primum mobile


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Synonyms for primum mobile

an agent that is the cause of all things but does not itself have a cause

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To the outermost sphere, the dwelling reserved for God, the primum mobile of the fixed stars, he assigned the Cherubim and Seraphim; and to each of the planets circling within he designated its own choir of angels, seven orders, from the Thrones of Saturn to the Virtues of Venus; the Archangels of Mercury to the Angels of the moon.
3) When we consider that Hurston was far more interested in African-derived folk religions and folklore than in American Protestantism, it stands to reason that she would have been more likely to see God as a character from folktales than the primum mobile of orthodox theology.
By high-lighting the Scottish conflict of 1637 - "the primum mobile of the British crisis" - and the Irish revolt of 1641, Russell interprets the civil war in an overlooked multiple kingdom context (526).
The primum mobile was conceived as ordaining by its motion the daily revolution of the other heavens.
One is a work Riccioli penned on the astronomy of the primum mobile and fixed stars (the Primum Mobile Reformatum).
Mystery is the play's dramatic primum mobile, too many sorts of it to enumerate here.
The ninth heaven is the Primum Mobile, divided into the nine orders of the angels.
These were known as The Nine Heavens; the tenth -- added much later -- was the primum mobile.