Saturn – the Lord of Discipline
In classical astrology Saturn is a symbol of the god of time Chronos, who rules over the passage of time and old age, and some astrologers call him the most unlucky planet in the horoscope.
In Vedic Jyotish astrology, Saturn (Shani) is considered a very influential planet, while its location in different houses of the natal chart is given a particularly important role. According to Jyotish, this is the planet of retribution, destruction, and life lessons. It is believed that it is him who brings problems and obstacles into our lives. But not everything is so harsh: Saturn has many positive aspects, his mission is to help us look at life as consciously as possible, while the energy of trouble and destruction can be neutralized.
Saturn is the farthest planet from the Sun that we can see with the naked eye. This gas giant is known for his rings, which can be seen even with a small telescope. It is named after the Roman god Saturn, equivalent to the Greek Kronos, father of Zeus. Astrologically, he rules by limitation, which is why many people are afraid of him. Indeed, his position and influence can bring difficulties to a person’s daily life; however, he is also a great teacher, imparting wisdom.
Saturn travels through all the signs of the zodiac for about 29 years and 157 days, spending about two and a half years in each sign. Saturn goes retrograde every year for about four and a half months. A full cycle around the natal chart means a transition to a more mature period of our lives. Indeed, 29 and 58 years are barriers between youth, adulthood and older ages.
Saturn is the master of time and order, and as such, it speaks to our ability to do things right, consistently, and on time. Saturn governs the legacy we leave behind, our life accomplishments and our careers.
The passage of Saturn through any house, as well as his transit to other planets, can be perceived as difficult periods due to the restrictions that he can impose. Saturn is actually considered a teacher who punishes disciples for mistakes and rewards their good deeds. Learning the lessons of life is the key to this planet. He makes us aware of the need for self-control and limits. Saturn is an old man hiding in the shadows and a bearded guru who lives alone and in poverty in Tibet.
In Vedic astrology (Jyotish)
Saturn reflects the law of Dharma. Dharma is the duty, the responsibility of every living being. He imposes limitations and suffering as a result of our past life karmas, and through them, he helps us recognize our mistakes and weaknesses, adapt, and ultimately take responsibility.
A person following the laws of Saturn is serious and loves solitude. He can work long and hard without much reward because he has a long term vision and he knows that such consistent work will pay off in the end. Sometimes he suffers from periods of sadness and depression. The negative influence of Saturn can lead to selfishness, materialism, envy, greed and distrust.
See also: The Law of Karma; Time – the Most Powerful Factor.
Fortunately, the negative influence of any planet, including Saturn, can be neutralized, this is called appeasing or strengthening the planet.
To strengthen Saturn, the greatest investment of time is required compared to other planets, and the methods that are used for this contain more practice than theory. Saturn calls for self-discipline, self-denial, humility and detachment.
One must be able to make vows and not break them, be able to accept everything that is favorable for the soul and body and reject everything that is unfavorable, etc.
We must always fulfill our duties with enthusiasm and without laziness: family, professional, and social. For example, at work, we do our best to be good employees. But, having suddenly received a dismissal letter, we accept it as the Higher Will, without pretensions, resentment and fear. But, if the situation requires, we, while maintaining inner peace and love, try to defend our rights. Such behavior would be in keeping with the spirit of Saturn.
Self-discipline means to use time and energy to achieve your goals without being distracted by trifles and generally lead an orderly life.
Here are some helpful tips:
• Awareness of your desires and goals.
You need to properly understand yourself, determine what is really important to you and what is not. Why do you want to discipline yourself? This question is closely related to the meaning of life.
• Elimination of interfering factors
Do not set yourself impossible tasks and use every opportunity to facilitate the achievement of self-discipline. We need it not for the sake of abstract self-development, but in order to achieve better results in work, business, relationships and education.
• Build Habits
This is a very important, almost universal technique. A lot of things in our life are familiar, automated, and therefore performed without difficulty. Does brushing your teeth require willpower from you? I doubt it. The reason is that you developed this habit a long time ago.
Similarly, you can develop other habits – in accordance with what you want to achieve. If you need self-discipline in terms of a healthy lifestyle, then learn to do exercises or eat properly. If you want to develop it for the sake of effective work, develop the habit of not being distracted when you work.
An important rule: there is no point in developing several habits at once. Focus on one. Force yourself to do the right thing. If you decide that it would be good to start going to bed no later than ten, then within a week or two you will force yourself to go to bed at that time. Basically, it takes 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to make it part of your lifestyle. After you complete the 90 days, the habit will be as much a part of your daily lifestyle as brushing your teeth. Gradually, you will have to make less and less effort in order to do what is necessary. And one day the habit will fit into your life so well that you will wonder how it could be otherwise.
• Build a strong frame of the day
This step is related to the previous one. You not only develop useful and necessary habits, but tie them to a certain time of the day. For example, getting up and going to bed, doing exercises at a certain time and so on. A habit attached to a specific time will organize and discipline your lifestyle.
See also: Ritucharya – Lifestyle Adjusted to Nature; Muhurta – Auspicious Time to Start Things.
• Take care of the appropriate mindset for discipline and achievement of goals
Self-discipline, in particular, is manifested in the fact that people can do their job without paying attention to emotions. We must try to make emotions our ally, not our enemy. To do this, try to control your mood during working hours. It is easier to achieve the desired working mood by following your day routine. For example, jogging early in the morning will help you wake up and create pleasant appeasement for a good start to the day. Well, then it is important to “pick up” this mood, not to lose it until the evening, when it should be replaced by satisfaction from a well-lived day.
Self-discipline in itself can be a source of positive emotions – slowly comes the taste for an orderly life, and it’s just nice to know that you yourself manage your time, as far as it is generally possible for a human.
• Set goals and achieve them with self-discipline.
Self-discipline, although not muscles, still needs consistent training. Set the desired, meaningful goal for you and perceive it as training for self-discipline – then achieving the goal will be much easier (you achieve it by the way). Then set a new target. Repeat for as long as you need. You don’t have to set big goals right away. Start small, even if only a little.
In addition to these six basics, you should remember that:
Self-discipline is not an end, but a means. Do not overdo it. Sometimes the desire to put everything in order reaches the point of absurdity or interferes with work or relationships.
Self-discipline is only one of the aspects of self-development of our personality. It is important, but not the only one. And it should not run counter to your global goals, ideals and meaning of life, on the contrary, it must be in harmony with all this.
Self-discipline is also:
– the ability to get things done despite distractions
– the ability to control one’s thoughts, avoiding harmful and destructive ones
– the ability to fully concentrate on the task
– the ability to work towards your goals without seeing immediate results
Saturn transmits his cosmic energy through blue sapphires, blue spinels, tanzanite, indicolite, iolite, amethyst and other blue to violet gemstones with high clarity. Only pure and flawless unheated gemstones of sufficient size can properly transmit the positive astral energy of Saturn. (Many jewelers subject the gemstones to heat in order to make them look better, in this case they lose all their astrological power).
See also : Maha Dasha; Retrograde Planets; The Charming Power of Gemstones; Muhurta – Auspicious Time to Start Things; Ritucharya – Lifestyle Adjusted to Nature; Vedas on Cosmos; The Law of Karma; Time – the Most Powerful Factor; Vedas on the End of the World.