I’m often asked about the difference between a planet in its home sign, or domicile, and a planet in the sign of its exaltation. Both are positive placements that give the planet involved extra power and oomph in the chart. But what, exactly, is the difference?
· A planet in exaltation is an honored guest. An exalted planet doesn’t rule the sign it’s in, but the red carpet is rolled out nonetheless. I liken it to being at an all-expenses-paid resort. It’s got room service, champagne, spa treatments, the works. This is wonderful, but this is also when people (and planets) go wild. These are the circumstances where people get drunk and start throwing furniture out the window because they know that someone else will have to clean it up. So, in essence, a planet in exaltation has no responsibilities but an excess of free rein.
· A planet in domicile is at home, with all the rights and responsibilities that entails. A planet in domicile makes the rules, but also is responsible for running the place. Planets here can walk around naked if they want to, but they still have to make sure the trash is taken out. Planets here are strong and powerful, but reined in by their responsibilities. They may not be able to go wild, but they also not going to trash the place.
So what’s the difference between domicile and exaltation? Domicile is like being at home. You have to keep up with your responsibilities, but you also get to make the rules. And exaltation is wild and free, with all the issues that implies. It’s the difference between walking around naked in your own home and going on a wild vacation. Vacations are nice, but if you ask me, walking around naked wins every time!
Do you have planets in domicile or exaltation? How do they function?