The Planets

Michael Ward

in Planet Narnia

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780195313871
Published online January 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871964 | DOI:
  The Planets

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Lewis was interested in the medieval heavens both from an academic and an imaginative perspective. The pagan gods, to his mind, were aesthetically beautiful and also apologetically useful, and Ptolemaic astrology was deemed consonant with Christianity until at least the sixteenth century (Dante being chief among those poets who Christianized it). The seven planets Lewis regarded as spiritual symbols of permanent value, able to convey truths relating to psychology, rationality, and novitas. Lewis's Idealism and his dislike of spiritual introspection pertinent to the question of Enjoyment of these symbols. Contemplating the planets and their influences in the Chronicles of Narnia.

Keywords: heavens; influences; pagan gods; astrology; symbols; Idealism; novitas; spiritual; rationality; Dante

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Subjects: Religious Studies

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