Godwin, Joscelyn - The Great Chain of Being
Type of Spiritual Experience
Backgroundsee also the description of Who might we meet
A description of the experience
In the world view of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, all other beings in the universe were pictured as an orderly hierarchy, a 'Great Chain of Being' stretching from Earth to Heaven
At the bottom of the chain are the minerals and rocks and the vegetable and animal kingdoms; then come the elementals, whose highest members merge with the spirits of the planetary spheres; above them are the spirits of the fixed stars; and then the angels in their ninefold hierarchy.
At the lower end of the hierarchy are the beings concerned with the nature and government of the material world