by Lina Elisabeth Preston 3 min read

Saturn in Shatabhisha Nakshatra

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.

What are the Nakshatras?

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.

What is the Meaning of Saturn in Shatabhisha Nakshatra?

Shatabhisha is Entirely within Aquarius

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.

A Nakshatra of Healing

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.

Unity and Wholeness

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.

Infinity and the Universe

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.

Winds of Change and Vata Dosha

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.

Remedies: Pranayama and Aum

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.”

Dates to Remember:

  • March 14, 2023 Saturn moves into Shatabhisha nakshatra
  • October 14, 2023 Saturn retrogrades back to Danishta nakshatra
  • November 23, 2023 Saturn returns to Shatabhisha nakshatra
  • April 6, 2024 Saturn leaves Shatabhisha and moves into Purva Bhadrapada




Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina Elisabeth Preston

Lina Elisabeth Preston has been doing astrological consultations for 20 years. She is a certified Jyotish Visharada and member and practitioner with the Council of Vedic Astrology. Lina also works with vedic gemstones. A long time meditator and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Lina lives with her husband Binay at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Lina and Binay founded their business Northern Lights in 1990.

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