The Best & Worst Placements For Each Planet In The Birth Chart

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In the birth chart, each planet excels or is challenged depending upon the sign that it is in, which can dictate a great deal about the path of your life.  

In astrology, there are four essential dignities, or categories, that planets are split into to show whether they operate at their strongest or weakest energies: rulers, exalted, detriment, and fall.  

Depending on what sign each planet is in it will either mean greater ease and success or numerous challenges and effort to utilize the energies present.

Essential dignities in astrology

These placements are determined by the time, location, and date of your birth within your birth or natal chart. 

While planets are always shifting signs, the location of a planet within your birth chart does not change because it is based on the exact locations at the specific time of your birth.  

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When a planet is in its ruling sign, it is like it is home.  

It is comfortable there and means that the planet and the sign both possess the same qualities and characteristics making it a super-powered energy.


When exalted, it means the best possible placement because some different qualities are present, such as grounding or a connection to intuition. 

In this case, its energies are magnified allowing you to make the most of the placement and see remarkable success. 

However, in others, planets can seemingly not be extraordinarily strong at all and in fact may be the cause for many difficulties in both personal and professional areas.  


When a planet is in its detriment it means that it is in its opposing sign to the one that rules it. 

This means that it is about as far away from home as it can get and feels very challenged here.  

It does not like the differences and does not know how to work with them, so its energy is stunted.


A planet in fall means that the planet is operating at its lowest possible energy.  

When a planet is in its fall it likely will not be felt as significant energy in the birth chart and even in your own life, almost feeling like you are missing something everyone else has.  

Even challenging zodiac placements can be worked with to create a more beneficial outcome but that is why knowing can help you do the work to achieve that.

Best and worst placements for each planet in astrology 

1. Venus  

Best Venus signs: Taurus, Libra, and Pisces  

Taurus and Libra are the home signs for the planet of love which means that Venus will be operating at its best because it is comfortable with the energies of these two signs. In Pisces, it is exalted, meaning that it is the best possible placement for Venus because it can love exactly as it is meant to.

These placements increase the ease of relationships, financial matters, and overall life enjoyment.  

Difficult Venus signs: Scorpio, Aries, and Virgo  

Scorpio and Aries are the opposite signs of those that rule Venus which makes them almost automatically the worst possible placement for Venus. This is because the nature of these signs goes against the qualities of this planet instead of working with it, especially Virgo which Venus is in fall in.

Having any of these Venus signs can make love and relationships extremely difficult as well as those matters related to career and finances.  

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2. Sun 

Best Sun signs: Leo and Aries 

The Sun rules Leo and gives it its mantra of ‘follow your heart’ which both the Sun and Leo love to do. The Sun is strong here in Leo and because Aries is a fellow fire sign with similar qualities to it, it also can find the same strength here as well.

Both signs prefer action and are extremely motivated and because the Sun rules external action, then makes it the perfect placement.  

Difficult Sun signs: Aquarius and Libra  

Aquarius and Libra are both air signs which means that they are going to have to think things over before taking action. They also are the opposing signs of Leo and Aries making them in many ways the enemy of the Sun.

In this placement they both represent the detriment and fall of the Sun; they will struggle with motivation and are likely to be found overthinking rather than taking action.  

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3. Moon 

Best Moon signs: Cancer and Taurus  

Cancer is the natural ruler of the Moon which makes it a perfect location to do what it does best, which is feel.

Taurus and Cancer are so connected both by qualities and even similarities in their nature that it is no surprise that the Moon is exalted in this romantic earth sign. Taurus is one of the rulers of Venus who is most known for its influence over love and the Moon is all about your emotional self. So, it is a natural coming together and strengthening of their greatest strengths.  

Difficult Moon signs: Capricorn and Scorpio 

Once again, Capricorn and Scorpio represent the opposing signs of Cancer and Taurus. This means that they lack the ability to connect emotionally and vulnerably, two requirements of the Moon.

The Moon is in detriment in Capricorn and fall within Scorpio. This is because Capricorn is overly logical and Scorpio tends to be a bit too dark and obsessive, none of which is what the moon is all about.

These difficult Moon signs can make romantic relationships incredibly challenging.  

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4. Mercury 

Best Mercury signs: Gemini and Virgo 

Mercury is the ruler of the mind and rules both Gemini and Virgo. This means that within this placement, most of Mercury’s energy is made available and operates the best.

Quick thinking skills, attention to detail, and the ability to take an idea and make it a reality is why both of these signs are excellent placements. This allows those with this placement to be masters of their own destiny and able to create whatever it is they think of.  

Difficult Mercury signs: Sagittarius and Pisces  

Both Sagittarius and Pisces are known as the philosophers of the zodiac. They are able to think about multiple various possibilities scenarios and as the opposing signs to Gemini and Virgo, this makes this placement more challenging.

Mercury in Sagittarius and Pisces has a tough time thinking logically and being able to plan a path ahead because of that. While Mercury is in detriment in both Sagittarius and Pisces, in Pisces it is also in its fall which means that it is operating at its weakest.  

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5. Mars 

Best Mars signs: Aries, Scorpio, and Capricorn 

Mars is the planet of action, ambition, and passion. In Aries, its home sign, it is able to do all of this with ease because Aries hosts the same qualities.

Scorpio is also known to be one of the ancient rulers of Mars and because this water sign operates differently than others, it is a strong placement because it allows the deepest desires to become manifested.

In Capricorn, Mars is exalted. Although it is an earth sign, Capricorn likes to be able to make a plan and then through challenging work and dedication, make it a reality.

Mars placements in these signs allow for a profound sense of achievement.  

Difficult Mars signs: Libra, Taurus, and Cancer  

While Mars is a sign that prefers action, emotions are something else entirely. Mars does not do emotional processing or feeling. It just does. When it is in the opposing signs to those that it operates best in, it faces numerous challenges because the signs want it to feel like Mars just wants to do.

In its detriment in Libra and Taurus, the two ruling signs of Venus, and in its fall within Cancer, Mars has an extremely challenging time navigating the feeling world of these signs. For those with these placements, it will be extremely hard to get out of that space of knowing what feeling to take action on, or how to even trust what is being felt.  

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6. Jupiter 

Best Jupiter signs: Sagittarius, Pisces, and Cancer 

Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces. Both signs are able to see the bigger picture and able to theorize about multiple possibilities and beliefs within life. Together, Jupiter and these two signs are able to make anything happen, seemingly creating magic at every moment.

Cancer also takes on this role as it is also to remember what matters most and allow this placement to create more abundance in their lives.  

Difficult Jupiter signs: Gemini, Virgo and Capricorn 

Jupiter is the planet of luck and expansion. In order to be able to embrace the best parts of these qualities, truth will need to be suspended and questioned. This is not something the down-to-earth signs like Gemini, Virgo, and Capricorn are able to do. They see only in black and white. They only care about achieving their goals, not if their path is meant to lead somewhere else.

Jupiter is in its detriment in Gemini and Virgo while it is in its fall in Capricorn. This leads to a struggle for or even lack of abundance because these signs are unable to deviate from what they think should occur.

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7. Saturn 

Best Saturn signs: Capricorn, Aquarius, and Libra 

Saturn is known as the lord of time and karma. This planet also rules boundaries and prefers to teach most lessons through experiences.

Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius, two vastly different signs, which can be seen by the way they can get to work independently. Saturn is exalted in Libra because of that aspect of balance and fairness that this sign is known for.

In any of these placements, Saturn would be a help so that lessons can be learned, and a sense of balance can be created.  

Difficult Saturn signs: Cancer, Leo, and Aries 

Saturn likes to play by the rules which means that, for Leo and Aries, it becomes more challenging in this placement because they just want to take action. Leo and Aries will tend to ignore the head of Saturn and rush ahead anyway making this a challenging and even dangerous placement.

For Cancer, it is most challenging because this is a sign that struggles with boundaries, so in Saturn where it is required to have them, it often ends up feeling disempowered.

These challenging Saturn placements take their toll on romantic relationships as well as the workplace as they would not allow the practice of patience or advocacy for what is needed.  

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8. Uranus 

Best Uranus signs: Aquarius and Scorpio  

Aquarius is the rebel of the zodiac so it is no surprise that Uranus is at home here, feeling supported in being able to create unexpected changes and opportunities. Because Aquarius is more likely to go with the flow and take things as they come with little care for what others think, Uranus excels here.

In Scorpio, it takes on a similar nature because this deep water sign is usually up for anything and always in search of uncovering the truth, which much of Uranus’ actions are about, making it the perfect place for it to be exalted within.  

Difficult Uranus Signs: Leo and Taurus 

Uranus is known as the great awakener, the planet that sometimes through shock and awe helps to redirect paths and goals in accordance with soul contracts.

Leo, ruled by the Sun, has a challenging time here in detriment because of its desire to go its own way instead of the way that it is being directed. Similarly, Taurus, where Uranus is in fall, also can become quite stubborn in refusing to accept or allow changes to take place even when it is in the best interest too.  

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9. Neptune 

Best Neptune signs: Pisces and Cancer 

Neptune rules Pisces and both operate in such a comparable way. They both represent dreams, fantasy, and unconditional love. When Neptune is in Pisces, it is able to be itself and operate the strongest, bringing the benefit of a love like no other and the ability to always have life appear to be seen through rose-colored glasses.

In Cancer, it has a similar effect, preferring the emotional water signs that are highly intuitive which is why Neptune is exalted here.

These placements allow Neptune to bring in love and a reality that is better than any dream.  

Difficult Neptune signs: Virgo and Capricorn 

Dreams will always ask that you suspend your logic in order to believe in this which is something that neither Virgo nor Capricorn can do. In this case, Neptune is in detriment in Virgo and fall within Capricorn making it extremely difficult for these signs to make use of any benefit of this planet at all.

In this placement, it can seem like life is one big disappointment and unhappiness and the feeling of not being able to make life better can follow.

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Kate Rose is an artist, writer, passionate yogi, spiritual astrologist, relationship and life coach, and motivational speaker. As a spiritual intuitive, she practices the religion of astrology and love. For more of her work, visit her website.