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Before moving ahead with the topic, let’s first get to know what are exalted planets according to Vedic astrology and when is a planet called exalted in a horoscope. We know that there are 12 zodiac signs from Aries to Pisces according to Vedic astrology and each planet among navagraha is in a state of transit in one or the other of these 12 signs. Each planet among navagraha stays in any particular zodiac sign for a specific time period and then it moves to the next sign and this process keeps going on in a cyclic way. Each planet among navagraha behaves differently when placed in different zodiac signs and the strength of each of these planets is different in different signs.

Each planet among navagraha is strong or very strong in some particular sign and the same planet is weak or very weak in some particular sign. The sign in which a planet among navagraha is the strongest compared to its presence in all other signs, is called the sign of exaltation of such planet and the planet so placed in such sign is called an exalted planet. For example, Sun gains maximum strength when it is placed in the sign of Aries and accordingly, Aries is called the sign of exaltation of Sun and Sun is called exalted when it is placed in the sign of Aries in a horoscope. Similarly all other planets among navagraha are exalted in different signs and Vedic astrology mentions the signs of exaltation of all planets among navagraha.

Moving on, some astrologers believe that when a planet is exalted in a horoscope, it automatically becomes positive in nature and it gives benefic results for the native and hence wearing gemstones for such planet can give good or very good results to the native. Hence such astrologers recommend wearing gemstones which belong to the exalted planets in a horoscope as they think that wearing gemstones for exalted planets is always suitable for a native.

These astrologers state that putting on gemstones for exalted planets can never cause harm as such exalted planets are called Uchcha Grahas in Hindi, which translates into a positive term and accordingly such planets are always positive or benefic for the native and hence every native can safely wear gemstones for exalted planets. However, in actual practice, exaltation is merely a measure of strength of a planet and this attribute of exaltation should not be used for deciding the working nature of a planet as doing so can cause serious problems for the native having some exalted planets in his horoscope if he is recommended to wear gemstones for such exalted planets. We will discuss this fact with the help of an example now.

Recently, Saturn has transited through Libra and Saturn is considered exalted according to Vedic astrology, when it is placed in the sign of Libra. Now, according to the above mentioned theory of recommending gemstones on the basis of exalted planets, Saturn should be benefic for all the natives born during this period of time and all the natives born during the transit of Saturn in Libra can witness benefits by wearing various gemstones for Saturn. We know that according to Vedic astrology, Saturn stays in a sign for an approximate time of 2 years and 6 months. It means that all the natives born during this period of 2 years and 6 months will have exalted Saturn in their horoscopes and accordingly all of them can wear gemstone for Saturn as Saturn is benefic in their horoscopes by virtue of being exalted.

It further means that hundreds of millions of people born during these 2.5 years will be blessed by a benefic Saturn and it also means that a planet (Saturn in this case) can continuously remain benefic for a period as long as 2 years and 6 months. This is logically and practically not possible as each planet among navagraha keeps changing its working nature continuously and it can change its nature completely from benefic to malefic or from malefic to benefic in a matter of 30 minutes or so and hence a planet can’t remain benefic for a continuous period of 2.5 years.

It should also be noted that during the placement of Saturn in Libra, many natives will be born under the influence of malefic Sade Sati of Saturn and accordingly these natives will face many problems due to such Sade Sati. Wearing gemstone for Saturn will further increase their problems as wearing such gemstone will increase the strength of malefic Sade Sati of Saturn in their horoscopes which in terms will increase their problems. Sade Sati of Saturn is said to be effective in a horoscope when Saturn is placed with Moon in a horoscope.

Since Saturn remains present in a sign for 2.5 years and Moon remains present in a sign for 2.5 days. Every month, Moon stays in the sign of placement of Saturn which is Libra in this case, for 2.5 days. Hence every 12th person born during these 2.5 years will have Sade Sati in his horoscope as Moon completes its round of twelve signs in a month and accordingly, the chances of Moon being present with Saturn in Libra are in one 1 out of twelve horoscopes.

It is important to note that Sade Sati of Saturn can’t give malefic results to a native if Saturn is benefic in his horoscope and therefore Saturn has to be malefic in the horoscope in order to make the native suffer from Sade Sati. Similarly there are other malefic defects associated with Saturn like Dhaiyaa of Saturn and various other defects like Pitru Dosha formed by Saturn. As Saturn becomes malefic and forms any of these defects in various horoscopes, the natives suffering from such defects should never wear gemstones for Saturn as wearing such gemstones will intensify their sufferings by adding more strength to such defects.

Considering the case of some other planets among navagraha, there are planets like Jupiter, Rahu and Ketu which remain present in a particular sign for a period of 1 year or more and subjecting these planets to the above mentioned theory will again mean that these planets will continue to be benefic for all the natives born during their presence in their signs of exaltation. Accordingly, all these natives can benefit by wearing gemstones for such planets which is again far away from the truth and hence this theory of believing that exalted planets are always benefic and gemstones should be worn for exalted planets is nothing but another misconception among various misconceptions found in Gemstones Astrology.

It is interesting and important to note here that the gemstones for Saturn, Rahu and Ketu are suitable only for a limited number of people as each one of these 3 planets among navagraha is rarely seen cleanly positive or benefic in a horoscope and accordingly their corresponding gemstones are suitable for a very limited number of people. In my practice of Vedic astrology which includes the analysis of more than 60,000 horoscopes now, I have found that various gemstones belonging to Saturn are found suitable only for every 2 to 4 natives among 100 natives on average and the gemstones for Rahu and Ketu are found suitable for the similar number of natives on average which indicates that these planets rarely behave as completely benefic or completely positive in a horoscope.

Therefore the gemstones associated with these planets should be worn with utmost care as the gemstones belonging to these 3 planets are not suitable for most people and many of my clients have told me that they have faced serious problems after wearing gemstones for 1 or more than 1 out of these 3 planets on the basis of recommendations of various astrologers. In many of such cases, such gemstones were recommended merely on the basis that the planets corresponding to these gemstones were exalted in the horoscopes of such natives, which was considered as a sufficient reason for recommending such gemstones. The results were troublesome and even disastrous for some natives and some of these natives got afflicted with serious diseases like tumors or some serious psychological problems.

Hence the practice of recommending gemstones for exalted planets should be avoided. An exalted planet can be benefic as well as malefic in a horoscope and in case, an exalted planet becomes malefic in a horoscope, it already becomes one of the most problematic planets in the horoscope due to the fact that it is malefic and at the same time, it is very strong. If such is the case, the last thing a native wants to do is to provide extra strength to such already very strong and malefic planet in his horoscope as such exalted but negative planets will start troubling this native with even more strength.

Gemstones should only be worn for benefic planets and they should not be worn for malefic planets as gemstones are only capable of providing strength to their corresponding planets among navagraha and they can’t change the working nature of planets. It means that wearing gemstones for malefic planets will increase the strength of such malefic planets and these planets will cause even more problems and troubles for the native.

Therefore, gemstones should only be worn for positive planets so that such positive planets may gain extra strength and the native may witness more benefits from such positive planets. Vedic astrology provides various guidelines to decide the benefic or malefic nature of various planets among navagraha and an astrologer should carefully analyze every horoscope in order to find the benefic planets from the horoscope and only then he should recommend gemstones for such benefic planets.


Himanshu Shangari