Celestial State of the Planet

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Celestial State of the Planet

April 3, 2023, 4:57 a.m. Mark Rusborn 3 min. to read

We say that every planet is in a good celestial state if it is:

  • in a good essential condition in its sign, e.g. exalted
  • free from malefic aspects1 from other planets (see aspects of the planets)
  • with a well-placed dispositor2
  • in conjunction with favorable bright stars


Accidental Malefic/Benefic Planet

Mars and Saturn are considered natural malefics as they mostly signify destructive things such as violence, injuries, death, aging, etc. All other planets are beneficial.

Four houses in the horoscope are considered unfavorable. These are the 6th, 8th, and 12th, as well as the 7th house in terms of conflicts and battles. All other houses are favorable.

A natural malefic in a good celestial state becomes an accidental benefic planet. It portends good things in good houses, but not without misfortunes since its inner nature is malevolent. In a bad house, it still produces evil but at the last moment saves from that evil. For example, exalted Mars, determined by the 8th, supported by benefic aspects, promises a mortal threat and salvation from it.

A natural benefic in bad condition becomes an accidental malefic. It prohibits/destroys good things in a good house and cannot protect from evil in a bad one.

A natural benefic in a good celestial condition or a malefic in a bad state becomes the most effective in their action.

The following table clarifies the effect of the celestial state of a planet determined by different houses.

Nature Celestial State House Effect
Benefic planet Good state Fortunate house Grants good things of that house
Unfortunate house Prevents or mitigates the evil of that house
Intermediate state Fortunate house Grants moderate results in terms of quality, quantity and stability
Unfortunate house Neither causes evil nor prevents it but only mitigates it
Adverse state Fortunate house Either grants nothing, or grants things through difficulties, or which are scanty, unreliable, or of little use
Unfortunate house Will not prevent evil and may even cause one
Malefic planet Good state Fortunate house Grants good things of that house, especially if aspected by the planet which shares the same meaning with that house. However, it grants things through imperfections, evil means, or in difficult ways
Unfortunate house Will not take away the evil, but instead will rescue from that evil, or temper it
Intermediate state Fortunate house Neither grants, nor take away, but only prevents the good things of that house
Unfortunate house Doesn't prevent evil, but rather causes it
Adverse state Fortunate house Will not grant the good of that house, but rather will prevent it. Or if somehow these things happen, there will be misfortune
Unfortunate house Strongly promotes evil and even brings infamy, disgrace, or violence

It is important to remember the value of the aspect that participates in the celestial state.

On the one hand, a malefic planet in a dignified position in an unfortunate house receiving a benefic aspect can rescue one from evil or lessen its effects.

However, if the same planet is only in domicile or exaltation, it will still bring evil since its malefic nature is related to the negative affairs of the house. Only the best celestial state (both by dignity and aspect) can override this.

The opposite is true for benefic planets. For instance, if Jupiter is in the moderate essential state in the 2nd house, it will bring wealth to the native. However, if malefic rays afflict it, it becomes useless.

Strength of Accidental Malefic/Benefic Planet

There are additional factors that enhance the effectiveness of the planets, such as

  • position oriental to the Sun and occidental to the Moon
  • direct and swift motion
  • absence of combustion
  • other minor indicators, such as proximity to the equator, etc.

Conversely, contrary indicators weaken the planet's ability to create good or evil.


  1. Including those with negative reception to the planet
  2. Since any planet partially expresses itself through its dispositor, the state of the dispositor partially shapes the state of the planet. So, Saturn-peregrine in Scorpio with Mars in Cancer (in exile and negative reception to Saturn) is worse than the Saturn-peregrine in Taurus. This would be especially true in the former case if Mars cast a square to Saturn.

Mark Rusborn

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