An Insight

Quarter of eleven at night.

Saturday’s Child

Through a process of desultory reading and writing I’ve arrived at a few insights about astrology mostly lost to people today. It started with an end note to Verlaine’s Saturnian Poems, saying he chose the title because of the work he had to put into them, as if ordained by Saturn. Then a week or so later, I rifled through Baudelaire and chanced on his poem addressing Sisyphus, whose punishment in hell was the pointless labor of pushing a round boulder up a hill eternally. Baudelaire also prayed for the term of his suffering to be short. I gathered from this the idea that for him, life is pain and suffering. The image of Sisyphus was taken up by Camus in one of his essays. The last thing came to me like an inspiration. Stephen Stills wrote a song, “Everydays,” he gave to Yes to record in 1970. The first verse goes,

Look at the sad goodbyes

Every day’s a killing time

Sun coming up outside

No men are born this time

Saturday’s Child stays home

Nothing to say, so long

In turn, the meaning of Saturday’s Child is revealed by an old nursery rhyme.

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 his living…

Finally, you only need to make the connection between Saturday and Saturn to make complete sense of the role of hard work in the essence of Saturday’s Child. Saturn in astrological tradition is the tester and taskmaster for those it rules.


2 thoughts on “An Insight

  1. Yes!
    Saturday’s Child is hardworking and dedicated to his/her goals. He or she is always looking for ways to improve and grow. Saturday’s Child is a true believer in the power of hard work and will do whatever it takes to succeed.

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    1. I’m very glad you liked my post.

      Myself, I was actually a Wednesday’s Child, according to what my mother told me. My sister and brother were born on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. And appropriately, I feel an affinity for the Norse god Odin, or in German, Wotan. Why is he full of woe? The story says he took a drink from Mimir’s well, sacrificing an eyeball, to be given all the knowledge in the world. His knowledge included the prescience of the demise of the gods. So he went around with this burden.

      Have a nice weekend.


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