In Western astrology a planet is considered to be in detriment if located in a sign opposite the one it rules, as Mars in Libra. Vedic astrology, we should note, does not recognize this. Location in a sign opposite a sign ruled by a planet is considered positive as it allows a planet to aspect its own sign by its main or opposition (180 degree) aspect. The rule in Vedic astrology is that a planet is strong if it can aspect its own sign. This is particularly true of planets which possess no special aspects. For example, the Moon in Capricorn can be considered favorable, as it is only from there that it can aspect its own sign, Cancer.

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