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5 articles for "Accidental"

Accidental Ascendant [Astro*Index]

A technique of Evangeline Adams whereby natal planets are placed in houses determined by the ascendant of the horary moment. The chart symbolizes the relationship between an individual and the moment in question.

See also:
♦ Adams, Evangeline
Accidental Ascendant [DeVore]

A device employed by Evangeline Adams whereby to draw Horary interpretations from a natal Figure. In applying this method one determines the Ascendant for the moment the question is propounded, and rotates the Figure until this degree occupies the East point.

See also:
♦ Adams, Evangeline
Accidental Debility [Astro*Index]

Refers to house position, aspect, or planetary motion that weakens a planet's influence. Lilly's point system for accidental debility is best known whereby planets are weighted according to their condition in the chart.

Lilly assigned -5 points to planets in detriment, peregrine planets, planets in the 12th house, retrograde planets, and planets combust, exactly conjunct Mars or Saturn, besieged by Mars or Saturn, or within 5 degrees of Algol. -4 points to planets in fall or under the sunbeams, planets exactly conjunct the south lunar node, and planets exactly opposite Mars or Saturn. -3 points planets exactly square Mars or Saturn and -2 points to planets in the 6th or 8th houses, slower than average in daily motion along the ecliptic, and for Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn an occidental relationship to the Sun and for the Moon, Mercury, and Venus an oriental relationship to the Sun.

See also:
♦ Accidental Dignity ♦ Detriment ♦ Peregrine ♦ Retrograde ♦ Combust ♦ Besieged ♦ Algol ♦ Fall ♦ Under the Sunbeams ♦ Occidental or Oriental
Accidental Dignity [Astro*Index]

Also called Accidental Fortitude. A house position, aspect condition, or planetary motion said to strengthen a planet's influence.

In general, angular houses are the strongest, cadent the weakest, mutable in between. Lilly's point system for accidental dignity is the most elaborate, whereby planets are point-weighted to determine their strength or efficacy concerning a horary question. Lilly awarded +6 points to planets conjunct Regulus, +5 points to planets in the 10th or 1st houses, planets not combust the Sun, cazimi planets, planets exactly conjunct Venus or Jupiter or Spica; +4 points to planets in the 4th, 7th, or 11th houses, direct planets (not retrograde), planets exactly conjunct the north lunar node, and planets exactly trine Venus or Jupiter; +3 points to planets in the 2nd or 5th houses and planets sextile Venus or Jupiter; +2 points to planets in the 9th house, planets moving faster than their average daily motion along the ecliptic, for oriental Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn or occidental Moon, Mercury, or Venus; +1 point for planets in the 3rd house.

See also:
♦ Accidental Debility ♦ Regulus ♦ Combust ♦ Cazimi ♦ Spica ♦ Occidental or Oriental
Accidental Dignity [DeVore]

A planet in its Debility is generally to be interpreted as an indication of weakness in that it increases the bad effects of malefic, and lessens the possibilities for good of a benefic.

Of the Accidental Dignities the strongest is placement in Angular Houses: firstly, the Tenth; then, in order, the First, Seventh and Fourth Houses. The Succedent Houses come next, with the Cadent Houses weakest.

Other Accidental Dignities, according to older authorities, are: favorable aspects to Fortune; freedom from combustion; favorable aspects from benefics; swift in motion and increasing in light; and in a House which corresponds to the Sign of its Essential Dignity - as the Sun in the Fifth House, corresponding to Leo; Moon in the Fourth House, corresponding to Cancer; Mercury in the Third or Sixth House, corresponding to Gemini and Virgo; and so on.

Modern authorities, however, usually confine the use of the term to House placement or Elevation. Accidental Dignities are not necessarily benevolent. The increased strength may result harmfully if expressed through unfavorable aspects. The number of planets which are accidentally dignified is a character - index of importance. A planet so placed as to gain strength by way of Essential or Accidental dignity, does not necessarily confer a benevolent disposition. For example, a significator that is exalted, angular, and not afflicted indicates a person of haughty arrogant nature, assuming more than is his due. Charles E. 0. Carter considers that a planet in its own sign benefits quantitatively, but not qualitatively; i.e., its strength is increased, but not necessarily rendered benefic. Point values by which to judge the relative strength of the Accidental Dignities, as listed by Wilson, are: v. Dignities.


Ascendant or Midheaven5
Besieged by Jupiter and Venus6
Partile conj. with Jupiter and Venus5
Conj. Cor Leonis6
Conj. Spica5
4th, 7th or 11th House4
Direct motion4
Partile conj., North Node4
Partile trine, Jupiter and Venus4
Partile sextile, Jupiter and Venus3
2nd or 5th House2
9th House2
Swift of motion2
Increasing in light2
Saturn, oriental2
Jupiter, oriental2
Mars, oriental2
Moon, occidental2
Mercury, occidental2
Venus, occidental2
3rd House1
In the Term of Jupiter or Venus1


Point values of the Accidental Debilities are:

Besieged by Mars and Saturn6
Partile conj., Mars and Saturn5
Conj. Caput Algol6
12th House5
Under the Sunbeams4
6th or 8th House4
Partile conj., South Node4
Partile opposition, Mars or Saturn4
Partile square, Mars or Saturn3
Decreasing in light2
Decreasing in motion, or slow2
Saturn occidental2
Jupiter occidental2
Moon oriental2
Mercury oriental2
Venus oriental2
In term of Mars or Saturn1


See also:
♦ Dignities ♦ Accidental Debility ♦ Regulus ♦ Combust ♦ Cazimi ♦ Spica ♦ Occidental or Oriental


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