Sunday 15 July 2018

Three Months of Hell

Three Months of Hell
  By Manchanda Karan

“A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough!” – Bruce Lee
I’ll cut to the chase in this article and simply say that July through August and to the beginning of September will be difficult worldwide. First, we have Mercury in a retrograde and now it is in the “Pre- Shadow” week phase, which can be quite potent. It will intensify July 21 st. through July 24 th. and then go direct July 25 th. and July 26 th.

Overall, Mercury rules communication. This could be communication at work, home, travels, relationships and it can play havoc with the devices we use to communicate with. Mercury will be in the sign of Leo this phase, so expect to see an air of arrogance and authority in people’s tones even soft-spoken people.

It’s best to find where Mercury is transiting one’s personal chart to see a more specific idea of how Mercury may affect one specifically during this Mercury Retrograde. It’s been said never to marry, sign contracts or start new projects during Mercury retrograde, but it is a great time end old contracts, legal disputes etc. My best advice overall is for people to stay calm, not react, take no offense no matter how enticing a debate or argument may be. Keep in mind the media is also ruled by Mercury, and the media can be quite influential when inspiring opinions.

And now for the Lunar Eclipse.

On July 27 th. we will be experiencing a Lunar eclipse and from that point forward I am expecting to see chaos worldwide. Earthquakes, Tsunamis and unusually hot weather and fires. Terrorist activities may be on an increase again and riots may occur over political opposition worldwide. We may anticipate seeing families fighting, and of course the stock market will fall. Female politicians will be exposed for dishonesty and President Trump will of course experience more difficulties, but he will survive it. I would say arrogance and dishonesty will be deal breakers for many. Emotions will run high at times.

The Lunar eclipse is not the phase responsible for this, as Mars will also be in retrograde and of course let’s not forget Mercury is also actively in retrograde. Mars represents raw unharnessed energy and in a negative phase, it will cause people to say and do things without thinking resulting in chaos, arguments and fights. Pair this phase with Mercury retrograde and it’s a ticking time bomb for irrationality.  Again, it’s ideal to see where Mars is also transiting in one’s chart.

If you may wish to have your chart checked for any planets and looking for in-depth analysis, then you can book an appointment as always.

Warm Regards,
Manchanda Karan
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Saturday 14 July 2018

Debilitated and Exalted Planets

Debilitated and Exalted Planets
 By Manchanda Karan

Debilitated and exalted planets are another step in determining the overall disposition of a horoscope. An exalted planet merely means a planet is in a sign that is close in nature and the planet(s) receives 100% energy from the placement. Debilitated planets mean the opposite, and that the planet(s) loses its energy or benefic properties. One or more planets can be exalted or debilitated.

In my previous article, I explained what combusted planets are and now we will explain an additional step all astrologers must consider – Debilitated and Exalted planets. In Vedic astrology, we refer to exalted or debilitated planets as ‘Rashis’ (Rah-Shee). Unlike combustions, exalted and debilitated planets must be at a specific degree and sign to be considered exalted or debilitated.

Remember that there are 12 houses and 1 sign per a house. One or more planets can be with a sign in one house, and the time of birth will determine which house a sign is placed in. Sometimes there will no planets in a house, but there will always be a sign in each house.

As an example, let’s look at the Sun. It’s very important to check the placement of the Sun precisely. The sun becomes exalted in the sign of Aries and debilitated in the sign of Libra. When it comes to exaltation, the sun can destroy the planet’s effect, despite the distance of degree marked above as the sun can achieve the highest powers in case it’s exalted.

Similarly, if the sun is placed in the sign of Libra it becomes debilitated and loses all its powers. This also creates; "Neech Bang Raja Yoga". In this instance, the sun naturally becomes weak and has less impact due to the combination and despite having the closet degree of impact. This can be positive as well as negative as it depends on other factors. 

For example, in Vedic astrology, Saturn is the ‘son’ of the sun and is exactly opposite in nature and viewed as coldest planet. It becomes Debilitated in Aries and exalted in Libra.  Let's say the sun (exalted) and Saturn (Debilitated) are conjunct in Aries sign, this placement will create the biggest impact of combustion, in case the distance is close.

The sun will burn Saturn thus destroying all its power. If Saturn is in the sign of Libra (where it is exalted) and the sun (who is Debilitated in Libra) then combustion technically occurs if we count the degrees of distance. However, Saturn will feel no impact. Saturn will have an upper hand compared to the sun and will overcome the combustion because Saturn will achieve its highest powers in the sign of Libra, as Libra is the natural significator of this sign.

Therefore, it is very important to check the distance first then very important to check the actual state of planets, signs and all other states. It is also very important to understand that the Sun and Moon never go in the retrograde state.  

Exaltation Sign  (100% Power)
Debilitated Sign (0% Power)           
Aries 10th°                                           
Libra 10th °                                         
Taurus 3rd °                                           
Scorpio 3rd °  
Capricorn 28th °                                   
Cancer  28th °             
Virgo 15th °
Pisces 15th °

Cancer 5th °                                         
Capricorn 5th °
Pisces 27th °
Virgo 27th °

Libra 20th °                                           
Aries 20th °
Taurus 20th °                                       
Scorpio 20th °
Scorpio  20th °                                         
Taurus 20th °

House placement is important as it will affect the strength of exalted and debilitated planets too. Additionally, aspects, conjunctions and combustions are considered when reading a chart because a chart which has exalted, or debilitated planets could potentially have the exaltations debilitations cancelled.

Exalted Planets in the 10th. 7th. 4th. and 1st. houses will have the greatest beneficial power. Exalted planets in the 11th.,9th.,7th.,5th., and 2nd houses will give wonderful results financially. Exalted planets in the 6th.and 3rd. house will lend weak results. Exalted planets in the 12th. and 8th. houses will not give the expected results.

So as an example, if a chart shows Mercury in Virgo at 15° this would mean it is exalted, however, if it is placed in the 3rd house, the benefits will be very little. Place the exalted Mercury in the 11th.,9th.,7th.,5th., or 2nd house and one could expect great financial results. Remember that charts are read counterclockwise as the planets move in this direction.

If you are not sure the state of your planets, it’s always advised to seek a professional astrologer to understand the finer points of your chart for interpretation. I often hear clients say; “My last astrologer said my planet was exalted and I would be rich!” and yet the person is barely surviving financially. Sometimes clients will mention debilitated planets (Mentioned by a less experienced astrologer) who did their chart. Then I have clients who had very little explanation about their chart and were simply directed to buy gems and remedies.

Feel free to request references from my other clients if you would like to have a reading.
If you may wish to have your chart checked for any planets and looking for in-depth analysis, then you can book an appointment as always.

Warm Regards,
Manchanda Karan
Mobile: 8595171695

(Please fix +91, if calling outside from India)

Sunday 1 July 2018

Sunburned Planets

Sunburned Planets

Summertime brings fun in the Sun but too much Sun not only affects our skin, it can affect our horoscope!

For anyone who has ever had their chart read by an astrologer, they may have heard the astrologer use the term; “Combusted planet”. The basic meaning of a combusted planet in an astrology chart indicates one or more planets are too close to the sun, thereby weakening the positive qualities of the planet and in turn it also affects the house where this combustion takes place.

Keep in mind that each house also represents specific aspects of our lives. Typically, when the Sun is conjunct with a planet in a house, this means it will brighten the qualities of that planet in the house where it is placed, but if the same planet or planets are too close – watch out! 

As an example, let’s say someone has Sun and Mercury in the 2nd house and Mercury is combusting (The sun is too close). The second house represents our material possessions and how we go about earning those possessions. Mercury represents communication and intelligence.

In this instance, we may observe someone who procrastinates and takes too long to make important financial decisions, or they may be bad at saving money.

Degree of planetary combustion       

Jupiter becomes combust at 15°         
Savings, family, speech, studies and gains.

Saturn becomes combust at 14°         
Career skipping, health problems with bones and joints, and issues with uncles and boss.

Mars becomes combust at 11°            
Anger issues, motivation and willpower is lost, tasks are incomplete.

Mercury becomes combust at 6.2°     
Creates confusion in thinking, comprehension and slow decision making.

Venus becomes combust at 8 °
Your spouse, vehicles, luxuries, arts and home evaporate – indicates divorces.
Moon becomes combust at 7 °           
Mind becomes darkened, depression, mental agony, angry, lack of energy – ruins relationship with mother and father relationship.

There is an opposite effect when the Sun encounters Rahu and Ketu. Instead of the Sun burning up the energies of either, it is said that the Sun loses its power. Both eclipse the Sun. Considering that Rahu and Ketu are malefic naturally, this can impact the positive qualities of a sun placement in the house where it resides.

The other consideration when checking for combusted planets is whether the planets are in retrograde, as this could potentially mean they are not actually combust. There are other factors to consider when reviewing a chart for combusted planets. Astrologers must also consider debilitated and exalted planets, which we will cover in our next article.

If you’ve experienced or noticed a perpetual negative pattern in one aspect of your life, you may wish to have your chart checked for any planets which may be combust.

Warm Regards,
Manchanda Karan 
Mobile: 8595171695
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