days of the week


days of the week
   For practitioners of high *magic, the days of the week had astrological and mythological meanings; it would be appropriate for spells aimed at obtaining power or wealth to be done on Thursday (Jupiter's day), and love spells on Friday (day of Venus). There was nothing like this at the popular level; only two days were individually characterized - Sunday as holy (see *Sabbath-breaking), and *Friday as unlucky. However, there are rhymes linking the luck of days with *babies, *fingernails, *washing, and *weddings.

A Dictionary of English folklore. . 2014.

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