As per Drikpanchang, Jupiter will be combust from 1st Apr to 3rd May 2023 for 32 days. This means that he will be within 11deg of the Sun and his power to give results will be compromised. He will be completely burnt to ashes on 11th Apr when he is exactly conjunct the Sun in Pisces. During this time frame, he will be moving into Aries on 22nd Apr and become conjunct Rahu. This transit will formally start the Guru chandal yog 2023 and also bring Jupiter into Saturn’s intense 3rd aspect. Already Rahu aspected by Saturn is a Shapit dosh. Generally Jupiter is capable of giving good results in both Pisces and Aries but this time he will not be able to do anything much.
Combustion of Jupiter is one thing, but we should not forget the overarching energy of the current time is the paap kartari of Rahu and Shani which will be affecting all planets who transit into Aquarius, Pisces and Aries. Currently they are holding Venus, Sun, Mercury and Jupiter in their grip. The Moon is briefly being drawn into this every month as per his 28day transit cycle. Venus will move out of this cruel energy on 6th Apr as he enters Taurus.
During this time frame, we will witness the first eclipse of the Vedic year Shri Shobhakruti. On 20th Apr, a total solar eclipse will be visible in Australia, SE Asia, Indian and Pacific oceans. It will occur in the Aries – Libra axis involving Sun, Moon, Mercury, Rahu and Ketu. Jupiter too will be affected by these eclipse energies as he is on the verge of entering Aries and is within 15deg of Rahu.
Additionally, Saturn Mars and Ketu are in Aquarius, Gemini and Libra respectively, in trines from each other. Planets in the 9/5 axis, ie trikon, enter a mutually supportive energy system and this time this trikon is composed of three cruel planets. As per your birth chart whichever trikon, (Dharma, Arth, Kama or Moksh) is being occupied by these three at this point of time will be a source of escalating disruption, stress and problems in your life. But rarely, if they are all auspicious for your individual birth chart then this time may have given you some gains too.
Right now and till 31st Mar, Mercury is debilitated in Pisces. He will be going combust from 24th Apr to 23rd May. And also retrograde from 21st Apr to 15th May 2023 adding to the confusion.
Rahu is in Ashwini and Ketu in Svati, ie in nakshatra linked to each other are bringing karmic events to a high pitch. This is a subtle energy and most of us will not be aware of their impact on us. But if you are a student of Jyotish, you will be able to notice that everyone is under some sort of depression, lonely, afraid, insecure etc but still trying to cover their mental stress by overwork, over-partying and a general pretence that all is well.
With this background energy, Jupiter has absolutely no power to deliver any sort of result in the period of his combustion. In a cruel scissor of Saturn and Rahu, with an enemy Mercury (Jupiter looks on Mercury as an enemy) and now being burnt to ashes, and all this in his own house, Jupiter cuts a sorry figure at this point of time. Any decisions you take now or have taken in the recent past under the influence of Jupiter are bound to fail and cause you harm in the future. When naturally gentle forces are unable to support the naturally cruel planets take over.
During the combustion of Jupiter, no auspicious functions are performed. No Vedic Sanskar, no house pujas, no purchase or sale of significant things, no new projects etc are initiated during this time frame when the Dev Guru is unable to give his auspicious blessings. In this time, children, spouse, teachers and elders will either be under stress or cause stress. Focus on spiritual matters will be disturbed. Investments will not be successful or expected returns may be delayed. Rest may be disturbed and you may feel isolated and alone.
Also whatever is signified by Pisces and then Aries signs in your birth chart has the potential to cause confusion in your life. eg if you are Scorpio ascendant, ie Pisces in the 5th house, your children may misbehave, fail in exams etc. Later when the combust Jupiter moves into Aries stress due to family issues may suddenly increase.
Especially for Pisces, Sagittarius ascendants and birth Moons, this combust Jupiter will hit on the overall material comforts, emotional support and spiritual support. The worst affected are the Pisces who have been silently suffering ever since Jupiter entered this sign in Apr 2022. These Pisces will get some relief as he moves into Aries on 22nd Apr. Sagittarius has some support from the current Saturn in Aquarius and thus is more able to deal with the oncoming challenges, their major issue is the Rahu in their 5th house – Aries, as Rahu in 5th generally makes you take wrong life decisions.
Jupiter is a malefic for the ascendants Taurus, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. ie, he is in charge of the Dushamshtans, 6th 8th and 12th. (also to some extent the 3rd). In this case you should take additional care during this time. As the Sun taints the malefic Jupiter with his typical ego and selfishness, you may take decisions linked to Jupiter and the dushamsthan which may cause harm later. But this is also a good time to get rid of certain problems connected to the 6th 8th or 12th which have been troubling you for long. So think and work intelligently with the energy of this time.
On a larger perspective, something which will suddenly hit the economy and cause temporary destabilisation. Misinformation, rumours, scams, etc are all possible now which will cause problems to the financial institutions. Gold prices will fluctuate causing worry. Loss of food crops in the agriculture sector is possible. Logical thinking and hope both will be affected and this will have effects on all those who are planning to give exams, appear for interviews or take lifetime decisions in this time.
The cruel planets have all of us firmly in their grip for the ongoing and foreseeable times at least. So do your daily puja routine, your Daana and Mantras, try to modulate your behaviour intelligently so that you do not get swept away by these forces.