But, we know that Vedic tradition was very scientific and obviously if they are going to consider something auspicious then there has to be a deeper meaning than simply days getting longer- though that in itself is also a big thing- as with longer days and increased warmth, new life can now begin grow in spring (which will soon be here).
So- let us look at the deeper meaning behind why this day is so auspicious…
As we know, Sun takes one year to go thru all the twelve signs of the zodiac. Capricorn is that mid-day time-space interval within the zodiac chart.
So, when Sun enters Capricorn, it is effectively entering that special phase when it has the most power and can shine at its brightest. Therefore, this time of when Sun enters Capricorn is good for all of us. It is a time when we as individuals can revive and renew our self.
It is a good idea to take some time out today, on Makar Sankranti to quickly review where you currently are and what are all the milestones that you would like to accomplish in this coming year. Then create a strategic plan on how you will go about accomplishing all the required tasks so that you can achieve your goals and attain your objectives.
So, on this day of Makar Sankranti, Sun is giving you added power. Now it is up to you to truly utilize and benefit from its grace, blessings and abundance.
This year and probably going forward, depending on where you are living in the world, the exact day on which you celebrate Makar Sankranti would vary from the traditional Jan 14th. This year, residents from several countries like India and further east like Australia & New Zealand are celebrating Makar Sankranti on Jan 15th.
As always, when it comes to timing such cosmic events, it is best to refer to your local Panchang.
Typically, there will be a degree lag of around 23 degrees between the two zodiacs.