BPHS Chapter 97:

"One who reads, or listens with attention and devotion to this most excellent Hora Shastra,that is Original Sanskrit Text Book of Astrology created by the ancient father of Astrology Sage Parashara becomes long-lived and is blessed with increase in his or her strength, wealth and good reputation."

                     Sade Sati(Shani Transit)
                By Mrs Puja Kelly Senior Astrologer
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What is Sade Sati(Shani Transit)?

Sade Sati is a very dreadful word for the common masses. When, Shani Transit through the 12th, 1st, and 2nd house from the natal moon (where one's Moon is placed in the Astrological Birth Chart), this is termed Sade Sati Of Shani. Saturn takes 2 ½ years to pass through each sign (30 years to make one round of the zodiac), its passing through 3 signs make it 7 ½ years. Sade means "half" and Sati translates to "seven" and hence the name Sade Sati. There is a general belief that Shani Sadesati period brings dissatisfaction, disappointments, depression, differences, disputes, disharmony and undesirable results ,but actually this is not the case. Saturn does not always behave this way and it really depends on individual's chart. For example if Saturn is acting as a yoga karaka, there is no way it can cause all that problems in native's life. Most of the people go through 2-3 periods of Sade Sathi in their life time, 4 periods are very rare. It reappears after every 25 years from when it first finished.

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Sade Sathi Influence

While it is true that during this 7-1/2 years Shani Transit period people do experience some tensions and troubles, it is nothing to be scared about. Even while giving some troubles and tensions, it does not deny you success. As a matter of fact a number of people prosper to new heights during this period. Sade Sathi is about doing one's obligatory duties without considering likes and dislikes. One who does this forever is least effected by Sade Sathi and in fact gains during this period. However if anyone is arrogant, egoistic, unsympathetic, and non-hard working then he is targeted during the person's Shani Sadesati and can make him go through a lot of hardships.

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Mystery of Sade Sati Of Shani

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Three Cycles of Shani Sadesati

First cycle of Shani Sadesati generally affects close relatives more than the native. The 2nd cycle influences the domestic front as well as the business front, and the 3rd cycle affects children, family, health, and physical suffering or may even indicate the death of the native. However before coming to any conclusion an astrologer must the following things.

Is Saturn acting as a functional benefic or malefic in the natal chart?

Is Saturn coming under aspect of any naturally benefic/malefic planets.

What is the Dasa/bhukti running during that time? Is Saturn involved there?

Is the transit of Saturn under Vedha from Jupiter?

What is the nature of Nakshatra under which Saturn falls in natal chart?

How strong is the Natal chart. E.g. how many benefic planets in kona and Kendras, How well placed is Lagna and Lagna lord etc..

What's the influence of Lagna on Saturn? E.g. is Saturn in Lagna or is it in conjunction with Lagna lord.

As you can see the results will really vary chart to chart. If someone is having all the -ve factor in the chart as explained above then his time will be very bad, but if someone has most of the factors as +ve, then Saturn will end up giving very good results. Keep this in mind while studying the bad effect explained below.

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First Cycle

In the first cycle, when Shani Transit 12th house from moon for 2.5 years, the evil results are felt more by the parents and near relations of the native than the native himself. There could be some eye related problems to people who abuse this wonderful gift e.g. watching too much TV by sitting close to it. Saturn from this position throws its 3rd aspect on the 2nd house, which may affect the financial position of the native by increasing the wasteful expenditure. Because of 7th aspect on 6th house it can cause some debt. And finally because of 10th aspect on 9th house, it can bring down the general fortune of the native and can also cause setbacks to the father of native.

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Second Cycle

During the Second Cycle when Shani Transit first house from moon for 2.5 years, it affects the native himself in domestic (7th aspect on 7th house and professional fields(10th aspect on 10th house). Being in the fist house it denotes ill health for the native. It can result in Weak finances, many miseries, loss of health, separation from family, loss of friends, increase in unnecessary expenditure, failure in undertakings, humiliation, loss of self confidence and self respect. One must keep in mind that these results can occur only when Saturn is acting as a pure malefic in the native's chart as explained above. Less than 5% of the natives going through Shani Sadesati will actually feel all these results. For most of the people there will be mixed results only.

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Third Cycle

During the Third Cycle when Shani Transit in the 2nd house from Moon, It affects one's health, children and may even cause death if it come in late life .During this transit (8th house aspect). It may cause Loss of money, heavy expenditure, loss of health, unhappy domestic life (aspect on 4th house), mental distress, loss of wealth, increase in enemies, physical distress, quarrels with relatives and friends, lots of grief, all sorts of sufferings.

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Remedies for Sade Sathi

Remedies should not be applied without taking into consideration how exactly the Sade Sathi is going to affect you. If Saturn is trying to correct some of the wrong doings of your life e.g. trying to make you work very hard by creating obstacles, then it should probably be left untouched as its doing it for your own betterment. However if you feel that your life is really going through hell, you must consult a competent astrologer before applying any remedy. Daily reciting of Hanuman Chalisa can be done without any problem as it helps the native in all cases. Similarly wearing an Iron ring made out of horse shoe in your middle finger of right hand, offering copper and sesame oil to Saturn every Saturday are other harmless activities. Wearing any stone during this period is an absolute No No, unless the astrologer has really done his analysis (You can ask him the questions I explained earlier).


Saturn, which according to Hindu mythology is the son of Sun God, is not always a bad planet. Proper care must be given to complete analysis of this planet before concluding that Shani Sadesati can cause problems in one's life.

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