Magickal Hours

The hours of the day are also influenced by the planets. For example, if you were carrying out a love spell in which you wanted rapid results, perhaps for a special meeting, you could work on a Friday, Venus’s day, on both her hours – sunrise and the third hour after sunset.

If you wanted courage in love, you would use a Mars hour on a Friday. If you needed to communicate
your feelings, but found it difficult, you could add the energies of a Mercury hour to a Friday love spell. If
you wanted a banishing spell for shedding excess weight, you could use the last days of the waning moon
cycle when it is in the sky during the morning before it sets. The banishing lunar energies should take
away the compulsion to binge that is keeping you from a healthy lifestyle and if you use them at the hour
of Venus, this would increase your inner beauty and help to bring you to a state of self-love. Remember
that the beginning of the hour is always the most potent.

The times of sunrise and sunset are different each day. Calculate the precise timings from true sunrise,
which is the first hour of the magical day. Alternatively, for a less formal spell, you can make an
approximation. Any good diary will have the sunrise and sunset for each day, but choose one also with the
moonrises and moonsets. You will need a calculator if you decide to use the exact planetary hours.
You can calculate a week or even a month ahead if there is a period in which you intend to do a lot of
magical work. In this way you can maximise the energies of specific hours and choose a good time for
anything from asking for a rise at work to sorting out the budget with a reluctant partner. Enter the
planetary and angelic hours in your diary or the appropriate section in your Book of Shadows. These
calculations can also keep bored children amused on rainy afternoons – just tell them stories about the
angels and planets first. Children also adapt quickly to angelic time – after all, it’s far more fun if you
change sad old bedtime into St Michael’s hour and have a bedtime story by the light of his golden candle.
To calculate the magical hours, you need to divide the time from sunrise to sunset and then the time
between sunset and sunrise by 12. At the height of summer, the days are much longer than the nights, so
each ‘day’ hour will be longer than the ‘night’ hours. At the spring and autumn equinoxes, when day and
night are equal, day and night hours will be of the same length.

As a short-cut, when you need instant magick, you can use the times of sunrise, noon, sunset and midnight
and the day of the week energies, with approximations of hours if you wish. Combine the day energies
with the power of solar magick, which tends to be more immediate than lunar. So if you are seeking a new
beginning, go for dawn. For full power or realising your potential, carry out your rituals at noon, the height
of the Sun, and for banishing spells, try sunset. You will know instinctively if it’s a solar or lunar issue and
whether you need a blast of Sun power or clarity, or more subtle Moon bindings or unravellings.