EYE ON ASTROLOGY: UNDERSTANDING THE 7.5 YEARS OF SATURN
Most people know know a little Vedic astrology get caught up in a huge fear around Sade Sat, the 7.5 years from Saturn goes through the 12th, 1st and 2nd house from your moon. If you have a Libra moon, you will finish Sade Sat when Saturn moves into Sagittarius on Oct. 26th. If you have a Sagittarius moon, you will start your Sade Sat at that time.
Actually Sade Sat can also be applied to rising sign and your sun sign so if you really want to get all bent out of shape, depending on your chart, you could have some level of sade sat happening much of your life. Is it all bad? Of course not. So much of your life will have Saturn and it is a good thing as it inspires us to be responsible to move toward meditation and the Divine.
Sade Sat with the moon can cause depression and anxiety but it can be handled with yoga and meditation. Saturn has a purpose to teach responsibility, discipline and focus and this is something that people may feel lazy about because Saturn is not necessarily a fun planet. In transit now until Thanksgiving, Saturn is weak and its lazy and undisciplined and unfocused nature may come out more and we are going to have to work extra hard to stay on top of work, focusing and being responsible and if we do that Saturn rewards us. As my colleague Sam Geppi puts it, Saturn is about doing the hard work to get our goals done: “Saturn shows the willingness to face the hardships of life and persevere through the difficulty because some things are worth the trouble – worth the TIME – and we do not have unlimited time. As we gain experience facing problems, we become less reactive and develop grace under pressure. This eventually brings a level of calm and cool when stressed, which allows us to keep going and staying focused on what is important.”
If your Moon is in Capricorn or your Ascendent is Capricorn or your Sun is in Capricorn being born Jan. 14-Feb. 12th, you may be going through the more difficult 12th house transit of Saturn when Saturn goes into Sagittarius, Oct. 26th for the next 2.5 years. This particularly triggered when Saturn goes through the 25th nakshatra from your natal moon or ascendent called the Mananas nakshatra which governs the mind and Saturn can disturb it and create a huge desire for change and feeling unsettled. You might feel abandoned or betrayed or unfocused or changes around jobs or relationships may come up. Remember that change is good. Stay rational and use judgment if it is time to make a change. God has a plan but sometimes changing, moving or changing partners will not get rid of the inner unsettledness. There is a famous say, “wherever you go, there you are.” Make the inner changes with more meditation, yoga, good diet and exercise and then see if you need to make the outer changes really.
Still not all of the 7.5 years is bad. There will be months where it will be ok. Certain ascendents do not do as bad with Sade Sat including Taurus, Libra and sometimes Capricorn and Aquarius.
Saturn governs work and it responds to getting the work done. Get the work done and Saturn will not cause you any problems. And you can change your chart by changing your life-style. Saturn responds well to meditation and calms the mind. Saturn likes yoga and exercise which grounds the body. Saturn increases the vata or air element so you can do Ayurvedic treatement and diets to calm those influences. Saturn likes rules and disciple and inspires you to move in that direction. If you do not, then it feels stressful and you may feel victimized. You do not have to be.
Some people buy an iron ring and wear it on their middle finger during Sade Sat. It may help a little but giving your power to gems and thinking all your problems will go away is not learning the lessons of Saturn. Take action to focus, meditate, be disciplined and Saturn will reward you with the calm strength of Capricorn the mountain, unshakable and steady. Be lazy and unfocused and Saturn will seem like an earthquake in your life. You do have a choice. There are mantras and chants and pujas that will help calm the mind so that you can move forward out of fear.
There are mitigating factors in chart which will make Saturn less problematic. If your 12th house or moon has high bindu points or Jupiter or Venus is impacting your 12th house favorable or supporting Saturn, then it may not be as bad. Saturn after age 36 matures and ripens and that means the 2nd or 3rd Sade Sat may not be as problematic because we are more mature.
Still, Saturn going through your 12th house will want to tear down what is not working in order to create something new. In the first house, Saturn may inspire you to focus on health or physical problems when it transits and in the 2nd it may force you to restructure finance and family structure.
So remember, there is nothing to fear. Saturn is your friend but he is the type of friend that kicks your butt because he loves you. The Divine is always taking care of us if we understand its message. Listen, act, be disciplined, focus, work hard and you will be taken care of. Venus always support Saturn so lighten Saturn up with more fun, relationship type, massage, art, dance, painting, fashion design.
You are safe, you are infinitely safe, my loved ones; if you only knew how the Divine cares and cherishes for you at every moment of your life and how much he protects you, there would never be another moment of fear in your life. You are love and you are Loved!
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