[NB] Apocryphon of John and the Sefirot

I’ve been reading Buckley’s Female Fault and Fulfilmennt in Gnosticism and in it she briefly articulate the five aeons of the Apocryphon of John and makes clear that the five aeons are, in fact, ten aeons; each of the five aeons is divided in two according to a principle of gendered duality. Oh, yeah, and that duality is gathered together into an overarching third (Father over the Mother and Son). While trying to keep firmly in mind the maxim about things looking like a nail when you are holding a hammer, it is a little difficult for me not to think about Kabbalism as I read this.

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i have talked about this indirectly by way of things like the Yeatisan Vision materials, but it seems like the sort of thing that is worth saying straightforwardly. It feels like we are between eras, in some transitional period where the spiritual powers that regulate this world are changing, that there is a changing of the guard in the celestial court.

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Aeon and Modality

So, there is the last post about Spinoza, substance, and modalities beyond our ken. That provides a segue toward talking about the idea of an aeon. While the aeon is rightly identified with a form of time, it is too often identified with a span of years (which I will call an ‘age’ for the sake of clarity in this post), be they centuries or millenia. The aeon proper belongs to another order of time to which the time of years can be more or less sympathetic.

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