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7 ½ period of Saturn (Sade Sati)

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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.

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.

If Your Natal Moon Sign Is This 1st Phase of Sade Sati Is When Saturn Transits This Sign 2nd Phase of Sade Sati Is When Saturn Transits This Sign 3rd Phase of Sade Sati Is When Saturn Transits This Sign
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

Home Remedies for Everyone Undergoing Sade Sati

Propitiate Saturn on Saturdays, the day he rules with this simple Saturn mantra:

“Om Shanicharaya Namaha”

On Saturdays:
  • Wear black or dark blue (Saturn’s colors) colored clothes
  • Light a sesame oil lamp for Saturn
  • Offer dark blue or dark purple flowers to Saturn’s picture or yantra or statue
  • Offer black sesame seeds to Saturn
  • Offer Saturn sesame seed candy (you can eat the candy the next day as Prasad)
  • Feed crows, if there are any in your area (and it is allowed) as crows are associated with Saturn, or feed other birds, if possible
  • Do an act of kindness for others such as feed a hungry person or help an elderly person or a disabled person

Invoke Hanuman, the archetype who rules Saturn, on Saturdays or Tuesdays with this simple mantra for Hanuman:

“Om Hanumate Namaha”

On Saturdays or Tuesdays:
  • Light a ghee lamp for Hanuman
  • Offer Hanuman a banana, raisin, or rice pudding to Hanuman’s picture or yantra or statue
  • Offer Hanuman Tulsi leaves or a garland made of betel leaves
  • Listen to (or recite) Hanuman Chalisa (sacred hymn on Hanuman)
  • During Sade Sati, develop more patience, humility and willingness to serve others