The concept of planetary days is an ancient and elegant principle rooted in the Chaldean System. It is based on the concept that each day of the week is influenced by its own planet. Within that day, the hours are also subject to the rule of their own planets – and that will be the topic of another blog post.
We’re taking a look at the planetary days, their favorable aspects, and even what colors you should be wearing on each day of the week.
This system of planetary associations is already reflected in the names of the days of the week:
Days of the Week: Planetary Origins of their Names
- Monday – Moon day. Lundi in French, Day of the Moon.
- Tuesday – Mars. Tiw’s day: Tiw was a warrior Norse god often associated with the planet Mars. Tuesday is Mardi in French – day of Mars.
- Wednesday – Mercury. Named after the Germanic god Wodan. In French, Mecredi – Day of Mercury. The connection between Wodan and Mercury is somewhat tenuous, but they are both said to be guides of souls after the body has died.
- Thursday – Jupiter. Named after the Norse god, Thor, who is identified with the Roman god, Jupiter. In French, Jeudi (Jupiter).
- Friday – Venus. Freya’s day in Norse mythology. Freya is associated with love. Her Latin counterpart is Venus. In French Friday is Vendredi – Day of Venus.
- Saturday – Saturn. Saturday retains its Roman roots, named for the god, Saturn, who is associated with Titan. In French, Samedi, Day of Saturn.
- Sunday – Sun day. In French, Sunday is translated as ‘The Lord’s Day’, Dimanche, so breaks with the planetary association. In Latin, Dies Solis: Day of the Sun.
How to Use the Planetary Days
In many traditions of witchcraft and spell casting, the day of the week is an important consideration before embarking on magical work. However, anyone can make use of the favorable aspects of the planetary days when taking a particular course of action.
Monday (Moon) is the best day of the week for health care, especially taking care of yourself. Beginning a regime of healthy eating and sleeping on a Monday is always a good idea. Mondays are also good for friendship, dream interpretation, psychic awareness, and anything connected to the cyclical nature of life. Monday is ruled by feminine energy, so although the Moon holds sway, it’s also a good day to connect to Mother Earth. If you want to heal a rift, then do it on a Monday. Should you wish to carry out a fertility ritual, Monday’s the day to do it.
Wear silver, white and gray. Carry a moonstone crystal and wear pearls.
Tuesday (Mars): This is the day to awaken your warrior spirit. Good for tasks that require physical effort and strength. Also a good day to lodge a protest or stand up to a bully. If your intention requires courage and willpower, Tuesday is the best day of the week to put it into action. Use this day to create strong and effective protection rituals. Tuesdays are also good days to end negative influences.
Carry a garnet or wear ruby jewelry. Colors to look and feel good in are red, orange and brown.
Wednesday (Mercury): this is the best day to communicate. So if there’s any negotiation, persuasion or instruction to work on, Wednesday is the best day of the week for all of that. Corresponding to communication, Wednesday is also a good study day and is generally excellent for absorbing knowledge. Magically, use Wednesday to open up lines of psychic communication or to ask for a sign or message from spirit.
Dab on some lavender perfume, carry the crystal citrine and wear yellow, violet, or gray.
Thursday (Jupiter): a good day to increase wealth, and to work on opening up the flow of prosperity. If you need a pay rise, ask on Thursday. Thursday is the day of expansion and happiness so keep that in mind during your daily meditation. Magical work can include money-spells and rituals to increase creativity and bring good luck.
On Thursdays wear deep purple or a vibrant blue. Perfume should be musky, and your crystal of the day is amethyst.
Friday (Venus): It goes without saying that Friday is the best day of the week for romance and love. It’s no accident that Friday is our traditional date night. People often say that Friday is their favorite day because it is the end of the working week, but that feel-good Friday feeling is also down to the influence of Venus. It’s a good day to strike up friendships, settle disputes and make yourself look beautiful. Love spells, friendship spells and sex magic are all expected to have good results when performed on a Friday.
There are several lovely crystals associated with Friday – rose quartz, jade, lapis lazuli, emerald and malachite. Best scents to wear are sandalwood, rose and vanilla-based perfume. Deck yourself in pale green, light blue, pink and copper colors.
Saturday (Saturn: This is a good day to break unwanted associations and to set personal boundaries. Should you want to end a relationship or friendship, Saturday is working in your favor so do it today. If you need to ditch a bad habit, today’s the best day to do it. Magical work should be restricted to planning, protection, meditation and self-discipline.
Wear dark colors; black, dark brown, maroon, navy, charcoal. Carry obsidian or jet. Channel your hippie spirit and wear patchouli.
Sunday (Sun): A good day to socialize, rest and mingle. It’s also a day for creativity, relaxing pursuits and napping. Dominated by the male energy of the Sun, it’s a perfect day for Dad to bond with the kids. Magical work should be based around strengthening those family ties, increasing prosperity, protecting the home and those who live in it. It is also the best day of the week for spending time contemplating your connection to spirit, source, the universe, or your preferred deity.
Carry a tiger’s eye crystal or perhaps a carnelian stone. Good scent to wear is any kind of citrus based perfume. Dress up in gold, yellow and saffron.
Use the days of the week to your advantage. Consider integrating them with the lunar cycle for maximum power.
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