Saturn Transit In Astrology

The movement of Saturn through a sign is known as Saturn transit and is the most discussed and important planetary transit.  

Every 2.5 years, Saturn passes through a new sign and brings a new set of effects cum complications along with it.

Right now Saturn transit 2024 in Aquarius sign is happening.

It is important to understand the concept and functioning of Saturn transit in Vedic astrology.

Without its proper understanding and application making predictions are next to impossible in astrology.

One need to understand that Saturn transit is the most important transit in astrology.

In this article, I will mention everything about Saturn transit and the following will be covered in it.

Saturn In Astrology

Saturn is considered the most malefic planet in Vedic astrology and is the significator of sorrow, poverty, misery, hardships, etc.

It rules over signs of Capricorn and Aquarius. Saturn becomes exalted in Libra and feels comfortable in signs of Taurus, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.

It goes in debilitation in the sign of Aries and feels uncomfortable in signs of Gemini, Cancer, Leo, and  Scorpio.

The Mahadasha of Saturn lasts for 19 years which is the second-longest mahadasha after Venus.

As per the rules lordship, Saturn is Yogakaraka for Taurus and Libra ascendant signs whereas is malefic for Aries, Cancer, Leo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, and Pisces ascendant.

Its transit is the slowest transit which takes 2.5 years to cross through on sign. Whereas the complete cycles tales around 30 years.

Other important details are given below:

  • Nature: Natural malefic.
  • Gender: Neutral.
  • Caste: Servant.
  • Direction: West.
  • Places: Places with low roofs, old temples.
  • Own Sign: Capricorn, Aquarius.
  • Exaltation: Libra.
  • Debilitation: Aries.
  • Mooltrikone: Aquarius.
  • Friends: Mercury, Venus, and Saturn itself.
  • Enemies: Sun, Moon, Mars.
  • Gemstone: Blue Sapphire.
  • Aspect: 3rd, 7th, and 10th.
  • Metal: Iron.
  • Grain: Black Sesame seeds.
  • Colour: Black.
  • Taste: Astringent.
  • Relation: Servants and labours.
  • Element: Airy.
  • Temperament: Melancholic.
  • Age: Old about 108 years.
  • Dasha period: 19 years.
  • Nakshatras: Pushya, Anuradha, Uttara Bhadrapada.
  • Karaka: Sorrow, poverty, old age, and death.
  • Speed of Motion: 2.5 min per day in direct motion.

Importance Of Saturn Transit In Astrology

Saturn transit is the most important transit in Vedic astrology. Its effects are always significant and long-lasting and each time its transit gives a new direction to our life.

Without the permission of Saturn transit, no major event can take place in our life.

There should be no argument about this!!

When seen from Moon, the transit of Saturn through the 12th house starts the Sade Sati for a native and this Sade sati lasts for 7.5 years until Saturn transit is over through the 2nd house from the natal Moon. 

In the same way, the complete cycle of Saturn transit in 30 years creates a significant impact on our life.

The role of Saturn transit in giving major events in life is undeniable.

Let's see how Saturn transit can give major important events in life.

Saturn Transit Plays A Vital Role In Giving Marriage To The Native

In order for a marriage to take place, the aspect of transit Saturn is must over the 7th house or 7th house lord or Venus in case of a male and Jupiter in case of a woman. 

To show the application of Saturn transit in marriage check the following example of Bill Clinton. 

Saturn transit role in marriage

He was married on 11 October 1975 and the transit chart for the same day is mentioned below.

transits on marriage day of bill clinton

On his marriage day, transit Saturn was in the sign of Cancer which falls in his 11th house and was aspecting his Venus in the 1st house. Hence, fulfilling the conditions of marriage where Saturn transit must be involved.

Without Saturn Transit Influence Childbirth Can Not Happen

In the same way, without the aspect of Saturn transit over the 5th house or its lord, childbirth can not happen. To understand the application of this rule of Saturn transit, see the Horoscope of Jawaharlal Nehru. The same rule can be applied from the Monn chart also. 

role of saturn transit in child birth

 His daughter Indira Gandhi was born on 17-11-1917 and Saturn was transiting in the sign of Cancer that day.

transit chart when indira ghandi was born

You can see that transit Saturn was in Cancer sign, which falls in the 1st house Jawaharlal Nehru and Saturn aspect was falling on the 5th lord Mars in the 3rd house.

Without Saturn Transit Involvement No Rise Can Happen In Career

 Now let's see the impact of Saturn transit over a career. In order to experience any good or bad event a career, transit Saturn should influence the 10th house, its lord from the rising ascendant or from the moon sign.

saturn transit role in career

For this again we will see the Horoscope of Jawaharlal Nehru. He became the first PM of independent India on 15-08-1947 and on that day, transit Saturn was in Cancer, which falls in his 1st house of Natal Horoscope, and transit Saturn was aspecting the 10th house of career.

saturn transit role in career

Also, on the same day of transit Jupiter was in the sign of Libra aspecting his 10th house again.

The combined influence of Saturn and Jupiter which is also known as the double transit of Saturn & Jupiter, over his 10th house-made him the 1st PM of independent India. 

 The above examples confirm the importance of Saturn transit in Vedic astrology and its ability to generate events is unparalleled.

How To Read Saturn Transit

Though I have written a separate article for this how to analyze Saturn transit 

As we are aware that, Saturn is a slow-moving planet and its transit is generally for two and a half years in each zodiac sign. 

Saturn's transit has a great impact on an individual's life as it can bring both positive and negative effects depending on its placement in the natal chart and the house it is transiting.

Some important features of Saturn transit are:

  • Saturn transit is good in 3rd, 6th, and 11th houses.
  • In the rest of the houses, the transit of Saturn causes issues, especially in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th, and 12th houses.
  • Saturn is a slow-moving planet, so its effects are long-lasting and profound.
  • Its transit over natal Moon cause peak phase of Sade sati whereas on 2nd and the 12th house it causes rising and setting phase of sade sati.
  • In 4th house Saturn transit causes Shani dhaiya and in the 8th house it causes Kantaka shani which can be extremely bad period.

The transit period can be challenging, but it helps in shaping an individual's personality, attitude, and life lessons.

Saturn transit is always important to read parallel to the Dasha system, as it indicates the onset of a new period in an individual's life.

Saturn transit is critical for understanding the native's career, social status, and overall well-being.

Therefore, the transit should be studied in-depth, and its effects should be evaluated for a longer duration than other planets.

Apart from the standard rules of reading a transit, given below are steps to apply to make a analysis on it.

The following are the steps to analyze the Saturn transit in a birth chart:

Step No. 1: Study the house where Saturn is transiting. Saturn transit influences the house it is transiting in a significant way. For instance, Saturn transit through the 1st house is challenging, but it can lead to personal growth and transformation.

Whereas Saturn transit through the 10th house can give good career growth and social status. It is important to know and understand what kind of results Saturn will bring in a certain house. There are always two sides of a coin, the same way Saturn transit any house can bring good and bad results. 

For example, its transit in the 7th house can bring marriage but at the same time it can cause separation also.

Step No. 2: Study the sign where Saturn is transiting. Saturn transit in different signs brings varying results. In general, Saturn transit is good in Capricorn, Aquarius, and Libra signs. Whereas, Saturn transit in Aries, Cancer, and Leo signs can be challenging. Because in Aries sign Saturn becomes weak whereas in Cancer and Leo it becomes uncomfortable.

Step No. 3: Study the Nakshatra or Lunar mansion where Saturn is transiting. The Nakshatra of Saturn transit gives micro-level details about the events and effects of the transit. It is essential to evaluate the impact of Saturn transit through all Nakshatras.

Step No. 4: Study the aspects of Saturn transit on other planets in the natal chart. The transit of Saturn over a particular planet can bring significant changes in its significations. Saturn can also affect the planets with which it is forming a conjunction or an aspect in transit.

Step No. 5: Evaluate the Ashtakvarga scores of the house where Saturn is transiting. If the Ashtakvarga score is above 28, the transit of Saturn will bring positive results. If the score is between 22-28, then the results will be mixed. If the score is below 22, then the results will be negative.

Overall, Saturn transit requires a detailed and meticulous analysis to understand its effects on an individual's life. 

Results Of Saturn Transit Through Each House

Saturn Transit In First House: Transit of Saturn through the first house is not considered auspicious. Saturn in its transit aspects the 3rd, 7th, and the 10th house.  It causes all sorts of issues for the native. The health of the native sees the impact right away. The native feels low energy and his zeal to do work gets affected negatively. Saturn's transit through this house causes issues in the marriage and career of the native. Relationship with spouse goes bad and native spouse suffers from health issues. The career of the native sees stagnation for the whole 2.5 years and the native faces demotion, unwanted transfers, enmity with colleagues.

Saturn Transit In Second House: Transit of Saturn through the 2nd house causes a big impact on the speech, confidence, food habits, health, marriage, and finances. Native sees troubles in handling his life matters. He becomes hopeless and tends to lose courage. Native experiences a downfall in career and his income sees a reduction. The marriage also gets affected and the bad health of the spouse leads to expenditures. Native can get hooked to alcohol or smoking during this transition of Saturn.

Saturn Transit In Third House: Transit of Saturn is considered auspicious through the 3rd house, except in the sign of Aries where Saturn is debilitated. In other signs, this transit of Saturn gives a rise in the courage of the native. Native becomes hardworking and understands the value of honesty.  This leads to a good work ethic and native experiences rise in his career and experiences steady growth. Native gets the opportunity to travel and enjoys the company of learned people. The aspect of Saturn over the 5th, 9th, and the 12th house creates different kinds of results.

Saturn Transit In Fourth House: Transit of Saturn through the 4th house leads to bad results irrespective of which sign Saturn is transiting through. The aspect of Saturn on the 6th, 10th, and 1st house indicates that the native health gets affected and the native suffers from chronic health issues and lack of energy. It causes debts and loss of wealth. Enemies make life difficult especially on the work front. Native experiences a downfall in career and his status in society goes down.

Saturn Transit In Fifth House: The effects of Saturn transit through the 5th house create negative results. From this house, the Saturn aspect falls over the 7th, 11th, and 2nd houses. Which leads to issues in digestion and troubles in the stomach region.  The difference in opinion with spouse and issues in marriage.  Native experiences break in education and issues to children. This transit of Saturn can be very karmic in nature and lots of past life pending karma comes on the surface.

Saturn Transit In Sixth House: Saturn transit through the 6th house is considered as good except for Scorpio ascendant natives because for them Saturn will transit in its sign of debilitation. For the rest of the rising ascendant sign,  this transit will lead to victory and success for the native. It leads to an increase in energy and passion which reflects in the performance of the native. Opportunities for abroad become available automatically due to the aspect of planet Saturn over the 12th house. During the duration of 2.5 years, native may experience a stage where he may go into debt. But he does come out of the situation with his hard work. The transit of Saturn in this house can activate issues in the marriage of the native.

Saturn Transit In Seventh House: Saturn transit in the 7th house is not considered as good and it creates unnecessary hassles in life. Marriage and spouse get affected during the whole duration of 2.5 years. In this transit, Saturn activates the marital issues combinations. No matter what the ascendant is, the karmic impact is always there. Native mental peace gets lost and he suffers from losses and downfall in career.

Saturn Transit In Eight House: The most malefic Saturn transit can create here. Eight House signifies chronic health issues, death, misery, obstacles, and delays. Saturn transit here causes delays and obstacles in life. The career suffers badly and humiliation can happen.  Loss of wealth is expected and disputes over the inheritance are assured.

Saturn Transit In Ninth House: Transit Saturn through the 9th house can cause a lack of support from the luck and native have to push to gain success. There will be a rise in career and wealth but it comes after a couple of failures. It becomes important to have patience and faith in own abilities. Saturn tests the native in this position, the initial effects of the transit are never good and native lands are into heavy workload and situations which can be demotivating.  During this transit of Saturn, the native can get an idea of business which he can work on to create income and gains in the future.

Saturn In Tenth House: In this house, Saturn transit gives very strong results. It gives new opportunities and brings promotion or chances for growth for the native.  Abroad opportunities can also come due to the aspect of Saturn on the 12th house.  Native work is appreciated and he gets recognition for his work. Relationships can get affected and native see tense moments with their spouse and father. 

Saturn Transit In Eleventh House: This is the best position for Saturn to transit. It creates new opportunities for wealth and existing income also sees a rise. During this Saturn transit, the native see expansion in his business and growth in his life see an increase.

Saturn Transit In Twelfth House: The transit of Saturn through the 12th house can begin a series of bad luck for the native. It can bring losses and a downfall in career. Native sleep gets affected by it and his ability to perform gets affected also. The native tends to lose money and experiences events like car breakdowns and malfunction of gadgets.  Legal issues can arise due to the aspect of Saturn over the 6th house, native chances of going abroad become very high, and native may even get PR of another country.

Transit Of Planets

Given below are links for transit for all planets. These guides will help you to understand the transit of all planets individually.

Given below are links for transit for all planets. These guides will help you to understand the transit of all planets individually.


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