Confused by placement of Ascendant and House System???
I'm getting back into studying astrology, and I'm calculating a birth chart for a friend for Christmas, and have run into a bit of a dilemma. My friend was born in July, in Montana, after 4 AM local time. My hand calculations out her Ascendant on the Gemini side of the Gemini/Cancer cusp, while a couple of online calculators put it on the Cancer side. The only way I can come up with a Cancer Ascendant is if I don't adjust for Daylight Savings Time.
Also, I am confused as to which House System would be best to use. I've familiar with the Equal House and Placidus Systems. My friend's planets would stay in the same sign no matter which system I use.