PLANET TRANSITS IN VEDIC ASTROLOGY
It is good to be aware of the transits of the 9 planets. The vedic birth chart being the snapshot of the sky at the time of an individual's birth will contain the innate potential of the future of the said individual. The timing of the events that are to take place is intertwined with the transit of the planets.
Knowledge of planetary transits helps in the making of right decisions. Avoid making decisions or fixing important events during weak transits of planets based on your horoscope.
The current transits of Saturn and Jupiter - the former being a natural malefic and the latter, a great benefic - which transits are of great significance, are discussed below.
Transit of Shani
Saturn or Shani is the slowest moving planet of all the 9 planets and it takes approximately 2½ years to transit a sign. Due to its slow movement through the zodiac coupled with its malefic nature, Saturn's transit is considered to be crucial when studying one's birth chart in relation to the planetary transits.
Of importance is Saturn's transit close to the natal Moon which period is called Sade-Sati. Sade-Sati lasts for 7½ years which is the time taken for Saturn to transit the 12th, 1st, and 2nd houses (from Chandra Lagna or the Vedic Moon sign). Shani's effects while traversing the natal Moon are oftentimes profound and delays, obstacles and failures in all endeavours are inevitable at times for the individual in question.
Saturn has moved into and is currently transiting the sign Virgo (or Kanya / Kanni) (as of 9 September 2009) and therefore, individuals with Moon signs as Leo, Virgo and Libra are at the present going through their Sade-Sati period. Leo natives (Vedic Moon sign) are going through their final part of the Sade-Sati period which will last for about another 2 years or so while Virgo (Vedic Moon sign) individuals are in the second phase of the 7½ years' of Shani influence.
Libra natives have just begun their Sade-Sati period which will last for another 7½ years. The Sade-Sati period has finally come to an end for Cancer natives.
Shani's transit in the Randr Bhava - the 8th house (from Vedic Moon sign), which is a dusthana or an evil house, will cause similar negative effects. This transit is referred to as the period of Ashtamasani - also known as the weakest transit of Saturn.
Saturn's unfavourable effects can also be experienced when he transits the 4th house (again, from the Vedic Moon sign) which is the house signifying happiness.
Saturn's transit through the 7th and 10th houses (from the Moon Lagna) will also produce negative effects.
Saturn will turn retrograde at Virgo on or about 14 January 2010 and will remain so till end of May 2010. Saturn turns direct again at Virgo on 1 June 2010 and remains at Virgo for another 1½ years or so.
Saturn will move into Libra on or about 11 November 2011 when Scorpio natives will begin their Sade-Sati period. Libra (or Thulaam), a sign lorded over by Venus, is also the exaltation sign of Saturn.
An 11th house transit is the most auspicious transit of Saturn and this is so for Scorpio natives at the present.
Saturn transiting the sign Virgo will be an eighth house transit for Aquarius natives which is, as mentioned earlier, the weakest transit of Saturn.
Currently, Saturn is transiting the second pada of the Vedic Star or Nakshatra Uttaraphalguni. Therefore, Saturn will be traversing pass the natal Moon for those who have their natal Moon in the second or third pada of the said star. This will be an exceptionally testing period for such individuals.
Also, if you have a debilitated Venus in your horoscope, and if it happens to be placed in the second or third pada of the Vedic Star Uttaraphalguni, then Saturn (being a natural malefic) crossing over natal Venus, being the natural indicator for relationship, spouse, partner, love or beauty, may adversely affect those areas (apart from also producing negative effects concerning the specific indications of the planet, that is, based on the house ownership of Venus in a given horoscope).
Saturn will move through the second pada of Uttaraphalguni from 9 September 2009 up till 6 October 2009 and then will traverse the third pada of Uttarphalguni from 7 October 2009 up till 5 November 2009.