- Dear Folks;
I'd just like to mention one thing that took me a while to
discriminate with Steiner, which is his different, though related,
usage of the "evolutionary planets" contrasted with the "current
planets" of our times. For a long time, the most references I found
to the days of the week were related to the evolutionary planets,
with the evolutionary Earth stage being divide into Mars (mardi) and
Mercury (mercredi) due to their decisive influence in respectively
the first half, and second half of Earth evolution.
In fact, so far, the only direct reference to the naming of the days
of the week in accord with the current planets is the following,
really rather interesting, account:
11 Nov. 1904
"The days of the week are named after the Planets. We shall learn how
the names were given by the Chaldean sages. These Chaldean sages say
that every day is divided into four: morning, afternoon, before
midnight, after midnight. These four divisions they regarded as the
first element in time, in the division of time. They related the
fourfold day to the seven known Planets.
"Moon Mercury Venus Sun Mars Jupiter Saturn
"They described the cycle of the seven planets by relating it to the
fourfold day, until the starting-point is again reached. They took a
number of days one after another, making the planetary cycles run
through the fourfold days. They dedicated the morning to the Moon. At
the end of the week each Planet has gone through a fourfold cycle.
They named each day of the week according to the Planet to which the
morning was dedicated.
Morning Moon Monday, montag
Before midnight Venus
After midnight Sun
and so forth. Tuesday is Marsday (Tiu); Wednesday is Mercury day;
Thursday is Jupiter day, Donar; Friday is Venus day, Freya; Saturday
is Saturn day; Sunday is Sun day.
Commercial civilization has no understanding for the naming of the
days of the week according to the Planets. There is a very special
relation to be noticed in this connection, namely, from four to
seven, from the Quaternary to the Seven Principles. The giving of the
names to the days of the week is a human institution, but it is not
arbitrary. In those olden times men allowed the cosmic conditions to
resound from all things, and their institutions were in accordance
with the relation of the Microcosm to the Macrocosm." (Planetary and
Human Evolution, pp.13/1-13/2, unpubl typescript courtesy RSL)
The required Ptolemaic order of Mercury and Venus in this scheme puts
some of the assertions of Astrosophers in a clearer light.
I would certainly appreciate notice of any other direct references by
Steiner to the relation of the weekly day names with the current
Take care, and give care, Rick