Zodiacal Timing Review

Not that long ago, I made a post about retooling planetary hours for zodiacal hours.  I suggest you read over it to figure out where I’m coming from, but basically, one substitutes the planet ruling over a particular hour with a zodiac sign it rules, viz. a masculine sign if it’s a diurnal hour and a feminine sign if it’s a nocturnal hour.  It’s a pretty straightforward extension of the system, I thought, and I wanted to show it off before I start putting it towards use for a year-long project I have planned: conjurations of the 12 angels of the Zodiac signs, each done while the Sun is in the appropriate sign.  That way, by timing a particular conjuration to the zodiacal hour on the planetary day most closely associated with that sign, I thought I could get a better or more refined, though limited, timing to perform the conjuration.  While Iophiel is the angel presiding over all the fixed stars, different subsets are known for different effects, each with their own angel, just as there are individual angels of specific fixed stars as well as the lunar mansions.

Alas, though, my system of zodiacal hours is apparently not the best way to do things.  Last Tuesday at dawn, I conjured Malkhidael, the angel presiding over Ares, and learned about zodiacal conjurations generally as well as the nature of the sign of Aries as well as of the fixed stars in general.    When it comes to the conjurations of zodiacal angels, however, timing to the hours isn’t that preferred.  While it can be done, it’s obtuse and not the preferred way to come in contact with them.  Rather, the best time to perform a zodiacal ritual for something like a conjuration, according to Malkhidael, is when the sign in question is “brightened”.  When asked for an explanation of this, he clarified that a sign is “brightened” when it is either on the ascendant (rising) or on the midheaven (culminating), so about when the Sun is at heliacal rising or zenith while the Sun is in that particular sign.

This…actually makes a lot of sense, since these two points are hugely empowering when it comes to astrological elections.  In fact, that’s backed up in several sources, such as Agrippa (book II, chapter 30 and 31, as well as book I, chapter 41):

…when they are in Angles, especially of the rising, or Tenth, or in houses presently succeeding, or in their delights…There is the like consideration to be had in all things concerning the fixt stars…

…Now the manner of making these kinds of Rings, is this, viz. when any Star ascends fortunately, with the fortunate aspect, or conjunction of the Moon…

The significance of these locations is widespread in astrology.  Both the ascendant and midheaven are angles, with the ascendant representing the location where planets and celestial objects rise into the sky from the underworld (going from complete obscurity due to the Earth to visibility and light), and the midheaven representing the zenith and highest point of the sky (where everyone and everything can see the object).  If I go with a strictly solar timing of zodiacal rituals with this, calling on a particular sign only when the Sun is in that sign, then that gives me the hours of sunrise and solar noon when we’re in that particular sign.  I have a strong hunch that the same would work when the Moon is present instead of or in addition to the Sun in that particular sign, which would give me more options throughout the year.  Even then, though, I could just go with the sign itself rising or culminating without regard to what’s in it, which would give me about one hour twice a day to work with that particular sign.

Ah well.  The best part about working with experiential sciences like the occult is figuring out what works and what doesn’t.  At least I got my answer early on in this series of workings about this particular technique, and now I have some principles to help guide my future work.

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5 Responses to Zodiacal Timing Review

  1. Andrew says:

    Disclaimer: I am not an astrologer, nor an astrological magus, though I aspire to be so eventually.

    I like the idea of the Zodiacal hours, but it seems to be that they would shift through the year; that is the Zodiacal hours would be radically different in January than they would in August, and more similar to one another in March and April, or in September and October.

    If we were to build a clock that tracked the Zodiacal times, we would see that now, Sun Hour, the Sun is in Taurus, but the Midheaven is Gemini, which is the sign of Mercury(?). So, wouldn’t that mean that when the Sun is in a given sign, the Zodiacal Hour that would replace the Sun Hour would actually be that of the //next// sign to appear?

    That would mean you could do magic all month as the sign was gradually brightening, and the ‘deadline’ for the magic coming into effect would be at the arrival of the sun in triumph into that sign. Also, if you were working up to a conjunction of a planet-pair in a given sign, you could use the Zodiacal Hour, and the two relevant Planetary Hours, for a full month beforehand… Hmmm.

    This is kind of cool, actually. You’ve gotten my mental wheels turning.

    • polyphanes says:

      To me, all that basically reduces to the simple rules I mentioned above, where you just use the ascendant and time things from there. The ascendant at dawn each day changes degrees as the Sun moves through the ecliptic, while the zodiacal hours would be fixed in a certain order throughout the year (just as the planetary hours are). You could do a similar thing with the planets by treating them as fixed stars; this is basically what the Picatrix does, and has planetary rituals timed to the planet’s rising or culmination.

      • Andrew says:

        Right. That makes sense, actually. And it explains why it would be hard to reduce the Zodiac to a system of simplistic hours. The angels (and the angles) are trying to teach you enough of the relevant sacred astronomy, and they don’t want to be simplified.

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