Saturn going Direct -The tussle between the collective Mind and the Judge ©Sangeeta Venkatesh

According to the French-born American author, Dane Rudhyay, “Astrology is a language. If you understand this language, the sky speaks to you.”  A lot of truth in that statement! So what is the sky trying to convey now?

If you remember from my previous article, Saturn has been retrograding since May 11th in Capricorn – the natural 10th house and its own house.  The details about retrograde planets can be seen in this article.  But now it is the time for Saturn to go direct in a few days. Jupiter has also been direct- which means the Lords of Dharma and Karma will move forward. The most recent transits of September 2020 are given here.

Saturn becomes direct in the sign of Capricorn (its own sign) in the sign of Uttarashada Nakshatra on September 29th.  

The Nakshatras in Capricorn are as follows:

From 0 degree to 10 degree lies the three remaining stages of Uttrashadha Nakshatra

From 10 degree to 23 degree 20 minutes comes the four stages of Sharavan Nakshatra.

From 23 degree 20 minutes to 30 degree lies the first two stages of Dhanishta Nakshatra.

The Uttarashada Nakshatra is controlled by the Sun; in the Vimshottari Mahadasha system; and is described as being ‘bright as the sun’ and represents the end of a struggle. However, Saturn does not allow an abrupt end. Instead, the change towards positivity will be a gradual and slow process. To put it simplistically, this could be a good thing as it gives Jupiter in direct motion some time to expand its effect. Astrologers say this is an exceptional transit and we – who are living through this are going through humankind’s extraordinary times. On one hand Ketu is exalted in Scorpio (swagrahi), and Jupiter is exalted in Sagittarius and Saturn in Capricorn. The turbulence of life will take a calming effect. Saturn in Capricorn aspects Libra- which could mean a much-needed balance for humanity. This will take place till end of 2020 till Saturn is in Uttarashada Nakshatra. However, after November 20th when Jupiter joins Saturn in Capricorn, the flavour of transit will change. Overall, a positive transit.

How does it augur for India? This is my humble way to unravel the astrological story for myself after listening to the experts like Satish Menon.

(Disclaimer: This essay is more like notes to myself and I would also like to share it in this blog for others to understand. I am not an expert by any stretch of imagination.)

The following figure is the south Indian style of seeing an astrological chart.

South Indian style of horoscope

What was the planetary positions on midnight 15th August, 1947? It is a Taurus or Vrishabha Lagna chart with Rahu at 5 degrees in the Ascendant (1st house). Then Mars is in Gemini. The Natal Moon is at 4 degrees in Cancer or Karaka Rashi. Along with Moon also reside Mercury, Saturn, Venus, and Sun. Moon represents the mind and in mundane astrology it represents the collective mind of its citizens. While planets are continuously transiting, we will keep the natal moon fixed and see its relationship with other planets. In this article we will stick to Saturn – the Karma Karaka.

India Natal Chart

On 15th August 1947, when the horoscope for India was cast, the natal moon was at 4 degrees in Cancer and Saturn was at 20 degrees. Let us see the transit of Saturn with reference to the natal moon. So in 1947, Saturn would have to cover 10 degrees more to move out of Cancer. In 1947, India achieved Independence, but also suffered communal riots and people were rendered homeless during the partition of India and Pakistan.

Saturn is a slow-moving planet and it takes 30 years to cover all the zodiac signs (360 degrees); which means it takes 15 years for it to come opposite the natal moon, that is in between the years 1960-63. The events that took place in India  in 1961 were as follows, the Panshet Dam or Tanajisagar Dam in Pune broke and the flooding led to the death of atleast 1000 people. India also reclaimed Portuguese colonies in Goa. In 1962, a locust swarm threatened New Delhi; there was border conflict with China which led to the Indo-China war.

It would take another 15 years for Saturn to come together with the natal moon, that is 1975-77. Another major set of events took place for India. The Kinnaur earthquake shook the northern part of India and nearly 50 people died. The Chasnala mining disaster near Dhanbad whetre an explosion followed by flooding killed 380 miners; Aryabhatta, the first Indian satellite was launched and went into the Earth’s orbit, Sikkim was annexed; but the most ‘earth-shaking’ event was the state of emergency declared by the then Prime Minister Mrs.Indira Gandhi. In 1976, the family planning initiative was introduced which ran into controversies. 1977, saw one of the worst cyclones caused Andhra Pradesh causing the death of 10,000 people and effecting over 5 million people.

Moving 15 years later when Saturn again went opposite India’s natal moon in 1990-93. 1990 saw another cyclone in Andhra Pradesh, insurgency breaking out in Kashmir and the implementation of the Mandal report. In 1991, the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated; 1991 also saw a terrible economic crisis in India that resulting from poor economic policies and the resulting trade deficits. The Indian government had to secure emergency loan by pledging 67 tons of India’s gold reserves as collateral security. The Reserve Bank of India had to airlift 47 tonnes of gold to the Bank of England and 20 tons of gold to the Union Bank of Switzerland to raise $600 million. The airlift was done in secrecy in the midst of the 1991 Indian General elections. National sentiments were outraged and there was public outcry when it was learned that the government had pledged the country’s entire gold reserves against the loan.  The Chandra Shekhar government had collapsed a few months after having authorised the airlift, but the move helped tide over the balance of payment crisis and kick-started P.V Narasimha Rao’s economic reform process and liberalisation happened. Indeed, Saturn gives us hard lessons to learn. But there was more to come. In 1992, the Babri- Ayodhya Ram Janma Bhoomi issue happened followed by nationwide riots leading to the death of over 3000 people. 1993 also the serial bomb blasts in Mumbai that shook the country and this was followed by communal riots again. A powerful earthquake shook Latur in Maharashtra killing over 10000 people.

Moving 15 years again in the time period of 2005-07, when Saturn joined back natal moon in the sign of Cancer. Gujarat and Maharashtra had floods and Mumbai came to a standstill for more than week. 2006 saw bombings in Varanasi near Sankat Mochan temple and inside a stationary train. 2007 also saw the Samjhauta Express train bombing that was filled with passengers– an act of terrorism.


15 years later we are now in 2020. On March 1st, Saturn was at 4 degrees in Capricorn directly opposite the natal Moon (4 degrees) in Cancer. This was when the turmoil regarding the pandemic peaked too.  It was moving direct and reached 7 degrees on May 11th, 2020. After May 11th, as mentioned earlier, Saturn started moving retrograde and was back opposite the natal moon at 4 degrees on July 28th. It keeps going retrograde till it reaches 1 degree in Capricorn till September 29th, 2020. From then Saturn starts going direct again. Interestingly Rahu and Ketu had also changed axis and will go to signs of exaltation on September 29th.

But Saturn has to go direct and comes again at 4 degrees and opposite natal moon on November 28th, 2020.  Which means Saturn has a tight grip around natal moon of India at 4 degrees throughout the year. It will keep moving direct and will finally come to 7 degrees only on January 1st 2021. And hopefully India will get relief in the new year.

Historically we have seen that whenever Saturn and Moon are associated closely in India’s natal chart, the country has always faced great challenges. The moon represents the collective mind of a country and Saturn represents the judge who metes out what a country deserves and a new order is established.

In 1947, India got independence and we got a new order. In 1961, some states like Goa got a new order. The 1975 Emergency where censorship was at its zenith later gave us a media which was resurgent; after 1991 downturn, the economic liberalisation took place that benefitted the country and the reader can think about what other changes were. In 2005, urban planning was challenged. In 2020, the impact is international and perhaps new regulations may come through. We have seen changes at a personal level due to the lockdown, there are companies that have already brought in ‘work from anywhere’ rules, people have looked inwards and have focussed on themselves and family. The change is inside of us too. We have been most foolish to fight on the grounds of religion since 1947. Hopefully the current introspection while being in a lockdown will somewhere raise the collective consciousness. If not, Saturn- the Karma Karaka, the judge, will not stop at teaching us lessons.

Maybe more is to come. Let the story unfold.

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