Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tiw's Day

Tuesday was named after the Old English god Tiw. Tiw is a form of the Proto-Germanic god Tiwaz, or Tyr in Norse, a sky god, and god of war and law. In the Thai solar calendar, the day is named for the Pali word for the planet Mars. Mars is also called Angaraka, meaning "One who is red in color," like the planet we see in the sky. The Spanish word for Tuesday is Martes, from its Latin origin, meaning "Mars Day." The name Mars survives in everyday use in reference to military or extraordinary circumstances, such as martial arts or martial law. The month of March is inspired by this god's name. The associated rune is Teiwaz, an upright arrow or spear. It is a rune of courage, bravery, and steadfastness in the face of adversity. As a talisman it is used to protect in the material realm, give victory and strength, and to heal wounds. It is the rune of knowing where one's true strengths lie. This is the path of the warrior.

May you triumph.