Saturn is naturally a malefic planet. There are always some malefic effects are associated with Saturn, and each one of us may experience it at some point in our life. However we cannot condemn Saturn that it only produces malefic results in our life. Saturn can also be a very great benefic planet for many people.
In general for people who have Taurus Ascendant or Libra Ascendant, Saturn is functionally the most beneficial planet in their chart being both lords of the Angular house as well as the Trinal house. Saturn is called “Yoga karaka” in their chart; it is the planet which brings all the opportunities in their life.
People who have Capricorn Ascendant or Aquarius Ascendant, Saturn is also functionally a beneficial planet for them being the Lord or the ruling planet for their Ascendant.
People who have Gemini Ascendant or Virgo Ascendant, since they both are ruled by Mercury, Saturn can be both strong beneficial as well as strong malefic for them. It is the lord of the 8th house and the 9th house in case of Gemini and the lord of the 5th and 6th houses in case of Virgo.
For all other Ascendants, Saturn is functionally a malefic planet. The above conclusions will be true provided Saturn is not debilitated or retrograde in their natal chart.
This is a broad overview of Saturn that lets you know whether it is a Friend or Foe in your life. If you would like to know how Saturn would behave in your life during its transit through Leo, then you should order the special transit reports available at our web site.