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I hope you all had a great weekend!

So, another week into the A-Z and we are halfway through! ‘M’ is the 13th letter of the alphabet; 13 more to go. 13? – lucky number? Why not –

Monday is mostly assumed to be the first day of the week, as this is the day that people go back to work, those who hold 9-5 jobs and children go back to school. But it really is the second day of the week, Sunday being the day on which the new week begins.

I look at my diary now to double check what lies ahead; what I’ve noted down and what I’ve forgotten to note. What on earth will I write for ‘N’ for the A-Z? I can think of nothing – maybe I’ll write about ‘nothingness’. ‘O’? oh no …

The Greeks named the days after the sun, the moon and the 5 known planets, Ares, Hermes, Zeus, Aphrodite and Cronus. Sun’s day became Sunday. Moon’s Day became Monday.

The Sun Day is bright and visible; the moon, earth’s own satellite, represents night and the unseen with its zillions of stars beyond.

I love this acknowledgement of the moon and its historical and etymological association with Monday. She stands for the feminine principle:yin, and her receptivity to the sun:male, yang, whose lights she reflects. Although she produces no light of her own and projects the light of the sun, this ‘mirroring’ is a profound metaphoric way of illuminating the dark as well as her relation to the (male) Sun. She is queen of the night; responsible inter alia for the changing tides; some plant according to the moon cycle;  women’s menstruation (menstruation means moon change – and perhaps lunacy at this time?); the movement of the celestial bodies – 

 I look out of my bedroom balcony on a clear night and see where the moon is in its phases –  waning: symbolic of letting go and incubating; new moon: symbolic of rebirth; waxing: on the way to fullness; full moon: fullness, peak …

Like the Moon, the month has its phases, neatly divided up into four weeks with a bit of overlap on either side. Before we know it Monday has arrived, then the next, and the next, and all of a sudden we are into another month already!


24 Comments on Monday : Moon day

  1. Great post, again 🙂 I was struggling to think of something to write for N as well and considered nothingness too (maybe about writer’s block) but lightening struck when I heard BBC radio 4’s Front Row last night and they announced the nominations for Best of British Young Novelists! I’m eager to see what N you decide upon 🙂

    • Nominations! Will head over there in a minute! Thanks Rachael for stopping by – I’ve just put up my N post … 7 minutes ago!

  2. My Dear Susan,

    I love this article on the moon. I have learned many things that I had not considered before. Especially the coupling of the sun and the moon and the various ways that they compliment each other.

    Really enjoyed this one.


    • Thank you so much Patricia! They do appear at first glance to be antimonies to each other but they complement each other very well!

  3. I love following the moon through its phases but you’ve taught me several things here I did not previously know. I too am a fan of diaries and calendars starting on Sunday. It just seems odd that they are not honoring the traditional first day of the week. Susan, you’re posts are so poetic and your prose flows so beautifully that I feel like I’ve been to a short spa visit when I’m finished reading. Thanks so much!

  4. I feel like I’ve read this before, but thanks for the reminder. It’s a much nicer way of looking at Monday, especially for those who dread, Moon day.

    Have fun with a-z. 🙂

  5. I also wish that calendars would start the week on Sunday as that is the actual beginning of the week as you pointed out. Thanks for bringing attention to how the days of the week got their names. It’s interesting. 🙂

  6. Thanks Dawn for commenting! I can only imagine snow on the ground at full moon! Snow here in South Africa is very rare. It’s a lovely image thank you.

  7. So much here I did not know! I do love the moon when it is full and especially when there is snow on the ground and it almost looks like day time. I had planted a few flowers last fall for a ‘moon garden’. Thanks for the lovely post!

  8. I too don’t appreciate a calendar starting on a Monday but not quite as much as I object to BC and AD being changed to whatever they have been now. The BC/AD of our calendar refer directly to the advent of Jesus Christ. If people are so intent on changing it, they should use their own imaginations; reset the clocks; start at one; have a metricated year (or whatever they choose to call it) and metricated denominations thereof – all the way down to what we now call nano-seconds.

    Lol – rant off – great post. Thanks, Susan

  9. Susan, your gentle use of language and calmly intelligent tone are a tonic. I very much liked discovering your blog and will return. Numerologically speaking, 13 is indeed a lucky number. Thank you for a fine and informative read and for your lovely comment on my “Magic” post today. Delightful to meet you.

  10. I don’t like it when diary’s calendar start the week on Monday because like you said, the week starts on Sunday!

    Keep the ball rolling for the third week of the challenge, Susan! (*whispers*: I’m running out of ideas for the upcoming letters too!!! Hahaha!)

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