We were talking earlier of Sophia and I thought I would add this from The Gnostic Society Library in my own words (excuse it if I translated it
incorrectly in any way!):
Once upon a time there was a land called Chaos but Chaos was not the first creation. It came out of the land of Shadow (darkness), and out of this
In this land were many divinities that would leave a legacy of characteristics that would be known as: Faith, Wisdom, Jealously etc. Some of these
entities gave birth to others and they would form a big family of divinities.
Early on; Pistis made herself known and her mark would be Faith. She gave birth to Wisdom (Sophia) and the two would often work together. Sophia would
become the veil that would separate the heavens from the earth, and mankind from the heavens.
Pistis lived in her realm of light. And she would make visits outside of her realm and check everything out. Well, she realized that Shadow was
envious because there was something stronger than it. Matter came oozing out of Chaos and she decided to blow this matter everywhere!
Out of this would appear a ruler or a new prime parent: Yaltabaoth. He would use spirit to create a footstool that he would call earth. He then went
on to create all the heavens with the earth. He then had sons and one of them was called: Astaphaios. He created heavens for each of his offspring so
there came to be 7 heavens and 7 forces.
Now, each one of his offspring had a female name and a male name. Astaphaios had the female name of Sophia. All of them were androgynous including
But not all was right in this heavenly kingdom. There was an enemy down below and this caused quite an uproar. Hence, Pistis cast this bad character
down to Tataros. This led to the heavens and the earth being consolidated through Sophia - Yaldasbaoth daughter.
Yaldasbaoth, creator of this heavens and earth was an arrogant, entitled, and at times; foolish - ruler. This did not set well with Pistis. She
scorned him and let him know that there was another being far greater than he.
The irony was his son Sabaoth would become the greater ruler and one that was more righteous. He would be called "Lord of the Forces." All the other
divinities were jealous of him because of his light and power given to him by Pistis.
He created his own government or congress, with his own angels with special roles and names. He has a divinity named Jesus Christ sitting on his right
side and on the left - his virgin spirit. He sits upon a throne of light within a great cloud that covers him. Sophia (the daughter of Pistis) is the
only one with him in the cloud.
Yaldasbaoth the prime parent got really jealous and created death and this begot 7 bad forces who would in turn become a demon realm and its poisonous
characteristics, being both female and male.
Sabaoth's team would go on to create female and male forces that would represent 7 good forces.
Hence, good and evil would be part of the Chaos and would divide into many renditions that would be manufactured by man, and would be incorporated in
its many maxims of religion and philosophy.