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Dictionary of Astrological and Astronomical Terms

Compiled by Julene Packer-Louis, Evan Bortnick, and Jackie Goldstein

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Accidental Dignity

A placement which strengthens a planet because of its favorable position, aspect, or motion in the heavens at a given time, and which is not one of the essential dignities due to zodiac position as described by Ptolemy.

Lilly gave as some examples of accidental dignity: "Direct, swift in Motion, Angular, in Trine or Sextile with Jupiter or Venus, etc., or in Conjunction with certain notable fixed stars."

Another, more common example of accidental dignity would be Jupiter in the 9th House. In this last instance, Jupiter is accidentally dignified because Sagittarius is the natural ruler of the 9th House and Jupiter rules Sagittarius.

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