House Systems

AnishkaNeti

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The number one method I've come across is the Placidus. However, I noticed that when I used the Koch method, Mr. Mars decided he wanted to jump back from the 9th house into the 8th. Nothing else seemed to really change...but I wondered if it really meant much at all since Mars had been so close to the beginning of the 9th in the Placidus system anyway.
 

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estrella

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I'm not too picky on the house system that I use. The only time I would use the Equal House system would be for someone born at an extreme Northern or Southern longitude, because that can really distort the house divisions and cusps. But other than that I pretty much use Placidus.
If a planet is close to a cusp, I will read it in both houses.
 

AnishkaNeti

Member
Ah, I see.

Seeing how close it was to the cusp, I decided to do that.

I was curious as to why my local astrologer and many others swore by the Placidus system, and a handful of others would only use the Koch...and still many others who use the Equal house system. @.@ it's a little confusing when people claim their system is better without any reasoning as to why.
 

starlink

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Anishka, planets within 5° of the next housecusp are counted as being in the next house, so in your case I would count him as being in the 9th when doing the Koch system.
 
Lots of people that come into Astrology get their free charts calculated at www.astro.com and the default ‘house system’ used is Placidus and think that’s just the norm and all that there is……..BUT that is just the tip of the iceberg. You can change the default on astro.com in Extended Chart selection to Equal house and a few more.

Throughout the forums but mainly in natal astrology there are two main branches Placidus (unequal size houses) v Equal House (whereby each house is same size) but lots more……. For more information on these go here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_(astrology)#Description
http://www.astrolozy.com/article19.asp

;)
 

starlink

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Throughout the forums but mainly in natal astrology there are two main branches Placidus (unequal size houses) v Equal House (whereby each house is same size) but lots more…….

Exactly. Try a few out (with your natal chart for instance, you know yourself best and can relate) and see which one suits your character description best. Are you more of a Mars in 8 or more of a Mars in 9?

Choose the system which brings at best your intuition to the surface.
 

AquariusT

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starlink said:
Anishka, planets within 5° of the next housecusp are counted as being in the next house, so in your case I would count him as being in the 9th when doing the Koch system.


I am not sure I agree with this 5° statement. Especially using Koch. With Koch, it is what it is and they are where they are.

Not discounting any other house systems, of course but I have always used Koch and it has always worked for me. I *read* it very well. :D
 

starlink

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am not sure I agree with this 5° statement.

You dont have to:) It is not my statement, it is quite widely known, but everyone should do what they think is best for the way they interprete their chart. I never used Koch, always Placidus,(not because it is better then the others, I just feel comfortable with it) and you might be right with your statement when using Koch.
 

starlink

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Whatever system is used, a transit or progression to the IC-MX axis will occur at the same time, BUT a transit /progression to the 4th-10th house cusps of Equal House could be years off.

Using Equal House, one can't think of the meaning of the IC-MC axis in the same terms as is applied with other systems.The I.C. may not denote 'home roots', for example, whereas the 4th house cusp will.

For this exact reason I prefer un-equal house systems. Also you cannot rectify a chart with Equal Houses. You need all four angles to find major changes in someones life and where are they more noticable than in the 10th/4th house axis. If the 4th house does not denote "Home" and early parenting, then where can we find info on this in an Equal Houses chart?

The un-equal systems provide much more information on everything and that's why I prefer it over the Equal House system. But if you are happy with that, just use it. Like I said before, I see a natal chart as a vehicle to unleash our intuition, just like a person looking into a glass bowl does and the lady who reads the tealeaves.
 
starlink said:
Whatever system is used, a transit or progression to the IC-MX axis will occur at the same time, BUT a transit /progression to the 4th-10th house cusps of Equal House could be years off.

Using Equal House, one can't think of the meaning of the IC-MC axis in the same terms as is applied with other systems.The I.C. may not denote 'home roots', for example, whereas the 4th house cusp will.

For this exact reason I prefer un-equal house systems. Also you cannot rectify a chart with Equal Houses. You need all four angles to find major changes in someones life and where are they more noticable than in the 10th/4th house axis. If the 4th house does not denote "Home" and early parenting, then where can we find info on this in an Equal Houses chart?

The un-equal systems provide much more information on everything and that's why I prefer it over the Equal House system. But if you are happy with that, just use it. Like I said before, I see a natal chart as a vehicle to unleash our intuition, just like a person looking into a glass bowl does and the lady who reads the tealeaves.

The IC in Equal house is always the most important in ANY house system. Whereas Equal doesn't use intercepted signs/houses, it does ADD additional information with timings of transits, solar arcs, progressions to 4th & 10th house cusp with other systems do not.

Again, IC always denotes home roots but 4th house cusp and planets their add just as much interpretation as non Equal house systems.

I think your assessment is slightly off as to the differences here. All it means simply put is that certain planets will move from one house to another, thus altering the meanings of planets in houses:rolleyes:
 
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