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Lesson 7: Dispositors: who’s in charge in your chart

A planet is influenced by the the qualities of the planet ruling the sign where it’s placed. This influence is so strong it is said to be the dispositor of that planet. For example, if Mars is placed in Taurus, then the active principle of Mars will be modified by the harmonising influence of Venus, the ruler of Taurus. Thus, the native will be more likely to use their energy to create stability and beauty rather than disruption. In this case Venus would be said to be the dispositor of Mars.

Often a chain of dispositors will be formed. For example Mars is in Taurus, dispositor Venus; Venus is in Pisces, dispositor Neptune; Neptune is in Virgo, dispositor Mercury and so on. Sometimes there will be one planet that is the final dispositor of all the rest and in such a case that planet will be of great importance in the chart. Usually however there will be several chains and thus several prominent dispositors, as in the example below.

How dispositors work





When two planets are disposited by each other, for example if the Sun is in Gemini and Mercury is in Leo, then they are said to be in mutual reception. Their expression will be closely connected and they will react off and modify one another. The relationship will be similar in effect to a Conjunction, a relationship between planets where the planets are forced to work closely together. Whether this relationship is successful depends on the planets involved, as well as the signs they are in! Some get along just fine, while others will struggle for power over each other.

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Feature image Conquering Defeat by Caspar David Friedrich.