I had a fun exchange with a couple of astrologers on Twitter yesterday regarding Placidus vs. whole sign houses. Twitter is often the worst place to have a discussion about anything because most people are not clever enough to understand the nuances of what you are attempting to say in so few words. But this wasn’t one of those exchanges.
Nevertheless, after we were finished joking around, a few other people needed to add their two cents to the conversation. A couple of them claimed to have success interpreting charts and making predictions using both systems of house division.
Well, good for them. Nevertheless, I won’t be changing to whole sign houses any time soon. As I’ve mentioned on this blog a million times before, there is no way that I have anything but a third house sun. It is one of the hallmarks of my natal chart; anyone who knows me would say so. “Cafe Astrology” interprets the placement as follows:
“You need activity and a change of scenery often, or you feel restless. You take pride in your mental agility and your friendships. You are able to adapt quite easily to whatever environment you’re in. There is a strong need to communicate your knowledge to others and to learn. Your curiosity is endless. Take pride in your intellectual or communicative abilities without feeling the need to lord it over others or to always be ‘in the know.'”
Considering that I have a triple-cardinal sun/moon/rising combination, I am remarkably adaptable. With no personalized planets in mutable signs, I really shouldn’t be. I suppose that the mutual reception configuration between Mercury and Jupiter could lend a great deal of adaptability to my horoscope, but I don’t believe it would override the other factors. Also, the fourth house would weaken my Capricorn sun, and I am a card-carrying Capricorn through and through. My actual Twitter handle is “Team Capricorn.”
Anyway, I implore every novice astrologer to look into their own charts to understand what would change in the event that they used an alternative house system. And don’t try to reinvent the wheel by creating your own hybrid of the two systems so that you can confirm your own biases when you come across contradictory interpretations. That’s a rookie mistake and the sort of thing that makes people like me believe that you’ve learned everything you know about astrology from Twitter. Hopefully, you understand how dumb that sounds . . .