Tuesday, October 6, 2015


One of the subjects that astrologers are often asked about is moving. When is the best time to move? When will I move to a new home and/or place? Should I move?When asked these questions, we look at a few specific areas or points in a natal chart. 

The fourth house in a natal chart deals with the home. Are there planets in that house and are there any transits in that house that would symbolize/indicate a move? The Moon also deals with home and family issues. Are there transits to the person’s natal Moon that would indicate a move? And, we sometimes look at the ruler of the person’s fourth house. For example, if you have Capricorn on the cusp of the fourth house in your chart, Saturn is the ruler. So, we would look at the person’s natal Saturn and see if there are any transits that would indicate a move.

When is the best time to make a move? I think most astrologers would agree that it is best to make a move with a positive Jupiter transit to those planets and/or the fourth house. A Jupiter transit would most likely provide the opportunities to move. However, it might not provide the motivation. If things are going well, as they likely would be under a Jupiter transit, one might not want to rock the boat (so to speak). It’s a “if it aint broke, don’t fix it” type of a thing. The person might still add on to their current home. That fits with the expansive nature of Jupiter.

So, how about the “when will I move” or “when am I likely to move?” I would first look for a Uranus transit to those areas in a person’s chart. Uranus is the planet of change – most of the time, sudden and unexpected. This planet awakens us to the need or the great desire for a change. With this planet transiting those areas in a chart, you can count on some kind of change occurring. It will likely be something that you (or others) did not expect, however. You’ll feel restless under this transit and like something needs to happen/change. If that change doesn’t happen or doesn’t happen as quickly as you’d like, you will likely become the agent of that change yourself.

Next, I would look for any Pluto transits to those areas of a person’s chart. Pluto is the planet of transformation. This could cause a change of residence, but the change would probably be slow and relentless (as if you didn’t have much of a choice in the matter). There could be some kind of breakdown or decay of your current home to the point that you either have to move or you have to make bigtime and major repairs to your current home.

We could also look for a Neptune transit to those areas. Neptune causes us to dream of the ideal or the perfect place – a utopian paradise, if you will. The problem here is that when we awaken from the dream, we may discover that this perfect and ideal place is not at all what we thought. So, one must try to be very grounded. It would probably help to ask others if what we are seeing is correct. But, also Neptune does not necessarily provide the motivation to take action and move. We might just spend a lot of time dreaming about Oz.

An eclipse could also indicate a move. Eclipses are Uranian in nature, however. The unexpected happens, and it is not possible to predict what will happen. Nevertheless, one of the possibilities of what might occur if say your Moon is eclipsed is that you will make a move.

I have made two major moves in my life. I’m calling them major because they were both moves out of state a great distance from where I had been living, and because they were significant and long-lasting. One was one year after a lunar eclipse in opposition to my natal Moon. And, the other one was when Uranus entered my fourth house (and conjunct my IC). It was opposed by Jupiter. What happened (astrologically) when you made major moves?

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