Sade sati is 7.5 years period of saturn’s transit in 12th, 1st and 2nd house from natal moon or chandra rashi in the birth horoscope. Saturn stays in each sign for 2.5 years approximately and passes through 3 zodiac signs in 7.5 years transiting over natal moon and adjacent houses to it. Sade-sati is one of the most feared term in the astrological context after manglik dosha. The effects of sade sati vary from horoscope to horoscope depending on the position and placement of moon in the horoscope, sade sati is not bad for everybody and it is infact never bad though some people experience the worse time of their lives in sade sati, but that happens for a good experience, it usually happens for your transformation. You come out as a totally changed and humble person.
Saturn shows you the true picture of the world around you, the relationships, the attachments, the lust, greed and pride you take in certain people and material possessions or physical attributes suddenly vanish or get destroyed which pains you very much, it is just to show you that everything you claim to be yours is just a veil of maya and those people who take pride in calling yours are many times infact your own enemies whom you mistake as friends and your well-wishers, saturn just brings this hard fact to your notice in open, close friends and closest people often get distanced in these periods, you suddenly find yourself all alone struggling for help and you realize that you are so lonely in the admist of the crowded street.
You go to each door and knock for help, the people who once used to respect you, dance around you, love you, give importance to you suddenly turn a blind eye towards you, they do not even hesitate to insult you. You become speechless and shocked at the turn of events and try to compose yourself, you become so powerless that even a street dog would not hesitate to pee on you in such times. After all efforts you feel lost and your attitude changes, you realize that you are nothing when the time is bad, the king and the pawn go in the same box after the game of chess is over. You suddenly develop humility, sense of gratitude, love and compassion for everyone and start treating everyone with respect, the whole episode brings a huge transformation in you and you become a changed person for better. You start believing in the higher power, you start believing in god.
Saturn brings such transformation in you which makes you a better human being who can contribute to the world without having much expectations, you realize that there is a higher power who controls the universe and you do not have control over anything. This realization comes when you are unable to do anything inspite of having all resources, power, money with you which then leads to transformation making you humble and compassionate towards others.
Those who are under Sade sati should read “Shani Mahatmya” in which story of king Vikramaditya is given which shows how Karma boomerangs on you and how sade sati troubles even god’s when they sin. It also guides how one should ideally behave to get less effects of sade sati.