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Sade-Sati in the 12 bhava

Sade-Sati in the 12 Rashi

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  3. [Chandra in bhava-3]

  4. [Chandra in bhava-4] [dikbala]

  5. [Chandra in bhava-5]

  6. [Chandra in bhava-6]

  7. [Chandra in bhava-7]

  8. [Chandra in bhava-8]

  9. [Chandra in bhava-9]

  10. [Chandra in bhava-10]

  11. [Chandra in bhava-11]

  12. [Chandra in bhava-12]


Sisyphus was condemned to eternal effort of endlessly pushing a boulder uphill

AUM som somaya namah

OM sham shanaishcharaye namah



sade sathi



Seven-and-a Half -Year Transit

contact Moon

when Sauran

travels across

the 12th, 1st, and 2nd Rashi of Chandra

freezing [Shani]

of the

flow [Chandra]

Sade-Sati in Chandra 12 Rashi

Elarata Saturan

The Ordeal

The 7-plus year transit of Saturn across three bhava =

the bhava preceding the Moon + the bhava containing the Moon + the bhava after the Moon


The Carnac stones = a dense collection of megalithic sites around Carnac village in Bertaeyn * Brittany * Bretagne.

More than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones were hewn from local rock and erected by the Celtic or pre-Celtic worshippers.

Dates to approximately 3000-4500 BCE.

Sade-Sati = not feeling supported

The dominant theme of Sade-Sati in any rashi/any bhava = “frozen flow”. [Shani freezes; Chandra flows]

In daily reality, the Sade-Sati experience is often characterized as emotional disappointment.

The folks who “should” [customarily, ethically] be providing foundational support, caretaking, nourishing, protecting, sheltering, defending… usually fail to supply the expected support.

The usual culprits are both parents, partners [business and personal] schoolteachers, defenders, police, patriots, nationalists, government service agencies, church social-services, community-linkage, friends, neighbors, fellowship folk, householders, property-owners, ritualists, farmer-fisherpeople, infrastructure suppliers, and anyone who could be described as morally expected to help.

Whatever soothing support was customarily expected, providing respite and care, is likely to become less present or completely unavailable.

They dry up, seize up, refuse,

become unavailable, withdraw their support, pretend they never heard of your needs, and other theatrical mechanisms which leave one emotionally stranded and alone.

The purpose of Sade-Sati is to develop inner reliance and reinforce one’s capacity to parent oneself. The usual advice for managing relationships during Sade-Sati is to set expectations very low.

Self-reliance required

Anticipate needing to take care of yourself, support yourself, and validate your own feelings without relying on others to nurture and care.

Sade-Sati can seem emotionally battering, and it is.

Yet, looking back from the end-of-life viewpoint, one often recognizes that the inner discipline which arises during these times of emotional survival has produced deep self-knowledge and reinforced the personal moral integrity.

Recurs every 27-30 years

In a 120-year lifespan, there are usually four occurrences of the full seven-and-a-half year Sade-Sati period. They occur at 28-year intervals, and primarily give the results of the janma bhava [the sthana containing Soma].

Generally, sade-Sati during the first 36 years of life contains the harshest experience of abandonment, rejection, or death of a beloved. Death of the parents or a cherished caretaker is a common outcome. Later-in-life iterations may emphasize heavy social responsibilities [Shani] with inadequate external support.

Look for inner reservoir of strength

The main functional strategy is to keep external dependencies at a minimum

Prepare for the likelihood that responsibility may exceed authority – sometimes acutely – especially during the janma section.

Most people find that they do, indeed, possess the inner resources that are necessary to survive the Sade Sati. One may need to dig deeper to find this core emotional resilience. However, each incarnation has been carefully provisioned with the required reserve energy.

It is simply necessary to redirect the expectations. Help from outside is often minimal or vanished. However, help is readily, indefatigably on-tap from one's 24/7 spiritual guides, from devotional practice, and from self-trust.

Learning Purpose of Sade-Sati

full emotional maturation

  • proven by demonstration of one's ability to take care of oneself without blaming others
  • self-reliance which strengthens the inner core

Social [Shani]-Emotional [Chandra] Trauma

Emotional Exhaustion

temporary absence of Psychic Suppori

crisis of legitimacy

separation from parents, especially matrikaraka Chandra mother

Removal of Outdated Emotional Attachments and Expectations

Elimination of failed socially-designated caretakers

Emotional Starvation

during Sade-Sati, the emotional programming is targeted to eliminating most external agents of emotional support. That means pioneering independence with very little support from others. One learns to support oneself.

During Sade Sati, reliance on spiritual guides and interior certainty can fully compensate for the shortfall in outside assistancer.

" God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage."

" The emotions behind your thoughts determine the speed at which you manifest."

What is Sade-Sati?

  • Sade-Sati

  • sade sathi

  • sadhe-satti

  • sadaysatti

Sade-Sati = Seven and a-half

Seven and 1/2 years = the duration of the three-rashi complete Saturn transit to Janma-Chandra.

The Anglicized version can be spelled

  • Sade-Sati
  • Sade-Sathi
  • Sade-saadi
  • Sadati
  • sadaysatti
  • numerous other transliterations from Sanskrit, the Prakrits, and historical vernacularizations.

Dear Barbara Pijan, iam very impressed by your description of "Shani" during Sade-sati. This period very much changed me and i find myself a new person. As you mentioned correctly Shani never let a person quit. During my PhD with so many obstacles of health, bad divorce, financial problems, finally i looks forward to get my PhD in 3-4 weeks.

Sade-Sati endures 7+ years.

The complete transit of Shani takes 29+ years.

Therefore, one-quarter of each 29-year Shani cycle is spent within the Sade-Sati era.

  • Sade-Sati slows the flow in worldly affairs by generating psycho-emotional resistance (Shani resistance) in the people or environments within which one is trying to connect, heal, engage, interact, accomplish, communicate, control, possess, change, manipulate, or impress.

  • Normally Sade-Sati creates an emotional support crisis or two, along with the general personal frustration and resistance to a situation or situations (often several interlocked) which may seem deeply uncomfortable. These situations may be unnaturally slow to move, emotionally lacking in empathy, unfamiliar, or unethical (Chandra ethics, local customs).

  • One may experience even a variety of emotional starvation. In this experience, the comforting flow of familiar routines and unconditional acceptance that is normally conferred by the foundational life patterns (of nationalism, ethics and ethnicity, ethnoreligion, parents, police-protectors, guardianship, basic schoolteaching and school-supported behaviors) is absent or " frozen" .

  • A set of unfamiliar yet strict, dry, unforgiving, unsympathetic rules or fixed social expectations has subsumed the place of the accustomed emotional nourishment.

  • Hierarchies, institutional rank-and-status, laws, governance, policy, legislation, social conformity to insensitive rules, and other no-exceptions no-empathy no-excuses Shani Strictness may cause one to feel as if one is emotionally parched, and critically thirsty for decent treatment

  • Yet Shani Must Carry On. The dogged and determined will succeed. Look to Chandra's Bhava for defining details of the Scene. For example, in 6 the Sade-Sati involves sickness and servitude, in 10 it involves crushingly heavy institutional leadership burdens, in 2 it involves family lineage assets, in 5 politics creativity intelligence and games.

One feels (Chandra feeling) worn-down and somewhat victimized within the classic pattern of the Sisyphus syndrome.

If Chandra occupies Shani's most comfortable rashi = Tula, makara, or Kumbha, austerity is undoubtedly required, but results may be surprisingly constructive.

Seven years duration = three sections

The traditional Sade (half) Sati (seven) = seven-and-a-half years in duration.

  • Sade-Sati does endure for seven years, but the acute phase = only 2.4 years.

  • Technically Sade-Sati seven-year occurrence is broken into three, 2.4-year sections:

step-1 = dvadasa = 12th-from * the initial phase

Sade-Sati begins as gochara Shani enters the rashi previous to natal Chandra..

Go (cow) chara (course) = cow-path.

Transiting on the well-worn circular path via the 12 rashi , gochara Shani remains in the sign previous to janma (natal) Chandra for +/-2.4 years.

  • Challenges to identity and nourishment, may feel increasingly threatened with lack of protection and support in the world.

step-2 = Janma = self - the acute phase

Sade-Sati continues in **the most intense annihilating mid-section** as Shani enters the precise sign of your rashi Moon for +/-2.4 years.

Zani_prplRoz.jpgEmotional trauma resulting from profound grief following

  • fear-ridden [Shani] separation

  • from mother [Chandra]

  • from parent-figures, protectors and feeders

  • from secure shelter and frequent nourishment

  • from safe and predictable environments

  • from the foundations of life

  • from

Mental pessimism; expecting the worst.

  • Excessive psycho-emotional sobriety

  • inordinate focus on duty, the burden of responsibility, and punishment.

step-3 = dvithiya = 2nd-from * the concluding phase

Sade-Sati concludes as gochara Shani exits the rashi following natal Chandra.

  • +/-2.4 years == Gochara (transiting) Shani remains in the sign following Chandra

  • These years are tough and lonely, but things get easier as one locates alternative sources of identity, nourishment, and protection.

Total transit time = 96 months

  • + 2.4 years Saturn visits the rashi that is located previous to rashi of Chandra

  • + 2.4 years Saturn visits the rashi that contains Chandra

  • + 2.4 years Saturn visits the rashi that follows the rashi of Chandra

  • = 7 years = 96 months


Seven and a half generalization.

Shani retrogrades at least once and possibly several times during each Sade-Sati.

The length of Shani's retrograde * vakragati * vakri periods is variable.

However, regardless of the start date and end date, the total effect of Sade-Sati is spread over Approximately 96 months.

  • traditionally, sade-Sati is considered to start when gochara (transiting) Shani enters the house preceding the house of the natal Moon, staying there for approx. 2.4 years.

  • Then Shani will enter the house of the Earthen-Moon for another approx. 2.4 years.

  • Then Shani will proceed through the house following the house of the Earthen-Moon for a final approx. 2.4 years.

Most effects occur in the"janma" periods, the middle 28 months

Unless there are graha in all three houses (before the Moon, containing the Moon, and after the Moon), sade-Sati effects occur * predominantly * during Shani's transit through the house of the Earthen-Moon. Sade-Sati therefore, is more like "sade-dwati" in that the tangible effects are normally limited to a 2.4 year period (about 28 months) within the middle range of the transit.

There are some exceptional nativities which have most of the graha concentrated in the three bhava surrounding and containing the Moon;

these exceptional births will have exceptional results.

Having graha on both sides of the Earthen-Moon is quite auspicious, and Shani reduces the auspicious conditions to which the native has grown accustomed. So these natives feel the impact of deprivation and loss more acutely than those who had less to lose in the first place.

Role of Vimshottari Dasha timelords

The Vimshottari bhukti in effect during the Sade-Sati is a considerable determiner of the overall emotional experience.

If a bhukti period of Shani or Chandra coincides with the Sade-Sati transit, results will be more dramatic.


Ice Floe created by a Cold River


Curriculum of Sade-Sati
  • Chandra = need for belonging and protection

  • Shani = rules of survival, resistance to change

Emotional pain and its learning purpose

Shani gochara contact svamsha = mandate to more responsibility for closing the gap between spiritual principles and social conduct.

Sade-Sati is a wonderful classroom opportunity if approached consciously. Nothing in this world is pointlessly painful. Rather, pain is a signal that a limit has been reached.

To reduce the pain, identify the limit * wall * fence * barrier * prohibition * restriction that is being relentlessly pushed upon.

If consciousness is available, one may acknowledge the nature of the barrier. Or one may acknowledge that the barrier is apprehended but perhaps not yet fully understood. Then decide whether one wishes to retreat, develop more flexibility or an alternate approach. Or perhaps one might wish to summon the energy to try to push through the obstacle.

In sade-sati, the pain is the result of emotionally banging one's head against a wall while pretending that the wall is not there. Usually in this sort of contest, the wall tends to win.

Usually the wall is an emotional barrier.

these are the typical agents of sade-sati.

  • Caretakers,
  • mother-figures,
  • schoolteachers,
  • parents,
  • the familiar and soothing
  • those charged with providing shelter and nourishment,
  • those expected to produce unconditional love and acceptance,
  • those who are trusted implicitly in protective and supportive roles,
  • the homeland and the childhood home,
  • the village,
  • the root-culture,
  • the ethnicity, ethnoreligion, its rhythms and folkways,
  • ancient customs, and established cultural norms,
  • the farms and the fisheries,
  • the ancient habits and seasonal calendar of a people in their place of settlement,
  • all things local and parochial

Whatever comfort and protection is implicitly expected from these agents is likely to be inhibited by forces of resistance [Shani] whether the agent is a person or an environment.

Sade-Sati = emotionally challenging * deeply maturing

A disciplined person may retrospect on three or even four Sade-Sati periods (once every 28 years approx). Looking back, one may admit that the Sade-Sati periods are often the most pragmatically grounded and realistic sections of one's life.

The reason for the intensified maturity = sade-sati Typically, retards and often prohibits depending upon other people for one's own psycho-emotional sustenance. Others tend to be emotionally cold, thus one reaches inward to discover one's own emotional resources, and the result is a deepening awareness of inner strengths which were not before known.

Sade-Sati is undoubtedly a period of maturization and bottom-line materialism [Shani] in the psycho-mental experience [Chandra]. It involves temporary deprivation of emotional protection from parental figures and permanent loss of personal naiveté.

One may be deprived of care from external caretakers. During this process one may learn to care for oneself. Because men are trained to rely on women for their emotional awareness and support, whereas women have stronger cultural permission to access their own emotional resources, the Sade-Sati is typically more difficult for menr.

One may experience an enduring, relentless feeling of severe emotional distress. Sade-Sati transit, occurring once every 28-30 years, usually results in a deep feeling that the foundations of one's life have collapsed.

Shani means Stop. Chandra means Comfort.

Sade-Sati is deeply uncomfortable. Comfort means " with strength, with protection" . Under Shani's relentless oppression, human comfort factors are battered away; the fortifications are dried and desiccated.

Those designated to guide and protect one (the Chandra figures) have stopped protecting, stopped guiding, and stopped supporting. Even basic comfort like nourishing food and secure housing may be Shani-scarce. The key experience is often the profound disappointment of expectations, specifically the expectation that one should receive some form of mothering-parenting shelter from a protective personality or by extension from Mother Earth as guardian protector. At its extreme, sade-Sati can produce a feeling of being distinctively unsafe.

Although the Sade-Sati experience is often emotionally devastating, it does have a spiritual purpose. The higher intent is to encourage the person to find their security and protection within the self, within the Source that is within the self. In the end, after a long 2.3 year period of emotional alienation and exhaustion, the final conclusion of the Sade-Sati is usually a firm decision to release the emotionally disappointing non-supporters and go forward in one's own way.

There are always several aspects to the Sade-Sati dilemma, including family issues, finance, health (mental and physical), social relationships, and interior spiritual work. One therapeutic approach that can have long-term benefits of consciousness expansion is to make a list of the most acute disappointments matched with their expectations. What was expected, and what has failed to meet the expectations? This is the spiritual crux of the Sade-Sati.

If the previously unconscious expectations can be exposed, agreat freedom from inner oppression may be gained.

In more traditional cultures, there is a tendency to approach the Sade-Sati with fear and superstition. Yet nothing could be more dysfunctional in the modern age.

The Sade-Sati is a tremendous opportunity to learn emotional self-reliance and to strengthen one's ability to self-nurture without relying on ephemeral outside sources.

It is a very positive and valuable opportunity so long as the social order [Shani] values and supports personal integrity and self-nourishment.

For people whose emotional identity is constructed from their parents' worldview and from a daily pattern of prescribed, unexamined rituals and routines, then Sade-Sati causes an invalidation of the parents' support.

Loss of Parent - whether literal or figurative =

One learns to parent oneself, and support oneself

For those who are dependent upon parent-figures for their emotional support, the withdrawal of external protectors can be very painful, like stopping an addictive drug.

Often the scenario involves the decease of a parent, or a co-parent spouse.

However, the script may also express as conditions of unexpected single-parenting where one may have living parents and a living spouse yet no-one helps with the child-raising. Rather, there is fear of punitive social or governmental rules and one must carry unreasonably heavy responsibilities without reasonably expected support.

One may be a schoolteacher facing demands of the parents and local settlement, yet none of these parents lifts a finger to help with the schooling requirements. Rather, there is fear of punitive social or governmental rules and one must carry unreasonably heavy responsibilities without reasonably expected support.

One may be a caretaker charged with care of children, elderly, or vulnerable; yet no protection agency whether personal or financial offers help for crucial sheltering, nourishing, or safety functions. Rather, there is fear of punitive social or governmental rules and one must carry unreasonably heavy responsibilities without reasonably expected support.

One may be police, steward, guardian of the land, transport-provider, or; border-defender. Those who from a moral perspective should help, do not help. Assets are restricted. One carries on defending, but there is no support. Rather, there is fear of punitive social or governmental rules and one must carry unreasonably heavy responsibilities without reasonably expected support.

The issue during any sade-sati = no one provides help with survival matters such as child-raising, housing, nourishment, clothing, and safety.

One feels betrayed by the very figures who were socially designated to supply the basics of food, clothing, and shelter. However, this betrayal results in the forced search for emotional resources within the self.

One becomes one's own parent, one becomes one's own co-parent spouse, one becomes one's own schoolteacher, one becomes one's own security-police. Looking back, one may see the Sade-Sati as an era of intensive learning that revealed hidden emotional resources that will be of great value in the future.

nishturabhashi yoga = Chandra-yuti-Shani * lifetime discomfort

Similarly, if the nativity features a birth conjunction of Saturn + Moon = nishturabhashi yoga, then results of the Sade-Sati can be overwhelmingly burdensome to the extent that one feels entirely deprived of emotional validity. The sources of psycho-spiritual intuitive nourishment may appear to have dried up completely.

Suicide is a very rare outcome of the temporary stress of Sade-Sati. Only under very severe circumstances is it potentially an option.

Emotional crisis = spiritual blessing

Eradicating the dead wood

a clarion call to honesty in emotional relationships

Sade-Sati is usually a spiritual blessing in disguise , because its harshly realistic conditions serve to expose the bald truth about exhausted, dead-wood, non-nourishing, non-supportive, non-validating relationships which are in place only because they are comfortingly habitual [Chandra] and socially [Shani] expected.

Even if Sade-Sati involves the tragic decease the mother, the underlying spiritual reality is that the mother has done all she can do to support the native . It is Time [Shani] for her withdraw to the astral plane and permit the native to establish [Chandra] one's own self-protective, self-defensive, self-validating environment.

Spiritually, shani acts with relentless pragmatism, systematically [Shani] eliminating these unsupportive placeholder conventionally programmed but unproductive attachments because they are preventing more authentically nourishing new relationships from taking root.

But socially, sade-Sati nearly always predicts a conflict between what society wants and expects, versus what the individual needs for emotional survival.

  • Society wants loyalty and continuity based on tribal folkways, ancient customs, and established cultural norms (ethics), group stability, and the rule of law.

  • Chandra wants loyalty and continuity also, but Chandra wants to prioritize personal and individual needs.

During Sade-Sati, Shani imposes one social regulation after the next, but the native is slow to meet institutional expectations. One feels stuck, unable to get fuel for forward movement.

It is as if the rug has been pulled out from underneath. There is a sense of deep hungry emptiness, with no help coming from outside structures. No one steps forward to push or assist.

A profound exhaustion mid-transit often paralyzes [Shani] all forward action until a deeply honest emotional decision can be taken.

  • That decision will start a slow but inexorable movement to eradicate the conditions of fulfillment.

  • That decision forms the first step toward replacing the exhausted nutrient source with a more authentic and effective emotional food.

  • That decision often results in a legal [Shani] action . The decision and its fruitful action are very slow to mature but even at what seems a glacial pace this subtle and lawful movement will progress toward a material result at the terminus of Sade-Sati.

So-Called Luck

Sade-Sati is superstitiously believed to trigger seven years of bad luck.

The public is told to expect the worst in every department of life during this gruesome phase of life.

  • of course, real life rarely gives seven years of unbroken, monolithic experience whether positive or negative. In the modern world, many changes both internal and external can be expected in a seven-year block of time.

  • expect emotional exhaustion and some lack of psychic nutrient during Sade-Sati, but there will also be invaluable life maturity and strength from grounded self-reliance.

  • Sade-Sati experience tend to fluctuate under influence of the lunar tides, other transits, and the Vimshottari Dasha timelords during seven-plus years duration.

Fluctuations of mood (Moon) and key material events [Shani] may be timed according to:

  • gochara Shani's approach and retreat from the Moon

  • The strength of Shani's drishti upon any graha occupying the 3rd, 7th, and 10th bhava from natal Chandra.

Luck is not accidental.

Luck is the result of expectations, attitude, energy and responsibility invested, and intelligent cooperation with the Divine.

As the champion golfer Gary Player famously said of his winning strategy in sport, The more I practice, the luckier I get.

Parents and Care-givers

Typically, sade-Sati oppresses the ease of one's relationship to parents, care-givers, and providers of education or shelter.

Shani may bring extra responsibility in caring for elderly parents, extra effort required to provide shelter for one's family, or an extra sustained push to attain an educational diploma. The extra efforts involve numerous setbacks and frustrating delays.

The most severe impact is when Sade-Sati indicates the actual death of a parent, most commonly the mother. In this case the native must process the grief from the loss of one parent while also trying to support and protect the surviving parent.

Whether Sade-Sati involves parental (or care-giver) death or not depends on the Vimshottari Dasha period in effect simultaneous with the Sade-Sati. Usually Sade-Sati is simply severe emotional oppression with a tangible experience of bondage to social expectations via an exceptionally heavy workload related to caregiving - often caring for parents - for the core 2.3 years of the transit.

Yet, if conditions are properly configured, the material death of the mother is not uncommon.

For example

  • if a bhukti maraka dhanapati-2 Shani is running in a Dhanus indriya-lagna nativity, where Shani is an empowered natural + temporal maraka, then Shani transit to Chandra could result in the actual physical death of a parent.

  • Similar for a bhukti of Mangala for Tula indriya-lagna, or Rahu bhukti when in the nativity Rahu would give the effect of a virulent dhanapati-2 or yuvati-pati-7 simultaneous with the Sade-Sati.

Recently a case occurred of the Sade-Sati occurring simultaneously with a bhukti of the pitrimaraka = dhanesha-treasurer-2nd from the 9th from the 7th = the death of the father of the spouse.

In addition to many other heavy family responsibilities, the native shouldered the burden for the pre-death nursing care and funeral expenses for her husband's elderly father. As a wife and mother also tending to the husband's father, she was stretched to the breaking point both physically and emotionally. Yet, as always during the Sade-Sati, she did not break.

In another case, for Tulā indriya-lagna, sade-Sati occurred during the bhukti of makara Mangala , in a nativity where Mangala also ruled matrimaraka 2nd-from-Tula-Chandra. In this case the mother died.

Vimshottari dasha, naishturabhashi Yoga, and Sade-Sati

The Vimshottari dasha periods running simultaneously with the Sade-Sati are very powerful regulators of intensity of the Sade-Sati experience .

  • he most extreme results can be expected if the Sade-Sati janma period coincides with a Shani-Soma or Soma-Shani bhukti of the Vimshottari dasha.

  • In this case a physical loss of primary female nurturing figure may be anticipated. It is very wise to develop a devotional relationship with a female deity, according to the Moon's Nakshatra, in order to rebalance the loss of the exterior, material female energy source.

  • For example, for Chandra in Svatika, grounded devotion to the goddess Sarasvati (or the image of feminine grace and accomplished wisdom in other religious traditions, such as Anne the mother of Mary) will be helpful.

When Nishturabhashi Yoga applies, the effects of Sade-Sati are very powerful.

Check the bhava for characteristic details of the emotional crisis, but the effects will be strong in any house.

  • The eminent Jyotiṣika BV Raman had Kumbha indriya-lagna with; Vrishabha Nishturabhasi Yoga in Bhava-4."300 Important Combinations " Jyotiṣika Shri B.V. Raman recounts in Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer how during his first Sade-Sati, at the tender age of two, his mother died and he was left in the care of his paternal grandfather.

  • Kuja-Shani bhukti running while [uchcha] Chandra-yuti-Shani occupies Bhava-4 set up a very extreme first Sade-Sati, impacting the center of his childhood home and killing his mother.

Stress Zone: Be Realistic and Have Faith

The rashi and bhava of Chandra = the major stress zone, and outline the lesson intended to be learned. Typically one would be well-equipped to not only survive but profit from the Sade-Sati.

  • It is beneficial to be prepared emotionally for Sade-Sati's predictable psychic stresses, but succumbing to superstition is completely unnecessary and in fact quite destructive.

  • External resources -- from society and from one's closest emotional supports -- are restricted during Sade-Sati. Therefore, self-reliance and faith in one's own resources are the keys to survival (and even prosperity) during this tiring seven-year-plus period.

For most nativities, the most growth-challenging effects occur only the middle slice of each 7-year period , during the Janma-Sade-Sati enduring 2.4 years or so, when Shani transits the Rashi of Chandra.

However, depending on graha residing in 12-1-2 from Soma, sade-Sati effects can whallop all three bhava for the full 7.5 years.

Three sections of Sade Sati

each section approx 2.5 years duration


[Shani gochara via 12th-from-Soma]

  • The reliable people, steady places, and comforting ideas, upon which one had built an external caretaking dependence, begin to erode [12] . Sleep may be reduced by necessary caretaking duties for others, such as children or elders.

Tendency to worry about imaginary potentials for scarcity of Chandra-supplies such as food, housing, schooling, land-ownership, military defense.

As always, results depend upon which, if any, graha occupy 2nd-from-Chandra.


[Shani gochara direct contact to Soma]

Freeze of caretaking flow.

  • Blockage of connection to the reliable people, steady places, and comforting ideas. upon which one had built an external caretaking dependence.

Sources of intuitive, rhythmic, comforting, culturally-nourished well-being seem to desiccate.

Nurturers, protectors, border-defenders, routine-sustainers, and parenting-figures are unreliable, unsupportive.

[if one expected to be mainly protected by government edifice, rather than by family or local sources, then official bureaucrats do not help either.]

As always, results depend upon which, if any, graha share Chandra's rashi.


[Shani gochara via 2nd-from-Soma]

The reliable people, steady places, and comforting ideas, upon which one had built an external caretaking dependence, continue to underproduce in support functions.

The mother's family [2nd-from-Chandra] may be particularly unavailable. Relatives may engage in Face-saving behaviors such as lying to protect social dignity [Shani 2nd-from-Chandra] .

As always, results depend upon which, if any, graha occupy 2nd-from-Chandra.

As a generalization,

First Sade-Sati (before age 28) is typically difficult emotionally.

  • If it involves dematerialization of a parent, then the rule of having to parent oneself is obvious.
  • However, there may be temporary deprivation of other forms of crucial caretaker protection and support.
  • For example, aparent may be imprisoned or otherwise unavailable.
  • Sade Sati scenarious not involving death of primary caretaker are perhaps less obvious, but they always produce a feeling of isolation and mandatory emotional self-reliance.

Second Sade-Sati (before age 46) is typically difficult socially.

Third Sade-Sati (before age 82) is typically difficult physically.

  • If one lives for 29 years, one will experience one occurrence of Sade-Sati.

  • If one lives for 58 years, one will experience two occurrences of Sade-Sati

  • If one lives for 97 years, one will experience three occurrences of Sade-Sati.

  • If one lives for 116 years, one will experience four occurrences of Sade-Sati.

  • (I know of no description of the 4th Sade-Sati in scripture.)

When Sade-Sati = especially difficult

IF graha occupy the bhava preceding Chandra

AND graha occupy the bhava immediately subsequent to Chandra,

then the full seven-year Sade-Sati might feel like a continuous seven-year emotional battering.

  • If there are no graha occupying either the bhava preceding the bhava containing Chandra, and no graha residing in the bhava following the bhava of Chandra, the Sade-Sati may produce an acute feeling of being unsupported and unprotected

  • Emotional exhaustion from relentless effort with little nourishment for sustenance. Often physical exhaustion as well, but the core experience is emotional in nature.

  • Psychically, the mother-support [Chandra] is suppressed by social law-and-consequences [Shani].

  • Homeopathic remedy = potentized charcoal"carbo vegetalis " may provide some relief for severe exhaustion

Failed expectations cause more mature realism

  • Outcome may a rather overwhelming sense of disappointment and frustration due to a need [Chandra] to mature the expectations WRT the inherent and willing support that should have been provided by parents, caregivers, protectors, schoolteachers, countrymen, agents of foundational security.

  • Also a more mature realism may be stimulated by failure of physical protections such as cars, ships, housing, barns, shelters and nests.

  • Sade-sati seasoning of age may use a script of collapse of support from parents and parent-figures.

When government agency is perceived as parental protector

  • For one who may harbor strong but unrealistic expectations of protection to be provided by social regulatory agencies such as governments and institutions, the script may feature withdrawal of support by agencies of government. For instance, one may be denied or found ineligible for 'the dole', for 'welfare payments', for an institutional pension, or deprived of some other source of"nanny-state" protection.

  • Suppressed natural rhythms, unsettled life conditions due to external stricture, large-scale social regulation of local, ethnic roots.

  • Discomfort with the strictness of the law

  • Onerous duties and heavy obligations prevent habitual comforting behaviors.

  • Harsh but lawful treatment from nurturers. Emotional coldness, isolation while feeling overburdened.

  • No help from those who should be helping. However do not lose faith: Sade-Sati often brings surprise help from emotionally unexpected sources.

If the Sade-Sati occurs during the Shani Mahadasha,

then the intensity of experience of"lack of support" may become greatly amplified.

For most people, the combination of Shani Mahadasha with Sade-Sati is quite exhausting,

Exceptions and successful strategies

  • the native has prepared oneself emotionally for a sustained onslaught of emotional deprivation and accepts the austerity as a designated spiritual practice (excellent results)

  • astrologically the placement of Shani has rare auspicious qualities e.g. [uchcha] Shani-10 which could produce leadership duties that bring social dignity even during a long period of insufficient personal affection.

If the 2.4 year white-hot-core of Sade-Sati coincides with a Shani bhukti, and Shani occupies a less benevolent angle from the mahadasha pati,

  • massive pressure of separation and change such as death in the family, severe illness, bankruptcy, feeling social ostracized, false accusations, psycho-emotional collapse, etc., can be expected.

Remedial attitude

Be prepared to meet significant material and emotional obstacles during these heavily pre-incarnationally planned periods of lack of support, frustration, resistance, separation, and delay.

  • Slow Scarce Shani freezes movement.

In partnership with the divine, in a neutral mentality and with full pre-incarnationally planned responsibility, it is quite sensible to prepare for a period of sorrow, discomfort, and grief.

  • Just when one feels completely exhausted, expect a new more daunting task, and even fewer resources than before.

  • One may be deeply impressed with the true depth of one's own physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual stamina, under this intensity of pressure.

Most humans are endowed with a powerful will to survive. Chances are excellent that you, too, will survive the Sade-Sati.

Compose your physical, emotional, mental, and social survival kit . Keep your papers in order and advise your family of emergency plans.

If unknown factors should emerge to lighten your burden, so much the better. But usually the prognosis for this brief-but-intense coinciding period is stormy weather indeed.

If Sadhe Sati in the nativity does NOT coincide with the Shani Mahadasha or an uncomfortable Shani bhukti, it is likely that one will escape the most brutal effects of Shani in this life.

Rudraksha Seeds

Traditional Remedy and Protective Talisman for Sade-Sati Stress

Planetary gemologist Richard Shaw-Brown has written several lovely web pages about the traditional properties of Rudraksha Seeds. (An ancient deity, Rudra the Lord of Dangerous Storms has morphed into an expression of Lord Shiva.) See

Mental Health for Sade-Sati

Traditional-culture folks in India are often terrified of Sade-Sati . These fears resemble old European superstitiously fears saying seven years of bad luck will follow breaking a mirror.

Superstitious folk often do intensive puja to appease the imaginary "power outside oneself" so that they, the little people, can escape some uncontrollable unspeakable abuse by higher forces.

I find that with our modern advantages of education, self-reliance, and access to information, that we can intelligently solve Sade-Sati problems with various forms of healing knowledge.

It is possible to experience Sade-Sati with both eyes open, free of anxiety and superstitious fears.

After all, sade-Sati consumes seven years out of every 28-29 year Saturn cycle. The average person is likely to have three or four Sade-Sati periods lasting 96 months each, within in each lifetime.

Approximately one-quarter of the average life span is spent in the pre-incarnationally planned-payback Sade-Sati environment.

It helps tremendously to be emotionally prepared for a period of feeling unsupported, and to work consciously with ourselves to develop a reliable internal source of self-validation and self-support.

  • Devotional religious practice or steady commitment to meditation are exceptionally beneficial practices during the Sade-Sati. As Gautama Buddha taught, sickness, death, and old age are intrinsic components in the structure of human experience. It is possible to enjoy profound peace of mind by adopting an attitude of appreciation and acceptance toward the natural cycles of action and reaction which structure each incarnation.

  • If a source of love and nurturing appears to have abandoned us, one can adjust the sights upward to find a more lasting and reliable, unconditional and eternal, love from higher powers.

Hidden benefits of Sade-Sati

As the Chinese saying goes, Crisis is Opportunity .

The end result of Sade-Sati -- for a spiritually conscious person -- is the usual benefit of Tapasya : One accepts the resistance and stops pushing from the ego. A string of losses, failures or disappointments is often the perfect wake-up call.

  • Sade-Sati will rarely permit one to"drop out" no matter how intense the struggle. Shani's job is keep us in the world, driven by our programming to work to survive.

  • As Shani bears down on the Moon, the survival instinct intensifies, and the workload increases.

  • Conscious survival requires that one work in partnership with the divine. The harder the work, the greater urge to survival -- the deeper the need for divine partnership.

During Sade-Sati, the spirits demand one's conscious partnership s as they call one's attention to finer levels of detail. Shani's purification process allows one to replace the ineffective decision-making style of crude ego-membrane (, insisting things go your way) with the much more accurate directives of the spirits (, the way life really is).

of course, it's not natural for the ego-membrane to give up petty control - even when its primitive"toddler-style-I-want" demands are obviously dysfunctional. It usually takes a big blast to the ego-membrane in the guise of massive emotional exhaustion or disappointments during Sade-Sati, to force the survival issue enough to make the person consider another way of lifer.

For those lucky few who are psychically sophisticated enough to appreciate that our lives are controlled by forces much greater than we normally acknowledge, it is fairly easy to make the transition to maturity demanded by Sade-Sati. The problem is overextended ego-membrane and that is easy to fix.

The solution is partnership with the divine and you know it. It's really just a question of admitting the ego -membrane's obvious limitations and going to a higher power for help. If one is prepared to accept a new decision-management style that incorporates both appropriate ego-membrane and divine will, one may experience -- As the direct benefit of Sade-Sati -- an enormous boost in intelligence, intuition, and success.

However, for the psychically unsophisticated, the realization that one is actually creating the resistance through one's own unexamined ego-attachments, usually occurs only at the end of the 2.4 year intense section, if at all.

If the person is enslaved to victim-mentality, he may waste the entire incarnation blaming others for his ego-created troubles, and living in dread of loss of external support during the next Sade-Satir.

For another balanced, humanistic Jyotisha viewpoint on Sade-Sati, read Rohini Ranjan's opinion.

Dear Barbara,

I'm a bit intimidated by your description of the "white-hot core" Sade-Sati scheduled to occur in my eighth house Vṛścika during my mid-forties.

This Sade-Sati sounds emotionally grueling and pointlessly painful.

What's the point? Any remedies? Will my Buddhist studies and meditation practice be of any benefit during this trying time?

Also I'm worried about my emotional interaction with my children. Will I continue to be emotionally available to them, and be a good parent?


During Sade-sati it may feel as if the emotional foundation has been temporarily removed in your life (Shani oppressing Chandra) and that the world has no empathy. Rules, rules, rules and work, work, work.

However, the conscious meditation practitioner will be able to see an opportunity to examine the expectations about emotional support.

It's true that the illusion of 'external' emotional support does disappear in Shani's climate of extreme realism.

Nevertheless, there is a reliable source of internal emotional support, averitable fountain of self-love, self-care, and self-nourishment, flowing from the deepest wellspring within. It is just waiting to be tapped; and it is a much more pure and nourishing resource than any outside person or agency could possibly provide.

The projected external"Chandra-karaka" providers such as mother, grandmother, spouse, schoolteachers, parent-figures, caretakers of all kinds, even the family-welfare agencies of the government, are highly unreliable and seem to evaporate when needed most.

The only constant is change.

However, one who is able to tap their inner parent, inner protector, inner nourisher, inner anchor -- will profit immensely from the sade-sati experience, and carry forward through the rest of adult life the wisdom that the external projections are the merest images of internal beliefs.

The experienced meditation practitioner will find that sade-sati was extremely realistic, emotional dry, truthful, accurate, scientifically validating, exposes unsupportable expectations and assumptions, and forces discovery of inner resources.

An old, outdated identity will die and a new, authentic rebirthed self will emerge. The new self is mature [Shani] neutral, pragmatic, and automatically self-healing. Only you really know what you need to feel stable, feel protected, feel grounded, feel like you belong in your chosen place.

Sade-Sati instructs how to meet one's own needs, self-parent, and thus makes one a MUCH better parent toward one's own children. Also better teacher, better lover, even better neighbor and better friend.

One withdraws the dependence on others' presumed natural desire to use their emotions to care for one, and replaces that dependence upon outsiders with a sure, reliable source of internal intelligence that skillfully defines one's own needs then takes action to meet those needs directly, unmediated by an outside personality or government system.

In the big picture, sade-Sati is essential for bringing each person into the full bloom of responsible adulthood. Spiritually, it a very good thing to do when properly understood and negotiated with awareness. But once every 30 years is enough!

Wishing you every happiness and continuing success in your study of the samayavidya,


Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya

Suggestions for a person enduring a long-term family-wide suffering, during simultaneous Ketu Mahadasha + Sade-Sati .

This difficult combination can produce

required acceptance of unsustainable [Ketu] responsibility [Shani] for situations that are far, far beyond one's control

while experiencing the feeling [Chandra] of almost complete absence of emotional support (Sade-Sati)

It is negotiable and survivable but the "witness " perspective will be essential to deriving the benefit from this particular Learning Pathway.

Shani = fear + structure + chronic pain

Ketu = fearlessness + dispersion + numbing release


Thanks very much for your compliments on the website . I'm delighted to know that you find the materials there to be useful in your study of the samayavidya.

People around the world write in to say that their Jyotisha comprehension is improving as they work more with case studies and example charts. I'm committed to maintaining (and I hope improving) the site so long as it remains useful. Thanks very much for your kind encouragement.

I'm very sorry to hear of the deep suffering in your family and wish you every possible healing. Depending on your belief system and depending on the bhava of Ketu, periods of unorthodox and dissolving Ketu can indeed lead to healing because chidrakaraka (the cutter) Ketu can cut through old blockage.

Ketu the Cutter

= a healing agent when change is needed to modernize painfully outdated relationship agreements ... although it often doesn't seem so at the time, if one is afraid [Shani] that any change in the status-quo may make things worse.

Often the experience of being locked-in (Shani, freezing, seizing) to long-term relationships that feature tightness, scarcity of resources, heavy obligations, and chronic pain is related to Shani's mandate to uphold the conventional rules and conform to social expectations.

Shani the Regulator is an agent of fear, structure, and chronic conditions.

Ketu disregards time, Ketu ignores structure and Ketu is fearless.

Shani-yuti-Ketu(or in other conjoined circumstances such as gochara when acting as a yoked pair) = never directly confrontational. Yet, their mixing can produce some significant suffering.

Ketu can actually show the way out of the painful state of seizure [Shani], primarily via mediation. Ketu can provide helpful openings in the barrier between the material world and the astral world.

disembodied Ketuperiods provide the opportunity to connect with spirit guides who are sentient beings just like us humans However, the y do not have flesh-bodies.

Spirit guides can be exceptionally helpful if it is understood by both the human-being and the spirit-being that ultimately, the human has seniority; the human controls the relationship. Good quality spirit guides enjoy helping and they are usually quite amenable to service roles. (However, if a spirit guide seems too controlling they need to be dismissed.)

Spirit guides can call our attention to things that we don't normally see. By directing our attention to subtle patterns in human-to-human relationships and helping us to get validation from sources outside the outdated bond, spirit guides may be able to show a compassionate way out of the obligation trap.

For example, aspirit-guide may send a signal such as small skin chill when one is feeling an emotional trigger in a painful relationship. It is just a small attention-getter but it can help build consciousness of painful, dysfunctional patterns that need to change.

during bhukti of Ketuva, whether one chooses to work with spirit guides or not, metaphorically cutting the cord and conducting an exit from the unsustainable structure may eventually leads to truly transformative healing. At first it feels like abandonment or deprivation but soon one may have a feeling of great dis-em-burden-ment (enlightenment).

Ketu tends to vaporize the fear-barriers that can block important knowledge about alternatives to the present situation. Therefore fearless Ketu (the"fool" in tarot) can be an agent of passive enlightenment via 'un-doing" rigid habits. [Shani]

Along the path of undoing, one may access certain spiritualized, otherworldly-guided methods of healing. These methods often involve guidance during the"breaking up" phrase which has to happen before the"big flow" of healing can begin.

Shame - and healing it

If Shani conjoins Ketu, an underlying toxic emotion can be 'shame' . In its essence, shame = the deep fear [Shani] of disconnection [Ketu].

If you are psychologically inclined and there is a pairing of Ketu + Shani (yuti or via drishti) in the kundali, an inquiry into the terrifying emotion of 'shame' may provide some insight into those conditions of paralyzing pain, physical or mental, which pair with emotions of embarrassment or a psychology of masking of the truth.

During Ketu Mahadasha and briefer Ketu periods such as bhukti or pratyantaradasha, shani's conventional methods of dealing with mental or physical pain are unlikely to seem very coherent.

One tries to be responsible [Shani] and do the right thing yet Ketu creates a fog of dust particles which make it hard to see the socially correct solution.

During any Bhukti of Ketuva, outdated attachments are trying to dissolve.

Shani can counteract Ketu by trying to freeze this dissolving fog.

If you're dealing with Shani effects and Ketu effects at the same time, it can feel like being stuck in a frozen fog or a dark, static dust cloud with no insight into ways to initiate positive movement or change. The gauge is stuck at "pain" .

Therefore meditation entered with an openness to accept guidance, even from some rather eccentric spiritual way-show-ers, can offer a first opportunity to start (slowly) getting"un-stuck" .

Naturally, the belief system must be willing to accommodate the presence of beings without bodies such as ancestor spirits, angels etc. because these are the disembodied [Ketu] [age nts who can guide the way through the fearful blockage [Shani].

However, with or without a psycho-emotional approach to understanding the complex of problems which can result in physical health crisis, it would be recommended to place reliance on meditation with openness to spiritual guidance as the first step in any coincidence of Ketu-with-Shani whether natal or temporary due to transits, drishti, Vimshottari dasha effects etc.

Professor Ketu can serve as a positive spiritual influence indeed but Ketu is effective only after one has crossed the threshold of "abandon all hope" .

While the tyranny of hope persists, Ketu and Shani will tend to remain in lockdown.

So, check in with your spiritual state of mind to see if you are willing to release all false hopes and admit that -- having exhausted all conventional methods -- help from otherworldly sources would at this point be welcomed. Professor Ketu dissolves the barrier that divides the material world from the astral world. If that despairing, apathetic Ketuized state of mind is present, then Professor Ketu can bring in some amazingly insightful guidance instructions to detach, forgive"let go and let God" .

Professor Ketu teaches -- as Carl Jung wrote --

  • "the dream is outside; the reality is inside."

Wishing you and your family the very best in healthy relationships and freedom from suffering,

Sincerely, barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotishavidya

QUOTATION from Tenzing Gyatso. (2003). Stages of Meditation . Ven. Geshe Lobsang Jordhen, Losang Choephel Ganchenpa, and Jeremy Russell (Trans.).

"What do we mean when we speak of a truly compassionate kindness ?

  • Compassion is essentially concern for others' welfare -- their happiness and their suffering.

Others wish to avoid misery as much as we do.

So a compassionate person feels concerned when others are miserable

and develops a positive intention to free them from it.

As ordinary beings,

  • our feeling of closeness to our friends and relatives is little more than an expression of clinging desire.

  • It needs to be tempered, not enhanced.

It is important not to confuse attachment and compassion ....

A compassionate thought is motivated by a wish to help release beings from their misery."



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