On the Functions and Properties of the Asterisms ||98||

1-3The number of stars constituting the constellations from Aswini are 3, 3, 6, 5, 3, 1, 5, 3, 6, 5, 8, 15, 5, 1, 1, 5, 4, 3, 11, 2, 8, 3, 5, 100, 15, 8 and 32 respectively. The periods also of these constellations are represented by the number of stars. The effect—good or bad—of an asterism on marriage will come to pass in as many years as there are stars in it. A lever or some other illness will disappear in so many days.
4-5The presiding deities of the 28 asterism beginning with Aswini are in their order, divine, physicians, the God of Death, Fire, the Creator, the Moon, Rudra, Aditi, Jupiter, Serpent, the Manes, Bhaga, Aryaman, Savita, Twashta, the Wind, Indragni, Mitra, India, Nirriti, Apah, Visvedevas, Brahman, Vishnu, Vasu, Varuna, Ajaikapat, Ahirbudhnya and Pushan.
6Among the 28 constellations, the four, viz., the three Uttaras and Rohini are called Dhruva or, fixed ones. Coronations, expiatory ceremonies, planting of trees, laying the foundation of towns, commencement of meritorious deeds, sowing seeds and other permanent things should be undertaken when the Moon passes through these asterisms.
7The asterisms Mula, Ardra, Jyeshjta and Aslesha are known as Teekshna or sharp. During, these succeed attacks, incantations, raising of goblins, imprisonment of others, murders, separation of friends and alliance with kings and the like.
8The five asterisms, viz., three Purvas, (Purvaphalguni, Purvashadha and Purvabhadra), Bharani and Magha are termed ‘Ugra’ or dreadful. These are to be used with success in ruining enemies, destruction, deceit, imprisonment, poisoning, setting fire and striking with weapons and the like.
9The asterisms Hasta, Aswini and Pushya (Abhijit also) are termed or swift. They are beneficial in trade, sensual pleasures, education, education, fine arts, skilled labour, medical treatment, journey and the like.
10The four asterisms Anuradha, Chitra, Revati and Mrigasiras are known to belong to the class of “tender” ones. These yield beneficial results in making friends, sexual union, use of garments and ornaments, performance of auspicious ceremonies and singing.
11The two asterisms Krittika and Visakha are known as Tender-sharp arid and give mixed results. The five asterisms Sravana, Dhanitshta, Satabhishak, Punarvasu and Swati are termed Chara or “Temporary” and are good for ephemeral things.
12The asterisms recommended for shave are Hasta, Chitra, Swata, Mrigasira, Sravana, Danishta, Satabisha, Reavati, Aswini, jyeshta, Pusha and Purnavasu. It is to be had when these asterism rise, or when the Muhurtas bearing the names of the deities presiding over them rise, when the Moon is auspicious i.e., in conjunction with the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th or 11th with respect to the Janma Rasi, and also when there is favourableness of the asterism, i.e., 2nd, 4th, 6th or 8th.
13A shave does not lead to good results, if had soon after bath, just before starting on a journey, after decorating oneself, anointing oneself with oil for bath, eating food, at the time of war, without a seat, at a juncture (dawn, evening, or mid-day), at night, on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Sundays, in Rikta Tithis (4th, 9th, 14th, on a day 9th from that of the previous shave and in Vishti Karana.
14Shave is good in any asterism, if it is done by a royal mandate, by Brahmins advice, on the occasion of a marriage, during pollution caused by death, at the release from prison, and at the time of the solemn resolution to perform sacrifices .
15When the Moon travels through the asterisms Hasta, Moola, Sravana, Punarvasu, Mrigasirsha and Pushya, it is auspicious for doing all actions that are termed or tend towards male.
16Sacraments, undertaking a religious act such as a sacrifice, observance of a vow, tying the sacred girdle (i.e., Upanayana) and such other things should be performed on a Thursday, Friday, Wednesday or Monday, when the Moon is in conjunction with any of the asterisms, Hasta, Revati, Swati, Anuradha, Pushyai Chittra and Mrigasiras.
17All undertakings are crowned with success when the 12th, 8th and the Kendra houses are uncontaminated (occupied by benefics and without malefics) the malefics in the 3rd, 6th or the 11th, and Jupiter or Venus in the Lagna or in a Kendra. A house should be constructed or entered when the Lagna at the time is beneficial to the owner i.e., when it does not happen to be the 12th or 8th from his Janma Rasi) and happens to be a rural as well as a fixed sign.