The Hard Taskmaster & the Planet of Justice
SIGNS:  Saturn rules Capricorn (December 22 – January 20) and Aquarius
(January 21 – February 19)
COLORS:  Black, brown, grey
STONES:  Sapphire, jet, malachite, sardonyx, marble, flint
METALS:  Lead
PLANTS:  Cypress, yew, hemp, tamarisk, wolfbane, hemlock, nightshade,
ivy, moss, sage, parsnip, comfrey, cumin
PARTS OF THE BODY :  Bones, teeth, skin, knees, gall bladder, spleen
KEYWORDS:  Time, boundaries, independence, self-sufficiency, structure,
restriction, transformation, old age, authority, rules
CHARACTERISTICS:  Independent, self-sufficient, structured, restricting,
responsible, serious, traditional, harsh, melancholic, ritualistic, ambitious, enduring
ROLES:  Priest, judge, banker, politician, king, father, grandfather, time-keeper

The Hard Taskmaster & the Planet of Justice
Saturn is probably the most dreaded planet of all. Take its name and fear crops up in the mind of the people. It is so because Saturn is the planet of justice and rewards or punishes people according to their deeds. It wants us to lead a good life and teaches lessons, whenever necessary. It likes discipline in life. It is cold, dry, melancholic and masculine in nature.

It is the second-largest planet and very far from earth. Its pace is the slowest among all the planets. It remains for 2.5 years in a zodiac sign and takes 28 to 30 years approximately to complete one orbit cycle. It represents elders, old people and servants; west direction; black and dark blue colors and Saturday. It rules the constellations Pushya, Anuradha and Uttra Bhadrapada. It rules the 10th and 11th Houses of the horoscope and owns the zodiac signs Capricorn and Aquarius. It gets exalted in Libra at 20 degrees and gets debilitated in Aries at 20 degrees. Mercury, Venus and Rahu are its friendly planets while Sun, Moon and Mars are its enemies. It maintains neutrality with Jupiter. Its Vimshottari Mahadasha period lasts for 19 years.

Saturn is associated with the longevity of the native and gives long life if placed well in the horoscope. Contrary to the general view, Saturn bestows the native with wealth, fame and professional success if it is favorably placed in the horoscope. Its placement in the horoscope is very important for the politicians as well. Well placed Saturn gives big houses, vehicles, clothes, many servants and smooth flow of money. It gives popularity among the masses. The native becomes philanthropic by nature and performs good deeds.

The ill placed or afflicted Saturn disturbs the native by making life full of hardships. In such cases, it gives fewer comforts, struggle regarding finances, troubles from servants, spiraling loans, deteriorating condition of the house, problems regarding vehicles etc. The ‘Sadesati’ and ‘Dhaiya’ of Saturn are said to bring many hardships and problems in the life of the native.

The body parts governed by Saturn are nervous system, legs, feet, knees, ribs, bones, hair, nails and spleen. If unfavorable, it gives diseases like rheumatism, constipation, asthma, bronchitis, pain in legs and gout. It gives long-term diseases.

Remedies for Saturn:
Its gemstone is blue sapphire.
Saturn gets pleased only if the native performs good and charitable deeds and keeps the moral character intact.
Worshipping Lord Hanuman and chanting Hanuman Chalisa is one of the most powerful remedy to ward-off the
bad effects caused by the ill placement of Saturn in the horoscope.

Saturn’s Mantra
Om Pram Prim Proum Sah Shaaischaraya
Namah


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