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
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