Saturn moves into Scorpio on 21st October 2014 and becomes retrograde on 15th March 2015 turning direct on 2nd August. During 2016 Saturn is retrograde from 26th March to 13th August entering Sagittarius on 12th January 2017.Turning retrograde once again in Sagittarius on 7th April 2017, Saturn re-enters Scorpio on 12th July 2017 for another spell in Scorpio for about three months from 12th July to 8th October 2017. Becoming direct on 25th August 2017, Saturn leaves Scorpio to enter Sagittarius on 8th October 2017.
Sade Sati Effects Cycle .
In North India, there is a belief that the adverse effects of Sade Sati are effective only for chosen fixed periods for selected Janma Rasis. The scheme is like this: Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Capricorn – the first 2 ½ years; Aries and Cancer – the middle 2 ½ years; Gemini, Libra and Aquarius – the last 2 ½ years; Scorpio and Pisces – the last 5 years and Sagittarius- the first 5 years..
During the present transit of Saturn in Scorpio, only Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius will be coming under the influence of Sade Sati effects. Those born in Virgo Rasi can get fully rid of their Sade Sati effects, of which they were under the spell, so far. As only the last 2 ½ years are crucial for Librans, and the last 5 years for Scorpios, and the first 5 years for Sagittarians, all of them will be in a disadvantageous position. However, it will not cause much harm to Sagittarius natives as it is only an Ubhayarasi or common sign. As the Libra Rasi natives have already undergone the Janmasani period and Sagittarians are yet to get it, the present transit of Saturn, in Scorpio, will not affect them very adversely. Therefore striking a balance, Librans and Sagittarians can heave a sigh of relief that the present transit will not be too harsh on any of them.
For Leos, the impending transit of Saturn will cause Ardhashtamasani or Kantakasani which can bring bad effects like loss of spouse or wealth. For Arians, it will be Ashtamasani, with Saturn in the 8th that can cause, according to Varahamihira, neglect by spouse or children, forced menial duties, and depravation of character.
Conventionally, this transit is good only for Virgos, Gcmini’s and Capricornian’s as Saturn is transiting their 3rd, 6th, and 11th places respectively. Though it is bad for Aquarians, the transit may not affect them much, as Saturn becomes the Rasi lord. The above scenario will change if the Moorthi Nirnaya scheme is taken into account. Saturn, as the Rajatha Moorthi can score fully, and for Tambara Moorthi, Loha Moorthi, and Swarna Moorthi, the score will be 3/4, l/2, and l/4, respectively.
Phaladeepika explains how a planet in transit can affect the Bhava from which it happens to be in the 8th. According to this, Saturn in Scorpio can give the following results to those born under different Ascendants:-.
Aries – Health hazards or emaciation of body;
Taurus – Fruitless travels and afflictions to paternal grandfather or maternal grandmother;
Gemini-Afflictions to paternal uncle or aunt;
Cancer – Troubles from authorities;
Leo – Affliction to father, master or employer; Virgo – General health problems;
Libra – Affliction to spouse;
Scorpio – Trouble from enemies, afflictions to maternal aunt ,uncle or maternal relations;
Sagittarius – Affliction to children or problems caused by them;
Capricorn – Affliction to parents or conveyances;
Aquarius – Affliction to father-in-law;
Pisces – Decline of wealth, possessions, income and strained relations with family members.