What is a “Dispositor”?

“Dispositor” is really an oddball word, if you ask me. It is not even in the normal modern English dictionary! Look at it carefully and you will find it is made of “dis” and “posit.” You use dis- in plenty of words, like distance, disgrace, disfigure, etc. The prefex dis- indicates negation, absence, & separation. But very importantly to the astrological use of the term, it indicates completeness, accomplishment and intensification in some uses like disgruntled, discombobulate, and disposition.

Now we are on to something. The word posit is an awful lot easier to recognize in it’s stand alone form: position. And so disposition is a much more familiar form of the word disposit.

Your disposition involves the inherent qualities of your mind and character. It describes how you “position” yourself in relation to other things, people and ideas. A dispositor is a person or factor that is instrumental in creating your disposition.

How Dispositors Gain Opportunities to Influence

You cannot fully understand a planet without knowing it’s disposition. The dispositor is a huge factor in creating that disposition. A planet who disposits many other planets gains significant influence over “disposition” of all of those planets. That is how dispositors gain influence and opportunity in a horoscope.

Thus, planets gain influence by dispositing other planets, especially when those other planets are themselves quite potent and strong.

Types of Dispositors

There are several ways a planet can become the dispositor of another.

Sign Dispositors

The simplest way to become a dispositor is to own the sign that a planet occupies. Mars, for example, becomes a dispositor for any planet that occupies his signs: Aries & Scorpio. Venus becomes a dispositor for any planet who occupies her signs: Taurus & Libra, etc.

Final Dispositors

Every dispositor will itself have a dispositor, until you get to one that you designate the “final dispositor.” The final dispositor can become very influential, especially when it is the final dispositor of many or all of the planets in a horoscope.

How do you decide that a planet should be the “final dispositor”? Normally this happens when you get to a dispositor who occupies it’s own sign. Such planets disposits themselves. Alternatively it can happen when the chain of dispositorship returns to a planet.

In the example at left, the Moon is in Taurus, so Venus is her dispositor. Venus is in Capricorn, so her own dispositor is Saturn. Saturn is in Aquarius, which is his own sign – so he disposits himself. He largely creates his own disposition. Since Saturn has no dispositor besides himself, he is the final dispositor of the Moon (and of Venus).

At right is an example of a final dispositor which is not in its own sign. We start with Saturn (simply because we picked Saturn and want to know about its dispositors). Because it is in Taurus, Venus is its dispositor. Because Venus is in Sagittarius, Jupiter is her dispositor. Because Jupiter is in Cancer, the Moon is his dispositor. Because the Moon is in Libra, Venus is his dispositor. We already mentioned Venus in this chain! Therefore a closed loop will form with Venus as the focal point. This makes Venus the final dispositor.

In this case we have traced the dispositors of four planets, Saturn, Venus, Jupiter and the Moon. We have discovered that Venus is the final dispositor of all of them. On this basis Venus gains considerable opportunity to exert what strength she possesses and influence the rest of the chart to cooperate with her intentions.


– Vic DiCara
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8 thoughts on “What is a “Dispositor”?

  1. You have a very cool site that I have been keeping up with for the last few months. The final dispositor that isn’t in it’s own sign is interesting. Does the final dispositor have to be within two links of all planets to gain strength? I have Sun, Mars in Taurus; Saturn Libra; Vargottama, Swamsha Venus in Cancer in Lagna; Moon in Aquarius; Mercury in Aries; and Jupiter in Scorpio. A loop comes into play but would Venus be considered the Final?

      1. I didn’t hear it anywhere. I had never heard of the final dispositor that wasn’t in their own sign, and the example listed in the post had Venus at least two links away. I always look for patterns, and asked the question to see if it applied to all charts, regardless of how many links away the non-sign dispositor is.

    1. the longer the chain, the more planets the final dispositor will have influence on. so in that sense the longer the chain the more significant the final dispositor

  2. What about rahu or Ketu … i know that they don’t own any sign , however for example if ketu in Leo doesn’t make the sun her dispositor?

    My regards

  3. Hi Vic,

    Very nice article. One question … Why are we looking for dispositorship? What I mean is, how are we to understand ‘dispositorship’ in formulating a prediction? What purpose is it meant to serve?

    Sorry if mine is a very basic question, but would appreciate any pointers from you.

    Many thanks and regards,

    1. Its a good question. The “dispositor” reveals the “disposition” of the planet – what the planet’s mood is. For example if Jupiter is in the 10th house, Libra, and Venus is in Virgo, the 9th house, Jupiter takes a religious and intellectual disposition as a result of its dispositor being in Mercury’s sign and the 9th house.

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