Brihat Samitha 28-36

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Halos

1The rays of the Sun and the Moon formed into a circle by the wind and reflected in the sky with a few clouds, become halos with various colours and shapes.
2They are crimson, blue, slightly white, dove-coloured, dark, variegated, green and white, when they are produced by Indra, Yama, Varuna, Nirriti, Vayu, Siva, Brahman and Agni respectively.
3Kubera produces a halo whose colour is that of the peacock’s neck; others produce halos of mixed colours. One that is caused by Vayu disappears ever and anon and has trifling effects.
4A halo shining like the blue jay, peacock, silver, oil, milk and water in their order in the six seasons beginning with winter, being glossy and in an unbroken circle, conduces to welfare and plenty.
5Harmful is one which stays in the sky from morn till evening, shining with many a lustre, or like blood and is rough, broken, Saving the form of a cart, bow or triangle.
6When a halo resembles the peacock’s neck in colour, there will be excessive rain; when it has a variegated colour, a king will be slain; when it is of smoke colour, there will be unsafety or fear; and when it is of the colour of the Asoka flowers (red), or is of the rainbow, wars will rage.
7When a thick and glossy halo possesses the single colour fixed for the season and is strewn with little razor-like clouds, there will be rain on the same day; similarly, one that is yellow produces rain the same day, if the Sun shines fiercely.
8A huge and impure halo formed at dawn, noon or sunset, attended with the cries of the deer and birds facing the Sun, causes panic; and if struck by lightning, meteors and the like, it kills a king by weapons.
9The destruction of a king will come to pass, if every day the Sun and the Moon are blood-red, day and night; so also, if they are encircled by halos continuously both at rising and setting.
10A halo consisting of two circles causes danger to the commander of an army, but little clash of arms. One consisting of more than two circles occasions clash of weapons, threat to the Yuvaraja and siege of town.
11When a planet (from Mars onwards) and the Moon are encircled by haloes, i. e. when a planet and a star are enclosed within the halo round the Moon, there will be rain within three days, or a war in a month. It is inauspicious to a king, if the lord of his Lagna or of the sign occupied by his natal star is enclosed within the halo.
12-15Saturn inside a halo destroys base corn such as Priyangu, causes stormy rain and ruins trees and agriculturists. Mars inside it causes misery to boys (princes?), commanders of armies and armies; he occasions danger from fire and weapons. Jupiter under the same circumstances engenders trouble to royal preceptors, ministers and kings. Mercury bestows prosperity on ministers, trees and writers and gives good rain Venus is harmful to the marchers, Kshatriyas and queens, and makes food very costly. When Ketu is similarly situated, there will be danger from famine, fire, death, king and weapons. Rahu causes trouble to children in the womb disease and danger to king.
16-17If there be two planets within the halo of the Sun or the Moon, one should predict wars; if there be three planets, impending famine and drought; if four the king with his preceptors and ministers will die; and if five or more, know that something similar to the dissolution of the universe will be the result.
18If a non-luminary or an asterism has got an independent halo around it, there will be the destruction of a king, provided there is no appearance of a Ketu at the time.
19-216th the 5th, 6th and 7th days, trade guild, town and royal treasury, respectively; on the 8th day, Yuvaraja; on the 9th, 10th and 11th, it is harmful to the king; on the 12th, it causes a town to be besieged; oh this 13th, mutiny in the army ; on the 14th, danger to the queen; and on the 15th, to the king himself.
22-23The line in the interior of a halo pertains to kings staying in town; one in its exterior, to the marchers; and the central one, to the allies coming to the rescue. A line which is blood-red or dark and rough denotes defeat to those kings whom it represents, while that which is glossy, white and lustrous, indicates victory to those kings whose line it happens to be.