A Little Bit About Wednesday

Happy Wodan‘s Day (Wednesday)!

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This day was first called “Wodnesdaeg” in the Old English.  It means, “the day of Woden.”  By the time Middle English began to be spoken (right around the Norman invasion of England in the eleventh century) the “o” became an “e,” and “-daeg” became “-dei.” The “-dei” ending became “-day” by Shakespeare (Modern English).  That Woden is understood to be Odin of the Scandinavian countries, there can be no doubt.  The stories are very similar to one another and even the pronunciation is cognitive.  Sweden, Denmark and Norway call this day “Onsdag,” which means, “Odin’s Day.”

Not all Teutonic nations call this day the day of Wodan/Odin.  The nations that speak German used to call it “Wodanstag,” but by the tenth century, it was changed to, “Mittvoch,” meaning, “middle of the week.”  The Romance languages still call this day, the day of Mercury; after Mercury, the Roman god of communication and merchandising.  The Romans thought of Wodan/Odin as the Norse equivalent to Mercury.  In North America, Wednesday is often called “hump day,” because it is the middle day of the five day work week (from Monday to Friday).

The Gaels call it either “Dé Céadaoin (Irish)” or “Di-Ciadain (Scottish).” Both of these words mean, “the first day of fasting.”  The other day of fasting would be Friday.  This comes from a tradition in the Eastern Orthodox church that Wednesdays and Fridays, throughout most of the year are “fasting” days, due to the fact Jesus was betrayed on a “Holy Wednesday,” and crucified on “Good Friday.”  The Western church does not have this tradition fully developed (except for the possible exception of “Ash Wednesday,” however, some within the West call “Holy Wednesday” as “Spy Wednesday” because that is when Judas Iscariot decided to wait for the opportune time to betray), nor does the Western church have a tendency to fast on most Wednesdays throughout the year, like their Eastern counterparts do.  This tradition must be a throwback of a time before the Great Schism of the eleventh century, since both Scottish and Irish tradition still holds to this practice.  This may explain why some Western churches do have some sort of meeting on Wednesday nights and why local schools have a tendency not to schedule events on that evening.

I, for one, celebrate this day, because it is a day fully consecrated to Wodan, the knower of the mysteries of the runes.  He teaches me through his experience that anything worthwhile could very well cost me something.  Sometimes, it may cost an arm and a leg.  For him, it only cost him one of his eyes.  Which one, I can’t be for sure.  Regardless, anything worthwhile must be worth having, whatever the sacrifice.  Even honor and glory has a high potential to cost me my life.  The question then becomes, will I make the most of it, if and when payment comes due?

With this, I will leave you to your thoughts in peace.

–Jack Douglas

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About Ozark GaelicSeoc

An American happily married male, born in Missouri but currently living in Arkansas, native to the Ozark plateau, practicing a Gael-Teutonic (Indo-European) religion based upon studying reality through the eyes of Nature and Spirit. In this, my philosophy is similar to the American Indian, before they had any European contact. Life is a wonderful journey filled with mysteries. Though I haven't got all these things figured out, it sure is fun going through the process of discovery and adventure! Welcome to my blog pages!
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