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 Sagittarius 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 Scorpio, and will continue across the time when Saturn transits through the next 2 signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn.
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 Sagittarius?
Fire is the element of the Sagittarius sign, whose ruler is Jupiter and he is neutral in his relationship with Saturn. And hence, the Saturn ruled Sade Sati will be above average, for the Sagittarius born. As both the planets stand for equality and justice, there will be a strong drive towards social causes. However, Saturn, the disciplinarian may restrain one from overdoing things and getting into trouble. Natives may become very inquisitive and get involved in many things at the same time, but it is better for them to show moderation, so that they can stay clear of disputes, allegations and litigations. There will also be an urge to assume leadership roles, but over-enthusiasm will make people dominate, which may backfire ultimately. Sagittarius is fire and Saturn is air, and hence, people who come under their combined influence during this period, are advised to strike a balance, so that their togetherness can become fruitful and not explosive.
Effects of Sade Sati on the Moon sign Sagittarius
The first phase of 2 ½ years of Sade Sati will start for this sign, when Saturn will move into the 12th house from Sagittarius, that is, in the sign of Scorpio. This will be a difficult period, no doubt, as Saturn will enter the domain of Mars, a bitter enemy of Saturn. People may become short-tempered, irritable and aggressive, which can affect relationships, peace at home and workplace, and career prospects. Conflicts can lead to litigation causing great stress. All these may drive people towards religion and spirituality for solace, which may turn out to be the only blessing, in this otherwise testing time.
In the second phase which follows, things will take a turn for the better, as Saturn will move into the native sign of Sagittarius, whose ruler Jupiter remains neutral with Saturn. The spiritual bent of mind may now turn creative too, and lead to reading and writing on spiritual matters. Hard work will pay in academics also. People will become righteous, duty conscious and maintain high moral standards, and evince interest in fields of law and justice. These can help them in getting laurels in public life and even in politics.
Things continue to get better in the last 2 ½ year phase too, as Saturn moves into the sign of Capricorn, ruled by itself and hence, it feels at home. People will become all the more straight forward and fair, and turn philanthropic, helping others with generous charity, free education etc. They will also take up social causes with interest. Artistic pursuits will also catch their imagination. Learning and acquiring new skills, they will also do better in their profession and achieve a status in society. Public life and politics can bring position and fame to some.