The Vedic Relocation Chart

by Hank Friedman

Note: I am deeply indebted to my Vedic astrology guru Hart de Fouw for making Vedic astrology come to life for me. Thank you.

1. Introduction

Vedic astrology offers many unique methods of birth chart analysis and prediction. The extensive use of house rulerships, yogas, methods of assessing the strength of planets, and the effects of placement -- all enrich and deepen the understanding of a natal chart.

Similarly, the dasa system is truly priceless, and shows when different natal planets, and their domains, are activated, and how each major theme of life is affected by their activation (using sub-charts known as amshas).

Astro-mapping uses astrological factors to determine the effects of location upon the person. The most common method used today is called Astro*Carto*Graphy, which draws lines on a map (e.g. of the World or a country) for the birth date and time, that indicate where different planetary influences are active.

One of the fundamental weaknesses of this technique however, is that it requires a very precise birth time to be accurate. Astro*Carto*Graphy lines shift so much in just a few minutes that if the birth time is even just 10 - 15 minutes off, the map is useless.

Another more traditional approach is the relocated chart. One constructs a chart for new location using the birth date, time, and time zone (and time changes), altering only the longitude and latitude to the new place. This technique is not as sensitive to small errors in birth time as ACG is.

Western relocated charts have never really "spoken" to me. It's not that I think that they are irrelevant or inaccurate, but simply not that revelatory to me. (I'm sure that other astrologers can utilize them quite effectively.)

Just recently, I decided to look at my relocated chart (for my current residence) using Vedic coordinates (the Sidereal Zodiac, Lahiri ayanamsha, Whole Sign Houses).

I was immediately struck by how profoundly the Vedic relocated chart revealed potent themes about my life here, and that inspired me to write this article. Because Vedic astrology, with its ancient roots, was designed to compensate for imprecise birth times, a person's Vedic chart is good for an entire period of about two hours, and similarly the Vedic relocation chart is likewise immune to small-to-medium errors in birth time.


2. Relocation

As I mentioned, chart relocation is actually quite simple: you create a birth chart for a person using the longitude and latitude of the new location. You must be sure, however, to use the original time zone and time changes in order to get an accurate relocated chart. So if your software changes the time zone when you enter a new location -- which they usually do -- you need to manually re-enter the original time zone (and also daylight correction, if needed).

Note: Because each sign of the Zodiac is about 2,000 miles wide, a person's relocated Vedic chart does not change unless there is a major change in longitude. E.g. All of Washington, Oregon, and California usually will usually have same relocated Vedic chart and often all of Idaho, Arizona, and Nevada too.

Even though the Ascendant doesn't change within this wide swath, the Nakshatra of the Ascendant changes in a smaller distance, and that can be quite meaningful in distinguishing the effects of adjacent states or countries.

And as I discovered and mention later, all of the Varga charts change much more frequently than the natal chart, sometimes even when moving from one city to the nearest one.


3. How to analyze a relocated Vedic chart

For both Western and Vedic relocated charts, we focus on the placement of the planets by house. In Jyotish relocation, we look especially at the house placement of the ruler of the relocated Ascendant, and the yoga-forming planets.

In addition, because house rulerships will change (if the Ascendant changes), yogas found in the birth chart might not be present in the relocated chart, and new yogas may appear in the relocated chart. Both of these changes are very noteworthy.

When multiple benefics or multiple malefics aspect or reside in a different house after relocation, that is also quite significant.

But even the most simple house meanings and foci may reveal important truths about how their themes will manifest differently at the new location.


4. The relocated chart in relationship to the natal chart.

Since the natal chart is predominant throughout one's life, it is important to see what themes present in the birth chart:

A. Repeat (in a different way) in the relocated chart. E.g. Do both charts have Raja Yogas? Involving the same planets?

B. Are absent in the relocated chart. E.g. if a natal chart has many planets in the Dusthanas that move out of these house in the relocated chart, the new location will often be a relief to the person.

C. Are present in the relocated chart but not in the natal chart. If the natal chart doesn't have Dhana yogas, but the relocated chart does, that will be a financial boon (but less so than if both charts had Dhana yogas).



Note: in all of the examples below, the birth chart is on the left, with the Red title; and the relocated chart is the right with the Blue title.

Amelia Earhart

While Ms.Earhart's natal chart shows her passion, creativity, and sense of adventure quite well, after her move to Boston, her life really opened up.

As indicated by the very powerful Moon-Venus conjunction moved to the First House, she became a community-organizer, read to children, wrote poetry, championed social work, wrote several books, and became a profound spokesperson for women.

[The Moon-Venus combination is a powerful indicator of creativity, especially with both planets so strong.]

The fact that she published her writings after moving to Massachusetts is also reinforced by Saturn, the relocated 9th Lord (house of publishing), aspecting its own house while being both strong and aspected by powerful benefics.

The emphasis on her famous solo flights is also indicated by the prominence of Saturn (aspecting the Ascendant and its lord as the planet indicating solo activities).

Fame often comes to a person with a strong 1st or 10th house, and in her relocated chart, the 10th lord Saturn is doubly strong (Retrograde and Dig Bala) and angular, and the Ascendant lord Venus is in its own sign and with an exalted Moon.


Josephine Baker

Ms.Baker's childhood was harsh, as indicated by the very strong natal Saturn aspecting the two parental houses (4th and 9th) and the Ascendant. She endured poverty, brutal punishments, and molestations.

Even though she was an incredibly talented performer, she wasn't well liked in America, and her fame only arrived when she moved to Paris.

In Paris, the lord of her house of performance (5th house) became Saturn in its own sign, and the sensuality of her dance is clearly indicated by a strongly occupied 8th house (which has Dhana-yoga forming Sun and Mercury).

But her real wealth is indicated by the Dhana yoga formed by Venus (lord of the First) with Mars (lord of the Second) in the 9th house. The conjunction of these two planets, especially as First and Seventh lords, is also well known as an indicator of deep passion and sensuality (e.g. her erotic dance style), and probably why she had four marriages.

Most important, however is that the 10th lord (one of the fame indicators) is the Bright Moon in the First House, which made her immensely appealing to her audience.

She also was famous for adopting and sheltering a dozen children, her "rainbow" tribe, as represented by the indicator of adoption, Saturn in the 5th house.


Albert Einstein

The chart of Albert Einstein is an example of the principle of continuity, that his phenomenal Raja Yogas are found in both his natal and relocated chart.

The First, Fifth, and Ninth lords are together in both places. And instead of a Raga Yoga formed by the lord of the 9th with the lord of the 10th (the Parivartana Yoga between Jupiter and Saturn), in his new location (Princeton), he has the conjunction of the exalted 4th lord Venus with the 5th lord Mercury (who also has a stellar Neechabhangha Yoga).

All of these are indicators of his great success and fame both before and after his move.

Interestingly, after a period of transience, his move to Princeton was his last. He stayed there for the remaining 22 years of his life. Note that Jupiter is in the First House with directional strength (Dig Bala) and that Jupiter is the great stabilizer, the one who creates steadiness.

Jupiter is also supremely ethical, and after relocation, Einstein joined the NAACP and campaigned heavily for human rights.


Marie Curie

Marie Curie illustrates another principle in Vedic relocation analysis: the importance of the Ascendant's Nakshatra.

The sign Sagittarius rose everywhere Marie Curie lived, but the Nakshatra of the Ascendant changed from the very relevant Purva Ashadha of her birth place to the equally relevant Mula in Paris.

There are two ways to see the effects of this difference: the themes of the Nakshatra itself, and the placement of its lord.

Madame Curie definitely manifested the themes of her natal Nakshatra such as perseverance, patience, and constantly applying herself with dedication; and its lord Venus in the 12th house of behind-the-scenes work and service too. (Most people don't know that she devoted her life during the war to helping soldiers by xraying them to locate their injuries; and that it was this exposure, and not her explorations with Radium, that killed her.)

But her relocated chart shows a Mula Nakshatra Ascendant, and the themes of Mula are also completely germane to her life in Paris, e.g. getting to the root of things, research, deep inquiry, and wanting to "do good".

Additionally, the lord of Mula is Ketu in the 3rd house, and that placement, with the Moon and Jupiter, perfectly exemplifies her constant hands-on efforts to find the radioactive sources in pitchblende, and her self-sacrifice in doing so.


What to look for in the Vedic Relocation Chart

1. Positive Factors:

A. Sun or Moon in the First House. These major significators indicate greater "at-home-ness" and greater success when placed in the Lagna.

B. Planetary Yogas in or having moved to positive houses (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, and 11).

C. Benefics in or aspecting the Ascendant. (Without malefic influence on the Ascendant, except a malefic Lagnesa)

D. The Lagna Lord and the Nakshatra Lord of the Lagna in positive houses and strong. (And aspected only by benefics.)

E. Fewer or no planets in the Trikasthanas.

F. Planets having strength in angles or trines.

And any other combinations that enhance the chart.

2. Negative Factors:

Basically, the opposite of the principles above. E.g. more planets in Trikasthanas.


Planets having significant weakness (Combust, in a Planetary War, Fallen) in or aspecting or ruling the Ascendant or with or aspecting Lagnesa.

A malefic very close to the Ascendant.


I invite all of you to explore the relocated Vedic chart, and to discover how relevant it is to the lives of both those close to you and your clients.


Postscript: The best software for creating Vedic Relocation Charts is Shri Jyoti Star.

Shri Jyoti Star has an astro-mapping feature that allows you to click anywhere on a World map and instantly see the chart for that location. It's perfect for this type of exploration.

News Alert!

I was preparing a relocation workup for my client using the Vedic relocated chart, and discovered, much to my initial surprise, that all of the sub-charts (aka amshas or Vargas or divisional charts) Ascendants also changed. This is crucially important.

I called the creator of Shri Jyoti Star, Andrew Foss, who has used these methods extensively, and he concurred that the sub-chart changes are significant and accurate predictors of locational differences and since they change much more frequently than the natal Ascendant, they can distinguish between adjacent cities! This takes Vedic relocation to a whole new level in its value and effectiveness.


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