It has been shown that the house systems that the vast majority of modern astrologers use today [Placidus], is not what the founders had originally intended... what happened is that when horoscopic astrology was passed to the Arabs through the Greek writings in the 7th and 8th centuries, the original understanding of how the houses were divided was lost, and through scribal error, and misinterpretations they ended up passing astrology back to the West during the Renaissance with a form of house division that was not intended for what it was being used for.
This simple, yet remarkably important facet of astrology has been rediscovered and could really go a long way in solving some of the simplest problems (i.e. intercepted houses, multiple systems of house division, etc.) that have plagued us for hundreds of years now.
Kite said:I've started playing around with the Whole House System and have found some very interesting results. Has anyone else worked with this system?
As your article points out, it has been used for hundreds of years, was the basis for ancient Greek astrology, and is still used today in Vedic astrology.
The implication seems to be that, since Placidus was created from a a mistake that it can't be very useful.
Saying "this is the way the Ancient Greeks did astrology so this is the way we should do astrology,"
The implication here seems to be that using a multitude of systems is somehow "wrong" and we need to find the one right system which does everything. I suggest that astrology may be more complex than this. Perhaps there is no "one right system" and that EACH system has a little to add to our astrological knowledge. While we can never know them all equally, understanding a little bit about each system and acknowledging its worth, seems to me more helpful than trying to find the one "do it all" house system at the expense of all the other systems.
Hi Coco!coco said:I had a general question as to which house system most people use? I usually use either placidus or koch. I have heard that placidus is better for analyzing personality/psychological traits, and koch is better for transit and progressions. Any thoughts?