Under the Beams, Combustion and Cazimi

Art by Visionary Artist Jetter Green

Visibility is a big deal in astrology. When a planet’s visibility is obscured, its significations are debilitated, hidden or internalized. What are these conditions? Under the beams, combustion and cazimi.

Under the Beams

Whenever a planet is within 15° of the Sun, it is said to be “under the beams” of the Sun. You can’t see it. The planet is obscured by the powerful light of the Sun.

Under the Beams reminds me of the time my daughter and I saw Heath Ledger strolling down a sidewalk in downtown San Diego. Heath Ledger! 🤩 Our eyes and complete attention were laser focused on him. I couldn’t tell you if he had a companion or other people with him: all we saw was Heath. It’s the same when planets are under the beams: the Sun’s star power of light completely wipes out their visibility.


As the planet approaches within 8° of the Sun, we have another condition: combustion. A planet is “combust” when it is within 8° of the Sun on either side.  This considerably lessens the efficacy of the planet.  When we have combust planets in our chart, they’re often our blindspots. For instance, Venus combust the Sun can manifest as someone who doesn’t see the red flags in a relationship and stays in it despite multiple warnings from friends who clearly see the person for what they are.


Finally, there’s Cazimi. This occurs when a planet enters the very heart of the Sun, at 17 minutes or less from conjoining the Sun. A planet joining the Sun goes through a purification process where the planet is reborn. A Cazimi planet is said to have the Sun’s ear, allotting the planet with a sort of super power genius. Oprah Winfrey’s Venus Cazimi is a clear example of a superior ability to connect with people and draw audiences to her.

I mentioned above that as a planet nears the sun, its significations are debilitated, hidden or internalized. On one hand, a combust planet may have a “blind spot” or lack of awareness on how it’s behaving. Another possibility is that the planet fuses with the Sun, becoming part of the person’s self expression.  The planet’s power doesn’t decrease; rather it is internalized. Another way of saying this is that the archetype of the planet merges with the Solar presence so that the very being of the person is Mercurial or Venusian or Martial, etc. We would look to the rest of the chart and the aspects this planet makes to other planets to determine how its close proximity to the Sun plays out in real life.