The detailed version of this article is featured in the book ‘Important Yogas in Vedic Astrology (Revised Edition 2020).
Shasha Yoga is formed by Saturn in a horoscope and it is considered as one of the five most auspicious Yogas in Vedic astrology called Panch MahaPurusha Yogas where the other four Yogas in this class are Hamsa Yoga, Malavya Yoga, Ruchaka Yoga and Bhadra Yoga. According to the prevalent definition of Shasha Yoga, when Saturn is present in Kendra or Center from Ascendant in a horoscope, which means when Saturn is present in 1st, 4th, 7th or 10th house from Ascendant in a horoscope in any one of the three signs namely Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius, Shasha Yoga is formed in the horoscope.
Shasha Yoga can bless the native with many good things depending on the strength of this Yoga in the horoscope as well as on the overall horoscope of the native. Saturn is associated with analytical ability, perseverance, patience, practical nature, hard work, authority, lawfulness, discipline, governess, judgement, administrative skills, management skills and many other quality traits. Accordingly, the formation of Shasha Yoga in a horoscope can bless the native with very good results related to the significances of Saturn. Strong Shasha Yoga present in a horoscope can bless the native with a position of high authority and power in the house of government and some natives under this benefic influence can also become heads of the states or top class ministers in governments, when supported by their overall horoscopes. Some other natives under the influence of Shasha Yoga can become successful lawyers, judges, engineers, powerful political leaders, rich and famous real estate builders or dealers, successful and famous liquor businessmen; owners of various manufacturing units like cars, refrigerators, air conditioners and other industries; writers, journalists and many other kinds of professionals.
If the overall theme of a horoscope is supportive, strong influence of Shasha Yoga in such horoscope can also bless the native with very good results in the fields of spiritualism and meditation. Accordingly, some natives under such benefic influence may shine as spiritual healers, spiritual philosophers, spiritual preachers or gurus, Yoga teachers, meditation teachers and other such professionals. Strong influence of Shasha Yoga can also bless the native with great wealth, money, power, success and fame among many other things.
We know that all these qualities and achievements are found rarely and they are not found in a great number of people. Therefore the formation of Shasha Yoga in a horoscope should also be a rare phenomenon and it should not be something that may repeat in a number of horoscopes. This is because horoscopes only reflect our personalities and our destinies based on those personalities. Hence if a person is blessed with certain special attributes, they are shown in the horoscope also. Since the natives with such qualities are rare, it means there should not be many horoscopes featuring strong Shasha Yoga.
Analyzing the definition of Shasha Yoga, we can find out that according to its prevalent definition, this Yoga is present in every twelfth horoscope on average as there are only 12 houses and 12 signs in a horoscope. Looking at the formation of Shasha Yoga, Saturn can form Shasha Yoga when present in 1st house in one of the three signs namely Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius, and hence the number of occurrences is 3. The same number of occurrences will be found in case of placements of Saturn in 4th, 7th and 10th houses which makes a total of 12 occurrences of Shasha Yoga out of the total 144 placements of Saturn in 12 different houses and in 12 different signs. Hence this Yoga should be present in every 12th horoscope on average and accordingly every 12th person should be blessed with great qualities and blessings rendered by this Yoga. This is obviously not the case in actual practice as such qualities and achievements are found rarely. It means there is more to the formation of Shasha Yoga in a horoscope and this Yoga can’t be confirmed merely on the basis of presence of Saturn in some particular houses and in some particular signs in a horoscope.
The most important factor for the formation of Shasha Yoga in a horoscope is that Saturn should be working as a benefic planet in the horoscope, apart from being placed in any one of the already mentioned houses in any one of the already mentioned signs. On the other hand, malefic Saturn placed in any of the above mentioned four houses in any of the signs namely Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius may not form Shasha Yoga and it may form some defect in the horoscope which may trouble the native with many types of problems. This is because benefic yogas are made by benefic planets only. Malefic planets can’t bless a person with very good results in the long run, though they may sometimes give some temporary gains to some natives, if their overall horoscopes are supportive for such gains.
For example, malefic exalted Saturn placed in first house of a horoscope in Libra, Capricorn or Aquarius can render qualities like patience, hard work, discipline, perseverance, administrative skills, analytical abilities and other qualities to the native but the native may use them negatively. Though this native may witness short term gains by virtue of these qualities, if the overall horoscope is supportive for such gains; the results in the long run may be very bad. Similarly, malefic Saturn present in any of the other three central houses of a horoscope can also cause problems for the native in one sphere of life or the other. Therefore, Saturn must be a functional benefic in a horoscope, in order to form Shasha Yoga in such horoscope.
Hence the refined definition of Shasha Yoga says, if benefic Saturn is placed in the any one of the central houses of a horoscope in any one of the signs namely Libra, Capricorn and Aquarius; Shasha Yoga is formed in such horoscope. This yoga may bless the native with success, fame, money, authority, recognition, awards, bravery, courage and many other good results; depending on the overall horoscope of the native in question.
Once the formation of Shasha Yoga is confirmed in a horoscope, the next thing to check is its strength. The strength of this Yoga is checked through the placement of Saturn in different houses, different signs, different nakshatras and different navamshas, as well as through the influence of other positive or negative planets on Saturn in a horoscope. For example, Shasha Yoga formed due to the presence of benefic Saturn in the first house of a horoscope in Capricorn can bless the native with a post of high authority in the government or with top class success through some sport or business, depending on the overall horoscope. Hence the native may become a government officer, sportsman, athlete, actor, singer, doctor, businessman, industrialist, politician or some other type of professional, depending on his overall horoscope.
Looking at conjunctions, the presence of benefic or malefic planets with Shasha yoga forming Saturn can enhance or reduce the benefic effects indicated by it. For example, if Saturn forms Shasha yoga in first house of a horoscope in Capricorn and benefic Venus, Jupiter, Sun, Moon, Rahu, Mercury, Mars or Ketu is placed with it, the native may witness better results from one such combination. Looking at a possibility, if benefic Saturn forms Shasha yoga in first house in Capricorn and benefic Venus is placed with it, the results of this yoga may enhance a lot. As a result, the native may get blessed with a post of authority in government through politics or through job; or he may achieve success as an artist or businessman; depending on the placements of these two planets in various nakshatras as well as in various navamshas; and on the overall horoscope of the native. For instance, if Shasha yoga forms in first house in Capricorn, Saturn is placed in Uttarashada nakshatra and Venus is placed in Uttarashada or Shravana nakshatra; the native may become a minister in the government and he may handle a ministry like defence ministry, home ministry or finance ministry. However, If both these planets are placed in Shravana nakshatra, the native may become a judge, an administrative officer or a minister dealing in finance ministry, women and child development ministry or information and broadcast ministry.
On the other hand, Shasha Yoga formed due to placement of Saturn in the first house of a horoscope in Capricorn along with malefic Rahu, Ketu, Sun, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars or Venus may dilute or corrupt the benefic effects indicated by this yoga. For example, if Saturn forms Shasha yoga in first house in Capricorn and malefic debilitated Jupiter is placed with it; the benefic effects of such Shasha yoga may be reduced or corrupted; depending on the relevant factors as well as on the overall horoscope. For instance, if this combination of placed in Dhanishtha nakshatra, the native may develop various types of vices which may affect his professional success, personal life, health and reputation. Such native may consume alcohol in excessive quantities, he may get addicted to some drug, he may gamble on regular basis; he may engage in corruptions or he may not do his duty in a fair way if he is an officer with government. In extreme cases when such affliction is strong and the overall horoscope is also not supportive, the native may lose his job or all his wealth and he may also have to face serious health issues. Hence the presence of benefic or malefic planets with Saturn should be checked properly, before predicting the benefic results of Shasha yoga.
The next factor to check is the time of activation of Shasha Yoga, like all other yogas. Even when actually formed in a horoscope, any good or bad Yoga may not be activated from the time of birth of the native and this activation may vary from person to person. It means that Shasha Yoga present in different horoscopes may have different times of activation and accordingly, different natives may start benefitting from it during different ages. This is why you see some people witnessing such benefits at early ages, some during middle ages and some may witness such benefits late in their lives.
After this, the overall theme of the horoscope having such Shasha Yoga should be analyzed carefully as this is what matters the most. The overall theme of a horoscope is the most important aspect in it and it can change everything. For example, if Shasha Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope and the overall theme of the horoscope is indicating authority, this Yoga may bless the native with good results related to some type of authority. Looking deeper, if the horoscope is showing good trends related to education, the native may achieve such authority through government job, by virtue of his education. However, if the overall theme is authoritative, educations trends are not very good and public dealing as well as diplomatic aspect is strong, the native may achieve a post of authority through politics.
Similarly, if Shasha Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope and the overall theme is analytical due to the combination of various planets, the native may become an engineer or a scientist. Considering one more possibility, if Shasha Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope and the overall theme of the horoscope is creative, the native may become an actor or some other type of creative professional, depending on the rest of his horoscope. Likewise, if Shasha Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope, the overall theme of the horoscope is authoritative and abilities like courage and bravery are enhanced in the horoscope, the native may become a police officer, an army officer, an air force officer or a naval officer, depending on the rest of his horoscope. Going deeper, if the horoscope of this native shows enhanced public dealing and engagement in dispute settlement, the native may become a police officer. However, if the horoscope of the native shows strong tendencies of discipline and less public dealing, he may become an army officer, a naval officer or an air force officer; depending on his overall horoscope.
Looking at one more combination, if Shasha Yoga is formed in the first house of a horoscope and the overall theme of the horoscope supports income through business, the native may achieve good results through businesses related to the domain of Saturn as well as those indicated by the overall theme of the horoscope. Hence this native may engage in the field of real estate, construction business, labor contracts of various types, liquor business, mining industry, any type of business related to wood or timber; steel business, and other such fields. Once again, the type of field chosen by the native and the quantum of success achieved by him depend on the overall theme of his horoscope.
Many other such combinations are also possible and that is why the overall theme of a horoscope is what matters the most. There are no doubts that if Shasha Yoga of good strength forms in a horoscope, the native must benefit from it and he must achieve good results. However, the type of good results achieved by this native, the timing and the quantum of those good results are indicted by the overall theme of his horoscope.
Generally speaking, you can simply tell that something good is going to happen to the native having Shasha Yoga in his horoscope. Specifically speaking, you can’t tell what type of good, how much good and when can such good happen to this native. Therefore, the overall theme of the horoscope becomes very important if you’re interested in the detailed applications of Shasha Yoga or any other good or bad Yoga present in a horoscope.