Being an old-school magician, my paranormal heroine, Riga Hayworth, prefers to work magic by the astrological and moon phases. But when she really wants to go deep, she also considers the planetary hours and days of the week to choose just the right time to cast a spell.
Let’s start simply, with the days of the week. In a concept that goes back as least as far as the Renaissance, each day is ruled by a planet, and each planet has different qualities that affect spell casting (see table below). [Click to tweet!]
During the Renaissance, the sun and moon were considered planets. We don’t think of them that way today, but just roll with it.
So if you wanted to cast a spell having to do with, maybe, a problem your having getting a building permit. Saturday, which deals with authority figures, might be a more auspicious time.
With me so far?
Good. Because now you’ve got to do some math.
The planetary hours are a little trickier, because their times change, day-to-day. When calculating the hours, you first need to learn the times of sunrise and sunset for the day in question. The moment of sunrise is when the first planetary hour of the day begins. Daylight hours are then divided by 12 to fit all twelve hours into the daytime (see below).
Notice the first “hour” of the day always corresponds to the planetary ruler of the day. So the first hour of Monday, ruled by the Moon, is the Moon.
When the sun sets, the first hour of the nighttime begins. Take the total hours of night (i.e. from sunset to the next sunrise), divide by 12, and again, you fit in the 12 planetary hours of night (see below).
What does this mean? Practically speaking, most days don’t have 12 hours of sun and 12 hours of darkness, so your planetary “hours” generally aren’t 60 minutes.
Let’s say sunrise on Monday is at 7:00 AM and sunset is at 6:00 PM. That’s eleven total hours, divided by 12, so each planetary “hour” is only 55 minutes.
There are computer programs to calculate the hours, but most either don’t take into account your locality or just plain don’t calculate them right. If you find a good planetary hours calculator, please let me know!
For magic, if you wanted to cast a spell auspicious to the attributes of Venus, ideally you’d want to do it on a Friday during a Venus hour. Or you could mix and match planetary rulers. Monday’s moon energy + Venusian love energy =???
Again, this is just one layer to astrological magic. The next step (or first step) would be to include the moon phase, sun sign, and moon sign in your spell.
Who said being a witch was easy?
About the Author
Kirsten Weiss is the author of The Hoodoo Detective, book six in the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasies, The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective. She’s also the author of Steam and Sensibility, a steampunk novel of suspense.