Saturn, planet of karma and success, is in the first pada (part) of Uttara Ashadha between December 26th to January 27th, the nakshatra that spans the signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn.

This transit commences with the solar eclipse on December 26th, where altogether there are seven planets in Sagittarius – momentous times. This is a complex period with many competing celestial energies making great demands and requiring you to be different things to different people.

As well as the usual Saturnian theme of hard work and strategic thinking, there is an underlying generous and supportive Jupiterian flavour which promotes positive thinking and being a glass half full.

Pada one of Uttara Ashadha falls within the sign of Sagittarius and also coincides with Sagittarius navamsha, so through all the constricted and conservative Saturn energy on show, there’s still further potential for greater freedom, expansion and luck.

Uttara Ashadha’s nature is polished, learned and diplomatic, with the promise of popularity and many friends, and it is ruled by the Ten Vishwadevas, the personification of merit and fine quality. This asterism’s nature is also fixed and favours taking matters slowly and thoroughly – a good Saturnian attitude – and you can make contacts and build security for the longer term.

The Shakti, or unique gift of this nakshatra is for ‘unchallenged victory’, so being professional and persistent pays off and a breakthrough arrives almost without your realizing it. There is an element of fate here, where an ambition or relationship seems meant for you, though it really arrives from past effort and accrued karmic credit in your account.

Uttara Ashadha is ruled by the Sun in the Vimshottari scheme, which brings support and encouragement and you have ego invested in your executive ability. Uttara Ashadha’s symbol of the elephant’s Tusk shows penetration and insight into a situation – there is an association with Ganesha, devata of success, here and a Ganapateye mantra removes obstacles on your path to the top.