|Christopher Warnock, Esq.|
The Planetary Hours
in Renaissance Astrology
Introduction to the
Planetary Magic Mini-Course
|TPHP: Planetary Hours Software|
Elections with Planetary Hours
by Henry Coley
Marsilio Ficino: Magic, Astrology
& the Planetary Hours
TOPWhen thou wishest to make any experiment or operation, thou must first prepare, beforehand, all the requisites which thou wilt find described i n the following Chapters : observing the days, the hours, and the other effects of the Constellations which may be found in this Chapter. It is, therefore, advisable to know that the hours of the day and of the night together, are twenty-four in number, and that each hour is governed by one of the Seven Planets in regular order, commencing at the highest and descending to the lowest.
TOPThe order of the Planets is as follows : SHBTHAI, Shabbathai, Saturn; beneath Saturn is TZDQ, eTzedeq, Jupiter; beneath Jupiter is MADIM, Madim, Mars; beneath Mars is SHMSH, Shemesh, the Sun; beneath the Sun is NVGH, Nogah, Venus ; beneath Venus is KVKB, Kokav, Mercury ; and beneath Mercury is LBNH, Levanah, the Moon, which is the lowest of all the Planets. It must, therefore, be understood that the Planets have their dominion over the day which approacheth nearest unto the name which is given and attributed unto them-viz., over Saturday, Saturn; Thursday, Jupiter; Tuesday, Mars ; Sunday, the Sun; Friday, Venus ; Wednesday, Mercury; and Monday, the Moon.
TOPIn the Days and Hours of Saturn thou canst perform experiments to summon the Souls from Hades, but only of those who have died a natural death. Similarly on these days and hours thou canst operate to bring either good or bad fortune to buildings ; to have familiar Spirits attend thee in sleep ; to cause good or ill success to business, possessions, goods, seeds, fruits, and similar things, in order to acquire learning ; to bring destruction and to give death, and to sow hatred and discord.
TOPThe Days and Hours of Venus are good for forming friendships ; for kindness and love ; for joyous and pleasant undertakings, and for travelling.
TOPThe Hours of the Sun, of Jupiter, and of Venus, are adapted for preparing any operations whatsoever of love, of kindness, and of invisibility, as is hereafter more fully shown, to which must be added other things of a similar nature which are contained in our work.
TOPThe Hours of the Moon are proper for making trial of experiments relating to recovery of stolen property, for obtaining nocturnal visions, for summoning Spirits in sleep, and for preparing anything relating to Water.
TOPFor those matters then which appertain unto the Moon, such as the Invocation of Spirits, the Works of Necromancy, and the recovery of stolen property, it is necessary that the Moon should be in a Terrestrial Sign, viz. :-Taurus, Virgo, or Capricorn.
TOPFurthermore, if thou wishest to converse with Spirits it should be especially on the day of Mercury and in his hour, and let the Moon be in an Airy Sign, as well as the Sun. Retire thou then unto a secret place, where no one may be able to see thee or to hinder thee, before the completion of the experiment, whether thou shouldest wish to work by day or by night.