Outer planets house placements
I'm now listening to your Outer planets audio course, and still did't quite understand which "houses" you use there, when describing placements.
Is it the closest bhava cusps? Or the even rasi houses?
Can we use Western astrology houses approach concerning outer planets?
For example, Uranus is at 0°30 of Capricorn, it's 7th rasi from ascendent. According to Western it's in 6th house (6th starts at 25° Scorpio, and 7th house starts at 10°30 Capricorn). So that means Uranus is closest to 7th cusp, yet Western astrology still puts it in 6th and gives the interpretation of Uranus in 6th.
I don't have Kala yet, so for outer planets I use some Western astrology calculation program.
I suppose Uranus in this case will influence both 6th and 7th, but the key things you describe for development of outer planet in these two houses differs a lot. So it could be great if it's possible to narrow down somehow.
Maybe the fact of them moving very slow/being retrograde also plays the role in concidering where exactly they are in the chart?
Vedic is different than Western in the sense that it uses a full house system as you probably know. So the sign your ascendant/1st cusp falls into is considered the first house, regardless of the degree, the next sign the second house, etc... a house cannot be in 2 signs at the same time as with Western astrology. I assume this is because Vedic astrology uses yogas extensively with the lord of x house in x house, that's not really possible if a house is in 2 signs. That being said, Ernst also uses cusps (Campanus) as well when looking at concrete predictions. When it comes to outer planets, I'm just beginning to use them systematically and, when it comes to the inner meaning of the house, I'm focusing on full house/rasi for those. But, I also look at the cusps to see what type of external event(s) will trigger a Uranus/Pluto/Neptune crisis. I think the narrowing down will certainly come from what the client is experiencing and want clarity on. I found that it's always a hit with the outer planets (though I have to say I have not done any chart with cusps not aligned with full house so far but, if you follow the same rules as with Rahu/Ketu, I would say look at the cusp that is closest to the outer planet, it will likely be the one with most influence)
I always focus on cusps that share the same sign as the outer planet. If no cusps, I focus on the closest cusp and the sign as counted from the asc.