Related Articles: Effects of Combust Planets
Combust planets in a horoscope are probably the ones which are usually ignored by many astrologers. These astrologers do not associate any importance to combust planets and make predictions by looking at certain other aspects of horoscopes. Whereas in actual practice, combust planets are a vital part of detecting problems and making predictions about the horoscope holder. In case, a horoscope is having one or more than one combust planets, the resultant effects of the horoscope can not be predicted accurately if the effect of combust planets in the horoscope is ignored or not read properly. So it is very important to pay attention to combust planets and their effects in order to know a horoscope properly and thoroughly.
Combustion is a phenomenon which occurs when a planet comes very close to the Sun and loses its luster and shine due to this closeness and thus the planet is said to be combust. For example, if Mercury becomes very close to the Sun in a horoscope, it becomes combust and an alphabet “c” is shown in front of Mercury while showing horoscope details for that particular horoscope. In the same way all the other planets become combust if they come within a certain range of closeness to the Sun. This range of closeness is measured in degrees and is different for different planets. Following are the degrees of combustion for Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn :
Moon is said to be combust when it comes within 12 degrees on either side of the Sun.
Mercury is said to be combust when it comes within 14 degrees on either side of the Sun provided Mercury is in forward Motion. When Mercury is in Retrograde motion, the degree of closeness for combustion of Mercury becomes 12 degrees.
Venus is said to be combust when it comes within 10 degrees on either side of the Sun, provided Venus is in forward motion. When Venus is in Retrograde motion, the degree of closeness for combustion of Venus becomes 8 degrees.
Mars is said to be combust when it comes within 17 degrees on either side of the Sun.
Jupiter is said to be combust when it comes within 11 degrees on either side of the Sun.
Saturn is said to be combust when it comes within 15 degrees on either side of the Sun.
Rahu and Ketu never become combust due to their closeness to Sun as they are shadow planets.
When a planet becomes combust, it becomes weak by combustion and thus it becomes unable to protect its significances fully and produce proper results unlike a planet which is not combust and is capable of producing proper results. So the study of combust planets becomes very important in order to make predictions about the significances ruled by these planets in different horoscopes. Combust planets need to be strengthened in order to get proper results for the significances ruled by them. But strengthening the combust planets is not a simple task and takes expertise. The job is comparatively easy when the combust planet in a horoscope is working positively. In case of positive combust planets in a horoscope, the best and the easiest remedy to strengthen these planets is to wear gemstones for the combust planets. Wearing gemstones for the positive combust planets provides them extra strength and they become capable of protecting their significances and producing proper results.
But in case, a combust planet in a horoscope is working negative in that horoscope, it becomes comparatively difficult to strengthen that planet. In case of negative combust planets, gemstones can not be prescribed for these planets, as gemstones should not be worn for negative planets, even if such negative planets are combust. Strengthening negative combust planets with the help of gemstones can cause very bad results and thus use of gemstones should be avoided in case of negative combust planets and gemstones should only be used for strengthening positive combust planets. In case of negative combust planets, the strength is provided with the help of Mantras and Poojas for these combust planets and not by using gemstones. For example if Mercury is negative and combust in a horoscope, the best way to strengthen Mercury for that horoscope, so that it may produce proper results regarding its significances is to chant the Beej Mantra of Mercury for as many times a day as is prescribed by your astrologer and for as long a duration of time as is prescribed by your astrologer.
However this process is slow and may not show results as fast as the application of gemstones for the positive combust planets. And apart from that this process requires dedicated time and discipline on daily basis to chant the Mantras for the combust planet or planets. That is why it is considered comparatively difficult as compared to the application of gemstones. Another way of strengthening the combust planets with the help of Mantras is getting a Pooja performed for the combust planet. In this process a certain count of Mantras for the combust planet, which is usually 125,000 and is chanted by a set of 2 to 5 Pandits in a time period ranging from 3 days to 8 days, on behalf of the horoscope holder and the fruit of this Jaap of Mantras is transferred to the horoscope holder by means of Sankalpas done under the guidance of Vedic System of Karma Vidhaan and Vedic Astrology. So the Mantras are chanted by the Pandits and the fruit is given to the horoscope holder, and all this process works out at a much faster pace than chanting the Mantras by yourself which may require years to accomplish a count of 125,000 Mantras for a combust planet. The best suggested remedial combination for negative combust planets is to get a Pooja performed first and then start chanting the Mantra for that planet on daily basis if you are able to do it.