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The Essential Dignities are an ancient astrological system that evaluates the relative power of a planet at a speci c degree of a sign.
When working with horary and electional astrology, the relative power of a planet matters, but this has limited practical value in natal astrology. When working with natal astrology, what matters are the planets that have dignity at a particular degree: the members of the Board of Directors.
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 ink of each sign as a corporation. A corporation has a CEO who is the public face of the company, and it has a Board of Directors who works behind the scenes to set the agenda of the company.  e ruler of the sign is the CEO, and the other planets with Essential Dignity for the speci c degree of a sign are the remaining members of the Board of Directors. In addition to pursuing its own agenda, every planet also needs to pursue the agenda of the members of the Board of Directors.  e more votes a planet has on the Board of Directors, the more important that planet’s agenda will be.
 e planet with dignity by Rulership gets 5 votes; the planet with dignity by Exaltation gets 4 votes; the planet with dignity by Triplicity gets 3 votes; the planet with dignity by Term gets 2 votes; and the planet with dignity by Face gets 1 vote. It’s possible for a single planet to hold multiple seats on the Board of Directors, giving that planet additional votes. Any planet that has at least 3 votes on the Board of Directors makes a signi cant and
An example of the Board of Directors of the Sign of Libra
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noticeable contribution to the recipe and needs to be considered.
You follow the same process when adding Board of Directors planets to the cake batter, with one important di erence.
You have to consider each Board of Directors planet as it relates to the bigger context: the speci c layer of the cake. When you mix in the Board of Directors planets, the in uence of the planets is obvious, but it’s not the pure expression of the planet.  ink of it like adding chocolate to the cake batter. You can























































































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