Tables of the Hours


Tables of the Hours


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It has historically been considered important to conduct ritual at the appropriate time, on the appropriate day for best results. This is based upon the Planetary Correspondences which assign a planetary ruler to each day of the week and each hour of the day. (See Planetary Correspondences) There are two basic methods for determining the correct time for ritual, the Traditional and Alternate Methods. The Traditional Method is the ancient one, where the hours are counted from sunrise and sunset. The exact time of sunrise and sunset must be determined to use this method. They vary throughout the year according to the length of days. The Alternate Method dispenses with the exact timing and counts the hours begining at Midnight rather than sunrise. This can be an easier method for the modern world where life does not depend upon daily cycles of light and dark. It is up to the individual practitioner to determine for themselves which method to use. They should choose the one they feel is right, both will work.

Traditional Method


Begin with sunrise. To look up time of sunrise go to this chart. If your city is not there, go to this calculator to find it. The first hour after sunrise is associated with the day's ruler. The hours that follow cycle through the planets and begin again at the ruler in the 8th hour.

Day Sunday Monday Tuesday Wed. Thursday Friday Saturday
Ruler Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
Sunrise-
1st Hour
Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
2nd Hour Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
3rd Hour Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
4th Hour Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
5th Hour Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus
6th Hour Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
7th Hour Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
(Repeat for remaining hours till sunset.)

Day Sunday Monday Tuesday Wed. Thursday Friday Saturday
Sunset-
1st Hour
Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
2nd Hour Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
3rd Hour Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
4th Hour Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
5th Hour Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
6th Hour Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
7th Hour Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus
(Repeat for remaining hours till sunrise.)


Modern Method


In this method simply look up the time in the left column and find the ruler of that hour under the day of the week.

Starts at Sunday Monday Tuesday Wed. Thursday Friday Saturday
Midnight Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
1:00am Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
2:00am Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
3:00am Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
4:00am Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus
5:00am Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
6:00am Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
7:00am Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
8:00am Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
9:00am Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
10:00am Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
11:00am Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus
Noon Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
1:00pm Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
2:00pm Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
3:00pm Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
4:00pm Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars
5:00pm Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun
6:00pm Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus
7:00pm Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury
8:00pm Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon
9:00pm Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn
10:00pm Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars Mercury Jupiter
11:00pm Mercury Jupiter Venus Saturn Sun Moon Mars