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Graha * Bhava * Rashi * Gochara

Om Sham Shanaishcharaye Namah

Shani * Kala Raja

Saturn * Kronos

durosha-karaka

Time, Structure, Bones

fear of forward movement


now playing: Shani Bija Mantra

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Shani is Windy!

http://www.nasa.gov/jpl/cassini/saturn-north-pole-hexagon-20131204.html#.Uw0xuPldXTp

"Time I am, destroyer of the worlds, and I have come to engage all men."

~~ Lord Krishna in Bhagavad-gita 11.32

BPHS Shani Mahadasha

  1. Shani in Bhava-1

  2. Shani in bhava-2

  3. Shani in Bhava-3

  4. Shani in Bhava-4

  5. Shani in Bhava-5

  6. Shani in Bhava-6

  7. Shani in Bhava-7 * digbala

  8. Shani in Bhava-8

  9. Shani in Bhava-9

  10. Shani in Bhava-10

  11. Shani in Bhava-11

  12. Shani in Bhava-12

  1. Shani in Mesha* nichha
  2. Shani in Vrishabha
  3. Shani in Mithuna
  4. Shani in Karkata
  5. Shani in Simha
  6. Shani in Kanya
  7. Shani in Thula* uttama
  8. Shani in Vrischika
  9. Shani in Dhanushya
  10. Shani in Makara
  11. Shani in Kumbha * moolatrikona 0-20 Kumbha
  12. Shani in Meena
~~ poet, occultist, Sen-Irish Free State 1922-1928 W.B. Yeats "Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to

realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom."

Shani's Direction West = pratichina = pratici

Vimshottari Dasha

BPHS Vimshottari Mahadasha of Shani

  1. BPHS Vimshottari Dasha of Shani

  2. BPL commentary on Shani Mahadasha

  3. Shani Dasha compared to Ketu Dasha

Shani yuti Other Graha

Gochara* Transits of Shani

  1. Gochara Shani via 12 bhava

  2. Shani_gochara Simha: staying socially safe vs. getting personal attention

  3. Shani Gochara ingress-egress 12 Rashi = Table of Rashi progress 1900-2100

  4. Gochara Shani = descriptions of Saturn transits

  5. Sade Saati = "Seven and a Half" - the 7.5-yrs Saturn transit to natal Moon

  6. Sade Sati in the 12 bhava

  7. Shani Ashtamsha = gochara Shani transits via 8th-from-Chandra

WE DON’T KNOW OURSELVES

The Authentic Life: Zen Wisdom for Living Free from Complacency and Fear

by Ezra Bayda, p 72

"Most of us, most of the time, are content to blindly skate on the thin ice, taking our life for granted. We choose patterns or strategies of behavior to try to control our world—in part, to help us avoid the anxious quiver in our being. We all have strategies that we’re familiar with, such as trying harder or seeking diversions.

We use these to skate along, hoping to avoid having to feel the fears that we don’t want to address—such as the fears of loss of control, of failure, of being unworthy, of being alone, and so on. Rarely do we question our strategies; usually we just follow them blindly.

But in following them we limit ourselves and define our own boundaries, and our life narrows down into a sense of vague dissatisfaction.

We have to start from the premise that we don’t really know ourselves very well. Knowing ourselves involves clarifying all the ways we’re run by the self-centered mind.

This means we have to uncover our most basic identities and beliefs, observe our typical strategies of behavior, and perhaps most important of all, become very familiar with our fears. "

Zani psychology What doesn't help

Zani and Fear

Zani and Choices

Zani and Healing

Two Possible Results

Responsibility or Fear?

Shani rhetoric of Fear and Absolute Necessity

Complaint Department

Catching Negative Subconscious Projections in real-Time

No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva

  • by Pema Chödrön,
  • p 112

"None of us wants to be miserable; we all want to be happy.

  • But we can't achieve this if we stay stuck in biased, narrow-minded thinking.

No matter how much we long for joy, it will elude us if we continue buying into concepts of right and wrong, good and bad, acceptance and rejection.

What ultimately frees us from these constricting patterns is to stop reifying our experience and to connect with the ineffable, groundless nature of all phenomena."

14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso .

"Progress comes by maintaining constant effort in daily practice."

~~ Eckhart Tolle "Why does the mind habitually deny or resist the Now?

Because it cannot function and remain in control without time, which is past and future, so it perceives the timeless Now as threatening.

Time and mind are in fact inseparable."

Regional Names for Zani
  • anilaprakRti

  • Ara
  • arkaja (sun-born)
  • arkanandana
  • arkaputra (son of sun)
  • Arki (from Arka)
  • asita (dark color, non-white)
  • Bhagavan
  • bhAnuja (son of sun)
  • bhAskari
  • brahmaNya
  • chAya

  • Chayasuta

  • chAyAtanaya
  • dinakara (son of dina, the day-planet)
  • divAkara
  • grahanAyaka

  • Kala (Time)

  • kharAMzu
  • kola
  • koNa (staff, club - also name for Kuja)
  • kroDa (cavity)
  • krUradRz (evil-eyed)
  • krUralocana (inauspicious aspect)
  • krUrAtman (cruel nature)
  • mahAgraha
  • manda (slow moving)

  • mandaga
  • mRdu (weak, feeble)
  • nIlavasana (blue garment)
  • nIlavAsas
  • paGgu (lame, halt, crippled-leg)
  • pAtaMgi
  • prAbhAkara
  • ravija (son of Ravi)

  • raviputra
  • ravisUnu
  • ravisuta
  • ravitanaya
  • revatIbhava
  • sahasrarazmi (son of thousand-rayed)
  • saMjJAsuta (son of samjna)
  • saptAMzu (7 rays)
  • saptArcis (7-flame, 7-ray)
  • saura (from the Sun)

  • sauri
  • Sani * Zani * Sanaiscarya * Zanaizcara * Shaneesvara * Saneesvaran * Shani Deva

  • saurika
  • saura
  • savitRtanaya
  • sthiragati (moving slowly, firmly)
  • sUrasuta (son of sun)
  • sUryaja (son of sun)
  • sUryanandana (son of sun)
  • sUryaputra
  • sUryasuta
  • sUryatanaya
  • sUryAtmaja
  • vaivasvata (from Sun)
  • vakra (crooked)
  • zanaizcara (walking or moving slowly)

  • zatakarman
  • zrutazravas

Ravi-putram(child of Ravi)

Yama-agrajam(elder brother of Yama)

Chchaya-martaanda (shadow of the Sun)

Book of Job * Iyov

  • 2:12

"With the ancient is wisdom;

and in length of days understanding. "

Czeslaw Milosz,

  • "Notebook", in the volume Second Space

"I should be dead already,

but there is work to do."

The Book of Job * Iyov

  • 30:15

"Terrors overwhelm me;

my dignity is driven away as by the wind,

my safety vanishes like a cloud."

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Delphinium Staphysagria = an effective homeopathic remedy for ailments caused by repressed anger and indignation (Shani).

N.B. Shani's purple color. Photo from ecomusee-sainte-baume.asso.fr

P'taah

"But you see, there is nothing about you that you can get rid of.

The energy that you expend to ‘get rid of' something actually draws it to you.

  • That is what occurs when you are afraid of something.

  • There is so much energy expended in the fear that the universe says, Oh, good…this is lots of energy here…we'll push some more this way.

You see how it works? "

~~ from the English Burial Service.

[Originates in phrasing from Genesis 3: 19of the King James translated Bible]

"In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground;

for out of it wast thou taken:

for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return"

~~ Baba Ram Dass

"Your problem is that you are too busy holding onto your unworthiness. "

~~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Pain itself destroys pain.

Suffering itself frees man from suffering."

American proverb Use it up ~ Wear it out ~ Make it do ~ or Do without

the karmic Clean-Up Planet

"Shani's extreme strength will give long life as well as miseries" ~~ BPHS Ch 27

Regulated Systems: (1) Makara = Hierarchical, Vertical Systems (2) Kumbha = Lateral, Distributive Systems


Discipline, Continence; Brahmacharya;

Difficulties, Damage, Doubt, Distance, Denial, Delay

Delayed not denied ; elegant not erased ; frustration not failure

the Weight of Ignorance

the Discipline of Penance

the Structure of the Universe

the Power of No

Resistance * Persistence * Insistence * Cease and Desist


Shani restricts and delays, but He rarely denies

Shani karaka for all things "duroshya" (slow) produces good results with maturity and Time

~~ Ram Dass

The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of the suffering.

Shani's voice in the inner narrative Master of "the Power of No", Lord Shani attempts to direct inner focus and attention toward the prevention of irregular movements.

Shanicarya is loudly and repeatedly, often punitively, insistent in His announcement that due to a scarcity of resources There is No Permission to Act Now.

Hora Sara

  • Ch. 2, shloka 39

Sanaischara, Sauri, Kala, and Chayasuta:

these are other names by which Shani is called.

BPHS

  • Ch. 3,Shloka 29

Saturn has an emaciated and long physique, has tawny eyes,

is windy in temperament, has big teeth,

is indolent and lame, and has coarse hair.

Shani engraving 1782

Illustration from Sonnerat's 'Voyage aux Indes Orientales et a la Chine, fait par ordre du roi, depuis 1774 jusqu'en 1781'

('Voyage to the East Indies and China, made by order of the king, from 1774 to 1781').

wikipedia: Shani Jyotisha

wikipedia: Saturn western mythology

wikipedia: Kronos western god of Time


" Time is what keeps the light from reaching us.

There is no greater obstacle to God than time.”

~~ Eckhart Tolle

BPHS:

  • 84:11

O Maitreya!

Contemplate of Shani with the lustre, like that of Indraneela,

with four arms,

carrying Shoola, bow, arrow and Vara,

mounted on a donkey.

(from Das)

"Adversities, captivity, difficulties, austere, enjoyment denied, barriers, bondage, deterrence, black, blue, grey, dangers, destruction, dejection, depression, discipline, destroyer of illusion, dreadful, terms, endless, helplessness, frustration, introverted, humiliation, martyrs, inactive, lack of desire, low class ways/people, mental trouble, misery, misfortunes, monks, sannyas, old persons, death, bones, persistent, patience, philosophers, profound poverty, sorrows, power for austerity, profession in general, seriousness, slow, gradual, nature, surrender, thin, lean, unattractive to worldly people, undesirable things, worker-class"

Topics of Shani


  • Duties, responsibilities, obligations, laws, conformity

  • limits, terms, bookends, brackets

  • Fear, anxiety, punishment

  • bitter tastes,

  • dry things, stiff things, cold things, old things, hard things

  • imprisonment, restrictions

  • enslavement, manual labor, lower castes, service workers, Everyman

  • poverty, scarcity, insufficiency, deficiency

  • suffering due to dry, hard, cold, rigid, or morbid conditions

  • starvation,

  • seizure, freezing, stoppage, cessation

  • exhaustion, annihilation

  • Third World

  • stone, skeleton, bones,

  • short stature

  • Depressed, anxious, fearful

  • epileptic, neuralgic diseases, fainting

  • diseases of aging and of the bones

  • Hierarchical Organizations

  • Labor Organizations (Union)

  • Elders, traditions, legacies, customs, the Past [Anukula]

  • bigotry, prejudice;

  • dirtiness, filth

  • separation and delay

  • structure, steadiness [Anukula]

  • service ethic (seva), public service,

  • humility, selflessness, chastity, obedience [Anukula]

  • work ethic, determination, commitment, perseverance [Anukula]

  • stasis, stagnation, resistance

  • blunt-minded, overly simplistic, even stupid

  • chronic disappointment

  • lonely, alienated, ostracized

  • negative attitude, worst-case thinker

  • matters of government,

  • Hard Work!

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  • technical skill, long training periods, professional education [Anukula]

  • responsible, self-sacrificing, community-minded [Anukula]

  • long-lived, durable [Anukula]

  • humble, aware of human shortcomings [Anukula]

  • grounded, reliable, leadership [Anukula]

  • upholder of traditions, respect for elders [Anukula]

    regularity of habit,

    ability to undertake spiritual penance (fasting, austerities),

    personal and communal routine, lawfulness,

    ability to conform to the social model for correct personal behavior (ethics).

    If Shani Mahadasha coincides with Saade Saati

    Shani Finger

Suggestions toward an easier, more neutral Shani experience

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14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso .
  • Kindness, Clarity, and Insight,

  • p 50-51.

"Effort is crucial in the beginning for generating a strong will.

We all have the Buddha nature and thus already have within us the substances through which, when we meet with the proper conditions, we can turn into a fully enlightened being having all beneficial attributes and devoid of all faults.

  • The very root of failure in our lives is to think, Oh, how useless and powerless I am!”

It is important to have a strong force of mind thinking, I can do it,” this not being mixed with pride or any other afflictive emotion.

  • Moderate effort over a long period of time is important, no matter what you are trying to do.

One brings failure on oneself by working extremely hard at the beginning, attempting to do too much, and then giving it all up after a short time.

  • A constant stream of moderate effort is needed.

Similarly, when meditating, you need to be skillful by having frequent, short sessions; it is more important that the session be of good quality than that it be long."

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Nepal Himalaya: Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III + Gangapurna

When will Shani stop abusing me?

Shani-related matters will begin to improve after Shani's age of maturity pakvata = age 36.

  • However the completion of two Saturn Returns, three Rahu Returns, and five Jupiter Returns is generally required to burn off sufficient ignorance so that one can stop making the same mistake.

  • In general, Shani loses most of His apparently abusive behaviors by the age of 60. Shanaicarya after age 60 can evoke a Wisdom even greater than Brihaspati.

Presuming adequate natural intelligence, after age 60, one has experienced so many iterations of the classic repeating obstacle-limitation-deprivation-punishments which Shani imposes that one does get a sense of the overall structure of one's karmic dilemma.

  • It becomes increasingly obvious that there are no victims.

One is indeed soliciting the painful situations, albeit usually with no consciousness of doing so in the moment.

  • After the age of 90 Shani possesses almost no virulent power -- except to make a person acutely aware of the imminence of Death.

-Helen Keller

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble."

Khalil Gibran

"Your joy can only fill you as deeply as your sorrow has carved you."

If God brings you to it, She will bring you through it.

~~Helen Keller (1880-1968)

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes,

but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.

BPL:

Regulation, austerities and restrictions, Endurance, Patience, Resignation, Acceptance, Neutrality, Science, large complex regulated systems, Law and Policy, Government, Crowd Control, Public Service, Bureaucracy, distribution systems management, leadership; orderly social reform movements, conservatism, large gatherings such as mela, marketplaces and fayres (esp Kumbha); concerns of the common people, work and workers, trade unions, material survival, imposition of order and conformity to law, scarcity and fear, rough and vulgar, hunger, punishment, and death. Blackish-blue and very dark purple things.

The Shani Narrative

Shani represents the karmic voice of negativity, austerity, resistance, and fear within the inner narrative. Ayusha-karaka Shani generates an internal dialog about age, aging, bitterness, brittleness, harshness, dryness, coldness, stiffness, structure, respect, reputation, public dignity, private grief, and the sadness but inevitable passing of Time. Shani is the voice of obligation, imperative, necessity, rules, requirements, systems, government, punishment, and material "reality".

The inner narrative itself is composed of numerous voices represented by the nine Jyotisha graha, the the conversations between those graha as indicated by their mutual drishti.

The origins of this inner narrative may be found in past lives; however it is just as easy to see the origins of the narrative in the micro-replay of all the major karmas during childhood. For example in childhood Surya will show the father, Chandra the mother, Budha the siblings, Kuja the brothers and uncles, Shukra the sisters and aunts, Guru the teachers and priests, and Shani the overall structure of the family, government, and community.

Incomplete understanding

  • Shani = at the time of birth, the native holds a incomplete understanding (ignorance) of a specific condition of human life.

  • Elderly Shani indicates maturation = the adult path toward conscious correction of the at-birth ignorance.

Rashi of Shani: defining the environment that is most demanding and difficult for No-Go Shani Shani is the agent of "no-change", conformity, uniformity, non-movement, non-innovation, freeze-up, seize-up, stop. Shani's rashi shows the type of environment in which Shani must lawfully be situated; yet the people, places, and things in this environment are anathema to Him, and He must always resist them.

Curriculum

Shani's rashi shows "where you are stuck" in the karmic curriculum. It is a study course that you need to repeat. This course has theory, "problem sets" for practice in applying principles to abstract problems, laboratory experiments using real substances, research papers presenting what others think about the topic, projects demonstrating your ability to put theory into practice, and final examinations.

Shani's rashi shows the difficult environment with its features and actors, who create the venue in which Shani expresses fear, anxiety, and punishment, along with stepwise earning of the privilege to advance in hierarchies and imposition of lawful social order.

The Devil from Joan Bunning's Learn the Tarot

"First is ignorance - not knowing the truth and not realizing that we do not know.

Second is materialism - the belief that there is nothing but the physical.

As spiritual beings, we long for the Divine, but we lose contact with this source of truth if we trust only our senses.

There is also hopelessness, which robs us of our joy and movement toward the light. "

Correction of past errors; payment of old debt

  • Taskmaster Shani's primary corrective methods = austerity, negation, refusal, denial of resources, withholding of approval, censure, punishment, forced repetition and (when fortunately place) intensive study of the law.

  • Neutral Shani's ultimate target is forgiveness. The fast route toward transformation of ignorance into wisdom is always the path of forgiveness. However, absent the will to forgive, Shani the lord of Time is perfectly happy to rake the native over the coals of ignorance for as long as it takes!

How to appease Shani

  • Shani is not concerned with matters of divine law, personal intelligence, happiness, or higher truth.

  • Shani wants lawfulness, social-material stability, and a reliable, predictable, safe, uniform routine.

  • Scarcity-thinking Shani rewards safety, austerity, minimalism, conservatism, and adherence to human social law.

  • The keys to pleasing Shani are: careful attention to detailand complete neutrality while accepting responsibility for the situation one has created in order to pay off the past-life debt.

  • Successful completion of Shani-regulated duty requires an attitude of responsibility without guilt

Human Behavior

Shani regulates the repayment of debt which originated inactions which caused harmto others in past lives.

In the present lifetime, these account-balancing actions recur "on the flip side". the native is now positioned to be inconvenienced, punished, slowed, frustrated, and possibly more severely harmed.

(In general, Shani does not cause bodily harm. Hurting the body is more properly the job of Mangala the Aggressor.)

Shani's portfolio in the various rashi produces laborious, slothful, incorrigible, repetitive, change-resistant, and persistently frustrating situations .

Lawful Shani being the Karma planet, most of the saturnine behaviors have a negative, dark, rather sour and bitter quality.

Cold, dry, unyielding Shani = human behaviors which are fundamentally stubborn, persistent, punitive and slow.

However, on the plus side, Shani trusts in the Law and calmly supports its application to all situations of Life.

  • Shani does not waste energy in His own or friendly signs. Indeed, when well placed, Shanaicarya = a paragon of austerity, elegant simplicity, and skillful conservation of material resources. Social-regulator Shani promotes a culture of equitable distribution of resources and Safety Above All .

    • In Makara, Kumbha, and Thula, enforces lawful governments, regulated economies, and fair contracts. Beneficial results.

    Otherwise Shani's slow stubborn style of repeating the same act of ignorance again and again = quite frustrating.

Shani's Friends and Enemies

  • Shani's friends = Budha the Accountant, Shukra the Balancer

  • Enemies of Dark, Harsh, Frozen Shani = Surya the Brilliant Light, Chandrathe Gentle Nurturer,Kuja the Vital Birther

  • Neutral = Brihaspati the Wise Teacher

Growing old is Mandatory.

Growing up is Optional.

Shani-Kronos = Time - Kala

Shani represents those tasks, duties, relationships, experiences, and perceptions which we must perform over and over.... and over and over... until Ignorance has been converted into Wisdom. Shani rules Chronicity, obligatory repetition, natural laws, Time, routine, drill.

  • Shani rewards attention to detail. Shani rewards punctuality, regularity, discipline, modesty, conformity, stability, predictability, and safety. Shani punishes innovation, recklessness, illicit and adventurous behaviors, curiosity, creativity, and fun.

After determining Shani's character by rashi, drishti, and bhava, consider making a commitment to Shani. For example, Shani in 7 requires a commitment to exceptionally regular practice in marriage.

A conventional approach to religion is required by Shani in 9.

In 2, He demands (what seems like) nearly infinite repetition of difficult family matters and financial disappointment, until a sufficient humility is in place; however as with all bhava once the native admits the severe karmic ignorance of Shani and asks for help, the ignorance is already well on its way to becoming wisdom. Admitting one's ignorance is often the most difficult step.

If Shani's demands are met, He will reward regular practice with dignified social reputation (10) and material accomplishment (11).

Ideal conditions for Shani

According to BPHS Chap 47: 53-56, Shani performs best under these conditions:.

"If Shani is

In BPHS 47, it is predicted that a Shani placement which includes these beneficial traits will produce in the Shani Mahadasha

  • "recognition by Government, opulence and glory, name and fame, success in the educational sphere,

  • acquisition of conveyances and ornaments etc., gain of capital wealth, favours from Government,

  • attainment of a high position, like Commander of an Army, acquisition of a kingdom, benevolence of goddess Lakshmi,

  • gain of property and birth of children."

~~ T.S. Eliot, (1888-1965) --from the poem, "East Coker"

"I said to my soul,

be still,

and wait without hope".

~~ Digha Nikaya ii 333

"The wise do not seek to hasten the ripening of that which is not yet ripe,

but rather they wisely await its ripening. "

Makara and Kumbha are the two rashi of Shani.

  • Kumbha rules the lunar side of Shani's terrain. Kumbha governs the bottom of the ida nadi or the central lunar channel which rules on the left side of the sushumna. (Or, it can be seen to form a caduceus-type snake-wrap around the central core, crossing at chakra points. There are several viable models.)

  • Makara governs the solar side of Shani's terrain. Makara rules bottom of the pingala nadi or central solar channel in the subtle yogic body, the solar side of muladhara chakra.

  • Kumbha is thus a more reflective and intuitive sign than Makara. When Shani occupies swakshetra of Kumbha, He will be intellectualized toward highly conceptual thought, predisposed toward mathematics and philosophy where the lunar trait of calm reflective thought is well developed. Kumbha is the place where Shani meets Chandra - a very abstract, visionary zone of large concepts and their development into interconnected networks. Kumbha's work starts with intuitive insight and moves into rational articulation via symbol sets - e.g., mathematics, music, and esoteric philosophies such as alchemy. Compared to Makara is more cool, more meditative, more concerned with inner process, more emotionally-oriented and much less status-conscious.

  • Planets in Kumbha certainly get the cold, dry, pessimistic, somber, materialistic, and structural influence of Shani. But when considering the difference between Shani's character in his two adjacent rashi of Makara and Kumbha, it's important to note the lunar psychic quality of Kumbha to understand how different these two rashi are. Frawley's explanation of why Kuja is exalted in Makara, for example, is quite sensible.

Ram Dass

Resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. ~~

Saravali, Ch. 7-13

"Saturn in Karaka for lead, zinc, black metals, inferior grains, dead relatives, fools, servants, mean women,

salable goods, servants, poor people and self restraint.

(Apart from meaning self restraint also means investing with sacred thread which is in vogue to give "second birth" to Brahmins) . "

H. H. Dalai Lama,

  • Kindness, Clarity, and Insight :

"Countless rebirths lie ahead, both good and bad.

  • The effects of karma (actions) are inevitable,

  • and in previous lifetimes we have accumulated negative karma

  • which will inevitably have its fruition in this or future lives.

Just as someone witnessed by police in a criminal act will eventually be caught and punished,

so we too must face the consequences of faulty actions we have committed in the past, there is no way to be at ease;

  • those actions are irreversible; we must eventually undergo their effects. "

~~ Samuel Butler

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.

Flesh-Body Parts

  • bones

  • skin, nerves

  • sinews

  • ankles, calves, knees

  • digestive system (internal skin of the digestive organs)

Survival! Retribution! Payout! Cleanup!

Shani gives psychic "serious" energy!

Your mother was right: When you grow up, you have to clean up after yourself. No one else will clean up for you.

  • Saturn is the planet which shows your destiny to complete unfinished business from past lives, specifically the unfinished cycles of action-reaction caused by ignorant actions which harmed others in your ancient, subconsciously remembered past.

  • Saturn is the karma planet. In the Jyotisha charts He shows the quantity and quality of debts accrued through past-life ignorance. The English word ignorance means lacking knowledge. The Latin word sine meaning lacking, or without is the root of our English word sin .

  • This ignorance is carried forward, in the kindergarten-simple karmic accounting system, from actions inadvertently committed from a basis of incorrect motivation.

  • The spirit, ever hopeful that you will achieve the moral consciousness to clean up your act, schedules these ignorant actions for repeat, in the current life. You are forced to re-encounter the people, the scene, the forces, that created the old action. But this time, you have the chance to make a better choice.

Separation and Delay

"Waiting [is] the great vocation of the dispossessed."

~~ Mary Gordon, on the long, long lines for immigrant-processing at Ellis Island. NY Times 3 Nov 1885

Social Justice

Uttama or swakshetra Shani in a dushthamsha can give extraordinary service results.

Dignified Shani in a dushthamsha generally seeks public service engagement, typically through employment in large institutions or social systems.

  • the native is deeply attuned to the plight of the common man, and works diligently in well-structured development of human health and welfare services.

  • There is always a strong component of manual labor with Shani.

  • When dignified His labor does not decrease, but the scope of His service affects many people, the public .

In Sahajasthana/bhava-3:

  • Service offering tends to contribute communications skills in public administration, with the native diligently improving the customer service messaging and responsiveness of organizations involved in social aid, social coordination, or "public discourse" of the narrative type. (Discourses are public = Shani but not specifically argumentative, but rather literary text weavings, conversational and witty)

  • Native attends many exhausting planning meetings and shapes multitudes of advertising programs which get the word out and make resources more accessible to the underserved.

    • example of 'customer service': Jackie Kennedy Onassis started adult life as a journalist (3). Although the press (3) was often oppressive in her life, Ms. Onassis worked during her later years in the book publishing industry (3) where she served as an advocate to authors of color (socially marginalized, associated with service class, not normally well-represented in fine literature) assisting these writers (3) to achieve publication (3) of their class-influenced narratives

    In Aristhana/bhava-6:

    • Service offering tends to contribute public medicine andpublic advocacy skills. Beneficiaries of Shani's labor are poor and sick people, but anyone suffering severe imbalance such as criminals, police, crime victims, is helped by the native with dignified Shani in bhava-6. Bad planet in a bad house typically gives very good results. Superb for national health service, low-income clinical medicine, police work.

    In randhrasthana =bhava-8:

    • Service offering tends to contribute damage-control skills that attempt to curtail or resist (Shani) sudden, unexpected changes (Mangala/Ketu) such as emergency preparedness and response to sudden disintegration of public order or abandonment by normal government.

    • Covert but highly structured intelligence gathering, typically in employ of a large but secret or semi-secret public organization.

    • Administers confidential social justice policy and programs, handles undocumented exchanges. Privy to secret plans. Follows rules of alternative governance which may not be understood by the general populace but which are very influential in world affairs (if uttama) or national level of government (if swakshetra). Native's official title may be a decoy; one's actual public responsibilities are masked.

    In vyayasthana = bhava-12:

    • Service is also hidden here. Employment in national or international security, espionage, prison systems, safe-house systems, And other protective enclosures. Works for public protection, but generally the public is not apprised of his purpose. Native may work diligently to ensure his nation remains a sanctuary of peace and unmolested living. May serve in prison administration,

    Shani in dushthamsha is very hard working behind the scenes. Never a celebrity. (Only rising uttama-Shani makes a celebrity, see USA Pres-39 and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jimmy Carter for a rising uttama-Shani that gives public recognition connected to social justice.)

Seva

  • Shani is in many ways the most important planet in the chart of any person born on Earth, because Shani shows the way we serve others. Seva, or conscious service,is a guaranteed way to burn off the effects of past-life errors. Shani shows how, when, and why we can consciously serve.

  • Shani reveals what type of experience, what facet of the human condition, is most difficult for the native to understand and accept in this life. Shani shows the location of the person's greatest ignorance, fear, and bondage to material reality. Of these the most key for service is fear.

  • Shani represents the harm we have inadvertently caused others in past lives. (Even if one willfully harmed another in a past life, we can call it inadvertent because it was done in ignorance of the Karmic Law.)

  • When we have harmed another then the karmic machine is set in operation. Shani will ensure that we enter a future lifetime positioned to receive precisely that harm we once delivered to another. By and large the harming agent is precisely the person we hurt in that past life.

  • People reincarnate in karmic groups over and over, specifically to facilitate this karmic payback. Although being in a dysfunctional family, marriage, or workgroup doesn't feel very pleasant, it's actually how we liberate each other.

The nature of one's conscious service offering is known through Shani and his relationship to all the other Graha.

Benefits through Things = Old, Parched, Stony, Cold, Arid

Shani may give good results through things that are old, exhausted of value, arid, working-class, mass-produced, inexpensive, simple, and commonplace.

Example =

  • CNN media, wastelands magnate Ted Turner built his enormously profitable communications empire largely during his Shani Mahadasha, through shrewd acquisition of cracked old films that no one thought had any value.

  • In Budha Mahadasha, his empire expanded through shrewd buying of huge tracts of supposed wastelands, which turned out to be both valuable and productive ranching and environmental properties (when correctly managed).

Good Results from a "Bad" Planet

For Thula lagna, Shani becomes the Yogakaraka L-4+L-5

  • in which capacity He brings gifts of education, cultural rootedness, children, and creative genius. Whatever troubles Shani may bring in His karaka roles, Shani periods will also provide the gifts of L-4+L-5.

For Vrishabha lagna, Shani becomes the Yogakaraka L-9+L-10

  • While not as strong as the L-4+L-5, Shani for Vrishabha lagna is still an exceptionally beneficial provider of wisdom and social dignity. Shani periods will elevate the native socially, bringing respectable roles such as professor and organizational executive.

One blessed with a Thula-Vrishabha combination = Thula lagna with Chandra in Vrishabha, or Vrishabha lagna with Chandra in Thula = a good deal of power during Shani periods.

  • Although Shani's methods always involve hard work and substantial responsibilities, Shani will bring the great good fortune of children, home, religion, and good reputation into the native 's life.

  • Shani Mahadasha will be very strong and productive, however the native will be amazed at how much work is involved to realize all of these lovely benefits!

The Shani Finger

  • Shani in the radix and varga charts corresponds to the Shani finger on the human hand. Saturn's finger is the second-from-index finger - normally the longest finger, mid-way between the thumb and the final finger.

  • When the hand features a long, sturdy Shani finger, the Jyotisha charts will always contain a strong and effective Shani. Shani may have weight in sign or kendra, or receive powerful aspects. The more distinguished is the Shani finger, the more urgent and capable is the person's will toward Seva, or conscious service.

  • Abbreviated Shani finger suggests the person is not yet conscious enough to work for the happiness of others as a key to their own liberation. Such a person is often in terrible bondage to their own need and unable to hear the constant messages from beyond the material world which can guide us away from suffering.

  • hose message all point toward compassionate service as the soul's highest calling.

~~Idries Shah

Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.

Better, more conscious choices

There is more liberation potential in those recurring karmic scenes during your Shani Mahadasha, bhukti, or transit than in any other transaction. If you have Shani in kendra, where He commands your body, home, marriage, or career you know these ego-challenges are brutal but very purifying.

Shani has some fixed rules. If you are conscious enough to accept the discipline in exchange for a clear mind, here is a general idea of what Shani requires:

  • Think responsibility at every level. Shani rewards *neutral responsibility* - not martyrdom or victim state but responsibility. Neutral responsibility is calm, experienced adult judgment and response, free of guilt or grief.

  • Be very, very careful.Shani requires neurotic attention to detail. Take responsibility for the whole enchilada in your projects/home/marriage etc. - from tiny details up to broad strategy. Shani is a perfectioniSaint

  • Clean out cellars. Shani rewards cleanliness. Because Shani works under the ground, His effects are found in astral memories that are feeding on stuck emotions and negative expectations; and physically in objects that are lurking or lingering in the dark. Check material spheres for evidence of reactive behavior, obsession /compulsion /ritualism, emphasis of form over content, letter of law over spirit of law etc. Diligent work to clean up stored anger, bitterness, grief, victim-attachments will prevent undesirable effects on the material plane.

  • Think locally. Pull in your aura. Shani is a narrow traditional ist. He's concerned with you and yours, period. Leave the expansive globalist philosophy for another bhukti - like Guru or Chandra. Shani goes beyond conservative. Shani is a survivalist.

  • Be skillful.Shani rewards time, effort, craft, and professional judgment.If you can do a good job in the service of others with the intelligence and skills you have developed in this lifetime, Shani will reward your industry and dedication to social good. If you are flaky, idealistic, trusting in a general sort of way, waiting for an angel to rescue you... guess what. Whack.

  • Get serious... but not too serious ! Shani is a functional-structuralist.If you look at the structure of the universe you'll see that neutral responsibility is the point on the serious-joy continuum. A little paranoia is probably a good thing during Shani's periods, but only because one of the few benefits of clinical paranoia is a heightened awareness of detail!

  • Welcome austerity.Shani is a minimalist.Doing better with less, living simply so that others may simply live, etc. Ignore the self-indulgence messages that blast us from modern media. (Remember you can indulge with impunity under Guru and other permissive house lords.) Shani punishes excess and rewards elegance. Tidy up. Streamline. Jettison. Less is more... or anyway, less is survival.

  • Do service. Shani, lord of slaves, rewards neutral service. Shani rules poverty, ignorance, filth, darkness, coldness, all those boulders blocking our path to the pure warm light of divine bliss. Follow your inclination to help those suffering poverty or ignorance. But be careful. Shani requires compassion and NOT sympathy. Remember Shani is neutral, neutral, neutral.Shani rewards sound judgment but He punishes judgmentalism, throwing the first stone etc. Shani rewards skillful neutral compassion but He punishes messy emotional sympathy.

  • Stick to the basics, particularly when serving others. Recite Chapter 48 of the UN charter: right to food, clothing and shelter -and only do things that you knowwill work. Save speculation and visionary thinking for future bhutki's of Mercury or the Moon :)

  • Concentrate.Shani, Lord of Time, will not tolerate frivolous waste of any kind, especially waste of time! Shani rewards focus, rigorous attention to matters of rule and principle, and dedication to task.

These are general rules of course but you get the idea: simple, neutral, aware. Apply these rules to your life practice when Shani becomes strong.

Shani is strongest during the times when He is bhukti lord and simultaneously He is also transiting the rashi zone of major planets or kendras in the nativity.

For example, if Shani would be casting a gochara drishti on your Moon (or maximum effect Sade Saati) during a Moon/Shani period, the emotions get VERY serious.

Expect some serious depression to the point of self-loathing, and [isn't it lovely] it lasts for several years. Probably you'll need deep healing, so go get it.

By contrast,

  • if Shani is only transiting His own natural bhava-11 ruling gains

  • And there are no major planets in lagna, 5th, or 8th houses (which receive drishti during Shani's travel through bhava-11),

  • then expect to be relatively poor and lonely for awhile. Austerity is the conscious principle to apply. Apply it. But fear no serious consequences, really, except less moolah and fewer parties for awhile, you'll be quite OK.

Ignorance, Survival, and the Seven Deadly Sins

Shani's job is to correct moral errors made in past lives. These past errors of judgment and their unfortunate social results are listed in detail in each soul's Akashic Record . Saturn governs sin - from the Latin sine meaning lacking i.e. ignorance. Sin is another word for ignorance. Sin and the karmic obligation to correct sin results from ignorance of the Golden Rule. Knowledge and conscious practice corrects sin, and gets Shani off your back.

The most popular ways to break the Golden Rule are well-known in the west as the Seven Deadly Sins. (If you grew up Catholic you got this list with your mother's milk or at least with your catechism.) These essential perfections of human ignorance are all rooted in selfishness: survival thinking, scarcity thinking, and fear.

  1. Pride

  2. Envy

  3. Gluttony

  4. Lust

  5. Anger

  6. Greed

  7. Sloth

Luckily there are also seven virtues which, conscientiously applied, will fix most Saturn-caused problems. In other words, if an action is motivated by these generous, charitable, and compassionate attitudes that act will carry out the Golden Rule. The resulting positive social effect will be recorded in the credit column of the Akashic record. Karma is ridiculously simple.

  1. Prudence

  2. Temperance

  3. Justice

  4. Fortitude

  5. Charity

  6. Hope

  7. Faith

If this list is too long or ponderous or you just can't remember the catechism, the seven virtues easily boil down to * Compassion *. Think first about the effect your thought or action will have on others. Saturn's job is to force this pause in thinking. Saturn's role is to make relationships, jobs, families, wealth, health all difficult enough that we must stop and think.

  • Hey, how did I get into this trouble?

  • Of course the first instinct is to blame others - our family, our government, the system .

  • But in the spirit of neutral awareness, it is possible to skip blaming and move to the next step in liberation:

  • How can I get out of it without hurting others and setting up a karmic boomerang?

  • The answer will be via neutrality and intelligence

  • Ensure that present actions and thoughts are motivated by only by Compassion

  • Vigilantly resist guilt and blame

  • Skillfully apply your conscious knowledge to negotiate the situation

  • Karma is resolved when there is no residual ego-attachment - neither praise nor blame

  • If you still feel that things should have been done differently, there is some hidden guilt or blame that needs attention

  • Saturn is should energy

  • The good news is that through meditation and self-awareness you can catch it before it catches you!

  • Be proactive - Meditate.

Saturn is definitely the Bad Boy of the Seven Planets because He is the agent for the toughest karma - the painful payback. Yet, without the payback, we can't correct the moral errors of past lives. Shani's job is to force us to chip away at our karmic backlog. We all have a certain amount of debt to repay.

When and How Shani Acts

Shani_slowTraffic.gifDepending on Shani's angularity in the charts, Shani may force a person to deal with their debt constantly.

Shani can be very oppressive, relentlessly creating difficult situations for the soul to struggle with. Shani rules poverty, fear, sickness, ignorance - all the fun stuff. A tough Shani position makes a person quite the expert in the dark truths of the human condition.

But even in nativities wherein Shani = a semi-beneficial agent bringing dignity, such Vrishabha or Thula, Lord Shanaicarya will come down hard bearing heavy responsibilities as the price for that dignity. during His planetary periods. Saturn mahadasha lasts 19 years, and Saturn bhukti (sub-periods) within each mahadasha can last from one to three years.

During Saturn periods it's best to just bite the bullet. Shani is a VERY HARD WORKING fellow. When and where He's in charge, He expects you to be hard-working, modest in comportment, and socially lawful too.

Accept responsibility.(Not guilt! Just responsibility.) NEUTRAL non-guilty responsibility. For your role in creating the difficulties you will inevitably face, release any claim to blame others, and set to work applying your intelligence to the solution. This neutral style of problem solving which fully defines the grievance but is not psycho-emotionally attached to perpetuating it, is exactly what Shani wants. Follow the rules and Shani will give you excellent results.

You'll see the full results of Shani's problem-solving and guilt-releasing on your death bed. That's where the rubber meets the road, spiritually speaking. It's a good idea to tidy up as much psychic debris as possible during this blessed lifetime. That's what we're here for.

It's incredibly hard to obtain one of these human bodies. Esoterically it is said that only one in 10,000 candidates will actually receive a human body. Those 10,000 candidate spirits are morally eligible to get a highly desirable earth body, but there is a tremendous shortage and the queue is amazingly huge. Be grateful - if you're reading this with your water-bubble eyes, you got one of those incredible earth bodies! Use it to advantage. Make every thought and action conform to the Golden Rule.

If others hurt you through their ignorance when they ignore the Rule, appreciate that the Rule itself will catch them. You personally do not need to waste your own energy to blame the Rule-breakers. You have bigger fish to fry. They'll pay back at their own pace. Meanwhile, allow Shani to help you remove the boulders blocking your path to God by accepting that the terrible suffering we face here on earth - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual - is a spiritual privilege in a hideous package. Shani's karma always has an educational message about neutral responsibility; releasing guilt, grief, and blame; and

In order to move ahead on the path to God, the soul requires self-awareness, then awareness of the identity of self with the divine. If these big stupid boulders of ignorance - survival mentality, scarcity thinking, me first = screw you, and general fear-driven decision making continue to dominate the soul's consciousness, that soul will receive only short-term benefits of possible capital wealth or political power. At the time of death, that soul who has awakened to the true beauty of karmic law will be awed and impressed - but not afraid - of the greater structure of the universe which can be perceived after Death.

~~ B.V. Raman. (1992.) ACatechism of Astrology, 4th ed. p. 37

Q 42.Is a natural malefic, like Saturn, evil or good when exalted or in own house?

Ans.

  • Even a natural malefic becomes benefic in his own or exaltation house.

  • Though Saturn in 4 is bad for mother, happiness, education etc., normally, if he is exalted or in his own place he is not bad.

    • But to become fully benefic he must combine with, say Venus or be aspected by Jupiter.

    A malefic can become a Yogakaraka but cannot become a full benefic . This is the result in practical experience.

    • For instance, such a man with Saturn in 4 may pass and get degrees but may not have a brilliant academic career without any failures at all.

    For Aries Lagna, Saturn in Taurus, the house immediately after debilitation and the house of his very intimate friend will give position and income as lord of 10 and 11 in 2, more especially if that lord Venus is strong or if there is also the aspect of Jupiter.

  • But as a natural malefic, He will certainly cause some wasteful expenditure and some trouble in the family like loss of children. "

~~ B.V. Raman, A Catechism of Astrology . p. 48

Drishti of Shani - esp. Vrishabha and Thula lagna

Q. 59 Saturn is a malefic planet, he becomes a benefic by owning kendras. If so, are his aspects also benefic? Is the term aspected by benefics'' occurring in the texts applicable to Saturn and such evil planets ?


Ans.

Saturn is always an evil planet but may be malefic or benefic by ownership.

We classify planets into four kinds :

  1. subha and subha phalada = good and favourable ;

  2. subha and papa phalada = good and unfavourable ;

  3. papa and subha phalada = evil and favourable

  4. papa and papa phalada = evil and unfavourable.

Whenever you find aspected by benefics we have to take good or subha planets .

In the expression benefic aspects it means only aspects by natural benefics such as Jupiter and Venus.

Physical Diseases of Shani

Shani rules obstacles which block flow. Health is a condition of free, balanced energy flow. So virtually any type of physical blockage is within the purview of Shani. Such blockage does have psycho-emotional roots; however, during Shani periods, the physical symptoms are acute, and they normally require direct treatment on the physical level.

Shani prefers long-term wasting, drying and hardening effects such as arthritis and osteoporosis - but He can certainly induce a crisis through blockage, if He is virulent enough.

Shani is associated with rigidity, dryness, cold, and exhaustion. Shani's two mortal enemies are

  • Kuja, ruler of blood, muscular flesh and kinetic energy

  • Surya, lord of heat, moral confidence, and divine energy.

Shani rules repression, constriction, scarcity, bones, teeth and fixed structure, and fear. Physical diseases of fearful holding onto the past, like tumors; malnutrition and exhaustion; pain in the teeth and bones, and any illnesses that result from constricted circulation such as atrophy, frostbite and gangrene, are within the disease portfolio of Shani.

Impact in the Shani's region of lowest (mula-dhara) chakra, such as colo-rectal disease, anal disease, and intestinal blockages. Shani (and also Azlesa) rules excessive squeezing, such as being squeezed by snakes - from the inside or outside.

Heart attacks which result from congestion of the arteries; compressed nerves such as pinched disk of the spine; stress fractures and bone breakage; circulatory

Diseases of poverty and aging, such as effects of malnutrition; arthritis, rheumatism, and osteoporosis, are also within Shani's area of expertise.

Potential Healings:

Remedies such as homeopathic Arnica, which specifically increases blood circulation to compressed tissues (cures bruising) may be useful in acute injury or worsening of chronic conditions during Shani periods.

Ayurvedic quality food oils (olive and sesame) can help counteract Shani's natural drying effects on the body. Massage and hatha yoga will help. Being nice to yourself will help.

Compassionate neutrality in every part of life (especially neutrality to Shani's specialties of old age, disease, and death) will help.

What doesn't help,

Shani_slowSpeedBump.gifas a rule, it does not do any good to try to combat Shani's effects with the behaviors of His enemies Mangala and Ravi.

  • Mangala rules vigorous, warlike exercise and aggressive competition. Except possibly in the bhukti of Mars, extremely athletic activity is not a good idea - and will probably lead to breakage in weak body structures. Moderate activity is good.

  • Surya involves high heat. Although a nice session of warm hatha yoga or a big cup of spicy ginger tea in the winter can be very healing, be careful of counteracting Shani bhukti's constrictions with too much heat. Avoid high excitement in the physical realm by staying out of extremely hot climates (unless you are native there and know the right pace of life). Similarly avoid excitement in the realms of rational discourse by staying away from politics, moral and cultural conflict, and social change in general.

  • During periods of Shani it is better to stay with the predictable. Remaining with one's own people, in one's familiar climate, and one's customary moral principles, will be easiest. Avoid challenging taboos.

Gently breaking up overly rigorous, survival-driven or conformity-driven routines of all kinds may assist resolution of health problems - especially those that are due to long-term, embedded, sedentary habits.

Perhaps surprisingly, Ailments of Shani respond best to the energy of His planetary friend Shukra. Thus, sensual pleasures and bodily indulgences are beneficial aids to Shani's constrictive, drying, aging, permission-denying, rule-bound structure.

Delicious foods prepared with healing pure oils and indulgent spices are very good for Shani conditions! A glass or two of dark wine; a soak in warm healing waters; allowing you (O responsible one) to be taken care of by another for an hour or so... are all marvelously effective antidotes which Shani ACCEPTS because ... He likesShukra!

~~ Mark Twain A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.

Mental Diseases of Shani

Anxiety

Fear embedded in childhood memories tend to ossify in the subconscious. These ancient, but subconsciously masked, fears manifest unconsciously - but tangibly - as anxiety.

Anxiety gives Shani-type symptoms like constriction of blood vessels (pin-dot pupils) cardiac seizure, and other types of constricted pranic flow.

Phobia

Saturn's essence is fear. Phobia - from Phobos the ancient Greek god of Fear - is irrational fear.

  • Combined with Rahu, Shani can generate some intense irrational fears stemming from very real past-life experiences. They are only irrational in terms of the current lifetime, which may provide no viable explanation for the person's strange and compulsive fearful reactions.

  • Such psycho behavior often makes perfect sense in terms of past lives, however - so if you see Shani in combination with Rahu in an evil sign (such as Scorpio) and no help from benefics, then it's off to past life regression therapy (or guided vajrayana meditations) for you!

Rules, rules, rules Hard/unskilled labor, servitude, agricultural work, poverty, hard luck, scarcity, stamina, detachment, humiliation, ego destruction, pogrom, conservation, purification, relentlessness, imprisonment, punishment, death sentence, stability, conformity, rules.
Shani reduces and retards but rarely destroys matters of His occupied house
  • Saturn will normally protectmatters of the house it Occupies. It slows progress in those areas for sure; things happen slowly in Saturn's occupied house. But, matters of the occupied house are, it's important to note, generally made very detailed and labor-intensive rather than destroyed.

  • Saturn-caused suffering mainly occurs in the houses He rules and aspects.

  • Of course, the distance between Shani's natal house and the two houses He rules makes all the difference. If the distance is favorable - say, 4, 5, 9, 10, or 11 houses apart - Shani will give measurable results. They may take awhile to manifest as the person develops mastery over the subject of the occupied and ruled houses, but there will definitely be material results. If the house at stake is putra bhava, for example, we expect children late in life - manifested only after masterful awareness of human limitation is gained.

  • By contrast Shani occupying a house in 6/8 or 2/12 angle to the houses He rules will be troublesome to the point of denying any results whatsoever. The virtue here will be neutral acceptance.

  • There is also Jyotisha guideline that a bad planet in a bad house gives good results.

  • In this case the person with Shani in a dushthana has very low expectations so their ego does not interfere with the work at hand. They apply a simple straightforward craft in their humble contribution to society.

The results are usually favorable for wealth and health -- as Ben Franklin suggests! So even the most downtrodden Shani in those scary dushthana's Ari, Randhra, or Vyava Bhava might give good mental and physical results stemming from Saturn's clear, unsentimental realism -- especially if Shani's dispositor is favorable.

Shani can in special circumstances give incredibly good results. However, all the other planets would need to support Him. The only way for Shani to become a bona fide benefic is for him to occupy His own or exaltationsign (i.e., in Makara, Kumbha, or Thula) *and* occupy a kendra *AND* receive the drishti of Guru.

  • E.g., Scorpio is rising, with Shani in Kumbha in bandhu bhava while ThulaGuru sends a drishti from vyaya bhava. This person will have an eccentric, poor, and visionary mother who provides an excellent social foundation for him in terms of education, emotional security, and class manners (portfolio of the 4th house).

  • E.g., Shani rises in Libra and Guru sends a drishti from Mithuna in dharma bhava. This is a most excellent leadership situation. Rising exalted Shani gives panch-maha-purusha yoga-- a great person is born . With the Guru aspect, this great person gets top-level spiritual guidance. Results will be excellent.

Generally Shani denies results when He rules a dushthamsha; but delays results when he rules better houses.

  • For example Shani is not a denying force for Thula lagna and Vrishabha lagna, where He is yoga-karaka. See for example, charts for Nobel Peace Prize winner Jimmy Carter for an excellent rising Yogakaraka exalted Shani.

  • But also see Shani with Chandra, a controlling mother - remember Miss Lillian.

  • Note that Carter's Shani does not receive the aspect of Guru, so according to BV Raman (above quote) Carter's Shani = not a true benefic. Shani makes Carter work very hard in the professional Seva of Thula's specialty areas: social justice, law and diplomacy.

  • As an exalted angular planet his Shani gives powerful worldly results - status, power, responsibility. But it's not easy. It's real work - real Shani!

~~ Paula Poundstone (comedienne)

"The wages of sin are death, but by the time taxes are taken out, it's just sort of a tired feeling."

Saturn's dristhi - 3rd, 7th, and 10th from His occupied house

Shani_CautionSlowDown.gifThe more serious limiting and destructive force comes from Shani's drishti, or aspect, onto the houses which lie 3, 7, and 10 away from it. Shani's drishti can destroy the power of even the most flamboyant house.

  • Yet Shani grants an essential strength, without which few adults will survive. Realism. Shani gives knowledge and acceptance of the dark side of human nature. Shani expects no help from those quarters he damages.

  • Shani is pragmatic, realistic, hard-boiled, sensible, dry-witted, cautious. Shani expects to find weak links in every chain, and He does. His presence grants success in ventures where His mature, curmudgeonly, realistic, and unsurprised mentality is needed.

  • graha drishti cast upon houses 3rd and 10th from Shani is FULL; drishti cast upon house 7th-from-Shani is 75%.

  • A man with Shani occupying the radix 7th will find that although his spouse may be difficult, she will not be impossible. Once married, he will try to stay married. However, his relationship to his father [Shani's 3rd aspect] and mother [Shani's 10th aspect] has been harmed long before marriage.

  • He has negative marriage-modeling in his mind; this will be very difficult to correct in adulthood. He is physically uncomfortable in his body [Shani's 7th aspect] and may need to keep moving to avoid his (largely emotional) pain. Because it negatively affects both of one's parents And One's own body, Saturn in 7th is a tough row to hoe, too.

Effects of Shani's 3-7-10 drishti, by house location

Shani is all about Negative expectations (including Fear). Native carries in preconceptions from past lives and is again reinforced in childhood, to expect poor results in the matters of the houses which Shani aspects.

  • I find in practice that the 3rd aspect is the most negative expectation of all. If you understand nothing else about your radix chart, pay attention to Shani's position and aspects.

  • Shani is the very definition of your karmic resistance:the acceptance and release work you have set for yourself in the current life. Shani's impoverishing, restricting, damaging impact can be very significantly improved through Reflective Awareness. All of use are carrying around inherited negative expectations. Take a Skillful Pause.

  • Question the negative training of your upbringing. Subconsciously driven negative expectations are extremely powerful, which is why Shani's power is traditional ly feared.

  • As F.D.R. famously said, we have nothing to fear but fear itself.Consciously re-setting your Psychic Permission Levels whilst working respectfully with inherited restrictions, can advance you step-wise into a much easier, brighter future.

Saturn does better in Swakshetra (own houses)

Shani in Karma bhava

Shani in Labha Bhava

Although not as favorable as occupation of karmaa bhava, Shani in labha sthana also gives good results.

Saturn occupying labha bhavawill drishti the lagna, 5th-from-lagna, and 8th-from-lagna. No help from children or spouse's family. From labha sthana, Shani's 3rd aspect to the lagna gives limits on physical vitality which translates to self-discipline and awareness of the Rules from the very earliest days of life.

  • Shani forces a person to go over and over the same details, developing expertise. In the house of associations, networks, connections, the market, Shani gives hard-won expertise in judging associates. the native can create a slow but steady wealth-gain after many early mistakes.

  • From labha bhava, Saturn's separative effect on speculation [7th aspect] and legacies [10thaspect] shows a lack of lucky money, and reinforces his karma of needing to make his own wealth through present-life diligence. He is preoccupied with networking through friendly associations. Feels a great loyalty to his congregation, political party, lobby, or interest group - but is rarely acknowledged or rewarded by them.

  • Because pragmatic and realistic Shani from 10th will aspect 12 = meditation-imagination, and from 11th will aspect 8 = occult mysteries, folks with natal Saturn in 10th or 11th rashi generally have little interest in psychic secrets or the grand cosmic perspective. They are practical, market-driven people grounded firmly into the material plane.

~~ Mark Twain

To succeed in life, you need two things:

  • ignorance and confidence.
Shani + Chandra Any Shani drishti to lagna or Moon can give short stature, physically or psychologically. If Shani aspects both lagna and Moon the person is thin-hipped, lacks fertility. However by carefully following social protocol (Shani) the native develops a marketplace reputation as conservative and reliable.

As always, check Moon and the individual condition of randhra and vyaya bhava before concluding the extent of Shani's spiritual and emotional repression.

Saturn in Bandhu bhava (4th house)

Similar to Shani yuti or drishti Chandra ...may cause problems in the relationship with the mother or stress in the family home. However, mother may enjoy a long life unless Saturn also afflicts the Moon or there is some other unfavorable influence on bhava-4 or Moon.

  • Generally the mother is unavailable/uncaring and the child feels abandoned or ignored. However in reality she will be accessible by following certain timing rules. The maturing child will develop skills for getting her attention.

  • Often this is a hardworking or over-committed mother. In modern times the mother may have only partial custody. But also the mother may have drug or behavior problems which separate her from the child. The child will have health problem related to the emotional issues with the mother because Saturn will drishti the 6th house. Childhood issues continue into adulthood.

  • Saturn's aspect from the 4th rashi to karma bhava = generally favorable because it increases the native 's sense of duty, self-restraint, and compassion for the common people.

  • Because He aspects the lagna from bandhu bhava, Saturn will stunt body growth somewhat and make the person always work hard for their achievements. All of these drishti effects of course are rooted in being deprived of mothering, but in and of themselves these aspects do no serious harm. Saturn in the 4th house makes a person sober, hard-working, materialistic, and self-reliant. Often also very patriotic. In modern culture those are high virtues!

SHANI = Natural Maraka

  • ayusha-karaka, Lord of Time

All questions of fleshly longevity must take into account the character of ayushkaraka Shani, "Lord of Age" (ayu).

  • Shani in 8 = long life, because Shani resists change (8) especially the catastrophic change of rebirth (8).

Saturn is a natural marakaor killer planet. Saturn plays some role, major or minor, in every death.

We know to examine the 8th and 12th rashi - especially the 22nd decanate, which is the middle third section of randhra bhava - to find the circumstances of death.

  • [Randhra bhava is 8th-from-lagna and Vyaya bhava is 8th-from-4th, showing circumstances of end of matters .]

Parashara says that the 8th and 12th from Saturn should also be assessed.

  • ... both the 8th and 12th from Shani stand for consideration .. in respect of ... death. ~~ BPHS Ch. 7, Shloka 39-43

B.V. Raman, A Catechism of Astrology . p. 33:

"Q. 40: Bhavartha Ratnakara says that if malefics occupy kendras, good results will happen.

Tamil authors say that Saturn in Lagna is bad.

How do you explain these contradictory statements?


Ans.

It is true that malefics in kendra are good and it is also equally true that malefics in kendra are bad.

  • Malefics in kendras are bad for the Bhavas and good for themselves only.

Saturn will be able to do good in everything that pertains to Saturn as a Karakaor as a Bhava lordor as a planet.

This will be experienced in his Bhuktis and Dashas,

  • while the house where he is posited will be spoiled

  • and everything connected with the Bhava on which he stands, will be unfavourable.

  • If he is in 1, the person's health will be weak, there will be impediments to success, etc. and these will be experienced throughout life."

Shani in kendra = "Good in everything that pertains to Saturn"
  • good for regularity, repetition and routine, chronicity, Time

  • good for deprivation, goal achievement by extremely gradual steps

  • Of the Tortoise and the Hare, Shani is the Tortoise (Surya is the Hare)

  • good for discipline, rigor, stiffness, austerity, harsh conditions

  • good for slow but steady habits; pragmatic and common-sense attitude

  • good for public policy, lawfulness, common law, "the letter of the law"

  • good for safety and conformity, common-ness and vulgarity

  • good for orderliness, simplicity, elegance, minimalism, skeleton

  • good for neutrality, acceptance, patience, maturity, things which improve with age

  • good for building with wood, stone, bones, and dense, dry materials

  • good for cold temperatures and dark opaque colors, esp dark blue and dark purple (colors of the cold night sky)

  • good for carefulness and attention to detail

  • good for hard work, persistence, heavy labor, long hours

  • good for government, institutions, large corporations, bureaucracies, networks, labor unions, stratified organizations

  • good for predictability, reliability, respect, reputation

  • good for resistance to change, retardation, conservation, and delay

  • good for obligation, duty, responsibility, and sobriety

~~ Robert Frost

"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office."

Professional Insensitivity - Demanding, Critical Leadership

Similarly the professional behavior: it is very difficult (until later middle age, when Shani gives fruits of maturity) for Shani-rising people to understand how they affect others through leadership and a tendency to enforce Draconian consequences.

Shani's drishti from bhava-1 or bhava-4 upon karma bhava tends to place heavy leadership responsibilities upon the native . The most common pattern is to acquire responsibility which outweighs one's authority, so that the burden of the personal task list (Shani-1) tends to take all the fun out of high-visibility leadership roles. (Shani = enemy of Surya karaka for delights and fun.)

Naturally, an empathetic Moon, a wise Guru, or a gabby Budha can improve this taciturn situation greatly.

Shani in domains 1, 5, 7, and 10: Survival and Fear in Marriage

Typically this native experiences some considerable handicap in perceiving the spouse's feelings. One relates to the marriage partnership almost entirely on the basis of material responsibility. The spouse remains an outsider and, increasingly, a work-task or time burden.

  • This alienation and objectification of the spouse is due to the karmic memory of isolation and rejection stored deep in the native 's subconscious. This memory insists that others are fundamentally untrustworthy.

  • Unless the spouse also has drishti to the marriage house, the spouse may feel rejected, unrecognized, unappreciated, and probably exploited. Marital dissatisfaction is likely to arise despite the fact that Shani native is a hard worker, efficient householder, and solid financial provider who typically earns well through sheer persistence.

  • (If Budha is favorable that will be persistence plus intelligence, but persistence is always the keynote of Shani!)

  • It is probably a good thing for one whose nativity shows a strong Shani influence upon the marriage house, to seek a spouse with similar configuration in radix and navamsha. Despite the prognosis for heavy doses of materialism, isolation, and fear in that marriage, the native s will share a neutral and realistic view of time and resource management. They will both be hard workers and appreciate their partner's contribution however scarce it may be.

Only another Shani native will appreciate the heavy realism and fear of failure and death which motivates the alienation behavior in the spouse. Shani marital coldness is not malicious or exploitive but simply the result of lifelong self-reliance, non-collaboration, fear-driven choices, and an urgent need to control scarce resources. It is worth repeating that Shani-in-marriage natives are usually very capable providers.

Shani and Divorce:

Ceteris paribus, Shani's negative aspect to the marriage house, which occur when Shani occupies houses 1, 5, and 12, does not break up marriages.

  • This drishti can make marriage loveless, unhelpful, or full of grief.

  • But it doesn't cause divorce, per se.

  • Shani occupying bhava-7 obtains dig-bala. In the yuvatishthana, Shani gives tremendous endurance in loveless marriages to an unsuitable or oppressive spouse. Shani respects tradition above all.

  • Unless Shani is L-8 (as for Mithuna and Karka lagna) Shani is not a divorce causer. Just a misery causer...

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Marriage-wise Shani in lagna and Shani yuti Chandra are equally difficult.

Ceteris paribus, both the Shani aspect to yuvati bhava and Shani aspect to 7th-from -Chandra profile an emotionally cold, unsuitable first spouse.

In the West where we are generally socialized to quest for satisfaction rather than settle for what nature provides, Shani's aspect to the 7th house usually signifies the need for a second marriage, because the first marriage is so unsatisfactory. However Shani does give staying power, and the native who has Shani aspecting either kalatra bhava or 7th-from-Chandra will generally stay in the difficult marriage for many years in order to exhaust all possibilities for agreement. In the end, this harsh drishti forces marital separation and the native feels cut off from social approval as well.

  • Typically the profile of Shani rising or with yuti Chandra combines heavy labor with emotional stress. It's not an easy life for these folks. Nevertheless, they are responsible and no matter how deep their suffering they will always find the strength to accept responsibility for raising children, caretaking elderly parents, or serving the state. The Shani-afflicted may have lifelong emotional cramping, but they will always be working or ready to work.

  • Saturn gives the karma of carrying others' burdens, of being the result of others' actions, and of remaining in a state of financial, emotional, physical, or intellectual survival throughout life. Shani-afflicted have a deep and often unshakable sense of resource scarcity; yet, thinking they must always be on the run in a state of bare survival, they can rarely save money or build lasting security.

Is there a fix? Sure. release ignorance.

Shani's suffering is caused by Separation from those people, places, and things to which we are most attached in material life. While we will all due to our human natures endure some trauma of constant attachment-separation, attachment-separation in this life, we need not become the victim of it. By developing a knowledge of life outside the ego - by learning to think and perceive outside the box of material senses - Shani's suffering can be seen scientifically, as a real but impersonal phenomena of karma running off.

Shani's portfolio is to call past-life moral errors to our spiritual attention. Once recognized, however, these errors can be quickly and permanently corrected through a simple release process. Standing outside the situation in a neutral, non-judgmental place and accepting moral responsibility (not guilt!) for the situation, humans can easily appreciate our own brilliant creativity in creating the karma, and as soon as we own it we can choose to release it. Making amends to the persons involved may be helpful, but the essential chemical in the release process is simply gratitude.

Steps to release the fear, resistance, repression, and bondage imposed by dutiful Shani:

  • Assume a neutral, non-judgmentalstate of mind

  • Accept responsibility for making changes to one's own mind and actions

  • ake the step up in moral consciousness that will ensure one does not erroneously mistreat oneself or others again

  • voila! ignorance transformed into wisdom - and karma dissolved

(It's easier than you might think.)


Shani's portfolio is to call past-life moral errors to our spiritual attention. Once recognized, however, these errors can be quickly and permanently corrected through a simple release process. Standing outside the situation in a neutral, non-judgmental place and accepting moral responsibility (not guilt!) for the situation, humans can easily appreciate our own brilliant creativity in creating the karma, and as soon as we own it we can choose to release it. Making amends to the persons involved may be helpful, but the essential chemical in the release process is simply gratitude.

Steps to release the fear, resistance, repression, and bondage imposed by dutiful Shani:

  • Assume a neutral, non-judgmentalstate of mind

  • Accept responsibility for making changes to one's own mind and actions

  • ake the step up in moral consciousness that will ensure one does not erroneously mistreat oneself or others again

  • voila! ignorance transformed into wisdom - and karma dissolved

(It's easier than you might think.)

Tarot= Emperor, Justice, knight of Pentacles

If you read Tarot, you might enjoy contemplating the essentially Saturnine features of the Emperor and Justice. Bunning says, Both cards stand for universal order; the Emperor in its underlying structure, Justice, in the action of karma - cause and effect.

Also consider the Knight of Pentacles . Note how in Joan Bunning's description, the Knight can either use or be used by Saturn's thorough ... or obsessive ... drive.

-- Learning the Tarot, Joan Bunning

~~ Mahabharata Udyoga Parva34.15

One who plucks unripe fruits from a tree doesn't enjoy its taste, but succeeds in destroying its seed.

Shani Mahadasha

Q:Letter to a client experiencing the frustration of needing to accept 19 years disciplined apprenticeship in your craft - i.e., the Shani Mahadasha. Fortunately, this person's Shani is auspiciously located in the radix chart in Zatataraka Nakshatra, in Kumbha, in The tenth house of leadership and public responsibility. But 19 years is a long time to be working on the basics! Even more socially frustrating when Shani Mahadasha occurs in mid-life...

A: Luckily, due to the superior dharmic nature of your Shani in Zatataraka Nakshatra which exposes your spiritual development in past lives, you are capable of consciously accepting austerities - in fact, you relish tapasya for the fruits it brings. Therefore there is no need for you to undergo the scorched earth experience of severe ego annihilation that so many people must endure with Lord Shani, who forbids fast progress.

Rather, you will experience the normal and natural effect of Shani Mahadasha, which is extremely slow progress using even the best-laid plans, a constant polishing of public presentation, and ruthless elimination of ego from all relationships, especially one's relationship to the public at large.

Although Shani normally is a troublemaker, your personal Shani is transformed into a good planet because

  • it occupies the character-building tenth rashi ( karmaa-bhava the house of prestige and professional contribution to society)

  • in its own sign of Kumbha (Aquarius)

  • **AND** Shani receives a drishti ( focus ) from Guru (Jupiter)

  • **AND** Shani is Vargottamsha. All these improvements add up to a powerful leadership destiny.


There is a significant downside to your unique Shani position. For you, Shani directly aspects both your commanding Sun and your dramatic Moon. This creates social and emotional tension for nineteen years.

You want a much bigger audience than the spirits will allow, and you want to reach them at a much more profound level than the spirits will approve.

The biggest challenge of Shani Mahadashatherefore is to release personal control - always doing your absolute best, of course - but accepting that the performance limitations are in place for a reason. Allowing the spirits to work through you rather than forcing them to impose outside restrictions requires a high level of psycho-spiritual awareness.

Technique:

Setting the energy in a room, making agreements with the spirits that control the physical environments and also with the guardian spirits who attend you and the folks who come to you seeking professional information, will give superior results. Also being as detached as possible from the results of your efforts, whether success or failure, will help immensely in expanding your impact.

The end result of Shani Mahadashawill be perfection of public behavior due to profound inner purification. You are probably thinking, what is left to purify? But, because you still have about five years of Shani Mahadasharemaining, we know there has to be more laying in wait! You are now in the bhukti of Mars, a difficult place. Beware of criticism of self and others, hypocrisy, passive-aggressive expressions of anger,

Absolute objectivity is required to optimize your planets. For most people, the combination of Shani dasha with sade saati is devastating. Your spirit has determined that such catastrophic measures are not required for you in this lifetime.

So, it's exactly as you say: Jes keepin' on keepin' on!

When gochara Shani crosses your lagna:

This transit is a can't period which oppresses the physical body and social personality, usually involving loneliness and separations, as people find you difficult to live with and work with due to your subconscious low-permission state (manifesting as dysfunctional perfectionism and dominating ego).

You can survive it with maturity and objectivity, consistent with your dedicated spirituality and commitment to serve others.


Regarding the fearful situation of sade saati occurring within Shani Mahadasha (especially right at the beginning in the Shani/Shani period)

The swami is absolutely right: if sade saathi does coincide with Shani Mahadasha, those 2.3 years of the white hot core of sade saathi (seven-and-a-half) can be very intense.

However, this event does not occur in your lifetime. Rather, you have the slow and steady polishing and purification, meeting many obstacles and patiently developing the skills to overcome them. Each time gochara Shani changes signs (every 2.3 years) a new set of obstacles arises.

For example, gochara Shani is now transiting your 2nd rashi bhava, and aspecting your Simha Chandra and Meena Budha . This condition gives financial pressure, and troubles of all types connected to the mouth [eating, speaking, oral traditions, teeth, jaw, etc]. Speaking especially -- because of Shani's drishti to Mercury -- requires exquisitely fine attention to detail, and full consideration of effects on others before speaking.

So of course, you are graced to channel a magnificent teaching speech -- but because Shani requires tremendous neutral attention to detail, and Shani who slows everything, resists everything -- rules electro-magnetic communication devices -- your genius will not be electronically captured for posterity unless you personally set up the equipment. It's about mastery.

What Shani does is to create (or more properly, expose) psychic resistance (which can be eliminated by consciously working the spirits in the room) but also He demands that the native accept more personal control of the technology. In other words, if you want it done right, do it yourself. Shani asks for higher and higher levels of leadership responsibility, in order to reach a broader and broader audience with fairly tight control over the medium and the message.

Dear Shani. Each obstacle contains a lesson. The spirits know that you are a born leader with a mission to raise spiritual consciousness in the educator caste. They ask for your conscious partnership as they call your attention to finer levels of detail.

The purification process allows one to eliminate crude ego - i.e., attachment to those social and material results which the ego expects. Then if we can partner effectively with Shani, we are allowed to replace that flimsy and unreliable ego-attachment with the much more powerful and effective directive of the spirits, who have the bigger picture.

Trust the pace of progress under Shani to be perfectly timed and entirely appropriate to who you are - and who you are becoming - in the big picture.


Learn the rules so you will know how to break them appropriately.

War on *Doubt*!

According to Sogyal Rinpoche, the single greatest threat to human peace of mind is -- not hatred, anger, or guilt -- but rather **doubt**.

You do have the intelligence (abundant bhava-5) and the self-discipline (Shani in lagna) to make a practice of becoming aware of the presence of doubt and negative expectations in the three areas which Shani influences most strongly:

  1. daily communications (inside your head, and outside with the work-group);

  2. marriage partnership (inside your head, and outside with the partner);

  3. profession (inside your head, and outside with your public).

Note that Shani's negative projections upon the work-group (3)can make the Shani-lagna native quite critical, dissatisfied, and unpleasant to work with.

Shani will damage marriage trust through chronic self-doubt projected upon the partner.

Shani's drishti upon bhava-10 is the least harmful because bhava-10 does involve the management of scarce resources and distrust of egoism.

However the native is unhappy with their own career because of the self-criticism and negative expectations projected upon the boss.

Persistent negativity in career duties will block one's superiors from guiding the path for the native to acquire increasing public responsibility.

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Common Snapping Turtle

Catching subconscious negative projections of doubt and pessimism "in the act"

It is strongly recommended to try to "catch" negative thoughts "in the act".

  • If habitual, fear-driven thoughts of failure, ignominy, and zero-option despair (Shani's specialties!) are caught and identified at the mental level, then they can be dealt with quickly.

  • They might not be able to be completely extinguished because they are the result of past-life karma.

  • They will have to be understood and accepted before they can be eradicated.

Nevertheless if the native is able to capture and work on negative thoughts at the level of direct mental perception, one will be spared much unhappiness.

If the negative thoughts are not recognized at the mental level, then the information will try to gain the native 's attention at the next grosser particulate level of the astral plane.

The astral plane contains a huge "ocean of emotion".

One the astral plane, the negative thoughts will manifest in a roller-coaster of that surges from wild fantasies of total redemptive love to blackest despair of abandonment and total rejection unto death.

The astral plane is not governed by time, so one might experience violent fluctuations of feelings - from bright to black and pure merging love to total isolated death - in a matter of minutes.

Avoid emotional suffering by capturing the originating thoughts

To avoid this type of violent emotional fluctuation one need only approach the task directly on the mental plane.

  • In the worst case, the negative thought projections would not be recognized on either the mental or the emotional planes.

  • Then, the information must migrate down to the physical level. This is a painful option of physical brutality and disease.

  • the native may get into a shocking "accident" or develop a serious disease.

Perhaps only then will the native recognize how one became trapped in a web of tightly interwoven thoughts and expectations, which proceeded without interruption, to their logical and "destined" conclusion.

Burning the Seeds of Karmic Fruit (Shani)

"Karma" = "action" - the seeds of the action are sown on the causal plane.

Those seeds give fruit On the mental, emotional, and physical levels.

Mental, emotional, and physical sorrow can be avoided by addressing the karma on the higher levels of awareness. This requires examining one's beliefs and expectations.

As one believes, so one will manifest.

  • Of course, the whole process of seed-eradicating can be eliminated in one fell swoop by simply projecting the full consciousness upon the spiritual plane - and keeping it there!

  • One who has the blessed privilege to gaze directly on the level of pure truth, and the intent to remain engaged there without ever getting "sucked down" into lower levels of painful intrigue, is spared of karmic "trickle-down" forever!

However for you and I, attacking the root cause on the mental plane seems a much more feasible strategy.

~~ Gospel of Luke, 11:34-35

"The light of the body is the eye:

Therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light;

but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness."

Suggestions toward an easier, more neutral Shani experience: Patience, compassion, Time

Q:Respected Madam, Namaskar.

I have observed the common effects on people during the period of Shani in strength.

1)There develops complete darkness, one doesn't understand how to move forward (COMPLETE BLACKOUT).

How does one mitigate the clouded darkness, one is tempted to make mistakes and repent later, the periods most of times are very long, and an impatient person can suffer very badly during the darker times. Kindly Guide,

Not many of us would understand in spiritual context the hidden benefits. PATIENCE IS THE ONLY REMEDY........I feel.

Best Regards Jai Ganesha.

A:

Namaste,

very good question! Those who are under influence of Shani, for a short time (transit or bhukti) or a long time (a natal placement) will surely recognize your concerns.

Patience

Patience, as you note, is a key to surviving periods of survivalist Shani. Shani is a primary agent of karma. Karma means action, a doing, an event which is obliged or required to occur. It often seems that others (those who are represented by Shani in the nativity) are doing bad things. Or that others are rigid and unforgiving. Or that others are bitter, materialistic, fearful, or cold.

In this perceptual condition, where it seems that others are creating the problem, you are very right that patience with difficult persons in one's life will yield fine fruits of mature wisdom and acceptance. Shani's greatest gift is indeed acceptance of all that is difficult in this life.

Compassion and Patience toward Others

Often the accuracy of one's perception is improved during Shani periods, especially in later life.

If one is eligible, through credit obtained via compassionate acts toward others, to understand that it is not indeed others who cause the problem (e.g., it is not the government or the company or the economy or the boss ).

If one is blessed (perhaps only intermittently) with the awareness that it is indeed one's own negative expectations, due to trauma in the present or past lives, which is causing a scripted repetition of a fundamentally fear-driven negative belief -- then, one can be patient with oneself. In being patient with oneself, the highest value may be appreciation of the power of time.

Time

The slow and inevitable qualities of material-world Time as apprehended by Humans can be a frustrating experience.

Yet via to the relentless march of Karma which regulates the conversion of ignorance into wisdom, Time does heal all -- eventually.

Intention to Endure,

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Intention to Release the Suffering

Other intentional attitudes or beliefs which have great utility in dealing with the pressures of a sustained Shani impact on a day-to-day basis may include

  • a scientific neutrality (detailed but non-judgmental observations);
  • compassion for those who suffer from fear;
  • and in particular, compassion for those who harm others as a reaction to one's own own fear.

Reflection on the massive and often controlling role played by Fear in the human mind will help ease one's own suffering.

Minister Shani's Portfolio of Fears

  • Fear of Beginnings
  • Fear of Endings
  • Fear of Movement (Mangala)
  • Fear of Passion (Rahu)
  • Fear of Abandonment (Ketu)
Fear of Movement = the leading mandate in Shani's ministerial portfolio.

Fear of death, fear of pain, fear of abandonment, fear of entrapment, fear of falling, fear of disgrace ... the list of human fears goes on!

Skillful application of Mindstream Narrative management tools can very much assist one who is experiencing the effects of Shani.

Acquire the necessary toolkit. It is internal and not external.

It is good to be aware of Shani's motive (to correct past-life moral errors) and his methods (infliction of fear-driven survival anxiety).

No one is to blame.

Vajrayana Buddhist practice of Tong-Len Tong-Len = breathing in the suffering of oneself and others, breathing out the healing of oneself and others

Tong-Len can be very helpful in getting through moments of the most severe grief and terror.

Compassion for Self

Ultimately, compassion for one's own self is required. Jyotisha can be a helpful tool for self-understanding and self-neutrality.

Naturally each person born on Earth has some position of Shani present in the Jyotisha nativity, and this Shani will have numerous characteristics.

Shani rewards patience, perseverance, scientific neutrality, careful and detailed observations -- in short, Shani rewards study.

Shanaiscarya is the very karaka of the Student!

Comprehension of Suffering

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Non-Reaction to Suffering

Compassion is essentially one's ability to comprehend the human suffering of another person without instinctively reacting to their pain. Compassion motivates competent, skillful action, in a positive, educated, and pro-active context. However, compassion excludes reactive responses such as punishment or incompetent trying to help .

Often, the most compassionate response to something or someone is simply to leave it alone.

Non-interference

Non-interference, discipline, careful attention to detail, and neutrality are Shani's hallmarks. These observant but non-reactive behaviors tend to give good results during sustained Shani periods.

Isolation, separation, fear and grief

Socio-emotionally, Shani periods tend to contain scripted events of isolation, alienation, separation, humiliation, and grief. Shani is noted emotionally for feelings of intolerance, conservatism (esp. fear-driven reactionary conservatism or fundamentalism) and resistance to change. Shani periods are distinguished by acute experience of scarcity, fear of death-annihilation, coldness, labor, and fear. Did I mention fear? All the diverse elements of the Shani Script are rooted in fear.

Fear, and Fear of Fear The easiest route to resolution would be to deal directly with the fear. However, for most people, the biggest fear is fear itself -- fear is a tough thing to approach directly!

Therefore, it is recommended to choose some safe and gentle ways to beat around the bush with fear - don't attack it directly unless one is under supervision of a reputable tantrik guru. First develop compassion toward the fear.

Compassion toward oneself, who is the fearful one.

  • On the minus side, fearful and conservative Shani-Kronos brings to His occupied house behaviors which are experienced as restrictive. Characteristics of the environments and agents in domains 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, and 12 may bestubborn, persistent, fearful, conservative and slow.

  • On the plus side, in kendra (1, 4, 7, 10) lawful Shani may be experienced as structurally supportive, like strong bones. Shani imposes routines, conventional behavior patterns, predictable environments, and realistic expectations . In kendra, Shani's influence is overall favorable due to the value of regularity in those environments.

  • Shani casts graha drishtiupon 3rd, 7th, and 10th from the bhava which He occupies


"The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering." ~~ Ram Dass


"Working the System"

  • Wherever Shanaicarya goes, one "works the social system" as one finds it.

  • Whether the structure of social rewards and punishments is flawed or not, one diligently protects the status quo.

  • Shani does not make changes to the system in the house where Shani is placed. In fact, Shani specifically resistsall threat of impending change.

  • Shani will defend the existing laws and customs of the house, and work hard to keep the system of His bhava "in order".


the native is rarely "inspired" or socially praised by one's work in the Shani-occupied house. Rather, the Shani-related work provides routine and structure.

One has the sense of fulfilling social obligation, and earning one's wages through honest labor. Shani is not glamorous or fun. He needs endless repetition and He hates any type of Change!


The natural enemies of slow and step-wise Shani=

  1. Surya the champion of soul transformation through Intelligence

  2. Rahu the demonic agent of transformation through taboo-breaking and the chaos of raging desires.

If Shani is forced to share a bhava with Surya or Rahu, Shani will lose the comfort of a predictable routine and the native 's life will be deeply unsettled. Nevertheless the native may become a force


Perfectionism

Shani brings psychological perfectionism.

  • Upon the bhava of His residence, Shanaicarya enforces a karmic emphasis on material accomplishment and completion according to fixed protocol,.

  • One must work on the task until it is completely perfect. No fun allowed.

  • (See Shani and Bulimia = the dysfunctional mandate to make a perfect Body.)

Shani and the Power of Time

Shani periods can give good results if the native maintains an attitude of self-compassion, respect and appreciation for the power of Time, a willingness to listen to the advice of Elders-Survivors, and most of all a practical, hard-working, common-sense view of the material components of human existence. Humans are part material and part ephemeral; part animal and part divine. Shani rules our material nature.

As the Christian Bible says, Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to the Lord what is the Lord's . In other words, Shani periods require pragmatic attention to the earthly details of survival: food, clothing, shelter, basic social dignity, and respect for the power of Time. With these basic tools it is possible to craft a reasonable defense against the material, social, emotional, mental, and spiritual crises of sustained onslaughts of Shani.

  • Lower Shani, Higher Shani -- higher is easier!

At the lower levels of awareness, Shani's script generates judgmentalism, anxiety and worry. At the higher levels, Shani indicates discipline, trained skill, and moral accountability to the customs of one's people. Should one notice a sinking of consciousness into the lower realms of anxiety and worry, it may be useful to consider that choosing to experience Shani at the higher levels is simply much easier.

Rather than worry about all the bad things that are happening or could happen, a smart Shani person looks at one's skills and abilities, looks at the task at hand, and estimates what can be done - and not done. That which can be done, will be done. That which cannot be done .... cannot be done!

Serenity

The famous Serenity Prayer of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement (and of many before them) might offer a useful instruction for one in the grips of hard-working, survival-driven Shani:

  • Lord, help me:

  • To change the things I can

  • To accept the things I can't

  • And the wisdom to know the difference.

  • Amen.

Best wishes for success in your Jyotisha studies,

Sincerely,

Barbara Pijan Lama, Jyotisha

Shani Jayanthi

email from a kind and thoughtful reader

Namaste Barbara,

Hope this email finds you in much better health than the last time and I pray that you recover swiftly. I remembered you for a particular reason. You mentioned the cause of your distress to be Saturn. I am from India and here we celebrate a festival names Shani Jayanti or Saturn's birthday. Incidentally, this year Shani Jayanti falls on Saturday, June 8, which is also Amavasya or lunar eclipse. How remarkable it is that Shani Jayanti is falling on a Saturday, dated on Saturn's number 8 and in a lunar eclipse! More remarkably, the moon on that day will be in Saturn's favorite rasi Vrishabh and Rohini nakshatra! The wonders of astrology never seem to cease!

In India, Shani Jayanti is celebrated with people going to Shani temple where they offer mustard and til oil on his idol. There is an interesting place in India named Shani Shingnapur in a remote village. It is a 10-12 hour journey by road from where I live. There is an interesting story behind this place which you can read here - http://www.shanidev.com/

The statue of Shani was said to have appeared by itself here and people will come to this place in lakhs on Shani Jayanti to offer oil and take darshan. Such is the fear of Shani here that this village has no doors because thieves fear to commit any crime here because they fear punishment from Shani!

If you have any one here in India, you could ask him/her to donate oil to this statue here on your behalf. I am sure it will be of great benefit to you. Or maybe you could go through the website itself and contact someone in the temple to do it on your behalf. You could also visit a shani temple if there is any where you stay and offer oil. Anyway, I will be sure to separately offer oil on your behalf on June 8 and pray to Shani for your speedy recovery.

Do get well soon!

Regards, Sanjit

Q: ... but you must understand that I had to move thousands of miles distant from my family in order to work... and I could not reveal the true situation to my colleagues ... as a matter of family honor, I felt forced to pay for my sister's wedding... I simply had no choice. A: Yes the Shani rhetoric is well known: "no choice, had to, was forced to, under duress, unable to", etc.

Shani’s broadcasts use the guilt-and-grief words: should, ought to, have to, must. Implicit in the claim of absolute necessity is the Shani subtext "or you will die".

Shani uses a lexicon of false necessity, of absolute” consequences. Zani speaks through the reptile brain in crisis as it perceives a threat to survival.

However this perceived threat is Zani's unique delusion. From a non-Shani perspective it is possible to see that one in fact did not have to” relocate thousands of miles from one's dependents; there was a choice as there always is.

Albeit rarely the other choice is death.

Indeed, you made a choice. Was the choice pro-active or reactive? Was it conscious or unconscious? Was it framed in terms of freedom or necessity? You did not from a broader perspective have to” but reactive, unconscious, necessity-driven Shani undoubtedly made it seem as if there was no choice.

There was indeed a choice.

Did anyone put a gun to your head? If so there was a genuine real-life crisis of survival, and since the only other choice was death we humans who are DEEPLY programmed to survive at all costs would perceive "no choice". In cases of direct physical threat to suvival Shani's judgment is highly accurate.

Usually however, Shani’s fear-driven inner dialog claims that external forces” govt, the economy, social criticism etc have vastly more power than any puny individual intelligence (Surya).

But this Zani-talk is spiritually false. All power comes from the Light Within. Yet anti-spiritual materialist Zani "the voice of social control" continues to broadcast His survival propaganda.

Some years ago I knew a woman who was living in a miserable state of mind, on the verge of suicide . She suffered from horrible self-blaming and vicious depressions – all in response to her self-perceived and self-defined FAILURE to give birth to her second child. She got stuck in a Shani-loop of blaming the system” and refusing to accept personal responsibility for her own self-invalidation.

She had desperately wanted a second child, and was in a non-married relationship when she conceived. Her amour would not abandon his highly placed wife and marital estate in order to marry the outside lover.

This woman searched her soul and decided that she had to” abort the much-wanted child because the social indignity (Shani) of being an unwed mother would crush” her parents. Shani-logic made it all sound like there was no possibility of choice since this was a matter of survival”… Yet from a non-Shani perspective it is easy to see that she certainly could have kept her child.

A few non-fear, non-Shani options include: She could have left the country, taken her children abroad, worked a hard job to make ends meet; it would have been tough but she certainly could have done it. Unfortunately being in the thrall of Zani, she felt fear of self-determination (5), so she took steps to annihilate any incipient consciousness of free choice. The agony of her guilt was massive, endless, and ultimately drove her into alcoholism and very sadly emotional abuse of the first child. All because of her self-fulfilling negative conviction that she had no choice”.

Shani's "necessity narrative" can be very convincing, particularly if Shani has a relationship to bhava-2 or bhava-4 signifying family, or Shani impacts Chandra (emotional security) or Shani is temporarily oppressing an important lagna, such as during Sade Sati or Shani ashtamsha.

Nevertheless one who is aware of Shani's unique delusions and who is willing to take a "second opinion" from a non-survival, non-materialistic, non-society, pro-creative, pro-intelligence perspective may be able to reduce Shani's most extreme reactivity to a more moderate attitude of neutrality. That horrible oppressive feeling of absolute necessity need not be the determining experience of Shani. Maturity asserts that there is indeed always another choice, even if the alternative is to simply do nothing.

Complaint Department

"Sister Mary Katherine entered the Monastery of Silence.

The Priest said, Sister, this is a silent monastery. You are welcome to stay here as long as you like, but you may not speak until I direct you to do so .

Sister Mary Katherine lived in the monastery for 5 years before the Priest said to her, Sister Mary Katherine, you have been here for 5 years. You can speak two words.

Sister Mary Katherine said, Hard bed.

I'm sorry to hear that, the Priest said, We will get you a better bed.

After another 5 years, Sister Mary Katherine was called by the Priest. You may say another two words, Sister Mary Katherine.

Cold food, said Sister Mary Katherine.

The Priest assured her that the food would be better in the future.

On her 15th anniversary at the monastery, the Priest again called Sister Mary Katherine into his office. You may say two words today.

I quit, said Sister Mary Katherine.

It's probably best, said the Priest. You've done nothing but bitch since you got here. "

14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso .

The Dalai Lama's Book of Wisdom.

Two Possible Results

"When unfortunate things happen in our lives there are two possible results.

One possibility is mental unrest, anxiety, fear, doubt, frustration and eventually depression,

  • and, in the worst case, even suicide.

  • That's one way.

The other possibility is that because of that tragic experience you become more realistic,

  • you become closer to reality.

With the power of investigation, the tragic experience may make you stronger and increase your self-confidence and self-reliance.

  • The unfortunate event can be source of inner strength. "

Matthew 22:15-22

(New International Version )

"Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.

They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians.

Rabbi, they said, we know that you are a man of integrity

and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.

You aren't swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are.

Tell us then, what is your opinion?

Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said,

You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?

Show me the coin used for paying the tax.

They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them,

Whose image is this?

And whose inscription?

Caesar's, they replied.

Then he said to them,

So give back to Caesar what is Caesar's, and give to God what is God's.

When they heard this, they were amazed.

So they left him and went away. "

When everything is coming your way, you're probably in the wrong lane.

Determination


H. H. Dalai Lama, The Dalai Lama's Book of Awakening

"[An] important factor is your determination.

You should not imagine that all these developments can take place within a few days or a few years;

  • they may even take several eons,

  • so determination is evidently vital.

If you consider yourself a Buddhist and want to really practice Buddha Dharma,

then right from the start you must make up your mind to do so until the end,

regardless of whether it takes millions or billions of eons.

  • After all, what is the meaning of our life? In itself, there is no intrinsic meaning.

However, if we use life in a positive way,

  • then even the days and the months and the eons can become meaningful.

On the other hand, if you just fritter your life away aimlessly then even one day feels too long.

You will find that once you have a firm determination and a clear objective, then time is not important. "

Inner development comes step by step.


14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso , A Policy of Kindness: An Anthology of Writings By and About the Dalai Lama.

Compiled and edited by Sidney Piburn, foreword by Sen. Claiborne Pell.

"You may think, Today my inner calmness, my mental peace, is very small, but still, if you compare, if you look five, ten, or fifteen years back, and think What was my way of thinking then? How much inner peace did I have then and what is it today?

  • Comparing it with what it was then, you can realize that there is some progress, there is some value.

This is how you should compare: not with today's feeling and yesterday's feeling, last week, last month, or not even last year, but five years ago. Then you can realize what improvement has occurred internally.

  • Progress comes by maintaining constant effort in daily practice. "

How to See Yourself As You Really Are by 14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso ,

trans. ed. Jeffrey Hopkins:

"Laziness comes in many forms,all of which result in procrastination, putting off practice to another time.

  • Sometimes laziness is a matter of being distracted from meditation by morally neutral activities, like sewing or considering how to drive from one place to another; this type of laziness can be especially pernicious because these thoughts and activities are not usually recognized as problems.

At other times, laziness manifests as distraction to thinking about nonvirtuous activities, such as an object of lust or how to pay an enemy back.

Another type of laziness is the sense that you are inadequate to the task of meditation, feeling inferior and discouraged: How could someone like me ever achieve this!

In this case you are failing to recognize the great potential of the human mind and the power of gradual training. All of these forms of laziness involve being unenthusiastic about meditation. How can they be overcome?

Contemplation of the advantages of attaining mental and physical flexibility will generate enthusiasm for meditation and counteract laziness.

Once you have developed the meditative joy and bliss of mental and physical flexibility, you will be able to stay in meditation for as long as you want.

At that time your mind will be completely trained so you can direct it to any virtuous activity; all dysfunctions of body and mind will have been cleared away. "

Don't Give Up!


14th Dalai Lama Tenzing Gyatso .

  • How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life. (2003).

  • Jeffrey Hopkins (Trans., Ed.)

"...Do not be discouraged.

It would be very foolish to give up now.

On those occasions when you feel most hopeless, you must make a powerful effort.

  • We are so accustomed to faulty states of mind that it is difficult to change with just a little practice.

Just a drop of something sweet cannot change a taste that is powerfully bitter.

  • We must persist in the face of failure.

In difficult personal circumstances the best recourse is to try to remain as honest and sincere as possible.

  • Otherwise, by responding harshly or selfishly, you simply make matters worse.

This is especially apparent in painful family situations.

  • You should realize that difficult present circumstances are entirely due to your own past undisciplined actions, so when you experience a difficult period, do your best to avoid behavior that will add to your burden later on.


It is important to diminish undisciplined states of mind, but it is even more important to meet adversity with a positive attitude.

  • Keep this in mind:

  • By greeting trouble with optimism and hope, you are undermining worse troubles down the line.

Beyond that, imagine that you are easing the burden of everyone suffering problems of that kind.

This practice -- imagining that by accepting your pain you are using up the negative karma of everyone destined to feel such pain -- is very helpful. "

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