Originally posted on Facebook July 1 at 9:38am
Good morning Saturday.
The mushrooms are scattered everywhere from the moisture we've been gifted and my mind, like always in such instances is with the fae. Signs of growth and abundance are everywhere and I knelt down for far too long, allowing the mosquitoes to ravage me as I listened to the doves coo and marveled at the mushrooms and the new growth in my gardens.
I began this Saturday morning off slow and quietly taking it all in. I have much to prepare for and need to pace myself to not get carried away as I sometimes do. Those linden flowers are hanging everywhere in the house so I can take in a deep, heady breath of their bliss in each instance from room to room as I work. Although many Saturday mornings I am found with my family, gathering supplies for the week ahead, the latter part of it is always spent working from the gardens to the kitchen, cleaning up the home and tending to needed chores I've yet to complete from the week that came before. This brings me to the meanings behind this day of the week and its symbolism.
Let's talk Saturday and it's origins and influences before I set out to accomplish so much .
"Saturday’s child works hard for a living."
In this day and age, “hard” is interpreted as difficult or struggling. However, traditional versions view hard work as a positive trait, as opposed to “lazy”, indicating Saturday’s children are passionate about their work and make lasting contributions to the world.
Saturday's are ruled by the planet Saturn which can be a rigid and strict energy as well as a real disciplinarian and director as well. This makes Saturday one of the most auspicious and beneficial days of the week because the opportunities for productivity and completing tasks is most favorable.
Thursday/Jupiter was joyous and buoyant about the tasks at hand, whereas, Saturn just isn't. In fact, Saturdays are no nonsense types of days where the work gets done and gets done well, no chit chat or idle conversations are needed. Saturday is about preparing for the busy week ahead so that you can make the most out of the rest of your week. it's about getting your proverbial ducks in a row so and making sure they stay in line. It's an alignment with the Saturn energies that give you the most 'bang for your buck' in the way of your energies and resources being utilized with the best possible outcomes for both.
I remember my mother cleaning the house on Saturdays, getting laundry taken care of and going grocery shopping for the week ahead while I helped her and studied for exams coming up in the next week with dad out in the yard cutting the lawn, in the garage tending to the vehicles and repairing whatever needed care in the home. This is a typical Saturday for the most part. Busy, scheduled and full.
We see this as a weekend with the idea of rest and relaxation but the truth of the matter is that it is anything but that! Perhaps this is why Friday is looked upon with such love and admiration for the needed break that it gives. And perhaps we should take care that we don't over do it on Friday so that we have enough steam once Saturday gets here.
Now onto the ruling gods. I love this part of the archetypal revealings. We all hold pieces of these deities within our make-up if we search deep enough for them and don't tread in the shallow waters of our vast sea of humanity. If we search for the immortal within the mortal.
In Scandinavian countries, Saturday is called lördag, lørdag, or laurdag, the name being derived from the old word laugr/laug (hence Icelandic name Laugardagur), meaning bath, thus Lördag equates to bath-day. This is due to the Viking practice of bathing on Saturdays. The roots lör, laugar and so forth are cognate to the English word lye, in the sense of detergent. The Finnish and Estonian names for the day, lauantai and laupäev, respectively, are also derived from this term. (Wikipedia)
Ancient Greek hemera Khronu "day of Cronus"
Saturn is the Roman and Italic god of agriculture and the consort of Ops. He is believed to have ruled the earth during an age of happiness and virtue.
Cronus (Kronos, Cronos) is the Greek god (Titan) who ruled the universe until dethroned by his son Zeus.
Some of Saturday's words of influence:
We can dream of a house, but it won't be built without Saturn's influence (stability, structure, hard work). We can visualize a business, but the vision means nothing without Saturn's methodical planning, and authoritative counsel to tenaciously lead the way to success.
When you need perseverance and uncompromising influence and impact, Saturn is the energy to invoke. Saturn will get 'er done .
Signifies: Negation without reflecting, unlocking when stuck, banishing evil or negativity.
Astrological Sign: Scorpio & Capricorn
In animal symbolism, Saturn historically governs snakes, mice, foxes, dragons, and nocturnal birds of prey such as the owl. It is interesting to note that the owl is commonly misunderstood as a symbol of death. This fallacy might have originated from its ancient association with Saturn.
In symbolic alchemy, the Saturn symbol doubles as a symbol for lead. Philosophical alchemy explains lead is a component of transformation brought about from hardening, strengthening and staunch willpower. Mmmm....those words resonate with me very much: 'transformation brought about from hardening, strengthening and staunch willpower.'
Go out and get your work done and be the most and best you are capable of. This is the day to take advantage of. Saturday beckons, dear friends.
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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