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On the Origin of the World (Codex II) of the Nag Hammadi Library, is dominated by a compendium of influences including Manichaean, Valentinian, Sethian, Ophite, Egyptian, Hermetic (Pagan Gnosis), Jewish apocalyptic apocrypha (Enoch and Jubilees), magic and astrology, and last but not least, and as the primary focus of this paper, the Orphic and Hellenistic mysteries. Yet, despite the variety of different influences, it still retains a particular Gnostic flavor—written persuasively as an academic essay, to not only attract potential adherents to the Gnostic religion but also to defend the Gnostic world-view in a distanced and factual manner. The author writes the text not as a receiver of revelation but as a scholar who quotes his multitude of sources. These references and allusions to other, non-Gnostic works are employed to lend weight to the author’s message. Because of the juxtaposition of eclectic influences and even the citation of other texts, which are now lost to us, for the most part, they seem to point to a school in Alexandria, Egypt as a place of origination.
I originally wrote this Gnostic Gospel a few years ago but I decided to edit it for clarity. It was originally called “Reception of the Grapes” but it seemed too “corny” and I got a few wine jokes out of it so I decided to change it a bit. This gospel is a mix of my own spiritual revelations and other mystical poetry like we see in Summer Harvest by Valentinus, among other sources like […]
In this episode we have the pleasure to be joined by Mark Stavish, the Director of Studies for the Institute for Hermetic Studies. He is a life-long student of esotericism, Hermeticism and gnosis with over 25 years experience in comparative religion, philosophy, psychology, and mysticism with emphasis on Traditional Western Esotericism. We discuss his newest book that is soon to come out next year in July 2018: “Egregores: The Occult Entities That Watch Over Human […]
Welcome to Season 2 of the Megas Aeon Podcast #14! In this episode, I interview James from Pandiras Box and former co-host of Aeon Arcanum. We cover everything from Mithra, the Apollo Cult on Vatican Hill (The Roman Catholic Church), Constantine, the competing Orthodox and Gnostic Christologies, Anatoly Fomenko and the white-washing of history, Jerusalem and the State of Israel, the curious case of Simon the Magician, the Gospel of Judas, and much, much more! […]
A special note for all my readers: I am planning on publishing these articles in an e-book in the next few weeks. It is tentatively titled, “The Sun Lady Unveiled: Revelation 12 Decoded.” Stay tuned for more information, soon to come! In my article, Render Unto Caesar: Paying the Last Penny, I noted how the language of Luke (21:35-37) presents the so-called “rapture” or the second advent of Christ as a snare or trap laden […]
Known for his books that eventually would become big-screen hits like Blade Runner and Minority Report, the author Philip K Dick in VALIS (Vast Active Living Intelligence), combines elements of autobiography, philosophy, science-fiction, Gnostic theology, psychoanalysis, and existential self-construction. Like the recently published Exegesis, it takes its origin in the need to understand and respond to the events of February and March 1974 (which Dick called 2-3-74). He was irradiated by a brilliant pink light […]