The Four Stars at Purgatory Mountain

As the Pilgrim and Virgil come out from the rocks and onto the shores on the Island of Mount Purgatory, they see four bright stars in the night sky above them – symbolic of the four Cardinal Virtues:

  • Temperance
  • Prudence
  • Fortitude
  • Being Just

From Canto I:

Then to my right I turned to contemplate
the other pole, and there saw those four stars
the first man saw, and no man after him

The Garden of Eden is on top of Mount Purgatory and therefore these four Virtues/Stars are again visible for Virgil and the Pilgrim, as they have now emerged in the Southern Hemisphere.

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