The Seven Days & Their Meaning : Woden’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.


Wednesday – Woden’s Day

Middle English wodnesday, wednesday, or wednesdai
Old English wodnesdæg "Woden's day"
Latin dies Mercurii "day of Mercury"
Ancient Greek hemera Hermu "day of Hermes"

This name comes from the Old English Wodnesdæg meaning the day of the Woden or Odin, the father of the Gods. It is based on Latin dies Mercurii, “Day of Mercury”; in French mercredi and Spanish miércoles. The Germans have renamed this day as Mittwoch, which simply means middle of the week.

Woden is the chief Anglo-Saxon/Teutonic god. Woden is the leader of the Wild Hunt. Woden is from wod “violently insane” + –en “headship”. He is identified with the Norse Odin. Mercury is the Roman god of commerce, travel, theivery, eloquence and science. He is the messenger of the other gods.

Hermes is the Greek god of commerce, invention, cunning, and theft. He is the messenger and herald of the other gods. He serves as patron of travelers and rogues, and as the conductor of the dead to Hades.


Wednesday is the Day of Mercury. Symbolic words for Mercury are Adaptability, Agility, Alertness, Articulation, Cleverness, Communication, Comprehension, Curiosity, Expression, Information, Inquisitiveness, Interpretation, Mobility, Swiftness, Thoughts, Trickery, Versatility and Writings.

Wednesday is the Day of Communication, Making Connections, Thinking. It is the middle day of the week, connecting the the past and the future, the turning point. Today I analyze my efforts thus far, paying attention to the details and fine points. I refine my plans and map out my strategy, bringing my intent into conscious awareness.

Wednesday is a good day to collect information,

study, or take a class that uses the rational mind.

It is a great day for writing.


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