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Saturn/ Shani Planet

In Astrology, Shani means which moves slowly slowly- shanaiye shanaiye. Saturn has also been called after his nature. It moves slowly and steadily.  It takes about 2.5 year to cross a zodiac sign.  Saturn is mainly a huge planet. It represents old people.

Saturn is considered as a malefic planet. But when placed in favourable sign and house, it bestows a person with great fame and wealth. In unfavourable condition, this planet gives sorrow, poverty, loss, accidents, misery and hurdles in life. Saturn gets directional strength in 7th house.

Saturn (Shani Graha) in astrology gives long life if placed properly in horoscope. In spite of his bad reputation, it is actually considered as a master. It behaves like a teacher, who punishes when we err and rewards us for our good actions. It is also known as the planet of justice. It gives justice to the person.

A person under control of Saturn has to work hard. Land and all the products under earth are governed by this planet. Iron is its metal and its colour is black/ blue. Zodiac sings which Saturn governs are Aquarius and Capricorn. Its mooltrikon sign is Aquarius. Saturn believes in strictness and discipline and never likes disobeys and chaos.

Its Gochar (Transit) is considered positive in 3,6,11 houses. On the other hand, its Gochar is considered negative in 1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10,12 houses. Out of personality aspects it represents Restrictions. Mercury and Venus are friends and Sun, Moon and Mars are enemy to the Venus. Its Mulatrikona is 00°-20° Aquarius. It gets exalted at 20° of Zodiac Sign Libra and gets debilitated at 20° of Zodiac Sign Aries. It shows influence around 36 years of age. The following lists will help you to take a glance on features of Saturn:

  • Sanskrit word- Shani
  • Day- Saturday
  • Relationship- Father and Grandparents.
  • Sex- Neutral
  • Lagan Lord in Navamas- 1 Year
  • Direction- West
  • Element-Air
  • Color- Darkness
  • Gem- Blue Saphire
  • Type- Malefic
  • Metal-Iron
  • Neutrals- Jupiter
  • Aspects- ‘3-7-10
  • Major Period- 17 (14%)
  • Own sign- Capricorn, Aquarius
  • Body Part- Flesh, muscle, lower legs, knees, nerve
  • Avatar/ Incarnation- Kurma
  • God- Kali
  • Taste- Acid
  • Prakirti- Tamas
  • Physiology/ Disease- Gall bladder, Feet, Knees, Nerves, Respiritory system. Indigestion, gout, rheumatism, dyspepsia, insanity, rickets, diseases associated with vata.  


Main Significations

Perfection, conscience, introspection, discipline, asceticism, detachment, contemplation, yoga, meditation, transcendence, gateway to enlightenment, inner silence, inner guru, metaphysics, religion, philosophy, judaism, grief, depression, monasteries, patience, endurance, responsibility, seriousness, persistence, sense of duty, retardation, obstacles, problems, slowness, frustration, coolness, contraction, caution, separating influence, suspicion, reservation, discovery, invention, exploration, science, long-term or chronic situation, suffering, time, the past, labourer, communism, servant, protestantism, anything mechanical, factories, coal, mining industries, oil, agriculture. When afflicted it signifies slow, sceptical, melancholic, fearful, indifferent, incompetent, callous and cruel.

In Hindu Astrology, Saturn has great implication. People are afraid of this Saturn planet due to his strictness. The slow transit offers two important common periods namely Dhaiya and Sadhe Sati.  Every person undergoes these periods many a times in his life. These two periods are painstaking in a native's life.

Astrologically, this is the time when a person experiences enlightment while facing the hard time. By suffering hardship, an individual is balancing his sins. Here, we can easily understand the distinction in the nature of Saturn and Mars. Hardship faced by an individual under the power of Mars can make him a thief or dacoit.

However, this is not in the case with Saturn. In such conditions, the Saturn will turn an individual towards spirituality and forces him to think what is the reason of his misery i.e. bad deeds are responsible of his current situation. Slowly he becomes devout.

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