Shani rules the signs Capricorn and Aquarius, is exalted in Libra and has its fall in Aries. Mercury and Venus are considered friendly towards Shani or Saturn, while the Sun, Moon and Mars are enemies. Shani is the lord of three nakshatras or lunar mansions: Pushyami, Anuradha and Uttara Bhadrapada.
Shani has the following associations : his color is black or dark blue, metal is iron and gemstone is Blue Sapphire. His element or tattva is air, direction is South West where the darkness begins and he rules all seasons. The traditional foods for Shani are sesame seeds or black gram, his flower is the violet and he is linked to all black animals and all trees that are considered useless and ugly.