In the revised edition of The Nag Hammadi Library in English, published as The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, the “Hypostasis of the Archons” received the less. Because the Archons are real, the Apostle Paul– talking about “the Rulers of Darkness”– told us that “our struggle isn’t against flesh and blood. The esoteric meanings of this ancient Gnostic scripture are revealed here.
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How did they come into being?
Norea apparently now speaking Now as for that angel, I cannot speak of his power: A veil exists between the world above [the Absolute] and the realms that are below [the Sephiroth]; and [in Klipoth] shadow came into being beneath the veil; and that shadow became [polluted] matter; and that shadow was projected apart [into the abyss]. Then mankind began to multiply and improve [in knowledge].
They will all say with a single voice, ‘The father’s truth is just, and the son presides over the entirety”, and from everyone unto the ages of ages, “Holy — holy — holy! She oof into his face, and her breath became a fiery angel for her; and that angel bound Yaldabaoth and cast him down into Tartaros, at the bottom of the abyss.
The voice of your brother’s blood is crying up to me! None of them can prevail against the root of truth; for on its account he appeared in the final ages; and these authorities will be restrained. They opened his side hyppostasis They subdue it, devour it, subjugate it, govern it, and do not let it go to become Souls in the world.
But they could not make him arise because of their powerlessness. And a voice came forth from above the realm of absolute power, saying, “You are mistaken, Samael” — which is, ‘god of the blind’. Moreover, they threw mankind into great distraction and into a life of toil, so that their mankind might be occupied by worldly affairs, and might not have the opportunity of being devoted to the holy spirit. He has two souls: As incorruptibility looked down into the region of the waters, her image appeared in the waters; and the authorities of the darkness became enamored of her.
They were confused, though, and modelled this body partly after what they themselves looked like, and partly on the female image they saw reflected in the abyss. Now, the Father knew all this was gonna happen and made it happen on purpose.
The Hypostasis of the Archons – trans. Bentley Layton – The Nag Hammadi Library
Eve, and she became pregnant and bore [Seth] to Adam. But Norea turned to them and said to them, “It is you who are the rulers of the darkness; you are accursed.
Rather your eyes shall open and you shall come to be like gods, recognizing evil and good. As incorruptibility looked down into the region of the waters, her image appeared in the waters, and the authorities of the darkness became enamored of her.
Sophia has Zoe sit at his right hand, giving him instruction about the eighth heaven, and the ‘angel of wrath’ is seated at his left hand.
A veil exists between the world above and the realms that are below; and shadow came into being beneath the veil; and that shadow became matter; and that shadow was projected apart. A voice came forth from incorruptibility for the assistance of Adam; and the rulers gathered together all the animals of the earth and all the birds of heaven and brought them in to Adam to see what Adam would call them, that he might give a name to each of the birds and all the beasts.
And when they saw his counterpart f. White sections and comments in brackets are from a modern Gnostic instructor.
Gnostic Scriptures and Important Texts
The rulers took counsel with one another and said, “Come, let us cause a deep sleep to fall upon Adam. Opening his eyes, he saw a vast quantity of matter without limit; and he became arrogant, saying, “It is I who am God, and there is none other apart from me”. Then Norea [Urania-Venus, the mother of the Son of Man] came to him, wanting to board the ark [to rise as light through the great Arcanum].
The same was in the beginning with God. And he created for himself seven yypostasis, androgynous just like their father. They do not hear the voice of the Heavenly Man who resides in the heart. And the Spiritual Woman t-shime mpneumatike came to him arcohns spoke with him, saying, “Arise, Adam.
The rulers have bodies that are both female and male, and faces that are the hypostassis of beasts. Their supreme chief said to her, “Your mother Eve came to us. God looked upon the votive offerings of Abel; but he did not accept the votive offerings of Cain.
The ruler said, “Why did you hide, unless it is because you have eaten from archnos tree from which alone I commanded you not to eat? But when the ruler of the powers came to know of their plan, he said to Noah, “Make yourself an ark from some wood that does not rot and hide in it–you and your children and the beasts and the birds of heaven from small to large–and set it upon Mount Sir. And it took its pattern from the shadow, and became an arrogant beast resembling a lion.