The Seven Days & Their Meaning : Sun’s Day

The Seven-Day Week

The Babylonians marked time with lunar months.

They proscribed some activities during several days of the month, particularly the;

first – the first visible crecent,
seventh – the waxing half moon,
fourteenth – the full moon,
nineteenth – dedicated to an offended goddess,
twenty-first – the waning half moon,
twenty-eigth – the last visible crecent,
twenty-nineth – the invisible moon, and
thirtieth (possibly) – the invisible moon.

The major periods are seven days, 1/4 month, long. This seven-day period was later regularized and disassociated from the lunar month to become our seven-day week.

Bryan Goff

The Naming of the Days

The Greeks named the days week after the sun, the moon and the five known planets, which were in turn named after the gods Ares, Hermes, Zeus, Aphrodite, and Cronus. The Greeks called the days of the week the Theon hemerai “days of the Gods”. The Romans substituted their equivalent gods for the Greek gods, Mars, Mercury, Jove (Jupiter), Venus, and Saturn. (The two pantheons are very similar.) The Germanic peoples generally substituted roughly similar gods for the Roman gods, Tiu (Twia), Woden, Thor, Freya (Fria), but did not substitute Saturn.


Sunday – Sun’s Day

Middle English sone(n)day or sun(nen)day
Old English sunnandæg “day of the sun”
Germanic sunnon-dagaz “day of the sun”
Latin dies solis “day of the sun”
Ancient Greek hemera heli(o)u, “day of the sun”

The name is quite literally the Sun’s Day. Attempts by the church to replace this remenant of pagan worship with ‘The Lords Day’ failed in northern europe but succeeded in southern europe where Dimanche (french) and Domingo (spanish) have their routes in the Latin dies Dominica which is literally “the Lord’s day”.

The etymology of the names of the days of the weeks gives us insights into the political and social history of our nations. The southern europeans and northern europeans have different conventions for naming the days of the week due to the differing influences of the Romans, Saxon and Norsemen and later the Catholic and Protestant churches.


Sunday is, as it sounds, the Day of the Sun. Symbolic words for the Sun include Ambition, Achievement, Autonomy, Confidence, Determination, Distinction, Enthusiasm, Exuberance, Individuality, Inspiration, Leadership, Mastery, Motivation, Self-Expression, Vigor and Willpower.

This is the Day of Intent or Purpose Declared, the Day of Creation. Sunday is the Day of Conscious Will to Be, the Day of Renewing Faith. On this day I examine my intentions and open myself to inspiration. I renew my commitment to fulfilling my purpose and accomplishing my dreams.

Sunday is a good day to write and speak

aloud affirmations, be creative and play.

Jonathan Borba

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