Planetary hours widget

Planetary hour family of widgets display current hour on your device home screen as well as a planetary weekday with sunrise/sunset. Both widgets are FREE.

The family to planetary hour widgets consists of two individual widgets:

  • Planetary Hour and
  • Planetary Weekday.
Planetary hour widget for the Time Nomad app
The widgets display current planetary hour information for the geographic location of your device. The Planetary Hour widget can be configured to produce an audio alarm or a text notification at the beginning of each hour.

Two points before diving into widgets activation and usage…

Detailed knowledge behind planetary hours and planetary days is unfolded in the multi-part article “What is Planetary Hours”. It is an impressive and beautiful ancient wisdom well worth your reading time!

For those who are into the practice of mindfulness. At the very end of this article we shall talk about using planetary hours alarm for the purposes of mindfulness and keeping the thread of active awareness throughout the day.

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How to add the widgets

Follow these steps to add the widgets to your device home screen:

  • Long tap anywhere on the screen.
  • Once the icons began to shake tap on the “+” icon in one of top corners of the screen to bring up the widget selector.
  • In the widget selector scroll down to “Time Nomad”.
  • Add a widget and repeat the steps to add another widget…
Adding Planetary Hour widget to home screen
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Before the widgets can display useful information they need to be configured. When first installed, the widgets aren’t aware of your device geographic location. Scroll down to “How to configure widgets” section of this page that explains the process.

But firstly let’s look at the widgets themselves…

Planetary Hour widget

Each planetary hour comes with its own colour scheme and a corresponding pictogram of the ruling planetary sphere.

Planetary hour widget showing the hour of Mercury
An example of Planetary Hour widget showing the hour of Mars that lasts from 10:36 PM to 11:24 PM. Preceeding is the hour of Jupiter, succeeding is the hour of the Sun.

Information displayed by the widget:

  • Current hour pictogram
  • Duration of the hour, including relevant sunrise or sunset icon
  • Preceding and succeeding planetary hours
  • A countdown timer of the remaining current hour duration

Each hour comes with its own colour scheme that is designed to pass the flavour of corresponding planetary energy. The planets have been traditionally assigned certain colours and that helps to deepen the feeling of each unfolding hour.

Planetary Weekday widget

Each of seven weekdays relates to its ruling planetary sphere. The “Planetary Weekday” widget follows the cycle of days that constitute the traditional week:

Day 1 Sunday is the day of the Sun
Day 2 Monday is the day of the Moon
Day 3 Tuesday is the day of Mars
Day 4 Wednesday is the day of Mercury
Day 5 Thursday is the day of Jupiter
Day 6 Friday is the day of Venus
Day 7 Saturday is the day of Saturn

Why the days were named this way and their correspondence to the planetary hours is covered in the article “What is Planetary Hours, part 2”.

Planetary hour widget showing the day of Jupiter
An example of Planetary Weekday widget showing the day of Jupiter that is the 5th day of the week (counting from Sunday). Sunrise is at 5:52 AM and is the hour of Jupiter (hence the day of Jupiter). Sunset is at 8:10 PM at the hour of the Moon. The Sun crosses the midheaven at 1:01 PM at the 6th hour of the day that is the hour of Saturn.

Information displayed by the widget:

  • Numeric value of the day
  • Ruling planetary sphere of the day
  • The hour of sunrise
  • The hour of transit — the planetary hour that begins when the Sun crosses the midheaven line
  • The hour of sunset

Similarly to the Planetary Hour widget, each planetary day is represented by its own colour that reflects the energies of the ruling planetary sphere.

A combination of the number, the colour and the planetary sphere is a powerful way to tune into the energies behind each day of the week.

How to configure widgets – geographic location

Planetary hour calculations depend on the knowledge of current geographic location, specifically its coordinate expressed as latitude and longitude. The widgets need to obtain user permissions to access that information.

Widgets configuration can be accessed through the Time Nomad application.

Widgets configuration menu

In the app’s right side menu tap on the “Activate widgets” (if present) or alternatively tap on the “Widgets” under the announcements menu (top right corner) as illustrated above.

Planetary hour widget configuration of geographic location

The widgets offer two methods of obtaining current geographic location:

  • automatic
  • manual

Automatic is the easiest “set and forget” method. When user permissions are prompted, choose to allow Time Nomad access to the device geographic location by using the “When in Use” option. There will also be the second prompt on the home screen that will request similar permission for the Time Nomad widgets. Allow it as well.

And if for some reason a mistake has been made or permissions need to be adjusted, simply go to the Settings app, scroll down to Time Nomad and change “Location” permission. For a smooth widget operation recommended location setting is “While Using the App or Widgets”.

The manual configuration is great for situations when the device can’t access its current location or that is not desirable due to the user privacy concerns.

If that’s the case, set manual location by entering its name and picking the most relevant matching result. Note that Maps access is required for the search to work.

“My location has changed, what should I do?”

It is important to remember that planetary hours depend on the time of sunrise and sunset. That time doesn’t change significantly as long as the device stays within a rather large area approximating boundaries of a major metropolitan city. There’s no need to update the location if you are travelling within a radius of about 100–150 km (70–100 miles) as sunrise/sunset difference will be negligible and won’t affect planetary hours in a meaningful way.

Suppose the device has travelled far enough and sunrise/sunset changed by more than a minute or two…

If the automatic location has been enabled then the device will take care of updating the widgets. Nothing to do in this case.

If, on the other hand, a significant change of location has happened and the widgets are in the “manual” location mode, then simply open Time Nomad and use the “Widgets” configuration screen to update the location to its nearest Maps equivalent. Again, it doesn’t have to be super precise, any landmark within 100 km (70 miles) is good enough.

How to configure widgets – planetary hour alarm notifications

The Planetary Hour widget can be configured to produce three kinds of notifications:

  • audio tune for each planetary hour accompanied by a voice speaking the name of the planet
  • audio tune for each planetary hour
  • text notification specifying the hour and its duration

Notifications can be configured in the Time Nomad app using the “Widgets” as described in the previous chapter about configuring geographic location.

Planetary hour widget configuration of notifications and alarm

Scroll down to the “Planetary Hour” where you can set:

  • preferred kind of notifications and/or alarm, and
  • the earliest and the latest times of the day when notifications or alarm can be produced.

Use planetary hours alarm for enhanced mindfulness

Being aware of each planetary hour is a great way to remain mindful throughout the day. Each planetary hour comes with its own energies and flavour of consciousness — tune into its unfoldment as each planetary hour alarm sounded or notification arrives. This creates a living thread of mindfulness throughout the waking time of the day.

Here’s some advice as to how the widgets can facilitate mindfulness.

Start from being aware of each day of the week. What are the qualities of its ruling planetary sphere that speak to you? What do you find difficult about that day and its planetary energy?

Keep awareness of days as a 1-to-7 numeric sequence beginning with each Sunday which is traditionally the first day of the week because the Sun is the ruler of all planets.

Dynamics of each day reflect energies of the corresponding planetary sphere. Mindfulness increases as you learn to tell one day from another by introducing this fine cosmological level of awareness.

Once you’ve learned to recognise the flavour of the day, start noticing the flow of hours throughout the day. Each planetary day begins at sunrise and finishes at sunset. Planetary hours alarm helps to separate the day into twelve segments, using most fitting energies of each planet as it is announced to surf through the hour by being mindful of its unique quality of time.

This simple method takes time and practice but gradually you will begin noticing how your energy flows become more “in sync” with the fundamental nature of flow of time. Have a smooth sailing through time!