Mercury ||7||

1Mercury never reappears after his conjunction with the Sun without any unusual phenomenon. He will cause some sort of trouble through water, fire or wind, thus threatening people and causing extraordinary rise or fall in the prices of food grains.
2When Mercury transits through the asterism Sravana, Dhanishta, Rohini, Mrigasira and Uttarashadha, there will be no rain and diseases will break out.
3When Mercury is passing through any of the five asterisms commencing from Ardra, people will suffer on account of clash of arms, hunger, fear, disease, drought and worries.
4During Mercury’s transit over the six stars reckoned from Hasta, cattle will suffer; oil, ghee, etc. honey, jaggery and the like will rise in price; but there will be plenty of food-crops.
5If Mercury in his transit should cut through the stars Uttaraphalguni, Krittika, Uttarabhadrapada and Bharani, all creatures will be afflicted with diseases caused, by the seven constituent elements of the body, viz, muscle, bone, blood, skin, semen, fat and marrow.
6When Mercury passes through the stars Aswini, Satabhishak, Moola and Revati, the trading class physicians, sailors, substances derived from water such as pearls and conchs, and horses will suffer destruction.
7When Mercury cuts through Purvaphalguni. Purvashadha or Purvabhadra, people will suffer from hunger; war will break out, and there will be danger from thieves and diseases.
8In Parasara’s Tantra, the following seven courses (or gaits) have been declared for Mercury as distinguished by the several asterisms: (1) Prakrita, (2) Vimisra, (3) Sankshipta, (4) Theekshna, (5) Yogantha, (6) Ghora and (7) Papakhya.
9-11The course is known as Prakrita when Mercury passes through any of the asterisms Swati, Bharani, Rohini and Krittika. It is termed Misra when he transits any of the stars Mrigasira, Ardra, Magha and Aslesha. The gait is called Sankshipta when Mercury travels through Pushya, Punarvasu, Purvaphalguni and Uttara phalguni. The course is Theekshna when he moves through Purvabhadra, Uttarabhadra, Jyeshta Aswini and Revati. It is Yoganta when Mercury passes over Moola, Purvashadha or Uttarashadha. If the transit be through the stars Sravana, Chittra, Dhanishta and Satabhishak, it is called Ghora. Lastly, it is called Papakhya when his passage is over the stars Hasta, Anuradha and Visakha.
12-13The measures in days for the rising and setting of Mercury in his seven courses are 40, 30, 22, 18, 9, 15 and 11 days respectively.
14In the Prakrita course of Mercury, the people will command good health; there will be sufficient rain, good crops and general happiness. In the Sankshipta and Misra courses, the effect will be mixed; and it will be reverse in the other courses.
15According to Devala’s view, the effects of direct, exceedingly retro-grade, retrograde and decayed motions of Mercury will last for (5X6=) 30, (4X6=) 24, (2X6=) 12, and (1X6=) 6 days.
16Mercury when his motion is or direct does good to the people, while his over retrograde motion brings on famine by destroying the wealth (of the country). When he is retrograde in his motions, he will bring on war in the land; and when his motion is decayed or weak; he engenders fear and disease.
17If Mercury be visible in the months of Pausha, Ashadha, Sravana, Visakha and Magha, he will cause fear and panic in the land. But if he should be eclipsed by the Sun during these months, he would produce good effect.
18If Mercury be visible in the months of Kartika and Aswayuja, there will be risk of war danger from thieves, fire, diseases, water and hunger.
19When Mercury is eclipsed, towns will be besieged and when he emerges out from the Sun, the siege over these towns will be raised. According to another view, there will occur the retaking possession of these towns only when Mercury is seen in the west.
20When Mercury is of golden hue or of parrot colour or resembles the colour of the Sasyaka (saphire?) gem, or if his disc be glossy and big in size, he will prove beneficial to the people; if he be otherwise, he will prove malefic.