Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 1)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)



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the dominant of the day, in uninterrupted succession
from east to south and west. Thus you find the domi¬
nant of the eighth in question. If, e.g., you want to
know the fifth eighth of Thursday whilst Jupiter is the
dominus diei in the south, and the line proceeding from
the south terminates in north-west, we find that the
dominant of the first eighth is Jupiter, that of the
second is Saturn, that of the third the sun, that of the
fourth the moon, and that of the fifth Mercury in the
north. In this way you go on counting the eighths
through the day and the night till the end of the
vvxOg[ji.epov. When thus the direction of the eighth of
the day in which you are has been found, it is considered P^ge 147'
by them as Rahu ; and when sitting down to play, you
must place yourself so that you have this direction at
your back. Then you will win, according to their belief.
It is no affair of the reader to despise a man who, on
account of such an omen, in a variety of games stakes
all his chances on one cast of the dice. Suffice it to
leave to him the responsibility of his dice-playing.
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