Noah’s Wife As The First Vagina

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Noah’s wife was an important figure to one Gnostic sect, the Borborites. In many ways, Noah’s wife replaced Eve as–First Lady. I use the term, First Vagina, because of the pagan deity Baubo (image on the left) and Barbēlō, the supreme female deity in some Gnostic cosmologies (you could imagine her as a female Archangel).

Baubo had a filthy mouth and she played a role in the great Eleusinian Mysteries of ancient Greece. I mention the filthy mouth because the Borborites were deemed ‘the filthy ones’. Both Baubo and the Borborites have links to the sow (piglets were sacrificed to Demeter and Persephone).

Before anyone gets ‘holier than thou’ about the Borborites—you may want to think about how often Jesus ministered to ‘the filthy ones’. Jesus cleanses a leper. Jesus and the adulterous woman is another association to ‘the filthy ones’. Is anyone filthier than a tax collector? See Zacchaeus. The dwarfish depiction of Zacchaeus happens to place him in the freak category; which, falls nicely into the net of my novel.

My fictional cult is made up primarily by women, but in many ways, it is a carny cult. A carny kind of fits in as ‘filthy ones’, as well. Carnivals often headlined freaks and ‘girlie shows.’ My cult will probably branch out from Baubo and the Borborites. Gnostic Christians could easily have hidden among the more traditional Christians, throughout the ages, and Gnostics make a nice link to the pagan world.

There may be no real link between the Borborites and Baubo, but it is possible. Every culture has fertility deities, even the bible preaches fertility, so don’t be too harsh about the vagina stuff.

The Other Salome

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The Salome who does the Dance of Seven Veils has greater name recognition, but another went to Chest’s tomb with the two Mary’s. The archaeological examination of Christ’s tomb has been in the news, for the last couple of days and the importune of these women make Jesus seem more Gnostic because Jesus and the Gnostics value women.

My novels feature a cult consisting primarily of women and theoretically such a cult could have fit in the realm of Gnostic Christianity and could have secretly existed for centuries, in the Christian world.

The Gnostic Agnostic

Worshiping false gods is a great sin, in many religions. Catholics persecuted and killed those who did not follow their faith, during the Inquisition, and ISIS kills those who don’t follow their faith–today. As a Gnostic Agnostic, I know that I don’t know and disavow any faith that forces faith upon others.

Gnostic means knowing; which, can be see as deriving from the Tree of Knowledge and the original sin. My mind sorts out percentages and hyperbole may make me sound certain of things at times, but I’m much less than certain about most things. After seeing the difficulty in marketing my novel, I began writing a more marketable prequel. Measuring the odds, forced me to change my plans. That’s life.

The Watchmen of Madness

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The absurdities, of life, drive The Comedian mad. He sees through everything and he’s got to laugh to keep from crying. Doctor Manhattan has the superpowers to see through time, but he still sees less than The Comedian. Ozymandias, the smartest man on the planet, doesn’t see the obvious until The Comedian points it out. Rorschach is slower to see things, but when he does—he can’t turn away. Nite Owl and Silk Spectre II need Rorschach to point things out.

The Comedian seems horrible in many ways, but he is just the reflection of society. Being the mirror of society makes him hyper-aware of everything that goes on. Once we had the atom bomb–war became absurd and The Comedian laughed. The fertility cult in my novel seems more like an anti-Fertility cult because I enjoy the absurdity and it reflects the insanity of this world. I’m somewhat surprised by how much I’ve begun to relate to The Comedian.

Rorschach hates deviancy, but The Comedian sees deviancy as inevitable. Factions are also inevitable and my novel factors in factions. I think my main character will have gnostic aspects. The Comedian is very gnostic. Moby Dick inspired Alan Moore and both works are gnostic. Gnostic is true knowledge and  knows evil is everywhere and also hides within you. The Comedian can see it in the mirror. Can you?

The Gnostic Novels

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Evil is more introspective and pervasive, in gnostic thought.  Atheists need to read Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel, The Master and Margarita before they toss religious thought. Bulgakov knew he had the soul of a writer and felt threatened by a system that did not see souls. The Master writes about a bureaucrat—Pontus Pilate, who serves the system and ignores the cries of his own soul. Bureaucracy kills Christ.

Master and Margarita form a complementary pair–a notable aspect of Gnosticism; she takes the form of a pagan witch, but she also symbolizes the Gnostic ideal of good. The Master is a fictional version of Bulgakov and communism imprisoned his soul.

In Bulgakov’s Soviet Union, Satan and his demon minions serve as the good guys. The Devil didn’t take away Bulgakov’s  soul; the Soviet system stole his soul. Animals will kill without regret, cats see it as fun. Are they evil? No, but Bulgakov’s Behemoth shows why cats should not be allowed to own guns.

Moby Dick makes the most Christian man—the most evil. Like I said, Gnostic theology is more introspective. Gnostic Christians see evil everywhere, it is inescapable.because it is the mark of Cain; in which, we all wear. Pagans, Christians, Atheists, Jews, Muslims, and all the others wear the mark of Cain.

Cormac McCarthy uses Gnostic thought and Moby Dick, in his novel Blood Meridian. The anti-hero in McCarthy’s novel is a Christian man, who needed to look at himself before looking elsewhere. The Christain man plays the villain in both novels. Gnosticism accepts the flaws of Christianity.

I allude to Moby Dick, in my first chapter. Feminists are my Ahab.

The Crucifixion of Hypatia

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We have ample evidence, religious groups can do horrible things. What happened to Hypatia is one of those things. Hypatia taught astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy to both Pagans and Christians, but I’m betting the Gnostic Christians were the ones who saw her as symbol of virtue.

Hypatia’s death, in some ways, led to the end of the Roman Empire. The Popes were becoming the idiotic center of the universe. A Christian mob killed Hypatia because she saw the sun as the center of the universe; they didn’t recognize solar systems, galaxies, and universes, as we do today.

The Roman Catholic Church could have escaped blame for regional reasons but by making Cyril the Bishop of Alexandria; a saint, the Vatican endorsed the flaying death of Hypatia. The Church can also take blame for condemning the view that the earth rotated around the sun.

Hypatia studied celestial bodies and we do not know her personal religious beliefs. Gnostic Christians favor knowledge and wisdom, so they would see Hypatia as the saint and Bishop Cyril as the evil doer. I differentiate Christian groups and this plays a role in my novel. Gnostic sects of Christianity did not conflict with Pagan groups and the Gnostics favored science.

Agora is a Spanish film; which, depicts this period in time. The name comes from the gathering place; in which, the events took place.

Technically Hypatia was not crucified; she was flayed; the Christian mob peeled off her skin with oyster shells.

Intersexing Circles

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Circles can do amazing things when they intersect to have sex. The ancient sects of Gnosticism loved their diagrams, riddles, and mathematics; they worshiped knowledge. Jewelers often pose their marriage rings; in such a way, to create a symbolic intersection. Two intersecting circles or rings create a child; it even has a name – Vesica Piscis. The Vesica Piscis translates to fish bladder.and alludes to the womb.

Pagans used the Vesica Piscis as a symbol for fertility, but the Gnostics used it for something more. Valentinianism uses male/female pairs; they call syzygies. I suspect the Gnostics were the ones who created the Ichthys, some call it the Jesus fish, and if you look close—I outlined it in red.

Wikimedia give this description for the image on the right:

Early Christian inscription with the Greek letters “ΙΧΘΥΣ” carved into marble in the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus at Turkey

Wikipedia goes on further about the Ichthys, but it is obvious the wheel, in the image above, symbolizes ‘eternity.’ Jesus caught 153 fish and that number relates to the Vesica Piscis. The Flower of Life is also formed from intersecting circles and cam easily symbolize fertility. My chapter in rewrite features Baubo (Iambe) and Sheela Na Gig; which, relate to the womb and thusly the Vesica Piscis.

Giving my fictional fertility cult multiple roots allows for more flexibility. The Inquisition punished those who strayed from Catholic thought, so it was difficult for other beliefs to survive, in the Western World. I see it as plausible for some fertility rituals to survive, as fringe Christianity. Other cultures added their own elements and reinforced lingering aspects of fertility rites.

Why I chose the Constantine Family

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Constantine killed his sister, Anastasia, and her name means resurrection; which, fits in my fertility motif. Persephone is the classic fertility goddess who goes to the underworld and is resurrected back again. The Pagan world died a slow death after Constantine chose to make Christianity the official religion, so I use Anastasia’s death for symbolic reasons.

Constantine cast away his first wife, Minervina, and I use her a symbol for the complementary pairs of Valentinian Gnosticism; her name is derived from Minerva who corresponds to the Gnostic Sofia, both are wisdom goddesses. I may use Constantine’s mother who may have influenced Constantine’s thoughts on Christianity and she was cast aside by Constantine’s father, so I have another possible Gnostic connection. It is also possible she came from the land of Brigid’s Cross; which, may be of use.

My choice to represent Catholicism may go to Constantine’s daughter, Constantine, who is known as Saint Constance–who was no saint. This is a critical time period for Pagans, Gnostic Christianity, and Catholicism. I’m still debating how and If I will connect to other time periods. Catholicism was and is a religion designed for dictators. Gnosticism may have been the original form of Christianity and may have created a more peaceful world.

John the Baptist and the Mandaeans

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The Mandaeans follow the teachings of John the Baptist and those teachings are Gnostic. This obscure religion does not follow Jesus, but they may hint to Christianity before Constantine. If John the Baptist was gnostic; what does that say about Christ? Gnosticism is much more compatible with Eastern and mysticism-based religions. Would we have a more peaceful and balanced world, if Constantine chose Gnosticism over Catholicism?

Religious divide is the topic I’m contemplating. What can people agree upon? The metaphysics of Gnosticism is not physics, but it does observer natural law. Constantine’s Catholicism led to the dark ages and made earth the center of the universe. In the Hellenic view of Paganism, the earth circled the sun; while, Catholicism persecuted people who spoke what we all see now, as true. Gnosticism probably would have accepted Helios (the sun) as the center of our solar system.

Catholicism makes man the center of the universe; Gnosticism is not so vain.

Nemesis in Aeon Flux

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Æon Flux and Trevor Goodchild are lovers who play on opposite sides. In mythology, Alastor is the male counterpart to Nemesis. Peter Chung created Æon Flux with Gnosticism, in mind. I show the Pleroma of Valentinus, on top of the Æon Flux cover, and you can see the dueling pairs. What I see is a model of group dynamics; a yin-yang roundtable.

Feminism is insane because Feminists spit different messages. Many Feminists call themselves Humanists, but fail to examine the male perspective. In my opinion, any son raised by a proclaimed Feminist is suffering mental cruelty. The image above depicts Humanism—acceptance of opposition.

Catholics wanted to deny rights of individuality in their doctrine. If you turn the names into tribal groups; you will see why I call this a model of group dynamics. I’m not preaching a religious system, in this post, I just see this as a balance Philosophy. When Constantine made Christianity the religion of his Empire; he made changes to suit his needs. Did Jesus preach this philosophy of balance and did the Pope of Constantine’s Empire erase this system? I don’t know, but I see the possibility.

Would Feminists be insane if they accepted this philosophy of balance? I said Feminists—not women and I truly mean my insult, because a Feminist is not a Humanist.

Pleroma of Valentinus comes from Wikimedia.