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from “A Glossary of Lost Cults”:
Spacegrazers were an offshoot of older Breathairian and Sungazer sects, true believers in the benefits of absorbing sunrays directly through the eyes. Spacegrazers thought it was not only the sun that supplied nutrients, but other celestial bodies as well. Particular planets were thought to stimulate and nourish different systems: Mercury was said to have beneficial effects on the nerves, while Venus fed the skin and Mars improved the heart and circulation. You could catch the Spacegrazers in parks lying out on blankets or in lawn chairs, seeking cures for particular ailments or randomly sampling different planets like dim sum. But the practice was always intermittent due to inclement and seasonable weather. And restaurant owners lobbied officials to enforce standing laws against congregating in city parks after dark, perceiving the fad dieters were discouraging business.