Tuesday: Day of Honor
Tuesday is a time to focus on masculine vibrations for invocations relating to hunting, competition, or sporting prowess. This day is also good for goal setting, motivation, and courage. It is associated with magic dealing with athletics, competitions, conflicts, courage, hunting, legality, logic, physical strength, politics, vitality and war.
Color of the Day: Black
Opens up the deeper levels of the unconscious; use in rituals to induce a deep meditation state, or to banish evil or negativity as in uncrossing rituals.
Deities of the Day: Ares (Greek)/Mars (Roman), Tiw/Tyr (Norse), Lilith (Sumerian)
Mars was originally a god of vegetation, but as time went on he became more closely linked to Ares, the Greek god of war. Mars was one of the major deities of the Roman pantheon. He was a patron god of soldiers and was often portrayed as wearing a cape, suit of armor, and a plumed helmet. Mars’ symbols include a shield and a spear. It is believed that the month of March got its name from Mars, partially due to the often violent swings in weather– not unlike his temperament.
Tyr, or Tiw, is the Norse god who lends his name to Tuesday. He was best known for the binding of the Fenris, a big, bad, and ravenous wolf. Tyr managed to bind Fenris but lost his sword hand in the process. Tyr is known for his courage in defense of his clan. He was the deity of warriors, and his devotees were said to have marked Tyr’s rune (Tiwaz– which looks like an arrow that points skyward) onto their swords for protection and to ensure that they would win their battles. Tyr is also a god of justice and law. Another symbol for Tyr is the sword. This Norse god brings a fair resolution to any conflict, as he is a god of courage, strength, wisdom, meditation, and of course battling skills.
Lilith is the divine lady owl and the original independent female. She is often portrayed as a dark-winged, beguiling sorceress. The most familiar image of Lilith comes from a terra-cotta relief from Sumer, dating back to approximately 2000 BCE. She is shown as an attractive winged woman with clawed feet and is allegedly the first wife of Adam who had refused to be submissive to him. She believed in equality amongst and within the sexes. Not ego-driven male-dominion over women. In any case, it is for such reasons, she has been maligned and erroneously mislabeled as “evil.” In more modern times, she is popularly imagined as a beautiful vampire and the ultimate femme-fatale.
Amongst modern practitioners, Lilith is a patroness of Witches and a goddess of sexuality, wisdom, female equality, power, and independence. While Lilith is not traditionally linked to Tuesday, there is no solid reason as to why she should not be. After all, Lilith’s feisty and fiery qualities are perfect for today. This is the ideal day for a large dose of “in-your-face” female empowerment! These aggressive and strong characteristics are perfect companions for the day’s energies.
Goddess Meditation of the Day: Saule, the sun mother
O mother sun! Come to us here!
O father cloud! Go to them there!
Over there the forests are aflame,
and we are drowning in water here!
O brother wind, blow these clouds away!
O sister clouds, rain on our neighbors!
We have had enough of rain.
Come back to us, mother sun!
~Folk song from Lithuania
On the year’s longest day, the Baltic people of Lithuania and Latvia rose early to begin the celebration of Saule, the sun mother. On this day, she was believed to dance, wearing silver shoes, on the hilltops. Dew gathered this morning has potent qualities, the Baltic peoples held, because it was imbued with the energy of the sun.
Source: “The Goddess Companion: Daily Meditations on the Feminine Spirit” by Patricia Monaghan
Herbals of the Day: Black Pepper, Ginger, Pine
Tuesday’s Spell: Anoint a red candle with one of the above-mentioned essential oils. Cast your circle in your usual manner, then return to your altar and light your spell candle and say…
This day brings drives for passion and success,
May my spells now quickly manifest.
Herbs of the warrior, lend your energies to mine,
Bring positive change and grant me courage with this rhyme.
On this Date: Summer Solstice: Midsummer, Litha, Alban Hefin, 7th Station of the Year/All Heras/Islamic New Year
Midsummer, Druidic festival of Alban Hefin, Anglo-Saxon Litha, is the longest day and 7th station of the year, the time of sanctification. At Stonehenge, the heelstone marks the midsummer sunrise as seen from the center of the stone circle. Since time immemorial, people have acknowledged the rising sun of midsummer. This is also the Day of All Heras in the women’s mysteries. Heras are women who have achieved full spiritual communion with the Great Goddess.
Source: ‘The Pagan Book of Days: A Guide to the Festivals, Traditions, and Sacred Days of the Year’, by Nigel Pennick
Tarot Card Associations of the Day: Five of Wands (for the ability to handle life’s annoyances, battles, and conflicts), Six of Wands (for victory and triumph), and Strength (for inner strength and self-control).