Saturn (Shani)
            Saturn is a cold, dry, masculine energy planet. Saturn with its dramatic ring system is the most beautiful object in the space. It takes 29.5 years to complete its orbit around sun. So it remains in one zodiac sign for about 2 and 1/2 years. Saturn with its slow motion and large size has sizeable influence on individual as well as national affairs. In Mythology, Saturn is regarded as a son of Surya and Chhaya (The shadow) but there is an inherited enmity between son and father. Mythology provides its reason too, when sun came in contact with the chhaya, she got severe sun burn during the contact and Saturn born out of this became permanent enemy of his father for having hurt his mother. Therefore whenever Saturn and sun is in the same sign in a horoscope they don t feel comfortable and prospects of the house are adulterated. Astrology has established Saturn as a planet of delays and at times planet of denials, but there is a saving grace, as the ancient text says that whatever delays or losses are attributable to Saturn are sublimated into maturity of soul, as always a win-win state does not give opportunity for introspection. It is the taskmaster of the Zodiac. Discipline and responsibility are important to this Planet. Saturn rules time, old age and sobriety. Well placed Saturn gives fame, success, honor, justice, love, wisdom, leadership ability, authority and long life and when ill-placed, causes distress, failure, dejection, difficulties, nervousness, sorrow, depression, gloom, jealousy and greed, or serious acceptance of responsibilities out of which success will develop. Also historians, archaeologist, coveters of museums, workers in refrigeration factories etc are ruled by Saturn.
Exalted:       Libra                                            Debilitated:    Libra
Body Part:    Nerves                                          MahaDasha:   19 years
Gem:           Blue Sapphire                               Numerology:  8
Colour:         Black                                            Nakshtra:        Pusya,Anuradha,Utrabhdrapd
Element:      Air                                                Bhav Karak:    1,6,8,10,12
Mantra:        Om sham shanesharaya namah    Day:                Saturday
Positive Saturn Traits: Stability, self- discipline, patience, endurance, humility, thriftiness,
Negative Saturn Traits:   Misery, narrow-minded, selfish, fearful, pessimistic, rigid.
Shani Mantra      Nilanjana Samabhasam Ravi Putram Yamagrajam
                           Chaya Martanda Sambhutam Tam Namami Shanaishcharam

Meaning:       I pray to Saturn (Shani), the slow moving, born of shade and Sun, the elder brother of
                     Yama, the offspring of Sun, he who has the appearance of black Collyrium.
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