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Seriously, though, that seven planets (i.e. heavenly bodies) = seven days of the week thing is pretty interesting.

I actually never realized that was the basis of it until I first heard that quote (many years ago).

The list, by the way is:

Monday = Moon
Tuesday = Tyr = Mars
Wednesday = Woden = Mercury
Thursday = Thor = Jupiter
Friday = Frige = Venus
Saturday = Saturn
Sunday = Sun

These are the seven heavenly bodies known since ancient times, differentiated from the “fixed stars” by the fact that they move across the sky.

Actually, Uranus is faintly visible to the naked eye, as well, it but moves so slowly that it was always considered a star until it was discovered as a planet by William Herschel. Who wanted to name it (in fact, did name it) “George’s Star”, after his patron George III. Naturally, that name didn’t catch on with the rest of the world, and Britain finally relented.

THUNDER THURSDAY #33: Into 2017!

Hey folks, Paul here for THUNDER THURSDAY! With the new year underway, I wanted to share this comic by JM Nieto. It’s a beautiful mentality that I’m trying to apply to all things Thundercluck, and to life in general.

The image above has been translated into English; here it is in its original Spanish:

Some credit links for the cartoonist (all in Spanish):

I hope everyone had a good New Year’s celebration… now, onward 2017!

Paganism is not yet dead

It is in the days of the week.

Monday- Moon’s day
Tuesday- Tyr’s day
Wednesday- Woden’s day
Thursday- Thor’s day
Friday- Freyja’s day
Saturday-Saturn’s day
Sunday- Sun’s day

In our Holidays

Valentine’s Day- Imbolc
May Day- Beltane
Easter- Ostara Spring Equinox
Halloween- Samhain
Christmas- Yule-tide Winter Equinox

In the mythical beings and beliefs of the holidays

The Easter Bunny.
As Spring Equinox comes. Animals around get together to nest and mate. New life comes after the cold winter. Coloured eggs are the sign of new life and the bunny symbolised the fertility of the new life, in crops as well as offspring created from the couples that took part in handfasting rituals on Imbolc.

Halloween.
A single candle is placed in the window of a family’s home to help the spirits of their love ones lost find their way back. Faces were carved into gourds and vegetables to stand sentinel and protect from evil visiting as the veil of spirits weakens.
Halloween has been diluted to mean nothing more than a free candy giveaway but to the Pagans who celebrate it to it’s truest form change their altars to be thankful for a healthy harvest and on the night of ancestral visitors decorate their houses with memories of relatives passed to make it welcome for their visiting spirit.

Christmas.
Winter hunting comes to an end on December 25th. Children on Yule will have celebrated with cloves and spiked oranges or apples.
Bringing in an evergreen tree to decorate.
“He knows when you’ve been good or bad..” because Odin’s the shape shifting God of Gods and he can come see how you are from any form.
He comes down from his home in the frozen north, or Lapland.
Odin before giving the title to Freyja, was Lord of Alfheim (land of the elves).
Rudolph is a Reindeer but his real identity was much different. Santa rides a sled with Rudolph leading. Odin rides Slepnir, and eight legged horse and rumours are that he gets his red nose from eating Odin’s enemies, (and maybe even the naughty children.)
Children would leave out straw in their boots for Slepnir to eat and in return would awake to treats and toys in their place. (Also maybe the origin of the saying ‘fill your boots’)

*not infallible

Meaning of our weekday names

The tradition of the naming of the weekdays as well as the principle of the seven day week derives from the Romans. There they started to count the days after a certain astrology from that region, counting the planets as following:

Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn

All of their planets were dedicaded to deities, which were also the givers of the names of the weekdays.


That system soon stretched to many other parts of the world. In the Germanic regions the given names of the weekdays were replaced with deities of their own mythology that were in some way similar to the gods of the Greek one.


In the old counting Sunday was the first day of the week. Sunday is the day of the sun, dedicated to the goddess Sól. In old Norse: sunnudagr. In other languages, this day has later been changed to the day of the Lord.

Monday is the day of the moon, dedicated to the god Máni. In old Norse: mánadagr.

Tuesday is dedicated to the god of law and justice, Týr. In old Norse: týsdagr.

Wednesday is Wodan’s day (Odin). In old Norse: óðdinsdagr. In other languages (for example Icelandic, German, Finnish) this day is simply translated to mid-week.

Thursday is dedicated to the god of thunder, Thor. In old Norse: þórsdagr. In German and Dutch the name of the weekday means “day of thunder”.

Friday is dedicated to the goddess of beauty and fertility, Freya. In old Norse: frjádagr.

Saturday is still referring to the Roman origin: the day of Saturn. In the Scandinavian languages (Lördag/Lørdag) it simply means washing day. In old Norse: laugardagr.

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THUNDER THURSDAY #31: Memory Lane

Hey folks, Paul here for THUNDER THURSDAY! (And once again it’s technically early Friday EST.)

I’m ripping off Meg’s post from Tuesday–like Meg, I’m visiting the house where I grew up, and I’ve found some old sketchbooks from high school.

High-school-me had a thing for coming up with characters and drawing them over and over. I’ll describe some of them down below, but first! Meg mentioned dragons and anime in her Tuesday post…

…I think the question is, did anyone not go through a dragons and anime phase. (And if it’s more than a phase, more power to you!)

Anyway! My recurring characters were buried deep in high school memories, and finding these sketchbooks got me all nostalgic. Here are some quick descriptions:

Alidu (left): Short for “alien dude,” he was… an alien dude. His backstory was that, on a spaceship of alien heroes, he was just the janitor, but it somehow fell on him to save the day.

Robo (middle): Clearly the love child of Kirby and Mega Man X. Sometimes he had a lightsaber. There’s not much else to say.

Samurai Sam (right): Dragon Ball Z and Samurai Pizza Cats had me all about power transformations and armor that could “level-up.” Sam had all that, and he fought some kind of… evil… lizard people, or something, who wanted to take over his village.

  • It should be noted: high-school-me had zero idea what a samurai actually was, and I like to think nowadays I’d at least do some research before calling a character a samurai. (Regardless, I’ll always be fond of those Pizza Cats.)

Everything above was from high school. Here are some pages from my first year in college:

College triggered an interesting switch: my level of craft went up, while my fascination with characters went down (temporarily). Art school pushed me to explore new stuff, which meant I did less drawings of familiar things over and over.

That was for the best–I’m glad I ventured out of my comfort zone and got better at drawing! But I’m also glad to have a recurring character again in Thundercluck.

Thanks for reading!

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THUNDER THURSDAY #32: Remembering Princess Leia

Hey folks, Paul here for Thunder Thursday. This week I was deeply saddened to read of Carrie Fisher’s passing (and that of Debbie Reynolds as well), and I wanted to write a little Star Wars memory from my childhood.

When I was little, I spent a lot of time with my friend John, and one night his family had mine over for dinner. While the grown-ups were downstairs talking, John and I were upstairs playing as Han Solo and Luke Skywalker.

We were sneaking around like we were on the Death Star, and I thought it was just the two of us playing… until I rounded a corner and saw my sister, Sadie, holding a plastic ray-gun like Princess Leia.

I was maybe six, which would make Sadie about nine. My big sister was (and is) the coolest person in the world to me, so I loved the fact she would play with us. It also made a lasting impression on me that this kind of fun wasn’t “just for boys.”

This week I’ve read lots of comments from women saying that Princess Leia meant a lot to them as kids, that she was one of the first characters who made them feel empowered, and that Carrie Fisher’s outspokenness in real life gave them a voice.

This is a terribly sad time for her family, her loved ones, and her fans, but there’s some comfort to be found in the legacy she left behind.

So! Hug a loved one today, have a good New Year’s this weekend, and here’s hoping for an optimistic 2017.


The images above are from STAR WARS: A New Hope (© 1977 20th Century Fox) and STAR WARS: The Force Awakens (© 2015 Walt Disney Studios).

Inscribed Viking Thor’s Hammer Pendant, Yorkshire, England, C. 1000 AD

In old Danish or Latin on bronze, the inscription consists of a cross followed by the letters E M S N and a punched cross at the end.

Around 50 examples of Thor’s Hammer are found widely distributed throughout Scandinavia from 9th to 11th century, with a few examples from England. As an amulet it symbolises the god’s protection of the wearer. The 2 crosses suggest a Christian owner, and makes it an unusual and interesting example of the birth of Christianity among the Vikings, still clinging to their old gods. Thor (Anglo-Saxon Thunor and German Donar) was the son of Odin the Allfather. He was the god of order and chief antagonist of the giants, the demons of chaos. His chief weapon was his shorthandled hammer. His main enemy was the serpent, Jörmundgand, symbol of evil, who surrounded the world. Thor was sometimes equated with Jupiter. Jove’s Day became Thor’s Day (Thursday). He causes the thunderstorms whenever he uses his hammer or rides his chariot across the heavens.