When Saturn crosses over natal Moon that period is known as Saturn’s ‘sade saati’ which comprises seven and a half years. It is also noted that when Saturn transits 4th and 8th from the natal Moon; those years are known as ‘dhaiyyas’.
For more than two years Saturn has been crossing over the sign Libra. Libra is the exaltation point of Saturn, and then in other words we may say that Saturn has been in exaltation for the last two years (approximately). When Saturn remains in a sign for two and a half years then it gets the chance to conjunct with all the planets barring Rahu and Jupiter. Saturn is most uncomfortable when it gets conjunct with two extremely powerful planets Sun and Mars. Sun and Saturn have a different equation when they get conjunct but the most severe conjunction is of Mars and Saturn which is ongoing nowadays.
Let us go back 30 years in India’s political history which is the year 1984. The year 1984 was the most eventful year of independent India. It transformed our Nation once in for all. Saturn - Mars conjunction took place on 15th February 1984 and after that many disastrous things happened in our country. Just to recall a few: Punjab burnt with terrorism and extreme insurgency which affected the entire psyche of the Nation. The National Capital Delhi used to be quite a scary place in those days. Bhinderwala had captured the Golden Temple and the Indira Gandhi government took an action against them. Operation Blue Star cleared the Golden Temple of terrorists but it hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community and created a serious Hindu-Sikh divide. Two Sikh bodyguards of Indira Gandhi killed her in her house and after that riots took place throughout the country.
Whenever the conjunction of Mars and Saturn takes place, it has a severe bearing on the nation’s events for a very long time. Thirty years after 1984, in 2014 Saturn is again crossing over its exaltation sign Libra and it has brought about a paradigm shift in the Nations thinking by bringing Narendra Modi at the helm of affairs. Primarily Saturn is a democratic planet and when crossing Libra it ensures balance in the society and that is what we are experiencing now. Modi loves to say that he was a “chaiwala” and the entire nation has given him the power to rule this country for the next five years.
There are two interesting analogies – firstly, in 1984 the thumping electoral success of Rajiv Gandhi was attributed to his Mr. Clean image and young Indian rhetoric; and similarly, in 2014 almost similar exponents have been advanced. In both times, majority community voted en masse for both these leaders to give them unprecedented mandate. Similarly, both leaders emerged as icons with their charismatic leadership and gave hope to millions of Indians in ushering a new era in Indian polity.
The exact Saturn-Mars conjunction took place on 26th August 2014. It is to be noted that these types of conjunctions take place only for a day or so but their impact lasts for a very long time. Today is just 28th August 2014 and all the national TV channels and newspapers are carrying a report of differences between Narendra Modi and his Home Minister Rajnath Singh. A lot of allegations have also been leveled on other Ministers performances and other issues are also being raised. Some of the ministers and bureaucrats are not appreciating the authoritarian way in which Modi is functioning. One cannot ignore the Hindu-Muslim riots taking place, especially in Uttar Pradesh, and unrest can be seen in different parts of the country. A new menace has cropped up in the name of ‘Love jihad” where young Muslim boys are duping Hindu girls by hiding their identity. Firing and constant tension is being seen at the border. Mars – Saturn conjunction also creates havoc with Nature and monsoon deficiency is not the only cause of worry but flood and disasters are adding to the woes of the economy of the country. Theft, fire, robbery, murder, road rage has also increased due to the conjunction of Mars and Saturn.
Narendra Modi is a very organized and disciplined person, hard task master and has the capacity to work round-the-clock. The BJP victory in the last election was solely attributed to Narendra Modi who had single-handedly criss-crossed the length and breadth of the entire nation and gave numerous innovative speeches which galvanized the youth of India. Narendra Modi is a visionary who has devised his own method as per the need of the hour. The way he has utilized the social media, networking, video conferencing no other party had even thought of it. Many people thought that Cambridge returned Rahul Gandhi will make his mark but he did not have a vision and neither did anyone else in his party. Modi, from a very humble background has understood the need of the hour and has mobilized the entire nation to take the reins of the country. His recent address to the nation on 15th August on 2014 echoed in every Indian heart and many people debate that it has surpassed the first speech of Jawaharlal Nehru. The kind of support and vision that he has, if used correctly, has the capacity to transform the Nation.
Let’s go back to the Saturn-Mars conjunction which is happening at the moment and whose impact will last for minimum one year from now (around September 2015).
Astrologically Saturn represents tradition, old practice, system or a pattern which has been followed for quite some time. When Saturn conjuncts with Mars that too especially in Libra, it creates an environment to break away from the old pattern which has been persisting since last many years. The stalwarts of BJP Atal Bihari Vajpayee, LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi who had been central figures of the party for the last five decades have been abruptly dethroned by Narendra Modi and his protégé Amit Shah. This was unthinkable a few months back but when Saturn and Mars are in conjunction then old has to unceremoniously give way to the new. Indiscipline, dishonesty and not working diligently have been a common practice in the government offices in India. Modi’s methodologies have marred this old practice and created a new, healthy environment.
They say old habits die hard and people are not willing to change easily unless and until they are forced circumstantially or self-realization takes place. Saturn will be transiting to Scorpio in November 2014 for the next two and a half years. Saturn’s placement in Scorpio is not considered very good because it is an inimical sign which belongs to Mars. We are reminded of 1984. After the conjunction of Saturn-Mars in February 1984, when Saturn moved into the next house then a lot of chaotic situations took place including the death of Indira Gandhi and the rise of Rajiv Gandhi.
One school of thought believes that history repeats itself and another school believes that history never repeats itself. We are firm believers of the latter statement. In the same way planets repeat their positions in the sky but with a difference. Mars – Saturn conjunction took place in 1984 and many events happened including the murder of Indira Gandhi. The same conjunction of Mars – Saturn is happening after 30 years and in the same sign but the results that are going to follow now for the next one year will be entirely different from what happened earlier.
This conjunction is taking place in Libra and the constellation involved is Vishakha which belongs to Jupiter. Jupiter is in its exaltation sign Cancer and has occupied Saturn’s constellation and Saturn in turn has gone into Jupiter’s constellation. Coming back to the pattern of results that we foresee; the fabric of this country may get affected in the coming months. We also foresee distrust and disharmony between different communities which could also escalate in the near future. People of different parties and ideologies will unite against Modi not to dislodge him but to create difficulties by inciting communal passions. The behavior pattern or attitude of people does not change overnight therefore if Modi is thinking that he has got some magic wand to bring a miraculous turnaround he will face disappointment. Border disputes may also become a focal point and infiltrators will try to create internal disturbances. After the initial euphoria dies down, his authoritarian style may not be appreciated by the bureaucracy and his party colleagues.
Narendra Modi should also be careful about people close to him aligning against him to create hurdles in his task since his unified totalitarian power may not be appreciated by the people around him.