Different days of the week and hours of the day and night are associated with specific energies and each
particular time is ruled by a planet and an archangel. Though these were primarily centred on ceremonial
magick, they can also be used to give focus and potency to informal spells.
The planetary and angelic hours can also be applied to the everyday sphere, for example by choosing the
appropriate day and even hour for beginning a money-making scheme or a first meeting with a potential
business partner or lover. You can further amplify the salient qualities and strengths of these times by
using oils, incenses, coloured candles and crystals linked with the specific planets and angels.
There are also strong connections between the planet and angel of the day, though angelic magick tends to
be used, not surprisingly, for rituals with a more spiritual and ecological or global focus. As you discover
particular combinations that work well, you can add them to your Book of Shadows.
Planetary Magical Days Of The Week
Though I have written primarily about the significance of the different days, I have also listed the effects
of the planetary hours.
The planets have had a special place in both ritual magick and astrology, since the Ancient Babylonians
and Chaldeans first observed them wandering across the sky (the word ‘planet’ derives from the Greek
planetes, meaning ‘wanderer’) against the fixed constellations of the zodiac.
The ancients knew of only five planets – Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Uranus, Neptune and
Pluto were discovered only after the invention of the telescope and so have not assumed the importance in
magick that they have in astrology. What is more, the first astronomers also counted the Sun and the Moon
as planets and credited them with certain qualities that have become woven into the Western astrological
and magical traditions.
Astrologers believe that the positions of the planets in the zodiac at the time of an individual’s birth can
influence and indicate that person’s fate. In magick, the planetary strengths can be applied to any purpose
under the As above, so below’ principle that stresses the interconnectedness of the whole universe.
You can create your own spells by using the associations, much as you create recipes by knowing the
qualities and blending power of individual ingredients. And just as in cookery, those spells or recipes
where you break away from the set formula are often the most successful.
For example, if you wanted to do well in an interview for a job, you might burn a wish in a candle of the
colour blue – for careers – on Thursday, the day of Jupiter, who is associated with employment and worldly
success and all matters of increase; for extra potency, the candle could be surrounded with small blue
sodalite or lapis lazuli, Jupiter’s special crystals. You could also burn cedar, one of Jupiter’s incenses or
If you needed more general career success, you could make or buy an amulet of tin, the metal of Jupiter,
perhaps a coin from a museum shop that you charged with power every Thursday by sprinkling it with
salt, passing it through cedar incense, a blue candle flame and the fragrance of burning sandalwood oil.
If your projected job was to do with communication, technology or the media which are ruled by Mercury,
you could carry out the spell on two consecutive days, beginning with the communicative power of
Mercury on his hour, the third after sunset on a Wednesday. You could light yellow candles and use a
Mercurian crystal, such as yellow jasper or a yellow-banded agate, and burn dill incense and fennel
essential oil. On the second day of the spell, the Thursday, carry out the spell again at the third hour after
sunset, which on this day is Jupiter’s evening hour, to add his authority and opportunities for expansion.