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Deification of the Planets

The Sun and Moon are the natural objects for deification in the imaginations of peoples who are subject to the whims of nature.  All one has to do is to spend some time out-of-doors on cold, rainy, or snowy conditions -- with little change for getting in out of the weather.  It is easy to appreciate anyone turning to worship the Sun, when they are cold and wet and the Sun, after a long period of absence, again shows itself.  Or on a night when the darkness seems impenetrable, a bright moonrise might seem a singular blessing.  

One should expect people in such a condition to easily become preoccupied with the two great luminaries who seemed to rule their lives.  But as Immanuel Velikovsky has pointed out <http://www.varchive.org/itb/deif.htm>, the ancient mythologies -- everyone from the Greeks and Romans to the Chaldeans, Hindus, and Mayans -- seem to concern themselves more with the antics and activities of the planets, whose only real apparent distinction is that careful and lone term observation will reveal them to be “wandering” against a background of otherwise steadily rotating, apparently stable stars.  

In fact, in all of these early cultures, the planetary-associated gods were the prima donnas of the field and considered superior to the mere Sun and Moon.  We hear much, for example, in Sumerian mythologies of Enki (=Neptune), Marduk (=Mars), and Inanna (=Venus), but very little of Utu (=Sun) or Nanna (=Moon).  We can also ask why Mars was chosen to be the archetype of the god of war.  As Immanuel Velikovsky has noted [ibid], “Thoth of the Egyptians, Nebo and Nergal of the Babylonians, Mithra and Mazda of the Persians, Vishnu and Shiva of the Hindus, Huitzilopochtli and Quetzalcoatl of the Mexicans, were personifications of planets; innumerable hymns were dedicated to them and adventures and exploits ascribed to them.”  

And yet Earth life clearly stems from the Sun, the seasons and transformations are due to the Sun, and thus the reasonable conclusion would be to worship the sun.  The planets were inconspicuous, lousy sources of light, and not even remotely sources of warmth.  Even the stars and their constellations, from Orion to the Pleiades or the Great Bear, with their majestic rolling across the sky -- and becoming favorite motifs in poetry and quite frankly capturing the imagination of most sky-watcher better than any planet -- would seemed to have received better PR than the Sun and Moon.  

But even so, for the ancients the constellations of the sky took only a minor and incidental part in their mythologies.  The real rulers, the major gods, were the planets.  Why?  

The word, Planet, comes from the Greek “wanderer”.  The modern conception of such wandering is likely confined to the idea that the planets move across a far away skyscape, and otherwise pretty much stay at a safe distance.  But if “wandering” is viewed in a more general sense of the word -- then such wandering might include Close Encounters of the Destructive Kind.  It would take only one catastrophic “fly by” of another planet to put all planets at the top of the “hit list” for most wanted terrorists.  And given an otherwise indefensibility against A Glancing Blow and its aftermath, the ancients might have turned to worship and prayer as their last resort.   

As for us modern sophisticates, if Shoemaker-Levy does not cause you pause to think about the possibilities of similar Earth-related events, then willful ignorance (“WI”) may be the next credential you put behind your name.  

The Epic of Creation gives us a good idea of the Sumerian view of just how important the planets could be.  Nibiru utterly destroyed one planet, Tiamat, who then gave up the ghost and left as remnants the Earth, the asteroid belt, and assorted rocks space debris.  Given the impression that one was stuck on the 8-ball, when all the other planets were part of the “break” and rushing about bouncing off of each other, it’s no small wonder that the ancients were very, very conscious of “wanderers”.   

The more notable effects of this planetary pin ball arena we call a solar system includes:  1) The Great Flood and Deluge, 2) the plagues of the Exodus, 3) the effects of a Sun, Stand Thou Still scenario, 4) and less personally, a whole host of worldwide catastrophes as documented in Velikovsky’s Earth in Upheaval, the geological record of the demise of the dinosaurs, and potentially the Permian and many other Extinctions of most of Earth’s species.  And this doesn’t even include the aftermath of apparent collisions which left a deep scar on Mars, Uranus rotating on its side, possibly the creation of Venus, a slide show of rings around Saturn, and the tiny but picturesque hamlet of 9kwWOII(+  being taken out when Comet Shoemaker-Levy hit Jupiter.

If we add to this the whims and dysfunctional family antics of Anunnaki with apparently little concern for humans (not all of the Anunnaki, but enough to make human life difficult, if not precarious) -- and if we also note that these extraterrestrials are intimately associated with the planets -- then it’s clear that paying specific attention to such deities is merely common sense.  Worship seems a small price to pay for a little peace and quiet.  


When the Earth was Moonless        Lunatics         Ages in Chaos

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Planetary Initiation of the Ages         Hebrew Cosmogony

Egyptian Prehistory         600 B.C.E.         History 009



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