Crazy Calendar Customs

by Mama Coover

There are lots of customs that people do that they just do without even thinking about what they are doing or why they are doing what they do. They just do what everyone else is doing, and for the most part, don't stop to ever ask themselves "Why?"

Surely that's other people, though, and not me, right? We know the origins of lots of things and that's why we don't do them, right?

But is that right? If so, to what degree? I'm guessing that there are lots more customs out there that we're unknowingly going right along with... when maybe we shouldn't be... and for good reasons.

During a recent Shabbat Scripture reading, we came across one such thing... could there possibly be more????

Below is a scripture to open up the mind and the subject, followed by the time-tested (?) familiar names of the days of the week and the months of the year. Beside each one is listed it's origin or how it got it's name. Did you ever stop to wonder why the writers of the scriptures didn't call them what we call them? The same names we use today were around back then, too, yet the authors of scripture did not use these names. Interesting, isn't it? To close this little study, and to help further in the digestion process are two more verses from Deuteronomy.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another elohim (mighty one): their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. Psalms 16:4

The Days Of The Week

  • Sunday - Sun
  • Monday - Moon
  • Tuesday - (god) Tiu
  • Wednesday - (god) Woden
  • Thursday - (god) Thor
  • Friday - (god) Frigg
  • Saturday - (god) Seturn

The Months Of The Year

  • January - Roman god Janus
  • February - Februa (Roman holiday to honor the dead)
  • March - Mars, the Roman god of war
  • April - Latin word meaning "to open" because April opens up spring Of Yahweh's (God's) new year.
  • May - named either after Marius Juppiter, the king over all the gods or after Maia, the goddess of the crops
  • June - honors Juno, the wife of Jupiter (astrology - false gods)
  • July - Julius Caesar named this one after himself in honor of himself
  • August - Augustus Caesar named this one for himself (he must have like Julius's idea)
  • September - means the number 7 (because when March was the first month, that made September the seventh month)
  • October - means # 8 (Octo)
  • November - means # 9 (Novem)
  • December - means # 10 (Decem)

And ye shall overthrow their altars..... and destroy the names of them out of that place. (Deuteronomy 12:3)

Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee: and that thou enquire not after their gods saying, how did these nations serve (honor) their gods? Even so will I do likewise. (Deuteronomy 12:30)

Still not convinced? Supposing Bill Clinton had gotten a notion to take up where Julius and Augustus left off and did a bit of calendar updating himself, complete with a month in honor of HIMself. I wonder if we'd all be so quick to go along with it all them? I wonder if there is really any difference between now and then.



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