Sasa yog, Saturn in 2020-2025, spiritual aspects

Sasa yog is one of the Panchapurush yog also called the Pancha-Mahapurush yog.

  • It occurs when Saturn is in Libra (his sign of exaltation), Capricorn or Aquarius (own signs) and also lies in the 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house of the birth chart.
  • It will get cancelled if Saturn is conjunct Ketu or if Jupiter is conjunct Saturn in the chart.

Obviously this is a rather rare planetary combination, but for the next 5yrs Saturn is going to transit Capricorn and Aquarius. He enters Capricorn in Jan 2020 and exits Aquarius in Mar 2025. So for about 30% of the babies born during this period, Saturn can give his Sasa yog results (subject to the conditions). The power of the Sasa yog will depend on the power of the Saturn (refer the Navamsha and the Ashtakvarga tables). Some of these babies will be quite extraordinary on the spiritual front and some of them will be evidently different on the material fronts too.

Saturn in his own sign or his sign of exaltation is capable of giving extraordinary results. The 1st house represents the rising degree, 10th house is the degree at the zenith, 7th house is the degree of the zodiac which is setting and 4th house is the degree at the nadir at the time of your birth. These 4 positions release tremendous amounts of energies. Each of of these houses is a part the Dharma trikon, Moksh trikon, Kama trikon and Artha trikon respectively. Saturn in his own sign or sign of exhalation in these houses at birth, will create extraordinary individuals with special responsibilities. This is the real meaning of the Sasa yog.

Normally these 4 positions correspond to sunrise, mid-day, sunset and mid-night. The sunrise, midday and sunset are called the tri/ three-sandhya periods where everyone is required to do Gayatri mantra jaap. The midnight is a sandhya of the highest intensity, only genuine spiritual aspirants will use the energies of the midnight.

Saturn is the son of Sun and his wife Chhaya. The Sun has two wives, Sanjana/Usha the energy of dawn and Chhaya the energy of the dusk. His son by Sanjana is Yama, he controls the Pirtulok and supervises the karmic work which we are required to perform when we live as spirits in the Pitrulok. His son by Chhaya is Shani/Saturn, he supervises our karmic work when we are born on the Martyalok ie Earth.

Saturn is deepest understanding of karma, the disciplined work needed to rebalance the karmic bindings. The solidification of the divine spark/ Sun/ individual soul. Saturn is linked to the Pruthvi mahabhoot. He linked to the conscious energies of the Mooladhar chakra, he is survival. He is responsible for the endurance of the Sthool sharir, the physical body, the anna-mai-kosh. He regulates the society and the environment that one lives and works in. He is the Father who teaches you how to live and flourish in the world (especially if you were born after sunset and before sunrise). The auspiciousness of material stuff in life needs a strong Saturn in the horoscope. Transits of Saturn are necessary to time important events like prizes, jobs, marriage and conception of children. He is fair, patient, disciplined and helps you unravel the bindings of your own karma. His role in the horoscope is very important. Most people are scared of Saturn and rightly so. He is responsible for so much that if he goes inauspicious, crucial things in our lives will go wrong.

Saturn’s real nature is actually quite esoteric. If you think deeply, what is the innermost deepest goal of life and the act of living? It is to experience, transcend and finally to observe. This is the real job that Shani performs. He ensures that you systematically experience, transcend and then finally become the Sakshi. He represents the laying of the bindings of ignorance and also release by realisation of inner knowledge. His names are Shani, Manda, Mrutyunjai, Mahakaal, Mahagraha, Kaalpurush, Kroorgraha, Brahmamaya, Toya, Bhishma, Krishna, Kala-jnya, Krusha-tanu, Sananda, Kala-krut, Yogeshwar, Kala-atmanah, Siddheshwar, Vaam-drashta, Vakra, Ati-kroor, Rashinaath, Rashigaya, Rashibhokta, Rashibhramankarana, Sameer, Yamagraj, Tvashtha, Sangharaka Rahu-sakha etc. These are all Sanskrit words so are definitions not just plain names. These define Saturn’s nature in detail.

Sasa yog, Saturn in 2020-2025, spiritual aspects

As per the texts, Sasa yog is supposed to make one a king, a minister, a military general, wanderer of the hills and the woods, cruel natured, bountiful, can defraud others, spirited, devoted to the mother, brave etc. But these are literal translations of the Sanskrit shlokas. Devbhasha Samskrutam is a palimpsest, there are deeper meanings always. As we cannot read it or understand the original words now, we have to use logic and practical experience in understanding these astrological combinations. Sasa yog opens a direct channel to the flow of divine inspiration into the person. And this energy is put to work, it is utilised very intensely in the spiritual plane. This person’s ego is astrologically and psychologically different. There is a high degree of individuality, self-assurance, quiet confidence, inner potential and untapped power, this does reflect on the material planes too. But the real effect of the Sasa yog are always on the inner psychic levels.

The Sasa yog is possible only with the following ascendant signs and in these positions,

  • Aries – Libra is the 7th house
  • Taurus – Aquarius is the 10th house. (Saturn is Yogkarak for Taurus ascendant so very auspicious.)
  • Cancer – Libra as 4th house, Capricorn as 7th house
  • Leo – Aquarius is 7th house
  • Libra – Libra is the 1st house, Capricorn is 4th house (Saturn is Yogkarak for Libra ascendant so very auspicious. One of my brothers has this.)
  • Scorpio – Aquarius is 4th house
  • Capricorn – Capricorn is 1st house (a young man, practically family, has this)
  • Aquarius – Aquarius is 1st house

For analysing the Sasa yog in depth we have to look into the Nakshatra/ lunar mansions involved. Their characteristics and ruling deities will influence the Saturn in very deep ways. If you analyse this the planets connected to these Naksahtras are Mars, Rahu, Jupiter and Sun/Moon. Their Nakshatra devata are also quite typical. Also their symbols are quite symbolic.

Libra consists of – last 2 of the 4 quarters of Chitra, entire Swati and the first 3 of the 4 quarters of Vishakha.

  • Chitra – This is ruled by Tvashtra and carries the influences of Mars. Tvashtra is basically the DNA, your internal architect. DNA is a highly cryptic molecule and its structure etc can be manipulated by the use of Mantras. Evolution is always internal as your mantra jaap actually changes your DNA. Mars is again the pran/vital energy directed by Saturn.
  • Swati – This is ruled by Maruta and influenced by Rahu. Marut are the conscious energies of pran/vital energies. Rahu is desire for experience. Under the influence of Saturn, Rahu’s wild leaps are contained and his mindless desires are regulated. The energy of desire is a powerful tool and Saturn uses it well. The pran are channelised and the Rahu-desire is turned towards Realisation.
  • Vishakha – Its nakshatra devata is Agni and associated with Jupiter. Agni is the power of motion. Jupiter is the energy which provides Agni its fuel. Humility and an appreciation of the lower classes (Saturn’s folks) reduces self-centred behaviour and selfishness. Jupiter’s traits of universal inclusion, benevolence, kindness and real knowledge is ignited by the influence of Agni which finally results in Illumination.

Capricorn consists of – 3 of the 4 quarters of Uttara-ashadha, entire Shravan and 2/4 Dhanishtha.

  • Uttarashadha – Ruled by Vishvedeva and the Sun. This grants inner humility. A sense of the immenseness of the energies pervading the universes and later the immensity of the Soul. The individual soul is granted a glimpse of the Ultimate and if the rest of the horoscope permits is allowed Moksh. The hidden qualities of the ego are allowed expression.
  • Shravan – Ruled by the Nakshatra deity Vishnu and linked to the Moon. Intensely sensitive, intuitive, receptive, willing to learn/the perfect disciple, harmony with the inner self seen at the third eye/ Ajnya chakra, able to hear the inner Anahata-nada/Om, a capacity to control the lower chakras in sadhana, inwardly able to restrain his organs of sense/action.
  • Dhanishtha – Ruled by the eight Vasu-s and Mars. The eight Vasu-s are part of your own body (post here).  Removal of imperfections thus individual soul realises the Ultimate. The expansion of the limited consciousness. Dhanishtha is represented by the Mrudunga, a drum which continually emits the sound of Om.

Aquarius consists of – remaining 2/4 Dhanishtha, entire Shatataraka and 3/4 Poorva-bhadrapada.

  • Shatataraka – Ruled by Varun and Rahu. Varun is the ruler of the cosmic waters (Jivan or life) and Rahu is again the energy of desire. The flow of experience is restricted by Saturn as the desire to dive in deep exists. Emotionally controlled. Valuing truth and selfless-service. Interested in metaphysics desires to solve the puzzle of life, fearless. Saturn gives structure to these energies and finally he gets to the bottom of things and eventually understands creation in its entirety.
  • Poorvabhadrapada – Ruled by Aja-ek-pada and linked to Jupiter. This deity can be roughly understood as the ’unborn singular time/space’. Jupiter and Saturn together bring in the detachment of Sanyas, devotion, hope and luck. Impartial, logical, clever, visionary, imaginative and a fighter with spiritual depths.

Sasa yog, Saturn in 2020-2025, spiritual aspects

The outward characteristics of Sasa yog can be a bit disconcerting as the person might come across as dominating, self-assertive, unbending, rigid, etc. Much will depend on the ascendant sign, the ascendant lord, the birth Moon. Then the sign /house in which such a Saturn is placed/ aspecting is important. This is a very general reading,

  • If the Sasa yog Saturn is in the 1st house, then there is a restriction on the creation of new karma and the illusion of duality is exposed (he restricts the 3rd house). There is disinterest in marriage and often these might prefer remaining single (aspect on the 7th house). The personality is rigid, self-confident, powerful and purposeful. Can adopt unconventional means to achieve his ends. Later the life purpose is directed away from the material to the spiritual as contentment in life is denied (aspect on 10th house).
  • Saturn in the 4th house with Sasa yog, reduces the impact of enemies and other difficulties represented by the 6th house. It often gives a rather ruthless nature as he would like to do things his own way. In the profession and the social arena he will be considered to be dominating (aspect on 10th house). Saturn’s real nature is to slowly consume the energies of the individual self and to illuminate the Ultimate (aspect on 1st house). This change is not really pleasant but the personality accepts it as it knows internally that this is for the good.
  • If Saturn is in the 7th house, with Sasa yog he creates disinterest in the marriage and often gives restrictions in business. He aspects the 9th house so grants dissatisfaction with outward religion, such a person may travel extensively searching for inner peace. His aspect on the 1st house will disconnect from his personality and fruits of the same and with time this leads to destruction of the individual ego.
  • Saturn in the 10th house. Here the individual’s life purpose is directed towards divine fulfilment. The Sasa yog actively creates disenchantment with marriage, reduces interest in intimacy with another person. Loss of the material linked to the gain of the spiritual is destined here. Emotional upheavals are restricted and the person might even appear to be hard-hearted. There may be a restlessness and there would be journeys in search for the spiritual. Later he may realise the futility of material stuff and find internal peace.

The primary function of the Sasa yog is to create a personality which is driven to spiritual growth using the highest essence of Saturn’s energies in its evolution. For this the material life is often outwardly hard and tends to rip off the illusions. This process can be painful but the personality welcomes the pain as it knows that the inner reality is something very different.

 

Sasa yog, Saturn in 2020-2025, spiritual aspects

The 12th house, support or sabotage

The 12th house and its energies are often glossed over in readings. It can be an uncomfortable house and needs to be understood in the right perspective. The sign/ planets connected to it secretly and unconsciously support or sabotage your mind/ body. The energies move inwards, so if there are several planets or major planets here or the house is as a whole incapable of giving good results then selfish behaviour and unhealthy self-obsession can result. If this sign/ planets is unable to give good results, then there may be depraved behaviour, unnatural or self-destructive patterns, disturbed spiritual energy, restlessness, inability to rest or insidious damage to the self/environment. If you can consciously work through these and come to terms with their expression, you can achieve a lot in in the inner worlds.

The 12th house is the karmic imprint of your immediate past life. These are your strength/ weakness from that life which you used as your current life’s base. Inauspiciously placed sign/ planets here indicate that you have decided to repay the negative karmic debts from your past lives. The 1st house is derived from the 12th house, so you are compulsorily required to rebalance them now. One way you can make sense of a painful 12th house is, to understand that you are repaying negative debts owed from past several lives to a large number of people. It will ultimately be for the good.

The 12th house, support or sabotage

Isolation is a very common motif of the 12th house. Banishment from the home-town even under the guise of better prospects elsewhere is still an internal problem. Your work may require isolation, you work in a research laboratory but you are still isolated from your society. Or punitive, you might be confined in prison or places apart from society because of your own actions. Prisons are meant for those who misuse their physical abilities and engage in criminal actions. This is the retribution in this life administered by the legal system of the society. The mentally challenged are those who misused their intellect in their past lives and in this life are denied access to their mental processes. These are also isolated from the society and/ or confined in mental asylums. This is karmic retribution administered by their own conscience at the moment of death of their past life. Similarly for physically handicapped people who do not have or cannot use their limbs. Here presumably the individual is required to reflect and regain their perspective and rebalance themselves.

The experiences of your mother as you were being created in her womb and your early childhood upto 7yrs are also linked to the 12th house things. If you have major planets in your 12th house try to think back on what your parents told you to not do, ‘don’t cry, don’t be late, don’t be a baby, don’t.. ‘. This is an expression of your 12th house energy. This ‘don’t..’ has shaped your life in a very deep way and even as an adult trying to do those forbidden things can cause internal stress and discomfort. But you are an adult now and these things need to be resolved else you might carry them onwards to your next life. So try to bear through the sub-consciously felt terror and let these 12th house impressions systematically out in the open. If you try to deny them and push them again beneath the surface they will continue creating problems.

If you were told ‘don’t be a crybaby’, you might have problems expressing your genuine emotional hurts. It is a deep automatic compulsion which you cannot overcome. If you even think that you will tell your friend that you are feeling hurt, your BP will shoot up, fingers go cold, heartbeat accelerates, it is a in-built compulsion to stay silent, there is fear. This is an extreme example, but people do feel like this about their 12th house things. Eg Saturn in 12th house, you will never be late, if you even think of being late, you will get an anxiety attack. Try to consciously examine this in-built behaviour and gradually reduce its hold over you. If you think about these things, analyse them and gradually understand them, your fear of them will reduce.

The 12th house is energies which are not allowed expression in your conscious life. So these churn and accumulate below the surface and at the critical point explode spectacularly.  The more something is denied expression, the more severely it bursts out. This can manifest as a disease which is detected at the very terminal stages. Or can be an emotional breakdown. Or a break in whatever keywords of the sign/planets associated. Over-reactions. So do pay attention to the transits and the Dasha periods. Also give yourself an outlet once in a while.

Eg a Mars in the 12th house won’t let you lose your temper much. This is called a Manglik placement. So give him an outlet, go to the gym and bring out all your inner aggression there, learn a martial art perhaps. Regulate these energies before they erupt in disorganised dangerous and damaging forms. Now what happens when you do explode. Eg you have 12th Mars and your husband is at the receiving end. He has forgotten your birthday and the last time you raged was a more than a year ago. So now in an instant, you will remember every tiny thing your husband did to irritate you in the past year. Everything which you didn’t react to in that long time will come to the surface in one red flash. That entire anger will be like lava pouring out. Your husband is in shock because he thinks you have perfect temper, you do not rage like this. And you feel your every word to be justified. You rage till you are drained, now you might cry as this is a form of release. Result, possibly an irrevocable break in the relationship. Your 12th house has sabotaged you. This can happen triggered by typical transits/ Dasha periods.

Now the 12th house is the resource from which your persona/ environment has been sourced. So even if you are not aware of its energies you radiate them! Eg Saturn here will make you appear very strict and disciplined. As a senior you will be feared by your subordinates. You will come across as a fair but rigid boss. And all the while you might have a very different idea of what image you are projecting as you are unaware of this Saturnine aspect of yourself! Now what you project, you will attract too. So here, you will attract even more Saturnine energies which do not support but will suppress you even more, a vicious cycle will start. If you ever become aware of the Saturn in you and balance it, you will find life becomes subtly less restrictive.

The 12th house, support or sabotage

Now a damaged 12th house will spill over most on the 4th and 8th houses, the Moksh trikon. The 12th and 8th houses are the dushamsthan, houses of turmoil and the biggest dushamsthan, the 6th house, is the mirror of the 12th house! So you can rebalance your 12th house by directly working on it or indirectly through these other houses.

The 4th is the astral depths, comfort, safety, emotions, residence, vehicles, lands, mother, nutrition, traditions, home-culture etc. If you actively increase these energies in your life either by experiencing them yourself or giving them to others as charity you support your 12th house too. Heavy energies in the 12th house often deny or restrict nurture, and the person often repeats the same with his child. but if he can become aware and change, get involved and nurture his child, this helps him balance his own energies too.

Most effective remedies are helping out at orphanages and old-age homes (it is a second childhood in a way). We help the most vulnerable in the society thus address the deepest vulnerability within our own selves.

The 6th is karmic service, debts, diseases, enemies etc basically serve or suffer. Your understanding of karmic debts and your ways of repaying them is all here. There are two options, either fall ill yourself or help those who are ill. This is free will, you choose. So if you choose to proactively study your 6th house and work on ways to repay the energy debt this will help channelising your 12th house energies too. Eg you see people with Rahu in the 12th house often settling in foreign lands. These people choose to get disconnected from the land and everything of their forefathers and go serve in a strange land. From the energy point of view leaving the homeland is always a problem. (A friend lives in the USA, has non-stop dreams of her ancestors. The easiest solution is to feed a cow, give her a chapati and a lump of jaggery. In India, desi humped cows are all around. There in the USA there are no desi humped cows and she says if she feeds an animal like this she might get put in jail! But her ancestors want the energy so the dreams continue.)

The 8th house can also be used to link to the energies of the 12th house. This can range from occult practices, tantra, private meditation, manipulation of pran/ vital energies or the other extreme being several sexual affairs.

Then the planets connected to the 12th house can naturally be used to channelise their energies in a proper way. Eg If you have Mercury there, write as much as you can! Another very effective way of rebalancing the 12th house energies is to use your dreams. I have written about using a dream journal, this can be a very good way of channelising your dreams or doing targeted dreaming which helps rebalancing the energies of the sub-conscious states. So the 12th house is a very important house and you should be consciously aware of it. Being aware of your own vulnerability is a big thing. Do not shy away from it, analyse it and the planets placed in it carefully. Too many planets in the 12th house or the ascendant lord or the Moon or the Sun in the 12th house always indicate physical and mental weakness. Be careful of the health of your body and mind. Always remember to put yourself, your concerns and your interests first. This is important. If you feel exhausted or drained, take care of yourself first. How much ever, difficult it is to communicate, seek professional help too.

 

The 12th house, support or sabotage