The Saturn – Rahu Conjunction

The Saturn – Rahu Conjunction : The Nodes Rahu/Ketu are changing signs from the evening of 14 th of January into Libra/Aries respectively and would transit over the signs for a period of One and half years from then . The significance of this transit is the conjunction of Rahu with Saturn in Libra in September, 2013. Following are the dates of The Saturn – Rahu Conjunction :-

June 5 2002 in Taurus ,
21 Jan 1991 in Capricorn,
July 8 1979 in Leo,
May 1 1968 in Pisces,
8th October 1956 in Scorpio,
28 th May 1945 in Gemini,
12 th Feb 1934 in Capricorn,
16th July 1922 in Virgo,
May 3 rd 1911 in Aries,
November 2 ,1899 in Scorpio,
May 25,1888 in Cancer,
28 Feb , 1877 in Aquarius,
27 July 1865 in Libra.

Frequency of the Conjunction : Saturn Rahu come into conjunction every 12 years approximately. But the previous conjunction of these two happened in Libra in the year 1865 ,i.e about 147 years back. The study of and sharing of What would be the effect of the conjunction on the world and what would be the effect of the same on individuals is the context of this write up.

Date of Exact Conjunction: 17th September,2013 in the constellation of Swati owned by Rahu

Varahamihira in Brihat Samhitha : The Text says, Transit of Saturn in Swati results in Troubles to the people of Magadha,to scents,news carriers,to charioteers,to navigators,and to dancers.

Varahamihira’s Koorma Chakra : As per the classification,Swati Constellation represents the south west regions of any country

It is said शनि वद राहु कुज वद केतु . which means Rahu acts in the same way as Saturn and Ketu acts in the same way as Mars. More over,as Both Rahu and Ketu are chayaa grahas (Shadowy planets) they give results of the planet which aspects or influences them. Here in this case, as Rahu is going conjunct with Saturn , Rahu too should act like Saturn thereby enhancing the effects of Saturn in Libra.During the period the two are conjunct,we can expect the double impact of Saturn to result.

Significations of the Sign Libra : Libra is the Seventh sign of the Zodiac owned by Venus. It is an Vayu tatwa (airy) sign and a Chara (moveable) rasi. The sign Libra denotes trade and sensual emotions.Libra rules black gram, barley, wheat and mustard.

Countries and Cities signified by Libra : Countries : Austria, Indo-China, China, Tibet, Borders of Caspain, Upper Egypt, Savoy, North China, Livonia, Burma, Argentina, Japan, Massachusetts and vicinity

Cities: Antwerp, Charleston, Frankfort, Fribourg, Gaeta, Placenza, Spires, Vienna, Lisbon, Johannesburg, Copenhagen, Middleton ,Leeds, Nottingham

Significations of Saturn: Laziness, Obstruction; Horse; Elephant; Skin (nerves, tendons and ligaments); Gain; Witness; Distress; Sickness; Misunderstanding; Misery; Death; Happiness Through A Woman; Maid Servant; Asses And Mules; Outcast; One With Disfigured Limbs; Haunting Woods; Handsome Look; Gift; A Lord; A Portion Of Life; Eunuch; One Born Of The Lowest Caste; Birds; A Servile Duty; Unrighteous Conduct; One Without Manliness; Telling Lies; Long Lasting; Wind; Old Age; Tendons And Muscles; Strong At The End Of The Day; Sisira Ritu (Winter); Great Anger; Exertion; Born Of A Very Low Mother; Bastard; Golaka (abode of lord Krsna); Dirty Clothes And House; Wicked Mind; Friendship With The Wicked; Black Colour; Evil; Cruelty; Ashes; Black Grains; Gems; Iron; Nobility; A Year; Sudra; One Representing The Father; Learning The Trade Of Another Class; Crippled; Sharp; A Blanket; Facing West; Life Saving Drugs; Downward Look; Agriculture; Life Saving Drugs; Arsenal; A Student Belonging To Another Caste; External Position; North-Eastern; Serpent World; Downfall; Lost in Battle; Wandering; A Spear; Lead; Misdirected Strength; A Turk; Worn Out; Oil; The Tamas Guna; Travelling Through Forests and Over Mountains; Hard-Heartedness; Fear; Long Standing Distress; Hunter; Ugly Hair; Entire Sovereignty; Alarm; Goats And The Like; Buffalos And The Like; Indulging In Sex Pleasure; Dressing Oneself For Amorous Appeals; Worshipping God Yama; Dog; Theft And; Cruel-Hearted.

Significations of Rahu : Umbrella; Kingdom; Gathering; Fallacious Argument; Hurting By Speech; Downcast; Wicked Woman; An Irreligious Man; Decorated Vehicle; Gambling; Strong At Twilight; Intriguing With A Wicked Woman; Going Abroad; Impurity; Bone; Enlargement Of Spleen; Falsehood; Downward Look; Perplexity; Emerald; Facing The Southern Quarter; Shelter Of Outcast Or Low People; Painful Swelling; A Big Forest; Wandering In Rugged Places; Mountain; Pain; Staying Outside; Tending Towards Southwest; Wind; Phlegm; Sorrow; Serpent; Night Breeze; Sharp; Long; Reptile; Reading Of Dreams; Travel; A Muhurta; Old Age; A Vehicle; World Of Serpents; Mother; Father Or Maternal Grandfather; Air; An Acute Or Sharp Pain; Catarrh; Breathing; Great Prowess; Forest; Worshipper Of Goddess Durga; Wickedness; Cohabitation With Quadrupeds; Urdu Script; Harsh Words.Rahu signifies Accidents,Mysteries.

Rahu is a karaka, or indicator, of worldly desire, fame, greed, high intelligence, manipulation, obsessive behavior, foreigners, mass disease, dementia and inertia.

Rahu is a legendary master of deception who signifies cheaters, pleasure seekers, operators in foreign lands, drug dealers, poison dealers, insincere & immoral acts,etc.

Mundane Effects of the Conjunction : We are already seeing the turmoil going on in Tibet for independence. Buddhists are immolating themselves for the cause of independence. Japan is currently involved in the senkaku islands dispute.In the elections held recently,the ruling party has been defeated and the Liberal Democratic party was voted into power.

After Rahu moves over into Libra the Saturn impact doubles bringing about immense changes in the countries signified by Libra and Saturn. Prices of oils, black gram, barley, wheat and mustard would increase. Hoarding of these items happens. Middlemen would have their sway over these items. The Countries signified by Libra would experience shortage of life saving drugs. Mysterious airborne diseases spread in some of these countries.Pharmaceutical industry would see a boom. Urdu script undergoes changes. There will be prolonged winter.Actors would be cheated.Some Scandals related to actors would come to light. Prices of Iron, Black gram would increase. Drug patent laws would undergo changes. Some of the patents would be illegally used. Exalted Saturn afflicted by Rahu shows the death of a mass leader being killed in a coup. There would be more of air plane crashes.Leaders of nations need to be alert in this regard. Heavy snowfall effects the aviation industry causing losses. The economies in Japan, China, Burma would be negatively effected by the conjunction. The Conjunction results in an increase in the sexual perversions among people. Dressing sense of people undergoes drastic changes.Laws regarding the news channels would undergo changes. There would be censor of these channels.

The Conjunction is important because of two factors. Firstly as the conjunction is happening in Libra after a period of 147 years and Secondly ,when the conjunction happened previously, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

Saturn in exaltation in this Rasi, represents Leaders with mass following. Saturn afflicted by Rahu caused the assassination of Lincoln.He was shot in a theatre by an actor. The conjunction under study was happening in Libra which is a venusian sign which signifies places of entertainment.Abraham Lincoln as we know strived for the abolition of slavery.

This event gives clues of the events to happen during the period while the planets are in conjunction. Below is the link to the events that happened in the year 1865 when the two planets were in conjunction previously : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1865

In the year under study, following events can be seen from the link above

1.There was a civil war going on in United states which ended in the year
2. Abraham Lincoln was reelected to the president ship only to be assasinated later on
3. Slavery has been abolished by the 13th amendment in the United States.
4.Dominican Republic gains Independence from Spain
5.Florida drafts its constitution
6.Claywater Meteorite explodes before reaching ground level in Wisconsin
7.Shergetty Meteorite falls in Gaya , Bihar , India.

Generalizing the events listed above we can say

1.Democratic tendencies were evident in the year.This is because Saturn was in exaltation.
2.Assasination of the People’s leader happened as the exalted Saturn was afflicted by Rahu.
3. There were meteorite impacts as Libra is an airy Sign afflicted by two malefics Saturn and Rahu.

We can expect similar effects to happen now too.In India Saturn signifies Gujarat.Prominent leaders of Gujarat might be under threat.

Saturn would be in retrogression from 19th of February 2013 till 7th of July 2013 during which period the effects of the conjunction would be drastic.

However, Jupiter transits into Gemini on 31st of May,2013 and aspects this conjunction in Libra.Jupiter’s aspect would have a modifying influence over the effects.

To be observed : While Saturn – Rahu are going to be conjunct on 17 th September,2013,the newly discovered Comet ISON would be approaching closest to Earth by the Christmas of 2013. These two occurences definitely signify big events and big people.

Rasi wise effects 

Aries : The conjunction would be in the 7th sign and would result in the people being cheated by partners.
Taurus : The natives of this rasi are in for good times as malefics are transiting the sixth house.This transit would benefit the rasi people in general
Gemini : The conjunction happening in the fifth house results in changes in behavioural patterns, stress in thinking, problems to children,losses in ventures
Cancer : The natives of this rasi would be facing some tough times as the conjunction is going on in the fourth house which would result in turmoil in career and at home.
Leo : Natives of this raasi would travel a lot in this period. the natives would be more courageous. But they need to be more alert regarding their communications.Sibling of the natives may be troubled.
Virgo : The natives of this rasi need to be alert regarding their food habits and should guard their speech.should be careful regarding their family and wealth.The natives may have differences with their maternal relatives.
Libra: The natives of this rasi would be experiencing ill health,pressures in thinking and all affairs in general.They should be careful of their loved ones and children.
Scorpio : Natives of this rasi should be careful regarding their expenses,should be alert so as to avoid any theft of belongings.The natives should be careful while in long distance travels and from accidents.
Sagittarius : The natives would have good time in general.They would meet their long lost friends.The natives would be having more than one source of income. Would become more aggressive and would earn through questionable means.
Capricorn : The natives would have a boost up in career but need to be careful about loss of position and loss of money.
Aquarius : The natives of this rasi should be care ful about their father’s health and their own. Would visit religious places in this period. The natives would have dip in sacred rivers
Pisces : The natives should guard their health. Would be separated from their near and dear ones.

Effects for people running the dasa of Rahu or Saturn

People running Saturn dasa would have good time generally but should be alert from any kind of cheating from foreigners. People running Rahu dasa should be careful about their health.The natives having Saturn exalted or in own sign in their chart would experience good results.

The above effects are general in nature and also depend upon the ashtakavarga strengths of the planets in the natal chart and other significations.