Saturn – The Ultimate Teacher
Saturn is a planet that denotes Tapasya and it’s main aim is to free us from our own Karma and impressions. Saturn signifies accountability, discipline, hard work and change.
Lord Shani (the deity of Saturn) is hailed as the Lord of Karma. The harsh and ultimate reality is that we are born to pay off our karmic debts, but we get lost in the process and get way too attached to the mundane. It is at these times Saturn comes to our rescue to shake up things in our lives to help us get back to reality. The way Saturn goes about his duty is not enjoyable, but it certainly is extremely effective.
What is Saturn Return?
Saturn Return is an astrological transit where the planet Saturn returns to the same position as it were in your birth chart when you were born.
For example, if you have Saturn in Capricorn in your birth chart, when Saturn transits the sign Capricorn, It is your Saturn Return.
It happens roughly once in 29.5 years as Saturn takes almost 2.5 years to transit the entire zodiac.
How to calculate Saturn Return?
Find the zodiac sign where Saturn is placed in your chart. Now check which sign Saturn is transiting currently. If they match, then it is your Saturn Return. To check when is your next Saturn Return and to know about your previous Saturn Returns visit here.
What to expect during your Saturn Return?
Saturn Return is a period of transformation and change. You do not have to fear it as it is not negative. It is best to embrace the change during this time. It may bring a new relationship or put an end to a toxic relationship. During this time you may be forced to rethink your career goals and plan for the future. You may also make changes to your lifestyle, home etc.
If you are focused and matured – Saturn Return is a breeze for you. If not, there may be some experiences that highlights the need for disciple, focus and maturity.
If you allow Saturn to do it’s work you will come out of it being empowered to live a life that you truly deserve. But on the other hand if you resist, it may not be a pleasant journey.
What type of changes you will experience depends on your own chart, for example if Saturn is in Virgo – then during your Saturn return you may experience themes related to the sign Virgo which may test your purity. It will also force you to do selfless service, get into a fitness regime, health and healing (Virgo is the natural 6th house) and if Virgo is your 3rd house then you may experience some reality checks in the area of siblings and close friends. Your courage and confidence will be sharpened and you may venture into your own business rather than working for someone.
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Saturn Return – Rituals and Remedies
- Worship the Kalabhairav form of Lord Shiva
Kalabhairav is the “Lord of Time”. “Udyamao Bhairavah” – Shiv Sutras. “Bhairava” means he who nourishes and who creates fullness. Bhairava fills up our incompleteness or lack. When we invest 100 percent of our energy in any action, there will be no regrets, and when there are no regrets there is no fear or anxiety. The mind is complete, awake and in the present moment. In this state of awakened consciousness, the mind turns inward, becomes peaceful and surrenders. The surrendered mind finds prosperity, strength, peace, cheerfulness and success!
- Read the “The Greatness of Saturn”
The telling of mythic stories has always been a powerful form of therapy, bringing healing to people facing adversity. The Greatness of Saturn is such a therapeutic myth, told and retold through many centuries. Taken from the East Indian Vedic tradition, it honors the planet Saturn, who personifies time, limitations, loss, and all forms of adversity.
- Walk barefoot on Grass on Saturdays
“Life does not always believe in strength. Weakness has beauty in it, because it is tender and soft. A storm comes; big, strong trees will fall. Grass (small plants) will simply bend, and then the storm goes by, and they are again smiling and flowering. In fact, the storm has freshened them, it has taken their dust, that’s all. They are more alive, younger, fresher, and the storm has given them a good bath. And the old trees, very strong, have fallen because they resisted. They would not bend; they were very egoistic.”- Lao Tzu
One of the things that Saturn is trying to teach us is to be humble. Walk on grass on his day (Saturday is ruled by Saturn) to invoke the blessings of Saturn.
- Worship Lord Hanuman
When you pray to Hanuman with devotion and completely surrender to HIM, you imbibe his qualities. And those are the exact qualities that can help you with Saturn. It helps you with a positive Saturn energy.
Pay your karmic debts without expecting anything in return. Saturn is the lord of Karma. And by voluntarily and lovingly donating to those in need you can pay your karmic debts! Dānam (pronounced as Daanam), is the Sanskrit word for charity or donation.
Living creatures get influenced through dānam,
Enemies lose hostility through dānam,
A stranger may become a loved one through dānam,
Vices are killed by dānam.
— A Hindu Proverb
- Be in the Present Moment – Meditate
Saturn shows us our reality, He creates difficulties in life for us to appreciate what we have HERE & NOW. So learn to be in the present moment to honor Saturn. Meditation helps you be in the present moment.
- Simplify your life by removing clutter.
We fear Saturn because he removes things that are not needed for our growth. One of the simplest ways to please Saturn is to declutter and stay organized.
Remove clutter at home by discarding things that you no longer need. Remove clutter in your mind through silence and meditation. Remove clutter in your life by staying away from relationships that no longer serves your growth.
- Honor the Sun
Saturn is connected to darkness. Saturn exalts in the sign libra where the Sun gets debilitated. Sun is light, Saturn is Darkness. Light gets rid of darkness, so worship and honor the Sun God every day. You can also chant the name of Rama who is connected to the exaltation of the Sun.
Good analysis of shanidev, remedies are also practical, danam is really mahakalyanam