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Planetary Dignities

Planets are happiest when they are placed in their respective Exaltation signs, and saddest when they are placed in their respective Debilitation signs. The order of happiness granted by placements is as follows: 


Exaltation > Moolatrikona > Own > Friend > Neutral > Enemy > Dushkona > Debilitation

 

Note 1: For every planet, Exaltation and Debilitation signs are mutually opposite.

Note 2: For every planet except Mercury, Exaltation sign is not a sign of its ownership.

Note 3: For every planet except Moon, Moolatrikona sign is a sign of its ownership.

 

Sun is exalted in Aries, the 1st sign of Natural Zodiac.

Sun is debilitated in Libra, the 1st sign of Natural Zodiac.

Saturn is exalted in Libra, the 7th sign of Natural Zodiac.

Saturn is debilitated in Aries, the 7th sign of Natural Zodiac.

Sun and Saturn are great enemies.


 Jupiter is exalted in Cancer, the 4th sign of Natural Zodiac.

 Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn, the 10th sign of Natural Zodiac.

Mars is exalted in Capricorn, the 10th sign of Natural Zodiac.

Mars is debilitated in Cancer, the 4th sign of Natural Zodiac.

 Jupiter and Mars are great friends.


Mercury is exalted in Virgo, the 6th sign of Natural Zodiac.

Mercury is debilitated in Pisces, the 12th sign of Natural Zodiac.

Venus is exalted in Pisces, the 12th sign of Natural Zodiac.

Venus is debilitated in Virgo, the 6th sign of Natural Zodiac.

Mercury and Venus are great friends.


Moon is exalted in Taurus, the 2nd sign of Natural Zodiac.

Moon is debilitated in Scorpio, the 8th sign of Natural Zodiac.

Ketu is exalted in Scorpio, the 8th sign of Natural Zodiac. (As per BPHS and popular belief.)

Ketu is debilitated in Taurus, the 2nd sign of Natural Zodiac. (As per BPHS and popular belief.) 

Moon and Ketu are great enemies.


Also, the above selection of Scorpio as the exaltation sign for Ketu preserves the symmetry in two ways. One is the pairing with Moon similar to other pairings. Other is the analogy with Sun-Saturn pair. Sun is a luminary, exalted in a sign of Mars. Saturn is Sun's enemy, exalted in a sign of Venus. In contrast, Moon is a luminary, exalted in a sign of Venus. So, to maintain symmetry, Ketu should be exalted in a sign of Mars, Scorpio (as it is opposite to Moon's exaltation sign).