Like birth charts, basic dignities are fixed, which means they don’t change over time. “The moment you are born, this is your chart,” explains reader and intuitive astrologer, Shekinah ‘Ninah’ Davis, and you can use it to determine if any of the planetary positions appear on your chart of cardinal virtues.
For example, in my chart, my Moon is rising in Taurus, while Neptune is in Fall, in Capricorn. Note: You may not see any or all of your planets represented in the four cardinal characters because not all of them have placements within this quadruple. Now that you have your placements, let’s break down the meaning of each.
Dwelling status in astrology
When the planets are in their home, you can rest assured that you will experience the fullness of their energies. This is your happy place.
Examples of what this pairing could look like when embodied include Jennifer Lawrence, Demi Lovato, Barack Obama, Viola Davis, Elisabeth Moss, Sandra Bullock, Meghan Markle, Martha Stewart, Ben Affleck and his wife Jennifer Lopez, all of them enjoying the sunshine. Leo. “The sun is what you want from life,” explains astrologer Ali Looper. “It’s the brightest star. You want to be seen, you want to shine.”
If you think of the group as a collective, they all seem comfortable in the spotlight. “People with their Sun in Leo are very relaxed and don’t need prodding to get on stage,” says Davis. “But if your Sun is in Leo, don’t forget to turn off the light sometimes. Remember, even the sun must set.”
Harmful status in astrology
Damage is the opposite of analgesic. Each of the twelve signs of the zodiac has an opposite partner that six signs sit on. If we take the Moon for example, it will be home in Cancer, but detrimental in Capricorn, which is the opposite sign of Cancer.
When you label a planet as harmful, “things aren’t going to be as straightforward as any resident,” Davis says. But there is a silver lining. “It will offer opposing ideas and a new perspective on things,” she adds.
A great example of this kind of fickle thinking is Lady Gaga, who is harmed by Mercury in Pisces. People who harm Mercury (the planet of expression and communication) in Pisces can be misunderstood, Davis says, which seems to be true of Born this way Singer. In 2012, during the opening show for her residency in Vegas, Lady Gaga gave an emotional speech about people not understanding her, saying in part: “For a really long time, I felt misunderstood — the way I dress and the way I spoke, my attitude, they thought it was shallow. But that *is*” *t is as deep as f**k.”
Almighty placement in astrology
“Transcendence, also known as exaltation, is where the planet can do its best work, express, and realize its highest potential,” Looper says. “It’s all about being able to be there and where that honors your energy and allows you to express it well.”
Taylor Swift’s chart sees her Jupiter in Cancer, which is in exaltation. Jupiter is known as the planet of luck and fortune and is associated with generosity, kindness, and optimistic thinking. “Jupiter in Cancer shows compassion and wisdom that expresses itself creatively,” says astrologer and intuitive healer, Rachel Lang. These are traits that can be clearly seen (and heard lyrically) from the “All Too Well” singer.
Autumn status in astrology
Fall is the opposite of exaltation and is considered the most negative expression of a planet. While this may sound unfortunate, Davis reminds those with these placements that there is a positive perspective. “The planets in their fall have the advantage of shifting and progressing into stagnation, depression, or unexpressed energy,” she says.
Fall placements will require questioning yourself and your choices in this sector of your chart and life. Davis says, “One of the secret keys to using a planet in its downfall is to ask yourself, ‘Am I falling back into something that’s been holding me back, or am I falling back into something bigger?'” “
Davis gives the example of Snoop Dogg (The Moon in Autumn is in Scorpio) and his 1992 debut album, Doggystyle. On top of that, the track “Murder Was the Case” is a semi-autobiographical retelling of the first-degree murder charge he faced. “He moved forward by turning his experience into music after proving himself innocent,” explains Davis. “He could have fallen back into the system that was set up for him to go to jail, but he chose to do something different.”