Today’s article comes from Astrologer April Kent. I first heard of April when I picked up her book, The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology. After I posted a review on Amazon, I won a reading from April and let me tell you – that woman knows her stuff! I’m pleased to publish April’s article today. If you live in a different state, country or continent you were born in, this one’s for you!
The first time I met with an astrologer, she peered at my chart and said, “It looks like you’ll own more than one property – and one will be in a foreign country.” This seemed unlikely in 1989, when I was a single girl without the money for even one property. Yet eight years later, when my husband and I bought our house in San Diego together, we were still the owners of his house in New Zealand.
So what had the astrologer seen in my chart?
Two signs of the zodiac are traditionally associated with long distance journeys and foreign places: Sagittarius and Pisces. In my birth chart, Sagittarius is rising and Pisces is on the cusp of the fourth house – the house that symbolizes your home. (Both are mutable signs, which symbolize multiples of things; that’s where she saw more than one house in my future.)
Add four planets in my ninth house – traditionally, the house of “long journeys over water” – and I was bound to connect with foreign lands. Indeed, I married a man from another hemisphere. I’ve traveled several times to a part of the world that, growing up on a tiny farm in the midwest, I had no idea even existed.
But I haven’t taken the leap to expatriation, though I’ve fallen so hopelessly in love with New Zealand on our visits there that I could see myself becoming a full-time Kiwi. Unfortunately, Neptune makes difficult aspects to all my planets in the travel-loving ninth house. When Neptune faces hard aspects to other planets, vague, nebulous fear ensues. And to be honest, “long journeys over water” kind of freak me out. Had Star Trek’s promise of teleportation only been realized, I’d live in New Zealand in a hot minute. But crossing the Pacific regularly to see my family – packed into 31 inches of a Boeing 777 for 12 hours at a time – is not my idea of a good time.
No, to be the kind of person who leaves everything familiar for life abroad takes something more. Look to Jupiter or Neptune in the fourth house of the chart, along with something in the ninth house. My husband left New Zealand for America at the age of 40, almost on a whim. But then, he’s got the Sun very close to Neptune in his fourth house, and Jupiter in his ninth. It doesn’t hurt that he’s got Uranus rising, and doesn’t mind feeling like an oddball in his adopted country.
As for me, I’ve got the means and the motive to live far away. But ultimately, I cling to the land of my birth.
- Jupiter or Neptune in the fourth house
- Sagittarius or Pisces on the fourth house cusp
- Planets in the ninth house
- Uranus strongly placed
And when teleportation becomes a reality, I’ll join you.
April Elliott Kent has been an astrologer since 1990. She is the author of The Essential Guide to Practical Astrology, published by Alpha/Penguin Books. She lives in San Diego, California. Her website is http://www.bigskyastrology.com