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The etymology of Astronism derives from the prefix Astro- relating to celestial bodies (such as stars, planets, galaxies, and comets etc.) conjoined to the suffix -ism which pertains to a belief system or a cultural or ideological movement. Astronism is directly derived from four terms, three of which remain pre-Millettic while the third is Millettic in its origins. The first three of these are astronaut as a noun, astronomy as a noun and astro- as a prefix, all of which hold meanings in relation to space, the exploration of space, the stars, and the study of space.
Etymology from astrony
Main article: Astrony
The most popular etymology for Astronism is from the Cometanic noun astrony which means "contemplation of the stars". Astrony is considered to be the third and completing part of that which is known as the Astronic Triumvirate which is also formed by the nouns astrolatry and astromancy.
These three nouns together are considered to be represent all three of the aspects of astronomical intellectual and spiritual interaction. Astrony represents intellectual contemplation of the stars, astrolatry represents worship of the stars, and astromancy represents divination of and a spiritual connection to the stars. In this context, the phrase "the stars" also generally refers to what Astronists would call The Cosmos.
Etymology from astrone
Main article: Astrone
The secondary etymological founding for the appellation of Astronism is found to exist in the verb known as astrone (astroning, astroned, and astroner). Therefore, Astronism is considered to be primarily derived from a verb rather than a noun or name.
Astronism is considered the third and final element to culminate in human astronomical religion and as such, is derived from the practice of astrony and its related verb astrone. The first two elements are astrolatry and astromancy which have existed for thousands of years and which astrony is considered to bring together to form a triumvirate of astronomical religion as manifested through Astronism.
To astrone is to think, perceive, and receive all that exists through an astronomical, cosmocentric, or astrocentric lens and so an Astroner is distinguished, yet continues to be in tandem with an astronaut, for the latter physically explores The Cosmos while the former contemplatively and emotionally explores The Cosmos. The etymology of an astroner is "explorer of the stars".
History of the etymology
Therefore, 'Astronism' literally means a system of belief or cultural movement based on astronomy, or celestial bodies which is reflected in the theme of the religion/organised philosophy. The history of the use of the term Astronism holds its roots during The Year of Prolifics, five years before which the philosophy being developed by Cometan was referred to Millettism as derived from Millettarian culture.
Astronism was settled on as the trade appellation for the religion due to its strong associations with an astronomical theme, its simplicity in spelling, and due to the issues of inaptronymity associated with the use of the Millettism. Another reason was that Astronist culture and philosophy during the time of The Year of Completion was beginning to distinguish itself from the Millettarian culture from which it originated. An additional reason for the change was that Cometan did not want people to immediately associate Millettism as being a religion idolising the fictional character of Jesse Millette.
Despite this, Millettism remained the official name for the religion for sometime afterwards and was still used in the original title of the religion's proprietor organisation, The Institution of The Philosophy of Millettism, but by 2020, Astronism had become the official term for the religion and the term for tis founding denomination was astronised to the Astronist Institution.