Friday, April 25, 2014

Intro To The Gnostic Sophia

Intro To The Gnostic Sophia

Posted: April 23, 2014 

by Citizen Pariah

The concept of the Gnostic Sophia, or the divine in feminine would require a dozen books to cover well.  I highly recommend the lectures and writings of Laura Magdalene Eisenhower for a modern summary of the true state of the Divine Feminine in our culture.  Sophia is about acknowledging the female pole of reality, it is not anti-masculine but seeks only balance.  The duality of the sexes is just an illusion in our species, perhaps we are this way in order to bring the poles together to help us evolve spiritually toward our divine goals.

Gnosticism: The Gnostic God concept is more subtle than that of most religions. In its way, it unites and reconciles the recognitions of Monotheism and Polytheism, as well as of Theism, Deism and Pantheism. Gnosticism traces its roots back just after the beginning of the Christian Church.  Some researchers state that evidence of its existence even predates Christianity.

The Divine Feminine: In the book of Genesis in the Bible we have it clearly stated not that God, Jehovah or YHWH created the heavens and the earth, but that the Elohim did.  Now Elohim means “Creator Goddesses.” This Trinity can be seen again within the Christian tradition, and yet has been re-named as Father, Son, Holy Ghost.  The Holy Ghost would equate to the Divine Feminine, and even earlier in our Western Tradition the “dove” was a symbol of the Divine Feminine and the harbinger of the covenant with Noah.  Thus Jesus is empowered by the Divine Feminine, the Holy Spirit. (link)

Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom & God’s Wife. Literally she is Wisdom, because the Greek word Sophia means “wisdom” in English. More than that, Sophia is the Wisdom of Deity. She has been revered as the Wise Bride of Solomon by Jews, as the Queen of Wisdom and War (Athena) by Greeks.

Plato, following his teacher, Socrates (and, it is likely, the older tradition of Pythagoras), understands philosophy as philo-sophia, or, literally, a friend of Wisdom. This understanding of philosophia permeates Plato’s dialogues, especially the Republic. In that work, the leaders of the proposed utopia are to be philosopher kings: rulers who are friends of sophia or Wisdom.

Sophia is one of the four cardinal virtues in Plato‘s Protagoras.

The Pythian Oracle (Oracle of Delphi) reportedly answered the question of “who is the wisest man of Greece?” with “Socrates!” Socrates defends this verdict in his Apology to the effect that he, at least, knows that he knows nothing. As is evident in Plato’s portrayals of Socrates, this does not mean Socrates’ wisdom was the same as knowing nothing; but rather that his skepticism towards his own self-made constructions of knowledge left him free to receive true Wisdom as a spontaneous insight or inspiration. This contrasted with the attitude of contemporaneous Greek Sophists, who claimed to be wise and offered to teach wisdom for pay.

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