What even IS astromagic?
This short post consists of some of my notes from a talk I gave on getting started with astromagic through daily ritual practice by observing planetary days and hours.
More detailed content on astromagic is on the way!
Why I Work
- To build a relationship with energies, archetypes, and entities of the planets to be better able to move and act in conference with them, rather than against them
When I Work
- Planetary Days
- Planetary Hours (if possible)
- Try to make sure the Moon is in good condition (if possible)
- If the planet is retrograde or in poor condition, I often skip, or just do something small
Ways of Working
- Altar building with symbols and correspondences to planet
- Burning candles/incense related to planet (or just use frankincense)
- Meditate on the planet and how its themes might be present in my outer/inner life
- Reading/writing of poetry associated with planet (Orphic Hymns)
- Other planetary-related activities (Dancing for Venus, Drinking for Jupiter, Weightlifting for Mercury, Sexual energy expression for Mars)
- Planetary Charity (especially for Malefics) - giving time or money to a cause that aligns with the wishes of the planet
Big or Small Effort
- Big: many of the things above
- Make sure to do during planetary hour
- Sometimes I finish in the second hour of the day
- Small: Quick candle lighting, prayer, or note in a journal
- Can be anywhere, even if you're not by your altar
- If I'm travelling, I try to bring something from my altar
Working With Malefics
Difficult, but not always bad... difficulty is an opportunity to learn
- Learning how to take a difficult planet or placement and:
- create a safe container to express malefic energies
- apply the energy in a way that reduces harm or even has some benefit
- Powerful way of working with and integrating shadow aspects of self in a way that's more easily relatable through archetypes
- Structure of week makes it easier to regularly confront difficult things
- Can bring up difficult feelings and topics - just like any confrontation of difficulty, make sure you're well-resourced
- May bring about real change, quickly!
Working With Benefics
- Beautiful way to resonate with planetary archetypes in a uniquely personal way - derive your own meaning!
- Lots of inspiration for creative practices
- Will positively impact your relationships (Especially Venus!)
- Like any relationship, it requires some consistency and commitment - planets can feel a little disappointed sometimes, but never for long