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matt0044 asked: Stupid question: Are those planetary symbols based on anything?


imageMercury's winged helmet and caduceus (sometimes just his caduceus)
imageVenus' hand mirror

image  Earth’s four hemispheres

imageA crescent moon

imageMars' shield and spear

imageJupiter's thunderbolt

imageSaturn's scythe 

image A globe surmounted by the letter H (for Herschel, Uranus’s discoverer)

imageNeptune’s trident

imageA combination of the first two letters of Pluto’s name

The scythe of Ceres, goddess of the harvest

Athena's (Pallas') spear

A star mounted on a scepter, for Juno, the Queen of Heaven

The altar and sacred fire of Vesta