The word ‘Sade Sati’ literally means ‘Seven and Half’ and denotes the 7 ½ 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 Gemini 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 Taurus, and will continue across the time when Saturn transits through the next 2 signs of Gemini and Cancer.
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 Gemini?
Mercury is the ruling planet of Gemini. While Saturn considers Mercury as a friend, Mercury can be said to be only neutral towards Saturn. Saturn is an airy planet and so remains the sign of Gemini, whereas Mercury is an earthy planet. Thus, Saturn’s Sade Sati in Gemini sign can tend to make one go flying towards unrealistic dreams and ambitions, whereas Mercury can instill a sense of humility in the natives and make them stable and remain rooted to the ground. During this period, people should hence be cautious about being impulsive and take decisions based on sound forethought and balanced judgment.
Effects of Sade Sati on the Moon sign Gemini
The first phase of 2 ½ years of Sade Sati will be when Saturn will move into the 12th house from Gemini, that is, in the sign of Taurus. Venus is the ruler of Taurus, who is cordial towards Saturn and hence this period will turn out to be one of good comfort. There can be strong improvements in lifestyle, with the acquisition of luxurious things. People can also get involved with those from opposite gender, and the association will remain pleasant and enjoyable. People may also grow in confidence, which can make them straight and direct in dealings and speech, and this may cause strain in some relationships.
In the second, next phase, Saturn moves into the native sign of Gemini. With Saturn being in a friendly zone, this phase will even be better than the previous one. Practical wisdom and a logical frame of mind can dawn in the natives, along with the ability to solve problems and achieve goals. There will be interest in learning new things, especially in the likes of mechanical sciences. They will also enjoy short travels. However increased work pressure may result in some strain.
For Gemini, the real Sade Sati happens only during the last phase of 2 ½ years. In this phase, Saturn moves into Cancer, whose ruler is the Moon, an enemy of Saturn. In fact, the association between the inimical planets of Moon and Saturn itself is termed astrologically as ‘Vish Dosha’, a poisonous affliction. There can be family feuds and marital discords; loss of wealth and uncontrollable expenses; and also health issues like dental problems. All these will contribute to serious mental stress, leading even to vices like alcoholism.