Planetary Dignities Table

Let's look at Monica Lewinsky's chart in connection with planetary dignities, critical degrees, elemental balances, and chart signature. Tables and Monica's chart can be printed out for further study.


Using the tables below for reference, you can see that Monica's Leo Sun is posited in the sign it rules, therefore, The Sun is considered to be in dignity. Monica's Moon in Taurus is in its exaltation. Monica's Mars in Aries is also in dignity. How about Neptune? It is at 4° Sagittarius -- therefore it is in critical degree.

By element (Fire, Earth, Air & Water), Monica has the Sun, Venus, Mars and Neptune in fire. She has the Moon in earth. Monica's Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto are all in air signs. Finally, Monica has Mercury in a water sign. Earth and water are low in elemental balance for Monica.

Monica's Ascendant, Midheaven, Mercury, Mars Uranus and Pluto reside in Cardinal signs. Her Sun, Moon and Jupiter are posited in Fixed signs. Monica's Saturn and Neptune are in mutable signs. When you merge the data together, you discover that Monica's chart signature is Cardinal Air and Fire, giving her strong Libra and Aries flavor.

Monica's chart angles, Ascendant at 15 Libra and Midheaven at 17 Cancer, place her identity and reputation at high risk as these angles will be impacted strongly by the eclipses of 1999. As of March 3, 1999, Monica appeared with Barbara Walters on 20/20 for her first public USA interview. The interview falls on the heels of the March 2, 1999 Full Moon at 11 Virgo (Moon) and 11 Pisces (Sun).

The lights fall in Monica's 11th and 5th houses, respectively. Monica's Neptune rules the Full Moon Sun so it is not surprising that the media is speculating upon how "truthful" she was with Barbara Walters. Monica's 10th house Mercury in Cancer rules the Full Moon at 11 Virgo which falls in her 11th house. Her elevated Mercury (on the fixed Star Procyon)¹ at least indicates that she has a quick, but not lasting "run" at the USA media (including her book), so she should push hard to make the best of her moment to convey her message.

On March 4, 1999, her book, authored by Andrew Morton of Princess Diana fame, was released and can be purchased at Amazon Books Online. If you want to study Monica more subjectively, reading this book may be helpful.

This is how you approach learning the basics of someone's chart. Understanding the condition of natal planets, elemental balance, and the chart signature will provide you with a fundamental "sense" of how the chart works.

For example, Venus in Libra, would function quite differently from Venus in Scorpio. Knowing that Venus is in her fall in Scorpio adds vital information. Aspects to Venus then, particularly squares or oppositions, will tip you off that Venus issues for that person run deep.

Planetary Dignities Table

Critical Degrees:

Cardinal Signs:

Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn: 0°, 13°, 26°

Fixed Signs:

Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius: 9°, 21°

Mutable Signs:

Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces: 4°, 17°

¹ The Fixed Star, Procyon: this star indicates a rise to fame with a sudden downfall. Although O.J. Simpson and Monica Lewinsky are in way comparable, O.J. also has his Mercury conjunct Procyon. These two cases certainly prove the case for studying fixed stars in relation to famous peoples' charts.




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