Cherry Picking (source: Kelowna Now)

I read something on Twitter yesterday that got me thinking about how today’s astrologers decide which astrological traditions to follow. Essentially, a novice astrologer on the social media platform decided to embrace Hellenistic astrology because it provided her with the justification to allow a single aspect in her chart to define her character. She went cherry picking until she discovered a system of astrology that told her what she wanted to hear.

That’s not how to become an astrologer. We don’t get to decide which interpretation of astrology makes us feel the best about ourselves.

I’ve been using Placidus houses forever because they work for me; the timing of events in my life often corresponds with very specific ingresses of the planets in the houses. I have played around with other house systems only to discover that everything was a little “off,” especially where timing was concerned. What’s more, I was originally taught to use modern rulerships before I abandoned that system for traditional rulerships. Now I appreciate the idea of traditional rulerships enhanced by secondary or co-rulerships. You live, you learn.

So, what’s the difference between that novice astrologer and someone like me claiming that whole sign houses don’t work because they don’t tell me what I want to hear? I guess the only answer to that question is “experience.”

I can tell you that the whole sign system would put both my sun and moon in different houses. As someone who has made a living communicating with others, I can look at my personal history and understand how my Placidus third house sun and ninth house moon have operated throughout my life. Moving the two planets into the fourth and tenth houses would not only weaken them by placement by putting them in the houses that correspond to their detriment, but it would also impair my ability to communicate effectively. I am nothing if I am not loquacious. Everyone knows that about me.

As a fifty-three year old, I can say that about myself. I haven’t cherry-picked the planetary placements and aspects that define my character. Instead, I’ve observed them over the course of a lifetime and learned how they operate in conjunction with one another. I often say that astrology is for the old, but every day it becomes more and more obvious to me that nothing makes an astrologer better than a lifetime of experience. So, does that mean that using the whole sign house system is not going to work for you? Of course not! We all need to find our own way in astrology. Still, we can’t just pick and choose all the ripe cherries while leaving the rest to rot on the tree.

Twitter, take note . . .

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