Christopher Warnock, Esq.
Propitiating the Planets
Planetary Charity Instructions
Planetary charity is an alternative to
astrological talismans in working with the energy, or more precisely, the spirits of the planets.
When planets are afflicted in a our natal or birth chart we need to cautious about using their talismans.
Here is more information on Talismans and dignified and
afflicted planets in the natal chart.
Planetary charity comes from the Vedic astrology of India and is a natural
expression of the view of the planets as spirits or gods. By doing charity and dedicating it to a planet,
we can work with the energy of the planet and help diminish its negative effects on us. Of course, planetary
charity is not just for planets that are afflicted in our natal chart, it can be used to good effect
with all planets.
In doing planetary charity we time the donation we make according to the
nature of the planet we wish to propitiate, making the donation on the
planetary day and hour ruled by the planet. We make the donation to a person, organization or thing
ruled by the planet and ideally the donation itself is an item ruled by the planet. Typically, however,
it is more practical to make a monetary donation. We start by invoking the planet
and making a vow to make a set number of donations, at the appropriate time. We then carry out the
It is very important that all of the activities done as planetary charity
be done respectfully. Most importantly, DO NOT fail to carry out the complete number of donations you
have promised to the planet. Breaking your vow will have much worse consequences than never making the vow
in the first place.
Planetary Charity Instructions
The basic method of doing planetary charity is to decide on the planet that
you wish to propitiate. You then invoke the planet, vow to do a set number of donations and then do
the donations, giving a monetary donation or ideally an appropriate item ruled by the planet, to a person,
organization or thing ruled by the planet. On the left side of the Planets page
are links to planetary rulership lists by Al-Biruni,
Cornelius Agrippa and William Lilly. I tend to go with
Lilly as the final judge, but that is a matter of personal preference, all of the planetary rulerships listed
So if we wished to propitiate Jupiter, Lilly says Jupiter rules, "Judges,
Senators, Councellours, Ecclesiasticall men, Bishops, Priests, Ministers, Cardinals, Chancellours,
Doctors of the Civill Law, young Schollers and Students in an University or College, Lawyers." Christian
Astrology page 63. We could, therefore give a donation to a priest or minister, or to a church, or
to a student or professor, or a university, since these are all ruled by Jupiter.
Cornelius Agrippa in Book II, chapter 22 of Three Books of Occult Philosophy
lists numbers appropriate to the seven planets:
These numbers are appropriate for the number of times you should repeat the donation and can even be used
in the amount donated, for example, making a Saturn donation 3 times of $9 or $27 (3 x 9).
- Saturn 3 or 9
- Jupiter 4 or 16
- Mars 5 or 25
- the Sun 6 or 36
- Venus 7 or 49
- Mercury 8 or 64
- the Moon 9 or 81
The donation should be made on the
planetary day and hour of the planet.
The first planetary hour of every day begins at Sunrise and is ruled by the planet that rules the day.
For example, Sunrise on Monday is Moon hour. Renaissance Astrology sells a software program
TPHP, the planetary hours program,
which automatically calculates the planetary hours for the date and your location.
- Sunday is ruled by the Sun
- Monday is ruled by the Moon
- Tuesday is ruled by Mars
- Wednesday is ruled by Mercury
- Thursday is ruled by Jupiter
- Friday is ruled by Venus
- Saturday is ruled by Saturn
Here is an example of planetary charity for Saturn. We decide to give a donation
to a homeless person, Lilly says Saturn rules, "Beggars" Christian Astrology, page 58. We decide to
give the donation 3 Saturdays in a row on Saturn hour. We start with an invocation on an earlier Saturday
at Saturn hour and invoke Saturn, then make our vow.
We can invoke the planets using the Hymns of Orpheus:
Another option is to use the planetary invocations in Book III, chapter 7 of
Picatrix which can be found in
Secrets of Planetary Ritual, which is specifically set up for us in ritual or
in our translation of the Complete Picatrix.
If you work in another tradition that has planetary invocations you can use those rituals as well.
Finally, in addition to invocation we can also do the Vedic mantras of the planets. Here is a Youtube playlist with the planetary mantras plus the lunar nodes, i.e. Rahu and Ketu. Here is Sun Mantra, which is missing from the playlist. 108 times is very good, but you can also use the numbers of the planets listed above as appropriate numbers of repetitions of their mantras or the numbers suggested in the videos.
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