Emanuel Swedenborg's Space People
Swedenborg was a Swedish scientist and inventor of the eighteenth century, who
claimed that the Lord opened his spiritual faculties so he could speak with life
forms throughout the solar system.
his book, entitled "Life on Other Planets," Swedenborg described his
experiences with the inhabitants of the moon and five planets -- Mercury, Venus,
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. He did not mention the inhabitants of the other
planets, which had not been discovered yet. (That is very telling!)
read the aforementioned book, this writer is more than convinced that
Swedenborg's claims are false. They contradict scripture, science, and common
sense. For instance, we know that there are not people living on the moon who
speak through their bellies, and that gaseous planets could not sustain animal
and plant life like Swedenborg describes.
are some of the fanciful and outlandish claims of Swedenborg. The quotes are
taken from his own book, which should be labeled "fiction."
few in number, there are Swedenborgian churches that regard his teachings as
divine truth. Therefore, it is important that we know what Swedenborg actually
(1) The Moon. Swedenborg
described the inhabitants of the moon as dwarf-like people about the size of a
seven-year-old boy, but stouter. They have thunderous voices which proceed
from their bellies like a belch.
In height they resembled a
boy of seven, but were stronger in body; so they were dwarfs… Moreover, they
demonstrated that their voice came out of their abdomen like a belch, and this
caused the thunder. (p. 86)
Swedenborg described the inhabitants of Mercury as slimmer than earthlings.
They wear tight fitting clothes and have animals like ours, only smaller.
… a woman was displayed
to my gaze, who was very much like women on earth. She had a comely face,
but one smaller than women on our earth have. Her body too was more slender,
though of similar height. She wore a linen scarf on her head, neatly but not
elaborately arranged. A man was also displayed; he too had a more slender
body than men of our world. He was wearing a dark blue garment, which fitted
the body tightly, with no fold or protuberances on either side. I was told
that this was the form and bodily habit of people belonging to that world. I
also saw their species of oxen and cows; they were not very different from
those in our world, only smaller. (pp. 29-30)
The people of Mercury are
said to have a constant thirst for acquiring knowledge. In fact, they are able
to invade the brain in search of such knowledge. They are very proud of what
they know. Swedenborg claimed to have met Aristotle there.
Immediately on arrival they
sought out from my memory what I knew. (Spirits are very clever at doing
this, being able when they approach a person to see the details stored in
his memory)… The spirits of Mercury are rather proud of how much they
know… Meanwhile two spirits carried on a conversation over my head, and
when I asked who they were, I was told that one of them was a very famous
character in the world of letters, and I was given to believe that it was
Aristotle. (pp. 9, 21, 23-24)
(3) Venus. Swedenborg
described the inhabitants of Venus as consisting of two groups -- one is
gentle and humane while the other is fierce as wild animals. The latter group
finds pleasure in plundering.
There are two kinds of
people on the planet Venus, who are of opposite characters. Some are gentle
and humane, some are fierce and almost like wild animals… I did not,
however, talk with the spirits on the side facing us, who are fierce and
almost like wild animals; but the angels told me about their nature and the
source of their wildness. They said that they took great pleasure in
stealing, and particularly in eating what they had stolen. (pp. 81, 82)
(4) Mars. Swedenborg described the inhabitants of Mars as having faces
similar to ours, but beardless with color variations. They eat fruits
and vegetables, and their clothes are made out of the bark fibers of certain
His face was like that
of the inhabitants of our world, but the lower part of his face was black,
not with a beard, for he had none, but due to a black area taking its place.
This blackness extended up under his ears on either side. The upper part of
his face was sallow, like the faces of people in our world who are not
completely white… the food eaten in that world is the fruit of trees,
especially a certain round fruit which grows on their earth, and also
vegetables. Their clothing consists of garments which they make out of the
bark fibers of certain trees. (p. 69)
The people of Mars are said to be among the best of those in the solar system.
They live in larger and smaller communities, from which those who are inclined
to do evil are excluded.
The spirits of Mars are
among the best of all spirits from the worlds of this solar system… They
are not, they said, subject to kingdoms, but divided into larger and smaller
communities… Any in their communities who begin to have wrong thoughts,
leading to evil intentions, are banished from them. (pp. 62, 66-67)
(5) Jupiter. Swedenborg described the inhabitants of Jupiter as
family-oriented, upright people who live in a state of happiness. They speak
in a tone lower than ours.
They said that their
chief concern was the bringing up of children, whom they loved most
tenderly… My long continued association with the spirits of Jupiter proved
to me that they are more upright than the spirits of many other worlds… I
noticed that they had a state of blessedness, and even more inward
happiness… The inhabitants of Jupiter also use verbal speech, but it does
not sound so loud as ours. (pp. 32, 34, 35, 37)
The people of Jupiter
frequently wash and clean their faces, guard themselves against sunburn, wear
clothing made of bluish bark or cork, walk using the flat of their hands, and
sit on fig leaves. They also have wild horses.
… the inhabitants of
that world frequently wash and clean their faces, and take good care to
protect them from sunburn. They have clothing made from bluish bark or cork,
which they wrap around their heads to cover the face… When moving, they do
not walk upright like the inhabitants of this and many other worlds; nor do
they go on all fours like animals, but when they walk they help themselves
with the flat of their hands… When they sit down to eat, they do not sit
on chairs or benches, or raised grassy banks, or even on grass, but on the
leaves of a certain tree… they [horses, a.e.] run wild in the forests and
terrify them when they are sighted, though they do no harm. (p. 36)
Swedenborg claimed that the land of Jupiter is fertile, obviously unaware that
Jupiter has no solid surface!
(6) Saturn. Swedenborg described the inhabitants of Saturn as upright
and humble. They eat fruits and vegetables, wear light clothing, have thick
skin, and cover their dead in branches.
They are upright and
restrained; and because they have a low opinion of themselves, they also
appear small in the next life… They do not bother much about food and
clothing. They live on the fruits and vegetables their world produces. They
wear light clothing, since they are protected by a thick skin or coating,
which keeps out the cold… they do not bury the bodies of the dead, but
throw them out, covering them with branches from the trees of the forest.
(pp. 76, 80)
Swedenborg was not telling the truth about space people, how can anything else
he said be trusted? This was part of the “divine truth” he claimed to have
received from the Lord. It all stands and falls together!