Like the other days, “Wednesday” is derived from many languages, too many to list but you can also go down that rabbit hole when you’re ready! Wednesday is named after the planet Mercury and was called Mercury’s day aka Dies Mercurii in ancient Roman times. Wednesday also has connections with Mercury, the winged feet Roman god of commerce, travel, speed, self-expression, and science. Also note that Hermes, the Greek god of medicine and alchemy, is associated is the Roman god Mercury and also has wings on his feet.
However, some cultures were equating Mercury with the Norse god of wisdom and poetry Odin, whose name is also spelled as Wodin and Wodan in Anglo-Saxon and Germanic areas in the world. As a result, Dies Mercurii became Wodnes daeg. Woden’s day and eventually Wednesday.
Wednesday carries all the planetary and magical energies and associations of the witty and nimble god Mercury himself. While Wednesday has since picked up the nickname “Humpday” as an expression of getting over the weekday hump, the middle of the week, Wednesday is a great day to obtain wisdom and improve our communication skills.
Below are ways to show this day of the week, which is sometimes hard to spell (Yes. I do the Wed-nes-day) some love. Keep in mind that the below information is suggestions, guides. Sometimes, you have to go with what you’re drawn to at the time. For example, you may choose to work with your favorite crystal instead of what is recommended below or you don’t wear any of the recommended colors. That’s not a “Make or break. Oh no. I’m not doing it right” moment. Remember with any magickal work we do, We are the magick. We are the most important factor in our spell and ritual work. We fuel the power. Objects, color usage, and the sort are a bonus to our work that can give it an extra boost.
Spell Or Ritual For This Day:
I don’t have a particular spell or ritual for this day. The ritual I would do on this day would be a daily one. With that being expressed, a ritual for today would be to dedicate time each Wednesday to learn sometime new and go down that rabbit hole of consuming as much knowledge as possible about that topic. Wednesday makes a great day to cast spells regarding wisdom, travel, communication, and self-expression as well as with the associated gods and goddesses.
Deities Associated with Wednesday:
Goddess Athena: Goddess of war, wisdom, craft, and poetry.
Odin/Woodin: Norse god of wisdom and poetry
Mercury: Winged feet Roman god of commerce, travel, speed, self-expression, and science
Hermes: Greek god of medicine and alchemy
Flowers & Plants:
Fern, lavender, lily of the valley, aspen tree
Opal, Agate, Adventurine
Herbs, Spices, & Food:
Lily of the valley, eucalyptus, lavender, sweet pea
Reference: Book of Witchery by Ellen Dugan