Tomorrow (27th January), Lord Saturn will transit from Scorpio rashi and move into Jupiter-ruled Saggitarius rashi. This means, that for many people their Sade Sati, the tough seven-and-half year karmic period of Saturn will end while for many others, this sade-sati will begin.
What is Shani Sade Sati
When Saturn transits through the 12th, 1st, and 2nd house from your natal moon, this is termed Sade-sati. 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”.
What happens in Shani Sade Sati:
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 believe the first cycle of Sade-sati 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 native’s death. Results depend on the planets placed in the chart, main and sub periods (Dasa and Bhuktis) and transits of other planets.
The nature of Sade Sati depends on 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’s influence, in transit, over the 8th house from natal moon, is another dreaded period. When Saturn passes through the 8th house from the natal moon, it is called Ashtam Sani (Eighth house Saturn) or Kantak Shani. Here, Saturn creates disturbances in family life and often, family members, close friends and relatives become the source of misery, through their attitude and actions. Here too, Saturn’s influence teaches one 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.
Why fear Sade Sati
Saturn is a Karmic planet that teaches acceptance. He teaches you to see the truth beyond all illusions and perceptions. Sade Sati is one karmic period when you see your perceptions play in front of you. These perceptions are all placed in a particular time and they don’t exist in reality. If you are undergoing your sade sati period now, take a hard look at your perceptions. Know that nothing can be defined in the moment, because everything changes with time. The value of a person and object is only formed in the moment. You feel the pain inflicted by Saturn, because he forces you to delete and let of your perceptions.
Shani Sade Sati isn’t Evil
Don’t consider Saturn as a doomsday planet. It seeks to correct your 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.
Remedies for Shani Sade Sati:
The best remedy for Sade Sati is to learn what Lord Saturn 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 such and such 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 wants you 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.
Saturn works on the third eye chakra of the individual. Meditations involving this chakra help most.
Wearing a 14-mukhi Rudraksha, worship of Lord Hanuman or a Shani Yantra helps an individual through this period.
Mantra Japa for Shani Sade Sati:
Aum prâm prîm praum úanaiúcârâya namah
Beej Mantra of Saturn:
Om Aim Hreem Shreem Shanescharaya Namah
Katyayani Durga Ki gayatri is another remedy for this Saturn period.3