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Essential Dignities and Debilities

Essential dignities and debilities refer to the relative strength or weakness of a planet in a given sign or degree.

Whole Sign Dignities and Debilities

Domicile, Exaltation, Detriment and Fall

Domicile, also known as rulership, refers to where a planet has full autonomy and is therefore the most strongly placed. Anything placed in a planet's domicile is disposed to that planet. It's opposite, Detriment, is where a planet is at its most challenged. Exaltation refers to a planet that is favorably placed, but disposed to another planet. Fall, the opposite of Exaltation, is another place where a planet is challenged, though less so than when it is in Detriment. 1)

Sign Domicile Exaltation Detriment Fall
Aries Mars Sun Venus Saturn
Taurus Venus Moon Mars
Gemini Mercury North Node Mercury South Node
Cancer Moon Jupiter Saturn Mars
Leo Sun Saturn
Virgo Mercury Mercury Jupiter Venus
Libra Venus Saturn Mars Sun
Scorpio Mars Venus Moon
Sagittarius Jupiter South Node Mercury Jupiter
Capricorn Saturn Mars Moon North Node
Aquarius Saturn Sun
Pisces Jupiter Venus Mercury Mercury

Trigons and Triplicity

Triplicity refers to a group of three signs. Each group is associated with an element and ruled by a set of three planets - one for day, one for night, and one other that aids the other two should they be in a weakened position, known as the participating planet. 2)

Sign Element Day Triplicity Night Triplicity Participating
Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Fire Sun Jupiter Saturn
Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Earth Venus Moon Mars
Gemini, Libra, Aquarius Air Saturn Mercury Jupiter
Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Water Venus Moon Mars

Degree Based Dignities

Terms/Bounds

There are three different systems - Egyptian, Ptolemaic (which seems to be an incorrect interpretation of the Egyptian scheme). The Chaldean scheme is based on the Chaldean order of planets, which refers to the speed of planets from geocentric point of view. 3) 4) 5) The Ptolemaic and Egyptian bounds are the most commonly used among astrologers for determining a planet's strength by term.

Note: The luminaries (The Sun and Moon) are not included in this schema.

Egyptian

Sign º Bound 1 º Bound 2 º Bound 3 º Bound 4 º Bound 5 º
Aries Jupiter Venus 12º Mercury 20º Mars 25º Saturn 30º
Taurus Venus Mercury 14º Jupiter 22º Saturn 27º Mars 30º
Gemini Mercury Jupiter 12º Venus 17º Mars 24º Saturn 30º
Cancer Mars Venus 13º Mercury 18º Jupiter 26º Saturn 30º
Leo Jupiter Venus 11º Saturn 18º Mercury 24º Mars 30º
Virgo Mercury Venus 17º Jupiter 21º Mars 28º Saturn 30º
Libra Saturn Mercury 14º Jupiter 21º Venus 28º Mars 30º
Scorpio Mars Venus 11º Mercury 19º Jupiter 24º Saturn 30º
Sagittarius Jupiter 12º Venus 17º Mercury 21º Saturn 26º Mars 30º
Capricorn Mercury Jupiter 14º Venus 22º Saturn 26º Mars 30º
Aquarius Mercury Venus 13º Jupiter 20º Mars 25º Saturn 30º
Pisces Venus 12º Jupiter 16º Mercury 19º Mars 28º Saturn 30º

Ptolemaic

Sign º Bound 1 º Bound 2 º Bound 3 º Bound 4 º Bound 5 º
Aries Jupiter Venus 14º Mercury 21º Mars 26º Saturn 30º
Taurus Venus Mercury 15º Jupiter 22º Saturn 26º Mars 30º
Gemini Mercury Jupiter 14º Venus 21º Saturn 25º Mars 30º
Cancer Mars Jupiter 13º Mercury 20º Venus 27º Saturn 30º
Leo Saturn Saturn 13º Venus 19º Jupiter 25º Mars 30º
Virgo Mercury Venus 13º Jupiter 18º Saturn 24º Mars 30º
Libra Saturn Venus 11º Jupiter 19º Mercury 24º Mars 30º
Scorpio Mars Jupiter 14º Venus 21º Mercury 27º Saturn 30º
Sagittarius Jupiter Venus 14º Mercury 19º Saturn 25º Mars 30º
Capricorn Venus Mercury 12º Jupiter 19º Mars 25º Saturn 30º
Aquarius Saturn Mercury 12º Venus 20º Jupiter 25º Saturn 30º
Pisces Venus Jupiter 14º Mercury 20º Mars 26º Saturn 30º

Chaldean

Note: the positions of Mercury and Saturn switch in night charts.

Sign Bound 1
(0º - 8º)
Bound 2
(8º - 15º)
Bound 3
(15º - 21º)
Bound 4
(21º - 26º)
Bound 5
(26º - 30º)
Aries Jupiter Venus Saturn Mercury Mars
Taurus Venus Saturn Mercury Mars Jupiter
Gemini Saturn Mercury Mars Jupiter Venus
Cancer Mars Jupiter Venus Saturn Mercury
Leo Jupiter Venus Saturn Mercury Mars
Virgo Venus Saturn Mercury Mars Jupiter
Libra Saturn Mercury Mars Jupiter Venus
Scorpio Mars Jupiter Venus Saturn Mercury
Sagittarius Jupiter Venus Saturn Mercury Mars
Capricorn Venus Saturn Mercury Mars Jupiter
Aquarius Saturn Mercury Mars Jupiter Venus
Pisces Mars Jupiter Venus Saturn Mercury

Decans

Like the bounds, there are several different types of decans. Chaldean Decans, more commonly known as Face, are most commonly used in the traditional essential dignities schema. Like Chaldean bounds, Chaldean decans are ordered in chaldean planetary order. Elemental dignities are more commonly used in modern astrology and correspond with the triplicity groupings. 6) 7)

Face (Chaldean Decans)

Sign 0º - 10º 10º - 20º 20º - 30º
Aries Mars Sun Venus
Taurus Mercury Moon Saturn
Gemini Jupiter Mars Sun
Cancer Venus Mercury Moon
Leo Saturn Jupiter Mars
Virgo Sun Venus Mercury
Libra Moon Saturn Jupiter
Scorpio Mars Sun Venus
Sagittarius Mercury Moon Saturn
Capricorn Jupiter Mars Sun
Aquarius Venus Mercury Moon
Pisces Saturn Jupiter Mars

Zodiacal Decans

Sign 0º - 10º 10º - 20º 20º - 30º
Aries Aries Mars Leo Sun Sagittarius Jupiter
Taurus Taurus Venus Virgo Mercury Capricorn Saturn
Gemini Gemini Mercury Libra Venus Aquarius Saturn
Cancer Cancer Moon Scorpio Mars Pisces Jupiter
Leo Leo Sun Sagittarius Jupiter Aries Mars
Virgo Virgo Mercury Capricorn Saturn Taurus Venus
Libra Libra Venus Aquarius Saturn Gemini Mercury
Scorpio Scorpio Mars Pisces Jupiter Cancer Moon
Sagittarius Sagittarius Jupiter Aries Mars Leo Sun
Capricorn Capricorn Saturn Taurus Venus Virgo Mercury
Aquarius Aquarius Saturn Gemini Mercury Libra Venus
Pisces Pisces Jupiter Cancer Moon Scorpio Mars

Manilius Decans

Sign 0º - 10º 10º - 20º 20º - 30º
Aries Aries Mars Taurus Venus Gemini Mercury
Taurus Cancer Moon Leo Sun Virgo Mercury
Gemini Libra Venus Scorpio Mars Sagittarius Jupiter
Cancer Capricorn Saturn Sagittarius Jupiter Pisces Jupiter
Leo Aries Mars Taurus Venus Gemini Mercury
Virgo Cancer Moon Leo Sun Virgo Mercury
Libra Libra Venus Scorpio Mars Sagittarius Jupiter
Scorpio Capricorn Saturn Sagittarius Jupiter Pisces Jupiter
Sagittarius Aries Mars Taurus Venus Gemini Mercury
Capricorn Cancer Moon Leo Sun Virgo Mercury
Aquarius Libra Venus Scorpio Mars Sagittarius Jupiter
Pisces Capricorn Saturn Sagittarius Jupiter Pisces Jupiter

Monomoiria

Monomoiria are the smallest division of dignity. 8) These are not usually considered in the essential dignity schema. 9)

Degree Aries/Scorpio Taurus/Libra Gemini/Virgo Cancer Leo Sagittarius/Pisces Capricorn/Aquarius
Mars Venus Mercury Moon Sun Jupiter Saturn
Sun Mercury Moon Saturn Venus Mars Jupiter
Venus Moon Saturn Jupiter Mercury Sun Mars
Mercury Saturn Jupiter Mars Moon Venus Sun
Moon Jupiter Mars Sun Saturn Mercury Venus
Saturn Mars Sun Venus Jupiter Moon Mercury
Jupiter Sun Venus Mercury Mars Saturn Moon
Mars Venus Mercury Moon Sun Jupiter Saturn
Sun Mercury Moon Saturn Venus Mars Jupiter
Venus Moon Saturn Jupiter Mercury Sun Mars
10° Mercury Saturn Jupiter Mars Moon Venus Sun
11° Moon Jupiter Mars Sun Saturn Mercury Venus
12° Saturn Mars Sun Venus Jupiter Moon Mercury
13° Jupiter Sun Venus Mercury Mars Saturn Moon
14° Mars Venus Mercury Moon Sun Jupiter Saturn
15° Sun Mercury Moon Saturn Venus Mars Jupiter
16° Venus Moon Saturn Jupiter Mercury Sun Mars
17° Mercury Saturn Jupiter Mars Moon Venus Sun
18° Moon Jupiter Mars Sun Saturn Mercury Venus
19° Saturn Mars Sun Venus Jupiter Moon Mercury
20° Jupiter Sun Venus Mercury Mars Saturn Moon
21° Mars Venus Mercury Moon Sun Jupiter Saturn
22° Sun Mercury Moon Saturn Venus Mars Jupiter
23° Venus Moon Saturn Jupiter Mercury Sun Mars
24° Mercury Saturn Jupiter Mars Moon Venus Sun
25° Moon Jupiter Mars Sun Saturn Mercury Venus
26° Saturn Mars Sun Venus Jupiter Moon Mercury
27° Jupiter Sun Venus Mercury Mars Saturn Moon
28° Mars Venus Mercury Moon Sun Jupiter Saturn
29° Sun Mercury Moon Saturn Venus Mars Jupiter

1), 2), 5), 6) Astrology - Understanding the Birth Chart - Kevin B. Burk
3) Decans” - Astrodienst
4), 7) More on the Terms and Bounds” - Altair Astrology
8) Monomoiria” - Astrodienst
9) Table of Monomoiria” - Project Hindsight

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