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Astrolocality Astrology [New Edition]

by Martin Davis; The Wessex Astrologer, 4A Woodside Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2AZ, UK; 2014, paper, 197 pp. (6" x 9.25"), .H3.00, ISBN 978-1-902405-93-3.

A review by Chris Lorenz, Dell Horoscope magazine, Dec 2014

Until recently, astrology has generally focussed on when events take place rather than where. In today's world, however, people frequently travel, relocate, and connect to places far from their birthplace. Now, with the advent of widely available computer software, new techniques enable the astrologer to understand how specific places around the globe rnight be extra advantageous to the native-or, contrarily, full of trouble. The best known of these techniques is Jim Lewis' Astro*Carto*Graphy, and we also have Local Space lines as devised by Michael Erlewine.

In 1999, astrologer Martin Davis wrote about these two techniques and went one step further by combining them. His book on the subject, Astrolocality Astrology, became a ground-breaking text for anyone interested in exploring the "where" of astrology. Now, Davis has added new material, reorganized the text from simple to complex, and is publishing it as the second edition of Astrolocality Astrology.

In order to take full advantage of this book, one will need some sophisticated astrology calculation software that includes the ability to create A*C*G maps and Local Space maps. To my knowledge, this list includes, but may not be limited to, the top-line programs from Matrix, Cosmic Patterns, Solar Fire, Halloran, and Janus. If you don't own any of these programs but are interested in how your natal horoscope can be projected to anywhere on Earth, Davis' book is the premier introduction to the subject.

The author explains Astrolocality in a nutshell: "Space-oriented techniques tell us not only what to expect on earth at certain locations or in particular directions, but also why the people or things embodying these events are coming to us from specific points or directions on the earth." Chapter One is a definitive exploration of A*C*G maps. Davis has moved around quite a bit himself, and he uses his own case history to flesh out the relevance of this technique. Later in the chapter, more advanced techniques based on A*C*G maps are added, including the importance of where lines cross (parans), and Cyclo*Carto*Graphy, which plots transits and progressions onto maps.

Chapters Two and Three are all about Local Space, what it is, and how to interpret the lines. What makes Astrolocality Astrology a classic is that the author has researched everything that has ever been written on the subject, distilled the information, and given credit where credit is due. In addition to Michael Erl ewine and Jim Lewis , readers will find references to Arielle Guttman, Nicholas Campion, Robert Hand, Jeff Jawer, Karen Hamaker-Zondag, Steve Cozzi, Maritha Pottenger, and many more. These astrologers have all written about either A*C*G maps or Local Space, and the bibliography section provides sources for further reading.

Unlike the wavy and crisscross lines found in A*C*G maps, Local Space lines radiate outward from wherever you are currently located. This unique technique shows a direction that you might want to take. For example, if you want action, you check your Mars line and travel in that direction. Love can be found along your Venus line. Davis uses the example of Edward Snowden to show how Local Space works in practice. He also rectifies the chart of Ronnie Biggs, who participated in the Great Train Robbery of 1963. Biggs had an adventurous trek across the globe while trying to elude extradition. Davis intuitively saw that Uranus would be a major indicator in Biggs' A*C*G and Local Space maps, and this led him to what appears to be a very accurate birth time.

The perspective of Local Space maps can be altered: if you zoom in to a Local Space map of your city, you can find action or love within a short drive. Or, zoom in further to your house and the Local Space map becomes a Feng Shui map. Chapter Four describes how to make these charts and, in what he calls "special studies," investigates the Local Space map of the U.S. horoscope. His personal choice to demonstrate this technique is based on a speculative U.S. chart, and interested researchers might want to try the technique on their own favourite U.S. horoscope.

The last chapter on Geodetic charts is likewise speculative. The geodetic chart he uses starts by projecting the zodiac onto the global map with 0' Aries going through Greenwich. The natal chart is then combined with this geodetic map to produce a geodetic chart. He uses the example of Krishamurti to show why this guru's favourite place in the world was Ojai, California.

The seven appendices alone are worth the price of this book. Appendix 1 through 3 detail the meanings of the planets in A*C*G and Local Space maps (written by Jeff Jawer, Michael Erlewine, and Angel Thompson). Michael Erlewine's original articles on Local Space are included as Appendix 4, and Martin Davis adds his insights on Pluto and other technical considerations about Local Space. If you have any interest at all in the "where" of astrology, Astrolocality Astrology is the best entrance point.



From Here to There: An Astrologer's Guide to Astromapping.
Edited by Martin Davis
Published by The Wessex Astrologer Ltd. Price £20 or about $30, Euro 25
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From Here to There - An Astrologer's Guide to Astromapping
Author: Edited by Martin Davis

This is the long awaited follow-up to Astrolocality Astrology - in which the author starts with the history of locality astrology, telling its story from ancient Babylonia to modern times. He then introduces essential works from contemporary astrologers who are utilising locality techniques today. This is a brilliant opportunity to learn from notable astrologers like: Bernadette Brady, Kathryn Cassidy, Faye Cossar, Donna Cunningham, Robert Currey, Dennis Flaherty, Arielle Guttman, A.Tad Mann, Chris McRae, David Meadows, Dale O'Brien, Angel Thompson and Maya White.

Here is a review by Mary Plumb from the October- November 2008 issue of The Mountain Astrologer magazine:

From Here to There: An Astrologer's Guide to Astromapping
, edited by Martin Davis, The Wessex Astrologer Ltd, 4A Woodside Road, Bournemouth, BH5 2AZ, England, 2008. Softcover—272 pp.—$40.00 (£20.00) (ISBN 978-1-902405-27-8). Available from:

Martin Davis, author of Astrolocality Astrology (1999), brings readers up to speed with this subject in the new book, From Here to There: An Astrologer's Guide to Astromapping. Davis (who also wrote several chapters) edited this collection of essays on current applications in the branch of astrology that considers space as well as time . The techniques described herein, collectively called “astromapping,” extend beyond the familiar Astro*Carto*Graphy (A*C*G) maps made accessible by the late astrologer Jim Lewis. Although Lewis is recognized as a pioneer in the field (and many of his students have contributed chapters to the book), other computer programmers have designed sophisticated methods to measure how planets relate to location. Local Space (LS) and Geodetics are now available in software programs, along with innovations such as the addition of Chiron, the asteroids, and midpoints; maps for solar return and progressed charts; and much more. Davis's first chapter on the history of mapping techniques discloses the interesting account of the developments that preceded Jim Lewis's work in the 1970s (i.e., interpreting the planets as they become angular around the world). The earliest examples, for instance, are the Babylonian and Assyrian tablets that reflect “the yearning of astrologers over the centuries to associate terrestrial location with the qualities of zodiacal signs.” Davis gives a chronology of the developments in the field, wherein he generously acknowledges his colleagues' contributions, and ends this chapter with predictions about where technology will take astromapping in the future.

The book is then comprised of 15 essays by experienced astrologers, many of whom are highly innovative in their approach. Topics include personal travel stories related to A*C*G nd C*C*G (Cyclo*Carto*Graphy, which shows transits, progressions, and directions to the A*C*G). Martin Davis's “The Uses of Astromapping in Astrology” is one of the standouts of this genre. The original version of this chapter appeared in The Mountain Astrologer , Oct./Nov. 2006. In this version, Davis offers new material on the Jolie-Pitt relationship, including their individual Local Space and A*C*G maps and the Relationship C*C*G for their baby daughter's birth in Namibia.

Bernadette Brady's chapter, “The Stars and Stripes,” explains Ptolemy's description of Heliacal Rising and Setting Stars, which Brady sees as governing a period of time at a particular latitude. This chapter provides a fascinating look at the time and place for key presidential inaugurations in the United States. (George Washington, for example, became he first president in New York; his second inauguration was in Philadelphia, and the event was moved to Washington, D.C. in 1801.) Brady looks at the Heliacal Rising and Setting Stars and parans for the latitude of the inauguration of significant presidential terms; these stars describe the “ quality of this time and place.” She then combines this with the horoscope of the event itself, which shows, of course, the planets on the ecliptic. From this viewpoint — looking at the stars in the sky at the time and place, as well as the chart of the event — Brady considers specific inaugurations (and themes for the terms) of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, Nixon, and G. W. Bush.

Another remarkable essay from the collection is by Dale O'Brien. O'Brien conferred with the late David Solté on the “Scorpionic America” chart for the U.S. This horoscope is cast for November 15, 1777, when the Continental Congress approved the“Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union.” O'Brien considers this the chart for the elite or ruling class, and his chapter on maps for this chart is carefully researched and specific (e.g., he applies tertiary progressions and the North Node/Lilith paran for Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans). O'Brien finds “potentially the most dangerous area of the world for the U.S.” (lying between the “Mars DSC and Pluto DSC” lines) to include Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Israel.

Arielle Guttman, who collaborated with Jim Lewis, has written a chapter titled “A History Lesson: The A*C*G, Geodetics and Local Space of the George W. Bush Presidency,” which demonstrates an eloquent understanding of the techniques she has long practiced. The book also includes chapters on business issues, relocation for career, and reincarnation.

Anyone studying or using locational astrology will appreciate this book. If you are new to the subject, let me cite one of countless evocative passages to pique your imagination. This is from Robert Currey: “One of the most pathetic news images in recent times was a sad George W. Bush gazing helplessly out of an aeroplane window at the flooded city of New Orleans. Yet, one of the most inspiring sights was the same man addressing the rescue workers at Ground Zero, New York.” Put succinctly (the author elaborates in the text), Mr. Bush has Neptune at the IC in New Orleans and Pluto ascending in New York City. As Currey writes: “Under Neptune in New Orleans, Bush's fragile ego, incompetence and misplaced sensitivity surfaced. Under Pluto, his instinctive mind, leadership and persuasive powers of speech emerged.”

Astrolocality Astrology: A guide to what it is and how to use it.
Author: Martin Davis

[NOTE: This edition is now out of print]
Published by The Wessex Astrologer Ltd. Price £12.50 or about $25, Euro 17
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Astrolocality Astrology is the authoritative textbook on the locality techniques of Astro*Carto*Graphy, Local Space and Geodetics.

Here's what Michael Erlewine, the originator of Local Space had to say about the book:
"As the originator of the Local Space technique, so valuable to me in understanding myself and my personal place in this world, I had always hoped that some writer would take the time to document this most useful and wonderful astrological technique. I had to wait some 25 years for a book to accurately present the concepts and the techniques in a clear, concise, and meaningful way. I want to thank Martin Davis for making this possible. Good job! — Michael Erlewine"

Here is what Linda Reid, author and head of the Canopus Academy of Astrology has to say about Martin's book:
" I have to confess that when I took this book to bed to read, I expected that I would be asleep within a few minutes, if the apparent technical nature of the subject had its usual soporific effect. 3 hours later I forced myself to put it down.

Martin Davis has approached the techniques of astrolocality astrology with step by step precision, building on the basic locality map in easy to follow stages, so that layer by layer, the flat map becomes a magical landscape. He has covered the principles of Astro*Carto*Graphy, Local Space Astrology and the Geodetic Chart in detail, clearly explaining the various applications for using the systems. However, this is not just a technical treatise, the book is alive with tales of his personal location experiences, skillfully interspersed between the definitions so that at no stage does the reader become bogged down in technicalities.

Davis writes in a crisp style with no padding - a rarity among astrology books these days. He manages to capture the interest of the reader with interesting anecdotal examples of well known personalities so that the maps resonate with energy as one discovers a new perspective on particular charts and events. I particularly enjoyed his treatment of the shift in aspect patterns that occurs in various locations and the consequent easing of difficult natal aspects. Our fates are not sealed! We just have to emigrate!

Those astrologers interested in Mundane events gain from his lucid exploration of the Geodetic chart and Davis takes this further with the fascinating idea that we are drawn to particular locations because those locations in a world geodetic chart match the angles of one's Natal Chart. This is an interesting theory and is illustrated with examples of what Davis calls 'resonance charts'. His theory led me to check my own and discovered a direct resonance with the town of Alice Springs. I certainly shall make a point of visiting.

This is a practical book, well illustrated with maps and charts, but unlike other technical books is warmed by Davis's obvious enjoyment of the subject. Students often complain to me that they find it difficult to grasp the complexities of locational astrology, do not fully understand which method to use or indeed, what are the different methods of earth charting. Davis has turned the complexities into simple terms and presented the subject matter with clarity. No one need be confused after reading this book. It rates a Highly Recommended from me and is bound to be one of those books that become an old friend and frequent reference source."
Linda Reid