In astrology, essential dignity is the strength of a planet concerning its position in the zodiac in an astrological chart, not considering other, non-zodiacal, factors, which comprise the accidental dignities. Traditionally the five essential dignities, in decreasing order of importance and strength, are: An astrological chart (or horoscope) - Y2K Chart â This particular chart is calculated for January 1, 2000 at 12:01:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time in New York City, New York, USA. (Longitude: 074W0023 - Latitude: 40N4251), using the tropical zodiac Astrology (from Greek: Î±ÏÏÏÎ¿Î»Î¿Î³Î¯Î± = Î¬ÏÏÏÎ¿Î½, astron, star + Î»ÏÎ³Î¿Ï, logos, word) is... A planet in common parlance is a large object in orbit around a star that is not a star itself. ... This article is about the astrological concept. ... In the field of astrology and accidental dignity occurs when a planet or other celestial body is posited in a house of its natural rulership. ...
In astrology, domicile, rulership or house is the strongest essential dignity of a planet. ... In astrology, exaltation is the second strongest essential dignity of a planet, after the rulership or domicile. ...
In other words, essentialdignity seeks to view the strengths of a planet or point as though it were isolated from other factors in the sky of the natal chart.
By comparison, accidental dignity is the strength of the planet or point in relation to all the other factors in any given natal chart: for example, its proximity to other planets, angles of the chart and fixed stars, and the aspects (or symmetrical angular connections) it receives from other planets or points in the chart.
For example, the essentialdignity of Mars, if located at 27 degrees of Capricorn would take into account the fact that Mars is exalted in Capricorn, and also that it is the bounds ruler of the 27th degree of Capricorn and also the face ruler of the 27th degree of Capricorn.
In the same way that human dignity precedes the actualization of important functional capacities, the writer of Hebrews commented, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." (Hebrews 11:3, NKJ).
Even though the authority of Holy Scripture is not everywhere welcomed, the phrase "human dignity" coincides with the biblical ideal of worthiness due respect and lays an ethical foundation for treating fellow human beings in a manner pleasing to God.
Article 1 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights stipulates that, "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Likewise, the principle of individual autonomy preeminent in much bioethical discourse is grounded in the respect for persons that flows out of a robust appreciation of human dignity.
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