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Published 24/07/2022 by Joanne Jones
Understanding the essential dignities and how they affect us is important in astrology. The dignity of a planet speaks to how a planet feels whenever it finds itself in a zodiac sign. Essential dignities describe how a planet feels when it finds itself in a particular star sign—it also refers to the strength/weakness of a planet. How a planet feels in a particular star sign will impact those who fall under it; if Venus is feeling miserable in Taurus, Taurus representatives may feel demotivated/uninspired. There are five essential dignities in total, two major and three minor. Two major dignities are widely used in modern astrology, but the three minor dignities have been lost to time (for the most part).
Domicile: Domicile is a planet's rulership over a zodiac sign. Every planet has a sign which it rule, this could also be regarded as its home. When a planetary body is within the sign it rules, it will wield more influence over the other planets—this is called domal dignity. Below is a list of planets and where they will be in domicile:
Mercury: Gemini and Virgo
Venus: Libra and Taurus
Mars: Scorpio and Aries
Jupiter: Sagittarius and Pisces
Saturn: Capricorn and Aquarius
Detriment/Exile: When a planet is in detriment, it means the planet is in the sign over which it has the most negligible influence. Below is a list of planets and where they will be in detriment:
Mercury: Sagittarius and Pisces
Venus: Aries and Scorpio
Mars: Taurus and Libra
Jupiter: Gemini and Virgo
Saturn: Cancer and Leo
Exaltation: Exaltation is a place of awareness for a celestial body. Below is a list of planets and where they will be exalted:
Fall: The fall as a position of weakness/minimum influence for a planet. When a planet is in fall, it will be opposite the planet's zodiac sign of exaltation. Below is a list of planets and where they will be in fall:
Triplicity refers to a group of three signs that belong to the same element. Below is a list of the elements and the signs that belong to them.
Fire: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius
Earth: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn
Air: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius
Water: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces
Each triplicity has several rulers. The ruler at any given time is determined by the time of day. Below is a list of the elements and their time of ruling:
1. Fire (Aries, Leo, Sagittarius)
Day Ruler: Sun
Night Ruler: Jupiter
Participating Ruler: Saturn
2. Earth (Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn)
Day Ruler: Venus
Night Ruler: Moon
Participating Ruler: Mars
3. Air (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius)
Day Ruler: Saturn
Night Ruler: Mercury
Participating Ruler: Jupiter
4. Water (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces)
Day Ruler: Venus
Night Ruler: Mars
Participating Ruler: Moon
In the early days of astrology, astrologers would divide someone's life into three periods—early, middle, and late.
Day Ruler: Early life
Night Ruler: Mid Life
Participating Ruler: Late Life
Terms/Bounds refer to a system that divides a zodiac sign into five unequal parts; the five parts are individually ruled by one of five planets (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Mercury).
The decan system originated in Ancient Egypt around the year 2100 BCE. This essential dignity splits a zodiac sign into three slices at 10 degrees each (creating 36 decans). Each portion represents approximately ten days. While this dignity is well-known among astrologers, it is regarded as the weakest. Below is a list of the zodiac signs and their decans:
Aries: Mars, Sun, Venus
Taurus: Mercury, Moon, Saturn
Gemini: Jupiter, Mars, Sun
Cancer: Venus, Mercury, Moon
Leo: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars
Virgo: Sun, Mercury, Mercury
Libra: Moon, Saturn, Jupiter
Scorpio: Mars, Sun, Mercury
Sagittarius: Mercury, Moon, Saturn
Capricorn: Jupiter, Mars, Sun
Aquarius: Venus, Mercury, Moon
Pisces: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars
The five essential dignities are an important part of astrology. Each dignity has its own unique meaning and can help you better understand yourself, your relationships, and the world around you. If you want to learn more about astrology, check out some of our articles. To uncover what your sign says about you, give us a call for a cheap psychic reading. Our talented psychics can help you unlock the mysteries of the stars and uncover the secrets hidden in your horoscope.
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Sect: A sect is an astrological concept in which seven planets (including the sun and moon) are assigned to two different categories—diurnal (daytime) and nocturnal (night-time).
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