Mapping Your Travels and Relocation: Using Astrology to Help You Make the Right Moves in Life

Have you ever wondered if there’s one place on Earth that’s “best suited” for you? Have you ever been drawn to visit a certain city? Are there specific places that you’ve traveled to or lived in where you felt most at home? Are you torn between job offers in New York City and Paris? Do you wonder if retirement on the beaches of St. Croix will bring you greater happiness than living out your senior years in the wilderness of Alaska? These are the types of questions that Maritha Pottenger, an award-winning astrological speaker, teacher, and author, and Kris Brandt Riske, M.A., a certified astrologer, author, and board member of the National Council for Geocosmic Research, help you answer with the use of their astrological guidebook, “Mapping Your Travels and Relocation: Finding the Best Place for You.”

If you’re unfamiliar with the concepts of relocational astrology and astrocartography, think of it in terms of “wherever you go, your astrological influences are there with you.” However, as Pottenger and Riske state, “By looking at your birth chart (horoscope) as it appears in different locations, you can see which aspects of your personality are most emphasized in which areas. Then you can choose a locale that puts certain qualities in high focus and/or minimizes others.”

This book isn’t just for astrological “dabblers,” beginning astrology students, or professional astrologers though. It’s a resource that literally has the capability of assisting anyone who is in a transitional phase of life. What truly makes this seventh volume in the Astrology Made Easy series by Llewellyn Publications appropriate for any level of experience, is the software that’s included with it — a CD-ROM that not only creates birth charts for you, your family, friends, and/or clients, but that also generates relocated charts of your choosing, along with interpretational reports for each chart.

Don’t get me wrong; the book is a valuable tool in and of itself. Pottenger and Riske cover everything from basic astrology to discussions about the effects of planets, chart angles, planets aspecting chart angles, changing Ascendant signs, changing Midheaven signs, planets changing houses, and ruling planets aspecting angles as they relate to your birth chart, as well as you relocational charts. Trust me — if you’re an “astrological newbie,” this book not only helps you understand what all of that means, but it does so in a very easy-to-read, easy-to-refer-to-later style.

There are even separate chapters providing you with information to look for in a relocated birth chart to help you with issues concerning romance, career, college, money, and recreation/retirement. Perhaps the area of the book that you’ll find yourself referring to most oftenwill be the appendix that contains an alphabetical list of specific goals, from artistic ability to travel, that you might have associated with relocating, and the chart components to look for to enhance your chances of success at such goals.

Maritha Pottenger and Kris Brandt Riske’s Mapping Your Travels and Relocation: Finding the Best Place for You, is an extremely easy-to-use, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-apply resource for assisting you in finding the best places to put your astrological strong points to good use and to minimize the less beneficial traits that are a part of your birth chart. Regardless if you’re simply contemplating where in the world you’ll find what it is that you’re in search of — love, success, the best place to raise your family — or you’re faced with making a life-altering decision about where to move to, consider using relocation astrology software and this unique astrological tool to help you find the answers to such important questions.

Donna McLaughlin Schwender is the “soul proprietor” of One-Eared Dog, Ink. As a freelance writer living in upstate New York, she can be reached at

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