Much Misunderstood Saturn

Much Misunderstood Saturn

SANI or Saturn is the most misunderstood planet in predictive astrology and branded as the most malefic among all the malefic planets. He is projected as a villain and many evils attributed to his occupation of different signs in the Rasi chart.
Saturn though malefic can bestow many favourable results depending upon his position and association with other planets.
Saturn falls under the category of malefics in the classification of planets as benefics and malefics and has been assigned certain duties. He is the ruler of Saturday, Tamasic in nature and represents learning the hard way, career and longevity.

Saturn being the Karmic planet, his main role is to clear off the accumulated debt of ignorance from the past life. Hence, Saturn’s portfolio in the various signs tends to be about trying and frustrating situations. He is known as “Sanaischara” or one who moves slowly.

An exalted or Swakshetra (own Rasi) Saturn in a Dustana or the 6th, 8th or the 12th can give very good results in one’s service life. A dignified Saturn in a Dustana generally confers public service typically through employment in a large organisation.

Kalidasa assigns about 95 significations (Karakattwas), both good and bad to Saturn in Uttarakalamrita. Most of these qualities are bad or on the negative side. All the other classic texts agree with Uttarakalamrita.


Saturn is strong from sunset to sunrise and also during the dark fortnight, when in retrograde motion, in Capricorn, Aquarius and Libra and in the southernly course. So also in the rising sign, when slow and when successful in war between Grahas. Saturn is weak in the first portion of a Rasi, moderately strong in the middle and strong at the end. But according to some, he is said to be strong in all places.

According to Alan Leo, Saturn restricts limits, binds and crystallizes everything, holding, restraining, fashioning and solidifying all that comes under his sphere of influence.

Brihat Parasara Hora, the most authoritative work on astrology, states that if Saturn is in his exaltation, own sign or Moolatrikona or friendly sign or in own or exalted Navamsa and in the 3rd or the 11th, there will be many good happenings during his Dasa which include recognition by government, wealth, glory, name and fame, success in the educational sphere, acquisition of conveyances and ornaments, gain of wealth, favors from government, attainment of a high position, acquisition of a kingdom, benevolence of Goddess Lakshmi, gain of property and birth of children.

According to Jataka Parijata, Saturn is strong in Libra, his own sign, in the southernly course, in own Drekanna, on Saturday, at the end of a Rasi, in war between Grahas, in the dark half and in retrograde motion.

Confers Benefic Results

A close examination of a number of horoscopes of famous personalities reveals that Saturn in certain Bhavas and in conjunction with other planets can confer excellent results.

Chart 1: Male: Born May 7, 1975 at 4h.25m. At 08 N 44, 77 E 42 with a balance 5 months 29 days of Jupiter Dasa at birth.


Saturn and Venus are in the 4th in Chart 1. The native was born in a low income family but has come up in life. He has two post graduate degrees, occupies a senior position in an MNC, is rich, and has his own flat and landed property and vehicles. He has also made many foreign journeys on official duty. 

Conjunction with Planets

According to Garga Hora, the results associated with Saturn in conjunction with different planets are:-
Jupiter in his own house along with Saturn and Mercury – long life, will beget wealth
Saturn in the Ascendant, 3rd, or the 6th and at the same time in Libra, Aquarius or Capricorn – no evil can be predicted.

Horasara elaborately describes results attributed to different planets joining Saturn.

Sun and Saturn in the 9th, 2nd or the 6th • Widespread fame and happiness.

Mars and SaturnWindy troubles (rheumatism) and bilious complaints.

Mars and Saturn in the 9th, 6th, 4th, 10th or 2nd One will have sons, relatives, virtue and wealth.

Mars and Saturn in the 10th or the 9th The native will be equal to a king, liked by all and will be famous; gets all kinds of wealth.

Mercury and Saturn in the Ascendant, 10th or the 9th One will have wealth, wife and sons and friends. But in Bhavas other than these, it will lead to inauspicious results.

Jupiter and Saturn in the 3rd, 6th, 10th or 11th One will be famous and be worshipped by the king. If in Bhavas other than these, the native will have no self- respect or money.

Venus and Saturn in the 1st, 5th, 9th, 4th or the 10th One will be dominated by his wife, be a chief in royal service and wealthy. If in a Bhava other than these, the native will be deprived of his strengths and money.

Moon, Venus and Saturn The native will have self-respect, be rich and kind. He will have luxuries at his disposal. His position in life will be neither great nor significant. He will have sons and cattle and be respected by his relatives.

Moon, Saturn and Sun One will not acquire much riches. He will suffer diseases and mental anguish. He will go begging and be disabled; His means of livelihood will be service and dance.

Saturn and Moon in the Ascendant, while trines are occupied by the Sun and Jupiter and Mars simultaneously in the 10th – Raja Yoga.

The Moon and Saturn in the 2nd while Jupiter occupies Aries and Rahu with Venus in the 10th – Raja Yoga.

Jupiter in Leo, Venus in Virgo, Saturn in Gemini and Mars in the 4th identical with own house – will be a headmen or leader.

Saturn in Virgo with the Moon, Mars in Capricorn, Rahu in Aquarius and Jupiter in Leo –    the native will destroy his enemies, will not be an ordinary man and will advance his family to a good state and enjoys Raja Yoga.

Saturn in Aquarius, Mars in Capricorn and the Moon in Aries while the 2nd is occupied by the Sun – will enjoy paternal wealth or his own wealth.

The Sun is in the 10th in Leo or Saturn in Libra identical with the 6th or the Moon and Mercury in the 9th in Gemini – Raja Yoga.

Libra Lagna with exalted Saturn, Jupiter in Taurus, Moon in Gemini, Mars in Capricorn, Venus in Leo and Mercury in Virgo with the Sun – Raja Yoga, will maintain justice, do good deeds and find auspiciousness in his life. However, this can cause Balarishta in the 8th, or the 12th year. Will later on prove inauspicious for the elder brother or sister.

Saturn is in Cancer, Rahu in Taurus – the native will be very liberal, enjoy numerous Yogas and reach a high state in life, will be famous, a chief in his race and many women. If, however, Saturn is alone and aspects the 5th, there will be only one marriage.

Sagittarius, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn or Libra as the Ascendant and Saturn occupies it –    the person concerned will be equal to a king, headman of a village, mayor of a city, a great scholar and handsome (Brihat Jataka).

Saturn in the Ascendant in exaltation or in own sign, the native will be like a king or head of a village or a town. If Saturn is in any other house, the native will be unhappy in his childhood and later will be poor and lazy (Phaladeepika).

Mars, Venus and SaturnOminous for the mother of the native. He will wander in foreign countries and be addicted to other women. He will be base and insulted in royal circles.

Mars, Sun and SaturnWill be a sinner. He will deceive others’ wives. He will have a short span of life. His end will occur in a foreign country through poison, fire or jail.

Mercury, Venus and Saturn Will be a ruler of men, wealthy, steady in mind, famous, long lived, acceptable to all and learned.

Mercury, Sun and SaturnWill have an emaciated and bilious physique, will hate his own men, be mean, live in foreign countries.

Mercury, Mars and SaturnWill like to live in distant countries, is inimical to his people, aggrieved, short lived and will lose his cattle and wife.

Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn Will be a principal member of his caste and be happy with his family. He will have limited gains and luxuries. He will be famous and be liked by all.

Jupiter, Mars and Saturn Will be head of a town and strong. He will put up with difficulties, be wealthy, jealous, respected and valorous.

Jupiter, Moon and SaturnOne will be after women. He will have issues and be happy. He will speak sweetly and be friendly. He will respect his parents, preceptors and God.

Moon, Mars, Venus and Saturn in the 9th, 10th or the 1stOne will not have any bonds of family and relatives, will live in a foreign place and be happy. VT

Saturn and Mercury are together in Libra Ascendant in Chart 2. Saturn is in exaltation. The native was the prime minister of England and came to be known as the Iron Lady. These results are as given Brihat Parasara H’ora.

Chart 2: Margaret Thatcher: Born October 13, 1925 at 09h.00m. at 51 N 32, 0 W 05 with a balance of 4 years 2 months 14 days of Ketu Dasa at birth.


Chamatkara Chintamani, for the same combinations, says the native will own large properties and be prosperous but greedy, sorrowful and narrow minded. One will humiliate one’s enemies.

Saturn is the Ayushkaraka, the chief governor of longevity. If he occupies the house of longevity, namely, the 8th house, the native gets a long span of life.

Let us consider one more case where Saturn occupies a pivotal position giving favourable results to the native.

Chart 3*: Henry Ford: Born July 30, 1863 at 2h.00m. (LMT) at 42 N 05, 83 W 05 with a of 2 years 4 months 06 days of Moon Dasa at birth.



* The details are from Notable Horoscopes by Dr. B. V. Raman.

Saturn together with Venus and Jupiter in the 11th house (Chart 3) gave Ford wealth, fame and popularity which are in agreement with what Horasara says. It was during Saturn Dasa that he saw steady growth in business, status and wealth.
Madhya Parasari also speaks of the favourable results of Saturn, if he be in the Ascendant in his own sign Capricorn or Aquarius and Mercury is associated with Venus or aspects him when the native will have both wealth and fame.

According to the Bhrigu Sutras, when Saturn is well-placed or well-aspected, one is grave, profound, prudent, and cautious and has excellent organising and executive abilities. Thus, while Saturn is a destroyer (of false ideals), he is also a redeemer in that he brings in a state of introspection and stimulates effort towards perfection. Saturn-borns are extremely sensitive but they hide their feelings and emotions under a mask of reserve. If frequently censured, they withdraw from association and their progress and development get much delayed. Saturn is considered to be favourable for people born in the signs owned by Venus whereas he is evil for those born in signs owned by Mercury. He is also beneficial when he is in his own sign or when he occupies the signs of Jupiter or when he is exalted. Saturn when benefic makes a person reliable, honest, sincere, faithful and chaste. He aids concentration, meditation, prayers etc. In short Saturn is not as bad as he is made out to be.

Courtesy: MODERN ASTROLOGY (Author : Velayudhan T)

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