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Planetary Hours, part two

Jul. 24th, 2008 | 10:01 pm
music: Maddy Prior - Sheath & Knife

Dan writes : Even if the calculation of the planetary hours is a technique requiring some calculation, doesn't that pale in comparison with the requirements to draw up an astrological chart for a given time and place?

Khem responds : Ever hear that old chestnut, "The life so short; the craft so long to learn" ?

Asking any craftsperson or artist if what they do is difficult is to miss the point altogether.

Of course it is difficult - the point is that it satisfies the soul.

I also suggest that you try asking some of the astrologers at a SCA tournament how they cast their charts all day long - like as not, they'll tell you that it's all about the training and the tables.

As James Evans writes in his History and Practice of Ancient Astronomy, "The tedium involved in a strict calculation can be reduced with the aid of planetary tables."

A handful of astrologers still employ astrolabes or some other tool for taking a sight, for the same reason that some navigators still use a sextant (or even an astrolabe) instead of GPS - pride of craft.

Here is an example of what I mean :

The Tools of the Trade:
An Astronomer's Notebook

And here is a link to an article about a table with some stone markers that could be moved around on it to cast horoscopes for clients that was used by itinerant astrologers working the streets many centuries ago :

James Evans - The astrologer's apparatus: a picture of professional practice in Greco-Roman Egypt
in : Journal for the History of Astronomy, Vol. 35, Part 1, No. 118, pages 1 - 44, 2004.

Note the resemblance to the game of Astrological Chess described by Alfonso X in his Liber Acedrex :


And here is a link to a page that has a better diagram of such a table :

Medieval Cosmology

Anyway, to return to your question :

The same procedures that generate the planetary hours for a given day of the year and for a given degree of latitude also provide a way to slice the local horizon into Houses.

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The Mystical Kabbalah of Abraham Elim : Planetary Hours

Jul. 22nd, 2008 | 05:15 pm
music: Stars of the Lid - The Atomium

I am having a lot of trouble with Dan Harms' blogware - for some reason, my responses to his posts keep getting discarded.

So I am going to continue posting my remarks on his essays here, and hope that his comments are better received on LiveJournal.

All interested parties can see the original post here :

The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin, Part 6

Dan Harms writes :

" The planetary hours are a sort of poor man's astrology, perhaps conceived of as an early effort to integrate planetary influences into magic practiced by people with no astrological training themselves.

The idea is pretty simple; each day and night is divided into twelve hours each, and each hour is attributed to a particular planet. The first hour of each day is attributed to the planet, or the corresponding deity, for which the day is named. "

The author of the *Mystical Kabbalah* argues that the planets do not necessarily appear anywhere in the local sky during their respective planetary hours.

Although he may feel that this is a legitimate grievance against the system of the planetary hours, and although this same argument turns up again and again in the writings of practitioners and scholars of magic ( perhaps with no astrological training themselves(?)), the argument is a 'red herring' that has nothing whatsoever to do with the practice of astrological magic.

Far from being a " poor man's astrology ", the procedure for deriving the planetary hours is a remarkably sophisticated way of dividing the local horizon into astrological Houses at the practitioner's own Latitude and during a given Season, based on the appearance of the Sun upon the horizon in the East, and the amount of time the Sun takes to traverse the local sky and disappear in the West.

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Sumer Is Icumen In

Jul. 1st, 2008 | 02:22 am
music: Bill Laswell - Baron Samedi

On pages 134 -135 of The Necronomicon Files: The Truth Behind Lovecraft's Legend, by Daniel Harms and John Wisdom Gonce <http://tinyurl.com/3zwqa3>, there is some discussion about the author's attempts at locating the source of a quote cited in the Simonomicon that supposedly originates with Aleister Crowley, to wit :

" Our work is therefore historically authentic, the rediscovery of the Sumerian Tradition. "

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Watching Paint Dry...

Jul. 1st, 2008 | 01:41 am
music: Ray Peterson - Nine Flames

Our house is getting on in years, and the outside of it has never been painted. Here is a photo that Emily took this past Winter :
House in Winter 2008

The garage to the right is new, and it clearly hasn't been painted, either.

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The Visitor

Jun. 26th, 2008 | 07:59 pm
music: Bill Laswell - Set Rising

We are *still* unpacking, but we are now very happily at home in our new digs across from the Ashokan Reservoir in the Catskill Park of New York State.

I was moving crates of equipment between our house and the garage, and caught something bright out of the corner of my eye :


Looks like we have salamanders in our new neighborhood!

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Theories of the Æther

May. 16th, 2008 | 03:57 pm
location: West Hurley, New York
music: Orlando Consort - Canto de' Cardoni

Here are a few links that might prove useful for
anyone interested in the Æther, then and now :

Theories of the Æther :
Articles relating to the Emergence of
Scientific Theories of the Cosmic Æther


Edmund Taylor Whittaker 's A History
of the Theories of Æther and Electricity :
from the Age of Descartes to the close of
the Nineteenth Century
  is available online
here :

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Black Light at Wardenclyffe

May. 14th, 2008 | 04:04 pm
location: West Hurley, New York
music: Baltimore Consort - Anon: Tres Morillas

The excerpted exchange at the link below discusses
the possibility that Tesla employed ultraviolet bulbs
and/or x-ray bulbs to generate a plume of ions atop
his Wardenclyffe Device, in order to enhance the
antenna :

Re: 7.1Hz, how the heck did Tesla succeed?

Here are a few links to some patents for devices
running along the same lines :

Antenna of Ionized Air
United States Patent 2760055

Long Distance Communication System
United States Patent 2871344

Conversion of Atmospheric Electric Energy
United States Patent 1540998

Method and Apparatus for Creating
an Artificial Electron Cyclotron
Heating Region of Plasma
United States Patent 4712155

The article at this next link describes a hand-held
device that employs a pair of ultraviolet lasers to
ionize a pair of conductive paths through the air
to a target, and then uses these aerial fibers to
inflict a modulated electrical discharge upon the
central nervous system of the target :

Real Life Catches Up with Star Trek

Not only can one draw the lightning from the sky,
one can modulate these electrical discharges,
accumulate and store them to perform work,
or even project them upon a target.

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Sailing the Æther

May. 13th, 2008 | 05:25 pm
location: West Hurley, New York
music: David Munrow - S'on Me Regarde

" The first indication that the sun might be emitting a "wind"
came from comet tails, observed to point away from the Sun,
whether the comet was approaching the Sun or whether it
was moving away. Kepler in the early 1600s guessed that
those tails were driven by the pressure of sunlight, and his
guess still holds true for the many comet tails which consist
of dust. "

~ from :

The Solar Wind

" The origins of sailing through space to explore the solar
system and beyond date all the way back to the early 17th
century with Johannes Kepler. Kepler believed that there
was a strong solar wind blowing through space that he
believed he observed when he saw the tails of comets
blowing around. Such a strong wind continuously blowing
has been disproved. The reason for the tail moving though
is found to be radiation pressure and this can be used to
propel a spacecraft with the light administering a continuous
'push'. So Kepler was actually very close to the truth four
centuries ago. "

~ from :

Solar Sail Origins

"Let us create vessels and sails fashioned for the heavenly
Æther, for there will be plenty of people who do not shrink
from the vastness of space."

~ Johannes Kepler, letter to Galileo Galilei, 1609.

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Johannes Kepler & JP Aerospace

May. 10th, 2008 | 02:31 pm
location: West Hurley, New York
music: Carmina Burana - Tempus Transit Gelidum

I always figured that Johannes Kepler was
on to something, when he suggested that
we sail into space by means of balloons :


And these chaps are taking that idea a bit
further, with their 'airship-to-orbit' idea :



And here is a link to HobbySpace, while
I am at it :


" Ships and sails proper for the heavenly air should be
fashioned. Then there will also be people, who do not
shrink from the vastness of space. "

~ Johannes Kepler, letter to Galileo Galilei, 1609.

                             ~ o0o ~

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Radar, Radionics and Louis Rota's Universal Currents

Feb. 10th, 2008 | 03:47 pm
location: West Hurley, New York
music: Toronto Consort 02 - Come Ashore Jolly Tar Your Trousers On

Folks might want to look through the works and patents of Rota, Maby
and Franklin - all of them early pioneers of Radar as well as pioneers
in Radionics - before Radionics became synonymous with empty
boxes with fancy toy dials stuck to them :

" This site is dedicated to the work of Louis Rota (1886-1951) a pioneer
in the development of the radar who devoted his life to the study of
 energy fields which he named "The Universal Currents". "

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