SANI PEYARCHI--SATURN’S TRANSIT THROUGH OUR BIRTH CHARTS
(DISCOURSE BY N. R. SRINIVASAN, DEC 2011)
Among 8 Vasus (ashta vasus) mentioned in Vedas one deity is Nakshatra Devata or Presiding Deity of Asterism. The moon’s path lies within the Zodiacal Belt which is the region extending to about 5 degrees on either side of the ecliptic. The moon completes a circuit of its path with respect to the earth in about 27.33 days. Hence the Zodiacal Belt is divided into 27 equal parts of 13 degrees 20” each called a Nakshatra which is translated as star in English. The first segment longitude of the moon 0 degrees to 13 degrees 20” is called Aswini, the second 13 degrees 20” is called Bharani and so on. You can know all the names of 27 stars and 12 Zodiac signs from my discourse on Navagrahas. Revati is the last star of 360 degrees and 40” which is usually taken as 360 degrees. The segment in which the Moon lies at the time of birth of a person is called Janma Nakshatra (Birth star) of the person and the corresponding Zodiac sign as Janma Raasi. When the longitude of the Moon is 26 degrees 40” at the time of birth his Jamanakshatra is Bharani, as an example.
Scriptural records mention only orthodox dates for major events such as birth, death, incarnation, battle, crowning ceremony etc. based on astrological predictions. Such records have helped in determining the historic dates where historic records are not available. These are based on particular conjunction and configuration of the planets. One such study using planetarium software has helped in determining the date of Mahabharata War and the dawn of Kaliyuga as reported by Dr. Narahari of Memphis. Special conjunction of planets such as Sanipeyrchi sometimes helps in such a study.
Navagraha iconic worship is found only in Saivite temples. A special altar for Navagrahas is usually found in Siva or Sakthi Temples and not in Vishnu temples. Devotees make sure to circum-ambulate Navagrahas nine times to please all the deities before leaving the temple. Also all Hindu rituals begin with appeasement to Navagrahas by a special worship called Navagraha Shanti. Occasionally Navagraha Homas (fire sacrifices) are also conducted for the benefit of individuals as well as general public. [For more details on Navagrahas, please go through my detailed discourse on Navagrahas.]
chaayaa-maartaanda sambhootam tam namaami saneesvaram ||”
[I pray to Saturn, the slow moving, born of Chaayaadevi (Shadow) and Sun God, the elder brother of Yama, The God of Death, the off-spring of Sun, he who has the appearance of black collyrium.]
Religious Hindus who have faith in astrology regularly chant Navaagraha stotra (prayer hymns) on the day suited to them as well as on Saturdays.
Saneeswara prayer and fasting on Saturdays is recommended for those that are badly affected by Sanipeyarchi, particularly those whose Janmaraasi is Tula. Janmanakshatras of this Raasi are: Chitra 3rd and 4th quarters; Swaati; Visaakham 1st, 2nd and 3rd quarters.
A NOTE ON ASTROLOGICAL EFFECTS OF SATURN
The travel of Saturn through once birth Zodiacal sign is the middle phase which is 2.5 years. The zodiacal sign which it just left after 2.5 years, a sign preceding the birth sign, is its e first phase. Saturn after remaining in the middle phase moves to the next sign that succeeds the birth zodiac sign and spends another 2.5 years. This is the third phase or the last phase. An individual who is affected by these 3 phases is said to be experiencing 7.5 years of the effect of Saturn concerning his life. On this month those that are in Tula Rasi (zodiacal sign of birth) will be in their middle phase on 21 December 2011.
Saturn travels through 12 zodiacal signs in 30 years. Therefore Saturn remains in each zodiacal sign for 2.5 years to complete his thirty years of journey. Every individual will have this experience for 7.5 years in his life span of 30 years. If a person lives up to 90 years he will have this experience 3 times of the duration of 7.5 years of Saturn effect. Each time this happens Saturn will remain 2.5 years each in first, middle and last phase. In each of these phases he will experience different effects and not the same.
If Saturn is already there in the birth zodiac sign of a child, it will not be affected but the parents will be affected being worried and burdened. The child will impose lot of botheration and concern for parents being sick often with poor health. It will be a constant source of pain. The first phase of travel is the most serious one called the pre-phase. Beyond 12 years if this movement of 7.5 years Saturn occurs child will suffer from frequent illness and will also not develop skills for good education etc.
In the first phase people affected can suffer financial losses, job loss, poor health etc. In the middle phase people will have constant worry, feel miserable in life and face physical illness. The last phase is the waning phase and all ill effects will gradually taper down.
Marriages that take place during first phase of this period will not lost long or be happy. Therefore the marriages are avoided when Saturn is operative in one’s life. In the second phase Saturn will inflict lot of pain and cause worries. Then only he will show sign of relief. If one is at his fag end of his destined life he will hasten his departure. But this is not true in all cases. There are many who live through this last stage effect.
If Saturn is in the eighth position in the birth zodiac sign it is said to be Ashtama Sani (Eighth Saturn). At present Saturn is in Kanya Rasi and those who are in Kumbha Rasi will have Ashtama Sani. This Ashtama Sani is worse than 7.5 Saturn. In general what one experiences in 7.5 years will be experienced in 2.5 years itself for those who are affected by Ashtama Sani.
The best recourse is to be careful to avoid bad ways, follow the path of virtue and pray to God to have mental peace and the strength of forbearance.
[The above Astrological predictions are only informative and not indicative. One should consult knowledgeable astrologers]
A NOTE ON GRAHAS (CATCHERS) TRANSLATED AS ALL PLANETS
(With no disrespect to Vedas and Astrologers)
For all the people of the world (except Indian Astrologers), our Sun never moves like all other stars in our milky way. Only the planets and satellites move.
The speed of our Earth is as follows: Its radius is 6.37 million meters. That means, 6.37 times tenth power of six meters. The circumference of our Earth is 2piR = 2(22/7)6.37(1000000)m. When we divide this by 24 hours and 1609 m, we get 1036.876 miles per hour. Because one mile equals 1609 m, we divided by 1609 m in order to get in miles. THE SPEED OF OUR EARTH IS 1036.876 MILES PER HOUR. It rotates by itself with this speed and moves on constantly on the elliptical orbit while our Sun is in one of the focal points of the ellipse. Remember, no circular orbit, but elliptical orbit (egg shaped orbit). Our Earth is also constantly wobbling from 0 to 23.5 degrees above Equator (middle line of our Earth) for six months and below Equator for six months. When we sit on the Earth, while Earth is doing all these, we apparently feel as if Our Sun is moving north of Equator or south of Equator. In reality, Our Sun never moves but our Earth moves. When we sit near the window of our moving train, we see as if all the trees and mountains are moving. In reality, they are not moving, but we are moving. When we docircumambulation, we rotate out body and move around the prakaaram at the same time. Our Earth also does the same thing.
When we come shortest distance to our Sun, we have summer. When we go longest distance from our Sun, we have winter. Between summer and winter, we have Autumn. Between winter and summer, we have spring.
In the early days, people worshipped Sun as God. They thought that the Earth was the center of the universe, and the Sun was moving around the Earth. This was called as GEOCENTRIC THEORY by Ptolemy. GEO means Earth. Then Galileo proposed HELIOCENTRIC THEORY. The Sun was the center of the universe while all the planets were moving around the Sun. He also discovered many things, like the actual value of the gravity of the Earth, telescopes, and conducted many experiments. He was charged by Catholic Churches that he was corrupting the minds of the people, and put him in prison until his death. Then Copernicus discovered the ELLIPTICAL THEORY which is true even today. All the planets are moving on elliptical orbit while the Sun is at one of the focal points of the ellipse. All these are taught in all the high schools, colleges and universities in India and all the countries of the world.
Only in India, the astrologers make the Hindus believe in the center of the universe, the planet Sun, planet Moon, planet Ragu, and planet Kethu, planet Budha, planet Sukra, planet Kuja, planet Guru, and planet Shani are moving around the Earth. This has been going on for generation after generation, just because the Hindus do jot question our astrologers or Scriptures:
1. “He who fixed firm the earth that staggered, and set at rest the agitated mountains, who measured out the air's wide middle region and gave the heaven support, he men is Indra"
Rig Veda 2: 12: 2.
We all now know today that the earth rotates itself and orbits on the elliptical path with sun at one of the focal points of the ellipse. The earth is not at all fixed and the sun is not at all going around the earth.
2. "In the beginning rose Hiranyagarba, born only Lord of all created beings. He fixed and holds up the earth and the heaven".
Rig Veda 10: 121: 1
We all know now today that the earth rotates itself with a speed of 1037 miles per hour and moves on the elliptical path while the sun rests on one of the two focal points of the ellipse. The earth moves, the sun rests but not the other way.
3. "Firm is the sky and firm is the earth and steadfast are all this living world".
Rig Veda 10: 173: 4
4. "The Bull has supported the sky"
Yajur Veda 4: 30 5
5. "God has firmly fixed the earth with pegs around it".
Yajur Veda 5: 16 6
This is wrong. Where is the proof? We are sitting on the earth which rotates by itself with a speed of 1037 miles per hour and orbits on the path of the ellipse with sun at one of the two focal points of the ellipse.
6. "North West of the Heavens".
Yajur Veda 13: 56, 57 7
7. "The Bull has supported the sky".
Yajur Veda 14: 5 8
Both Rig Veda and Yajur Vedas conflict with science today because the earth rotates by itself with a speed of 1037 miles per hour and orbits on the elliptical path of the ellipse with sun rests on one of the two focal points of the ellipse.
A simple translation of Grahas as Catchers ( who influence our lives) and heavenly bodies or points in solar system would be more appropriate though most authors translate them as Planetary Deities.