Mars: Mars is the great planet of energy and it also represents fire element. The essential difference between Mars and Sun is; Mars is purely energy whereas Sun is energy with soul. The exalted sign for Mars is Capricorn which is a cardinal sign with earth element. The degree of exaltation is 28 degrees.
In Capricorn Mars is like fire controlled and enclosed in a hearth made of earth, which can be directed for useful purposes like a steam engine or to give warmth and comfort. People with Mars in Capricorn has power, strength, courage and aggression almost like Sun but more to carry out mundane tasks in life without the higher goals and vales of Sun.
The debilitated sign of Mars is Cancer which is also cardinal sign but with water element. This water simply kills the fire and energy of Mars. Mars simply becomes confused, its energy gets lost in unwanted emotion and passion. Its energy gets dissipated in competition, argument and conflict because such things are usually the product of misplaced emotions.
Mercury: Mercury signifies on one hand earth element as well as it signifies ether because of its subtle nature. This is the reason why both the own signs are dual sign types- Gemini and Virgo. Virgo is also the exalted sign for Mercury as mentioned earlier. The degree of exaltation is 15 degrees.
Virgo is dual sign type with earth element. Mercury is the great messenger of the cosmos. He is the planet which represents speech, communication and commerce on all levels. Mercury in Virgo creates the perfect balance between duality and its ethereal qualities and the practicality or solidity of the earth element. Mercury represents intellect, analysis, transaction and exchange. Exalted mercury establishes our values in life. Material values, prices, standards of measurement and comparison, artistic values as well as spiritual values. Exalted Mercury in Virgo gives great healing power which the person uses to heal and serve mankind.
Mercury is debilitated in Pisces which is also dual sign with water element. This water element completely dilutes the analytical intellect of Mercury in a whirlpool of misplaced emotions and impractical ideas. People with debilitated Mercury are not exactly fools but are confused. They are enthusiastic but not always wisely so. Debilitated Mercury can make a person lack in boundaries. They are moved by sentiments which are not genuine and when frustrated can suffer from self pity. They can be amorphous, hard to pin down and often appear in whatever way is necessary to please or placate others or they make commitments without any intention of fulfilling them. They just respond to the influence of the moment.
Jupiter: The wise Jupiter by its spiritual nature is said to represent ether. The two signs ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarius and Pisces are both dual in nature. Jupiter is exalted in Cancer which is cardinal sign with water element. The degree of exaltation is 5 degrees.
Jupiter is considered as the most beneficial planet for mankind and will function best in Cancer because of the water element. Jupiter is the planet of wisdom or knowledge unlike Mercury which is the planet of information and exchange. Exalted Jupiter gives a person,x humility because of true wisdom. Exalted Jupiter makes him true guru who dispenses knowledge and wisdom for benefit of all. It is the planet of luck, divine grace which can fulfill all our needs without our seeking. When Jupiter is with us the universe is with us. In its exaltation in Cancer he is the Cosmic and Divine beneficence. Jupiter gets debilitated in Capricorn which is cardinal sign with earth element The earth element of Capricorn with it’s cardinal nature can make us too materialistic, too pragmatic. We can become too manipulative to achieve our goal. It will give us pride and arrogance and can make us too self centered. We can become over optimistic and over extend ourselves in every sphere of our life.