There is more to the days of the week than meets the eye on a calendar. The days meet us on a soul level too. This is an example of the simple but profound patterns of the cosmos that modern humans have forgotten or ignore, that could bring so much benefit, healing and transformation were they remembered.
Monday is the day of the Moon. It’s the day our emotional bodies want our attention. A day for self reflection and recharge. But in our world the working week starts on a Monday, so people get pulled into movement and activity when their souls would rather be doing something much more intimate. That’s why we don’t like Mondays. If the working week began on Tuesday instead there would be an immediate boost to the mental health of the entire population, because…
Tuesday is the day of Mars, Mardi in French, Tues comes from the Norse equivalent war god Tyr. The day has action energy behind it, drive and passion. It’s get up and go, go out and get, no holding back energy. But after a hellish Monday we, and our work, most likely rarely get the full benefit of the Martian power.
Wednesday is Mercury’s day, or Wodin’s. Wodin is associated with healing, knowledge, battle, sorcery, poetry, frenzy. Mercury of course with communication and commerce (and thievery). All highly effective sounding for the business world to thrive on Wednesdays (after a good lie in on Monday and a gear-setting Tuesday), and the frenzy often comes out in the pub on a Wednesday evening. But Mercury and Wodin are also gods of the underworld, of death… and that’s how many folk feel on a Wednesday, like death warmed up, longing for the weekend. If only there had been a day to recharge on Monday after the excesses of Saturday (and maybe Friday and Sunday) the working week would be so much more… productive and satisfying.
Thursday is Jupiter’s day. We all know Thursdays feel good. We probably think it’s because the weekend is near, but Thursday is the day of the most expansive, generous and jovial of the divine frequencies. Jupiter was called Zeus in ancient Greece, and he is the patron of the Aquarian age, since it was he who placed the beautiful shepherd boy Ganymede in the sky as the constellation Aquarius, a sign in the heavens that the day of love between males will one day be honoured as divine. Thursdays are extra charged during the current acceleration of frequencies bringing the new age into being. A good day to honour Zeus, who of course got stripped of his good humour and his homosexuality, merged with Saturn and turned into a faceless monotheist dictator god. Thursdays are good days to joyfully reclaim the king of the gods and put him back in the pantheon, because coming next is…
Friday, the day of Venus, or Frigg, wife of Wodin, in the old Norse nomenclature. Fridays are all about love, beauty, sex, prosperity and desire. Good for work and for play, as can be seen on Friday nights in every town. The energy of Venus is so strong this one goddess day is the balance to the trinity of male god days, those of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Mercury is the queerest of the planets, and his can be seen in his astrological glyph that is the Venus symbol with horns. The Sun and the Moon, although often described as male and female, do not really relate to gender at all… they teach us about the soul, as experienced on the outer and inner perspectives.
Saturday is the day of Saturn. He is the serious daddy of the cosmos, the balance to Jupiter’s expansiveness. The Jewish people recognised this and keep Saturday as their sacred day. The energy of Saturn has many attributes, so Saturday is both a day for sorting things out, attending to our practical needs, and for attending to our relationship with the sacred, which might be done as a contemplative, humble activity – although an equally traditional form of worship is to get high, ecstatic, drunk and laid. (The good old pagan ways the church has spent so many centuries trying to repress). But O yes the natural ways persist still in the modern world, we are not completely cut off from them….. Saturday night Saturnalian bacchanalia still grips the world, in milder and wilder forms of course, but the sacred function of getting wasted, ecstatic etc is mostly lost. Brazilians often remember it. Party with Brazilians if you need more insight into what I mean. Learn about the orishas*, the spirits who party with us, with whom we connect our spirit when we get high. In Europe we used to honour Pan, the deity who enjoyed, encouraged and blessed our pagan celebrations – of the old gods his worship lasted the longest in Europe, and was only stamped out by his spirit being bastardised into the Devil, the Christian invention, the dark mirror of their all-perfect deity, as sex and intoxication became taboo and repressed. Saturn likes to party, but preferably for a purpose – which might be to bond groups of people, to open minds and hearts, to focus energy for positive goals. The lack of sacred and purposeful function in much modern partying directly relates to the amount of drugs people often consume in their search for a special experience. Meaning and purpose brings connection. They make life more fun. They make it special.
Sunday is of course the day of the Sun, sometimes seen as the first day of the week, sometimes the last. The day of the Sun is the day of the Self, which was taken over by Christianity and made into the day we bow down to the God – outside in the heavens, unreachable, distant and demanding. The complete opposite of where we should be looking for God. The arrival of eastern spiritual wisdom in the west over the past century has gradually shifted awareness here, and maybe now there are more people in Europe and America who see that divinity is found within, in our hearts and minds – and here to be found in this life, not in heaven afterwards – than ever before. Of course Jesus himself told us to look within, we would find the kingdom of heaven there, and mystics in the west have always managed to do so, recording their discoveries and sometimes being executed for them. Sunday is the day to be a mystic. To celebrate God, the Self in All Things. To see the light in each other, in nature. Many mystics like to party…. Sunday is a natural day to dance, because God, the Self, is the Dancer and the Dance. Drugs become less relevant when the intoxicant is divine love.
And then Monday … ah… we get to lie in, rest up, see how we feeling after the love and joy and release of the weekend, nurture and look after ourselves, ready to go out and be creative, productive and compassionate in the world again. Hooray for living in a world that balances the freedom and joy our souls need to flourish with the work we have to do to build a prosperous, peaceful world. It could be that way if we can make up our minds to make it so.
And, o yes, why does this irrational, illogical system of the days of the week, the gods, and us, have any meaning or reality? Perhaps because WE designed it that way when we were still a unified consciousness, a spirit planning the most almighty adventure of its eternal existence. Knowing that a time of forgetting, of separation, would come, we lay down signs, clues, tracks so that the mystery could unfold and the awakening come. Could it be as simple as giving people a lie in on a Monday morning to shift the mental health of the world and reconnect us all to the divine flow? We are always manifesting the qualities of the divine energies behind the days of the week in our individual and collective stories with little idea that we are doing so. We could be doing it more consciously, joyfully and successfully! If only people got a lie in on a Monday the world might start becoming a better, happier place. Our task is to create an Aquarian culture that honours all aspects of Who We Are, reconnects us to the cosmos and so empowers us to start sorting out the mess humanity is still creating on planet Earth.
*orishas: The orishas are the emissaries of the Divine. They oversee the forces of nature and the endeavours of humanity in the Yoruba religion, each manifesting certain qualities of the One Divinity. As well as supporting us in everyday life, when we get drunk or high we connect to the collective streams of spirit, so having good relationship with the spirit guardians of those streams can benefit and protect us.