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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Which Child Are You?


Do you know what day of the week you were born on?


In Chinese and Western astrology, your future is determined by the time at which you were born. Serious believers say that the exact time (down to the second) and location make a difference.

But there is a simpler folk system in a Mother Goose rhyme, where a child's character is determined by the day of the week on which he or she was born:
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,
Is fair and wise and good and gay.
Look at the following descriptions, and match them to the day above:

1. blessed
2. diligent
3. good-looking
4. happy and talented
5. kind
6. sad
7. successful


Let's look at the meaning of each description, along with some important variations.

"Monday's child is fair of face" Children born on Monday will be good-looking. Some say this is because Monday is "Moon Day," so the face of the child will be fair (lovely) like the moon's face.

"Tuesday's child is full of grace" This child is gifted with many talents. Life will be a happy affair from beginning to end.

"Wednesday's child is full of woe" This is the only negative day in the week. It may be because Wednesday is "Wodin's Day"; Wodin starts with "woe," and Wodin (Odin) was a Norse god who suffered much.

Because no parent wants a child to live under such a curse, there is another reading:

"Wednesday's child will fear no foe" Wodin suffered, but he was fearless through it all. This makes Wednesday into a more positive day.

"Thursday's child has far to go" This might sound negative, but the expression "You will go far in this life" is a very positive one: it means you will be a big success!

"Friday's child is loving and giving" Frigg, for whom Friday was named, is like the Roman Venus: the goddess of love. So the child born on her day will be "loving and giving."

"Saturday's child works hard for a living…" People used to have a six-day workweek, with only Sunday off. So on Saturday, the last day of the week, everyone was tired.

"But the child born on the Sabbath Day/Is fair and wise and good and gay." This line has many variations, including old words like "bonny" (fair) and "blithe" (happy). The Christian Sabbath (Sunday) was "The Lord's Day," and of course any child born then would be especially blessed by God.


1. Do you believe in astrology? Western? Chinese? Indian?
2. Are there other, more scientific, reasons why being born at a particular time is good or bad?
3. Where do you think people got these ideas of lucky/unlucky times and places to be born?


1. Sunday; 2. Saturday; 3. Monday; 4. Tuesday; 5. Friday; 6. Wednesday; 7. Thursday

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