Your reading doesn’t have to just be about moving to a place -- you can get them for when you’re visiting somewhere, or even just trying to pick which country to vacation in. According to Angel, it can be especially powerful to travel on your solar return (your birthday) and demi-solar return (half-birthday). Beyond that, there’s not much in the way of one-size-fits-all advice. You don’t want to put a malefic planet right on an angle. You don’t want to go somewhere at the wrong time; timing is everything in astrology. There might be places that will be good to you, Angel says, but not if transiting Pluto is about to hit a major hub or something. Anecdotes follow about clients who disregarded this advice when planning their vacations and were promptly mugged.
So how much of this is bullshit?
“Oh my God, you’ve got soooooooo much going on in your 12th House,” Angel says as she examines my birth chart. “The house of psychology, there’s a ton of shit in there, holy fuck.” Pretty much everything on my chart turns out to be clustered forebodingly into that single house, like a giant celestial pizza on which the toppings have slid onto one slice.
I do not subscribe to astrology -- I’d only ever heard Capricorns described as practical and organized and so forth, which would be the opposite of my Personal Brand if I had one of those. But there’s not much point denying that honor/ambition/duty/achievement “strongly flavored” by psychology/mental illness/memory is very on the nose for me. We talked about ways in which I was different in LA (where I went to college) from how I am now in New York, which were sort of applicable, but also I think just symptoms of growing up.
As it turned out, my phone did glitch and the first half of the recording from our interview spontaneously self-destructed. Feel free to ascribe this to the Mercury retrograde if you wish (but for what it’s worth, Mercury is in retrograde like 20% of the time).
Astrology is without scientific merit, but then again, we don’t choose travel destinations based on science. We travel based on instincts and emotional responses, because we feel like in a different place we can be a different person.
“Sometimes people go through their whole life feeling that nobody even sees them. And nobody does, really,” Angel says. “You could be a pet rock, never social, really hate that about yourself and want to change. But you go to a new location and you’re talking all the time, you’re relating. All of a sudden, everybody sees you.”