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Title: Wanderers and Deities
Genre: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Note: Complete fic. This is a stylistic experiment. To get the full effect, I would suggest listening to each movement of The Planets while reading. The version I used while writing is from the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis, but any version will do.

Summary: Impressions of the crew members of the Enterprise as told through Gustav Holst's symphony The Planets.

Mars, the Bringer of War
Venus, the Bringer of Peace
Mercury, the Winged Messenger
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
Uranus, the Magician
Neptune, the Mystic

I must conclude by saying that, in many ways, this fic was researched more thoroughly than some of my term papers! For curious souls, here is a list of sources that I tapped into for use with this fic.

Astrology and Modernism in "The Planets" by Raymond Head. This essay is amazing. It combines aspects of astrology with the intricacies of the music. Invaluable!

The Art of Synthesis by Alan Leo. This is the work that was Holst's biggest influence for composing the symphony. It is an amazing discussion on astrology and mythology.

The Planets - Suite for Large Orchestra. - Just like it says, this is a score for the symphony. It was amazing to actually see the music (especially with Mars). I relied on this for the musical direction, and used that to dictate the tempo of the writing. The musician inside me salivates when I look at this. :)

Holst: The Planets by Richard Greene. - He breaks down each movement to the individual measure and discusses time signature, instrumentation, chord progression, and other themes in Holst's work.

The Planets by Dava Sobel. Finally, something for the scientific side, though she does mention mythology as well.