a deer on mars

Celestial Bodies & Animals ✨🐻

A list of common animals and animal-like beings that are associated with various celestial bodies.

Planets

  • Moon - rabbit, wolf, frog, sheep, cat, koala, hippo, crab, dog
  • Sun - wolf, rat, badger, bull, chicken, elephant, lion, puma, elk, dragon
  • Mercury - fox, bobcat, pig, wolf, monkey, gorilla, dolphin, reindeer, whale
  • Venus - cow, fish, rabbits, sheep, bull, deer, armadillo, bee, otter, hippo, giraffe
  • Mars - ram, bull, fox, horse, sheep, lion, wolverine, cheetah, hedgehog, tiger
  • Jupiter - monkey, chipmunk, rabbit, buffalo, squirrel, boar, camel
  • Saturn - goat, ant, snail, chicken, dog, horse, wolf, rabbit, armadillo, ram, skunk
  • Uranus - butterfly, horse, zebra, bird, bear, polar bear, coyote, reindeer
  • Neptune - sea serpent, fish, frog, ferret, duck, rhino, moose, spider
  • Pluto - bat, butterfly, spider, bird, snake, wolf, bear, lynx, raven, mole, whale, chameleon 

Other

  • Asteroid - horse, wolf, buffalo
  • Aurora - bear, bee, wolf, bird
  • Black Hole - owl, raccoon, cat, snake, bat, raven, dragon
  • Comet - polar bear, butterfly, bear, snake, frog, coyote
  • Dark Matter - jellyfish, chicken, dog, horse, wolf, armadillo, ram
  • Magnetar - pheasant, skunk, wolverine, badger, bear, rat
  • Meteor - monkey, rabbit, cow, buffalo, bee
  • Nebula - beaver, wolf, deer
  • Pulsar - bat, cat, pheasant 
  • Quasar - hedgehog, ram, squirrel
  • Star Cluster - bird, armadillo, buffalo, bull, elk, bear, deer, dog
  • Supernova - bat, bear, phoenix, snake, wolf, whale

Animal correspondences by @witchtips (Part 1 & Part 2)

Planetary Associations

Celestial Body Correspondences

“A family can be be two ex-military space boyfriends, a space punk, an interdimensional traveler, and two moon orphans, thats it. Just those 6 people on a spaceship.”
I am writing a sci-fi story, and drew my beautiful children all together being cute.
Their names are (top row, left to right): Jamal “Zion” Baptista, Anh Trang, Jude “Leviticus” Clarke
(Middle row): Danh Trang, April Deer
(Bottom) Marketa “Mar” Campos

Ask me about my space children and their story, and I will love you forever.

I’m sifting through all my fossil teeth, bones, and imprints and thinking a lot about biology and geology and chemistry. Sometimes, it strikes me as a little odd, how something scientific can have such a deep, spiritual resonance for me. But it does. 

The knowledge that I am made of millions, if not billions (the human brain cannot truly conceive such numbers), of tiny, disparate atoms which come together to form molecules that chain into keratin, collagen, the water in my saliva, the hydrochloric acid in my stomach, the ATP whose splitting and reforming powers the actin and myosin proteins in my muscles… all of those infinitesimally small pieces are as ancient as the universe itself, and as individual as they all are, they bond together to form a complex, sentient, sapient organism who has a hard time imagining itself (herself) to be anything but a singular entity… That knowledge staggers me.

And though I sometimes feel like a failure, or that I’m not good enough, I only exist because of the successes of millions upon millions of years of my evolutionary ancestors. My own immediate family is no less important, but I cannot forget my more ancient ancestry.

H. floresienses. H. neaderthalensis. H. heidelbergensis. H. ergaster. H. habilis. Down through the eons. Australopithecus. Kenyanthropus. Paranthropus. Further still. Nakalipithecus. Ouranopithecus. Oh, but the mammalian lineage–my lineage–goes back further than primates.

My ancestors–Eozostrodon, Megazostrodon, Sinoconodon–walked with dinosaurs. Tiny, unobtrusive creatures with the size and look of modern mice and shrews, they went ignored by the mighty, stomping, sprinting royalty around them. They quietly burrowed in the brush and snapped up small insects to eat, and doubtless lived in constant fear of being ground into the dust by an inattentive sauropod or becoming the meal of some slightly-less-minuscule raptor. 

We, a species that considers itself the owner and and ultimate conqueror of the planet and the most important beings in the universe, had such modest, humble beginnings.

But evolution demands prototypes: A new species, a new order, cannot simply appear overnight. To have a mammal, you must have a proto-mammal.

My great-grandparents, my oft-forgotten ancestors, were the therapsids, the mammal-like reptiles. Cynodonts, dog-toothed reptiles with fewer jawbones than their parents. Funny little reptiles that look like a cross between a spaniel and an alligator. They are in my family tree, long-lost relatives of the sort that you really only see at those once-in-a-lifetime family reunions that bring in every living relative whose name you’ve never even heard before but who still, in some way or another, share blood with you.

But they aren’t just my own relatives. They are kin to tigers and elephants, opossums and woolly mammoths. Every creature who has hair and a body temperature kept stable by its own metabolic heat, every organism that gives birth to live young and nourishes them with milk from its own body, can thank the therapsids for successfully surviving. 

With this in mind, who am I–who are we–to say that anything non-human is lesser.

But those ancestral proto-mammals had to come from somewhere. Synapsids. Reptiles who came from amphibians, who came from bony fishes, who came from jawless fishes, who came from the countless invertebrates who swam the Cambrian seas (vibrant and exploding with life), who were the children of tiny single-cellular specks in the water who photosynthesized the light of a young sun and filled the skies with oxygen.

I am a tiny speck in the incomprehensible ocean of the universe, and the tiny specks–the atoms–that make me up once made up one of those tinier specks in the slightly-less-tiny oceans of planet Earth.

There is iron in my blood and iron in the lumpy deposits I pick up off the beach. The fossilized shark teeth I’ve plucked out from their bed of countless grains of silicon dioxide (beach sand, crumbs of quartz and all its colorful variants) are made of apatite–the same calcium phoshate that makes up my own. I have something in common with a fish that lived and died twenty million years ago? The mind boggles.

There are those in this world who say that evolution runs contrary to their own spiritual beliefs, and I feel a little sad for them. What must it be like, to feel so disconnected from the world? To believe that, rather than sharing a common, tiny, primordial ancestor with all living things on earth, from pine trees to parakeets, you were created as you are and are distinct, are separate from them? Lonely, I imagine.

My religion of evolution, my worship of natural and sexual selection, my veneration of change, fills me with such a sense of kinship to everything around me, to all things seen and unseen. There is iron in my blood, and iron in Calvert Cliffs, and iron in the M-type asteroids in the belt just beyond Mars. I can look at a deer or a raccoon or an eagle or a corn snake or a forty-foot maple tree and know that although our species all evolved to fill different niches, we are all on this planet together because we can trace our lineages back millions upon millions of years, through unimaginable numbers of successful generations, to the same tiny specks in the ocean.

I am never alone. Everything on earth that respires is my distant cousin, made of the same ionic and covalent bonds between billions of tiny, ancient pieces of matter. And I embrace them all. 

Perhaps this is why I’ve fallen in love with collecting fossils. It’s my own little way of meeting my long-lost relatives. A fossilized family reunion, happening here on my bedroom floor.

What a world.

tagged by @doomballad (thank you! 😘) to name 10 songs i’ve been listening to lately. this was hard because i’ve been shuffling a lot and also just listening to the radio, but anyway here we go

1) despacito (remix) by luis fonsi feat justin bieber

2) something just like this by coldplay & the chainsmokers

3) you don’t know me by ben folds feat regina spektor

4) that’s what i like by bruno mars

5) deer in the headlights by owl city

6) stick by ingrid michaelson

7) andar conmigo by julieta venegas

8) it’s a promise like a song by the scene aesthetic

9) who’d have known by lily allen

10) growing up on bleecker street by AJR [and honestly every single song by these guys]

i’m tagging @little-ship-of-horrors @thepedigreeofhoney @fruitskies @unplucked b/c i’d love to see what you’re listening to if you’d like to share!