Vrischika means Scorpio. Sankranti means shifting, moving on, or migrating. Vrischika Sankranti is the transiting of the Sun from the sign Libra to the sign Scorpio. The Sun will stay in the Scorpio sign from the 16th of November 2018 to the 16th of December 2018.
The Sun stays in each of the zodiac sign for about a month, in the order of the 12 signs. The Sun covers all the 12 signs in a year; therefore, there are 12 Sankrantis in a year. The Sun is the main source of energy on Earth.
On the Sankranti day, many natives bathe early in the morning and offer Puja, prayers. Prayers are offered mainly to Lord Vishnu and Lord Surya. It is like starting afresh at the beginning of a month with God’s blessings and auspiciousness. Devotees seek enhanced luck, prosperity, peace, progress, good health etc. A few devotees make food or grain donations in the temple or to the needy.
Vrischika Sankranti also signifies the start of the ‘Karthigai Masam’ in the Tamil calendar. Karthigai Deepam, a Festival of Lights, observed by Tamil and Kerala Hindus, falls on the 23rd of November in 2018. Masam means season.
Lord Surya has a pivotal place in Astrology, spirituality, and religion. Surya means the Sun. Devotees seek and call upon Lord Surya for positive energy, to wade off any exigency, protection against the evil, good relations, mind anger control etc. Surya Namaskar is one of the most popular poses in Yoga. The Sun represents the basic personality of a being.
The Sun is friends with the Earth’s moon, Mars and Jupiter; Sun is opponents with Venus and Saturn; Sun is neutral with Mercury. The Sun rules the fire sign Leo and the House 5.
Sundays are dedicated to the Sun. The astrological color associated with the Sun’s ruling sign Leo is gold. The gemstone for the Sun is Ruby, Manikya. One Mukhi faced Rudraksha is for the Sun. World famous ancient Konark Sun Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Some of the positive aspects of a benefic Sun in a chart are: a good father-son relationship, relief from heart diseases, increase in honor-respect, favorability in Government-authoritative positions, promotions etc.
A Mantra for Lord Surya is—
Om Hraam Hreem Hraum Sah Suryaya Namah
ॐ ह्रां ह्रीं ह्रौं सः सूर्याय नमः