of the Week
Each day of the week is traditionally
associated with specific deities and powers, and as such any spell or
ritual you may be thinking of performing will have its greatest measure
of success if it can be performed on that day. For those spells or
rituals that need to be performed over a series of consecutive days,
then (depending on the nature of the goal) they should either be started
on or completed on the day most closely associated with its goal.
Sunday: Traditionally the first day of the week and ruled by the Sun, it personified as
Helios, Apollo, Lugh, and Beli or Bel. In some traditions, the sun is
seen as feminine, personified as Phoebe (East Anglia), and Saule
(eastern Europe). The Sun rules the conscious element of the human mind,
the ego, the "real" self." Sunday is the day on which
this power is most effective.
aspects: protection, healing, spirituality, strength
The sacred day of the Moon, personified by such goddesses as Selene,
Luna, Diana, and Artimis. The Moon is ruler of flow affecting the
changeable aspects of people. If a full moon falls on a Monday, its
powers are at their most potent.
aspects: peace, sleep , healing, compassion, friendships,
psychic awareness, purification, and fertility
Dedicated to the powers of the planet Mars,
personified as Ares, Tiwaz, Tiw, and Tyr.
power, energy, and endurance, passion, sex, courage, aggression, and
Wednesday: Dedicated to the Teutonic god Woden or Odin, an aspect of the
"All-Father" god of knowledge wisdom enlightenment and combat,
the parallel of Hermes. Wednesday is ruled by Mercury.
aspects: the conscious mind, study, travel, divination, and
wisdom. This is the best
day to engage in anything dealing with communication.
Ruled by the planet Jupiter and dedicated to Thor, god of thunder and
agricultural work. his parallels in various European Traditions include
Zeus, Taranis, Perun, and Perkunas.
aspects: controlled optimism,
energetic growth, physical well-being, material success,
expansion, money/wealth, prosperity, leadership, and generosity.
The day of Venus, Friday takes its name from Frigga, the Goddess of
Love and Transformation. She rules the spiritual aspects of people as
they manifest on the physical. because of this, Friday is sometimes
thought of as unpredictable.
aspects: love, friendship, reconciliation,
Ruled by Saturn and dedicated to the shadowy Anglo-Saxon god Saetere, the equivalent to the
Roman Saturn, and the Greek Cronos. It is also associated with the Norns,
the Norse equivalent of the Three Fates, and the Trickster-god, Loki.
aspects: longevity, exorcism, endings, apprehension, austerity, caution, and limitations.
consideration (some say the most important) when determining the
best time for a given magical working is the moon, or lunar, phase-- how
much of the moon's face is visible from your location. Many modern
mages operate strictly according to astronomical calculations, timing
their rituals down to the last second. I prefer to go by simple
observation, which I believe is a more traditional method and that most
likely employed by the ancients.
The Waxing Moon: period
from the New Moon to the Full, this is considered the idea time for magic
geared towards drawing things to you, for rituals of increase, growth and
starting new projects. The Waxing Moon phase begins at the first
The Full Moon: period
when 100% of the Moon's face appears to be illuminated. There are
three days consecutive days when the moon appears as a fully illuminated
disk: the day before astronomical full, the day of astronomical full and
the day after. This is when all magical qualities of the Moon are at
their strongest... the time of greatest power.
The Waning Moon: period
from the Full Moon to the New and is a time of study, meditation and
decreasing magic... this is the time to work rituals and magic designed to
remove unwanted influences and energies, to break bad habits, to end
harmful relationships, and to reconcile with the past. It is a time
of endings and conclusions. The Waning Moon phase ends when the last
visible crescent disappears.
The New (or Dark) Moon: Some
people don't deal with (or even mention) the period of the New/Dark
Moon. This is the time when there is nothing of the Moon visible, at
all and occurs between the end of the Waning Moon phase and the beginning
of the Waxing. As with the Full Moon the Dark of the moon lasts for
approximately three days and is when the power of the Moon is at its
weakest. This is a time of rest and introspection where little to no
magical workings are conducted.