1It has been stated (by Devala and others) that there are nine roads vie, (1 ) Naga, (2) Gaja, (3) Airavata, (4) Vrishabha, (5) Go (6) Jaradgava, (7) Mriga (8), Aja and (9) Dahana formed respectively by the nine triads of stars reckoned from Aswini and ascribed to Venus.
2But according to our view, the Naga road is the course of Venus over the three asterisms Swati, Bharani and Krittika and those of the Gaja, Airavata and Vrishabha are composed of the succeeding three triads, viz. (1) Rohini, Mrigasira and Ardra, (2) Punarvasu, Pushya and Aslesha and (3) Magha, Purvaphalguni and Uttaraphalguni. The four stars composing the Go-Veethee are Aswini, Revati, Purvabhadra and Uttarabhadra.
3The road Jaradgavec consists of the three asterisms Sravana, Dhinishta and Satabhisha. That named Mriga sways over Amiradha, Jyestha and Moola. The three asterisms Hasta, Visakha and Chittra constitute the Ajaveethee. The Dahana Veethee consists of the two stars Purvashadha and Uttarashadha.
4Of the above nine courses, the first three, -Naga, Gaja and Airavatha are northern, the next three are central and the last ones, southern. In each trio, there is a further sub-division into (1) northern, (2) central and (3) southern.
5It has been declared by other sages that just as there are the three courses in the starry firmament, even so, the asterisms have their positions defined as northern, central and southern according to their situation in respect of the ecliptic. Similarly, if Venus transits north of a star, he is said to be in his northerly course, etc.
6There are others (like Garga) who say that the nine asterisms from Bharani onwards constitute the northern course, while the central one is formed by the nine asterisms beginning from Purvaphalguni and the southern one is composed of the nine stars counted from Purvashadha.
7The science of astrology cum astronomy was founded on the intuition of great saints. Should there be any difference in their views, it would not be proper on our part to suggest the correct course. Hence I can only quote various opinions.
8Venus, setting or rising in the northern routes will produce abundant food-grains and prosperity to people. When he is in the central routes, he will produce middling effects; while in the southern ones, the effects will be untoward.
9The course of Venus in the three routes and will produce effects par excellence, excellent and slightly good. Similarly, the effects have to be pronounced to be even, middling and slightly bad, when Venus traverses the next three routes. In the last three routes, he will produce effects which will prove undesirable, disastrous and totally destructive respectively.
10-11The four asterisms commencing from Bharani constitute the first Mandala or cycle of Venus and produce plenty of food. But there will be fright in the countries Vanga, Anga, Mahisha, Valheeka and Kalinga. If after the rising of Venus in this MandaIa another planet should pass over him, the latter will destroy the kings of the tribes Bhadraswa, Surasena, Yaudheya and Kotivarsha.
12-13The four stars beginning from Ardra form the second or cycle and Venus, while in this, will bestow plenty of water and food-crops. But he will be unfavorable to the Brahmin class, especially so to those that commit cruel deeds. If Venus is overpowered in this MandaIa by another planet, he will cause distress to the Mlechchas, foresters eaters of dog’s flesh arid cowherds, the people of Gonarda, low-class people, Sudras and the people of Videha.
14-15When Venus after rising’ is passing through the 3rd मण्डल formed by the five stars commencing from Magha, he will destroy crops, cause danger from famine and robbers, revolutionize the social levels and create commingling of the social strata. If Venus is assailed by another planet in this cycle, he destroys shepherds, Sabaras, Sudras, Pundras, savages of the western countries, the Sulikas, foresters, the Dravidas and people living on the coasts.
16-17The three stars commencing from Swati from the fourth Mandala which removes fear from people’s minds, promotes the happiness of Brahmins and Kshatriyas, and the growth of’ crops, but creates misunderstanding among friends. If Venus be overpowered (by another planet) in this Mandala, death overtakes the Kirata-chieftain, and the Ikshvakus will be crushed. So also, will be the cavemen, people of Avanti, Pulindas, Tanganas and Surasenas.
18-19The five asterisms beginning with Jyeshta constitute the fifth Herein, the people will suffer from hunger, robbers and diseases. Similarly, the people of Kashmira, Asmaka, Matsya, Avanti and those living on the banks of the Charudevi will be in distress. If Venus be overpowered here, he destroys the Dravidas, Abheeras, Ambashtas, Trigarthas and Saurashtras, people of Sindhu and the Sauveerakas. The king of Kasi will meet with his end.
20-21The sixth Mandala which is auspicious is composed of six asterisms beginning with Dhanishta. The period will be marked by an increase of prosperity, cattle-wealth and food-grains; but in some places there will be fear. If Venus be assailed here, he will cause distress to the Sulikas, people of Gandhara and Avanti; people of Videha will be destroyed; cave men, Yavanas, Sakas and servants will thrive.
22Venus in passing through the fourth and the fifth Mandalas in the west will confer benefits on the people. Similar will be the result when he transits the third division in the east. The effects of his transits in the other Mandalas will be as already stated.
23If Venus be visible before Sunset, he will cause fear; if seen throughout the day, there will be hunger and disease. At midday if he is seen conjoined with the. Moon, there will be discord between the king’s troops and the citizens.
24Venus passes through the middle of Krittika, the earth consisting of elevations and depressions becomes levelled up by the rivers through waters overflowing the banks.
25When the cart of Rohini is broken through by Venus, the earth will be strewn with hair and pieces of bones and assume the form of one who performs the Kapalavrata to atone for the murder of a Brahmin .
26When Venus comes to Mrigasiras, he will destroy juices and crops. When he goes to Ardra, he causes ruin to the. Kosala and Kalinga countries and brings on excessive rain.
27When Venus is in Punarvasu, the Asmakas and the Vaidarbhas will be put to much suffering. When he is in Pushya, there will be copious rain and the Vidyadharas will be crushed in battle.
28When he is in Aslesha, the people will undergo immense suffering caused by snake-poison. When he is piercing Magha, he will cause trouble to the chief of Mahouts. There will be copious rain.
29When Venus is in Purvaphalguni, the Sabaras and the Pultadas will meet with destruction; there will be copious rain. When he is in Uttaraphalguni, the Kurus, people of Jangala and the Panchalas will be destroyed; but there will be rain.
30When Venus is in Hasta, the Kauravas and artists will suffer. There will be drought. Diggers of wells and birds will suffer when Venus is in Chittra; but there will be good rain.
31When Venus is in Swati, there will be copious rain. Messengers, traders and sailors will suffer. If Venus be in Visakha, there will be dread among the traders.
32When Venus is in Anuradha, there will be dissensions among Kshatriyas. When he is in Jyeshta, there will be trouble to the Kshatriya chiefs. When Venus is in Moola, druggists^ and physicians will be worried. In none of these three, there will be rain.
33When Venus is in Purvashadha, people will be troubled by aquatic animals and products (aquatic animals will suffer, according to some). When he is in Uttarashadha, there will be a crop of diseases. When he is in Sravana, there will be ear-disease, and when he is in Dhanishta, there will be danger to heretics.
34When Venus is in Satabhishak, distillers of toddy or arrack will be distressed. When he is in Purvabhadra, gamblers will come to grief. The Kurus and Panchalas also will suffer. But there will be rain.
35In Uttarabhadra, Venus causes damage to fruits and roots; in Revati, to travellers and marchers; in Aswini, to horse-keepers; and in Bharani, to Kiratas and Yavanas.
36When Venus bicomes visible or sets on the 14th, 15th or the 18th day of the dark fortnight, the earth will appear as if it were made of water, i.e., there will be abundant rain.
37If Venus and Jupiter be in exact opposition, and in the East and West (1st and 7th), the people will be oppressed with sickness, fear and grief and will not receive even a drop of water from heaven.
38-39When Jupiter, Mercury, Mars and Saturn are in advance of Venus, there will be wars among men, elephants (or serpents), demi-gods; and winds will destroy the tops of mountains, trees, etc. Friends will not continue as such; Brahmins will neglect their religious duties. There will not be a drop of rain from above; and thunderbolt will destroy the peaks of mountains.
40When Saturn is in advance of Venus, barbarians, cats, elephants, donkeys, she-buffaloes, black grains, boars, Pulindas, Sudras and people living in southern countries will be destroyed by diseases arising from the vitiation of wind, and by ophthalmic diseases.
41When Mars is in advance of Venus, people will suffer destruction through fire, war, famine, drought and robbers. Both the moveable and immoveable objects will be completely annihilated; so, will be the people in the northern countries the quarters will be afflicted with fire, lightning and dust.
42When Jupiter is in advance of Venus, all white objects, the abodes of Brahmins, cows and Gods, and the eastern direction will suffer ruin. Clouds will shower Hailstones. Diseases of the throat will prevail; but the autumnal crop will be abundant.
43When Venus is behind Mercury at rising or setting, there will be rain-. Diseases will crop up especially those arising from the vitiation of bile, and jaundice. The summer crops will flourish. Ascetics, fire-worshippers, physicians, actors, wrestlers, etc., horses merchants, cows, vehicles, kings, all yellowish objects and the western direction will be ruined.
44When Venus is of the colour of fire, there is danger from fire; if red, there will be war; if golden, diseases will break out; if green or tawny, asthma and cough will prevail; and if ashy, coarse or dark in appearance, not a drop of water will fall from heaven.
45When Venus is of the colour of curd, lotus (Kumuda), or the Moon, with rays bright and far expanding, with an orb full and large, with a good gait i.e., nut retrograde, and going north of the star, not accompanied by portents, and victorious in planetary war, he bestows the semblance of the golden age.