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Exaltations & Detriments

The terms “exaltation” and “detriment” are familiar to many astrologers today as part of the Essential Dignities of the planetary rulership scheme. Dignity primarily refers to a planet being in its own sign of rulership or its sign of exaltation. The opposite of “dignity” in this model is “debility”. This occurs when a planet is in the opposite sign of its rulership or exaltation. While there are other forms of planetary dignity such as triplicity rulers, they are beyond the scope of this article.

The Uranus Opposition and The “Mid-Life Crisis”

It happens to all of us when we enter our 40s, the so-called “mid-life crisis” – or as known in the astrological and Human Design world as the “Uranus Opposition”. Astrologically, this is the time in which the transiting planet Uranus has traversed 180 degrees of the zodiac from the position it was at the time of one’s birth. This event occurs at approximately 42 years of age depending on how fast Uranus was moving at the time of birth.

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