How Did Wednesday Become Wednesday?
Wednesday is the English word for the fourth day of the week. In modern times, it’s midway position in the work week has earned it the nickname “Hump Day.”
The English word goes back to the Old English Wodensdaeg or “Day of Woden.” Woden or Odin was the chief Germanic God. He had his roots in Norse mythology and was known as the God of death, healing, royalty, knowledge, sorcery, and battle among other things.
He is often compared to the Roman God Mercury. In fact, the French word for Wednesday – Mercredi – translates as Day of Mercury.
This connection to the planet Mercury for this day is, interestingly, ubiquitous. Throughout most of India Wednesday is called Budhavāra. Vara is day. Budha is Mercury. In Japan, the word for Wednesday means "water day." This, too, is associated with Mercury which is literally called "water star."
The glue linking all of these diverse cultures is ancient Sumeria. It's there that the seven day week was created and each day named after one of the seven primary deities associated with various planets. There Mercury was associated with the god Enki (Ea). Enki, of course, is highly associated with water.
As these concepts spread east to India and beyond and west to Egypt and then Europe, the God's name changed, but the association with Mercury stuck.
However you revere the day, here are some affirmations to help you get through your Wednesday!
- Wednesday is MY day! While others are getting over the hump, I’m climbing to my dreams!
- I am super-charging my mind, my heart, and my body for a successful and happy Wednesday.
- Wednesday rocks! Today I am half way to this week’s goals!
- Wednesday is MY day! I avoid the midweek lull and keep pushing toward my dreams!
- While the competition is busy “getting over the hump,” I am busy closing business!
- Wednesday is go time! I’m ready to finish this week strong!
- Today is the center of my week and my opportunity to refocus and recenter myself.
Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.