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Question Best Way to Find Planetary Ruler in Birth Chart?


I've been looking into trying to determine the Planetary Ruler in a friend's birth chart.

Here is what "Llwellyn's A to Z Horoscope Maker" suggests, among other things:

Look to rulerships first. If a planet is in its own sign, it is strongest, next strongest in its sign of exaltation. Obviously detriments and falls don't help.

Next, take all planets in their own and exalted signs (or all planets not in detriments and falls if you have none in the former two) and look to see if any are in angular houses. Those are considered equal to being in a dominant or exalted planet; succedent is equal to being in detriment; cadent is equal to being in fall. Lastly, take the planets that are made up of the best combos of rulership and house quality, and look for favorable aspects. From these three things...rulership, house quality and aspects, you should be able to determine your ruling planet.

The other method I found was on a site called, where you determine the chart's pattern (I can't even get that far with this chart), and from there follow a different formula for each chart to determine the rulership.

Does anyone find any credibility in either of these methods (if you're not familiar with the second method, it can be found at the site under astrology lessons, in the individual chart shapes' links, such as Funnel or Locomotive)? Is there a more common, tried-and-true method for finding a planetary ruler?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can offer me any advice on this matter.

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