Motley Miscellany ||47||

1-3In the beginning of this work I have treated, in great detail, of the good and bad effects of the celestial and atmospheric phenomena mostly in connection with the planets courses, conjunctions, wars, paths and the like. “It does not behoove Varahamihira, being noted for brevity, to repeat the same subject,” so some will find fault with him. But those in the know of this science should not say that this chapter is a repetition of the effects already dealt with, because this chapter, entitled ‘Barhi Chitraka’—Peacock’s colours- is a well-known chief section of this Samhita (collection) [or since this is an important section of the Samhita, men of science should not repeat the subjects] and it is but the nature of this section to reiterate what has been once recounted. If I leave out this chapter, still people will blame me.
4All the (non-luminous) planets, radiant and moving in the northern paths Naga, Gaja and Airavata conduce to happiness, peace and plenty; but the same, without lustre and moving in the southern paths (Mriga, Aja and Dahana) produce famine, theft and death.
5When Venus is in the asterism Magha and Jupiter in Pushya, kings will be happy and free from mutual hatred, and the subjects, contented and free from diseases.
6If planets other than the Sun hurt (by going south covering the chief star or cutting) the asterisms Krittika, Magha, Rohini, Sravana or Jyeshta, the western country will be afflicted with wickedness.
7Should the above planets be stationed in the form of a banner in the East in the evening, there would be war among the eastern kings; should it be in the middle of the sky, trouble would befall the central country, provided the planets are rough and pale; and not when endowed with bright rays.
8If they resort to the South, the clouds in that direction will be destroyed; and if they have smaller and rough orbs, war will rage. Good results will follow when they are large and full of bright rays.
9They bestow peace on the kings of the Northern countries, if they move along the Northern paths with bright rays If tiny in body and ashy in colour, they bring harm to the kings of the same region.
10If the stars of the asterisms with planets posited in them are covered with smoke flames and sparks, or remain invisible for no reason, all the subjects along with their King will be annihilated.
11If there shine two Moons in the sky, Brahmins will soon get great prosperity; if there be two Suns, wars among Kshatriyas will break out; and if there be three or more Suns, the world will come to an end.
12If a Ketu (comet) touches the seven sages, Abhijit, the Pole Star and Jyeshta, the clouds and work leading to the happiness of mankind will be destroyed and sorrow caused ; if it touches Aslesha, there will certainly be drought, and the people running for succour and troubled by their children will die.
13When Saturn passes through the asterism called ‘Front or eastern gates’ (viz., the seven asterisms from Krittika) and is retrograde, there will be a dreadful and long-standing famine, hatred among friends and drought.
14If Saturn, Mars or Ketu cuts the cart of Rohini, what shall I say except that the whole world will perish, being plunged in the ocean of misery.
15When Ketu is visible always or passes through the entire starry firmament, the world with its moving and stationary objects will reap the evil consequences of past deeds.
16The Moon being rough, blood-red and bow-shaped, augurs famine and clash of armies; and victory will go to that party which is situated in the defection of the string of the lunar bow. When she appears to have horns similar to those of cows, cattle and crops will be destroyed; and when blazing or filled with smoke, she will certainly bring about the death of the King.
17When the Moon is glossy, thick, of even horns, extensive, high, travelling north in the नामवीथी (Adh. IX-2, supra), aspected by benefics, and unassociated with malefics, she gives great joy and happiness to mankind.
18When the Moon conjoins with Magha, Anuradha, Jyeshta, Visakha and Chittra on the south, it is inauspicious, while on the north or in the middle, it is auspicious.
19-20A line of clouds standing across the Sun at its rising or setting is termed a ‘bolt’ (Parigha); a second or mock-Sun is Paridhi (halo) ; a straight staff (composed of the Sun’s rays, clouds and wind) resembling a rainbow is a “rod” (Danda); the long rays of the Sun at rising or setting are named ‘unerring’ (Amogha); a straight and fragmentary rainbow is ‘Rohita’ (red), and the same, bat longer, is Airavata. (Adh. XXX-16, infra).
21-22The period after the Sun has half set and before the stars have appeared, is called the evening twilight ; and that after the stars have lost their lustre and before the Sun has half-risen is the morning twilight. From the aforementioned symptoms of the twilights, one should predict good or bad effects^ When all of them are glossy, there will be rain the same day; when rough, there will be peril.
23When the ‘bolt’ is unbroken, the sky clear, the Sun’s rays (unerring) dark, other rays (other than the unerring) glossy, rainbow white, lighting flashing in the northeast, and the tree-shaped cloud glossy or embraced by the Sun’s rays, there will be rain; so also when a huge cloud covers the Sun at setting.
24In the country where the Sun appears partial, crooked, black, small and rough or marked with the figures of crows and other inauspicious things, the ruler will probably meet with his end.
25If broods of carnivorous birds follow the army of a King marching for fight, his army will be completely routed; if the birds fly in front, he will be victorious.
26If at Sunrise or Sunset an army similar to an aerial city screens the Sun’s orb, it is to be predicted that the King has a war of dire consequences in store.
27Auspicious is a twilight that is clear, resounding with the cries of birds and beasts, not facing the Sun, and having gentle breeze; while one spoilt by dust, coarse or blood-like brings about the destruction of the country.
28Here have I expounded without any repetition all that the ancient sages have treated of in great detail. That the crow caws even after hearing the warbling of the cuckoo, is entirely due to its innate nature and not to its desire of vanquishing the cuckoo.