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Today, we return to the Divine Feminine from a new perspective: her relationship to humanity from its “fall” to The Mystery of Golgotha.
“The astral nature of Eve received the spiritual being, who was worshipped in Egypt as the goddess Isis, and in the Christian Church today as the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven,” is Valentin Tomberg’s description of Isis, after the “fall” of humanity. In a previous Tomberg study, he spoke of her as Sophia.
There also are thousands of current members of Isis cults who believe that Isis was a physical earth being. They look forward to the time when her remains are discovered and DNA testing proves her heritage. I don’t feel that either of these beliefs negates the other.
As I was working on this blog, I was frequently reminded how the “fall” was a necessary precursor to the Mystery of Golgotha.
In Genesis 3, we learn that Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptation of a serpent and ate the fruit of the tree of good and evil, the one thing in Eden forbidden to them. The serpent’s lure was to tell Eve that the fruit would make them “like divine beings who will know good and bad.” Being a loving generous God, they did not lose their lives as threatened: they were banished to the world outside of Eden, where they had to toil for their existence. It also laid the foundation for a conflict that altered the development of civilization: humanity’s difficulty in living with free will and temptation.
In Genesis 4, Adam and Eve’s son, Cain, became angered because “The Lord took heed to Abel’s gift, but to Cain and his gift He paid no heed.” Cain challenged God’s choice and soon after, murdered his brother Abel. God spared Cain’s life; however, he, too banished from his homeland.
So far, banishment and toil have been the outcome of human errors; however, as the transgressions become greater, so do the outcomes, as we see in Genesis 6-9. Divine beings see how beautiful are the daughters of men and with no opposition stated from the girls’ fathers, take wives from among them. The Lord responds by limiting man’s lifespan to 120 years This was a stringent response, since men were living up to 926 years (Jared, father of Enoch). As a result of these marriages, beings of human and divine parentage were born. “I will blot out from the earth the men whom I created, for I regret that I made them,” states The Lord. This is a devastating outcome.
The errors have a commonality: The desire of man to be as God. Adam and Eve expressed this when they made a choice God had forbidden; Cain behaved as if he was equal to God when he challenged His choice of Abel’s gift, and then went further into God’s province by taking his brother Abel’s life. And the divine men violated the separation of the kingdoms, creating a new kind of being, again the province of God. The girl’s fathers took no action, and were complicit by accepting what occurred.
But Noah, his wife, sons and their wives found favor with The Lord. In advance of ridding the earth of humankind, God instructed Noah to build an ark to ride out the flooding. After the waters receded, The Lord called Noah and his family and animals out from the ark. Soon after, Noah built an altar, and taking of every clean animal and bird, he made a burnt offering to The Lord. Smelling the pleasing odor, The Lord said to Himself, “Never again will I doom the earth because of man, since the devising of man’s mind is evil from his youth; nor will I ever again destroy every living being, as I have done.” God then made this covenant with Noah, telling him that He set His bow in the clouds as a sign of the covenant between Him and the earth.
The “fall” was a two-fold process, according to Valentin Tomberg. This process was experienced by Adam and Eve, as representatives of all humankind. Tomberg further tells us that there was first the descent of three members of the Human Personality or Lower Self, the mental body or lower manas; the astral or emotional body; and the etheric or dense physical body. This was accompanied by the rise of The Ego, Higher Self or Individuality through the immaculate warmth of Saturn; the night nature of Old Sun; and the kindled Pentecost flame of higher manas. These were protected in the higher regions, absorbed there by higher spiritual beings. The “fall” did not dim the astral, etheric and physical human organizations. It lifted the ego and higher self or individuality from the sensory world into the suprasensory world, temporarily withdrawing them from earthly humanity. (The members of the human personality and ego are from Tomberg and from Dr. Joshua Stone’s, The Soul, The Quality of Life.)
Sophia Bridges The “Fall” and The Mystery of Golgotha
The “fall” ushers in a new beginning. While this is the good news, it is also a challenge: How does humanity approach a new beginning without knowledge of universal laws or a code of behavior to guide them through temptation while making free choices. From Proverbs * Wisdom (Sophia) sings:
“I Wisdom, share house with Discretion. I am mistress of the art of thought. I hate pride and arrogance, wicked behaviors and a lying mouth. To me belong good advice and prudence. I am perception; power is mine! By me monarchs rule and princes decree what is right; by me rulers govern, so do nobles, the lawful authorities. I love those who love me; whoever searches eagerly for me finds me. With me are riches and honour, lasting wealth and saving justice. I walk in the way of uprightness in the path of justice.”
Perhaps it is Sophia who leads humankind toward the power to overcome the dark currents of the will.