Why are the planets symbolism to so many things?

Like astrology and Greek mythology 

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  • Elaine
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    2 months ago
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    One possibility is that the rising to their zenith of the planets is related to the seasons in a year.  Take Mars for example. The red colour of Mars is visible to the naked eye, and the traditional season of warfare in ancient times was from about March to November.  The sun and moon have always been worshiped as deities and the best way to honour the sun is to make it ruler of the constellation of Leo, the King of Beasts. Next to the sun and moon the brightest object in the night sky is the planet Venus. For the ancients Venus was not only the goddess of love but beauty as well so it makes sense to name the planet after her. 

  • 2 months ago

    The first civilization known to have a functional theory of the planets were the Babylonians, who lived in Mesopotamia in the first and second millennia BC. The Babylonians were polytheistic, believing in many gods with different purposes, and they associated certain gods to certain planets. The Babylonians used horoscopic astrology. By observing the seasonal movement of the sun, moon, and planets, the Babylonians connected their beliefs of divine intervention in their everyday life to space and time. The Babylonians believed their gods' activities influenced their own lives. These celestial events were viewed by the Babylonians as divine intervention in their lives using the influence the sun, moon, and planets, and to communicate when bad or good events were going to occur. Horoscopic astrology is significant to Babylonian beliefs, because associating the sun, moon, and planets with their gods shaped the way the Babylonians lived their lives and viewed the world around them.

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