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Planets and the Days of the Week

Each day of the week is ruled by a different planet, and for different reasons

By Maria DeSimone

There are seven days of the week, but did you know that seven planets serve as the ruler each day? This ancient tradition stems from Babylonian times and holds significant merit since Astrology's first organized roots are traced to this time period.

Back then (as early as 2,000 B.C.) the outer planets, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto, were not yet discovered, since the telescope had not yet been invented. Astrologers and astronomers could only work with planets visible to the naked eye. The Babylonians organized the weekly calendar we still use today. Interestingly enough, you can use the days of the week as a general planning guide to help you know when it's best to initiate or pursue certain endeavors. As far as the days of the week go, here are the astrological associations and suggestions for how you can best plan your week accordingly...

Monday is ruled by the Moon

The Moon in Astrology represents one's nurturing and emotional instinct. The Moon rules Cancer -- the sign we associate with mothering and mood changes. Indeed the Moon is the one planet that ebbs and flows more than any other. This may be why starting anything on Monday may likely lead to a change of direction. If you want something to be permanent, it's best not to initiate it on Monday. The exception, of course, is domestic undertakings.

Tuesday is ruled by Mars

Mars in Astrology symbolizes the principle of assertive energy. Aries is the sign of the zodiac ruled by Mars. Thanks to fiery Mars, we associate Aries with qualities of leadership and courage. Use Tuesday to initiate a pioneering activity that requires gumption and strength. If you have something to initiate that requires compromise and tact however, another day might be better.

Wednesday is ruled by Mercury

Mercury is the planet that rules our mindset. Ruling both Gemini and Virgo, Mercury bestows us with rational thinking ability and a quick, clever wit. Mercury analyzes, discerns and communicates. Consequently, anything that requires clear thinking, dialogue or decision making is best initiated on Wednesday.

Thursday is ruled by Jupiter

Jupiter represents abundance, prosperity and the principle of expansion. As the ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter is the planet that helps us reach for high ideals and principles. Moral and just, Jupiter yearns to expand horizons through travel, education and spiritual pursuits. As a result, Thursday is a day that is well suited for travel, learning and philosophizing. This is also the best day to begin a project you hope will be prosperous.

Friday is ruled by Venus

Venus is the planet of love, harmony, money and possessions. Ruling both Taurus and Libra, Venus is graceful, charming, sensual and social. It follows that Friday is a day best suited for pursuing anything connected to matters of the heart -- especially a wedding! Friday will also be ideal for making an extravagant purchase or financial investment. Use Friday to make a change to your appearance or mediate with anyone. And of course, if you want to have the "party of the year" ... be sure to schedule it on a Friday.

Saturday is ruled by Saturn

Saturn is the planet of commitment and responsibility, but also restriction and delay. Saturn gives us boundaries and Capricorn -- the sign ruled by Saturn -- epitomizes this ability. With structure comes success and it's possible to achieve something long lasting and successful on Saturday. But it will require diligent work. Saturday is perfect for anything that requires a sober, realistic and practical approach. Saturday is also good for starting anything you want to ensure will stand the test of time.

Sunday is ruled by the Sun

The Sun in Astrology is about vitality and is the core giver of life. The Sun rules Leo -- known as being the most generous and noble of signs. Perhaps this is why Sunday is considered a timely day to improve one's sense of vigor, approach a well-respected authority figure or even to figure things out. Whatever you begin on this day is likely to succeed.

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