What determines which sign a planet is exalted in in astrology?
When people start studying astrology , and learn about exaltation and debilitation ( Fall) of planets , most will do a literal translation of these words and would predict great things in case of exaltation and very bad things in case of debilitation of planets .
In my initial years , I too committed this mistake but later I found that people with Jupiter debilitated had more wealth than those with exalted Jupiter . In Vedic astrology , exaltation is called "Uchcha" in Sanskrit meaning high.
After looking over hundreds of charts , I can say that exaltation means " High Idealism" and debilitation means " Loss of Idealism" for the matters under control of that planet .Charles Jameson has beautifully described the difference between rulership and exaltation.