Saturn  Astrology

Nilanjana Sama Bhasam, Raviputram Yamagrajam ||
Chhaaya-martanda Sambhootam Tam Namami Shanaishcharam ||

- Shani Mantra

Saturn is generally considered as a Pap-Graha (malefic planet) its role has been analyzed in Uttara Kalamrita. It has been treated as a karaka of ill health, obstructions, disease, enmity, sorrow, death, old age, thefts, lameness etc. But, the role of Saturn as the administrator of divine justice is forgotten by many. This Graha helps the weak and the helpless and stands for common man. Well-placed Saturn can completely change the fortunes of an individual.


Saturn is the son of Sun and Chhaya. Saturn is a planet, which has been wronged and was cursed by his own wife and celestial mother Parvati. In fact after realizing her mistake Maa Parvati gave a boon to Saturn that no important event in the life of a person will occur unless Saturn gives his divine sanctity to that work either by transit or aspect to such relevant house.

He is the elder brother to Yama therefore he plays the role of Yama and can bring an end to life. If a bad dasa is running and at the same time there is an evil transit of Saturn and the age of death have come Saturn will definitely kill. But, Saturn also represents detachment. It has great spiritual value. No saint can take birth without a well-placed and strong Saturn.

Astrological Significance:

Saturn owns two signs namely Capricorn and Aquarius. It is deeply exalted at 20 degrees in the Libra Rashi and is deeply debilitated at 20 degrees in the Aries Rashi. Its Mooltrikona rashi is Aquarius. It is considered the Karaka for grief.

In the planetary cabinet Saturn represents servants. It has a dark complexion. It is of neuter gender. It represents Air among the Panchbhootas. It belongs to the Shudra Varna and has predominance of Tamsik Gunas.

Saturn has an emaciated and long physique, honey colored eyes, is windy in temperament, has big teeth, is indolent, lame and has coarse and rough hair. Saturn represents one year.

It represents astringent taste. It is strong in the western direction. It is friendly to Mercury and Venus. It is inimical to Sun, Moon and Mars. It considers Jupiter to be Neutral. Rahu and Ketu both regard Saturn as friend.

Written by: Anand Sagar Pathak
Dated: 9th September 2009

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