Saturn is the karmakarak, he is the one who activates your prarabdha karma by his position, transits and aspects. Saturn is currently in the Capricorn sign, Uttarashadha Nakshatra and on 23rd Jan 2021 he will be entering the Shravan nakshatra. He will remain here till 18th Feb 2022. It is a long period of almost 13 months so thought of writing a post on this.
If you study the world events, in the past, whenever Saturn was in Shravan nakshatra, there were problems at the national and global levels. There have been several wars, economic collapses, deaths of kings/ rulers, deaths of large numbers of people, distress and general instability. This present transit is shadowed by the disaster that 2020 was. (As per the Vedic system we are still in the Sharvari naam samvatsara. I have repeatedly said that Sharvari is not good in my several posts and this is evident.)
The Vedic year Shri Plava, from 12th April 2021 to 2nd April 2022, will bear the brunt of this Shani in Sharavan, I have written a detailed post here
Shravan nakshatra is linked to the Moon and ruled by the deity Vishnu. Capricorn, in which Shravan falls, is obviously ruled by Saturn. So to understand its energy we have to combine, Vishnu, Moon, and Shravan which means ‘to hear’. So this nakshatra is linked to communication, learning, listening, intuition, cleverness, receptivity etc. It also into maintenance of order, preservation of traditions, satvik inclinations, etc. Shravan is also gentle, nurturing, patient, contemplative etc. It is systematic, business-like, work-oriented and will persevere till it achieves its objectives. But it can go both ways, either selfish or selfless. Shravan Nakshatra has a negative side too, it can get restless, rigid, egoistic, calculative, stubborn, obstinate, inflexible, jealous, narrow-minded, materialistic, money-minded etc. If its goals become immoral, unethical or selfish then it can be quite dangerous as it never leaves things half-way.
A good way of using Shravan’s energy is to teach, so any profession where teaching is the theme will go well. Listening related professions like the music industry can do well. Communications industry should do well in this time. Anything to do with organizations and structures will also benefit. But only if these people allow themselves to work through Shravan’s selfless higher principle. On an individual level, try to be kind during this period, to yourself and to the others around you.
Saturn and Moon energies together can get very typical if the chart more on the negative side. To begin with there will be fear. Added to this will be over-work, loss of comfort, loss of sleep/rest, errors in judgement, emotional upsets, ill-health, loneliness etc. Work will be demanded of you which will tire you out physically, mentally and emotionally. If your horoscope is on the positive side then too you will be made to work, obviously Saturn is not going to let you off easily, but this work will satisfy you and in the long run give you a lot of gain. This mix of Saturn and Moon needs to be seen in depth because for this entire period Jupiter is not of much use. Jupiter is already in Shravan (till 4th Mar 2021) and now Saturn is joining him here. Jupiter debilitated has caused a lot of problems last year which will continue this year too. Even when he goes into Aquarius next he will not be able to function effectively. Only when he finally enters Pisces can we see a sustained positive change. Till then Saturn is wholly in charge.
Saturn in Shravan now will also enhance the karmic effects of the Moon in your birth chart. If the Moon is capable of giving auspicious results then you will see a period of growth depending on the Moon’s position and power. Best open your birth Moon chart and study it. It is the same as your birth chart, but drawn with the birth Moon sign in the 1st house position. This will give you a more clearer insight on how the rest of the planets, including the ascendant sign are placed from the reference of the birth Moon. Especially if you are over 49yrs of age, your will find your life patterns more following the birth Moon chart than the regular birth chart.
Next, if you are undergoing a Dasha period of the Moon then too his karmic effects will be enhanced. Whatever the position of this Moon signifies for you in your birth chart will prominently manifest during these 13months. If your birth Moon is in the 8th or 12th houses you must be careful, there may be unexpected inauspicious effects overall. Moon in the 3rd and 6th houses can give good results in the profession and service fields but may have adverse impacts on the emotional/ physical health. Moon in the remaining houses of the birth chart is capable of generally good results during this period, unless afflicted.
Saturn also will be giving his own results as per his own position in the birth chart (post here) and his transit position (post here). Those with Saturn in the 4th 7th 8th 10th houses in transit or in the birth chart must be careful. This is called the Kantak Shani (post here) Saturn in the 8th house is his most difficult to handle position (post here). Sade-sati is on for Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius signs. In these Sade-sati signs, if your birth Moon is in Shravan or Shatataraka it will be worse. Those with their birth Moon in Shravan nakshatra have to be especially careful for the next 13months.
Next, if you are undergoing a Dasha of Saturn, this can be a mahadasha or his sub-periods, you will see that the results expected are going to be exaggerated. I have written 4 posts on analysing the Vimshottari dasha you are in (do use the index page).
Especially if you are in a Venus-Saturn or Saturn-Venus Mahadasha-antardasha, or even antardasha-pratyantardasha combo you really should read this post. You will face the most intense karmic rebalancing with the one you love the most. This is the most traumatic aspect of these sub-periods. The one you love the most, the one whom you know loves you the most, you rely on him the most, he relies on you the most, but his love/support will be denied to you, your love/support will be denied to him in these two sub-periods. And this now will hit you both on the emotional aspects and the things controlled by your and his birth Moon.
Finally analyse the interaction between Saturn and Moon in your birth horoscope. If they are by chance placed in the 6/8 axis from each other in your birth chart, you will face a difficult time. The 6/8 is the most traumatic axis for any two planets to be in. Their energies are sucked up in the vortex of karmic suffering/ catastrophic changes. Both are highly uncomfortable with each other and cannot cooperate to give auspicious results on the physical/mental planes. Birth Saturn-Moon in the 2/12 axis can also create some issues. Moon-Saturn in the rest of the axes in your birth charts will give better results.
Saturn is entering Shravan combust with Sun, Jupiter, Mercury. Later Venus and Moon too will add to this mix and all will be combust together in Capricorn briefly. Saturn during his combustions tends to give even harsher results. Most of us will experience difficulties in the home, office and health fronts. Unnecessary conflicts, spouse/ children/ parents under stress, ill health etc are expected. (Since Saturn became combust, I am seeing a sharp rise in the physical deaths/ serious hospitalisations in the people I know.) And if Saturn is inauspicious for you in your birth sign or in transit, then during his combustion period you must be careful. Especially if he is connected to the 8th house in birth/ transit he can give intense results. Feeling lonely, cheated, heartbreaks, conflicts and permanent separations are possible during this time. So many planets are with Saturn in his own sign! It is a very complicated scenario. The first half of the year will see quite a bit of confusion.
Shani is linked to the lunar mansions of Pushya, Anuradha and Uttarabhadrapada. People born with their birth Moon in Anuradha and Uttarabhadrapada will have a good time generally. There will be opportunities in the work place, you will be known in your social circle and there will be general happiness.
The only 3 signs who are going to enjoy positive effects are Leo, Scorpio and Pisces. Pisces Moon’s especially will have the best time this year. If your birth Moon is one of these and your birth Saturn is favourable then you will have opportunities coming up. If your ascendant sign is one of these and it is more powerful than your birth Moon then too you will have a good time. Saturn and Moon both will work together to give you gains which will satisfy. For the rest of the signs this is a below average period.
It is advisable that we all do some personal puja daily. As per Rishi Parashar mantra and daana are only remedies. So if you feel like it, perform some remedies for Saturn and Moon in this period. You can also worship your family deity, your favourite deity, the Nakshatra deity of Shravan ie Vishnu, or call on your source of faith. Best create some auspiciousness to help you tide over these typical times.