According to ancient Babylonian astrology, each day is ruled by one of the five visible planets, plus the moon and sun – included in the term ‘planets’. The individual hours of the day are also ruled by one of the planets. We already looked at the planetary days, this time we’re breaking the day down into smaller segments: the planetary hours. Each hour has its own planetary characteristics which can either work for you or against you, depending on what activity is taking place.
The System of Planetary Hours
The planetary hours system is a bit slippery to understand. It is based on each day beginning at precise sunrise and ending at sunset. So it changes from place to place and season to season. This means that, apart from solstices, the hours of darkness and hours of daylight are unequal. In turn, this results in hours that are longer or shorter than the familiar 60 minutes.
The periods of sunrise to sunset, and sunset to sunrise are divided by 12 to give the number of minutes in the hour. Therefore, the shorter the length of daylight, the shorter the hour. It is a slow process to work it out mathematically as it changes each day. One helpful hint is that each diurnal hour added to its corresponding nocturnal hour adds up to 120 minutes.
Which Planets Rule?
The first hour of each day corresponds to the planetary body which rules that day:
- Monday – Moon
- Tuesday – Mars
- Wednesday – Mercury
- Thursday – Jupiter
- Friday – Venus
- Saturday – Saturn
- Sunday – Sun
The first hour of the day begins at dawn. For example, in New York sunrise was at 7:07 am on February 1st 2017. It was Wednesday, so the period between 7:07 am and 7:56 was ruled by Mercury. The diurnal hours for this day are 40 minutes long so the second period: 7:57 to 8:47 was ruled by the Moon.
The hours then follow the Chaldean Order: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, back to Mercury, then the Moon again. This cycle is repeated through the day.
It’s possible to work it out, but the availability of online and printed references means that you can look up any planetary hour of any day in a few moments. There is also a choice Of apps you can install on your phone or tablet, which keep track of the hours for you.
Use the Planetary Hours to Your Advantage
Each planetary hour has its own characteristics and aligning your activities to it can enable you to make the best of your day.
Planetary Hour of the Sun
Characteristics: masculinity, vitality, strength, self-confidence, creativity, determination, self-expression, achievement.
Best time for: presentations, promotion, creativity, discussion, management, hobbies, spending time with children.
Avoid: bending to authority, detailed work, routine.
In the hour of the Sun, let yourself shine.
Planetary Hour of Venus
Characteristics: love, sensuality, beauty, affection, friendship, co-operation, art, informalities.
Best time for: art, music, appreciation, romance, making love, making amends, social interaction, visiting, companionship, dates, making a new connection, family gatherings, community spirit, simplicity.
Avoid: discipline, strenuous mental or physical work, complex decisions or planning.
In the hour of Venus, exude love and kindness.
Planetary Hour of Mercury
Characteristics: communication, transportation, logistics, intellect, information.
Best time for: studying, speaking, writing, teaching, instruction, installing software and computer systems, sending messages, planning journeys and house moving.
Avoid: emotional situations, speaking sharply, over-reacting.
In the hour of Mercury, speak your truth and nothing more.
Planetary Hour of the Moon
Characteristics: femininity, emotions, cycles, receptivity, intuition, imagination, illusion.
Best time for: creating fiction and art, creative cooking, self-nurturing, meditation, contemplation, self-awareness.
Avoid: crowds, sensory overload, boring tasks, authority.
In this hour of the Moon, go with the flow.
Planetary Hour of Saturn
Characteristics: discipline, patience, responsibility, organization, social structure.
Best time for: training, discipline, administration, control, housework, decluttering, demanding work.
Avoid: procrastination, interaction, creativity, spontaneity.
In the hour of Saturn, use your will-power.
Planetary Hour of Jupiter
Characteristics: expansion, optimism, travel, fairness, reciprocation.
Best time for: spirituality, growth, asking for and giving help and advice. Exploration, being with people, launching a new business or website, gardening, baking bread.
Avoid: routines, restrictions, budgeting, setting rules.
In the hour of Jupiter, give and take.
Planetary Hour of Mars
Characteristics: assertion, determination, courage, action.
Best time for: physical activity, going to the gym, challenge, adventure, overcoming difficulties.
Avoid: Emotional discussions, confrontation, inactivity, accidents.
In the hour of Mars, move it and groove it.
The Planetary Hours and Magic
We already know that planning and executing magical and manifesting work produces better results when aligned with the Moon cycles. However, if you combine it with the planetary days and hours you are super-charging your power.
Let’s take an example. Judy has decided to increase her financial well-being by creating a simple ritual using her tarot cards. She wants to find out what is the best time to carry it out.
Judy knows that the planet ruling growth and expansion is Jupiter, so she decides to do her manifesting ritual on a Thursday. She checks the moon cycle and notes that the moon will be in the second quarter (waxing) the next week. She circles the appropriate date in her calender. Now she wants to know what will be the best time. Looking at a planetary hours calculator, she notes that Jupiter will rule between 8:47 pm and 9:50 pm in her locality. So Thursday, during the waxing moon, mid evening will be the perfect time for her financial well-being ritual. She makes her preparations accordingly.
How about you? Does the idea of working with the planetary hours appeal to you?
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