Concerning Bhava Points
I was wondering about how to read the Bhava points? For example, I have moon in the fourth Rasi. By looking at the fourth Rasi and seeing the moon there, you could predict that I have moved a lot in my life, which would be true, however the 4th Bhava point falls into the third Rasi where I have no planets, and in that case you may miss that simple prediction as the 4th Rasi contains the 5th bhava point. Do you just take both into account, the Rasi and the Bhava? And if you were making predictions about the mother, for example, you would start by looking at the 4th Bhava point even though it is in the 3rd Rasi?
That´s a question all of us have made at some stage and that most of us still ask now and then.
Basically: The Rasis are used for yoga techniques. In that sense your Moon is in your 4th "house". (The word house not being completely clear or relevant to vedic astrology, but we tend to use it anyway, and Ernst uses it too...) How many houses from the Lagna? How many houses from let´s say Saturn? etc...
The Bhava cusps indicates the concrete manifestations in life. So your Moon ir related to concrete 5th-house things like creativity, self-expression and of course children.
It takes time to fully understand the difference; I´ve been study astrology with Ernst for almost a year and can´t say that I´m completely clear about it still.
Mona - I bet she´s going to answer your post, aren´t you Mona? 😉 - uses to say that Ryan Kurzcak, a fellow vedic astrologer and adept of Ernst, makes a difference between inner and outer, meaning that the Bhava cusps indicate external events and the "houses" (Rasis) how we feel about it.
My understanding is if you want to know about your relationship to your mother then you read it from the 4th house (4th house from the Ascendant). The house is the relationship to the Ascendant. Your fourth bhava cusp falls in the 3rd Rasi, so if you want to read about the mother then you read it from the 3rd bhava cusp. The cusp is about the concrete aspect of the actual person (your mother), and the house is the relationship to the Ascendant - your relationship to your mother
Just seeing this thread. So yes @meyes I'll attempt to answer it 😉 Actually, you've said it: the whole houses/rasis are key to analyze the yogas (lord of house x in the house x). We don't use cusps for that (at least not from Ernst's teachings unless I've missed something). And, also, how one relates to that house, our relationship to it. How I feel about mom/my relationship to her: 4th house/rasi. How my mom looks like/her personality, 4th cusp (and counting from 4th cusp to "read" her).
I also find cusps important when it comes to transits. That being said, you can apply the same principle: transits through a house will impact your relationship to that house, through a cusp, will be more related to concrete events. And cusps are used a lot with Jaimini techniques from what I gather.
So, it's really about what to use for which technique (yogas/jaimini/transits).
For the general idea, that's the video from Ryan:
I don't know if Ernst agrees or not. At the end of the day, what's important is that you develop an approach that makes sense to you and tests it out. Ryan's approach makes a lot of sense to me, I find it logical and I trust his experience and saying it works well for him.
Hope that helps.
I have Saturn in the 4th cusp and my mother is from a foreign country. She never fully adapted culturally to the country she moved to (where I was born).
I was also very close with my grandmother (my mom's mom) while growing up but she didn't live with us all the time.