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they also will be cheap. The profit of the fiery cloud will be partial rains. From the first of April to the tenth of September, Veyālan, i. e. Jupiter, is in Kanne, i. e. Virgo, therefore there will be plenty of rain, and clothes will be cheap. From that period to the end of the year Jupiter will be in the Tullā, i. e. Libra, consequently those things which have to be weighed will be dear; but those which have to be measured will be cheap. From the first of October till the end of the year, as Venus goes before the sun, there will be plenteous rains; and as the first day of the year falls on Mercury's day (Wednesday) there will be much wind. Because the year was born in the night, there will be good times; and as Verutcheyam, i. e. Scorpion, governed the day, the price of corn will be middling.
“ Manthā-keeni is the goddess of the year; her music is irattume ; her umbrella is made of five kinds of gold; her riding animal is the lion; her garlands are made of the punni-poo, i. e. the Calophillum Inophyllium (Materia Medica); her clothes are white; her jewels are made of rubies; her food is rice; her eating dish is of gold: and she comes lifting up her face from the west! For the merchants and other castes, there will be health ; for the brahmins, sickness; for the kings, death.” (After this, follows an account of the eclipses of the year; and also an enumeration of the good or evil of being born under the twenty-seven lunar mansions.* “ Those who are born under, 1. Aswine (three stars in the head of Aries), have of the first four months of the year, two parts out of seventeen good; of the second four months, one part good : but the last four months are evil. 2. Those born under Bharani (three stars in the tail of Aries), the first four months (when the mansion governs), five parts good; the next four months, two are good; and the last four have four parts good. 3. Those born under Critica (six of the Pleiads in Taurus) have, for the first eight months, evil; and in the
* I adopt the order and orthography of Sir William Jones.
next four months, there is one part good. 4. Rohini (five stars in the head and neck of Taurus): those born under this influence have for the first four months, three parts good; of the second, one good; and of the third, four parts are good. 5. Mrigasiras (three stars in or near the feet of Gemini): the first four months, six parts good ; the second, two good ; and the third four months, two parts good. 6. Ardra (one star in the knee of Gemini): the first four months, one part good; the second and third four months, not good. 7. Punarvasu (four stars in the heads, breast, and shoulder of Gemini): the first four months, four parts good; the second, only one; but the third, have three parts good. 8. Pushya (three stars in the body and claws of Cancer): the first four months, seven parts good; the second, two; and the last, one part good. 9. Aflesha (five stars in the face and mane of Leo): the first four months, two parts are good; the second four, evil; but the third four, have four parts good. 10. Magha (five stars in the leg and haunch of Leo): the first four months, five parts good; the second, one part; but the last, have four parts good. 11. Purvap (two stars in the tail of Leo): the first four months, nothing ! the second two are good; andt he last four months are evil. 12. Utturap (two stars in the arm and zone of Virgo): the first and last four months have three parts good; but the second are evil. 13. Hasta (five stars near the head): the first four months, six parts good; but the last eight months have only one part good. 14. Chitra (one star in the spike): the first four months, one part good; the second, two; and the last have four parts good. 15. Sivati (one star in the north scale of Libra): the first four months, four parts good; the second, evil; the last have two parts good. 16. Visacha (four stars beyond the one in Libra): the first four months have seven parts good; the second have one; but the last four have three of them good. 17. Anuradha (four stars in the body of Scorpio): the first eight months have two parts good; but the last have three good. 18. Jyesht-ha (three stars in the tail of Scorpio): the first four months have five parts good; the second, evil; the last have four parts good. 19. Mula (eleven stars in the leg of Sagittarius to the point of the arrow): the first four months, evil; the second four, one part good; but the last have five of them good. 20. Purvashara (two stars in the leg of Sagittarius): the first four months, three parts good ; and the last eight months have two of them good. 21. Uttarashara (two stars in the horn of Capricornus, or sea monster): the first five months, six parts good; but the last eight months are evil. 22. Stravana (three stars in the tail): the first eight months have one part good; but the last have three parts good. 23. Dhanishta (four stars in the arm of Aquarius) : the first four months, five parts good; the second, two; but the last have only one part good. 24. Satabhisha (many stars in the stream): the first four months have seven parts good; and the last eight months have four parts good. 25. Purvabhadrapada (two stars in Pisces, i e. the first fish): the first and last four months, two parts good; but the second have only one part good. 26. Uttrarabhadrapada (two stars in the cord): the first four months, five parts are good; the second have two; but the last are evil. 27. Ireavathe (thirty-two stars in the second fish and cord): the first eight months are evil ; but the last four have three parts good.”
The next part of the work is devoted to the influence of the SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC, over those born under their government. The different months of the year are called by the names of the signs : thus April is named Aries, and so on, through the rest of the months and signs. The days and nights are divided into watches. A table is also given of the months, weeks, days, stars, and phases of the moon, to show how they stand related.
Here, then, we have enough of mystery and science to delude and agitate the mind, which has not better principles for its support.
“Let the star gazers and monthly prognosticators stand up and save thee.”
XLIX. 15. — “Can a woman forget her sucking
child, that she should not have compassion on the
son of her womb ?” This question is asked when a person doubts of finding mercy, where there is every reason to expect it. Does an individual express surprise at seeing a mother рау
attention to an infant which is deformed, or supposed to be possessed by a devil; it is asked, can a woman forget her sucking child ? Is a woman in great haste to return home, it is enquired, “ What, have you a sucking child in the house? The cub of the monkey is as dear to its dam, as gold is to us.”
16. — “ Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms
of my hands; thy walls are continually before
me." It is common to make punctures on the arms, and wrists, in memory of visiting any holy place, or to represent the deity to whom the individual is consecrated: thus, a god, a temple, a peacock, or some indecent object is described ; but I never saw or heard of any thing of the kind being engraved on the PALMS of the HANDS. The palms of the hands are, however, believed to have written on them the fate of the individual ; and, from this, it is common to say, in reference to men or things, they are written on the palms of his hands. “I wonder why Rāman has taken Seethe for his wife?" “ Why wonder? She was written on the palms of his hands.” - Fear not,” says the old soothsayer, looking into the hands of the anxious youth, “she is written here, thou shalt have her.” “ Alas! alas! the old deceiver told me her name was written on my palms, but she has gone, and the writing is erased.”
“ Give up that pursuit ? Never ! it is written on the palms of my hands."
" Ah! my friend, you have long since forgotten me.' “ Forgotten you ! Never, for your walls are ever before me.” “ Ah ! my father, I am now in the distant country, but your walls are always in my sight.” “ Ah! when shall I again visit my favourite temple ; the walls are continually before
22. “ They shall bring thy sons in their arms, and
thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoul
ders.” Hebrew has instead of arms, bosom. Children of both sexes are carried on the shoulders. Thus may be seen the father carrying his son, the little fellow being astride on the shoulder, having, with his hands, hold of his father's head. Girls, however, sit on the shoulder, as if on a chair, their legs hanging in front, whilst they also with their hands lay hold of the head. In going to, or returning from, heathen festivals, thousands of parents and their children may be thus seen marching along with joy. In this way shall the Gentiles bring their sons, and their daughters to Jehovah : kings shall then be “ nursing fathers," and queens “ nursing mothers.”
23. — “ They shall bow down to thee with their face
toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet.”
(Ps. Ixxii. 9. Micah vii. 17.) Thus were those who had been enemies to Jehovah to bow down and acknowledge his majesty. They were to “lick up the dust,” which is a figurative expression to denote submission and adoration. “ Boasting vain fellow ! the king your friend ! he your companion ! You will not have even the dust of his feet given you for food.” “ The minister give you that office? he will not give you the dust of his feet.” “ Alas! alas ! for me, I expected his favour; I depended on his word; but I have not gained the dust of his feet.” “ I will not remain longer in this country; I will leave you, and go to reside with the king.” “ With the king ! Why the dust of his feet will not be given you for a reward." “ Could I but see that holy man! I would eat the dust of his feet.” So great then is to be the humility and veneration of kings and queens,