Ennoia, A Gnostic Tale

8 January, 2008

EnnoiaIn the beginning was the Pleroma. The Pleroma was Light, it was Full, it was Complete, it was Wonderful, it was Nouns and Verbs with Capital Letters. It was the place to be. Within the Pleroma waves of divinity flowed and created pairs of godlike beings. These were the Aions, male and female aspects, each of which gave birth to further couples of divine light. Eventually though, a single Aion was created – she was called Wisdom and had no other half. She longed to have children as the other Aions had children, and using the divine light she willed herself to conceive. Although a virgin she was able to bring forth a child, but this child was blind to the upper beauty of the Pleroma. He could not see the divine light and imagined himself to be the greatest of all. Thinking he was on his own, he started to create, but his creation was flawed and lifeless.

The Creator had managed to create a vast ocean, a place of chaos, and he called it the Deep. And he moved over the Deep and created the stars, and the earth, and the mountains and the rivers, but still there was something missing. And he created servants to help with his work, the Archons and Angels, the Princes and Powers, but still there was something missing. And he created the flying creatures, and the swimming creatures, and the walking creatures, but still there was something missing. The Creator rested and left his creation to the Archons, brooding on what was missing.

Now it happened that Wisdom found the world that her son had created. She looked into the Deep and saw her reflection. As the last of the Aoins she was far from the light of the Pleroma and had never seen her own radiance. She was entranced by her own beauty, and not living up to her name, she moved closer and closer to her reflection until she fell into the material world. The world scared her and she did not know what was happening. Then the Archons found her, and they lusted after her. She had never experienced such want from anyone and did not expect what the Archons planned. Too late she realised, she fell into their hands and they forced themselves upon her.

Not willing to experience the horrors, Wisdom split apart, her divine nature sundered into hundreds of pieces. The most divine part of Wisdom become a mighty Oak, the Tree of Knowledge. Her body was left behind, a shell that had a human nature. The shell was called Eve and she gave birth to the children of the Archons. These human beings spread out and populated the Earth, and they worshiped the Archons, the Powers and Principalities, and they worshiped the blind Creator.

But amongst the humans were some who inherited the divine spark of Wisdom. These few souls went through life feeling like strangers in a strange land. They yearned for the Pleroma but they could not understand what this yearning was. Discontent with the world they suffered and when they died the divine spark would ascend and try to return to the Pleroma, but the Archons would force the divine sparks back into the world.

The spark that had lingered on in Eve was called Ennoia, and hers was a terrible fate. Doomed to suffer the most, the Archons made sure that she would never have true happiness. All looked lost for the sparks of Wisdom.
But there was hope. The Pleroma would come to know of the world and of the trapped Wisdom. And the Pleroma would send a Revealer, and a Redeemer. Through the Revealer (perhaps to be called John the Baptist) the humans with the divine spark would be told about the true nature of things, they would be blessed, baptised into the new reality. And the Revealer would bring forth the Redeemer (perhaps to be called Simon Magus), the one who the Pleroma had finally created to be the other half of Wisdom, and when he saved Ennoia, then the material world would fall apart and the truth would set them free.


13 Responses to “Ennoia, A Gnostic Tale”

  1. popscience Says:

    Aha! It is all coming together now…
    Are you making this stuff up? What are your sources?

  2. magisteria Says:

    Sources for gnostic tales come from two main areas – the early church fathers who wrote about them as heresy, and the Nag Hammadi library, a collection of gnostic and other documents that were discovered in 1945, having been hidden since the 2nd century CE.

    There are a lot of differences in the various ideas, so any time I do a mythological story it is my interpretation of it and may not correspond to any one previous writing. For instance according to one manuscript there were 365 Aions (one for each day of the year rather than each day of the month), but to tell a story you have to pick and chose which version to go with…

  3. Curiousonic Says:

    I just found your site. The Gnostic version of Pluroma is a bit confusing. I know there were different gnostic sects with probably different versions of the Pleroma. I’ve been reading the book Pistis Sophia, where Jesus explain that an aeon is a “realm” of angels and archons, twelve all together, where he and pistis sofia comes from the 13th aeon, and after giving birth to demiurge, she was not allowed back in. It seems like Pistis Sophia is not only the mother of the eartly eve, but the mother of all heavens with angels, archangels, archons, and the incorruptible tyran Adamas who is the head of the universes (Demiurge the blind). it’s a year since you published this. Have you red anything more about this? I just started reading about Gnosticism and really love it.

  4. magisteria Says:

    I haven’t read the Pistis Sophia, sounds like I should get my hands on it. As you say there were many different sects with different ideas, just as with any other religious movement. It’s one of the things that makes early Christianity so fascinating to me, that the people of the ancient world had as varied ideas as today’s believers, and that Gnosticism was a large part of that belief. I’d recommend anything by Elaine Pagels in this area, enjoy the liberating knowledge 🙂

    • latona Says:

      When then Jesus said this unto his disciples in the midst of the AMENTE, the disciples cried and wept, [saying]: “Woe, woe unto sinners, on whom the negligence and the forgetfulness of the rulers lie until they come out of the body and are led to these chastisements! Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, son of the Holy.PS

      The PS seems to have taken a line of inspiration from the Book of the Dead, AM Tuat, wherein Khenta Amenti nis the underorld. Given that the PS was written in the Coptic, this may come as no surprise!!! HNY 2011


      • latona Says:

        Personally I would makes a distinction between the Apostlic tradition and the Gnostic one, wherein both could qualify as being considered early renditions of the Christological. The Apostlic focusing on a completely literalistic viewpoint and the Gnostic clearly under the realization that the process of cross cultural adaptation comes into play, hence the inclusion of the word Amente within the PS, but that’s just one citation. To get a clearer picture of how certain gnostic groups operated and how they were influenced by cultural movements such as the classical Hellenes and beyond…read the Apostlic fathers attacks on groups attached to figures such as Valentinian of Alexandria and his student Marcus..In tandem with this….Iraneaus of Lyons, Hippolytus of Rome and Tertullian all attacked these groups as being perverters of the Universal Church. The name Basilides also figure prominently. The most laughable aspect of this…The later Nicene councils hijacked many Gnostic ideas as their own through the process of being subsumed within the seemingly literalistic Christological. Many people do not seem to realize the political processes and implications involved in this.


      • latona Says:

        I mention Basilides because he is cited as being focused purely on the 365 figure as given by Iraneaus and The Apocryphon of John.

        Thru Gnostic Gematria, a system of applying a number to a letter the word ABRAXAS gives 365. This well documented and par for the course….this is irrefutable. Therefore it stands that Greek Alpha numeric transliteration was a system adapted from Hebrew Mysticism, commonly known nowadays as the Cabala and the Valentinian Marcusians and Basilideans used this. One point of origin also emanates from a lineage that incorporates groups such as the Therapeutae and the Essenes, with an early point of inspiration from the likes of Pythagoras and Plato.

        365 also gives the value for;

        MENOS-Spirit {Rather than Pneyma{breath}}


  5. Latona Says:

    Nice! How is your Gematria


  6. Damoundyah Says:

    These things are classified as tales just as the word fable is attched to Greek stories when in fact, it is Truth. It is not understood in the head or conscience but it is felt in the inner as De Javu.

    I knew that something happened before the translated version of the King James, Genesis, but just like the original “True Lights” I knew that something was missing.

    Would love future comments concerning these things because I am a searching Aion, a geniune chip off the old block.

  7. Echen Says:

    hi. i just found this from a google search of “ennoia”. I found it to be moving and comforting. thank you.

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