Exaltation & Debilitation (and their terms in Sanskrit)

Here’s a short video to explain the terms ucca (उच्च) and nīca (नीच), which, in astrology, refer to “exaltation” and “debilitation.” Ucca literally means raised up, and nīca literally mean’s to fall low. And, actually, that’s what the terms “exaltation” and “debilitation” also mean. Exalt means to raise up, and debilitate means to bring low and weaken. These…

Nakshatra Exaltations?

Here are a few good questions (with my replies) about the relationship of the sidereal nakṣatra (Vedic fixed stars) to the tropical rāśī (zodiac signs). Question: You present the idea that nakshatras and rasis are not intrinsically connected, but I have read that Chandra [the Moon] is exalted in Rohini [Aldebaron]. So does the point of exaltation move with the…

Exaltation and Enlightenment (Astro Q&A, ep 5)

[youtube https://youtu.be/H9MXtw7frrA] Indrani: What is the logic behind exaltation? What singles out a specific as the one that causes a specific planet to be exalted? Exaltation is part of the theory of dignity.  This theory informs you whether you should give a more positive or more negative slant to your interpretations of a planet in a…

The Truth about “Cancellation of Debilitation” (Neech Bhanga)

Vedic astrologers talk a lot about “Cancellation of Debilitation” (neech bhanga). Everyone knows from experience that a debilitation planet often doesn’t give the results anyone would expect from a debilitated planet. Sometimes it even gives results we would expect from an exalted planet! So they have tried to come up with a whole lot of…

Much Simpler and More Reliable Than “Cancellation of Debilitation”

I calculate a planet’s dignity not by sign alone, but by six or more subdivisions of the sign (varga-vimshopaka). This is how the sages instruct us to evaluate dignity. The sign a planet occupies in the main birth chart is one of several signs it occupies when you take subdivisions into account. Therefore often a…

Yogas in the Navamsha Chart (ex: Neech Bhanga Raja Yoga)

  Question: In your opinion, is NBRY (Neech Bhanga Raja Yoga – Excellence Arising from the Cancellation of a Debilitation) to be considered in D9 charts? Some people say debilitation in D9 is final, but other experts (like Dr B.V Raman) look at neecha-bhanga raja yogas in D9 too. Vic DiCara: I think more fundamental…

What is “Exaltation”? Why is Jupiter Exalted in Cancer?

First things first. What is “exaltation” anyway? Background: What is a Sign? What is a Planet? Here is the metaphor that will help you make sense of the whole thing: The whole starry sky is a wilderness of energy. Wilderness is a wild area uninhabited by people. But in the wilderness there are places that…

Canceling Debilitation – Bad Things Causing Good Things

Note: [August 2012] Having changed 8 months ago to a tropical perspective on the Zodiac signs I have come to feel that Cancellation of Debilitation is an unnecessary complication. Merely by using “subdivisional dignity” (varga vimshopaka) one can easily see that debilitated planets might be at a degree that gives them great dignity through the subdivisions,…