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17 June 2005

Yippee for Frigga Friday!!


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nother Friday is upon us and plans for the weekend abound! Whoever thought up Fridays and the weekend should be a saint. I normally start looking forward to Friday first thing Saturday morning..

Friday is the sixth day of the week. The name is derived from the Germanic Frigga, the name of the Norse god Odin's wife. Frigga is considered to be the mother of all, and the goddess who presides over marriage. The name means loving or beloved. The corresponding Latin name is Dies Veneris, a day dedicated to Venus, the goddess of love and therefore also known as "date night"

So when you go into work today you can shout: "Thank God it's Frigga Friday." People will be amazed at your intelligence, and you will start getting questions like: "What's the meaning of life?" and therefore the office encyclopedia will have been born.

I've also decided that Saturday is not a nice day. Mainly because you have a major headache from having a great time on Frigga Friday night!

I know what you're thinking: "Ok smartypants, how about the other days of the week."

Well, since you are asking:

Sunday: Sunday is the first day of the week.
From prehistoric times to the close of the fifth century of the Christian era, the worship of the sun was dominant.

Sunday celebrates the sun god, Ra, Helios, Apollo, Ogmios, Mithrias, the sun goddess, Phoebe. The metal gold, as dedicated in the symbols of alchemy, is associated with the sun god and Sunday.

In the year 321, Constantine the Great ruled that the first day of the week, 'the venerable day of the sun', should be a day of rest. The sun's old association with the first day is responsible for the fact that the Lord's Day of Christianity bears the pagan name of Sunday.

Monday: Monday is the second day of the week, day of moon goddess, Selene, Luna and Mani. Derived from Lunae Dies, day of the moon, the name reflects the ancient observance of feast days dedicated to moon goddess or planet. The metal silver, dedicated to the moon, is associated with Monday.

Tuesday: Tuesday is the third day of the week. In the Roman calendar the corresponding day was dies Martis, the day of Mars, associated with Ares. Tiw's day is derived from Tyr or Tir, the god of honorable war, the wrestler and the son of Odin and, or Woden, the Norse god of war and Frigga, the earth mother. His emblem is the sword, and in olden days the people paid him great homage. Tuesday was named in his honor. The metal iron, dedicated to Mars and interpreted as his spear and shield, is an attribute of Tuesday.

Wednesday: Wednesday, the fourth day of the week, corresponds to the Roman Dies Mercurii. The name derives from the Scandinavian Woden (Odin), chief god of Norse mythology, who was often called the All Father. Quicksilver, a liquid mercury that contains amounts of the platinum group metals, has been interpreted as the caduceus of the Greek Hermes (Mercury in Roman myth), and is therefore an attribute of Wednesday.

Thursday: Thursday is the fifth day of the week. It derives its name from the Middle English Thoresday, or Thursdaye, corresponding to the Roman dies Jovis. Thor, the god of strength and thunder, defender and help in war, son of Odin, is the counterpart of Jupiter or Jove. Thor is one of the twelve great gods of northern mythology. He is the only god who cannot cross from earth to heaven upon the rainbow, for he is so heavy and powerful that the gods fear it will break under his weight. It was said that whenever Thor threw his hammer, the noise of thunder is heard through the heavens. Thursday was sacred to Thor. The metal tin is associated with the thunderbolt of Jupiter (Zeus in Greek myth) and is an attribute of Thursday.

Saturday: Saturday is the seventh day of the week, corresponding to the Roman dies Saturni, or day of Saturn, the Roman god of agriculture. Saturday is also represented by Loki, the Norse god of tricks and chaos. The metal lead is associated with the scythe of Saturn, and is therefore an attribute of Saturday.

Observations and Questions
Do you have a favorite day of the week? Which one and why? or you can free-style and write about anything you want!

Postcard of the Day

Today's Postcard is from Sara all the way from New Zealand. So far I believe she may be the furtherest I've received to date. Plus Sara said she got married in the exquisite Old St. Paul's Church, shown on the bottom right. The other buildings: Upper left are 19th century dwellings in the suburb of Thorndon. Top right: Plummer House (1873) located at 99 Coulcott St. and bottom left is the Kauri Mansion, Antrim House (1904)

Today's Birthday

Now this one is going to suprise y'all. Today's birthday is none other than John Robert Gregg, born 1867 in Ireland. Already you're asking... who the heck is he? Well if you are a secretary he invented something you probably use a lot. He invented Shorthand.

Gentle Reminder of the Day

Come on gang... get your picture to me if you want it displayed for the world to see.


We still have time gang, email me and I'll give you my home address... zip off a postcard and give me your address and I'll zip one off to you. It's been really interesting so far!
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