Lion-like Archons in Gnostic Gospel

John Lash, the man who has introduced the word “archon” or “archontic” into our vernacular describes two types of archons, gray alien looking ones and reptilian looking ones. His website says:

“Physical descriptions of Archons occur in several Gnostic codices. Two types are clearly identified: a neonate or embryonic type, and a draconic or reptilian type. Obviously, these descriptions fit the Greys and Reptilians of contemporary reports to a T. Or I should say, to an ET.”

I can find reference to the archons as being like aborted fetuses in the Nag Hammadi Library, but nothing about them being “draconic” or “reptilian”. I don’t know where Lash got the reptilian-thing. Maybe it’s a different translation, or my version of the Nag Hammadi is missing some texts.

The Hypostasis of the Archons (the text dealing with the birth of the archons) says: “”Within limitless realms dwells incorruptibility. Sophia, who is called Pistis, wanted to create something, alone without her consort; and her product was a celestial thing. A veil exists between the world above and the realms that are below; and shadow came into being beneath the veil; and that shadow became matter; and that shadow was projected apart. And what she had created became a product in the matter, like an aborted fetus. And it assumed a plastic form molded out of shadow, and became an arrogant beast resembling a lion. It was androgynous, as I have already said, because it was from matter that it derived.”

I don’t think the “aborted fetus” is a description of the appearance of the archons, but rather a description of their spiritual state. Rather the archons, or at least the first archon, Yaldabaoth seems to look like a lion.

The Untitled Text writes:

“And when Pistis Sophia desired to cause the thing that had no spirit to be formed into a likeness and to rule over matter and over all her forces, there appeared for the first time a ruler, out of the waters, lion-like in appearance, androgynous, having great authority within him, and ignorant of whence he had come into being. Now when Pistis Sophia saw him moving about in the depth of the waters, she said to him, “Child, pass through to here,” whose equivalent is ‘yalda baoth’.”

Here it says quite clearly that Yaldabaoth was “lion-like in appearance”. Note also that he came “out of the waters” (like Moses, Maritime Law and all that).

The Apocryphon of John describes Yaldabaoth as a “lion-faced serpent”. Wikipedia has this picture, which probably depicts Yaldabaoth.

It looks like the merlion of Singapore. Note that that is a lion associated with water.

Nag Hammadi describes Yaldabaoth as Ariael. Wikipedia says that the angle Ariel (or Ariael) means “Lion of God” or “Hearth of God”.

The Apocryphon of John does mention a dragon, although no draconic reptilians. The book explains that the archons created seven powers for themselves, and the powers created six angels. One of the angles is Sabaoth who “has a dragon’s face”. John Lash equates Sabaoth with the sun, but at least the Apocryphon of John says: “The sixth one is Cain, whom the generations of men call the sun.” I guess Cain would be the Black Sun.

Whatever the identity of Sabaoth is, The Untitled Text, says he turned against his father, Yaldabaoth, and was blessed by Sophia:

“Now when Sabaoth, the son of Yaldabaoth, heard the voice of Pistis, he sang praises to her, and he condemned the father […] at the word of Pistis; and he praised her because she had instructed them about the immortal man and his light. Then Pistis Sophia stretched out her finger and poured upon him some light from her light, to be a condemnation of his father. Then when Sabaoth was illumined, he received great authority against all the forces of chaos. Since that day he has been called “Lord of the Forces”.”

Time to wrap this up. Yaldabaoth, and perhaps other archons, resemble lions. This is quite intriguing since I have been wondering in recent months what does the lion symbolism used by “nobility” refer to. I’ve been wondering if it could refer to false nobility of usurpers. Particularly if there has been, or is some sort of conflict between the dragon and the lion. The Gnostics seem to support my theories.

An example of this scenario can be found in contemporary fiction like Game of Thrones. The Lannisters, the lions, usurping the rightful throne from the Targaryens. While some might say that Baratheons are the usurpers, not the Lannisters. However, the founder of House Baratheon, Orys Baratheon, was probably the bastard brother of Aegon the Conqueror, and therefore has Targaryen blood in him, and therefore Robert Baratheon would as well.

But enough geekiness for tonight.


EDIT: Apparently the reference to reptilians is in Berlin Codex 37.2–25. The codex does not seem to be a part of the Nag Hammadi texts that were uncovered in 1945. The Berlin Codex was found in 1896.

John Lash describes the Demiurge in Not in his image by quoting the Berlin Codex as “having a lion-like body with the head of a drakona, a reptile”. This seems more like the reverse of the lion head with the body of a serpent. I couldn’t find “drakona” in Greek dictionaries, but there seems to be a town or village by that name in Greece. In Greek, dragon seems to “drakon”.

Unfortunately I don’t have access to the Berlin Codex. It’s probably included in the 5 volume set of The Coptic Gnostic Library: A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices. But those books are huge and probably cost an assload.



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