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An Insight into Sade-Sati

by Dr. Shanker Adawal(Jyotishaacharya, PHD, MBA)

It is known to all that Saturn has a major role to play in the life of all individuals, nations and countries. Be that as it may, it may not be possible to say all about the friend and foe-Saturn but it must be said that Saturn controls one sixth of population as it owns two signs in the Zodiac and if its aspects are taken into consideration it would control 5/12th of the population as Saturn has major three aspects i.e. 3rd, 7th and 10th.

Though known to all, it is re-itered that Sade-Sati is the period of Saturn while transiting 12th house, 1st house and 2nd house from the house in which the Moon is placed in the birth chart i.e. Janama Kundli. Actually there has been difference of opinion amongst the astrologers. Most of the astrologers give predictions from the transit of the Saturn with reference to Natal Moon. However some of the astrologers say that actual Sade-Sati starts from 330.01 degree from the degree in which the Moon was located at the time of birth and extends to 60.00 degrees from the degree in which the Moon was in 11th degree of Ashwini at the time of birth, add – 330.01 degrees of the orb and we get 341.01 degrees and we get 71 degrees of the orb. Perhaps this difference of opinion leads to the different effects of Sade-Sati and in some cases it had been seen that bad effects are felt even after the period of Sade-Sati is over i.e. when the Saturn has crossed the 2nd house. Of course, it may be true that bad effects may be for some other reason.

Effects of Saturn differ from house to house and from Dhayia to Dhayia. When Saturn transit the first 30 degrees of Sade-Sati, it is said to be transiting the head, brain and eyes. In this period the native is likely to suffer from various fears and troubles. Even if a person is born in rich and royal family, sufferings cannot be ruled out and he will have to confront a lot of problems. In the first cycle i.e. Saturn transiting 12th house for 2nd a half years, evil effects will be felt by the parents and near relations of the native. Taking into consideration aspects of Saturn, it will also affect the traits the traits of 2nd house, 6th house and 9th house. The health of grand mother may be effected and resulting in death in most of the cases. This period of Saturn is bound to put extra burden on the nerves, strain his nerves and cause unwanted extra expenditure. In some cases, it may necessitate native to have spectacles. However, no injury to the eye may result unless Saturn is heavily afflicted by Mars. The financial position may become little adverse (aspect of the Saturn on 2nd house of income and profit). Those of the natives passing in the last phase of their life i.e. beyond 60 years may get to spiritualism, sanyas i.e. detachment from the family and wordly affairs. Briefly, this period of Saturn becomes responsible for set-backs and obstacles in all fields including profession.

The 2nd cycle of Saturn's Sade-Sati i.e. after First house, next 30 degrees gives the native various kinds or worries and fear of death. Increase in enemies and some of them for nothing is indicated. Those in service may face wrath of Superiors. This period will affect in-domestic and professional activities. In addition, Saturn will affect 3rd house, 7th house and 10th house i.e. characteristics of these houses shall also be under the influence of this Sade-Sati. Journeys to distant places, separation from relations like wife, brother, sister etc. is indicated. In some cases, this period also causes imprisonment. Though some astrologers predict death of wife (spouse) but this would depend on other factors, force of other planets and Dasha the native is running. In general, miseries, loss of wealth, fatigue and general debility, loss of friends, obstructions and delay in undertakings, failures would be the result of this period of Sade-Sati. To add to the misfortunes, increased expenditure is also indicated.

Now about the 3rd cycle of Saturn – last Dhayia of Sade-Sati. This period is said to pass through the legs of the natives. Mind of the native would become full of confusion and complications. The native has to run here and there for getting a solution to the problems. Unexpected reversals in profession and trade may also take place. This period would also affect 4th house, 8th house and 11th house. Apart from health problem, problems of the children, the native may face death like period or may even die in view of the involvement of 8th house unless 8th house is improved by other planetary forces. In general, this period becomes responsible for loss of health and happiness, loss of position, financial stress, loss of comforts, accidents, deception through wicked persons. Loss of children is also indicated.

The above malefic influences of Sade-Sati may not happen at all. Do not be afraid of 'Sade-Sati'. Actually, for some even Sade-Sati proves beneficial. Late Shri Morarji Desai became Prime Minister of India in Sade-Sati. From the above discussion, it is clear that 4th, 10th and 11th houses stand for prosperity – the native gets landed property, conveyances, service, business prosperity. In the following circumstances, the dreadfulness of Sade-Sati stand modified for the better:

i) Then Saturn is in its exaltation sign or in Mool-trikona sign, in own rasi (sign) and even in a friendly rasi.

ii) When Saturn is a Yoga-karaka planet for a particular Ascendant say for Libra and Taurus.

iii) Results will be neutral when a planets is strong at birth but weak in transit.

iv) How position of Saturn is improved by aspect/association and conjunction of other planets at birth and in transit.

Good aspect of Saturn with other planets will make the native careful in thought, and attentive, sober, calculative in all dealings. With methodical working, the native acquires property and develops profitable and gainful ventures including in agriculture and minerals. Dealing in metals associated with Saturn also proves beneficial.

Natal Star-the Nakshatra of Birth is also to be considered while delineating the effects of Sade-Sati. Actually K.P.System is based on Nakshatras. Consider in which constellation a planet transits.

The effects of all planets while transiting the natal nakshatra are not listed here but the effects of Saturn (also of Rahu as Rahu is an other Saturn) are give below:

1st – Aswini -- Grief or bereavement.
2nd to 5th Bharni -- Happiness and
Kritika, Rohini, and Mirgsara -- Prosperity.
6th to 8th – Ardra -- Journeys
Punarvase and Pushaya -- and obstacles.
9th to 11th -- Loss of Money

Ashlesha, Megha, and Financial position Poorva Phalguni.
12th to 15th Uttarphalguni -- Gains of money – good

Hasta, Chitra, Swati -- financial position.

16th to 20th Uttarashada -- Happiness and gains.

Saravena, Dhanishta, Satbhisha, Poorvabhadrapad.

26th and 27th Uttarbhadrapad -- Danger of ill health etc. and Revti.

Finally, I would again say that totality of the horoscope must be considered. No pronouncement be given unless one is sure about the malefic content of Saturn and other planets. What is needed is the well-gaurded pronouncement not only on Sade-Sati but on all matters. Keep in mind whether benefic planets transit 6th/8th/12th house and if so the maleficience shall be neutralised. It would also be apt to say something about Saturn who gives energy to face evil, do hard work so that one knows the value of hard work and indirectly enabling the native to control his ego.

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