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Monday, February 8, 2010

Astrological Correspondences: Calculating Planetary Hours

The term Astrological Correspondences refers to the exact window of time one should cast a spell or perform a working ritual in order to reap maximum benefits and ensure a more successful result. The correspondences work on the principle that certain energies of the Sun, Moon, and Planets are in sympathy with one’s goal.



Factors to consider when determining the correct astrological correspondences for a particular spell or working include the Phase of the Moon, the Moon's Sign in the Zodiac, the Day of the Week, and the Hour of the Day



For example, the New Moon is for fresh starts and new beginnings and Friday is associated with Venus, the planet of love; therefore, a spell to draw a new unknown lover to yourself would best be performed on a New Moon on a Friday, in the hour of Venus (see Planetary Hours)




This blog entry will focus on the calculation of the planetary hours, which involves consulting the Planetary Hour Tables. There are two such tables, one is for Sunrise to Sunset, and the other is for Sunset to Sunrise. It is believed that each hour of the day and night is ruled by a planetary energy, and in that hour events and activities often coincide with the energy of that planet. There are seven classical planets, which also correspond to the seven days of the week. They are:



Sunday----------------------The Sun

Monday------------------The Moon

Tuesday--------------------------Mars

Wednesday---------------Mercury

Thursday---------------------Jupiter

Friday--------------------------Venus

Saturday----------------------Saturn


To work with the Planetary Tables, you need two pieces of information, the time the Sun will rise and the time that the Sun will set on the day that you have chosen for your magical work.


How to Calculate the Planetary Hours


For the Day


(12.0-R)= S= HM [H X60 + M] /12=PH



Subtract the time of Sunrise from Noon, to determine the amount of daylight between those two periods, and add the time of Sunset giving the amount of daylight hours for that day in hours and minutes. Convert the hours to minutes by multiplying them by 60 and then add the minutes together, giving the amount of minutes in between sunrise and sunset. Since the Planetary Hour Tables are divided into 12 hours, you will now divide the minutes by 12 giving you in hours and minutes the amount of time that each planetary hour will consist of.


Number a separate sheet of paper from one to twelve. Because the first Planetary Hour will begin at Sunrise, write down the time at which the Sun will rise beside number one. Now add the previously determined amount of time of each Planetary Hour, in hours and minutes, to the time for Sunrise to determine when the first Planetary Hour will begin and end on that day and write that down. Continue this formula until you have determined the window of time for each of the 12 hours.


Now look at the chart HOURS OF THE DAY, for the appropriate hour. Some witches choose to work magick in the same hour that corresponds to the day on which they work their magick. For example, if you are doing a love spell you would do it on a Friday, which is ruled by Venus, in the Hour of Venus. However, there will be times in which you can’t do your work in the hour that you desire. In these cases, you may want to use the energy of another hour in which you do your magick. In the example above, you may choose to work your love spell in the hour of Mercury to open communication between you and another in order to obtain love.


For the Night


(12.0-S) + R= HM [H X 60 + M] /12= PH


Subtract the time of Sunset from midnight to determine the amount of darkness between those two time periods, and add the time for Sun rise. Since the Planetary Hour tables are divided into 12 hours, you will now divide the minutes by 12 giving you in hours and minutes the amount of time that each planetary hour will consist of. the following day, giving you the amount of night time hours for that day in hours and minutes. Convert the hours to minutes by multiplying them by 60 and then add the minutes together giving you the amount of minutes between Sunset and Sun Rise the following day.



Number a separate sheet of paper from one to twelve. Because the first Planetary Hour will begin at Sunrise, write down the time at which the Sun will rise beside number one. Now add the previously determined amount of time of each Planetary Hour, in hours and minutes, to the time for Sunrise to determine when the first Planetary Hour will begin and end on that day and write that down. Continue this formula until you have determined the window of time for each of the 12 hours.


Now, look at the Chart HOURS OF THE NIGHT, to determine the appropriate hour for your working.


Planetary Hours Chart



Day Hours
Hour
Sun.
Mon.
Tues.
Wed.
Thurs.
Fri.
Sat.
1 Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
2 Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
3 Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
4 Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
5 Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus
6 Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
7 Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
8 Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
9 Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
10 Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
11 Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
12 Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus

Night Hours
Hour
Sun.
Mon.
Tues.
Wed.
Thurs.
Fri.
Sat.
1 Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
2 Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
3 Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
4 Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
5 Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
6 Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
7 Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus
8 Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
9 Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
10 Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
11 Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
12 Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars

Example:


In this example, the Sun will set at 4 pm Friday night and rise at 7 am Saturday morning.


(12.0-4) + 7= 15 [15 X 60=900] /12= 75= 1 Hour 15 Minutes





Reviewing the chart above, we see that the proper time to cast our love spell on this day would be sometime between 6:30 and 7:45 pm.




Carolina Dean


Links:

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Planetary Hour Calculator

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