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I'm confused about which house a planet should be interpreted in when the planet is only 1 or 2 degrees from the house cusp.
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So this implicates that if you use whole house system a planet is per definition always in the house it actually occupies; even if it is in its very last minutes because house and sign cusps are both at zero degrees. If the whole sign house system should be considered as the preferred house system for natal astrology is of course a disputed question by itself.
I think the issue is that there is no "preferred house system for natal astrology." There's only a preferred house system for a natal astrologer.
What matters is consistency. When you choose a house system, you need to stick with it and learn how to adapt and adjust your interpretations based on the options and limits of that house system. Intercepted signs are only possible in quadrant systems (for example). I find that extremely valuable in natal interpretations — the possibility of intercepted signs shifts the influence of the planets considerably. But that's just my preference. As I say, your mileage may vary.