the five visible to the eye plus the two luminaries, the sun and the moon, which rule the days of the week.
The sequence of weekdays is an ancient tradition: Monday is “Moon day”, for example. For students of other languages, the roots are there, even though few of us learn the stories and mythology anymore. The Norse goddess Freya came to name Friday, or Freya’s day: Friday is Freitag in German. Dressing each day to honor that day’s planet became a way to connect with Nature and with our mythological inheritance.
Thousands of years ago man navigated by way of the heavens. Celestial navigation enabled Champlain to cross the Atlantic over 20 times arriving in New France with remarkable accuracy. Today we have GPS but I mourn the loss of our connection with our planetary family. We all carry the archetypes of each planet, but they are revealed, hidden, supported or obstructed, expressed or ignored in different combinations or measures for each of us. They are worthy of reintroduction.
Moon, The Lord of the Night
Activities to engage in on Mondays are nurturing self and others, devotional activities, service work, food shopping, intuitive decision making, anything connected to family, community and connection to motherhood, mother or women.
Mars, The Fiery Planet
Avoid delicate negotiations on Tuesday; save then for the following day. Lord Shiva is Lord Mars’ father and Mars is said to have a Pitta constitution.
Jupiter, The Benevolent Planet
Venus, The Planet of Love
Lord Saturn, The Taskmaster
Vedic mythology, Honoring The Planets
To quote Robert Svoboda again:
“Mythic Nature’s urge to preserve and develop strands of living wisdom is as urgent as material Nature’s urge to maximize the survival, and recombination, of physical DNA....Sensation precedes interpretation in the natural order of things;...When you lower your sophistication defenses and open yourself to the tale, like a child opens itself innocently to the wonders in its world, the myth can enter you....When you can learn how to let go of yourself, the universe itself can become your teacher.”
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