I’ll admit it. I’m at a loss for what to blog about today. So, being as it’s hump day, this mid-week day seemed like as good a subject as any, especially since I was born on a Wednesday. I’ve always disliked that, primarily because of that old Mother Goose poem:
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace;
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go;
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for its living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
Hmmm. It had to be Wednesday for me, eh? Mom couldn’t have had me two hours earlier so I could be full of grace? FYI – I would never wish for her to have been in labor another 22 hours so I could have far to go.
So how were the names of the days derived? It’s probably no secret that they follow an astrological pattern. The Romans were the first to name the days of the week after mythological gods who had planetary ties. With all the translations into different languages from Roman to Greek to present day, the names became a mixture of planets and gods.
Sunday is pretty self-explanatory: Sun’s Day.
Monday is also easy to figure out: Moon’s Day.
Tuesday. Things get a little confusing here. The name Tewe, Tiu, Tiw, Tyr are all associated with Tuesday. Some spellings equate this with a Norse/German female deity. Others say Tyr was a Norse god known for his sense of justice. Either way, though, this was originally Mar’s Day (think Mardi Gras).
Wednesday – Woden’s Day (Woden, aka Odin, one of the most powerful Norse gods. This was originally Mercury’s Day, by the way).
Thursday is Thor’s Day (originally Jupiter’s Day).
Friday is Freya’s Day, or Frigg’s Day, depending on who you ask. Originally Venus’s Day).
Saturday – Saturn’s Day.
It seems to me that the days of our weeks are a mish-mosh of ancient cultures and beliefs. I like that.
By the way, if you don’t know what day you were born on, here’s a quick calculator you can use to find out:
Birth Day Calculator