The Planetary Hours

Determine the exact time of sunrise and sunset in your locality. Divide that period into twelve parts (that may be more or less an hour each—more in summer and less in winter) and treat the periods as the planetary hours. Similarly, the time from sunset to sunrise will divide into twelve parts to give the second twelve planetary hours.

Planetary Rulers of the Days and Hours of the Week



Please note that the following correspondence is eclectic and may be used in different traditions. The following information was crossed-referenced by many sources (traditions may differ).


Symbol: [Sun]
Day: Sunday.
Godforms: Horus, Ra, Apollo, Bast, Sekhmet, Lugh, Bel, Adonis.
Description: the Great God.
Archangel: Raphael.
Angels: Malachim, the Kings.
Spirits: Sorath and Och.
Intelligence: Nakhiel.
Sephirah: Tiphareth.
God Name: Jehovah Eloah va-Daath.
Colors: golds, yellows and oranges.
Tarot: the Sun, the four sixes.
Metal: gold.
Stones: amber, orange calcite, carnelian, quartz crystal, pipestone, sulfur, tiger’s-eye, zircon, jacinth, goldstone, topaz, diamond, yellow diamond, chrysoleth.
Wood: laurel.
Plants: acacia, almond, ash, bay, chamomile, centaury, heliotrope, marigold, meadow rue, mistletoe, rosemary, rue, St. John’s wort, storax, sunflower, tormentil, vine, walnut. Also see "Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs" by Scott Cunningham on page 235.
Rules: Leo.
Incense/Oil: Egyptian Kyphi, heliotrope, orange blossom, cloves, frankincense, ambergris, musk, mastic, cinnamon, vanilla.
Animal: lion, hawk, phoenix.
Rituals Involving: the God, men, health, healing, confidence, hope, prosperity, vitality, heart, personal fulfillment, ambition, self expression, individuality, the will, immediate family, life-energy, money, favor, honor, employment, promotion, success, support of those in power, rulers in general, friendships, creativity, active change, hobbies and amusements, acting and the stage, children in general, speculation, the stock market, the center of things, and the body as a whole. Its attributes are forceful, life-giving, rhythmic, strong, structural, diurnal, active, open, generous, and fiery.


Symbol: [Moon]
Day: Monday.
Godforms: Isis, Khensu, Neith, Diana, Hecate, Selene, Luna, Morrigu.
Description: Astral Plane, the Silver Huntress, Maiden of the Mysteries, the Mother, Queen of Heaven.
Archangel: Gabriel.
Angels: the Kerubim, the Strong.
Spirits: Chasmodai and Phul.
Intelligence: Malkiel.
Sephirah: Yesod.
God Name: Shaddai El Chai.
Colors: lavender, silver, blue, pearl-white, iridescent hues.
Tarot: the High Priestess, the four nines.
Metal: silver.
Stones: aquamarine, chalcedony, mother-of-pearl, pearl, sapphire, selenite, moonstone, quartz crystal, beryl.
Wood: willow.
Plants: clary, cleavers, cucumber, dogstooth violet, orris, iris, lily, moonwort, mugwort, white poppy, white rose, wallflower, water lily, willow. Also see "Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs" by Scott Cunningham on page 235.
Rulers: Cancer.
Incense/Oils: white poppy, white rose, myrtle, mugwort, camphor, galbanum, lily, jasmine, lotus.
Animal: hare, hart, boar, dog, horse, elephant.
Rituals Involving: Goddess, women, feminine aspects, Mother, domestic affairs, home, family, fertility in general, country, temporary plans, real estate, weather, short journeys, travel, visions, mediumship, divinations, dreams, magick, love, emotion, unconscious, the past, memory, soul, altar, magickal tradition, agriculture, domestic life, medicine, luck, water, birth, time, theft, emotions, reflection, passive manifestation, formation of emotions, it rules the public in general, food and drink, water and liquids. Its attributes are changeable, dissolving, fertilizing, fruitful, periodic, sensitive, visionary, wandering, imaginative, impressionable, instinctive, nocturnal, and passive.


Symbol: [Mars]
Day: Tuesday.
Godforms: Horus, Ares, Mars, Tyr.
Description: the Warrior God.
Archangel: Khamael or Camael.
Angels: Seraphim, the Fiery Serpents.
Spirits: Bartzabel and Phalegh.
Intelligence: Graphiel.
Sephirah: Geburah.
Colors: red, dark red, magenta.
Tarot: the Tower, the four fives.
Metal: iron, steel.
Stones: asbestos, flint, red jasper, lava, onyx, pipestone, rhodocrosite, rhodonite, sard, sardonyx, red tourmaline, watermelon tourmaline, garnet, bloodstone, red agate, ruby, red topaz.
Wood: cedar.
Plants: nettles, thistle, broom, chives, coriander, dragons blood, galangal, garlic, ginger, holy thistle, honeysuckle, hops, onions, peppers, pine, squill, tarragon, tobacco, woodruff, wormwood. Also see "Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs" by Scott Cunningham on page 238.
Rulers: Aries, Scorpio. (Note: Mars rules Scorpio only in the case of planetary hours; Scorpio’s astrological ruler is Pluto.)
Incense/Oils: tobacco, pepper, dragon’s blood.
Animal: wolf, ram, ear, horse, basilisk.
Rituals Involving: males, masculinity, sex, energy, courage, battle, conflict, quarrels, anger, weapons, soldiers, war, death, surgery, physical strength and exertion, opposition, defense, endurance, destruction, conflicting manifestation, ego, self-assertion, action, danger and excitement, pain, burning, poisons, wounds, violence, police, accidents, fire, passion. Its attributes are amorous, aphrodisiac, burning, combative, cruel, dangerous, exciting, explosive, fearless, forceful, rough, sharp, bloody, violent, and wounding.


Symbol: [Mercury]
Day: Wednesday.
Godforms: Mercury, Thoth, Hermes, Anubis, Maat, Odhinn, Ogma.
Description: Messenger of the Gods.
Archangel: Michael.
Angels: the Beni Elohim, the Sons of the Gods.
Spirits: Taphthartharath and Ophiel.
Intelligence: Tiriel.
Sephirah: Hod.
God Name: Elohim Tzabaoth.
Colors: orange, violet, multi-colored, pale yellow (another source: blue, gray and patterns).
Tarot: the Magician, the four eights.
Metal: quicksilver (mercury), alloys.
Stones: aventurine, mottled jasper, mica, pumice, carnelian, fire opal, agate.
Wood: hazel.
Plants: fennel, vervain, marjoram. Also see "Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs" by Scott Cunningham on page 236.
Rules: Gemini, Virgo.
Incense/Oils: storax, mastic, white sandalwood.
Animal: ibis, twin serpents, ape, swallow, jackal.
Rituals Involving: The Magus, intellect, mind, memory, science, creativity, merchants, business people, business, buying and selling, radio and television, magickal conjurations, divination, prediction, eloquence, gift of tongues, communication, speech, writing, words, books and reading, poetry, inspiration, improvement of mind power, healing of nervous disorders, reflective thought, education, neighbors, relatives, messengers, mentality, short-distance travel, speed, thieves, manual dexterity, consciousness, coordinating, dualities, lying, reason, low magick, lower mysteries, cars and all vehicles in general, small animals, and knowledge. Its attributes are wit, worrisome, dual, impulsive, quick, irrational, intelligent, nervous, rational, reasoning, restless, and moving.


Symbol: [Jupiter]
Day: Thursday.
Godforms: Jupiter, Zeus, Amen, the Dagda, Thor, Marduk.
Description: the Greater Benefic.
Archangel: Tzadkiel.
Angels: Chasmalim, the Brilliant Ones.
Spirits: Hismael and Bethor.
Intelligence: Iophiel.
Sephirah: Chesed.
God Name: El.
Colors: blue, indigo, purple.
Tarot: Wheel of Fortune, the four fours.
Metal: tin.
Stones: lapis lazuli, lepidolite, sugilite, amethyst, turquoise, sapphire.
Wood: pine.
Plants: cedar, oak, cinnamon, cloves, balm of Gilead, betony, cinquefoil, carnation, costmary, dandelion, fir, grains of paradise, ladys thistle, linden, meadowsweet, myrrh, pinks, roses, sage, verbena. Also see "Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs" by Scott Cunningham on page 239.
Rules: Sagittarius, Pisces. (Note: Jupiter rules Pisces only in the case of planetary hours; Pisces’ astrological ruler is Neptune.)
Incense/Oils: lilac, storax, aloes, nutmeg, cedar, saffron.
Animal: eagle, unicorn.
Rituals Involving: honor, riches, buying, lending, start of new undertakings, beneficial change, health, physicians, friendships, the heart’s desire, luck, accomplishment, religion, ritual, gurus, philosophy, expansion, philanthropy, gain and increase, trade and employment, treasure, legal matters, law, judges, harmony, freedom, fun and laughter, joy, confidence, optimism, generosity, sports, higher education, high magick, higher mysteries, favors, mercy, dharma, languages, foreign cultures, long-distance travel, large animals, and adventurers. Its attributes include pompous, jovial, benevolent, buoyant, confident, corpulent, generous, just, optimistic, reverent, naive, and abundant.


Symbol: [Venus]
Day: Friday.
Godforms: Venus, Aphrodite, Astarte, Hathor, Freyja.
Description: the Great Mother.
Archangel: Haniel.
Angels: the Elohim, the Gods.
Spirits: Kedemel and Hagith.
Intelligence: Hagiel.
Sephirah: Netzach.
God Name: Jehovah Tzabaoth.
Colors: green, light blue, pale green, pink.
Tarot: the Empress, the four sevens.
Metal: copper.
Stones: azurite; blue, green and pink calcite; cat’s eye; chrysocolla, chrysoprase, amber; malachite; jade; peridot; coral; emerald; turquoise; jade; green jasper; kunzite; lapis lazuli; olivine; sodalite blue, green, pink and watermelon tourmaline.
Wood: myrtle.
Plants: roses, birch, blackberry, bugle, burdock, catnip, coltsfoot, columbine, cowslip, daffodil, daisy, devils bit, dittany of Crete, elder, feverfew, foxglove, geranium, marshmallow, mugwort, orchis, pennyroyal, plantain, primrose, strawberry, thyme, vervain, violet, yarrow. Also see "Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs" by Scott Cunningham on page 237.
Rules: Taurus, Libra.
Incense/Oils: apple blossom, musk, verbena, damiana, rose, benzoin, red sanders.
Animal: dove, sparrow, swan, lynx, leopard, cats.
Rituals Involving: Maiden, females, love and romance, marriage, friendship, pleasure, sensuality, beauty, perfumes, cosmetics, jewelry and ornament, refinement, sweets, artistic creativity, music, imagination, fertility, partnerships, sex, spiritual harmony, compassion, children, emotions, instincts, peace, compromise, negotiations, indolence, creature comforts, money and possessions, values, charms and amulets, philters. Its attributes are lazy, indulgent, amorous, artistic, cheerful, dissolute, erotic, fertile, graceful, immoral, musical, relaxing, soothing, and soft.


Symbol: [Saturn]
Day: Saturday.
Godforms: Saturn, Cronus, Nephthys, Isis, Demeter, Ceres, Nut, Cerridwen, Danu, Hecate.
Description: the Great Taskmaster, Father of the Gods, the God of Time, the Silent Watcher, the Wise One, the Taskmaster of the Zodiac.
Archangel: Tzaphiel.
Angels: Aralim, the Thrones.
Spirits: Zazel and Arathor.
Intelligence: Agiel.
Sephirah: Binah.
God Name: Jehovah Elohim.
Colors: black, indigo (other source: brown, dark green).
Tarot: the Universe or World, the four threes.
Metal: lead.
Stones: alum, apache tear, coal, hematite, brown jasper, obsidian, salt, serpentine, black tourmaline, onyx, jet, pearl, star sapphire.
Wood: oak.
Plants: cypress, yew, beech, comfrey, elm, fumitory, hemp, holly, horsetail, ivy, juniper, mullein, oak gall, patchouli, poplar, rushes, sloe, solomons seal. Also see "Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs" by Scott Cunningham on page 239.
Rules: Capricorn, Aquarius.
Incense/Oils: pepperwort, black poppy seeds, myrrh, civet, storax.
Animal: ass, goose, dragon, crocodile, goat.
Rituals Involving: the Crone, the Father, knowledge, familiars, death, the reaper, severity, reincarnation, time and clocks, contraction, protecting buildings, barriers and limitations, binding, overcoming curses, protection in general, retribution, duties, responsibilities, influences, doctrines, intuition, thought formation, business, karma, hermits, control, mountains, pessimism, melancholy, things which require patience and endurance, long-term gains and goals, masons, decrease, spirituality, the teacher, rocks and stones, duty and responsibility, reputation, rewards which are worked for, work and career, darkness, death, debility, government and government leaders, bosses, silence, and endings. Its attributes include controlling, limiting, pessimistic, abortive, barren, enduring, frugal, paralyzing, selfish, serious, skeptical, tactful, punctual, and ascetic.


Symbol: [Pluto]
Note: Pluto is the higher octave of Mars.
Metal: plutonium and radioactive elements.
Rules: Scorpio.
Stones: kunzite, spinel, tourmalated quartz.
Plants: cypress, mint, peppermint.
Rituals Involving: volcanism and plate tectonics, resurrection, death and rebirth, obsession, archetypes, research, upheavals and radical transformative changes, rape, metamorphosis, mobs and riots, the Mafia, chaos, alchemy, ESP, black magick, force and willpower, phoenix, depths and heights, sex, and merging with a partner. Its attributes are violent, regenerative, reincarnating, chaotic, forceful, excessively violent, reforming, rebuilding, redeeming, initiatory, stripping down to basics, explosive, subtle, deep, unknowable, and intimidating.


Symbol: [Uranus]
Note: Uranus is the higher octave of Mercury.
Metal: uranium and rainbow-hued metals.
Rules: Aquarius.
Stone: amazonite.
Plant: ash.
Rituals Involving: electricity, metaphysics, occultism, revolution, upheaval, divine inspiration, television, genius, mental insanity, the unusual, the future, astrology, freedom, democracy, chaos, explosives, the aura, catastrophes, impulses, animal magnetism, reformers, suicide, and telepathy. Its attributes are original, erratic, unusual, eccentric, irreverent, abortive, chaotic, independent, non-conformist, and anarchistic.


Symbol: [Neptune]
Note: Neptune is the higher octave of Venus.
Metal: neptunium, noble gases.
Rules: Pisces.
Stones: amethyst, celestite, lepidolite, mother-of-pearl, turquoise.
Plant: ash.
Rituals Involving: fog, illusion, deception, emotional insanity, visions and voices, magick, psychism, spirits, merging with God/dess, spiritualism, martyrdom, empathy, earthquakes, oils, poisons, perfumes, secrets, addiction, alcohol and drugs, oceans, idealism, saints, conmen, large institutions, dreams, and imagination. Its attributes are subtle, abstract, psychic, magickal, musical, impressionable, willing to see only the good, imprisoned, confined, unfortunate, hospitalized, handicapped, spiritual, idealistic, charismatic, and sensitive.


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