What to Wear Every Day of the Week, According to Vedic Astrology

Kripalu School of Ayurveda

by Lauren Gernady 

Hmm … what to wear? Deciding what to don each morning can be an arduous battle, even—or maybe especially—when your closets are busting at the seams. Relief is in sight: Jyotish, or Vedic astrology, offers a daily color theory for pacifying the planets that can be a helpful tool in the midst of a wardrobe crisis. Looking good while cultivating good fortune—what’s not to love?

Translated as the “science of light,” Jyotish is one of the six auxiliary disciplines used to support traditional Vedic rituals. Originating in India, Jyotish explains planetary patterns that occurred at the exact time and location of your birth, with the goal of giving individuals more information on how their life will unfold. The birth chart forecasts strengths and weaknesses, with the intention of supporting us to reach our maximum potential. And nothing is a done deal: No matter what your chart tells you, there are numerous rituals and traditions that can be implemented to placate debilitated planets.

According to Jyotish, each day of the week has a corresponding planet. While some day/planet pairings are rather obvious (for example, Sunday is ruled by the sun), other days require cracking the ancient texts. Here are the planets, colors, and gems that correspond with each day of the week. Getting dressed is about to become both auspicious and streamlined!

Sunday  

Ruler: Sun

Color: Red

Stone: Ruby, Red Spinel, Bloodstone

Qualities: In Jyotish, the sun is believed to be a reflection of the soul. Due to this soul connection, Sundays are the best day to dedicate to spiritual pursuits. Sun Salutations on a Sunday morning are a beautiful way to greet the day and honor the paternal sun. In Vedic culture, paying homage to the sun is considered a boon for health and a boost to positive energy.

What to wear: Bring in more of the sun’s energy by wearing red on Sundays. Any and all garments count, whether you want to dress up like a firecracker, simply wear red socks, or get out your ruby slippers.

Monday

Ruler: Moon

Color: White

Stone: Pearl, Conch, Moonstone

Qualities: With her maternal pull, the moon fosters our emotional body. Mondays are best for honoring your yin, or feminine, energy. Opt to decrease stress and activity levels on Mondays to satisfy the moon. Since the moon is the planet of community and communication, “manic Mondays” are meant for connecting. Go out with friends and paint the town … white.

What to wear: Moon-day fashion includes wearing white and digging out the old family pearls.

Tuesday

Ruler: Mars

Color: Red

Stone: Red Coral, Carnelian

Qualities: The fiery planet Mars gives us our zest and energy. Due to its feisty side, Mars is traditionally considered a malefic planet (having an unfavorable influence). Jyotish advises avoiding Tuesdays for travel, weddings, conception, or negotiations. But, because aggression is rampant on Mars days, this is a great time to pursue athletic endeavors and competitions. Mars is thought of as the engineer, so this is also a good day for mathematics or research. Honor and right intention are highly important themes to consider on Tuesdays.

What to wear: Similar to Sundays, Tuesdays also require blazing reds. Red coral is recommended as the stone to appease Mars. If you tend to have a preponderance of pitta (fire) dosha in your constitution, a necklace made of red coral can help soothe it.

Wednesday

Ruler: Mercury

Color: Green

Stones: Emerald, Aquamarine, Green Tourmaline, Peridot

Qualities: The cerebral planet Mercury is known for lightning-fast intellect, merriment, and childlike energy. This planet rules communication, education, and commerce. Wednesdays is a day to tend the mind and care for the self.

What to wear: Mercury is represented by the color green, so wear something green on Wednesdays, be it a piece of jewelry with an emerald stone or your favorite pair of Chuck Taylors.

Thursday

Ruler: Jupiter

Color: Yellow

Stone: Yellow Sapphire, Amber, Topaz, Citrine

Qualities: Jupiter, the planet of abundance and luck, rules Thursday. This is the planet of goodness and generosity; thus, acts of service and donating your time are considered auspicious on Thursdays. Like the Moon, Jupiter is a social planet, and Thursdays are best spent in the company of loved ones.

What to wear: Hoping to bring about more abundance and luck in your life? Find something yellow to wear on Thursdays. I have an amber ring that I use as my default Jupiter day accessory.

Friday

Ruler: Venus

Color: Pinks, White, Light Purples

Stone: Diamond, White Sapphire

Qualities: Lovely Venus is the planet of the arts, so this is the best day to explore all aspects of the arts. Get creative and tap into your inner rock star. Pleasing Venus could look like making music, dancing, or drawing. Fridays are also perfect for romance, as Venus is a divinely feminine planet, deeply connected to love.

What to wear: Similar to Mondays, Venus and the Moon are both represented by whites. Often, I will slip some pinks or light purples into my ensemble on Fridays.

Saturday

Ruler: Saturn

Color: Black, Dark Blue

Stones: Blue Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst

Qualities: Heavy and languid Saturn rules Saturdays, which makes it a less-than-ideal day for material or social enterprises. Often thought to bring about losses and strife, this planet can be our greatest teacher. At the commencement of the week, Saturn invites you to reflect on purifying your mind and getting ready for a new cycle. This is a perfect day to retreat in nature and explore meditation. According to Jyotish, the mountains exude the positive aspects of Saturn energy, making Saturdays perfect for forest bathing and getting down and dirty with Mother Nature.

What to wear: Saturn is represented by dark colors, namely black and dark blue. Get out the metropolitan garb, as Saturn is certainly a planet to keep on your good side.

Lauren Gernady is the Academic Coordinator for the Kripalu School of Ayurveda, a 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga teacher, an Ayurvedic health counselor, and a lifelong student of holistic living. She explores this daily through cooking, yoga, studying Ayurveda, spending time in nature—and color-coordinating her wardrobe, of course.

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