Celestial State Assessment Example

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Celestial State Assessment Example

May 28, 2024, 5:35 a.m. Alexey Borealis 4 min. to read


Planet’s Action Relative to House

The celestial state of a planet determines what precisely it will do relative to a specific astrological house:

  • Will it create good things according to a favorable house or destroy them, and to what extent?
  • Will it create evil things according to an unfavorable house or mitigate/protect from them?

You already know that to assess a planet’s celestial state, we look at its compatibility with the Zodiac sign it occupies, close aspects from other planets it receives, and the state of its dispositor.

The table below provides a general idea of the planet’s action according to its celestial state. We will consider whether the significator is universally malefic (Saturn and Mars) or benefic (all the rest). Also, remember that the 6th, 8th, and 12th, together with the 7th house (regarding conflicts), are unfavorable.

Planet Celestial State Favorable House Unfavorable house
Benefic Good Effectively produces the good things of that house. Effectively mitigates the evil of the house, or cancels it.
Malefic Good Produces good things of this house, but through hardships, deprivation, or vicious ways. Does not cancel the evil of the house. Instead, it creates a malevolent event either in a mild form or with subsequent rescue.
Benefic Neutral Produces things of average quality, quantity, or duration Does not create nor cancel the evil of the house, only mitigates it.
Malefic Neutral Does not produce, nor cancel the affairs of the house. Instead, it hinders their manifestation. Does not protect but instead creates the evil.
Benefic Bad Either gives nothing or gives through hardships, deprivation, or in an unreliable or ineffective way It does not protect from evil. On the contrary, it may create one.
Malefic Bad It does not produce the good things but rather cancels them. And if it creates them, it’s through misfortune. Effectively produces evil things, making them even worse.

Example of Natal Chart

Let’s see how it works. Look at Venus in my natal chart below. By its position in the 12th house, it is most strongly determined to manifest itself in the 12th house matters—diseases, secret enemies, imprisonment, or exile.

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But how will it operate within the framework of the 12th house? Let’s assess Venus’ celestial state.

  • It’s a natural benefic in its triplicity, making it a moderately noble planet.
  • Its dispositor, Saturn, is detrimental. It worsens Venus’ condition, but not so much as to cancel its moderately noble state.

Now, let’s assess how close aspects from other planets alter this picture.

Venus receives a close sextile from the Moon. Although a sextile is a weak aspect, its proximity to Venus and the fact that it is an applying aspect make it the most influential.

  • The Moon is a natural benefic and peregrine, making it a favorable planet overall. The Moon has no maleficent qualities except that it rules the unfavorable 6th house. This doesn’t cancel its overall noble condition but adds a small portion of badness.
  • The aspect from the Moon is favorable, meaning it places all the good things from the Moon and holds back most of her bad qualities in the degree of her sextile. Since the Moon has a small portion of badness, sextile aspect brings this badness practically to zero. So, we can say that the “copy” of the Moon in the degree of her sextile is generally favorable. However, note that this “copy” has landed in the sign of the Moon’s exile, thereby making the sextile of the Moon moderately destructive.
  • Finally, let’s consider reception. The Moon exalts Venus. This means the Moon, and therefore its “moderately bad copy,” will strive with all means to assist Venus or protect it. It compensates for the adverse effect of the aspect, making the Moon’s sextile useless—it doesn’t change Venus’ celestial condition in any way.

N.B.: An aspect does not modify a planet’s universal nature, which can be benefic or malefic. For example, the square of Saturn in Aquarius diminishes all the beneficence Saturn has in its domicile, leaving an almost neutral copy in the place of the aspect. But this nearly neutral copy still possesses the nature of Saturn, which we consider naturally malefic. Hence, a Saturnian copy in place of its square is no longer neutral but slightly harmful.

The second close aspect that Venus receives is Jupiter’s trine. Although the trigon is a relatively strong aspect, it is separating. In addition, Venus is far from it, almost at the edge of Jupiter’s 8-degree orb. Hence, the influence of this aspect on Venus’s celestial condition is negligibly small, so we can disregard it.

So, close aspects do not change Venus’s celestial state—it remains a moderately noble planet.

Since Venus’ celestial state contradicts the evil nature of the 12th house, Venus cannot produce diseases or secret enemies, at least by its bodily position. However, Venus has “copies” in the degrees of its aspects. These copies also relate to the 12th house, and some may be destructive, which would align with the 12th house’s nature. Such degrees can produce diseases, exile, and so on.

Let’s consider Venus’ aspects. I’ll provide a brief comment on each aspect’s action in the table below.

Aspect Degree Comment Effect
Sinister t 17° c Places Venus’ noble qualities in its place of exaltation. Highly favorable
Sinister r 17° a Places a slightly unfavorable copy of Venus (due to its connection with the 12th and 8th houses) in its place of exile. Notably Destructive
Sinister e 17° s Places Venus’ noble qualities in its place of rulership. Highly favorable
w 17° f Places slightly unfavorable copy of Venus without any changes. Slightly harmful
Dexter e 17° h Places favorable copy of Venus in its place of fall. Moderately harmful
Dexter r 17° j Places a slightly unfavorable copy of Venus in its domicile, though position in an unfavorable house moderates the effect. Moderately favorable
Dexter t 17° k Places Venus’s noble qualities in its place of exile. Moderately harmful

As you can see in my horoscope, only one point associated with Venus in the 12th house is most capable of actualizing that house’s evil. It is 17 Aries. This point is called the promittor of disease, exile, and secret enemies.

The rest of the aspects, including Venus’s bodily position, are either little capable or not capable at all of actualizing the evils of the 12th house. It is elementary to verify in practice.

In my adult life, there was only one significant disease (not counting minor and childhood illnesses)—it was an acute kidney desease that occurred during the winter between 2008 and 2009. I was very bad and hospitalized for several weeks then.

Validation of Celestial State Assessment

Although we discuss primary directions in detail in a separate article, I want to demonstrate how they work. Think of primary directions as applying aspects in horary astrology: We have two significators, ASC (the body in natal astrology in health-related questions) and Venus (illness). Venus may apply to ASC in different ways, such as conjunction, trine, etc. But one of them—we expect it to be sinister square—should produce illness, while others do not.

Let’s list the primary directions of all Venus’ aspects to the ascendant that were performed before 2024.

# Primary Aspect Age of life Time Event
1 ASC q R (Sinister) 3.8 March 1980 Nothing
2 ASC t R (Sinister) 23.3 October 2000 Nothing
2 ASC r R (Sinister) 31.7 February 2009 Acute kidney desease occurred during the winter between 2008 and 2009
4 ASC e R (Sinister) 41.9 April 2018 Nothing

We have seen confirmation of Venus’s action with an accuracy of a few months. Remarkably, according to its first determination, Venus among the diseases indicates kidney disorders.

Alexey Borealis

Alexey Borealis

Master of Science in Physics, Professional astrologer (QHC, DMA). About the author