Talk: The Dispositor Tree

Talk: The Dispositor Tree

The Dispositor Tree

A talk by Alison Price

Monday, May 9th 2016, 7:30pm.

Room 417, The Anvil Center, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC.

Close to New West Skytrain station.

In every chart there are standout planets and background planets. Come along and discover the important planets in your chart.

  • You will find out how to use the ancient techniques of essential dignities.
  • Take your knowledge one step further and construct your natal chart’s dispositor tree.
  • Learn about the five dispositor tree structures and what each one means.
  • Find any gateway planets and understand how the energy flows within your chart.

This talk will provide you with interpretation skills you can use right now in your readings.

Some handouts are provided. Please bring your chart. Intermediate astrology.

Under the auspices of the Fraser Valley Astrological Guild, members free, drop in fee $15.

Speaker: Alison Price

Alison Price is a consulting astrology in Vancouver. She believes in empowering you to live a creative life through the art of astrology.


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Essential Dignities

Essential Dignities

Essential Dignity

What is Essential Dignity?

Essential dignities refer to a planet in a sign and whether the planet is well placed in that sign or not.


What Planets to Consider

Traditionally, we usually only look at the visible planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) when assessing essential dignity.

However, you can also consider the modern planets (Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) if you use these planets in your daily practice.


Four Essential Dignity States

Initially we are concerned with the essential dignity states of Rulership, Exaltation, Detriment and Fall.


Essential Dignities Table

The table below I created from information found in, arguably the greatest astrology book of all time, Tetrabiblos by Claudius Ptolemy. Any errors are my own.



Rulerships are listed in the red column in the table.

When a planet is in its own sign it is in dignity or rulership.

A planet in rulership gains 5 points.

Planetary Expression

A planet functions well in rulership as its urges are in line with the sign. A dignified planet can most easily express itself. It can work at 100% of its meaning.

Example: Venus in Libra (Relating & partners).


Rulership Person Example

A planet in rulership is like the owner of a home. They can do what they like and have full access to every nook and cranny of the home.

Planets in Rulership

This is a list of all the planets in their rulership. Check your chart for planets in rulership and note they get 5 points.


  • Sun in Leo
  • Moon in Cancer
  • Mercury in Gemini or Virgo
  • Venus in Taurus or Libra
  • Mars in Aries or Scorpio
  • Jupiter in Sagittarius or Pisces
  • Saturn in Capricorn or Aquarius

Planets in Exaltation

The blue column lists the exalted palents. Exalted planets get 4 points.


Exaltation Expression

When a planet is in the sign of its exaltation it functions well and is in line with the sign meaning. A planet in exaltation expresses intensity of energy.


Exalted Person Example

An exalted planet is like an invited guest to your home. They are like visitors who come for tea or the babysitter who uses the kitchen and can make a meal if they want.

They have access to many things, but they will not just start to paint the basement or take a shower.

An exalted planet is welcomed into the sign by the sign ruler.


Example: Saturn in Libra (Responsible and balanced).


Exalted Planets

The planets in exaltation are listed below. Check your chart and give exalted planet 4 points.


  • Sun in Aries
  • Moon in Taurus
  • Mercury in Virgo
  • Mars in Capricorn
  • Jupiter in Cancer
  • Saturn in Libra


Planets in fall are shown in yellow in the table.

When a planet is in the sign opposite its exaltation it is in its fall. A planet in fall gets a score of -4.


Fall Expression

This is a difficult placement, as the planet will struggle to reach its full potential here. A planet here is weak.

Example: Sun in Libra (Individual’s needs vs. partner’s needs).

Fall Person Example

A planet in fall is like the lawn guy or the pool guy. They come onto your property and attend to the outside, but they do not come into the home. They are not really welcome and you probably know their name but that’s about all.

These people are tolerated and planets in fall are tolerated by the sign they are in and the sign ruler (host) itself.


Fall Planets

Planets in fall are listed here. Check your chart and give fall planets a score of -4.


  • Sun in Libra.
  • Moon in Scorpio.
  • Mercury in Pisces.
  • Venus in Virgo.
  • Mars in Cancer.
  • Jupite in Cancer.
  • Saturn Aries.




Detriment palnts are shown in the green column in the table. Planets in detriment get a score of -5.

When a planet is in the sign opposite the sign of its dignity it is in its detriment.


Detriment Expression

This is not a good placement for the planet as its urges can be surpressed and thwarted.

Example: Mars in Libra (needs independence vs. needs of others).


Detriment Person Example

A planet in detriment is like the garbage truck guys. They attend to the property, but do not enter the house. They will not enter and are probably not welcome to just pop in for tea.

The planet in detriment is not really welcomed into the sign by the sign ruler (the host).

Detrimented Planets

This lists all the palents in detrimen. Check your chart and these planets get a score of -5.


  • Sun in Aquarius
  • Moon in Capricorn
  • Mercury in Sagittarius or Pisces.
  • Venus in Aries or Scorpio.
  • Jupiter in Gemini or Virgo.
  • Saturn in Cancer or Leo.

Peregrine Planets

A planet is peregrine when it does not have any essential dignity. This imparts a neutral energy.

Example: Moon in Libra (but not when the Moon is at 0-9 degrees Libra = face)


Note for the purists A planet is peregrine when it does not have any essential dignity by rulership, exaltation, term, face, detriment or fall.

Author Bio

Alison encourages you to explore your unique creativity and live a satisfying life through your personal astrology. She offers her insights from the heart and with a sense of humor.

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