Vedic Astrology is undoubtedly the oldest and most comprehensive faith of astrology among all such faiths practiced across the globe, and whereas some of these faiths have the depth and volume of a stream, some of a river, Vedic Astrology is the Ocean which can provide resources to all these faiths and which can validate or invalidate any one of these faiths.
I have studied and researched many such faiths like Numerology, Vaastu etc. but none of them holds their ground without the support of Vedic Astrology and it is the faith which is the backbone or motherboard of all such faiths. This is what inspired me to make a carrier choice with the Ocean itself and now after years and years of this voyage; I can happily say that I made the right choice, many years back.
The fact that Vedic Astrology is the oldest among such faiths, also exposes it and makes it vulnerable to many types of corruptions and adulterations from time to time which may have come in the form of selfish additions to some of the purest Vedic Astrology scriptures or which may have resulted from misinterpretations of many important concepts of Vedic Astrology, from time to time. It is only due to such adulterations, corruptions and misinterpretations, that Vedic Astrology does not look as complete and accurate to many people interested in it, as it actually is, in this day and age.
With the Grace of Lord Shiva, I have spent years in researching various concepts of Vedic Astrology and in finding where and how much, such concepts may have been misinterpreted and what could be the possible correct interpretation of these divine concepts. Whereas in their misinterpreted forms, most such concepts of Vedic Astrology do not hold ground in real practice of astrology, almost all of them hold solid ground in their modified forms.
I have found out this fact after years of intensive research on these topics and after cross checking them with thousands of horoscopes so that they should hold ground when it comes to real life and real horoscopes instead of just reflecting on paper, and after all this effort, I can say that now they do hold ground in their modified forms.
Hence this book should be understood as an effort to create such awareness among the lovers of Vedic Astrology that this faith itself is still as complete as it was when it was born, but various misinterpretations from time to time, may have caused confusions related to many important concepts of this faith. Through this series of books, I have tried to create awareness about various aspects related to the concept of combust planets in Vedic Astrology.
This book starts with an article on combust planets, which discusses some of the prevailing beliefs related to these planets and which also deals with some interesting facts related to these planets.
Though there is no doubt that a planet which becomes combust may certainly lose some of its strength, how much strength it may lose is dependent on many factors in a horoscope, and it is not decided on the basis of combustion only. The first one among these factors is the distance that a combust planet has travelled closer to the Sun. The closer a planet gets to the Sun after entering a certain minimum distance, the more combust it gets. For example, if Sun is placed in the sign of Leo at 20 degrees and Mercury is placed in the same sign at 10 degrees, though Mercury is combust as it has entered the minimum required distance for its combustion to take place, it still may not lose much power as it is not very close to Sun. However if Sun is placed in the sign of Leo at 20 degrees and Mercury is placed in the same sign at 18 degrees, the combustion of Mercury will be much stronger than the first case, as it has come much closer to Sun, compared to the first case, as the distance between Sun and Mercury is 10 degrees in the first case and the distance between Sun and Mercury is 2 degrees in the second case.
Similarly, if Sun is placed in the sign of Leo at 20 degrees and Mercury is also placed in the sign of Leo at 20 degrees, the combustion of Mercury may become the strongest among all these cases as Mercury has got as close to Sun, as it can. Taking a look at the second factor, the sign of placement of a combust planet and Sun is a very important factor to be discussed, while discussing the intensity of combustion of a planet in a horoscope. For example, if a combination of Sun and Saturn is placed in the sign of Gemini and Saturn becomes combust by coming within 15 degrees of the Sun, it may be a regular type of combustion as both Sun and Saturn are comfortable, or so to say strong in the sign of Gemini. However, if the same combination of Sun and Saturn is placed in the sign of Aries and Saturn becomes combust, this combustion is likely to be much stronger than the one that happens in the sign of Gemini.
This is due to the fact that Sun gets exalted in the sign of Aries and hence it gains maximum strength in this sign, which means it has more power to burn any planet that comes closer to it. On the other hand, Saturn becomes debilitated in the sign of Aries, which means it is already weak and it may not be able to fight such combustion in a very good way and hence, more weakness may be rendered to Saturn in this case. However if the same combination of debilitated Sun and exalted Saturn is placed in the sign of Libra and Saturn becomes combust, the results may be altogether different. Sun is debilitated in the sign of Libra and hence it may not be able to burn out much strength of Saturn which on the other hand is very strong by virtue of being exalted in the sign of Libra and hence it is more capable of fighting such combustion, rendered to it by very weak Sun or so to say, debilitated Sun.
This series of books will be completed in 12 parts with 2 parts dedicated to each one of the six planets that become combust.