Tradition verses non-tradition
Although I'm sure this is not a new phenomenon, it does seem to be an ever increasing trend in this day and age for burgeoning astrologers to turn away from traditional teaching in favor of a non-traditional approach.
Of course everyone, as dictated by their karma, is free to follow whatever path they choose without condemnation...after all none of us are free from the grip of karma. My only interest here is to investigate the astrological influences that support either traditional or non-traditional views.
First to consider, of course, is the 9th house of dharma which signifies the vedic sciences, including what is referred to as 'the eye of the veda' (jyotish) as well as ayurveda which is closely linked with the natal chart.
This auspicious house also signifies such things as wisdom, guru, religion, faith and so forth. Naturally enough if this house, or its karaka (Jupiter), is weak or afflicted (by conjunction or aspect) the significations will suffer in proportion to the level of affliction and we may find someone who turns away from traditional teaching, whether it be religion or jyotish, favoring more unconventional paths over those of traditional teachers.
Another important house to consider is 2nd house of learning and speech. This house signifies education as well as educators. Rahu in this house, for instance, can indicate breaks in education and/or someone with a strong compulsion to be an educator. As the significator of speech, Mercury also needs to be considered here i.e. is Mercury associated with malefics etc..
Lack of humility and/or disrespect for traditional teachers can result if this house, karaka Jupiter, and Mercury are afflicted by malefics.
The quality of our imagination is also seen from this house. One of India's greatest poets, Rabindranath Tagore, has exalted Sun in this house along with Mercury and Venus whilst karaka (lagnesh Jupiter), exchanging signs with Moon, gets exalted in 5th house of literary works.
As so many astrologers today communicate and/or offer their services via the internet, 3rd house of (written) communication, computer skills, motivation, initiative etc., and karaka (Mars) also need to be considered in terms of placement/dignity and/or malefic conjunction/aspect.
Many people consider 8th house (12th from 9th) to be significant in terms of astrology. I agree. This house, as we know, is associated with tantra and certainly, if well fortified and supported by the rest of the horoscope, increases intuition and favors moksha. However, in the context of jyotish, my view here is that, for traditional wisdom/religion to prevail, 9th house needs to be sufficiently strong. No doubt 9th lord in 8th lends more emphasis towards the non-traditional approach.
I'm not judging this to be either good or bad BTW...simply showing the astrological pointers that could lead a person towards one path or the other, or even a blend of the two. The same Sun shines (equally) on both traditional and non-traditional astrologers. However, like oil and water, the two don't seem to mix very well.
A rather well-known Astrologer, student of the late Pundit Navaratnam and proponent of the KP method, turned away from astrology altogether a couple of years ago stating emphatically that astrology simply didn't work...that's almost akin to saying that the Sun doesn't shine.
Of course there are times when the Sun may be covered by clouds for long periods, especially if you live in England;
Likewise there may often be cloudy days in the life of astrologers when all seems to be dark and gloomy; but, like the Sun, it's only a passing phase. Truth is eternal...