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Charms Talismans and Spells: Omens As Remedies, Chapter XVII, Part - 1

Chapter No. 17

Dr. Shanker Adawal

Omens, which are also known as shakuns in India, are also a remedy for a lay man, if observed properly; there is no need to do any spell. They are considered sign of good or evil fortune. Omens are considered as nature’s warning for, good or bad, forthcoming incidents or events. But it is seen that people have a little knowledge about them or if they are aware of it, they consider them as a superstition. It is also a sort of remedy, if observed properly, but it is often neglected.

Classics say that a person who is practicing astrology or any other related field should have sound knowledge of omens. It is seen that such persons give reply to the quarries of the native without consulting any thing. These are the natures caution to him. We think one who ignores this aspect of astrology, sometimes fails in answering the questions put to him by the native. Suppose a native puts a quarry to the astrologer and somebody sneezes simultaneously, the nature has given the answer in negative.

Omens are of many kinds. Nature warns through birds, animals through twitching of body parts, through voice, sound and its modulation through nose moles etc. Mahrishi Siddhanta has given a detailed study of omens in his work Horasara. In this chapter we would discuss about those omens in a compartmental manner. Mahrishi said that any strike by a weapon, squabble, fall from a precipice, crying etc. is declared as bad omens at the commencement of the predictions by the astrologer. They indicate death, separation or destruction of property. Likewise a snake or a chameleon, an alligator, a leaper or a naked mendicant etc, appear on the scene it is untoward even a reference or talk about them is indicative of evil and certainly forebodes danger or disaster.

1. Omens of Cow

a) If a cow is met at the start of the journey that is considered auspicious.

b) If a cow is surrounded by many files or dogs indicates rain will set in.

c) If a cow meow during night it is not good whereas that of bull is considered well for the owner.

d) If a cow puts her feet on the ground indicates disease.

e) If a cow weeps and has tears in her eyes denote death of the owner.

f) Theft is indicated in the house of owner of the cow if she looks sad at the face. It is also considered in auspicious.

2. Omens of Dog

a) If a cloth is found in the mouth of the dog it predicts troubles for the native.

b) If a dog brings wet bone before the persons that is considered auspicious and a good omen for some good work.

c) If a dog is standing in South East direction and weeps while facing Sun indicates danger and loss through thieves or fire.

d) If a dog picks up the shoe and approaches a person with his mouth upward in a fortune indication.

e) If a dog smells the shoe indicates a journey which is a good omen.

f) If a dog weeps during the night in a group indicate earthquake.

g) If a dog weeps in a house or on the roof top, indicates that calamity will befall on that house.

h) If a dog weeps while facing Sun in the Noon indicates death or loss through fire and bloodshed.

i) In case dog brings dry bone or burning wood denote death during journey.

j) Weeping of dog at the roof top indicates forthcoming calamity on the house.

k) When a dog sits putting his head on the entrance of the house and the balance body is outside the entrance and looks at house lady or weeps denotes ill healthy or disease for the lady.

l) When a person starts for journey and the dog licks the feet of the native or twitches his ears indicates hindrance in the journey.


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