The Sun, known as Surya in Vedic astrology, makes its annual transition into the sign of Capricorn on January 14th or 15th, depending on your location. This event marks the beginning of an important period in astrology, known as “Makara Sankranti,” and initiates the auspicious time of “Uttarayana.”

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Uttarayana – The Northern Ascent

The term “Uttarayana” is a combination of two Sanskrit words, “uttara” (North) and “ayana” (movement). Uttarayana lasts for approximately six months, starting around January 14th or 15th when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn (Makara) and ending around July 14th or 15th when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer (Karka).

Uttarayana is considered highly auspicious. It’s believed to be a time when the deities are awake and active, bringing positivity and blessings. It is seen as a time of growth, prosperity, and enlightenment. Uttarayana is often referred to as the “day of the Gods”. It is believed that during this period, the Gods are awake and benevolent, and any actions, rituals, or ceremonies performed are said to yield greater benefits.

Uttarayana is contrasted with Dakshinayana, the southern movement of the Sun, which begins when the Sun enters the sign of Cancer and lasts for approximately six months. Dakshinayana is seen as a time when the deities are resting, and it is considered less auspicious for certain activities.

Sankranti – The Spiritual Transition

During the transition as the Sun changes signs, known as “Sankranti,” a few hours before and after this shift are considered unsettling times for the Sun. It can be likened to moving into a new home, with the discomfort of packing, shifting, and settling in. Therefore, ancient seers advised against initiating auspicious beginnings during this period. Instead, it’s a time for reflection on the past month, acknowledging challenges faced, pros and cons, and the lessons learned. It’s also an opportunity to prepare and plan for the upcoming month.

Spiritual Practices on Sankranti

The day of Sankranti holds immense significance for meditation, prayer, contemplation, and self-exploration. Engaging in scripture reading can be particularly beneficial.

Sun’s Transit in 3 Nakshatras

During the Sun’s transit through Capricorn, it moves through three Nakshatras, each with its own attributes and influences.

Uttara Ashada (Jan 14th to 24th)

Uttara Ashada Nakshatra, often referred to as the star of “Invincible Victory” and ruled by the Sun, assumes a particularly powerful position during its second pada, known as “vargottama.”

What makes this period truly significant is the emphasis on patience and unwavering perseverance, qualities that can ensure triumph in your endeavors. Even if you encounter obstacles at the outset, specific rituals and remedies can help you overcome challenges and emerge victorious.

Furthermore, it’s essential not to dwell too much on receiving recognition or credit for your efforts during this time. While Vishwadevas are the divine rulers of this Nakshatra, the worship of Lord Ganesha is extremely powerful during this period, resonating with the Nakshatra’s symbol of an elephant’s tusk.

Interestingly, the animal associated with this Nakshatra is the mongoose. If you’ve witnessed the captivating struggle between a mongoose and a snake in online videos, you’d notice the mongoose’s tactical prowess as it deftly avoids the snake’s attacks until the serpent tires, delivering a decisive blow to claim victory. This encapsulates the essence of Uttara Ashada.

Moreover, due to the absence of a female counterpart in the animal symbology of Nakshatras, this asterism is somehow connected to themes of solitude, austerity, and self-discipline, akin to the concept of “tapas” in Vedic philosophy.

This auspicious period offers an opportunity for voluntary renunciation, allowing you to purify yourself both spiritually and mentally. Initiating a new fitness and dietary regimen can be particularly beneficial, aligning with the Nakshatra’s energy to help you attain greater self-purification and resilience.

Shravana Nakshatra (Jan 24th to Feb 6th)

Shravana Nakshatra revolves around the skill of attentive listening. Taking moments of quietude to hear your inner thoughts can reveal valuable insights. Be open to seeing life from different angles and pay attention not only to what people say but also what they imply without words. The story of Mahabali and Vamana holds great wisdom for understanding this Nakshatra’s influence.

During this time, don’t disregard wise advice, especially from your mentor or guide. Keep an eye on your competitors, and don’t underestimate your adversaries. Stay humble and avoid overconfidence; never take things for granted if you wish to benefit from this cosmic alignment. Let go of the desire for constant attention and recognition.

Dhanishta Nakshatra (Feb 6th to Feb 13th)

The final Nakshatra that the Sun will journey through during its stay in Capricorn is Dhanishta, under the rulership of Mars. Dhanishta is frequently associated with the concept of wealth and possesses strong ties to the realms of music and rhythm.

The deities presiding over Dhanishta are the Ashta Vasus, and the Nakshatra’s inherent power is to bestow fame and abundance. This phase offers an excellent opportunity for engaging in mantra chanting and japa practices, amplifying the potential for spiritual growth.

Take some time to contemplate and visualize your life goals during this period. Reflect on your higher purpose and formulate a concrete plan to attain it.

Simple Remedies for Sun in Capricorn

  • Chant the Surya Gayatri Mantra daily, especially during sunrise. (Available on the app)
  • Recite the Savitur Gayatri Mantra thrice a day during each Sandhya (dawn, mid day and dusk) if you are initiated.
  • Listen to Aditya Hridayam Stotram and Surya Mandala Stotram.
  • Practice acts of charity and donate your time or money to help those less fortunate.
  • Perform Sun Salutations
  • Worship Lord Ganesha as Vinayaka with the mantra Om Vinayakaya Namah when the Sun transits Uttara Ashada Nakshatra.
  • Listen to Vishnu Sahasranama, especially on Wednesdays during Mercury Hora when the Sun is in Shravana Nakshatra.
  • Enjoy the soothing rhythms of drums and flute music when the Sun transits Dhanishta Nakshatra.
  • Honor Lord Shiva as Bhimashankar with the mantra Om Namah Shivaya Namo Bhimashankaraya. Bhimashankar is the Jyotirlinga associated with the sign Capricorn and Lord Shiva is the pratyadi devata of the Sun.

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