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Shani Sade Sati: the impact of transiting Saturn on the natal Moon

by Anuj Bahl

What is Shani Sade Sati?

When, Sani (Saturn) transits through the 12th, 1st, and 2nd house from the natal moon, this is termed Sade-satti. Saturn takes 2 ˝ years to pass through each sign, its passing through 3 signs make it 7 ˝ years. Sade means “half” in hindi and Sati translates to “seven”.

Shani Sade Sati Influence

Saturn is a planet of empathy, democracy, human values, and dispassion. When one is ambitious, passionate and achievement oriented, one seldom transgresses the values Saturn upholds. Saturn, during its Sade Sati, makes one learn the values which it represents. Most often than not, to break egoistic tendencies, impulsive selfish actions, and other negativities, Saturn creates obstacles, doubts, and depression. It seeks to break the illusion of ego.

Sade Sati cycle repeats about two or three times within one’s lifetime. It reappears after every 25 years from when it first finished. In rare cases, the Sade Sati may appear four times, in a lifetime. Each and everyone have to go through Sade Sati, unless there is an early death before the start of first Sade Sati.

It is said that the first cycle of Sade-sati 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. These results differ from chart to chart according the planets placed in the chart, main and sub periods (Dasa and Bhuktis) and transits of other planets. Nature of Sade Sati results are also dependent upon Saturn’s relationship with the Ascendant (lagna) and the Moon Sign (Rasi) and its very character known through the Nakshatra which it falls under.

Saturn does not distinguish between the rich and the poor. Anyone who is arrogant, egoistic, despotic, criminal minded, undemocratic, unsympathetic, passionate, and non-hard working and overly ambitious is targeted during the person’s Sade Sati.

Saturn’s influence, in transit, over the 8th house from natal moon, is a dreaded period too. When Saturn passes through the 8th house from the natal moon, it is called Ashtam Sani (Eighth house Saturn) or Kantaka Shani. This 8th house transit is considered more negative than the Sade Sati transit. Herein, the influence of Saturn is to create disturbances in the family life and many a times family members, close friends and relatives become the cause of misery, by their attitude and actions. Herein, too Saturn’s influence teaches one the patience and titiksha (the ability to bear pain but working towards a goal of self improvement).

When Saturn passes through 4th house from the natal moon, it is called Ardha Kantaka Sani. This period is considered as bad as Ashtam Shani.

Shani Sani Sade Sati isn't Evil

Readers are warned not to consider Saturn as a doomsday planet. It seeks to correct our past mistakes during its Sade Sati and Kantaka Shani periods. Many ills of such periods are mitigated through a good main period (Mahadasha) – sub period (Bhukti) combination or by the transit of a beneficial planet in a supporting house. An individual can find such combinations and effects of the same, through a comprehensive reading through Vedic Astrology.

Remedies for Shani Sade Sati

The best remedial measure against the wrong effects of Sade Sati is to learn what the period of Sade Sati is trying to teach you. One would fare well with learning and inculcating the values that Saturn seeks to promote through its period of Sade Sati and Kantaka Sani. The other remedial measures are certain prayers to be performed by oneself or through a pundit.

Higher understanding of Shani Sade Sati

Sade-sati is about doing one’s obligatory duties without considering likes and dislikes. One who does this forever is least effected by Sade Sati. To some, positive gains come too. Sade Sati is the time for initiating spiritual activities to gain in understanding of life and not keep an escapist attitude.


Mantra Japa for Shani Sade Sati

Aum prām prīm praum śanaiścārāya namah

Ekadashakshari Hanuman Mantra
Aum ham rudrāya hanumate namah

Beeja Mantra of Saturn
Aum śam śanaiścārāya namah


It is best to chant Shani Shodasanama stotra of Raja Dasharatha

 Konassanaischaromandah chhayaahridayanandanah
Maargandaja sudhaasouri neelavastraanjanadyutih
Abrahmanah kroora kroora karmaatangi grahanaayakah
Krishnodharmaanujah shantah shushkodara varapradah


Dasarathakruta Sani Stotram

asya shri shanaishchara stotrasya, dashratha rishih
shanaishcharo devata, trishtup chandahah
shanaishchara preetyarthe jape viniyogah
dasharatha uvaacha

kono-antako roudra-yama-tha babhruh
krishnah shanih pingala manda sourih
nityam smrito yo harate cha peeram
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

sura-asurah kim purusho ragendra
gandharva vidya dhara panna-gash cha
peeryanti sarve vishama-sthitena
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

nara narendrah pashavo mrigendra
vanyascha ye kee ta patanga-bhringah
peeryanti sarve vishama-sthitena
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

deshascha durgani vanani Yatra
sena-niveshah pura-pattanani
peeryanti sarve visham-stitena
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

tilairya-vair-masha gudanna danaih
lohena neelambara danato va
preenati mantrair-nijavasare cha
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

prayaga-koole Yamuna tate cha
sarasvati punya-jale guhayaam
yo yoginam dhyana-gatopi sookshmah
tasmai namah shree ravi-nandanaya

anya-pradeshat swagriham pravishtah
tadeeya-vare sa narah sukhesya
grihad gato yo na punah prayati
tasmai namah sri ravi-nandanaya

srashta swayam-bhoor bhuvana trayasya
trata hareesho harate pinakee
ekas tridhah rig yajuh sama murtih
tasmai namah sri ravi-nandanaya

shanyash takam yah prayatah prabhate
nityam suputraih pashubaandha vaish cha
pathettu saukhyam bhuvi bho gayuktah
praapnoti nirvaa napadam tadante

konasthah pingala babruh
krishno roudrontako yamah
saurih shanaish-charo mandah
pippalandena samstu tah

etani dasha-namani
prata rutthaya yah patheh
shanaishchara-krita peera
na kadachid bhavishyati

Remedy for Kantaka Shani
The remedy to Kantak Sani is to chant the 3rd anuvaka of the Chamaka Prasna of Yajurveda, 11 times, in the morning at the brahma muhurtha.

3rd Anuvaka of Chamaka Prasna is given below:

śam ca me mayaśca me priyam ca me'nukāmaśca me
kāmaśca me saumanasaśca me bhadram ca me śreyaśca me
vasyaśca me yaśaśca me bhagaśca me dravinam ca me
yantā ca me dhartā ca me kśemaśca me dhritiśca me
viśvam ca me mahaśca me samvicca me jńātram ca me
sūśca me prasūśca me sīram ca me layaśca ma rtam ca me
amrtam ca me'yakśmam ca me'nāmayacca me jīvātuśca me
dīrghāyutvam ca me'namitram ca me'bhayam ca me sugam ca me
śayanam ca me sūshā ca me sudinam ca me