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07-02-2021, 10:44 PM
 Hiroshima Junior Member Join Date: Jul 2018 Posts: 13
How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

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#2
07-02-2021, 10:56 PM
 JUPITERASC Senior Member Join Date: Jan 2008 Posts: 73,354
Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

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 Originally Posted by Hiroshima I read only two methods. A traditional Spanish astrologer who said it was any planet over the angles counting 10 degrees, if not the ruler and so on. Another method that was by aspect score, state of the planet, regency, etc. What methods do you use to calculate dominance in your chart?
check out ALMUTEM FIGURIS

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07-02-2021, 11:32 PM
 AppLeo Senior Member Join Date: Aug 2015 Posts: 13,346
Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

I found this to be the most in-depth technique https://youtu.be/Lo8gXjDEQmM

It's a long and frustrating video to watch though.

For me, I use a basic list and assign points.

1. Ruler of the Chart: This is likely enough to determine if the planet is the most dominant. The ruler the chart speaks volumes to a person's approach to life and should never be overlooked. I give the chart ruler 2 points, and the MC ruler one point.

Also, the ruler of the chart can only be a traditional planet.

2. Chart Sect: If it's a day chart, Sun, Saturn, and Jupiter get a point. Night chart, Moon, Venus, and Mars get a point.

3. Angularity: Planets on the angles, or in angular houses get a point. Planets in cadent houses lose a point.

4. Dignity: Planets that are domicile, exalted, detriment, debilitated get a point.

5. Emphasis: This a bit subjective, but what feels like a dominant planet? Is the planet all alone in a particular hemisphere, not aspecting anything, or making many aspects.

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If you take my chart for example, I have Capricorn Rising so Saturn gets a point. Mars rules my 10th house.
Saturn: 2
Mars: 1

I have a day chart.
Saturn: 3
Sun: 1
Jupiter: 1

Angularity: Venus and Mars in 7th house, Saturn conjunct IC, Moon in 9th, Jupiter in 3rd
Venus: 1
Mars: 1
Moon: -1
Jupiter: 0
Saturn: 4

Dignity: Sun in Leo, Mars in Cancer, Jupiter in Pisces
Sun: 2
Mars: 2
Jupiter: 1

Emphasis: Mars is exactly conjunct descendant, Saturn makes tight aspects to both Sun and Moon
Mars: 3
Saturn: 5

Based on this, I'd say Saturn in my most dominant planet.
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07-03-2021, 12:32 AM
 Opal Senior Member Join Date: Mar 2019 Posts: 3,484
Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

Or you can go to astroseek.com

Put in your data and one of the many options is your planet strengths.
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07-03-2021, 08:00 AM
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Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

Wow, that would've been easier. Saturn is still my dominant with astro-seek.
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07-03-2021, 01:09 PM
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Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

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 Originally Posted by Hiroshima Can only traditional planets be dominant?
the seven classical visible planets

are Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn

If you vigilantly practice chart delineation for yourself
then you form your own opinion

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07-03-2021, 09:33 PM
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Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

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 Originally Posted by Hiroshima With this method I get all planets: Uranus 17, Sun 13 and Mars 12 as dominants. With the traditional ones: Mars 12, Venus 9, Sun 9 and Jupiter 9. In the Appleo method I get Mars 4, followed by Saturn 3 and Sun 2. The almuten figuris I am figuring out how to get it out.
If you use whole sign house system, I think your Sun is pretty strong. It's in the first house, widely conjunct ascendant, in a day chart, exalted in Aries, and a benefic is conjunct it.
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07-03-2021, 10:19 PM
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Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

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 Originally Posted by Hiroshima I keep it in mind, in fact because in the first method I learned to calculate dominants from a traditional astrologer he talked about 10 degrees between the angles taking into account first AC, then MC and then the rest, this method with placidus. But, it is not very different from the result by you approach it in the whole house system. In this method the dominant is the sun and its co-dominants Jupiter and the moon. Precisely you helped me in the other thread my natal chart and I thank you, as well as Jupiterasc and Elena. But I use placidus, do you know how to interpret it with placidus? With almuten I don't feel like I have dominant Saturn, I have saturnine things no doubt, but as dominant I don't see it. I am very optimistic, I like the public. I think my energy is more solar, martian or jupiterian, maybe even Uranian.
With placidus, I'd go with Mars or Saturn. Having planets in the cadent houses, like Sun and Jupiter in 12th, really weakens them. Saturn is strong because it's in your first, and ruler of the MC, and it prefers a day chart, which you have.

Even without whole sign house system, with Sun and Jupiter close the Ascendant, they'll still have strength.

And sorry for neglecting the outside planets, I just find them to be irrelevant since they don't work under sect, and don't have dignities really..

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07-03-2021, 11:01 PM
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Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

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 Originally Posted by Hiroshima Everything is different. My almuten figuris is Saturn according morinus, I really don't know which method is correct. The only thing I can see is that Mars, Sun and Jupiter are repeated in all of them.
There are multiple methods to research

ALMUTEM FIGURIS is Medieval astrology

keep in mind that

Hellenistic astrology precedes Medieval astrology
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 Investigate the MASTER OF THE NATIVITY the bound houseruler of the Predominator. The beginning, the main, the end the measurement standard of the whole nativity is the Master. It makes clear what kind of person the native will be what kind of livelihood he will have what appearance or health one will have and all the things that will accompany him in life. Without this star nothing, neither occupation nor advancement will come to anyone.
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 Robert Schmidt of PROJECT HINDSIGHT http://www.projecthindsight.com/index1.html http://www.projecthindsight.com/ says Greek astrologers used metaphor to convey the idea of the functions of the various planets based on the Greeks being a seafaring nation who two thousand years ago navigated the oceans using sailing ships hence THE HELLENISTIC NAUTICAL METAPHOR The ship itself is the native’s life as represented by the Predominator The first and second Trigon Lords aka Triplicity Lords of the Predominator are the Winds that carry the ship to its destiny. The third Trigon aka Triplicity Lord symbolizes the oars that move the ship. Oikodespotes aka Domicile Master of the chart is the ship owner and sets the agenda or destiny for the native BUT under the restrictions set by the bound ruler of the Predominator. KURIOS aka LORD OF THE NATIVITY is the CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP aka Executor aka the one responsible to bring the ship to the destination set by Oikodespotes aka Domicile Master. The Ascendant sign is the “...helm...” of the ship and represents the physical life. Domicile Lord of the Ascendant is the Helmsman or the First Officer of the ship. Lot of Fortune represents everything that befalls the native that is not of his or her own doing. Domicile Lord of the Lot of Fortune represents the man on the prow of the ship aka Second Officer who is on the look out for things/events that are going to befall the native. Clearly it is crucial that the Lord of the Lot of Fortune be able to communicate with the Domicile Master and the Ascendant/Helmsman LORD OF THE NATIVITY aka KURIOS
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07-03-2021, 11:03 PM
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Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

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 Originally Posted by Hiroshima It would be something like dominant Saturn, co-dominant Mars, Sun and Jupiter. Am I allowed to post my chart here or should I make a specific thread about it regarding the ruling planets?
good idea to make a specific thread

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07-04-2021, 11:43 AM
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Re: How do you calculate the dominant planets in a birth chart?

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 Originally Posted by Hiroshima I think it would be like this, predominator Moon, Nativity Master Venus, Co-Master Mars and Nativity Lord Saturn or Venus/Mars. It can be wrong .
I'm no expert - anyone can read translated ancient texts & apply
we are fortunate to have had Robert Schmidt translations
as well as translations of Benjamin Dykes https://bendykes.com/
Martin Gansten et al https://brill.com/view/title/57015

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How to Calculate the Rulers of the Birth Chart
According to Porphyry
The Rulers of the Nativity

There are four different rulers of the nativity
that are important to pay attention to:
1 Predominator epikratētōr
2 Master of the Nativity oikodespotēs
3 Co-Master or Joint Master of the Nativity sunoikodespotēs
4 Lord of the Nativity kurios

Predominator
In order to find the Master of the Nativity
you must first find the Predominator
since the Predominator is the one who designates the Master.
The Predominator is typically one of the luminaries
as long as they are well-placed.
If they are not, then it defaults to the Ascendant.

Here are Porphyry’s considerations for determining
if one of the luminaries can become Predominator:

• The luminary that belongs to the sect of the chart is preferred
• Sun day day, Moon by night.
• The luminary that is more angular is preferred
• over one that is in a less angular house.
• The one that is more eastern in the chart
• towards the rising sign is preferred.
• if the Sun is in the 1st house in a day chart
• Sun is the Predominator.
• Sun in the 9th with the Moon in the 1st
• then Moon is Predominator
• If both luminaries are in cadent houses
• then the Ascendant becomes Predominator.

Master of the Nativity
According to Antiochus and Porphyry
there are two variant traditions for calculating the Master:
1. The Master of the Nativity is the domicile lord of the Predominator.
The bound lord of the Predominator
becomes the Co-Master of the Nativity.

2. Others say that
the bound lord of the degree of the Ascendant
is the Master of the Nativity.
The domicile lord of the rising sign is the Co-Master of the Nativity.

Lord of the Nativity
Two separate approaches are given
for the determination of the Lord of the Nativity:

First Approach
The Lord is the domicile lord of the Midheaven, if this planet is angular.
If it is not, then:
1. The Lord is a planet in the Midheaven/10th house.
If there is no planet in the Midheaven then:
The Lord is a planet in the 11th house.

Second Approach
Planets capable of being the Lord of the Nativity
in the second approach are:
The domicile lord of the Ascendant.
Or
A planet in the rising sign, and especially?
in the bounds of the Ascendant.
Or
The lord of the Moon.
Or
The lord of the Lot of Fortune.
Or
A planet that makes a heliacal rising, setting
within 7 days of the birth

if there are multiple
then
the one that is not under the beams is preferred.

The bound lord of the prenatal lunation.

Porphyry makes an important statement
after outlining the second approach
to the effect that
the Lord of the Nativity is the planet that generally is:
• Capable of rising out from under the beams of the Sun.
• Has more familiarity “...dignity...” in its location
• through zodiacal rulership.
• Has the most “...power...” in relation to the “...figure...”
• of the nativity, which probably means being in
• one of the “...advantageous...” or “...busy...” places
• which are houses that are more angular.
• Has the most power in relation to
• its configuration with the other stars in the chart.

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