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Sol Iustitiae (So-called "Sun of Righteousness")[1]

A sign of the zodiac in which a planet is the ruler. The qualities of this sign most closely resemble those of the ruling planet (for example, Mars and Aries).

The sign situated opposite the domicile is the planet's detriment. If a planet is in its detriment the sign modifies the planets' qualities in ways that seem diametrically opposed to its innate nature (i.e. agressive Mars in peace-loving Libra).

A planet in the sign of its exaltation (e.g. Mars in Capricorn) is supposedly well-situated, in that the sign possesses similar qualities to the planet in question. A planet situated in the opposing sign is in a state of fall (i.e. Mars in Cancer). This status is similar to detriment in that the sign is seen as possessing qualities that are in many ways foreign to the planet in question, and that inhibit the planet's effective operation.


Detriment Exaltation Fall
Sun A39_209.gif Leo A32_137.gif Aquarius A49_249.gif Aries A47_252.gif Libra A48_246.gif
Moon A35_150.gif Cancer A30_130.gif Capricorn A45_214.gif Taurus A46_218.gif Scorpio A44_205.gif
Mercury A34_146.gif Gemini A42_262.gif Sagittarius A43_197.gif    
  Virgo A27_109.gif Pisces A24_071.gif    
Venus A25_087.gif Taurus A46_218.gif Scorpio A44_205.gif Pisces A24_071.gif Virgo A27_109.gif
  Libra A48_246.gif Aries A47_252.gif    
Mars A33_140.gif Aries A47_252.gif Libra A48_246.gif Capricorn A45_214.gif Cancer A30_130.gif
  (Scorpio A44_205.gif) (Taurus A46_218.gif)    
Jupiter A29_112.gif Sagittarius A43_197.gif Gemini A42_262.gif Cancer A30_130.gif Capricorn A45_214.gif
  (Pisces A24_071.gif) (Virgo A27_109.gif)    
Saturn A26_087.gif Capricorn A45_214.gif Cancer A30_130.gif Libra A48_246.gif Aries A47_252.gif
  (Aquarius A49_249.gif) (Leo A32_137.gif)    
Uranus A40_238.gif Aquarius A49_249.gif Leo A32_137.gif Scorpio A44_205.gif Taurus A46_218.gif
Neptune A38_160.gif Pisces A24_071.gif Virgo A27_109.gif Cancer A30_130.gif Capricorn A45_214.gif
Pluto a13_174_pluto4.gif Scorpio A44_205.gif Taurus A46_218.gif Leo A32_137.gif Aquarius A49_249.gif

(Note: The signs in brackets are those that have been used before the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto - according to the Thema Mundi. Nowadays these dignities still get used in Horary Astrology and in Electional Astrology, where the three Trans-Saturnians usually aren't considered)


This kind of categorisation can easily lead to the idea that a planet in a particular sign of the zodiac is somehow 'bad' or 'good'. Consequently it is largely obsolete in modern psychological astrology.
Classical and horary astrology, however, still make use of these categories to visualise which planets are "stronger" or "weaker" in judging the expected outcome of a question or an event.

Domiciles in "Tetrabiblos" by Ptolemy

See also


Notes and References

  1. Albrecht Dürer's engraving (1499/ 1500) received a wrong name. The art historians didn't notice its astrological connotations (see Klemens Ludwig: Astrologie in der Kunst, Chiron-Verlag, 2013, 234S., ISBN-13: 9783899972160, ISBN-10: 3899972163). It illustrates:
    The Sun rules in Leo,
    is exalted in Aries,
    and in his fall in Libra.
    (Aries is symbolized by the sword)