"I was sent forth from the power,
and I have come to those who reflect upon me,
and I have been found among those who seek after me.
Look upon me, you who reflect upon me,
and you hearers, hear me.
You who are waiting for me, take me to yourselves.
And do not banish me from your sight.
And do not make your voice hate me, nor your hearing.
Do not be ignorant of me anywhere or any time. Be on your guard!
Do not be ignorant of me.
For I am the first and the last.
I am the honored one and the scorned one.
I am the whore and the holy one.
I am the wife and the virgin.
I am the mother and the daughter.
I am the members of my mother.
I am the barren one
and many are her sons.
I am she whose wedding is great,
and I have not taken a husband.
I am the midwife and she who does not bear.
I am the solace of my labor pains.
I am the bride and the bridegroom,
and it is my husband who begot me.
I am the mother of my father
and the sister of my husband
and he is my offspring.
I am the silence that is incomprehensible
and the idea whose remembrance is frequent.
I am the voice whose sound is manifold
and the word whose appearance is multiple.
I am the utterance of my name.
Why, you who hate me, do you love me,
and hate those who love me?
You who deny me, confess me,
and you who confess me, deny me.
You who tell the truth about me, lie about me,
and you who have lied about me, tell the truth about me.
You who know me, be ignorant of me,
and those who have not known me, let them know me.
For I am knowledge and ignorance.
I am shame and boldness.
I am shameless; I am ashamed.
I am strength and I am fear.
I am war and peace.
Give heed to me.
I am the one who is disgraced and the great one.
Be on your guard!
Do not hate my obedience
and do not love my self control.
In my weakness, do not forsake me,
and do not be afraid of my power.
For why do you despise my fear
and curse my pride?
But I am she who exists in all fears
and strength in trembling.
I am she who is weak,
and I am well in a pleasant place.
I am senseless and I am wise."
- Imaging God as Partners
"In 1 Corinthians 1:23, 25, Paul writes, "We are preaching a crucified
... a Christ who is
the power and the Sophia of God." A few verses
later (30) he continues, "By
God's action Jesus
Christ has become our
Sophia." And then a few verses later (2:6-8), "But still
we have a Sophia
offer those who have reached maturity: not a philosophy of our age, it
true, still less of
the masters of our age, which are coming to their end.
The hidden Sophia of God
which we teach in
our mysteries is the Sophia that
God predestined to be for our glory before the
ages began. She
is a Sophia
that none of the masters of this age have ever known."
- Wisdom's Feast
Sophia in Study and Celebration (p. 33)
by Susan Cole, Marian Ronan, and Hal Taussig
- Jesus Is Our Sophia
"She has confused all the learned of Islam,
Everyone who has studied the Psalms
Every Jewish Rabbi,
Every Christian priest."
Ibn El-Arabi (Shah 86)
"Joseph Campbell: The serpent, who dies and is resurrected, shedding its
skin and renewing its life, is the lord of the central tree, where time and
etemity come together. He is the primary god, actually, in the Garden of
Eden. Yahweh, the one who walks there in the cool of the evening, is just
a visitor. The Garden is the serpent's place. It is an old, old story. We
have Sumerian seals from as early as 3500 B.C. showing the serpent
and the tree and the goddess, with the goddess giving the fruit of life to a
visiting male. The old mythology of the goddess is right there.
Bill Moyers: But how do you explain the difference between that image
and the image of the snake in Genesis?
Joseph Campbell: There is actually a historical explanation based on the
coming of the Hebrews into Canaan and their subjugation of the people
of Canaan. The principal divinity of the people of Canaan was the
Goddess, and associated with the Goddess is the serpent. This is the
symbol of the mystery of life. The male-god-oriented group rejected it. In
other words, there is a historical rejection of the Mother Goddess implied
in the story of the Garden of Eden."
- Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, p.54
"It is only in Zeus Arrheno thelus that one gets the true Hermaphroditic
of the symbol in
unified form. This is a very important fact,
especially for the present
purpose, because images
of this god recur again
and again in alchemy. It is hardly possible to describe
idea pertains to a faculty of the mind which is "above the Abyss"; but
two-headed eagles with
symbols clustering about them are indications of
Imperial Eagle of the Hohenstaufen Dynasty
- Book of Thoth
by Aleister Crowley
"She is the first power. She preceded everything, and came forth from
as forethought of all. Her light resembles the Father's
light; as the perfect
power She is the
image of the perfect and invisible
Virgin Spirit. She is the first power, the
the perfect glory
among the worlds, the emerging glory, She glorified and
Spirit for she had come forth through the Spirit. She is the first
image of the Spirit.
She became the universal womb, for She precedes
everything, the common parent,
the first humanity,
the Holy Spirit."
- Jesus, The Secret Book of John
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