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Debilitation of Planets

Exaltation and Debilitation of planets is the main topic to address in the Astrology and also considered while analyzing the birth horoscope.

When a planet is in exaltation or in its own sign, it procures all the strength and gives positive, happy and smooth time in life where it is associated in the native’s horoscope. It is compared to the situation as when a man becomes very happy then he will be very confident, and able to give whatever he can give it to you. So, exaltation of planet is always good and very beneficial to the native.

When a planet is in debilitation, it loses its strength and feels weak to help the native to experience its beneficial characteristics and makes its significations suffer to an extent. Debilitation means least strong or weakest. So, the native has to energize the debilitated planet to gain strength. It is also understood as; they tend to use their energy in promoting the negative significations/traits of the planets.

The planet in debilitation is able to give some excellent as well as pretty horrible results depending on their House Placements, Aspect, Conjunction (PAC) and their functional role for different Ascendants. They do not cause harm on all the significations related to the planet. Such planets have a unique ability to bestow favorable, positive results to the native in disguise.

Let us understand why a planet exalts and debilitates in a particular house with an example.

Example: "WHY" Sun exalts in Aries and Debilitates in Libra and Moon exalts in Taurus and Debilitates in Scorpio.

Sun being the king among the planets does not favor closeness to everyone. Being the king it demands protection that can only be delivered by a bodyguard/commander-in-chief. Mars happens to be the commander-in-chief of the Gods. So, SUN exalts in the Aries zodiac which happens to be Mars’ sign. Alternatively, a king is known by the virtuous and brave deeds of his commander-in-chief/army, so Sun exalts in Aries.

Sun debilitates in Libra which is ruled by Venus, the sign of balance where mind will be in waverly state - in state of indecision , influenced by others, will make the ruler poor decision-maker , therefore unfit for ruling over large territory and long duration. Libra is also sign for Sun set, consumption, sex and luxury .The Libra governs the 7th house, the house of conjugal life. If a king indulges in too much pleasures or luxuries of conjugal life, it harms the bright future prospects of his kingdom. So Sun debilitates in Libra.

Similarly, Moon (Mind) is most happy when it gets wealth, food, comfort and that too within its own family and acquaintances. So Moon is exalted in Venus sign, Taurus while in Scorpio , it gets mysterious setbacks , conspiracy from near and dears , death and unexpected losses , so mind has to get most unhappy there , hence debilitates here.

Now having understood the reasons for exaltation and debilitation, we need to understand that when Sun exalts in Aries, it brightens the good results for the house where Aries zodiac is placed in the horoscope, but it may not enhance the good results flowing from the house where Libra is placed. Likewise, a debilitated Sun may not harm the good results flowing from the house where Aries is located. Such a Sun may cause marital discord, late marriage yet making the native full of enterprising nature, bold, entrepreneur abilities etc.

When the debilitated planets are beneficial:

The article on debilitation cannot end without talking about the Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga. Those whose planetary placement is giving Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga can rejoice but just to an extent. To clarify matters, a successful hero in a film has an exalted Venus, and the villain in the same movie may have a Neecha Bhanga Venus.

Neecha-Bhanga Raja Yoga:

Debilitation gets cancelled in the following formations:

  1. The lord of the sign where debilitated planet exalts is in a Kendra to Lagna or Moon. For example, the Venus debilitates in Virgo. It exalts in Pisces. So, the Pisces sign lord Jupiter should be in a Kendra to Lagna or Moon to cancel the debilitation of Venus or to get Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga for Venus. Another example: if Mercury is debilitated in Pisces, the Mercury itself which is the lord of Virgo, the sign of its exaltation, should be in a Kendra to Lagna or Moon. Thus, Mercury attains Neecha Bhanga if either Lagna or Moon is in any of the dual signs. It is for this purpose you find that dual signs give good communication abilities and produce many writes etc.

  2. The lord of the debilitation Rasi aspects that Rasi. Example: Moon aspecting the debilitated Mars in the Cancer sign.

  3. The lord of the debilitation Rasi and lord of exaltation Rasi of the debilitated planet are placed Kendra to each other.

  4. The debilitated planet is in Kendra from Moon or Lagna.

  5. The planet that exalts in the same rasi, is in Kendra from Moon or Lagna

  6. When the planet is in debility is conjoined another planet which gets exalted in that sign, it leads to a situation where the troubled soul meets another who is exalted and powerful or the person who is best suited to help him out. Sheer luck you may call those situations or just coincidence is what many people say. In one case, a businessman was about to be kicked out of all his businesses and as he waited at the airport; he had the acquaintance of the chairman of a bank. They discussed and then the businessman revealed his problem. The Chairman cancelled his flight and went back to office the next day and gave him a loan. The businessman went on to purchase controlling shares and grow into a big business house.

  7. The debilitated planet occupies its exaltation sign in the Navamsa chart. Every sign has nine Navamsa. Saturn is debilitated in Aries and the seventh Navamsa is that of Libra, its exaltation sign. Thus, if Saturn were to be between 20-23.20 degrees in Aries, neechabhanga is automatic. This implies that the native has done some very good dharmic karma in the past birth bringing forth the blessings of Bhagavan and hence his debilitated condition or troubles are forgiven and he gets relief.

Vipareeta Raj Yoga:

Lord of 3rd/ 6th/ 8th/ 12th house lords are placed in another Dusthana (3,8,12) other than 6th, then it gives Vipareeta Raja Yoga and it can able to provide good and favorable results.

Any debilitated planet as the lord of inauspicious house like 6th/8th/12th is placed again in an inauspicious house like 3rd/8th/12th other than 6th house gives benefic results. Due to this yoga a person will have good life and influencing personality. If the lord of 8th is placed in 12th house the person diseases will be destroyed, and he might have exceptional developed psychic powers.

Parivartan Yoga:

Exchange of signs between two planets causes Parivartan yoga.

This yoga indicates rapid rise in life and the adversities of theses planets/houses turn into benefits especially in the transition period/sub periods of these two planets.

For e.g. in a horoscope though Moon [in sign Scorpio] and Mars [in sign Cancer] are in their debilitated signs, gives good results because of their inter exchange yoga.


In a horoscope the debilitation is relived by good and benefice aspect/transits.

The placement of planets in the sign of its debilitation is only indicator of the strength of the planet.

A debilitated planet can produce great yoga in a horoscope, if it is a natural functional positive planet. For e.g. Venus placed in 8th house in the Virgo sign can gives enormous prosperity and luxurious life to the native, besides being in the sign of debilitation and sitting in an inauspicious house.

The favorable or unfavorable results produced by a debilitated planet generally lack the strength and significance which is needed to generate significant results, so they are called debilitated or WEAK. It should never be mistaken for the functional nature of the planet. Even a debilitated planet can give excellent results if it is a functional benefice and positive in nature.

Major planets like Jupiter and Saturn remains in a sign for a longer time, as compare to other planets. Like Saturn remains in the sign Aries for almost two and the half years. So we cannot judge the fate of all natives born in these two and half years all over the world, as negative and bad, due to the debilitation of the Saturn over this period.

Most of the times happiness makes person put full stop and doesn’t make him to think about his growth further. So, the exalted/most happiest planet can also make person little lazy rather than boon depending on your present Karma.

That’s why the debilitated planets having good aspect or having “Neecha Bhanga Raja Yoga” keep us on track, to work on our abilities, pushing our limits, to prepare us for achieving the best and will always keep us focused on your aim. Debilitated or planets in inimical sign may initially give your hard time but deliver patience, perseverance, practical approach to life & endurance to the native. So, why not to take it as a built up phase of life?

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