The Week Ahead: 1 – 7 August 2016

Happy Sunday and welcome to my weekly blog that looks at the week ahead with some odds and ends.

What stands out for this week is the Municipal Elections in South Africa on the Wednesday, 3rd August 2016.  Exercising your right to vote makes a difference. Who you vote for is your prerogative but voting is the strongest form of individual activism. Make your mark!

I hope it will go off safely and without a hitch.

Tarot Card of the Week

5 of swords


There may be feelings of frustration even to a point of feeling defeated. You are guided to choose your battles. Keep your attitude in check.

It is also possible to win against all odds. The art of compromising requires open and clear communication on a consistent basis.

Odds & ends

Demystifying Practical Astrology

Admittedly, I only know the basics of astrology as it relates to me. I was having my cell phone fixed at the shop and the owner shared a fabulous resource that may be of use to those who want to learn more. I love learning all sorts of things and I’m always happy to be surrounded by like-minded people.

Upfront thanks to Faisel and

Sunday is the day of the Sun; Monday, the Moon; Tuesday, Mars; Wednesday, Mercury; Thursday, Jupiter; Friday, Venus; and Saturday, Saturn.

The first “hour” of each day is given to the planet ruling the day. The remaining hours followed in the so-called “Chaldean order” of ancient Babylon. 

The planetary hours are traditionally used in choosing suitable times to initiate activities such but not limited to prayers and rituals. The following list shows the types of activities traditionally preferred by each planet:

Sun Hours:

General success and recognition; spiritual illumination; decisiveness, vitality; activities requiring courage or a mood of self-certainty – making big decisions, scheduling meetings for reaching decisions, giving speeches, launching new projects; seeking favours from father, husband, boss, authorities.  Beneficial for those pursuits which are aimed at gaining influence in society, fame, high prestige, as also for gaining confidence and self-reliance. Good time for applying to superiors or any important people, for example to talk about a career advancement. It is also an appropriate time to advertise, to make a presentation, to speak to a big audience.

Venus Hours:

Love; friendship; artistic and social success; enjoyable, sociable and aesthetic activities such as parties, social gatherings, recitals / exhibitions, weddings, visits, dating and seeking romance; planting ornamentals; buying gifts, clothing, luxuries; beauty treatments; seeking favours from women.  Good time for any meetings and acquaintances, but especially for dating or asking someone out. Beneficial hour for amusements, entertainment, having a party, going to a cinema or theatre, to buy fashionable clothes or jewellery. Mutual sympathy between people is enhanced, which helps to find a compromise, to restore a broken relationship. Artists, painters, musicians can feel an inspiration in this hour.

Mercury Hours:

Success in studies / communications; children; making a good impression; routine activities and activities needing clear communications; teaching / learning; important business letters / phone calls; meetings to develop or communicate ideas; buying / selling; routine shopping, errands, travel; job applications / interviews; seeking favours from neighbours, co-workers. Beneficial time for any intellectual activity, including study, teaching, research, taking exams, as also everything connected to receiving transferring or using any kind of information. Mercury enhances dexterity and resourcefulness, patronizes traders, but also thieves. Good time to start a short trip, to write a letter or report, to program, to chat, to send mail.

Moon Hours: 

Health; home (buying home, moving); journeys / vacationing (time of leaving home or take off); activities remote in time or space – meditation, making reservations, finding lost objects or people; planting food crops; hiring employees; seeking favours from mother, wife, employees. Beneficial time for cooking, having a meal, and also for washing, cleaning and other household chores. Good time for dealing with women, family meetings, nursing babies. Activities which were started in the Moon Hour will be prone to changes, dependent on people’s moods and emotions, so it is generally not advised to start anything of importance at this time.

Saturn Hours: 

Discipline and patience; giving up bad habits; overcoming obstacles; success with difficult tasks or difficult people; projects of long duration – breaking ground, laying foundations; planting perennials; treating chronic illness; making repairs; seeking favours from older people (not relatives) or difficult people. It is the time for those occupations and beginnings which require significant time, patience, concentration and perseverance, as also everything related to land and immovable property. It is not advised to start a journey at this time or to borrow money as in both cases delays and disappointments may spoil the matter. Good time to ask an advice of the elders, to cool down passions, to have a sober glance on the state of the matters, to get rid of a bad habit.

Jupiter Hours: 

Wisdom, optimism; money (borrowing / lending/ investing / earning / winning); activities necessitating enthusiasm; buying lottery tickets; seeking advice / consultation; settling disputes; seeking favours from grandparents, aunts and uncles, advisers (doctors, lawyers, accountants, astrologers). Beneficial hour for most affairs, especially those which promote richness, success and prosperity. Jupiter helps to accelerate development, widen the horizon, and increase the level of understanding. Good time for social meetings, applying for benefits, sponsorship, dealing with rich, influential people, for the start of a journey, philosophical discussions and religious ceremonies.

Mars Hours: 

Courage, adventure; enforcing your will; success with drastic action (lawsuits, conflicts, going to war, surgery); sports, exercises; risk-taking; making complaints; firing employees; seeking favours of husband or boyfriend. The time for increased activity, for those pursuits which require determination, courage, physical efforts, for sport, for work with fire or sharp instruments. Sexuality is enhanced, but also the probability of a conflict is higher than usual. The best hour to attack enemies or to challenge competitors.

For example,

A man should ask a woman out on a date during a Venus hour; a woman should ask a man out on a date during a Mars hour; one should ask one’s boss for a favour during a sun hour; money should be invested during a Jupiter hour; medical treatments should commence under a moon hour (except surgery should commence under a Mars hour); and so on.

The rule is quite simple: the planet that rules the day and the hour promotes those activities which are in tune with its principle and can impede those activities which are of the opposite nature.

Google “astrology hours Pretoria” or city you live in instead of Pretoria to get astrology hours relevant to your location.

Planetary Hours EET (GMT+2) at 25S45 28E11 Pretoria, South Africa

2016 Sunday 7-24 Monday 7-25 Tuesday 7-26 Wednesday 7-27 Thursday 7-28 Friday 7-29 Saturday 7-30
Sunrise  6:50am Sun  6:49am Moon  6:49am Mars  6:48am Mercury  6:48am Jupiter  6:47am Venus  6:47am Saturn
   7:44am Venus  7:43am Saturn  7:43am Sun  7:42am Moon  7:42am Mars  7:42am Mercury  7:41am Jupiter
   8:38am Mercury  8:37am Jupiter  8:37am Venus  8:37am Saturn  8:36am Sun  8:36am Moon  8:36am Mars
   9:32am Moon  9:31am Mars  9:31am Mercury  9:31am Jupiter  9:31am Venus  9:30am Saturn  9:30am Sun
  10:26am Saturn 10:26am Sun 10:25am Moon 10:25am Mars 10:25am Mercury 10:25am Jupiter 10:25am Venus
  11:20am Jupiter 11:20am Venus 11:20am Saturn 11:20am Sun 11:19am Moon 11:19am Mars 11:19am Mercury
  12:14pm Mars 12:14pm Mercury 12:14pm Jupiter 12:14pm Venus 12:14pm Saturn 12:14pm Sun 12:14pm Moon
   1:08pm Sun  1:08pm Moon  1:08pm Mars  1:08pm Mercury  1:08pm Jupiter  1:08pm Venus  1:08pm Saturn
   2:02pm Venus  2:02pm Saturn  2:02pm Sun  2:02pm Moon  2:03pm Mars  2:03pm Mercury  2:03pm Jupiter
   2:56pm Mercury  2:56pm Jupiter  2:56pm Venus  2:57pm Saturn  2:57pm Sun  2:57pm Moon  2:57pm Mars
   3:50pm Moon  3:50pm Mars  3:51pm Mercury  3:51pm Jupiter  3:51pm Venus  3:52pm Saturn  3:52pm Sun
   4:44pm Saturn  4:44pm Sun  4:45pm Moon  4:45pm Mars  4:46pm Mercury  4:46pm Jupiter  4:46pm Venus
Sunset  5:38pm Jupiter  5:39pm Venus  5:39pm Saturn  5:40pm Sun  5:40pm Moon  5:40pm Mars  5:41pm Mercury
   6:44pm Mars  6:44pm Mercury  6:45pm Jupiter  6:45pm Venus  6:46pm Saturn  6:46pm Sun  6:46pm Moon
   7:50pm Sun  7:50pm Moon  7:51pm Mars  7:51pm Mercury  7:51pm Jupiter  7:51pm Venus  7:52pm Saturn
   8:56pm Venus  8:56pm Saturn  8:56pm Sun  8:57pm Moon  8:57pm Mars  8:57pm Mercury  8:57pm Jupiter
  10:02pm Mercury 10:02pm Jupiter 10:02pm Venus 10:02pm Saturn 10:02pm Sun 10:03pm Moon 10:03pm Mars
  11:08pm Moon 11:08pm Mars 11:08pm Mercury 11:08pm Jupiter 11:08pm Venus 11:08pm Saturn 11:08pm Sun
  12:14am Saturn 12:14am Sun 12:14am Moon 12:14am Mars 12:14am Mercury 12:14am Jupiter 12:13am Venus
   1:20am Jupiter  1:19am Venus  1:19am Saturn  1:19am Sun  1:19am Moon  1:19am Mars  1:19am Mercury
   2:25am Mars  2:25am Mercury  2:25am Jupiter  2:25am Venus  2:25am Saturn  2:25am Sun  2:24am Moon
   3:31am Sun  3:31am Moon  3:31am Mars  3:31am Mercury  3:30am Jupiter  3:30am Venus  3:30am Saturn
   4:37am Venus  4:37am Saturn  4:37am Sun  4:36am Moon  4:36am Mars  4:36am Mercury  4:35am Jupiter
   5:43am Mercury  5:43am Jupiter  5:42am Venus  5:42am Saturn  5:42am Sun  5:41am Moon  5:41am Mars

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