A review by Chris Lorenz, Dell Horoscope magazine, Dec 2014
Astrolocality Astrology 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.
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.