Thursday, January 29, 2015

Getting the hang of Thursdays

“This must be Thursday," said Arthur to himself, sinking low over his beer. "I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”
Thursday was the day that Earth was destroyed for the first time, by the Vogons. It is also the day that Arthur Dent began the most interesting journey of his life. Fenchurch, "a girl sitting on her own in a small cafe in Rickmansworth", discovered secrets of the Universe.
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

"We'll go because it's Thursday, Pooh said, "and we'll go to wish everybody a Very Happy Thursday. Come on Piglet."
- A.A. Milne,The House at Pooh Corner.

Middle English thur(e)sday
Old English thursdæg
Old Norse thorsdagr "Thor's day"
Old English thunresdæg "thunder's day"
Latin dies Jovis "day of Jupiter"
Ancient Greek hemera Dios "day of Zeus".
Thor is the Norse god of thunder. Jupiter (Jove) is the supreme Roman god and patron of the Roman state, and noted for creating thunder and lightning. Zeus is Greek god of the heavens and the supreme Greek god.

Other tid-bits about Thursday can be found at Wikipedia. .

According to Nostradamus' prediction (Century 1, Quatrain 50), a powerful (but otherwise unidentified) leader who will threaten "the East" will be born of three water signs and takes Thursday as his feast day:

From the three water signs will be born a man
who will celebrate Thursday as his holiday.
His renown, praise, rule and power will grow
on land and sea, bringing trouble to the East.

Has this person appeared yet or has he been and gone? 3 Water signs = Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces - so a man with those signs prominent in his nativity? Some ideas on this have been discussed at an astrology message board HERE.


mike said...

One of the many pleasures of my retirement is the demotion of the individual days of the week to simple place-holders for the other days of the week, with no particular day(s) having predominance over the other(s). I do need to know the name of the day for TV programming schedules, but Netflix and streaming is obscuring that boundary. I rarely have appointments of any kind and, if I should, I tend to resent the cognizant effort required to track the "when" of it. I do manage to keep-up with Tuesdays, my trash pick-up day, but my neighbors' configuration of containers on the curb alerts me to the deed, should I relapse into nameless sunrises.

I was born on a Sunday, so I'm fair & wise, or bonnie and blithe. "Thursday's child has far to go" can be interpreted a number of different ways, but most infer a problematic child, with the occasional pronouncement that this child will go far in life, meaning a life of riches or acclaim. "Thursday's Child" is the title of books, songs, and movies. Maybe I'll start using it on people that get on my nerves, "Don't be a Thursday's child"...they won't know whether it's an insult or compliment...LOL.

Twilight said...

mike ~ I recognise that feeling! Preparing posts for the blog does help orient me day-wise though; but husband often needs assistance in pinpointing what day it is. ;-)

I like the idea that Thursday, being Jove/Jupiter's day, and Jupiter being astrological planet of travel, that the "far to go" should be taken literally.

LB said...

Twilight and mike ~ It's reassuring to know I'm not the only one who doesn't keep track of days or dates anymore.:)

LB said...

In keeping with today's post, here's a youtube link (I HOPE) to David Bowie's "Thursday's Child":'s+child+by+david+bowie&FORM=VIRE7#view=detail&mid=1E2E07B14F018A4071DC1E2E07B14F018A4071DC

Twilight said...

LB ~ Nicely apt song from Bowie - hadn't heard that one before - thanks for the link. :-)