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The Debilitated Moon


by Alison Berker (premavratini@yahoo.com) All debilitated planets require a careful and thorough analysis to assess their impact in a life. Not all debilitated planets are created equal -- some offer tremendous gifts and some offer only suffering. One has only to contemplate the fact that Raphael had four debilitated planets to understand that their implications can vary widely. When analyzing a debilitated planet, it is very important to consider the strength and position of the dispositor, any compensatory strengths the debilitated planet possesses, any aspecting planets, and whether or not the planet has neecha bhanga or neecha bhanga raja yoga and if so, how many neecha bhangas operate, and the condition of the bhanga granting planet(s). In the case of the Moon, one must also consider whether the Moon is waxing or waning and whether it is bright or dark. Because the condition of the Moon is so crucial to the wellbeing of an individual generally, it requires a particularly careful analysis when it appears debilitated. The Moon debilitates in Scorpio. One can ascribe a general flavor to Moon in Scorpio, but whether the qualities of that flavor will work well or poorly for an individual depends on all of the above factors as well as the house rulership and position of the Moon in a given rashi. Scorpio is the natural ruler of the eighth house and as such is associated with eighth house themes -- death, the occult, things which are hidden, scandal, sex, power, other people's money, deep grief, trauma, loss, inescapable difficulty, secrets and a certain capacity for vengeance. The scorpion is a creature that lives alone mostly in dark underground places, who surfaces at night. Scorpions are not particularly aggressive except when acquiring prey, when surprised (in which case they will deliver a nasty sting before running off,) and when having sex. Sometimes scorpions sting their mate to death during the sexual act. These qualities add the themes of ingestion of drugs and other poisons, loaded sexuality and a capacity for lashing out. Scorpio is a fixed water sign. Water and fixity do not go well together except in the case of ice, which is very cold. Otherwise "fixed water" is stagnant water, producing rot, algae and mosquitoes. Water is the element most closely associated with emotion. Emotions
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must flow gracefully in order for a life to be successful. Both water and emotion produce rot when they stagnate, which in turn attracts the kinds of low level beings and energies that are drawn towards rot. The Moon debilitates in Scorpio because it rules the emotional mind. All other factors being equal, the Moon in Scorpio will cause a person's emotions to become deep, dark, mysterious and very hard for a person to let go of or change. Also, because debilitated planets have a certain inherent vulnerability, in the Moon this translates into exceptional emotional sensitivity which then translates into grudge holding over pain. The classic debilitated Moon archetype is just that, a deeply sensitive person given to great emotional intensity which they attempt to hide or disguise who is often brooding over perceived hurts, the general sadness of the world, or dark sexual fantasies. On the high side, this kind of emotional awareness can be transmuted into tremendous compassion for the suffering of other beings, a great forgiveness for self and others, an acute awareness of the feelings of other beings, a willingness to sacrifice the self for God or others - the bodhisattva mentality, and/or great artistic sensibility. On the low side, the debilitated Moon can represent madness, sexual depravity, sexually transmitted diseases, murderous vengeance, prostitution, the Mafia and the like. Below are chart examples. See the charts below or visit: http://jyotish.ws/materials/chartw.html
Vincent Van Gogh Van Gogh, one of the most famous artists the world knows now, embodies many debilitated Moon themes. Were his birth time to be moved forward four minutes, his ascendant would become Cancer, making the Moon the ruler of is chart. Whether or not that is the case, he could be the poster child for the debilitated Moon. Before he was a painter, he was a pastor of great religious sentiment who tried to live in a truly Christian way, sleeping on the floor on straw and preaching to miners. In his late twenties, he took up painting. He was plagued all his life with deep despair and episodes of mental illness. He was chronically poor, often smelly and dirty, and drank far too much. During his lifetime, he sold only two of his paintings. He depended on his brother Theo for financial support. He is famous for having cut off his own ear. He eventually died by his own hand. He shot himself in the chest and died two days later. His brother reported his last words as, "La tristesse durera toujours" - the sadness will last forever.

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His debilitated Moon resides at 28:55 of Scorpio, making it very nearly gandanta. It is aspected by no planet and there is no planet in an angle from it. It is bright but waning. If the ascendant were Gemini, the Moon would have three neecha bhangas, but if it were Cancer, it would have none. The dipositor, Mars, is in the sign of a friend with and exalted benefic, but unfortunately, it does not aspect the Moon. Picasso, Raphael, O'Keefe, Corot, and Rembrandt also had debilitated Moons. Al Pacino Al Pacino's debilitated Moon has expressed itself mainly through his acting career. He is known as "smoldering" and "sensitive. " His single mother was ill when he was a child, and in the early years of his stardom, he did go through a period of drug excess, but mostly he has portrayed an endless series of characters that embody eighth house themes: Mafiosos, drug lords and even Satan himself. His debilitated Moon is at 28:39 of Scorpio. It is waning but very bright and it is opposed by own sign Venus in Taurus and Mars, who is its dispositor. These combinations make some very powerful yogas and provide a lot of protection to the Moon, greatly softening its impact. Expanding the definition of neecha bhanga raja yoga to include placement of the debilitated planet in a trine, Pacino's Moon also has two good neecha bhanga raja yogas.

Elizabeth Clare Prophet Elizabeth Clare Prophet was the head of a New Age religion of some renown. Starting as a child, she had visions, and went to every single church and synagogue in her town looking for spiritual answers. She eventually married a man who had started his own religion and took it over for him. She ran a huge outfit in Montana that required austere living for all of its constituents, including early rising, hard work, lots of prayer and meditation, strict limits on sexual behavior and the
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gift of all assets to the church. She claimed to be able to foretell the apocalypse. Ardent church members built huge bomb shelters on the ranch in Montana. She was frequently beset by scandal. Her Moon is at 21:00 of Scorpio. It is unaspected and hemmed by malefics, but it does participate in a weak Kesari yoga by virtue of the fact that Jupiter is four signs away and it does have a neecha bhanga formed by Mars who is in the sign of a friend. Chandrasekhar Saraswati, the Sage of Kanchi, 68th Jagadguru in the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam A very famous Indian saint and guru. An astrologer read Chandrasekhar Saraswati's chart when he was a child, and fell at the boy's feet. The astrologer told the parents that the whole world would bow before their son. He has a very nearly full debilitated Moon in the fourth house. His Moon is at 14:00 of Scorpio, putting it in the nakshatra of Anuradha, a nakshatra with deep spiritual leanings. Because it is at 14:00 it is also very, very close to the very bright red star Antares which resides there. His fullish Moon is opposed by the Sun, Jupiter and Mercury. Moon thereby participates in a powerful Kesari yoga. Plus the Moon is aspected by Saturn, it is vargottama and again aspected by Saturn in the navamsha. Moon in a navnasha of Mars aspected by Saturn is a very powerful spiritual yoga. This chart represents the very high side of the debilitated Moon.

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