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Ennead and the Nebular Hypothesis.
Nine Gods, in the Godhead called the Ennead, represent the Gods of Order and arrangement in the cosmos. Atum (Atom), the Sun God, i.e., Fire God created eight other Gods, by naming four pairs of parts his own body, from which they came forth. Here are the names of the Gods created Shu and Tefnut (Air and Moisture), Geb and Nut (Earth and Sky) and two other pairs of opposites, Osiris and Isis, Seth and Nephthys, who are supposed to be the first creatures of this world (Frankfort's Intellectual Adventures of Man, p. 54).
Left, Greek Coins 500 B.C.E. Reprisenting Helios, Greek Sun Deity. Look at their mouth and noses
If we compare this Egyptian cosmology with the Nebular hypothesis of Laplace, we would find striking similarities in the two contexts. According to the Nebular hypothesis our present solar system was once a molten gaseous nebula. This nebula rotated at an enormous speed, and as the mass cooled down it also contracted and developed greater speed. The result was a bulging at the equator and a gradual breaking off of gaseous rings, which formed themselves into planets.
These planets in turn threw off gaseous rings, which formed themselves into smaller bodies, until it was just the sun that was left, as the remnant of the original parent Nebula. From this context it is clear that the original parent nebula was fire or the Sun, and that by throwing off parts of itself, it created some planets, which in turn threw off parts of themselves and created others. According to the context of the Memphite Theology, the creator God was the Sun God or fire God Atum (Atom), who named four pairs of parts of his own body, from which Gods came.
But Atum (Atom) plus the eight other Gods created consisted of the Ennead or Godhead of nine. It bears a striking similarity to modern science, which teaches that there are nine major planets. We can now summarise these similarities the creator God in both the Egyptian and Modern Cosmologies is the Sun or Fire. The creator God in both cosmologies creates Gods from parts of Himself. The numbers of Gods are nine, and correspond to the nine major planets. These similarities make it evident that Laplace inspired by the Nebula hypothesis from the Memphite Theology or other Egyptian sources.
Anyway, the entire setting of the Memphite Theology is astronomical, and what could be more natural, than to expect an astronomical interpretation? It seems well within reason, to regard the Ennead as the heliocentric system of history. Atom the sun God, created eight other Gods or planets, from his own body as the Unmoved Mover, teachings which had been falsely attributed to Aristotle.
History of Philosophy William Turner: p. 34; 39; 45; 53. Roger Student: p. 15 B.C. Alexander: p. 13; 21. Zeller: p. 37; 46; 58; 66-83; 112; 127; 170-17