Have you ever thought about where the names for the days of the week came from? Turns out, each day is named after (and governed by) a planetary body. It’s generally simple to spot the ruler of the day by its name, but for the more difficult ones, you can see the relationships and how we got there by observing the names in different languages! Check this out!
Monday, or Lunes in Spanish, is governed by the Moon. The Moon is called Luna in Latin. This is a great day for reflection, getting in touch with your feelings, and cleaning up your environment.
Tuesday, or Martes in Spanish, is governed by Mars. This is a day of energy, stamina, aggression, and achievement. It’s a great day for expressing your passion, getting exercise, and releasing pent up frustration and energy.
Wednesday, or Mecredi in french, is governed by Mercury. This is a day for study, wisdom, travel, and meditation. Mercury moves very quickly, and is the essence of consciousness represented by Hermes, Thoth, himself.
Thursday, related by the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, is the day governed by our largest planetary body: Jupiter. Jupiter in roman times was represented by Jove, the god of the Sky and Thunder. Today is a day for mercy and compassion. Donate to charity or something worthy of your care, and show your appreciation to someone’s doing something great!
Friday is governed by the Planet Venus. Friday comes from Freya’s day, who much like the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, was all about female energy, love, beauty, and fertility. Today, appreciate the people in your life, go on a date, show your love, recognize the inherent beauty in everyone, and make some new friends!
Saturday is one of the more obvious ones, governed by the planet Saturn. Saturn was the Roman and Italic god of Agriculture. In astrology, Saturn is the task master, commanding us to get to work, and work hard and passionately. It is also related to Chronos, the god of Time, keeper of order and earthly limitation.
And Finally, and perhaps the most obvious – Sunday – the day that is governed by the Sun! Today is the day to give to God, meaning to your own healing and higher self. It is the day “God Rested” in the 7 days of creation. This is the day to take time for you and your family in an intimate, healing way. Take a nature walk, get in touch with Spirit, meditate.
By tapping into the celestial cycles and relationships from days to planets, we can begin to live our lives in alignment with the cogs of the universe all around us. Nothing happens by accident, everything is a part of a much bigger whole, and a much bigger flow than we can perceive.
To quote Hermes:
Few can escape their fate,
Or guard against the influence of the Zodiac –
For the stars are instruments of Destiny,
Which bring all things to pass in the world of Men
The rational part of a mans soul
Is illuminated by a single ray of Atum’s (God’s) Light.
The workings of these gods is as nothing –
For all gods are powerless
Before the Supreme Light.
But such men are few.
Most are led and driven by the gods
Which govern earthly life,
Using our bodies
As the instruments of Destiny.
To my way of thinking, however,
It is our duty not to simply asquiesce in our human state,
But, through intense contemplation
Of divine things,
To detach ourselves
From our merely mortal nature.