The speaker in Ecclesiastes is only identified in Hebrew as Qoheleth, meaning the "Teacher," "Preacher," or "Ecclesiatsa" (member of the ecclesia). He described himself as "son of David, king in Jerusalem." Solomon was one of the many children of King David.
The verses Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 are scripture which appear in homes on plaques and samplers. These words provide spiritual contemplation of the seasons of life.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8Indeed, the words of a popular 1960's song, Turn, Turn, Turn, by "The Byrds" were adapted directly from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.
In Ecclesiastes 3:1, the Teacher explained that "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven..." In the rural communities of USA South, farmers well understood that a time for sowing seed, a time to take in the harvest, a time for slaughtering pigs, etc. Folks in rural areas lived their lives by the signs and seasons. People often planted, not only by seasons, but also by the phases of the moon. Thus, some root workers have interpreted this scripture to mean God's blessing is upon the root worker scheduling certain types of root work when it is supposed to be more effectatious.
These cycles of time in the ebb and flow of planting and harvesting applied to not only seasons, but years. Planted in sandy loam, watermelons need a long growing season of about three warm months. Yet, peach trees don't start to produce fruit until their third or fourth year. Certain types of botanticals used for rootwook had their own cycles and times to be both "planted" and then "plucked up."
The seven days of the week were likewise seen as having their own cycles, their own best times for "working the root."
Indeed, certain Psalms are tradtionally associated with specific weekdays and blessings can be gleened from reciting them on these days. The also the seven days of the week are tradtionally associated with seven sacred "luminaries" or "lights," Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn.
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: Genesis 1:14-19 (KJV)
On Sunday, Psalm 24 is recited in reference to the first day of Creation, on which God commanded, "Let there be light," in the universe. It is also the holy day of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Light of the World. The holy name associated with this psalm is Adonai, which means "Lord."
The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.The purpose of this psalm is to aid escape from the greatest danger, as the Lord Jesus Christ helped all Christians escape from sin and death through the Resurection.
Sunday is also associated with the luminary of the Sun, which is the great luminary which rules daytime. The light of the Sun divides day into night. Thus Sunday's spiritual or hoodoo work may also traditionally include any purpose connected with light, blessing, achievement, the Heavenly Father, fatherhood, men and boys, health and spiritual well-being, healing, success, gold, fame, and will power. The traditional symbolic candle colors are yellow and gold.
On Monday, Psalm 48 is recited in reference to the second day of Creation, on which He separated the things that He made (the heavens from the earth) and reigned over them. The holy name is Adonai, "Lord."
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge. For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away. Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail. Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah. We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple. According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness. Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments. Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof. Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following. For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.The purpose of this psalm is that enemies will no more attempt to cause injury as they will be seized with fear, terror, and anxiety.
Monday is also associated with the luminary of the Moon, which is the great luminary which rules the night. Monday's spiritual or hoodoo work traditionally can include any purpose connected with motherhood, women and girls, home, family, dream-work, psychic visions, white coins, the night, and water. The traditional symbolic candle colors are white, silver, and blue.
On Tuesday, Psalm 82 is recited in reference to the third day of Creation, on which He exposed the land with His wisdom, thus preparing the world for His assembly. The holy name is El, "God."
God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.The purpose of this psalm is that business affairs will succeed and prosper.
Tuesday is also associated with the luminary of the planet Mars. Tuesday's spiritual or hoodoo work traditionally can include any purpose connected with strength, contention, strife, competition, open conflict, confrontation, war, courage, power, risk-taking, success, victory, athleticism, climbing-over/over-coming obstacles, and blood. A traditional symbolic candle color is red.
On Wednesday, Psalms 94-95:1-3 are recited, in reference to the fourth day of Creation, on which He created the sun and the moon and the stars, and how these luminairies reveal the truth. The holy names are El Adonai Hashem, "the Name of the Lord God."
O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself. Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph? How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves? They break in pieces thy people, O Lord, and afflict thine heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it. Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see? He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he know? The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity. Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law; That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. For the Lord will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance. But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it. Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. In the multitude of my thoughts within me thy comforts delight my soul. Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. But the Lord is my defence; and my God is the rock of my refuge. And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.The purpose of the psalms is that enemies and the wicked will be revealed in the truth.
O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Wednesday is also associated with the luminary of the planet Mercury. Wednesday's spiritual or hoodoo work traditionally can include any purpose connected with messages, communication, teaching, clear speech, commerce, trade, verbal skills, trickery, gambling and gaming, eloquent speech, and broadcasting. A traditional symbolic candle color is orange.
On Thursday, Psalm 81 is recited in reference to the fifth day of Creation, on which He created the birds and the fish to give praise to his name. The holy name is called Elohim, "God."
Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob. Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery. Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day. For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob. This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt: where I heard a language that I understood not. I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots. Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah. Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me; There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god. I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. The haters of the Lord should have submitted themselves unto him: but their time should have endured for ever. He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat: and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.The purpose of this psalm is to understand that joyful faith saves men from falling into foolish errors and unbelief.
Thursday is also associated with the luminary of the planet Jupiter. Thursday's spiritual or hoodoo work traditionally can include any purpose connected with expansion, wealth, patronage/loans, money [Europe], clothing, power, dignified rulership, and royalty. A traditional symbolic candle color is purple.
On Friday, Psalm 93 is recited in reference to the sixth day of Creation, on which He completed his work and reigned over his creations. The holy name is Adonai Hashem, "the Name of the Lord."
The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. The floods have lifted up, O Lord, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves. The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.The purpose of this psalm is to understand that any unjust and stern opponent can be humbled.
Friday is also associated with the luminary of the planet Venus. Friday's spiritual or hoodoo work traditionally can include any purpose connected with love, marriage, sexuality, plants, beauty, seduction, aesthetics, pleasure, romance, friendship, physical beauty, aesthetic or magnificent beauty, art/artistry, and money (USA). The traditional symbolic candle colors are green (love, money, wealth), pink (romance/relationships), and shiny copper (pennies).
On Saturday, Psalm 92 is recited in reference to the seventh day of Creation on which He rested and the universe knew peace. The holy names are called El Elyon, "the Most High God," and Jehovah Shalom, "Jehovah Peace."
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O Lord, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever: But thou, Lord, art most high for evermore. For, lo, thine enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.The purpose of this psalm is to understand that good fortune will increase.
Saturday is associated with the luminary enegies of Saturn. Saturday's spiritual or hoodoo work traditionally can include any purpose connected with love, agriculture, planting, dirt, duty, protection, spiritual attack, obstacles, jinxs, restrictions/limitations to be placed upon the works of others, death, and peace. The traditional symbolic candle colors are black or brown.
Days of the Week and the Seven Sacred Luminaries (lights)
|Sunday||Psalm 24||Sun||yellow, gold|
|Monday||Psalm 48||Moon||white, silver, blue|
|Friday||Psalm 93||Venus||green, pink, copper|
|Saturday||Psalm 92||Saturn||black, brown|
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