1I mean expounding in this chapter the enunciated by ancient sages as pertaining to the first sight of the bird called Wagtail.
2-3A variety of wagtails named Bhadra with a stout body and a dark, long and raised neck is auspicious. One which is dark from the face to the neck and termed ‘Sampurna’ (full) fulfils one’s ambition. The one called ‘Rikta’ or empty has dark spots on the neck and white cheeks. It leads to disappointment. The one called Gopeeta which is yellow in colour produces trouble when sighted.
4-6A wagtail in the following places tends to prosperity: on trees bearing fragrant flowers and sweet fruits, on holy lakes and rivers, on tile heads of elephants, horses and serpents, on temples, gardens and mansions, near cows, mangers, assembly of righteous men, sacrifices, auspicious functions, Kings and Brahmins, on elephant-yards, stables, umbrellas, flags, chowries and other royal appendages, near gold, on white cloths, lotuses, blue lilies, places of worship, paved and cleaned spots, on curd-pots and corn-ricks.
7-8When the wagtail is seen perched on mud, sweet food will be obtained; on a heap of cow dung, excellent milk and its products; on green grass, clothes; on a cart, devastation of the country; on the roof of a house, loss of wealth will be the result; on a piece of hide, imprisonment; on filth, disease, and on backs of goats and sheep, immediate union with one’s beloved.
9It is inauspicious and tends to danger from death and disease if the wagtail is seen perched on a buffalo, camel, donkey, bone, burial ground, corner of a house, clod of earth, turrets, compound walls, heap of ashes or hair.
10It is inauspicious when a wagtail is seen flapping its wings; when it is seen drinking water from a river, it gives auspicious results; also when seen in the early morning. In the evening, it forebodes evil.
11If a King observes at the end of a lustration ceremony a wagtail flying in a particular direction and marches in that quarter, he will surely subjugate his enemies there before long.
12There will be treasure underneath the place where the wagtail copulates; mica, where it vomits; and where it voids its excrements, there will be charcoal in the earth. To satisfy one’s curiosity, one may dig the
earth in the place.
13The bird being dead, crippled, wounded or diseased produces effects similar to the condition of its body. If it comes to roost in one’s front, the person will get wealth; if it flies up into the sky, it indicates one’s meeting with one’s kith and kin.
14A King too, while observing an auspicious wagtail at an auspicious place, should make offerings consisting of fragrant flowers and incense on the ground. By acting thus, he will obtain prosperity and much prized happiness.
15Should a King espy an ill-omened wagtail he would not meet with evil consequences, provided he engages himself in worshipping Brahmins, preceptors, pious men and Gods, and also abstains from flesh for seven days continuously.
16The effects of the first sight of a wagtail will be felt within a year; and of the daily sight, within the end of the day. The effects must be carefully determined after examining the quarter, place, physical features! the Lagna, the asterism, position with respect to the Sun, etc.