Saturn, the last planet in consideration in Vedic astrology, is also the most misunderstood planet in astrology. People are wary of Saturn and are often worried about the negative consequences of Saturn’s aspect. However, it is far from true, since Saturn is the most just planet in Vedic astrology.Saturn represents the fruits of our actions. A just person is rewarded with good results, while a bad action will invite a bad consequence. It is said to be the Karm Fal Daata- the one who rewards or gives results according to one’s actions, without any favor or ill will.Saturn is associated with obstructions and slowing down the pace of progress. It does not block progress, but merely obstructs the path, which can be overcome by sheer hard work. Any reward is delayed, not denied, and people get the consequences of their actions even after many years have passed in between. It can make a beggar out of a ruler, and a ruler out of a beggar.
This ill-famed planet, however, is also known to bestow people with the greatest wealth and fortune. It gives prosperity, along with humility and responsibility.
VEDIC STORY ON SATURN
Saturn or Shani is the son of Surya and his shadow wife Chaya. He is the one with the slowest pace as he was struck on the leg by the children of Surya’s first wife. In other takes, it is also believed that once, in a fit of anger, he kicked his mother as she would not give him food before her ritual was complete. He is also the brother of Yama and is believed to be the most just among the navagrahas. Shani received this blessing as he was an ardent devotee of Shiva, and had been wrong many times over. Shani is the black one, and he was black since his birth. It is believed that his mother Chaya was so devoted to her husband Surya that, when Shani was in her womb, he got highly tanned and burnt owing to his father’s heat. This made him black since birth and he was shunned by the Sun God who doubted that Shani being so dark could not be his son. Shani was also considered inferior by other Gods, who looked down upon him because he did not look handsome like the other Gods and was very dark. It is also believed that when Shani arrives, the other Gods of wealth, prosperity, happiness, depart. Only truth remains till the end, and as a result, every other God and good virtues return. However, all of this happens only when the person has suffered sufficiently.
SATURN IN ASTROLOGY
Saturn is the 6th planet from the planet Sun and takes the longest time to complete one cycle of the Sun- 30 years. It stays in 1 Rashi or House for a transit period of 2 and half years. Saturn in astrology is the ruler of the 10th House of career and profession and is thus the Karm Karaka. It is also the ruler of the 11th House of results and consequence and is the Karm FalDaata. Saturn in astrology rules over the 2 signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. The MoolTrikon of Saturn is in Aquarius. It is exalted in Libra and debilitated in Aries. Saturn gains directional strength in the 7th house. The Mahadasha of Saturn is for 19 years. The friendly planets of Saturn are Mercury, Venus, and Rahu, while Jupiter is the neutral planet for Saturn. Sun, Moon, and Mars share enmity with Saturn. The day for worshipping Saturn or Shani is Saturday. The direction of Saturn is west. The color associated with Saturn in astrology is black and blue in deeper shades. The metal for Saturn or Shani is lead. Saturn is the greatest of all malefic planets, as it is insensitive to people’s emotions. Away from the warmth of the Sun, it remains cold and aloof. It gives people the result of their karma, without thinking about their happiness, and often leads to a fall in social position, wealth, and happiness. It also creates obstructions in one’s path.Saturn is neither male nor female. It is associated with the eunuch. It is said to have tamsikguna. Among the elements, Saturn represents air.Saturn represents the older people, the servants, and the subordinates. It is the servant in the celestial cabinet. In professions, Saturn rules the service industry. It can range from the services of a maid to the high-end service professionals of the IT industry. It includes the services of all the people we need in our daily lives.Saturn in astrology signifies justice. It gives rewards according to the deeds of a person. A person with good karma is rewarded with good results, while a person with bad karma faces the wrath of Saturn. They get obstructions in many endeavors of their life, and cannot get any task done easily. There might be a long delay in meeting out justice, but it is never denied. As such, Saturn in astrology is representative of the judicial system. The slow pace of justice mimics the slow movement of Saturn in the solar system. Under Saturn’s influence, people are often brought to justice even after a delay of 30 years. Saturn justly rewards a good deed and amply punishes a bad deed. Saturn in astrology, with all its rings, represents boundaries and limitations. When one tries to transgress his boundary, he is faced with obstructions and defeat. Saturn ensures that one must do something that he is best suited for. Saturn is the planet of extremely hard work. Since it creates obstructions, there are delays in every task that people attempt. They are faced with a lot of failures before the goal is accomplished. Therefore, Saturn makes one work very hard for the fulfillment of their desires. It is the Karm Karaka, as it makes us work towards achieving something, and under Saturn’s influence, nothing comes about without working hard for it. Saturn in astrology is also the Karm FalDaata, who rewards us when we work hard towards the fulfillment of our objectives. It gives good results for the hard work done. Those people who fail to toil hard when placed under Saturn’s influence, have to face the negative consequences of the inaction.Humility is the greatest of Saturn’s virtues. Saturn in astrology wipes out ego and makes people humble. Saturn brings about the downfall of people with ego or excessive pride. They are faced with difficult situations and obstructions in their path under Saturn’s aspect.Since Saturn has a very slow pace, it is also representative of the habits that people acquire over the years. Saturn in astrology also represents the knowledge gained through experience. It is not the inherent knowledge within us, rather, people learn only when they make mistakes under Saturn’s aspect. Those who have a strong Saturn are not outright smart by birth, but gradually acquire it by experience.In medical astrology, Saturn governs everything that is slow in our body, and as such, it is representative of bones, teeth, nervous system, legs, among others. In case of an adverse Saturn, people develop several diseases of the bones, including arthritis and osteoporosis. People also have problems with their teeth and mostly develop toothaches early on. They may even have a fracture under Saturn’s Dasha, or have rheumatism. Leg injury that might result in difficulty in walking and even limping is also common under Saturn’s influence. This planet also causes age-related ailments or something that poses difficulties in walking or moving around.
MENTAL ATTRIBUTES OF SATURN
Humility is the greatest virtue of Saturn. Because of its slow pace, Saturn in astrology also teaches patience, perseverance, and hard work.When Saturn is Well Placed in AstrologyA well-placed Saturn in astrology makes a person extremely humble. Such people are not known to be guided by false pride or anger and despite their achievements; they are very down to earth.A well-placed Saturn also makes a person wise and mature. Despite making mistakes, they display extreme maturity and learn lessons from the problems and ultimately emerge as wise men.People with a good Saturn are very patient. Just the way Saturn works, the tasks under Saturn’s influence also happen slowly. Resultantly, there are often delays with many things, but these people do not give up easily and remain persistent in their approach. A good Saturn gives people a sheer sense of responsibility. They are aware of the challenges and know what is expected of them. They do not do anything that will cause trouble to others. When given some task or placed in higher positions, they carry out their task responsibly. A well-placed Saturn in astrology makes people highly dedicated to everything that they do. Even when the situation gets tough, they do not give up and complete everything that they undertake. People with a well-placed Saturn are very focused and hardworking. Despite the odds, they do not lose sight of what they want and work harder when they are needed to ensuring that no task is left incomplete.
When Saturn is Adversely Placed in Astrology
An ill-placed Saturn causes one to be arrogant. Such people look down upon others and are very ruthless in their approach. They believe that they are the best, while no one else can match up to their level of achievements and greatness.They have to go through a lot of problems and are very sorrowful about it. They face many hurdles and their task is rarely complete. They have to go through many delays and difficulties in everything that they wish to pursue, but instead of taking matters into their own hands, they whine over their losses. Having faced a lot of failures, they get easily disheartened and are prone to depression. They prefer to cry over their problems and difficulties, rather than doing something to make improvements. They are perennially disappointed with life and how things work out.Possessiveness is a key feature of people with a negative Saturn. They are obsessed with what they own and extend their right and authority over everything and everyone around them. They do not easily let go of their power and prestige, even when they should rightfully step down. An adversely placed Saturn makes people excessively materialistic. They are always in the pursuit of gaining wealth and fortune. They think only of the things that they need to own, often at the cost of the people around them. They do not shy away from sacrificing people and relationships for any material wealth that they might gain and do everything in their capacity to gain the same.