Effect of Combust or Retrograde Exalted Planet.

This article is based on one of the requests I received from my client/friend regarding what kind of results we can expect from an exalted planet which is either retrograde or combust. It seems there is a lot of confusion regarding this and different Astrologers have given different views, for which they are well within their rights. Different interpretation only show freedom of thoughts and I am all for free thoughts. Throughout this analysis, I feel lucky that I myself have 1 exalted retrograde planet and 1 exalted combust planet in my birth chart and I have gone through their dashas. So, I have experienced what I am going to write here. One thing to keep in mind, while understanding this article, is the golden rule of Astrology, i.e. "Everything is in addition, nothing cancels anything". Let's understand on the basis of following points as to how to interpret this little complex topic - 

Exalted Planet. 
Combust Planet. 
Retrograde Planet. 
Exalted + Combust Planet or Exalted + Retrograde Planet. 

Let's deal with all points one after the other - 

Exalted Planet - An exalted planet is considered at its highest dignity. It is at its peak. It is considered that when a person goes through Dasha of an exalted planet, his life standard suddenly shoots up. But I think we still need to consider if exalted planet is a natural benefic or natural malefic planet. A malefic planet will still have some hardship attached with it, even if exalted. Like, Saturn in Libra will still give some hardship in relations. So, exalted planet in itself is not the door to heaven during its dasha, there are other factors still involved but having an exalted planet still makes chart very powerful especially under its dasha. 

Combust Planet - A planet is combust when it is near to Sun at the time of birth of native. Combust means Burnt-off. So, due to the closeness with Sun, the other planet gets burnt-off and it is considered that it loses its significance. But in my experience, it never happens that a planet completely loses its significance. Even if it is at the same degree as Sun, it will still give results, howsoever little, at least of things which it is karaka of. So, combustion may reduce the result of planet thus combusted but it will never get wiped out. With age, every planet gets strength and as such, combust planets may show up results in later half of life. 

Retrograde Planet - Retrograde planet is the one which is closest to Earth at the time of birth of person. Always understand a planet as a person. So, a planet close to Earth is like a person standing right in front of you. What will it do? You will certainly get impacted by the presence of person as he is right in front of your nose. Likewise, intensity increases when a planet is retrograde in chart. Of course, it also makes us confused about things related to the planet or makes us re-think or re-do things related with that planet but it is also sure that retrograde planet under its dasha will give its intensified results. 

Exalted + Combust Planet or Exalted + Retrograde Planet - Now, the topic on hand. Let's break it in 2 parts - 
  • Exalted + Combust Planet - Now, what if a planet is exalted but it is also very close to Sun, hence Combust. Popular view is that all good results of exalted planet will get burnt off and it will be like a dead duck during its dasha. I humbly decline to accept this interpretation. 1st of all, it depends on which is the planet getting combust? If it is gentle planet like Moon and Venus then I will say that combustion can have serious impact on those planets. Powerful planets like Jupiter & Mars can handle the heat of Sun to an extent. Mercury never gets combust as it is always the nearest planet to Sun, so it is used to the heat of Sun. Saturn coming close to Sun is always a stressful conjunction. It doesn't matter if Saturn is getting combust or not. Saturn-Sun together is enough to create stress in the house no matter how far they are by degrees. This is how much they love each other :). But when these combust planets are also exalted then in my view, the exalted planet will give its results and will have an upper hand over combustion during its dasha. As I said, I have Mars exalted with Sun within 5 degrees. So, as per popular views, courage & will power should be burnt-off, right? Well here I am, starting my own work after quitting a set job in corporate world. Lack of Courage & Will-Power? Doesn't look like so, Right? And I am not even under Mars Dasha. So, this is what I am trying to say. An exalted planet will always give its good results, no matter it is combust or not. It will surely give results in its dasha. Here, we have to remember that if planet is in Upachaya Houses, then results may be delayed but will never be denied. Even gentle planets like Venus and Moon will give their good results during their dasha. So again, everything is in addition. Sun may burn off results to a little extent or up to certain time but during planets dasha or after its maturity age, it will give results of exalted planet.
  • Exalted + Retrograde Planet - Similarly, what if an Exalted Planet is Retrograde? Again, most popular view (and I was surprised to know this) is that Exalted Planet's exaltation will be cancelled and it will become like a debilitated planet. Now, please apply some common sense. A planet is retrograde when it is closest to Earth. It means that its energy is reaching to Earth more intensely. So, if that planet is exalted, then it is more intensely exalted. Again, nothing cancels anything. There is no way an exalted planet can lose its exaltation just because it is retrograde. Everything is in addition. So the real impact would be that planet will remain exalted but there will be some confusion regarding things that planet is karaka of. Again, best example is through experience. I have an exalted + retrograde Jupiter. I am under Jupiter MD. My life has certainly improved from the day Jupiter MD started but where I found confusion because Jupiter being retrograde is in my belief system. I tried my best to read different Religions, Philosophies and Beliefs in last 5-6 years to conclude like a fool as to which Religion is best, until I read Osho Rajneesh and realized that no religion can be perfect as all are made by humans and humans can't make anything perfect. So, exalted Jupiter raised my life standard but retrograde Jupiter gave the confusion regarding the things Jupiter is karaka of. Likewise, any planet that is exalted will give good results in its dasha plus it will cause confusion regarding things it is karaka of. 
Conclusion - So, I would like to conclude where I started, i.e. everything is in addition, nothing cancels anything. Things are never black or white. Things are always grey. 

Hope this helps. Thanks, 



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79 comments on this post Comments

Shailesh Thakore

2022-11-30 19:18:45

Your view looks good Sir, You have a reason


2022-11-13 22:42:08

Very well written Sir, I can relate with this. As having atmakaraka Venus and Amatykaraka Mercury both retrograde and combusted in Revati nakshatra, in 12th house. Failed marriage, education upto graduation. Always confused regarding public dealings and seeing dual face of people.


2022-11-13 22:36:39

Very well expalained Sir, I can relate with this very well. I have closely conjunct Mercury and Venus both are retrograde and combusted in 12th house in Revati Nakshatra.. Failed marriage, education upto only graduation only as i could not pass MBA. Always confused in matters of marriage, so yes.. I am not following the usual path laid by society.

Jugal purohit

2022-07-20 17:43:05

Nice description


2022-01-11 17:48:05

N - marriage and asrology has no connection with each other .

nair s

2022-01-11 12:55:44

sir combust venus in leo at 10:50 degrees magha(4) nakshatra in capricorn rashi and sagittarius lagna , Please advise delay and future of marriage.


2021-12-16 10:59:26

OJ - Yes.

Omkar Joshi

2021-12-15 17:32:33

Does having a debilitated Mercury (pieces) in conjunction with rahu ( retrograded) causes communication problems.


2021-12-14 11:28:45

OJ - career determination takes a long time and detailed analysis. It cant be done in a comment.

Omkar Joshi

2021-12-13 11:42:03

I have exhaleted sun( in Aries) in 7th house while being in conjunction with Venus (of course combusted) and mars in Aquarius in 5th house. I want be an actor and film director I wonder if my venus will support and if I have the talent.


2021-11-19 10:40:22

VS - No, they are not combust.

Vasudev Shirahatti

2021-11-18 19:35:03

Lucidly explained. Appreciate. However my doubt is not fully cleared: I have Jupiter ( 21.1 deg) and Mercury (29.04 deg) placed in Leo, house of Sun. Do these grahas get combusted in Leo or are they under influence of sun. Thanx in anticipation


2021-07-12 16:21:02

Jacob - person can be very clever or almost cunning with communications.


2021-07-12 15:40:03

Interesting and relieving info! I have Exalted Mercury combust and retrograde…Virgo 6th house 15 degrees! Idk what this means.


2021-07-12 14:26:29

Interesting and relieving info! I have Exalted Mercury combust and retrograde…Virgo 6th house 15 degrees! Idk what this means.


2021-07-07 11:54:25

RK - Challenging, work for yourself in business setup.

Ravneet kaur

2021-07-07 09:03:41

Hello sir I am gemini ascendant with saturn mercury venus and sun in 9th house.Saturn is combsut,mercury is retrogade and combust.jupiter is in 5th house aspecting 9th housr.moon in 1st house.rahu and ketu in 6th and 12th respectively.How will be mu saturn mahadasha


2021-04-23 11:00:50

P - need to work on communication skills.


2021-04-22 14:35:59

In my there is a conjuction of 3 planets in 5th house mercury which is both retrograde and combust with retrograde Rahu and Sun explain this Retrograde + Combust case please


2021-01-10 12:48:02

V - business will bring best results.


2021-01-09 22:54:34

Sir, I have an exalted, combust and retrograde mercury in lagna and its dasa come at age 54 only! Till now mercury periods have given me excellent results. Though academically not coming up in flying colours and missed had a 2 year loss compared to my friends. I have an exalted saturn in 2nd with moon. Anything I should take give special attention?

Swami Premanand Bharti

2020-11-18 17:07:12

s - it is strong and will give results from 30s.


2020-11-18 13:25:25

Sir, it is an excellant assessment of retro+exalted planets. I am having Dhanu (Saggit.) lagna and exalted Mars (27 deg. at its peak) in 2nd house but retrograde. Will it give benefit in the life. Can we say this Mars is strong in kundali?

Swami Premanand Bharti

2020-11-11 11:11:10

Mollika - Can you please email me at astrovsaxena@gmail.com as it may take a long discussion?


2020-11-11 11:06:53

Dear Vishal....I have combust venus and combust jupiter with moon and sun in 1st house in leo ascendant and saturn in 11 house is aspecting this whole planetary stellium, could u please guide me what will it lead to ? And if I have a parivraj yoga or not ? I choose to be an ascetic later in my life ,but I have exalted rahu in 10th....pls guide me


2020-09-29 16:35:38

A - it can bring ego clashes in relationship

Anuranga senaviratne

2020-09-29 15:50:36

Dear sir I am libra ascendant person and in my horoscope sun venus & jupiter in 5th House. Sun in 13° and venus in 22°. It is said when sun and venus within 10° Venus get combust. So how about this situation.bcz venus combust by just 1° Degree.


2020-09-28 11:01:52

G - person will seek perfection in relationship. Ego clashes can be there.


2020-09-27 20:41:12

Hello sir, what is the result when exalted combust vargothama mercury in 7th position

Swami Premanand Bharti

2020-08-20 19:15:57

Thnks Anshu.

Anshu Vijaywargiya

2020-08-20 18:01:47

Sir, today i have read this same copy paste article on Astrodiksha.com web page by another astrologer...!! This may be unauthorised use of your opinion...you may check this out.

Swami Premanand Bharti

2020-08-20 11:32:39

AV - Good for business setup career & difficult for relationship. Thnks,

Anshu Vijaywargiya

2020-08-19 22:05:34

Respected Sir, Pranaam, My son has Leo Ascendant and having exalted and combusted Venus in 8th house, also conjuncted with sun and moon...!! As it is saying that for Leo Ascendant, Venus should be less powerful....so in this placement how will we interpret whether it will be powerful or weak to give desired result...!! Thanks in advance. Regards- Anshu.

Swami Premanand Bharti

2020-07-11 11:26:56

@ UK - Saturn is same everywhere. Challenges and fear in starting business and person needs to start it sooner or later.


2020-07-11 08:53:05

How to interpret retrograde Saturn in 3rd in Taurus in rohini& retrograde Saturn in 3rd in Aquarius in Purvabhadra pada? Thanku !!

Swami Premanand Bharti

2020-04-07 16:12:33

@RS - all your questions need detailed analysis. They cant be covered in a comment.

Rakesh Sharma M

2020-04-07 11:06:04

Saturn is Exalted and retro in 5th house for Gemini lagna. Jupiter in own house ( sagittarius) venus Exalted mars retron in 6th house scorpio 10% combust and retro lagna lord in 11th house with Exalted Sun. Moonin Virgo. I was dragged to Astrology and Spirituality by mother nature to extreme extent. I am confused please answer swamiji My Maha dasa is Jupiter from 2009 to 2025 Since 8 years my money realted activities like business and job are lost. as I complete 36 this april 15th, can I expect all my delayed activities to become success?

Rakesh Sharma

2020-04-07 10:34:24

I am Gemini lagna, having Exalted retro Saturn posited in 5th house aspecting 7th and 10th Lord Jupiter ( Jupiter in Sagittarius), and my lagna Lord Combust Retro Mercury 10%placed with Exalted Sun in 11th house. Even my 11th Lord Mars is retro in his own house Scorpio being 6th from lagna. Venus Dispositor of Saturn is exalted in 10th house. Moon in Virgo. At present running Jupiter MD ( 2009-2025), I resigned from Job during 2012 and seeing lot of delays in my money making activities, but where as I got Spiritual exposure to extreme extent. I am completing 36 years now will I get money or No? All my attempts to earn money( in Business and Job) are lost in these 8 years... Even I am dragged to Astrology since 8 years but, I am confused whether Saturn will give money at 37? Please respond Swamiji

Rakesh Sharma

2020-04-07 10:27:41

I am Gemini lagna, having Exalted retro Saturn posited in 5th house aspecting 7th and 10th Lord Jupiter ( Jupiter in Sagittarius), and my lagna Lord Combust Retro Mercury 10%placed with Exalted Sun in 11th house. Even my 11th Lord Mars is retro in his own house Scorpio being 6th from lagna. Venus Dispositor of Saturn is exalted in 10th house. Moon in Virgo. At present running Jupiter MD ( 2009-2025), I resigned from Job during 2012 and seeing lot of delays in my money making activities, but where as I got Spiritual exposure to extreme extent. I am completing 36 years now will I get money or No? All my attempts to earn money( in Business and Job) are lost in these 8 years... Even I am dragged to Astrology since 8 years but, I am confused whether Saturn will give money at 37? Please respond Swamiji

Swami Premanand Bharti

2020-03-27 11:08:59

@ MS - exalted mercury can make you a perfectionist and critical/analytical. it may be helpful in career but not in relationship. your spouse can bring ego clashes in your life.

Meghana S

2020-03-26 20:12:20

Thank you for your prompt reply. What are the results of exalted Mercury? I had a 2 year delay in my education but I have completed now at age 24. But since 7th house is the house of spouse will the results apply to my spouse?

Swami Premanand Bharti

2020-03-25 22:16:16

@ MS - good results of exalted mercury may be delayed till you enter 30s.

Meghana S

2020-03-25 19:02:36

Hi Vishal, I have mercury retrograde in Virgo in 7th house but it is combust by 5° from sun. What are the effects? Thank you.

Swami Premanand Bharti

2019-12-12 11:43:30

@ AK - It is going to be troublesome. especially in job setup and relationship.

Ayush Kumar

2019-12-11 18:34:57

What about a retrograde and a deblitated planet? For example, Retrograde and deblitated mars in 10th house?


2019-09-06 12:18:08

great information. Explained same by some great astrologers.

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2019-05-02 11:17:53

@ GTR - please apply for specific consultation. Thanks,

Girirajan TR

2019-05-01 12:37:49

Sir, I am Taurus ascendant. I have exalted retrograde Saturn in Libra. I wanted to how will be Saturn maha dasha for me in terms of career and relationsip wise. Please clear my doubt.

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2019-04-25 09:15:16

@ Santhosh - it will need a detailed analysis, cant be covered in a comment.


2019-04-24 19:24:18

I am santhosh sir . I have exalted Jupiter in 8th house of cancer 8n my birth chart. My Jupiter Dasha is already over am 28 year old. Running through Saturn dasha . ( Sagittarius ascendent )What would be the impact in future ?


2019-02-02 18:04:28

Good...l have Mercury in virgo retrograde in my 4th house, conjunct Jupiter,. Moon and Saturn, I am in rahu Dasha and will enter Jupiter Dasha next year, what you say about it? I am 37 and still single, and of course many efforts in every aspects of my life, but not satisfactory results.

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2018-12-05 16:56:45

@ Ram -Saturn works identically for all. in every position, it is challenge. so u will have challenge in career and relationship.


2018-12-05 13:40:37

Sir, I am having retrograde and exalted (22:17:44) Saturn in my 10th house Libra, whereas the venus is in my 2nd house creating parivartana. could you please help how saturn works?


2018-12-05 12:03:26

I have exalted (22:17:44) and retrograde saturn in 10th House libra. Saturn is my lagna lord 2nd lord . The 10 th lord venus is in 2nd house. Can you help in understanding how saturn works?

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2018-11-26 10:49:35

@ RP - even if it reduces as u mentioned, it may be too negligible to make any prminent difference in results. I may not consider it. Thanks,

r pristine

2018-11-26 00:56:17

if sun is a Functional benefic, effects of its Natural malefic nature afflicting the combusted planet should reduce.(only weakness due to combustion may remain,if not compensated by other strengths). is this correct? pl clarify. thanks. regards.

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2018-08-30 22:17:14

@ Ehtisham - he wil be knowledgeable and learned. Give him some time. take care against obesity.


2018-08-30 17:36:07

My son Cancer Ascendant, having Jupiter exalted+retrogade in first house at 26:52:31 degree. What is the good news and what if any bad effect? Will he remain confused in studies, relationships, decision making etc? Thanks

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2018-08-08 16:23:24

@ Varun - Self doubt to begin with and courageous later on. lots depend on moon position.


2018-08-08 13:07:02

Hi visual...Great learning for me .very good observation . Just eager to know..how kundali looks right Now ..I mean MARS is exalted with Kethu ..wanted to know what will be person be like if the Laguna falls in Capricorn

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2018-06-17 21:43:25

@ Gouri - Good for wealth and creativity, average for relationship.


2018-06-17 19:06:38

Dear sir, In my kundli Venus is exalted n it is combust...so tel me sir wether it will give result or not

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2018-03-02 20:07:55

@ HVD - your jupiter is fine, it will give best results in jupiter md. Saturn will make you put extra effort till 35. Thanks,


2018-03-02 18:34:02

My jupiter is exalted in 8th house in sign of cancer of sagitarius ascendant is combust jupiter degree is 1.30 some says you will get abundance of wealth some says it is very bad always struggle I dont know but yet at 27 yrs of age i am under struggle & also saturn is in my 1st house i always get late result but sure & due to this i think i have to give extra efforts in all my works as compare to other person. Well lets see what happen I am simply obeying my own fundamental that i have learn in my rahu maha dasha that-"whatever is going in life just go with it" This is it!!!!

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2017-12-26 16:15:39

@ Ashwini - it will be good , as per my own experience,


2017-12-26 13:54:31

Good information...even i have Jupiter exaltation plus retrogration in ninth house..and hope Jupiter md brings improvement in my life..tq sir

Vishal S Saxena - Astrologer

2017-10-09 09:47:44

@ Baiju - planets are considered combust only when they are behind the Sun and their rays dont reach the Earth directly.

Baiju K C

2017-10-08 22:29:27

Excellent observation. I have one doubt regarding the combust planets. Planets like Mars, Jupiter & Saturn will be behind Sun while at combust. However, Mercury & Venus can be either behind the sun or between earth and Sun while at combust and hence these planets must be showing different results. Can you please explain your views/experience on this?

Vishal S Saxena

2017-10-01 21:25:53

@ mayur - u r right on both points.


2017-10-01 20:39:10

Thanks Vishal ji, So an exalted retro Saturn in 10th house make an individual confused about his professional work and relationships ? Hope this improves with time!

Vishal S Saxena

2017-09-24 20:31:54

@ gd please apply for consultation here - http://astrosaxena.com/consultation. Thanks,

G Dhanasekar

2017-09-24 18:49:39

My DOB 27-03-1968 23.55 hrs. Sagittarius ascendant. Rasi - Pisces. Star Poorvabadhra 4. Current dasa Venus. Venus bhukti from 01-11-2014 to 28-02-2018. How will be my career, as I am facing lot of obstacles in job and in personal life. Please predict

Vishal S Saxena

2017-09-17 13:30:50

@ darshana - it will gain strength with age and will be at full strength from 30s.


2017-09-16 23:07:00

What if exalted planet in lowest or 0°

Vishal S Saxena

2017-08-10 10:35:16

@ rachit - he will reflect back on relation/wealth aspect of life in early life and will prosper on both fronts from 30s.


2017-08-10 07:52:43

Hi Mr.Saxena. i have a baby boy born on 14 april 2017, time - 3:23 am, place - jalandhar,punjab. In his horoscope, venus is exalted but retrograde. Plz guide what will be the result of this. Thanks.


2017-02-04 21:47:45

Hi Mr.Saxena Im from Sri Lanka. Im a leo ascendent. My saturn is in libra exalted and retrograde. Since its my 7th lord and my marriage is delayed. Could you tell me what kind of spouse i get? Most people say a past lover would rerurn. My jupiter in 6th retrograde. Sun and mars in 11th Rahu in 9th Venus in 10th Moon in 8th Jupiter in 6th retrograde Saturn and ketu in 3rd. Saturn retrograde Mercury in 12th. Thank you

Vishal Saxena

2017-02-04 21:06:54

@ Sanduni - As Saturn is in Libra and is 7th house lord, you can get a spouse who is matured, either by age or by mindset. He can be a Businessman or a lawyer. He can be from faraway places or foreign lands. Sat retro makes you think a lot about relationship.


2017-02-04 20:37:17

Hi Mr.Saxena Im from Sri Lanka. Im a leo ascendent. My saturn is in libra exalted and retrograde. Since its my 7th lord and my marriage is delayed. Could you tell me what kind of spouse i get? Most people say a past lover would rerurn. My jupiter in 6th retrograde. Sun and mars in 11th Rahu in 9th Venus in 10th Moon in 8th Jupiter in 6th retrograde Saturn and ketu in 3rd. Saturn retrograde Mercury in 12th. Thank you