Planetary Hours

Witches try to cast spells when energies align. Observing moon phase or planet position can support or detract from a spell’s success. For the most effective use of planetary information, we need to know what planet governs what hour and since sunrise and sunset occur at different times each day, we need to know that information as well. From there, we can create our own table as a diagram to assist in performing a spell at the best time. Yes it involves math. We can use an existing table to determine which hour belongs to which planet or we can figure it out ourselves, but we still need to do the math to know when each hour begins and ends. Sorry.

Also, there’s something called the Chaldeon Order of planets: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, and the Moon. It repeats, and it’s the order we’ll use when creating our tables. We know from the Day Correspondence table that planetary rulers are also assigned to a particular day of the week and these will begin each day’s column. From there, the column is filled in according to the Chaldeon Order. Sunday’s ruler is the Sun, Monday – the Moon, Tuesday – Mars, Wednesday – Mercury, Thursday – Jupiter, Friday – Venus, and Saturday – Saturn. We can create a table by knowing the day on which the spell will be performed, inserting the exact times from all that exciting math we’ll do to then know what hour to choose that best reflects the planetary influence we want to use.

Determine when the sun rises and sets for the day in question
Figure out how many daylight minutes between those two times
Divide daylight minutes by 12
Create your daylight hours table from there. If the number from dividing by 12 equals for example, 58, and sunrise is at 6:30am, then we’d begin our first planetary hour at 6:30am and end the hour at 7:28am and so forth

Now for the nighttime hours:

Refer to the information you gathered on the time of sunset, and then look up when the sun rises on the following day
Yep. Do the math again to determine how many minutes between the two
Again, divide that figure by 12
Using the same method above, create your nighttime table

You should as an exercise create your own lookup tables as planetary reference to save time in the future. You can then copy down the day column needed, using the methods described above to calculate the exact times of each hour.

I prefer to keep things as simple as possible. Given that a witch is magick, we really don’t need anything to effectively cast a spell, but it is nice to get as much energetic support as possible. That’s why many witches use any number of support tools in ritual or spellcasting. The more aligned energies the better and everything has a vibration. Like or complementary vibrations increase a spell’s intensity, so use what resonates.


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