Hi, Elsa, I had been using the Placidus House System to learn astrology until I read you use the Equal House System, so I decided to investigate since I thought eliminating those pesky intercepted signs would help me out. So now, I have some planets in new houses that resonate with me but I also have new planets in some houses that I feel were better described in the Placidus System.
How does one choose?
And how would the House System affect reading for clients?”
This can be a touchy subject, but I’m going to just answer the questions honestly.
A person is going to choose a house system based on their experience. That’s how I did it. I outlined my process here:
I spent many years discerning which house system to use but I have seen many people become converted in minutes. I’m talking about clients who are flabbergasted with what I glean from their Equal House chart. Point here, it how you come to choose or change your house system is variable.
Specific to remark about finding some of the new positions resonating with you and others not so much, I feel this means you have no definitive answer. If you want to continue exploring, you need more time and more people; more experience, to come to decision you can trust.
I’d also point out, it’s very hard to see yourself. I mean, we don’t know what our physical backsides look like, really. We all have blind spots and parts of our character we’re comfortable with; other parts we tend to deny. This is another reason to look at other people’s charts to try to figure it out.
Regarding consultations, I state in advance that I use Equal houses. But I also state I will use the client’s house system if they want. Most everyone allows me to use my preferred house system. It’s less then than 1% who don’t, and I think this is smart.
It’s smart because I know what I’m doing. And let’s say I paint with oils. Why would you want me to use watercolors? You’re crippling me.
As for the impact, a lot of my clients use Equal houses anyway. A good number of those who don’t, become converted because once I get going, it’s pretty compelling.
Others allow me to do it my way but stick with their house system, which I respect. When I got married, I consulted with a Vedic astrologer to choose a date. I think he did exceptionally well but I never considered changing to Vedic astrology.
Could he have done what he did using Equal houses / western astrology? I doubt it. You’ve got let a person do what they do.
Ultimately, choose what works for you. If you aren’t sure, keep experimenting until you are sure. I do think this is an important element. For me personally, I just had to know… even if it took the better part of ten years!