In 1982, my mentor, Gandhiji, initiated me into the use of Hora.
He taught me how each hour of the day carries the influence of one of the planets. He also explained how the knowledge of these "planetary hours" could lead to greater effectiveness in action, based on proper planning.The basic idea is simple. Each day is divided into hours, beginning at sunrise. If sunrise is at 7:13 a.m., for example, the first hour of the day is from 7:13 - 8:13 a.m.. The Second hour is from 8:13 - 9:13 a.m., etc. Each hour carries the energy of one of the planets. The order in which this occurs is as follows: The first planet for each day will be the ruler of the day. Sunday - Sun, Monday - Moon, Tuesday - Mars, Wednesday - Mercury, Thursday - Jupiter, Friday - Venus, Saturday - Saturn.
In calculating the planetary hours for Sunday, for example, first you look up the time of Sunrise online. Then you designate the first hour to the Sun, the ruler of Sundays. The rest of the hours follow a set sequence which is different. - Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, Mars.
In another example, if the day is Wednesday, then the first hour ruler is Mercury, the Second is the Moon and so on. When you reach the end of the sequence, start over with the Sun. In this way, it is simple to make a hora table for any day.
Once you have constructed the table of planetary hours, you can begin important activities during the hour of a planet which supports the particular type of activity you are planning. Here is a general list of planets and the types of activities they represent:
Sun - career, health, sports, government, authority figures.
Moon - public relations, family, domestic, mother, personal needs, social life.
Mercury - communications, mental work, education, information, errands, clerical work, presentations, business.
Venus - romance, emotion, social life, family, sensory experience, the arts, entertainment.
Mars - physical activity, competition, sports, brothers.
Jupiter - financial, philosophical, religious, travel, education, children.
Saturn - organizing, business, house cleaning, paying bills, taking care of responsibilities.
Generally, the hours of Saturn and Mars should be approached carefully. Saturn's hour can bring delays, obstacles and pressures, but may also be a great time for doing business. Mars sometimes brings arguments or harshness, but may also bring good ambitious energy.
The hours of Venus and Jupiter, on the other hand, are usually favorable for most activities. But it must be understood that each person will respond differently to a planetary hour based on the specific indications in their natal horoscope. Nevertheless, through experimentation, it is possible to get a sense of your own particular response pattern. And this can become an interesting and even valuable way to approach each day astrologically!
Please note: this technique is presented here in simplified form and is not intended to be used as the sole means for planning major life events (e.g. marriage, major purchases, etc.)