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Dignities, Debilities

Dignities, Debilities - Astrology Encyclopedia

Definition of Dignities, Debilities Conditions of placement wherein a planet's influence is strengthened, are termed Dignities; if weakened they are termed Debilities. These are of two varieties: Essential and Accidental.

A planet in a Sign in which it is strengthened, is in one of its Essential Dignities; in a House in which it is strengthened, in its Accidental Dignity.



The Essential Dignities are: (1) when a planet is in a Sign of which it is the Ruler, when it is said to be in its own Sign, or in its Domal Dignity. It is ambiguous and confusing to call this its House-position. If the Sign which a planet rules is on the cusp of the House in which the planet is posited, the planet may be described as the Lord of the House: but the strength as such depends upon its Essential Dignity by virtue of its Sign placement. Some authorities deem that placement in any other Sign of the same element as that of which it is the Ruler confers a degree of Dignity; (2) When it is posited in the Sign in which it is said to be Exalted, wherein its strength is augmented and its virtues magnified. A planet in its Exaltation is only slightly less favorably placed than when it is in its own Sign; (3) By ancient precepts, the placement of a planet in the same Triplicity as that of which it is the Ruler, in the same Term, or in the same Face, were deemed to be Essential Dignities of varying degree.



Relative values were computed by points as follows: Sign 5; Mutual reception by house, 5; Exaltation 4; mutual reception by Exaltation 4; Triplicity 3; Term 2; Face 1.



In the opposite Sign to that which it rules, a planet is said to be in its Detriment; which is to say, in opposition to its most congenial environment, hence materially weakened.



In the opposite Sign to that in which it would be in its Exaltation, it is said to be in its Fall.



The scale of Essential Debilities arc: Detriment 5; Fall 4; Peregrine 5.



A planet in its Debility is generally to be interpreted as an indication of weakness in that it increases the bad effects of malefic, and lessens the possibilities for good of a benefic.



Of the Accidental Dignities the strongest is placement in Angular Houses: firstly, the Tenth; then, in order, the First, Seventh and Fourth Houses. The Succedent Houses come next, with the Cadent Houses weakest.



Other Accidental Dignities, according to older authorities, are: favorable aspects to Fortune; freedom from combustion; favorable aspects from benefics; swift in motion and increasing in light; and in a House which corresponds to the Sign of its Essential Dignity - as the Sun in the Fifth House, corresponding to Leo; Moon in the Fourth House, corresponding to Cancer; Mercury in the Third or Sixth House, corresponding to Gemini and Virgo; and so on.



Modern authorities, however, usually confine the use of the term to House placement or Elevation. Accidental Dignities are not necessarily benevolent. The increased strength may result harmfully if expressed through unfavorable aspects. The number of planets which are accidentally dignified is a character - index of importance. A planet so placed as to gain strength by way of Essential or Accidental dignity, does not necessarily confer a benevolent disposition. For example, a significator that is exalted, angular, and not afflicted indicates a person of haughty arrogant nature, assuming more than is his due. Charles E. 0. Carter considers that a planet in its own sign benefits quantitatively, but not qualitatively; i.e., its strength is increased, but not necessarily rendered benefic. Point values by which to judge the relative strength of the Accidental Dignities, as listed by Wilson, are:



Ascendant or Midheaven..............................5



Besieged by Jupiter and Venus...................... 6

Partile conj. with Jupiter and Venus............... 5

Conj. Cor Leonis................................... 6

Conj. Spica........................................ 5

4th, 7th or 11th House............................. 4

Direct motion...................................... 4

Partile conj., North Node.......................... 4

Partile trine, Jupiter and Venus................... 4

Partile sextile, Jupiter and Venus................. 3

2nd or 5th House................................... 2

9th House.......................................... 2

Swift of motion.................................... 2

Increasing in light................................ 2

Saturn, oriental................................... 2

Jupiter, oriental.................................. 2

Mars, oriental..................................... 2

Moon, occidental................................... 2

Mercury, occidental................................ 2

Venus, occidental.................................. 2

3rd House.......................................... 1

Hayze.............................................. 1

In the Term of Jupiter or Venus.................... 1



Point values of the Accidental Debilities are:



Besieged by Mars and Saturn......................... 6

Partile conj., Mars and Saturn...................... 5

Conj. Caput Algol................................... 6

Combust............................................. 5

Retrograde.......................................... 5

12th House.......................................... 5

Under the Sunbeams.................................. 4

6th or 8th House.................................... 4

Partile conj., South Node........................... 4

Partile opposition, Mars or Saturn.................. 4

Partile square, Mars or Saturn...................... 3

Decreasing in light................................. 2

Decreasing in motion, or slow....................... 2

Saturn occidental................................... 2

Jupiter occidental.................................. 2

Moon oriental....................................... 2

Mercury oriental.................................... 2

Venus oriental...................................... 2

In term of Mars or Saturn........................... 1



Certain Dignities specifically ascribed to Fortuna are:



Conj., Cor Leonis................................... 6

Asc. or Midheaven................................... 5

Partile conj., Jupiter or Venus..................... 5

Conj., Spica........................................ 5

Not Combust......................................... 5

In Taurus or Pisces................................. 5

Besieged by Jupiter and Venus....................... 6

In Cancer, Leo, Libra, or Sagittarius............... 4

4th, 7th, or 11th House............................. 4

Partile trine, Venus or Jupiter..................... 4

Partile conj., North Node........................... 4

In Gemini........................................... 3

2nd or 5th House.................................... 3

Partile sextile, Jupiter or Venus................... 3

In Virgo............................................ 2

9th House........................................... 2

3rd House........................................... 1

In Term of Venus or Jupiter......................... 1



The Debilities ascribed to Fortuna are:



Conj., Caput Algol.................................. 6

Besieged by Mars and Saturn......................... 6

12th House.......................................... 5

In Scorpio, Capricorn, or Aquarius.................. 5

Combust............................................. 5

Partile conj., Mars or Saturn....................... 5

6th or 8th House.................................... 4

Opposition, Mars or Jupiter......................... 4

Partile conj., South Node........................... 4

In Aries............................................ 3

Partile square, Mars or Saturn...................... 3

Term of Mars or Saturn.............................. 1



The totals of the Dignities in comparison to the totals of the Debilities affords a determination of the potential strength of the planet.



According to the strength each assumes in a nativity, will its power to activate become manifest:



Sun......builds

Moon.....nourishes

Mercury..communicates

Venus....allures

Mars.....energizes

Jupiter..expands

Saturn...endures

Uranus...perceives

Neptune..dissolves

Pluto....consolidates

(Nicholas deVore - Encyclopedia of Astrology)

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A

Accidental Ascendant · Accidental Dignity · Acronycal · Acronycal place · Active Influence · Adept · Adjusted Calculation Date · Line of Advantage · Affinity · Afflicted · Astrological Ages · Air Signs · Albedo · Almanac · Almuten · Altitude · Ambient · Anahibazon · Anareta, anaretic · Anaretic Point. Anaretic Place · Androgyne, androgynous · Angels · Angle · Angstrom · Angular · Angular Velocity · Anomaly · Anipathies · Antipathy · Antiscion · Antisedentia · Aphelion · Apheta · Aphorism · Apogee · Apparent Motion · Application · Appulse · Apsis · Aquarius · Arabian Points, or Parts · Arc · Arc of Vision · Ares · Aries · Armillary Sphere · Ascendant · Ascending · Ascension · Ascension, Signs of Long · Ascension, Signs of Short · Ascensional Difference · Aspect · Aspectarian · Asterism · Asteroids · Astral Body · Astral Light · Astral projection · Astrolabe · Astrology · Astromancy · Astrometeorology · Astronomical unit · Astronomos · Astronomy · Astrotheology · Aten · Athazer · Aura · Aurora Borealis, Northern Lights · Inclination of Axis · Axial rotation · Azimene · Azimuth

B

Baal · Tower of Babel · Babylon · Babylonian · Barren Signs · Beholding Signs · Bel · Belts of Jupiter · Benefic Aspects · Besieged · Bestial signs · Bicorporeal · Bi-Quintile · Birth Moment · Birth Stones · Bitter Signs · Blend · Brahmanaspati · Broken Signs · Brutish signs · Buddha

C

Cabala, Cabalism · Cacodemon · Cadent · Caduceus · Calendar · Cancer · Cappella · Capricorn · Caput Draconis · Cardinal Signs · Casting the Horoscope · Cataclysmic Planet · Catahibazon · Cauda Draconis · Cazimi · Celestial Sphere · Ceres · Chaldaeans · Chaldaean Oracle · Changeable Signs · Character · Character of Planets · Characteristics of the Signs · Chart · Chronocrators · Chronos · Circle · Circles of Position · Cities, Sign Rulership · Clairaudience · Clairsentience · Climacterical Conjunction · Climacterical Periods · Climate · Cold planets · Cold Signs · Collection of light · Colors · Combust · Comets · List of Periodic Comets · Comet 1925a · Collision with Earth · Commanding Signs · Common Signs · Conception · Conceptive Signs · Configuration · Conjunction: Conjoined to · Conjunction, Superior and Inferior · Constellations · Contact · Contra antiscions · Converse Directions · Coordinate · Copernican System · Corona · Correction · Co-signficator · Cosmecology: the ecology of the cosmic · Cosmic · Cosmic Conditioning · Cosmic Cross · Cosmic Philosophy, or Cosmism · Cosmic Psychology · Cosmical · Councillor Gods · Countries · Crepuscule · Crescent · Critical Days · Critical Degrees · Crooked Signs · Crucial Degrees · Culminating · Culmination · Culminator · Cusp · Cycle · Cycles · Jupiter Cycle · Pluto Cycles · Neptune Cycle · Uranus Cycle · Saturn Cycles · Cycles - Tabulated data

D

Day · Day House · Day of Week, to determine · Daylight Saving Time · Day Triplicity · Debility · Decade · Decanate, Decan · Decatom · Decile · Declination · Decreasing or Increasing in Light · Decumbiture · Deductive Type · Deferent · Degree · Degree Rising · Individual Degrees · Individual Degree Tables · Aries Individual Degrees · Taurus Individual Degrees · Gemini Individual Degrees · Cancer Individual Degrees · Leo Individual Degrees · Virgo Individual Degrees · Libra Individual Degrees · Scorpio Individual Degrees · Sagittarius Individual Degrees · Capricorn Individual Degrees · Aquarius Individual Degrees · Pisces Individual Degrees · Delineation · Depression · Descendant · Descending · Destiny · Detriment · Dexter · Dhanus · Dichotome, or Dicotome · Dignities, Debilities · Dignities and Debilities · Dionysian Period · Directions. Progressions · Dispositor · Dissociate Signs · Distance · Diurnal · Dog Days · Dog Stars · Domal Dignity · Dominical Letter · Doryphory · Double-bodied or Bicorporeal Signs · Dragon's Head. Dragon's Tail · Dumb Signs · Duration of Life · Dwa-da-shamsa · Dysis

E

Eagle · Earth Shine · Earth Signs · East · Easter · Eccentric · Eclipse · Eclipse of Thales · Ecliptic; Via Solis, the Sun's path · Ego · Elections · Electric planets · Elements · Elevation · Elevation of the Pole · Elevation by Latitude · Eleveation by House Position · Elongation · Embolismic Month · Emerge · Emotional Natures · Enneatical · Epact · Ephemeral Map · Ephemeral Motion · Ephemeris · Epicycle · Epoch · Signs of Equal Power · Equation of Time · Equator · Equinox · Equinoctial Signs · Era · Eros · Erratics · Esoteric · Essential Dignities · Eudemon · Exaltation · Executive Type · Exoteric · Externalize · Extra-sensory Perceptions

F

Face · Fall · False Angle; False Arc · Familiarity · Fate · Feminine Signs · Feral · Figure · Fire Signs · First point · Fixed Signs · Fixed Stars · Flexed · Fortified · Fortitude · Fortuna · Fortunate Signs · Fortunes · Four-footed Signs · Fourth Dimension · Free-Will · Friendly planets · Fruitful Signs · Frustration · Gabriel · Galactic Center · Galactic Latitude · Galaxy · Notes of the Gamut · Gemini · Gems · Genethliacal Astrology · Genethlialogy · Geniture · Geoarc · Geoarc Figure · Geocentric · Astrological Geomancy · Gibbous · Giver of Life · Gnomes · Golden Number · Arc of Gradial Transit · Grand Cross · Grand Trine · Gregorian Calendar · Guarded

H

Hayz · Hearing · Heart of the Sun · Heliacal Rising · Heliacal Setting · Heliarc · Heliarc Figure · Heliocentric · Heliocentric Astrology · Heliocentric Longitude and Latitude · Helios · Hemisphere · Hermaphrodite · Hermes · Hermetic · Herschel · Hexagon · Hindu Astrology · Home, Day or Night · Homodromi · Honors · Horary Astrology · Horary Circles · Horary Time · Horimea · Horizon · Horizontal Aspects · Horizontal Parallel · Horoscope · Hour Angle · Hours · Houses · Meaning of Houses · First House · Second House · Third House · Fourth House · Fifth House · Sixth House · Seventh House · Eighth House · Ninth House · Tenth House · Eleventh House · Twelfth House · Houses, Reciprocal Action of Opposite · Solar Houses · House Ruler · Intercepted House · House: Diurnal, or day; Nocturnal, or Night · Tables of Houses · Human Signs · Hyleg · Hylegiacal Places · Hypogeon

I

Ides · Period of Illumination · Immersion · Impeded; Impedited · Imperfect Signs, Broken Signs · Imum Coeli · Inclination · Inconjunct · Increasing in Light · Increasing in Motion · Individual Houses · Inferior Planets · Infortunes · Ingress · Initiating Signs · Initiative Type · Injunct · Inspirational Natures · Intellectual Natures · Interlunar · Intercepted · Interpolation · Interpretation · Invariable Plane · Inversion · Ishtar · Isis and Osiris · Issat

J

Joined to · Joy · Julian Calendar · Julian Day

K

Kabala · Kakatyche · Karma · Katababazon · Kether · Key-Cycle · Kosmos · Krishna · Kronos

L

Labha bhava · Lagna · Lagna Sphutas · Latitude · Laya Centers · Leap Year · Leo · Life · Light · Collector of Light · Light of time · Light Planets · Light, Velocity of · Light-year · Lights · Lilith · Local Mean Time · Logarithms · Longitude · Lord · Lucifer · Luminaries · Lunar · Lunar Declination · Lunar Mansions · Lunar Month · Lunar semicircle · Lunar Year · Lunation · Embolismic Lunation · Periodical Lunation · Synodical Lunation

M

Magic · Magnetism · Magnitude · Major Planets · Malefic · Mansions of the Moon · Map · Marduk, or Asaru · Mark, Noon or Midnight · Martian · Masculine Degrees · Masculine planets · Masculine Signs · Maternal Signs · Matutine, Matutinal · Maya · Mean Motion · Mean Time · Measure of Time · Medical Astrology · Medium Coeli · Mediumship · Medusa's Head · Meridian · Meridian Distance · Meridional · Mesmerism · Metonic Cycle · Metonic Return · Micron · Midheaven · Midpoint · Milky Way · Minute · Moderators · Modus Rationalis · Moisture · Monad · Month · Month · Motion · Movable Signs · Mundane Aspects · Mundane Astrology · Mundane Directions, or Directions in Mundo · Mundane Parallel, or Parallel in Mundo · Music of the Spheres · Mutable Signs · Mute Signs · Mutilated Degrees · Mutual Application · Mutual Reception

N

Nadir · Naibod's Table of Times · Natal Astrology · Native · Nativity · Natural Day · Nebo · Temple of Nebuchadnezzar · Nebulae · Negative Sign · Neomenium · Neptune · New Year's Day · Night Houses · Ninib · Moon's Nodes · Nodes of the Planets · Nomes · North Point · Northern Signs · Nova

O

Obeying Signs · Oblique Ascendant · Oblique Ascension · Oblique Descension · Oblique Sphere · Occidental or Oriental · Occultation · Occursions · Occursor · Old Style · Opposition · Omniverse · Orbit · Orbital revolution · Oriental · Orbs · Orphic Mysteries · Ortive Difference

P

Pantheism · Pantheon · Parallel · Pars fortunae; Part of Fortune · Partile · Passive · Pavanna · Penumbral Eclipse · Peregrine · Perigee · Perihelion · Periodical Lunation · Phase · Phases · Phenomenon · Philosophy · Philosopher's Stone · Phoenon · Pisces · Classifications of Planets · Planetary Ages of Man · Planetary Anatomy · Planetary Angels · Planetary Colors · Planetary Days · Planetary Flavors · Planetary Forms · Planetary Hours · Planetary Jewels, or Precious Stones · Planetary Metals · Planetary Motions · Planetary Objects and Substances · Planetary Pathology, or physical ailments · Planetary Pattern · Planetary Periods, or Cycles · Planetary Physiology · Planetary Physiques · Planetary Psychology · Planetary Significators · Planetary Significators - Horary · Planetary Significators - Mundane · Planetary Spirits · Planetary Vegetation and Herbs · Planetary Vocations and Avocations · Planetary Years · Platic · Pluto · Point of Life · Point of Love · Polar Elevation · Polarity · Pole - of the Ascendant; of the Horoscope · Ponderous, or Ponderable planets · Posited · Positive sign · Practical Natures · Precession of Equinox and Pole · Precession of the Equinoxes · Predictions, in Mundane Astrology · Predictive Astrology · Prenatal Epoch · Prescience · Primary Directions · Prime Vertical · Primum Mobile · Principal Places · Process · Profections · Prognosis · Progressed Horoscope · Progressions · Progressions vs. Directions · Progressive Solar Revolution · Prohibition · Promittor · Proper Motion · Prophecy · Proportional Arcs · Prorogator · Psychography · Psychometry · Psychophobia · Ptolemaic Astrology · Pyrois

Q

Quadrantine Lunation · Quadrants · Quadrate, or Quartile · Quadratures · Quadrupedal · Quadruplicity · Quartile · Querent · Quesited · Quincunx · Quintile

R

Radical · Radical Position · Radix · Radix System · Rahu · Rapt Motion · Rapt Parallel · Under the Rays · Reception · Mutual Reception · Recessional Directions · Rectification · Recurrence Cycles · Refranation · Relative Houses · Retrograde · Retrograde Application · Revolution · Revolutionary Additives · Right Ascension · Right Distance · Right Sphere · Rising Sign · How to Approximate the Rising Time of a Planet · Rotation · Royal Stars · Ruler · Geographical Rulership · Ruminant Signs

S

Sagittarius · Saros · Saturn chasing the Moon · Saturnine · Saturnalia · Satellite · Satellitium · Scorpio · Secondary Progressions · Seer · Semi-Arc · Semi-Quintil · Semicircle · Semi-sextile · Semi-square · Significators of the Senses · Separating, separation · Sesqui-quadrate · Sesquiquintile · Seven · Sexagenary · Sextile · Sextiles · Sidereal Clock · Sidereal Day · Sidereal Time · Sidereal Year · Sign · Signs and the Disciples · The Symbology of Twelve Signs · Sign: Aries · Sign: Taurus · Sign: Gemini · Sign: Cancer · Sign: Leo · Sign: Virgo · Sign: Libra · Sign: Scorpio · Sign: Sagittarius · Sign: Capricorn · Sign: Aquarius · Sign: Pisces · Classifications of Signs · Sympathetic · Significator · Sinister · Slow of Course · Sol · Solar Astrology · Solar Cycle, or Cycle of the Sun · Solar Day · Solar Equilibrium · Solar Revolution · Solar Semicircle · Solar System · Solar System bodies: Sun · Solar System Bodies: Moon · Solar System Bodies: Mercury · Solar System bodies: Venus · Solar System Bodies: Earth · Solar System Bodies: Mars · Solar System Bodies: Asteroids · Solar System Bodies: Jupiter · Solar System bodies: Saturn · Solar System Bodies: Uranus · Solar System bodies: Neptune · Solar System bodies: Pluto · Solar Time · Solar Year · SOL-om-on · Solomon's Seal · Solomon's Temple · Solstices · South Latitudes · Southern Signs · Spectroscope · Speculum · Sphere · Sphinx · Square · Standard Time · Star of Bethlehem · Stars · Stationary · Stations · Stellium · Strength of a planet · Succedent Houses · Sunspot Cycle · Supercycle · Superior Planets · Synodical Lunation · Synthesis · Syzygy

T

Tables of Houses · T-cross · Taurus · Telepathy · Telescope · Temporal Houses · The Terminal Houses · Terms of the planets · Testimony · Tetrabiblios · Tetractys - ten symbolic dots · Tetragon · Thema Coeli · Throne · Time · Time. Correction of Mean to Sidereal Time · Transit · Transit of a planet across the Sun · Transitor · Translation of Light · Transmutation · Trigon · Trigonocrators · Trimorion · Trine · Trinities · Triplicities · Tropical Signs · Tropical Year · True Solar Day · Trutine · Twilight

U

Umbral Eclipse · Under the Sunbeams · Unfortunate Signs · Urania · Uranian · Uranian Astrology · Uranus

V

Vernal Equinox · Vertical · Vespertine · Via Combusta · Vibrations · Violent Signs · Virgo · Visibility · Vital Signs · Vocal Signs · Signs of Voice · Void of Course · Vulcan

W

War Time · Watchers of the Heavens · Water-bearer, Waterman · Water Signs · Wave Length · Weak Signs · Whole Signs

Y

Year

Z

Zodiac · Zodiacal Aspects · Zodiacal Directions · Zodiacal metals · Zodiacal Parallels · "Zodiacus Vitae." The Zodiac of Life. · Zero Hour Circles · Zenith

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