riddle 11

Nomads name us
as we circle
through the day.

Sometimes we fast
sometimes we feast.
and it always is another
that rises in the east.

We have our own measure
to the mechanics dismay.
Tell us who we are
we will not go astray.

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2 thoughts on “riddle 11

  1. Of course , this is a riddle in Martian Classical astrology and Mythology.
    It speaks of the two Moons that circle Mars: Pobos and Deimos.

    In part 3 chapter 3 (the “Voyage to Laputa”) of Jonathan Swift’s famous satire Gulliver’s Travels, a fictional work written in 1726, the astronomers of Laputa are described as having discovered two satellites of Mars.
    Gulliver was a nomad, wasn’t he?
    In the Noon Universe, Phobos and Deimos are discovered to be artificial satellites, most likely, built by the Wanderers (synonym Nomads, Peregrine).
    Phobos orbits Mars below the synchronous orbit radius, meaning that it moves around Mars faster than Mars itself rotates. Therefore it rises in the west, moves comparatively rapidly across the sky (in 4 h 15 min or less) and sets in the east, approximately twice a day.
    In earthy astrology, Mars is the natural ruler of Mechanics.
    Phobos and Deimos (his sons) are the greek words for “fright” and “dread” (dismay), which makes them the Mechanic’s dismay, right ? 😉

    Now, how about the feast ? That must be the Roman Mars festival. 🙂

  2. Hello Marvin, (or do I have to say grok? 🙂 )

    Well, you are getting there, though I am sorry to say that this isn’t an exclusively Martian riddle. He is there, but not alone!

    best wishes,
    Thomas

    PS Are you familiar with Cyrano de Bergerac’s “Journey to the Moon?”

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