What is Sade Sati?

Sade Sati refers to the seven-and-a-half-year period in which Saturn moves through three signs, the Moon sign, and one sign before the Moon and the one after it. Sade Sati starts when Saturn (Shani) enters the 12th sign from the birth Moon sign and ends when Saturn leaves the second sign from the birth Moon sign.

Since Saturn approximately takes around two and a half years to transit a sign which is called Shani’s Dhaiya it takes around seven and a half years to transit three signs and that is why it is known as Sade Sati.SATURN TRANSIT

The most infamous situation in Hindu predictive astrology is Sade Sati of Saturn. It is considered and calculated through the Gochar study of planets or mundane astrology.

Saturn is the slowest planet which takes a total of 28 – 30 years to move through the zodiac; it means that it remains for two and half years in each sign. Unfortunately, it is beneficial for the natives in only three houses of Lunar Kundali or Chandra Lagna Kundali. These are 2nd, 6th and 12th from the Moon sign. Saturn is more or less malefic in all other nine Bhavas and gives the worst effects, particularly twelfth, first and second house from Moon Rashi. This transit during these three consequent houses when it is most malefic in effects is called “SADE SATI OF SATURN”. In other words, it can be explained as follows: 

Except for the three signs – 3rd, 6th, and 11th where Saturn gives benefic effects, every two and half years period i.e. 4th, 5th,7th,8th, 9th, and 10th are called “Shani’s Dhaiya” (Dhaiya is a period of two and half years). Sade Sati of Saturn is that seven and a half years period in which Saturn moves through three signs e.g. The Moon sign, one sign prior to the Moon sign and one after the Moon sign. Sade Sati starts when Saturn enters the 12th sign from the birth Moon sign and ends when Saturn leaves the 2nd sign from the birth Moon sign.

How to recognize Sade Sati in horoscope?

In present times, there are two ways to find out and calculate the period. Especially, in Hindu predictive astrology; namely, the study of Dasha, Antar Dasha, Pratyantar Dasha of detailed Birth-Chart (Janam-Kundli), and the other one is the study of planets in Gochar means the present positions of planets in zodiac, which is calculated from the Moon sign of Janam-Kundli or horoscope.

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One has to see the movements of the planet in Gochar while studying the Birth-Chart for the effects of Saturn or any other planet. It is to be kept in mind that the effects of planets either malefic or benefic are affected by the planet’s position in the Birth-Chart as well. Say, if the planet is a benefic (Yog karak) in exaltation, in own sign, accompanied by friendly planets, the malefic effects are somewhat reduced, whereas if the planet is in debilitation or is aspect by malefic, occupies enemy house, etc. may increase the ill effects of that particular planet, as per the position of that particular planet in the horoscope. Let us find when and how the Sade Sati starts and ends:

  1. Aries Moon Sign –  Sade Sati starts when Saturn enters Pisces Sign and ends when Saturn enters Gemini Sign.
  2. Taurus Moon Sign – It starts when Saturn enters the Aries Sign and ends when Saturn enters the Cancer sign.
  3. Gemini Moon Sign – It starts when Saturn enters Taurus Sign and ends when Saturn enters Leo sign. 
  4. Cancer Moon Sign – Sade Sati starts when Saturn enters Gemini Sign and ends when Saturn enters Virgo sign.
  5. Leo Moon Sign – Starts when Saturn enters Cancer Sign and ends when Saturn enters Libra sign.
  6.  Virgo Moon Sign – Starts when Saturn enters Leo Sign and ends when Saturn enters Scorpio sign.
  7. Libra Moon Sign – It starts when Saturn enters Virgo Sign and ends when Saturn enters Sagittarius sign.
  8.  Scorpio Moon Sign – It will start when Saturn enters Libra Sign and ends when Saturn enters Capricorn sign.
  9. Sagittarius Moon Sign – Starts when Saturn enters Scorpio Sign and ends when Saturn enters Aquarius sign.
  10.  Capricorn Moon Sign – Starts when Saturn enters Sagittarius Sign and ends when Saturn enters Pisces sign.
  11. Aquarius Moon Sign – It will start when Saturn enters Capricorn Sign and ends when Saturn enters Aries sign.
  12.  Pisces Moon Sign – It will start when Saturn enters the Aquarius Sign and ends when Saturn enters the Taurus sign.

So, if you know your Moon sign in your Birth chart / Janam-Kundli and position of Saturn, you can make out when your Sade Sati will start.

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