Winter Seed Catalog Moon
Thor Battles the Giants
Greek speaking countries, for the most part, changed their day names to conform to the Roman Catholic system. In the Latin world there was more variation. Portuguese changed all the names, but in other Romance tongues the old planetary system of the Roman world prevails still with the exception of Sunday, Lord’s Day, and Saturday, Sabbath.
(Tyr and Fenrir
The most resistant have been the British and Celtic tongues. English replaced Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus with Germanic deities: Tiw, Woden, Thor, and Frigga. English retains Saturn, Sun, Moon.
Who the heck, you might ask, is Tiw?
Well, Tiw is old English for Tyr, a Norse god associated most famously with Loki’s child, the great wolf Fenrir, destined to kill Odin when Ragnarok begins. Tyr stuck his hand in Fenrir’s mouth as surety against a binding. The binding held and Fenrir bit off Tyr’s hand. He’s a martial god, too, sometimes called the Norse Mars.
Woden is Odin, the hanged one who gained wisdom hanging from the world tree Yggdrasil, and the king of the Aesir.
(Odin the Wanderer)
Thor was perhaps the best loved of the Nordic pantheon, a warrior god who specialized in killing giants. His great hammer Mjolnir has had feature roles in two recent Hollywood blockbusters.
Frigga is a Norse fertility goddess.
So, this Moon’s Day, weekly reminder of she who shines in the night, I bid you, good-bye. Until Tyr’s Day.