Charting the House Systems

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I have read a lot about each house system, some say that they are time-based, others space based and then there is a long explanation about dividing the ecliptic.  It made me wonder when it comes down to creating the actual chart, does it matter?

It all started with Alcabitius

Alcabitius was the first “modern chart” if we consider unequal houses an improvement.  The original method was Equal Houses used by the Ancient Egyptians but most consider that missing a lot of added information, so it is not popular.   Alcabitius’ House System is believed to replicate the original Ptolemaic House System as stated in the Tetrabiblios; it does not have interceptions but does have unequal houses.

                 and then there was Campanus

The Campanus House System was created by the Mathematician brothers of Johannes and Matthias Campanus, born around 1250 AD.  They based their method on the Alcabitius House Method incorporating the idea of Intercepted Houses, but it did not become popular until about 150 years after their death when Regiomontanus announced his system as a further improvement.  Both Campanus and Regiomontanus have interceptions, but it seems that Clinton does not have those.  Thus he is a bad example for this exercise.



                                      Moving over to Wendel Wilkie

So, we will change our reference point from the Democrat Bill Clinton to the 1940 Republican Nominee Wendell Wilkie who ran against Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1940.  If you are unfamiliar with Mr. Wilkie, read his obituary from the New York Times where they hailed him as “businessman who put politics aside” and ran for office.  Boy had that tune change 75 years later.  NYTimes — Wilkie dies

Click on the Slideshow to see all the various house systems out there.The differences are marked on the charts.






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