Days of the Week in Norse Mythology and the Associated Gods/Goddesses
There are a lot of ways to honor Norse gods and goddesses and one of those ways is the usage of their names to call the days of the week. Here’s a breakdown of all the details that you need to know:
Sunday is the first day of the week in many calendars and if we’re talking about Norse mythology, Sol or the Norse goddess of the Sun was the one associated with this day. She was known to ride a chariot through the sky every day and provided Midgard with sunlight.
Just in case you forget the goddess associated with Sunday, just remember the first three words of Sunday. Sunday = Sun = Goddess Sol.
Apart from Sunday, another typical starting day of the week in many cultures is Monday. This day is named after Mani or Norse god of the Moon. In Norse mythology, he was the one who pulled the chariot in the sky so that the moon could do its job at night. Some accounts even stated that Sol was his sister.
This day is associated with god Tyr or known as the god of war, law and justice in Norse mythology. He was actually one-handed because he sacrificed his other hand so that they could bind Fenrir the wolf. His sacrifice benefited the community and because of this it’s only right to honor him every Tuesday or what other people like to call Tyr's day.
Wednesday is the day associated with Woden which is actually the Old English name of Odin the allfather. We all know that he was the chief Aesir god in Asgard and the most popular god today to ask for guidance. It’s not a shock and a no-brainer because this well-loved god was the god of healing and wisdom.
If you want to honor Odin the allfather then you can do it as often as you like and on any day of the week but it’ll be best to do it every Woden's day or Wednesday to make it even more special.
Thursday is the easiest out of all the days to guess because Thursday = Thor’s day! This day is associated with mighty Thor who was famous for his Mjolnir hammer. He was the god of thunder and lightning and known for his generosity to defend both gods and humans in Norse mythology.
We all look forward to Friday and some of us even say TGIF which means “Thank God It's Friday.” This day is actually associated with not just one but two goddesses. We’re referring to Frigg and Freya and if you’re not familiar with them, Aesir goddess Frigg was the queen of Asgard and the wife of Woden or King Odin, while Vanir goddess Freya was the goddess of love, beauty and fertility and resided in Vanaheim in Norse mythology.
You’re probably wondering which god or goddess is associated with Saturday. The sad truth is that there are no sources that talk about which this day is intended for but hey, we can use this day to honor the other gods and goddesses with no specific day associated with them.