Esoteric Artwork for each of the Days of the Week

Every now and again, I have to give myself a challenge.  Last week, I decided that my assignment would be to post, every day, an esoteric artwork for each of the days of the week.

Each drawing was made in the fashion of a magical talisman (sort of) in that I included many occult symbols, names of deities/angels, and things of that nature.  The project was intended to teach me about the planetary rulers over each day of the week along with its magical correspondences.  It also functioned as a great lesson in Hebrew.

I began with the full moon last Monday by posting “Lunes”.

Esoteric artwork drawing - Lunes

My homage to Mars followed with “Martes”.

Esoteric artwork drawing - Martes

Wednesday drawing is “Miercoles” which is reversed due to the current Mercury retrograde.

Esoteric artwork drawing - Miercoles Retrograde

I posted “Jueves” on Thor’s day.

Esoteric artwork drawing - Jueves

Friday drawing is “Viernes”.

Esoteric artwork drawing - Viernes

Saturday is “Sábado”.

Esoteric artwork drawing - Sabado

Completing the set is Sunday’s drawing “Domingo”.

Esoteric Artwork drawing - Domingo

Feel free to ask if you have any questions.  Thank you for viewing my work.

How the Days of the Week got Their Names

By preschool age, most people know the days of the week pretty well.  It is amazing that despite that fact, most people have no idea how the days of the week got their names and what those names actually mean.

Seven days

Have you ever wondered why we have seven days of the week?  It turns out, it is the same reason people consider seven to be a lucky or holy number (depending on the belief of the individual).  The roots are ancient and rather simple once we are made aware of the answer.  We can observe seven celestial spheres in the sky with the naked eye.  The observable solar system is how the days of the week got their names.  The most obvious ones are pretty easy to figure out based on this knowledge.  Let’s have a look at each day and it’s meaning in order. For good measure, I will also give a little more information about the days’ the pagan connections and zodiac correspondences.

solar system - how the days of the week got their names

How the days of the week got their names

Sun - how the days of the week got their namesSunday

Sunday is the day named after and said to be ruled by the sun.  This one is a bit obvious because it is literally “Sun-Day”.  This is why so many solar based religions engage their religious ceremonies on the day of the sun.  Sunday has historically been the day for solar deities such as Apollo, Horus, Ra, Surya, Jesus and many more.  The zodiac sign associated with Sunday is Leo.

Moon - how the days of the week got their namesMonday

Monday is named after the moon (Moon-day).  Monday is a day that has been historically associated with lunar deities such as Artemis, Sin, Kuhu, Diana, and many more.  The zodiac sign associated with Monday is Cancer.

 

Mars - how the days of the week got their namesTuesday

Tuesday is names after Mars.  The origin is Norse for their ancient war god was named Tyre.  Tuesday is derivative of the name “Tyre’s Day” (incidentally this is also where the word “tyranny” comes from).  This evolved through languages and time into the familiar name we use today.  Mars is, of course, the name for the Roman war god but the planet has carried many other names throughout cultures and history.  Some such names include Nergal, Mangala, Ares, and Hur Deshur.  The zodiac signs associated with Tuesday are Aries and Scorpio.

Mercury - how the days of the week got their namesWednesday

Wednesday is named after Mercury.  The name is another that was derived from the Norse god Woden associated with the planet.  The original name, like Tyre’s Day, was evolved from Woden’s Day into the common name in use today.  Some of the many names for Mercury from around the world include Hermes, Budha, Thoth, and Kokhav.  The zodiac signs associated with Wednesday are Gemini and Virgo.

Jupiter - how the days of the week got their names copy

Thursday

Thursday is named after Jupiter.  It turns out that those old Norse gods dominate all of the middle of the week.  Thursday is really “Thor’s Day” and evolved as the other names have.  Jupiter has also been called many names including Zeus, Enlil, and Marduk.  The zodiac signs associated with Thursday are Pisces and Sagitarius.

Venus - how the days of the week got their namesFriday

Friday is named after Venus.  The norse god Freya is associated with the planet Venus and the current name use developed from “Freya’s Day”.  Venus has been associated with love throughout cultures (Friday I’m in Love) and carries many names such as Ishtar, Aphrodite, and Ba’ah.  The zodiac signs associated with Friday are Taurus and Libra.

Saturn - how the days of the week got their names copySaturday

Saturday is named after the planet Saturn.  This one is another fairly obvious one since it sounds like “Saturn’s Day” when you say it.  Saturn is considered by many cultures to be the ruler of time, darkness, evil, agriculture and karma.  Some of the other names attributed to Saturn are Kronos, Shabtay (origin of the word “Sabbath”), Ninurta, and Sani.  The zodiac signs associated with Saturday are Capricorn and Aquarius.

The Connection

By looking beyond the mundane meanings that we take for granted, we can connect to the history that we are involved in.  I find it truly fascinating to dig in to language and find out what hidden meanings might be right in front of us but beyond our attention.  Our ancient ancestors put a great deal of reverence in creating the languages we speak.  The pantheon of our solar system across cultures explains just how the days of the week got their names.

Days of the week septagram

A Seven pointed star can be created to represent the sacred week.  The symbol is constructed with the sun at the top.  Each of the other spheres are simply placed at the end of the line followed from the previous.  Here is the version of the star that I have designed:
days of the week septagram by Scott Myst

I have made this diagram into an awesome screen printed t shirt which you can get from my Etsy shop by clicking the images below.  I screen print the shirts by hand on some of the best cotton shirts around!

Days of the Week t shirt from closet of mysteries days of the week ladies black t shirt from Closet of Mysteries days of the week t shirt by Closet of Mysteries

Hand Drawn “World Tree” T Shirt Design by Scott Myst

I recently completed my hand drawn “World Tree” t shirt design.  Here is the behind the scenes look at the design from beginning to end.

world tree muscle tank top from closet of mysteries
While reading Shamanism: Archaic Techniques of Ecstasy by Mircea Eliade, I was inspired to make a shirt design around the concept of the World Tree.  The tree is an archaic concept of a life force that penetrates all levels of existence; the underworld, our mundane or physical world, and above into the heavens.  This concept is present in most cultures from Siberia to the Norse traditions and are even the original basis for modern christmas trees.

The Drawing 

To begin my work, I pulled out my antique compass which was originally my father’s.  He bought the set brand new in the 1930’s.  It is a work of art in its own right.

Vintage compass set

I laid out a standard five pointed pentagram as the background and added the tree in the center.  Next, I added the alchemical elements around the outside.  Once the pencil work was complete, I began inking with illustration pens.

World Tree Original Drawing by Scott Myst World Tree Original Drawing by Scott Myst

World Tree Original Drawing by Scott Myst
World Tree Original Drawing by Scott Myst

World Tree Original Drawing by Scott Myst

The Screen print

Once the drawing was complete, it was scanned and prepared in for output onto shirts.  I removed any remaining pencil marks and made the artwork a solid color for the best screen print.  World Tree original art screen print from Closet of MysteriesThe image is printed large on the front of the t-shirt in a single color for a bold and unique shirt you can’t find anywhere else!
World Tree original art screen print from Closet of MysteriesWorld Tree black t shirt from Closet of Mysteriesworld tree tank w
I love creating unique graphics by hand since it always results in something that is a truly unique expression.  My two passions come together when I create artwork based on ideas I contemplate while studying the mysteries that intrigue me the most.  I hope you enjoyed this look into my process of creating this hand drawn “World Tree” t shirt design.  Feel free to leave comments and suggestions for future projects.

I also welcome discussion about the mystery schools, shamanism, magick, and spirituality 🙂

Walpurgisnacht and Beltane – the thin veil for harnessing spiritual growth.

Walpurgisnacht festivalWalpurgisnacht is known as witch’s night.  It is the time of year when the veil between this world and the spirit world is thinnest – opposite of the year wheel from the Samhain holiday.  Traditional celebrations typically involve a bon fire, a may pole, and various other things celebrating fertility and abundance.  The Walpurgisnacht celebration is held on April 30th preceding Beltane or May Day.  Thusly, the preceding moth that follows is considered to be a time in which more spiritual energy is accessible than other times of the year until November when the door opens again.New_York_RenFaire_2004_maypole
There is a lot of disinformation about Walpurgisnacht and Beltane.  I have seen people refer to it as a Satanic holiday.  To clear things up, the veil is thin between the worlds.  That’s just that way it is.  It is not evil or demonic any more so than the dawn or twilight.  There are indeed evil people who take advantage of the accessibility to the available spiritual energy.  The truth is that anyone can.  It is the intention of those very evil people to make everyone else believe that these times are evil so that they can own a monopoly on that sort of power.  After all, they would not want too much positive energy mixed into the ether to dilute their ambitions.

year-wheel
Click image for the Year Wheel t shirt on my Etsy shop!

Taking part in the seasonal cycle is a beautiful ancient practice.  It is like understanding how the seasons work with the harvest.  By understanding the ebb and flow of unseen energies, we can take the reigns of our lives and direct ourselves to meet our true potential.  Don’t we grow food better when we have an understanding of the way that the seasons effect the growth and fruiting patterns in plants.  Imagine where we would be without that knowledge.  Understanding how spiritual energies work can provide the same sort of growth in our spiritual lives.

While participation is a festival is a fantastic way to celebrate, a simpler and more personal approach can also be employed.  Participation can be as simple as taking the time to actually give thanks for the good things in your life.  A  \”ritual” is simply an action with meaning.  Any sort of action will create a result if the meaning is focussed on clearly while it is enacted.  Whether the belief in external spiritual beings are real or imagined, by giving offerings the act embeds into our subconscious minds the attitude of gratitude.  Being thankful always brings about more positive results in our lives.  When we are thankful, we are happy which undeniably brings about better results than when we harbor negativity and unhappiness.  This time of year is the perfect time to plant those seeds and begin generating the positivity that can collectively turn our cultural journey towards a bright future.
May all of you enjoy the blessings of the season of growth and abundance!  Much love from our family to yours.

seedling in good hands