Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday- Thor, Jupiter/Zeus and Juno/Hera

Thursday comes from the Latin ,Dies Iovis, which means Jove's day. Jove, or Jupiter as he was sometimes called was the supreme god and patron of the ancient Romans. Jupiter is associated with wealth, leadership, thunder and lightning. A lord of heaven, Jupiter was also a god of light and his sacred color is white.  In Greek mythologies, this deity was known as Zeus.                                                                             This fifth day of the week was called Thursdaeg or Thunresdaeg in Old English which translates to Thor's day.   Thor was  the popular Norse god of thunder.  Thursday has the planetary association of Jupiter.  This day is associated with prosperity, abundance, leadership and good health.
Juno was an ancient Roman great mother goddess. The mature powerful Queen of Olympus. Juno was a source of fertility, a goddess of marriage and childbirth, a guardian of women and children and a goddess of money.
She had many names, Juno Augusta, harvest mother; Juno Februata, the mother of Mars; Juno Lucina, the mother of light.
In this latter aspect she is usually pictured carrying a torch or scepter of light.
Juno is associated with the Lily, the cuckoo and the peacock. Her ties are to Thursday's themes of prosperity and abundance are due to another aspect of her personality and her name of Juno Moneta.

Flowers and Plants: Honeysuckle, Cinquefoil, Mints, Maple tree and Oak Tree
Metal: Tin
Colors: Purple, Royal Blue and Green
Crystals and Stones: Sapphire, Amethyst, Turquoise
Essential oils: Clove, Honeysuckle, Nutmeg, Sage
Foods and Spices: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Wheat

As I was researching Juno, I came across the classic painting above. It shows Juno/Hera and Jupiter/ Zeus. Knowing what a philander Zeus was, doesn't it look like he's trying to sweet talk her?

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