Planetary hours (and how to use them)

Don’t we stop sometimes, murmuring to ourselves: oh, I thought it was …day (rather than the actual day of the week that day). Without considering individual reasonings behind such remark (like wanting for a weekend to come early), next time that happens, you may want to check what planetary hour you are in. The chances are: you are in tune with the hour, rather than the day.

What are planetary hours?

The total number of visible planets and luminaries has been seven since the ancient times. Gods were assigned so that each day has a planetary deity. But hours create days, not vice versa. Time is accumulative flow, otherwise it won’t be flow as such.

Below is the order from slowest to fastest moving planets/luminaries in our solar system:

(Descending ↓)

Let’s take Wednesday as an example. When the Sun rises, the first hour of the day begins with Mercury, since Wednesday is the day of Mercury. Let’s also assume that 24 hours of that day are equally divided into 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night, like more or less right now, as we get close to the Equinox. So if the Sun rises at 6 am on Wednesday, the distribution of planets in the descending order (from slowest to fastest) goes as follows:

<Day = 12 hours>
6:00 Mercury
7:00 Moon
8:00 Saturn
9:00 Jupiter
10:00 Mars
11:00 Sun
12:00 Venus
13:00 Mercury
14:00 Moon
15:00 Saturn
16:00 Jupiter
17:00 Mars

Then the night starts with the Sun, as it comes after Mars on the list:

<Night = 12 hours>
18:00 Sun
19:00 Venus
20:00 Mercury
21:00 Moon
22:00 Saturn
23:00 Jupiter
24:00 Mars
1:00 Sun
2:00 Venus
3:00 Mercury
4:00 Moon
5:00 Saturn

Then the sunrise of next day which is Thursday, day of Jupiter, starts with Jupiter. In fact, Wednesday night/Thursday morning ends with Saturn, so Jupiter is next on the list, followed by Mars, Sun, Venus… always following the same descending order.

Even when the day is shorter or longer than the night, you still divide the day time or night time by 12. You just get less than 60 minutes or more than 60 minutes for each planet, depending on the season.

To make that calculation easy, there is a great website where you can insert your location and get planetary hours automatically according to the sunrise/sunset of your location.

How to use them – your conversation with the planets

It’s been a few months since I started paying attention to the planetary hours. I just look at the above mentioned website when I feel like it, and 9 out of 10 times that is when a change of ‘guards’ has just occurred.

On top of that, if I have some significant writing to do, or important communication to follow through, I can choose Mercury’s hour on Mercury’s day (Wednesday), doubling up on my intention. I will never do that during Mercury retro, though, lest I write poorly or not at all!

Saturn squares Venus (for the second time) on Friday, day of Venus, 21 April (GMT 11:09). If you want synergy between Venus (art/beauty) and Saturn (structure/time) to work in equal measures, since Friday already favours Venus, you can choose Saturn’s hour during the day.

Mercury’s day, the Sun’s night

When the day time of Wednesday ends, the night time of Wednesday begins. However, Mercury is not the first planet of the night, as you can see above. It is the Sun that takes over. The day/night planetary designation goes as follows:

                          <Day>              <Night>
Starting with…
Sunday         Sun                  Jupiter
Monday         Moon               Venus
Tuesday        Mars               Saturn
Wednesday  Mercury              Sun
Thursday      Jupiter              Moon
Friday          Venus              Mars
Saturday      Saturn             Mercury

The beauty of it is that each planet/luminary is designated to one day and one night. If you are a writer, you would be writing on a Saturday night, as well as on Wednesday, because Wednesday is Mercury’s day but Saturday is Mercury’s night. Venus may inspire you to be particularly artistic on a Monday night, as well as Friday during the day.

The Sun’s energy during the day has greater power and influence than that during the night. The Moon shines naturally during the night. And apart from Mercury (which is neutral), Jupiter and Saturn would favour their day shift i.e. Thursday and Saturday, as they belong to the day sect. While Venus and Mars would prefer their night shift, i.e. Monday and Friday, as they are of the nocturnal sect.

The square between Venus and Saturn (first one) occurs on Saturday 8 April, at 20:28 (GMT), after the guard changes from Saturn to Mercury. Both Venus and Saturn are retro then, but Mercury is still direct and in the sign of Taurus, ruled by Venus. So the scale is shifted towards Venus as such. Choosing Saturn’s hour during the night would aid equalising the energy between them.

The guard of honour in the sky changes every day and every night. Have fun experimenting with planetary hours and above all, keep conversing!

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