Spirit of Sophia
The Goddess, Archon Energies and the Protection of Humanity
The Spirit of Sophia - Overview:
In these difficult international times, there is a great need for a more focused effort to re-connect as many people as possible to loving and protective spiritual energies. Members of Spirit of Sophia felt compelled to try to do something about it. We felt that a Pathworking could be initiated which would, over time, result in connecting ordinary people to powerful cosmic forces so that they might work together to defeat evil and promote peace and respect for all living things. You may be familiar with Dion Fortune's work during WW2 as revealed through Gareth Knight’s edition of Fortune’s ‘The Magical Battle of Britain’ - which illustrated that this type of work has been successful before. But this time, the entire world is in danger. For this reason we have chosen the Gnostic Goddess Sophia as the symbolic focus for this work - but we are aware that all of the Great Goddesses are aspects of the one Divine feminine, in her highest essence as the Great Mother. Our primary aim is to help to draw down the Goddess's energies to form a protective shield (mantle) over the Earth at this time.
Corrupting and Destructive Energies: The Threat to Mankind and the Earth
The world today is faced with the gravest dilemmas of all time. Every major system is beginning to disintegrate. This global phenomenon is happening across social, political, financial, religious, environmental, and moral lines. The world today is heading towards disaster when there is no reason for it. Our resources are plentiful, and the vast majority of people on earth are loving, ethical and well-meaning individuals.
Is our planet under some kind of attack? It appears that we and our earthly home have been literally invaded by something foreign to our natural world and are being systematically enslaved, abused, dismantled and destroyed.
Time-scales - there is a sense of urgency
The Spirit of Sophia feel that there is a need for urgent action if mankind and our planet are to be protected from the increasingly destructive, violent and destablising energies present throughout the world at this time. Astrologically, the planetary configurations point to several very dangerous points from now and on into the next couple of years in particular. The view from scrying in the astral - shows dark clouds and vortexes of negative energy which mirror the growing instability and extremes in both our weather systems and in human behaviour.
We have researched the nature of the corrupting energies which we believe are responsible for so much destruction and defilement of the Earth and its inhabitants. Our observations in the astral correspond closely with those of the Gnostic Christians, who seem to have gained significant insights regarding this subject. In Gnostic theology, the beings behind this corrupting force are called ‘Archons’ and their creation and dominion over the material world, forms an integral part of their spiritual concepts. However, Archon energy has also been identified and studied by seers within many other cultures and religions. Each may have slightly different view on this subject, but there is a surprising amount of correspondence concerning the source and methodology of this energy.
What is Gnosticism?
Gnostic Cosmology: A Brief Summary
In the beginning there was nothing but a single consciousness. This primordial awareness had no content, as there was nothing in existence of which to be aware. It existed in a timeless, thoughtless state analogous to the Buddhist experience of Nirvana. This consciousness split itself in two. The reasons given are various, desire for companionship, curiosity about itself, or just plain boredom. The two minds - one male and one female, interacted creating a pantheon of deities known as Aeons, and they inhabited a divine realm of light known as the "Pleroma".
The most distant Aeon from the Source, named Sophia (Greek for "wisdom"), fell into error. Some versions say that she tried to emanate a universe without her male counterpart and gave birth to the monstrous Demiurge named Yaldaboath. Sophia cast her offspring out of the Pleroma, and hid her child within a thick cloud from the other aeons, because of her embarrassment and shame.
Yaldaboath was the first of the Archons ("rulers") and he stole his mother's power, so that she wasn't able to escape from the cloud (she was later rescued by the Christ and brought back into the Pleroma).
The Demiurge then created the Universe which is isolated from the higher dimensions above. He fathered twelve Archons, giving each some of his power. Seven Archons rule seven heavens and five rule in the abyss, which Yaldaboath and the archons created. Each of these Archons rules a heaven (or the abyss), and have created 365 angels to help them.
Part of Sophia’s ‘Divine Light’ became enclosed within the material forms of human beings, who became trapped within the material universe. The goal of the Gnostic movement was typically the awakening of this divine spark in us, which enables us to return to Sophia and the Pleroma which are our primal source.
According to Gnostic thought, suffering and evil exists in the world because it is actually governed by a flawed Demiurge (Satan or Yaldaboath) who mistakenly believes himself to be the absolute God. Human minds and souls are sparks of the Divine light from the Pleroma, who are trapped in the material universe and who must endeavour to free themselves and their kin from the misery of matter. The Demiurge, and his created servants the Archons, manipulate humanity into violence and misery, keeping them trapped in the material plane, so they can feed from them and further their egotistical projects.
Gnosis is an awakening through remembering our divine origins. The student is instructed to remember the cosmic birth right of humankind, and to affirm its direct link to the Pleroma, the Source. Specifically, the Gnostic student is taught to recall and repeat key episodes in Gnostic mythology, the fall of the Aeon Sophia, and thus effectuate a defence against the Archons.
Archon energy as described by various cultures and observers:
Gnostic Viewpoint by John Lash
"In Gnostic cosmology, Archons are a species of inorganic beings that emerged in the solar system prior to the formation of the earth. Working through telepathy and suggestion, the Archons attempt to deviate us from our proper course of evolution".
Shamanic Viewpoint - the Wetiko
Speaking in his own language about the predation of the psychic parasite known as ‘Wetiko’, the spiritual teacher Don Juan - of the Carlos Castaneda books, mentions that the ancient shamans called this "the topic of topics." Don Juan explains, "We have a companion for life. We have a predator that came from the depths of the cosmos and took over the rule of our lives. Human beings are its prisoners. The predator is our lord and master." In Native American Shamanic teachings, a person who has become completely taken over by what they call the 'Wetiko' is called a 'skinwalker'.
Psychology Viewpoint - Carl Jung
Jung is quoted as saying: "the psychic conditions which breed demons are as actively at work as ever. The demons have not really disappeared but have merely taken on another form: they have become unconscious psychic forces."
Esoteric Viewpoint - Dion Fortune's
"Personally, I think it (Archonic evil) is a blind force, not an intelligent one, and that it finds a channel through the personalities of unregenerate human beings who provide the intelligence it does not possess."
The Problem of Evil.
Philosophers and theologians have debated the causes of human evil for thousands of years. Whether one's paradigm is an atheistic one, wherein evil, is simply an aspect of human organisms, as Hobbes said, red in tooth and claw. Evil, is the exertion of human will and the word is a convenient label for identifying and judging the nature of the act by its negative consequences. The moral neo-Kantian imperative is based upon a belief and a moral conviction that evil is wrong because it is intended to do harm and to cause suffering.
Biblical accounts of the Fall, attribute evil to be a consequence of the fall of mankind in the Garden of Eden, Eve is tempted by the serpent, Seth, or Satan and eats the forbidden fruit from the tree of Life. In this account evil is inherently created by God as part of the fall of humanity. The task God gives to mankind then, is to learn how to control this free will, which includes knowledge gained from the tree of life.
It is said that knowledge of good and evil is inherent within us all, and although it is shaped by culture and upbringing, each human being is tasked with discerning good from evil in order to become wise. From Western Mystery perspectives we beome wise slowly, through the combinations of our actions and interactions with the world and the spiritual growth gained from our experiences during each earthly incarnation. And it is said that in each life, we have to pay off bad karma or karmic debts and make new good karma.
However, the problem of evil is complicated, there are evil astral and stella influences at work in the universe as well as good ones, in Gnosticism, evil spirits and other evil beings or energies are collectively known as Archons and these can influence all of us. So at Spirit of Sophia there is a focus on transforming dark or evil energies, into Light, love and good. The work has a dual aspect, an inner aspect which is working on the goodness of the self and an outer aspect to share and promote the best in others.
Our thoughts regarding a possible occult/astral working to protect mankind:
We consider that now may be the time for spiritual people who share concerns for our Mother Earth and our fellow human beings to join together and call upon the aid of cosmic forces to protect us in the times to come. Uniquely amongst the people of Western nations, the British have repeatedly used magic to repel harmful energies during dangerous times.
The Magical Battles of Britain
The use of magic during times of war would appear to be something of a British tradition. The legendary King Arthur won his victories with his faithful sorcerer Merlin at his side and his magical sword Excalibur in his hand. In 1588 Queen Elizabeth I’s mathematician, court magician and spy, Doctor John Dee, is alleged to have conjured a massive gale to blow the retreating Spanish Armada into disarray. The threat of Napoleon’s invasion in 1807 is said to have been, at least in part, turned back by south coast British witches performing rituals to deter the French. In WW2, covens led by Gerald Gardner are said to have conducted a similar rite. World War I saw the appearance of the mystical motif of the Angels of Mons among other supernatural interventions.
One figure more than any other has come to be associated with the Magical Battle of Britain during WW2: magician and writer Dion Fortune. Born Violet Mary Firth in 1890, she was subject to visionary and mediumistic experiences from childhood onwards. She began to direct these experiences more coherently through her membership of the Theosophical Society. After World War I, she joined the Stella Matutina, a seed group from the original Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, of which she also became a member. She then left to form the Fraternity of Inner Light.
A Magical Army
Fortune considered occultism to be “a noble quest for the soul, a true crusade against the Powers of Darkness”, and from 1939 onwards she believed The Fraternity of the Inner Light to be entrusted with the magical defense of the realm, inheriting its task from King Arthur and his Grail knights. With the coming of war, she also realised that the task would require more effort than the existing magical initiates of the order. In a surprising magical ‘call-up’, Fortune invited outsiders into the order.
Fortune made 3 Queensborough Terrace, Bayswater, the group’s London ‘HQ’ and directed her magical war effort from here. Over a period of three years (October 1939–October 1942), she sent a series of weekly (and later, monthly) letters to her followers, describing in an escalating series of magical meditations based on Golden Dawn protection and visualisation techniques and centred around the building up of a vortex of powerful psychic imagery from the national spirit. Fortune believed that this national spirit resided in Glastonbury, personified by an Excalibur-wielding King Arthur. The group also visualised Jesus, the Rosicrucian cross, Merlin, the Holy Grail and the Archangel Michael, all united with Arthur in their stand to protect the nation.
Battle is Joined
Before the first letter was sent out, group members received a set of ‘Meditation Instructions’ on how to prepare for the coming magical battle. Then, through breathing and relaxation, each member, wherever they might be, would enter a meditative state, thinking about the week’s subject and producing visualisations of the appropriate symbolic images and archetypes: By 28 January 1940 she was guiding them into an active defence of the realm: “Let us meditate upon angelic Presences, red-robed and armed, patrolling the length and breadth of our land. By 21 April, she was planning more ambitious experiments in remote viewing, extending the angelic patrols to defend the UK coast and beyond.
The New Age
As the Battle of Britain and the Blitz passed and the war gradually turned in the Allies’ favour, Fortune felt that her Order’s work had been accomplished. "Those who were with us in those days will remember how we opened our doors and welcomed all who would sit in meditation with us and taught them the esoteric methods of mind-working that had never been revealed before outside the Veil of Mysteries, and that this work was done with a view to bringing into manifestation those very ideas that are now manifesting...the Fraternity was a voice crying in the wilderness, the cry has now become a chorus.”
It is thought that the Gnostic Sophia is representative of many Divine Goddesses worshipped worldwide throughout history. She is a strong symbol in Gnosticism and is often associated with the creation of the world. While beliefs vary, many Gnostics believe that Sophia (also known as Achamoth,) is God's wife and/or daughter. She was there with God and helped God during the world's creation. For this reason, she is considered to be God's other half, or the Divine Feminine. Sophia is also considered to be God's daughter, which means she is the sister, wife and other half of Jesus Christ.
Sophia has both ‘white’ and ‘black’ goddess attributes and mythologies. In her dark aspect she embodies the problem of evil in Gnosticism - but she is also the power of redemption through Mary mother of Christ. Sophia is both ‘Sophia Nigrans’, the despised Eve and ‘Sophia Stellarum’, the wise redeemer.
Revelation 12 begins with the Mother archetype characteristic of Wisdom or Sophia so prominent in Gnostic theology who is also pregnant. Known as the 'Woman of the Apocalypse' she appears (and gives birth) at the time of the Apocalypse and is threatened by the Archons as represented by the seven-headed dragon: 'A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. .. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. The woman gave birth to a son, a male child... And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail... The huge dragon, the ancient serpent... was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.'
In qabalah Sophia is the bride of Malkuth, the Earthly Virgin of Virgo. The Number 7 is her number which equates to Netzach and Venus. In Egypt Sophia is seen in the sacred marriage of Isis and Osiris, or as Ianna and Demuzi in Samaria.
There appear to be strong links between Isis-Sophia-Virgin Mary: The 'Black Madonna’s worshipped throughout Europe up until the Renaissance (and the current version of the Virgin Mary known as ‘Guadalupe' much venerated even today by the poor of Mexico) may be the link between these three. There is speculation that the Templars may have brought 'Black Madonna' worship back with them from Jerusalem based on their exposure to Egyptian religion whilst in the Middle East.
The Catholic Church’s veneration of the Virgin Mary arose from the belief that she was the primary intermediary with God and supreme protector of mankind. She is often depicted as spreading her mantle over her ''children', shielding them from danger.
The 'Hundredth Monkey':
As we stated in our introduction, we began this work in the Summer of 2013 after many of our members repeatedly felt compelled to act on our intuitions that the world is approaching a crisis or a ‘tipping point’. As we gathered together to discuss what to do to help, a number of synchronicities occurred which for us, confirmed that Sophia was urging us all to act. Although the initial signs of this occurred within the Catholic Church in Rome, its effects have not been limited to Europe or to Catholicism.
Is the Spirit of Sophia Manifesting Elsewhere in the World in 2013?
Supernatural Events in the Vatican:
Did Lightning Really Strike Vatican after Pope's Resignation?
News hit the Net yesterday afternoon that lightning had struck the Vatican twice just hours after Pope after Pope Benedict XVI's sudden resignation. February 12, 2013; 9:40 AM
Did the Blessed Virgin Ask Pope Benedict to Step Down?
One priest suggested that Pope Benedict received a message or apparition from the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is speculation, but the announcement of His Holiness’ abdication on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes may indicate a Marian origin to his decision.... The resignation of Pope Benedict may be the first domino to fall leading to a chain reaction of important events. Again, I think we are seeing a mystery of supernatural intervention. Dr. Taylor Marshall Catholic blog
Pope Benedict says he resigned after 'God told me to in mystical experience'
Former Pope Benedict has said he resigned after 'God told me to' during what he called a 'mystical experience', a Catholic news agency reported. Benedict, whose formal title is now Pope Emeritus announced his shock resignation in February becoming the first pontiff to step down in 600 years. Daily Mail, 21st Aug. 2013
Fellow Cardinals break with Tradition to elect Pope Francis, the outsider
The Catholic Church has made an extraordinary break from tradition with the election of the first non-European pope in 1,200 years, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere and the first Jesuit. The election of Pope Francis Wednesday as the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics came as a shock, just as the abdication of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, shocked the world last month. Almost no one inside or outside the Vatican, from authors who have written about the Vatican for decades to diplomats to the Holy See, had put him high on the list of contenders. March 14th, 2013
Pope Francis elected after supernatural 'signs' in the Conclave, says Cardinal
The surprise election of Pope Francis came about because of a series of supernatural “signs”, one of the leading Cardinals in the Roman Catholic Church has claimed.
“We were driven by the Holy Spirit to this man – he was sitting in the last corner of the Sistine Chapel: This man he is the chosen one.” He added: “I received at least two strong signs: one I can tell, the other was in the Conclave I can’t speak about – but real signs of the Lord giving me indication ‘he is the one’.”
Daily Telegraph 14 May 2013
Pope asks Mary, queen of peace, to bring calm to Egypt
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As the official death toll rose from clashes Aug. 14 in Egypt and as the damaged done to Christian churches was being assessed, Pope Francis invoked Mary, queen of peace, to bring calm to the country. In light of the "painful news" coming from Egypt Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis said he was praying for "all the victims and their families, for the injured and those who are suffering. 15 Aug. 2013
Pope Francis: Devotion to Mary and the "New Evangelization"
All great “evangelizations” were profoundly Marian. For this reason, I was excited when I learned that Pope Francis prays the 15 Mysteries of the Holy Rosary daily... Quoting Pope Francis: "...I felt that this man [John Paul II], chosen to lead the Church, was following a path up to his Mother in the sky, a path set out on from his childhood. And I became aware of the density of the words of the Mother of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego: ‘Don’t be afraid, am I not perhaps your mother?’ I understood the presence of Mary in the life of the Pope.'
Dr. Taylor Marshall Catholic blog
Pope calls all Catholics to pray and fast for Syria on Saturday
On Sunday, the Pope declared in his Angelus teaching that Saturday Sept. 7 would be a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria. The prayer rally will take place in St. Peter’s Square from 7 p.m. to midnight, on the vigil of the birth of Mary, the Queen of Peace. “Let us ask Mary to help us to respond to violence, to conflict and to war, with the power of dialogue, reconciliation and love,” the Pope asked people around the world. “She is our mother: may she help us to find peace; all of us are her children!” .....The article says further that he has invited non-Catholics to join in. The leader of Syria's Sunni Muslims will join the Pope at the Vatican if he can get out of the country. He is asking for his followers to join the Catholics in prayer and fasting today...
(NOTE: 7th September is the day both the Virgin Mary and Sophia's birthdays are celebrated)
Catholic Times 5 Sept. 2013
But it's not just the Catholic Church that's reeling from the searing blast of Divine Mother energies:
'Why I Am No Longer a Light Worker'
Leading Light Worker blogger Cameron embraces gnostic theology and denounces certain New Age practices as the work of the Demiurge, sending shock waves through the New Age movement.
Cameron Day - Ascension help Blog 23rd Aug. 2013:
Trans Pluto, Divine Mother, Neptune, and the Polarization in the Collective Atmosphere
'...One important thing to note. In the Full Moon charts of 2009-2012, Neptune was in a very close opposition to Trans Pluto, the planet symbolizing Divine Mother Energy. That is a factor in why things have been so polarized the past several years, teaching humanity compassion and the need for Viveka, or Divine Discrimination. This has offered all of us opportunities to join together in the Great Mother and realize our interrelatedness on a feeling level with All-That-Is...The energies of Divine Mother will only grow stronger throughout this century, and these will be demonstrated each time the planets make significant aspects to Trans Pluto. In this chart Trans Pluto again occupies the first degree of Virgo, showing us the long term future of humanity...'
Spiritual Astrologer Robert Wilkinson Blog, Sept. 21 2013
Virgin Mary Apparition in the Sky in Africa
I said many years ago that the Hovering Madonna’s were coming, and that there would be three of them, one in Africa, one in Russia and one in South America some place. Here is an African one so that you can see what they look like (Vid 6.43 mins). It begins properly at about 2 minutes 17 seconds. I said before the Forces had arrived; the full-colour purple apparitions of Mary could not take place if the ghouls had not been substantially beaten back. Many apparitions will appear, people will see the Gods descending, and a man on a white horse with a bow. In places dragons appear seemingly to devour people. When the world sees an upside down pig in the sky it’s the end. Things are a bit desperate for people nowadays, but rescue is at hand, the dawn of the Brave New World has come and the light will crush the fascists with a technology they know nothing about. Trust the process even if it is hard to do so at times.
By Stuart Wilde - February 13, 2013
Introducing the Spirit of Sophia Group Pathworking
What is a Pathworking?
Pathworkers join with others in a deliberate out-of-the-body experience which uses archetypes and symbols to build a carefully planned series of journeys through astral realms. These patterns and entities have correspondences in both the macro cosmos of the Universe around us, and the micro cosmos of the mind, character and life experiences of the student.
Pathworking as a technique is derived from magical uses of the Qabbalistic Tree of Life. In that system a pathworking is a journey along one of the 22 paths of the Tree of Life, each of which has a specific set of landscape and symbolism associated with it (and corresponds to one of the twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana of the Tarot). Other archetypes and sigils may then be added to define the objects of the work and 'tap' into the group mind of those participating.
The Sophia Pathworking
The Spirit of Sophia Group Pathworking is designed to connect with Sophia’s energy currents and contribute to bringing to earth her wisdom and protection. Part of the inspiration for this Work came about through our experiencing a connection with the Divine Goddess which has gradually strengthened, with messages becoming particularly clear starting in the summer of 2013. These messages indicated that a Pathworking designed to help ordinary people unite connect to the power of the Divine Feminine would be the best method for protecting mankind and our Earthly home at this time of crisis. But times have changed - mankind now resides in a far more global community than was the case in WW2. People from many different cultures live side and side. So we have chosen a Pathworking along very similar lines to that of Dion Fortunes', but have expanded the remit to include archetypes and symbols more suitable for working on an international scale. These cross-cultural Goddess images used work alongside those more specific to the British group soul.