Mapping Your Imagination, Mapping Your Chart

© December 2010 by Fabienne Lopez

AstrocartographyThere was never a time I wasn’t a citizen of the world!

Born and raised in Brazil from a French mother and an American father, I learned at a young age to recognize the maps of the United States, France  and Brazil that lined the walls of my bedroom.  Postcards and pictures of all the places my parents had lived (India, Pakistan, Spain, Holland, New York, Paris) were displayed next to my books and dolls.

Peering at the contours of the maps on tiptoe, I was transported, and transformed by what I saw….  the places my parents  had traveled complete with sounds, smells, and colors of the adventures they had encountered in those exotic locations. Through the use of my imagination, I could relive each and every of the stories that accompanied these travels, as so often told by my mother during my bedtime.

As I grew older, my borders became larger. I, too, started to travel to all corners of the world. I suddenly realized I was becoming like my parents. I was creating my own personal maps.

As I learned about astrology, I drew relocated charts (see definition at the bottom) for each and every place I had lived. Those relocated charts rooted my quest to understand who I was, where  my roots were and what possibilities could bloom from each relocated chart that came to life.

By casting these charts, I was developing my potential while seeking to understand my multicultural past.

These relocated charts have changed the way I see myself as a result of moving abroad and living the life of a person with multiple roots, multiple languages and multiple languages. By traveling and living in the places I dreamed of, I discovered myself.

How has your view of yourself shifted as a result of relocation?

Note : Relocated birth chart

A relocated chart is a birth chart set for a new location. It is used  when a person wants to move from their place of birth to a new place in order to improve  difficult patterns of  their  natal chart .

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About Fabienne Lopez

Astrologer, Blogger, Life-Coach. My mission is to help you discover, develop and nurture your creativity no matter what transit you are going through.
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5 Responses to Mapping Your Imagination, Mapping Your Chart

  1. katley says:

    I, too am a citizen of the world. The United States is not big enough to hold me, and I’ve travelled extensively in the United States and Europe. I lived in Germany for four years, it was one of the best life experiences I’ve had! (both my family and my husband’s family were not thrilled with the idea, but that didn’t stop me and my husband, and we have no regrets). BTW geography and foreign language were my best subjects in school.

    I grew up in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural home, and it’s made me who I am today. Thanks for sharing :)

    • Fabienne Lopez says:

      Until a couple of years ago, I did not know any other people with the same background – being multi-cutural and multi-lingual. Then I came across David Pollock’s book – Third Culture Kid – and it made so much sense to me. I understand so much of my wandering and the feeling of not fitting in any culture! Have you read the book?

      • katley says:

        I haven’t but I’ll check it out. I feel like a stranger in a strange land sometimes. The only people I feel truly at home with are people like myself, who have either have immigrant parents or who have lived in another country.

        One of my closest friends came here from Hungary at the age of three. She spent a year in France as an exchange student, and we both love Balkan folk dancing. I met her at a dance many years ago, and we’ve been friends ever since!

        I used to hide how different I was until I found people like me, now I blog and brag about it to the world. The butterfly has come out of the cocoon :)

  2. uhanepono says:

    Funny thing is that when I first tried to use relocation astrology I had a faulty birth time, off by almost a full hour! I went to Spain to do one thing and ended up doing quite another but not before I struggled to fufill the “natal promise” Spain relocation was supposed to offer me there. I wanted to teach at the college level and instead began a long internal quest for wholeness through an intense therapeutic process, discovered the Tao and buddhism and went about the business of pruning the inner landscape in general. Later when I saw the true time of birth on a replacement birth certificate and rectified my chart and subsequent relo charts I was amazed to see I had gravitated to the exactly the right place, Spain, to play out the transit of transiting Pluto over my moon/saturn conjunction in the 11th sextile the sun in the ninth and sextile mars in the first, my progressed sun passing over natal neptune/ ven conj at the MC and transiting neptune traveling over the asc..

    • Fabienne Lopez says:

      Hey Uhanepono:

      Relocation works like a charm. I believe we are attracted to places that are good for our personal growth, instinctively. I relocated to San Francisco before I understood astrology professionally. I always was a client of astrologer, and my astrologer back in Brazil has once made a comment that living in the United States would be good for me. At the time, I had not plans to do so. When the opportunity, came to move here, I grabbed it. Mind you, the astrologer had not specified a location. As it happens, I had a childhood friend that was living in San Francisco, so I decided to come here. Many years later, after I begun studying astrology, I relocated my chart to San Francisco and it was just uncanny how much it reflected the personal transformations I had been going through in certain areas of my life.
      If I had to move again, I would certainly use it to help me relocate. Thanks for sharing your story.

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