Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Planetary Transit: Transit of Saturn, Chapter IX, Part - 1



Dr. Shanker Adawal

9.1 Introduction

Part 1

9.1.1 The Saturn or Shani, called an icy cold planet, is, as per Vedas, a son of Sun and to Western astrologers a son of Uranus. It is also called father of Gullika & Mandi (Non-luminous Upgrahas) and of “Yama”, the chief governor of longevity. Saturn is the great friend of mankind and carries out the duties of Lord Shiva. He is a strict disciplinarian, hard task master, asking for self-control, restrain, sacrifice, patience, solitude & austerity. He loves perfection, renunciation of desires & cravings and is a great fighter against evil & baser instincts of life. He is the most dreaded planet signifying sorrows, miseries, sufferings, obstacles, impediments, chronic diseases, old age, servility, deformity, delays, laziness, depression, poverty, justice, restrictions and longevity/ death among others. As per Vedic astrology, in our solar system, it is the second largest and farthest from Sun. It has numerous rings around it, three of them being more prominent. It has 12 Moons, the largest & most important being Titan. It gives great concentration, meditation, introversion, hard work and perseverance required for acquiring great knowledge for discoveries/ research. It knows no pity/ tenderness and asks none for itself. It is a separative planet and delights in perversion, unhealthy & filthy conditions and harbours complexes, prejudices, jealousy, hostility and bitter possessiveness. It is a first rate malefic and is a Tamsik & airy planet.

9.1.2 Saturn’s purpose by transit is to pressurize the native to fix what is broken, to attend what is being long neglected, to restore order to whatever has become chaotic/ out-of-control, and to reclaim what is intrinsically valuable. It acts a “terminator” to let go of anything or anybody that thwarts ongoing growth, and unclutter & simplify life by getting rid of non-essentials. To reduce further pain & frustration, it allows such matters to come to well defined close. This transit represents a timely opportunity to take stock of one by carefully weighing the pros & cons of any/ every course of action, so far taken. It rewards the native in small but steady ways for his solid, well-grounded efforts to widely structure his goal and get back on track. It may often bring in fear/ shame or a sense of regret for a long time wasted. One should learn to appreciate the slowdown phase and curb any inclination to fritter away the energies on the superficial or non-productive items. The transit often calls for a review of one’s work-attitudes or material ambitions and to ensure that one is on a right & realistic track. It seeks to grow strong roots deeply and to build fortified structures that insulate our strengths rather than trap weaknesses from within. During these periods, one generally reserve & conserve energies in whatever area of life Saturn is affecting. Saturn induces circumstances that engender self-discipline, self-improvement and increase one’s level of accountability, responsibility & maturity. It rewards hard work, achievement & commitment in successful application & focusing of Saturnine energy- if one is working seriously appropriate to one’s dharma/ duties. Saturn’s transit results commences 100 kalas prior to the degree wise transit position and lasts 100 Kalas beyond it (100 kalas + 100 Kalas = 3 degree 20 minutes).

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