The Origin of the Names of the Days of the Week.

Odin!

English is a mongrel language because bits of it come from all over the world. But a lot of the days of the week are actually taken from the Viking gods.

Monday is short for Moon-day; this is from a time when people worshipped the sun and the moon.

Tuesday is from the Viking God of Justice, Tyr; and means Tyr’s day.

Wednesday is from Woden or Odin and means Woden’s day.

Thursday is from Thor and means Thor’s day.

Friday is named after Odin’s wife, Freeya, and means Freeya’s day.

Saturday is named after the planet Saturn and means Saturn’s day.

And finally, rather obviously, Sunday means the day of the Sun.

Now as a practising pagan, we all have our favourite Gods and Goddesses but my personal favourite is Odin. Sometimes I feel guilty and think because I am a woman I should honour a female Goddess more but Odin’s hold on me is too strong and I always come back to him. He is the God of my three favourite things; wisdom, poetry and magic. Odin has a reputation for being deceitful and cunning but I think he’s just smart. Who would want to worship a stupid God, after all?

I won an award!

Ooh exciting!  For the second time I have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.  I’m not sure if my swelled head will fit through the doorway now!

So thank you Shah Wharton for nominating me!

Now for this you’re supposed to nominate fifteen other bloggers to receive the award but I’m going to cheat and nominate everyone who’s a member of the ROW80 writing group (excluding myself).  So if you’re a fellow ROWer, then congratulations you’ve won the Versatile Blogger Award!

Now I have to say seven things about me.  Hmmm.

1.  I’m a witch/shaman/practising occultist/astrologer/into all things mystical and magical.

2.  I did my degree in history and my dissertation was on George Armstrong Custer and The Little Bighorn.

3. I’m planning (some day) to write a book about Sitting Bull.

4. I have the loveliest husband in the world and his name is Gary.

5. My lovely hubby and I are the staff of our diabetic cat and her name is Widget.

6. My favourite band is Led Zeppelin.

7. The first book I read that I really loved was A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula LeGuinn.

Reclaiming our vaginas.

There is a movement in the Republican Right to ban the use of the word vagina and a woman has just been forbidden to speak in Congress because she said it on the floor of the House of Representatives.  Ladies, this word belongs to us and not to men, least of all to those who think they have a right to tell us how to live, what to do with our own bodies or what words they can put in our mouths.

There is also a movement, which I am proud to be a part of, which seeks to reclaim our rights, our lives and our words.  This is becoming known as the vagina movement.  So I would ask all you ladies out there in cyberspace to tweet or post on Facebook or write a blog about the word ‘vagina’.  This word is anatomically correct and so it is the right word to use.

The vagina represents the sacred feminine and in Native American Society women were sacred because they could give live through childbirth.  In the Viking Runes one of the runes is read as the word ‘vagina’ and it represents mystery and the unknown.  This word does not belong to bigots; this word belongs to beautiful and empowered women.

Magic Monday Again!

I have that Bangle’s song “Just another manic Monday” running through my head only I’m singing it as Magic Monday.  Today I seemed to notice that lots of people are moving house, have moved or are just about to so I thought I’d tell you about the onion spell.

You know sometimes when you move into a place and it doesn’t feel right; almost like the house itself is out of sorts, well this is a cure for that.  It’s very simple and easy and you don’t require a huge amount of expensive occult paraphenalia; just an onion, a knife and a chopping board.  Take the onion and cut it in half and then in half again so that you have four pieces of roughly the same size then put the pieces either in the four corners of the room you want to clear or the four corners of your house.  The idea is that the onion will absorb all the past negativity of your house/room.  After five days to a week you can either bury the now shrivelled onion bits in your garden or just throw them out with the rest of your rubbish and your living space will be cleansed and more positive!  How easy was that?!