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Friendly planets [DeVore]

Ptolemy appeared to believe that those planets which have rulership, exaltation or triplicity in each other's Signs should be classed as friendly planets. Other authorities class them as follows:

Sununfriendly only to Saturn.
Moonunfriendly only to Mars and Saturn.
Venusunfriendly only to Saturn.
Marsfriendly with Venus only.
Jupiterunfriendly only to Mars.
Saturnfriendly only to the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter.


Just how Saturn can be friendly to the Sun when the latter is unfriendly to him is nowhere explained, and James Wilson says the entire concept is nonsense. However, a little thought will discern its basic truth when the qualities of the various vibrations are considered, and as regards the Sun-Saturn objection what Ptolemy probably meant was Saturn's application in beneficent aspect to the solar orb, for no one can deny that a sextile or trine from Saturn to the Sun mightily strengthens the latter and agrees with its purpose.

See also:
♦ Ptolemaic Astrology


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