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Advanced Astrology (cont.)

The Lunation Cycle
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune
   Part One
   Part Two

Part of Fortune in the Signs

Part of Fortune and Planets

Part of Fortune Surprises

Retrograde Planets
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets A

   Part Four
   - Transiting Retrograde Planets B

   Part Five
   - Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets

   Part Six
   - More Surprises About Retrograde
     Planets


Libra Ingress 1997

The Void of Course Moon
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Advanced Techniques
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three

Planetary Hours
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four

Capricorn Ingress, 1997

New Year's Resolutions

Lunations 1998

Using New and Full Moons

Eclipses

Reading the Chart
   Part One: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Two: Chart-As-A-Whole
   Part Three: Examples
   Part Four: Examples (cont.)

Total Solar Eclipse

Astrologers' Dilemma
   - Clinton's Birth Data


Lunar Eclipse

Aries Ingress 1988

Decanates
   Part One
   Part Two
   Part Three
   Part Four
   Part Five

Planetary Hours:
Part One

Competent astrologers know far more astrology than can ever be used in the service of their clients. For the beginning astrologer, the problem is even more difficult. There is so much to learn ?? and he or she should learn it all ?? but how much of it will be worthwhile? The astrologer solves this problem by setting aside many concepts as interesting but not to be used just now. Occasionally, it is beneficial to reexamine some of these set?aside concepts when time permits or when technology makes these concepts easily usable.

One concept worth reexamining is that of planetary hours. We all came across them as we learned astrology. Most of us abandoned them because the calculations were too bothersome. The advent of hand?held calculators, cheerful weather reporters on television who include sunrise/sunset times in their reports, newspapers, and personal computers have significantly reduced the burden of calculating and working with planetary hours. Now there is no excuse to ignore planetary hours. There is specific software created solely to make using planetary hours a simple matter.

What is offered by the use of planetary hours? A way to time your social activities; a way to plan your business day for greater success; a way to make your travel safe and pleasurable; a way to avoid troublesome encounters; a way to make your life more productive and happy: all these are offered by the use of planetary hours. I am not asking you to try some brand?new scheme. This is an ancient concept that is worth your attention in this age of advanced technology.

Somewhere in the ancient past, the calendar?maker astrologers settled on a seven?day week with the days named after the Gods and the planets. The English language, with its rich heritage of Germanic, Latin, and Nordic roots, shows correlations between the names of the days and the names of the planets/Gods. This is even more evident to students of the Romance languages.

The Ancients studied sunrise and sunset because these, like local noon, were visible to the naked eye. The Ancients were aware that the ratio of day to night varied throughout the year. Twice a year, around the times of the Spring and Fall equinoxes, it was clear that night (dark) and day (light) were of equal times.

From their studies, the Ancients elected to divide the day into 24 "hours," and they assigned 12 of them to the period between sunrise and sunset, and 12 of them to the period between sunset and sunrise. These "hours" varied in length from day to day, and from week to week, depending on the season. Of course, since these Ancients were astrologers, they named the "hours" (and the days of the week) after the Gods and the planets. In addition, over time, the Ancients attributed astrological characteristics to these "hours," and developed the concept of planetary hours.

Early astrologers noted the speed of the planets as they appeared to move around the Earth. The slowest was Saturn, then Jupiter, then Mars. Next in speed came the Sun, which appeared to go around the Earth. After the Sun, in order of speed, came Venus, then Mercury, and, fastest of all, was the Moon. Notice the situation: seven planets and 24 "hours" to fill. There are no simple multiples of seven for a uniform arrangement. The sequence of seven planets can be repeated three times in a 24?hour day, with three more planetary hours remaining before the next sunrise. And this is the sequence:

If we start with Saturday at sunrise, the first planetary hour sequence begins with Saturn, the slowest planet. Then, in increasing order of speed of the planets as perceived from the Earth, Saturn is followed by Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon. This sequence on Saturdays is repeated twice more, and then, because there are three "hours" left to complete 24 hours, the sequence finishes with Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. The next planet in order after Mars, to start the next day, would be the Sun. In truth, sunrise on Sunday begins with the Sun hour.

This pattern continues, with sunrise on Monday beginning with the Moon hour, Tuesday beginning with the Mars hour, Wednesday with the Mercury hour, Thursday with the Jupiter hour, Friday with the Venus hour, and Saturday again beginning with the Saturn hour. Notice that the planet that "rules" each day is assigned to the first Planetary Hour of that day. This concurrence leads me to believe that the planetary hours were in use before the days of the week were named.

There is more to the concept, calculation, and use of planetary hours than can be covered in this first article. Look for more discussion in future articles.

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