Astrology is probably the most ancient system that tried to explain the cosmos and give meaning to the the human existence under the stars. The first astrological references are found upon Sumerian clay tablets referring to events from around 2300 BC, tablets which are themselves the very first samples of human writing. In the course of time Astrology evolved, mutated and adapted to each cultural setting. This is a process that all ideas and conceptual systems follow, whether scientific, religious or philosophical.
Houses, as part of Astrology’s interpretive means, changed and evolved too as part of this process, with astrologers today varying among them, on the different systems that they use. These several systems are in fact different methods on how to calculate the house divisions and distribute them equally within signs, time, or space. Some astrologers stick to one system while others may try to experiment. Human nature always tries to test and to perfect all applied methodology and astrology is scientific in this respect to say the least.
These House systems may vary on the calculations used but most of them are identical as to where the ASC and MC are placed, since these two important points are calculated from the birth place’s longitude and latitude. Houses simply fall in-between these points, forming 12 divisions, areas, through which the zodiac constellations move gradually during the course of day and night.
Each of the different systems, tries to depict a more accurate or more astronomical correct depiction of the 12 constellations’ movement through the day, and in different latitudes, and that’s exactly where the differ, on how each one splits the houses division in-between the angular points of the chart (ASC, MC, DESC, IC).
Some systems have had their time and fell out of use with the advance of newer ones. Schools of thought or attempts to adjust and fine tune calculations, appeared and were tested. Nothing is static in human expression and with a large body of astrological works from Hellenistic period being translated in our time, revival and testing of older systems has started to occur.
WHAT IS OF IMPORTANCE
The houses symbolism may have changed through the years but in the same time they remain constant in their core semantics. Houses are not strict divisions, they are more like areas of the energy of the horoscope and practice and experience has shown that they work, each system revealing a different layer of the same chart.
I am moving house, yes but… regardless of the house system, Astrology works!
Astrology is a language and regardless of the house methodology used, the divine always finds a way to speak to us through the archetypal symbolism of our beloved art.
The question is… Can you read?
© Andrew Ifandis-Cosmos of Astrology