Each one of us has our own distinct personality and characteristics. We also have our close friends, acquaintances, a few people we are indifferent to, and maybe the odd enemy, or person we don’t get along with.
In a similar way, the planets also have their own characters and form relationships with other planets. These relationships can be favorable or unfavorable depending on the planets involved and their position in a chart, and they can have a defining impact on your everyday life.
Different Personalities in the Same Room
In simple terms, a conjunction in Vedic astrology occurs when two or more planets occupy the same house, and can happen either in a birth chart or by transit.
Imagine if you are standing in the same room as someone else. Regardless of how far away you are from each other in that room, you will still influence each other. It is likely that the closer you are in relation to each other, the more impact you will have on one another.
And this is exactly what happens with conjunctions. A conjunction can be positive or negative, depending on the nature of the planets involved, their relationship with one another, and the sign and house they are placed in. What influences it is the rulership of the house and its indications. Also taken into account is whether the planet is retrograde or direct.
Conjunction, Combustion or Planetary War?
If planets are between one and five degrees of each other in a house, they are ‘closely conjunct’. If, however, they are less than one degree apart for a period of time, then rather than being considered conjunct, they are said to be in a planetary war with each other.
When the Planets are at War
When planets are in a planetary war, they become conflicted. Invading each other’s space and fighting against each other, they suck the energy from each other, affecting the psychology and inner wellbeing of the native. Only the five planets – Mars, Mercy, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn – those that are each associated with one one of the five elements (earth, fire, water, air and space), can be involved in a planetary war. The Sun, Moon, Rahu and Ketu do not create a planetary war, but can form a conjunction.
When Planets are Dominated by the Sun
When planets are close to the Sun, as long as they maintain sufficient distance, they can benefit from the Sun’s divine energy and can even have their own positive qualities enhanced. But if they get too close, they become ‘combust’.
Though ‘combust’ usually means to burn, in a physical sense the planet does not actually burn or combust, but rather is dominated by the Sun which obstructs the planet from our view. Its qualities are hidden, and its influence and significance decrease. We may not fully understand the planet at that time as its energy is completely taken over by that of the Sun, and, the closer the planet is to the Sun, the greater the impact.
The align27 app tells you if there are any conjunctions, combustions or planetary wars affecting you individually by transit, and gives you specific rituals you can do to move through any challenges that may arise as a result.
Planetary Conjunction in Your Chart?
When two planets are in friction in your chart you may feel that you want to take that unsettled energy out on someone, which can create problems. It helps to be conscious of when this tendency may arise in you so you can decide how you are going to deal with it.
Beneficial Yogas in a Chart
Sometimes conjunctions are favorable, forming a positive Yoga, or union of planets, in your chart which can have very beneficial results. For example the conjunction of Jupiter and the Moon forms Gaj Kesari Yoga, bringing with it leadership, generosity and spiritual wisdom. The Sun and Mercury together form Budhaditya Yoga, giving intelligence, skill in many areas of work, good reputation, personal respect and happiness.
However, the coming together of two malefic planets may have a challenging effect. For example, a Mars and Saturn conjunction can be difficult to handle as Saturn’s energy of limitation, restriction and discipline combines with Mars’ fiery, passionate, aggressive energy. The combining of these two opposite energies can bring a push and pull, or start and stop effect. On a positive note though, it can also bring long term endurance since Mars’ courageous energy combines with Saturn’s ability to sustain.
Another example is when Mars and Mercury come together. Their combined energies can be used in a constructive way to get things done, but impulsiveness is the nature of this conjunction. When it is present in your chart or activated by transit, you may need to pause and think before you act as these planets can go from thought to speech or action very quickly. You may even find yourself deleting more messages that you are sending, and if you are not careful, you could regret your words and actions.
Learn How Conjunctions in Your Chart Affect You
An expert astrologer can look at your chart and explain the specific effect of any planetary conjunctions in your chart, and can give remedies to combat the negative effects and enhance the benefits. At Cosmic Insights we offer consultations with our astrologers to look at your full Complete Birth Chart Analysis or even a Personalized Transit Report, which is a written report about how the current planetary transits affect you based on your own birth chart.
One Remedy for All
There is one remedy that can be done for all challenging aspects or transits affecting your chart and that is the chanting of the sacred and powerful mantra, ‘Om Namah Shivaya’.
In speaking about astrological challenges, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says, “You should know there is always a remedy for this. What is it? Adoring the Divine. On top of all the planets is Lord Shiva or the Shiva Tattva. So by chanting Om Namah Shivaya, you will sail through all this.”
So for a simple way to sail through any challenges that may come in your life as a result of a difficult planetary conjunction, you can chant ‘Om Namah Shivaya,’ 108 times daily. By doing this you are honoring Lord Shiva, the all-pervading divine consciousness, as well as the five great elements from which the universe is composed.