Darkness has to flee away as light approaches because its very existence is threatened. This caused
darkness much anguish and it pleaded to God the almighty to tell the Sun, the source of light, not to have
any enmity with it. The sun was summoned and asked so. On hearing this, the Sun said that how could he
have enmity with Darkness, as he had never seen it? It is not possible to develop enmity unless you know
This is a crucial argument and needs to be understood. It is the Sun’s nature to spread light, in
the form of life, newness and awareness. Whereas the darkness of ignorance is present to engulf and
purify the wayward children of God, in the long process of evolution, with the only aim that one-day
they will shun their ignorance and bathe in the wisdom of the Sun.
The two, light and darkness, and diametrically opposite to each other’s nature, but none is
better or worse as the aim is the same.
It is a design of the divine illusion called maya that a thing or a being has many aspects or
roops. A person may seem cruel to some, but at heart that person may be harmless. A father may be
portrayed as a firm parent for his child, for the betterment of the child, but otherwise the same father is
very considerate and friendly, always thinking about the betterment of the child.
It is not right to label anything as permanently bad or cruel. Our scriptures and holy books
always advise us to look for the positive characteristics of any person and not focus on the negative
ones, because every one of us has a mixture of good as well as bad. Also, it is a fact that nothing, which
is cent per cent good, can ever exist in this imperfect world. Even the great awataras (divine
incarnations) of God, have to have some negative traits in their characters in order to be able to live in
Then why do we label a planet like Saturn as only bad and inauspicious?
We need to understand the duality principle, which exists because a coin cannot have just one
side; there will always be two sides of a coin. One extreme cannot exist without the other. Can there be
good ad only good? How will we judge the good if we do not have the bad too? Two extremes only give
us a realistic scale to measure any one quality or characteristic.
Although in general Saturn is considered to be a malefic planet, yet experience has shown that
it has given success and prosperity to many.
Fear is a very bad thing indeed. Most people suffer due to their unfounded fears than the
actual happenings. Most of our fears never materialize in life. But fear can spoil the chemistry of our
body and cause many problems at the physical as well as mental level. Fear develops due to ignorance
and lack of understanding. Through this humble book, it is my endeavour to help you understand the
planet Saturn so that all unfounded fear and horror about this planet is removed forever.
There are certain finer things in life which every one of us needs to understand. We know that
shadow exists, but is a shadow a negative thing? Can a shadow exist without light? Sun is the source of
light and Saturn is the opposite, born out of the Sun. both are the opposite sides of a coin. The enmity
about which we talk in astrology between the Sun the father and Saturn the son is in fact the complete
opposition in their basic nature. If there were no darkness then what would be the importance of
It is with this urge to portray the benevolent Saturn in the right perspective that I am inspired
to present this humble book to my readers. I have used the word ‘benevolent’ because I do believe that
the planet Saturn desires at heart to do us good and take away our darkness of ignorance through our
good and bad experiences in life.
I only hope that my readers will appreciate my humble effort.
Back of the Book
One cannot call a judge of a court of justice cruel when he punishes the criminal. The same judge also
passes judgements in favour of deserving and righteous persons. In the same way, Saturn cannot be
labeled as a malefic planet only as there are many real life examples of people achieving great success
during the period of Saturn.
In this book, the author presents a balanced picture of the generally misunderstood planet
Saturn. It is natural to fear something which someone has limited knowledge of. An indepth study of this
planet is bound to make one fully understand the different aspects of Saturn and also to free one from
Dr. Prem Kumar Sharma is a world famous astrologer and regularly appears on TV
shows across the world. He is also a bestselling author and columnist. He presents the daily forecast as
well as birthday thoughts in the leading national daily, the Hindustan Times. He also predicts the daily
forecast in other national and international newspapers such as New India and Excel (in USA).
God gave you the task to purify one, Through all types of experiences under the
Sun. Bless us and remove our shackles one by one.
The need is to know Saturn in the right perspective. We tend to label a thing good or bad only
as per our own limited experiences in life. Success or failure in life is not the result of just one factor;
and is always the outcome of a number of factors.
There are so many popular legends and stories about the planet Saturn. Stories are generally
conveyed by word of mouth and over a long period of time, the real message behind the words or the
‘soul’ of the message is lost and only the fragile skeletal structure remains, which does not convey the
original message. This is how we lose contact with the truth and form wrong beliefs.
There is a story which relates the cruelty of Saturn’s aspect (drishti). I believe that it conveys
a hidden meaning, which we all must follow and I will narrate the story to show this. Parvati observed
that all divine beings (devtas) were living in great splendour whereas Lord Shiva and she did not even
have a place to live. She asked Shiva to build a palace so that they could live in comfort. Shiva tried his
best to convince Parvati that since they were enjoying a simple life, there was no need to have a
luxurious house. He also advised her not to compare themselves with others since everyone had his or
her own choice. But Parvati still insisted so Shiva got a palatial house built for them to live. For the
ceremony to enter the new house (Grehaparvesh), all the devtas were invited. They all praised the
splendour and beauty of the new house but Lord Brahma remained silent. Lord Brahma then hesitatingly
revealed that he could forsee the cruel aspect (drishti) of Saturn on their new house, and told them that
they should act wisely.
Parvati was concerned and asked Shiva to go to Saturn and quest him to lift his aspect. Then
Parvati added that if Saturn agreed then it was okay, but if he did not then Shiva should give her an
indication by beating his drum (dumroo), In that event, before Saturn did anything cruel, she would
herself burn the house.
Shiva reached the abode of Saturn and expressed his desire. Saturn immediately agreed. Then
Shiva asked Saturn what Shiva could give as a reward. Saturn desired that Shiva give him the pleasure of
watching his dance of destruction (tandava nritya), Shiva immediately agreed and started playing his
dumroo. Parvati heard the sound of the dumroo and thought that Saturn had not agreed, so she
immediately set her new house on fire.
Parvati was about to curse Saturn, but Shiva arrived and explained that what had happened was
not because of Saturn but rather due to Shiva’s own carelessness, he having forgotten not to beat the
One way of concluding the moral of this story is that no one can avoid the results of the cruel
aspect of Saturn and this is how generally people interpret it. But I believe the story conveys an even
deeper meaning, that man himself through his thoughtless actions attracts all unfavourable conditions in
life, whereas unfortunately the blame goes to the planets.
There are fifteen chapters in this book. The first chapter details some astronomical data about
the planet Saturn. Chapter two contains some legendary stories popular about this planet and its
Various astrological facts about Saturn are described in the third chapter; knowledge of these
will help in proper delineation of the charts. The next chapter tackles the age-old question about whether
Saturn is a friend or foe?
The fifth and sixth chapters describe the role of Saturn in different signs and houses
respectively. Saturn’s conjunctions with other planets and the results to be expected are discussed in the
seventh chapter. Constellations play an important role in predictive astrology. The three constellations
governed by Saturn are fully described in chapter eight.
Planetary periods of Saturn are discussed in the ninth chapter. Information about the transit of
planets greatly modifies the results to be expected during a dasha, therefore the transit of Saturn is
discussed in chapter ten.
The special transits of Saturn called dhaiya and sade saati are quite important and these are
explained in chapter eleven.
Some yogas involving the planet Saturn are described in the chapter twelve. The role of
Ashtakvarga is also not to be ignored in the predictive astrology. Chapter thirteen deals with the
Ashtakvarga of Saturn.
Chapter fourteen will explain how Saturn play a crucial role in the chart of a person. Some
charts of famous as well as not so famous persons are discussed, mainly highlighting the role of
Remedial measures are very important because they are very potent tools to circumvent the
ill-effects of planets. Chapter fifteen describes, in detail, some remedial measures for the planet Saturn,
and these will definitely give a ray of hope to those under the ill effects of this planet or those seeking
to boost the positive energy of Saturn.
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