When the astrologer uses the word “debilitated”, his clients often cringe. Its one of the words we need to take out of our vocabulary. It really means that we have to work 3 times as hard to get results out of that planet and that we have to go to remedial classes to learn the rules of the planet.   It does not mean that we are doomed to the dungeon.

Often our biggest challenge becomes are greatest asset. If we work hard on the things that we are not good with then sometimes we can excel at them.  This may show up if the planet is debilitated in the D-1 chart but strong in the D-9 chart.  Maybe after 35-40 years we have learned to master the energy and sometimes we do not.

Again in looking at debilitated planets, one has to also consider what houses they own and if they are good planets for the chart and if they are natural benefics or malefics.   If the chart lord is debilitated it may mean health issues or low energy. If it is owns good houses, we may have to work hard to manifest those good qualities. If it is a malefic and afflicted, its darker qualities may come out.

Given that the D-9 and the D-60 chart are so important for chart analysis, pay attention to debilitated planets in these charts also as they are very revealing about hidden qualities and past life karma from the D-60.

I have put together a guide to why planets are debilitated in different signs and for time sake. This is part 2.

SATURN IN ARIES:  Self-willed, impulsive and undisciplined behavior in Aries is against Saturn’s conservative, disciplined nature.  Saturn in the 1st sign of the zodiac is Marana Karaka Stana as Saturn in Aries creates  fear rather than grounded action based in the base chakra where it grounds the body and creates infrastructure.

Saturn will delay self-esteem until it is successful at work and can provide security and for themselves and others.  In Aries it is too reckless and undisciplined to be successful.  Sometimes can lead to laziness or inertia which than can explode into anger and rash behavior

For Capricorn: Blocks happiness and makes Capricorns an impulsive risk-taker and avoiding responsibilities creating anger and depression.

For Aquarius:: Impulsive action and undisciplined behavior make Aquarius deviate from their path and fight wrong battles and be angry and aggressive without cause.  Harm their humanitarian nature by serving worldly desire.  Develop low level of disgust unless they can rise to serve humanity.


Mercury is debilitated in Pisces because the idealistic and humanitarian energy of Pisces is at odds with the philosophical and probing intellect.  Getting caught up in spiritual idealism weakens the intellect.  Mercury in Pisces can create depression, nervousness, talking too much and superficial values.

For Gemini: Debilitation in the 10th – Harmed by wrong actions or inaction since Mercury is an intellectual planet. Here they explore what is enjoyable and not what is practical and once the fun wears off they move to the next job.  Prevent meaningful career leading to frustration and hopelessness.

For Virgo: Debilitated in the 7th: Vulnerability in relationship when they rely on others skills or information or action.  Sharp minds become fuzzy when seeking to integrate the habits of partners or trying to improve their partners through logic which they use to improve themselves. Tendency to idealize relationships  leading to disappointment and problems with business partners due to not being savvy enough in the idealized world of Pisces.

Becoming architects for their own loss and live in a pattern of existence where they do not do anything constructive for themselves.



The Sun is debilitated in Libra where it sacrifices its principles and leadership abilities to get along with people and do it together. In doing so they sacrifice their Vision  and lose confidence.  While being more diplomatic, they often fail to inspire or draw upon their power.

Leo: Sun debilitated in the 3rd, reduces courage and valour or leads to dominating others through self-will leading to ego-centricism and becoming a tyrant rather than a generous king.

Special thanks to my Jyotish teachers and colleagues and especially  Komilla Sutton, Sanjay Rath and Sam Geppi for their insights.

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