Dignity


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Dignity

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

The term dignity is part of a traditional schema for classifying certain sign placements of planets. A planet is said to be in its dignity (or in its domicile) when in the sign it rules. For example, because Mercury rules Gemini, it is in dignity when in the sign Gemini. As the name of the term implies, this is regarded as a fortunate placement; a planet in its dignity is traditionally regarded as being in harmony with the sign and consequently strengthened. For example, a person born during a period when Mercury was in Gemini has—unless other factors in the natal chart mitigate against it—a good mind and good basic communication skills.

The attitude of modern astrologers toward the traditional dignities is mixed, partly because natal planets placed in their dignities are not always the unmitigated blessings one might anticipate. The Moon in the sign of its dignity, Cancer, for example, is a highly sensitive placement that, unless counterbalanced by other factors, tends to make a person too sensitive and moody. More generally, all of the traditional dignities should be utilized with caution.

The situation is different in horary astrology, where the classical dignities have a definite bearing on the question being asked. In Vedic astrology, a planet that is placed in the sign it rules is also regarded as being fortunately placed and strong.

Sources:

Brau, Jean-Louis, Helen Weaver, and Allan Edmands. Larousse Encyclopedia of Astrology. New York: New American Library, 1980.
DeVore, Nicholas. Encyclopedia of Astrology. New York: Philosophical Library, 1947.

Dignity

See also Noblemindedness.
cherub
celestial being symbolizing dignity, glory, and honor. [Heraldry: Halberts, 23]
cloves
symbolic of stateliness. [Plant Symbolism and Folklore: Jobes, 350]
dahlia
symbol of dignity. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 406]
ermine
fur which represents nobility. [Heraldry: Halberts, 13]
strawberry
symbolizes esteem. [Flower Symbolism: Flora Symbolica, 177]
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In his port was the dignity of one who had borne His Majesty's commission, and who was therefore illuminated by a ray of the splendour that shone so dazzlingly about the throne.
When Rowena perceived the Knight Templar's eyes bent on her with an ardour, that, compared with the dark caverns under which they moved, gave them the effect of lighted charcoal, she drew with dignity the veil around her face, as an intimation that the determined freedom of his glance was disagreeable.
For examples of the second sort of lineage, that began with greatness and maintains it still without adding to it, there are the many princes who have inherited the dignity, and maintain themselves in their inheritance, without increasing or diminishing it, keeping peacefully within the limits of their states.
If it be a public trust or office, in which they are clothed with equal dignity and authority, there is peculiar danger of personal emulation and even animosity.
pursued and scorned of fate, I have again allowed myself to abjure my own dignity.
If he had been wavering before as to what he should do, which had often seemed likely, the advice and intreaty of so near a relation might settle every doubt, and determine him at once to be as happy as dignity unblemished could make him.
answered the queen, endeavoring to assume something of her former dignity.
No sooner does an Indian belle experience this promotion, than all her notions at once rise and expand to the dignity of her situation, and the purse of her lover, and his credit into the bargain, are taxed to the utmost to fit her out in becoming style.
Rann was inwardly maintaining the dignity of the Church in the face of this scandalous irruption of Methodism, and as that dignity was bound up with his own sonorous utterance of the responses, his argument naturally suggested a quotation from the psalm he had read the last Sunday afternoon.
When Major Effingham yielded to the claims of age, he retired with dignity, refusing his half-pay or any other compensation for services that he felt he could no longer perform.
I scorned to answer: it would have been beneath my dignity.
It is always possible to comport oneself with dignity.