6 thoughts on “riddle 11?

  1. Hi Thoams,

    (and Hello to the Dr. Nostubauk, too. I’m a great fan of yours and of your friend Neptunia)

    The answer is:
    “Planetary Hours” and “Hour Rulers”.

    (Planetary hours are named after “planets” = “wanderers, nomads” in ancient Greek)

    (Each hour of the day and night is calculated and matched to a certain planet for its influence. The Planetary Hours are based on an ancient astrological system, the Chaldean order of the planets — Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon, then repeating endlessly.)

    (planetary hours are not equal.
    The day is divided into two parts; the day (time between sunrise and sunset) and the night (time between sunset and tomorrow’s sunrise). Each part of the day is then divided into 12 equal parts, for a total of 24 (unequal) hours.
    In the winter, the day is shorther, so the planetary hours are shorther *fasting*, then those of of the night, which are longer *feasting* (as on Ramadan). In the summer it’s the opposite. They feast during the day and fast during the night)

    (Every day, on sunrise, the first hour is ruled by the day ruler, which is unique for every day of the week)

    (Yup, as mentioned above, the planetary hours are not equal like the clock hours, so the poor, terrorised Swiss mechanic can’t build a mechanical clock that will keep up with them. But a computer sure can !)


    Sure, gilrs !
    You are “Planetary hours”.
    How many times do I have to repeat that ?

    Yours truely,
    The Time Keeper
    on a Martian day
    and a Saturnine hour.

  2. Hey, I put some lines from the riddle after the “>” signs !
    Where have they disppeared ?

    Huh ! Should have known better than go out and play on a Saturn hour. Shame on me.

  3. See what they say about the hour of Saturn:

    “In the hour of Saturn take no Voyage to Sea, neither take any long Journey by Land; for crosses will surely at-tend and small success may be expected; take no Physick; entertain no Servant, for they will prove idle, careless Persons: Not good to put on a new Garment or cut your Hair; but this hour is good to buy or take Leases of Houses, or Lands; good to buy any kind of Grain or dig in the Earth or Plow; not good to borrow Money in this hour or to fall sick in for it threatens a long Disease; and sometimes terminates in death.”

    Henry Coley, Clavis Astrologiae Elimata, [London, 1676] Issaquah, WA: JustUs&Assoc., 1996, p. 271.

    * Sorry, I stole this from :

    And may I add my own lesson:
    “In the hour of Saturn attempt no riddle solving, post no comments on blogs, put no quotations between “

  4. Hello Time Keeper,

    Named as you are I would have been surprised if you hadn’t guessed the riddle! Yes. Planatary Hours is right.

    The lines are there, but in invisible ink! 🙂
    But I don’t think anyone has written a programme for that yet.

    best wishes,

    PS Dr. N. sends his most gracious greeting.

  5. Dear TimeKeeper,
    Your Saturn posting was truly delayed! It has just now been de-spamed!
    There might be something to it! 🙂

    PS Thank you for the planetary hour link.

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