I practice "western" astrology, using the precession-corrected tropical zodiac for the most part because it helps me to 1) better communicate with early-studies students, and 2) more efficiently reach out to the Tropical Zodiac community. One of my criticisms of the Sidereal school is that they have done a poor job of selling their practices since Cyril Fagan passed on and Astrology magazine stopped publishing.
While borrowing some classical Sidereal techniques, my methods do not appear to be the same as those advocated by Fagan or, currently, by Jim Eshelman (I'm using these two representatives of the Sidereal school for comparison only, recognizing that both have made enormous contributions to our field of interest). Permit me to note the key features of my methods:
** I use precession-corrected Tropical solar return charts.
** I use a form of the Sidereal PSSR chart; I don't use the progressed Moon in any way, just angles.
** I utilized the MC-Solar Cycle as a distinct tool for timing and prediction. The relationship of the MC and Sun's house position in succeeding Solar Return charts is actually a reflection of the cycle that starts at birth and links every solar return and is directly shown in the PSSR-type charts. The following posts will expand this view -- noted by "** A" etc.
** A) The natal angles, when they realign in a solar return, represent a sort of event horizon, in which the whole nativity is being restated and challenged.
** B) The natal anges, when they realign in a daily angles chart (or PSSR) really emphasize the transiting angular planets of that date.
** C) When a natal angle (for example, the Ascendant) comes to another angle in a Solar Return or Daily Angles chart, the interpretive meaning of that angle is expressed through the the chart's angle. Natal Ascendant at S/R MC would suggest that one's established personality and attitudes are put on public display, one may become a spokesman for a corporation, etc. In other words, angles at angles have interpretive meanings.
** D) The progressing MC-Solar Cycle results, in the daily charts, in the MC reaching its opposition point 4 months 3 weeks following the S/R date. This seems to be a "challenge" point to the S/R chart's meaning. At 9 months and 2 weeks following the S/R, the MC is reestablished at its S/R MC position. This seems to be a "completion" or resolving point for the S/R chart.
** E) Likewise, when the natal MC touches on progressed daily angles chart's IC angle, this also seems to be a challenge point. All in all, this "angles to angles" concept appears to be highly useful in interpretation and makes it easier to establish the framework for a yearly timeline upon which to base predictive work. Note, I use Juan Revilla's RIYAL software which presents a PSSR or SQ timeline with daily MC and Ascendant angles listed for the whole year. None of my other software applications provides this handy tool.
** I utilize some mid-point structures (not many) and equal arcs in my work, something which does not seem to be common practice by other Sidereal astrologers.
** I do not use signs in any of my work except for natal charts and mundane affairs. Likewise, I do not use houses except for natal charts and mundane affairs.
** I have found that orbs of 3 degrees will work for most daily angles charts, with orbs up to 6 degrees often suggesting emerging or diminishing issues. Since these chart angles move so rapidly these wider orbs work. I have been criticized for not sticking with the one degree or less approach of many Siderealists.
I have found that simplicity works best, that the core of what a chart is all about shows up well when there isn't much clutter. Dave