In French, the association between days and planets is a little easier to see. Observations about other languages?
These are historical symbols for the days of the week. This is also the astrological symbol for the moon (MONday = MOONday in English. The days of the week: which planets rule each day. Be sure to find out your personal astrology data online, at no cost. See Astrology Symbols/Glyphs.
Drop me a line. This is also the astrological symbol for the sun and the alchemical symbol for gold Au. Makes sense, given the colour of the sun and the colour of gold.
Colour again -- silver and moonlight. Iron, of course, is used in making weapons. Mars is the god of war. Each day was special and signified a time to utilise the energy of each planetary god. It is interesting when you look back at the energetic meaning of the days of the week as they still organically ring true today. It is no coincidence that Saturday and Sunday are rest days, whereas the other days are considered part of the working week.
Here is the energetic tone to each day of the week and how you can use this energy to to flow through life-. Monday is the day of the Moon, a day for stepping into our true potential, intuition and emotions. Monday often gets a bad wrap and many dread the day or find it challenging. If you are not a fan of Monday, there may be some underlying emotional energy that you are struggling to deal with. Monday can also bring about a positive wave of motivation and energy.
If we feel positive about our lives and emotionally healthy, Monday can help us to launch forward and be in a positive frame of mind for the week ahead. In order to prepare for the energy of Monday, ensure that you get a good nights rest the night before and drink plenty of water.
Tuesday is ruled by the planet of action and energy, Mars and is a great day for getting things done. If Monday is all about setting the emotional tone, Tuesday is all about putting that tone into action. Tuesday is the perfect day to launch forward with projects, make decisions and get ahead, especially when it comes to your career.
The energy of the day will also help you to start making progress in all areas of your life and is excellent for getting intune with your passions. In order to best use the energy of Tuesday, get clear about what you want and then go out there and make it happen. Wednesday is ruled by the planet of communication and expression, Mercury.
This makes Wednesday the perfect time to get clear about what you want and where you are heading.
Wednesday is also the perfect time to schedule meetings, networking events and any important calls. The symbol that I chose, a lunate latin small letter w with combining macron above, reflects both the Japanese scheme and its position next to Monday and Wednesday. There are many symbols for fire, but they usually either involve a triangle, often inverted, or a triple prong, usually like a V shape with an extra arm.
Sometimes these forms are even melded into a bisected triangle, and I've retained aspects of that in this symbol.
All seemed to be coming together with the number seven, as artists had seven primary colors and scientists seven metals. Monday is good or bad, depending on whether the moon is crescent or waning. Tuesday: Mars — Mars is an aggressive planet. The dates for the Sun in Capricorn are December 22nd to January 20th. Calculation of the planetary hours played a certain role in Renaissance astrology and magic. Got a hot date?
The lower part of the symbol is the tristave with a rounded base, and though it was originally just a symbol for fire it also came to mean lunar nimbus, or halo around the moon. You can hence take the macron, the line at the top, as meaning that it's the day after the moon day.
And, since the bottom tristave is essentially a lunate w, you can take that as standing for Wednesday and the macron meaning the day before Wednesday. The symbol is also a nice play on the word "Tuesday", being that the middle part of the tristave and the macrom make the letter T, the outer part of the tristave make the letter U, and the whole tristave can be thought of as an E, more like a lunate epsilon, on its side. Footnote: Kate Gladstone emailed me commenting that the lower pitchfork shape could be perceived as a hand feeding into the upper mouth shape, which would "make a very appropriate and memorable symbol for the day named after Tyr".
Whilst I doubt that would have subconsciously influenced my design, given my sparse Norse mythology, it's possible that it was lurking in there somewhere, and it's certainly interesting that the other points that I recognised in this symbol came only after I'd designed it.
In the elements scheme, Wednesday is the day of water, which is usually represented by triangloform or curved lines. A "W" is a triangloform line of this nature, hence my use of it; it's also one of only three days in the week that has an unambiguous leading letter, so it feels fine to use it. This is the only of the symbols to be rooted in the form of the English name for the day. Once again using the elements scheme, Thursday is the day of wood.