Sade Sati is a very dreadful word for the common masses. When, Shani transits through the 12th, 1st, and 2nd bhava from the Chandra (where one's Moon is placed in the birth chart), this is termed Sade satti. Saturn takes 2½ years to pass through each sign (30 years to make one round of the zodiac), its passing through 3 bhavas make it 7 ½ years. Sade means "half" and Satti translates to "seven" and hence the name Sade Satti. There is a general belief that Sade Sati period brings dissatisfaction, disappointments, depression, differences, disputes, disharmony and undesirable results ,but actually this is not the case. Shani does not always behave this way and it really depends on individual's chart. For example if Shani is acting as a yoga karaka, there is no way it can cause all that problems in native's life. Most of the people go through 2-3 periods of Sade Satti in their life time, 4 periods are very rare. It reappears after every 25 years from when it first finished.

Sade Sati Influence

While it is true that during this 7-1/2 years Shani transit period people do experience some tensions and troubles, it is nothing to be scared about. Even while giving some troubles and tensions, it does not deny you success. As a matter of fact a number of people prosper to new heights during this period. Sade Sati is about doing one's obligatory duties without considering likes and dislikes. One who does this forever is least effected by Sade Sati and in fact gains during this period. However if anyone is arrogant, egoistic, unsympathetic, and non-hard working then he is targeted during the person's Sade Sati and can make him go through a lot of hardships.

Three Cycles of Sade Sati

First cycle of Sade Sati generally affects close relatives more than the native. The 2nd cycle influences the domestic front as well as the business front, and the 3rd cycle affects children, family, health, and physical suffering or may even indicate the death of the native. However before coming to any conclusion an astrologer must the following things.

Is Shani acting as a functional benefic or malefic in the Janma Kundali?

Is Shani coming under aspect of any naturally benefic/malefic grahas.

What is the Dasa/bhukti running during that time? Is Shani involved there?

Is the transit of Shani under Vedha from Guru?

What is the nature of Nakshatra under which Shani falls in Janma Kundali?

How strong is the JK. E.g. how many benefic planets in kona and Kendras, How well placed is Lagna and Lagna lord etc..

What's the influence of Lagna on Shani? E.g. is Shani in Lagna or is it in conjunction with Lagna lord.

As you can see the results will really vary chart to chart. If someone is having all the -ve factor in the chart as explained above then his time will be very bad, but if someone has most of the factors as +ve, then Shani will end up giving very good results. Keep this in mind while studying the bad effect explained below.

First Cycle

In the first cycle, when Shani transits 12th house from Chandra for 2.5 years, the evil results are felt more by the parents and near relations of the native than the native himself. There could be some eye related problems to people who abuse this wonderful gift e.g. watching too much TV by sitting close to it. Shani from this position throws its 3rd aspect on the 2nd house, which may affect the financial position of the native by increasing the wasteful expenditure. Because of 7th aspect on 6th house it can cause some debt. And finally because of 10th aspect on 9th house, it can bring down the general fortune of the native and can also cause setbacks to the father of native.

Second Cycle

During the Second Cycle when Shani transits first house from Chandra for 2.5 years, it affects the native himself in domestic (7th aspect on 7th house and professional fields(10th aspect on 10th house). Being in the first house it denotes ill health for the native. It can result in Weak finances, many miseries, loss of health, separation from family, loss of friends, increase in unnecessary expenditure, failure in undertakings, humiliation, loss of self confidence and self respect. One must keep in mind that these results can occur only when Shani is acting as a pure malefic in the native's chart as explained above. Less than 5% of the natives going through Sade Sati will actually feel all these results. For most of the people there will be mixed results only.

Third Cycle

During the Third Cycle when Shani transits in the 2nd house from Chandra, It affects one's health, children and may even cause death if it come in late life .During this transit (8th house aspect). It may cause Loss of money, heavy expenditure, loss of health, unhappy domestic life (aspect on 4th house), mental distress, loss of wealth, increase in enemies, physical distress, quarrels with relatives and friends, lots of grief, all sorts of sufferings.

Remedies for Sade Sati

Remedies should not be applied without taking into consideration how exactly the Sade Sati is going to affect you. If Shani is trying to correct some of the wrong doings of your life e.g. trying to make you work very hard by creating obstacles, then it should probably be left untouched as its doing it for your own betterment. However if you feel that your life is really going through hell, you must consult a competent astrologer before applying any remedy. Daily reciting of Hanuman Chalisa can be done without any problem as it helps the native in all cases. Similarly wearing an Iron ring made out of horse shoe in your middle finger of right hand, offering copper and sesame oil to Shani every Saturday are other harmless activities. Wearing any stone during this period is an absolute No No, unless the astrologer has really done his analysis (You can ask him the questions I explained earlier).


Shani, which according to mythology is the son of Sun God, is not always a bad planet. Proper care must be given to complete analysis of this planet before concluding that Sade Sati can cause problems in one's life.



For Saturn (To be chanted 23000 times)

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Ravi Putram Yamagrajam
Chaya Maanda Sambhutam Tam
Namami Sanaischaram”

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