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Electional Astrology
Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Planetary Hour Elections by
Henry Coley

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The Hours of Saturn
The Hours of Jupiter
The Hours of Mars
The Hours of The Sun
The Hours of Venus
The Hours of Mercury
The Hours of the Moon

Planetary Hours versus a full traditional election


The planetary hours are an ancient system of planetary rulerships of time, intricately connected with the planetary days and dependant on the Chaldean Order of the planets. For an more detailed explanation of their origin and nature see the Planetary Hours and Days. For examples of the use of the planetary hours in horary and electional astrology see The Planetary Hours in Renaissance Astrology. For examples of their use in timing ritual magic see Planetary Hours Elections in the Key of Solomon and for their use in talismanic magic see Marsilio Ficino: Magic, Astrology & the Planetary Hours.
This page focuses on the use of the planetary hours for electing or choosing astrological propitious times to take action. It consists of Section IV of Book 2 of Henry Coley's Clavis Astrologiae Elimata or A Key to the Whole Art of Astrology, published in London in 1676.
We can see that many of the elections are based on the Natures of the Planets. For more detailed information see the pages for each planet: Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon which come from William Lilly's Christian Astrology published in 1642.


Clavis Astrologiae Elimata

or, A Key to the Whole Art of Astrology

by Henry Coley, 1676
Book 2, Section IV

Here it will be necessary, briefly to shew the Signification of each Planetary Hour, and what use may be made of them, &c.

In the hour of Saturn take no Voyage to Sea, neither take any long Journey by Land; for crosses will surely attend, and small success may be expected; take no Physick: entertain no Servant, for they will prove idle, careless Persons: Not good to put on a new Garment, or cut your Hair, but this hour is good to buy, or take Leases of Houses or Lands; good to buy any kind of Grain, or dig in the Earth or Plow; not good to borrow Money in this hour, or to fall sick in; for it threatens long Disease and sometimes terminates in death.

In the hour of Jupiter tis good to apply to Ecclesiastical Persons and all great Men to obtain their favour; the same from all grave Senators, Judges, Lawyers, &c. In this hour tis good to take a Journey; or to go out of the House with success; good to sow all kind of Seeds or to Plant; not good to be let blood; he that falls sick in this hour will soon recover; good also to lend, or borrow Moneys; not good to enter a Ship; not good to buy Beasts: to conclude this hour is good to Contract Matrimony in, &c.


In the hour of Mars begin no worthy Action, or Enter-prize, for it is very unfortunate hour in all things, and there-fore as much as may be to be avoided, it is ill to take a Journey for you shall be in danger of Thieves; very ill to take a Voyage to Sea, and generally in all things.

The hour of the Sun, is not to be chosen, as being generally infortunate, unless in makeing Application to great Persons, not good to begin a building, or put on new Garments, not good to enter into a mans own house, for discontent and brawling may then be expected to follow, this hour is good for a man to receive preferment in, not good to Court the Female Sex or lay down moneys upon any account, 'tis also very dangerous for any person to fall sick in.

In the hour of Venus 'tis good to court Women, or to begin a Journey, but not a Voyage, good to enter upon any Play, Sport or pastime; not good to be let blood in, go House with success, but not so good to return again in, good to take Physick in, but if a Man falls sick in that hour, the disease proceeds from some Venereal distemper, this hour is generally good to undertake any business relating to the Womens concerns, or any delightful Actions, not good to begin a new Garment, but singular good for marriage, and contracting in Matrimony, &c

The hour of Mercury is very good to Merchandize in, viz. Buy or sell, or to write Letters, or to good to send Messengers, to take Physick in, to send Children to School, to begin a Journey, to lend or or to brrow Moneys in, to put forth Apprentices, to begin any Building, but not good to Contract Marriage, or to Buy Houses or Lands, or to Re-enter your House being abroad, lest discontent or Brawling arise; nor good to take or hire a Servant, or to Redeem a Prisoner, but good to Plant or Graff-in, and finally to make Suit to great Persons.

The hour of the Moon is not accounted good to Buy Cattle in, especialy of the smaller Sort, nor to take Physick in, or begin any Building, not good to lend Money in, or to make new Cloaths;'tis good to Court the Female Sex in, or send Children to School, and in some cases to take a Journey, or to pursue an Enemy, and to conclude, you may make choice of this hour to leave your Native Country in, (if designed to Travil) but choose another hour when you return, not and are to re-enter your own Countrey again.


[These Significations of the Planetary Hours are very Ancient, approved of by the Arabians, Hand confirmed by Haly and later Authors, and may be of good use, though they are not of that efficacy as well-grounded Elections, from an apt positure of the Heavens, which doth sympathize with the Nativity (if it be known) of which I shall treat in the next Section.]


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