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…

Exalted Baddies – Episode 7 of Astro Q&A

What if a bad planet is exalted or in its own sign – is it a good or bad thing? In synastry what do we consider to be a conjunction, opposition, trine, and so on? Is it by degree or by sign or both? Where does the first house start? I’ve heard that the first…

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…

Why Does Saturn Like to be in Libra?

QUESTION: “I am still not clear why Libra gives such a good platform for Saturn to develop all their good qualities. Why is it that the resources of Libra fit so good for Saturn expression?” MY REPLY: Venus (the owner of Libra) is ideal for Saturn. Venus is the only planet generous and kind enough to take good…

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…