In the previous two articles (Planetary Hours, Parts One and Two),
I described how the ancients divided the time between sunrise and
sunset into 12 equal parts, and then divided the time between sunset
and sunrise into another 12 equal parts. These early astrologers
correlated each of these parts of the day with the seven known moving
bodies in the sky. They observed and organized a pattern based on
the apparent speed of these bodies, namely Saturn, Jupiter, Mars,
Sun, Venus, Mercury, and Moon. They repeated the sequence three
times for the seven moving bodies as they named the Planetary Hours,
taking the next three planets from the fourth sequence to complete
the 24 parts necessary for the day. Unfortunately, these 24 parts
of the day, which vary in length from day to day and from week to
week, are all called "hours" although they seldom are
actually 60 minutes in duration. Each 24-hour sequence ended at
sunrise, when a new day began. Examples were presented of the daily
patterns for the equinoxes and the solstices. A specific example
of Planetary Hours was given for New York City. The second article
ended with a promise to show how Planetary Hours could be used every
day to improve your life.
The clue to using Planetary Hours effectively lies in the very
nature of the planet associated with the Hour. Imagine that you
have a listing of the Planetary Hours for your particular location.
You also have a list of items that you want to accomplish, and the
flexibility to schedule as you see fit. Consider the nature of each
item you must attend to, and consider the nature of each Planetary
Hour. The following is from my personal experience and from reports
of my clients, students, friends, and family. This should serve
as a guide to the use of the various Planetary Hours.
You know the restrictive and delaying nature of Saturn. If you
start a trip during a Saturn Hour, you are sure to find delays along
the way. Projects started during a Saturn Hour will carry with them
the nature and characteristics of Saturn. The Saturn Hour is quite
intriguing because some of the negative aspects of Saturn can be
turned to your advantage. Begin the construction of a building during
a Saturn Hour, and the building will last for centuries. A realtor
in Massachusetts arranges for all closings and contract signings
to occur during Saturn Hours because Saturn is associated with real
estate. She feels that, because of the enduring nature of Saturn,
her real estate clients are less likely to change their minds. In
matters other than real estate, it is not a good idea to sign contracts
during a Saturn Hour.
You know the expansive, cheerful, benevolent nature of Jupiter.
Any project started during a Jupiter Hour will carry with it the
expansive, cheerful, benevolent nature of Jupiter. Make your arrangements
for travel during a Jupiter Hour. Use the Jupiter Hour to call your
travel agent or your airline. Begin your trip during a Jupiter Hour,
and you will probably be surprised to find no traffic where you
expect it. Here in California, the freeways seem comparatively empty
for trips started during a Jupiter Hour. The Jupiter Hour has an
affinity for financial success. Wake up and start your day during
a Jupiter Hour, if you can, and enjoy the spirit of Jupiter all
You know the fiery, energetic nature of Mars. Think about it. The
Mars nature describes the Mars Hour. Do not telephone people with
whom you might argue, unless it is your plan to start a fight or
you are willing to risk that the other party will start a fight.
Wait for the next Planetary Hour. Or place the call earlier, during
the Jupiter Hour. If you can arrange it, avoid the Mars Hour for
starting a trip. Observe how aggressively people drive their cars
during a Mars Hour. Observe how many accidents you witness during
the Mars Hour. See if awakening during a Mars Hour makes you more
energetic all day ... or more contentious.
The benevolent nature of the Sun makes the Sun Hour good for most
activities. Ask any Leo who knows about Planetary Hours. He or she
will tell you that, if a meeting is called for at a Sun Hour, he
or she feels in charge. The Sun Hour is generally good for most
people. Start social events, if possible, during a Sun Hour. Latecomers
will arrive during a Venus Hour, which is also very good. If you
are uncertain about the start of another person's action, such as
the return of your phone call, call the person during a Sun Hour.
This way, you will probably hear from him during Sun, Venus, Mercury,
or Moon Hours. The return call will be beneficial to both of you.
Four of the seven Planetary Hours have been described above, and
you can start to observe their influence. I have not addressed the
Venus, Mercury, and Moon Hours in this article. These remaining
Planetary Hours, along with anecdotal experiences, will be presented
in Part Four of this series.