March 14 - October 14, 2023,
November 23, 2023 - April 6, 2024
Saturn - the Lord of Karma and Justice - enters Shatabhisha nakshatra on March 14th, 2023.
Apart from a temporary return to the previous nakshatra during his retrograde, Saturn will remain in Shatabhisha until April 6, 2024.
So what is the astrological significance of Saturn in Shatabhisha nakshatra? Let’s first take a look at what nakshatras are.
The Moon takes about a month to orbit the earth. 27.3 days, to be exact. The Moon’s path is divided into 27 sectors. Each sector is 13° 20’ and named after a star constellation residing within it. These 27 sectors along the ecliptic are called nakshatras, and each has a different quality.
Saturn spends almost a year in Shatabhisha nakshatra and moves very slowly compared to the Moon, who only needs a day to transit the same nakshatra.
Shatabhisha (or Satabhisha) nakshatra is entirely situated within Aquarius, beginning at 6°40’ and ending at 20°00’. Rahu is the ruler of Shatabhisha, while both Rahu and Saturn rule Aquarius.
Shatabisha means a hundred doctors, a hundred medicines, and a hundred stars.
Saturn’s transit in Shatabhisha is significant for people in health professions, but we all should consider how to assist global and individual healing.
Rahu (the ruler of Shatabhisha) represents change and the unexpected, while Saturn’s natural tendency is to block and limit. Saturn’s transit in Shatabhisha puts focus on restricting and preventing unhealthy expansion.
The symbol for Shatabhisa is a circle. A circle illustrates containment.
Containment is a significant aspect of healing. Containing Covid or reducing pollution to fight climate change are examples. Preventing runaway inflation or reducing our debt are examples of financial containment.
A circle does not have sides. It is a symbol of unity.
Although Shatabhisha tends to be self-contained, people with planets in Shatabhisha are natural at networking. Cooperation and working together are more essential now than ever. Shatabhisha, as part of Aquarius, enjoys group consciousness and has great potential for creating connections and building communities of creative and talented people.
A circle has no beginning and no end. It symbolizes infinity. A hundred stars are also a symbolic expression of Shatabhisha. This nakshatra is associated with ether or akasha (space, sky).
Saturn’s transit in Shatabhisha will likely have some focus on air travel, astrology and astronomy, space science, and astrophysics.
Aquarius is a sign of science and research. Saturn’s focus and systematic approach will likely result in progress in medicine and other technical fields.
Shatabhisha is in Aquarius, an air sign. Air expresses intellect, ideas, communication, and ideals.
The two rulers of Aquarius, Saturn, and Rahu are airy planets. Air is also known as vayu (wind).
When Saturn transits Shatabhisha, there will likely be some sudden ups and downs.
A lot of air will manifest Vata energy. Vata is dry, moving, changeable, and quick. Excess Vata can manifest as dehydration, restlessness, and ungroundedness. Excess Vata can also make us feel scattered, spacey, or anxious.
Breathing slowly and deeply helps us become centered. Focusing on the breath is good for developing calmness when Saturn is in Shatabhisha. Practicing pranayama (breath or energy control) helps mitigate the adverse effects of Vata.
Chanting Aum manifests unity and healing, and is a good remedy for Shatabhisha. AUM is the sound of the infinite. It brings us to a state of higher consciousness.
“He who knows Aum knows God.”