We continue to explore the (sometimes) convoluted rules of planets and signs. Part 1 is here.
Detriment: the sign opposite the sign a planet rules. In traditional astrology, a planet in its detriment is considered to be debilitated. It's moving through foreign territory. But in the natal chart, I don't feel this definition applies. If you have Mercury in Sagittarius, would you consider your thoughts and communication to be "debilitated?" I should say not. You may exaggerate, but you're probably an excellent storyteller. When a natal planet is in its detriment, it's expressing its opposite qualities. That is neither positive nor negative, it just is. In the case of Mercury in Sag, the details (Mercury) are glossed over in favour of the big picture (Sag).
Here's a list of signs with planets in detriment (traditional rulerships only, so Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are not included):
- Aries: Venus
- Taurus: Mars
- Gemini: Jupiter
- Cancer: Saturn
- Leo: Saturn
- Libra: Mars
- Scorpio: Venus
- Sagittarius: Mercury
- Capricorn: Moon
- Aquarius: Sun
- Pisces: Mercury
- Virgo: Jupiter
Fall: the sign opposite the sign a planet is exalted in. I would not consider a natal planet in its fall to be extra-debilitated (although that's the traditional definition). At the most, I would say it's not comfortable expressing itself the way it would in its exaltation. For example, think of the Sun, exalted in Aries; me first. Now, think of the Sun in Libra (its fall); how many Librans do you know who are comfortable directly putting themselves first?
Here's a list:
- Aries: Saturn (21 degrees Aries interpreted as 20 to 20.59)
- Cancer: Mars (28 degrees Cancer interpreted as 27 to 27.59)
- Virgo: Venus (27 degrees Virgo interpreted as 26 to 26.59)
- Libra: Sun (19 degrees Libra interpreted as 18 to 18.59)
- Scorpio: Moon (3 degrees Scorpio interpreted as 2 to 2.59)
- Capricorn: Jupiter (15 degrees Capricorn interpreted as 14 to 14.59)
- Pisces: Mercury (15 degrees Pisces interpreted as 14 to 14.59)
Please note: I have the greatest respect for traditional astrology. I believe you gain significant insight by considering the dignities and debilities of your natal planets. But I also believe that labelling a certain sign/planet combination as strong or weak, according to these rules, works best for horary and electional astrology.
I think I'll save diurnal and nocturnal triplicities for Part 3. Which means Part 4 will be about term and face, and Part 5 will be about higher and lower octaves.