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    Essential Dignities and Debilities

    Updated 17th Feb 2024 for ver AC 2.95

    AstroConnexions scores the essential dignities and debilities table as follows

    A planet in its:

    • Domicile/Ruler: +5
    • Exaltation: +4
    • Triplicity: +3
    • Term: +2
    • Face: +1
    • Detriment: -5
    • Fall: -4


    If a planet has no essential dignities nor debilities it is marked as peregrine, with a “p” and given a score of -5

    Mutual reception is not currently included in the calculations for dignity or debility.

    See the Skyscript forum for interesting posts on this subject:

    Dignity Scoring

    Essential Dignities and Peregrine

    Skyscript article

    Essential Dignities

    Example of the Essential Dignities Table as shown in AC


    Essential dignites table

    Essential dignities table


    Note the black star/asterisk next to a planet. This indicates that it has a value and is used to calculate the eventual score in the Score column. Eg Venus is in the Terms of Venus so is given a score of 2, but Venus is also in her detriment so she gets a score of -5. So the overall score is -3.

    Solar Fire difference

    You may notice a difference between the triplicity values in the Essential Dignities table shown by Solar Fire, Astro Gold and AstroConnexions.

    There are three settings available according to the SF help.

    • Ptolemy – As defined in his book “Tetrabiblos”
    • Lilly – As defined in his book “Christian Astrology”
    • Dorothean – According to Dorotheus of Sidon.

    Planetary Sect, Almutens

    Apropos Reporting for AC

    Reporting uses the Terms and Triplicities of planets for scoring.

    Displayed Terms and Triplicities

    terms trip annoted

    terms trip annoted


    Settings for Terms and Triplicities in the Essential Dignities Table


    Terms trip setting

    Terms trip setting


    Notes on the Settings


    • Dorotheus: Day/night values are used.
    • Lilly: Day/night values are used.
    • Ptolemy: Day/night values are used.


    D = Day N = Night P = Participatory


    • Ptolemy: as defined in Christian Astrology.
    • Egyptian/Chaldean: see various websites.

    Here’s an explanation about the use of triplicity by Lilly.

    Triplicity Rulers

    Essential Dignities and Debilities View #9

    For all charts, single and bi-wheel, excluding Gauquelin. For Your Charts and Provided charts.

    This is very useful when viewing bi-wheels, eg secondary progressed charts. Why? Bi-wheels do not show the terms and triplicities on the displayed chart. To see what term, for example the progressed sun is in check the dignities table. Alternatively view the progressed chart as a single-wheel.

    Essential dignities View #9

    Essential dignities View #9

    Long-press over the Essential Dignities and Debilities table view #9

    Dismiss the Dignities Settings to see the results reflected in the dignities table. To dismiss the Dignities Settings tap anywhere away from the Dignities Settings.

    Single Wheel/Bi-wheel – Essential Dignities table display

    When a single wheel chart is displayed the Essential Dignities table shows the calculations for the that display of planets.

    When a Bi-wheel chart is displayed the Essential Dignities table shows the calculations for the outside wheel planets/points, ie the applying planets.

    Note that a single chart can be natal, secondary progression, solar return. Same for bi-wheel charts.


    Example Essential Dignities table showing Egyptian Terms


    Egyptian Terms

    Egyptian Terms


    Single Tap over a planets position on the displayed chart

    Note that tapping a planet’s position shows the correct Terms for that planet and Triplicity as selected by the Terms/Triplicities settings. This has always been the case, except the Lilly triplicity was never shown.


    Single Tap Planet position showing details

    Single Tap Planet position showing details



    ASC/MC/POF values cannot be shown in the Essential Dignities table or the Essential Dignities View #9 for bi-wheel charts unless the ASC and MC and POF are shown on the displayed chart.


    Note that the plain chart does not show Terms or Triplicities as it would be impractical to do so.

    Bi-wheels do not show the Terms or Triplicities on the chart display wheel.

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