Saturday, August 13, 2011


Saturday gets its name from the Latin Dies Saturni, or "Saturn's day". In Old English, it was Saeturnesdaeg. The Middle English version was Saterday. Saturn, a Roman god of agriculture was believed to have ruled the earth during an age of contentment and virtue. Saturn was a god who symbolized the passage of time and karma. He was not a harsh, judgemental god, either; he was a sower and a harvester.
There is no Norse god associated with this day, therefore it is the only Roman named day of the week.
Saturdays are traditionally days to work on protection, remove obstacles, bind troublesome or dangerous individuals and banish negativity.
Saturdays are like a magickal "let's clean house" day.
There is a Roman festival named for Saturn called the Saturnalia, which begins on December 17 and runs through the 23rd. This seven day midwinter festival was a time of gift giving, feasts and partying. Traditional gifts were candles, clay figurines of the gods and goddesses and silver. Decorations included wreathes and fresh garlands hung above the doorways.
Saturn has evolved into our Father Time, a popular image at New Year's Eve.  His sickle became the scythe and the hourglass symbolized the passing of time and Saturn's control over it.

In her book " Book of Witchery: Spells, Charms & Correspondences For Every Day of the Week" Ellen Dugan has chosen to assign Hecate to Saturday due to the kind of magick associated with her. Hecate is considered the oldest form of the Greek Triple Goddess as she presided over the heaven, the underworld and the earth. 
Crossroads where three roads met were especially sacred to Hecate, earning her the title of Hecate of the Three Ways.  As Hecate Trivia, her triple images were often displayed at these crossroads, where she was petitioned on the full moon for positive magick and on the dark of the moon for cursing and dark magick.
Hecate is known by many titles and is  a shape shifter. To some she may appear as an old crone, hunched over a smoking cauldron and draped in a midnight cape. To others she may appear as a dark beautiful mysterious and mature woman wearing a shimmering crown. To some she may be perceived as a maiden priestess. This Great Goddess of nature knows her way around the earth and underworld. All the powers of nature, life and death are at her command. Festivals for Hecate include August 13 and November 16, called the "Night of Hecate" in Greece, which begins at sundown.  Finally, there is Hecate's Day in Rome, celebrated on December 31.

 Flowers & Plants: Pansy, Morning glory, Mullein, Cypress, Mimosa

Metal: Lead
Colors: Black, Deep purple
Crystals & Stones Obsidian/ Apache tear, hematite, Jet, Black Tourmaline
Essential Oils: Cypress, Mimosa, Myrrh, Patchouli
Tarot cards: Temparance, Knight of Swords, Two of Swords
Foods, Herbs & Spices: Pomegranate, Beets, Thyme

There are more symbols and associations for Saturn and Hecate, these are but a few.
Much of this information was taken from E. Dugan's book.
The picture of Hecate I found on  Loveofthe goddess.

Since today is the 13th of August and a Full Moon, let us pay homage to Hecate this evening.


Kim said...

Great info! I love reading about the history and folklore of these things.

Enjoy your sunday!

Moncha said...

Thank so much for the lovely info.
Have a magical day.