Debilitated planets, Birth chart and Navamsha

In my earlier post I wrote about how the exalted planets behave in the D1 birth chart and the D9 navamsha chart. Exalted planets are glamorous, they are auspicious, shower you with very tangible stuff. A single exalted planet in your D1 or even in D9 makes you outwardly very happy! But every exalted degree has its counterpart, the debilitated degree. And then no one discusses much on how to interpret planets who get debilitated. So to analyse your debilitated planet, first check out what he is the agent of in your birth horoscope D1.

Natural agents are fixed, eg Venus is for relationships, Moon is for mother etc. This is a standard list. Also the sequence of signs and their planetary owners, eg Leo is the 5th sign, so the Sun wherever placed will have a subtle say on your ‘genius’ capacity. These will always subtly affect your this part of life.

Chart-specific agents will vary as per the ascendant sign. Eg for Libra ascendant, Cancer is placed in the 10th house, so the Moon will also indicate the profession. This is an addition to whatever he is the natural agent of. In analysis, always give more weightage to chart-specific agents. Eg such a person’s profession will have Moon-like qualities, eg routine transfers, in natural areas, connected to liquids, import/export, transportation, real-estate, also the actual mother will be a working professional more at the office. So before you start analysing your planet, first get into details what it stands for in your chart. Only after this can you think of consciously modulating its results.

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So to analyse the D1 vis-a-vis the D9, let’s focus on the debilitated planets in this post. (I have written about pushkar navamsha and interpreting movements of exalted planets.) Generally it is said that a debilitated planet causes problems and that is it. The basic premise is that the debilitated planets give uncomfortable results generally. But Jyotish is an enabling tool. We want to understand what happens and then intentionally change the direction of energy movement. If the D9 represents the entire potential, we can go to the D9 and trigger some more acceptable physical effect from there.

If a planet is debilitated in your birth chart D1, it means that its energies are completed unsuited to the environment of the sign it occupies. This leads to unhappiness and disillusionment with whatever that planet signifies. Eg a debilitated Mercury, will cause problems with siblings, make you think and choose options which will hurt, doing skill-based jobs will be beyond you etc. (The house placement of such planets will change things, but for this post focussing on the D1 – D9 connect.) But this is 50% of information, so we go to the D9. The background environment will be created by the sign the planet occupies in the D9.

Eg if this Mercury shifts to a more suitable Navamsha eg owned by his own signs, Gemini or Virgo, it is a better placement, he is subtly comfortable. The outward upsets do not penetrate within your inner core. If you do some remedial measures, mantra of Mercury, or give away items of Mercury, ‘activate’ Mercury by life-style changes, or even the all-in-one remedy of sitting in Dhyan regularly, this inner subtle comfort will reflect in the outer world too. Logically, unemotionally analyse what is making you upset. A debilitated planet is always a challenge but know that you are quite capable of rising to it. You have another sign backing you up in the D9 where it really matters.

Eg But if the Mercury shifts to an even more unsuitable navamsha, eg the navamsha of its enemy planet. Then you have to accept that there are going to be problems in the real physical life and consciously avoid or at least try to ameliorate its effects. Mantra jaap or remedies targeted to Mercury will be essential.

Second possibility is that the planet is whatever sign in the D1, but shifts to the navamsha of its debilitated sign. The outer results would be as per the D1 sign eg Mercury in the 3rd house will grant profits in trade, outwardly good relations with your siblings, skills and choices in life. You will do good materially. But internally there would be no satisfaction in all these things, there will be discomfort. Your siblings might on good terms with you, but there would be no satisfaction in that. The context background will be the D9 sign and the actual physical effect the D1 sign.

Eg If your planet is exalted in the D1 and enters a navamsha of its debilitated sign or an otherwise unfavourable navamsha belonging to its enemy planet, it will reduce the emotional inner aspects of satisfaction. It does not deny the material benefits in any case. But it will clearly impact the subtle expectations and sense of satisfaction.

Eg Now if the planet is in its debilitated sign in the D1. And in the D9 also it gets allocated to the same debilitated sign. You might think this to be doubly bad, but there is a difference. This would be a ‘vargottam’ situation, same sign in both charts. The planet is highly uncomfortable but the expectations of the subtle and the reality of the physical will match. There will be typical issues, overall unfavourable on the material side, but the mind-set will accept them! Your expectations are not optimistic and neither is the situation. Things are as you expect it to be, thus you are satisfied. You will consciously and subconsciously avoid getting entangled in situation’s heavy with this planet’s energies so remain better off.

Now let’s consider the planet’s deepest debilitation degree, the Param-neecha. What happens to them in the D9? Here is some basic analysis to help you trigger your thought processes.

Planet

Degree

Sign D1

Sign D9

Sun

170th deg of zodiac

10 deg Libra

Sagittarius

Moon

213th deg of zodiac

3 deg Scorpio

Cancer

Mercury

345th deg of zodiac

15 deg Pisces

Scorpio

Venus

177th deg of zodiac

27 deg Virgo

Virgo

Mars

118th deg of zodiac

28 deg Cancer

Pisces

Jupiter

275th deg of zodiac

5 deg Capricorn

Aquarius

Saturn

20th deg of zodiac

20 deg Aries

Virgo

Rahu

230th deg of zodiac

20 deg Scorpio

Sagittarius

Ketu

50th deg of zodiac

20 deg Taurus

Gemini

The Sun is made to work against his fundamental nature in Libra where he has to learn partnerships and to share equitably. He reaches the limit of his discomfort when he is in Sagittarius in D9, the unwavering hope, humanistic philosophy, dogma and benevolence to all living beings. So he needs to learn this life lesson that divine creativity too has to learn to give, share, balance and live in harmony. This is a life-lesson in fast-track, as the situation is so far off balance that desire to learn/rebalance is most intense.

The Moon is a curious case, his deepest debilitating degree falls in D1 Scorpio but in D9 in his own sign Cancer. Scorpio is the psychological drilling into one’s own self. (Moon is the summation of your entire personality.) Here you are brought face to face with all the deepest aspects of yourself which make you so uncomfortable that you have locked them into your deepest sub-consciousness. When the D9 is Cancer, you feel most emotionally secure when you are under your own microscope. You want to discover every secret about yourself, irrespective of the consequences. So do explore your internal self, but try to not hurt yourself too as the subtle hurts can go in deep.

Mercury is also understandable, Pisces D1 and Scorpio D9, both watery signs. Amorphous Pisces gives him zero foot-hold, there is no data where he can anchor himself, he doesn’t know where to start with this database’s management, confusion reigns. He is adrift in dreaminess. And when the D9 becomes Scorpio, it is like being forced from the background to delve into deep (Mercury is by nature superficial) and pull out esoteric secrets. He is an adolescent and often these secrets about the self require adult-understanding to overcome. A highly practical planet placed in vagueness, forced to search, learn secrets, understand from this vagueness frustrates him. But if you take this as a challenge, maybe you can use his energies, however against your nature it may seem.

Venus is the only planet who retains the same sign for his deepest debilitation degree in the D1 and D9. The load of karma on your soul is the reason you are bound. Attaining Moksh means to get rid of this karma. Venus is the real Moksh-karak, the agent of the Ultimate illumination. Venus dislikes imbalance, and this combo of Virgo D1/ Virgo D9 is imbalance of the highest degree. He is most uncomfortable here, but the desire to come out of this discomfort is also the most intense here. If you can divert his energy of discomfort in actively rebalancing karma you can achieve great progress. But if you allow its misery to sweep you off, this placement is conducive to addictions and immoral behaviour which will increase karma exponentially.

Mars in D1 Cancer and D9 Pisces, his deepest degree of discomfort. A vigorously active planet, full of initiative, desiring to conquer, compete and what does he get here? Psycho-babble! He does rule a watery Scorpio so he is not unfamiliar with the astral and the ‘other’. But now he is required to intelligently use the energies not just conquer endlessly. He is required to build a foundation in the astral realms. Mars cannot be bothered with use and build type of work, it is uncomfortable. But think of it this way, here he is to be a strong yet benevolent protector of the bridges to the other dimensions and he is required to guide the astral self safely across to the ‘other’ dimensions. You might have loads of astral travel, work to be done in the spirit dimensions, sleep will not give rest. The overload of the psychic can damage the physical body and the energy flows. Do be aware.

Debilitated planets, Birth chart and Navamsha

Jupiter in D1 Capricorn and in the D9 Aquarius suffers from restriction of the highest degree. The constraints, legal duties, regulations, social obligations, karmic service in the background as well as the foreground grates on his hopeful, expansive, benevolent nature. Jupiter’s wisdom, philosophy and teaching is irrelevant. Here the service demanded is of the highest magnitude. You have to reconcile yourself to this aspect of your life. You are going to have to work. But your internal expectations and outer reality are both linked to Saturn so there might be a strange acceptance of the situation. A gloomy sort of satisfaction that you have performed your job. And Saturn is strict but fair so you will get your due returns on the social/money fronts. Satisfaction? Now that is a different thing.

Saturn is most uncomfortable in D1 Aries and D9 Virgo. He is the faceless public, the nameless servitor, the worker in constrained circumstances. Going exploring, challenging, conquering, expending loads of energy is not his style. He needs to discipline, regulate, order, serve. He cannot manage in an environment full of exuberance and aggression. And added to this, he has in the background the full understanding of karma and the step-wise work needed to balance out this pending karma. Imagine his plight. He has the overriding awareness of his karmic load, he wants to systematically work through it, not create more. But the physical environment is such that he will create more unless he is very aware of his entire personality and environment. And he prefers remaining faceless. A existential dilemma for the dour Saturn.

Finally Rahu/ Ketu the energies of desire and apathy for experience. The flow of energy of your chart. Look at Rahu/Ketu combined. If one is debilitated the other will also be. So in a horoscope if these two are placed in a environment completely unsuited to their fundamental nature, do counsel the person carefully. All aspects of the physical and the spiritual life are going to be very deeply impacted.

Rahu is param-neech in D1 Scorpio D9 Sagittarius. He is required to function in a situation which is most conducive for Ketu. Scorpio is secrets, no social recognition here. If he tries to over-reach it will be actually dangerous. Scorpio is the movement of vital energy/pran in your energy channels/nadi! You cannot gamble or take risks here. Things have to be very precisely worked out in this environment. And in the background the expansive hopeful Sagittarius. This misplaced hope in a dangerous environment is the worst combination. Rahu tends to take wild risks in this placement which invariably causes deep harm. If you have this placement think twice, logically, reasonably before doing anything risky.

Ketu is max debilitated in D1 Taurus combined with D9 Gemini. Ketu is set up in a environment tailor-made for Rahu! Ketu is dissociation and disinterest. Here you are required to be bold, speak out, think, logically analyse, choose, act, create options for yourself. These are your public faces, Taurus and Gemini, your reputation and behaviour in your family/local reputations.These are your sources of income and fame. And Ketu! You will not bother about all this and suffer very deeply on all material aspects of life.

Debilitated planets, Birth chart and Navamsha

I use Tarot cards sometimes when I feel too lazy to look at the horoscopes. The Thoth cards are my favourite, I love them. (But my first love remains Jyotish). Thoth is real magic, you open the cards out and the energy just pours out. These energies change the energies of the situation. If the Reader is good enough, the mere act of going for a divination changes your energies. It is the same with Jyotish. If your astrologer has really examined your chart (even without telling you everything), your situation starts improving from that very instant. (It is the same with genuine doctors, you just visit him and you start feeling internally better. The karma of giving away energy, every healer, doctor, astrologer, Tarot reader is required to do this.)

If you want to get into more depths on these exalted and debilitated signs tables, check out the associated Nakshatra (and its pada/the one-fourth part of it) and their characteristics. You will get pointers on how to best divert their energies so that you benefit on both physical and subtle levels.

If you have any debilitated planets in your horoscope D1 or D9, or if they are not comfortable, unable to give sensible results, do perform some remedial measures. Astrology is not fatalistic, you can always change things. Intend that the remedies work, it can be as simple as putting some flowers in running water or as complex as a full-fledged puja. But you have to intend, you should want to make its energies more enabling for you. You are working the magic. You are your own horoscope and the placements, you are regulating your own energies. These planets are you, these are your own energies. The planet is not outside in the sky. Well, it actually is! but you are the planets, you are the lunar mansions, you are everything. Try to be more aware of yourself. Keep your power within you, give yourself strength, do not fear the planets or their placements. If you are afraid of an aspect of yourself, things will never work out.

So, if you have your correct birth time, do check-out your D9 Navamsha. You can use its energies to trigger changes in your physical environment. If you use the top-most layer, just the D1, you won’t be wrong, but there will be lesser depth in your analysis. Jyotish is like layers within layers, loops within loops, fractals. The real use of Jyotish is to understand yourself for your personal self analysis and self-healing.

 

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Exalted planets analysis, Birth chart and Navamsha

I always insist that you should analyse your birth chart D1 and the D9, 9th divisional chart Navamsha, for a complete analysis. If you do not see these two together, your analysis will be skewed. It won’t be wrong but it will be about only 50% of the complete picture. The Birth horoscope D1 is your physical reality and the navamsha is the total sub-conscious potential. Your birth chart is a sub-set of the the D9.

So to begin with, find out what your planets signify for you. Every planet is an agent of something in your chart.

Natural agents are fixed, eg Moon is for mother, Venus for relationships etc. This is a standard list. If you find this list difficult to remember just remember the sequence of signs and their planetary owners. These will always subtly affect your this part of life. Eg Jupiter 9th and 12th, Sagittarius and Pisces, will always have a say on your philosophy, mediation, also wife/ husband, Dharm pati/ patni. This is how you know the natural agents/karak.

Chart-specific agents will vary as per the ascendant sign. Eg for Pisces ascendant, Gemini is placed in the 4th house, so the Mercury will also indicate the mother. This is an addition to whatever he is the natural agent of. In analysis, always give more weightage to chart-specific agents. Eg such a person’s mother will have Mercury-like qualities, eg be skilful, analytical skills, a good conversationalist, an instructor at work, one of a large group of siblings, a friend more than a mother, etc. So before you start analysing your planet, first get into details what it stands for in your chart. Only after this can you think of consciously modulating its results.

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So to analyse the D1 vis-a-vis the D9, this is something like a ‘reference to context’ question. Let’s focus on the exalted planets in this post ( I have written separately about the debilitated planets and pushkar navamsha analysis)

If a planet is exalted in your birth chart, it means that its energies are most suited to the environment of the sign it occupies. It will give good results in the physical life. These results will be linked to the sign the planet occupies in the D9, but still the results will be auspicious. The context background will be the D9 sign and the actual physical effect the D1 sign.

Whichever sign the planet is placed in the D1, if it gets allocated to the navamsha of its exalted sign, it will still offer you all the potential possible. However to use this, you will have to actively and intentionally change your behaviour and actions. Eg If your Jupiter in Aries in D1, gets allocated to a Navamsha owned by Cancer in your D9. You can actively use his energies to initiate something physical, related to your homeland, in a wider perspective helpful, teaching, yet commanding. Eg if you are an Indian, you start a Yog-teaching studio, a mix of exercise, pran, teaching/learning, homeland, ancient science etc keywords.

If the planet is placed in the D1 in its exalted sign and in the D9 also it gets allocated to the same sign. This would be a ‘vargottam’ situation, same sign in both charts. The energies of the sign are reinforced, the planet is extra-comfortable so will give very auspicious results. Only thing you should guard against is going into things without cross-checking everything first, over-optimism can backfire sometimes. Use your common-sense and all will be very good.

Now if the planet is exalted in the birth chart at the highest degree. The Param-uccha. Now you are in for a surprise, check out this table. (This table is so beautiful, I could write an entire book on it.)

Planet

Degree

Sign D1

Sign D9

Sun

10th deg of zodiac

10 deg Aries

Gemini

Moon

33rd deg of zodiac

3 deg Taurus

Capricorn

Mercury

165th deg of zodiac

15 deg Virgo

Taurus

Venus

357th deg of zodiac

27 deg Pisces

Pisces

Mars

298th deg of zodiac

28 deg Capricorn

Virgo

Jupiter

95th deg of zodiac

5 deg Cancer

Leo

Saturn

200th deg of zodiac

20 deg Libra

Pisces

Rahu

50th deg of zodiac

20 deg Taurus

Gemini

Ketu

230th deg of zodiac

20 deg Scorpio

Sagittarius

(I follow B.V. Raman/Parashara)

Here are some points to help you trigger your own thought process.

The degree of highest exaltation ie in different signs in D1 and D 9, except for Venus.

Sun is the creative intelligence which works best if supported by the skilful analysis of options in the background Navamsha. Gemini is the sign which allows a choice in thought processes and actions, and the confidence to carry out both. This is not just ‘duality’. So the background provides choices, options, analysis which is manifested as the best possible thought/action executed with boldness, courage, genius, intelligence, self-awareness. This is also a reason why a combust/ caizmi Mercury with the Sun doesn’t cause serious problems, both work very well together. (Mercury is nearest to the Sun so gets combust more frequently compared to the others.)

Moon though enjoying the luxuries of Taurus, is best when linked to the practicality, structure and work of Capricorn. The hoarding and resource building behaviour is made practical use of in improving social reputation and creating regular sources of income and also the other way round. Always remember the D1 is derived from the energies of the D9. Capricorn is the practical. Only of you have the potential to work practically can you really make profit! A full treasury is a reflection of the hard work that has gone on the background. The creation of the work-Capricorn is wealth-Taurus (5/9 axis, Arth trikon) and Taurus-wealth in turn acts as a foundation for more work-Capricorn.

Why is Venus the real Moksh-karak, agent of Realisation? He gives his perfect expression in the physical world when he is in Pisces/D1 and again in Pisces/D9. He represents the complete disintegration of the manifested at every level and complete awareness of the undifferentiated energy. Pisces is awareness of the Other. This sign is abstract, in solitude, but expanded out infinitely in the other-dimensions. Its primary role is to be a ‘bridge’. If Pisces is strongly placed in your chart, you will be absent-minded in waking life, but drawn to the meditative states, contemplation, you know how to use your secret energies /pran etc to move consciously into the other realms. Venus uses these ‘bridging’ energies to help you reach Self-realization.

Mars works best in the disciplined work environment of rules in Capricorn. And if backed by the understanding of Karma, system and pragmatic plainness of Virgo, it is his best expression. Virgo and Capricorn are the components of the Arth trikon, the things which give meaning to life. In the deepest sense, life is created because of karma. It is Karma which actually gives meaning to Life. Mars is the energies of life and death together. So if you use your vitality in understanding and rebalancing karma, that is the best possible use of this energy.

Jupiter loves expansion that Cancer gives in all possible dimensions but works best when linked to the genius, self-identity and divine connection that Leo affords from the Navamsha. Cancer and Leo represent the Ajnya chakra. This chakra is where your individual soul/ jiv-atma resides. The Sun is the individual soul, the Moon reflects his light in the best possible way so that it can build the body/mind most suited for the individual soul. So with Leo in the D9, the Cancer in the D1, no wonder this is the best possible combination for Jupiter to give you the highest knowledge of this manifested creation, ie upto the Sagun Brahma you achieve Krama-Mukti. (To attain Moksh ie Nirgun Brahma and Sadyo mukti, you will need your Venus to support.)

Saturn wants precise fairness, one-to-one balance, crisp understanding. Libra, the sign who is bound to balance is his favourite. And this works best if he has the self-less, abstract, infinite energies of Pisces backing him. Pisces is understanding of the Reality. To understand this, you have to give away your limited view of the self. Saturn’s rigidness in Pisces is channelized to the sub-conscious, the residual karmic baggage is available for resolution. Also Pisces also offers no resistance to Saturn. If you observe, resistance to an uncomfortable situation increases the discomfort. Then the D-1 Libra gets the full advantage of this, highly intellectual, it uses all possible means for re-balancing the karma. The energies of the 6/8 axis operate here so its very good for karma resolution. It goes both ways, you can also understand this as, the potential energy of Saturn in D9 Pisces finds its perfect physical expression in the D1 Libra.

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There is always a dispute among astrologers, are Rahu /Ketu exalted in Taurus/Scorpio or in Gemini/Sagittarius. This table is the answer.

Rahu works best hoarding luxuries and treasures, if he has the options, skills and analysis of Gemini at his command. Rahu is desire for experience, this energy is the reason we are alive on this earth. As an individual soul we experience, that is all we do. We are here just for the experience, nothing else. To satisfy Rahu with all possible treasuries of experience, it has to be Taurus in the foreground D1 and the choice of experience afforded by Gemini in the background. Gemini is where you initially create your karma, you think and choose with a sense of self. So karma in the background and the treasury of experience in the D1 works beautifully for the degree of Rahu’s exaltation.

And Ketu’s energies find an apt outlet in the mysterious depths of Scorpio if he has the philosophy, inclusiveness and hope of Sagittarius at his back. (Some astrologers are fond of quoting ’Rahu is like Saturn and Ketu is like Mars, Shanivat Rahu Kujawat Ketu. This statement irritates me to no end. They are not like Saturn/Mars! If there were, why would we have them as separate energies?) Ketu is the agent of dissociation. If he makes a good combination with Jupiter and Venus, this can give Moksh. He is the headless one, no ego, no sense of self. When he is in the Sagittarius navamsha he has the accumulated merit/‘punya’ of your entire self, past/ present/ future/ parallel at his disposal. This sign is expansion of the things of the manifested, humanity, philosophy, external component of spirituality, all life forms, benevolence, higher learning etc. This is the background. From this Scorpio targets the things personal to the self, digs down deep into the individual self. Scorpio eventually destroys everything around it and also itself. (This is a deep statement). Ketu is by nature fiery, he can cause movement he is movement! The nebulous moving like a flapping banner in the wind. So now the ‘wind’ is created by the luck of Sagittarius and the force of Scorpio. The indifferent ego-less dispersive energies of Ketu dig deep into the occult mysteries of personal against the background of the manifested multitude of all living selves. This is the ultimate environment to manifest Moksh.

The horoscope is like layers within layers, a fractal geometry. This was just a very basic analysis of how exalted planets really work. So if you have exalted planets in your birth chart D1 you should checkout which sign’s navamsha part they go to in the D9. This will give you more pin-point information on where your planet’s energies can be more effectively directed. No chart analysis is complete if you forget the D9. (If you think its too much trouble for clients, that is upto you. Anyways some clients are not aware of their exact birth time, it is better to check out the prashna kundali for more pointers in this case.) Always remember that the D9 is the context and the D1 is the outer layer. You cannot really understand the external unless you also look at the internal.

 

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