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Astral return

Published: 1st September 2021

Citation: Astronist Institution. (2021). Astral return. Available: Last accessed [enter date e.g. 1st Sept 2021].

noun  Astroeschatology

the Astronist principle that just as humanity originates from among the stars, it is humanity’s destiny to return to them, especially used as a philosophical rationale for the Humanic Exploration of The Cosmos in that such a return would complete a naturally destined cycle for human existence, a belief manifested in the maxim “up above, return again.”


Returnism | rɪˈ təːnɪz(ə)m | noun
Returnist | rɪˈ təːnɪst | adjective & noun
Returnistic | rɪˈ təːnɪstɪk | adjective
Returnistically | rɪˈ təːnɪstɪk(ə)li | adverb


Astro-English: from Astronese, the adjective astral is used to denote “the astronomical world and its phenomena” while the word return is used to denote “an action of coming back to an earlier position or state”, hence altogether implying a belief in the Astronist prophecy of returnism, that “humanity is destined to return to the astronomical world to discover its origins and its existential purpose.”

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