To Answer Your Question, Rick…

I thought about it awhile, and I won’t be worshiping the Sun this Sunday, nor will I be worshiping the Moon on Monday. Will I worship Tyr, Odin, Thor and Freya on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday ? Well, it’s still a few days off, but my bet is that, no,  I won’t be. Saturday? How did Saturn slip in there? A Roman god after all those Norse ones? Well… Ok. I’ll worship Saturn since he ate all his children.

Just kidding!

There are some sects of Christianity that refuse to use the traditional English days of the week on the that each time you say a pagan name, you’re doing disservice to God. Instead, they call Sunday “First Day”, Monday “Second Day” and so on.

To be fair, so do the Portuguese. Maybe they’re more refined than the rest of us pagans.

Saturn being handed one of his children by his wife Rhea, to eat. Because, you know, what else is there to do on Saturday?
Kronos (Saturn) being handed one of his children by his wife Gaea, to eat. Because, you know, what else is there to do on Saturday?

The French, not to be outdone by les Portugais, removed all references to religion from their week, decimalized it (made it 10 days long) made all their clocks 10 hours long for the 24 hour period (making the modern workday about 3 1/2 hours long… Go Us!) and naming each day of the year after tools, plants and minerals. I myself was born on Vendémiaire 2, in the year 177 (The calendar began in year One of the Glorious Revolution). If you want to know about your own birthday, you can go to the site I’ve linked and type your own birthdate in. So you know–this calendar lasted about fourteen years before it was abandoned. The reasons? 10-day work week gave workers 1 day off per week. They didn’t like that. The revolution was for the people, except it wasn’t really.

But you probably knew all this. I’m just prattling on.

Today, this 21st of Pluviôse, and I’ve got 2 1/4 (or 5) hours to get to work. Since I’m not part of the Heathen Reformation, I’ll keep using the normal English days of the week, hours of the day, and I probably will never blog about it again.

Fun facts I learned as I cobbled together this, most annoying of posts:

The Roman days of the week were named after the planets, and not their gods.

A psychopomp is a being that guides your soul to the afterlife. Odin and Mercury (Wednesday/Mercredi) were psychopomps thus the connection between the two, even though they were vastly different deities.

NOT a psychopomp.
NOT a psychopomp.

Thermidor is the name of one of the Revolution Calendar months. It occurs (roughly) during our July/August and, I wager, is the only month that has a lobster dish named after it.

The original Old English Thonars Daeg is how we said Thursday– Thonar meant Thunder. Somewhere over the centuries we lost the N in the pronunciation of that weekday, which is good, or we’d all be saying Thnursday and that’s just silly!

July was named for Julius Caesar. August for Augustus Caesar.

Omphalos means “belly button” in Greek.

September/ October/ November/ December are literally translated 7th/8th/9th/10th month. The earliest known Roman calendars started in March, until the Romans had their own calendar reform and decided to add January and February to the beginning of the calendar.

The president of Uzbekistan is now Islam Karimov. Uzbekistan is not pronounced Uzbeki-beki-beki-stan-stan.

The comedy troupe Monty Python said “Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses; not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.” I think the same thing can be said of calendars and days of the week.


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