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Sade Sati

Saturn Afflictions

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The word 'Sade Sati' literally means 'seven and half' and denotes the 7½ year period of Sani, the planet Saturn. While Saturn remains the most feared planet, this period, in particular, is considered astrologically, as a time of trials and tribulations.

Everyone has 3 phases of Saturn's influence during Sade Sati. This is a time of special, intense focus from Saturn. Saturn has a job to do of triggering some of your karmic lessons and helping dissolve your ego. Each of the 3 phases is approximately 2½ years long, so the entire period of Sade Sati is 7½ years. At any given point of time, one quarter of the population is experiencing Sade Sati.

The 3 phases of Sade Sati are

(1) when Saturn is passing one sign before your natal Moon (also called 12th Sign counting from Moon Sign as 1 and counting in a clockwise direction in South Indian style chart layout)

(2) when Saturn is one sign over your natal Moon sign (or right in the same sign as your Moon Sign)

(3) when Saturn is one sign after your natal Moon sign (also called 2nd sign counting from Moon as 1 and counting in a clockwise direction in South Indian style chart layout)

Based on the Moon sign, this table helps you identify the different phases of Sade Sati during the transit of Saturn.

Moon Sign 1st Phase 2nd Phase 3rd Phase
Aries Pisces Aries Taurus
Taurus Aries Taurus Gemini
Gemini Taurus Gemini Cancer
Cancer Gemini Cancer Leo
Leo Cancer Leo Virgo
Virgo Leo Virgo Libra
Libra Virgo Libra Scorpio
Scorpio Libra Scorpio Sagittarius
Sagittarius Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn
Capricorn Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius
Aquarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces
Pisces Aquarius Pisces Aries