One of the most feared as well as revered planets of the Solar System, the mighty Saturn, has been given a place of pride in Astrology. The slow moving task-master, the strict disciplinarian i.e. Shani Bhagwaan or the Lord Saturn is the greatest. He has the power to move the mountains, and He has the power to make the toughest of the people cringe and cower under his disciplinarian ways.
In Astronomy too, Saturn is special too—it's the cold, blue planet with beautiful rings.
Astrologically and methodologically, Saturn has been associated with the day of Saturday. In fact, in English Saturday derives its name from Saturn, and in Hindi Shaniwaar (Saturday) derives its names from Saturn's Hindi name Shani.
Here are some other associations -
Colours of Saturday: Black, Blue, Dark Blue.
Lucky No. : 8
Gemstone: Blue Sapphire
As per both popular systems of Astrology, the planet of Saturn represents discipline, stability, delay, obstruction, limitation, consolidation, justice, responsibility, maturity, amongst various other aspects. He is the ruler of the tenth and eleventh Zodiac signs- Capricorn and Aquarius respectively. Vedic Astrology further works on the principle that Saturn ill-placed in one's Horoscope, especially when in a difficult aspect with another planet, can wreak havoc in one's life. There tend to never-ending struggles and obstacles in one's life, in case of a difficult placement of Saturn, or when one is passing through the Saturn Sade Sati – the seven and half years of Saturn—a planetary movement of great importance as per the Vedis system of Astrology.
People are quite scared of this phenomenon called Shani Sade Sati, which is known to be a period of roadblocks and extreme life lessons. It takes place when the transiting Saturn begins to move through a Sign prior to one's Moon Sign, as per this person's Horoscope (created as per the Vedic system of Astrology). Saturn typically takes 2.5 years to complete its journey through one Sign. So, while Saturn transits through the Signs adjoining (before and after) one's Moon Sign and the Moon Sign (in between) itself, it spends 2.5 years in each Sign—hence the total of 7.5 years.
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Saturn also poses problems on a general level, while it continues its transits through various Zodiac Signs, especially when it happens to be in an enemy Sign. As of today i.e. 29th May 2015, the transiting Saturn is moving in a retrograde motion, which it shall continue to be in till August 2, 2015. Saturn is currently transiting through the Zodiac Sign Scorpio, which is ruled by the planet Mars. Astrologically, Saturn and Mars are not friendly with each other, and hence, Saturn is known to be uncomfortable in this transit.
Currently, owing to this transit and Saturn being in a retrograde motion—things may seem very difficult and exhausting on a broader level. Feelings of frustration, sorrow, depression may be experienced by the people all across, in general. There may be a plenty of obstructions and delays in various projects, tasks etc. People suffering from some health issues and illnesses will need to be very cautious and should pay immediate medical attention, if things deteriorate. Things cannot be taken lightly and for granted, during such a transit.
However, does this imply that Saturn only represents negative things? Should we always be only scared of him?
No! Ganesha says that if a person works hard, follows a disciplined lifestyle, does good Karma, behaves responsibly and shows compassion to the poor or the less-fortunate, he/she surely is bound to attain the magnificent blessings of Saturn! Remember, Saturn gives long-lasting and permanent results, but they come at a price—of hard work, sincere efforts and a true heart. His task is to make you more refined and well-rounded in personality. He is the Cosmic teacher, who imparts the important lessons about life. Even during a Saturn Sade Sati (7.5 years), if a person stays sincerely onto the path of true service and discipline, the person is known to gain vastly in terms of wisdom, prudence, power and position.
You may follow the simple tips given below by Ganesha to appease the tough taskmaster Saturn, in general -
1) Worship Lord Hauman, and recite the Hanuman Chalisa, at least on Saturdays, if not possible daily.
2) Donate some food items or clothes to the poor and needy.
3) Be kind and helpful to old people and the elderly, and be compassionate towards people of lower ranks in the society, including your servants.
4) Offer oil and black sesame seeds(til) or black lentil seeds (urad) in a nearby Hanuman temple or Shani temple.
May Lord Saturn bless us with kindness and compassion.