Brihat Samhita

by N. Chidambaram Iyer | 1884 | 135,584 words | ISBN-13: 9788171104215

This page describes the moon’s conjunction with the planets (shashigrahasamagama) which is the eighteenth Chapter of the English translation of the Brihat-samhita. This work, written by Varahamihira in the 6th century, is classified as jyotisha literature, also known as Indian astronomy. It contains however, also content regarding astrology, palmistry, agriculture, gardening, perfumes, medicines and various other encyclopedic topics.

Chapter 18 - On the Moon’s conjunction with the planets (śaśigrahasamāgama)

1. If the Moon should pass to the north of the constellations (wherever possible) and of the planets, her course is known as Pradakṣiṇa (course from left to right). She will then cause prosperity to mankind; if on the other hand the moon should pass to the south of the stars and planets she will cause misery.

2. If the Moon should pass to the north of Mars, powerful mountaineers will triumph in fight; the Kṣatriyas with their armies that march out for battle will prosper and crops will be abundant.

3. If the Moon should pass to the north of Mercury, citizens will triumph in fight; crops will flourish; there will be mutual attachment among men and the royal treasuries will be full.

4. If the moon should pass to the north of Jupiter, citizens, Brāhmaṇas, the Kṣatriyas, learned men, acts of virtue and charity, the people of Madhyadeśa will prosper and mankind in general will be happy.

5. If the Moon should pass to the north of Venus, treasuries, elephants and horses will flourish; bow-men that march out for fight will triumph and crops will prosper.

6. If the Moon should pass to the north of Saturn, the rulers of citizens will triumph in fight and the Śaka (Scythians), the Bāhlīkas, the people of Sindh (Sindhu), the Pahlavas and the Yavanas will be happy.

7. Generally if the Moon, suffering in no way, should pass to the north of the constellations and planets, the objects and persons presided over by them will prosper; if she should pass to their south, the same objects and persons will suffer miseries.

8. In other words the effects described, when the course of the Moon lies to the north of planets and stars will be reversed when her course lies to the south of such planets and stars. Thus have been described the effects of the Moon’s conjunction with stars and planets. The conjunctions of the Moon with the stars and planets are not conjunctions in fight but are mere meetings known technically as Samāgamas.