by N. Chidambaram Iyer | 1884 | 135,584 words | ISBN-13: 9788171104215
This page describes the division of the zodiac into signs (rashi-vibhaga) which is the one hundred second 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.
1. Sign Aries consists of the asterisms of Aśvinī and Bharaṇī and the first quarter of Kṛttikā. Sign Taurus consists of the last three quarters of Kṛttikā, the asterism of Rohiṇī and the first two quarters of Mṛgaśīrṣa.
2. Sign Gemini consists of the last two quarters of Mṛgaśīrṣa, the asterism of Ārdrā and the first three quarters of Punarvasu. Sign Cancer consists of the last quarter of Punarvasu and the asterisms of Puṣya and Āśleṣā.
3. Sign Leo consists of the asterisms of Maghā and Pūrvaphālguni, and the first quarter of Uttaraphālguni. Sign Virgo consists of the last three quarters of Uttaraphālguni, the asterism of Hasta, and the first two quarters of Citrā.
4. Sign Libra consists of the last two quarters of Citrā, the asterism of Svāti, and the first three quarters of Viśākhā. Sign Scorpio consists of the last quarter of Viśākhā and the asterisms of Anurādhā and Jyeṣṭhā.
5. Sign Sagittari consists of the asterisms of Mūla and Pūrvāṣāḍha and the first quarter Uttarāṣāḍha. Sign Capricorn consists of the last three quarters of Uttarāṣāḍha, the asterism of Śravaṇa and the first two quarters of Dhaniṣṭhā.
6. Sign Aquarius consists of the last two quarters of Dhaniṣṭhā, the asterism of Śatabhiṣaj and the first three quarters of Pūrvabhādrapada. Sign Pisces consists of the last quarter of Pūrvabhādrapada and the asterisms of Uttarabhādrapada and Revatī.
7. Signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittari begin respectively with the asterisms of Aśvinī, Maghā and Mūla and the several signs end with the first, second, third and fourth quarters of the odd asterisms succeeding the said three asterisms.