What is Shani Sade Sati?
When, Sani (Saturn) transits through the 12th, 1st, and 2nd house from the natal moon, this is termed Sade-satti. Saturn takes 2 ½ years to pass through each sign, its passing through 3 signs make it 7 ½ years. Sade means “half” in hindi and Sati translates to “seven”.
Shani Sade Sati Influence:
Saturn is a planet of empathy, democracy, human values, and dispassion. When one is ambitious, passionate and achievement oriented, one seldom transgresses the values Saturn upholds. Saturn, during its Sade Sati, makes one learn the values which it represents. Most often than not, to break egoistic tendencies, impulsive selfish actions, and other negativities, Saturn creates obstacles, doubts, and depression. It seeks to break the illusion of ego.
Sade Sati cycle repeats about two or three times within one’s lifetime. It reappears after every 25 years from when it first finished. In rare cases, the Sade Sati may appear four times, in a lifetime. Each and everyone have to go through Sade Sati, unless there is an early death before the start of first Sade Sati.
It is said that the first cycle of Sade-sati generally affects close relatives more than the native. The 2nd cycle influences the domestic front as well as the business front, and the 3rd cycle affects children, family, health, and physical suffering or may even indicate the death of the native. These results differ from chart to chart according the planets placed in the chart, main and sub periods (Dasa and Bhuktis) and transits of other planets. Nature of Sade Sati results are also dependent upon Saturn’s relationship with the Ascendant (lagna) and the Moon Sign (Rasi) and its very character known through the Nakshatra which it falls under.
Saturn does not distinguish between the rich and the poor. Anyone who is arrogant, egoistic, despotic, criminal minded, undemocratic, unsympathetic, passionate, and non-hard working and overly ambitious is targeted during the person’s Sade Sati.
Saturn’s influence, in transit, over the 8th house from natal moon, is a dreaded period too. When Saturn passes through the 8th house from the natal moon, it is called Ashtam Sani (Eighth house Saturn) or Kantaka Shani. This 8th house transit is considered more negative than the Sade Sati transit. Herein, the influence of Saturn is to create disturbances in the family life and many a times family members, close friends and relatives become the cause of misery, by their attitude and actions. Herein, too Saturn’s influence teaches one the patience and titiksha (the ability to bear pain but working towards a goal of self improvement).
When Saturn passes through 4th house from the natal moon, it is called Ardha Kantaka Sani. This period is considered as bad as Ashtam Shani.
Shani Sani Sade Sati isn’t Evil?
Don’t consider Saturn as a doomsday planet. It seeks to correct our past mistakes during its Sade Sati and Kantaka Shani periods. Many ills of such periods are mitigated through a good main period (Mahadasha) – sub period (Bhukti) combination or by the transit of a beneficial planet in a supporting house. An individual can find such combinations and effects of the same, through a comprehensive reading through Vedic Astrology.
Remedies for Shani Sade Sati:
The best remedial measure against the wrong effects of Sade Sati is to learn what the period of Sade Sati is trying to teach you. All your limiting beliefs that you have formed in your mind in different births will play in front of you and show you how wrong you were to pass a judgement and you will have to release them. The more humble and simple you are, the more you will escape from wrath of Saturn who will teach you how to be ego-less. Saturn will break your stubbornness, false pride and escapist tendencies. Sade-sati is about doing one’s obligatory duties without considering likes and dislikes. One who does this forever is least effected by Sade Sati. To some, positive gains come too.
Sade Sati is the time for initiating spiritual activities to gain in understanding of life and not keep an escapist attitude.
Sade Sathi works on the third eye chakra of the individual. Meditations involving this chakra help most. Wearing rudraksha beads help in transformation of the individual without pains.
Mantra Japa for Shani Sade Sati:
Aum prâm prîm praum úanaiúcârâya namah
Beej Mantra of Saturn:
Om Aim Hreem Shreem Shanescharaya Namah