Book IV - δημιουργός - The Demiurge

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δημιουργός - THE DEMIURGE

δημιουργός - Demiurge - is the term for the Archon who formed the cosmos.
This 'world-former' is not identical with the 'ONE', who is the first and supreme source of all being.
The reasons why the δημιουργός copied the Forms as in a clouded, distorted mirror is unknown, but undoubtedly the glory of the πλήρωμα (the fullness of the eternal Forms) was hidden from him.
However, the δημιουργός, using as models the reflected distortions that fell on his domain, sought to duplicate the divine originals.

In this imperfect (hystere) manner he fashioned the 'world of nature' (the material universe - physis), whose main elements are time (chronos), space (kenos) and change (rheos).
Out of space was formed matter (hyle), and from this the demiurge formed, from the distorted patterns reflected from the Katapetasma, the imperfection of the cosmos, and all living creatures including, on this world, man.

Katapetasma, the mystical 'curtain' or 'veil', - on which appear images of the the eternal forms - a veil which separates the Pleroma from the world of matter.

Time likewise was made in imitation of the 'eternal present' prevailing in the plērōma.

Pleroma (πλήρωμα) generally refers to the totality of divine powers. The word means fullness from πληρόω ("I fill") comparable to πλήρης which means "full".  A state of completeness, in contrast to deficiency (hysterema), or of the fullness of real existence, in contrast to the empty void and unreality of mere phenomena (kenoma).  It stands in antithesis to the essential incomprehensible 'ONE', as 'the circle of the Divine attributes,' the various means by which the ONE reveals Himself: it is the totality of the thirty Æons or emanations which proceed from the ONE, but are separated alike from the ONE, and from the material universe. It is the archetypal ideal, existing in the invisible heavens in contrast to the imperfect phenomenal manifestations of that ideal in the universe. Similarly it can be seen as the equivalent to the full completeness of perfect knowledge.

The objects and creatures in the sphere of the demiurge (the Kabbalistic מלכות - 'Kingdom') are mere caricatures, like the impress of imperfect seals and the fruit of misshapen ideas.

מלכות - Malkuth or Malchut, is the tenth of the sephirot in the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. It sits at the bottom of the Tree, below Yesod. Unlike the other nine sephirot, it is an attribute of God which does not emanate from the 'ONE' but from the Demiurge. Malkuth means Kingdom. It is associated with the realm of matter/earth and relates to the physical universes. In comparing with Eastern systems, Malkuth is a very similar archetypal idea to that of the 'Muladhara' chakra.

They are as illusive as shadows and incomplete.
That is why the cosmos is spoken of as counterfeit (antimimos), and the demiurge called the 'ape of God' (Lat. simia Dei) - the 'lesser god' - and his creations as 'creatures of a lesser god'

Homonid Evolution
The Third Planet from the Sun
On the third planet from the sun the demiurge formed organic life, and set in process the evolutionary forces that were eventually responsible for the appearance of hominids.
The hominids gradually evolved and developed into the form known to human science as 'Homo Neanderthalensis'.

Evolution is the change in the inherited characteristics of biological populations over successive generations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation, including species, individual organisms and molecules such as DNA and proteins.
Life on Earth originated and then evolved from a universal common ancestor approximately 3.7 billion years ago. Repeated speciation and the divergence of life can be inferred from shared sets of biochemical and morphological traits, or by shared DNA sequences. These homologous traits and sequences are more similar among species that share a more recent common ancestor, and can be used to reconstruct evolutionary histories, using both existing species and the fossil record. Existing patterns of biodiversity have been shaped both by speciation and by extinction.

This development took place in what human science calls the Pleistocene period, was geographically found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia.

Homo Neanderthalensis
Cro-Magnon Man
These hominids were the first truly sentient beings on the planet, and we, the Aeons, permitted pre-existent spirits (see below), to be incarnated in these primitive forms.

The English word spirit (from Latin spiritus "breath") has many differing meanings and connotations, most of them relating to a non-corporeal substance contrasted with the material body. The word spirit is often used metaphysically to refer to the consciousness or personality. The notions of a person's "spirit" and "soul" often also overlap, as both contrast with body and both are understood as surviving the bodily death in religion and occultism.
Pre-existence of the soul, is tied in with innatism - which is the teaching that some sentient beings are born with knowledge from a previous life that is subdued at birth and must be relearned - therefore all attainment of knowledge is not the acquisition of new information, but rather remembering previously known information. Before such beings were born, they existed in a perfect world where everything was known.

We, the Aeons, having become aware of the significance of sentient life on the planet then formed a new hominid race, which human science has often described as 'Cro-Magnon Man', and permitted pre-existent spirits to be incarnated in these more developed forms - on the assumption that the lesser form 'Homo Neanderthalensis', being the work of the δημιουργός , would, in time become extinct, as had so many of his other creatures.

Neanderthals are classified as a separate human species (Homo neanderthalensis). The first proto-Neanderthal traits appeared in Europe as early as 600,000–350,000 years ago. Proto-Neanderthal traits are occasionally grouped with another phenetic 'species', Homo heidelbergensis, or a migrant form, Homo rhodesiensis. Genetic evidence published in 2010 suggests they contributed DNA to anatomically modern humans through interbreeding between Neanderthals and the earliest Humans that dispersed out of Africa. This is thought to have occurred between 80,000 and 50,000 years ago. The species is named after the site of its first discovery about 12 km (7.5 mi) east of Düsseldorf, Germany, in the Feldhofer Cave in the river Düssel's Neander valley. Neanderthal anatomy was more robust than anatomically modern humans and they had less neotenized skulls.

The Àrya
Neanderthal and Human
What was not expected was that the Neanderthals and the 'true men' would interbreed - we, the Aeons, had believed that the Neanderthals would have become extinct before such an unfortunate event could have occurred.
The resulting races were degenerate hybrids (mixed-race), in which the Neanderthal traits dominated, and these lower hybrid races - the non-Aryan races -  were designated by us 'the creation of a lesser god' - the lesser god being the δημιουργός .
The truly human hominids, to we, the Aeons, were the 'Noble Race' - known to themselves as  Àrya or Aryans.
The lower races - 'the creation of the lesser god' - became the spiritual vehicles of the קליפות - qliphoth, while the higher souls incarnated in the children of the  Àrya.

The קליפות, literally "shells" or "husks", from singular: קליפה.  The Qliphoth are the evil forces that exist within creation. They are spiritual obstacles receiving their existence from the 'ONE' only in an external, rather than internal manner. They emerge in the descending Chain of Being through the contraction of the Divine, and are ruled by the δημιουργός .

יהוה - Yaweh
Undaunted by the interference of the Aeons, the Archon Demiurge - δημιουργός, on the completion of his work of imitation (mimesis) became blinded by arrogance, and he announced to his sentient creatures, his 'chosen race' - the degenerate hybrids -  'Thou shalt worship no other god; for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God' (Exod. 34:14).

Moses and
the Ten Commandments
The most developed of the lower degenerate, hybrid races were the Semitic peoples, and it was this group that the Archon-Demiurge chose in order to set his will over his new 'creation' - and therefore they became known to themselves, and other races, as the 'chosen people'.

Jewish Scroll
In order to set them apart from the other mixed-race groups, and to instil in them a sense of separation, he gave them not culture but law, in the form of detailed regulations affecting every aspect of their lives.
Using the alphabets which had been taught to the higher races by the Aeons, these laws and regulations were woven into a spurious narrative, which described how the Semitic mixed-race had been 'created' by the Archon Demiurge - who now called himself יהוה - 'Yaweh'.

יהוה - the Hebrew/Christian 'god', prior to taking on wholly monotheistic attributes in the 6th century BCE, was a part of the Canaanite pantheon in the pre-Babylonian captivity period. Archeological evidence reveals that during this time period the Israelites were a group of Canaanite people. Yahweh was seen as a war god, and equated with El. Asherah, who was often seen as El's consort, has been described as a consort of Yahweh in numerous inscriptions.

The Ark of the Covenant
In order to maintain contact with his 'chosen people' the Archon Demiurge gave the Jewish priesthood a device which was contained in a specially constructed container.
This device was called in Jewish scriptures the  אָרוֹן הַבְּרִית‎ (the Ark of the Covenant - covenant here meaning the link between יהוה - Yaweh - 'the Demiurge' and his 'chosen people').

According to the Book of Exodus, the Ark was built at the command of יהוה - Yaweh, in accordance with the instructions given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Yaweh was said to have communicated with Moses "from between the two cherubim" on the Ark's cover. When carried, the Ark was always wrapped in a veil, in skins and a blue cloth, and was carefully concealed, even from the eyes of the priests who carried it. A golden cover, adorned with golden cherubim, was to placed above the Ark. The Ark was finally placed behind a veil (Parochet) in a parody of the Katapetasma (καταπέτασμα). The Bible describes several instances when sudden death was inflicted by direct contact with the Ark, and also indicates that occasionally that same fate was meted out to those who happened to be in its near proximity. Other historical accounts tell us about people having been thrown into the air and sparks shooting out of the Ark.

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