By Graham Dull
Aristotle had this view. He placed the earth at the centre of the universe, with the fixed stars at the outer perimeter, and he arranged the seven visible moving bodies orbiting the earth at different distances.
Determining and naming the days of the week
Long ago astrologers named the days of the week. They arranged the seven visible moving bodies (sun, moon, and the five visible planets) in order from lowest to highest. This gave the following order. Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn.
Using this order, astrologers made calculations wherein they named the days of the week.
We can easily duplicate their calculations
Arrange the seven deities in the given order forming a circle. Start with the Moon and place them in order around the circle. (See the chart above) Then link them all together with a seven pointed star, starting with the most prominent deity (the Sun) link it to the second most prominent deity (the Moon) and continue so as to complete the star pattern.
Commencing with the Sun, follow the arrows on the chart. The completed pattern names the days of the week in the correct order.
By placing the deity of the Sun in the first and most prominent position (on the first day of the week) the ancients firmly established his unquestioned supremacy. And now after thousands of years, and throughout the world, we still continue to follow this astral cycle day after day after day.
As we hurry on our way, few of us even pause to consider the significance of our well-ordered week, and the importance that was once placed on Sun Day, Moon Day, etc in respect to worship and idolatry.