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A nicely thorough book on Hindu astrology & carried by the Theosophical Society.Contents:1) Definitions & Elementary Principles - Zodiacal2) Ditto (as above) - Planetary3) Animal & Vegetable Horoscopy4) Nishekakala or the Time of Conception5) Matters Connected With the Birth Time6) Balarishta or Early Death7) Ayurdaya or the Determination of the Length of Life8) Planetary Divisions & Sub-Divisions of Life Known as Dasas & Antar Dasas9) Ashtaka-Vargas10) Avocation11) Raga Yogas or the Birth of Kings12) Nabhasa Yogas13) Chandra or Lunar Yogas14) Double Planetary Yogas15) Ascetic Yogas16) The Nakshatras or the Moon in the Asterisms17) The Moon in the Several Signs in the Zodiac18) The Sun, Mars & Other Planets in the Several Signs of the Zodiac19) Planetary Aspects20) Planets in the Bhavas21) Planets in Several Vargas22) Miscellaneous Yogas23) Malefic Yogas24) Horoscopy of Women25) Death26) Lost Horoscopes27) Drekkanas28) ConclusionAppendix

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ARYAN MISCELLANY,ASTROLOGICAL SERIES.THE

BR1HAT JATAKAOF

VARAHA

MIHIRA.

TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISHBY

N.

CHIDAMBARAM

AIYAR,

B.A.,

Fellow of the Theosoplfical Society and Founder of the Tirnradi Jotistantra Sablm.

Second Edition -Revised and Enlarged.

1905.

MADRAS

:

PRINTED BY THOMPSON" & CO., IN THE " THEOSOPHIST DEPARTMENT OF THE " MINERVA " PRESS, 33, POPHAM'S BROADWAY.

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FOR SALE AT THE THEOSOPHIST OFFICE,ADYAR, MADRAS, INDIA.[Registered Copyright.]

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PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.was carefully revised and partly and enlarged by my brother the Translator a few years before his death, which occurred in January 1892. Since then, a new Edition was much in demand by the Public, both Indian and Foreign, but owing to many unforeseen difficulties I have not been able to bring out

The

First Edition

re-\vritten

the Edition earlier.It

was the intention ofin this

my

late

lamented brother to

incorporate the great many ary and other yogas from higher treatises on Horoscopy and also to publish a key to this work which would have

Edition a supplementary chapter on varieties, curious and wonderful, of planet-

enhanced the value of the book and facilitated the work of the ordinary reader. But unfortunately his unexpecteddeath has made the fulfilment impossible.thanks are due

My

to Col.

H.

S. Olcott,

President

hearty co-operation book.

Founder of the Theosophical Society, Adyar, but for whose I could not have now brought out this

AKYAN MISCELLANY OFFICE, i ^N. MADURA,2ltk November 1U05.J

V1SVANATHA AIYAR.

2005793

.nor

CONTENTS.PAGE.IntroductionAstrologicalHAl'TKK.I..

I

Terms Indexed

.

27

Definitions and Elementary Principles(Zodiacal)...

i

II.I1

1.

IV.

V.VI.VII.VIII.IX.

do. Do. (Planetary)... Animal and Vegetable Horoscopy Nishekakala or the Time of Conception Matters connected with Birth Time Balarishta or Early Death

15

2428

40

Ayurdayaof Life

or the Determination of the

Length61

Planetary Divisions and Sub-Divisions of Life

knownX.

as

Dasas and Antar-Dasas......

80...

Ashtaka-Vargas Avocation

97

114...

XLXII.

Raja Yogas or the Birth of Kings

XIII.

XIV.

XV.XVI. XVII.XVIII.

Nabhasa Yogas Chandra or Lunar Yogas Double Planetary Yogas Ascetic Yogas

117 126...

... ...

...

142

149 162

The Nakshatras or the Moon in the Asterisms. The Moon in the several signs of the Zodiac. The Sun, Mars, and other planets in the severalsigns of the Zodiac...

164 J68

...

...

172

XIX.

XX.XXI. XXII. XXIII.

Planetary Aspects Planets in the BhavasPlanets in several Vargas Miscellaneous YogasMalefic Yogas Horoscopy of Women

183......

...

...

189

iP4199 202

XXIV. XXV. Death XXVI. Lost Horoscopes...XXVII.Drekkana?Conclusion

210 217...

224237245

XX VI

1 1.

VI

CONTENTS.

APPENDIX.

PAGE.of rinding

Method

Lagna SphutamLocal

...

...

i

... Night) Table showing the Oblique Ascension of each sign of the Zodiac ...

Do Do

do do

Time (by(at

Day)...

...

iiiii

do

iv

Doto

do

from any one signvi

Do

any other sign of the Zodiac ... the Antardasa periods of the Nakshatra Dasas ...

viiviii

Do DoDo Do

the Equation of Time for India ... the Time of the Culmination of the

Sun and the Vernal Equinox

...

ixix

the Friends, Enemies, etc., of Planets. the Time of the Culmination of Stars,

ix

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INTRODUCTION.THERE is probably not one subject which is so illunderstood, which so many people pretend toknow,and on which so many are prepared to express an opinion, as thesubject of Astrology. there is no man who

Theis

not a bit

Indian proverb truly says that of a physician and an

astrologer ; and it is equally true that there is no subject which is so ill-understood as these two. The fact is that

the broad medical and astrological principles are so many that everybody of necessity learns a few of these, but experiences a difficulty in mastering all of them.It

would be interestingis

to note the

various

subjects

with which astrology

confounded.

Persons with well-

developed intuitions are often found to make correct preThe Yogis are persons of this descripdictions of events. tion. Their peculiar knowledge is certainly not the result of any study of astrological works. We also find

another class of

men whostatements.;

imitate

these

men andis

also

Birmingham gold striking taken for sterling gold German silver for pure silver ; and we have a variety of inferior stones, white, red and greenoften

make

that are often mistaken for diamonds, rubies and emeralds The world is full of this dual character of things. Every

department of true knowledge has its inferior counterpart and so we have a number of men who, possessing no occult powers, but securing the help of a few elemental spirits, practise imposition on the ignorant public. But the world is not without a touchstone to detect the hollowness of their pretensions these men will give you a few correct particulars regarding remote past events, a great deal of particulars regarding present events, one or two particulars regarding the immediate future, and no particulars at:

2all

Introduction.

about the distant future.

tested the truth of their statements.to be astrologers.

have known these men and These men pretend Some of them carry no books at all andI

statements touching past events in prose an extempore sing-song fashion and without the least effort, even though the questioner is a perfect stranger ; while others shew you some huge antique cadjan book and pretend to read from its pages. This was exact-

make amazingand versein

which Col. Olcott's questions were recently answered by the Brahmin astrologer who pretended to read from the pages of the works of the Great Bheemakavi (videly the

way

in

May, 1885,

issue of the Theosophist}.

I

am

sure that nei-

ther Col. Olcott nor his intelligent friends ever had a look into the book to see whether what was read out was reallyif so, whether the writing was not a these cases the astrologer, if he is one at all, doggedly refuses to allow others to look into his book ; for, he says, he is not permitted by the book deity

written there, andfresh one.

In

all

to do so

!

There

is

a more wonderfulto

man

in

Pondicherry

at present.

HeThe

pretends

read

from

the

worksvast

of

Nandikeswara.of money.

Such

astrologers are

making

sums

statements they make are really puzzling for these and the way in which they are made, ones. But the utter want of preparation and the like, I should have

elemental

been inclined to discard the element of the help of Let those who would object to spirits. examine the matter and then pronounce an opinion.

thethis,

Nothing can be more funny than to find young men especially, taking up astrology as their first subject of attack in their public utterances. It is a subject to which they pay little or no attention except for purposes of ridiTo all your questions, how do you prove this statecule. ment and how do you prove that their one ready reply is that their common sense tells them so. They forget that common sense is a sense which changes in its nature:

Introducti