Day of Sai Mati Sage, Messenger of Intelligence, Wisdom and Creativity
O, Sai Mati Sage, be with us.
WHO IS SOPHIA
SOPHIA IS DIVINE PRIMORDIAL CREATRIX
ZOE-EVE, THE SUPERNAL EVE, IS THE FIRST DAUGHTER
Who is Sophia? Sophia is the Holy Spirit of the Christian Trinity . She is the Prime Creatrix. She and the Shekinah are essentially the same Person, in fact it was the Alexandrian Jews who renamed Khokhmah, Sophia/Wisdom. Both the Shekinah and Sophia are known as the pre-Christian Holy Spirit. Both are known as the World Soul. Both are known as saviouress.
Sophia is not ‘a’ Goddess of Wisdom, She is Primordial Wisdom. She is also Primordial Creatrix. She is Mother God. Her Daughter is literally the Daughter of Wisdom. She also is known by more than just the title of Wisdom, She is known, even to the ancients as Holy Spirit, (1) All-Mother, Ennoia, meaning Primordial Thought or Idea, Ruler, Barbelo, Creatrix, Saviour, Womb of Creation, World Soul, Rose of the World, Pistis (Faith), Sige (Silence), Charis (Grace) and by many other titles.
As the Barbelo (Higher Sophia and She is NOT male as some have tried to depict Her), She is the First Glory from Whom Originated the Trinity of the Father, Mother and Son. She existed within the All and She is the “Invisible One within the All”.
As far as Her supposed ‘ Fall and entrapment’ is concerned, as we shall see in the near future, it is clear that the Gnostic Christians literally took pre-Christian texts and changed them in a way that completely demoted the Divine Sophia and made Her subject to a male Consort (the Christ).Others literally turned Her into being a male, Jesus. Until Christianity, Wisdom, like the Holy Spirit, was always Female. (See: http://www.asphodel-long.com/html/goddesses_of_wisdom.html.)
(It is important to note that Russian Orthodox mystics and visionaries of Sophia believed Her to be a fourth member of the Christian Trinity. But, of course, the Orthodox Christian Church labeled that as heresy.)
AND SO, SOPHIA IS GOD
The following is taken from valid Sophian sources. For each Deanic scriptural verse, I have only included one or two companion Sophian verses, although there are many more. Please note that I did not also avail myself of Russian Sophian Mystics sources nor did I quote the various scholars of Sophia as Mother, Daughter and Holy Soul as time would not permit me to do so.
How does Sophia fulfill Deanic Mythos? Let me count the ways:
(All Deanic quotes are taken from the Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians. And, rather than using the term God, I have substituted Godhead).
Deanic: Before and beyond all things is the Mistress (Mother) of All Things, and when nothing was, She was.
Sophian: As described by Irenaeus, the great Mother-principle of the universe appears as the first woman, the Holy Spirit (rūha d’qudshā) moving over the waters, and is also called the mother of all living. Jesus, himself called the Holy Spirit his Mother not only in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas, but it was originally in the lost Gospel of the Hebrews as evidenced by (2).
In the beginning were Darkness, Chaos, and Water (skotos, kai bythos, kai hydōr), but the Spirit indwelling in the midst of them, divided them one from another. (Epiphanus. The rest of the passage makes clear that the Spirit was Feminine.) (3)
“I am the First and the Last.” (Thunder, Perfect Mind).
Deanic: The rest of the first chapter of The Creation Mythos goes on to explain, in story form, how Dea is the Creatrix.
Aside from the wealth of beautiful passages regarding Wisdom/Sophia in the Book of the Wisdom of Solomon (and here, Wisdom is not just abstract, but is personified), written by Alexandrian Jews, we have many passages from various sources describing Sophia as Primordial Creatrix. Here are just a few:
Sophia is “the Creatrix of the Universe” (4)
Now, when Sophia, who is in the lower heaven, wanted to receive authority from Pistis, (Her Mother) She created great luminaries and all the stars, and put them in the heaven to shine upon the earth and to perfect chronological signs and seasons and years and months and days and nights and seconds, and so on. And thus everything up in the sky was ordered. (5)
“I divided earth from heaven, I created the ways of the stars.”
The Sophia herself is but a reflex of the “Mother of all living” and is therefore also called “Mother.” She is the formatrix of heaven and earth, for as much as mere matter can only receive form through the light which, coming down from above has interpenetrated the dark waters of the hylē; but she is also at the same time the spiritual principle of life in creation, or, as the world-soul the representative of all that is truly pneumatic in this lower world. (Wiki)
Sophia is responsible for the conception of matter (The Valentinian Cosmology, The Secret Book of John). Like Eurynome, she moves back and forth over the primordial waters.(6)
SOPHIA IS THE PRIMORDIAL CREATRIX OF THE UNIVERSE
Who is the First Daughter?
Deanic: Chapter I:9: And She saw an image of Herself, all suffused in the Light of Love and Energy. And She laughed. 10) And as She laughed, the image rose up from the water and stood before Her. And this was the first of Her daughters.
When Sophia let a drop of light fall, it floated on the water. Immediately a human being appeared, being androgynous. She molded that drop first as a female body. Afterward she molded it, with the body, in the likeness of the mother who appeared, and she finished it in twelve months.
Eve is the first virgin who gave birth without a man. She is the one who functioned as her own midwife. I am part of my Mother and I am the Mother). (On the Origin of the World.)
Sophia, also using Light and water, created the First Daughter, Eve.
The Holy Mother, Pistis Sophia, sent forth the emanation of Herself – Her Daughter, Sophia Zoe, who appeared as Supernal Eve . (Teachings of Tau Malachi).
After the day of rest, Sophia sent Zoe, Her daughter, who is called Eve, as an instructor to raise up Adam, in whom there was no soul, so that those whom he would produce might become vessels of the light. (On the Origin of the World).
THE SUPERNAL EVE (ZOE-EVE) WAS THE FIRST DAUGHTER
1) http://www.womenpriests.org/theology/brock.asp (this is a surprising and thorough article on the Holy Spirit as Feminine. Many other sources, including Jewish, equate Sophia with the Holy Spirit.)
Also, in the early Greek and Syriac Churches. Note the Eucharistic prayer in the Syrian liturgy.
The author of the Gospel according to Philip clearly sees the Spirit as female, and it is this, evidently Semitic, tradition that is represented in a number of early Syriac works where we encounter the Spirit as Mother.(20) The Acts of Thomas, perhaps of the third century, is the earliest of these. This work, whose original language was Syriac (this is now generally agreed), survives in a re-worked Syriac form and in a Greek translation which was made from a more primitive form of the Syriac original. Thus, in the course of several prayers uttered by Judas Thomas, the Greek text includes several invocations to the Holy Spirit as ‘Mother’; in the surviving Syriac, however, this term is always absent, presumably having been removed on the grounds that it was no longer considered appropriate. The relevant passages in the Greek text are as follows:(21)
§27 [In a baptismal context; the invocation is addressed to both the Son and the Spirit.] Come, holy name of Christ, which is above every name; come Power of the Most High, and perfect mercy; come exalted gift [i.e. the Holy Spirit]; come, compassionate mother . . . [For ‘compassionate mother’ the Syriac has nothing corresponding.]
§50 [An invocation to the Spirit in the context of the Eucharist.] . . . Come, hidden mother . . . come, and make us share in this Eucharist which we perform in your name, and [make us share] in the love to which we are joined by invoking you. [The Syriac again removes the reference to the Spirit as ‘mother’.]
§133 [In the course of a trinitarian invocation in the context of the Eucharist.] We name over you [the newly baptised] the name of the Mother. [Syriac: the name of the Spirit.]
to be continued
ArchMadria Pamela Lanides
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2) It’s reported by ”Church father” Origen, that the Jewish Gospel of the Hebrews, said by other fathers to be at one time the Gospel of Matthew but interpolated and edited, the virgin birth being excised and this fascinating bit of information.
Origen, Commentary on John, 2.6
“If anyone should lend credence to the Gospel of the Hebrews, where the Saviour Himself says:
“My Mother, the Holy Spirit took me just now by one of my hairs and carried me off to the great Mt. Tabor.”
Origen quotes this twice and Jerome five times.
Jerome, Commentary on Isaiah, 11.9
After repeating the quote he says:
“No one should be offended by this, because ‘spirit’ in Hebrew is feminine, while in our language [Latin] it is masculine and in Greek it is neuter. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread1150511/pg1 (Also, look up the Gospel of the Hebrews for verification of this lost gospel.)
3) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophia_(Gnosticism) (for both Iraneaus and Epiphanus quotes. Please keep in mind, when reading Gnostic texts, that we will be showing, in the future, how much of Gnostic Christianity was a CLEAR demotion of Divine Barbelo/Sophia).
4) Eugnostos the Blessed (non-Christian) III.82.5
5) On the Origin of the World: http://gnosis.org/naghamm/origin-Barnstone.html