Musings Pt.1

Inspired by a few others who have delved into the meaning of things… something as simple as the days of the week, months and years. In particular the naming convention of these markers and indicators of the passage of time, the sun and the moon. Derived from Hellenistic astrology, where the seven planets, known in English as Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury and the Moon

The 7-day week.

Sunday –  literally “day of the sun” (dies solis) Helios in Greek

Monday – literally “day of the moon,” (Lunæ dies) Selene goddess deity in Greek

Tuesday – literally “day of mars” (dies Martis – Roman god of war) from Ares in Greek mythos and much later Old English tiwesdæg, from Tiwes

Wednesday – literally “day of Mercury” (dies Mercurii) translated from Greek Hermes and Woden in Old English for Odin

Thursday – literally “day of Jupiter” (Jovis dies) from Greek dios hēmera “the day of Zeus.” and much later old English and Norse. Day of Thor

Friday – literally “day of Venus” (dies Veneris) which itself translated from Greek Aphrodites hēmera. Much later is Old English frigedæg from Norse mythology Freya – goddess of sexual love and beauty.

Saturday – literally “day of Saturn” (Saturni dies) loan-translation of Greek kronou hēmera, literally “the day of Cronus.”

So… who are these Hellensitic gods? who is Helen? Who are these Roman & Greek gods and why are the planets named after them? what is the significance that we use these names day in and day out to note the passage of time, days months & years.

History scholars tell us “The Hellenistic period” covers the period of Mediterranean history between the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BCE and the emergence of the Roman Empire as signified by the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE and the conquest of Ptolemaic Egypt the following year.”

But human history reigns and spans far further than this period, which in comparison this period is a very small part. Although a significant one which has since dictated how the western world is run to this day.

I will stop here, as I intend to ping-back later on in my entries. (which will seem a bit random) but that’s why I started this blog to connect the dots and share wider.

The beginning

Not quite the beginning but given the right amount of motivation from a close friend and my girlfriend. This marks the beginning of telling my story or entry aged 39 years old. During 2020 the year of absolute worldly chaos.

I’ve had an idea to start writing for sometime now and in part have put it off, but also due to a lot of personal events which have taken my focus of getting to this starting point but i’m here now.

From work colleagues, family and close friends. you need to write a book, you know so much. (do I? or did I just take some time out to understand my reality and question my reality an what I take for granted everyday or I am told that’s just how it is.) So i’ll start with a blog and hopefully some interactions with readers. Regardless I just need out whats in my head.

Anyway lets go on this journey. I expect this blog to flow in and out of current times and lots of delving into history,etymology, spiritual concepts and so on.

So… what happens when you scratch and dent the surface a little and then lift the veil? What happens when you challenge perceived common consensus? So far to date among my small circle of influence and audiences… Mixed responses, from wow this is amazing and just wow, to you’re a crazy conspiracist what do you actually believe in? Do you believe in god etc…

What is a belief?

believe (v.)

Old English belyfan “to have faith or confidence” (in a person), earlier geleafa (Mercian), gelefa (Northumbrian), gelyfan (West Saxon), from Proto-Germanic *ga-laubjan “to believe,” perhaps literally “hold dear (or valuable, or satisfactory), to love” (source also of Old Saxon gilobian “believe,” Dutch geloven, Old High German gilouben, German glauben), ultimately a compound based on PIE root *leubh- “to care, desire, love”

Meaning “be persuaded of the truth of” (a doctrine, system, religion, etc.) is from mid-13c.; meaning “credit upon the grounds of authority or testimony without complete demonstration, accept as true” is from early 14c. General sense “be of the opinion, think” is from c. 1300. Related: Believed (formerly occasionally beleft); believing.

For me I spot a red flag with the meaning and I’ll delving into observations like this a lot. ( Conscious i’m using the same said language to have this observation :@) ) and also delving into origin of languages and significance of timing in line with world events and publications which in turn have changed the world or still impact the world to date.