Sun Worship in the
Chronicles of Narnia
Page 1 Introduction
2 Theological beliefs
Page 3 The Chronicles of
Page 4 Liquor, Tobacco and
Page 6 Further Into the Depths
Page 7 Dionysus, Bacchus, Silenus
and the Maenads
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begin with, "arslan" is said to be the Turkish word for "lion," and the most likely
source for the name Aslan. The symbolism of a lion would not of itself be a particular
problem if it were not for the other information which Lewis stealthily reveals
regarding the particular lion he is writing about. Once the evidence has been
examined it is certain that it is not "the Lion of the tribe
of Juda" by any stretch of the imagination .
to the Dictionary of Mythology, Folklore, and Symbols by Gertrude Jobes,
the sun is "The active or male principle in nature, wanderer, lion, gold, symbolised
by the bow and arrow."
begin by looking at the The Lion, the Witch and the piano coversdrobe.
p.65 "At the name of Aslan, Lucy got the feeling you get when you wake in
the morning and realize it's the beginning of spring."
p.74 "Tell us about
Aslan...once again that strange feeling - like the first sings of spring had come
p.74 "An old rhyme in these parts...when he bares his teeth winter
meets its death and when he shakes his mane we shall have spring again."
The plot here, as those who have read the Chronicles will know, is
that the "White Witch" has bound the land of Narnia in a perpetual winter which
can only be broken by the coming of Aslan. This makes perfect sense in the
context of the solar deity myths. The common story line is that a goddess
kills the sun-god on mid-summer's night and thus winter comes. When the
sun stays up longer on the mid-winter solstice (commonly celebrated under the
disguise of "Christmas" today) he has triumphed and conquered death, thus bringing
spring. We find this ritual being observed by the blips in Ezekiel's day.
Ezekiel 8:13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet
again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. 14 Then he
brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD'S house which was topiano coversd
the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. This
was the summer death of the sun god, Tammuz, that they were weeping for. The remainder
of this story will be discussed further along. (Notice the circle of flowers in
the illustration above. The imagery is not wasted. The circle is a
common symbol of the sun, and a basic symbol of ritual magic. Wreaths are used
in witchcraft both to cast spells against people and to bring "good luck.")
But, C.S. Lewis' esoteric sun worship in this book does not
p.105 "Father Christmas" gives SBlipn a bow and
arrows and Lucy a dagger and a cordial in a bottle. The cordial is said
to be made from the fire-flowers that grow in the mountains of the sun. one
receives a goblet or chalice.
This has some interesting
implications. First, of all "Father Christmas" is none other than that old
wretch, Santa Clause; emblem of that sun festival that was "christened" by the
pope centuries ago.
Secondly, the bow and arrow symbolize
the sun. J.E. Cirlot's A Dictionary of Symbols states, "Benoist remarks
that the bow and arrow, as attributes of Apollo, stand for the sun's energy, its
rays and its fertilising and purifying powers." (p.31)
Third, we note again the fact that a cordial is an alcoholic drink or stimulant
flavored with plant parts. This one presented to Lucy is said to be made from
fire-flowers that grow on the mountains of the sun. According to the book by Jobes,
fire flowers themselves represent the sun. Here they are said to grow on the mountains
of the sun which are associated with Leo, the lion of the zodiac. In fact,
the name Lucy itself means "light." It is from the Latin, and relates to
"luce," as in Lucifer. Lucy might well be considered an "illuminated one."
Leo is also said to be the ruler of the heart which is interesting
in that cordials are often heart stimulant and the goblet symbolizes the human
heart according to Cirlot. [Note: Lewis' fire-flowers are listed on a web
page of herbs for "use" in Role Playing Games. This is hardly surprising
since the Chronicles of Narnia were recommended reading by the makers of
Dungeons and Dragons!]
Moving on to further signposts:
p.124 Speaks of Aslan's golden eyes, p.138 his golden face, p.159
his piano coversm breath, and p.162 his golden fur.
again: "GOLDEN HAIR Light of the morning and evening sun as an attribute
of sun deities; typifies rays of the sun. GOLD The dawn; solar energy
and light of the sun." Cirlot's book: "Gold is the image of solar light..."
(p.119) "...golden hair is related to the sun's rays..." (p.135).
Breath symbolizes the sun's rays. To alchemists, breathing symbolizes absorption
of the sun's "astral gold."
On page 150 we find that before
the Witch kills Aslan, she shaves off his mane and around his face. In the symbolism
of sun worship hair cutting represents ray cutting. This ritual of shaving
is perhaps the very reason why God forbids the priests to shave their heads in
the future temple. Ezekiel 44:20 Neither shall
they shave their heads, nor suffer their locks to grow long; they shall only poll
their heads. Shaving of the head in the Bible, in general
typifies uncleanness or removing of uncleanness. In Corinth, it was the prostitutes
that shaved their heads. (1Corinthians 11:6)
We also find
that when the Witch kills the lion (sun), she calls him "Fool." This also
relates to the sun worship customs. According to Jobe's book, "The sun deity
has spells in which he suffers a wrong daily, a death at the hands of night, as
affliction necessary for rebirth." The rebirth or resurrection comes at
Which brings us to our next point:
p.156 The mice came to chew away the ropes that tied Aslan to the stone
table upon which he had been ritually sacrificed by the witch. Lewis strongly
emphasizes the sun rising in the "East" (note: capitalization) as the mice chew
through the ropes to free him for his resurrection. "...the sky on the East
side of the hill was a little less dark than it had been." After they gnawed
the ropes through, "The sky in the East was whitish by now."
First of all, the fact that this event occurs at dawn and that Lewis makes
so much of the sun rising is significant in that the sunrise is viewed as the
sun's resurrection in the myth mentioned above. That is, Lewis is telling
the tale of the sun's daily death and resurrection in careful, but hidden (to
the uninitiated) detail. To the followers of sun worship, this is all very easy
Anyone that is at all familiar with the true origins
of Free Masonry or mysticism, also knows that the "the East" is a significant
point. "Eastern" religions are mystical religions. The East represents
...BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS
OF THE EARTH. Revelation 17:5 The mystery religions (esoteric
cults) of this world find their roots is Babylon and many hail their deity with
the dawning of the sun. Thus, when C.S. Lewis turned his back on the Bible,
denying its inspiration (see his Theological
Beliefs), he fulfilled Amos 8:12, And they shall
wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to
and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. He
went from the north (where God dwells; Psalm 48:2, Psalm 75:6), to the East --
Babylon and sun worship!
To clear all doubt on the
implications of Lewis' writing, God's holy scripture again speaks: Ezekiel
8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou
seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see
greater abominations than these. 16 And he brought me into the inner court of
the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between
the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs
topiano coversd the temple of the LORD, and their faces topiano coversd the east; and they worshipped
the sun topiano coversd the east. 17
Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light
thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit
here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke
me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. 18 Therefore will I also
deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they
cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them.
This abomination along with the one of the women weeping for Tammuz are
described by the word of God as the two worst! When people face east to
worship the sun, they turn their backs on God! Sun worship and Jehovah worship
are both exclusive, Lewis could not serve both Baal and God! 1Kings
18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between
two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then
follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
The fact that mice were used here is significant as well. Mice were
sacred to Apollo, the sun. J.E. Cirlot's definition of Apollo is so interesting
to this study that it should all be included here. On page 14 of his A
Dictionary of Symbols, we read, "Apollo In mythology and alchemy, his
spiritual and symbolic significance is identical with that of the sun. The
spreading golden hairs which crown the god's head have the same meaning as the
bow and arrow (sunrays). The Greek name for Apollo is, of course Apollon,
which means 'from the depths of the lion' and expresses the meaningful relationship
of the sun with the fifth sign of the Zodiac, Leo."
Remember what Lewis said when on a trip with his ill wife, "I had
some ado to prevent Joy and myself from relapsing into Paganism in Attica! At
Daphni it was hard not to pray to Apollo the Healer. But somehow one didn't feel
it would have been very wrong - would have only been addressing Christ sub specie
Apollinis." (C.S. Lewis: A Biography, Roger Lancelyn Green, p.276)
That Lewis would call Apollo, the sun god, otherwise known as Baal (Satan), a
sub specie of Christ is gross blasphemy, but that he would keep this "secret doctrine"
to teach to children is hideous in the extreme!!! C.S. Lewis was in bad
enough trouble with God for all the heresy that he believed and hid in his books
for adult Christians, but when he started messing with the minds of children he
reserved for himself a special measure of God's wrath! Mark
9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it
is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast
into the sea.
A few more signposts:
p.180 Speaking of Aslan, "He'll be coming and going, one day you'll
see him and another you won't...he has other countries to attend to."
This is obviously not the Lord Jesus Christ, since He is omnipresent (everywhere
at once). Matthew 28:20 ...lo, I am with you
alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. More
than that, however is the fact that one of the distinctions of the sun deity is
that he is said to be a "constant wanderer." Always "coming and going" can
also relate to the night/death, sunrise/resurrection myth or the summer/winter
In The Magician's Nephew we find more telling
references to Aslan.
On p. 114 Digory saw the lion and
it was so big and bright he could not take his eyes off of it. Then on p.173 Aslan
swings his head around scattering golden gleams of light as he does so.
In the context of the information already given, these statements are in total
keeping with Lewis' already obvious glorification of sun worship.
Added to this, Aslan is described while in the act of creation - "It was a
Lion. Huge, shaggy, and bright it stood facing the risen sun."
Again, the picture of facing the rising sun is sun worship and nothing
else. Over and over again in the Bible we find God going out of His
way, as it were, to keep His people facing away from the East in their worship!
He points His servants west.
C.S. Lewis was an expert in
mythology having studied it from an early age. It is utterly impossible that he
did not know what he was writing!
Sun worship was one of the
main abominations to the LORD practiced in Bible times. It has continued throughout
the ages to this very time. That Lewis would write stories for children
to indoctrinate them in this revolting religion is bad enough, but that those
stories should be passed off as an allegory of the gospel of Jesus Christ is
a horrible blasphemy beyond description!
4:15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude
on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the
fire: 16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image....19
And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and
the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven
to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all
nations under the whole heaven.
by Mary Van Nattan
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