The Moon’s Conjunction with Ashadha ||26||
1At the time of the full Moon in Ashadha, take equal weights of several kinds of seeds and keep them for a night being sanctified with the Mahavrata hymn. Such seeds as increase in weight will flourish and such as have diminished will not thrive. The hymn in praise of the balance that is used for the purpose of weighing is the following.
2-5The balance should be invoiced through the following hymns: “As the Goddess of speech is verily Truth, you will show yourself situated in truth, being of the Vow of Truth, May that Truth appear here, the Truth by which the Sun and the Moon the planets and the hosts of stars rise in the east and set in the west, the Truth which exists in all the Vedas, in the Vedic scholars and in all the three worlds You are the daughter of Brahman, well-known by the name of Aditya, by the family of Kasyapa and by the popular name of Balance.
6The scale-pans should be of silken cloth six inches long and wide fastened four strings 10 inches long, and the cord by which the balance Is held between the two scales is 6 inches in length.
7-8Gold should be placed in the right-hand pan while all other articles as well as water in the left hand one for purposes of weighing. Weigh severally the waters of wells, rivers and lakes. The rain will be meagre, moderate and copious according as well, river and lake water proves the heaviest. The value of elephants is determined by the amount of ivory they have; of cows, horses and the like by their hair; of kings, by the amount of gold in their treasuries; of Brahmins, Kshatriyas, etc., as well as of countries, years, months and quarters, by beeswax; and of other substances, by their actual weight.
9A golden balance is the best; one of silver is middling. In the absence of the above two, it shall be made of Khadira (Acacia catechu) wood or it shall be made of a shaft by which a man is wounded. The length of the, balance should be twelve inches .
10Such substances as, again being weighed prove to have diminished in weight, will be lost; such as have increased will thrive; such as continue in the same condition will be indifferent. This is called the secret of weighing treasures with the balance. This applies equally to the Moon’s conjunction with Rohini also.
11Evil planets standing in Swati, Uttarashadha or Rohini during the Moon’s conjunction cause misery in the land. In the case of an intercalary Ashadha month occurring, one should observe both the lunar conjunctions with devotional fasting.
12When the results of the Moon’s conjunctions with Rohini, Swati and Ashada are the same, the prediction—good or bad—is to be made unhesitatingly. If they be different, the effects of Rohini alone will prevail.
13According as the wind blows from the east, south-east, south, etc., during the Moon’s conjunction with Ashadha, the consequences are in their order as follows: good harvest, raging of fire, little, middling, very good rain, copious rain accompanied by winds, abundant and beneficial rain.
14If, after the full Moon in the month of Ashadha, the rain God pours down rain on the 4th day of the dark half at the asterism of Purvashadha, the rainy season will prove beneficial; otherwise, not.
15If there is a north-easterly wind on the full-moon day of Ashadha at sunset there will be an excellent growth of crops.