This is a reply to some questions recieved regarding my video on Hasta Naksatra
Q: Is Savita the same as Surya?
There are many gods connected to the Sun, all the children of Aditi, because the Sun is such a crucial symbol. It is so crucial because it symbolizes consciusness, which is the most important thing that exists.
Savitā is a son of Aditi (she has the Punarvasu Nakshatra. Punarvasu means she creates brightness [vasu] again and again [punar]). He is specifically the god of Sunrise – because he symbolizes the awakening of consciousness.
The narrators of the Purāṇa expanded the original 8 Vedic solar deities to 12, and each deity corresponds to the 12 times of the day (thus 12 houses, and by extrapolation the 12 rashi/months). [Older Vedic culture had 8 daily periods, aṣṭa-kāla, not 12, which is why Vedic lists of solar deities have 8. BTW, the names in the lists are not always exactly the same, because many deities have multiple names]. Savitā, being sunrise, is like the 1st house, which is like the 1st rashi (Aries) – the northerly equinox month (March-April).
Q: I have Saturn, Jupiter and Venus in Hasta. What does it mean?
Interpretation of planets in Nakṣatra is less well defined than the 12 sign system, but I can say that the planets in Hasta are the planets you will be able to (or need to) become refined in and learn a lot about. Saturn in Hasta represents refinement in renunciation, critical thought, logic, and detachment. Jupiter in Hasta represents refinement in morality, justice, religion, right and wrong, and wisdom. Venus in Hasta represents refinement in what beauty and love really mean, and how to create their sensory expressions visually, sonically, etc.