The word ‘Sade Sati’ literally means ‘Seven and Half’ and denotes the 7 1/2 year period of Shani, the planet Saturn. While Saturn itself remains a feared planet, this period in particular is considered astrologically, as a time of trials and tribulations.
This ‘difficult’ period begins when planet Saturn enters the zodiac sign that falls immediately before an individual’s zodiac sign of birth, and will continue during the time when Saturn will transit that sign and also the next 2 signs. As Saturn remains in a sign for about 2 ½ years, it takes a total of 7 ½ years to cross over the 3 zodiac signs.For instance, if a person’s zodiac sign is Aries as per the time of his or her birth, then Sade Sati period will begin for that individual, every time Saturn enters the previous sign of Pisces, and will continue across the time when Saturn transits through the next 2 signs of Aries and Taurus.
As can be seen, a person will normally be required to undergo a Sade Sati period on more than one occasion in a lifetime.
What Sade Sati means for the sign of Aries?
The fiery Mars is the ruling planet of Aries. It has its own strong characteristics, which are however very different from those of Saturn. While Mars represents unrestrained energy, uninhibited action, impulse, spontaneity and aggression, Saturn stands for restraint, discipline, limitation, procrastination and control. Thus, by nature, Mars and Saturn remain as virtual opposites, and hence are considered as ‘enemies’ or as ‘inimical’ to each other. Saturn is also debilitated in Aries and their combination may be anything but comfortable . Hence, Saturn’s Sade Sati will generally be a challenging time for the Mars ruled Aries.
Effects of Sade Sati on the Moon sign Aries
The first phase of the Sade Sati will be when Saturn will move into the 12th house from Aries, that is, in the sign of Pisces. The Lord of Pisces is Jupiter, who is neutral in respect of Saturn. Hence this phase of 2 ½ years may end up as mediocre. However health may suffer and people may have to face distress due to hectic travelling.
The second, next phase of 2 ½ years can be really tough, when Saturn moves into the native sign Aries. It can cause a series of negative feelings like self-doubt, short temper, jealousy, depression, anxiety and stress. Business may suffer, income may decline and marital discord may crop up. Also, as Saturn becomes conjunct with natal moon in this phase, people may be plagued by health problems and domestic issues, and some may have to suffer even humiliation.
The third last phase actually brings some much needed relief, as Saturn moves into Taurus, whose ruler is Venus, a planet actually friendly with Saturn. While people may have to take up hard work resulting in some mental strain, an element of peace and calm will descend on life. While family misunderstandings may continue and one may have to have a check on expenses, there may also be a windfall for the lucky few, by way of unexpected gains.