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Although not many people think of it often, the days of the week refer
to the "seven sacred planets" (five visible planets plus the Sun and
Moon) -- and these planets in turn were originally Gods and Goddesses
of Old Europe.
Under this traditional system, each planetary deity has rulership over one day of the week, and thus the rites associated with those days fell under the domain of that deity. In addition, each planet rules one or more of the twelve signs of the zodiac
THE WEEKDAYS AND THE SEVEN SACRED PLANETS
Note also that in traditional European magic, the day for money is Thursday, the day of power and luxury, ruled by Jupiter; but in the USA, due to two unrelated factors -- the 5-day work-week that ends on Friday with a pay check, and the fact that all of our paper money is green (so called "greenback dollars") -- we have gradually transitioned our money work to Friday and most of us use green candles for money. In the older European system, green (Venus) and gold (Sun) are for a good agricultural harvest, but it is purple (Jupiter) and gold (Sun) that stand for money in the bank, and you will note that the money of other countries often is partially purple.
THE OTHER PLANETS AND A SPECIAL BLEND
In addition to formulas related to the so-called Seven Sacred Planets, Lucky Mojo Planetary products include formulas for
-- and a proprietary blend called
HOW TO USE PLANETARY SPIRITUAL SUPPLIES
Lucky Mojo Planetary Vigil Lights or Glass-Encased Candles find general use in promoting altar work, either as "helper lights" or to represent the deities thus named. These candles have full-colour paper labels naming the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus and other planets, with information about their attributes. They are made of soft wax in symbolic colours and will burn continually for at least 120 hours. They stay alight for many days and are appropriate for petitons and prayers. Some people dress planetary candles with anointing oils; others do not.
Lucky Mojo Planetary Oils find general use in dressing candles to represent the deities thus named, to dress any sort of conjure candles whose petitions are appropriate to the deity thus named, or to be worn as personal scents on the days associated with those planets in order to strengthen connections to the deities represented by the Planets. Some workers keep a "Master Candle" on their altar at all times and dress it each day with that day's appropriate Planetary oil.
Lucky Mojo Planetary Incense Powders may be burned on the altar or in a room to bring closer the influences of the deities represented by the Planets.
Lucky Mojo Planetary Bath Crystals may be used in ritual baths or rites of house cleaning on the days of the week associated with the deities represented by the Planets.
Lucky Mojo Planetary Sachet Powders may be used to dress petition papers, to dust on the body, or to subtly work into a carpet or door mat on the days of the week symbolically related to the deities represented by the Planets.
All of our Lucky Mojo Planetary products may be combined with our Zodiacal products when working astrologically-based or timed spells.
HOW TO ADD PLANETARY LIGHTS TO YOUR ALTARLet's put the above ideas into practice. Say your candles were four in number, and they were:
Some practitioners would light all four candles at once on one altar. I would not. At Missionary Independent Spiritual Church, we have FOUR altars, and in this particular case, that selection of candles happens to work out to one candle per altar. Our altars are:
So if you were working in my church, i would recommend that you light one candle on each altar, with the Road Opener coming first.
However, if you wished to add the power of the seven sacred planets to your spells, i would suggest that you work by the days of the week and according to planetary indications. In other words, i would recommend that you light TWO candles at a time, each on a different day, one for your petition and one for the ruling deity of that day.
These eight candles could either be placed at the same altar on the different days -- or on different altars on the days indicated.
You do not need to have seven altars, one for each day of the week, in order to work with the energies of the seven planets. You can have four altars, as we do at Missionary Independent, and at Four Altars Gospel Sanctuary, or even just two altars -- one facing East for attraction, and one facing West for removal. If you can only put up one altar, due to space considerations, you can divide it into either two halves, four quadrants, seven planetary segments, or twelve zodiacal regions, as you wish.
PLANETARY "WEATHER" AND THE TIMING OF SPELLS
I am often asked how important astrological timing is in the performance of rootwork. Generally these questions take a negative and slightly defeatist tone:
"If i work a money-drawing spell on a waning Moon, have i messed it up?"When getting into complex issues of timing, i feel that my best service to my readers is to recommend that you take my Hoodoo Rootwork Correspondence Course. I cover such matters in depth there.
Briefly, though, rather then engage in lengthy astrological analysis here or field endless questions about the symbolic relationship of astrological aspects to the kind of work you are doing, i will give you a bit of overarching theory:
I would counsel you to consider each planetary, sidereal, solar, and lunar event as a form of astrological weather.
Some astrological events are like the wind -- head winds moving you forward, tail winds impeding your forward motion.
Other astrological events are like the clouds, bringing rain or darkness, affecting your mood, perhaps, or causing an abrupt change of plans as you rush to protect items that cannot be rained on.
Some folks will take a walk in the wind and rain. Others stay indoors.
According to the old United States Post Office motto, weather should not stop a dedicated carrier: "Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" -- but, on the other hand, everyone wants their family reunion picnic to fall on a sunny and warm day, and they will plan the timing of such festivities accordingly.
It's your choice as to how exactingly you want to plan your spell timing to include astrological good weather, or, conversely, to choose how much astrological bad weather you will slog through while working your spells.
But no matter what, through astrological picnic times and dark astrological storms alike, you are YOU and your will is guiding your actions.
You are the one moving forward. You are the one making choices and walking the path.
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