The Heptagram and Magickal Days

Although the heptagram is often used by the Fairy tradition to represent their spirituality, it appears that its original basis had much to do with astrology, timing, and the advent of the seven-day week used throughout the Hellenisitic world of mixed cultures (Egyptian/Greco-Roman). For some, the design represents the magick in the number seven, and various cultural deities, including the Seven Faces of Hathor (Egyptian), the Seven Pillars of Wisdom (Middle Eastern), and the Seven Mothers of the World (Southeast Asia). In general magick you can place this symbol on any object as a defense against penetration — for example, private papers (your diary or magickal journal). If your mom or dad is a police officer or construction worker, where they face danger every day, you can write his or her name in the center of the star and empower the drawing as a protective device. Make sure the person puts the paper in a pocket or wallet, or something they wear or carry close to their body.

You will also find the heptagram in several old grimoire, where it is associated with the speed of the planets moving through the heavens, and matches the energies of the planets to the seven days of the week.

The diagram above can be read two ways and gives us two interpretations. First, if we begin with the moon and move counter clockwise, we see that the planets are listed from the fastest-moving body in the heavens to the slowest of the known planets in classical times, which are as follows: the moon, Mercury, Venus, sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. If we put our finger on the moon, then trace down to Mars, over to Mercury, up to Jupiter, down to Venus, up to Saturn and down to the sun, we have just traced the planetary energies of our calendar week:
Monday: Moon
Tuesday: Mars
Wednesday: Mercury
Thursday: Jupiter
Friday: Venus
Saturday: Saturn
Sunday: Sun

And this continuous line moves clockwise around the diagram. In some magickal traditions, the heptagram begins with the sun placed at the highest point.

The diagram above works the same way. If we want to remember which planet moves faster, then we start with the moon and move counterclockwise to Mercury, to Venus, to the sun, and so on. If we want to know what rules which day of the week, we start with the sun (Sunday), trace the line down to the moon (Monday), up to Mars (Tuesday), down to Mercury (Wednesday), over to Jupiter (Thursday), up to Venus (Friday), and down to Saturn (Saturday). As with the first diagram, these are the seven classical planets of the ancient world.

To modern magicians, the heptagram stands for the distribution of the planetary energies through the seven days of the week, and is associated with the seven colors of the rainbow, the Egyptian Goddess Isis, and is sometimes called the Symbol of Venus or Star of Venus because Venus is both the rising and setting star. At certain times of the year she rises at dawn, and other times of the year she rises at twilight — therefore some call her the Gateway to the Stars. The heptagram is also used for calculating planetary hours, a fine-tuning device used in magick and ritual.

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