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
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 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 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 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 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 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!
all doubt on the implications of Lewis' writing, God's holy scripture again speaks:
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."
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
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.
context of the information already given, these statements are in total keeping
with Lewis' already obvious glorification of sun worship.
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."
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
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!
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
for this article was obtained from documented papers written 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!