Sophia

Where the Rainbow Ends and Begins

In Revelation (3:10-12) (NRSV), we see Jesus telling the reader to endure in the faith and that the city of New Jerusalem will descend from heaven, at the end.

10 Because you have kept my word of patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. 11 I am coming soon; hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 If you conquer, I will make you a pillar in the temple of my God; you will never go out of it. I will write on you the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem that comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.

Later, we see in Revelation (21:2) and (9-14), fulfill Jesus’ promises, when it descends to earth after the apocalypse is over.

2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites; 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

In Tracy Twyman’s Clock Shavings (p. 282-283), she writes how the Cube of the New Jerusalem, at the end of the apocalypse of Revelation, will somehow merge with the black cube of Saturn, below, in hell. Saturn, as many of my readers will know, is also synonymous with the demiurge, Ialdabaoth.

Cain wants to get out. All of those in who are in Hell want out. But the fallen angels down there know something that the human spirits also trapped there probably don’t know: that at the End of Times, the Abyss will open up and let them out of Hell, temporarily. Heaven will also open up, and literally merge with Earth as the white cube of the New Jerusalem descends. In my mind, it is most likely that the black cubic city will ascend from the depths as well. Heaven, Hell and Earth will all co‐mingle in a timeless moment. Perhaps the black and white cubes will merge. This may be the ultimate explanation for the checker pattern on the Ageio board. This, I think, will be their opportunity to switch places with humankind, and be back in the bosom of the Lord. Then again, perhaps they think that they will be able to take control of the celestial Ark, the cube, and be in the driver’s seat, the God position, when things start anew. I think the belief is that, if they can get inside the white cube, in the position of God, they can be God, and they can win the Apocalypse game. Meanwhile, they believe, Baphomet will get his expressed wish: to see “MAN LOST IN HELL.” We will be outside the cube, trapped in the chaotic Abyss where they were once tortured.  

There isn’t just one cosmic cube, but two. In addition to the black cube, which she says is the city, Enoch, there’s a white cube, in heaven per Revelation. When the cubes meet the world we know will be destroyed except for those inside the white cube of the New Jerusalem, the shining city that lands on earth after all of the turmoil and suffering after the events of the apocalypse have passed. The cube shape is also associated with Saturn.

So, what do the rainbow and the triangle-shaped prism represent? I’d wager somehow the black prism somehow (alchemically) changes the nature of light, it circles around Saturn and comes back to the moon to do another loop. This is what I believe the black monolith of 2001: A Space Odyssey, represents and perhaps can be connected to the stones of acquittal per Revelation and Zechariah. The monolith could also be a black inversion of the holy stones and instead, a cursed object in which Kronos or Saturn or whatever demiurgical power guides creation on the course of evolution to eventually merge with it.

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Perhaps, as I’ve theorized earlier in my article “Ouranos: Lord of the Dome,” of the possibility that the earth may have dome-like Firmament over it as is described in the Bible and other ancient myths like the Greeks and Babylonians, especially in how Ouranos’ relationship to Gaia or the Earth. The rainbow could very be evidence of a glass-like dome over our world as many flat-earthers maintain. A light that shines through a prism can create the colors of a rainbow, and a thick enough piece of glass can act as a prism. Moreover, could this represent what the new age conspiracy author David Icke postulates as the Saturn-Moon Matrix? An answer to this question may be found in the European Space Agency website titled Saturn’s Rainbow Rings:

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As we saw earlier in part 3, the seven rays are intimately connected with Gnosticism and can also be connected with the idea of the rainbow, which is a pride symbol for the gay LGBTQ movement. The rainbow rings of Saturn also look particularly like a chain as well, symbolizing imprisonment and enslavement. Interestingly, in the film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, we also see seven diamonds in the haunting and famous “Stargate” montage sequence, which could possibly connect to the seven pillars or the seven parts of the Holy Spirit and the seven churches that John the Revelator addresses in Revelation 1.

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In Genesis, Yahweh provides the sign of the rainbow at the end of the flood to signal that he would never again flood the world. In a way, this mirrors what is described in Greek mythology, as the titan Atlas, holds heavens on his shoulders. Without this “column” or “pillars” between the earth and the heaven, the sky falls and causes the Great Flood and the fall of Atlantis. The rainbow could also symbolize this separation between heaven and earth, where the pillars of Wisdom are held up.

Ezekiel described Yahweh as being bronze from the waist up and made of fire from the waist down with a rainbow surrounding him (Ezekiel 1:27-28). Daniel describes a similar figure made of bronze and fire (Daniel 10:5-6). And as we saw earlier, the theme of the “seven rays” also fits quite well with rainbow symbolism. Even in (2 Enoch Chapter 12, XII), we see rainbows in Eden like realms:

And I looked and saw other flying elements of the sun, whose names (are) Phoenixes and Chalkydri, marvellous and wonderful, with feet and tails in the form of a lion, and a crocodile’s head, their appearance (is) empurpled, like the rainbow; their size (is) nine hundred measures, their wings (are like) those of angels, each (has) twelve, and they attend and accompany the sun, bearing heat and dew, as it is ordered them from God.

Thus (the sun) revolves and goes, and rises under the heaven, and its course goes under the earth with the light of its rays incessantly. 

In Stanley Kubrick film, Eyes Wide Shut, we do see a few references to rainbows. There has been countless “esoteric” or “Illuminati” analysis articles and videos per Eyes Wide Shut, and the triangular prism and rainbow symbols are especially interesting and present with this film.

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The first instance we see of a rainbow reference is when Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise’s characters are invited to a Christmas Ball. In one scene Tom Cruise/Dr. Bill Harford is confronted by two prostitutes, or perhaps covert agents of the pagan orgy cult, who ask him if he would like to go “where the rainbow ends?” To which Bill Harford replies, “that all depends on where that is.”

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(Tom Cruise with two prostitutes or members of the orgy cult with Christmas lights behind symbolizing, perhaps, the “lights in the firmament” per Genesis 1:14.)

Later in the film, the good doctor finds himself at a costume rental shop so he can attend the masked orgy we see later on in the film.

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According to one YouTube video, the rainbow is also connected to not only various occult ideas but also MK-Ultra “Illuminati” mind-control, child-rape/pedophilia and other forms of sexual deviancy. The video describes the rainbow as a “hypnotic device.” This is no doubt connected to gay rainbow flag and perhaps even Pizzagate and Project Paperclip. As the video points out, rainbows are also associated with the 1950’s classic Wizard of Oz film. The term “Oz” can be connected with a book that Aleister Crowley authored being “Liber Oz” or “Book 77,” as well as Liber 777, which obviously ties with 777 (a number of completion, perfection, and judgment) and 70 generations and angels in the Old and New Testament. 70 generations equal to approximately 4,900 to 7,000 years, if generation can represent 70 years to 100 years in a human life span. Jay Dyer, in his book Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film, writes about the film and points out how all of Bill’s experiences and events are sort of a journey of initiation into the dark mysteries sort of like Jonah’s journey or descent into the belly of the whale or Christ’s descent into Hades. But the symbolism is closer to a Masonic initiation ceremony, where the initiate is blindfolded and lead by the “hangman’s noose.”

Still oblivious to these synchronicities, Bill remains blindfolded like Nick, yet not with a literal blindfold. Bill’s blindness is to his own naivety and ignorance concerning himself and the world around him. All the clues are before him, that he is being led like a lamb to the slaughter, should he choose to see it. The event’s are Bill’s initiation as he tested regarding his “fidelio,” faithfulness either to his wife, his ambiguous sense of middle-class morals, or, ultimately, to the cult – hence the password. It should be noted as well the cult retains these sexual elements, where the profane seeker is in darkness (eyes wide shut or blindfolded), in which only only the hierophant or cult leader can enlighten, remembering that light is a prism or rainbow. The rainbow is also a symbol of the disregard of sexual inhibitions in relation to the rainbow flag of the homosexual movement.

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Then, there’s also the Christmas decorated, eighth-rayed star, which interestingly, is associated with the Priesthood of Melchizedek, symbolizing baptism, rebirth, the female uterus/womb and eternity. It also connects to the 888 Logos numerology and being reborn in the spiritual sun or the “eye of light” of the light Adam.

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In the book Baphomet: The Temple Mystery Unveiled, we (Tracy Twyman and I) discussed how the hermaphroditic figure of “Mete” which is the Greek equivalent to Baphomet. For the Orientalist, Von Hammer-Purgstall, he considers “Mete” to be simply the Greek word “wisdom,” a personification in what we may perhaps call the Gnostic mythology answering to the Sophia of the Ophianites. He considers that the name Baphomet is derived from the Greek words “the baptism of Metis,” and that in its application it is equivalent with the name Mete itself. He has further shown that Baphomet is connected with the Gnostic sects of the East, as we theorized, starts with John the Baptist, continuing on with Simon Magus and his Gnostic successors. Like the image above of the horned naked woman with spider legs, Baphomet was also conceived as a chimeric creature, containing both angelic and bestial, divine and infernal components. In a way, the Old Testament scripture, Deuteronomy 4:15-19 (NKJV) anticipates Baphomet worship of the Knights Templars:

Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no form when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, lest you act corruptly and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of any figure: the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth. And take heed, lest you lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, you feel driven to worship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage.

As quoted in our book, according to Thomas Wright in The Worship of The Generative Powers, Mete can be equated with the number 8, because Mete is “one and seven” or “1 plus 7,” which can also correspond to the seven colors of the rainbow and the seven planetary archons and the Demiurge.

This still is, it must be confessed, rather mysterious, and, in fact, most of these copies of the formula of faith are more or less defective, but, from a comparison of them, the general form and meaning of the whole is made perfectly clear. This may be translated, “Let Mete be exalted, who causes things to bud and blossom! he is our root; it (the root) is one and seven; abjure (the faith), and abandon thyself to all pleasures.” The number seven is said to refer to the seven archons of the Gnostic creed.

The 19th-century mythicist, Gerald Massey in The Natural Genesis, Volume 2, he explicitly connects Mete and Baphomet with what is associated with the Holy Spirit, being the pneumatic breath of God:

Mete was the Baphomet or the mother of breath. An invocation addressed to this form of the bearded mother is shown by Du Puy to have been “Yalla” a supposed Saracenic word. This like so many other titles of the genetrix, such as nana and Maya, is an Inner African name for the great or Grand Mother…The oldest form of the great mother, the mother of the gods, known to the Greeks as Rhea, Kubele, Kubebe, Abbas and Ma, is identified by her other names with this the most recent genitrix.

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In Joseph von Hammer‐Purgstall’s 1818 treatise Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum, it depicts many androgynous demons and naked men and women that were copied from actual “Templar artifacts.” In one illustration, we see a naked woman kneeling on the ground between two images of a figure identified on several of the artifacts as Mete/Baphomet and even Sophia-Achamoth. The woman is pouring water out of a vase onto the candles of a candelabrum called a “seven‐branch” or the Jewish menorah, which represents the seven pillars of Wisdom per Proverbs and the seven golden lampstands being the seven churches, ruled over by the seven stars (or angels) that the Son of Man addresses (to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea) in Revelation 1:1-20. In other words, the hermaphroditic harlot, Mete, is out to pour torrents of water over the spiritual church or assembly (the Body of Christ), much like the great dragon per Revelation 12!

The church historian Eusebius in his Church History wrote about a fringe Christian cult leader named Montanus. Montanus operated in Phrygia in the second century, the homeland of the infamous Cybele cult, which demanded its followers to castrate themselves and slash their bodies while being spattered by the blood of a sacrificed bull as part of their initiation into the priesthood of Cybele. The Thracians thought that the chief divinity of the Samothracian and Lemnian mysteries as Rhea-Hecate, a chthonic deity associated with Cybele.

The hymn of Proclus with the title “Hekate and Ianos,” shows that connection. Proclus is one of the most important philosophers of the ancient Hellenic philosophy, a representative of Neoplatonism, a follower of Hekate and a great theurgist. There is also a great number of archaeological evidence showing the connection of these two goddesses and it seems that Cybele and Hekate are great friends. Here, Hekate is called the mother of gods and according to the mythology, Cybele is the mother of gods. Part of the hymn:

(Ancient text):

Χαίρε, θεών μήτερ, πολυώνυμε, καλλιγένεθλε

χαίρ’ Εκάτη προθυραία, μεγάσθενες αλλά και αυτός

χαίρ’ Ιανέ προπάτορ, Ζευ άφθιτε, χαίρε ύπατε Ζευ.

(Translation):

Chaire, mother of the gods, polyonyme, kalligenethle,

chaire Hekate prothyraia, megasthenes, chaire

chaire Iane father of our fathers, Zeus imperishable, chaire you ruler Zeus.

(Translation of the epithets):

kalligenethle = with good and beautiful children

prothyraia=the one who stands before the door

megasthenes=with great power

Montanus, also considered himself to be the “Holy Paraclete,” along with two women priestesses, Priscilla and Maximilla, who remarried themselves to God full-time, leaving their families to pursue a more spiritual life through celibacy, fleshly mortification and rigid focus for holiness. Eusebius tells us:

For some persons, like venomous reptiles, crawled over Asia and Phrygia, boasting that Montanus was the Paraclete, and that the women that followed him, Priscilla and Maximilla, were prophetesses of Montanus. (Church History, V. 14).

There is said to be a certain village called Ardabau in that part of Mysia, which borders upon Phrygia. There first, they say, when Gratus was proconsul of Asia, a recent convert, Montanus by name, through his unquenchable desire for leadership, gave the adversary opportunity against him. And he became beside himself, and being suddenly in a sort of frenzy and ecstasy, he raved, and began to babble and utter strange things, prophesying in a manner contrary to the constant custom of the Church handed down by tradition from the beginning (Church History, V. 16, 4).

Eventually, these Montanists would be excommunicated out of the early church and would even reject any Christian who was baptized as a Montanist. The church fathers unanimously rejected this group, all except for Tertullian, who ironically, considering his staunch stance against any and all Gnostic heresy, became a Montanist convert himself! In fact, Tertullian describes a specific Montanist church meeting:

We have now amongst us a sister whose lot it has been to be favoured with sundry gifts of revelation, which she experiences in the Spirit by ecstatic vision amidst the sacred rites of the Lord’s day in the church: she converses with angels, and sometimes even with the Lord; she both sees and hears mysterious communications;  some men’s hearts she understands, and to them who are in need she distributes remedies. Whether it be in the reading of Scriptures, or in the chanting of psalms, or in the preaching of sermons, or in the offering up of prayers, in all these religious services matter and opportunity are afforded to her of seeing visions. It may possibly have happened to us, whilst this sister of ours was rapt in the Spirit, that we had discoursed in some ineffable way about the soul.

Although the Montanists were orthodox in all matters of doctrines, their methodologies for worship and self-discipline were considered to be heretical in the sense that they were “legalistic” in keeping hold to their torturous methods of self-mortification. In a sense, they can be considered “proto-pentecostal.” Responses to this movement were mixed within the church, since, after all, prophecy was a genuine gift of God or the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. Interestingly, the church father Jerome would deride Montanus as a “cut-off, half-man,” a not-so-subtle allusion that Montanus was a castrated priest of the Phrygian Mother goddess Cybele. He is also called a “priest of Apollo” or a “priest of an idol” (hence the sin of idolatry) before his conversion to Christianity, according to the text, The dialogue of a Montanist with an Orthodox.

It is said that when he read the Gospel of John’s Jesus’s promises that the spirit of truth will be with his disciples. They also held on to a modalistic view of the Trinity, by stating that three different epochs within history were divided up according to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and their “age of grace,” was ruled over by the Holy Spirit. Montanus’ prophetic, ecstatic utterances could also very well be mistaken to those cults dedicated to Apollo and Dionysus. At worse, according to some Orthodox bishops, Montanus and his followers were under a demonic deception and a tool of the devil since Montanus himself was a pagan priest. As it follows, perhaps, Montanus was also a priest dedicated to an earlier incarnation of Mete/Baphomet.

In the next post, we will see how the symbols and numerology used in Eyes Wide Shut and 2001: A Space Odyssey, all converge in their representation to initiated eyes to see. Is the dream offered by the Womb of Darkness closing and folding up as time flows between our fingers? What exactly is the Womb of Darkness? It connects to what Genesis refers to as the firmament or the vault, as we will see next time. The recent 2017 eclipse does seem to provide us with a major celestial sign that ties with repenting with “sackcloth and ashes,” that Jesus advises in Luke 10 and the Sign of John that Jesus invokes in Matthew 12:40. It also happens to have occurred 40 days from September 23, 2017, in which the great, astrological wonder sign of Revelation 12 is supposed to manifest in the heavens, much like how the inhabitants of Nineveh had 40 days to repent. Also, Big Ben is being shut down until 2021 for repairs. Odd synchronicities with everything that’s going on right now. 

Even, in the film, Dark City, features an eclipse embedding in one of their logos! We also saw the deaths of certain celebrities like David Bowie (2016) who invoked the “Dark Star,” and Chris Cornell (2017) from the band Soundgarden, which performed the song, “Black Hole Sun.” Here are part of the lyrics:

“In my eyes, indisposed

In disguises no one knows

Hides the face, lies the snake

The sun in my disgrace

Boiling heat, summer stench

‘Neath the black the sky looks dead

Call my name through the cream

And I’ll hear you scream again

Black hole sun

Won’t you come

And wash away the rain

Black hole sun

Won’t you come

Won’t you come (won’t you come)…”

We see in Revelation 12:5, that the male child is “caught up” in a divine cesarian operation. The Greek word used for “caught up” or “snatched up” is harpazo, and it is the word used for the rapture of the Church in 1 Thessalonians 4:17.  Every single mention of Jesus’ ascension is described using the words epairo or anabaino, both of which indicate a gradual rising (like climbing a mountain), not a quick and violent snatching away (harpazo). Does the date 9/23/2017 have anything to do with this “snatching away” as some believe? Perhaps, but it would contradict another verse of scripture in Matthew (24:32-33):

“Now learn a parable of the fig tree (Israel); When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye SHALL SEE ALL THESE THINGS, know that it is near, even at the doors.”

In other words, perhaps such an event could happen in the early summer, if we are to take the “rapture” idea literally. The 2017 eclipse happened on the 21st. Hurricane Harvey came in on the 25th and flooding the 26th. And very soon, Hurricane Irma is about to unleash a torrent of floods and violent winds, against the southern parts of the United States, stronger than any natural disaster known in recent memory. Now look what Luke 21:25-26 (NKJV) says:

And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.

Oh, Black Hole Sun, won’t you come indeed.

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The Sun Lady Unveiled: The Mother and Male Child In Revelation 12 (Part 1)

 

Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:13-17).

In recent months, there has been much discussion and rumors about the 9/23/2017 date being a “pivot” date for the Revelation 12-star sign connected with the Sun Lady, the Woman clothed with the Sun and the Zodiacal star-sign of Virgo. Some have even connected the date with the pre-tribulation/mid-tribulation/post-tribulation rapture or the “translation of the saints” as per 1 Thessalonians (4:13-17). This won’t be an article in full support for prophetic dates but more about unpacking the less obvious theological implications as prophesied all throughout Revelation 12 and associated religious and even esoteric, occult connections. 

The Woman Clothed with the Sun is depicted as the Mother of whose children keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus per Revelation 12. The Woman was a Mother in heaven whose firstborn was a king, as in Psalm 2. She was a Queen, threatened by the red dragon or the “prince and power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). She fled to the desert or the “wilderness” (there are manifold meanings attached to this term to be explored later). Her children were the Christians. Jesus was the firstborn among many children:

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8.29).

However, it does not mean that Jesus Christ is simply a created angel like the Egyptian Arians maintained since the Gospel of John refutes this position. Keeping the commandments is linked to the “preservers” or the “preserved” (Psalm 31:23). The Methodist scholar Margaret Barker states in the Mother in Heaven and Her Children that the Nazarenes were also called the “preservers.”

The dragon attacked the woman’s other children, and John explained who they were. They kept the commandments of God and they had the testimony of Jesus. Keeping the commandments might mean simply not breaking any of the ten commandments, but the word used, tēreō, is quite strong and means ‘guard’, or ‘preserve’. It was used in the Greek Old Testament to translate the word nāṣar. This word too was sometimes used to mean keeping the commandments, e.g. Psalm 78.7: ‘They should guard/preserve his commandments’; but it was also used to describe a particular group of faithful people within Israel were preserved or guarded, e.g. Psalm 31.23: ‘Love the Lord all you his saints! The Lord guards/preserves the faithful! Or Isaiah 27.3: ‘I, the Lord, guard/preserve[the pleasant vineyard]… I guard/preserve it night and day’.

The role of a mysterious figure called the Servant of the Lord was to restore the faithful, these ‘guarded/ preserved ones’. This means that at some stage they were driven out.

The prophet Micah described a woman, the daughter of Zion, as being a woman in “birth pangs” and that the Lord will deliver her from the hands of the enemies in Micah 4.8-13. She then reappears in the Book of Revelation. In the prophecies of the Virgin, the Mother and the rulership of her son as in Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 9:6-7, also seem to mirror the Sun Lady of Revelation 12 with the birthing of the “male child” (more on this later). We see in the wisdom texts of Solomon, namely Proverbs 1:22-23, that the Mother warns her children of their stupidity since they are “simple.”

“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity?

For scorners delight in their scorning,

And fools hate knowledge.

Turn at my rebuke;

Surely I will pour out my spirit on you;

I will make my words known to you.

Wisdom is personified in the book of Proverbs in such a way that She is equal with God.  The Hebrew word for Wisdom, Chokmah, carries the feminine gender.  Both ancient Jewish and ancient Christian authorities point to Her co-divinity with God, as we shall demonstrate. Speaking as Wisdom in the first person, Solomon wrote in Proverbs (8:23), that she was with God and the Logos before creation:

“I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth.”

In an early Christian text found amongst the Nag Hammadi Codices, the Teaching of Silvanus 90-91, tells us:

“From now on, then, my son, return to your divine nature. Cast from [you] these evil, deceiving friends! [Accept] Christ, [this true friend], as a good teacher. Cast from you death, which has become a father to you. For death did not exist, nor will it exist at the end. But since you cast from yourself God, the holy Father, the true Life, the Spring of Life, therefore you have obtained death as a father and have acquired ignorance as a mother. They have robbed you of the true knowledge. But return, my son, to your first Father, God, and Wisdom your mother, from whom you came into being from the very first in order that you might fight against all of your enemies, the Powers of the Adversary.”

In the [now almost] lost The Gospel of the Hebrews has Jesus calling the Holy Spirit his Mother.

“My Mother, the Holy Spirit, took Me by one of My hairs and carried Me to Mount Tabor.” – Jesus Christ

The Gospel of Hebrews was an accepted scripture of the Judaizing Nazarene Sect of Christianity – a group of Jewish Christians led by Jesus’ brother James, and later, by Jesus’ cousin Simeon. Spirit is a feminine noun in Hebrew (ruach), and so the children of the Spirit should be understood as the children of the Mother in heaven:

The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us (Romans 8:16-18).

This teaching is not too far from how the Gnostic Ophites (according to St. Irenaeus in Against Heresies) claim that Sophia prepared Jesus’s baptism at the river Jordan and united with Christ to possess Jesus. They departed from him after the crucifixion but Christ resurrected Jesus with a special resurrection spirit body since “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 15:50). Wisdom is justified, edikaiōthē, by all her deeds/children (Matthew 11:19). We also see the Mother archetype in the Nativity story in Luke (2:1-20), as depicted as the holy virgin Mary, who gave birth to her firstborn son, Jesus, and wrapped him in garments in a manger. Before Jesus ascended, he said to his disciples:

44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

The promise that Jesus gave to his disciples was that the Mother or the Holy Spirit would clothe her children with righteousness and understanding (wisdom/logos). This is confirmed back in Proverbs (2:2-6).

So that you incline your ear to wisdom,

And apply your heart to understanding;

Yes, if you cry out for discernment,

And lift up your voice for understanding,

If you seek her as silver,

And search for her as for hidden treasures;

Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,

And find the knowledge of God.

For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;

The Hebrew for “understanding” is Tawboon and the and the Greek Logos, both of which are masculine in gender, we can identify Tawboon with Logos, Understanding with Christ. Thus we have here Son and Spirit, Understanding and Wisdom, together with God, completing the Holy Trinity. That the early church fathers identified Lady Wisdom with the Holy Spirit is beyond a doubt. St. Irenaeus in Against Heresies (4.20.1):

For the Word and Wisdom were always present with God, the Son and the Spirit, by Whom and in Whom He freely and spontaneously created everything.  These are the Ones to Whom He said, “Let us make man in Our own image and likeness… Therefore, it was not angels who made us”

The Word, Who is the Son, was always with the Father.  Wisdom, too, Who is the Spirit, was in God’s presence before anything was created.  For the Spirit declared by Solomon, “By Wisdom God set the foundations of the earth, and by Understanding He set up the heaven. By His knowledge the Deep burst forth and the clouds dropped down the dew…” and again, “When he began the heavens, I was with Him…” Therefore, there is one God, Who, by the Word and Wisdom created and arranged everything.” – Against Heresies (4.20.3-4).

Wisdom is more versatile than any motion. Since She is pure, she pervades and penetrates everything. She is the breath (Ruach/Spirit) of God’s power, and the spotless emanation of the Almighty’s glory. Thus, no unclean thing finds a place within Her. She is the reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of God’s works, the image of His goodness. She is only one, but She can accomplish anything, and being within Herself, She rejuvenates everything. Throughout all generations She lives within holy souls, making them God’s friends and His prophets. – Wisdom of Solomon (7:24-27)

This last quote is especially interesting since it points to the fact that ancient pre-Christian Judaism identified Wisdom with the Spirit of prophecy, a trait of the Holy Spirit. Certainly, English Bibles have been calling the Holy Spirit “He” according to the masculine gender for a long time. You might ponder, “There must be a reason for this.” Indeed there is!

Stay tuned for part 2, to be posted shortly. 

New Book: Baphomet: The Mystery of the Temple Unveiled

I realize it’s been a long while since I’ve posted an article on this blog. But be of good cheer! A new book I co-wrote with Tracy Twyman is set to come out either late October or early November as the date is currently tentative at the moment. The book is called Baphomet: The Temple Mystery Unveiled. I’ve been working on this book very intently for the last 6-7 months and all my hard work (along with Tracy’s) will finally be revealed for the public to read and carefully consider. Here is the press release for the book over on Tracy’s site. Be on the look out for a Kickstarter with some pertinent details for you beloved truth seekers, to consider supporting us while giving you lot’s of cool goodies, e-books and hardcover books in return. And finally, here is the cover that will be used for the book. I will be posting more details about the book as the weeks pass on. Spread the news far and wide!

Here is the blurb from the inside cover of the book jacket:

Can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? And be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?

For seven centuries, the enigma of Baphomet has mystified both scholars and the general public. Did the Knights Templar really worship a demonic idol of that name? If so, what does the word mean? What is the origin of this figure? What was the nature of the rituals that the Templars performed in secret? What were their covert beliefs? And why, if the Templars initially described their idol as a mummified severed head, is this figure now represented as a hermaphrodite human with the head of a goat?

Authors Tracy R. Twyman and Alexander Rivera have dived head-first into the bottomless abyss of mystery and returned with some astounding wisdom to share. Learn the genesis of these symbols and how they relate to the Witches’ Sabbath, traditions of Sufi Islam, alchemy, Gnosticism, cabalism, the teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, and so much more.

Learn why the Templars and their beloved severed head are frequently associated with John the Baptist, and how this connects to his student, Simon Magus. Discover the known facts about things like the Chinon Parchment, the Book of the Baptism of Fire, the Templar Abraxas seals, and newly-found documents which claim that the Templars discovered the real Temple of Solomon during a secret trip to Mecca.

Join Twyman and Rivera on this exciting adventure into the unknown. Immerse yourself in this knowledge, if your heart has the strength. It is certain that your mind will never be the same.

LVX and God Bless,

Alex.

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Interview: Jeremy Crow 2.0

Jeremy Crow was a guest of mine last year, around this time. I enjoyed our discussion so much that I decided to interview him again on some separate but related issues. Further and beyond!

Before we begin, I have to say that I cannot speak on behalf of all Luciferians. I will, however, give my personal opinion as an individual who self-identifies as a Luciferian. – Jeremy Crow.

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From a Luciferian perspective, how would one go about defining the “Left Hand Path”?

The famous mythologist Joseph Campbell defined the Right Hand Path as the path which involves staying within the institutions and norms of the culture or society you were raised in. He defined the Left Hand Path as the Journey of the Hero: one who for whatever reason becomes an outsider to their culture, goes on a quest and returns home to enrich their community with the rewards gained and lessons learned on their journey. I think this is a great starting point. The status-quo tends to be very good at “works of light” such as promoting love and compassion as well as placing a high value on service to the community. However, they are also frequently found actively discouraging exploration into the unknown and the taboo. This type of behaviour can be poetically referred to as a fear of the dark. Contrary to popular opinion the Left Hand Path is not the polar opposite of this. In fact, the LHP is more accurately referred to as the Complete Path, as it includes both the works of light and the courageous exploration of the darkness.

What is your view(s) on Baphomet and how does this archetype relate to Luciferianism?

It isn’t something that I have worked with extensively, but I think it could be used as a symbol of the Complete Harmonized Self. In other words, it combines all the parts of the self, even those that seem to be in opposition, and gets them all working together in harmony. All internal dualities have been transcended, both the Shadow and the Transpersonal Spirit have been integrated and a more focused and powerful being has emerged.

Is there a “Left Hand” path view on the Apocalypse or Eschatology (The end of the world)? Is this anyway related to the concept of “Year Zero”?

The mainstream Gregorian calendar divides our concept of time into the world before and after the birth of Jesus Christ. Hence we have B.C. to refer to the years “Before Christ” and A.D. or “Anno Domini” meaning “the year of our Lord” to indicate the years since Christ entered the world. The Age of Christ corresponds roughly to the esoteric concept of the Age of Pisces. We are currently in a transition out of the Age of Pisces and into the Age of Aquarius. A very simple sign of this shift is the modern usage of C.E. or “Common Era” to replace the reference to Christ in our standard method of counting time.

In addition, a few years ago one could observe a popular obsession with the Mayan Long Count calendar, which described a much larger cycle of not just the transition between two Ages but the end of a full set of twelve zodiacal Ages. We can think of a zodiacal Age as a Macrocosmic or “Great” Month. The long count calendar describes an entire Great Year, and that Great Year was said to end on December 21st, 2012 C.E. A great many people predicted something catastrophic would happen on this date, up to and including the End of the World.

I say that the End of the World actually did happen on that date and the New Luciferian Era (NLE) sprung up to take its place. It is the start of a brand new Great Year: An entire new set of Ages of a fundamentally different quality than those which preceded it. I like to call that moment when the NLE arose from the ashes of the End of the World as the start of Year Zero. As I am writing this, we are approaching the start of Year Two of the New Luciferian Era, or 2 NLE. In the wake of this new Aeonic current of cosmic energy the Luciferian movement has made a profound level of progress, and we’re just getting started!

How does Jesus Christ fit into Luciferianism? Or can it all?

It can be said that Jesus Christ was the prophet of the previous Age. Each of these Ages prepares us for the next. Jesus Christ is clearly a Right Hand Path figurehead, however if we are honest we can clearly see more than a glimmer of the Light Bearer archetype in him. This is especially true if we look at this mythological character through a Gnostic lens. Before the term Lucifer became synonymous with the character of Satan in the public mind, Jesus was often referred to as a Lucifer or Light Bearer. To borrow a parable, his message was a seed that fell mostly on hard soil hostile to the intended crop. His message has since been distorted and abused by many along the way. Christianity has become a powerful movement and isn’t likely to fade into oblivion anytime soon. If they can capture some of that original gnostic light bearer archetype, if they can learn to adapt with the changing times and if they can gain a tolerance for other religious beliefs, I can see a place for a reformed version of Christianity within the New Luciferian Era.

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What is the Luciferian view on the “Divine Feminine” or what is often called “Sophia” in Platonic, Jewish and Gnostic literature?

The original term Left Hand Path came from Hindu Tantra. In this practice, women would sit to the left of their male partner. This is one part of the meaning behind the term Left Hand Path. Personally, I see the modern Left Hand Path (or Complete Path, as stated earlier) includes a generous dose of recognition and even veneration of the divine feminine. Within Luciferianism specifically, we see that the term Lucifer is a term applied to the celestial phenomenon of the Morning Star. This is the last bright object in the sky before the rising of the Sun. In this sense it is the herald of the dawn or bringer of the light. This bringer of light is actually the planet we now call Venus, which has been considered a feminine force since the beginning of recorded time. We can even look to the myth of the serpent in Eden (who was clearly an example of the Light Bringer archetype) that tells us that a woman was the first initiate into forbidden knowledge. She then shares that knowledge. I usually use the feminine pronoun when referring to Lucifer as an entity or character. I feel that the divine feminine is very important in Luciferianism.

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Can you explain the significance of the Ziggurat of Enki?

An ancient myth speaks of the Babylonian people building a Tower to reach the heavens and attain equality with the gods. There were indeed towering structures built by the ancient Mesopotamian people. These structures were a type of stepped pyramid called a Ziggurat. The building of a Ziggurat can be seen as an analogy for both the establishment of a powerful legacy and on a more subtle level, for the emergence of an immortal Body of Light.

The Ziggurat of Enki is an esoteric Order for the New Luciferian Era that embraces the Complete Path. Its rituals are based on the myths of Mesopotamia. Enki is the Sumerian name for a promethean character who in myth was the god of magick and both the creator of humanity and later through the divulging of forbidden knowledge also became its saviour. This god was also known to the Babylonian people as Ea. Since the ZoE is a Magickal Lodge, its symbolic patron and archetypal inspiration is naturally Enki.

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The Zigurat of Enki takes a novel approach to working a Magickal Lodge system. Much of the concepts are drawn from the Open Source movement. There are no oaths of secrecy regarding the ceremonies, to the point where non-initiates can even be present during an initiation if all the primary participants are comfortable with that. When potential members are permitted to read (or observe) an initiation ceremony before becoming an initiate, everybody knows exactly what they are getting themselves into. A heightened state is achieved in ways that do not require the element of surprise.

Another break with tradition is that there is no requirement for a Charter in order to start a lodge. Anyone who has managed to obtain a copy of the ritual, one way or another, can choose to utilize that ritual without asking anyone else for permission. This allows an incredible level of flexibility and freedom. If you want to open a secret lodge of the Ziggurat of Enki, you can do so without anyone but the individuals directly involved knowing. You can also open a temporary lodge that will only operate for one night and never again if you so choose. This type of independent and autonomous lodge system offers great potential to anyone creative enough to experiment with it.

Currently the best and most complete information about the Ziggurat of Enki is available in my book “Initiation into the Left Hand Path.” The limited advance edition is currently available on my website JeremyCrow.com. Each of the only 45 copies are signed and numbered. Most have already been sold but there are still a handful of copies available.

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What is the Greater Church of Lucifer?

The Greater Church of Lucifer is an organization founded by Jacob No. Other leaders of the Church include Michael W. Ford, Etu Malku and me. The word Church is being used to indicate a gathering or community based around a shared set of similar beliefs and philosophies. We all have our own way to describe this particular set of philosophies such as Adversarial Thought, Mercurial Consciousness, Left Hand Path or my personal favorite, The Complete Path. The word Lucifer, meaning Bringer of Light, is used to indicate that our philosophy includes the goal of making knowledge available to others who seek it. While rational self-interest is viewed as important, this is not a path of pure selfishness. We seek to leave the world a better place than we found it through our individual and collective actions.

That being said, we do not focus exclusively on works of Light. It is also valuable to explore, understand and integrate the contents of the Shadow. We do not shun the Darkness for we understand that it is a very real part of ourselves. To shun it would not eliminate it but only repress it, where its contents will continue to grow twisted in the dark, subtly (or not so subtly) influencing our decisions. We can liberate a lot of mental and emotional energy by unraveling past traumas, addressing them with self-compassion and allowing them healthy expression and respect as a valid part of the complete self. Again, all of this works toward establishing a Complete Harmonized Self.

This balance of focus on both Light and Darkness is a large part of the New Luciferian Era, which the Greater Church of Lucifer fully embraces. The planet Venus is not only the Morning Star or “Bringer of Light” but is also the celestial body which produces the phenomenon of the Evening Star or “Bringer of Night.” They are like two sides to the same coin and we should strive to work with both these complementary forces towards the goal of elevating the human species through the empowerment of individuals.

The Greater Church of Lucifer is very much about community and education. While many of the members may be interested or involved in the occult, this is not the primary focus of the GCoL. Instead we first want to explore the philosophy and lifestyle of those who choose to take up the banner of Luciferianism. We have some very ambitious plans, including the establishment of brick and mortar locations for local meetings, starting in the areas with the most members and spreading out from there as we are able. We are also working on educational programs, campaigns to provide food for the hungry and even assistance with addiction related issues. To find out how you can get involved please check out GreaterChurchOfLucifer.org.

The Stranger’s Battle Cry: Reloaded

(This article was also published on the former Palm Tree Garden, under the same alias as “AeonEye”.)

In the first installment of my article, “The Stranger’s Battle Cry,” I explored in great detail one particular excerpt from The Second Treatise of the Great Seth, in which Christ himself is seen as both a revealer of salvific knowledge to the spiritual regents that are the Gnostics, and a judge of the self-professed and false “Christians” who would take the tragedy of Jesus’ death on Calvary and resurrection as a wholly carnal and thus erroneous article of faith. In so doing, they would assert their anti-Gnostic attitudes, and their theocratic dominion over the keepers of the sacred mysteries and knowledge deemed unfit to evangelize to the profane and uninitiated. It is they who despised the Gnostics as heretics. The Gnostics considered themselves the true Christians, the custodians and guardians of a special knowledge and insight into what they believed to be the true message behind Christ’s ministry. In this installment, I will explore the message of the Treat. Seth. and other mysteries that were brought up previously in brief, but will explore and extrapolate even further.

The Gnostic religion itself had become its own distinct theological movement, almost independently of the narrow Christian notion of a “heresy”, by its adoption of Platonic dualism. By embracing Greek philosophy, it introduced numerous doctrinal variations to Christianity that would also bear fruit as vastly different to traditional Christianity (which would prove to fuel the fire against them as the authors of “Satanic”, iconoclast heresies). And, Gnosticism easily adapted Christian language and concepts into its rich mix of Greek and Oriental thought, as Gnostic language is inherently “soteriological” that is, it is distinctly mystical and poetic in its juxtaposition of paradoxes and emphasis on the transcendental. R. Mcl. Wilson writes in Gnostic Origins:

…the discovery of the Gnostic library at Nag Hammadi in 1945 has made it clear that the movement with which we are dealing was something much wider than a Christian heresy.” Later on, the author reiterates his point and introduces some new ones, “That we have to deal with something much wider than a Christian heresy is plainly evident, but that prior to the impact of Christianity upon the Hellenistic world there existed a regular Gnostic movement has not yet been conclusively shown. It is indeed possible, but as yet our available resources take us back only thus far and no further. The presence in pre-Christian times of elements which were later to be incorporated in the Gnostic theories is not in question, but it would seem more appropriate to classify these elements as pre-Gnostic, rather than as Gnostic in the proper sense.(208)

The tenuous claim that Gnosticism was a pre-Christian religious phenomenon is at the very least debatable. There are certain claims that Gnosticism developed out of a cauldron of a pre-Christian Jewish milieu by a few scholars as a sort of Jewish heresy instead of Christian one. Yet, even this explanation has problems. Many point to the Apocalypse of Adam being incontrovertible proof for such a claim. A more precise dating would point to the first or more conservatively, the second century, only to be later revised in a Gnostic lens. While there are certainly pre-Christian elements from the ancient world that the Gnostics would use in their religion, the claim as a pre-Christian movement remains inconclusive and prematurely presumed as much. Gnosticism can be defined quite easily and it really is not pre-Christian, except for the terminologies and a few key Platonic concepts. Why is it not pre-Christian? Because, it is essentially the original Christianity. (For a more in-depth exploration of this topic see Edwin M. Yamauchi’s scholarship and David Brakke’s The Gnostics.)

In the wild collage of Gnostic mythology, much of it is focused on the inherent harsh insanity and absurdity interwoven into the cosmos. The main crux behind the message from these spiritual sojourners is that the perception that man does not belong to the misbegotten world of forms and appearances, lacking in autonomy and permanence. The world is often equated with a decaying corpse or garment that must be discarded. (Gospel of Thomas: Jesus said, “Whoever has come to understand the world has found (only) a corpse, and whoever has found a corpse is superior to the world.” Logion 56). Man is a creature belonging to another realm of a higher divine fire, temporarily entombed in the gloom of corporeal being. This kind of religiosity was reflective of the inherent nihilistic and negative evaluation of the cosmos and human existence contrasted with the yearning for a spiritual reality. Gnosis begins as recognition of the soul’s “dire straits” of its predicament and the “escape route” from the fetters of dark matter and into the original unity of light. It is in essence, anti-cosmic mysticism. In order for this to occur, pistis (faith) and praxis (action), must both be utilized to cultivate an in-dwelling knowledge as a platform for salvation. This cultivation of knowledge is achieved through an interior and unknown dimension which reveals a fundamental and supreme aspect of the self, impervious to the limitations of time and space nestled within the spiritual seed. This realization is likened to a luminous lamp, dispelling the darkness of ignorance and unconsciousness. It is not simply a redemptive work, but one of illumination.

Allogenes echoes this sentiment:

There was within me a stillness of silence, and I heard the Blessedness whereby I knew my real self…..And I turned to myself and saw the Light that surrounded me and the Good that was in me, I became divine.

This realization results in a recollection or, anamnesis embodied in self-knowledge which is based on a drive for self-exploration of the furthest recesses of the soul and the world. Gnosis is not an end-point or purposeful result but an on-going process, an inner-alchemical change from the darkness within into pnuematic gold of spiritual rebirth or resurrection—a growth into releasing the manacles of the world. The spiritual essence is in itself anti-matter. This allows one to ascend to a higher understanding of reality, hence “eternal life,” of immortality. Without this knowledge, the soul is fallen in its own delusions of vanity and worldly cares, steeped within the dark abyss which is opposed to the Supreme Goodness of the One. The Hypostasis of the Archons proclaims an existential error that is innate in the human condition:

 Moreover, they threw mankind into great distraction and into a life of toil, so that their mankind might be occupied by worldly affairs, and might not have the opportunity of being devoted to the holy spirit.

So powerful is this “muck of matter” that even if the Soul merely glances in its direction, it is able to seize it, pull it down and drown it in the quicksand of its bottomless darkness. The ordinary human existence without self-knowledge is, at worst, spiritual death. In this state where mankind is unknowing of his predicament as the “walking dead”, the unconscious slaves to the hierarchical fallen psychic powers that hold secret domination over the lower souls of the human race. These chaotic demonic powers of the stars, the lords of fate surround the universe on all sides. The over-all multi-layered universe contains various concentric spheres, occupied by the authorities, archons, angels and demons which leave no space or gap unoccupied so that there is a slight crack to escape the tyranny of the rulers.

In classical Gnostic mythology, the creator of the world was by in large regarded as a Satanic figure. This is clear from his depiction in his outer appearance (a lion-faced serpent), from the “psychic” nature attributed to him and, above all, from the stories about his actions against spiritual humanity (although he isn’t always successful in this regard). The transgressive reading of the Old Testament (the entire Biblical Canon, really) was used to illustrate this point by transforming it into a tale of nightmarish horror and tragedy. The traditional account supposedly given of the God of Israel is incomplete, for he is not the just and protective Lawgiver of Abraham, but in actuality, an irrational and even malevolent agent to whom cosmic evil may be attributed while opposed to spiritual virtue.  A couple examples of this become rather apparent when the Old Testament itself does not depict a God who is wholly good, but in fact has evil spirits at his command and wreaks terrible havoc on his enemies. (1 Kings 22.22). The material world that he put together isn’t peaches either. At the legal God’s express command, the world is a place of thorns and thistle, pain and death. (Genesis. 3.14-19)

This focus on mitigated dualism—the struggle between spirit and matter, mainly served to explain evil and error in the world and cosmos at large by tracing it back to an accident and fracturing in the divine realm. The supreme deity remains absolved of any complicity in the creation of a deeply imperfect world; the folly of subsidiary deities or emanations are, by and large, ultimately responsible. These subsidiary emanations are, in and of themselves, less hostile forces than tragic and sympathetic characters in this unfolding cosmic drama. This tragic story of the disturbance and fall of the divine realm into the abyss of matter profoundly impacts the pathos of mankind in all its metaphysical, epistemological and psychological sophistication and complexity. Not only is there an inherent struggle or duality inherent in the cosmos, but to make matters even more complicated, this tense dynamic also exists within the soul. The spiritual seed’s dimension is divine by default.

In Excerpta ex Theodutus, this “breath of spirit” is likened to the “marrow” of the soul, the principle that brings life to the body:

So Wisdom first put forth a spiritual seed which was in Adam that it might be “the bone,” the reasonable and heavenly soul which is not empty but full of spiritual marrow.

In the same paragraph, there also exists a “hylic” stain within the psychic soul, that contains the divine breath:

This is called a “tare” which grows up with the soul, the good seed, and is also a seed of the devil, since it is consubstantial with him, and a “snake” and a “biter of the heel” and a “robber” attacking the head of a king.

This devilish seed is made of the same substance that is of the Devil, which according to Irenaeus in Against Heresies, was made from grief of Wisdom:

They further teach that the spirits of wickedness derived their origin from grief. Hence the devil, whom they also call Cosmocrator (the ruler of the world), and the demons, and the angels, and every wicked spiritual being that exists, found the source of their existence.

This “tare” or appendage of evil spirits are attached the psychic soul. This semi-spiritual organ places man in-between daily, mundane life and transcendent layers of reality. It is also the means that enchains the spirit to the lower-world, providing a battlefield on which wars, rivalries and struggles are fought out by the Devil and his legion of demonic powers as well as the holy angels of God. Demons penetrate and claim dominion over the soul, lacerating it with passions in which they make a haven for confusion, fear and terror. The soul according to the Tripartate Tractate is “double-natured”, inclined to do good but fighting the urges of the material that is by default designed to “sin”.

This is repeated in the Exegesis of the Soul:

Indeed, it is in order that he might know who is worthy of salvation that God examines the inward parts and searches the bottom of the heart. For no one is worthy of salvation who still loves the place of deception.

Elsewhere in the same text, it describes how the soul that descends into a body falls into the clutches of the “wanton creatures” that “passed her from one to another” and continued to “defile her”. The soul in this state is akin to a “whore” and a “prostitute” to the rulers who gang-bang the souls of the living within the deficient cosmos and the world.

Hans Jonas in The Gnostic Religion, goes even further to illustrate this point:

Each man, so the text explains, is from birth possessed by his demon, which only the mystical power of prayer can expel after the extinction of all passions. In this voided state the soul unites with the spirit as bride with bridegroom. The soul which does not thus receive Christ remains “demonic” and becomes the habitation of “the serpents.

Again, Jonas continues in the same paragraph:

This is the basic condition of human insufficiency. “What is God? unchanging good; what is man? Unchanging evil” (Stob. Ecl. I. 277. 17). Abandoned to the demonic whirl of its own passions, the godless soul cries, “I burn, I blaze . . . I am consumed, wretch that I am, by the evils that possess me” (CM. X. 20). Even the opposite experience of spiritual freedom is one of receptivity rather than activity: “the spiritual part of the soul is immune against enslavement by the demons and is fit to receive God into itself” (CM. XV. 15). (282)

In the Corpus Hermeticum XI, it asserts that the universe is completely evil—so evil, in fact, that it is impossible for God to dwell within it. According to that text, both man and the cosmos are completely evil:

Mind conceives every mental product: both the good, when mind receives seeds from god, as well as the contrary kind, when the seeds come from some demonic being. {Unless it is illuminated by god,} no part of the cosmos is without a demon that steals into the mind to sow the seed of its own energy, and what has been sown the mind conceives – adulteries, murders, assaults on one’s father, acts of sacrilege and irreverence, suicides by hanging or falling from a cliff, and all other such works of demons.

Not exactly the most popular message, especially in the contemporary, secular world. It is this unregenerate, natural state of the soul which by the grace of God can only be changed through the indwelling of the Son, sanctifying the dark, stony heart in gleaming regenerative light. Yet, how can embodied soul be in the “exile” of shadowy alienation from the Absolute, find their true selves and return “home”? The “way to return home” means that there is a distinct realization the soul is indeed exiled, experiencing a sort of “poverty” or “lack” of the world, longing to possess that which is “lost”, that is the fullness of being. Contemplation that begins at a “soul-deep” level is key in grasping the soul’s ambivalent predicament. The true story begins at the heights above all heights, at the most primordial of origins.

The Supreme God is named as the ground and space behind all spiritual being, the fountainhead of its heavenly, immortal family tree. Because of its immeasurable and unfathomable depths, it is given several names such as the eternal “silence,” “the broadest depth,” “before the beginning,” etc. In Kabbalistic terms, this non-existent God exists in pure potentiality within a hidden ineffability called Ein Sof (“limitless”). This unnamable deity generates “aeons” or “eternals” in cascading successive waves of a divine family tree (similar to the Kabbalistic Tree of Life and the sefiroths as a bridge between the finite and infinite realms). In a sense, these aeons are different attributes of God, forming hermaphroditic pairs of male and female god-forms (syzygies) until there are 30 in all which comprise the divine realm, the Pleroma. They are often depicted as bright luminous beings which mirror the lower forms of human bodies in a much more glorified expression, beyond normal mortal comprehension.

All of these successive aeons long for their ultimate progenitor. The further away the aeon is from the origin, the weaker it becomes. The outpouring and overflowing light descends from density to density in a process of emanation in the sense that each succeeding lower order of reality is not a full manifestation of what preceded it. Instead, the process is rather like a chain of progressively diluted projections of divine spirit—think of the way one feels less and less heat the further one steps away from a fire. The last of these aeons, called Sophia (“Wisdom”), boldly ascends towards the supreme deity in an attempt to comprehend it in a misguided but well-intentioned folly, but fails miserably and consequently suffers for undertaking such a daunting task. Hell paved with good intentions?

Due to Sophia’s hysterical distress, the origins of human suffering arise from her inability to know what is unknowable, and she gives birth to an amorphous substance that crystallizes into an independent entity, the Demiurge, who is described in various sources as the fearsome leontomorphic deity Ialdabaoth which have various meanings, but a popular one would be, “the child of chaos” and even “Lord of Hosts.” He is wholly a product of emotion, which is, in modern occult parlance, an “astral” substance. In another variation of this myth, Sophia becomes haughty in her confidence and emulates the creative power of the Great Invisible Spirit—an act which catapults into divine disaster. Sophia’s mistake was mainly that she copulated (or masturbated) without her mate and the consent of the Holy Spirit. She, in essence, imitated the Father who generated the first aeonic couple. The Apocryphon of John indicates:

Our sister Wisdom, however, by virtue of her nature as an aeon, conceived an idea on her own; and through the thought of the Spirit and the first knowledge she desired to make manifest an image from herself, although the Spirit had not allowed her this nor permitted it, nor had her marriage partner, the male virginal spirit, agreed to it.

The result of her attempt at self-generation was an impregnation, and the birth of her blind, bastardly, golem child of chaos. When Sophia realizes her mistake and makes a face-palm at the sight of the deformity of her offspring, she starts to wail in hysterics at the ghastly sight of her aborted child. In her devastation, she relegates him to the abyss far from the true heavens where she can wean him from his innately corrupt nature, but to no avail; he matures into a lion-faced monstrosity, demanding constant worship and attention. Her frustration soon turns into suffering which eventually actualizes prototypes of human emotions—the “passions”—such as fear, grief, and anger, crystallized into the elements of cosmic matter, which in Platonic understanding was completely passive and receptive to the ideal—“a space of the possible,” or a reflections of the light as imperfect copies of the true reality. The very fabric of the cosmos is shaped by the tears of Sophia. Matter in this sense was ultimately seen as having no real substance, but is given the appearance or illusion of reality by the spiritual reflected in it, much as the prisoners enchained in Plato’s Cave view the shadowy reflections, brought on by the burning embers of torches set aflame behind them, as the only familiar reality they know. Platonists failed to account for the origin of the primal matter where the Demiurge creates the universe, so many Gnostic groups attempted to “fill in” the gaps of their pre-cosmic story.

The Demiurge himself is by in large ignorant of a higher spiritual reality (i.e. the Platonic realm of forms and ideals) and impulsively creates the “kenomic” or the empty, lower, visible universe out of his mommy’s passions,  modeling it after a dim reflection of the aeons of light that he sees reflected in the element of the dark waters of chaos. Irenaeus reiterates this point in Against Heresies:

The corporeal elements of the world, again, sprang, as we before remarked, from bewilderment and perplexity, as from a more ignoble source. Thus the earth arose from her state of stupor; water from the agitation caused by her fear; air from the consolidation of her grief; while fire, producing death and corruption, was inherent in all these elements, even as they teach that ignorance also lay concealed in these three passions.

The Apocryphon of John indicates that Ialdabaoth fills up his fiery realm of chaos by mating and copulating with Madness—in a grotesque imitation of the Unknowable God and Forethought in the original union which sprouted the divine order of the Aeons. This unholy union results in the “begetting” of the authorities of the rebellious angels:

that are under him along with the twelve angels, and each of them as an aeon, after the pattern of the incorruptible ones.

These twelve angels or rulers are divided in so that seven rule the numbers in heaven and the five remaining angels preside over the fathomless abyss and the chaos of the underworld. It is also said that Ialdabaoth was blind and insane; an incompetent pretender who is moved by the impulses of his irrational soul and only capable of producing deceptive semblances or a simulacrum of the ideal forms.

In the exegetic text On the Origin of the World, it is this substance, which is referred to as a “shadow” or “darkness” outside of the eternal realm, “deriving from the aforementioned Pistis,” from which the gods and angels of men, and their slaves (mankind), originated. In a way, the Demiurge acts as a cosmic alchemist, forming a type of order out of chaos, however flawed that “order” might have been. The creation of the universe from matter—itself the product of divine suffering—ensures that human experience is infused with suffering. Sophia, in this respect, is also seen as a proto-demiurgical figure, providing the means and materials for the cosmic artisan to build the vast prison that is the cosmos. Although the substance of the material cosmos itself harbors pain and corruption, contrasting itself with the goodness and perfection beyond, it is still fundamentally patterned after the beautiful astronomical system of the upper world of light, mirroring a higher beauty. In a twisted way, this mirrors the magical words contained in The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus:

That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing.

This also goes for the human body which is shaped out of the reflection of the divine-lightened figure of the immortal androgynous man (the Adam Kadamon in Kabbalistic terms). The significance of this story is that the origins of human pathos, a subject that is often of intense focus in Gnostic literature, is not one of divine agency or intention, but one of divine suffering resulting from Sophia’s hubristic but noble intellectual curiosity and profound love for the primal origins. Her son’s unconscious creative impulse to imitate the perfection of the higher aeons is another set-back in eternity. The emergence of worldly evil arises from a “deficiency” (a word often used by Irenaeus to describe the Gnostic reference to the disorderly realm of this world) from Sophia’s descent into hysteria and chaos. It’s as if the cosmos were a warped Alice in Wonderland with “Wonderland” being the fractured mirror world of the Aeons.

In Against Heresies, Irenaeus reports:

They claim that the duodekad, in connection with which the mystery of the passion of the defect occurred, and from which passion (they maintain) the visible world has been made, is clearly and manifestly to be found everywhere. (Against Heresies 1.24.3)

To Irenaeus, the notion of the Lord God being an accidental by-product due to the folly of a female divinity was the epitome of lunacy and blasphemy. Imagine the look on his face when the Gnostics would declare themselves as being superior to the creator god! As mentioned earlier, Sophia was also seen as a proto-demiurgical figure who “gives birth” to not only the satanized-form of the Demuirge (who eventually becomes synonymous with Jehovah of the Old Testament thanks to his boastful arrogant proclamation of being the only god in existence) we see in Gnostic mythology the metaphysical goo that binds multi-verse in its stark inglorious and paradoxical beauty.

Her passionate lust to create without the consent of the upper regions sets a very interesting precedent. In the Second Treastise of the Great Seth, Sophia is described as a lustful Prunikos (“harlot” or “whore”):

For those who were in the world had been prepared by the will of our sister Sophia – she who is a whore – because of the innocence which has not been uttered. And she did not ask anything from the All, nor from the greatness of the Assembly, nor from the Pleroma. Since she was first, she came forth to prepare monads and places for the Son of Light and the fellow workers which she took from the elements below to build bodily dwellings from them.

Karen L. King in “Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism” elucidates on the figure of Sophia as the “Holy Harlot.” King spells out the etymology behind the word “Prunikos” as a lewd, impulsive person or untamed nymphomaniac. This would fit rather well with some of Sophia’s capricious actions mentioned throughout various Nag Hammadi tractates. Throughout her book, King stresses the sexual and carnal symbolism inherent in Gnostic myth. John Douglas Turner, in “Sethian Gnosticism and the Platonic Tradition”, finishes this tale of divine drama:

In deep grief and sorrow over her error, Sophia begins part two of the drama by offering a prayer of repentance to the divine realm whose order she had unintentionally violated. Her prayer receives a positive response, but it is clear that her former status can only be restored once the deficiency in her creative activity has been corrected; until then, she must be content only to be elevated to the “Ninth,” above the realm of the Archon she brought into being, but not yet to the divine realm. (74)

As a result from this “mistake”, the material cosmos, though a dim production and reflection of the divine, is the furthest removed from God as a lower level of reality. Immersed in the chaos of passive matter, the pneumatic element sown by Sophia into the powers of the Demiurge, finds itself in an alien environment, as a Stranger, exiled and wingless, whose true home is elsewhere. The creation of the material world “happens” as a consequence of a fall, accident or a rebellion. The stark beauty of nature is purely because of the Spirit that flows through it and the Logos that organizes it. Otherwise the material strata is “dead.” It is a illusory shadow and has no existence of its own. It is the strata in which actual existence reflects. When Sophia fell, her distress polarized her and her tears solidified into a chaotic, unorganized mess and the origins of the Gnostic disdain for the cosmos. It is safe to say that any admiration the Gnostics had for nature, particularly the Christian-Gnostic teacher and theologian Valentinus, was that the true beauty rested in the Spirit and Word which reflected in the material strata, not the material strata itself.

Sophia’s “sin” like Lucifer in the War in Heaven, was one of pride and unregulated desire or lust to bolster herself into and above the infinite depths of the Unknowable One without proper understanding, assistance or initiation. She had a glimpse of something better than she was able to imagine, and she wanted it for herself.  Philosophy in itself has an inkling of something greater, an ultimate reality perhaps, but cannot in itself properly perceive it without a proper revelation. Error is thus given form, which had been better it not come into being. Yet, when these errors do arise, the ultimate reality orders everything at will to bring good out of evil. Philosophy can be refined and purified, and all the disorder will ultimately be transmuted into universal harmony. To the Gnostics, this was done accomplished by the redemptive work done by the Cross of Light.

Everything that unfolds from this tragic event needs to be reversed so that the original state can be restored. Yet, there exists a hidden plan for the restoration involving a “panspermia” or “seeding” humanity with a flash of divine light, the pneumatic “germ”, which by default places mankind superior over the craftsman of the material world. Overcoming this disabled condition requires nothing less than the soul’s experiential goal of self-transcendence through transformative philosophy and the intervention of a higher being.

This dramatic incident triggers a plan of action from the higher-forms to send down their emissary, a sort of divine superman. Mission Target: To crucify the world! (The Gospel of Phillip) The Savior Aeon in same text of the Treat. Seth asserts:

And I subjected all their powers. For as I came downward, no one saw me. For I was altering my shapes, changing from form to form. And therefore, when I was at their gates, I assumed their likeness. For I passed them by quietly, and I was viewing the places, and I was not afraid nor ashamed, for I was undefiled. And I was speaking with them, mingling with them through those who are mine, and trampling on those who are harsh to them with zeal, and quenching the flame. And I was doing all these things because of my desire to accomplish what I desired by the will of the Father above.

In essence, the immortal Illuminator or Revealer (Christ and Seth are also interchangeable names for this savior) descended to the lower worlds to shape-shift his likeness into that of one of the bizarrely frightening, bestial forms of the Archons (the successive wicked progeny of the Demiurge), in order escape their notice and subvert their stupefying power over the Pneumatic elect through spiritual amnesia. This shape-shifting theme is also repeats in other texts of the Nag Hammadi which I won’t list all in its entirety. Christ is nearly equated to a trickster deity, yet his devious actions aren’t instigated against mankind, but rather against the “rulers and principalities”, the jealous powers of the cosmos (often referred to as a “laughing stock” in the Treat. Seth along with many of the familiar Patriarchs of the Old Testament). On the Origin of the World echoes this sentiment:

Thus did the world come to exist in distraction, in ignorance, and in a stupor. They all erred, until the appearance of the true man.

The Savior, who is likened to the image or revelation of the Father, is generated from the harmony and joy of the higher aeons as their “fruit.” The Savior’s revelation in the eyes of the recipient exposes the false pretenders who in their true forms are terrible theriomorphic beasts who exercise control over the visible world of time and space. They are the implacable tyrants and and controllers of all aspects of human existence. It is the Savior who sets up the final deliverance of the human race from their yoke. Through the defeat of the archons, Christ’s descent into the upper and lower astral realms of the “shadows” would spell the fate of the souls of “fruit-bearing trees” (as mentioned in the Apocalypse of Adam) in their redemption from their former state as “creatures of the dead earth,” under the authority of the Archon of Death. Moreover in On the Origin of the World, the worldly visible church is itself likened to “the modeled forms of perdition,” since matter is in itself perishable and illusory due to the intermixing of the seed of the pneumatic (“light”) and the psychic and hylic (“darkness”) substances.

Furthermore, the same text explains how the descending Logos shakes the thralldom of the satanic rulers of fate:

Now the Word that is superior to all beings was sent for this purpose alone: that he might proclaim the unknown. He said, “There is nothing hidden that is not apparent, and what has not been recognized will be recognized.” And these were sent to make known what is hidden, and the seven authorities of chaos and their impiety. And thus they were condemned to death. So when all the perfect appeared in the forms modeled by the rulers, and when they revealed the incomparable truth, they put to shame all the wisdom of the gods. And their fate was found to be a condemnation. And their force dried up. Their lordship was dissolved. Their forethought became emptiness, along with their glory.

We see the same sentiment expressed in The Sophia of Jesus Christ:

I have struck off the chains…I have broken down the doors of the pitiless and humiliated them…I have revealed to you the name of the Perfect and the whole desire of the mother of the angels. I came to reveal to you that which exists since the beginning. I came because of the pride of the archigenitor and his angels, who say, ‘We are gods!’ to condemn them by revealing to everyone the God who is above the universe. Trample under foot their sepulchers! Let their yoke be broken, that mine may be exalted.

The Second Treatise of the Great Seth:

For the Archon was a laughingstock because he said, “I am God, and there is none greater than I. I alone am the Father, the Lord, and there is no other beside me. I am a jealous God, who brings the sins of the fathers upon the children for three and four generations.” As if he had become stronger than I and my brothers! But we are innocent with respect to him, in that we have not sinned, since we mastered his teaching. Thus he was in an empty glory. And he does not agree with our Father. And thus through our fellowship we grasped his teaching, since he was vain in an empty glory. And he does not agree with our Father, for he was a laughingstock and judgment and false prophecy.

And in the Triorphic Protennoia:

I am their Father, and I shall tell you a mystery, ineffable and indivulgeable by any mouth: Every bond I loosed from you, and the chains of the demons of the underworld I broke, these things which are bound on my members, restraining them. And the high walls of darkness I overthrew, and the secure gates of those pitiless ones I broke, and I smashed their bars. And the evil force, and the one who beats you, and the one who hinders you, and the tyrant, and the adversary, and the one who is King, and the present enemy, indeed all these I explained to those who are mine, who are the Sons of the Light, in order that they might nullify them all, and be saved from all those bonds, and enter into the place where they were at first.

In the Hypostasis in the Archons it also asserts:

He said to me, “Until the moment when the true man, within a modeled form, reveals the existence of the spirit of truth, which the father has sent. Then he will teach them about everything, and he will anoint them with the unction of life eternal, given him from the undominated generation. Then they will be freed of blind thought, and they will trample underfoot death, which is of the authorities, and they will ascend into the limitless light where this sown element belongs.

Even more so is the similar Gnostic sentiment echoed in St. Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 2:7-8:

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom (Sophia), which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The notion that the gods of men were in actuality malefic imposters of darkness was a unique one to the Gnostic religion and one that no doubt infuriated many pagans. The god’s insistence that they assert to be the first beings in existence was a claim that the author of On the Origin of the World refuted outright. Why was this? This was because there is indeed a higher, spiritual hyperspace above their normal vision, placed in the Empyrean. It is this world that the Gnostics lay claim to as the “Seed of Seth” or the “Gnostic Race” that spring forward in a cry for battle for the Word and against the demons of forgetfulness with gleaming swords of light. It is they that will eventually “withdraw” to their true spiritual roots. Similarly, those belonging to the realm of darkness will be thrown to the abyss and “dissolved”.  No longer is the light (spirit) thrown and intermingled in the flux of dark matter. It is this apocalyptic notion that is purely alchemical in its symbolism where the good and spiritual is separated from the corrupt and perishable. The Apocryphon of John indicates that it is the Gnostic Race that that have devoted themselves exclusively to Incorruptibility “without anger, or envy, or  fear, or desire, or insobriety.”

Sophia in Sethian and Valentinian cosmology is responsible for the divine catastrophe. She also birthed the Demiurge. Yet, the fall and redemption of Sophia is an allegory for the fall and redemption of each individual. Mankind is violently thrown into and held in captivity by the lower powers in the darkest pit of ignorance and death. Gnosis is a recital of redemption. The knowledge and internalization of this story already signals a reversal of bonds of fate. It is this knowledge that sets mankind above the cosmic prison and set limitations, giving a radical sense of freedom and liberty that is completely “acosmic”. The ascent is integral to the Gnostic worldview. Cosmology as a history of an imprisonment, and the divine descent as a fissure in the prison wall, point toward a need to escape. The Illuminator arrives to awaken the scattered lights frozen in the dark. These spiritual seed contains the “blueprint”, of the image of God. To be “born again” is to transform into this glorious image of the solitary light, transcending beyond the cold and ruthless machinery of cosmic fate. This was the spiritual password used to transcend into the next world. In order to transform to this “perfected” state, one must live a life of righteous piety emulated Jesus’ example in the Gospels. Although the sojourn to the spirit is full of tension, pain and confrontation—an inner alchemy—it is indeed what separates the darkness from the light. This mystical union of the soul (symbolized by the fallen Sophia) transcends the sharp duality of the cosmos, the subject and object, the knower and known; it is the escalation of spirit in the unity of the One.

For those who have toiled in the devastation of the abyss of existence on the path to the light of self-knowledge, like Sophia, and have risen to understand her message, it is she and her consort who descended to the depths of hell where the archons and demons dwell who were eventually swallowed and trampled in order to triumphantly rise again. In the union between Christ and Sophia, the masculine and feminine, the higher and the lower, an androgynous union is formed within the “bridal chamber”, the “bedroom” of the One. United, they seek to console the spirits of heaviness, the lost, the broken and the lamenting, to be released from their bondage and transcend the duality within and inherent to the cosmos, and to glimpse into, and take part of, the dynamics of the One. They wage a secret war against the demonic rulers who seek eternal enslavement, inviting fear and misery. It is both aeons that invite us to examine ourselves, to take part and bite into the sweet flowing juices of the fruits of the tree of life.

The Second Treatise of the Great Seth closes with this:

Now these things I have presented to you – I am Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, who is exalted above the heavens – O perfect and incorruptible ones, because of the incorruptible and perfect mystery and the ineffable one. But they think that we decreed them before the foundation of the world, in order that, when we emerge from the places of the world, we may present there the symbols of incorruption from the spiritual union unto knowledge. You do not know it, because the fleshly cloud overshadows you. But I alone am the friend of Sophia. I have been in the bosom of the father from the beginning, in the place of the sons of the truth, and the Greatness. Rest then with me, my fellow spirits and my brothers, forever.