You've taken the time to set up the perfect little money spell. You've consulted your books and collected the proper herbs and crystals, green candles, money-drawing incense, magickal tools and a couple of coins. You've set your will and visualized your goal. You're good to go. Your spell will probably work because you took the time to think it out (and because you're a kick-ass witch). But what if you could do something more to give your magick a boost?
Timing your magick with astrology can give your spell that extra energy. One
of the basic ideas behind astrology is that the planetary influences present at
the time a person is born will help shape his or her life. Your birth chart is
like a photograph of the positions of the planets at the moment you were born,
and an astrologer can use this information to talk to you about your
personality, habits and major life events because clues or shadows of those
things are represented by the planets in your chart.
This concept also applies to projects and spells -- whatever is going on in
the cosmos at the time the project or spell is begun is reflected in the
results. Astrology is a metaphoric language for the movements of the cosmos. As
above, so below; what we do here is reflected in the heavens, and vice versa.
Working magick with astrology by choosing astrologically appropriate times for
your spellwork is like floating down the stream instead of paddling against the
current. It puts you in the cosmic flow, and when you're working with natural
forces instead of against them, you're more likely to succeed.
"But," you say, "I don't know any astrology, and it's all full of math and
stuff, and it's a pain to figure it all out." It's true that you can study
astrology for years and never learn it all, but with just a little bit of work
you can glean enough to greatly enhance your spellwork. Here are some
astrological tools that are very helpful for planning magick.
The Quarter and Sign of the Moon
The simplest way to use astrology in spellwork is to use the quarter of the
Moon in your planning. The Moon takes about 29.5 days to complete its full cycle
from New Moon to New Moon. The cycle has four quarters, each about a week long.
The first quarter runs from the New Moon to midway between New and Full; the
second quarter runs from that midway point until the Full Moon; the third
quarter runs from the Full Moon to the midway point between Full and New; and
the fourth quarter runs from the midway point back to the New Moon. During the
first and second quarters, the Moon is "waxing," or, in simple terms, getting
bigger as seen from the earth. During the third and fourth quarters, the Moon is
waning, or getting smaller.
It's pretty simple to put this information to good use. If you are working
magick to increase something or draw it to you, do it during the first or second
quarter. As the Moon waxes, so will your magick. Magick to decrease or banish
should be done during the third or fourth quarters, and whatever you're trying
to get rid of should shrink with the Moon. Generally, we start projects at the
New Moon and try to bring them to culmination at the Full Moon. The dark days
just before the New Moon -- the last day or two of the fourth quarter -- are
great for incubating new ideas for spells, like a seed underground waiting to
There are a couple of different ways to figure out what quarter the Moon is
in. You can tell by simply looking up (assuming you can see through the clouds).
The Moon is waxing when the light side is curved to the right, like a capital
"D." It's waning when the light side is curved to the left, like a capital "C."
If it's too cloudy, you can consult one of several astrological datebooks and
calendars on the market. These list the quarter and sign of the Moon for each
day and frequently give you a lot more astrological information on top of that.
Two of my favorite astrological datebooks are Llewellyn's Daily Planetary Guide
and Jim Maynard's pocket astrological calendar. Llewellyn's Moon Sign Book also
lists the quarter and sign for every day of the year and goes into great detail
about using this information for gardening and other activities.
Now that you've the phase/quarter thing down, try working with the Moon's
sign. During its monthly cycle, the Moon travels through all 12 astrological
signs, spending about two and a half days in each (give or take). The Moon
represents the "mood," and whatever astrological sign the Moon is in on a given
day affects the "flavor" or "energy" of that day. Just as you choose herbs and
other props that are associated with or represent your magickal goal, you can
use that Moon-sign "mood" to enhance your magickal or mundane tasks. It's
sympathetic magick. For example, Taurus is an earthy, stubborn sign, so things
begun when the Moon is in Taurus have sticking power. One joke says you should
never go grocery shopping during a Taurus Moon when you're on a diet, because
Taurus loves the rich things in life, and you won't be able to pass up the Ben
and Jerry's. However, Taurus is also associated with money, so doing your money
spell when the Moon is in Taurus is a great idea (and it should stick!).
How do you know what sign the Moon is going to be in on a particular day, and
what sign is good for what type of magick? Finding today's Moon sign is simple.
You can use one of the astrological guides I've already mentioned, or if you'd
rather look up the Moon sign online, check out www.stariq.com/. In the upper right-hand corner
of the home page, that site lists the Moon's sign for the day. You can click
through to a page to find out what the other planets are up to too. If you want
a more complex look at the day's planetary placements, you can draw up a free
astrological chart on the Astrodienst site at www.astro.com/. Just put in the date and time
that you are thinking of working your spell, and the site will calculate a chart
for you. There is a glyph key on the site so you don't have to try to figure out
what all the little squiggles on the chart mean. This is more information than
you need, but it includes the Moon's sign and it's kind of fun.
What signs are good for what types of magick? Whole books have been written
on the subject, but here's a basic, simplified list of the signs and some of
their correspondences to get you started. Bear in mind that this list is by no
Aries: Protection, competition, sticking up for yourself, asking for what you
want, banishing, the head, the planet Mars.
Taurus: Money, luxury, love, fertility, art, music, singing, anything you
want to last a while, the throat, the planet Venus.
Gemini: Writing, communication, siblings, short-distance travel, computer
stuff, commerce, wit, the arms and hands, the planet Mercury.
Cancer: Nurture, fertility/motherhood, protection, the Goddess, empathic
work, kitchen magick, the breasts, the Moon.
Leo: Loyalty, success, energy/vitality, drama and the theater, the God,
self-confidence, courage, the heart, the Sun.
Virgo: Health, details, cleanliness, writing, being practical, getting to the
heart of something, domestic animals and pets, the stomach and bowels, the
Libra: Art, music, relationships, justice, balance, decisions, partnerships,
the skin, kidneys and adrenals, the planet Venus.
Scorpio: Sex, subconscious, death, the underworld, power, control, obsession,
anything "occult" as in "hidden," high magick, the genitals, the planet Pluto.
Sagittarius: Religion, philosophy, humor, luck, gambling, higher education,
foreign or long-distance travel, foreign people and languages, sports, animals,
the thighs, the planet Jupiter.
Capricorn: Career, success, work, time, tradition, money from work, the past,
assertiveness and drive, the knees, hair and bones, the planet Saturn.
Aquarius: Invention, innovation, inspiration, detachment, freedom and
independence, humanitarian causes, the ankles, calves, and circulation, the
Pisces: Dream and psychic work, shamanism, alcohol and drugs, compassion,
intuition, imagination, the feet, the planet Neptune.
If you would like to delve further, any basic astrology book or Web site will
give you keywords associated with each sign. Two of my favorite astrological
books specifically for spell work are A Time for Magick by Maria Kay Simms and
Astrological Magick by Estelle Daniels. These are great because they're
astrology books focused on magick, as opposed to astrology books focused on
birth charts. They're not easy reads if you're new to astrology, but the
information that you need about the signs is easily accessible in them. Basic
birth chart books can still be useful too, because they give a general idea of
the "flavor" of each sign and they don't assume you have any prior astrological
Now you can combine the phase and sign to enhance your magick. For that money
spell, you'd probably want the Moon to be waxing and in Taurus, unless you're
trying to banish debt, in which case a waning Aries Moon might do the trick. You
can find a sign and quarter combination that's helpful for just about any spell
you can dream up.
The Planetary Hours
Okay, that was reasonably simple. In as much time as it would take to look up
what herb or what color candle or stone to use in a spell, you can figure out
the quarter and sign of the Moon. Here's a more complex way to time your spells
with astrology: the planetary days and hours. Personally, I think that the
planetary hours are a more potent tool for timing than the Moon's phase and
sign, but that might simply be because they take a little bit of work to figure
out, so you spend that much more time focusing on your goal.
The theory behind planetary hours is simple: Each day of the week and each
hour of the day is "ruled," or corresponds with, a planet. In turn, each planet
"rules" or corresponds to areas of life that you might be working magick for.
For example, Venus is associated with love, so love magick is best done during a
Venus day or on a Venus hour. The easiest way to incorporate this information is
to just use the appropriate day of the week. Sunday is ruled by the Sun; Monday
the Moon; Tuesday is Mars; Wednesday is Mercury; Thursday is Jupiter; Friday is
Venus; and Saturday is Saturn (for the purposes of astrology, the Sun and Moon
are considered planets). So if you want Venus energy for that love spell, do
your working on a Friday.
Using the planetary hours is trickier, but rewarding. As an example, let's
say that I'm going to do a spell today (January 5, 2004). First, I need to find
the times for sunset and sunrise on the day I'd like to do my working. The
easiest way to do this is to check the weather section of the local newspaper.
Next, I need to figure out the length of today's daylight and night hours.
Daylight planetary hours are computed by taking the amount of time between
sunrise and sunset and dividing it by 12. Nighttime hours are computed by taking
the amount of time between sunset and the next sunrise and dividing it by 12. On
days like today, we don't have full 12 hours of daylight time, especially in
Seattle, so a daytime planetary "hour" is not going to be 60 minutes long. On
the day I'm writing this, the Sun rose at 7:57 a.m. and it set at 4:32 p.m., so
we had 8 hours and 35 minutes of daylight and 15 hours and 25 minutes of night.
The easiest way to figure the length of each planetary hour is to convert the
daylight and night hours into minutes. Eight hours and 35 minutes is 515
minutes. Fifteen hours and 25 minutes is 925 minutes. When I divide 515 and 925
each by 12, I get daylight hours of 43 minutes (rounded) and night hours of 77
minutes (also rounded).
With this information, I can figure out at what time each planetary hour
begins. The Sun rises at 7:57 a.m., so that's when the first daylight hour
begins. I figure the rest by adding 43 minutes to each previous time, so the
second hour begins at 8:40 a.m., the third at 9:18 a.m., the fourth at 10:01
a.m. and so on. My count gives the twelfth hour 47 minutes, because of the
rounding. We'll compensate for this later.
I figure the nighttime hours starting at 4:32 p.m. and adding 77 minutes; the
second hour begins at 5:49 p.m., the third at 7:06 p.m., the fourth at 8:23 p.m
and so on. In this case, the twelfth hour begins at 6:40 a.m. and comes out
close to exact.
Whew! Now that I know the start times of each planetary hour, I need to know
which hours are associated with which planets. To do this, I need to remember
seven planets in a specific order -- called the Chaldean order, after the people
who made it up -- determined way back when rocks were new. The planets, in that
order, are Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon. To determine the
planets that rule the hours for my example day, I begin in the list with the
planet that rules that day and keep cycling through until I've determined the
planet for each of the 24 hours. My daylight hours work out as follows: first is
the Moon; second, Saturn; third, Jupiter; fourth, Mars; fifth, Sun; sixth,
Venus; seventh, Mercury; eighth, Moon; ninth, Saturn; tenth, Jupiter; eleventh,
Mars; and twelfth, Sun. Nighttime hours continue the list where the daytime ones
left off, so they are: first, Venus; second, Mercury; third, Moon; fourth,
Saturn; fifth, Jupiter, sixth, Mars; seventh, Sun; eighth, Venus; ninth,
Mercury; tenth, Moon; eleventh, Saturn; twelfth, Jupiter.
Now I need to know which planet best fits my needs for my spell. As with sign
correspondences, planetary correspondences are easy to find online or in books.
If you're grooving on planetary hours, I highly recommend checking out the
planetary hours information at www.renaissanceastrology.com//planetaryhoursarticle.html#B,
which includes the Chaldean order, how to calculate the hours and some basics on
using the hours in magick.
The book A Time For Magick, which I mentioned
earlier, is all about the hours and how to use them in magick. The author also
covers the planets in a fair amount of depth and includes tables of planetary
hours that you can use to skip all of the math if you know the latitude of your
city. Another very useful book is Rex Bills' The Rulership Book, which lists
just about everything you can think of, including the kitchen sink, and what
planet rules it. If you can't find these, a basic astrology book with
information on the planets will do, but here's a simplified list of
correspondences to get you started. Again, this is not comprehensive or even
close to complete.
Sun: Leadership, vitality, creativity, the God, fatherhood and the father,
the sign Leo.
Venus: Love, wealth, harmony, balance, relationships art, the rich things in
life, the signs Taurus and Libra.
Mercury: Thought, communication, teaching, writing, computers, cars, speech,
and the signs Gemini and Virgo.
Moon: House and home, domestic affairs, the Goddess, motherhood and the
mother, fertility, anything to do with water, the sign Cancer.
Saturn: Endings, discipline, authority, tradition, career, accomplishment,
the sign Capricorn (and in old-school astrology, Aquarius).
Jupiter: Expansion, wisdom, generosity, religion, education, idealism, legal
affairs, philanthropy, luck and the sign Sagittarius (and in old-school
Mars: War, heat, anger and aggression, competition, passion, accidents,
courage, the military, the sign Aries (and in old-school astrology, Scorpio).
You'll notice that there is some overlap between the things associated with
the planets on this list and the things associated with planets' corresponding
signs on the other list. Planets and the signs they "rule" share some traits
(Cancer and the Moon are both watery and mother-oriented, for example), but they
also have qualities distinct from one another. Planets and signs are not the
same thing. One difference is that planets are more active forces because they
move, while signs are like the persona or attitude that a planet takes on when
it's moving through that sign. This is a subtle distinction, but an important
one, and it's one reason why, in my opinion, the planetary hours pack a little
more oomph than just using the sign and quarter of the Moon for planning magick.
You'll also notice that Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are missing, and Mars,
Jupiter and Saturn are listed as having an extra sign affiliated with them.
Uranus, Neptune and Pluto had not yet been discovered when the ancients first
assigned the signs to the planets, and there weren't enough planets so each sign
could have its own, so Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were given
double duty. (Mercury and Venus rule two signs each to this day.) The system of
planetary hours was also created before the outer planets were found, but this
works out fine, because there are only seven days of the week anyway, so those
extra three planets would be left out in the cold.
Now, if I want to do a love spell, I should really wait for a Venus hour on
Friday, the Venus day, but since I'm impatient I could do my spell during the
sixth daylight or first or seventh night hour, depending on which fit into my
schedule. A more appropriate working on a Monday (Moon-day) would be fertility
magick, and I could use a Moon or Venus hour, again depending on which one fit
my schedule best. If I wanted to use Monday because I was doing a working for my
mother (the Moon is associated with mother), and she was applying for a new job,
I could use a Saturn hour (work and career), a Mercury hour (communication and
computers), or a Jupiter hour (luck and money), depending on which suited her
needs. If I wanted to get super-detailed, I could also choose to do the working
on a planetary hour and day when the sign and quarter of the Moon were
compatible too. Talk about focusing on your goal!
One last thing about planetary hours: Since you usually end up rounding off,
you don't want to start your working right when the hour starts. Allow yourself
some fudge space and start at least five minutes into the "hour" to make sure
you're in the correct hour. If you want to be precise and calculate your hours
down to the seconds so you can start exactly on time, more power to you. You're
more strong-willed than I am.
If you have read this far and you're really jonesing on using astrology in
magick, you might consider looking into the branch of astrology called
"electional," which is used for choosing the best time to begin important
projects. The sign and phase work we did earlier is basic, basic electional
astrology. You might also consider studying enough basic natal (birth) astrology
to read your own birth chart to gain insight into your magickal strengths. The
twelfth house is magick and the occult, so you could see what you have lurking
in that house for starters. Whatever you choose to do, have fun incorporating
astrology into your magick!