The Backstory of the Fallen Goddess Scenario (FGS)
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Nothing in nature is born without a birthplace and a matrix, its mothering entity. This law applies to microbes, animals, even the oceans and clouds. Likewise, no myth, metaphysical teaching, spiritual system, religion, ideology, work of art, or scientific theory comes into the world out of nowhere. Every event that confers self-understanding on the human species comes, not from “humanity” in an abstract sense, but from a particular locale in the world inhabited by a distinct racial strain. The Japanese creation myth, for instance, comes from the island of Japan and its native peoples. Aztec mythology arose from the landscape and mindset of the Meso-American peoples, the local tribes. The dominant belief-system in the world today, the trio of Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), came originally out of Canaan (modern Palestine) and spread across the planet from there.
The Home Story also has a specific geographic and racial origin. As you learn the narrative, it will be instructive to consider the backstory of the FGS — a term from filmmaking that describes the preceding conditions of a movie plot. This consideration is not required but it may be desired if you are an individual inclined to wonder about origins. The Home Story has a backstory like any other mythic narrative or religious system, any spiritual program you can name, such as Buddhism, Wicca, or Mormonism.
But there is a difference with this narrative, and it is huge. Due to its encompassing scope, the Fallen Goddess Scenario is a story to guide all the races of the world and even to describe the diverse roles they hold in what Gnostics today call “the divine experiment.” The Home Story differs from all other “creation myths” in the way it addresses the totality of the human situation, planet-wide, even though it arises from a specific geographic and racial origin. Its application is universal but it comes to the world as the product of the religious imagination of particular people.
So, before delving into the narrative, it may be worth while to give your attention to the following brief orientation.
The sacred narrative of the Mysteries explains the cosmic origins of life and human purpose on earth, in a way not to be found elsewhere. No other body of myth or legend from any culture or epoch presents a “creation myth” as vivid, comprehensive, and coherent as this one. Likewise, no other narrative explains the ultimate truth about evil and how it works against all that is good and beautiful on our precious planet. The Home Story is the cosmic biography of the living earth. It is also the supreme heresy of all time.
Due to its exceptional message, this narrative has been attacked, distorted, maligned, and suppressed more violently, and more continuously over centuries, than any concept in all of history. Consequently, textual evidence of the FGS only survives in sparse and fragmentary form, like shards of a vast shattered mosaic. But it does survive.
The rare materials that preserve the myth of the Wisdom Goddess were discovered in the Middle East and Egypt. How then, can it be the guiding narrative of the Native European races? Also, since the myth comes from an ancient movement that originated in northwestern Iran (see below), how can it be designated as European at all? Against these objections, two points of clarification will be helpful:
First, those who developed this narrative came from the native stock of peoples whose homeland was in the Caucasus mountains. They were cousins to the Aryan-Celtic-Nordic-Teutonic-Italic-Iberian races who lived all over Europe. (Proof of this long-enduring kinship can be seen in the astonishing physical similarities between the Ossetian people of the Caucasus and the Celts of Ireland.) The authors of the FGS were ancestors of those diverse peoples designated at white, peoples who survive today as the racial minority in the world population: about 8%.
Second, the Iranian racial stock that produced the Home Story stood entirely distinct from the Arab-Asiatic peoples who inhabit Iran and neighboring regions today. And, of course, they lived long before those inhabitants were converted to Islam, or Christianity, or Judaism. Elsewhere around the Mediterranean basin and across Europe, from Greece to the British Isles, from Spain to Scandinavia, diverse peoples sprang from the same racial stock. The Home Story is the unique product of the religious imagination of Aryan Caucasians, a spectrum of races that originally and exclusively occupied the vast reaches of Western Europe and eastward as well, extending to Iran and into India, whose population contains a significant Aryan mixture.
The Sanskrit word Aryan comes from the Indo-European root, arya, “noble, excellent.” Not to say that only Aryans possess and express those qualities; rather, they exemplify the attributes of nobility and excellence to be attained by all races. That attainment, however, must be proven, demonstrated in values, attitude, and action.
A further question: Can counterparts of the Iranian version of the Home Story be found in European mythologies from Britain, Scandinavia, Greece, Germany, Italy, France, Spain and elsewhere? What about national epics such as the Kalevala of Finland, the rich trove of Greco-Roman mythology, Germanic folk-lore, or Irish, Welsh, and Basque legends? Looking back at those vanished cultures in their original pre-christian state of native purity, do you find any versions and variations of the Fallen Goddess Scenario? Do any of those sources offer a story based centrally on the figure of an earth goddess comparable to the Sophia of the Mysteries? Do they present in any way versions and variations of the Home Story such that it might be recovered and retrieved in those materials? Yes, they do, but those regional versions are chaotic, incomplete, and inconsistent. They do not present the entire plot of the narrative. Far from it. They are at best mangled variations. The European heritage only retains some random elements, names, incidents pertinent to the Home Story. Only partial features of the FGS, mere glimpses of it, can be found in the comparative myth, folk-lore and legend of Europe that survive today.
Why? Quite simply due to the fact noted above: the Home Story has been so relentlessly attacked that only scattered clues from it survive. Across Europe almost all evidence of it has been deliberately suppressed, placed under taboo, if not actively demolished. For example, Nordic myth does not offer a coherent rendering of the Sophianic narrative, nor even isolated episodes or extracts. Only a version of her name survives: Ostara. And that name is borrowed from the Germanic peoples whose mythological heritage likewise was demolished when Christianity overtook Europe. All that remains is the name, Ostara, without a single clear story-line about her. Without a clue to her origins and her continuing existence.
The FGS is not the work of a single human author. It was developed over many generations by the Magian Order, a community of visionary teachers. The Magians were the pagan, pre-Christian forerunners of the Gnostics. They called themselves telestai, “those who are aimed.” What aimed them? It was their intimate access to the intelligence of the living earth, the telluric matrix. In their united dedication to the sacred narrative of Sophia, they revised and preserved the Home Story over many generations. Their name for the Wisdom Goddess in ancient Persian was Spandarmat: expansive, vibrating mother, the measured web of life. This was the Iranian mother goddess known to the Magians, one of the earliest names for Sophia.
The “mother goddess” or “earth mother” is of course a universal archetype. Some version or another of that figure occurs in all indigenous, animistic societies in all lands. The Magian Gnostics detected this divine maternal figure in a living presence to be encountered and engaged. Animistic peoples who directly sense the presence of the living earth rarely go beyond that sensation into deeper dimensions of knowing. They remain emotionally captivated by that power, and are most often merely superstitious about it. The telestai were different. They blazed the trail into profound and intimate engagement with the intelligence of nature. They conversed directly with the mind of the planet. They were intellectual shamans highly accomplished in visionary practices, paranormal faculties, literacy, mathematics, astronomy, the natural sciences and art-forms such as music and dance. Accessing the mind of the living earth by a special method of trance, they were able to construct the FGS based on encountering the main character in the story, Sophia. Knowing the earth mother in such a penetrating way, they were able to construct a story about her unlike any other in its scope and detail.
The origins of the Magian Order date to 6000 BCE. Much later on, their beneficiaries, the Gnostics, inherited and preserved their narrative. Over centuries, they accomplished the complete narrative of today, the Home Story. The discovery in 1945 of books hidden in a cave at Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt made it possible, after centuries of repression and destruction, to restore the full-scale coherent narrative of the Wisdom Goddess. Collated with other materials from European antiquity and Near Eastern myth, the Nag Hammadi Codices are the primary basis for recovery of the Sophianic myth.
Volumes have been written about the Mysteries, Mystery-religions, or Mystery Schools of pagan antiquity. Unfortunately, attempts to explain this topic fail from the outset, due to lack of evidence of what actually occurred in those long-forgotten cultures. Honest scholars concur that the practices and procedures of the Mysteries are unknown, having been protected by a vow of silence. Not secrecy, silence. Unfortunately, again, those today who claim to know about the Mysteries often accuse their adepts of Satanic rites, mind control programming, and other sinister procedures. The Schools were “Illuminati think tanks,” as a popular meme asserts. This claim is totally untrue, and there is not a shred of evidence to support it.
Scholars agree that participants in the Mysteries accessed in some manner the deepest truth about human existence, going to the tap-root of life and consciousness. There is precious little evidence of how they did so, but there is enough to assert that Gnostics, the heirs of the Magian Order, were men and women of high intellectual achievement and spiritual vision. Skilled in shamanic arts, they were the guides and educators of the ancient world in the Near East, around the Mediterranean basin, and all across Europe — an assertion supported by ample and various evidence. The Mysteries were adapted bioregionally so that they met the needs of the local inhabitants, and matched their mindset and their specific talents and skills. And the leaders of the Mysteries went by different names reflecting the different languages spoken in each region. For instance, in Northern Europe the teacher was a Druid, meaning literally the oak-seer or tree-seer. Whereas in Egypt, the teacher was a phoster, meaning a light-bearer, an illumined one. Historical records show that the Druids of the British Isles actually conferred and met and mingled with the teachers of the great School of Alexandria in Egypt. In Scandinavia, the shamanic teacher was called Woden or Odin. This was not the name of a particular man, but rather a title of one who possessed clairvoyant powers, an accomplished shaman. In India, those members of the same Mystery network were called by various names, such as vidyadhara, meaning wisdom-holder, and siddha, accomplished adept, one who possessed and demonstrated occult powers. And there was many other variations of such names or honorific titles. All in all, the teachers of the Mysteries comprised a spiritual aristocracy, you could say. But it was a working aristocracy, dedicated to guiding humanity on its proper path of development. Their paramount tool of guidance was the Home Story.
The central figure of the Mystery Schools was the Wisdom Goddess, Sophia, known by names differing by people and region. Her name in Greek means “wisdom.” Philo-sophia was originally “love of wisdom,” and by extension, love of the goddess herself, known in her living presence. Due to their intimacy with her, the telestai had a lot of terms of affection for Sophia, such as Prunikos, “outrageous, daring, audacious,” and the Aramaic word hayyta, “who gives birth to life,” a play on heywa, “wise serpent,” and many others. (It is striking how the Aramaic heywa closely echoes the mother tree goddess of Avatar, Eywa.) Sophia was also known as Ostara and Spandarmat, as already noted. Among the Ossetians or Alani people of the Caucasus, she was called Satanaya. Among the Navajo of the American continent, Spider Woman, Changing Woman. Among the Aztecs, Coatlicue, Snake Woman. Among the Basque people, Mari, and there are hundreds of other variations of her name. Mystics who looked into nature with paranormal skill knew that the planet, which is too large to be seen entirely when you are on it, revealed itself in local phenomena, epiphanies or revelations coming through nature itself. Sophia revealed herself through animal powers such as the epiphany of Snake Woman. Her revelations came principally as snake and tree, but also as particular animals such as the bull, lion, panther, or birds such as the eagle, swan, and owl.
Gnostics today have reverential names for the earth mother: the Aeon Sophia, or the Aeonic Mother, the Divine Mother, World Mother or simply PAM, Planetary Animal Mother. Aeon is Greek for “generating power, god-force, divinity, supernatural creative energy.” Direct contact with the living intelligence of the earth afforded the teachers of the Mystery Schools with endless sublime discoveries. They learned secrets of the cosmic setting of life, terrestrial physics and human design, the myriad patterns of animal life, the living properties of sky and mountain, the miraculous awareness of bodies of water such as springs, streams, lakes and rivers. Among all these wonders they focussed intently on the presence and role of human animals in the cosmic order. They saw this role as being special and exceptional, yes, but not as being in some way superior to other forms of animal life or to nature itself. The scope of their detective powers, as you might call them, was vast. They also observed the effects of extra-biospheric intrusion upon the earth, known today as the ET enigma. The more they learned, the more thoroughly and meticulously they developed the Home Story.
There is perhaps one momentous teaching of the Mysteries that exceeds all others. The telestai realized that the divine presence of Sophia did not merely arise when the earth took form: rather, Sophia pre-existed the earth on the galactic level, as a star goddess. And equally astonishing is their assertion that Sophia did not create the earth, she turned into it. The origin of Sophia is in the galactic core. The Home Story is an astronomical myth.
Gnostics also taught about a supreme being, the Originator, who appears in the first Episode of the FGS. They did not use the routine religious syntax of “creation.” Instead, they explained by exhaustive writing and teaching about the cosmic process of emanation, or emergence, which resembles dreaming. In essence, they taught that the star goddess Sophia dreams the planetary body as someone asleep produces a dream body and so acts in that altered state, within the dream. Yet her “dream planet” is wholly material, sensorially and physically real. It is not “maya,” regarded as mere illusion (which, by the way, is a mistranslation of maya). The initiates of the Mysteries verified these discoveries over and over again in their shamanic practice of ecstatic trance. They saw no contradiction between reason and revelation. Gnosis is direct knowledge of the Supernatural that can be verified by reason based on evidence in the natural world and in the workings of the human psyche. It is what today is called noetic science, but in a superior form that does not exclude mystical and paranormal dimensions of experience. Guided by the sacred narrative, the initiates of the Mysteries developed what can be called “Gnostic intel” to a high level of sophistication. As they were aimed, so they strove in turn to aim the races, to guide humanity on the way to fulfil its inner endowment as a genius species. Their purpose and plan was higher education along spiritual lines. On that path they inspired their students beyond being mere passive inhabitants of the planet toward active engagement with the dreaming power that produced and sustains the human habitat. Such also is the aim of Gnosis today.
The legacy of the Mysteries today remains squarely based on the sacred narrative, the Home Story. The opportunity for all who learn the Sophianic vision story and choose to live in the narrative is an incomparable privilege: Participate in the dreaming activity of the Aeon Sophia so that you play an active role in the outcome of what she dreams. But that opportunity comes with responsibilities.
Ideologues of the three Abrahamic religions hate the Sophianic myth. And well they should, for it challenges their fundamental beliefs and answers many questions that otherwise must be left to faith. What’s more, it presents a narrative with the power to entirely overthrow their creation stories and render them useless and absurd. The heresy coming out of the Mysteries makes those faith systems look extremely stupid, and exposes the harmful deceit of blind faith. Gnosis presented in its time, and still presents today, a frontal threat to religious faith and its accessories, orthodoxy, authority, hierarchy, and most of all, moral rules said to proceed from the creator-god. Gnosis has always been the opposition movement to all belief-systems. It does not present an alternative religion, but an alternative to all religions.
Engagement with the Sophianic myth may be compared to film-making. Actors who play roles and deliver lines have to know the plot of the film. Others who appear in the film have no significant roles, and often no speaking lines. Their participation does not require knowing anything about the plot of the movie, far less about the intention of the director, screenwriter, and principle cast. These are the “extras,” comparable to NPCs, non-player characters in a video game.
By the Gnostic standard, to be ignorant of the plot of the Home Story is to be an extra in the dreamed scenario of the World Mother. What transpires in life as we know it is her movie, an event happening in her greater life as an Aeon, a cosmic-scale divinity. Learning the sacred narrative enables you to see a role for yourself in the plot of the spectacular film in progress. You win the role by owning your power to merge with her power — and by recognizing that you do live in a dream, though you are not the dreamer. But once you win the role, you have to act the part. You have to live your life with a clear sense of transpersonal direction, guided by the sacred narrative, aligned to the designs and purposes of the Wisdom Goddess. Living in that way gives you the optimal chance to express your innate talents and gifts as an individual person, and enjoy your role as a unique member somewhere in the spectrum of the human races. The transpersonal fulfils the personal. The personal cannot fulfil itself.
The most beautiful story on earth is the story about the earth, the sentient and intelligent mother planet. It can be called a vision story, not to be mistaken for a fantasy trip or a grandiose game of pretending. In fact, the Home Story totally demolishes the narcissistic claim that we are gods. Sophianic myth is light-years beyond New Age make-believe and is, in fact, the perfect antidote to it. The Home Story is a “meta-narrative” that you test and verify at every point of engagement with it.
There is some talk today about the need for a meta-narrative to unite good and honest folks in all lands who want to see the world turn for the better, and wish to be instrumental in that shift. The meta-narrative does exist, and must not be taken on authority. You can only believe the life-story of the World Mother to the extent that you live it for real. Those today who see the need for a meta-narrative face a dilemma. Would they be able to recognize it when presented to them? Perhaps they think they can construct a meta-narrative, a new myth. Good luck on that.
Comparative mythology is the comprehensive study of topics, themes, and characters found in the myths of all cultures over time. Without extensive skill in this genre, it is impossible to compare the FGS to other myths and determine its unique and outstanding properties. In short, it’s a professional call. Not to be taken on faith, however. Only in the perspective of comparative mythology do the exceptional features of the FGS become obvious. But once that observation has been made, the truth is there to see, independent of expertise. Verification of the myth depends entirely on first-person participation, living in the narrative. Certainly, the myth is complex and requires patience and intellectual determination to master. To put into practice the Sophianic myth relies on basic intelligence, but it also sharpens, enhances, and amplifies the mental effort brought to it. The dubious presumption of IQ is not an issue here. Participation relies merely on the will to learn.
What, finally, would attract anyone to become involved with this elaborate mythic narrative? Those who seek purpose in life will find both the frame and foundation for it in this visionary tale. That already is a huge factor of attraction, and there is more as well.
Gnostics taught that Sophia was compelled by overwhelming desire to plunge into the experiment conducted with the species-singularity she herself had designed, acting in the galactic core, the Pleroma. Participation in the Home Story begins with a natural feeling of empathy for the Aeon, your divine mother. In that empathy, you can realize how a superhuman divinity can be sentient like yourself, subject to emotions of joy, daring, terror, pleasure, confusion, grief — as the narrative fully describes. That being so, you can no longer think of the earth as a gigantic rock floating in a cosmic void. No, Sophia is alive, intelligent, emotively responsive, self-conscious of her planetary body, and co-active with all that lives, especially with human animals.
The Sophianic myth has many dimensions of meaning and applications to life. The summation of Sophia’s myth converges and dwells on a point of esthetics: as nature is beautiful, so is the supernatural source of the natural world. But infinitely, inconceivably more so. The natural world is lovely and bountiful in countless ways, Likewise, the World Mother, the dreaming goddess at its source, but infinitely more so. Coming into Sophia’s immediate presence learning the spectacular star myth about her, you will realize that this particular cosmic divinity is all about esthetics.
The most beautiful story on earth is the story about the earth. Finally, or perhaps from the outset, there is one paramount factor that brings you home to the Home Story, and compels you to get involved and do your part to determine its outcome: that factor is beauty.