by Robert Wilkinson
At one time or another we've all heard the anonymous poem that goes, "Mondays child is fair of face, Tuesdays child is full of grace, Wednesdays child is full of woe, Thursdays child has far to go, Fridays child is loving and giving, Saturdays child works hard for a living, but the child that's born on the Sabbath day is bright, bonnie, good and gay." While this sounds somewhat arbitrary, in fact it does bear an astrological correspondence. The rulerships of the different days of the week can also be discerned by the names of the days themselves.
Monday is taken from "Moon's day." Tuesday comes from "Tyr's day," the Norse god of war, and thus is associated with the planet we call Mars. Wednesday is derived from "Woden's day," another Nordic god with the attributes we associate with Mercury. Thursday is "Thor's day," Jupiter in our system, and Friday is "Frigga's day," Venus in our system. Saturday is of course "Saturn's day," and Sunday is the "Sun's day."
I have found that the day of the week we're born on does to some degree influence our disposition, but of course we have all the planets and signs in our charts, and thus have all the energies at our disposal for good or ill, depending on our awareness, self-control, and maturity. As for the poem, I find some of the associations interesting, but again, they do not tell the whole story. Though the Moon does seem to be associated with being full of face, it seems askew for Mars to be "full of grace," since grace is a Venusian trait, though perhaps warriors of antiquity did both need grace and need to show grace.
I suppose that Mercury (Wednesday) is often "full of woe," since Magicians often are known for their somewhat grumpy approach to life, and the arid quality of the mind associated with dispassionate experimentation does often lead to sorrow, since the mind alone cannot fulfill our need to be human, with all the feelings associated with being that. Thursday's connection to Jupiter fits the "far to go" part of our poem, and of course, Venus (Friday) is very much "loving and giving" when it is healthy. Saturn's children often do "work hard for a living," and the Sun does confer brightness, "sunniness," and goodness when functioning at its best.
Again, though, we have all the planets within us, and it's no more fair to say that Mercury is always woeful than it is to say the Sun is always good. Over the years I have observed the planetary correspondences to be spot on regarding individual birth charts, and very definitely has some accuracy in terms of what day your progressed chart is calculated for. Of course in terms of the work week, it's easy to see how the Mars quality of Tuesday shows itself as the need to be graceful as the work week gets cranked up and the "hump day" of Wednesday is easily associated with Mercury's need to coordinate the host of things that need to get done.
Venus ruling Friday is a no-brainer, but it seems like Saturn ruling Saturday may have applied when that was just another work day, but may need some re-evaluation in our modern times. As for Sunday, well, it may very well be that we can achieve a greater lightness of being on that day. In any case, find out what day you were born, and check it out. It may be more accurate in terms of your birth chart than you suspect.
(Originally posted 8 August 2005)