Om sham shanischaraya namah
It has been almost two years since I wrote my articles on Ketu Mahadasha, and Rahu Mahadasha which went viral. People find it hard to believe when I tell them that it took me only few hours to write each. Both were a result of divine inspiration. Those articles were written “through me” and not by me. However, I knew shani Mahadasha article was going to be HARD.
No flashes of inspiration, no “Aha” moments this time. It took two years of study, dozens of interviews, many books, and tons of writes and re-writes, and yes, sweat and tears.
This article also took effort from two of my great friends who helped me with edit. Vishal/Ashu: Thanks a ton for your brilliant inputs and your efforts, I couldn’t have done it without you.
THEMES OF shani MAHADASHA:
1. Bhot Hard-The Chakki of shani:
I often compare shani dasha to a Chakki (old fashioned hand mill). It is slow and hard. You put in four fistful of grain, and you get one fistful of flour. Everything takes long and hard and you almost never get full result of your efforts. Another way the “chakki” represents shani is that the native is often “crushed” by it, but in the end it brings out the best in him by transforming him totally.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: I tell my clients to keep their head down and keep working.
2. Shaney-Shaney: Delay and Denial:
Delay, frustration, and tough luck are often the theme. No desire is instantly approved, most are denied. If you are stuck in a line for something and the counter closes just before your turn, chances are that you are under a shani period. Simple tasks like filling a form could take three trips. You don’t live by your luck, you survive through your “sweat and tears” (a typical shani phrase). Further problem comes with slow down of intellect.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: I tell my clients to keep their expectations “pessimistically realist” if something takes 7 days, you add 5 more and then add extra effort.
3. No More Mr. Smarty Pants (Jupiter to shani fall):
Do you know a student, who was great at studies in the past, but is suddenly unable to clear his exams? Apparently, they exhausted their Jupiter period and entered shani Mahadasha. I have often seen such people stuck with something like a Government Job preparation or Chartered Accountant (CA) exams. While school during Jupiter dasha was a breeze, the new challenge feels insurmountable as their good luck and sharp mind desert them. They feel dull, confused and laboured.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: You have to SWEAT before shani allows you to succeed. I often advise such individuals to take up at least a part-time job as that would make their shani period a little tolerable.
4. Just My Bad Luck-Depression and self doubt:
Murphy’s Law, “anything that can go wrong, would” seems to apply to shani Mahadasha natives.
They are always on a fearful high alert, expecting things to go wrong, and they often do. I have seen shani people be “pleasantly shocked” if something good happens. They are so used to tough luck that they look at any good event with suspicion “How can a good thing happen to me, there must be a catch” is a general emotion.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: I tell my clients that if anything happens easily thank God, but check twice.
5. Make it do, or Do without – Downsizing:
There is a feeling of having “less than needed” during the shani Mahadasha. Suddenly the flow of funds, friends, luck, and all good things in life, is restricted. You get the “bare necessity” and any surplus is out of question. You have to stretch every penny, adhere to every budget, settle for cheaper, smaller things than you would like.
6. Trust Deficit- Cynical and Judgemental:
shani being the Supreme Judge, makes a person very judgemental during shani Mahadasha. They are always trying to debate two sides of anything and anyone. They are harsh on others and harsher on themselves. Reflecting the shani attitude, they can be grumpy, cold, cynical and paranoid of everyone around them.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: I tell my clients that it is good to be cautious but PARANOIA is foolish, be REALISTIC. Realistically the chances that your CEO is conspiring against you are nil.
7. Broken hearts and battered homes-Damaged Relationships:
shani being a Sanyasi planet can make them feel detached from the partner. Add to this the judgemental grumpiness and cynicism, and we can see where this is going.
The romantic relationships are almost always a disaster. If Venus is affiliated, breakups and divorces are common. One-sided romances that end in a tragedy are frequently experienced (my heart goes out to the young people going through this time).
8. What would people Say: Approval Seeking:
shani Mahadasha natives are often worried about “What would people think”. They can often go to ridiculous lengths to maintain their “PUBLIC PERCEPTION”. But in shani Mahadasha, a native seldom gets public approval. Usually the native feels that it is his fault and he must be lacking at something. As usual, he tries really HARD to win the approval.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: It is a strange paradox they while they ruin their close relationships, they try hard to win social approval. I tell them to focus on WORK and not people let their work get praise, not their ego.
9 I will show them-Tortured Egos:
shani Mahadasha people are often bent upon “PROVING THEMSELVES” and this is a real problem. shani is anti-ego, and usually makes a person undergo defeats and humiliations in order to make him learn the plight of the tormented and humiliated. Usually the shani impact makes the native butt of jokes and target for ridicule. Children are often bullied at schools, adults are jeered at offices and mocked at family gatherings.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: I tell these natives to take it easy and stop trying to “impress” people. They should also get rid of their ego and illusions of their own greatness (mind boggling amount of shani natives consider themselves “unappreciated geniuses” with underrated greatness. Time to get realistic: You are not as great as you fancy yourself. REALX ).
10 Much ado about nothing-Misplaced Perfectionism:
shani has an obsession with perfection. If shani is badly placed in the chart, the native, in order to prove himself, gets into ridiculous quest for “perfection. While their sense of priority is screwed. When they usually FAIL to prove themselves at a BIG stage, they take all the shani energy out on “perfecting useless little things.”
They can spend hours choosing the right background colour for a stupid presentation, or perfecting a useless database; while way more important things suffer.
11. Yes Master: Serving Authority:
shani is the planet of service and discipline. During shani Mahadasha people are often faced with some sort of difficult authority figures whom they would have to serve. This can range from a domineering parent at home to a tough teacher in school to a harsh boss at work place. The native usually remains subservient to the authority figures during shani Mahadasha.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: I often advise my clients to take up a charity close to their heart and work physically for that. This would help. Also, they must realise that authority figures are NOT God.
shani MAHADASHA AND ANTARDASHA ANALYSIS:
shani MAHADASHA – ANTARDASHA PERIODS:
|shani Mahadasha||shani Antardasha||3||0||3|
|shani Mahadasha||Mercury Antardasha||2||8||9|
|shani Mahadasha||Ketu Antardasha||1||1||9|
|shani Mahadasha||Shukra Antardasha||3||2||0|
|shani Mahadasha||Sun Antardasha||0||11||12|
|shani Mahadasha||Moon Antardasha||1||7||0|
|shani Mahadasha||Mars Antardasha||1||1||9|
|shani Mahadasha||Rahu Antardasha||2||10||6|
|shani Mahadasha||Jupiter Antardasha||2||6||12|
Remember the Chakki? That’s how your life becomes. HARD, slow, crushing and full of effort.
It is a well known fact that people start to look, act, think and feel like the Mahadasha Lord. People turn bitter, cynical, and S-L-O-W.
The mental agility, resources, and good luck associated with Jupiter evaporates. They they have to rely on good old HARD WORK to get things done.
While Jupiter rules abundance, shani rules scarcity. This reflects during their respective Mahadasha as well. Flow of all good things in life is limited, and one is forced to “downsize” the lifestyle. Frequently, with the onset of shani Mahadasha, I have seen people move to smaller houses, lesser salaries, simpler offices, tougher roles, and longer work schedules.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: One of the biggest remedy for shani Mahadasha is to work hard and go minimalist. I advise my clients to voluntarily “downsize” their lifestyle and actively adopt minimalism and hard work before shani forces them to. I also advise them to take up some weekend project and additional work or charity.
Best way to handle this time is to busy yourself and don’t expect things to happen “easily”. Everything from a powerpoint presentation to a government approval would take repeated attempts.
2. shani Mahadasha – Mercury Antardasha: Practical Purposes:
Mercury being a benefic for most people and a friend of shani, brings the much needed relief to the native. Mercury removes some of the slow-mindedness of shani and native gets occasional breakthroughs.
Due to shani’s impact, the creative intelligence of Mercury gives way to PRACTICALITY. shani gives the much needed maturity to the playful Mercury. The native is more likely to wrestle with practical aspect of life, like business planning, accounts overview, and bank statements, in stead of getting into activities like writing poetry or reading fiction.
The required mental boost is always put to “work”, with shani, there is always enough to do. It is advisable that this time is used to finish big projects, learn new “practical” skills like accounting or programming, and wrap up any big decision, because next two Antardashas are going to be tough.
The big problem is that shani wants to W-O-R-K and Ketu does NOT. Ketu wants to be unengaged passive observer who doesn’t wish to be bothered with mundane things. shani wants to do his Karma and “get things done”. Ketu resists as he knows the futility of human effort, but shani persists with the material reality of Karma yoga. These two start to play a Tug of War, after tying the rope around the native’s neck. (Hope you got the picture). A person is burdened with responsibilities and challenges, but the required drive and energy is missing. The native doesn’t “want to”, but he “has to”. This makes him highly irritable.
While work life is hard, the personal life harder. Both shani and Ketu being “Sanyasi” Planets are the Karakas of separations and breakups. The irritability and temper of the native gets out of control and he can be hurtful and rude to his own people. He can seek solitude and loneliness.
Then there is the ENERGY FLUCTUATIONS. shani gives one a cold hard energy to work like a machine (and there is always enough and more to do). However Ketu has an irritating, hot, disengaging energy and can make the native lethargic, dull and unfocused. These energy fluctuations create havoc. Imagine a bulb going from 0 to 1000 watts of energy…results are the same for the mind and body.
First thing these two mess up is SLEEP cycle. On one day, shani might wake the native up at 4 a.m. and keep him working till 9 p.m. non-stop. On the other day, Ketu might make him feel so lazy that he wakes up at 11 a.m. and then calls in sick, and spends rest of the day doing nothing.
Second thing that these two damage is the IMMUNITY. Unexplainable illness, heavy headedness and most of all, ALLERGIES attack the native. During the times of Coronavirus, I would strongly advise people undergoing shani-Ketu to take EXTRA caution. You are most vulnerable due to compromised immunity. shani-Ketu-Venus and shani-Ketu-Rahu are particularly intense.
4. shani Mahadasha – Venus Antardasha: King of Bad Times:
This is the period where the happiness in life goes on strike.
People often face repeat failures and frustrations at work. There is a multitude of problems to deal with ranging from a bad boss to being passed over for a promotion.
However, the real damage is done at the personal front. Especially in the romantic or nuptial relationships. There can be break ups, divorces, marital disharmony. Women in life are usually a source of distress for men and vice versa. The good old Saas-Bahu clashes can be a continuous source of pain for the native.
People ask me why, these two “friendly Planets” together make things so difficult. Short answer is that Venus is the “King of Good Times” It is one planet that makes life fun to live. Venus rules all good things like love, good food, wine etc. He is the “life of the party”. But shani is not the party guy, he is a badass no-nonsense workaholic. While shani likes his friend Shukra, he doesn’t approve of his partying lifestyle. Hence when shani enters the Shukra party…party over…!
I tell people to avoid any kind of romantic conflicts during this period. A small altercation can result in separation or divorces.
5. shani Mahadasha – Sun Antardasha: The Ego Crusher: Humiliation and Redemption:
We all know about the complicated relationship of the Father and Son. This period, while is not as bad as shani-Shukra, has its own crushing energy. This is the period when one is exhausted by the trials of shani-Shukra, and faces the reality that his control on life is not as great as he thought.
One often faces humiliation, particularly at the hands of some sort of authority figure (typically bosses, leaders, government, or a father figure). At times the native’s own father can be a source of trouble.
Finally, the native realises that after all, he is not as great as he fancied himself. Once the ego is crushed (good for you), reality accepted, and a person surrenders himself, his pride is dissolved, and he becomes more spiritual.
In my view one can turn this into a “purifying” and liberating experience. Remember EGO IS THE ENEMY and dissolving of ego can be a great blessing.
Ketu lives through spirituality.
Rahu lives through passion.
shani lives through REALITY: Despite destruction of Ego, one cannot disengage in a Ketu manner. shani will not let you ignore the material realities. Remember no matter how spiritual you become, hard work and material reality cannot be avoided in shani Mahadasha.
6. shani Mahadasha – Moon Antardasha: An Uneasy Calm:
shani doesn’t hate moon with the intensity with which he hates Sun with, but hey, the guy always has an “improvement program” for almost every planet.
Moon, the Karaka of Mind, is the most fickle planet, he is used to taking what he desires and and acting on his whims. But now, he enters the court of unforgiving Lord of Justice.
Desires of moon are put on a hold by shani and he is forced to realise that his whims are not always the command. Thankfully, one usually gives up the delusions of grandeur and ego during shani-Sun. Thus the Moon period is not that hard, at least at the external level.
However emotionally, this can be a restrictive and frustrating period. One knows and accepts that his desires won’t be fulfilled and this can lead to mental depression and frustration. The native can become half-hearted about everything in life. shani Moon can put the motherly relationships under stress. At times the mother can be a source of worries and troubles.
This period is sad but largely uneventful. Status quo is maintained and an uneasy calm rules the life.
Shani Mahadasha Remedy-for this period: It is better to remain disciplined and accept reality with a sense of resignation and enjoy the calm before the storm. Also, praying to Shiva will help as Shiva rules both shani and Moon.
7. shani Mahadasha – Mars Antardasha: The Perfect Storm:
The clam before the storm, is shattered by entry of Mars, the God of War.
If any planet can stand up to shani, it is Mars (Read this Article). When these two tough guys go head to head, it makes the perfect storm. Mars gives native the courage and energy to fight back, but not without side effects . The moon ennui is replaced by Mars aggression and one is ready for a fight back. There is a lot of action and some dangerous adventures.
This can again cause family disharmony, however this time, the native is usually the trouble maker. He can become hyper-aggressive. He can get into fights and quarrels with one and all (he is so done with taking crap from everyone that he believes he has the right to give it back, Mars you see.)
Family quarrels, road accidents, even street fights are a frequent occurrence. Some harm or injury can happen, especially if one has an affiliated Mars or shani in the chart.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: I often advise the clients to worship Lord Hanuman during this time . One should also work out regularly and donate blood.
This period of these two malefics is usually about delays, denials, frustration and limitations.
When a gangster meets a tough cop, the results cannot be soothing.
Rahu energy makes the native desperate “I want it and I want it NOW” is a Rahu motto…shani the disciplinarian, frustrates his efforts, almost always delaying or denying the desired rewards. Many people get into “desperation” and often try “desperate (unlawful) measures” which can further deepen their problems, as shani is ever ready to punish.
shani Mahadasha Remedy: It would do well for a person to have patience and follow his spiritual remedies. Remember “Desperate measures” are sure to backfire. It is always better to follow the old school values of HARD WORK, PATIENCE, AND FOCUS. The native should keep his head down and his expectations ultra-realistic, and his conduct extra careful.
9. shani Mahadasha – Jupiter (Guru) Antardasha: SEE-SAW: (IT’S COMPLICATED)
I will try my best to share what I know, but remember I have already given a disclaimer.
Most people I interviewed during my research, found it hard to categorise this period as either good or bad. For some people, it starts good, ends bad, for some it starts bad ends good. For most it is a bitter-sweet period, with contrasting results.
Jupiter is in many ways like a counter balancing force to shani. Jupiter is perhaps the only planet that has the size and power to match shani. Jupiter brings the much needed positivity and tries to interrupt the harsh negativity of shani. Now this means war.
When two entities matched in size and power, lock horns, it is time for a SEE-SAW battle. Often the native rides a SEE-SAW of happiness and despair, going from one to the other continuously.
Some things that looked “good” initially, turns out be bad, some initially “bad” things turn out to be good.
Confusing, right (I can empathise with you). Let me try a few examples:
- One may get married to the “one true love”, only to discover that it was a big mistake, and then file for a divorce.
- One may get fired from a job, only to find a much better one.
- One may launch a business and do well initially, only to file bankruptcy few months later.
- One may do well in stock market for a while, only to suffer huge losses in the end.
Confusing, right? That’s Jupiter-shani for you.
One’s faith, philosophy, and core beliefs are severely tested and often keep chaning.
One can make big decisions due to irrational optimism, only to suffer the consequences later on. Or out of sheer fear, one can miss on a good opportunity, only to regret it later.
Native can go broke playing “all or nothing” and suffer the consequences of taking risks, a leap of faith can end in a broken jaw.
Or more frequently, he can “sell his soul” for security. He can abandon his dreams for “practical reasons”, he can sacrifice his present for a “bright future”, or cling to a job that kills his soul but “puts food on the table.”
shani Mahadasha Remedy: I always suggest MODERATION-MODERATOIN-MODERATION during the period. Because you don’t know how anything would turn out, so don’t make any life defining decisions like heavy investments, marriage, or property purchase. NO big moves (I warn you that you would be tempted. But PLEASE don’t.) For most natives, this period usually ends in a disaster.
When two warring pilots are fighting over control, you can’t expect a smooth ending, this period usually ends in a Crash Landing.
Brace your seatbelts and embrace yourself for a…
The toughest Dasha Sandhi: First 9 months of Mercury Mahadasha
With dasha change, conditions change in life, and with Mahadasha change, the entire canvas of the life changes. Usually it is a violent process.
However, the most violent Dasha Sandhi is the transition from shani Mahadasha to Mercury Antardasha.
shani gives you the final “TRANSFORMATIONAL” hammering for precisely 9 months. AND A NEW YOU IS BORN….!
Then, shani allows Mercury to take over, and bless you with the the smart MERCURY INTELLECT that allows you to make smart decisions, and hence find success.
But always remember that your REAL GIFT lies just under that Mercury brain, it is shani’S STEEL in your spine and soul…
And just like shani, you now have become… BHOT HARD…!
Jai shani Dev…!
Jai Bajarang Bali…!
Har Har Mahadev….!
G. Vijay Kumar
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