Makara Sankranti: meaning and importance
Makara Sankranti is the time of the Sun entering
The month of Capricorn is celebrated in India as the New Year and this year it will be celebrated on January 15, 2019. From a Jyotisha point of view, the event of Makara Saṅkrānti is celebrated as the beginning of the year of the Devas.
Tropical vs. Sidereal zodiac
In the tropical (mundane) zodiac it implies increasingly more sunlight on the north pole. We say that when the Sun moves northwards it is day for the devas, and when moving southward, it is day for asura. Sura (deva) and asura herein meaning with light (sura) or without light (asura).
On earth we know the tropical month of Capricorn to be the winter solstice. It is the darkest time of year after which the Sun ceases its southern course and begins its northern course. Capricorn is therefore symbolic of the time of rising out of darkness into the light.
In the Sidereal
The Capricorn month is hence the time when Devas awake, we come out of darkens and light is beginning to arise. It refers to the actual understanding of God. Word deva comes from
On the weekday on which this change of signs occurs, planet lording that day gets the mantle of being the head astrologer for the entire year. We examine that planet in the chart of a country to know how well guided that country will be throughout the year!