Combinations of good and bad asterisms ||126||
1-2The Lord said: I shall describe combinations of asterisms determining good and bad. One should count the asterism in which the Sun is present and assign three (asterisms) from that at the head (of human figure drawn), one at the face, two in the place of the eyes, four at the hands and feet, five at the heart, the genital organ and the knee. Then one should determine one’s longevity etc. (based on that).
3The presence of the natal star on the head or at the face indicates acquisition of kingdom. (Its location) on the eyes (indicates) fortune and lustre. (Its location) at the heart (indicates) acquisition of wealth.
4(Its presence) on the arms (indicates) that one would be a thief (Its presence) on one of the feet (indicates) death or (the natal would be) a wanderer.
5(Commencing with the asterism in which the Sun is stationed, the respective names of the days associated should be written on eight pitchers leaving the pitcher for the Sun as empty). The pitcher of the Sun exerts malignant influence and the pitchers in the east and other directions benevolent influence. I shall describe the (method known as) Phani Rahu, which indicates success or failure (in battle).
6-10Twenty-eight circles should be drawn, intersected by four lines. The asterisms should be arranged therein in rows of three. The asterism occupied by Rahu (the ascending node) should be deemed as the head of the serpent. Commencing with that, the twenty-seven asterisms are arranged in successive order. The presence of seven asterisms at the face (of the serpent) (indicates) that one will die in the battle. The presence of seven asterisms at the shoulders as well as the middle part (of the body) (portends) complete rout. Their presence at the belly foretells honour and success for the native. Their presence about the waist indicates success over rivals in the battle. One would get fame if (the asterisms) are situated on the tail. The asterisms aspected by Rahu indicate death. I shall describe you different (combination) known as the strength of the Sun and Rahu.
11-12Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Rahu respectively preside over one-sixteenth part of a day. One who (sets out) after the expiry of (the periods of) Saturn, Sun and Rahu, conquers battalions ofarmy, and a marching force and wins in gambling.
13-15(The asterisms) Rohini and the three Uttaras (Uttaraphalguni, Uttarasadha and Uttaraprostapada) and the Mrgasirsa are the five fixed (asterisms). (The asterisms) Asvini, Revati, Svati, Dhanistha and the Satabhisak are the five movable (asterisms). One should undertake journeys in these (asterisms). Anuradha, Hasta, Mula, Mrigasirsa), Pusya and Punarvasu are (commended) for all acts. Jyestha, Citra, Vishakha, the three Purvas (Purvaphalguni, Purvasadha and Purvaprostapada), Krttika, Bharani, Magha, Ardra and Aslesha are evil.
16(All acts) at fixed places (should be done under the influence) of fixed asterisms. Movable asterisms are excellent for journeys. One should do (acts) in mild (asterisms) for conferring prosperity and frightful (deeds) in malignant (asterisms).
17-21An evil (act) should be done (under the influence) of an evil asterism. I shall now describe (the asterisms known to) have their faces downwards etc. (The asterisms) Krttika, Bharani, Aslesa, Vishakha, Magha, Mula, the three Purvas (Purvasadha, Purvaphalguni and Purvaprostapada) (are known to be) downward faced. One should do such acts (which require) keeping one’s face downwards. (Digging) of wells and tanks, acts relating to imparting knowledge and preparation of medicine, the launching of a boat, installation of a prince and pitching (of a royal camp) etc. (should be performed) in these (asterisms). (The nine (asterisms) Revati, Alvini, Citra, Hasta, Svati, Punarvasu, AnurMha, Mriga(sirsha), Jyestha are known as having their faces lateral. One should perform coronation of kings, construction of stables for elephants and horses, laying of garden houses, building of palaces, walls, doorways, fixing of flagstaff and banner etc. under these (asterisms).
22-26The twelfth day falling on a Sunday, the eleventh day on a Monday, the tenth day on a Tuesday, the third day on a Wednesday, the sixth day on a Thursday, the second day on a Friday, and the seventh day on a Saturday are inauspicious. I shall now describe the (combination known as) tripuskara. The second, twelfth, seventh and the third day with the Sunday, Tuesday and Saturday, these six (are known to be tripuskara. (The asterisms) Vishakha, Krttika, the two Uttaras, Punarvasu and the Purvabhadrapada, these six (are known to be) tripuskara. Any profit, loss, victory, disease, birth of a son, loss, something which has slipped and that which has strayed, all these get multiplied thrice (during the tripuskara period).
27-28The seven (asterisms) Asvini, Bharani, Aislesa, Pusya, Svati, Visakha and Sravana are known (to be having) firm look. They have their look in ten directions. The journey undertaken to a far-off place at an auspicious moment (is followed by a safe) return journey.
29-31The five asterisms—the two Asadhas (Purvasadha and Uttarasadha), Revati, Citra and Punarvasu (are) squint- eyed. The person undertaking a journey under these asterisms (has a safe) return. Krittika, Rohini, Saumya (the five stars on the Orion’s head), Phalguni, Magha, Mula, Jyesfha, Anuradha, Dhanistha, Satabhisak and Purvabhadrapada are known as blunted. One who undertakes journey under these asterisms would again return home.
32Anything lost (on days ruled by the asterisms) Hasta, Uttarabhadra(pada), Ardra and Asadha cannot be recovered and a battle commenced in these asterisms) would not continue.
33-36I shall again describe the gandanta (the first fourth of an asterism preceded by a node of asterisms) in the midst of asterisms as such. The four nadis (one nadi equals 24 minutes) of the (asterism) Revati and the four (nadis) of Asvini (are known as gandas). One has to avoid with great care those yamas (three hours) (in undertaking a journey etc). The four ghatikas (one ghatika equals 24 minutes) forming last part of Aslesha and the first part of Magha are called the second ganda. Listen to me! O Bhairavi! The third (ganda) is between the asterisms of Jyestha and Mula, and that is of the form extremely malignant for three hours. One should not do auspicious acts in these, if he wants to live. At the time of birth of a child in these periods the parents would die.