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Graha * Amsha

Nichha-amza * Uttama-amza

neechcha * uchcha


Debilitated Portion * Exalted Portion

Rashi of De-bilit-at-ion and Ex-alt-at-ion for each Graha


Rahu-Ketu: Nichha-Uttama

see also BPHS Ch-45 Deepta-avastha

  1. uttama-amza = uchcha = exaltation = graha character is highly appropriate to the rashi environment

  2. Mulatrikona = root amza

  3. Swakshetra = own sign, home rashi

  4. Nichha-dosha * Nichha-amza * neechcha = debilitation rashi = graha characteristics are inappropriate to the rashi environment

Table from Goravani GJ3

B.V. Raman (1947), Three Hundred Important Combinations -- in reference to "Kemadruma Yoga" "Sorrows mean physical as well as mental .

The word neechha is used in the original and this refers to such acts as are prohibited by the religious, moral and social codes and are therefore held to be disgraceful."


Debilitation = Nichha "inappropriate to the environment"

Rashi immediately following the rashi of Debilitation

Subsequent Rashi = Robust Location




yes, rashi of Great Friend Mangala







yes, rashi of Great Friend Surya










yes, rashi of Great Friend Zukra







B.V. Raman . (1992, 4th ed.).

A Catechism of Astrology .

Part I, p. 33:

"Q. 39

  • Is Jupiter's aspect in debilitation good?

Ans. Jupiter is primarily a benefic by nature.

  • though he is in debilitation, he still retains his benefic nature and his aspect will be good though weak."

B.V. Raman . (1992, 4th ed.).

A Catechism of Astrology .

Part I, p. 43:

"Q 49.

  • What is the effect and strength of planets that are in debilitation in Rasi but exalted in Navamsa ?


though Parasara is of the opinion that planets in exaltation but in debilitated Navamsa are not favourable

while those in exalted Navamsa and neechha Rasi do good,

  • we cannot accept it.

Navamsa strength is one of the sources of strength

  • and only from bala-vrinda (sum total of strength) can we know the correct strength

  • and from this, we have to give the effects.

In the stanza referred to, the author has only given the comparative importance of Navamsa in Dasa Vargas."

B.V. Raman . (1992, 4th ed.).

A Catechism of Astrology .

Part II, p. 45

"Q. 53

  • What is the result if a debilitated and an exalted planet are in one house?

Ans. There will be

  • neutralisation of effects, when two such planets combine in one house.

  • If the exalted planet is stronger by proportion, the effect of the exalted planet will prevail ."

Q: I'm trying to learn as much as I can from your website, and its helping me a lot.

I find astrology very very interesting and can see that it is almost purely ''scientific.'' Intuition, however, as you also mention is also very important....

Like this one: What if two graha are located in the same house, where one is exalted and the other debilitated?

E.g. I have a friend (Leo lagna) who has both Jupiter and Mars in his 12th (Cancer) house. So, does the ''goodness " of an exalted guru, cancel the"badness " of the nichhaMars? How does one analyse this?

Your insight will be very much appreciated.

A: Namaste,

QUOTED below is the commentary of Shri B.V. Raman from p. 45,"A Catechism of Astrology"

  • "Q. 53 What is the result if a debilitated and an exalted planet are in one house?

  • Ans. There will be neutralisation of effects, when two such planets combine in one house.

  • If the exalted planet is stronger by proportion, the effect of the exalted planet will prevail."

My own opinion:

E.g. a frequent uttama-nichha pair = Zukra + Budha = Kanya rashi.

  • Characteristic of the uttama-Budha, such a personality will be remarkably intelligent, analytical, articulate, and mentally organized.

  • But also, one will have trouble from 'fallen' women; disappointed expectations in contractual agreements and partnership; argumentativeness and trouble to locate a point of mutual interest; along with a general lack of harmony in relationships.

  • For a female = low self-esteem in her own mind, due to repeating self-abuse via criticism (Kanya) of her self-worth (Zukra)

  • for a male = a repeating attraction * akarshana * to women who suffer from low self-esteem - usually problems with the wife and her female friends also.

Which effect will be stronger, leading to a definitive characterization of the bhava?

Consider which of the two graha, one uttama and one nichha, are closer to their own respective ultimate degree of = uttama nichha .

  • Budha peak zenith uttama degree = 04-Kanya;

  • Zukra lowest nichha nadir degree = 27-Kanya.

Consider behavioral traits of the graha in their respective rashi

  • in this pair distinctively, Budha has an advantage unique to Budha, which is that Budha's mulatrikona is also Budha's swakshetra.

  • Budha gains very considerable strength in Kanya whereas Zukra loses not too much.

  • Zukra in Budha's other rashi Mithuna is fairly happy and definitely enjoys the social art of coupling (Mithuna).

  • So as always, sensible judgment is required.

Similar judgments can be made for other nichha-uttama pairs:

Surya-yuti-Shani* uttama Surya-Mesha + nichha-Shani-Mesha

  • POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant

  • dramatist Uma Thurman

  • Mrs. Melania Trump * partner of "Play to Win" impresario Donald Trump

  • athlete baseball scandal Pete Rose


(1) uttama-Guru-Karkata + nichha-Mangala-Karkata

  • Savitri 1872-1950 Shri Aurobindo Ghosh * freedom fighting yogi

  • Asif Ali Zarda [Bhutto] * political activist

  • NYC-Mayor Rudy Giulani * politician security specialist

  • POTUS-33 Trial and Hope 1884-1972 Harry Truman

(2) uttama-Mangala-Makara + nichha-Guru-Makara


uttama-Zukra-Meena + nichha-Budha-Meena

  • Theory of Relativity 1879-1955 Physics Albert Einstein

  • Flowers of Evil 1821-1867 poet Charles Baudelaire

  • POTUS-07 Indian Removal 1767-1845 Andrew Jackson

  • POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant

  • El Castilo Interior 1515-1582 St. Teresa de Avila

  • USA supreme court justice Elena Kagan

  • social activist philanthropist Ethel Kennedy

  • athlete baseball scandal Pete Rose

  • balladeer Mariah Carey

nichha-uttama pairs do not cancel each others' advantages or handicaps. The nichha graha remain nichha while the uttama graha remain uttama.

nichha-uttama pairs create a particular high-tension yoga which results in a complex personality that succeeds only in very special settings.

  • POTUS-18 Civil War 1822-1885 Ulysses S. Grant = nichha-Shani yuti uttama-Surya as well as nichha-Budha yuti uttama-Zukra

Delighted to know you are enjoying - I'll keep working on the site so long as students find it useful.

Q :In my friends case, Guru is at 4 degrees, and Mangal at 18 degrees. so Mars is stronger by virtue of being higher by degree.

So the general effects will be a Stronger (Fallen) Mars in Cancer. (?)

A :Namaste,

Yes, I agree, general effect stronger for the graha of the higher degree (yuddha) and also the graha which is closer to its peak degree of uttama or nadir nichha-amza.

  • nichha-Kuja is passive-aggressive rather than direct in action. nichha-Kuja is a guilt-machine. In Karkata, the normally heroic and direct-action Mangala becomes emotionally invasive . If the nichha-Kuja is also in Azlesa, 16:40 Karkata to 00:00 Simha, the penetrating behaviors of "squeezing, sneaking, slithering" and even "strangling" can be scary!

  • Rather than directly confront its competitors, nichha-Kuja insinuates and cajoles . Kuja dosha from bhava-4 becomes especially challenging in partnership. Pushya Guru might have the effect of religious self-justification for this insidious behavior since the uttama-Guru in Pushya likes self-righteous demonstrations of piety.

  • Good combination for one who works in medical specialty of"physical therapy"; those who do emotionally invasive "interventions " for drug-alcohol addicts; certain types of espionage that require building interpersonal relationships with informants; military "stealth", and other professions where privacy-penetrating behaviors (12) become career-positive assets.

  • Trouble for both indoctrination levels of education (4) and the higher, temple levels of wisdom (9). Trouble for both parents, Yogakaraka L-4+dharmesha-9 = nichha in vyaya bhava. Trouble through unrest in a foreign land.

  • Yet, potential for moksha is very high with a strong papa-graha in dushthamsha! randhresha-8 Guru in 12 with the nichha-Kuja suggests death by drowning.

Hope this viewpoint is helpful.

Wishing you every happiness, BPL, Jyotisha

Q : Hi Barbara,

I' ve just read your article on your website, ' Zukra Checklist for easy partnerships' ' . In it you mention the effects of Zukra ' YUTI' ' ketu .

My question is, do these ' yuti' ' effects also apply if Ketu is located in any of Zukra' s houses (Taurus, Libra).

Or, indeed, do Graha give ' yuti' ' effects if they are located in particular houses (eg Mars in Cancer, will it give effects of Mars yuti Moon, because it is in the house of Chandra?

A : Namaste,

Yes I think you're correct, there is a subtle Ketu-yuti effect upon Zukra for Ketu-Thula or Ketu-Vrizabha.

It is not the distancing and ambivalence toward the life-partner and toward mutually beneficial marriage-and-business partnerships in general such as would be expected when Ketu shares Zukra's bhava.

Rather, chidrakaraka Ketu in the rashi of Zukra suggests agency of detachment from wealth and sensual pleasures (Vrishabha) and from the joys of equity and partnership (Thula) which Zukra brings into the life.

  • When Zukra's functions are reduced by Ketu's presence on one of Zukra's houses, Zukra's power to manifest a wife who is pleasuring and invested in the partnership will be reduced. Similar effects for business partnerships in re: the partner's engagement in building wealth (Vrishabha) and keeping the promises invested in the agreement (Thula).

  • Also you're correct IMO about the understanding that Kuja in Karkata rashi has attributes of Chandra-Mangala yoga. When Kuja is with Soma in the same house, the native is active and ambitious (Kuja) to develop emotional security (Chandra) through financial well-being, thus Chandra-Mangala yoga can be a big money-maker if occurring in houses 1, 2, 5, 9, or 11.

  • The nichha-Kuja is emotionally disturbed due to volatile parenting (typically nichha-Kuja is raised by someone other than the natural parents). the native typically = quite passive-aggressive in one's methods of trying to achieve emotional attention.

  • Acquisition of financial wealth, frequently through surreptitious or fraudulent means, = goal of the nichha-Kuja who feels wronged, and wants to compensate by taking the hoards of others. Nichha-Mangala personalities = "sponges " who absorb the product of others' work.

  • The Chandra-Mangala yoga native is also emotionally volatile, but if the yoga occurs in a dhana house then despite their emotional volatility The financial well-being will be generated and the native may have a good career due to their personal productivity. The spouse may find such a native difficult to live with at times, but the spouse can also appreciate the engine of productivity and the fruits of profit that this engine can create.

  • The same thing is generally true of nichha-Mangala in a bhava concerning cintamani * mani * money , especially in bhava-11: there can be spectacular wealth development due to the native 's intense psychological drive toward security and belongingness, which is commonly (if falsely) believed to be provided by owning properties and storing money. Unfortunately the nichha-Kuja's wealth if it does occur may be acquired through parasitic dependence on others, deceptive manipulations, or theft.

  • It is quite reasonable to continue the logic of association between the characteristics of a graha as posited in a rashi, as being similar to the characteristics of that graha when the graha is a co-tenant with the lord of that rashi.

  • Exempli gratia, it is benefical for conceptual learning in Jyotisha studies to consider that Guru-Kumbha is quite similar to Guru + Shani when Shani has the higher degree. Guru's natural abundant expansion will be curbed and limited by fearful, law-abiding Shani; and Brihaspati will need to seek the most conformist, socially uniform channels of expression for obtainment of religious and philosophical wisdom.

Hope this viewpoint is helpful.

Wishing you every happiness, BPL, Jyotisha

lagnesha nichha-Guru-11 parivartamsha yoga with Shani-1

On Golden Pond 1937- drama-commerce Jane Fonda has enjoyed an unbroken high-profile celebrity career lasting more than 60 years, but there have also been regular eruptions of animosity toward her, due to a photograph. In 1972 during Chandra-Rahu period she was dubbed "Hanoi Jane" and she is still disliked for this usage of her physical image (lagnesha Guru).

Guru has plenty of handicap even without being nichha. lagnesha nichha-Guru occupies 6th-from-Chandra AND Guru rules 8th-from-Chandra

Her nativity does not provide nichha-bhanga relief for the nichha-Guru but rather lagnesha nichha-Guru's parivartamsha with Shani offers some compensation via Shani's characteristic determination, hard work, persistence, and endurance.

* nichha-Guru-11 parivartamsha Shani-1

The wildly overconfident (nichha-Guru) photo-shoot of her in a sexualized posture sitting astride a North Vietnamese military cannon created bitter backlash within the working-class American public. Although she saw herself as an agent world humanism who was trying to show "the other side of the story", many saw her as a treasonous traitor cavorting with America's evil enemies the North Vietnamese. Despite decades of literary and dramatic achievement, her career never fully recovered. Ketu in 10th from Chandra also receives drishti of the nichha-Guru.

Shani-1 somewhat compensates as evidenced by the fact that she has received cinematic top roles and had her many books and videos handled by reputable publishers. Yet nichha-Guru's willingness to place ideological beliefs above the rule of law has caused her to remain a distrusted persona non grata in many popular media settings.


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