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Saturn in Indian Astrology

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From times immemorial, people are scared of Saturn or “Shaani Dev”.  In the Indian context, whenever anything goes wrong in our lives or there is a delay in any auspicious work or a person is in any sort of difficulty, we tend to blame it on “Shaani”.  This is something that people in India have been hearing since childhood and Saturn or “Shaani” has thus become a much maligned planet.

However, it is not always true that Saturn is the cause of all our problems.  Saturn can be one of the most beneficial planets for someone born under Libra (Tula) lagna or Taurus (Vrisabh) lagna.  Saturn can also be very beneficial to someone with Gemini (Mithun) lagna if placed in his horoscope in the 9th or the 10th house.  Saturn can give excellent results to someone with Virgo (Kanya) lagna also if placed in his horoscope’s 5th, 9th or 10th house.  Saturn also gives good results when placed in the 7th or 12th house of a horoscope.  When Saturn is beneficial, it can give a person Power, fame, wealth beyond imagination and all the material comforts and pleasures of life.  In fact, in Indian Astrology, it is said that no auspicious event can occur without the blessings of Jupiter and green signal from Saturn.  For example, we can accurately predict the timing of marriage from the transit of Jupiter and Saturn.  If a person’s “dasha” is indicating marriage and we want to know the exact timing of the marriage, we only need to see whether Jupiter and Saturn are transiting over his or her horoscope’s 7th house or aspecting the horoscope’s 7th house in transit.  Marriage will happen when the 7th house is activated in transit by Jupiter and Saturn.  Saturn stays in a Zodiac sign for two and half years and Jupiter stays in a Zodiac sign for a year.  Saturn may delay, but it never denies.  It is the planet of justice.  A peculiarity of Saturn about which a majority of Astrologers are unaware of is that if it is placed in exaltation in a horoscope in Libra (Tula), it gives bad results and if it is placed in debilitation in Aries (Mesh), it gives good results.  In case of all other planets, the case is the reverse.

Another feared phenomenon caused by Saturn’s transit is “Sade Sati”.  When Saturn transits over the natal moon in a horoscope and in both the houses next to the the natal moon, it causes “Sade Sati”.  “Sade Sati” lasts for seven and a half years.  “Sade Sati”, although being troublesome for anyone under its influence is more troublesome for the fiery sign lagnas – Aries (Mesh), Leo (Simha) and Sagittarius (Dhanu).  It can be very troublesome for Cancer (Kark) lagna too.  When a person is under the influence of “Sade Sati”, he faces a lot of mental tension, hurdles in every step of life, disturbed family life, financial problem and irritation and despair in day to day life.  With proper remedies, the ill effects of “Sade Sati” can be neutralized to a great extent.

But a person facing the brunt of Saturn’s wrath under “Sade Sati” should understand that Saturn is a “Karmic” planet which gives us the results of the karmas of previous births in this life and Saturn is a great teacher.  Saturn’s “Sade Sati” comes into our lives for a cosmic reason and that is to impart the lessons of life to a person.  Troubles caused by “Sade Sati” will teach a proud person to become more humble and a spendthrift the value of money.  Saturn’s “Sade Sati” will cleanse the negativity from a person and leave him a better person at the end of the “Sade Sati” period of seven and a half years.

Thus we see that Saturn is not an evil and malevolent planet as it is made out to be, but a great teacher and a planet which imparts divine justice.

Contributed By: Pranab Saikia (Jyotish Ratna, Jyotish Bhusan, Jyotish Prabhakar) 

 

 

Facts of Makar Sakranti

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Makar Sakranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn on its celestial path. The festival is widely celebrated by flying kites and relishing the Tilguls. This fun filled festival is lot more than kites and Til chikkis, which can further be explored.

  • Makar sakranti is one of the festivals that are celebrated on the same day every year. Though once in every eight years, the date is postponed due to revolution and solar changes. This year it falls on 15th January.
  • The word ‘Sankranti’ signifies the movement of the sun from one zodiac sign to another. Thus, the name of the festival literally means the movement of the sun into Capricorn or Makar.
  • Makar Sankranti is referred as the ‘holy phase of transition’. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which according to the Hindu calendar begins around mid-December.
  • Sankranti marks the termination ofwinter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season. Thus beginning of warmer days and shorter nights.
  • The harvest festival of India is called by different names throughout India. Like Makar Sankranti in West India, down south, the festival is known as Pongal and in the north, it is celebrated as Lohri.
  • The sesame and jiggery ladoos are distributed among family and friends as it is considered beneficial in this transition season. It also represents a way of bonding and hoping for good health.
  • The tradition of kite flying began so that the physical body was exposed to the early morning sun rays. Being a critical time for flue and sickness, the warming sunrays proved to be beneficial. Thus kite flying became a fun way to do so.
  • It also marks the beginning of the Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh while in South India, in Kerala, one of the most austere and difficult pilgrimages of Shabrimala ends on this auspicious day.
  • People also celebrate by taking a dip in the holy rivers flowing through states to cleanse themselves of sins. It is also believed that if you die during Makar Sankranti, you are not reborn and attain salvation.
  • It is the festival of Sun God and He is regarded as the symbol divinity and wisdom, the festival also holds an eternal meaning to it. The importance of this day has been signified in the ancient epics like Mahabharata also.

 

Are you born in December?

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The zodiacal sign of Sagittarius commences on November 21st, but for seven days, being overlapped by the cusp of the previous sign, it does not come into its full power until November 28th. From this date onwards it is in full power until December 20th, and is then for seven days losing its strength by being overlapped by Capricorn.

  • This sign of Sagittarius is symbolically represented either by the figure of an archer, or by a half-horse, half-man, the man part shooting an arrow from a bow.
  • The people born in this section of the year are executive, fearless and determined in all they undertake.
  • They are apt to be too decisive and too outspoken in their speech, and so are often misjudged in their criticism, and make bitter enemies.
  • They concentrate all their attention on whatever they are doing at the moment, and seem to see no other way but theirs until their effort is made.
  • They are however, the great workers; they are never seem to tire until they drop with fatigue.
  • They are generally very honourable, but chiefly when they feel others are placing implicit confidence in them. Brutally truthful, they resent deception; any unmask and attempt to deceive others even when such action is against their own interests.
  • Two distinct classes exist in this period. The first one have great enterprise in business, but they feel themselves confined to any one line; because they have been successful in some one thing is no reason whatever that they must follow it through life.
  • They are successful in whatever they do, and they always allow a free hand in choosing their vocation.
  • The people of second class born in this period are easily recognised; first by their sharp criticism on everyone else’s efforts for good and by their petty meanness in all matters that concern money.
  • People of this second class are eaten up with selfish ambition. In any country in which they force their way into government positions.
  • Nearly all the classes in this sign are devoted to music. They often make brilliant musicians.
  • However they make sudden decisions, or change their mind rapidly, for which they may have regrets, but are too proud to acknowledge it.
  • The men of this sign always marry in impulse and regret it later. So they often pass for models of married happiness even when they are the most wretched.
  • The women born in this sign are the nobler of the two, they love to make their husbands successful and sacrifice everything to that end.
  • They will be more inclined to suffer from rheumatism than from any other disease, also from a delicacy of the throat and lungs, and skin troubles.
  • The most suitable shades for them are violet and mauve and violet- purple.
  • Their most favourable stones are amethysts and sapphires.

Are you born in July?

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The zodiacal sign of Cancer commences on June, 21st, but for seven days, being overlapped by the previous sign, it does not come into full power until on or about June 28th. It is in full strength until on or about July 20th.

The sign of cancer- the crab, was so called by the ancients because the sun at this time of the year appears to advance and retreat in the heavens like actions of a crab.

  • These people are full of contradictions; they have deep home interests, but are at the same time restless, and have a decided longing for travel and change.
  • They succeed in making their homes and their domestic life.
  • They are generally over anxious in financial matters, and make great efforts to gather in money, as a rule, they have unusual ups and downs in their life.
  • They are inclined to speculate, so as to make money quickly but in all the gambles they generally lose, whereas in business they are as a rule most successful.
  • They are industrious and hardworking in all they undertake, but from the standpoint of chance or luck they are seldom fortunate.
  • They are generally gifted with strong imaginations, and often make excellent artists, writers, composers, or musicians.
  • At heart they are romantic and of a very loving and affectionate disposition.
  • They have a great dislike of being dictated to, but are most devoted and faithful when treated with confidence.
  • They have the most sensitive nature and if not understood, they quickly give up or get depressed and melancholy.
  • They often make excellent psychics, and usually have a yearning after the mysterious.
  • They should never marry young, for their nature seems to change at different stages of life.
  • People born in this zodiac often reach very high exalted positions. In their home lives, however, they usually go through a great deal of trouble, and are seldom surrounded by great happiness, no matter how successful they may appear in the eye of the world.
  • They have deep love for what they call “their own people,” for family customs and tradition.
  • They are chiefly inclined towards gastric troubles, and they should be extremely careful in regard to shellfish and such things.
  • The colours most in harmony for them are all shades of green, and cream and white.
  • The birth stones most favourable for this period are pearls, diamonds, opals crystals, cat’s eyes, and moonstones.