Exalted planets means when a planet is placed in a particular moon sign where it feels happy. Also people call them Ucch ka grah. Same way, Debilitated planets means the planets which do not feel happy in a particular moon sign. These are also known as neech ke grah. Now there are 2 very important things before we jump to any conclusions regarding results of these planets being so.
Firstly, Planet exalted in one moon sign can be debilitated in another moon sign. Secondly, the results of both exalted planets and debilitated planets depend on the actual strength it gets from its Shadbala. While the first part is a matter of common knowledge in Astrology, the second part to actually access the strength of planets is somewhat different. And I bet that most of the astrologers either knowingly overlook it or worse do not know anything about it. Notwithstanding, most of the lot certainly ignore this vital aspect to gauge the strength of the planet as per Indian Vedic Astrology. My this blog is to enlighten as to how to access the actual degree of exaltation or debilitation of any planet. Therefore , one should never feel blessed seeing exalted planets in horoscope nor feel dejected seeing debiliated planets in horoscope. Based on the actual strength these planets can give reverse results also.
Exalted or debilitated planets – How to access its strength?
An orbiting planet becomes auspicious or inauspicious due to three reasons. First of all it’s positioning in a sign. Second is the aspects it gets or gives. And finally is its conjunction with other planets. This auspiciousness of the planet is not necessarily due to these three factors, as people widely understand. But it depends on Shadbala (Strength gained from six sources).
Shadbala of Exalted planets and debilitated planets
As per Maharishi Parashara, there are six sources of the Shadbala in Indian Vedic Astrology as:
I will explain a little brief about these six sources to assess the strength of Exalted planets and debilitated planets as below.
- Sthan Bal (Place strength)
- Kaal Bal
- Chestha Bal
- Naisargik Bal
- Dristhi Bal
SthanBal of exalted planets & debilitated planets
The planet gets strength when it is in friend’s house, own house or exalted / Moon Tricona house. We can not assess the actual strength without
thoroughly evaluating following sub-heads under this head are.
1. Uccha Bal: The Uchha Bal is deduced by computing the:
- NaisargikMaitri Bal
- The TatkalikGrahMaitri Bal
- The PanchdhaMaitri Bal
- Saptvargaz Bal
- OjUgam Bal
- Kendra Bal
- Dreshkan Bal.
Digbal in exalted & debilitated planets
The strength a planet gets due to its directional positioning i.e East, West, North or South. Position of Mercury & Jupiter in East ( Lagna) makes them Digbali. Moon & Venus are Digbali in 4th House. Saturn is Digbali in the West of in the 7th house. Similarly Sun & Mars in 10th House are Digbali.
KaalBal in exalted planets & debilitated planets.
KaalBal depends upon the degrees at which planet progresses in a sign. We commute this from the nine factors. These nine factors are:
- Natonnat Bal or the Diva Ratri Bal
- Paksha Bal
- Tribhaag Bal
- Abad Bal
- Maas Bal
- Vaar Bal
- Hora Bal
- Ayan Bal
- Yudh Bal
Chestha Bal of exalted planets & debilitated planets
Chestha bal is the strength gained by a planet by virtue of getting retrogate. Therefore, Sun & Moon never get the Chestha Bal.
Naisargik Bal of exalted planets & debilitated planets
Naisargik Bal is the strength that the planets gets from its nature.
Drishti Bal in exalted planets & debilitated planets
The strength gained by a planet by getting an aspect from the intrinsically beneficial planets is the Drishti Bal.
My final advise on exalted planets, debilitated planets
Through this write-up, I am not trying to teach how the different Balas are calculated. But my contention is to make everyone understand that a planet by virtue of its Stan Bal may look like giving good results. It may be exalted or be in its sign, but it can be that the other Balas may not be giving it their part. As a result, the exalted planets even after being exalted may not be beneficial. And similarly, a debilitated planets may look weak but owing to the blessing of other Balas may prove otherwise. These are the principles of Indian Vedic Astrology and I am sure, any astrologer can deny or defy it.
So, before feeling excited seeing exalted planets or dejected seeing debilitated planets, one should always deduce the Shadbala of the planet. And this we can evaluate easily through any conventional software. Every horoscope making software of Indian Vedic Astrology has the feature to evaluate the Shadbala of the planet.