Do you find yourself going through a period in life where your hard work doesn’t seem to bring results, your plans keep getting delayed, and you regularly face challenges and obstacles at work or at home? If yes, it could be because you are going through your ‘Sade Sati’.

Sade Sati, also known as Sade Sathi, Shanichari and Elinati Sani, is a phase feared by many as it is a period known to bring obstacles, delays and hurdles in various aspects of life. However, it can also bring about prominent life changes which are beneficial in the long term. It is worth understanding more about the Sade Sati period, so we can be ready for what it may bring and be equipped with remedies that can help us sail through it. Although we cannot escape Sade Sati, we can be prepared!

What is Sade Sati?

The ancient Rishis, or Seers, introduced the term Sade Sati, literally meaning “seven and half” as it represents the 7.5 year period in one’s life where Saturn moves through three signs; the Moon sign, and the signs before and after it. The period of Sade Sati begins when Saturn (Lord Shani) enters the 12th sign from the birth Moon and ends when Saturn leaves the 2nd sign from the birth Moon.

Saturn is the slowest moving of all the planets. It takes Saturn approximately 2.5 years to transit a sign, which is the phase called Shanis Dhaiya. So for Saturn to transit 3 signs, it takes around 7.5 years, which is the cycle known as Sade Sati.

Sade Sati repeats every 25 years. Usually, it occurs three times in someone’s life; once in childhood, once in youth or the middle stages of life, and once in old age. In the early stages of life, the first Sade Sati is most likely to have an effect on education and parents. It could involve some estrangement or distance from a parent, which can have a lasting emotional effect. The second Sade Sati may affect profession, finance, family and social standing, and the final cycle is more likely to affect physical health.

Who is Saturn and why is he feared?

Saturn, or Lord Shani, is the most malefic planet and the most feared of the Navagraha (9 planets). He is hailed as the Lord of Karma, and the Lord of Justice. The ultimate reality is that we were born on this planet to repay our karmic debts. But, along the way, we often get lost in our comforts and attachments. Lord Shani comes to wake us up from our slumber and, though it may not feel pleasant or enjoyable at the time, he works efficiently and effectively in forcing us to face up to our past karmas, whether good or bad.

By looking at our own birth chart we can understand what Saturn wants us to learn during our Sade Sati phase in order to make the positive changes needed in our life.

Three phases of Sade Sati

The 7.5 years of Sade Sati can be considered as three different phases, each with their own effects.

These three phases influence people in different ways according to their individual charts, though there are some general themes of each phase to look out for.

Rising Phase – Sade Sati begins with Saturn’s transit in the 12th house, the house of endings, and it affects the 6th and the 9th house. Whatever needs to be given up in life is cleared away during this phase. There may be financial losses or miscommunications with family members. Relationships with colleagues may not be favourable during this time, to the extent that it can cause problems at work. Eye disorders may be experienced.

Peak Phase – The second or peak phase starts when Saturn transits from the 12th house to the 1st house, and affects the 3rd, 7th, and 10th house. Generally, it is considered the most challenging phase of the entire Saturn transit, and may bring with it serious financial loss or debts, and arguments with loved ones. As the 1st house is the house of health, it is wise during this phase to lead a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise in order to avoid chronic diseases and health problems. Depression, fear and anxiety may also be experienced during this time.

Setting Phase – The third or setting phase occurs when Saturn transits from the 1st house to the 2nd house. Although it is considered the least severe of the three phases, there may still be some irregular financial difficulties, and a feeling of restlessness or unhappiness. It is wise during this time to remain calm and avoid arguments and confrontation. Children of those going through this phase may experience some health problems.

These three phases give differing results to people depending on their individual chart. To fully understand and prepare for the effect of Sade Sati in your life, you can do a Sade Sati consultation:

What can help you go through Sade Sati?

If you are going through your Sade Sati period and experiencing some of the internal or external challenges described here, there are a few rituals and remedies you can perform to negate these effects.

Chant Hanuman Chalisa
Listen to or chant the Hanuman Chalisa. Hanuman is the Monkey God featured in the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana, who earned his divine status by performing acts of devotion, courage and strength while helping Rama, an avatar of Vishnu, the Preserver. When you honor Lord Hanuman with devotion and surrender you imbibe his qualities, and those are the exact qualities that can help you with Saturn.

Chant Saturn Mantras
Chanting mantras can help free you from your worries and create a positive vibration in your spirit, bringing your mind to the present moment. You can chant the Saturn Tantra Mantra – ‘Om Pram Prim Praum Sau Shanaischaraya Namaha’ to help reduce the negative effects of this phase. You can also find Saturn mantras on the Japa108 app

Donate on Saturdays
This phase offers a great opportunity to pay off our karmic debts by voluntarily making donations to a good cause, without expecting anything in return. Food, money or time can be donated to a good cause. Saturdays are the day of the week connected with Saturn, so donating on this day helps to appease Saturn.

Feed Crows on Saturdays
In the ancient Indian tradition, it is said that when you feed crows on a Saturday, your ancestors come in the form of the crow to eat your offering. In doing so they take on your negative karma and give you blessings. Crows are the vehicle of Lord Shani and are said to be the most intelligent of birds.

Be Disciplined
Be disciplined in your speech and your actions. It is wise to avoid gossiping or speaking badly about others, and avoid arguments and confrontations at home or at work. Take care of your health by eating and exercising well. It is best to avoid alcohol and non-vegetarian food and prefer fresh Sattvic (pure) foods and activities. Bring structure and planning into your activities and avoid laziness, carelessness and taking shortcuts.

Keep Things Simple
Remove any clutter from your home and keep things simple. Get rid of any items you no longer need – you can donate items that will be useful to others – and keep your space clean and clear. It is also important to be free from internal clutter such as worries, stresses and anxieties by doing spiritual practises like meditation and breathing techniques.

Take Responsibility
Saturn represents the work that needs to be done regardless of whether you receive any recognition or appreciation for doing it. Honor Saturn by focusing on completing work that needs to be done instead of doing things you feel like doing, particularly on Saturdays. Make sure you promptly fix any issues at home that could escalate into a bigger problem, such as dripping taps or leaking pipes.

Take Care
Be careful while travelling, particularly while driving or travelling alone at night. Be sure to avoid any illegal or wrong actions and keep your focus on doing the right thing in all situations.

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