What is Saturn in Astrology? What does Saturn Represent in Vedic Astrology?
Saturn in Astrology represents your uncle, the type of boss you’ll have, your good and bad deeds in this life or the past, how hard will you work, your true career and wealth, your level of maturity, and aspects of your life that might be restricted for at least 50% of the time. Even though Saturn in Vedic Astrology limits your ability of certain aspects of your life depending upon the sign and house its ruling, it usually frees you up from its aftermath after the age of 35 per Vedic astrology. Saturn is limitation, restriction, discipline, structure, order, law, obstacles, delay, focus, and separation. Saturn is the General of the Army.
Saturn is our limitation in life. It sets boundaries to what we can and cannot achieve.
Saturn in Vedic Astrology represents- responsibility, organization, structure, delay, separation, grief, life span as in longevity, antique items, old people, chronic illnesses, fear, anxiety, labor work, lower class, lower type jobs, construction.
It’s the wake-up call, as Saturn shows you the truth and reality of life. Most of us are walking around daydreaming, and have an illusion of our elicit future. But during Saturn’s Dasha, and Saturn’s transit, we are awakened by the harsh reality that exists around us. We are forced to be more practical and disciplined about our goals rather than searching for them on an esoteric level.
For Example Saturn in the 7th house or the zodiac sign that Saturn rules are in the 7th house, and, if Saturn (aspects) the 7th house, this will give you a late or delayed marriage or business partnership, but it WILL give you a marriage. It just delays it, and knowing this fact, it will be better if you got married after the age of 32. If you have this placement in your chart and you get married before that age, then the divorce will be your next calling. This is why it’s so important to know your true astrology and your true astrological chart, as it will help you skip the rocks on your pathway. Do all marriages with Saturn’s placement in the 7th house or aspect on the 7th house get delayed? No, but most of the time it does.
Externally, Saturn (Shani) signifies people who maintain the low level and basic facilities: service people, workmen, people doing manual labor, cleaning people, servants, people dedicated to their jobs for a long time, very responsible and committed people. Also signified are people who are very introverted or hidden from the public eye, researchers, reclusive, monks.
Physically, Shani signifies the parts of the body that are instrumental to restricting the movement. Whereas Surya signifies the bones, Shani signifies the joints, tenants, and muscles that keep the skeleton within a range of motions. Shani also signifies the physical aspect of the nervous system.
Internally, Shani indicates traits and abilities related to long-term values. Responsibility, commitment, the ability to deal with grief, stability, longevity.
Qualities signified by Shani: slow but steady, responsible, cold, withdrawn, humble, restricted, detached, dirty, dark, old.
Determining what objects are signified by Saturn: Whatever parts are most remote from the core, whatever part is essential for the physical longevity, the least attractive parts that have their use in the long run, things related to elimination and separation.
Saturn, according to most, including the true Vedic historians, was the main significator of wealth and status, as it originally controls the 10th and 11th house in the Zodiac and controls the sign of Capricorn and Aquarius which are the 10th and 11th zodiac signs. In Hindu culture, Saturn has been bread to people as the most demonic planet that gives nothing but sorrow and trouble to people.
Venus only brings love in the true reality of planetary energy while Jupiter brings wisdom; it is Saturn and its energy that brings all that you need and more in life; for this is why Blue Sapphire is considered the most dangerous stone in astrology, as it can either kill you, or take you to new heights, but the fact-of-the-matter is, it only benefits most of the time, but out of fear people never wear it. It is supposed to be worn on the neck, or on the middle finger of either hand. Blue Sapphire captures the invisible rays of the planet Saturn and transmits them into our nerves as the light hits our skin from an open back ring or pendant. But remember, Blue Sapphire and its relationship to Saturn was never present in Prashara hora shastra.
Karaka is the reason for happening events in life whereas Karakatwas is the domain of the planet for delivering things. For example- Venus is Karaka of Marriage whereas Karakatwas of Venus is Marriage.
As per Uttara Kalamrita Vedic Textbook, Saturn in Astrology is the Karakatwas for: Saturn presides over laziness, without manliness, telling lies, long lasting, a servile duty, unrighteous conduct, obstruction, distress, ill health, disease, enmity, sorrow, death, sickness, long standing distress, misunderstanding, misery, death, happiness through a woman, wicked mind, friendship, great anger, exertion, cruel-hearted, lead, misdirected strength, strong at the end of the day, entire sovereignty, alarm, gain, theft, fear, proof of witness, one losing his ego, indignation, exertion, sins, cruelty, one with disfigured limbs, handsome look, old age, tendons and muscles, haunting woods, serpent world, traveling through forests and over mountains, living by agriculture, wandering in the battle field, roaming in hilly areas, horse, elephant, asses and mules, birds, gift, dog, goats and the like, buffalos and the like, skin, ugly hair, bones, lead, maid servant, bastard, one born of the lowest caste, a student belonging to another caste, external position, born of a very low mother, outcast, eunuch, a lord, Golaka, Sudra, Vaisya, one representing the father, learning the trade of another class, nobility, cripple, sharp, indulging in sexual pleasure, friendship with the wicked, a portion of life, year, longevity, Sisira, Ritu or winter, facing West, fondness for the North-eastern quarter, the three sacred fires, one wind, dressing oneself for amorous appeals, dirty clothes and house, ashes, with the wicket, black color, evil, cruelty, black grains, gems, precious stones, iron, a spear, oil, wood, hunter, a Turk, Brahmin, worshipping God Yama, a blanket, life saving drugs, downward look, life saving drugs, downward look, living by agriculture, arsenal, downfall, lost battle, wandering, worn out, Tamas and hard-heartedness.
Health and Physiology Significance of Saturn in Astrology
Saturn presides over muscles, the Sun over bones, the Moon over blood, Mercury over skin, Venus, over semen, Jupiter over flesh, and Mars over the marrow of the bones.
The Sun is the Soul of the Zodiacal Man (Kala Purusa); the Moon is his mind; Mars his vigor, Mercury his speech; Jupiter his knowledge and happiness; Venus his love and desires; Saturn is the sorrow. Of the planets, the Sun and the Moon are the kings, Mars is the commander-in-chief; Mercury, the first prince, Jupiter and Venus are the ministers, and Saturn, the servant.
Saturn brings on diseases caused by wind and phlegm, paralysis of the leg, misfortune, weariness, mental aberration stomach-ache, excess of internal heat, desertion of servants, injury to the ribs, danger to wife and children, injury to some limb, mental anguish. He is responsible for causing a blow from a piece of wood or stone and trouble from (foul) ignominious goblins and the like. Saturn will bring death through windy diseases (Vata) or a dangerous fever like typhoid. Saturn governs touch (along with Rahu and Ketu).
Muhurat Significance of Saturn in Astrology
On a day presided over by Saturn or when Saturn is in the ascendant, all work undertaken in connection with the following things will be crowned with success: On the day presided over by Saturn, one should do work relating to the following things for achieving success – Female buffaloes, goats, camels, iron, slaves, old persons, lowborn persons, birds (like vultures), thieves, hunters, the mannerless, broken pots, elephant-catching, and obstructionist activities. Otherwise (in other activities), one will not get even a drop of water in the ocean. The following is written in Brihat Samhita which is an ancient Vedic textbook. So the following activities should be converted to Modern Pointview to get a detailed insight into the kind of work we should do.
Dasha Significance of Saturn in Vedic Astrology
From the results predicted for dashas (planetary periods) we can learn additional favorable and unfavorable significations and associations.
During Saturn’s auspicious Dasha or Antardasha: During Saturn’s auspicious Dasha or Antardasha, one gains asses, camels, hawks and other birds, old wife and worship from villagers or townsmen where many people of the same caste reside, and also coarse grains such as jowar and bajra.
During Saturn’s inauspicious Dasha or Antardasha: During Saturn’s inauspicious Dasha or Antardasha, one gets mental pain in solving subtle problems, eye diseases, and enmity with religious disbelievers.
Description of Planet Saturn as per Vedic Textbooks
According to Parashara: Saturn has a big body, tawny hair and tawny eyes are phlegmatic, intelligent, and learned in all Shastras.
According to Horasara: Saturn has stout and tall body; his eyes are neither big nor small, he is intelligent, well-versed in politics or policy making has prominent bilious composition, is a very eloquent speaker, wears yellow apparels and jewels and is of noble disposition.
According to Bhirat Jataka: Saturn has a big body, yellow hair and yellow eyes, superior intellect and a phlegmatic nature.
According to Saravali: The eyes of Saturn are somewhat reddish-brown. He is learned in Vedas. His voice resembles that of a lion. He is firm and prominently Satwik. His physical complexion is akin to the pure yellow metal. He has a broad and prominent chest. He is always fond of virtues and is modest. He has firm and large eyes and is of a forgiving disposition. He wears yellow apparel, is phlegmatic, fat, and pre-eminent.
According to Phala Deepika: Saturn has a body of yellowish hue His eyes and hair brown. He has got a fat and elevated chest and possesses a big body. He is phlegmatic in temperament and is exceedingly intelligent. His voice is similar to that of a lion or the sound of the conch. He is always after wealth.
According to Sarvartha Chintamani: Saturn is of satvik temperament, is endowed with all the good qualities of character, has yellow eyes, has no hair on the head.
Characteristics of Saturn in Vedic Astrology
Emaciated and long physique, Tawny eyes, Windy in temperament, Big teeth, Indolent, Lame, Coarse Hair
Person of 100 years
Hermaphrodite, Eunochs, Neuter
Aspect of Life
Grief, Five senses, Touch
Characteristic mark on body
On the Left side, Leg
Apparel / Clothing
Rag, Torn clothing, Multi-coloured Robes
Black, Sapphire like blue, Blue or Black, Dark
Lowest Caste Persons, Sudras
Tamas or Darkness of Inertia, Tamasic
Average Daily Motion
Rashi of Exaltation
Libra 20 Degrees
Rashi of Debilitation
Aries 20 Degrees
Grain / Pulse
Dhatu / Mula / Jiva
Dhatu (minerals) Ceepers (in own signs), Minerals (in other signs)
Leg and Hand Ornaments, Ornaments containing nails, hair, teeth, sapphire or iron
Stainless Sapphire, Sapphire
Sapphire like Stone
Plants, Trees and Food
Thorny trees, Supple and Weak trees, Useless trees
The black soil or the soil where iron can be found, filthy ground, ant hills