The native does not see his astrological affliction as an affliction. I suppose he/she is too close.
I have Sun, Mars,Jupiter and Neptune all in exile, and they all seem normal to me. It's all I've ever known.
Not seeing it, myself.
But, with my Moon and Venus in Aquarius, maybe
I'm inclined to overlook the expected affliction.
Any Aquarian Suns have some insight on the matter?
The native does not see his astrological affliction as an affliction.
I suppose he/she is too close.
I have Sun, Mars,Jupiter and Neptune all in exile, and
they all seem normal to me.
It's all I've ever known.
The first three are all assertive in their own right, regardless of placement.
Maybe viewing from an "outsider's" vantage point provides objectivity.
The astrologer sees them as in debility and understands the use and significance of the condition. The native knows only what he has been given, and has nothing to compare it with.
So who connects the two perspectives, if the mapmaker has never been to the country?
...the concept of "debilities",
....may not be as bad as it sounds.
DEBILITY = a weakened or enfeebled state; weaknessThe modern-day definition of "debility"
is "health-related physical weakness".
re: SUN IN ESSENTIAL DETRIMENT IN TROPICAL AQUARIUS
DETRIMENT aka something that can cause damage, injury or harm.
An example of a detriment to your health is not eating healthy foods
Detriment is the hurt or harm as a result of damage, loss, or a bad decision.
The meaning of detriment has not changed much from its LATIN ROOTS
LATIN = detrimentum, which is "a rubbing off, loss, damage, defeat."
A DETRIMENT IS A LOSS THAT WEARS YOU DOWN
Smoking for example is a detriment to good health.
DEBILITY = a weakened or enfeebled state; weakness
also a particular mental or physical handicap; disability.
LATIN ORIGIN = dēbilitās, equivalent to dēbil(is) WEAK
They are called "Essential" dignities. Things essential are not conditional. The debilities are also essential.
Essential dignities are those related to the signs: domicile, exaltation, triplicity, term and face.
They represent inherent, immutable qualities.
A planet in its domicile has power. Usually it works for the good. But there is never a guarantee.
For example, Mars in Scorpio is in domicile and empowered. But we shouldn't forget that the intrinsic nature of Mars has left him branded as "the Lesser Malefic". He will act according to his nature, and Mars stirs things up.
The other type of dignity, based on things other than sign, is called "accidental" dignity. They represent things adventitious that deeply affect our development. Angularity is a common form of accidental dignity.
Let's try to see how dignity works out. Mohammad Ali was a fighter, a warrior.
But his Mars is in Detriment in Taurus. And his Sun is "weak" by house, standing in the 6th. All three planets in the 10th of fame and glory (ditto Sun) are retrograde.
So how did this guy get to be champion of the world, The Greatest?
Here we see Sun, the Tenth House, and warrior Mars all debilitated...producing a king.
So maybe I don't quite understand the effects of the dignities as well as I should.