In Part One, we examined the days of our week and the planets after which they are named: Sunday – Sun’s day Monday – Moon’s day Tuesday – Mars’ day Wednesday – Mercury’s Day Thursday – Jupiter’s Day Friday – Venus’ Day Saturday – Saturn’s Day And back to Sunday.
The civilisation we know as Mesopotamia gave us (via the Romans) the week, and named each day in a specific order of celestial influence. The focus of these ancient astronomers, in what became Persia – modern day Iraq, was on how life on Earth was affected by the seven most important celestial bodies.
They reasoned that the faster a planet moved across the sky, the closer it was to the Earth. Using this as a basis, they classified all of what we could now call the ancient, visible plants and included the Sun and Moon. They arrived at another sequence of the seven celestial bodies.
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