House cusp / House as counted from the Lagna
In Jaimini Sutras II audio course (#7) Ernst talks about technique where intelligent and other factors and what person is involved is seen by the placement and aspects of AK, Lagna Lord and aspects to the Lagna. In this course the houses which are used are the houses as signs counted from the Ascendant.
In the Focal Bhavas course the same technique is used but in that course it is used with the House cusp.
I understand that the signs from the Ascendant represents more the internal experience and the house cusps the concrete thing. However in the context of this technique I don't completely understand how to separate the meaning of house as sign from the Ascendant and the house cusp.
So any insight how to use these two ways of interpret this technique would be very welcome!
I believe you are referring to Authorship and Intelligence (Sutra 188.8.131.52) and Sutra 1.3.37. The way I understand it is that in Authorship and Intelligence, the information to determine the type of intelligence a person will use is derived from the meaning/symbol of the planet(s) in the svamsa, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th from it. And, in the influence between the bhavas and lagna/AK class, the type of intelligence is derived from the meaning of the house cusps (3rd = intelligence to develop a skill and working hard at it, ability to conceptualize, logic, 5th = intelligence coming up with creative things, creative ventures like writing a book, ... 6th = intelligence to improve and become better in life, to overcome difficulties or have a better life quality, ideas to make life better, materially (physically or financially)
So, both techniques are complementary I find. I hope that is what you meant in your question...