions was a snap and we were both direct about what we wanted from the trip.
As you travel around the world, different places emphasize different parts of your chart – and therefore your life. You can quickly grasp which planet will be emphasized in your chart by glancing at your astrocartography.
Our final destination brings me to the intersection of my Moon/Ascendant, Sun/MC and Pluto IC lines.
Our final destination brings my friend to her Venus/Descendant line.
When I say that I’m crossing a Pluto/IC line, for example, that means that traveling to a particular area puts my natal Pluto on my IC. If I redraw my natal chart as if I had been born in that area, I would have been born with Pluto on the IC. Intense issues centering on home, family, foundation and roots will be emphasized when I travel through these areas.
When my friend travels to the area we are in now, it puts her natal Venus on the descendant line. If she had been born in this area, her Venus would have been conjunct the descendant. When she visits this area, her experience has been that she has many more opportunities for social activities and romance than she normally has elsewhere. Because she has an unaspected Venus in her natal chart, being on her Venus/descendant line brings out her feminine, flirtatious side.
Make your astrocartography chart
1. Go to astro.com
2. Go to Free Horoscopes
3. Go to AstroClick Travel
4. Enter your birth data
5. Choose which map you want to look at from the drop-down box and press “Go”
6. Scroll over any line to get a brief description of what you might expect from visiting this area