Yavana Jataka 28-36
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The influence of the Horas
1The qualities of such things as the Horas, which are halves of signs, are diverse and have many natures, forms, colors, and characteristics; of the unique creator of the world.
2There are always an essence, position, characteristics, and form similar to its internal form and characteristics; like a mirror and its image, this is produced not in its own substance, but in the world of men.
3There are twenty-four halves of the signs, or Horas, belonging, by their favour, to the Sun and the Moon; I shall describe those which are favourable because of their positions, essences, and forms, and which are influential in the nativities of men.
4The Sun rules the first Hora in the odd signs and the second in the even; the Moon rules the rest. If the lord of the Hora is in a cardine, there is an influence from its position and aspect.
5The man born under the influence of the first Hora in Aries has large red eyes, and the tip of his nose is like a parrot’s; he is fierce, thick-set, and tall; fond of his wife; and a rich hero or the leader of thieves.
6One born in the second Hors in Aries is a gracious man with a light complexion, a broad, thick body, and sharp, terrible toes and fingers; a clever and intelligent person who is rich in wives and has kind, wide eyes.
7A man born in the first Hora of Taurus is black and has wide eyes, forehead, and chest and a body of stout bones; he is a bold and handsome lover who is subject to sexual intercourse and drinking and who speaks little.
8They say one born under the influence of the second Hora in Taurus has broad and extensive prosperity, wealth, wives, and fame; his body is erect, wide, and of medium height, and he has beautiful hair, hips set wide apart, and eyes like a bull’s.
9One born in the first Hora in the third sign (Gemini) has sweet, wide eyes, a thin body of medium height, handsome thighs, shoulders, and breast, and soft hair and feet; he is an eloquent and intelligent hero rich in sexual intercourse and love.
10A man born in the second Hora in the third sign (Gemini) is an intelligent lover with sweet, wide eyes, an eloquent hero who speaks gently and clearly; he has beautiful, good teeth and a beautiful, symmetrical body.
11One born in the first Hora in the fourth sign (Cancer) has an erect body and a handsome head; he is a bold and black man with a thin voice, a fickle and ungrateful rogue, a wretched man the limbs in whose body are broken.
12He who is born in the second Hora in Cancer is a black man who walks like a horse and has vile mouth, eyes, and teeth and little hair; a slender person with thick sides, a rich but low-born rogue who is addicted to wandering.
13One born in the first Hora in Leo has a dishonest nature and performs deeds of firmness and strength; he is a bold man hard to assail and irritable; the corners of his eyes are red and his body is heavy, broad. and proud; but he is happy at the end (of his life).
14A man born under the influence of the second Hora in Leo desires women, spices, drinks, clothing, and food, and possesses stolen property; his friendship is firm and he moves his arms and so forth; his limbs and back are hard, and he has few subjects.
15One born in the first Hora in the sixth sign (Virgo) is handsome with a youthful body; he speaks well and knows crafts and sacred traditions (sruti); he is a soft-eyed, courteous, and sweet man who is fond of women, singing, music, and sexual intercourse.
16One born in the second Hora in the sixth sign (Virgo) is a short man with a large head; a wanderer who desires (to know) the sacred traditions (sruti) and is an expert in music, service, writing, and painting; a man dismayed by sacrifices who experiences both decline and increase, but is happy at the end (of his life.)
17A man born in the first Hora of Libra has a round face and an upturned nose, beautiful, broad, black eyes, and a thick body; he is solid with thick bones; he is a graceful man, dear to his people, who is clever in business and rich.
18He who is born in the second Hora of the seventh sign (Libra) has much wealth and acts with firmness and courage; he is a black rogue with curly hair and round eyes, and the ends of his feet are split; he is an expert in crafts.
19One born in the first Hora of the eighth sign (Scorpio) has fierce, yellow eyes with red corners; he is a handsome assailant who commits terrible deeds and is mighty in battle; a wealthy man with a depraved nature who is restless among women.
20A man born in the second Hora of Scorpio is a bald man whose body is expansive, thick, full-grown, and broad and whose red eyes are wide-open; he serves the king and has many friends; but he has many debts also, and is an assailant.
21One who is born in the first Hora in Sagittarius has a … face, broad mouth and chest, handsome nose and cheeks, and wide, curving eyes; he is an ascetic who had no guru in his youth.
22One who is born in the second Hora of the ninth sign (Sagittarius) has eyes as broad as lotuses and long, heavy arms; he is handsome, lucky, happy, and glorious; wise in the meaning of the sciences, and possessing both dharma and artha.
23A man born in the first Hora in Capricorn is black with an auspicious body, and has eyes like a deer’s and a thin, elevated nose; he is a gentle and well-dressed rogue who cats spicy food and is rich in wealth and ornaments; a man invincible among women.
24One born in the second Hora of Capricorn is black and has eyes with red corners and a tall, thin body; he is lazy, but commits violent and cruel deeds and acts with firmness and courage; he has women friends, but is fickle with regard to sexual intercourse.
25A man born in the first Hora of Aquarius has red, lotus-like eyes and a complexion that glows like copper; he is a hero whose friends and courage are firm, a lazy person with few sons who thinks of drinking, acts wrongly, and is without virtues.
26A man born in the second Hora of Aquarius has red eyes which are wounded, obstructed, and torn; he is a weak cripple, black and disconsolate, a lazy, dishonest, and wretched rogue.
27One born in the first Hora of the last sign (Pisces) is a short man with large brow, broad mouth and chest, and a wide, extensive, and beautiful body; he is a glorious hero clever in business and beloved by women.
28A man born under the influence of the second Hora in Pisces is firm, intelligent, clever, and generous; his sandal-mark (upanga) and eyes are beautiful and broad, and his nose is elevated; he is dear to the king, lucky with women, eloquent, and auspicious.
29If the lord of the Hora – either the Sun or the Moon – is strong and aspects or is in a cardine, either at (the time of) conception or at birth, then the Hora has the influence which has been described.