Saturn and Shiva in Vedic Astrology

In the Vedic tradition of India, the Holy Trinity of Gods are Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Sustainer and Shiva the Destroyer. Shiva, like Kali is the deity that represents the destruction of illusion….negating anything that separates us from the truth of who we are. Whether in the Divine Play of relationship or the personal cycles of transformation throughout our lives,
Shiva is the great destroyer who helps us transform and surrender to our true nature.

In Tantra we hear Shiva, and his consort Shakti, referred to as the Divine Couple; the ultimate union of masculine and feminine. If we look deeper though, the sexual union of Shiva/Shakti is not just about yoni’s and lingams meeting with a couple of namastes thrown in for good measure! In the Vedic tradition the Shiva Lingam and Yoni symbolize the sacred union of the inactive and dynamic aspects of consciousness. So the desire to be in Union with our partner represents the fundamental desire to be in union with the Beloved or our true nature (consciousness).

Shiva represents the un-manifest stillness out of which Shakti emanates. That’s why we see pictures of Kali with her foot on the prone Shiva. It isn’t about subjugating the masculine to the feminine…it’s just reminding us of the divine play. Out of the inactive Divine Consciousness of Shiva comes the active, Divine Energy of Shakti that brings that consciousness into form. The Divine interplay between Shiva/Shakti, Yin/Yang, male/female all shows us that neither can exist without the other.

We embody Shiva in our lives when we connect to the stillness and silence that is at the heart of who we are. The realm of Shiva is about being and not about doing. Shiva represents being in integrity with one’s self and being present for others from a place of grounded stillness. In the Divine play of Male/Female, this is what Shakti really needs…the ground of Silence from which she can create. When a man embodies Shiva he emanates inner strength, groundedness, and stillness. This allows Shakti, his Divine Consort, the freedom to bring this stillness into form.

When a man is not able to embody Shiva, his Shakti is not able to surrender to him because she has to embody Shiva herself. This is at the heart of much of the suffering that occurs in relationships. Whether we are male or female, heterosexual or homosexual makes no difference as the same Divine Play between Shiva and Shakti, (inactive Divine Consciousness and active Divine Energy) exists in all forms of relationship.

In Vedic Astrology, Shiva is represented by the planet Saturn, sometimes known as the Lord of Karma. Saturn, like Shiva ultimately represents the negation of false identifications that are associated with a limited sense of self. Saturn aspects in the astrological chart, on the personality level, represent the primary imprinting we have experienced around separation consciousness. This imprinting does not represent who we truly are but rather the contracted identifications we have taken on for survival.

Since Saturn corresponds with the first chakra representing basic survival needs, the fear of survival shows up differently for each individual depending on their early imprinting and circumstances. It could manifest as the fear of being seen, fear of expressing emotion, fear of speaking one’s truth, fear of giving or receiving love, or the fear of taking action or asserting oneself. For example, on the personality level, the fear of being seen could prevent a person from truly shining their light and giving their gift to the planet. On a soul level though, this may actually be an opportunity for learning about true self-effacement or humility. The challenge, though, is to see Saturn or Shiva as our spiritual ally rather than our persecutor.

The planet Saturn takes approximately 28.5 years to circumnavigate the zodiac which means that every seven years after birth, Saturn (by transit in the sky) is in a major aspect or relationship to the position of Saturn at birth. At approximately 7, 21, 35,49 and 63, Saturn is square (90 degrees to it’s natal position.) At approximately 14, 42, and 70, Saturn is opposition (180 degrees to it’s natal position.) And at approximately 28.5-29, and 57-58, Saturn is conjunct (0 degrees or conjunct it’s natal position) also known as the Saturn return.

These seven year cycles represent the shedding of false identifications with contracted or limited notions of self. Even though our identity seems to be solid, (father, mother, son, daughter, lover, employee, rich/poor, etc), in truth none of these identifications represents who we truly are. As we go through the seven year cycles of Saturn/Shiva, it can sometimes seem like something that we value or identify with is being taken away from us. Usually though, what is being taken away are false identifications that no longer serve us. This is the true power of Saturn and Shiva…destroying or negating what is false so we can be in integrity with our true nature. By destroying whatever illusion of separation we were imprinted with, we discover our true Shiva nature, which is stillness, power and presence.

The power of doing this work in relationship or sacred partnership is that our relationships are direct mirrors of our inner states and reflect exactly where we experience separation. The deepest intimacy (in-to-me-see) comes from sharing where we feel separate with our partner…. our vulnerability, deepest secrets and fears. When that “in-to-me-see” is combined with the intimacy of Tantra as a path of Union with Divine, relationship is elevated to a new level of experience. When we truly acknowledge and share our humanity with our partner and embrace and experience our divinity together, relationship becomes the highest path of transformation possible.

What is Vedic Astrology

Vedic Astrology is the study of positions of heavenly bodies like Sun, Moon, Mars etc. with respect to the zodiac and the interpretation of the effect of such heavenly bodies on the events in earth in the life of an individual or a country or the whole world. It is called Vedic Astrology, because the principles on which the study and interpretations are made were first enumerated in the ‘Vedas’ – the first treatise of ancient Hindu philosophy.

What is Zodiac?

What is Zodiac? If we imagine a path in the sky at approximately 18 degrees arc in the width encircling the earth in an east west direction, groups of stars will appear to be apparently fixed with respect to earth along this imaginary path. There are 27 groups of stars in the path which are recognized by Vedic Astrology. These groups of stars in the imaginary path are called zodiac. This zodiac forms the reference for fixing up the position of any planet or star in the sky. Since this zodiac is encircling the earth it can be measured as 360 degrees, where these 27 groups of stars are evenly placed, hence each of them have a span of 360 degrees/27 = 13 degrees 20′ arc.

What are Zodiac Signs or Rashis?

When the zodiac is divided into 12 equal parts each having a span of 30 degrees arc, then each of this arc is called a zodiac sign. A sign, therefore, will consist of 2 ? groups of stars. A particular group of stars called Ashwini, in the zodiac is considered the starting point of the zodiac and is called the star no.1. Similarly, there are individual name for the 26 group of stars. Ashwini(1), Bharini(2), Krittika(3) are the first three stars in the zodiac. As stated earlier, the first span of 30 degrees arc in the zodiac will consist of Ashwini, Bharini and ? of Krittika constitute the first zodiac sign called ‘Aries’. The name of the remaining 11 zodiac signs after ‘Aries’ are : Taurus(2), Gemini(3), Cancer(4), Leo(5), Virgo(6), Libra(7), Scorpio(8), Sagittarius(9), Capricorn(10), Aquarius(11) and Pisces(12).

What are Heavenly Bodies?

Influencing the events on earth Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu all loosely termed as planets, appear to revolve around the earth continuously while always staying within the limits of zodiac. Vedic astrology in the ancient text had recognized these 9 entities. Out of which, the Sun is a star. Moon is the satellite of earth. Rahu and Ketu are two mathematical points on the zodiac and the rest are planets. Modern Vedic Astrologers also consider the effect of distant planets like Neptune, Uranus and Pluto.

What is an Ecliptic?

The apparent movement or path of the Sun along the zodiac is called the Ecliptic. The ecliptic passes through the center of zodiac and is inclined at an angle of 23 degrees and 28 minutes to the center of zodiac.

What are Rahu and Ketu?

Moon’s apparent path around the earth intersects the ecliptic obliquely at two points called the ‘Nodes’. The point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic from south to north is called the ascending node or ‘Rahu’ when it crosses the ecliptic from north to south is called the descending node or ‘Ketu’. These 2 points are 6 zodiac signs or 180 degrees apart. The position of these two points with respect to zodiac signs are of equal importance to position of other planets with respect to zodiac sign in Vedic astrology.

What is Ascendant/Rising Sign?

The ecliptic passes through the center of the zodiacal belt which extends 9 degrees on its either(north or south) side. The planets remain within the limits of the zodiac. The earth rotates around its axis once in twenty four hours from west to east. As a consequence, all planets appear to revolve around the earth from east to west once in twenty four hours. The zodiac with its stars and signs fixed upon it also appears to revolve around the earth from east to west once in every 24 hours. Thus, all points on signs and stars on the zodiac will appear to successfully rise in the eastern horizon and set at the western horizon once in 24 hours. Thus, for every point and time on earth there will be a unique point on a particular zodiac sign which will be rising at the eastern horizon.

When an individual is born, the point in the particular zodiac sign, expressed in longitude, which is rising at the eastern horizon at the exact time of his/her birth for the exact latitude/longitude of the place where he/she is born is the unique space time coordinate for the individual. This is called the individual’s Ascendant(Lagna) or the Rising Sign.

What is Janma Rashi/Moon Sign/Moon Ascendant?

In Vedic Astrology, the exact position of the Moon at the exact time of birth with respect to the zodiac sign and the point in the zodiac sign expressed in longitudes will be Janma Rashi/ Moon Sign/ Moon Ascendant.

What is Sun Sign/Sun Ascendant?

Like the Moon sign, the longitude of Sun with respect to zodiac at the exact time of birth is the Sun Sign of the individual. Western astrology lays great importance on Sun signs and ALL YOUR ZODIAC SIGNS are your Sun signs as per Vedic astrology. The Sun sign on the basis of Western astrology and Vedic Astrology, will differ by one sign many a times. This is because as per Western astrology the zodiac is also moving, whereas, the Vedic astrologers considers the zodiacs to be fixed. The reason why this difference comes will be explained on the web page at a later date. Meanwhile, we are just mentioning this so that you do not get alarmed to see the difference in the zodiac sun signs when computed by the Vedic astrology.

This will be an on going page which will be updated regularly. You are most welcome to contribute your views and your questions for the benefit of all visitors on our site. Click for e-mail option to F & Q. Acknowledgment : In compiling this edition of FAQ extensive use has been made from Dr. K. S. Charak, book of Vedic Astrology, Volume-1, Published by Systems Vision.

Relevance of Astrology?

As per Vedic astrology, what will happen to us in this life is predetermined and based on the ‘Karma’ of our past lives. What is the relevance of ‘free will’ is a matter of screens philosophical debate. But, we believe that 75% of what will happen to us is what we can possibly know through astrology, but the balance 25% is critical, which we create through our own efforts and it is we with our efforts control our day to day destiny and that is our ‘Karma’ in this life. vedic Astrology provides us with an insight in our quest to shape our destiny.

Indian Vedic Astrology & Horoscopes – Indian Astrology and Predictions

Indian Vedic astrology is perhaps the oldest branch of Futurology known to the human race. There are references about Indian astrology in ancient scriptures, Vedas and Puranas authored thousands of years ago in this part of the land. The first known treatise on Vedic Astrology is supposed to be authored by Lord Skanda the son of one of the trinities in Hindu religion, Lord Shiva the re-creator.Even today this treatise is available and stands testimony to the age of this branch of futurology.

Indian Vedic Astrology is known for its unique system of predictions and calculations. While western astrology basically follows the Sun signs and predictions are based on the the same, Indian Vedic Astrology takes into consideration the Moon sign, which is more broad, personalized and accurate. The signs of the zodiac being twelve the whole human race is divided into 12 equal divisions in other branches of Astrology and they are more of general in nature, the Indian Astrology make use of the Moon sign, and each Zodiacal sign is further sub divided into 9 thus making the calculations more subtle. Not only the zodiacal signs are classified according to constellations or ‘Nakshatras’ as it is called in Sanskrit, The placement of the planets is also considered from these constellations. Indian Astrology based on Parasara system the conventional system widely followed in India, and later on sharpened by celebrities like Varahamihira, is a fool proof system. There is no second work on astrology to match the Brihatjathaka authored by Varahamihira the legendary figure in Indian Astrology.

One of the ancient and popular astrologers of Kerala, Thalakkulathur Bhattathiripad had written a comprehensive explanation only on the first 10 chapters of ‘Brihatjathaka” known as ‘Dasadhyayee’ since he was of the opinion that the whole essence of Vedic Astrology had been summarized by Varahamihira in the first 10 chapters itself in his monumental work.Today the Vedic Astrologers, of Kerala, the cradle of Hindu Astrology, follows the latter work of Bhattathiripad and another unique treatise known as ‘Prasnamargam’ the one and only comprehensive horary astrological treatise available today.

Indian Vedic Astrology apart from its unique system of prediction as explained above also follows the Dasa system based on the constellation of natal Moon in the birth chart to precisely predict the timing of events which no other branch of Astrology can boast of.In short it is one of the most scientific and reliable tools to have an insight into one’s personality and future events or circumstances that could help ease the life of an individual and lead a more comfortable life if not a perfect one.