BPHS Shani Mahadasha
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* 19 years * 19 years of disciplined effort toward mastery of social duties
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19 years of disciplined effort toward mastery of social duties
BPHS Shani Mahadasha
|Professor Shani teaches upon the nature of material limitations|
He does not harm the Will, the intellect, the soul, or the emotions.
| The nice thing about Shani periods is that they are strictly material in character. Professor Shani is not concerned with matters emotional, mental, or spiritual. He is an expert in material order. Professor Shani teaches upon topics entirely material such as the laws of time and space, the social order, economic systems, and the reality of physical experience.|
It is a blessing to know that Professor Shani will not tamper directly with one's mental health, emotional sensitivity, or spiritual perceptions. Shani's classroom contains many lessons and tests but these are all concerned with temporal reality only. Professor Shani is so materialistic that He does not recognize the individual will, the soul, or the presence of the Divine.
Thus, He cannot disturb these most precious parts of life. Shani tests the body, the finances, the social rank, the work schedule, and the statutory law. However, He leaves the bliss of the soul completely unscathed! In this sense Shani Mahadasha is perhaps the easiest period of all.
|Worrying about Shani|
There is nothing to"worry"about
Shani does not like surprises
Shani is slow
| One might be worrying about the impending Shani mahadasha which may mean stepping into the duties imposed by Shani's bhava.|
One may be concerned with questions such as how to remain true to yourself while external duties may cause many people to see you as simply an expression of a social role such as boss, parent, spouse, citizen, etc.
This is not worthy of worrying. When Shani mahadasha begins, that new level of responsibility will unfold in a lawful, stepwise, and orderly way. Shani is not a trouble-maker. Shani dislikes trouble, disruption, upheaval, crisis. Shani represents principles, regulations, and statutory law . Shani is orderly.
of course, Shani rules Time, therefore Shani's main technique for providing the necessary repetition of the lesson, practice, and extended study hours, is the technique of"delay". Shani does retard, prolong, and resist change. It's helpful to appreciate that Shani is a master teacher who must by His own rules impose a lengthy regime of disciplined study. Get ready to practice. Practice. Practice.
However, there is nothing to"worry"about. The curriculum has been established by your own self, during the pre-birth planning phase. Shani has prepared the lessons. It is true that there is a heavy load of homework. But, nose to the grindstone, you can do it. A good calendar, a sharp pencil, and willingness to self-correct will help any Shani period to succeed.
Profiting from a Shani period requires setting your expectations to non-urgent, non-changing, non-moving, non-inventive, non-spontaneous, non-individualized, etc. Note that none of these characteristics involve surprise, disaster, sudden eruptions of force... the environment of Shani is simply interminably slow and profoundly resistant to change.
A non-judgmental, pragmatic, politically neutral, sober, responsible, timely, mature, and realistic attitude will help any Shani period produce the most beneficial results.
Physical and Psychological Qualities of the 19 year Mahadasha
also these Shani qualities apply to any Shani bhukti, pratyantardasha, etc. - brief or extended periods of Shani. Naturally the longer periods of Shani are more impressive.
Shani evidences a persistent intolerance for all things Rajasic = dislike for the portfolio of Shani's enemies Surya and Mangala which includes anti-Shani behaviors such as:
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All periods of Shani, whether long or short, are designed to reinforce an anti-Surya program. Shani curtails individual expression and asserts social responsibility.
Engaged in a relentless campaign of ego-minimization, Shanaicarya can oppress Surya's bright, independent, attention-getting creativity.
Having cast a dark shadow of fear upon the native's self-image, Shani teaches a series of often harsh lessons upon the reality of"fixed and permanent" laws regarding government rules, judgmental public opinion, scarcity of material resources, and social punishment as a consequence of prohibited behaviors.
Psychologically, Shani periods can produce an extremely valuable understanding of the materializing function of subconscious negative expectations . Shani governs the inventory of embedded subconscious expectations. The path of materialization during Shani periods will emphasize limitation, restriction, lack of permission, lack of confidence, fearful worry, and seeming endless delay. However, one whose introspective skills are sharp will quickly discover that
Importantly, Shani does not interrupt the flow of spiritual resource, nor does He specifically cramp the emotional vitality. His territory is material, physical, and social . Spiritual and psycho-emotional life continues unimpeded.
As the karaka for time and maturity, Shani introduces into the incarnational script a predominance of role-players who are elderly, conventional, fearful, punitive, ignorant, lawful, rigid, respectable, cold, dark, brittle, icy, realistic, materialistic, grey, bitter, burdened, intolerant, wooden, dry, stern, legalistic, commonplace, vulgar, hard-working, sturdy, steady, reduced, elegant, minimal, harsh, hard, fixed, unyielding, reliable, earthy, systematic, scientific, and judgmental.
Environmentally Shani governs the cold hard dry earth elements of wind (vata), dirt, dust, ash, wood, paper, stone, iron, coal, steel, ice, crystals, rocks, gravel, and sand.
He favors the "midnight" color-hues of sapphire blue, blue-black, dark grey tones of blue hue, and darkest purple.
|Graha in 12th-from Shani: loss and dissolution of agreement|
Shani periods may often be experienced as cautious and potentially fearful. The sub-periods of those four ‘12th-from'graha will produce an experience of dissolution and loss.
So even though we know from a higher spiritual point of view that dissolving attachments to people and things is a very positive step along the path to enlightenment, material and social losses are very frustrating and anxiety-generating at the lower levels of reality -- where most of us do live!
yogakaraka Shani periods favor:
When Shani enjoys yogakaraka status, in addition to the expected weight of duty and responsibility,
Systematic work and principled thinking are required, with little permission to experiment unless the hypothesis is already well proven (i.e., it is not actually a hypothesis but already a thesis). Principles of social governance demand steady attention.
One may enjoy the dignity of high social rank accorded those who bear the burden of leadership, but the cost in terms of time and resources will be significant.
Education during yogakaraka Shani periods:
Shani bandesha-4 for Thula lagna favors Foundational Education in subjects and skills which will support later expansion and development during the subsequent periods of dharmesha-9 Budha. For Thula, any Shani period is a good time to go back to school to get training in basic skills which ground a certificate or license to practice some profession, art or trade.
As vidyapathi-5 Shani also permits a degree of independent scholarship and individual interpretation of conventional customs. However Shani is a bit dicey in His role as the mantrapathi, since He naturally dislikes any sort of manifesting creativity or bright light.
To succeed in independent scholarship during periods of vidyapathi-5 Shani, one must be able to rigorously justify (Shani) any variation from conventional practice by citing more ancient (Shani) recognized authorities or more fundamental scientific principles . Charismatic intelligence (Surya) is not accepted during rule-oriented Shani periods. Approved (Shani, proof) scholarship must be tightly principled.
Shani dharmesha-9 for Vrishabha lagna may present a Challenge to craft a balanced environment that can support advances in fundamental education or skill certification (such as state exams for medical or law license). Rather Shani favors highly structured philosophical and religious teachings and the isolation of sine qua non principles in scientific and theoretical practice. Long, difficult, and intractable courses of study which have as their aim an elegantly structured dharmic understanding of life will succeed during periods of dharmesha-9 Shani.
Shani delays but He does not deny.
As the arch-enemy of Mangala, Professor Shani limits, postpones, and freezes movement . The end of Shani's period often signals a great thaw in the flow of resources. All things come to those who wait.
In terms of moral development, the enforced discipline of Shani periods tends to strengthen personal characteristics of humility, modesty, neutrality, scientific objectivity, accountability, moral steadiness, respectability, and social realism.
Shani periods impose awareness of the laws of karma (Makara, rank) and interdependence for survival (Kumbha, network).
Regardless of one's own social station at the time of onset of a Shani period, one must endure increased contact with the plight of the common man .
Even for those who are free of the professional karma of institutional governance, Shani periods may bring recurring awareness of the presence of perpetual ignorance in the character of those in one's environment.
Everyone is doing the best they can with the knowledge they have.
During Shani periods, no matter how stressful the environment, one's personal and professional decisions must emphasize mutual respect between all those engaged in the business of working off their karma. This mandate persists despite the obvious and often egregious shortcomings in others' moral behavior.
Although empathy is a function of Chandra and thus not required by steely Professor Shani , mature recognition of the reality of core human biologically hard-wired survival fears can make Shani periods much easier to endure.
|Lower Your Expectations.|
It is also generally recommended to"lower your expectations " during Shani periods.
It can be helpful to recall that during Shani periods, pre-scripted agents have been assigned (in the antenatal state) specifically to mirror one's own fears and express one's own subconsciously held negative beliefs. The quicker one's expectations can be aligned with reality, the lower the stress effects.
It is possible to endure an entire Shani mahadasha and even the most challenging Shani bhukti with no anxiety whatsoever, so long as expectations are adjusted regularly in the downward direction.
Ignorance emerges in the roles of dramatis personae who play roles showing vulgarity,
Shani has one ultimate goal:. If Shani period is difficult enough, one may have a long-awaited"breakthrough" into spiritual liberation. Shani can be the most spiritually beneficial graha of all.
-- Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902)
"If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do,
we shall ere long be surprised to find
how little remains that we cannot do."
Social and Emotional impact:
No matter one 's physical age, during any Shani period one will feel in general older, more senior, more experienced, drier, more brittle, more wrinkled, more pragmatic, more conservative, more sober , harder working, more responsible, more prone to negative expectations, more limited, more constrained, and more concerned with l awfulness than most of the other people in one's environment.
One of Shani's primary enemies = Mangala is the agent of competitive dynamics and goal-directed movement. During Shani periods, unobstructed forward movement is much constrained, and progress can be accomplished only in a careful, conservative, socially approved, and step-wisemanner. Competitive advantage is temporarily frozen.
Shani periods tend to constrain one into an emotional survival state. Unless Shani enjoys a highly favorable relationship to Zukra within the nativity, most luxuries are absent during Shani periods.
Shani periods are universally good for materially focused work, getting worldly things "done", and for maintaining a strict focus on social position and the achievement of material goals.
Legitimate Government and Social Law
If Shani is a trine lord (= lagna of Vrishabha, Mithuna, Kanya, Thula, Makara, Kumbha) then achievement of goalswill demand considerable effort; yet one will succeed.
If Shani rules inauspicious bhava as measured from the janma lagna, check to see whether Shanaicarya might be a trine lord from Chandra. If Shani rules an easier house from Chandra lagna, one will receive the emotional support necessary to obtain one's goals however materially difficult that obtainment might be.
Shani is a Yogakaraka for Thula lagna and Vrishabha lagna. During Shani Mahadasha and well-angled bhukti periods of Shani, there will be important material and social achievements for the Thula and Vrishabha native, mainly of a professional nature. However, the amount of personal effort involved should not be trivialized.
During Shani periods, if Shani in located in difficult angles from the mahadasha pati such as 3rd-from-Budha or 6th-from-Rahu,
For the Thula and Vrizchika lagna native, Shani = bandesha-4 and Shani periods indicate successful completion of educational diplomas, acquisition of houses and buildings, obtainment of vehicles, and heavy responsibilities related to care of elderly parents.
During Shani periods, graha and various lagna which occupy the Shani-ruled Nakshatra come into prominence. If one has a placement of Chandra or an important lagna in Pushya, Anuradha, or Uttarabhadrapada, the portfolio of this placement will be energized for purpose of karmic repayment. One may have a feeling of"back to the drawing board" meaning that one's present strategies have failed, and one hears the clarion call to return to basic survival rules and rebuild very slowly if at all.
Shani (Saturn) is all about structure, all about realism, all about working concrete relationships,
It will of course be necessary to respect Shani's purpose of enforcing neutral acceptance of others' limitations and imposing orderly habits in everyday life.
You can live very well under the reign of Shani mahadasha if you are willing to obey Shani's rules!
Shani the Lord of Karma has one job to do: convert ignorance into wisdom.
During Shani periods, one confronts many karmic challenges which are the result of a history of muddled or incomplete thinking. One did not have enough information at the time of the earlier error, and one must slowly (Shani) and diligently (Shani) then work (over the period of 19 years) to correct the earlier ignorance.
During Shani periods it is very smart indeed to admit that one lacks the skills to resolve the situation and to pay for professional advice. Paying for credentialed advice is one of the best"converter" methods.
It's Shani after all, the Lord of Multiple Iterations. But Shani will stop generating the repetitions when one has accepted one's own ignorance (past mistakes) AND put some karmic effort into consciously accepting a new approach to those old problems. The effort comes usually from study and careful discussion with people who know the law (statutory law ) relevant to the situation.
Shani periods always follow Guru periods in the Vimshottari Dasha.
Separation , Austerity, Survival, and Boundaries
Psychologically and physically, the dashas and bhuktis/antardashas of Shani are marked by the experience of Separation.
The Shani isolation experience need not be physical to be acute. Emotional starvation and social disapproval will not kill one but he may feel the cold wind of death just as fearfully as if he had been literally abandoned by his tribe and left to starve in the wilderness.
Professor Shani is an expert instructor on the topics of heaviness and material responsibility .
Overall, Professor Shani periods create a sense of limitation and restriction in all matters. The limits are lawfully imposed and socially reinforced. However, generally Shani's classroom climate includes less trust and sharing; more concern with public opinion; more fear-based hoarding. However, Shani increases maturity and strengthens the structural perceptions.
The instructional curriculum of Professor Shanaicarya demands attention to the human statutory law, acceptance of limitations, awareness of social rank and position, leadership obligations, and management of those thought-forms which produce the perceptions of scarcity, punishment, oppression, and survival fears.
Spiritual benefit of fear and abandonment (!)
During Shani periods one is typically forced to dig deeper within his body and mind in search of life-sustaining power. No one else can help him.
Death vs. social/emotional separation
Shani is a karaka for separation -- but Shani periods only give physical death when Shani is also maraka rules-2 or maraka rules-7.
Shani periods Compared to Ketu periods :
Ketu Mahadasha + the bhukti periods of Ketu can give quite similar results to the description of Shani above. Isolation, self-concern, fear, survival pressure etc. are also attributes of Ketu.
Ketu is "trusting" in the sense of having no expectations either positive or negative. Any outcome is acceptable to Ketu. Unlike Shani who is specifically building toward a secure future, Ketu has no stake in the future. Ketu does not recognize Time and has no interest nor capacity to invest in the future. Nor does Ketu care about the past, nor learn from the past nor have any attachment to history or tradition (which Shani highly values).
In sum, certain effects of Shani and Ketu will appear similar. Isolation, social disconnection, frustration and alienation in human relationships, scarce resources, and a feeling of circumstances beyond one's control, are common factors. Also, both Shani period and Ketu period can produce excellent spiritual results.
However, the key difference is that Shani is urgently concerned with survival whereas Ketu is apathetic. As a result, Shani periods are characterized by hard work, planning, and stern self-reliance; whereas Ketu periods feature ambivalence, wandering and unexpected social relationships.
Q: I started Shani mahadasha when I turned 35. Shani-Mesh is in the worst possible place for me, in the fifth bhava and harming my Zukra in Makar. The first year of the 'swabhukti' as you call it was devastating: marriage suddenly turned abusive, then divorce. My wife lied in court, and I lost custody rights for my son. I don't really expect to see him again. In the second year, I developed heart disease and lost most of my hair. I am tired to the point of exhaustion and extremely thin. I live in poverty due to reduced work hours and paying support for my elderly parents. Worst of all, I live in fear that corporate politics could cost me my job. Of course, I haven't been performing well at work with all of this stress and if they fire me it will not be a surprise. The only hope that keeps me going is the possibility of a second marriage. Is there any chance, with this awful Shani of mine, that I could ever love again? Could my parents arrange another marriage for me? Realistically, I am thin, sick, and bitter about my divorce, and starting to have financial problems too. What woman would want me? Will I be alone for the rest of my life? What is the chance of finding a second life partner?
The first year of the 'swabhukti' as you call it was devastating: marriage suddenly turned abusive, then divorce. My wife lied in court, and I lost custody rights for my son. I don't really expect to see him again.
In the second year, I developed heart disease and lost most of my hair. I am tired to the point of exhaustion and extremely thin. I live in poverty due to reduced work hours and paying support for my elderly parents.
Worst of all, I live in fear that corporate politics could cost me my job. Of course, I haven't been performing well at work with all of this stress and if they fire me it will not be a surprise.
The only hope that keeps me going is the possibility of a second marriage. Is there any chance, with this awful Shani of mine, that I could ever love again? Could my parents arrange another marriage for me?
Realistically, I am thin, sick, and bitter about my divorce, and starting to have financial problems too. What woman would want me? Will I be alone for the rest of my life? What is the chance of finding a second life partner?
Your Zukra =
= highly benevolent
for second marriage to
She is especially represented
The Moon in bhava-6 for your Dhanuzya lagna gives her a viparita raja yoga (Harsha) suggesting wealth and luxury which emerge from circumstances of servitude and sudden forced changes, especially wealth from dealing with underclass persons via medical practice and agricultural labor.
Shani-Mesha-5 the agent of Safe Slow Structured Scarcity has a great deal of control in marriage matters due to His drishti upon both 7 and 2 in the radix chart, as well as Shani being owner of 7th navamsha. Furthermore your Shani mahadasha obtains during period of second marriage.
Maturity and neutrality as well as tolerance for scarcity , respect for karmic law -- laws which your own spirit chose to impose in an orderly fashion in this present incarnation. Remember none of this karma is a punishment from some outside agent! It is purposeful and indeed you chose this specific sequence as the optimal path toward your spiritual objectives in this life.
Naturally, a strong work ethic is required in all endeavors during Shani mahadasha. Keep working and do not give up. (Anyway, Shani won't let you give up.) The goal is learning to operate with minimal material resources while maintaining a steady speed of progress on the path toward merger with the divine.
You will indeed enjoy a second marriage and a very nice one, but during Shani periods any sort of self-drama (a behavior of Shani's enemy Surya ) = inimical to Shani's settling and maturing process.
Over the next few bhukti periods (Shani swabhukti, Shani-Budha, and Shani-Ketu) austere and conservative Shanaicarya will slowly reveal your traditional values.
Zukra 2 in a rashi of sober and pragmatic Shani creates a basis of consciously appreciated personal values that will be shared with your next spouse.
Your chance is 100% ,
... presuming that the necessary maturity, neutrality, and scientific objectivity about human behavior are steadily in place during the early bhukti periods when your personality is being pared down to essentials.
It is never healthy to jump into a second marriage immediately after divorce . Shani demands that you give yourself adequate recovery time to rethink and rebuild on more sustainable foundations. Once the mind has matured and settled into a pragmatic, value-neutral working routine, the second spouse will come forward (likely during your next bhukti of Zukra).
|Barbara, I want you to have an appreciation for how devastating these life circumstances have become. This is not the time for cheerful spiritual advice. Despite my education (which you rightly comment is superb, best research uni's etc.) |
I am feeling I have FAILED in my responsibilities with no chance for recovery. I suppose you could liken it to the massive collapse of western economies during the Great Depression. This is bad, bad, bad and it's going to take a long time - if it happens at all - for me to recover. Right now it's very black and self-hating. I won't sugar-coat it. Bad. Bad. Bad.
It's IRONIC that Shani a planet of Responsibility would force one into a situation of failed responsibility and further blame the individual for failing in responsibility and cause further suffering.
You describe Shani as being rather noble in His approach to social leadership but He has caused my hateful failure in family, work, and finance.
I hate Him almost as much as i hate myself.
|Wow, you haven't"failed" yet! Given the advantages that you possess from your birth rank and education, it seems a bit premature to declare a total wipeout. Your Shani-Mesha-5 Mahadasha has just barely begun – you are still in the swabhukti! Therefore eight more chance to transform the ignorance into wisdom will occur. Eight more adjustments of viewpoint, eight more levels of understanding of the how-and-why which caused the present evils will be unfolding. |
One bhukti after the next reveals the reality of one's own participation in crafting the scene. Eight more insights, eight more dramatis personae will arrive to create eight more chances to accept responsibility without guilt .
The moment that one can"see" the underlying structural mechanism (Shani) of cause-and-effect = one's own expectations , the seed-thoughts , blossoming into pre-programmed experiences AT THAT MOMENT THE KARMA IS COMPLETED.
What has indeed happened is that Shani delivered His programmatic instruction to be afraid and run away” and that is what the native did.
There is nothing ironic about it. It is mechanical.
One accepted the supposedly unalterable (Shani) reality (Shani) of the fear (Shani) and acted intelligently (Shani-Mesha-5) upon this seemingly life-threatening (Mesha) fear.
Shani-Mesha-5 produces a Mesha-5 specialized fear of responsibility toward children and a terror of punishment which parallel life trauma has embedded in the mind. The narrative of Shani-Mesha-5 repeats a loop-broadcast announcing that"punishment will befall" one who engages with children, politics, or the individualized creative intelligence.
Shani-Mesha-5 is particularly terrified of raising a child in one's own divine image. Narrative asserts:"Oh, any child of mine will be be better off without me. I have too many limits and fears ".
Hmm. This propaganda is self-fulfilling.
To break the mind-trap, one needs an intervention. Jyotisha advice would be to question the inevitability (Shani) of the negative beliefs (Shani). Fear is emotional-reactive often not factually accurate.
Although fear is a healthy survival response in genuine emergencies, when laboriously repeating and compulsive it is a sign of embedded trauma. But Shani-fear is necessary to provoke the transformation of ignorance into wisdom. Question the rhetoric of"have to","must","no choice".
There are no victims.
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