The effect of Sani in a Vedic Chart produces a great deal of fear and anxiety in life. I have come to wonder over the past ten years of Saturn’s influence makes us give up easily, making it easy to succumb to the pressure that Saturn often exerts on us. The effect of Saturn in a chart hurts us by taking things away, by causing delays, and even by destroying things in our life, by causing poverty, confinement, injury, debility, shame, humiliating circumstances, and illness. Saturn mahadasas are not necessarily damaging throughout, and Saturn transits can cause rises in status as well as problems.
The most feared transit of Saturn is called “Sade Sati” or the seven and one half years of Saturn, which can destroy and reconfigure our lives most dramatically. This occurs when other Saturn is in the sign behind the natal moon, passes over the natal moon itself and passes over the second house form the natal moon. According to other sources, however, Saturn can cause damage when it passes over the fourth house from the natal Moon, especially in matters connected with home life, mother, and domestic happiness. There is another damaging transit of Saturn– the transit through the eighth house, called the Ashtami Sani. (there are only three Saturn Transits which could be called benefic). Naturally, these transits are less damaging when the ashtakavarga points are high.
Often, Saturn transits must usually be endured, but there are a few remedial measures which seem to work very well for Saturn.
The first of these is the repetition of a specific mantra which is contained in K.T. Shubhakaran’s text Nakshatras.
VAKRATUNDA MAHAKAYA SURYA KOTI SAMA PRABHA NIRVIGHNAM KURU ME DEVA SARVA KARKEYSHU SARVADA (say this once–this is a mantra to Ganesh)
CHATURBHUJO BHANACHAPA KHADGA HASTHO VARAPRADAHA GRUDHARVAHANO GATHO NITHYAM SANKOROTHU SANAISCHARAHA. Say this eleven times.
Do this EVERY DAY during difficult Saturn transits.
Another good remedial measure for Saturn is to obtain the following:
5 lb. of black dahl (lentils)
1 pint of mustard seed oil (mustard seed flavored oil is acceptable)
Some new black cloth
Some iron nails
Mix these in a bag with a Saturn mantra written on paper 108 times, such as OM PRAM PREEM PROUM SA SHANI YA NAMAHA — it is not necessary that the mantra be written in Devanagari script.
The best time to prepare the package is on a Saturday afternoon an hour before sunset during a waxing moon phase. Put the materials into a plastic bag and put into a river about an hour before sunset. This is a do-it-yourself sacrifice to Saturn, and is a form of worship for getting Saturn on your side.
To fight Saturn directly and to win, mantras for Hanuman are recommended. (please see Robert Svoboda’s THE GREATNESS OF SATURN for an accounting of Sani’s contact with Hanuman. An excellent mantra for Hanuman is:
Om Hoom Hanumate Rudratamakaye Hoom Phut Swaha.
Two other remedial measures for Saturn, contained in several texts I have reviewed on Saturn give very simple measures for offsetting the negative effects of Saturn. The first is VERY simple. Just put a horseshoe over your door. It works very well. Another technique (thanks to Dr. Dinesh Sharma) used in some poor villages in India is the wearing of a peacock feather. I believe the reason for the effectiveness of this technique is the fact that the peacock is the mount of Subramanya, Shiva’s son. Subramanya, like Hanuman, is virtually invisible, and like Hanuman, is also used as a deity for Mars.
For some people, taking Saturn on directly in not to their taste. However, I have seen yagnas for Hanuman produce marvelously extraordinary results during adverse Saturn transits, and keeping Hanuman pictures around or saying Hanuman mantras will only help people during adverse Saturn transits.