Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Planetary Transit: Transit of Saturn, Chapter IX, Part - 2

Dr. Shanker Adawal

9.1 Introduction

Part 2

9.1.3 It is a very slow moving planet and takes roughly 2-1/ 2 years to move over a sign and 30 years to take one complete round of the zodiac. So its results come very slowly but decisively. The transit of Saturn is generally unfavourable in respect of the house it transits or aspects. It also has a depressing influence on the natal planets whom he transits over or aspect during transit. The influence of Saturn is much maligned and called evil. However, the effects are not always malefic as per general belief. If the transiting house is his own (Capricorn/ Aquarius) or he is the lagna lord or a Yogkaraka (for Taurus/ Libra), he does not damage much the house traits. He is strong in 7th house getting directional strength and in Libra where it is exalted. He is also strong at the end of a sign, during his week-day and during dark-half (he is Karaka of father for those born at night). Again the natives, whose Moon is in Taurus/ Libra or in Capricorn/ Aquarius in natal chart, do not fare so badly as natives in whose charts, the Saturn is the lord of an evil house as counted from the Moon or the Ascendant. Actually one gains experience from this transit, which makes the native fit to live in the world. The house that Saturn transits indicates the part of one’s life that is being examined & tested and represents the areas of greatest tension in one’s life that requires close attention. The planet that Saturn transits over represents the energy in one’s life that are being challenged and behaviour patterns that require examination. Depression, grief, impediments, separation, physical, emotional & material losses and ailments are some of the signs Saturn gives to which we are not well adjusted to the issues of the signs & houses ruled by Saturn. The Saturn is actually a Teacher, it acts as a deterrent and brings necessity & humbleness into lives. It forces one to ponder and seeks the source of woe resulting in delays but does not deny the fruits. Saturn teaches natives about the value of moderation, caution and hard work. It wants one to pull out own inner strength and put all energies into practical, useful & meaningful to complete old projects, but not to start new ones.

9.1.4 The Saturn gives auspicious results in 3rd, 6th & 11th (Trishadya) houses w.r.t natal Moon, provided simultaneously there is no other planet transiting in 12th, 9th & 5th house. It gives very bad results in 1st, 2nd, 4th, 8th & 12th houses and mixed results in 5th, 7th, 9th & 12th houses. But bad results are largely nullified if there is simultaneous transit by a planet in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 12th, and 4th, 6th, 8th & 10th house respectively. However there is no Vedha (cancellation of evil or good results), if Sun is transiting in the relevant house. The Saturn never gives malefic results if posited in a house of Jupiter or with Sun/ Jupiter in a single house. In Sagittarius, It is known as Kodanada Shani, where it loses much of its malefic nature. If Ketu is posited in a house earlier than Saturn, it turns great benefic to the native. But highly adverse results would follow, if posited with Moon, Mars or Rahu in any house. The Saturn rules over winter months of January-February, West direction, black colour, hidden treasures, all mineral wealth under Earth. It represents logic, philosophy, renunciation, barren, impotency, female eunuch in gender, icy cold & stingy environment, chronic ailments, and secretive & destructive forces. In body it represents bones, nerves, knees, legs, teeth, hair, fall and accidents. Saturn is the most effective planet in bringing leadership ability among masses, making of a great thinker & success in one’s career. Transit Saturn, in square to its natal position, gives important developments.


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