Astrological remedies for Agriculture

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By 2017-11-12

By Chandrasiri C. Kalubowila

Many have started showing interest in agriculture due to the high prices fetched by vegetables and other commodities such as coconuts in the market. It was before thousands of years that man understood the influence of Moon on Earth. It was merely based on observation.

Our ancestors did not carry out scientific experiments to find out that trees cut down in the waning phase of the Moon were susceptible to termite attack and those cut down in the waxing phase of the Moon were easily preserved from harm caused by insects and pests. The constellations are generally based on the Moon. Astrology has been used in farming since long as old texts indicate, to find Yogas that are conducive for the purpose.

Astrology says that the trees should be planted on the following days based on their utility:
If roots are used- Sundays
trunk-Mondays
leaves- Tuesdays and Saturdays
flowers -Wednesdays
fruits- Thursdays and Friday.

Parshave Mukha constellations are used to plant creepers and vines and different types of yam. Adho mukha constellations are used for planting trees of which roots are useful. Urdhava Mukha constellations are used for planting trees. Rohini Muhurtha that brings abundant harvest occurs when Moon is in the waxing phase under Pusha constellation.

In order to get an abundant harvest agricultural work should be launched while a Pokuru(cluster) Yoga is prevailing. It is said that the harvest of yams increases three times when it is planted on a Sunday evening in the Ravi Hora under a Pokuru Yoga that occurs in the mid-point of Sagittarius sign (10-15 degrees). Another Pokuru Yoga occurs on Mondays when Pisces, Gemini, or Leo is in one of the constellations out of Ma, Puvapal, Visa, Anura, Mula, Puvasala, Suvana, Siyavasa, or Revathi in the Saturn Hora. If a yam is planted at this hour it is said that the harvest will multiply three times. It is said in ancient texts that in case the fruits are connected to leaves, three fruits will occur for each leaf.

If a Sunday falls on the sixth day when Rehena occurs and if Venus is located in the 7th House, sweet potatoes are said to be developing above ground. I must admit that I have not experienced this phenomenon. If a banana tree is planted on a Sunday in Bak or Vesak months on a full moon day during Hatha constellation in the Ravi Hora, it is said that one cluster of bananas will have 15 bunches. It is said that in a banana cluster, 17 bunches are produced if it was planted in the month of Bak under Ma constellation and Mercury is exalted in Virgo while Jupiter and Venus are placed in the 3rd House and if it's also a Sandu Hora (hour of the Moon). Banana harvest will be the same if banana is planted in the month of Vesak, on the 2nd day when Anura constellation has occurred and Mercury and Venus are in the 7th house in the horary chart. Rohini constellation occurs when the waxing Moon is powerfully placed in the Pusha constellation. This is a good time to cultivate anything. It is said that the harvest will be abundant. One will need to examine many texts to find out about constellations that are conducive for planting coconut, areca nut, betel, fruits, yams, paddy and seeds.

In addition Astrology books describe not only how to make a fence, but the times to launch work in order to protect the cultivation from intruding animals and insects. It is said that making a scarecrow in the field on a Monday when the Utrasala constellation prevails will protect the field from animals and evil eye. On a Sunday when Ma constellation is prevailing if a pole from a Demata tree is put up for the fence facing the Bhumi Naga and tied with Kirimadu creeper used as a binding cord it is said to stop cattle from entering the farmland. Kem were methods used to protect the cultivation from insects and are used up to now.

The constellations influencing agriculture as given in the old texts show that our ancestors used Astrology to bring self sufficiency, protecting the cultivation from animals devoid of the usage of agro-chemicals.

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