28 January 2023, Saturday





A Reminder of the Pagan Era

Where do the names of the days of the week come from?

The English words for the days of the week are very old. They come from a time when people believed in the influence of the planets. For example, Sunday was the Sun’s day, and Monday was the Moon’s day.

The planets were named after pagan gods: Mars was called Tiw, Mercury was called Woden, Jupiter was called Thor, and Venus was called Frigg. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday owe their names to those gods. Saturday was Saturn’s day and was named after the planet Saturn.

In spite of the centuries of Christianity, the English words for the days of the week still have the names of ancient pagan gods.


MONDAY Moon’s day The goddess of the Moon ruled side by side with the Sun god or goddess. The Moon goddess dispensed wisdom and spiritual knowledge.
TUESDAY Tiw’s day Tiw was the god of single combat, victory and heroic glory.
WEDNESDAY Woden’s day Woden was the most powerful of the gods. He was god of the sky and of war. He was married to the goddess Frigg.
THURSDAY Thor’s day Thor was the god of thunder. He was the son of Woden and Frigg.
FRIDAY Frigg’s day Frigg was the wife of Woden and the mother of Thor.
SATURDAY Saturn’s day The Saturn god was the god of farming.
SUNDAY Sun’s day The Sun was the most powerful symbol in the ancient world and was revered as an image of God in almost every nation.

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2012-10-17 (Read 7922 times. )