Saturn in Dhanishta (Capricorn) Insights

After a long transit in Shravana Nakshatra, Saturn will finally move into the Dhanishta Nakshatra on February 17th, 2022.

Every nakshatra has 4 padas or parts. The first 2 padas of Dhanishta Nakshatra falls in the sign of Capricorn and the last 2 Padas fall in the sign of Aquarius. So, Dhanishta is the nakshatra that connects the sign of Capricorn (natural 10th house of karma/work) and Aquarius (the natural 11th house of gains).


Saturn in Dhanishta (Capricorn) – Feb 17, 2022 to April 28, 2022
Saturn in Dhanishta (Aquarius) – April 28, 2022 to July 12, 2022

Saturn will Retrograde back into Dhanishta (Capricorn) on July 12, 2022 and stay there until January 17, 2023.

Note – This article is written only for Saturn’s transit in the Capricorn side of Dhanishta Nakshatra.

Dhanishta – The Nakshatra of Music, Wealth and Fame

Dhanishta means “wealthiest”. Another name of this nakshatra is Sravishta which means “the most heard of” or “famous”. Dhanishta is in fact one of the wealthiest Nakshatras of the zodiac.

The symbol of this Nakshatra is the Drum (Damru of Lord Shiva) and Flute of Lord Krishna. This is the nakshatra of music, symphony and rhythm. It is also related to the rhythm of the universe and our own heart beat.

Mars is the ruler of this Nakshatra and it also gets exalted in this Nakshatra. Dhanishta is the bridge that connects the energy and passion of Mars with the discipline and dispassion of Saturn.

The deity of Dhanishta is the Ashta Vasus. Ashta means 8 and Vasu is ‘Brilliance or ‘Wealth Giver’. The 8 divine forces of nature are: āpa (water), dhruva (pole star), soma (moon), dhava or dhara (earth), anila (wind), anala (fire), pratyūṣa (dawn) and prabhāsa (light). Dhanishta is the culmination of these divine forces and is one of the reasons why it is such a powerful and lucky asterism.

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Saturn in Dhanishta (Capricorn) – Karma Yoga

As mentioned, Dhanishta is all about Rhythm! If you have a sudden interest in Music, be rest assured its the work of Saturn in Dhanishta. I have experienced this myself and have heard the same from a number of my friends as well. So if you find people tapping their fingers to the beat of a song in their head, consider it normal.

When Saturn is in this Nakshatra, it will help you think of constructive ways to use the Mars energy and sustain it over a period of time.

Mars is a fast moving planet, but Saturn is slow – So a balance between wanting to get things done in a haste combined with some attention to detail and perseverance is needed.

Mars is a hot headed fiery planet while Saturn is a cold and airy planet – The energy and passion of Mars needs to be balanced with the discipline and dispassion of Saturn. “Karma Yoga” is the perfect way to describe what’s needed during this transit. Work hard and forget about the results just like what Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita.

“Karmanye vadhikaraste ma phaleshu kadachana; Maa karmaphalahetur bhoor maa te sango’stwakarmani.
One has the right to do (good) work but not the right to expect the fruits (of the good work.
-The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Verse 47

So If you are able to work hard by trusting that whatever is due to you will come in it’s own time, then this transit will be fantastic for you. If you are someone known to procrastinate, then this is the time to come out of that habit. If you do not “act”, the energy of Mars + Saturn can make you gloomy and dull. This is an “active” nakshatra so get up and get going.

Saturn is in it’s own sign in the first 2 padas of Dhanishta. But Dhanishta is ruled by it’s enemy Mars (Saturn gets debilitated in Aries which is the sign ruled by Mars). This signifies the importance of curbing the negative aspects of Mars which are in contrast to Saturn’s natural energy.

The first pada of Dhanishta falls in the Leo Navamsha which is also Ashtamamsha (Leo is 8th from Capricorn).

This signifies transformation. If we can let go of our ego, this transit can help us transform for the better. Give selflessly and Saturn will reward you (Saturn loves selfless service and responsibility), but if you cling on to your ego and want to keep satisfying your own needs then this may cause some conflicts and some rewiring may be needed. This is the pada of accomplishments for those that are ready to see beyond themselves.

The Second pada of Dhanishta nakshatra falls in the Navamsa of Virgo. Mercury gets exalted in Virgo and Venus gets debilitated. So this transit will favor people who are logical, meticulous and practical. Communication will be refined and it is a great period for digital advertising, marketing, writing, music making, video productions, research, etc.

This is not the best time for marriages and relationships in general, and we need to be aware of this. A small misunderstanding if left unattended can blow up to cause turbulences. It is best to be patient (Saturn) and avoid taking any decisions to break up.

Practical Remedies for Saturn in Dhanishta

  1. This nakshatra is all about Rhythm and there is something so subtle that most of us tend to ignore, which is the Rhythm in our own breath. This is the best time to pursue practices like Sudarshan Kriya (Rhythmic Breathing) which will help in clearing sanskaras (mental impressions).
  2. Whenever you are feeling dull or a bit off or when you need some inspiration listen to Drums and Flute music. It will help to clear your mind and have a healing effect on you.
  3. Listen to Shiv Tandav Stotram especially on Tuesdays, Saturdays and on days when the moon transits Dhanishta Nakshatra.
  4. Chant the mantra “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya
  5. The animal connected to Dhanishta nakshatra is the lion who is the vehicle or vahana of Goddess Durga, so chanting the mantra Om Dum Durgaye Namah or listening to Durga Suktam is an excellent remedy for this nakshatra.
  6. Since Dhanishta is the combined energy of Hari (Vishnu) and Hara (Siva) you can worship Lord Ayyappa who is known as Hari Hara Putra (Son of Hari and Hara). Tapasya is the best form of worship to Lord Ayyappa, so pick a day in the week and refrain from things you like on that day.
  7. The tree connected to Dhanishta is the Shami tree. You can nurture or water the Shami tree on Saturdays. Interestingly Shami tree is connected to the planet Saturn as well and is used in Yajnas performed for Shani.
  8. Light a lamp in the evening using sesame oil especially on Saturdays.
  9. Sage Angiras is the Rishi connected to Dhanishta nakshatra. Brihaspati or Jupiter comes from this lineage as well. You can chant the mantra Om Angirasaaya Namah
  10. Learn to play a musical instrument, this is a creative way to use the energy of this asterism.

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