A turnsole is a type of plant that turns with the movement of the sun, a sunflower being the most famous example. From Middle French tournesol, the word literally means “turns toward the sun,” and was modeled after the synonymous Greek term heliotrope. As in French, when the word came into English in the 1300s it initially referred to the purple dye that came from a turnsole plant (Chrozophora tinctoria.). Soon after, turnsole broadened in meaning to refer to all types of plant that turn with the sun.
Is a Human a “turnsole” when he/she faces the sun to welcome its healing heat? Or is the definition only for plants. All dievca knows is that she is seeking the sun this Spring, like a sun-worshipping goddess.
|Name||Nationality/Religion||God or Goddess?||Notes|
|Amaterasu||Japan||Sun Goddess||Major deity of the Shinto religion.|
|Arinna (Hebat)||Hittite (Syrian)||Sun Goddess||The most important of three Hittite major solar deities|
|Apollo||Greece and Rome||Sun God|
|Freyr||Norse||Sun God||Not the main Norse sun god, but a fertility god associated with the sun.|
|Helios (Helius)||Greece||Sun God||Before Apollo was the Greek sun god, Helios held that position.|
|Hepa||Hittite||Sun Goddess||The consort of a weather god, she was assimilated with the sun goddess Arinna.|
|Huitzilopochtli (Uitzilopochtli)||Aztec||Sun God|
|Hvar Khshaita||Iranian/Persian||Sun God|
|Inti||Inca||Sun God||The national patron of the Inca state.|
|Liza||West African||Sun God|
|Re (Ra)||Egypt||Mid-day Sun God||An Egyptian god shown with a solar disk. Center of worship was Heliopolis. Later associated with Horus as Re-Horakhty. Also combined with Amun as Amun-Ra, a solar creator god.|
|Sol (Sunna)||Norse||Sun Goddess||She rides in a horse-drawn solar chariot.|
|Sol Invictus||Roman||Sun God||The unconquered sun. A late Roman sun god. The title was also used of Mithras.|
|Surya||Hindu||Sun God||Rides the sky in a horse-drawn chariot.|
|Utu (Shamash)||Mesopotamia||Sun God|
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May we be so lucky.