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Dictionary of Astrological and Astronomical Terms

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

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The Almuten of any degree of the zodiac is the planet that has the most total essential dignity at that degree. Some degrees may have more than one Almuten (e.g., if two planets are equally dignified in that degree, they are both Almuten there). Lilly writes, "The Almuten of any house is that planet who has most dignities in the sign ascending or descending on the Cusp of any house, whereon or from whence you require your judgment."

Because signs may have both day and night rulers, Almutens may vary for the same degree of the zodiac, depending on whether it is a day or night chart. In addition, the chart as a whole can have an Almuten which Lilly defines as, "that Planet who in Essential and Accidental dignities is most powerful in the whole Scheme of Heaven." Also referred to as Lord of the Geniture in nativities.

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