How the Planets Rule Our Days of the Week

Posted on October 01, 2013

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, it could 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. 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.


Tuesday is the day that is ruled by the planet Mars. You can see this clearly as Tuesday is Martis in Latin and Mardi in French. Mars is akin to movement and energy, so Tuesday’s child is going to be one that always has a lot of energy.

These 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.


In the poem Wednesday’s child is full of woe, in astrology Wednesday (called Mercurri in Latin) is ruled by Mercury. Mercury is the thinking planet, the intellectual planet, and it promotes skills in communication. Mercury also rules short journeys and transportation.

Wednesday’s child is going to be highly gifted intellectually. They may worry a little too much and wind up being a bit of an overthinker and get lost in their thoughts on occasion.


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.

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, if you follow your destiny and do the hard work to prepare.


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.


Saturday’s child works hard for a living. 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.

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 planet, that rules your destiny.


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.

They are wise and good, and whenever they enter a room they bring the joy and light of the Sun with them.

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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?

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