Planetary Hours

Bob Makransky


The Planetary Hours are an ancient astrological system for selecting favorable times to act (& avoiding unfavorable) by assigning planetary rulers to 24 hours of the day. It has easy instructions for finding your birthday & birth hour rulers & clearly explains how these determine your personality & luck. A chapter on electional astrology explains how to use the Planetary Hours to find lucky times to act (to ask for money; ask someone on a date or to marry; go on a journey; begin a new business). A chapter on How to Cast Spells gives the low-down on how to make magical spells (& prayers) really work using simple astrological techniques. The use of the Firdaria, an ancient astrological prediction system is illustrated with a detailed analysis of the life of Theodore Roosevelt. The Tables at the back allow you to find favorable times to initiate activities.

Weight 300 g

Bob Makransky is a systems analyst, computer programmer, and professional astrologer. For the past 40 years he has lived on a farm in highland Guatemala, where he is a Mayan priest and is head of the local blueberry growers’ association. Bob became interested in magic at Micky Russo’s Spiritualist Church in San Francisco in the 60s, but it wasn’t until twenty years later that he began channeling spirits himself. He moved to Guatemala in the early 70s and started a farm which operates on principles akin to Rudolf Steiner’s Biodynamics, but with a Mayan slant. He became involved with local Mayan priests because of Mayan calendar software he had written, which they had adopted; and he was given a ritual to invoke Mayan spirits himself. He studied Mayan astrology and shamanism and performed ceremonies with his teacher, don Abel Yat Saquib, until don Abel’s death in 2009. Bob is the author of Planetary Strength, Planetary Hours and Planetary Combination.

Bob Makransky’s new book ably taps the rising vogue for traditional astrology, though eschewing the fatalism often assigned to so-called ‘magical’ ancient approaches. He describes Planetary Hours (PH) as the “astrology of luck” and a method of finding empowering life moments for the proper exercise of freewill – to be yourself and not an enslaved cog of convention. So, what is PH? “The Planetary Hours are an ancient astrological system for selecting favourable times to act (and avoiding unfavourable times), by assigning planetary rulers to the twenty-four hours of the day”, Makransky explains in this admirably lucid guide book. Having talked us through the system he then examines PH’s application in natal charts, electional astrology and magical spells before tackling the Firdaria system – which “divides a person’s life into periods…of time ruled in turn by each of the planets in Chaldean order”. The Firdaria chapter is made greatly more accessible by an examination of Theodore Roosevelt’s eventful life in relation to his chart, enabling the student to see how sometimes fiddly, abstruse rules are applied in practice. The second half of the book has an extended appendix comprising PH tables and an explanation of Generalised Planetary Hours (GPH), which we learn can also be used as a ”new form of natal horoscope”, minus zodiac signs. As an introduction, this book is highly accessible.

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