The Seven Days of Creation
and fundemental order in Astrology
(c) 1989 Andrew J. Bevan, QHP, DMS Astrol
the Beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth" (Genesis
the beginning God created the heavens that were seven in number. These
were the seven planets and their fields. In the beginning God created
the planets and the Earth.
to A.J.Pearce (1840-1923)
the common and well-known version of the Biblical verse as found in
Genesis 1.1 builds upon a misrepresentation. This is because the
Hebrew words "ath he shemin" means markers or dispositors of
the original matter, which is expressed in plural. The plural of
"shem", markers or dispositors, has incorrectly been
translated to "heaven".
Earth was empty and barren. There was darkness across the great deep,
and the Spirit of God soared above the waters.
the first day occurred the first creative act and received its name,
from the creative and life-giving Sun.
His angle is called Michael.
The Hebrew word for the number one is Atched,
or Ashed. This is
a corruption of the words Ash, which means fire or star, and Shed, to
pour forth. From this derivation comes also Sheddai,
which means the All-Bountiful fire,
and which is the name of God, the "All Bountiful".
the first day is therefore assigned the Sun. In Latin the day is
called Domonica dies or
In English, Sunday, or in German, Sonntag.
principle of the planets and reigned above the others who gave no
light of their own and were in darkness. In the beginning there was
darkness, but God said: "Be Light", and according to the Sun
there was light. The Sun is exalted in the first sign,
Aries is the first seed. The landscape described by this sign is
barren and uncultivated.
second day was that of the Moon and become known as Monday.
The Moons angle is called Gabriel. In Hebrew the word
for the number two is
or Ashnem. This is
composed of the words Ash, fire, and Nem, slumber, and means the
Star of Slumber. This determines the Moon's office to the
second day of the week and also gives reference to her domain during
night. The Latin name of the day is Lunae
dies. In English the
weekday is called "Monday" and in German, "Monntag";
which is quite apparently derived from the Moon.
rules the water element and reflections. On this day God sent a plough
through the waters to separate water from water. God called the
expanse Sky. The moon is exalted in the second sign, Taurus.
Manilius says that the bull is wearied by the weight of the plough!
Maybe this offers an explanation to why Taurus is defected and has a
third day was assigned to the planet Mars and called Tuesday.
The name is inherited from the Norse god of battle, Tyr.
The angle of Mars is Samael. The Hebrew word for the
number three is Shelesh or
which means the
flaming star. Shelesh also means a general or leader
within the army. Mars, the red planet, is according to mythology the
god of war and influences all military affairs. From the Hebrew word
for number three it becomes obvious that Mars is assigned to the third
day of the week. In Latin the day is called Marties
is exalted in the sign Capricorn.
On this day God forced the dry land up above the waters. It is a good
job the scapegoat had both tail and hooves!! The mountains rose and
God said: "Let the land produce vegetation!" and Pan, the
god of nature, did oblige
fourth day is Wednesday and ruled by Mercury.
The day receives its name from the chief of Norse gods, known as Wotan
or Odin. The angel of Mercury is called Raphael.
In Hebrew the word for the number four, Arabo,
is composed of the words Ar,
light, i.e. as the light from a star, and Rabo,
which means activity, business or employment. Thus, Mercury is the "star
of employment". Arabo can also mean a finger, or a
grasshopper. The root of the word "rab" means "to
discuss or argue". The word Arabo, the number four, therefore
refers to Mercury as the guardian of the fourth day, Wednesday. In
German the day is named Mitterwoch, which means middle-week.
Norwegian the day is called "Onsdag",
which is a simple derivation from the day of Odin.
In Norse mythology Odin has two ravens; Hugin
- thought, and Munin
- memory. Odin became All-knowing by drinking from the fountain of Mimir,
but this cost him his one eye, that ruled by the Moon. This story is
reflected in the symbol for Mercury, which is corrupted. According to
observation Mercury appears to move in both the sphere closest above
the Moon and the sphere closest below the Sun. The cross marks the
planetary sphere. The circle should appear above the cross and the
semi-circle below (ref. my article on the planetary symbols), but then
Mercury can only appear with the Moon when the Moon is closely joined
to the Sun. Therefore the Mercury glyph shows the Sun and Moon placed
on the same side of the cross, a new Moon, but at which time the Moon
is invisible. This is also why ancient astrological texts say that
Mercury corrupts the Moon. Scientific method (and to become "all-knowing")
attempts to separate from the emotional and subjective, but logic and
reason reigns at the expense of feelings and personal needs.
Greek name for Mercury was Hermes,
which means the interpreter or mediator of the gods. Mercury is the
messenger and common to all. In fact, he is so strongly coloured by
those planets he associates with that he would easily get lost amongst
the contradictions. So to suit him for his task he receives his
exaltation in the same sign as his natural home, the purifying and
dutiful Virgo. This gives him restraint and self-command regarding his
first three days God used to break up new ground. For this He called
Taurus and Capricorn,
who all are armed by their horns. These signs also belong to the
ruminant or cud-chewing signs that have an incomplete digestion (and
may be accompanied with digestive troubles). On the fourth day there
were a lot of details to be attended to and that which God so far had
created was put into an order or a system. On the fourth day God
coughed up the building bricks of the Universe and the material of the
first three days was digested. The digestive system is, of course,
under the rulership of Virgo. And thank heavens for Virgo's sense of
to Norse mythology, in the
beginning Odin regulated the
periods of day and night and the seasons by placing the Sun and Moon
in the sky and assigning them to their respective orbits or spheres.
Mercury is the planet of duality, therefore God let there be two
lights to separate Day from Night. The Sun was set to rule during Day
and the Moon during Night. God gave his instructions to the Sun, Moon
and (wandering) stars, for these were to be the signs of information.
The seasons were determined and calendar time co-ordinated. (Note:
I have some observations that suggest that transits are of Mercury and
directions of the Moon. This may have some meaning when timing is to
be judged from a horary chart).
fifth day was assigned to Jupiter, receiving its name
Thursday from the Norse god Thor.
Thor is the god of thunder and a parallel of the Roman Jupiter. The
angel of Jupiter is called Sadkiel. The Hebrew word
for the number five, Chemash,
is formed by Chem,
warmth, and Ash, a
star - meaning the warm star.
in his treaty of the planetary powers that the influence of Jupiter is
primarily warm rather than moist. By reversing the first letter in the
Hebrew Chemash, we arrive at Meshech,
which means to anoint with oil. The root of this word relates to Mech,
fat. Of Mech comes Meschich;
Messiah - the anointed one. By reversing the first and last letter of
Chemash, we arrive at Shemach,
which means the star of joy. In Latin the day is called Jovis
exalted Jupiter in the sign of Cancer
and in particular set him to rule large animals. Cancer is a water
sign and the home of the Moon. On the day of the Moon God separated
the waters. Today he said: "Let there be an abundance of life in
the water, and birds fly above the Earth below the expanse. God
created the birds in the sky and the great creatures of the sea and
everything living in which the water teems. The water signs of the
zodiac are termed fruitful and God said: "Be fruitful and
increase in number". Jupiter is the Greater Benefic and God
blessed that what he created on this day.
the sixth day God completed the creation. Venus
holds her service and rulership to this day, which receives the name Friday,
The name is derived from the Germanian Freya,
which again is a corruption of the Scandiavian Froya
and Frigg, and equivalent to Venus. The angel of
Venus is called Anael. In Hebrew the number six, Shish,
is an abbreviation of Ash-ish
which means the star of
existence. On the sixth day Man was created and creation
completed. In this manner the day gave the uprise to existence.
According to Job (38:6-7) the cornerstone or capstone of creation was
lay down; while the mourning stars sang together and all the angles
(or Sons of God) shouted for joy. Music and happiness are both virtues
of Venus. From the Hebrew Shish, or number six, it is therefore
apparent that Venus rules the sixth day. In Latin the day is called
is exalted in Pisces,
the last sign of the zodiac. Hence it was a good day for completing
and putting the crown on the work, so to speak. Venus is the Lesser
Benefic. So also on this day God created living creatures and then
blessed them. God said: "Let us create Man in our image",
and Man and Woman were created (Pisces indicates the diversity or
opposites of sex), and therefore Venus is the ruler of the Human race.
(Venus has her fall into the humane sign Virgo, and has Taurus and
Libra as her domains.) The heavens were God's likeness and Man was
created in the likeness of the heavens according to the instructions
laid down on the fourth day. Pisces is a water sign and once again God
said: "Be fruitful and increase in number".
is the last sign and the capstone of the zodiac. Friday belongs to the
Son of Man. Jesus becomes identified with the capstone and was
crucified on a Friday (Psalms 118:22, Luke 9:22, Acts 4:11) (To add
some detail; It is Gabriel, the angel of the Moon and planet of
fertility, that comes to Mary and says she is to be with child. While
Jesus is to have given up his ghost on the 8th hour of a Friday which
is the planetary hour of Mercury. At this moment he gives out a cry (Mercury)
and hence a circle is completed). Pisces is the sign representing the
Christian principle. While the natural ruler of Pisces, Jupiter,
signifies anointment, it is the feet, ruled by Pisces, which is the
part of body commonly associated with anointment. Jupiter and Venus,
God (Jove) and Man, share dignity, or friendship, in the sign of
Pisces, which represents Heaven, or the Garden of Eden.
seventh day, Saturday,
receives its name from the planet Saturn.
His angel is Cassiel. Shebo,
the Hebrew word for the number seven, is a combine of the words Ash,
a star, and Sheb,
old age. Thus, Saturn is the star of old
age. Shebo also means to
have plenty or be full, with reference to Saturns rulership over the
products of the earth. The expression to be saturated (or flooded)
stems from the meaning of Saturn. The word Sheb also means to return
or restore, and is also used in appliance to the turn of the year, the
ending and the new beginning. (Saturn has his two heads, or signs of
rulership placed at the turning of the year. Saturn is closely related
to Janus, the two headed god, that gives name to the first month of
the calendary year, January) Also in regard of the week-end and
beginning of a new week.
root of the name Saturn comes from the Hebrew term Sater,
which means to hide or conceal. The other name of Saturn, Kronos,
arises from the Hebrew word Kron, a horn, which in the East is
recognized as a symbol of power. In English the day bears the easy
recognizable name Saturday, which lies close up to the Latin Saturni
dies. But in Norwegian the day is called lördag, which comes from the
Norse laugardagr, which means washing day and refers to the ancient
rinsing customs of the church.
how Creation was sown with alternate superior and inferior stitches,
as shown by the planets. The planets are placed in order according to
their motion. The Sun comes first because he is the swifter of the
superior planets. The Moon is the swiftest of the inferior planets.
first three days God used to break up the ground. Therefore we may
look to Aries,
Taurus and Capricorn,
who are all characterized by their horns. They go under the category
ruminant, or cud-chewing signs. This may be symbolic of how God
produced, or "coughed up, the building blocks of the world which
lay latent within his bosom. In our terms, the ruminant signs have
trouble with digestion. It was on the fourth day that the material
produced on the first three was digested, a typical trait of Virgo.
who has his office on the third day, offers his home sign, Aries, for
the exaltation of the first planet, the Sun,
on the first day of the week. But he receives the sign of his
exaltation, Capricorn, from the last planet, Saturn,
who rules the last day of the week, Saturday. For this reason, the Sun,
who is the receiver of both Saturn and Mars, cannot be termed fruitful
and benefic in the same way as the Moon. This is a principle found
inherit in powers of the planets.
gives her home signs, Taurus
to the second and last day of the week. The Moon
receive their exaltations in the signs assigned to the signifer, or
angle, of the Human race. In this sense, Man does also move from womb
exalted in his own sign, was placed in the middle of the week and did
in this manner gain a superior view over the other days. This is why Odin
appears as chief in Norse mythology. On Mercurys right side are
located the two lights and the lesser infortune. To the left are
located the two fortunes and the greater malefic. In this manner there
was achieved a balance on either side of the weeks midpoint.
(c) 1989 Andrew J. Bevan, QHP, DMS Astrol.