Planetary Days of the Week

“Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living, but a child born on the Sabbath day is fair and good in every way”
[2020 / Digital Drawings]


Monday is named for the Moon, which is astrologically associated with motherhood and emotions. When Germanic tribes adopted the Roman convention for days of the week, they used their own word for the moon. In light of this association, the rhyme may have a literal meaning, predicting children born on this day to be “moon-faced.”


Tuesday is associated with Mars, named for the Roman god of war, and astrologically associated with soldiers and athletes. When Germanic tribes took on this system, they named the day for Tiw, god of duels. In light of this association, the rhyme may predict that children born on this day are physically active and agile.


Wednesday is associated with Mercury, named for the Roman messenger god, and astrologically associated with thought and communication. When Germanic tribes took on this system, they named the day for Odin, god of wisdom. In light of this association, the rhyme may predict that children brn on this day tend to overthink matters until they are worried.


Thursday is associated with Jupiter, named for the lightning-weilding king of the Roman gods, and astrologically associated with philosophy and travel. When Germanic tribes took on this system, they named the day for Thor, their own god with dominion over thunder and lightning. In light of this association, the rhyme may have a literal meaning, that children born on this day will travel.


Friday is named for the planet Venus, named for the Roman goddess of love, and astrologically associated with beauty and harmony. When Germanic tribes took on this system, they named the day for Frigg, who may be another name for the goddess Freyja of love, beauty, and fertility. Considering these associations, the nursery rhyme may predict children of this day to inspire love and harmony to those around them in accordance with Venus’s astrological qualities.


Saturday is named for Saturn, named for the Roman god of agricultural cycles, and astrologically associated with hard-learned lessons. When Germanic tribes took on this system, most transliterated the Roman name into their own tongue. In light of this association, the rhyme may predict that children born on this day will reach their goals through struggle.


Sunday is named for the Sun, which is astrologically associated with personal identity. When Germanic tribes adopted the Roman convention for days, they translated in their own word for the Sun. In light of this association, the rhyme may predict children born on this day to be self-assured and spread this confidence to others.