|Canto 5: The Creative Impetus||Chapter 22: The Orbits of the Planets|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.22.14
ata ūrdhvam ańgārako 'pi yojana-lakṣa-dvitaya upalabhyamānas tribhis tribhiḥ pakṣair ekaikaśo rāśīn dvādaśānubhuńkte yadi na vakreṇābhivartate prāyeṇāśubha-graho 'gha-śaḿsaḥ
ataḥ — from this; ūrdhvam — above; ańgārakaḥ — Mars; api — also; yojana-lakṣa-dvitaye — at a distance of 1,600,000 miles; upalabhyamānaḥ — is situated; tribhiḥ tribhiḥ — with each three and three; pakṣaiḥ — fortnights; eka-ekaśaḥ — one after another; rāśīn — the signs; dvādaśa — twelve; anubhuńkte — passes through; yadi — if; na — not; vakreṇa — with a curve; abhivartate — approaches; prāyeṇa — almost always; aśubha-grahaḥ — an unfavorable, inauspicious planet; agha-śaḿsaḥ — creating trouble.
Situated 1,600,000 miles above Mercury, or 8,800,000 miles above earth, is the planet Mars. If this planet does not travel in a crooked way, it crosses through each sign of the zodiac in three fortnights and in this way travels through all twelve, one after another. It almost always creates unfavorable conditions in respect to rainfall and other influences.
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