The heavens, roots and origins of the word astrology.

Da means Day

Zodiac Signs and Horoscopes

Zodiac signs like horoscopes are today attributed to Europeans but the universe and the cosmos were first mapped by the first and early cultures of the world. In the Akan cosmology, every human is born with a name. This name is connected to your SOUL and it is the SOUL that decides the day you will be born. The name attached to your soul has characteristics and it is these characteristics that you will embody and help achieve your purpose in life. 

Every child born is given a name based on the day of the week they are born. You are named after the Abosom governing the day. This is known as Kra-Din Bosom. Kra Din (soul name) Bosom (deity). You become a vessel of the Bosom, a living embodiment of the deity. Kwa means an iconic representation, a vessel of.

In Akan culture, we honour our soul days, which come attached, with your true essence, character or destiny as opposed to celebrating birthdays. The idea of Zodiacs was already present in our cultures, as we are vessels of the Obosom operating on such a given day.

Kwa-Asi, represented by the Sun. Unlike the Moon, the Sun is more powerful in nature, hence people born on this day will be more visible, naturally born leaders, and as powerful as the Sun. The leader, the pathfinder. The one that paths the way, natural-born leaders. 

Kwasi is the male name and  Asi or Esi is the female name. Vessels of Asi or the Sun. a person born of this day will embody characteristics of the sun. The sun is naturally bright and powerful, it is always out and in the open. These are certainly qualities people born of this day embodies. Natural leaders. 

Kwadwo, a male name. Adwoaa, the female name. This means, persons born on this day will have the personality of the moon, which is patience, peace, calmness.

Kwa-Bena is characterised by iron casting, metallurgy, war and conquest. The Otomfo (black/ironsmith) one forges the iron (Dade Bena) to destroy every obstacle paving the way. The Ogun. Kwa-Bena (male). Abena (female). A vessel of Bena. A vessel of Ogun.

Kwa-Aku. Kwaku Ananse, Kwaku Bonsam as these praise names will suggest, the sorcerer supreme, (bonsam). Cunning and wise in nature, a communicator as characterised by Anansi, the spider, (the messenger of God). Also govern the media of exchange, transactions as in Aku Shika. Kwa-Ku (male). Akua (female), the vessel of Wuku.

Yaw Preko. Yaw Barima. Obaa Yaa Asantewaa. Bravery is their potion, as these praise names suggest. They dive into the problem. The consequences can think of themselves later. Manliness (barima). Preko (desirous of war) are their traits. It should therefore come as no surprise, the courageous feat of the Queen-mother of Ejisu. Yaa Asantewaa, in her call and defeat of the British in the battle for the golden stool (Sika Dwa). Yaw or Yaa is also a painful reminder of those we have lost. A day of remembrance as well. Yaw (male) Yaa (female).

Kwa-Afi, kyini, ntifu or ba bone are their character traits. Afia (Baafi or Nkoso). They love wandering without looking back.
Kwa-Mε (male) is the self-generating, perpetually creating, snake herbalist (Oteannankaduro). Atoapoma, always ready for combat. Ama, (female) graceful in nature as characterised by the name Adoma. Also the creator. The very concept of zodiac or horoscopes was first conceptualised by Afrikans.

Days of the Week

Kwasi Da, Sunday, is the day of the universe represented by the sun.

Dwo [ jo] Da, the day of peace, peace is represented by the moon. The moon is peaceful in nature compared to its significant other, the Sun. From here also comes the term, Moon day, truncated to Monday, in the English language.

Bene Da, Tuesday, is characterised by metallurgy. Bene means to be thoroughly cooked, to be hot. Dade bena, a thoroughly cooked iron, symbolised by metal works, sword and weapon making. Tuesdays in European culture is characterised by Mars, which is incidentally the Roman god of war.  

Wuku da, Wednesday, Kweku Ananse, Kweku Bonsam. Wukuda as these names suggest is marked by sorcery and trickery. Ananse is a messenger and also a wise and mischievous character.  Aku also represents wealth as in Aku Sika, a median of wealth, exchange and trade. This relates to females especially. 

Yaw Da, Thursday, a day of remembrance, where we remember those who have left us through war and other means. Characterised by yao (pain).

Fi Da, Friday, a day of love. 

Meneme Da, the day of God, I and I.

It is also very easy to see some of the similarities between these and the European days of the week. Bena signifies some hot or bright, hence the notion of red Mars, which interestingly is the Roman god of war. Dade bena, means a thoroughly cooked iron, iron heated to a malleable state, to be moulded into whatever shape.

We Honour Our Soul Day, Kra Da.

Kra Da (Birthdays)

Da means day. It also means sleep. They are synonymous and also shows the mapping of the days of the week, a new sleep (da) or night will bring a new day (da). Da is the root of the English word, day. The days of the week were formulated by the oldest cultures in the world. 
Da, to sleep. Da, day. Da is also the root of the Akan term, daye, which is a dream. Da, to be still or lie down. It also means to be in a solid-state.

From here also comes Kra da, which means, soul day, and this is the day of the week you are born. A sacred day that we honour. From here comes the idea of birthdays. In the Akan culture, we do not celebrate birthdays but rather, honour our soul day, kra da.