Are you going through a difficult period? The answer could be as simple as Shani (Saturn) period, or Saturn transit. A Shani Dasa (Saturn period) could influence our daily affairs by slowing everything down to a halt.
The 7 ½ years period of Saturn’s transit over the natal Moon in a chart, approximately 2 ½ years per sign, when Shani transits the 12th, 1st, and 2nd from the natal Moon sign you can experience tremendous challenges in all possible aspects of life. Such period is called Sade Sati and it is a period dreaded by everyone because many things can happen like: relatives die, jobs are lost, relationships are put to the test, wealth is lost, reputation is challenged, and more. It affects everything. Moon represents our emotions, the mind, and our society. During such transit there is a great deal of mental distress and you get to carry your own load of junk because Saturn is tired of carrying it for you. It is your opportunity to clean up the back room and get rid of old habits. If you don’t do your “home cleaning” it will become even more difficult to do so next time Saturn comes around. Sade Sati could be considered as the most common cause of suffering. You should know that no one is exempt from Sade Sati. There are stories that even Lord Shiva could not be spared from it.
There are other Saturn transits; Kantaka Shani for instance, which happens when Saturn transits the 1st, 4th, 8th, 10th, from Lagna, Arudha Lagna, or Janma Lagna. Kantaka means thorn and that's exactly what you feel during Saturn's transits. Like a thorn on your side causing constant pain with every move.
The following case scenario is a good example of Kantaka Shani: This woman is undergoing all sorts of hardship. Since the transit started she got divorced, re-married, and now separated; her business has been closed and she has become an employee of her own customer; her application for U.S “green card” was declined; she is barely making enough money for food and to pay the rent; she came to me asking for help but our communication has been difficult due to her bad timing; and the list goes on and on into every minute detail of her life.
Not everyone has the same experience. Shani’s placement in a chart could be considered less malefic compared to other person’s chart. Each transit will have different effect depending on the sign, planets in the sign, dasa, etc. Moon’s placement in Navamśa or Drekkana charts can make it worse and should be taken into consideration.