Friday is associated with the planet Venus, a benefic, rajasic planet that governs romance, beauty, sensuality, passion, comforts, wealth, and luxuries.
“Thank God it’s Friday” not only denotes the end of the common work week but also to let the party begin – work is done and now we can pursue pleasure, beauty, art, and in general, fun times, good times – a time to feel free and not work.
Venus is known as Shukra in Hindu Mythology, and literally means “semen” in Sanskrit.
Today is a Rikta day – Rikta meaning stressful. The adjective sometimes used is “fierce.”
Today is the 4th day of the waxing Moon, Shukla Chaturthi, and each day now we are seeing the Moon getting stronger in its influence leading up to Purna, the day of fullness.
The deity for this day is Ganesh, who removes obstacles, clears out unneeded energy, and paves the way for efficiency and smooth sailing.
Moon is in the Nakshatra of Purva Bhadra Pada – surefooted goat (or one footed goat)- ruled by Jupiter – advancing and pushing towards the goal.
So Venus, Jupiter, and Ganesh – all in the mix today – Venus is rajasic and seeks pleasure and beauty and comforts; Jupiter, Guru-teacher, and Ganesh, clearing out obstacles.
Good for planning, strategizing, pondering teachings and beauty. A clear-thinking day (Ganesh), a time where you could discuss spiritual beliefs while drinking a glass of wine.
A good day to teach the kids how to appreciate beauty, art, culture, or just buy them an ice cream. Good day to kick back after work, buy your spouse some flowers, or go to church just to be quiet for a while before going to a party. Things can come easy (Ganesh) but it could be intense at the same time (Rikta).
Traditionally not an auspicious day for ceremonies.