Ashtama Shani Meaning
When Saturn transit to the 8th house from the Natal Moon Sign or Rashi , it is known as Ashtama Shani. During this time Saturn and Moon will be in (6/8) Shashta ashtaka position.
What is Kantaka Shani
Kantaka Shani means Saturn behaving like a thorn in the leg and the person has to limp in all activities of life. Profession/Career is hampered and finances dwindle. The transit of Saturn in the 4th, 7th and 10th signs either from Lagna, Arudha Lagna or the Moon sign cause Kantaka Sani to operate.
So before discussing any further we must know what is Transit
The planets are always Moving. Time never stop. So the actual or real position of a planet with respect to the Natal Position or position of Your Horoscope is Known as transit of the Planet. The planetary combination during your birth is recorded in the Horoscope. It shows or indicate the events of your Life. But the time of the events depends upon Dasha and Transit of planet.
How Much The Transit of Saturn is important
Saturn Stays in a Sign for longest period among the planets approx 2.5 years. So the transit of saturn is very important and sani is Capable of delivering both good and bad result. Let me Share a story from ramayana which will give you an idea about the power of Saturn transit.
When King Ravana succeeded in getting control over all the nine planets, he installed them face down on the nine steps that led to his throne. Each morning, he would step on their back to ascend his throne, causing insult and anguish to them. One day sage Narada came to Ravana, and upon seeing the state of the nine planets asked Shani, how as the mightiest and most terrible of the planets, he could bear this insult? Shani replied because he was lying face downward he was helpless, but if he could cast his gaze on Ravana, matters would change. After Narada was shown around the magnificent palace of Ravana the proud king wanted his opinion. The wise sage replied that everything was excellent at the palace of Ravana, except for one. ‘How can Ravana get the pleasure of subduing the nine planets when they were lying face downwards?’ he asked. It was better if they were lying with their faces upward so that when Ravana stepped over their chests, he could get the pleasure of seeing the discomfort on their faces. This suggestion appealed to the mighty king and he quickly ordered his staff to turn the nine planets around on their backs. As soon as that was done, Shani’s gaze fell on Ravana and his reason abandoned him.
Within a few months he kidnapped Sita, the wife of Lord Rama that led to Lord Rama’s invasion of his kingdom. Ravana and his entire family were killed.So, even Ravana, mighty king and worshiper of Shiva lost his mind after just one gaze of Shani.
How to Judge the result of Ashtama sani and Kantaka Sani
- Transit should be judged from Moon, Ascendant and Arudha Lagna. It is a general practise to check transit from Moon only but for acurate result we need to see it from all three.
- Lagna is Our intelligene. So when a bad Transit like Kantaka shani ocurs from Lagna we take wrong decision and suffer due to that.
- Arudha Lagna is how others percieve us. So when bad transit like ashtama shani occurs it affects the finance or career more.
- Moon is our Mind. When it happens from Moon, the person suffers physically and emotionally.
- We have to see the Ashtakvarga points of the transiting House also.
Result of Ashtama Shani and Kantaka Shani
When sani transit to your 4th house it may create health problem because from the 4th house it will aspect the Lagna or the Moon. 4th is the house of healing and saturn is the Karaka for delay. So it may create delay in the healing of any chronic disease. 4th is the house of mother and emotions too. So it may create problem with mother and in turn mental depression.
As 8th is the wealth created through partnership or business, During the period of Ashtama Shani it will create problem regarding finance or possession you have with others. It will create conflict with others. At the time of need others help will not be available. So at this period do not count on any one else.You will not get any financial help from any one. It may create some kind of sudden health problem to you specially piles related problem. From 8th house saturn will aspect the second house of eating habit. So during the period of Ashtama shani you may take inappropriate Food which will cause health problem. Death of some close relative may happen. This phase of life will teach you how to deal with other people. You will also come to know actual worth of your own finance relative’s partners, people around you etc.
During the Ashtama Shani period you may face criticism for your action and troubles from your relatives. There may be unwanted wasteful expenditure which may create conflict within the family. You may have to face separation from your loved ones also. In general Saturn is not good for Marital Happiness in 8th house. You should read the effect of Natal Saturn in 8th Sign of your birth chart to understand this transit effect better.
This transit of Ashtama shani can hold the person in one place and he or she feels restricted. It creates frustration also as it creates restriction in career and finance due to its aspect on 10th house and 2nd house. You can feel obstruction and impediment in every sphere of life.
This period will bring humiliation to the native.There is a proverb that people who were very happy for many years will suffer during the ashtama shani. For example one may be committing a crime for many years but he will be caught and punished when the Saturn goes to 8th house from moon.
But we have to understand that 8th house is the house of transformation. This is the house of sudden gain. If the Saturn is favourable in Natal chart and also if the Rashi Lord i.e. the owner of the moon sign is favourable, the ashtama shani can give rise in career too. Yes of course you may have to work very hard and face work stress but you will also reap the benefit of your hard work.
Actually this is the period of Transformation. This period will transform you completely as a person. Ashtama Shani may prove to be fatal especially when the dasha is adverse. It will not be very much harmful if the ongoing Dasha is good and Saturn is benefic planet for the native.When Saturn inflicts some losses, separation from relations, etc these are blessing in disguise which one must accept gladly. It is like churning of the ocean, lot of poison will come up initially but Amrita or nectar will also come at the end.
Remedies to avoid problems of Kantaka shani or ashtama shani
Shani has got the reward of Eshwar (Shanieswar) because of its impartiality in performing its duties. Even Gods were not spared from the clutches of Shani as per puranas. Unlike other planets which are incharge of secondary things (wealth, career), Shani affects the primary, OUR LIFE itself. That is why shani is most feared out of all the planets concerned. Shani acts like a strict judge. Shani not only catches the culprit but punishes them too. So when Shani is not in our favour like during Ashtama shani or Knataka shani it is always advised to keep a clean character, avoid cheating & honour commitments.
The Following are the most simple remedy to avoid wrath of saturn during a Bad transit like Kantaka shani.
- Reduce Alcohol, Non-Veg. Completely stop illicit relationship & unlawful activity.
- Avoid arguments. Shani gives majority problems with activating your Anger & Blood Pressure.
- Help disabled and handicap people, sick and elderly people. Do not neglect your parents.
- Recite Sri Rudram (especially the stanza on Chamakam) for transits of Saturn like Kantaka Sani. It works well. Else Mritunjaya Mantra can also be recited.
I have tried to give an overall idea about bad Transit of Saturn like Ashtama Shani or Kantaka Shani. But the actual result will vary depending upon the Dasha and other planetary position of the Horoscope. Transit is an important part of ashtakvarga system. So we have to see Ashtakvarga Table to know whether a particular transit will give good result or bad result. Please remember alone transit can not give any effect. We have to see it with running Dasha-Antardasha.
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Debraj is a professional Astrologer with More than 10 years of Practical experience. Started learning Vedic astrology in a very early age around 12 yrs and almost more than 20 years in astrological study.