Shani is the dreaded God of Karma He rules your luck and income. He is the son of Surya the Sun. Sun also represents our Ego. Surya has two sons, one is Shani who delivers karma while we reside in the mortal world, Martyaloka and the other is Yama who delivers karma when we reside in his domains as spirits after the body death. Both terrify because they represent our own Actions which have now come to fruition. We sowed and these two ensure that we reap.
Shani in the horoscope is the one who restricts, constricts, slows and resists. But he also ensures that you work off your debts in a strict orderly disciplined manner. He brings about the maturity earned with hard earned experience. Check out the house Saturn occupies in your birth horoscope. It is the matters of this house which will give you the most soul-changing experience and Shani will administer them.
We know of the dreaded Sade-sati when the transit Saturn moves in the sign 12th to your birth moon sign, the actual moon sign and the sign 2nd from the moon sign. This is a period of 7.5 years where you are tested on an emotional level. Your comfort zones are destroyed and their stark reality is brought out. This event happens every 22.5yrs. But with this sade-sati taking so much attention, we forget that transit Shani in each of the 12 houses can bring about catastrophic changes.
Here will describe the effects of the transit Saturn in each of the 12 houses of the chart beginning from the ascendent. These changes will occur over a period of avg 2.5 yrs, the time Saturn takes to traverse the rashi. The overlying theme of these 2.5 years will be as given below. The effects will be modified by the aspects and transits of the other planets and the strength of the original birth horoscope. Shani takes off our rose-tinted glasses and makes us see the start harsh reality for what it is. eg, if your brother really does not like you but just pretends to, the reality will come out when Saturn traverses your 3rd house. Also Saturn’s periods seem more endurable after 36yrs of age and after 60yrs they become more understandable.
Shani is Structure, Time and Reality.
Transit Saturn in ascendent will directly affect the physical body, you may age suddenly. You may fall ill more often as your vitality is compromised. You may feel tired with painful joints and muscles. Be very alert regarding any physical symptoms and consult your doctors immediately. In addition, your and your parents social standing and luck will be affected. In short, you will look and feel and get older.
Transit Saturn in the 2nd house will impact the family heritage and assets. Some worrying realities regarding the family and group may come to light. Tangible family resources will shrink. Your personal health and health of family members will cause problems for you.
Transit Saturn in the 3rd house will put a spanner in your communications and teamwork. You might get into disputes with your neighbours, cousins and brothers. Feelings and actions against you which were hidden will come to the surface.
Transit Saturn in the 4th house home will uproot the foundations of your life. Health of your mother will be affected. The house you live in, your vehicles and landed properties will be in litigations. You may even lose these objects of emotional security and even death of the mother may occur.
Transit Saturn in the 5th house will impact your creative processes, most importantly your children. Keep an eye on your children least you get unpleasant shocks from them. If studying, your education will suffer. Also never gamble or speculate during this period.
Transit Saturn in the 6th house is relatively a better position as Saturn will help you maintain your problems at their current levels. Your problems of debt, disease and enemies will not worsen. Now is a good time to undergo deep healing and resolution of long suffered illnesses or debts. Your enemies also wont be able to cause you harm.
Transit Saturn in the 7th house, all your partnerships will suddenly develop issues. All activities which require fair play, negotiation, balance will fail. You will develop problems in business partnerships, marriage, contracts and legal situations. Patience and perseverance is the key. Do not make it worse by ill considered rash acts or immature behaviour.
Transit Saturn in the 8th house is again a better position as it extends your life. Shani will put a stop to those sudden changes which may potentially cause, accidents, medical operations or death. Bad luck is put on hold as situations do not get worse. This is again a time to work on whats really bothering you and using the energies of saturn to get it set up again.
Transit Saturn in the 9th house will make you revaluate your ideology and belief structures. Your outward expresssions of faith, like going to the church, performing pujas etc will be compromised. Your dead ancestors will demand some tarpans and energies. There will be issues with father figures and paternal male relatives.
Transit Saturn in the 10th house will cause a rift between you and your father. Health of the father will be affected and he may even die. Professionally you will be in a hard place, with more demands being made on your time and volume of work. You are required to organise your work patterns now in these 2.5yrs.
Transit Saturn in the 11th house makes you luckless. Do not gamble or speculate during this period. Your sources of income will be restricted. Your friends, networks and communities will also shun you. Keep a low profile during this period.
Transit Saturn in the 12th house will ruin your spiritual peace. You will be forced to completely understand what you have before you are given access to more spiritual tools. You will not get time to rest, sleep and pray. You will deeply disturbed at the subconscious levels which can create deep seated traumas. Be very careful as these subconscious traumas will spill over and be visible in your physical body when the Saturn moves on again to your ascendent.
These above are the physical realities of Saturn transits. How it will affect you on the emotional and comfort level is to be seen from the position of the transit Saturn from the birth moon sign. For the more subtler influences also count the current transiting rashi from your Birth Saturn rashi. This will give you the complete picture.
Saturn the wrecking ball, takes out every aspect of your life systematically in his transit cycle of 30years. And then does it again. Most of us experience 2 full cycles till the age of 60yrs.
Saturn, the son of the Ego, brings harsh realities to the surface and if you are pragmatic enough to understand it is actually a good thing.