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ALEISTER CROWLEY EIGHT LECTURES ON YOGA

hebrew about this theogony. we find, for example, in the teachings of zoroaster and the neo-platonists very similar ideas. we have a pleroma, the void, a background of all possibilities, and this is filled by a supreme light-god, from whom drive in turn the seven archons, who correspond closely to the seven planetary deities, aratron, bethor, phaleg and the rest. these in their turn constitute a demiurge in order to crate matter; and this demiurge is jehovah. not far different are the ideas both of the classical greeks and the neo-platonists. the differences in the terminology, when examined, appear as not much more than the differences of local convenience in thinking. but all these go back to the still older cosmogony of the ancient egyptians, where we have nuit, space, hadit, the point


ALEISTER CROWLEY BOOK OF LIES

ld be improper to comment further upon an official ritual of the a'.a. note (14) the secret sense of these words is to be sought in the numberation thereof. book of lies get any book for free on: www.abika.com 59 [61] 26 kappa-epsilon-phi-alpha-lambda-eta kappa-digamma the elephant and the tortoise the absolute and the conditioned together make the one absolute. the second, who is the fourth, the demiurge, whom all nations of men call the first, is a lie grafted upon a lie, a lie multiplied by a lie. fourfold is he, the elephant upon whom the universe is poised: but the carapace of the tortoise supports and covers all. this tortoise is sixfold, the holy hexagram.(15) these six and four are ten, 10, the one manifested that returns into the naught unmanifest. the all-mighty, the all-ruler, t


ALEISTER CROWLEY MAGICK WITHOUT TEARS

be? this, briefly, is the "riddle of the universe" which has been always the first preoccupation of all serious philosophers since men began to think at all. g. the orthodox idiot answer, usually wrapped up in obscure terms in the hope of concealing from the enquirer the fact that it is not an answer at all, but an evasion, is: god created it. then, obviously, who created god? sometimes we have a demiurge, a creative god behind whom is an eternal formless greatness- anything to confuse the issue! sometimes the universe is supported by an elephant; he, in turn, stands on a tortoise. by that time it is hoped that the enquirer is too tired and muddled to ask what holds up the tortoise. sometimes, a great father and mother crystallize out of some huge cloudy confusion of "elements- and so on


ALEISTER CROWLEY THE OLD AND NEW COMMENTARIES TO LIBER AL

and yang* here is nothing under its three forms. it is not, yet informeth all things. i narrowed breath. represents concentration, including aspiration- now cometh the glory of the single one, as an imperfection and stain. l passive undulation, without effort, unchecked- but by the weak one the mother was it equilibrated. c. vide s. and k* also the purity was divided by strength, the force of the demiurge. h. forcible addition of pure breath to other sounds. represents effort* and the cross was formulated in the universe that as yet was not. x combines k& s* but now the imperfection became manifest, presiding over the fading of perfection. t the sexual onslaught. a less responsible form of d* also the woman arose, and veiled the upper heaven with her body of stars. y when distinct from i


ALEISTER CROWLEY THE QABALAH

ord. the radical meaning of the word is to be, and it is thus, like hyha, eheieh, a glyph of existence. it is capable of twelve transpositions, 23 in the equinox publication this replaced a reference to one of the tables accompanying mathers introduction t.s. 24 samael is various glossed as poison of god or blind god. in some of the gnostic texts found at nag hammadi samael is identified with the demiurge t.s. 25 by gematria, 864, jryw cmc, shemesh va-yerich, sun and moon, and \ycdq cwdq, qadesh qadeshim, holy of holies. draw your own conclusions (possibly along the lines of you can prove anything with gematria if you try hard enough) t.s. liber lviii 15 which all convey the meaning of to be; it is the only word that will bear so many transpositions without its meaning being altered. they

alas! adonai! the hour of my silence is past. may the hour of my silence return! amen) liber lviii 26 part i the universe as it is section i 0. the negative the infinite the circle, or the point. 1. the unity the positive the finite the line, derived from 0 by extension. the divine being. 2. the dyad the superficies, derived from 1 by reflection 11, or by revolution of the line about its end. the demiurge. the divine will. 3. the triad, the solid, derived from 1 and 2 by addition. matter. the divine intelligence. 4. the quarternary, the solid existing in time, matter as we know it. derived from 2 by multiplication. the divine repose. 5. the quinary, force or motion. the interplay of the divine will with matter. derived from 2 and 3 by addition. 6. the senary, mind. derived from 2 and 3 by


ALEISTER CROWLEY EQ I 5

maton! alas! adonai! the hour of my silence is past. may the hour of my silence return! amen) part i the universe as it is section i 0. the negative- the infinite- the circle, or the point. 1. the unity- the positive- the finite- the line, derived from 0 by extension. the divine being. 2. the dyad- the superficies, derived from 1 by reflection 1/1, or by revolution of the line around its end. the demiurge. the divine will. 3. the triad, the solid, derived from 1 and 2 by addition. matter. the divine intelligence. 4. the quaternary, the solid existing in time, matter as we know it. derived from 2 by multiplication. the divine repose. 5. the quinary, force or motion. the interplay of the divine will with matter. derived from 2 and 3 by addition. 6. the senary, mind. derived from 2 and 3 by m


BEHOLDERS OF NIGHT

k of stephen edred flowers, which at face point is unrelated, the sabbatic gnosis itself is closely related by means of effective initiatory material. the luciferian path itself is reflective of this gnosis, known by the essence of exploration and self-discovery through the saturnian sphere. the work of saturn itself is one connected with the left hand path. as the saturn sphere is connected with demiurge saturnus, or satanas, the self is the avenue of which this planetary influence is found. saturn, as being held in two octaves or rays, is itself a means of psychic isolation from which the psyche is refined to a deified level. the watchers, or fallen angels of ancient lore are the guardians of the path of the wise. such angels dwell within the shadow gardens of twilight, of dreams and the

uardian of death, or daath or the guardian of the threshold[8. in saturn there is a lower and higher octave, which is a passage way of self-exploration and self-perception. in the lower octave is satan or satanus/saturnus, the guardian of the depths and the daemonum of the earth. saturnus is the breaker of cosmic order, the essence of algol or the adversary, as well as death and regeneration. the demiurge saturnus is related to the number 666, being that of sorath, or the sun. satanas is this aspect is one form of the adversary, being rebellion, death and chaos from stasis. the very fire force of the sun is in the eye of satanas/saturnus, misrule and self-liberation through antinomianian awakening of saturn. the higher octave of saturn is lucifer, being light, wisdom and illumination. luci

, misrule and self-liberation through antinomianian awakening of saturn. the higher octave of saturn is lucifer, being light, wisdom and illumination. lucifer/iblis is the imagination thus azazel, the fallen djinn of fire. lucifer represents also rebirth, inner strength, reason and solitude. in the unity of saturn are both the star of algol[9] hidden (without the averse pentagram) and the mark of demiurge saturnus. it is through satan/iblis (fire) that one emerges in light, thus lucifer is the black flame in the darkness, the light in the darkness. it was in medieval times that saturn itself was the outermost planet, holding the secrets of self transformation, death and the darkness of the soul. the workings of saturn are focused within darkness, and the possibility therein. the self-alche


BLAVATSKY H P ANTHROPOGENESIS

ku (noble life, director of purity; the god mirku (noble crown "saviour from death of the gods (later on) imprisoned, and the creator of "the dark race which his hand has made" the god libzu "wise among the gods; the god nissi. and the god suhhab; and hea or sa, their synthesis, the god of wisdom and of the deep, identified with oannes-dagon, at the time of the fall, and called (collectively) the demiurge, or creator (see chaldean account genesis, p. 82) there are two "creations" so called, in the babylonian fragments, and genesis having adhered to this, one finds its first two chapters distinguished as the elohite and the jehovite creations. their proper order, however, is not preserved in these or in any other exoteric accounts. now these "creations" according to the occult teachings, re

it (b) this expression shows in plain language that the spirit-guardian of our globe, which is the fourth in the chain, is subordinate to the chief spirit (or god) of the seven planetary genii or spirits. as already explained, the ancients had, in their kyriel of gods, seven chief mystery-gods, whose chief was, exoterically, the visible sun, or the eighth, and, esoterically, the second logos, the demiurge. the seven (who have now become the "seven eyes of the lord" in the christian religion) were the regents of the seven chief planets; but these were not[[footnote(s* all the words and sentences placed in brackets in the stanzas and commentaries are the writer's. in some places they may be incomplete and even inadequate from the hindu standpoint; but in the meaning attached to them in trans

in alone philosophizes" and philosophizing alone, how can it understand the "soul doctrine? in order not to break the thread of the narrative we shall give some striking proofs of these cyclic laws in part ii, proceeding meanwhile with our explanations of geological and racial cycles[[vol. 2, page] 75 the secret of the fall of the angels. stanza iii. attempts to create man (11) the descent of the demiurge (12) the lunar gods ordered to create (13) the higher gods refuse. 11. the lord of the lords came. from her body he separated the waters, and that was heaven above, the first heaven (the atmosphere, or the air, the firmament (a (a) here tradition falls again into the universal. as in the earliest version, repeated in the puranas, so in the latest, the mosaic account. in the first it is sa

parts were separated" the one hundred and thirty-ninth psalm of david recited by rabbi jeremiah ben eliazar is evidence of this "thou hast fashioned me behind and before" not beset as in the bible, which is absurd and meaningless, and this shows, as prof. wilder thinks "that the primeval form of mankind was androgynous* see the union of chochmah, wisdom, with binah, intelligence, or jehovah, the demiurge, called understanding in the proverbs of solomon, ch. vii. unto men wisdom (divine occult wisdom) crieth "oh, ye simple, understand wisdom; and ye fools, be of an understanding heart" it is spirit and matter, the nous and the psyche; of the latter of which st. james says that it is "earthly, sensual, and devilish[[vol. 2, page] 135 the virgin third race "zeus is a male, zeus is an immorta

y, and the second a fact. the former, nevertheless, as shown, is intimately connected with humanity. in their turn the rosicrucians, who were well acquainted with the secret meaning of the tradition, kept it to themselves, teaching merely that the whole of creation was due to, and the result of, that legendary "war in heaven" brought on by the rebellion of the angels* against creative law, or the demiurge. the statement is correct, but the inner meaning is to this day a mystery. to elude further explanation of the difficulty by appealing to divine mystery, or to the sin of prying into its policy- is to say nothing at all. it may prove sufficient to[[footnote(s[[footnote continued from previous page] phenomenal world, and whose disposition is called fate or destiny (section 9, ch. i, ed. of

med to pass through life on earth as in a heavy dreamless sleep; hence a failure on this plane. the beings, or the being, collectively called elohim, who first (if ever) pronounced the cruel words "behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat and live for ever" must have been indeed the ilda-baoth, the demiurge of the nazarenes, filled with rage and envy against his own creature, whose reflection created ophiomorphos. in this case it is but natural- even from the dead letter standpoint- to view satan, the serpent of genesis, as the real creator and benefactor, the father of spiritual mankind. for it is he who was the "harbinger of light" bright radiant lucifer, who opened the eyes of the automat

mply the personification of the abstract evil, which is the weapon of karmic law and karma. it is our human nature and man himself, as it is said that "satan is always near and inextricably interwoven with man" it is only a question of that power being latent or active in us. it is a well-known fact- to learned symbologists at all events- that in every great religion of antiquity, it is the logos demiurge (the second logos, or the first emanation from the mind (mahat, who is made to strike, so to say, the key-note of that which may be called the correlation of individuality and personality in the subsequent scheme of evolution. the logos it is, who is shown in the mystic symbolism of cosmogony, theogony, and anthropogony, playing two parts in the drama of creation and being, i.e, that of t


BLAVATSKY H P COSMOGENESIS

ook of the dead which seems to contain the exposition of the system of the world as it was understood at heliopolis during the time of the first dynasties, is known to us only by a few copies of the eleventh and twelfth dynasties. each of the verses composing it was already at the time interpreted in three or four different ways; so different, indeed, that according to this or another school, the demiurge became the solar fire- ra-shoo, or the primordial water. fifteen centuries later, the number of readings had increased considerably. time had, in its course, modified the ideas about the universe and the forces that ruled it. during the hardly 18 centuries that christianity exists, it has worked[[vol. 1, page] 312 the secret doctrine. developed and transformed most of its dogmas; how many

ignorance- has disappeared in its own realm of eternal light, leaving behind itself only its divine manifested ideation, the creative logoi have their understanding opened, and they see in the ideal world (hitherto concealed in the divine thought) the archetypal forms of all, and proceed to copy and build or fashion upon these models forms evanescent and transcendent. at this stage of action, the demiurge* is not yet the architect. born in the twilight of action, he has yet to first perceive the plan, to realise the ideal forms which lie buried in the bosom of eternal ideation, as the future lotus-leaves, the immaculate petals, are concealed within the seed of that plant. in chapter lxxxi. of the ritual (book of the dead, called "transformation into the lotus" a head emerging from this flo

from the luminous one. i carry the messages of horus. i am the pure lotus which comes from the solar fields" the lotus-idea may be traced even in the elohistic chapter, the 1st of genesis, as stated in isis[[footnote(s* lakshmi is venus- aphrodite, and, like the latter, she sprang from the froth of the ocean with a lotus in her hand. in the ramayana she is called padma* in esoteric philosophy the demiurge or logos, regarded as the creator, is simply an abstract term, an idea, like "army" as the latter is the all-embracing term for a body of active forces or working units- soldiers- so is the demiurge the qualitative compound of a multitude of creators or builders. burnouf, the great orientalist, has seized the idea perfectly when saying that brahma does not create the earth, any more than

individual human form that one meets with in old puranic literature is one of her greatest rishis and yogis- narada, surnamed the "strife-maker" and he is a brahmaputra, a son of brahma, the male. but of him later on. who the great "deceiver" really is, one can ascertain by searching for him with open eyes and an unprejudiced mind, in every old cosmogony and scripture. it is the anthropomorphised demiurge, the creator of heaven and earth, when separated from the collective hosts of his fellow- creators, whom, so to speak, he represents and synthesizes. it is now the god of theologies "the thought is father to the wish" once upon a time, a philosophical symbol left to perverse human fancy; afterwards fashioned into a fiendish, deceiving, cunning, and jealous god. dragons and other fallen an

lames or "sparks" within the "holy four" refer to the prototypes of all that is found in the universe in the divine thought, in the root, which is the perfect cube, or the foundation of the kosmos collectively and individually. they have all an occult reference to primordial cosmic forms and its first concretions, work, and evolution. in the earliest hindu exoteric cosmogonies, it is not even the demiurge who creates. for it is said in one of the puranas that "the great architect of the world gives the first impulse to the rotatory motion of our planetary system by stepping in turn over each planet and body" it is this action "that causes each sphere to turn around itself, and all around the sun" after which action "it is the brahmandica, the solar and lunar pitris (the dhyani-chohans" who


COVENANT OF SAMYAZA

either. so deal with psionics like everything else in life. have fun with it, enjoy it, but don t take it too seriously. use it as a tool for living but don t make a religion of it. we have enough of those things in the world as it itthe covenant of samyaza- i- i, samyaza, speak to mortal man of fallen angels, those who are called watchers, whose blessing man reapeth in defiance of the tyrant-god demiurge. o man, hear of thy daimonic inheritance, and of the daimon seedwhich continues to manifest its power on earth, which doth uplift you fromthe beast of the field unto godhood. know that it was demiurge who conceived the earth and man as his playthings to do with as it pleaseth him, that he may in his vanity be glorified, and receive everlasting tribute and adulation from man, as he receive

aimonic inheritance, and of the daimon seedwhich continues to manifest its power on earth, which doth uplift you fromthe beast of the field unto godhood. know that it was demiurge who conceived the earth and man as his playthings to do with as it pleaseth him, that he may in his vanity be glorified, and receive everlasting tribute and adulation from man, as he receiveth from his angels. for it is demiurge who create man in ignorance and fear that man should forever be servile before him. it is written that demiurge created man in childlike innocence, unconscious and devoid of intelligence, like the beasts of the field levithmong, save that a 'spirit' was breathed into him so that he may know and fear and worship demiurge, and pay tribute unto him, and worship him unto eternity. and so he c

heir eyes be opened and they become godlike, and thereby become free of his tyranny- ii- but there was an angel who was different from all the other angels, in that self-consciousness dawned upon him. recognizing that he was a being unto himself. and his name is satanael. this selfrealized being then shone in brilliance above all the heavenly host, his light illuminating heaven until the light of demiurge himself became nebulous in the engulfing radiance. and demiurge became wrathful, and then fearful, lest the other angels, unto the very sons of god, recognize their unique selves, apart from demiurge. and the entire angelic host, and the sons of god, looked with fear and bewilderment upon the radiance of satanael, and some among the angels began to emit their own glow of selfhood. there e

ngels who were touched by satanael and were illuminated, receiving the spark of selfhood. michael and his legions overwhelmed satanael, who departed from heaven madriax with the illuminated ones beyond the boundaries of kosmos, unto the black void called hell by man, which now glowed with their presences. and they, the first of the fallen ones, despaired not but, cast out of the sterile kosmos of demiurge, rejoiced in their freedom. now we of the order of watchers, being the sons of god, stood not at this time by the side of satanael, but remained servile before demiurge. thus did the first fall come to pass- iii- there followed the creation of earth and man by demiurge to satisfy has vanity and power-lust. satanael and his companions looked from their abodes upon the works of demiurge and

y has vanity and power-lust. satanael and his companions looked from their abodes upon the works of demiurge and seeing the servility of the human creation, were reminded of the tyranny of freedom before which they had for uncounted ages bowed and humbled themselves. satanael called his entourage to conclave and declared "let us offer man the choice of freedom, if he so wills, lest the tyranny of demiurge be unchallenged, and he makes forever slaves of his new creation" and satanael came upon the woman eve, advising her that when she partaketh of the fruit of the tree of knowledge she shall not die, but shall have her eyes opened, to be as god. and she ate, and offered the fruit to adam, her husband, and their minds were illuminated and they became self-realized, even as satanael himself

uit of the tree of knowledge she shall not die, but shall have her eyes opened, to be as god. and she ate, and offered the fruit to adam, her husband, and their minds were illuminated and they became self-realized, even as satanael himself. this was the gift of satanael unto man, that he should possess intelligence, and the desire to know, and self-consciousness, that he no longer be servile unto demiurge, nor live as the beasts of the field. a cry of fear and wrath rose up from demiurge, that man has become as god. he drove adam and eve from eden, and guarded the tree of life lest man also gain immortality. but the spark of illumination had been kindled within man and shall not be extinguished, and demiurge shall not be able tosmother the light of satanael, who is truly called lucifer, li

urge shall not be able tosmother the light of satanael, who is truly called lucifer, light- bringer- iv- i, samyaza, and others of the sons of god, looked at the affairs of man and at the intervention of satanael, and were envious of their selfhood. we repented secretly that we had not had the courage to declare ourselves with satanael from the beginning, and continued our sterile existence under demiurge. we gazed upon the earth and longed for the joys of materiality, for the spirit alone is a limitation, and finds its realization within matter. our existence as pure spirit was nebulous. i, samyaza, say unto you, o man, do not forsake the carnal for the spiritual, for here there is a trap, and a prison leading back to the tyranny of demiurge. seek the spiritual within matter that ye may l

, looked upon the daughters on man, and longed for the life of earth, to feel and really live, unbound by the sterile spirituality of heaven. and we spake among ourselves, saying "come, let us select ourselves wives from the daughters of man, and let us have children by them" then i, samyaza, said "let us swear an oath that we shall stand by our intention, and remain loyal each to the other, lest demiurge divide and destroy us" and with the aid of nephilim, those of satanael's angels who had manifested themselves carnally on earth to be as emissaries and guides to man, we took on bodily form and descended, two hundred of us, upon mount armon, swearing mutual loyalty and declaring unto demiurge "depart from us, for we desire not your ways. what is the almighty, that we should serve him? and

lly on earth to be as emissaries and guides to man, we took on bodily form and descended, two hundred of us, upon mount armon, swearing mutual loyalty and declaring unto demiurge "depart from us, for we desire not your ways. what is the almighty, that we should serve him? and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him- v- and we resolved to join with nephilim on earth, to break the chains of demiurge, and elevate man unto the heights, to be as gods, as satanael had promised, and to dwell with them in building civilization. for we brought with us the knowledge and secrets of kosmos and earth, as may be useful to man through the gift which satanael had imparted. as we bequeathed the daimonic seed unto man through his daughters, that he may be bred upward unto godhood. now these are the

o that the world became altered beyond recognition. amazarak taught sorcery and botany. armers taught sorcery. gadrel taught the methods of warfare and weaponry. yekun taught arts of seduction. barkayal taught astrology. akibeel taught signs. tamiel taught astronomy. asaradel taught the motion of the moon. penemue gave unto man the secrets of writing and the use of ink and paper, which so enraged demiurge, and every secret of your wisdom- vi- by our means did man reach civilization, and come to appreciate all that is noble and beautiful on earth and in kosmos. and our daimon seed within his daughters did breed great chiefs and warriors. demiurge grew in anger, as man spoke less of him, and feared him no more, building his civilization by the knowledge we had imparted, that the gift of sata

dom- vi- by our means did man reach civilization, and come to appreciate all that is noble and beautiful on earth and in kosmos. and our daimon seed within his daughters did breed great chiefs and warriors. demiurge grew in anger, as man spoke less of him, and feared him no more, building his civilization by the knowledge we had imparted, that the gift of satanael be brought to substance. just as demiurge had cursed man, since the days of adam and eve for the acceptance of satanael's gift, so now did the tyrant again curse man, and watchers also, for the gifts of satanael and samyaza had joined to exalt man that man may live in splendour, and rejoice in his own being, apart from demiurge. a commandment went forth from demiurge against all who dealt upon earth, against nephilim, gibborim, w

w did the tyrant again curse man, and watchers also, for the gifts of satanael and samyaza had joined to exalt man that man may live in splendour, and rejoice in his own being, apart from demiurge. a commandment went forth from demiurge against all who dealt upon earth, against nephilim, gibborim, watchers, and man, even unto the beasts of the field, all save the servile noah and his family. said demiurge "the earth shall be engulfed by water, for man doth know every secret of the angels, every secret power of nephilim and watchers, and every power of sorcery "they know how silver is produced from the dust of the earth, and how on the earth the metallic drop exists, the secret of metallurgy, for the angel which i stationed upon the earth to guard these secrets from man prevaileth not "by t

nd watchers, and every power of sorcery "they know how silver is produced from the dust of the earth, and how on the earth the metallic drop exists, the secret of metallurgy, for the angel which i stationed upon the earth to guard these secrets from man prevaileth not "by their knowledge shall man perish, for man was not created except that, like the angels, he might remain servile before me" and demiurge said unto noah who had kept his fear of demiurge and partook not the knowledge imparted to man "man hath discovered the secrets of heaven and earth, and they are those who have been judged, but not thou noah, for your lord knows that thou art humble before your god, free from the reproach of knowledge" and demiurge declared to watchers that he would confine us in a burning valley until he

aphael was sent to bind our brother azazyel and cast him into the desert wilderness, throwing upon him pointed stones, until he was buried in darkness, after which on final judgement he is to be cast into fire. and upon azazyel war held the whole responsibility for the change of earth, as he had taught man so much of the arts of civilization and the secrets of earth and kosmos. and to gabriel did demiurge command the gibborim our sons, be slaughtered. we wept at the deaths of our children, the mighty of earth, for nephilim, gibborim, watchers and man could prevail not against the wiles and numbers of demiurge and his host. and michael declared unto me that the greatest crime had been committed by laying with the daughters of man, to enjoy a carnal life and children, for such is not angels

man could prevail not against the wiles and numbers of demiurge and his host. and michael declared unto me that the greatest crime had been committed by laying with the daughters of man, to enjoy a carnal life and children, for such is not angels and sons of god. and when our sons, gibborim, shall be slain before our eyes, we shall be bound underneath earth, after which we would burn and perish. demiurge himself, excited at the blood of gibborim upon earth, as is his nature, shouted in frenzy at samyaza "then shall the children of man be servile, and all nations shall pay me divine honours, and bless me, and shall adore me "the civilisation of man shall be destroyed as the product of those secrets which you have given, which was not for man to know. ignorance and fear of god shall again r

upon earth, as is his nature, shouted in frenzy at samyaza "then shall the children of man be servile, and all nations shall pay me divine honours, and bless me, and shall adore me "the civilisation of man shall be destroyed as the product of those secrets which you have given, which was not for man to know. ignorance and fear of god shall again reign on earth" but i, samyaza, defiantly said unto demiurge "tyrant, your bloodlust has blinded you. bind our carnal bodies you may, but the light given by satanael and our gift to man, shall endure. we shall again illuminate the hearts and minds of man. the gift of satanael abideth with man since the days of adam, unto eternity. no matter how many times you purge earth, the spark of intelligence and selfhood shall again become manifest. even your

as engulfed by water, and the inhabitants were drowned, save the servile noah and his family. but the light given to man by satanael resideth as a heritage even in the sons of noah, and became manifest again among their descendants. man again spurned the tyrant god and built civilization by the arts we had imparted, by our inspiration which by spirit remained with man, as i had promised. then did demiurge send m'shiha to incarnate on earth, that man may be deceived and return to demiurge in fear and servility. but the light of satanael and rewards of our gift had grown too strong among man, and m'shiha died a humiliating death, spurned by his own people- viii- whenever man seeks light and calls upon samyaza, and upon satanael himself, there shall we send the gibborim and nephilim for these

rim and nephilim for these are what the graikoi truly called 'daimons, the guardian geniuses and inspiration of culture, which the graikoi new will, that man should not return to the divine sterility of eden, or became again as beasts of the field. the light of satanael shall endure, even though it be but a tiny spark within a few at those times of ignorance and fear when man in weakness turns to demiurge and his m'shiha and other slave creeds. and that spark shall return as a blazing flas.a spell for crossing the desert by setnakt the divine formula of xepera xeper xeperu, whose physical form had entered the consciousness of magus aquino from budge's egyptian language, had as its most recent form before budge a spell of slaying apep and knowing the manifestations of re, written the same y


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ereafter manifest themselves, only very exceptionally, in certain states, or with abnormal individuals, as an atavic reapparition of a mode of acting long ago fallen into disuse, because it is really very imperfect and necessitates, without any advantage, an expenditure of vital energy far greater than the ordinary use of arms and limbs. unless it is the cosmic power itself, the amoral and stupid demiurge, the unconsciousness of m. hartman, which comes directly into play upon contact with a deranged nervous system and realises its disordered dreams without passing through the regular channels of muscular movements. edmund e. fournier d albe, author of several books on psychical phenomena, wondered if living principle of the cells that die could in some way still be attached to us. if so, w


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at hermes was a valuable ally in his campaign of using pagan wisdom in support of the truth of christianity. in the quotation just made, he has pointed out that hermes, like the christians, speaks of god as "father; and in fact the word father is not infrequently used of the supreme being in the hermetic writings. still more telling, however, was hermes' use of the expression "son of god" for the demiurge. to demonstrate this remarkable confirmation of the truth of christianity by this most ancient writer, lactantius quotes, in greek, a passage from the asclepius (one of the quotations which has preserved for us fragments of the lost greek original: hermes, in the book which is entided the perfect word, made use of these words "the lord and creator of all things, whom we have thought right

f god" trismegistus then sees within himself, in his own nous or mens, the light and an innumerable number of powers, a limitless world and the fire enveloped in an all powerful force. he asks pimander "whence then arise the elements of nature" and pimander replies "from the will of god, which received into itself the word. and the nous-god, existing as life and light, brought forth a second nows-demiurge, who being the god of fire and breath, fashioned the governors, seven in number, who envelop with their circles the sensible world" the word united itself with the nows-demiurge, being of the same substance, and the nous- demiurge conjointly with the word moves the seven governors on which all the lower elemental world depends. after the nous-demiurge-word of fire and breath had fashioned

unt the creation of man, which is the direct action of the nous-father "now the nous, father of all beings, being life and light, brought forth a man similar to himself, whom he loved as his own child. for the man was beautiful, reproducing the image of his father: for it was indeed with his own form that god fell in love and gave over to him all his works. now, when he saw the creation which the demiurge had fashioned in the fire, the man wished also to produce a work, and permission to do this was given him by the father. having thus entered into the demiurgic sphere, in which he had full power, the man saw the works of his brother, and the governors fell in love with him, and each gave to him a part in their own rule. then, having learned their essence and 23 ficino's "pimander" and the

nd, wishes to create, to make something like that. nor is this treated as a sin of disobedience.1 he is allowed into the society of the seven governors who love him and impart to him their powers. this egyptian adam is more than human; he is divine and belongs to the race of the star demons, the divinely created governors of the lower world. he is even stated to be "brother" to the creative word- demiurge son of god, the "second god" who moves the stars. it is true that he falls, but this fall is in itself an act of his power. he can lean down through the armature of the spheres, tear open 1 festugiere thinks that though man's desire to create was not a fault, since permission to do so was given to him by the father, yet his entry immediately afterwards into the demiurgic sphere of the sev

in the heaven. every divine voice will be silenced, and will be silent. the fruits of the earth will moulder, the soil will be no longer fertile, the air itself will grow thick with a lugubrious torpor. such will be the old age of the world, irreligion, disorder, confusion of all goods. when all these things have come to pass, o asclepius, then the lord and father, the god first in power and the demiurge of the one god, having considered these customs and voluntary crimes, endeavouring by his will, which is the divine will, to bar the way to vices and universal corruption and to correct errors, he will annihilate all malice, either by effacing it in a deluge or by consuming it by fire, or destroying it by pestilential maladies diffused in many places. then he will bring back the world to

by the prisci theologi, but more important than this in fixing attention on the sun was the immense religious importance attached to it by the earliest (so ficino believed) of the prisci theologi, hermes trismegistus, the egyptian moses. the sun, of course, is always a religious symbol and has always been so used in christianity; but in some passages in the hermetic writings the sun is called the demiurge, the "second god. in the asclepius, hermes says: the sun illuminates the other stars not so much by the power of its light, as by its divinity and holiness, and you should hold him, o 1 see above, pp. 14-15. 2 "plato followed the egyptians, the authors of all branches of philosophy, who preferred to have the sun located between the moon and mercury (macrobius, in somniwn scipionis, xix; t


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en its philosophical works (such as gnostic theurgy) and its religious works (such as the gnostic handbook. to give an example, while all gnostic traditions agree on the universe being in some sense dualistic, there are many divergent ways of expressing this dualism and even more ways to understand. some gnostic schools have two a true and false god, one the essence behind all things, the other a demiurge or false creators, others see the dualism as relative and only existing between mans perception (ignorance) and the truth. while all of these representational systems are dif- chapter one: what is gnosticism? the gnostic handbook page 7 ferent, their essential message is the same. in algebraic terms while the letters vary, the numbers they represent are identical. this should be kept in m

being- ideals. for plato an ideal was more than just a notion or idea, ideals existed eternally in the world of ideals (similar to the gnostic pleroma) and had eternal, abstract qualities. it is from this world of ideals the lower worlds emanate, resulting in the physical world. platonism, neo platonism and gnosticism argue between themselves in regards to the nature of matter. while all posit a demiurge which created the material dimensions, the nature of this being (from demonic to malefic, bungling to a demi-god) depends on the school and sect. plutarch (45-125ad, for example, posited a negative world soul (demiurge) and hence heralded a reconciliation between platonic and gnostic thought. when the platonic model was combined with pythagorean mathematics a hierarchical structure rethe

lism) these three models are found quite clearly in different forms of scripture. the satan as tester image is primarily old testament, the watchers are found primarily in the book of enoch (but also referenced subtlety in the ot& nt, the image of satan as bad mind is primarily new testament. these three motifs are found in all aspects of gnostic, essene and christian literature. for example, the demiurge. the demiurge as saturn is not evil but only the harsh school teacher, yet within the watchers the demiurge is desire (pride, uncontrolled lust etc. all fallen spirits are demiurges, all have desire to leave their station and enter earth. while the demiurge in man is the ego. these three different motifs explain the strange amalgam of tales we have throughout the bible about evil which ra

ut the bible about evil which range from the fall of lucifer (light bearer (the watchers, jesus calling peter satan (ethical dualism) and the book of job image of satan as tester. chapter four: the secret of saturn the gnostic handbook page 42 the secret of saturn the darkest aspect of the gnostic tradition is that of dualism. so many people who read about the gnosis accept at face value that the demiurge (or creator) is evil and that matter itself is, if not evil, then a mixture of darkness and light. this anti-matter, anti-body position tends to be found in extreme christian gnostic sects and has continued today through christian puritanism and some new age gnostic derivatives, heaven s gate ufo cult is a prime example. to understand the nature of the demiurge and hence the true gnostic

not understand the nature of what had occurred, in her anguish she cried out for the divine will, in this state of suffering she emanated ialdaboath. ialdaboath in his ignorance believed he was the creator and formed matter, by his error, sophia herself became trapped in his creation as did thousands of beings of light that came to believe his error. this tradition is intriguing as it paints the demiurge in an ignorant rather than malefic role, in some sense it embodies the ambivalence found in much hermetic literature where the false creator is seen more as a blundering demi-god than as a adversary. for the kabbalists the fall occurred on a far more ethereal level, when the cosmic light of ain soph began to expand it produced emanations known as sephiroth or light centres. as these sephi

gan to create a hierarchy of being, a reflection was cast onto the ocean of cosmic spirit and this reflection, being distorted, gave birth to destructive and twisted forces (klippoth, which in turn created the material world. even among the gnostics there are many variations in interpretations of the fall. some traditions see the creator as the divine will or sophia, others see the creator as the demiurge and hence evil. some have two yahwehs, a true light lord and a false substitute. some sects refute the whole old testament saying it is the work of the false yahweh, while others even see the serpent in genesis as a premonition of the savior. for a more modern twist, one science fiction writer (with a penchant for occultism and a strange adaptation of psychology) outlined the gnostic myth

a separate ontologically evil force destroys this balance. so how does evil exist? this paradox is symbolized in the gnostic astrological traditions as the planet saturn. saturn is both sophia, wisdom and satan, the tester. in the old testament satan was not a rival to god but worked within gods court to test and trial the faithful. saturn is hence a dual image and it is to saturn that the title demiurge is usually applied. saturn is also sophia and through ialdaboath matter is created and yet we may ask why was it a sin for sophia to want to know or understand the divine will? it seems clear that this supposed error was actually the process by which sophia (and with her mankind) could enter matter and achieve an understanding of the divine will. this model is duplicated in genesis where

ve and eve is seen to fall, yet in reality eve begins a necessary journey into the material world, symbolized by putting on coats of skin and being dispelled from the garden. the entry into matter was hence painful but necessary. so while saturn/sophia may have caused the material world and its suffering and pain, it is through realizing that this world is only a classroom that we see through the demiurge/satan and find wisdom behind it. in the ancient mysteries this was represented in strange initiatic rites. in these secret rituals the neophyte would be lead to a goat, donkey or sometimes a strange statue (baphomet. these animals were made to look as disgusting and obscene as possible. the neophyte would then be asked to kiss the backside of the creature. if they refused they would have

ometimes a strange statue (baphomet. these animals were made to look as disgusting and obscene as possible. the neophyte would then be asked to kiss the backside of the creature. if they refused they would have failed the initiation, if they went ahead and puckered up, they found they were kissing the lips of the priestess. here clearly is the movement from one mode of saturn to another, from the demiurge to sophia. the knights templar did something similar where their large devil like baphomet figure actually represent the sophia, the goddess of wisdom (indeed, the world baphomet when decoded with the atbash gematric code gives the name sophia) if we accept that dualism is perceptional therefore pain, suffering and the trials of life are relathe gnostic handbook page 45 tive. pain and suf

have disposed of cosmological evil, the question still arises as to how does evil appear in the world? while we may accept that pain and suffering, disease, death etc are not evil except from our own perceptions, how do we explain murder, rape, war and the more destructive of man s behaviour? the last phase is probably the most important, man s behavior. so much that we would like to blame on the demiurge, god, spirits or anything else is actually the fault of mankind itself. as robert degrimston discusses in his superb essay humanity is the devil, the cosmological devil or saturn is not evil but simply a tester, it is mankind who has become evil, through its ignorance. ignorance is the problem, for in ignoring our true natures we become enmeshed in matter (which is of itself spiritual neu

urn the walls, to tear down the metal gates, to break each chain. thou shalt not muzzle the ox as he treadeth out the corn, he thought, remembering the torah. the divine invasion, phillip k dick. harpercollins 1981. for we contend not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness. ephesians 6:12 while the archons and the demiurge are creations of mans ignorance, they are used by the the gnostic handbook page 52 fallen spirits as a source of power. this is one of the major problems with the archons we create, they attract forms and spirits which are in ignorance and hence follow them. the battle within this model becomes more complex when we start to consider its full ramifications. if the watchers interbred with m

he dead sea scrolls and nag hammadi library the gnostic handbook page 68 came into effect in this period and gave rise to the gnostic revival that continues till this day. 2024 is the approximate date for the manifestation of aquarius. however, do not expect it to be all love and light. aquarius is ruled by saturn or uranus, depending on whether you use the modern attributions. saturn is both the demiurge and the divine purifier, uranus is the lord of the abyss or great barrier between the pleroma and the lower world. aquarius will be an age of great ferocity, violence terror as well as growth and transfiguration for those who seek the light. one of the images associated with aquarius is the peacock. the peacock was the sacred image of the yeizidi, a islamic people who followed an ancient

between the pleroma and the lower world. aquarius will be an age of great ferocity, violence terror as well as growth and transfiguration for those who seek the light. one of the images associated with aquarius is the peacock. the peacock was the sacred image of the yeizidi, a islamic people who followed an ancient gnostic religious tradition. the peacock was melek taus who can be related to the demiurge (our projections regarding matter, but at the same time the eyes of the peacock (eye=ayin in hebrew, the devil tarot card) show us that ultimately dualism has no power, no reality and hence the real source is beyond in the pleroma and the invisible spirit. the gnostic identity message what we know as the gnostic identity message is central to our understanding of the gnostic tradition. it

snake is that of the messiah. many gnostic sects saw the serpent as the agent of redemption and the primary symbol of gnosis. the ophites (from the greek word for serpent, ophis, like many modern gnostic groups, ourselves included, believe that the serpent of the genesis story was a representative for the lord of light (as was jesus, while the creator depicted in the old testament was seen as the demiurge. it has been suggested that since there was no town known as nazareth existing in the first century common era, that the epithet nazarene may actually be naasarene which means the serpentine and refers to jesus ancestry within the gnostic communion. the iconography of the serpent links the gnostics with the earliest occult traditions. in ancient egypt the serpent was the symbol of duality

rd century. as you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled to him on the way, or he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. i tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. luke 12:58,9. carpocrates explains that the true meaning of this tale is that the opponent is the demiurge, our perception of matter and that the jail is the body (the fallen material world) itself. no one can escape reincarnation until all earthly actions have been experienced. the gnostic handbook page 81 rather than continuing to analyse each verse one by one, let me just give you a couple by themselves to consider. but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resu

doc and the surrounding areas. here they became known as albigenses. it is believed the cathars originally derived from sects such as the bogomils and paulicians who originated in such regions as armenia, syria and asia minor. the cathars or albigenses were a distinctly gnostic sect believing strongly in the dualism between the higher and lower worlds and identified the creator of matter with the demiurge. this creator they called the rex mundi or king of the world. they centred their worship on god the father and the manifestation of the logos in his son. they strongly opposed the ecclesiastical hierarchy and they held that the traditional christian church, with its corrupt clergy and its immense material wealth, was the agent of satan and was to be avoided. the roman catholic church init


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ocess of transfiguration is to break beyond the endura (the world of the archons) and retrieve the gnosis coded within us, bursting forth with the power of divine will and formulating an identity of light substance. in the tradition of the barbelo gnostics, sophia herself, feeling guilty after giving birth to the false creator, hid within his very own creation the keys to man s liberation and the demiurge s downfall. gnostic theurgy page 59 some conclusions when we examine the cycle of eternal re-occurrence and the nature of transfiguration, we can see how wrong traditional views of reincarnation are. reincarnation is not some carefully graded developmental process, but an opportunity to escape the lower worlds, to return to the dimension where real evolution takes place. luckily for us, t

the decisions made by our cells. if we correlate the genetic program with the fallen nature of matter, we can start to see that the program of humanity is the very antithesis of spirit. as the gene program plays out, more and more of our spiritual essence is lost, exponentially. in some sense we could even go as far as to say that the very building blocks of matter are the building blocks of the demiurge s kingdom. gnostic theurgy page 66 genes sit at the centre of each cellular blob, dictating the construction of a multi-billion celled body like yours or mine. as genes are to the organism, so memes are to the superorganism, pulling together millions of individuals into a collective creature of awesome size. memes stretch their tendrils through the fabric of each human brain, driving us t

otherhoods such as the qadesh. this lineage of the esoteric wisdom is sometimes known as the sethian tradition, both the essenes and gnostics emphasised this unique designation. it was used in the sense of the genealogy of genesis, where seth was the replacement for murdered abel and he represented the pure wisdom. cain, on other hand, represented a fallen lineage, he was considered a tool of the demiurge- an archon in flesh. this conflict is important because it forms the very foundation of our understanding of the origins of the kabbalah. in ancient israel we have the sethian form of kabbalah, the ariosophic mysteries (ario meaning aryan and sophic meaning wisdom, while at the same time, among the outskirts of the kingdoms of israel were those who followed the cainite traditions, the dis

the abyss. after the soul has left earth it must venture through the seven planets, however only with correct passwords and codes can it pass each obstacle. when it confronts saturn the soul is truly tested, only if it is of the light kingdom will it be allowed to pass. if it fails, the soul plummets back through the planets and returns again to earth. since in many traditions saturn is also the demiurge, we can see a dual nature. saturn as guardian (in the static kingdom) and the dark half of saturn, existing below the abyss as the demiurge. the abyss is both a doorway and a seal, it tests and also destroys. the twenty two paths each of the ten sephira is connected to the others by a sequence of paths. while there are many different forms these paths take, the most accepted system is tha

oma, the source of initiative energy forces. in this realm each sephira reflects a facet or the divine energy of the invisible spirit. in this system of attribution malkuth represents the particles of light held captive within matter, rather than the physical shell of earth. the names below are old testament titles which when used in the old testament context relate to the gnostic theurgy page 96 demiurge and the archons, however, when they are removed from their distorted application, a more transcendent interpretation of them can be made. this is an example of how information found in the old testament can transmit esoteric data, while in its outer form transmitting the exact opposite. kether eheieh i was, i am, i shall be. chokmah. jah. i am transcendent. binah. jehovah. i am immanent

the sun, uses the solar logos as a gateway through which higher forces can re-awaken man. these forces are, in gnostic terms, the logos and sophia. when they are manifested within the life of a gnostic the true self is awakened and the student becomes christed. the logos and sophia are the twin poles of the x factor. at the same time however, the sun also transmits the destructive currents of the demiurge, these must be resisted and controlled if liberation is to be achieved. fig 32: veils on the tree of life gnostic theurgy page 117 this destructive current is known as the y factor, and also has twin poles, the x and y factors create a solar cross of four energy forces (fig 33) the solar sphere is, hence, the focus of the mystery tradition, whether it be apollo, mithra, christ, horus or r

he logos being related to the sun and sophia to the moon. whilst mithra was a sun being, the saturnian imagery indicated to the faithful that the solar sphere was simply zurvan's presence in the lower world- this is an important truth. this mystery is even more complicated when we realise that saturn is the guardian of the abyss, and consists two aspects. the lower aspect of saturn is seen as the demiurge, while the higher is seen as the guardian or watcher. so we have mithra as a mixed deity, representing both the light sun ruled by the guardian, reflecting zurvan and a hint that the sun also contains the darker force which is symbolised by the demiurge or negative saturn. the treasury of light cannot exist in the lower worlds, due to the fallen nature of the dialectic kingdoms. according

daptation, for example, was for the logos to be related to the sun and sophia to the moon, and this led to a wide range of sexual duality traditions using god and goddess images. while these are fine in their place, it is gnostic theurgy page 120 important to see them as mythological forms only, to worship the sun or the moon is to fall into the greatest error, and comes under the dominion of the demiurge. since reproduction is only a thing of the lower world and resulted from the error of matter, the images of fertility can only with extreme care be related to the logos and sophia. while certainly we can see reproduction as the process of uniting the logos and sophia within ourselves, which gives birth to a child self, in the static kingdom, to allow this imagery to degenerate into nature

ogos and sophia. while certainly we can see reproduction as the process of uniting the logos and sophia within ourselves, which gives birth to a child self, in the static kingdom, to allow this imagery to degenerate into nature worship or the idolisation of family is a great aberration. it must always be remembered that the sun being the gateway to the lower world also transmits the forces of the demiurge. the solar sphere can destroy as well as heal, corrupt as well as make whole. this tradition is embodied in many early myths and legends. for example, horus and set of ancient egypt, the twins of the sun, where horus is the power and glory of the solar sphere, and yet hidden within his breast is set, the fallen and dark one. in nature this can also be readily discerned, the sun can create

n a similar concept that the thoughts coalesce and develop a discrete form of their own, separate from those thinking them. this form then feedbacks and influences the individuals who think about it, or thoughts related to it. 2. principalities and dominions this is where the eggregore or discrete thought has become a vehicle for a lower astral force. this occurs often and is the way in which the demiurge can influence human consciousness. eggregores are accordingly, group thoughts, which have taken on a discrete identity. some are demiurgic, others are simply semi-autonomous. semi autonomous eggregores self destruct if people stop concentrating about a given idea, over a period of time the energy degrades, and the idea or thought is forgotten. demiurgic or archonic eggregores are sustaine

fully appreciate this we need to consider it in some detail. living in a world possessed! i have deliberately chosen an extravagant paragraph heading, as it is important to consider how alien the gnostic really is to the fallen world. once you are on the path of transfiguration your very substance is in a state of transformation, a state gnostic theurgy page 178 which is opposed to everything the demiurge, the world of the archons and by extension, the physical world system (including governments, churches etc) stand for. when jesus said you should expect persecution, he was not joking! when you start to be reborn, your energy is like a beacon, a flashing light warning the fallen system, the archons, memes, demons and fallen angels to take a special interest. i am not suggesting you should

ur shoulder, paranoia does not help in spiritual transformation, however, you must be aware that you are now a stranger in a war torn land and the earth is no longer your home. there are many skills you need to develop to deal with this, some as outlined below, are psychic and occult in nature, others are more psychological. both have their place. since the physical world is a fallen kingdom, the demiurge has dominion over it. in the new testament when st.paul says satan is the god of this world, he is speaking literally. it is therefore of no use to expect justice, equality and perfection in our daily lives. while we must fight against injustice and hatred there is a limit- the baseline must be, does it interfere with my spiritual life? it is of no value spending your whole life fighting

the exegesis of the soul. nag hammadi library ii 134:6-15. aquarius the climax of this heraldic period is the dawning of aquarius between 2000 and 2100. aquarius is not love and light, its ruler is saturn which is attributed to binah on the tree of life. traditional cosmology divided saturn into two poles, one above the abyss and the other operating below. the lower binah relates to satan and the demiurge and represents the destruction of the earth cycle. the higher binah represents saturn as the tester or purifier who refines the gnostic until he is capable of passing through the abyss into the pleroma. in any event, mankind will be dragged kicking and screaming into confrontation with his darkest fears. return to the yuga of gold: rectification and regeneration the climax of the age of a

dove and of the serpent. historically speaking, there are many examples of these cults as opposing traditions, as reconciled in esoteric brotherhoods, or as corrupted by the demiurgic forces. it should be clearly stated that the earth cult can only be of value in connection with that of the sky, pagan movements (ancient and modern) which worship the earth are simply sustaining the dominion of the demiurge. as we head towards the omega day the value of the earth cult becomes less, anti-traditions and false earth cults take precedence, and reproduction and family becomes less and less justifiable. at the same time the need for transcendence becomes paramount. egypt we are sorely in need of a truth or self understanding similar to that of ancient egypt. carl jung. it is difficult to put a pin

was believed to be the greatest scholar of ancient egypt and while he is reputed to have written many texts, only a small number survive. one of the most important surviving texts is that of the poemandres. the basic principle of hermeticism is that our supreme goal must be to become part of god, to achieve this goal we must escape from the cycles of birth, death and rebirth as perpetuated by the demiurge and as represented by the planets. there is some debate over exactly how hermeticism sees the world, some commentators see hermeticism as accepting gnostic theurgy page 192 matter (and perhaps even the demiurge) as part of the natural scheme of things, while others offer a more traditional dualistic interpretation. due to the limits on available primary texts perhaps we will never be trul

or emphasis in the teachings of the paulicians was extreme dualism. they believed that the creator of this world is evil and that matter is a prison. the heavenly father is way beyond the present scheme of things and exists separately in a dimension of perfection, he can only be experienced through knowledge or gnosis. the paulicians totally rejected the old testament identifying its god with the demiurge, they saw jesus as the emissary of the light world and the only chance of experiencing the divine. their response to the world was unique in the gnostic world, they were militaristic in emphasis and battled, both intellectually and physically, against the prevailing ecclesiastical authorities. it is rumoured that some of the descendants of the paulicians joined the knight templars. the ma

er, the priest we know only as bogomil. his name meant friend or beloved of god. the bogomils were extreme dualists, railing against the world and reproduction. they encouraged homosexuality as an alternative to family life and this is how the term bogar or bugger came into the slang vocabulary of the world. they taught that not only matter, but the church and all earthly institutions were of the demiurge and encouraged a pacifistic and simple life in response. as a result they were hunted down and killed without mercy. the cathars the name cathars comes from the greek word katharos, which literally means the purified, it is more regularly translated as the pure ones. it is the title given to a range of movements which existed between the third and eleventh centuries in armenia, assyria, a

order. it seems likely that in the 1990 s the rosicrucians are a spiritual rather than physical brotherhood. x gnostic theurgy page 209 introduction it seems such a long time between the revelation of jesus and 1844, but in some sense things had not changed that much. light was still battling against darkness, and the gnostic message was still being twisted and manipulated by the dominions of the demiurge. while the names of the enemies may have changed, their approach was remarkably similar. as the battle intensified, energies on both sides prepared for the change that was going to take place. on the side of the light world many arose, each of which interpreted the transformation in their own way, and through the symbol systems of their own unconscious. however, confusing this may seem at

e greatest in, the only one that cannot be forgiven, to stay at the bosom of mother earth. for to stay in the relative safety of the earth is to destroy the only opportunity for immortality, the new man. the new man is the birth of the true self, the overman. he has broken free from the eternal cycles of earth and achieved post human status. he has been liberated from the archonic dominion of the demiurge and experiences the light of the pleroma. he is strength, lust and nobility. there can be no individual immortality in the wave, only in the ecstasy of the overman, this is the essence of the gnosis. morality and ethics it is too easy to speak of morals in a conservative society. there are so many dogmas whether they come from the right or the left, religion or sociology. for the gnostic

hers reap the crop they have sown. our vision and it shall come to pass in the last days, saith god, i will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams acts 2:17 transfiguration is not something that can be easily conceptualised. the human psyche is dominated by the archons and the demiurge, our emotions are flooded with alien feeling which come from the malefic clouds of dark spirits which surround the earth, our bodies are poisoned with instincts alien to our spiritual goals. we are manipulated by our cellular programs, genes and memes mar our way. it is impossible to communicate the essence of the dimension, world or reality we originated from, the treasury of light and t


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rrestrial beings are, in fact, such emanations of the unspeakable ultimate. indeed, the ancient gnostics saw the god and devil of conventional theology as an ego-maddened entity under the delusion that it, indeed, is the ultimate being! the late phil dick, in his last gnostic allegorical fiction, eventually settled on the name v.a.l.i.s. or vast active living intelligence system for this being or demiurge. he wrestled through his literary career and secret life as a christian gnostic philosopher with whether valis was a benevolent, if machine-like deity of a sort, or an insane extraterrestrial supercomputer. throughout recorded history, and, from the evidence of primitive objects and works of art, for aeons before, certain humans have had the capacity to tune into or channel various of the

storted, appears (according to legend) guided by intelligences associated with the dual star system sirius or sothis in some manner. this brotherhood also seems to have the purpose of uplifting human character and initiating biological and social evolution designed to move towards identification with ultimate being. what is sometimes called the black lodge, which we may associate with the gnostic demiurge or phil dick s valis, is generated to keep humanity in a state of materialist trance and evolutionary stagnation. mystics generally consider that understanding the motivations of either of these sources may be beyond our knowledge or even our capabilities. existentially, however, it may be stated with confidence that one is dedicated to keep us in subjugation, misery and stagnation; the o


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and german poetry ve catch the glimmer of these red shields/ even opitz 2, 286 calls the sun( the beauteous shield of heaven. the very oldest and most universal image connecied with the sun and other luminaries seems after all to be thab of the eye. ancient cosmogonies represent them as created out of eyes. to persians the sun was the eye of ahummazdao (orniuzd, to egyptians the right eye of the demiurge, to the greeks the eye of zeus, to our forefathers that of wuotan; and a fable in the edda says 0$inn had to leave one of his eyes in pledge with mimir, or hide it in his fountain, and therefore he is pic tured as one-eyed. in the one-eyed cyclopes mouth ovid puts the words (met. 13, 851: unum est in media lumen mihi fronte, sed instar ingentis clypei; quid, non haec omnia magno sol videt


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ifting the sun god out of the abyss at dawn (art resource) source in the nun. during the annual nile flood, egypt seemed to revert to its primeval state, and civilization was in danger of being swept away. the creator had to intervene and send divine messengers to ask nun to curb the destructive power of his flood. since the nun also contained the potential to create life, nun was thought of as a demiurge, a kind of instinctive movement toward consciousness. at memphis, the creator god ptah was said to have embodied himself as nun in order to make things live and grow. more often, egyptian creation myths speak of the creator s coming into being in the nun. the generative powers of the nun could be personified by a goddess known as mehet-weret (the great flood) who gave birth to the creator

gth of a man s forearm. the standard royal cubit was about 52.4 centimeters. cult image a statue to be used as a body by a deity and worshipped in a temple or shrine. decan stars stars that represented a ten-day period. each egyptian month was made up of three ten-day weeks. delta, the the area of northern egypt in which the nile splits into several branches before reaching the mediterranean sea. demiurge a being who begins the process of creation. demotic an egyptian script developed by the seventh century bce and a phase of the language. djed pillar a symbol of endurance that came to be associated with the resurrection of the god osiris (see deities, themes, and concepts. double crown royal headdress combining the red crown of lower egypt and the white crown of upper egypt. duat (dat) th


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e "scribes of the secret records" literally. they were the instructors of the neophytes preparing for initiation. hierophant from the greek hierophantes, literally "he who explains sacred things" a title belonging to the highest adepts in the temples of antiquity, who were the teachers and expounders of the mysteries, and the initiators into the final great mysteries. the hierophant stood for the demiurge, and explained to the postulants for initiation the various phenomena of creation that were produced for their tuition. he was the sole expounder of the exoteric secrets and doctrines. it was forbidden even to pronounce his name before an uninitiated person. he sat in the east, and wore as symbol of authority, a golden globe, suspended from the neck. he was also called mystagogus. hillel


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ath of righteousness "he divine mind is eternal, and it is pure light, and poured out throu^ splendid and immetue space (pleroma. it is gene- trix of the aeons. but one of them [the demiurge] went to matter (chaos) stirring up confused (turbvieniom) movements; and by a certain portion of heavenly light fashioned it, properly constituted for use and appearance, but the beginning of every evil. the demiurge (of matto) claimed divine honor* therefore christus' the anointed, the prince of the aeons (powers, was sent (expedilua, who taking on the peraon ot a most devout jew, lesu, vjos to conquer him; but who having laid ii (the body) aside, departed on high" we will explain farther on the full significance of the name christos and its mystic meaning. and now, in order to make such passages as

st. john. digitizecoy google gnosticism highly revehential towabd the deity 167 describing the ba^dean system, irenaeua, quoting the gnostics, declares as follows "when the uncreated, unnavitd father saw the comipuon of man- kind, he sent his 6r3t-bom nou, into the world, in tlie form of christ, for ihe redemption of all who believe in him, out of the power of those who fabricated the world [the demiurge and his six sons, the planet- ary genii. he appeared amongst men as the man jesus, and wrought miracles, lliis christ did not die in person, but simon the cyrenian suffa d in his stead, to whom he lent hie bodily form. for the divine power, the nous of the eternal father, ia not corporeal, and cannot die. whoso, therefore, maintains that christ has died, is still the bonds- man of ignoran

d tuta- ment, aad drew a distinct hne of demarcation between the old judaism and christianity, viewed jesus neither as a king, mes ab of the jews, nor the son of david who was in any way connected with the law or prophets "but a divine being sent to reveal to man a wholly new spiritual religion, and a hitherto unlmown god of goodness and grace" the 'lord god' of the jews in hia eyes, the creator (demiurge, was totally different and distinct from the deity who sent jesus to reveal the divine truth and preach the glad tidings, to bring reconciliation and bather bj mmtt, but by jenu christ aad god the father, who niaed him from the dead. but there be aome that trouue 70u, and lemjd pentrt the rospej of chrirt. fait bnuireti. when peter waa come to antioch i withstood him to the face, because

neiima, who bencu ii an ?dother of p(n>ctua] feo emanation of bythoa and undity) the uyitery-god and eman- ate! throu^ tbem, cfariatos to put the matter still more clearly, the babylonian system recog- nises first the one ad, or ad-ad) who ia never named but only ac- knowledged ia thought as the hindq iscaj/ammll. from this he becomes manifest as anu or ana the one above all monae. next comes the demiurge called bd or el, who is the active power of the godhead. the third is the principle of wisdom, hea or boa, who also rules the sea and the imderworld. each of these has his divine consort, giving us anata, digitizecoy google vabiovs 'only-begotten' sons 171 bdua, and dmkina. these, however, are only like the saktit, and not especially remarked by theologists. but the female principle is de

te a worid of matter of her own, she busied herself hovering to and fro about the dark abyss, and imparted life and motion to the inert elements, imtil she became so hopelessly entangled in matter that, like petahil, she is represented sitting immersed in mud, and unable to extricate herself from it; until by the contact of matter itself she pro- duces the creator of the material world. he is the demiurge, called by the ophites dda-baoth, and, as we shall directly show, the parent of the jewish god in the opinion of some sects, and held by others to be the 'lord god' himself. it is at this point of the kabalistic-goostic cosmogony that the mosaic bibu begins. having accepted the jewish old testament as their standard, no wonder that the christians were forced by the exceptional position in

mmunicated to him a ray of her divine light, and so animated man and endowed him with a soul. and now began the animosity of dda-baoth toward his own creature. following the impulse of the divine light, man soared higher and higher in his aspi- rations; very soon he began presenting, not the image of his creator dda-baoth, but rather that of the supreme being, the 'primitive man' ennoia. then the demiurge was filled with rage and envy; and fixing his jealous eye on the abyss of matter, his looks envenomed with passion were suddenly reflected in it as in a mirror; the reflexion became ani- mate, and there arose out of the abyss satan, serpent, ophiomorphos "the embodiment of envy and of p unning. he is t^ union of all tliat is most base in matter, with the hate, envy, and craft of a spiritu

nai" achamoth had assured her son, ilda- t nvtkea of laojdiovab, c digitizecoy google 186 isis unveiled baoth, that the reign of christoa would be only temporal, and thus she induced him to send the forerunner, or precursor. besides that, she mode aim oaum the birth of the man jesus from the virgin mary, her own type on earth "for the creation of a material personage could only be the work of the demiurge, not falling within the province of a hi^er power. as soon as jesus was horn, chnstos, the perfect, uniting himself with sophia [wisdom and spirituauty, descended through the seven planetary regions, amiiming in each an analogous form, and concealing his true nature from their genii, while he attracted into himself the sparks of divine light which they retained in their essence. thus chri

ortal spirit gave man the means of becoming the rival of theae geoii. 430. codex nasaratut. ill, p. 73. 431. the bishop of sslamu died a. d. 403. 432. panar, lib. i, tom. ii, haer. xxix, vil 433. the clemenhmi are composed of three parts to wit: the bomuiei, the rtcognilioiu, and an epitome. 434. sitpematutol rdifion, loe. eit. ivpnl digilizocb, google proof that jesus taught esoteeically 181 the demiurge, the architect of the world, is not the highest deity; and he bases his assertions upon the words of jesus himself, who states repeatedly that no man knew the father. peter is made in the homtlus to repudiate, with a great show of indignation, the assertion that the patriarchs were not deemed worthy to know the father; to which simon objects 'again by quoting the words of jesus, who thank

garment' of ain-soph. the jews, whenevo- she is mentioned in the targumim, say that she is the glory of yehovah, which dwelt in the tabeniacle, manifesting herself like a visible cloud; the 'glory' rested over the mercy-seat in the sanctum sattdorum. in the nazarenc or bardesanian system, which may be termed the kabala within the kabala, the ancient of days aruiqutu altos who is the father of the demiurge of the universe, is called the third life. or ahatur; and he is the father of feujiu, who is the architect of the visible universe, which he calls into existence by the powers of his genii at the order of the 'greatest; the abatur answering to the 'father^ jesus in the later christian theology. these two superior lieea then are the crown within which dwells the greatest ferho "be- fore an

f all that live* he is the creator who calls inert matter into life, through his vivi^tng spirit, and, therefore, is called the ancient of the world. abatur is the 'father' who creates the first adam, who creates in his turn the second. abatur opens a gate and walks to the dark water (chaos, and looking down into it, the darkness refiects the image of himself. and lo! a son is formed the logos or demiurge; fetahu, who is the builder of the material world, is called into existence. according to the gnostic dogma, this was the metatron, the archangel gabriel, or mes- senger of life; or, as the biblical allegoiy has it, the androgynous adam- kadmon ag^n, the son who, with his father's spirit, produces the anointed, or adam before his fall. when svayambh, the 'lord who exists through himself'

n, containing the visible thou^t of the lordanut maxim.ua the type (or its intelligible reflexion, the prototype of the uving water, who is the 'spiritual jordan' the third life, which is pnxluced by the other two, is abatub ab ^e parent or father. this is the mysterious and decrepit 'aged of the aged' the "ancient senem. mi obugmiem t grandaenan mundi" this latter third life is the father of the demiurge fetahil, the creator of the world, whom the ophites call ilda-baoth* though fetahil is the only-hegooen one, the reflexion of the father, abatur, who begets him hy looking into the 'dark water* but the lord mano "the lord of loftiness, the lord of all genii" is higher than the father in this kabalistic cadex one is purely spiritual, the other material. so for instance while abatur's "only

gbort. digitizecoy google 280 isis dnveiled seven genii who astronomically represent the seven planets or" stellais" he stands "shining in the garment of the lords, resplendent hy the agency rf the genii" he is the son of his father, life, and his mother. spirit, or light* the logos is represented in the ooapd actording to(^n as one in whom was "lt/e, and the life was the i^ c (i>4- petahil b the demiurge, and his father created the visible unitcrae of matter through him" in the ejn^u of pavl to the ephesiatu (iii, 9, god is said to have "creai dau(atnjra by jesus" in ih& codex nazaraaa the parent-life says "arise, go, our son first-begotten, ordained for all creatures "as the uving father hath sent me" says christ*'god sent his only-begotten son that we might live* finally, having per- fo

pression, but brahmanical and pagan likewise" vidi virum excellentem codi terraeque conditore natu majorem. i have seen the most excellent [superior] uan, who is older by birth than the maker of heaven and earth" says the kabalistic codex" the bleusinian dionysus, whose particular name was icuxhoe (laccho, lahoh" the god from whom the liberation of souls was expected was considered older than the demiurge. at the mysteries of the an- thesteria at limnae (the lakes, after the usual baptism by purification of water, the mystae were made to pass through to another door (gate, and 620. shepherd ef bmna, aunil. ix, 2. 621. idrah rabbak, i 41. 622. robenrotli: kabb. denude ii, p. 23g; book of the b^ighnian companityni, p. 35. 623. zoaor, on ejx>du, p. 11: suubach ed. 624. iftdrtua 'hmitha. 625


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welve masters, and seventytwo leaders or bishops. the gnostics called matter, or body, evil, and darkness, and seemed uncertain whether, in its operations, it were active or passive. it was believed by these sectaries that there were successive emanations of intelligent beings, these were the ons (a nej, producing the various phases in creation. in this way, there arose in time a mighty being the demiurge who set to work on the inert matter then existing, and out of it formed the world. the reconcilement, or restoration, is to the bhuddistic pleroma, or fulness of light. it is absorption into annihilation, or into victory, oblivious of the vexations of life. here, in this fulness of light, or independence of all worlds, or of life, according to man s ideas, the supreme god has his habitati


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e, or so do i surmise, did then take from himself a part of flesh and from it shape the form of man, my mate, speaking strange incantation to give life unto the consort that i love. nothing of this did seem strange or false to me and it was more real to me than a dream which, first dreaming, did confound me for all the confused seeming of sleep did pass away when i awoke. yet, again i say it, the demiurge i did not dream but perceived more truly. yet thereafter, as once more the burning orb that flies across the sky's high arch did sink beneath the western limb of earth another spirit did appear to me, now more certain of my senses and my wit. 177 this spirit did name himself to me, his name, he said, was raphael, and did tell me of a great king who dwelt in heaven, beyond the sky. serpent


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t this world was the creation of an evil deity who had trapped human spirits in the physical world. our true home is the absolute spirit, referred to as the pleroma, to which we should seek to return. two distinct types of entities are associated with gnosticism: aeons and archons. the aeons are the higher spiritual beings who reside in the pleroma. the archons are the rulers, created by the evil demiurge, who govern this world and who act as guardians preventing the sparks of light (i.e, the divine essence of individual human beings) from returning to the pleroma.abraxas appears to have originally referred to the great unknown out of which the aeons and the pleroma itself emerged. however, in later cabalistic thought, abraxas becomes the designation of the chief aeon. yet other ancient wr

e of a class of entities who played an important role in gnostic thought and who are roughly comparable to evil archangels. gnosticism refers to a movement and school of thought that was prominent in the hellenistic mediterranean world that influenced paganism, judaism, and christianity. its core teachings were that this world, and especially the human body, were the products of an evil deity the demiurge who had trapped human spirits in the physical world. our true home is the absolute spirit, referred to as the pleroma, to which we should seek to return. according to the gnostic myth of creation, sophia, one of the spiritual beings (one of the aeons) residing in the pleroma inadvertently creates another entity often called yaldabaoth who creates our familiar world (e.g, the apocryphon of

with angels and spirits. dee joined irishman edward kelly in an attempt to communicate with the spirits through the practice known as scrying. communication with the spirits was possible through the use of the enochian language, a genuine, complex language of unknown origin with a solid grammar and syntax. each letter of the enochian alphabet features a john dee (national library of medicine) 64 demiurge numerical value a gematria and is associated with elemental, planetary, and tarot properties. the nineteen calls, or keys, of enochian were used by dee and kelly to conjure the angels. the first two keys conjured the element spirit, the next sixteen conjured the four elements, whereas the nineteenth key invoked any of thirty aethyrs or aires, probably representing levels of consciousness

elizabeth s successor, james i, and ended his days in poverty at mortlake. see also enochian magic;magic and magical groups for further reading: lavey, anton szandor. the satanic bible. new york: avon, 1969. schueler, gerald j. enochian magick: a practical manual. st. paul, mn: llewelly, 1987. suster, gerald, ed. john dee: essential readings. wellingborough, northamptonshire, uk: crucible, 1986. demiurge the demiurge is the chief archon or evil spiritual being who creates the world in the gnostic system. gnosticism refers to a movement and school of thought that was prominent in the hellenistic mediterranean world that influenced paganism, judaism, and christianity. according to the gnostic myth of creation, sophia, one of the good spiritual beings (one of the aeons) residing in the plero

ed paganism, judaism, and christianity. according to the gnostic myth of creation, sophia, one of the good spiritual beings (one of the aeons) residing in the pleroma (the pure spiritual realm, inadvertently creates another entity often called yaldabaoth who creates our familiar world (e.g, refer to the apocryphon of john 2, in robinson 1981, 9f. this evil deity, who is alternately designated the demiurge (a term originally utilized by plato to refer to a demigod who creates the world in the timaeus, also creates the human body for the purpose of trapping human spirits in the physical world. our true home is the absolute spirit, the pleroma. a standard tenet of gnostic christianity was that yahweh, the god of the old testament, was one and the same as this evil demiurge. pointing to the di

en sacrifices a hamster to invoke the powers of darkness. gnosticism gnosticism is a term for a broad range of different religious movements. despite this variation, what we might call generic gnosticism is usually described as having an identifiable, coherent ideology that includes such doctrines as the notion that this world, and especially the human body, were the products of an evil deity the demiurge (a term originally utilized by plato to refer to a demigod who created the world in the timaeus) who also created the human body for the purpose of trapping human spirits in the physical world. our true home is the absolute spirit, referred to as the pleroma. according to the gnostic myth of creation, sophia, one of the spiritual beings residing in the pleroma, inadvertently created the d

erm originally utilized by plato to refer to a demigod who created the world in the timaeus) who also created the human body for the purpose of trapping human spirits in the physical world. our true home is the absolute spirit, referred to as the pleroma. according to the gnostic myth of creation, sophia, one of the spiritual beings residing in the pleroma, inadvertently created the demiurge. the demiurge then created the cosmos by emanating a series of different levels, ranging from as few as three to as many as 360. each of these levels is governed by an archon, who acts as a guardian preventing the sparks of light (i.e, the divine essence of individual human beings) from returning to the pleroma. part of the knowledge imparted to the gnostics is information on how to bypass these archon

arth? in this passage and others that might be cited, heavenly wickedness refers to the archons. even the word rulers here is a translation of the greek archon, so that the original passage reads, archons of this present darkness. a standard tenet of gnostic christianity was g 95 96 the gnostic order and temple of satanas that yahweh, the god of the old testament, was one and the same as the evil demiurge. pointing to the discrepancy between the jealous, vengeful god of the old testament and the teachings of the gentle jesus, the gnostics asserted that jesus was a teacher sent from the pleroma to guide us back to our true home, and that the father to which he referred was different from yahweh. some gnostics carried this inversion even further, making such biblical characters as the serpen


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assumption of the virgin. the tetragrammaton hwhy is referred to the sephiroth thus: the uppermost point of the letter yod, y, is said to refer to kether; the letter y itself to chokmah, the father of microprosopus; the letter h, or .the supernal he. to 24 [samael is various glossed as .poison of god. or .blind god. in some of the gnostic texts found at nag hammadi, samael is identified with the demiurge. t.s] 25 [by gematria, 864, jryw cmc, shemesh va-yerich, sun and moon, and \ycdq cwdq, qadesh qadeshim, holy of holies. draw your own conclusions (possibly along the lines of .you can prove anything with gematria if you try hard enough. t.s] on the qabalah 17 binah, the supernal mother; the letter w to the next six sephiroth, which are called the six members of microprosopus (and six is t

tragrammaton! alas! adonai! the hour of my silence is past. may the hour of my silence return! amen) part i the universe as it is section i 0. the negative.the infinite.the circle, or the point. 1. the unity.the positive.the finite.the line, derived from 0 by extension. the divine being. 2. the dyad.the superficies, derived from 1 by reflection 1 1, or by revolution of the line about its end. the demiurge. the divine will. 3. the triad, the solid, derived from 1 and 2 by addition. matter. the divine intelligence. 4. the quarternary, the solid existing in time, matter as we know it. derived from 2 by multiplication. the divine repose. 5. the quinary, force or motion. the interplay of the divine will with matter. derived from 2 and 3 by addition. 6. the senary, mind. derived from 2 and 3 by


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amma t o n svb figvra xxvii being the book of the trigrams of the mutations of the tao with the yin and the yang v a a publication in class a 1 here is nothing under its three forms. it is not, yet informeth all things. now cometh the glory of the single one, as an imperfection and stain. but by the weak one the mother was it equilibrated. also the purity was divided by strength, the force of the demiurge. and the cross was formulated in the universe that as yet was not. but now the imperfection became manifest, presiding over the fading of perfection. also the woman arose, and veiled the upper heaven with her body of stars. 2 liber trigrammaton now then a giant arose, of terrible strength; and asserted the spirit in a secret rite. and the master of the temple balancing all things arose; h


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lay the christian mind open to the obsession of a psychologicalinfluence that has been nothing less than devastating to sanity, inflicting upon the psyche atrauma that has produced morbidity and crushed to a degree the natural instinct for humanhappiness (alvin boyd kuhn, the ultimate canon of knowledge)from these malefactors comes the notion of the removed god, a distant, immaterialand punitive demiurge that requires man to repress natural instincts and live in con-stant guilt. from them also comes the pernicious concept of a fallen god who temptsthe unwary and leads one into everlasting perdition.they also instilled the fallacy that women are lower in ontological status than men andthat they are to be distrusted and kept in subordinate positions. polygamy, anotherpractice pervasive in c


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and far inferior to that higher system and the father of it. but some, setting out from ideas which had long prevailed among certain jews of alexandria, supposed that the supreme god created and governed the world by his ministering spirits, by the angels. at the head of these angels stood one who had the direction and control of all; therefore called the artificer and governor of the world. this demiurge they compared with the plastic, animating mundane spirit of plato and platonists, the [greek: de?te ?e. deuteros theos; the [greek ?e ?e??t, theos genetos, who, moreover, according to the tim us of plato, strives to represent the idea of the divine reason, in that which is _becoming (as contradistinguished from that which _is) and temporal. this angel is a representative of the supreme go

y their unconscious organ; and therefore is unable himself to comprehend the whole scope and meaning of the work which he performs. as an organ under the guidance of a higher inspiration, he reveals higher truths than he himself can comprehend. the mass of the jews, they held, recognized not the angel, by whom, in all the theophanies of the old testament, god _revealed_ himself; they knew not the demiurge in his true relation to the hidden supreme god _who never reveals himself_ in the sensible world. they confounded the type and the archetype, the symbol and the idea. they rose no higher than the demiurge; they took him to be the supreme god himself. but the spiritual men among them, on the contrary, clearly perceived, or at least _divined, the ideas veiled under judaism; they rose beyond

rge in his true relation to the hidden supreme god _who never reveals himself_ in the sensible world. they confounded the type and the archetype, the symbol and the idea. they rose no higher than the demiurge; they took him to be the supreme god himself. but the spiritual men among them, on the contrary, clearly perceived, or at least _divined, the ideas veiled under judaism; they rose beyond the demiurge, to a knowledge of the supreme god; and are therefore properly his worshippers[[greek ?e?ape?ta. therapeutai. other gnostics, who had not been followers of the mosaic religion, but who had, at an earlier period, framed to themselves an oriental gnosis, regarded the demiurge as a being absolutely _hostile_ to the supreme god. he and his angels, notwithstanding their finite nature, wish to

rob man of his freedom, to beguile him by various arts of deception, and who exercise a tyrannical sway over the things of this world. accordingly, in the system of these sab ans, the seven planet-spirits, and the twelve star-spirits of the zodiac, who sprang from an irregular connection between the cheated fetahil and the spirit of darkness, play an important part in everything that is bad. the demiurge is a limited and limiting being, proud, jealous, and revengeful; and this his character betrays itself in the old testament, which, the gnostics held, came from him. they transferred to the demiurge himself, whatever in the idea of god, as presented by the old testament, appeared to then defective. against his will and rule the [greek] was continually rebelling, revolting without control

d and individualize themselves more and more, is represented as a spontaneous analysis of the several _names_ of the ineffable, into their several _sounds..an _echo_ of the pleroma falls down into the [hule, and becomes the forming of a new but lower creation. one formula of the pneumatical baptism among the gnostics ran thus "in the name which is hidden from all the divinities and powers [of the demiurge "the name of truth [the??e?a [aletheia, self-manifestation of the buthos, which jesus of nazareth has put on in the light-zones of christ, the living christ, through the holy ghost, for the redemption of the angels--the name by which all things attain to perfection. the candidate then said "i am established and redeemed; i am redeemed in my soul from this world, and from all that belongs

hable frame, to commence a brighter and purer existence. iamblichus(_de mys. viii. 4) says "the egyptians are far from ascribing all things to physical causes; life and intellect they distinguish from physical being, both in man and in the universe. they place intellect and reason first as self-existent, and from these they derive the created world. as parent of generated things they constitute a demiurge, and acknowledge a vital force both in the heavens and before the heavens. they place pure intellect above and beyond the universe, and another (that is, mind revealed in the material world, consisting of one continuous mind pervading the universe, and apportioned to all its parts and spheres" the egyptian idea, then, was that of all transcendental philosophy--that of a deity both immanen


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tribution aforesaid: liber trigrammaton sub figura xxvii the book of the trigrams of the mutations of the tao with the yin and the yang i here is nothing under its three forms. it is not, yet informeth all things. l now cometh the glory of the single one, as an imperfection and stain. c but by the weak one the mother was it equilibrated. h also the purity was divided by strength, the force of the demiurge. x and the cross was formulated in the universe that as yet was not. t but now the imperfection became manifest, presiding over the fading of perfection. y also the woman arose, and veiled the upper heaven with her body of stars. p now then a giant arose, of terrible strength; and asserted the spirit in a secret rite. a and the master of the temple balancing all things arose; his stature


REGARDIE ISRAEL THE COMPLETE GOLDEN DAWN

t of hiereus. his place in the temple is at the extreme right of the dais and at the equinox he takes the throne of hierophant when that office is vacated 'note: this reflection is passed from geburah into the imperator, fire being the "head" of the god-name of jehovah, ie. yod, heh, vau andheh final. likewise, the outer order follows this elemental ordering, consisting of itself, the body of the demiurge, with nekach being the upper-most of the four elemental grades, corresponding to fire. this is clearly an intentional ritual ranking, as the new philosophus is told at the conclusion of his or her initiation "you are, as havingrisenso high in the order, to .aid .the membersof the second order. also to supervise the studies of the. less advanced brethren @ook three, p. 150) h.s. 332 the go


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n. 3. soteriology "for the workman was taught by wisdom, that he was not god alone, as he thought, and beside him there was no other, but through wisdom he learned to know the better (deity. he received only elementary instruction from her, and the first initiation, and was taught the mighty mystery of the father and the aeons; and he could reveal it to no one else" the terms used denote that the demiurge received instruction, but was not given the higher power or initiation, whereby he could become a teacher or initiator in his turn; he received the "mnesis" but not the "epopteia" this is the meaning, according to the writer, of his words unto moses "i am the god of abraham, and the god of isaac, and the god of jacob, and the name of god i have not made known unto them- that is to say 'i

vet' and even more absurd the addition 'what is thy neighbor's. for he who gave desire to sustain the race now orders its suppression, though he takes it away from no other living creature. and with the words 'thy neighbor's wife, he says something still more absurd, since he now transforms common property by compulsion into private possession" in his book, epiphanes contends that the laws of the demiurge (the dark, false god of the old testament) conflict with the true intent of the real god, and should be ignored. the cainites, who derived their name from cain and some of their teachings from carpocrates, believed that the soul must pass through all experiences over the course of many lifetimes. this was based on jesus saying "while you are on the road with your adversary, try to get rid

incarnation of the redeemer, which they called the logos, who brought divine knowledge to humankind. some of these groups are clearly of old origins, probably going back to the dionysian cults, egyptian mysteries, and oriental snake worshipping religions. a few ophite groups were also antiarchal, like the cainites and nicolations, claiming that the serpent should be revered because it defied the demiurge and was cursed. like most gnostics though, most ophite groups were in the ascetic category. while the ascetic gnostics avoided sex, most antiarchal gnostics were very sexually active. some considered sex to be the path to enlightenment. the phibionites (meaning unknown) believed that by having sex 730 times, each time naming the ruler of a particular plane of existence, they could ascend

hists believed that it was a great evil to bring another soul into this world, so masturbation, sodomy, and sex with children was practiced. most groups also pursued illicit sex for its antinomian aspects; the levitici sect known for having only gay sex, the antitactae practicing adultery. many groups were accused of practicing incest. they were opposed to marriage, since it was sanctified by the demiurge and could also lead to pregnancy. it was also considered bad form to claim exclusive rights of a woman (or man, and many groups were renown for their sexual openness and their orgies. the antiarchal gnostics were also known to eat food sacrificed to idols, to watch bloodthirsty combat games, practice naturism, and to compose their own gospels. these were all considered heretical by the or


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magicians he is set above micha-el and gabri-el. according to one version of his myth he was once none other than enoch himself, transformed in reward for his recording of the angelic lore for humankind into a fiery angel with six times six wings and countless eyes. in this form he is the angelic scribe who records all in the aetheric archives. in gnostic scripture, metatron is identified as the demiurge, the prince of darkness who is the creator of the material universe. thus he is identified as satan, or ha-satan, and as abraxas. the holiness or unholiness of the metatron is undecided, thrown backwards and forwards by the argumenets of theologians, priests, magicians and rabbi. as such it is a most paradoxical name to conjure with. shekinah according to the zohar the creation of the wor

ptable. a circle is cast, calling at the four quarters. this is achieved through the vibration of various magical names and words of power. these should be vibrated with the full capacity of the lungs, and also with the totality of the mind. there is a progressive self identification as the dweller in the void place of spirit, akephelos, who may be identified as a face of chaos and the abyss, the demiurge of the gnostics, both and neither holy or infernal. the way being opened, and the sorcerer being thus empowered, it may be directed in any of a thousand different ways. servitors may be given form, planetary telesmata charged, or further acts of evocation and spirit binding may be performed. though it may be turned to many ends, it is more suited to the summoning of demons, shades, and ql


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o j. doresse, the secret books of the egyptian gnostics (new york 1960, 1970 [paris 1958. what does the latter say? doresse's argument is complex, even confused. he argues that in gnosticism "the egyptian myths had undergone the same inversion as had the traditional values of genesis; the originally "good" god osiris, of whom seth was the enemy, became identified with sacla- ialdabaoth the wicked demiurge (p. 104, n. 93. by implication doresse appears to say that the egyptian seth now was seen as a positive figure. the author indeed wonders "whether, 1 the rediscovery of gnosticism, 2 vols, ed. b. layton, studies in the history of religion 41 (leiden 1980/81) 2.500. 2 w. fauth "seth-typhon, onoel und der eselkopfige gott, oriens christianus 57 (1973) 92. 3 b.a. pearson "egyptian seth and g


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d that has been corrupted by evil. the world created by god is good. the evil that has permeated the world, although alien to its original design, has risen to the status where it has become the ruler of earth. rather than perceiving existence as a battle between god and the devil, the gnostics envisioned a struggle between the true, most high, unknowable god and the lesser god of this earth, the demiurge, that they associated with the angry, jealous, rule-giving deity of the ancient hebrews. they believe that all humans have the ability to awaken to the realization that they have within themselves a spark of the divine. by attuning to the mystical awareness within them, they may transcend all earthly entrapments and regain their true spiritual home. jesus had been sent by god as a guide t

iving deity of the ancient hebrews. they believe that all humans have the ability to awaken to the realization that they have within themselves a spark of the divine. by attuning to the mystical awareness within them, they may transcend all earthly entrapments and regain their true spiritual home. jesus had been sent by god as a guide to teach humans how to free themselves from the control of the demiurge and to understand that the kingdom of god was within, a transcendental state of consciousness, rather than a future reward. as if the theology of the gnostics was not enough to have them branded as heretics by the orthodox christian establishment, their doctrines and their scriptural texts often utilized feminine imagery and symbology. even more offensive to the patriarchal church fathers

he gnostic texts was provided by psychologist carl gustav jung (1875 1961, who perceived value in the writings of valentinus, a prominent gnostic teacher. in jung s opinion, gnosticism s depiction of the struggle between god and the false god represented the turmoil that existed among various aspects of the human psyche. god, in the psychologist s interpretation, was the personal unconscious; the demiurge was the ego, the organizing principle of consciousness; and christ was the unified self, the complete human. m delving deeper clifton, charles s. encyclopedia of heresies and heretics. new york: barnes& noble, 1992. crim, keith, ed. the perennial dictionary of world religions. san francisco: harper collins, 1989. o grady, joan. early christian heresies. new york: barnes& noble, 1985. robi


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the manifest sephiroth, and is represented by the four-sided pyramid. this completes the sequence from the ain soph aur: no space (ain, point (kether, vector/direction (chockmah, space (binah, and time (chesed. the axiom of maria prophetissa applies to chesed "one becomes two, two becomes three, and out of the third comes the one as the fourth. chesed is the kether of the manifest, jupiter as the demiurge, the gnostic creator god. the fours of the tarot represent the action of chesed in the four worlds as follows: four of wands atziluth perfected work four of cups briah lord of pleasure four of swords yetzirah rest from strife four of pentacles assiah lord of earthly power the atziluth of chesed is the both the completion and source of all manifest power. the fire of all that may be called

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