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Before there were adequate computer programs, I used to follow the sunrise and sunset times reported in the newspaper and on television, making corrections for the longitudinal difference between where i was and the television studio's or newspaper's city. I would calculate the number of hours and minutes between sunrise and sunset, converts this to minutes, and, then, divide by twelve with a hand calculator to determine the length, in minutes, of each Planetary Hour for the day. I would then do the same for the Planetary Hours between sunset and the next sunrise. I became quite proficient at this simple task. It was worth the effort. I was able to effectively plan my day. Instead, I use computer software to calculate several months in advance, always being careful to use Daylight-Saving Time when appropriate. I cut the printout into daily sections to carry on my person and, of course, I have the printouts on my desk. When i travel to other cities, I prepare the Planetary Hours for the same time zone, latitude, and longitude of my destination.

On the day of Vernal Equinox, Wednesday, March 20, 1996, sunrise will start with a Mercury hour at 6:01 a.m., PST. Sunset will be at 6:02 p.m. (computer round-off).
I agonized over the use of computer software because there was a discrepancy between first light and computer-generated astrological sunrise. The discrepancy was only a few minutes and I made the decision to use astrological sunrise and sunset. My experience shows that my decision was the right one and I no longer have to hand-calculate the Planetary Hours for each day the way I once did. On this day, each Planetary Hour will last for sixty minutes. (See Figure 1)

On the day of the Autumnal Equinox, Sunday, September 22, 1996, sunrise will start with a Sun hour at 6:47 a.m., PDT. Sunset will be at 6:47 p.m., PDT; and, again, each Planetary Hour will have a duration of sixty minutes. (See Figure 3)

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