This is an official definition authorised by the Astronist Institution.

Solar deity

ˈsəʊlə ˈdeɪɪti

noun | Astroanthropology

a product of heliolatry, or sun worship, a type of celestial deity associated with the Sun, considered the giver of life and possessing supreme power, an example of which is the Egyptian god Ra.

Origin and etymology

  • Likely one of the earliest types of celestial deity to have emerged, perhaps as early as the Upper Palaeolithic, but certainly sometime during the Neolithic. In astronomical religion, heliolatry and astrolatry are often clearly distinguished from one another with the former taking precedence in many ancient religions, most notably Ancient Egyptian religion.