Originally Posted by Draco
Which house should I be looking to in order to try and reveal the identity of a hitherto unknown murderer?
The nature of the question does not involve me at all, the inquiry is simply "who was the murderer?', so should I just go straight for the 1st? (Can we not just go straight for the first when the horary has nothing to do with us?).
Ok, Draco, here's the 4th different point of view
I think the 7th would represent best a person we're not connected to in any way.
Every question we ask involves us. There surely was a good reason for you to inquire about that particular murderer, even if the reason was only pure curiosity. If it wasn't, there wouldn't be a horary, would it? So, the 1st house will represent the inquirer and his situation. (yeah, and your body marks as well
The logic goes like this: you are not the murderer and you don't identify yourself with him; nor he is your favorite murderer, so to speak, as there are situations in sports. Therefore I see no reason for assigning the murderer the 1st house.
Which house would describe him best? You might think of the murderer as a indirect threat to you as well, as you are part of the society, and the social wellbeing is threatened by him. You probably feel compassion for the victim, which makes you somehow identify yourself with him/her (therefore assigning the 1st house to victim as well) and consequently assign the 7th house to the murderer (as the direct aggressor of the victim)
The 7th seems to fit best as it represents "the other", just another person.
In case of a direct aggression, the 7th house is a better choice.
Why not the 12th house? It seems to me that events and persons represented by the 12th house are much more than hidden. They also act in a mysterious, unexplained, unthinkable way. You may feel them close, but not know who they are for sure.