fast and dirty—sitting in the lap of the king

Venus has been mighty close to the Sun lately as they travel through Libra.  And on the 24th, she becomes what was known to ancient astrologers as cazimi. 

So, in honor of this, I’m writing a fast and dirty about what that and similar terms mean.


These terms are uniquely for planets near the Sun. He is the center of it all and this applies to him and those in his ‘court,’ only.

When a planet is:

  • 8 1/2  – 17 degrees from the Sun, it is known as under the beams
  • within 8 degrees—combust 
  • 17 minutes or under, this planet is cazimi or sitting in the lap of the king or in the heart of the king

The above states are considered weak or strong depending on proximity to the Sun.  Cazimi is strong, combust is weak, under the beams is weakened but not to the degree of combust.

Mercury, Venus and the Moon move the fastest around the zodiac (the former two are never far from the Sun to begin with), therefore they are the 3 we see this applied to the most.

Also, Mercury and Venus are the only planets to form superior AND  inferior conjunctions to the Sun (all others form only superior). This is due to the fact the orbit’s of Venus and Mercury are inside the orbit of the Earth around the Sun. More info here.

Researching this I noticed there is NO set standard of orb, so they will vary from source to source, albeit slightly. Above is the general consensus.

Another thing I noticed is that most astrologers require the Sun and other planet to be in the same sign to be combust, cazimi, etc. Again no definitive answer on what happens when a tight conjunction occurs out of sign.

Ok, I compiled some links to further illustrate these definitions and their interpretations. More here and still more here.

You will find that there are many, many sites about the use of these terms in Vedic astrology, but not many for Western astrology.

As for the current heavens, I will consider Venus combust the Sun until she ingresses into Sagittarius—yes, her whole journey through Scorpio!!


5 thoughts on “fast and dirty—sitting in the lap of the king

  1. […] SultryVenus will remain conjunct the Scorpion Sun for many weeks, so there will be a plethora of Plutonic intensity on tap. […]


  2. […] SultryVenus will remain conjunct the Scorpion Sun for many weeks, so there will be a plethora of Plutonic intensity at our collective disposal. […]


  3. […] two were cazimi on the 24th of October, and then the Goddess of Love overtook the Sun shortly before Halloween, […]


  4. […] the Planet of Love has been intertwined with the Sun for weeks now. When she steps across the cusp from the 8th to the 9th sign of the Archer, I will […]


  5. […] the Full Moon, our God of Thieves conjuncts the Sun during Sol’s monthly opposition with the Moon, while simultaneously, squaring Chiron and […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s