Brihat Samhita

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

This page describes sasya-jataka (vegetable horoscopy) which is the fortieth 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 40 - On Sasya-jātaka (vegetable horoscopy)

1. We shall now proceed to state the laws or yogas (positions of the planets) as stated by Bādarāyaṇa (Vyāsa) (from which to determine the growth of the Grīṣma or Śarat crops) when the Sun just enters the sign of Vṛścika (Scorpio) or the sign Vṛṣabha (Taurus).

2. If at the time when the Sun enters the sign Scorpio, benefíc planets should occupy the said sign, or the fourth, seventh or tenth house from it, or if these four houses should be within sight of benefíc planets, the Grīṣma or summer crops will thrive.

3. If, When the Sun is in Scorpio, Jupiter should be in Aquarius and the Moon in Leo or vice versa, the summer crops will thrive.

4. If, when the Sun is in Scorpio, Venus or Mercury or both should occupy either the second house from the Sun, viz., Sagittarius or the twelfth house Libra, summer crops will thrive. If at the same time the sign of Sagittarius or Libra should be within sight of Jupiter, such crops will grow in great abundance.

5. If, when the Sun is in Scorpio, and between benefic planets, Jupiter and the Moon should be in the seventh house, Taurus, summer crops will thrive exceedingly well; and if, when he has just entered Scorpio, Jupiter should be in the second house, Sagittarius, the extent of the growth of such crops will be one-half.

6. If, when the Sun is in Scorpio, Venus, the Moon and Mercury should respectively occupy the eleventh, fourth, and second houses (from Scorpio) and Jupiter the tenth house, summer crops will grow in abundance.

7. If, when the Sun has just entered Scorpio, Jupiter should be in Aquarius, the Moon in Taurus, Mars and Saturn in Capricornus, the summer crops will thrive well and there will also be fear of foreign invasion and diseases in the land.

8. If, when the Sun is in scorpio, there should be malefic planets on both sides, crops will be injured, and if a malefic planet should occupy the seventh house, Taurus, crops will suffer blight.

9. If, when the Sun is in Scorpio, malefic planets should occupy the second house Sagittarius and if they are not within sight of benefic planets the first crops will suffer and the subsequent crops will thrive.

10. If, when the Sun is in Scorpio, two malefic planets should occupy the seventh house, Taurus, crops will be injured; but if such seventh house should be within sight of benefíc planets at the same time, crops will grow here and there.

11. If when the Sun is in Scorpio, two malefic planets should occupy the seventh and sixth houses, crops will thrive and the price of commodities will fall.

12. The growth of the autumnal crops should be determined from the position of the planets with reference to sign Taurus at the time when the sun enters it just in the same way as the summer crops as stated above.

13. If while the Sun passes through the signs of Aries, Taurus, and Gemini, he should be accompanied by or within sight of benefíc planets, the summer crops will flourish and the price of such produce will either be moderate or will rise.

14. If while the Sun passes through the signs of Sagittarius, Capricornus and Aquarius, he should either be accompanied by or within sight of benefic planets the autumnal crops will flourish and the price of such produce will either be moderate or will rise; if at the time of harvest the Sun should be either accompanied by or within sight of malefic planets, prices will either fluctuate or fall.