by Lina Elisabeth Preston 3 min read

Saturn (Shani)

Saturn in Vedic Astrology“Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.”
–Paramhansa Yogananda

“If we focus on the eternal, we will remain unaffected
by the changing experiences of life.”

Saturn governs linear time. He is thorough, strong and slow and is involved in that which is durable. In our bodies, he rules over our bones and our teeth. Saturn governs longevity, and a strong Saturn may give us a long life. He also rules over endings and death, and helps us to understand that all things of the earth will come to an end. Saturn is the ruler of old age, the last phase of our lives.

This planet is connected to all things from the earth, such as rocks, gems, dust and dirt. He is the planet for gardening and farming. Mining, construction and manual labor are also governed by Saturn.

Saturn has structure and form, and he operates in hierarchies and organizations. A planet of democracy, he likes to serve the needs of the many and puts an emphasis on self sacrifice and service to others.

Saturn governs monks, nuns, yogis and all people on a path of renunciation. He teaches detachment and shows us a deeper truth. Saturn wants us to develop perseverance, patience and responsibility. He will test us by placing us in situations that require these qualities.

Saturn helps destroy our illusions and wants us to understand that we need not take things personally. Through his influence, we will eventually be rewarded with humility, wisdom and peace.

Should You Strengthen Saturn?

A gemstone for Saturn strengthens and calms the mind. It promotes clarity of thinking along with mental focus and concentration. A well placed Saturn can give much prosperity and success in professional life.

Spiritually, Saturn helps us become detached and even-minded as we face life's ups and downs. Saturn brings responsibility and strengthens persistence and determination. This planet increases our capacity for spiritual work and service. With time Saturn can manifest as maturity, wisdom and humility.

Saturn rules longevity and a strong, beneficial Saturn gives a long life and protects the immune system. It strengthens bones and teeth. A gemstone for Saturn is cooling and will also be helpful in reducing infection and inflammation. It can be an aid when trying to lose weight and during detoxification.

Please note that every planet has positive and negative qualities. Saturn is a malefic planet and can cause harm if it is not well placed in your chart. It is important to determine if a gemstone for Saturn is of benefit to you. Have your birth chart analyzed by a Vedic astrologer before you decide on a gemstone.

Gemstones For Saturn

  • Blue Sapphire
  • Tanzanite
  • Amethyst

Jewelry For Saturn

  • Saturn Pendants
  • Saturn Rings
  • Saturn Necklaces
  • Saturn Bracelets
  • Saturn Earrings
  • Saturn Malas

Colors For Saturn

Saturn likes blue and darker colors.

Day Of The Week

Saturday (Saturn's day)

How To Wear A Gemstone For Saturn

As a ring, Saturn gemstones are usually placed on the middle finger and can be worn on either hand.

Metals For Saturn

Saturn gemstones can be set in all metals but are most often set in white gold or silver which corresponds with the cool nature of Saturn. The secondary gemstones are fine set in silver.

Mantras For Saturn

Om Shanaischaraya Namaha

Om Sri Shanaishwaraya Swaha

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Om Hreem Shreem Shanaishcharaya Namah

Working With Saturn In Your Daily Life

  • Serve others (seva)

  • Fast on Saturdays

  • Donate food to those in need

  • Do mantras for Saturn

  • Meditate

Sign Ruled By Saturn – Capricorn

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Sign Ruled By Saturn – Aquarius

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Top banner photo credit: NASA, JPL

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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