The God of Karma and Justice, Lord Shani or Saturn will retrograde in Sagittarius on April 17, Wednesday at 07:10 AM in Sagittarius and will direct again in the same zodiac on September 6Thursday at 05:02 PM.

Generally the retrograde of Saturn is considered inauspicious, but it is not necessary that it always endows people with inauspicious results. It can also reflect beneficial effects on people.


Saturn Retrograde Dates

  • 6 April to 25 August 2017 – 27 to 21 Sagittarius
  • 17 April to 6 September 2018 – 9 to 2 Capricorn
  • 30 April to 18 September 2019 – 20 to 13 Capricorn

Saturn Retrograde 2018 starts on April 17 at 9° Capricorn and ends on September 6 at 2° Capricorn. 
Saturn is the Lord of Karma. Retrograde motion is a time when karma is sorted out. Therefore, Saturn retrograde is a double dose of karma. Karma is a form of energy that is very real. Like Saturn, it is very closely bound to time.

Past, present, and future blur into one. If you have been bad in the past, then at a certain predestined time, an event will occur to teach you a lesson. If you have been good in the past, then at a predestined time, an event will occur to reward you for your good deeds. With Saturn in retrograde motion, the karma will relate to how responsible you have been in the past.

The lessons associated with Saturn retrograde 2018 relate to your thoughts and words. Saturn retrograde 2018 will be especially challenging if you have a history of teasing or verbally abusing people. Gloomy thoughts, bad news or loneliness could have a negative effect on your mental well-being.

Saturn direct 2018 can be used to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. This could be a major positive transformation in your life. Before we go into more detail about Saturn retrograde 2018, we will talk about Saturn retrograde in the natal chart and then the general meaning of Saturn retrograde in transit.
Shani or Saturn is the God of justice and decides the fate of people. Being the significator of deeds (Karma) and action according to Vedic Astrology, it affects a person’s job or business , relationships and health immensely. 

This year as well its retrograde motion will influence the job and business of people. Lord Shani will retrograde on April 17, Wednesday at 07:10 AM in Sagittarius and will direct again in the same zodiac on September 6Thursday at 05:02 PM. This retrograde period will be of 142 days. For every Zodiac sign, the Saturn retrograde brings different results, therefore it is not necessary that it always endows people with inauspicious results.

For any person the retrograde of this planet is inauspicious only when Lord Shani is reflecting malefic effects on the Kundali and MahaDasha / Antardasha of the person, otherwise it is not that inauspicious. 

Saturn Retrograde Meaning

Saturn retrograde in your natal chart means there was a problem with self-discipline or avoiding responsibility in a former life. Due to illness, immaturity or disrespect, you may have neglected looking after your loved ones. Perhaps you failed to earn a living to support your parents, or ran out on your partner and children. There will be some lessons or extra effort required in this life to pay back this karmic debt. You must learn the lessons so you don’t have to go through this difficult cycle again.

Saturn retrograde by position and aspect shows the areas of life, or the personality traits and behaviors, which specifically need extra development. The greatest Saturn nature is disciplined, responsible, stable, respectful and reliable. A healthy Saturn is hard-working and dedicated. The aim is to be physically and emotionally strong enough to endure the hardships of life, to take responsibility for yourself and your family. Actually, retrograde planets are never traveling backwards, the backward movement may be termed as optical illusion. Planets only have the appearance of moving backwards from our position here on Earth. It often gives unexpected results, may it be positive or negative. Since Saturn is a tough taskmaster, a teacher, a judge, we have to face many challenges while Saturn moving retrograde. We need to learn the karmic Lessons attached with it in the current scenario. If Saturn is posited malefic in your birth chart, it may confer some positive possibilities in retrograde motion.

Saturn retrograde in your chart could show as sadness, depression, loneliness, tiredness or lack of motivation. Disrespect of parents and authority figures may be holding you back. Whatever is stunting your productivity is what Saturn retrograde focuses on. This could well have been an ongoing problem hindering success over many incarnations. Events or relationships will keep reinforcing the problem area in this life, especially during Saturn retrograde phases, until you master it.

Saturn retrograde in transit is a regular cycle occurring just over every twelve months, lasting about 4½ months, and spanning 6 or 7 degrees of the zodiac. Transiting Saturn retrograde is a time of limitation, restriction, anxiety and fear. During the previous months since Saturn entered the retrograde zone, you will have dealt with particular issues involving your duties and responsibilities as they relate to your dependents and career.

Saturn retrograde means that whatever area of responsibility you have developed is so important, extra time is needed to take stock and make sure everything is in order before you continue. You may be tested to make sure you are ready to take on the extra responsibility. The lessons you learn might be hard but they will be valuable.

On the other hand, it could be that a negative Saturn behavior such as sadness or shyness has gotten out of control. In this case, the Saturn retrograde months will offer a chance to recognize and admit the problem. Things may get so out of control that an intervention or some drastic event must occur to shake you out of your depression or isolation.

By the time Saturn stations direct, you should have come to terms with the relevant issues and be ready for the next phase. Focus and motivation leads to productiveness, achievement and recognition.


Saturn Retrograde 2018

Saturn stations retrograde on Tuesday April 17, 2018 at 09°08′ Capricorn. From now until Saturn direct on September 6 is the phase where you learn your lessons. There is only one major aspect involving Saturn stationary retrograde. Mercury square Saturn may not be especially strong with a 4 degree orb. But Saturn stationary retrograde conjunct an intense fixed star makes this a very significant influence.

Fixed star Facies at 08°33′ Capricorn has an intensifying influence on Saturn retrograde. Facies makes you more focused and driven, for better or worse. Combined with Mercury square Saturn, this could become a bigger problem if you are prone to negative thinking. Thinking bad things about others could easily turn to victimization. Taken to the extreme by a ruthless leader, persecution on a large-scale is possible.

Saturn Retrograde 2018 lessons involve your thoughts and words. Communicating your plans and ideas will be difficult because of negative thinking and misunderstandings. Lack of patience and concentration means it is easy to become distracted. Do not rely on the words of others, and be careful with your own.

When negotiating, doing business, studying or making decisions, it is critically important that you pay attention to detail. While Saturn is stationary retrograde in particular (April 13 to 21), it would be wiser to avoid important negotiations. If you cannot avoid contract, business or legal matters it would be very helpful if you sought trusted or professional advice.

One needs to understand the energy level of retrograde Saturn and efforts should be made to make it harmonious. Your consciousness and relationship might face a challenging phase due to astral blockage in various body parts. It might create disconnection and imbalances resulting into loosening the control over senses. Introspection is desirable and you should start an inward journey. During your inward journey, you would have an opportunity to review your ‘inner self’. It might prove therapeutically a tool to detoxify your inner emotions. You express through ego, but in reality ego is a belief, not your real-self. Saturn will guide to feel differently, things won’t bother you much, if you are ready to obey Saturn’s principle. It will give you the strength to tackle unexpected delays, interruptions and hurdles. This is the only planet which does show negativity when it goes retrograde in a horoscope, even if it is otherwise positive in a horoscope. 

Rest assured, all challenges posed due to retrograde motion of Saturn, simultaneously give you wonderful opportunities for growth. It would offer you an opportunity of healing, discarding old energies, and change of perception from confusion to clarity, importance of getting centered and focused, minimizing your needs and transition in aware state. Of course, chaos would be created, but you have to pass it slowly with full awareness. Saturn is a wise old sage and the dispenser of justice, so pragmatic approach will always be a boon.

With patience, accept your limitations and take things accordingly, if needed slow down your speed. Take this as an opportune time to do some deep soul searching, assess your failures, learn from mistakes and apply your wisdom and understanding to act faster once Saturn moves direct.

Saturn retrograde 2018 will be especially challenging if you have a history of teasing or verbally abusing people. Gloomy thoughts, bad news or loneliness could have a negative effect on your mental well-being. You may experience some distance or separation in close relationships. If so, it would be the karmic result of using your thoughts and words to make another person feel bad about their self.

The minor aspects from Moon and Venus to Saturn retrograde are called sesqui-squares (135°). These challenging aspects represent a breakup in existing conditions. This reinforces the link between verbal or psychological abuse and a relationship separation. A breakup because of nasty words or a breakdown in communication would be a wake up call to change your way of thinking.

Gloomy thoughts, bad news or loneliness are possible even if you have been perfectly nice to all you meet. If you are prone to low moods or depression, Saturn retrograde 2018 may intensify your negative thinking. You may find it harder to get bad thoughts out of your head. However, fixed star Facies will also help you better understand why you tend to dwell on the negative side of things.

Saturn retrograde 2018 will help you recognize your own depressive moods and negative thought patterns. This is a great opportunity to erase any negative and destructive ideas about yourself and your life that have played over and over in your brain for years. Once Saturn turns direct you can start taping over the old words with positive new ones.


Saturn Direct 2018

Saturn stations direct on Thursday September 6, 2018 at 02°32′ Capricorn. In this direct phase you put into practice what you have learned. The outlook is much brighter and suggests that the Saturn retrograde lessons have been well learned. There are only positive aspects to Saturn stationary direct and the fixed star involved is also more positive than before.

Fixed star Polis at 03°28′ Capricorn gives success, ambition, truthfulness and domination. It also gives a keen perceptions and profound spiritual understanding. With Saturn in particular this star gives a very strong work ethic.

Saturn retrograde will lead to a lot of changes in laws , political sphere ,weather , market , people’s aggression , accidents , fire and earthquakes – globally and in our country. Lot of ups and downs time ahead, over all time to remain careful and cautious.

Now let us know the astrological influence of Saturn Vakri / Retrograde in Dhanu / Sagittarius on all Moon signs , generally .

Our motive is only to make you aware of planetary changes , and in no way make you afraid or put you in any sort of fear / illusions .


Saturn is the lord of Karma and Labh Bhava (income/gain house) for Aries. Therefore, with this retrograde, the natives of this Moon sign ,  will have to work hard to gain success in job or business. You will have to give your full dedication in workplace as well for reaping good rewards. Retrograde transit of Saturn will be in your ninth house.  You may be involved in various religious activities. Legal matters might be an irritating issue. In court cases, you might have to face a setback. After applying more labor and money in business, you might not be able to earn profit. There would be delay in all your ventures. Although you might get full support from your brothers and sisters, your burden will not be lightened. Money will be spent on undesirable things, so there will be crunch of cash (money).  Father or an elderly relative might get sick. Even diseases can afflict you also. Sources of income will be reduced and you have to face multiple problems. At the most, all you can do is to remain humble and defer all your new projects. However, you can conceive, discuss and plan about a new business venture. There might be some changes in your business and job. If you are in a job and expect a promotion, it will be delayed. Rather, you need to remain quiet at your workplace and avoid any conflict with superiors. 

GENERAL REMEDY: Feed Ghee mixed with Roti to a black cow.


For the natives of Taurus, Saturn is the lord of ninth house and tenth house. According to Vedic Astrology, ninth house represents father/elder/mentor and tenth house represents your working domain. So, this retrograde may influence these two houses the most. You will have to work harder to achieve success in your education domain. There may arise some challenges in job and business. You may also feel disappointed with your luck not supporting you. Saturn will be retrograde from Taurus to eighth house. Irregular diet habit will badly affect your health. Transit of Saturn in eighth house is also called kanta Shani, because its effect is equivalent to chocking of your neck (kanta). Traveling will be painful and non-productive. Acute stomach diseases might tease you in your tour. The business people might get very scarce profit despite putting all efforts. Education and health of your children will be your cause of worry. There might be loss of property also. You and/or your children might be unsuccessful in competitive examinations. If there is any legal issue with government, you might get negative results. You may be punished by authority leading to imprisonment also. Defamation and insult could also be possible. Financial problems will zoom and also your loan amount will become high. Drive your vehicle safely during this transit as accident and even surgery could be unavoidable. Do your best to avoid enmity with your spouse and business partner. There will be hindrance in higher education and pilgrimage.

GENERAL REMEDY: Donate black clothes and shoes.




Saturn dominates eighth house and ninth house for the natives of this zodiac sign. As eighth house is the house of problems, so during this retrograde period you might face some challenges. There are also possibilities of some big problems that may trouble you. Your luck might not be favorable in this period. You may have to put some extra efforts as well as go on tours to get success at workplace. Retrograde Saturn will influence your seventh house. People with Gemini / Mithun Moon sign will get mixed results, as Jupiter aspects your sign. Purchasing of vehicle or property would be delayed. You might have to face annoyance of your mother. There might be lack of interest towards your spouse and hopelessness in mind will lead to a bad state of mind. Avoid any ego clash with your life partner. Destiny may not help you during this time period. There will be land related disputes. You might lose your interest in education and skill development. There might be delay in marriage. Several obstructions and impediments will come in your business, which is bound to block your growth. Wasteful expenditure is inevitable. Your savings will also be siphoned away. If in partnership business, be alert else your may lose your share of money. You may have income through ancestral property. Your interest towards mysterious knowledge will increase. Also, your interest towards religious activities will be increased. Owing to the association with other woman, you might get involved in scandal and earn bad reputation.  

GENERAL REMEDY: Wear iron chhalla in your left hand  middle finger.



For the natives of this sign, Saturn rules seventh house and eighth house. With this retrograde motion, there may arise some problems in your married life. You will have to double your efforts to get success in job and business domain during this period. Though, there is less probability of getting success on first attempt. Retrograde Saturn will be transiting from Cancer zodiac to sixth house. Improve your food habit and avoid junk food and stale food. You need to streamline your work and daily routine. You need to improve your habit that teases you. Also see what is draining your energy. This period will bring a challenging work environment with heavy workload; also you may have some conflict with your colleagues and superiors. Probably, things you may have previously neglected or disregarded now come up for inspection. Your debt load will be high, even if you require fresh loan that would not be available. However, your determination and perseverance will easily tackle enemies and opposition. You may have differences in your family. There is a possibility of ideological differences in relations. The best part is that you will be more accountable to your work or business. This transit is good for social work, and for people working in fields related to legal enforcement. By the end of the transit, you will likely have learned to be more industrious, active, and considerably more focused.

GENERAL REMEDY: Feed seven types of cereals and pulses to birds.



Saturn is the Lord of sixth house and seventh house for Leo natives. This retrogression may result in change of place or transfer for some natives. Be patient as there may occur some differences of thoughts with your spouse. You may face problems with increase in your expenditure, so spend your money wisely. You may have to take loan for some important task in this duration.This year, retrograde Saturn will be in the fifth House. Here also you won’t find any encouraging result. You need to reassess your creative ego and its manifestation with people around you. Are you neglecting your talent? There might be some annoyance in your family over your attention seeking acts. The business people should handle all dealings with seriousness; otherwise heavy losses will be the result. Children might suffer health wise, though on education front some success is indicated. Stay away from investment in shares, debentures or on any gambling. New projects and planning will be hard to implement. You may be forced to liaison with tainted women and lose money and disrepute.  The fifth house also represents love and attention received from others. You might feel unloved and ignored from your partner. This mistreatment might invite arguments with your partner, which is not the correct way to handle this phase. You should focus on yourself and take pride in yourself. You know well ‘what you really are’ so love yourself and don’t pay attention on ‘how others see you’.

GENERAL REMEDY: Light a mustard oil lamp under Peepal tree.



Fifth house and sixth house of Virgo natives is dominated by Saturn. During this retrograde period, you may face challenges in your way to success. Have patience and act wisely as things which are in progress may become a mess. Pay attention to your health as chest or stomach related problems may affect you. For your Moon sign Vakri Shaniji will be from fourth house. You may lose your status or reputation in your business fraternity. Keep all your papers updated, as you may be harassed by government. You may have to pay heavy penalty on account of that or you may face some legal actions. It is better to avoid driving because possibility of accident is there. You may lose your savings on wasteful and unwanted expenditure. Failure in your venture is inevitable if you don’t follow the set rules of business. If you are planning to buy a house, it may be delayed for 3-4 months. There may be lack of adjustment with your mother. Students may lose interest in studies. You may have to travel outside your hometown with unproductive results. There might be ego clash with your life partner and temporary separation is also possible. Pregnant ladies should take care of their health on priority basis. Owing to lack of comfort and negligence in food habit, you may also fall sick. 

GENERAL REMEDY: Offer Vermilion (Sindoor) to Hanuman ji on Saturdays.


For the natives of Libra, Saturn influences their fourth house and fifth house.Retrograde Saturn is transiting from your third house. It is a yog-karaka planet for your zodiac sign. It will give fairly good result. Your efforts and planning in positive direction will bear fruit. This will enhance your confidence and determination. Financial status will improve. If you are signing on any contractual paper or any legal paper, you should read it very carefully before endorsing it with your signature. You need to reorganize your thought process and also your communication with others in day to day life. Your comfort level will increase so you will get your health fully recovered. You may have more than one source of income. If you are in a job, you will get your work recognized by your superiors and duly rewarded. Property dealing, particularly land property may fetch good dividend, if done with cool and sensible mindset. Relation with your spouse will be average. Lovers might face mental stress due to some disappointments. You will have ideological differences with your brothers and sisters. There might be opinion difference within the family on property and collective investments. This retrograde may cause tensions and troubles in your family. You will have to maintain balance between your personal and professional life for a happy and blissful family life. During this period, your mother’s health may decline. Students will have to work harder to get good results.

GENERAL REMEDY: Feed Laddu to street dogs and monkey on Saturdays.



Saturn is the lord of third house and fourth house for the people of Scorpio. For them, this period may cause lack of support from friends and colleagues. Differences in thoughts may result in disputes and fights. You may have to take some useless trips in this duration. You may also face throat or chest related problems. Saturn retrogrades  in second house from your zodiac sign. It indicates the need to reassess your material, emotional and moral values. Turning inward, you would be able to set up your priorities and preferences. If you are in business, you are advised to take important decision after sensible analysis; otherwise you will lose money that would be almost impossible to recover. You may have left your projects half-way and that will also be a source of tension for you. This is also the last phase of sade-sati. You should not start any new project during this transit and also investment in any ongoing big project would be a matter of concern for you. Children would suffer on account of health and disturbed studies. Your integrity will not be recognized by elders and influential persons of the society. People in jobs would also face many challenges including conflicts with seniors and removal from some important assignment. Your tour program will also not bring forth any positive result. You might be falsely implicated in any big offence, which might bring new set of miseries for you.

GENERAL REMEDY: Serve Leprosy patients.



Saturn influences second house and third house of Sagittarius people. This retrograde will take place in your house from April 17 onwards. During this period, you may have to take unnecessary tours. So, if possible try to make trips for important tasks only. Also be patient as you may have some differences with your family during this period. Saturn is retrograde in your own zodiac sign, that is, you are at the peak of your sade-sati. This time can be challenging for you. You need to redefine yourself to some extent. It could be physical, emotional or about your limitations. Do you know, what do you really desire? Do you know how heavy is the load of responsibility you carry?  This is all due to a change in your perspective. You may feel a little disconnected from the purpose, which will lead to reduction in your motivation and enthusiasm. Pending works will remain unattended. You may feel decreased energy level, particularly after April. Health problems of bile and acidity/waat should be attended to seriously. Your hectic movement will bear no fruit. Delays are there in your work, but these hindrances give you a chance to rectify your errors. Avoid confrontation with spouse , by solving things among yourselves and not through any third person , or it may worsen the situation. Students should put off laziness from their routine, otherwise expected results would not be possible. It is better to avoid disputes with brothers and try to make the atmosphere light. Expenditure will be more than income. Regular yoga, meditation and balanced diet will be desirable.

GENERAL REMEDY: Avoid alcohol and meat. Gauri Shankar puja is must every day in temple .



First house and second house of Capricorn natives is ruled by Lord Shani. This year, Saturn is retrograde from your twelfth house. You need to re-evaluate your subconscious beliefs as to what are those factors that affect your psyche. What are those thought processes which are holding you back? During this time, any kind of failure may lead to disappointment. Loss in business and heavy expenditure on undesirable things will breed cash crunch. Owing to inability to achieve expected results in business, your stress level will be high. That will invite severe health issues. All your traveling will be aimless and fruitless. If you are dealing with foreign clients, you may earn a good profit. Also you may have to go abroad and it will be worthwhile. You will have confusion and discontentment in your financial dealings. If you are interested in trying your luck in share market and gambling thinking that it might cover up your recent losses, you are absolutely wrong. Your own old friends , relatives may ditch you or not support you. Get rid of unrealistic attachments and unnecessary dears, if you want to fight back in this transit. It is the time to release your self-sabotaging thoughts and behavior, so that when Saturn becomes direct, you may walk ahead with confidence and determination. During this period, avoid rude behaviour and speak politely, otherwise you may engage in some kind of dispute. There may occur some problems in your family. You will have to put some extra efforts to increase your sources of earning. However, you may feel exhausted or stressed.

GENERAL REMEDY: Recite Hanuman Chalisa and put 11 coconuts in flowing water.



Saturn is the Lord of Twelfth house and Lagna Bhava (House) for the natives of this zodiac. So, during this period, you might have to face some challenges in your family and financial front. You may feel mentally stressed due to hindrance in your progressive tasks. Your expenses may also increase. You may face some challenges at workplace as well. Saturn is retrograde in your eleventh house from your zodiac sign. There is need to redefine your personal goals to achieve maximum out of this transit. You have to assess your inner wishes and planning to achieve this as Saturn’s scrutiny will be expressed in the form of results. Your health will improve and you might feel rejuvenated to complete your tasks. If you are in business, you would be able to increase your asset and floating wealth. Good business proposals and opportunities are likely to knock at your door, so carefully choose your course of action. Those who are in service will also get satisfactory results. Success and promotion or additional responsibility might be assigned with possible increment. Your status will increase. Your respectable status in society will also increase and you will receive high regards. You will get physical comforts and enjoyable things. It is the time to stay away from spending more money on unnecessary luxurious items because you should keep cash reserves for an opportune time to invest in business. There will be expenditure in court cases.

GENERAL REMEDY: Donate mustard oil in a temple.


Saturn is transit retrograde in tenth house for your Moon sign. You need to re-assess your professional goals and evaluate your position in your community. There is possibility of high expenditure in comparison of your income. Unnecessary spending should be avoided. Financial stress will be cause of concern if you are in business. You might be separated from your family, either due to your professional responsi