Daily start time chart

Daily Start Times
Use the Governing Planet of the material you are planning to process in the Laboratory to find the best time of day to start the Work. You can also use this chart to find the best harvesting and planting times for specific Herbs and Minerals.

Chamomile is governed by the Sun.
It would be best to start the Work on Sunday, between the hours of 03:25 and 06:51 (am).

This is the same chart used at the old Paracelsus Research College.
There are other time systems as well.

It's also important to consider a time of day when planets and positive aspects (sextile, trine, some conjuctions) align with the ascendant and midheaven.

Each year consists of seven cyles of fifty-two days each:
1/1/11 Sun
2/22/11 Moon
4/15/11 Mars
6/6/11 Mercury
7/28/11 Jupiter
9/18/11 Venus
11/9/11 Saturn

(Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn.)

Seven-year Cycles

1 - 7:
8 - 14:
15 - 21:
22 - 28:
29 - 35:
36 - 42:
43 - 49:
50 - 56:
57 - 63:
64 - 70:

The Alchemy of Human Transformation:

Growing - 1 year for each planet. Moon
Kilning our fire. Mercury
Creating the vessel. Venus
Masceration, reflux of the inner parts. Sun
Distilling the good. Sun
Calcining the unwanted. Sun
Purifying the parts remaining. Mars
Cohobation of the purified parts. Jupiter
Digestion of the parts to unification. Saturn
Maturation, using the parts for joy.
The adult - stoneship.

Laboratory associations, source unknown.
Planet associations (age 1-63) as related by Rudolph Steiner.

Planets (in order) governing each year of a 7 year cycle, and also each group of 7-years, according to alchemy:
Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn.
age 16 is the Moon year of the Mars cycle,
age 32 is the Mercury year of the Jupiter cycle,
age 54 is the Mercury year of the Sun cycle.


Moon in Aries / aggressive:
The first operation in alchemical transformation. It is denoted by the symbol for the first sign of the zodiac.
To intensely heat (as with inorganic materials) to a high temperature, but without fusion, in order to drive off volatile matter, or to effect changes (as oxidation or pulverization.) What remains is a fine dry powder.
The breaking down of a substance by fierce heating and burning usually in an open crucible.

Moon in Taurus / decisive:
A loose or temporary Conjunction of opposites; a mixture in which a liquid is gelled or made semi-solid; intercourse.
The conversion of a thin flowing liquid into a congealed thick substance, often by heating.

Moon in Gemini / diffusive:
The process of stabilizing and incarnating a substance; depriving a substance of its volatility or mobility to congeal or combine it.

Moon in Cancer / tenacious:
The second operation in alchemical transformation is Dissolution. The process of dissolving a solid in a liquid; the reduction of a dry thing in water. Represented by the sign for the constellation of Cancer.
The dissolving or transforming of a substance into a liquid.

Moon in Leo / organizing:
A kind of Putrefaction in which the nutrients or essences are reabsorbed. The slow modification of a substance by means of a gentle heat.

Moon in Virgo / analytical:
The separation of a volatile component from a substance by heating so as to drive off the component as a vapour which is condensed and collected in a cooler part of the apparatus.

Moon in Libra / unifying:
The first stage of Coagulation, in which the vapors solidify; represented by the sign for the constellation of Libra. The vaporization of a solid without fusion or melting, followed by the condensation of its vapor in the resolidified form on a cool surface. The elevation of a dry thing by fire, with adherency to its vessel.
To cause to pass off from the solid to the vapor state by heating, and again to condense into solid form.
This occurs when a solid is heated and gives off a vapour which condenses on the cool upper parts of the vessel as a solid, not going through a liquid phase. An example is sal ammoniac (Ammonium Chloride).

Moon in Scorpio / solidifying:
To separate a compound into unique substances. Leaching salts from ashes. Filtering solids from liquids. Pressing oils from solids.

The third operation in the alchemy of transformation. Symbols of Separation include swords, scythes, arrows, knives, and hatchets.

Moon in Sagittarius / inspirational:
The conversion of a substance to ashes by means of a powerful fire.

Moon in Capricorn / retentive:
The fifth operation in alchemical transformation is Fermentation. Fermentation, is a digestion of a substance by appropriately allowing Nature to separate the spirit of the matter with what we call microbes. This includes yeasts that are commonly airborne or can be found on the matter itself, such as in the case of live Plants, and minerals housing extremophile archaea bacteria like those found in hot springs or caves.

Moon in Aquarius / concentrative:
A process of Distillation in which the power of transmutation is concentrated; an increase in the amount of the Stone as obtained from its pristine form.

Moon in Pisces / relaxative:
The final stage of Coagulation in which the power of transformation is directed toward a body; the final process in making gold, in which the Stone or powder Stone (the powder of projection) is tossed upon the molten base metal to transmute it.
The throwing of a ferment or tincture onto a substance in order to effect a transformation of the substance.

Definition Sources:

The Original Houses of the Octopus

These are the original 8 houses, or watches, used in ancient astrology. Their progression around the zodiac was clockwise, because they indicated the passing of time on Earth, as opposed to the counter-clockwise progression of the Planets.

1st watch = 4:30 am to 7:30 am
2nd watch = 7:30 am to 10:30 am
3rd watch = 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
4th watch = 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
5th watch = 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
6th watch = 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
7th watch = 10:30 pm to 1:30 am
8th watch = 1:30 am to 4:30 am

1st watch, which was that of daybreak and sunrise, all nature awoke to life and the people arose and prepared for the activities of the coming day - hence they designated this watch "life."

2nd watch, the people bartered their ware and otherwise earned a livelihood, so they designated this watch as that of "money."

3rd watch, which embraced midday when the heat was at its greatest and so it was too hot to work, the people made their way home to rest, or often took to their boats to enjoy the cool waters, was designated that of "travel."

4th watch parents were honored and entertained, so this period was designated as "parents."

5th watch, that of sunset. Work ceased for the day and everyone returned home to the family, so this period was designated that of "children."

6th watch, the aged and ailing were attended to and their needs supplied, so this period was designated as "illness."

7th watch, people's homes were closed for the night and husbands and wives betook themselves to bed so this period was designated that of "wife."

8th and last watch, was that of slumber and death, so it was recognized as the "death" watch.

Over time, 4 houses were added to match with the 12 Zodiac signs, and some of the qualities were changed. I haven't discovered a use for this information in the laboratory; neither the 8, nor the 12, house system.

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astrology symbol key code - graphic by tim wilkerson

Astrology Symbol Key Code