DAYS OF THE WEEK POEM
Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace,
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go,
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for his living,
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
This 19th century poem has an astrological foundation. The forecasts are crude associations to planetary predispositions. The idea is that there is a planet for each day of the week and children born on that day come under the influence of that planet , It is supposed to show one of the roots of character, but has lost some of its value due to the loss of astrological awareness over the centuries.
Monday = moon day ruled by moods, feelings, and instincts. The moon is full and white hence moon children were supposed to have fair and round faces.
Tuesday = Mardi = Mars day graced by physical strength, coordination and courage. Mars children could do more than others, hence the implication of grace.
Wednesday = Mercredi = Mercury day is ruled by the intellect and the curiosity. There is an inherent urge to follow the mind instead of the heart, hence children born on Mercury's day are said to have much sorrow and woe.
Thursday = Thor's day = Jeudi = Jupiter's day ruled by wisdom, and understanding. Travel and expanding one's horizons care implied by the suggestion of having far to go.
Friday = Vendredi = Venus day ruled by love and beauty and when positive by a great capacity to share, hence Friday's child is loving and giving.
Saturday = Saturn day ruled by hard work, respect, and justice. You reap what you sow, hence working hard for a living.
Sunday = Sol = soul = Sun day ruled by confidence creative expression and the ability to play and make a game of life. This implies an inherent optimism and good cheer.