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Founder of Astronism and organiser of the Astronic tradition of religions. Cometan is also the creator of the Spacefaring World franchise of books and other media, all of which is entwined with the Astronist worldview.
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Last updated: JAN. 7, 2020
Cometan the Contemplator. Portrait illustration by David Young, 2019.
Cometan at age 21.
Cometan spearheaded the world revival of astronomical and natural religions with his founding and establishment of Astronism, an organised philosophy which traces its lineage back to the Stone Age.
Cometan, often ascribed the title of Cometan the Contemplator, is the founder of the organised philosophy of Astronism and the leading scholar and establisher of the Astronic tradition of religions. Cometan was born in the English county of Lancashire in the United Kingdom on 1st July 1998 and from the age of fifteen, he began to receive a series of intense ideations and revelations about the future of humanity in space, the future role of religious beliefs, and the relationship between astronomy, philosophy and religion.
After two years of revelations, Cometan began to write down his ideas which, over the following five years, lead to the codification of the founding book of Astronism, called the Omnidoxy. It was Cometan's sole authorship of the Omnidoxy, a philosophical treatise over two million words in total length, that lead to Cometan's status of being a surographer; that is, a person endowed with preternatural abilities to extensively write under extraordinary circumstances, such as a young person without knowledge of a subject, or as a resulting of experiencing indrucies or revelations that allow that person to write extensively, of which Cometan achieved both.
A renowned contemplative, a curricularist, and a claimed surographer as a result of his experiences of indrucy during his authorship of the Omnidoxy, Cometan has also been given the philosopher of the stars moniker. This, and the title of Astronomical Philosopher, have been attributed to him for his deep inquiries into and his founding of cosmic philosophy (officially known as cosmontology), a branch of philosophy focused on contemplating space and its exploration.
After starting to receive an intense series of revelations from the age of 15, Cometan began creating what would become known as the spacefaring world, a fictional universe from which Astronist mythology emerged. Separately, from the age of 17, Cometan started to formally write down the contents of his ideations, referred to as personal inspirations, into what would become the longest religious book in history at over 2 million words. Cometan titled the book the Omnidoxy and it became the founding text of Astronism, the product of a synthesis of religion and philosophy based on a cosmocentric worldview and the belief in both astrosis and cosmosis.
As the first Astronist and the founder of the Astronic tradition, Cometan distinguished his philosophership through his ability to found original concepts and beliefs that came directly from his reported indrucies. Some of these include manumissionism, uniquitarianism, reascensionism, intracosmism, and transcensionism, as well as his capacity to prolifically create and define neologisms making him both a lexicographer and an encyclopedist. He worked towards the dissemination of Astronism as a newfound hybrid religion which is firmly cosmocentric in its beliefs, its theme and its worldview. He has also become a prominent space activist, known for being the first person to base his advocacy for space exploration on religious grounds. Cometan is responsible for the organisation of the Astronic tradition of religions and philosophies. This is a tradition which proclaims to trace its lineage of thought and practice back to the astronomical religions of the Stone and Bronze ages.
In The Year of The Gift, as it is termed in Astronist culture, Cometan's life changed dramatically when the idea came to him to create a retrobiographical and parabiographical fictional mystery detective known as Jesse Millette who followed a philosophy that would become known as Millettism. It is this philosophy of Millettism that later developed into what is known Astronism. Furthermore, it was from his experiments in writing that introduced Cometan to the more challenging subjects of philosophy, religion, and theology, of which he became an autodidact in his mid to late adolescent years.
His newfound fascination with philosophy and theology eventually saw Cometan found a new organised philosophy, proclaimed in the Omnidoxy to be known as Astronism. It is also claimed in the Omnidoxy that the foundational beliefs of Astronism were revealed to Cometan during a period of intense imagination and prolific writing. The most widely referenced period of such revelation took place when Cometan was between the ages of fifteen and twenty-two which are collectively known as the years of The Founding of Astronism. This period of his life is believed to have been induced by what has been termed as personal inspiration, a non-theistic form of revelation based on ideation alone.
Following the initial birth of the idea for Astronism came a virtually unending stream of ideas, some of which were astronised from pre-existing religions and philosophies, while others remained firmly original to Cometan. The mononymous and autodidactic philosopher began to question the state of philosophy and philosophers in modern society resulting in his deep dissatisfaction with the role and identity of philosophers. This subsequently lead Cometan to initiate the formation of the reascensionist movement. As the first system of thought and belief to be categorised as an organised philosophy, Astronism is governed by a single Institution which Cometan himself founded at age fifteen to coincide with the founding of Astronism, known as The Institution of The Philosophy of Millettism.
Upon completing his university degree in business and marketing at the age of twenty-one, the aspiring entrepreneur contemplated on the question of conceptual value for a long period. His fixation centred on how he could make his newfound Institution one that was self-funding and operable in the modern, largely capitalist, and technologically-advancing world. He became a leading exponent for the controversial matter of the commercialisation of religion and philosophy.
Cometan is the mononym and the scholarly and historical name for Brandon Taylorian, the British philosopher, diarist, poet, author, founder of The Jesse Millette Company, and founder of the Millettic philosophical tradition. During the construction of Astronism in particular, Taylorian opted for a cosmic sounding name in the Millettarian onomatological system that uniquely emphasises mononyms and cosmic names.
Etymologically, the name Cometan is composed of the suffix -an which pertains to followership or foundership of something which is affixed to the term comet. This name literally denotes "follower of the comet".
This is obviously indicative of the cosmic theme and identity that Taylorian intended to capture. Essentially, the mononym of Cometan metaphorically pertains to Taylorian as symbolical to a comet in its long and unknown trajectory, yet remaining the ultimate seeker in The Cosmos.
Interestingly, applying a brief knowledge of Millettarian cosmological symbolism, comets are generally considered to be chaotic by their natures and somewhat destructive in their paths which displays slight confusion as to the choice of the term comet for Taylorian's authorial mononym. This choice has sparked many discussions as to the possible reasons why with the most sound argument being that Taylorian attempted to distance himself as a human being from becoming compared to anything that he considered to be cosmically higher or symbolically ultimate such as stars, galaxies, and other non-chaotic entities in The Cosmos.
Unbeknownst to Cometan during his creation of the name, the term cometan pre-exists its Millettic origins as it means "to commit" in the Spanish language and is the third-person plural subjunctive form of the term "cometer". Upon learning this, Cometan admired the etymology of the term in Spanish, but for reasons of distinction and identity, he created the alternative spelling of Kometan for the Spanish-speaking world.