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Debilitated Moon and hope

Does a debilitated moon in the birth chart always result in emotional or mental challenges

Namaste. I want to share a short note on inspiring stories where people have lived a fulfilling life even though they might have a debilitated moon in their chart.

Before elaborating further, I do want to again emphasize that Jyotish is a very technical subject requiring careful weighing of many variables and no one factor determines the complete picture. There are always exceptions. Every chart is unique

What is Debilitation

Each of the grahas or planets are in their happiest condition in certain signs by placement. This is when they are exalted or in their own sign. Conversely, there are signs where they are unhappy and this is where they are debilitated or in an enemies sign.

A graha that is happy tends to give favorable results during its periods and the opposite is also true in many cases (not always).

However, there exist many factors for cancellation of the debility of a planet which is out of scope of this article.

Why the Moon

The moon is one of the two luminaries in Jyotish along with the Sun. Generally to understand a person’s tendencies and mental makeup, we consider first and foremost the Lagna or Ascendant, The Sun (atma or soul) and the Moon (mind or manas).

In Jyotish, Moon is the natural karaka or significator of Mother, One’s emotions, mental instincts, sensitivity, nurturing and women at large.

Hence, in Jyotish the Moon is of very high importance equal to the Sun if not more.

In addition, it is a very impressionable graha or planet. It acts as a benefic or challenging planet depending on its nature of association, condition and influence.

A benefic when:

  • it is exalted/in its own sign
  • waxing
  • placed in a good house
  • under the influence natural benefics (Jupiter or Venus).

Conversely, it tends to be under stress when:

  • debilitated
  • waning
  • under the influence natural malefics (Saturn, Mars, Rahu, Ketu or Sun)
  • placed in a difficult house

Moon is exalted in the sign of Taurus at 3 degrees to be precise. It is also strong in Cancer (the sign it rules). Moon is debilitated in the sign of Scorpio at 3 degrees.

Please note: These are sidereal signs and not Western Astrology tropical based signs.

Moon in Scorpio

I scanned many charts to find people who were born when the Moon was in Scorpio, its debilitation sign.

While there are cases of challenging situations, there are instances too which give hope and positivity.

What i want to highlight is that merely by having Moon in its debilitation sign is not to be overly concerned about mental or emotional stress. There are many more factors to consider and this is just one of them.

Example 1: John Legend: American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist (Bio) (Chart).

In his case Moon is debilitated in the 12th house however under the influence of a retrograde Jupiter and a benefic Mercury. Moon’s debilitation does get cancelled as its dispositor Mars is in a kendra or angle house. However, moon is almost completely dark and waning.

He is currently in his Moon major period, so we will have to wait to see further.

Example 2: Dave Grohl: American musician, singer, songwriter and director and founder of Foo Fighters. (Bio) (Chart). Dave also has is Moon in the 12th house.

So next time if someone tells you that your Moon is debilitated, please also do consider the exceptions and be hopeful.

Thank you for patiently reading and for your constructive feedback and insights.

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