Brihat Samhita

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

This page describes the effects of birth in the asterisms (nakshatra-jataka) which is the one hundred first 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 101 - On the effects of birth in the Asterisms (nakṣatra-jātaka)

Note: this chapter appears as chapter-16 of Bṛhat-jātaka.

1. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Aśvinī will be fond of ornaments, will be of fine appearance, of amiable manners, skilled in work and intelligent. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Bharaṇī will be successful at work, truthful, free from diseases, able and free from grief.

2. A person born when the Moon passes though the asterism of Kṛttikā will be a glutton, fond of the wives of other men, of bright appearance and of wide-spread fame. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Rohiṇī will be truthful, will not covet the property of other men, will be of cleanly habits, of sweet speech, of firm views and of fine appearance.

3. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Mṛgaśīrṣa will be of no firm views, will be able, timid, of good speech, of active habits, rich and will indulge in sexual pleasures. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Ārdrā will be insincere, of irascible temper, ungrateful, troublesome and addicted to wicked deeds.

4. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Punarvasu will be devout and of patient habits, will live in comfort, will be good natured, quiet, of wrong views, sickly, thirsty and pleased with trifles.

5. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Puṣya will have a control over his passions, will be generally liked, will be learned in the Śāstras, will be rich and will be fond of doing acts of charity. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Āśleṣā will not be attentive to the work of other men, will be a promiscuous eater, will be sinful, ungrateful and skilled in deceiving other men.

6. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Maghā will have numerous servants, will worship the Devas and the Pitṛs, and will be engaged in important works. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Pūrvaphālguni will be of sweet speech, will be liberal in his gifts, will be of wandering habits and will serve under kings.

7. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Uttaraphālguni will be generally liked, will earn money by his learning and will live in comfort and luxury. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Hasta will be of active habits, full of resources, shameless, merciless, a thief and a drunkard.

8. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Citrā will wear clothes of various colours and flowers, and will be of beautiful eyes and limbs. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Svāti will be of a mild and quiet nature, will control his passions and desires, will be skilled in trade and merciful, will be unable to bear thirst, will be of sweet speech and will be disposed to do acts of charity.

9. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Viśākhā will be jealous of another’s prosperity, will be a niggard, wall be of bright appearance and of distinct speech, will be skilled in the art of earning money, will be disposed to bring about enmity between persons. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Anurādhā will be rich, will live in foreign lands, will be unable to bear hunger and will be inclined to move from place to place.

10. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Jyeṣṭhā will have very few friends, will be cheerful, virtuous and of irascible temper. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Mūla will be haughty, rich, happy, not disposed to injure other men, of firm views and will live in luxury.

11. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Pūrvāṣāḍha will have an agreeable wife, will be proud and will be attached to friends. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Uttarāṣāḍha will be obedient, will be learned in the rules of virtue, will possess many friends, will be grateful, will return favours received and will be generally liked.

12. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Śravaṇa will be prosperous and learned, will have a liberal-minded wife, will be rich and of wide-spread fame. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Dhaniṣṭhā will be liberal in his gifts, will be rich, valiant, will be fond of music and will be a niggard.

13. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Śatabhiṣaj will be harsh in his speech, will be truthful, will suffer grief, will conquer his enemies, will thoughtlessly engage in works and will be of independent ways. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Pūrvabhādrapada will suffer from grief, will place his wealth at the disposal of his wife, will be of distinct speech, will be skilled in earning money and will be a niggard.

14. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Uttarabhādrapada will be an able speaker, will be happy, will possess children and grand-children, will conquer his enemies and will be virtuous. A person born when the Moon passes through the asterism of Revatī will possess perfect limbs, will be of amiable manners, will be deeply learned, will never covet the property of other persons and will be rich.

[Note—The effects described in this chapter will fully come to pass if the Moon be powerful.]