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Author Topic: Planets as deities?  (Read 2759 times)

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Planets as deities?
« on: January 17, 2020, 03:45:42 pm »
So, for a while now, I've had this inclination to view the planets of our solar system as embodiments of the deities after whom they are named.
For example; seeing Mars (the planet) as an embodiment of Mars (the Roman god of war).

I know that might seem silly or unconventional, but it's just a strange thought I've not been able to shake.

Anybody else have similar associations?
"The worshippers of the gods go to them; to the manes go the ancestor-worshippers; to the Deities who preside over the elements go their worshippers; My devotees come to Me." ... "Whichever devotee desires to adore whatever such Deity with faith, in all such votaries I make that particular faith unshakable. Endowed with that faith, a votary performs the worship of that particular deity and obtains the fruits thereof, these being granted by Me alone." - Sri Krishna

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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 04:57:09 am »
So, for a while now, I've had this inclination to view the planets of our solar system as embodiments of the deities after whom they are named.
For example; seeing Mars (the planet) as an embodiment of Mars (the Roman god of war).

I know that might seem silly or unconventional, but it's just a strange thought I've not been able to shake.

Anybody else have similar associations?
As a child/teen I saw the stars as fire spirits, does that count?

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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 07:19:56 am »
As a child/teen I saw the stars as fire spirits, does that count?

That's quite interesting! The idea of seeing celestial bodies as spiritual entities is definitely something I wanna know more about.
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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 08:02:01 am »
That's quite interesting! The idea of seeing celestial bodies as spiritual entities is definitely something I wanna know more about.
I have no idea, its just an idea I had when I was younger and more naive.

Well and as for me it was just stars, planets are just rocks in space to me.  ;)
Including the one I am standing on.


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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2020, 10:53:29 am »
So, for a while now, I've had this inclination to view the planets of our solar system as embodiments of the deities after whom they are named.
For example; seeing Mars (the planet) as an embodiment of Mars (the Roman god of war).

So, depending on how you're defining 'embodiment' here, definitely not alone in this - there are whole philosophies of astrological magic in which the planets are the energies of the deities which are doing specific things.

(I am not in the embodiment camp, per se, but I am definitely in 'this is a way these energies manifest in our world'. Not 'the' way, in the sense of the only, but definitely one of the ones present.)
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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2020, 03:10:14 pm »
As a child/teen I saw the stars as fire spirits, does that count?

Very interesting perspective, must have made looking up at the night sky quite fascinating, I'd imagine?

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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2020, 03:55:20 pm »
Very interesting perspective, must have made looking up at the night sky quite fascinating, I'd imagine?
It did, in fact I talked to them a lot when I was in a ''home'' for people with autism.

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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2020, 04:05:09 pm »
It did, in fact I talked to them a lot when I was in a ''home'' for people with autism.

I can relate to talking to the Stars. I talk to the moon, too. I see my deities up there.
"The worshippers of the gods go to them; to the manes go the ancestor-worshippers; to the Deities who preside over the elements go their worshippers; My devotees come to Me." ... "Whichever devotee desires to adore whatever such Deity with faith, in all such votaries I make that particular faith unshakable. Endowed with that faith, a votary performs the worship of that particular deity and obtains the fruits thereof, these being granted by Me alone." - Sri Krishna

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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2020, 04:24:19 pm »
That's quite interesting! The idea of seeing celestial bodies as spiritual entities is definitely something I wanna know more about.

My deities are largely metaphorical, but the stars and worlds of our solar system, and beyond it, are definitely deities in my belief system. (An important class of gods called celestials, generative deities providing light and nurturing life.)

And we're connected to them, in that we (all us living things on Earth) and they share the same father, so they're our big brothers and sisters (albeit, because of their higher mother, one step closer to the ultimate divine, and therefore much grander and longer lived than us).

And for sure it changes how you look at the night sky!
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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2020, 04:46:59 pm »
I can relate to talking to the Stars. I talk to the moon, too. I see my deities up there.

I saw them he as spirits, but not deities.
(I did not worship them)

Now I just see balls of burning gas.  :)

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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2020, 12:51:40 pm »
I saw them he as spirits, but not deities.
(I did not worship them)

Now I just see balls of burning gas.  :)

Tangentially related, but...

Stars aren't living things as we understand the term, but they have defined lifespans--they're born, they grow old, and they die--and rather than being simple balls of gas, stars have complex internal structures.

And they sing:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13009718
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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2020, 12:56:56 pm »
Tangentially related, but...

Stars aren't living things as we understand the term, but they have defined lifespans--they're born, they grow old, and they die--and rather than being simple balls of gas, stars have complex internal structures.

And they sing:
www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13009718
Better stars then me, I HATE singing.

And the real thing is, are they sentient?  8)


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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2020, 04:26:24 am »



Anybody else have similar associations?

Many, many cultures throughout what we know of human history have associated deities with celestial bodies - the sun, the moon, planets, stars, comets. There's a lot of variance in whether the celestial body is believed to be the actual physical presence of the deity, is intimately connected to the deity in some way, simply represents the deity, or has some other relationship.

Is that the same kind of thing you're talking about? Or do you mean something different?

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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2020, 04:31:01 am »
So, for a while now, I've had this inclination to view the planets of our solar system as embodiments of the deities after whom they are named.
For example; seeing Mars (the planet) as an embodiment of Mars (the Roman god of war).

I know that might seem silly or unconventional, but it's just a strange thought I've not been able to shake.

Anybody else have similar associations?
Yes! Astrology is a part of greek pagan religion. :)
What you wrote isn't silly at all.
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Re: Planets as deities?
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2020, 05:27:59 am »
So, for a while now, I've had this inclination to view the planets of our solar system as embodiments of the deities after whom they are named.
For example; seeing Mars (the planet) as an embodiment of Mars (the Roman god of war).

I know that might seem silly or unconventional, but it's just a strange thought I've not been able to shake.

Anybody else have similar associations?

Nothing silly about that. In the public areas it's well known historically and, listening to Holsts Planets, they are certainly shown so in more recent years too.

As an interesting side tangent I recently read this ( from here - https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-space-and-time-could-be-a-quantum-error-correcting-code-20190103/ ) -
That year — 2014 — three young quantum gravity researchers came to an astonishing realization. They were working in physicists’ theoretical playground of choice: a toy universe called “anti-de Sitter space” that works like a hologram. The bendy fabric of space-time in the interior of the universe is a projection that emerges from entangled quantum particles living on its outer boundary.

Which to my mind makes me think how easy it could be for a planet ( or something/s else ) to be a projection of a deity...

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