Did you know that the day of the week you were born on can determine different points of your personality? Have you ever discovered a personal trait in yourself that doesn’t match your zodiac sign? Perhaps you need to investigate what day of the week you entered the world.
Who knows? Maybe Monday born people may have more in common with each other than they may think.
There is an old poem about the days of the week that many people know well. When we learned it as children, we probably didn’t think too much about the deeper meaning at the time.
“Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child born on the Sabbath Day (Sunday), is fair and wise and good and gay.”
The interesting thing is that this old poem carries a significance that illustrates how each of the planets rules each of the days of the week. Not only that, when you know which planet rules each day, but it could also reveal some very interesting information about your life.
The notion that planets rule each of the days of the week goes back much further than this poem. In ancient Babylon, they organized a 7-day calendar where each day corresponded to one of the 7 planets that we can see with the naked eye.
Does the day of the week you were born on have any impact on your birth chart information? Absolutely. That’s exactly what we are going to look at today.
Do you know what day of the week you were born on? You might be wondering, which planet rules that day and what does it mean?
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Monday is ruled by the Moon and this means that a child born on a Monday will likely be more emotional than other people. Often being highly sensitive to the emotions and desires of others – meaning that people born on Monday’s are more likely to be empaths. The Moon also rules the Cancer zodiac sign, so those born on Monday will feel that similar emotional & maternal pull that this water sign also feels.
They might be the strong silent type, keeping all of their emotions in check until called on. Even so, Monday’s child is strongly guided by their emotional center, even if they do not show that side to them so much.
A person born on Monday may also get nervous very easily, as they tend to be sensitive. They will also be a peacemaker and try to smooth over conflict when it occurs.
Ruling Planet: The Moon
Associated Sign: Cancer
Tuesday is the day that is ruled by the planet Mars. Mars is akin to movement and energy, so Tuesday’s child is going to be one that always has a lot of energy. They are filled with a strong will, determination, and courage. While this can be a positive boost that will get them far in life, those born on a Tuesday need to be wary of their own impatience.
Scorpio and Aries, which is also ruled by Mars, share common traits with Tuesday-borns as they are extremely innovative, energetic, and courageous. They are born leaders, and they live their lives almost fearlessly. Tuesday children are always on the go, always trying new projects, and always initiating their dreams and goals.
Ruling Planet: Mars
Associated Signs: Scorpio & Aries
In the poem Wednesday’s child is full of woe, in astrology, Wednesday (called Mercuri in Latin) is ruled by Mercury. Mercury is the thinking planet, the intellectual planet, and it promotes skills in communication. Similar to Gemini (which is also ruled by Mercury), someone born on a Wednesday is going to be largely communicative, witty, optimistic, and open-minded. They love debates and learning more than anything.
Their power comes from the restless energy that gives them their desire to be forever students, wanting to absorb as much knowledge as possible. Wednesday’s child is going to be highly gifted intellectually.
Mercury also rules short journeys and transportation. Similar to Virgo, they may worry a little too much and wind up being a bit of an overthinker and get lost in their thoughts on occasion.
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Associated Signs: Gemini & Virgo
Thursday’s child has far to go according to the poem, and this is an interesting comparison to the notion that Thursday is ruled by Jupiter (in Latin it is called Jovis). People born on Thursday are said to go far in life, because Jupiter is the generous, benevolent planet, and is the luckiest planet of them all.
Similar to Sagittarius (which is also ruled by Jupiter) their jovial outlook on life and carefree attitude may make it appear that Thursday-borns are the luckiest person on earth, but they just trust the process and love the journey.
If you were born on a Thursday, consider yourself to be very lucky. Find out where Jupiter is on your chart and use that power to harness your true karmic destiny. Things may fall in line for you, seemingly effortlessly, so it’s important that you follow your destiny, connect to the inner world like a Pisces, and do the hard work to prepare.
Ruling Planet: Jupiter
Associated Signs: Sagittarius & Pisces
Friday’s child is full of love proclaims the poem. We see this from the planets as well. Venus is the goddess of love and beauty, and she rules Fridays (Veneris in Latin.) People born on Fridays are going to love everything to do with love, relationships, and romance.
If you have questions about love and were born on a Friday, have a look at where Venus is in your chart and make the necessary preparations to harness that power in your romantic life and relationships.
Ruling Planet: Venus
Associated Signs: Libra & Taurus
Saturday’s child works hard for a living, which may be surprising for a weekend born. This day is ruled by Saturn, the planet of limitations and restrictions. One of the reasons we all spend Saturdays running errands and doing odd jobs around the house is because Saturn rules this day. We are called upon to limit our fun to get the job done, and sometimes this involves restricting ourselves in some areas. Saturday-borns are also dreamers (like Aquarius) and like changing the game – their originality is what makes them stand apart from others.
The responsibility and hard-working nature of Saturday-borns are also reflected in Capricorn, which is also ruled by Saturn.
If you were born on a Saturday, you are a hard-working individual that doesn’t cut loose too often. You may want to learn to relax a bit more. You can also look to see where Saturn is in your chart to find out where you can make the most advantage of this hard working day, and the planet, that rules your destiny.
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Associated Signs: Capricorn & Aquarius
Sunday is exactly what it sounds like, can you guess what planet rules this day? The Sun of course! The Sun is not an actual planet, but it is the biggest luminary body in the sky that has a tremendous effect on all of us. As you can imagine, those that are blessed to be born on a Sunday are among the sweetest people to know.
Sunday has similar traits to Sun-ruled Leo, they are bubbly, feisty, and bursting with energy. Additionally, the rest and relaxation that Sunday usually brings reflect Leo’s own self-care dreams.
They are wise, good, and full of gratitude so whenever they enter a room they bring the joy and light of the Sun with them.
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Ruling Planet: The Sun
Associated Sign: Leo
Open Your Calendars
When it comes to understanding your birth chart, the day of the week you were born might not be the most important information, but if you can have one more little piece of the puzzle to help you better understand your destiny, why wouldn’t you?
Knowing what day of the week you were born on can give you that “ah-hah” moment and some insight into yourself. How is that going to help you in life today?
Have you ever wondered why you work so hard in life, then you realize it is because you were born on a Saturday? Ah-hah! Maybe you should try to balance work with family a little better.
Do you have a tendency to be a worry wort and wonder why you are this way? You then discover you are a Wednesday child. Ah-hah! Maybe you should try to be mindful that your worst fears rarely come true.
Now, take that information and look at your chart to see how you can make the most of that planet’s influence. What day of the week were you born on?
Read more & discover: Which day of the week is the luckiest for your zodiac sign?
* Editor’s note: This article was previously published October 1st, 2013 and has been updated for astrological accuracy.