installment of this series focused on the type of energy to concentrate on when
invoking a particular planet in a ritual. This column describes the elements
and colors that are harmonious with the planets, and some god or goddess names
that you can use when invoking a planet. When performing a planetary ritual, it
is a good idea to arrange your altar with scents, herbs, stones and other
objects ruled by that planet, to set up a harmonious atmosphere. Call upon gods
or goddesses that have an agreeable vibration with that planet's energy.
If you want
a text that provides much more detail, a good reference is A Time for Magick
by Maria Kay Simms. She goes into detail about the hours of the day that are
best for planetary work, and gives sample meditations and rituals. Another good
reference is The Rulership Book, by Rex E. Bills. This book provides a
list of everything -- god names, elements and life events -- that are associated
with each planet.
following lists metals or spices and other elements associated with each
planet, as well as fragrances and god or goddess names that you can use when
putting together a planetary ritual. It is generally a good idea to use the
metal or element associated with a planet in all four directions when you are
invoking its energy. For example, in a Sun ritual, use a gold object to point
toward each direction as you call the planet's name or a god name. The next
installment in the series will provide some examples of how to put together a
Sun -- The Sun's metal is gold. Saffron is also
associated with the Sun, as are all citrus fruits. Sunflowers are good to use
in a Sun ritual, since they turn their face to the Sun at all times.
Frankincense is a scent associated with the Sun. Most deities traditionally
associated with the Sun are male: Ra, Osiris, Mithra. Any goddess of fire, such
as Pele or Sekhmet, could also be invoked in a Sun ritual.
Moon -- The Moon's
metal is silver. Since the Moon is closely associated with water, you can use
water or shells such as clam or oyster or even sand dollars, since the Moon
rules the sea. Moonstones or coral are appropriate for a Moon ritual. Moon
goddesses are Isis and Diana. Melons, milk and gourds are foods associated with
Mercury -- The metal for Mercury is mercury, but that
might be difficult to use in a ritual since it is poisonous in its pure form.
You could substitute silver or another shiny metallic object such as tinsel.
Mercury rules celery and dill. Mercury also rules androgyny, so any god or goddess
with ambiguous gender is appropriate. Notable names associated with Mercury are
Hermes, of course, and archangels Raphael and sometimes Michael. Vesta,
guardian of the hearth and home, is also associated with Mercury.
Venus -- Venus' metal
is copper, and she also rules bees and honey, pears, pomegranates and plums.
Emeralds are the stone for Venus. Aphrodite is Venus' goddess. Freya, Cupid and
Eros are other deities associated with Venus. Most perfumes, roses in
particular, are Venus ruled. Thyme can also be used in Venus rituals.
Mars -- Iron is Mars' metal. Malachite and red
hematite are ruled by Mars, as are garlic, ginger, onions and mustard. Ares,
god of war, belongs to Mars, as does Athena, who sprang fully-grown from her
father's forehead wearing full armor.
Jupiter -- Tin is the metal for Jupiter. Artichokes,
asparagus, beets and figs are ruled by Jupiter, as are oak trees, daisies and
carnations. Myrrh is the scent for Jupiter. Its stones are topaz, amethyst and
turquoise. Deities are Zeus, Thor, Juno and Hera.
Saturn -- Lead is the metal for Saturn. Coal also
belongs to Saturn. Although the herb sage is often associated with Jupiter, its
properties are astringent and drying, which is more in tune with Saturn's
energies than the expansiveness of Jupiter. Patchouli is also a scent
associated with Saturn. Stones for Saturn are onyx, hematite and garnet.
Deities sympathetic with Saturn are Kronos, Juno and Kali.
Uranus -- Since metals associated with Uranus are
radioactive (radium and uranium), these are not appropriate for use in rituals.
Magnets are also ruled by Uranus and could be used instead. It is generally
thought that Uranus rules computers and technology, so you could also be
creative and use computer parts in your ritual. Lapis lazuli and amber are
stones ruled by Uranus, as are opals. Herbs associated with Uranus are
peppermint, pine, and wormwood. Loki and Urania are Uranus' deities.
Neptune -- Platinum is Neptune's metal. Plants ruled by
Neptune are generally considered drugs, or have poisonous properties. These
include poppies and valerian. Less infamous plants and herbs ruled by Neptune
are coffee, chamomile and coltsfoot. Wine and liquor are also Neptune-ruled.
Neptune's stones are ivory and jade. Poseidon, Isis, Undine and Yemaya are
Pluto -- Plutonium and tungsten are Pluto's metals.
Stones are beryl, obsidian and lava. Herbs associated with Pluto are galangal
root, pennyroyal and musk. Although mushrooms are often associated with the
Moon or Neptune, they can be appropriate in a Pluto ritual.
Deities associated with Pluto are Persephone, Hecate and Hades.
Winter solstice: Sun
enters Capricorn. The Moon is approaching its last quarter, a good time to tie
up loose ends and resolve old issues.
retrograde, at Aquarius.
Venus is retrograde until February 3, 2006. While Venus is retrograde, this is generally
not a good time to begin a new relationship.
New Moon at Capricorn. With the Sun beginning to move out
of the cycle of darkness joined by the Moon starting a new monthly cycle, two
days before the new year, now is an excellent time to do a ritual or meditation
focusing on where your mastery lies. Capricorn shows us where we excel; use
this energy to plan how to manifest your personal authority.
Capricorn. Mercury is bound up in this earth sign for nearly three weeks.
Communication and thought can be slower than usual, and typically will be
focused on practical matters.
Full Moon in Cancer.
Emotions and feelings run high, particularly when the Moon is in its home sign.
This is a good time to meditate on how to integrate your emotional life (Moon)
with the practical reality of everyday life (Sun in Capricorn).
Mars opposes Jupiter
(Mars in Taurus, Jupiter in Scorpio). Be particularly careful of financial
transactions; honesty is especially important at this time. Like all so-called
difficult Jupiter aspects, the worst you can expect from this one is that you
might be tempted to promise more than you can deliver. Don't make loans to
people you don't completely trust.
Mars squares Neptune
(Mars in Taurus, Neptune in Aquarius). This emphasizes the Mars/Jupiter
opposition of a few days ago: Be very wary of people you don't completely
trust. Idealistic Neptune can blind you to the reality behind the
seemingly innocent façade. An opportunity that seems too good to be true
Sun enters Aquarius.
This could be a good day for a Uranus ritual to herald the arrival of
humanitarian Aquarius energies, but don't wait until Friday to do it --
Jupiter-ruled Thursday is more harmonious with Uranian energies than Venus is.
22, 12:41 p.m. PST:
enters Aquarius. Finally, earth-bound Mercury is liberated and enters an air
sign, more in accord with its natural inclinations. While Mercury is in
Aquarius, it's a good time to learn something new, particularly if it's
27, 5:24 p.m. PST:
squares Neptune (Jupiter in Scorpio, Neptune in Aquarius). Jupiter, planet of
expansiveness and law, comes into conflict with idealistic, dreamy Neptune.
This is a good time to keep your feet on the ground, even though your head
might be in the clouds. Be aware of people who might be jealous of you, who
could thwart your best-laid plans.
29, 6:15 a.m. PST:
New Moon in
Aquarius, Now is a great time to begin any projects that deal with the
humanitarian energy of Aquarius. Any kind of group work will benefit from this
Sun-Moon conjunction in Aquarius. This is also a good time to break from
tradition and try something new that you've never done before, since Aquarius
also rules unconventional behavior. Break an old habit that's no longer doing
you any good!
3, 1:18 a.m. PST:
direct in Capricorn. Capricorn isn't the best placement for Venus, who prefers
warmth rather than cold, and gaiety rather than the somber practicality of
Capricorn. However, this period marks a good time to evaluate your
relationships with a cool eye, make realistic plans to find a partner and bring
about the kind of relationship you want.