Have you ever wondered about the days of the week and where their names came from? What did they originally stand for? And what do they mean for many of us today?
There is much debate as to which goddess the day is for. Is it for Freya, is it for Frigg? Ultimately it is for the individual who practices to choose for themselves, which goddess to honor or what it represents as a whole. To help you decide, we will look at some different origins and thoughts from across the years.
In most of Northern Europe, the word for Friday comes from a couple of Norse goddesses, Freyja and Frigg, respectively the highest ranking deities of their warring pantheons, the Vanir and the Æsir. In English the name comes from Frigg, with the Anglo-Saxon spelling being Frigedæg, but in all the other teutonic languages, equivalents of Friday like Freitag in Germany are commonly attributed to Freyja. The two goddesses are often confused, however, and some scholars of Norse mythology go so far as to believe that they are essentially the same non-existent being.
Freyja and Frigg are the rough Norse equivalents of the Roman goddess, Venus, who gives her name to many Romance language variants of Friday — Vendredi is the French version, for example. Indian languages follow suit with the name Shukravar, derived from the Sanskrit word for the planet Venus, Shukra.
Freyja is both the Norse equivalent of the Virgin Mary and Venus. The humble Ladybird, whose name is a contraction of “Our Lady’s Bird,” serves as an easy link between the two. On the other hand, the insect is known in Germany as a Marienkäfer, or Mary’s beetle. The Ladybird, on the other hand, was referred to as Freyjuhaena or Frouehenge — Freyja’s Chicken — prior to the arrival of the first Christian missionaries, who endeavored to eradicate all evidence of indigenous pagan practices. Curiously, Freyja’s Chicken is also the ancient Norse name for the constellation of stars that we now know as the Pleiades or Seven Sisters.
Freyja is a Norse goddess of love and fertility who also gives her name to the modern German word for woman, frau. The Christians must have noticed the similarities between Freyja and Mary because they portrayed the Madonna on the Norse goddess of love and fertility without realizing that she was also the goddess of war. In her own way, she has infiltrated the Christian faith in a manner that is typical of a raucous Viking. She was associated with mistletoe, which, despite still being considered a pagan plant by the Anglican church, has infiltrated English-speaking cultures worldwide, particularly in the United States, into the holiday season.
Friday — Freya’s day
It is from the Germanic frijaz meaning “beloved, belonging to the loved ones, not in bondage, free”. Freya (Fria) is the Teutonic goddess of love, beauty, and fecundity (prolific procreation). She is identified with the Norse goddess Freya. She is leader of the Valkyries and one of the Vanir. In Norse paganism, Freyja (Old Norse “(the) Lady”) is a goddess associated with love, beauty, fertility, sex, war, gold, and seiðr (magic for seeing and influencing the future). What was Freya’s appearance? In addition to her cloak and “gleaming torc,” Freya rode a glittering chariot that was pulled by two black (or grey) domestic cats. She was usually accompanied by her animal familiar, a hog named Hildisvíni (meaning “battle swine”).
Freya is the the most powerful Norse Goddesses. She is a powerful warrioress that leads the Valkyries during battle; they gather the warrior dead and transport them to the Valhalla, the hall of honor in the underworld.
She is beautiful and loves beautiful things. She is rumored to have slept with 4 dwarves as payment for the necklace Brisingamen; a necklace that sparkled like the stars in the heavens when worn. She is a Goddess of Love and a Spakona or Volva—a wise woman or sorceress. Sex magic was a feminine Norse practice; but Freya taught Odin this seidr magic in exchange for him teaching her how to work with the runes.
What regarding Friday? Well, Freya Day was celebrated on Friday in ancient times. Who is Freya, then? Freya stands for harmony between beauty and strength. a facet of the divine feminine demonstrating that women can be warriors and mothers at the same time. Perhaps some took this as a hint, turning Friday the 13th into a day of doom and gloom rather than Goddess Strength.
Frjádagr – Friday
Venus is the goddess of love, and so is Frigg (and maybe also Freya, as they may have originally been the same goddess). Frígg gave the name to Friday. Frigg is Odin’s wife in Norse mythology. She was perceived as the goddess of marriage. She was also a protector and helper in traditional women’s work, such as weaving, sewing and cooking. Frigg has a farmstead called Fensalir, and it is most glorious. The Norse Goddess Frigg is often depicted in a goat-powered chariot.
More about the day itself:
According to the international standard ISO 8601, Friday is the fifth day of the week and is regarded as the last day of work in most Western nations.
Friday comes after Thursday and before Saturday in our current Gregorian Schedule.
Friday’s name comes from Old English and means “day of Frigg,” the Norse goddess of love and fertility who is often thought to be the same as Freya.
Venus’ Day, like Italian venerdi and French vendredi, the day is named after the fertility goddess and planet Venus in most Latin-based languages.
Hemera Aphrodites – Day of Aphrodite Position in the Week According to international standard ISO 8601, Friday is the fifth day of the week. Middle English – fridai Latin – dies Veneris – Day of Venus Old English – frigedg – Frigg’s Day Old Norse – frjádagr Friday is known as the “fifth day” in Slavic languages, while the Portuguese refer to it as the “sixth day of a liturgical celebration” with the term “sexta-feira.”
Lucky or unfortunate?
According to superstition, starting a voyage on Friday is unlucky in some cultures. On the other hand, Friday is thought to be a good day to plant seeds.
Because of its connection to the unlucky number thirteen, Friday the 13th is regarded as extremely unlucky. Some people refer to this day as Black Friday, not the commercial Black Friday in November, which occurs one to three times a year.
Ever wonder about Friday the 13th? Why does Friday the 13th hold such potency?
The number 13 has long been regarded as the “unholy” and “bad luck” number. Why? There is, indeed, an excellent explanation for this. 13 is a symbol of the divine feminine and Goddess energy. The Catholic Church and other religions have tried for a long time to make female energy representations weaker and less powerful than male energy representations. The fact that the church referred to Mary Magdalene as a prostitute and the number 13 come to mind. when, in fact, she was a strong healer just like Jesus. Both men and women should be able to find a balance between love and emotion, strength and knowledge, nurturing and protection. The church used Mary M.’s position as a way to remove female leaders and attempt to demonstrate their weakness rather than the true power that female energy can harness.
The Numbers Broken Down:
Number one is associated with numerous aspects of Mother Nature and stands for building and creation. Nature is always making new things and putting them back together. Number one stands for manifestation, strength, and leadership. Bring what is in your consciousness or higher self to life because the number three represents creating within the physical reality. The holy trinity—the universe, earth, and spirit—the mind, body, and soul—the moon’s three phases There is so much to say about the number 3, but in a nutshell, it is a symbol of the connections between worlds. What links connect us all? How can we make our fantasies a reality on earth? Your thoughts and/or consciousness contain your dreams, and the ability to manifest allows you to create. putting your thoughts into action.
So, we combined 1 and 3, which is about allowing yourself to connect to these higher realms, where the information is, and giving birth to your creations. The beauty of point number 13 is that it allows bliss to exist in the physical world.
Consider Friday the 13th to be a day of strengthening. Let go of old beliefs that were made to make people live in fear and misconceptions about the Goddess’s energy. True Goddess energy can be strong but also nurturing and safeguarding. This day will come to you because of what you decide to send into the universe.
Peace and Prayer on Long Weekends and Bank Holidays in Christianity, Good Friday is the Friday before Easter that commemorates Jesus’ crucifixion. The Eastern Orthodox Church observes a Friday fasting day on which fish is permitted but no meat, poultry, or dairy products are consumed.
Muslims observe a general day of peace on Friday in Islam. Salat AlJumu’ah is also a special day of prayer.
Day of Rest In Hinduism, goddesses, most notably Durga, Parvati, and Gowri, are honored with special Friday rituals. Friday sunset marks the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath, which continues until Saturday nightfall.
TGIF & POETS Day Casual Friday, also known as Dress-down Friday or Aloha Friday, is a day on the week when some businesses relax the formal dress code.
In the United Kingdom and Australia, workers refer to Friday as POETS Day, which marks the end of the workweek. The most common translation is “Piss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday.” TGIF, which stands for “Thank Goodness It’s Friday,” is another expression. Or Alternatively TGIF- “Thank Goddess its Friday!”
Friday, Freya, and Runes!
The very first rune of the first aett (eight), Fehu, is associated with Freya. the set of eight runes known as Freya’s Aett. Fehu is an image of mobile wealth. Because the herd represented the mobile tribe’s wealth, it is sometimes referred to as “cattle.” You can also see that mobile wealth would also include things like coins and jewelry, especially something as beautiful as Brisingamen. The knowledge of the runes and skills in magic, while less well-known, are equally valuable and portable.
The rune of creativity is Kenaz; particularly the issue of sexual power. Both the sexy and powerful goddess Freya and the seidr magic are clearly referenced in this. Magic is made of energy; sex is a great way to get that kind of energy.
What does this have to Friday then?
I don’t know about you, but I get paid on Friday, just like my parents and grandparents did. That is a transfer of wealth that is mobile. Workers frequently go out for a drink—a popular pastime in Norse culture! To unwind following the workweek. It is similar to a celebration after a battle; or licking our wounds after being kicked in the buttocks. Friday night is game night in high school—a civilized battle with clearly defined rules—and often there is a dance afterward to celebrate the “heros.”
Friday night is frequently used as a “date night” and as a time for sexy, explosive connections. Dressing up is a part of the event, and the better you look, usually, the more money you spent to present that image.
So, what do you do to celebrate Friday night’s energy?
Pay your bills, go to a local game, or unwind with the group on this day. Put on your finest attire; and be prepared to split a portion of that pay at a local “hot” spot. Or, get yourself or the Goddess in your life a pretty present. Send a note of appreciation to someone who has really helped you out of a jam and tell them they are your hero.
What else is associated with Friday?
Deities: Stones of Venus, Aphrodite, and Freya/Frigga: Copper, emerald, chrysoprase, rose quartz, and pink tourmaline Lover, Lovely, Kind Celestial Body: Venus Emerald Emeralds belong in a class of their own, and the color green is not for everyone. It is one of the most sought-after gemstones on the market because of its unique color. With its lush blueish-green tones, Emerald has consistently surpassed other green gems like tourmaline and peridot. But what good is an emerald without some fantastical tales and history?
Putting an emerald under one’s tongue, according to ancient folklore, would help one see into the future. Emeralds were thought to improve intuition and prevent memory loss.
Do you want to know for sure what your lover is saying? Emerald was thought to be a kind of truth potion that helped figure out if the lover’s vows were true or not.
Early lapidaries relied on the emerald’s soothing hue to help them unwind after working for a long time. Emeralds are still believed to relax and alleviate eye strain today.
Chrysoprase brings the vibration of Divine Truth and encourages joy and happiness.
They contribute to the development of feelings of love and forgiveness. It also aids in the healing of depression and anxiety’s underlying energy. It is a stone that can bring in new love, abundance, and prosperity in addition to having metaphysical healing properties. It is a lovely stone of the green ray, and you can use them as excellent healing crystals. Its vibration gives you the energy of abundance on all levels because it resonates with the solar plexus, also known as the power chakra.
Apple Green Chrysoprase radiates a wonderful love energy through the heart chakra. If you want to attract new love, these two energies can work together to bring abundance of love, prosperity, and love into your life. This lovely crystal helps the body’s cells accept themselves and heal, preparing them for deep healing.
So which Goddess do you think holds Friday as her day?
It does not appear that any of the other Germanic peoples spoke of Frija as if she were two goddesses; The Norse texts are the only ones that use this method. Similarly, who is Friday’s Goddess? Is it Freya or Frigg/Frija you decide? Then, what does Friday stand for? Friday is derived from the Old English word fred, which means “day of frige.” This is because it used to be widespread practice to link the Germanic goddess Frigg with the Roman goddess Venus, who is also linked to the day in many cultures. Is Friday an even day? An Odd/Even day schedule indicates that specific times of the day are only observed on particular days.
Tyr was one of Odin’s (or Woden’s) sons, the supreme deity whose name Wednesday is. The thunder god Thor is also the source of Thursday. Saturday is named after Saturn, the Roman god of fun and food. Second, fourth, and sixth period sections, for instance, meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, while first, third, fifth, and seventh period sections meet on Tuesday and Thursday.
It is all terribly complicated to try and has out. I do believe that we have just accepted it for so long at face value and just go with the flow.
Other Days of the week: Germanic adaptations
The English words for each day bear remnants of Roman tradition, but they have been filtered through centuries of Germanic and Norse mythos. The Germanic people adapted the Roman system by identifying Roman gods with their own deities.
Sunday comes from Old English “Sunnandæg,” which is derived from a Germanic interpretation of the Latin dies solis, “sun’s day.” Germanic and Norse mythology personify the sun as a goddess named Sunna or Sól.
Monday likewise comes from Old English “Mōnandæg,” named after Máni, the Norse personification of the moon (and Sól’s brother).
Tuesday comes from Old English “Tīwesdæg,” after Tiw, or Tyr, a one-handed Norse god of dueling. He is equated with Mars, the Roman war god.
Wednesday is “Wōden’s day.” Wōden, or Odin, was the ruler of the Norse gods’ realm and associated with wisdom, magic, victory and death. The Romans connected Wōden to Mercury because they were both guides of souls after death. “Wednesday” comes from Old English “Wōdnesdæg.”
Thursday, “Thor’s day,” gets its English name after the hammer-wielding Norse god of thunder, strength and protection. The Roman god Jupiter, as well as being the king of gods, was the god of the sky and thunder. “Thursday” comes from Old English “Þūnresdæg.”
Friday is named after the wife of Odin. Some scholars say her name was Frigg; others say it was Freya; other scholars say Frigg and Freya were two separate goddesses. Whatever her name, she was often associated with Venus, the Roman goddess of love, beauty and fertility. “Friday” comes from Old English “Frīgedæg.”
As for Saturday, Germanic and Norse traditions didn’t assign any of their gods to this day of the week. They retained the Roman name instead. The English word “Saturday” comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “Sæturnesdæg,” which translates to “Saturn’s day.”
Is Friday a day of magic? Or can every day be magical?
From Sunday to Saturday, every day of the week is magical. Magical correspondences exist for each of the seven days of the week, including associations with deities, colors, crystals, and herbs. Additionally, each day has its own captivating specialties. The trick is to use these correspondences in a new and practical way in your craft.
You might think there isn’t much room in your schedule for your magical practice. You only have about twenty minutes to spare for magic between working, taking the kids to soccer practice, walking the dog, and doing the laundry. To be effective, magic doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple, practical, and genuine magic is what produces the most powerful effects.
You’ll always want to learn something new, whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or just starting out. You can improve your skills by examining the daily correspondence in a fresh and realistic manner.
There are unique magical associations associated with each weekday. The vibrations of these energies associated deities, colors, odors, crystals, herbs, and Tarot cards are all the same. This indicates that they collaborate effectively and harmoniously. Working with correspondence is much simpler than you might think. Your magic will get stronger, and your charms will have a greater impact if you learn how to combine these various related items in your work. You will realize that by working with these accessories in a new way, you are giving yourself more creative ways to personalize your craft as you begin to focus on daily correspondence.
Therefore, let’s get started right away and examine each day of the mesmerizing week. Don’t worry right now; I won’t dish out a lot of correspondence charts or expect you to remember a lot of information. I’m going to try to get you to look at your daily correspondence in a new, fun, and useful way. I want you to use your imagination and look around you to see what kinds of accessories you might have on hand or that might be growing in your own backyard. When you take a distinctive look at the daily correspondence data and break it down, it becomes remarkably simple. We all need some easy magic from time to time.
We start at the beginning to accomplish this. by looking at Sunday, which is the first day of the week.
Sunday is the day after the sun, our nearest star. This day is full of wonder and magical opportunities for fame, wealth, and success of every kind. Personal accomplishments of any kind, such as working toward a promotion at work, pursuing fame and fortune, or being recognized for a job well done, are celebrated on Sundays. The sun’s golden influence is felt by all these goals. Sunday enchantments might include the following:
Gathering the common marigold flower and scattering its petals about to encourage prosperity Baking cinnamon rolls for the family and enchanting them for health and success Snacking on an orange and enjoying the magical boost it brings to your life
Sitting outside at sunrise and calling on the goddess Brigid for illumination and inspiration Wearing gold jewelry or clothing that is gold or sunshine yellow to pull some color magic into your life Arranging a few sunflowers in a vase and empowering these “flowers of the sun” for fame and ambition the moon and all her magic and mystery are honored on this weekday. The mysteries of women, illusion, prophetic dreams, emotions, travel, and fertility are all celebrated on Mondays.
The following are some Monday enchantments:
Stepping outside and searching the sky for the moon. Take in a little glamour as you sit under her light. For practical assistance with magical matters, turn to the moon goddess Selene. For some invoking the god Thoth for insight and wisdom and empowering your silver jewelry in the moonlight Today, to give your outfit a lunar and magical shimmer, wear pearl or moonstone jewelry. Wear colors associated with the moon, such as blue, silver, and white, and act mysterious and subdued. Using a simple moonstone to cast for safe travel; gathering bluebells, jasmine, gardenias, or white roses to perform a little garden witchery with the moon-related flowers; casting a lunar Tarot spell today to improve your psychic abilities; consuming a lunar fruit like a melon to feel healthy, peaceful, and at peace; making a cup of chamomile or mint tea and enchanting it for restful sleep.
Tuesday is a Mars day, and just like the god of war, you should use magic to summon courage and strength at this time. On this day of the week, warriors and rebels gather. Tuesday is the day of the week for you if you want to improve your passions, increase your courage, or face any challenge.
The following are some Tuesday enchantments:
Wearing the fiery hues that symbolize this day: orange, scarlet, red, and black Wearing a bloodstone in your pocket or garnet-studded jewelry to bolster your convictions, working with fire-resistant and protective plants like the snapdragon, thistle, and holly, to boost your shields and bravery, burning spicy-scented energy-enhancing candles to add a little magical aromatherapy to your home, and preparing a hearty meal with carrots, peppers, and garlic—all Mars foods and spices—to empower yourself for victory and success are all Tuesday activities that will.
Wednesdays are unpredictable days. They are for arts, change, communication, and cunning. Because Mercury is the day, this day is full of contradictions, change, and excitement, just like its patron god.
The following are some Wednesday enchantments:
Wearing purple or orange on Wednesday, bringing a little color magic into your life, carrying a multipurpose agate and utilizing its various charms, working with magical plants like the fern for protection, and any other magical plants with which it is arranged will also benefit from this plant’s increased strength.
Using the enchanting scent of lily of the valley to improve memory or working with the aspen tree to communicate Calling on Athena, patroness of arts and crafts, for project inspiration Fanning a Tarot spell to increase creativity Calling on Hermes on Wednesday night to bring movement and luck into your life
Thursday is a day of Jupiter. This is the weekday for health, abundance, and prosperity. “Thor’s day” is on Thursday. The day was named after this Norse god, who also gave the day many of his characteristics, like strength and abundance.
The following are some Thursday enchantments:
Experimenting with a royal blue outfit to see how it affects your mood and magic. Green and purple are the day’s other colors. Adding honeysuckle blossoms and cinquefoil foliage to prosperity charms, which are sacred to these Thursday gods, to see how much better your spell works. Casting a charm with wheat stalks for prosperity and calling on Juno Moneta to bring wealth into your life. Baking up some whole wheat bread and blessing it for abundance. Carrying a turquoise tumbled stone in your pocket to draw a little protective and healing energy your way. Incorporating honeysuckle blossoms and cinq Make sure to express gratitude to the gods for your family and good health.
Friday is associated with Venus, both the planet and the Roman love goddess that gave it its name. Eros, Venus, Aphrodite, and Freya, the Norse goddess who gave the day its name, are among the other love gods and goddesses who hold this day in high esteem. The magical subjects of love, birth, fertility, and romance are the focus of this weekday. Today’s colors are aqua and pink.
The following are some Friday enchantments:
Using a loving Tarot spell to enchant a friend’s pregnancy with good health and safety, using flower magic to enchant a single pink rose for friendship and inner beauty, and placing it on your desk today, carrying a rose quartz to send out some gentle and loving vibes to those crabby coworkers. Alternatively, you could enchant a red rose with passion and place it in your bedroom. Attempting to achieve the same result by lighting rose-scented candles. Make a request to Eros to “bring a passion for life” to your days.
Bring your significant other a romantic snack. Give each other red, ripe strawberries to eat. Several love goddesses, including Freya, today’s patroness, hold those strawberries in high regard as food that promotes love.
Saturn, the god of karma and time, gave this day of the week its name. Our final day of the week falls on this day, which has a clear connection to the planet Saturn. Traditionally, Saturdays are good days to protect yourself, get rid of bad things, and clean up any magical mess you’ve been ignoring.
The following are some Saturday enchantments:
Wearing deep purple and black, the colors of the day. This is the perfect opportunity for you to be dramatic and witchy. For security and strength, empower these dramatic pieces of your wardrobe. Working with a pansy (in black or purple, of course), a morning glory flowering vine, or a cypress tree can add a touch of garden witchery to your Saturday spells. Burning black candles to absorb negativity and purple candles to increase your magical wisdom and spirituality. Keeping an obsidian, hematite, or jet tumbled stone in your pocket will strengthen your personal safety and prevent negative thoughts and emotions. You can also use these crystals to really boost the power of a candle spell you cast on a Saturday night. Taking care of your home and cleaning it at the same time. Utilize the positive, concluding energies and the energy that removes obstacles. ringing in the end of the eerie week by appealing to Hecate for guidance and protection.
It’s a magical day every day. It is entirely up to you to decide how magical the day will be.
For more insight into some of the goddesses mentioned above here are some other pieces I have written in the past.
Enjoy your Friday loves!
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The Al Gore Rhythm brought me here a day late, but not a dollar short. Frīgedæg, what a wonderful day… this was a good read. Thank you for sharing.
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