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Glossary of Terms

Glossary of Terms

Essential dignity

- strength that a planet gains due to it being in an area of zodiacal rulership - so named because it shows the parts of the zodiac where the traditional planets are always dignified. These regions are considered to have a fundamental (or essential) relationship with the planet itself, inasmuch as Mars will always have a special association with Aries, regardless of its angularity or house position. The main essential dignities are rulership by sign (or domicile) and exaltation; the lesser dignities are rulership by triplicity, term or face. A planet is essentially debilitated when placed in its sign of detriment or fall.

For more information and resources on the use of planetary dignities and debilities see:

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