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

silvermoon424:

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