Many people have heard the term “Archon”, but it is very difficult to define it.
In the texts after the fire in the library of Alexandria there is some mention of mysterious beings called Archons.
In 1947 texts were found contained in clay pots near Nag Hammadi, Egypt, and in these texts there are stories regarding what the people of Nag Hammadi, 2000 years ago, thought or perhaps knew, of the world and how it was been created.
The reason why the Nag Hammadi texts (dating back to 100 BC) are so important is that no one has been able to tamper with them [ the texts have not been altered, destroyed or omitted, as in the Bible ].
Nobody has been able to distort or destroy them, which is what they would have liked to do to keep information and knowledge away from the masses.
Luckily they survived.
They have been successfully translated and they contain a clear and definite explanation of what these Archons are.
The texts had been buried in a deep cave in Egypt, in order to protect important information.
There are 13 codes containing over 50 texts.
Nag Hammadi’s texts are older than the New Testament, at least 400 years old …
The Archons are against gnosis , that is, they are against knowledge.
Gnostic is a Greek word which means knowledge, precisely “gnosis”.
The Gnostics believe that liberation can only be achieved through knowledge, consumption and evaluation of reality through knowledge.
The library of Alexandria was managed by the Gnostics who were the first to collect scrolls and books to assemble this information.
Their culture spread throughout Europe and the Middle East. This happened long before the advent of Western religions outside Judaism which was mostly concentrated in Israel.
The Gnostics said there had been an invasion that occurred in about 3,600 BC, 1,600 years before the Nag Hammadi texts were buried.
They wrote that this invasion was like a virus and struggled to describe it.
The beings who were invading were called Archons.
These Archons had the ability to duplicate reality and therefore to deceive us. They were jealous of us because we have an essence of some kind [the soul] that they don’t possess.
Archons cannot endure family love or love between men and women and that is why they do all these things to destroy their moral qualities, the degradation of values, love and respect for the individual.
Violence, cruelty, lack of knowledge is what favors them and what they want and want. Television and mainstream culture, as well as the negative teaching that derives from it, is their spokesperson, which unfortunately extends to all age groups.
Presumably, the Archons live and hide in the eyes of Humans, staying beyond our planet and more precisely near Saturn .
The Archons (from the Greek ἄρχοντες) are those figures who in the theogony and Gnostic cosmogony play the role of judges and controllers of the material world.
In the Gnostic vision the material world is divided both ontologically and phenomenologically by the divine sphere (Pleroma), a timeless and dimensionless place pre-existing to everything. This division originated from an “initial sin”, through which a divine emanation came between the material world generated by it, where man finds himself imprisoned, and a superior and occult God. In Iranian Gnosticism, where dualism reaches its peak, there is an eternal and titanic clash between two divinities, while in the Hellenizing and Judaizing one, opposed to the occult God, stands the figure of a “lesser god”, the Demiurge, which is assisted by a series of emanations generated by himself, the Archons. The material world, therefore, is nothing more than an “accident” of the path, a creation of the Archons, which,
According to John’s apocryphal the first archon was born of Sophia, an aeon emanated from Pleroma, who gave life to the image she conceived based on her knowledge of the pre-existing divinity without the approval of either the divinity or her ( of Sophia) consort (since the aeons, as we have already explained in a previous article , exist in pairs). The result was a bestial being with the body of a snake and the face of a lion, Jaldabaoth. Sophia’s love for Pleroma turned into an autonomous desire, completely divorced from the rules in force in Pleroma. Therefore Sophia’s emanation was distorted in form and content, but a spark of her divine nature still poured into it.
Sophia, ashamed of her work, born of transgression and violation of divine rules, hid him away from the other aeons, in a sort of dark area, wrapped in a shining cloud. Here Jaldabaoth, being independent of Pleroma, gave birth to other archons, each of them in animal form, not even remotely similar to the aeons that lived in the Pleroma itself. Each of his descendants, like him, had the ability to create, even if the non-descendants directed by the occult God limited this ability. Jadalbaoth reigned supreme over the cosmos, while his creatures reigned over each of the heavens. Once the creation of the heavens was complete, however, the Metropator appeared, an emanation of the occult God who came into action to start a complex restoration plan of the primordial state, established by the aeons of Pleroma and Sophia’s companion to save the latter. The archons, amazed by this power, decided to create a being in the image of the Metropator. The earthly Adam created by them, however, lay inert in the Earthly Paradise until the four Lights and divine Autogenesis, with a stratagem, induced Jaldabaoth to make use of the force stolen from his mother Sophia, blowing in the inert creature thebreath of life (Genesis 2,7). This is how man (Adam) comes to have a divine spirit in a non-divine body, because, according to Gnosticism, he is the work of the archons.
The archons are therefore the powers responsible for the creation of man and the material world, but also the powers that, thanks to their memory of the harmony and order of Pleroma, give the rules of Cosmos and Time. But their function is not limited to this. They are also the greatest obstacle to man’s return to the occult God. Their work is made explicit precisely in subjugating man with their rules.
Gnostic Theology does not present itself in the form of philosophical speculation, but in the form of Myth. The Myth has a structure similar to the fairy tale, but two elements must be kept in mind: first of all it refers to a reality where there is no time, so what it tells is happening “here and now”. Secondly, the characters of the Myth represent cosmic forces often well superior to Man.
We can therefore summarize this Doctrine:
The Universe has no reality. It was born of an error , an accident due to a phenomenon that we can call “the Fall”. Reality is called by all Pleroma Gnostic thinkers .
The Pleroma is formed by the unknowable One from which a series of Aeons descend. The Aeons are shining and wonderful entities. For Christian Gnostics, one of the last Aeons is Christ. The last Aeon in order of hierarchy is called Sophia, Wisdom.
Sophia, full of Love for the One, tries to go back up to know him. This causes a huge cataclysm: Sophia falls down and generates Yaldabaoth (Yahweh) the creator God of this world and, below him, the seven Archons. Yaldabaoth is the God of the Old Testament: arrogant, jealous, vindictive. He, unaware of all that is above him, creates this Universe which is a kind of abortion, Kingdom of Evil. Sophia is imprisoned in the material universe. He then creates man on this planet: “We make man in our image and likeness “. He always speaks in the plural because he works together with the Archons, the dominant malevolent powers of this world. However, without his knowledge, Sophia’s spark remains imprisoned in Man. Adam, disobeying the command of Yaldabaoth, knows the truth, that is, above Yaldabaoth there is the unknowable supreme One and the real world of Pleroma. Sophia is distressed and desperate that Christ, the Savior, moved with pity, descends through the seven spheres of the Archons and arrives in the world to free her and teach men the true doctrine. This is why Yaldabaoth endeavors, through his chosen people, the Jews, to make him die on the cross. Obviously the man Jesus dies, while the Aeon Christ goes back to Pleroma.
Therefore this world, created by a lower God, is seen by Gnostic as metaphysical Evil.
The Gnostic in this world is foreign (halogen). On the other hand, since the Gnostic knows the truth, he is not subject to the Law, so he has the widest freedom of behavior.
The task of the Gnostic is to find Sophia (wisdom) and, together with her, to go back up to the Pleroma.
Note that time is, together with space, one of the two categories with which our mind sorts data coming from outside. In Pleroma time does not exist, so what is said occurs here, now, at any moment and the Gnostic can reverse the movement and go back to the Pleroma. This action is what is called enlightenment in Hinduism and later in Buddhism.In every man there is the spark of Sophia, but according to the Gnostic doctrine the majority of human beings is made up of the Ilici who are born, reproduce and die living like animals or worse, without understanding anything and victims of passions. Then there is a minority, the Psychics, who are capable of reasoning and of knowing Truth discursively. Finally there are the Gnostics or Pneumatics, capable of reaching the factual Truth.
The Bible reads ” I am a jealous God, there is no other God outside me .” Nothing more false for the Gnostic who, for this wisdom, will always be opposed by the Powers of this World. In the Gospel, Jesus says to rejoice when this happens.
We said that the Fall of Sophia creates a huge upheaval: the birth of our Universe, the Big Bang, that terrible explosion that generates Space and Time. When life arises at any point in the universe, this is due to Sophia’s effort to free herself of matter, therefore life forms tend to evolve and have ever greater self-awareness. But evolution must continue: what does it mean that the Gnostic must find Sophia and go back to Pleroma? Sophia is the Wisdom that hides in Man and it is within himself that Man must seek it. To join the One, the Gnostic must first ascend the seven spheres, one by one, defeating the terrible Archons who preside over them, then identify with the individual Aeons, ascending the Heavens one at a time.
There are therefore various degrees of Gnosis, but the highest, is the reunion with the One: Man assumes the Awareness of the illusory nature of the material world and of the concept of the individual I. It recognizes the nonexistence of the difference between Subject and Object and identifies itself with the only true Witness.
Says Hans Jonas, one of the greatest scholars of
Gnosticism: “The Gnostic Man despises the Cosmos because it separates it from his unworkable aspiration to reunite with the divinity. The Evil Demiurge, creator of the Universe, precipitated man into the Cosmos. The consciousness of separation is the feeling of the lack of the Divine, the feeling of exile that the pneuma, the inner spirit of divine origin, dramatically and desperately marks the human condition. Anguish is the feeling that awakens human interiority. This anguish founds Gnosis, knowledge, the only thing that can free it from cosmological bonds and make it rediscover its essence. Gnosis is the battle instrument, what helps man to break the laces that bind him to the world, to separate him definitively from the Cosmos and ultimately from his own material nature, from his body imprisoning the pneumatic ego, the spiritual essence. Gnosis does not pacify man with the Cosmos, but decrees its rupture“.
After the death of Jesus, a collection of his sayings began to circulate in Palestine, what scholars call the source Q.
Tens of years later, on the basis of this collection, the first Gospels began to be written, which eventually exceeded one hundred. In the Council of Nicaea called by the Emperor Constantine in 325 after Christ, the Catholic Church adopted the 4 so-called canonical Gospels and rejected all the others. This choice was indeed very questionable, just think that the first Gospel that began to circulate was that of Thomas, not recognized by the Church. In many of these rejected Gospels the Gnostic Doctrine is clearly evident, but also a careful reading of the canonical Gospels, if one has the foresight to omit the steps added centuries later, makes us recognize this ancient Wisdom.
The animalistic nature of the First Archon, which stands out with the pure pneumatic essence of Sopia, Jaldabaoth, this is its name, in nothing it testifies to the perfection of the mother. Inasmuch as by virtue of the desire that generated it, created by instinct for separation but also by creating such separation, it is a negative and monstrous specula of the beauty and harmony that permeated the whole Pleroma. Desire is corruption of every thought, and thought is the root of all doing. So if desire is a nightmare of thought, and it is entangled with it, inevitably the action put in place will be stained, and distorted. The legitimate Love that burns all of Sophia for Pleroma as an unknowable divinity, a Love of Knowledge, has transmuted into desire, and in turn into craving. Sophia’s hypostasis of thought,
It is fair to remember that in historical Gnosticism Knowledge is a vehicle and form of redemption, as if it led to an intrinsic change in the nature of being. Change not only soul, but also mental and physical. Hence, the state of ignorance, understood as the absence of knowledge, also entails the same, albeit inverse, shaping process of the nature and form of each being.