In the Tarot, the Sun is the one archetypal card whose corresponding astrological component is its own symbol; the subjective or philosophical aspect of the Sun. It is these properties that lead to prosperity, success and plentitude. This idea of solar death and rebirth is illustrated in the Egyptian Solar myth where the sun dies each night and enters the underworld, traveling in the bark of the Gods until it is born at the next sunrise.
When fully radiant, balanced and open, operating in perfect confidence and humility, one is able to attract exactly what is needed, and reflect away what is not. Each also has a sign of exaltation and a sign in which it falls. These are some of the different states the planet may be in. Rulership and Exaltation are called dignities, while Detriment and Fall are called debilities.
There is a system to the Rulership which we will cover in future lessons, but for now take note in the fact that the sign of rulership is the opposite sign as the sign of detriment, and the sign of exaltation is opposite to the sign of fall. To see the opposite sign, just look at the zodiac wheel.
This diagram shows each planet in its domicile: the sign which it rules. The five planets which are not luminaries not the Sun and Moon each rule 2 signs and are therefore seen twice on this chart. Only rulership is pictured here.
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The Sun rules Leo, therefore its detriment is the opposite sign, Aquarius. One way to understand the planetary energies in these states is to consider the debilities like reversals in the tarot. It is able to use all of its power to the fullest extent. DETRIMENT : This state is like the tarot reversal which causes the energy to be unbalanced, and therefore another area often needs to be supplemented in order for the operator to achieve balance. It should be viewed as a riddle or a challenge to sort out. Karma Report. Haunted by regrets?
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