Vishkumbha yoga in astrology, what Saturn does


The Saturn (Sanskrit शनि Shani m. (The "slow-moving"), Hebrew שַׁבְּתַאי, Shabatai) is the seventh planet of our solar system and has long been considered the outermost of it. It is a gas planet, nine times the size of the earth and can barely be seen with the naked eye. The mean distance between Saturn and the Sun is 1,427 million kilometers.

Saturn photographed by the Cassini space probe from a distance of 6.3 million km, October 6, 2004.

The sidereal period of orbit of Saturn is 29,457 years. His rings, of which he owns more than a hundred thousand, are striking. So far 62 moons have been discovered on it. From time immemorial, Saturn has been considered the "guardian of the threshold": He is the master of time, shows man the limits of earthly life and at the same time makes him mature to cross the threshold to the spiritual world beyond space and time.

Article by Annette Hochwarth


Depiction of Saturn as ruler of the zodiac signs Capricorn and Aquarius, 16th century.

In the times before Zeus, Kronos of the ancient Greeks or Saturnus of the Romans was considered the supreme god. On the initiative of his mother, Gaia, he had emasculated and castrated his father, Uranos, because he had stuffed all of his children, which he did not like, back into his mother's womb. To prevent the same from happening to him, he devoured his children immediately after birth, except for Jupiter, who escaped. Saturnus was later the god of agriculture in Italy and a wise teacher who taught people agriculture and civilization. Kronos / Saturn is also considered the master of time. At the beginning of December 17th, the Romans celebrated the exuberant Saturnalia - initially three days, later extended to December 30th - which resembled our today's carnival and are a forerunner for today's Christmas festival. The custom of decorating the house with evergreen plants goes back to this cult.

In the Christian Middle Ages, Saturn was often equated with "death and the devil" and therefore often skeletonized and depicted with a sickle or scythe (cf. its astronomical symbol).

In Indian mythology, Shani is a son of Surya, the sun: Surya believed that Chhaya (his maid) was his wife and fathered three children with her, including Shani. As the mother of Saturn, Chhaya is also known as Shaniprasu.

Shiva warned Parvati that he was suffering from the curse of Shani. If he built a house, it would crumble over and over again when he blows his horn. Parvati built her palace by the waters of the Mansarover with a view of the snowfields of the Kailash. There was no limit to their joy. One day Shiva went to see the crafty Shani. Shani greeted him and congratulated him on his new home in the mountains of Kailash. He said he was about to do arati (ceremony of lights) for Vishnu and whether Shiva wanted to attend him. Shiva did so.

The Arati ceremony proceeded as Shani turned to Shiva and blew his great conch horn. Without a thought of the curse, Shiva did likewise and when he got home he found his home in ruins and Parvati in deep grief. Once again Shiva decided to build a place for his family, this time a really impressive palace.

Shani’s appearance: "Saturn is tall and thin. He has yellow eyes and is airy (Vata). He has big teeth and coarse hair, and he is lazy and lame."(Parashara 3.28-29) [1]

Astrological interpretation

Saturn compared to the earth.

For a long time, Saturn was negatively charged in both East and West and a feared planet; as ruler over time, he was equated with death and misfortune. As the last planet in our solar system, it was considered the judge of life and death and guardian of the cosmic world.

In (western) astrology, it seems to have softened its purely negative occupation since the discovery of the trans-Saturnians (Uranus, Neptune, Pluto), through which global and universal influences seem to have a much stronger effect today than before, right down to the individual's personal fate into it. At the same time, a large part of humanity is no longer so closely involved in securing everyday existence, so that Saturn increasingly has a mediating task between the material world here and the immaterial world beyond. The Trans-Saturnians help with the spiritualization of our time, support revolutionary movements, but also show their effect in global catastrophes. Saturn helps to bring these powerful energies to the ground, i.e. to earth, to moderate, to regulate and to realize.

Due to the interaction of Saturn with the Trans-Saturnians, (karmic) transformations are easier to carry out already in the earthly, which creates the impression, for example, of being able to go through several lives in one incarnation: Even after an existentially threatening life crisis, which used to be quickly under the strict rule of Saturn Death would have meant (serious illness, loss of partner, job or property, ...) life goes on and a door opens to a new, more comprehensive and perhaps also more universal, more spiritual experience. Saturn only destroys that which no longer serves life and which contradicts earthly laws and one's own karma. He mercilessly destroys castles in the air, wishful fantasies and overconfidence, causes a possibly necessary fall from the career ladder, but supports every endeavor with a solid foundation and gives success and reputation to persistent, protracted and prudent striving. He educates to persevere, ensures law and order, but in the service of a necessary development, not the rigid clinging to outdated power structures, which he lets crumble to dust.

Saturn often makes itself felt during times of severe trials passed by those who have been sincere and engaged in lengthy, hard work. Saturn confronts negative karma that has yet to be worked through, with those areas that we can only master ourselves, provides the necessary correction and ensures that we take one step at a time, not skipping anyone - not even in spiritual development - and not us entangled in avoidance strategies and defense mechanisms.

Saturn is a slow planet; it ensures (necessary) delays in sometimes slow learning processes. It takes a good 29 years to walk around the sun, which means that we usually have to wait for our first Saturn return to get to know the world and ourselves sufficiently and to become mature enough to take responsibility for ourselves and others.

Sun and Saturn are opposing principles that combine in spiritual people who rule these two energies. In the horoscope of spiritually developed people there is therefore often a Saturn-Sun constellation. In the relationship horoscope (synastry), a Saturn-Sun connection often indicates a lasting relationship that withstands many tests. But sometimes the relationship itself is the necessary test.

Saturn is described very negatively by many astrologers, often even as a malefactor or demon. Basically this is wrong or at least misleading because the planets only emit neutral energies, but we use them positively or negatively. The planets are instruments, "tools" of the soul, gods serving man. And just as one can do good with a hammer, for example, or do something bad out of ignorance, clumsiness or bad intent, so it is up to the person at which level he realizes a planet. However, since Saturn is the hardest to realize of all planets, it often shows itself on a very low level. Misfortune, poverty, bondage, bondage, chronic illnesses, old age, fear, melancholy, loneliness, all kinds of suffering are associated with him. It can also lead to accusations and projections to the outside world as well as rigid clinging to mistakes and internal blockages. As a rule, all of these cases are unresolved karma.

The heaviness of Saturn, whose metal is lead, pulls down and creates - often in a negative spiral - fears, hopelessness, self-pity and depression. A strong Saturn can manifest itself in a rather brittle and dry, somewhat distant character; it is also assigned to the Vata Dosha.

The rulership of Saturn extends into dead matter and its laws, right into the physical skeleton, and whoever wants to ascend into the spiritual world must cross the threshold of material life, of which Saturn is the guardian, because it exists the danger of succumbing to the deadly forces of Saturn, literally becoming a skeleton yourself. So Saturn is the symbol for death and resurrection alike.[2]

"Saturn is not only the lowest planet, it is also the highest. His lessons are the most difficult, but also the most useful. He is the primal spirit and primal lawgiver, our ancestor guide. He also symbolizes the positive spirit of the past and brings order and stability into our life. "[3]

At the end of a Saturnian learning process there is patience, perseverance, tenacity, discipline, self-criticism, a sense of reality, resilience, thoroughness, diligence, a sense of order, resilience, a sense of responsibility and conscientiousness. He is our backbone and can give leadership qualities. In the ancient Indian scriptures, Saturn is most often mentioned in connection with making someone the "leader of his village".[4]

On the spiritual path it proves to be helpful because it gives humility, patience, devotion and sincere non-attachment to worldly desires and joys.

The four noble truths of Buddha and his teaching of impermanence and universal suffering reflect the wisdom of Saturn.

"Saturn is the meditating yogi. He can help us achieve complete detachment and independence. He shows us the path to transcendence, which is necessarily difficult, but on which we can cross all boundaries if we rely on the true, unlimited self. In this respect, the power of Shiva, the master of all yogis and the god of transcendence, works through Saturn. "[5]

Corresponds to the Saturn principle

Places:Quiet, secluded places; Monasteries; Graveyards; barren areas; Ruins; Mountains; cold deserts; Mining; Prisons.

(Secular) representatives: Authorities; older, mature, wise people; Consultant; Legal representative; Judge; Ascetics; Hermits; Monks. Shiva; Shivaiten.

Minerals: Lead, lime, silica, crystals.

Plants: Field horsetail, bamboo, comfrey, thistle, ivy, holly, ferns. Cemetery plants: juniper, yew, cypress. Evergreen conifers. Beech.

Animals: Capricorn, turtle, raven, reptile.

Medicine: Bones, spine, teeth, knees, supporting and connective tissue, calcium balance, spleen, skin, hair, fingernails and toenails.

Diseases: Deficiency diseases, degenerative diseases, mineral balance, chronic diseases, old age, sclerosis, stone formation, thrombosis, shrinkage, visible physical disabilities, paralysis, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, joint diseases. Depression. With weak Saturn: weak connective tissue, constipation, slow healing, nervousness, weak nerves, sleep disorders.

Negative:Death, grief, hardship, hardship, worry, fear, suffering, loneliness, restriction, rejection, deprivation, delay, lethargy, stubbornness, arrest, introversion, distance, rigidity, avarice, fear. With weak Saturn: a lack of stamina, lack of grip, inability to long-term planning, difficulty coping with problems, lack of interest, lack of stability, recklessness, easy distractibility.

Positive: Longevity, responsibility, wisdom resulting from experience, self-control, stability, structure, discipline, perfection, concentration on the essentials, duty, modesty, simplicity, loyalty, honesty, sincerity, non-attachment, renunciation, asceticism, permanence, security, withdrawal, Silence, transcendence.


Planetary Friends:Mercury, Venus.

Saturn is ruler of Capricorn and co-ruler in Aquarius. In Cancer he is in exile, in Libra exalted, and in Aries in the Fall.

Weekday: Saturday.

Vowel: U

Number: 4

Dosha: Vata


Element:Air, Vayu


Sensory perception: sense of touch

Healing and transformation

Wearing healing stones can compensate for a weak Saturn, the blue sapphire is particularly suitable. Lapis lazuli, malachite and amethyst are also recommended.

Dark blue tones strengthen Saturn, possibly also other dark colors, but do not exaggerate, as otherwise the negative sides of Saturn could also be promoted.

Suitable herbs are myrrh, frankincense, guggul, ashwagandha, shilajit, haritaki and comfrey.

The scented oils sandalwood, frankincense, cedar and juniper also promote healing.

yoga of renunciation and loving devotion. Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga. Practice is more important than theory. Prayers, penance, pilgrimages, charity.

The Name mantra for Saturn is:
Om Shanaye Namah.
Om Sham Shanaye Namah.

The Seed mantra: Om Sham. (short a)

That is also to be recommended Peace mantra: "Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti."

Due to his connection to Shiva and his companion Kali, their mantras, the Kali mantra Krim or Om Namah Shivaya, are also suitable.

These mantras should be repeated especially on Saturdays.[6]

Invocation of Shani

Shani Stotra (Yoga Vidya Kirtan Book No. 695):

The Shani Stotra is a hymn which invokes the blessings of Shani Deva, the planet god Saturn. It is said that reciting or listening to this stotra prevents illness and accidents. Psychologically, this stotra helps discipline the mind, practice renunciation, and see valuable lessons in suffering as well. The Shani Stotra also helps transform the lower nature.

The god of Saturn is also worshiped in Arati:

jaya jaya āratī śanīśvarāya
śanīśvarāya bhāskarāya

"Victory, victory, light ceremony for the god Saturn, the god Saturn, who brings shine."


  1. ↑ cit. n. David Frawley, Astrology of the Seers, The Great Introduction to the Spiritual and Yogic Basics of Vedic Astrology, Windpferd: 2003, p. 99.
  2. ↑ In anthroposophy, therefore, one speaks of a Saturn initiation. Cf. Bernard Lievegoed: Man on the threshold. Free Spiritual Life: 1985.
  3. ^ David Frawley, p. 102.
  4. ↑ See:
  5. ^ David Frawley, p. 102.
  6. ↑ The recommendations on “Healing and Transformation” are mainly taken from the book “Astrology of the Seers” by David Frawley, pp. 255-257.


  • Frawley, David, Astrology of the Seer, The Great Introduction to the Spiritual and Yogic Basics of Vedic Astrology, Windpferd: 2003.
  • Felber, Frank, textbook of esoteric and exoteric astrology, Jupiter + Uranus Verlag: 2007.

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