Sun Worship in the
Chronicles of Narnia
Page 1 Introduction
Page 2 Theological beliefs
Page 3 The Chronicles of Narnia
Page 4 Liquor, Tobacco and
Page 6 Further Into the Depths of Satan
Page 7 Dionysus, Bacchus, Silenus and the
No one under 18 in page7 without parental permission, please.
To 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 .
According 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 Wardrobe.
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 over them."
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 Jews 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 toward 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
But, C.S. Lewis' esoteric sun worship in this book does not stop here.
p.105 "Father Christmas" gives Susan 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
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 warm breath, and p.162 his golden fur.
Jobes' book 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
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 dawn.
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
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 to see.
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 toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east;
and they worshipped the sun toward 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 myth.
In The Magician's Nephew we find more telling references to
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
Deuteronomy 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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by unknown authors. We wish that we could give the proper credit, but
the Lord knows who they are will reward them properly on that day!
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