OVERVIEW of the Gaia Mythos
* Structure, Style, Author's Comments *
This Gaia Mythos is about Gaia before she turned into the Earth, and how the Goddess came to be the indwelling intelligence of the planet and the mother of all terrestrial species. I call it the Gaia Mythos rather than the Gaia Story, but no one is bound to follow my lead on this. However, I would like to explain my choice of terms, so bear with me for a moment.
Originally, the Greek mythos was an account of something that happened, a telling of actual events, not a made-up story, a fabrication, or an outright lie. Today we tend to use the word myth pejoratively to indicate something that is not true, or not to be believed. The Gaia Mythos is neither a myth in this sense, nor a mere story such as one finds, say, in a novel or newspaper account. It is not the explanation of the universe entire, like the Big Bang scenario. Rather, it is a site-specific account of something that happened in the particular galaxy where the solar system we inhabit is located. It is, if you will, a metastory, a cosmic narrative with supernatural and mystical aspects. It is not about the origin of the universe, but the special conditions of our planetary system.
The Mythos comprises four parts, each written in a different style:
Two, Gaia Awakening, a dream-story or fable, presenting a parallel to the classical myth of Eros and Psyche.
Three, The Gender Rift, on the separation of the sexes and the "chthonic romance" of the Gaian women with the men from Orion
(Translations from the Andromedan, written, but not on site).
Four, In Tomorrow's Light, a futuristic tale of people living in an emergent community.
Part One, Fallen Goddess, Episodes 1 through 7 and 8 through 16, is currently the only part of the Gaia Mythos on Metahistory.org. Episodes 1 through 11 are complete. Episodes 12 through 16 are in development (Nov 2005).
Meanwhile the anomalous species, the Archons, construct their own "virtual reality" heaven, modelled after the living fractal configurations in the Pleroma. Their tyrannical chief, a reptilian freak called Yaldabaoth, mistakenly believes himself to be the only god in the cosmos, lord of all he surveys. This false creator god will become the central deity of monotheism, posing some grave problems for the human species when it final shows up on the scene.
On the generation of the Archons, see Alien
(Elsewhere on site, I have ventured an eccentric calculation of Gaia's Age.)
The life of Kore, the original "Wild Child," is measured in Geons, vast epochs of geological time. Scientists estimate the age of the Earth to be about 4.5 billion years. This comes uncannily close to the sacred cosmological code number of the "Days and Nights of Brahma" in Hindu mythology: 4320. Assuming a lifespan of 4.320 billion years for the Earth, we have 1000 Geons of 4,320,000 years each. 4.32 million years is an imaginable period of time in human terms, and it fits rather conveniently into the current paleoanthropological framework. The first monkeys appeared in the 990th Geon, so the current myth states. Hominids (upright, protohumam animals) are thought to have appeared about 5 million years ago, just over one Geon, although this boundary seems to be fast retreating into a far more remote past as new discoveries emerge. For instance, fossils remains of a new proto-hominid creature, Orrorin tugenensis, were recently discovered in Kenya. This upright-walking ancestor may have lived six million years ago—about 1.5 Geons.
By the conventional reckoning, our earliest ancestors date from the last quarter of the 999th Geon. We are today living in the final years of the 1000th Geon.
An example of correlation between the Gaia Mythos and geological evolution: the Christic intercession can be placed in the Ordovician epoch, directly after the Cambrian Explosion, 550 MYA (million years ago). Imagine that with the sudden proliferation of life-forms in the Cambrian explosion, Sophia was unable to manage symbiosis in the biosphere. This situation might be compared to the mythical narrative of the intercession, paraphrased in Irenaeus.
This event transpires 128 Geons BP. Or so it may be imagined. (The point
of imagining such things, in just this way, is another discussion.) Christos
is traditionally associated with the fish, a trope that fits the appearance
of the first fishes right after the intercession. Then the first land
plants emerge, allowing Gaia to bring forth the race of dryads, tree-nymphs.
Then a mass extinction.
As Kore recapitulates, so Gaia "evolves."
Kore awakens to her full-blown terrestrial sexuality in the middle of the long Eocene epoch at between 986 and 992 Geons, counting ahead from her birth—or about 14 Geons ago, counting back from now. The Earth is still young. If we compute her age fractally, making 43.2 Geons equivalent to one year of her life, Gaia is now 23 years old. She hit puberty late, at 22. Volcanoes lent her menstruation, building the Himalayas and the Andes. The great whales that survive today emerged in the Cenozoic when the Earth was exceptionally hot. They are morphic residua of immense spermatic forms that swam in her nascent fallopian tubes.
Gaia theory cannot tell us how the planet reproduces; hence the uncertainty over whether or not the Earth can be legitimately called a biological creature, a great animal. But the Gaia Mythos can go some way toward answering that riddle—imaginatively, anyway. Science comes and goes, mythopoesis is for all time. When Kore's sexuality fully awakens, there are momentous sexual developments for the human species as well. In the pre-Christian world, these events were observed through shamanic recall and recounted by initiates in the Mysteries of Demeter, Persephone and Kore at Eleusis. The pomegranate given to Persephone by Pluto is an image of the first human blastula.
Developments in Kore's life, paralleled by the enmeshment of the human species in biological procreation, lead into the third part of the Mythos.
Ancient atavistic wisdom (awkardly restated in esoteric
systems such as Theosophy and Anthroposophy) taught that before male
and female were anatomically defined, human beings lived in the form
of a primordial androgynous creature. This is not exactly what my treatment
of the Gaia Mythos says, however. It may be that there was no dual-gendered
androgyne anatomical form as such, but there was a bisexual
genetic template from which all gender variations have devolved,
including actual, anatomically equipped andrygynes. In Gnostic myth,
this bisexual template is called the Anthropos. Others names
for it are Androgyne, Divine Humanity, Adam Kadmon, etc.
Andromedans recognize that the Sidhe alone inhabited Earth for countless aeons, oblivious to the fact that they comprised but one half of bisexual species. The Sidhe did not know what they were missing, so they naturally assumed they were the sole and exclusive manifestation of the sapiens strain called “Anthropos” by Gnostic seers. To this day earthside shamans chuckle surreptitiously over the illusion of faymale primacy: “The first man was not a man, the first man was a woman...” (Cesar Calvo, The Three Halves of Ino Moxo).
Yet the full story is anything but funny.
That neither the Orion Men nor the Sidhe recognized they were matching components of the same species template, yet sexually distinct ab origine, turned out to be the primary cause for all the grief and confusion to unfold on earth.
Sidhe (pronounced Shee) is an ancient Celtic name
for the first human residents of the Earth, who were women, faeries or
fees, "faymales" who lived without men and reproduced asexually,
as most microbial animals in nature still do. The telluric faeries were
of various types or races, but the most populous were tree-nymphs, arboreal
girls, or dryads. The Orion Men came later from the nebular cloud (M
42) where the male genome unit was still nested, having been left intact
when it was sheared from the female unit.
Compulsive two-parent biological reproduction, with all the horrific excesses and enmeshments it entails, both conceals and exacerbates this weird conundrum. The war between the sexes is essentially a cosmological issue.
(Ugarit "Fertility Goddess," Mistress of
The Commentaries on Translations from the Andromedan recount
the chthonian romance of the "O-Men" and the Sidhe. It explains
how the primal cause of enmity between the human sexes arose when the
drop-ins from the Orion nebula, who were avaracious hunters, exceeded
the quota on animal kill set by Gaian priestesses of the Artemis cult,
charged with protecting the native animals. This event is encoded in
the Greek myth of Orion the Hunter, reported by Eratosthenes and other
In the Andromeda Galaxy, poets known as estuary bards of the Wending Sea preserve an alternative version of human origins on earth. One of these bards, called Asuramaya, appears on earth in a series of nine incarnations partially disclosed through the sequence. His Sanskrit name suggests one lifetime around 3100 BC in India. This setting links him to the Hindu legend of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, and to Kali Yuga, the period of cosmic timing that begins at Krishna’s death and concludes with large-scale extinction on earth after 2000 AD.
The 52 Stanzas of Asuramaya reveal how experience on Andromeda (Galaxy M 31) mirrors life on earth. In astronomical terms, M31 and our home galaxy are parallel universes locked in mutual gravitational mass at a distance of 2.2 million light-years. Communication on M 31 is erotic and telepathic. Dreaming and dancing with his three consorts, Asuramaya translates the experience of two worlds and demonstrates their apposition. In language rich with allusion, he recites Andromedan lore concerning the staggering confusions of earthbound humanity. The sexual mythography unique to the human race, and tragically so, is gradually disclosed in the Commentaries on the Translations.
Part Four, the conclusion of the Gaia Mythos, titled In
Tomorrow's Light, is set in the near future. It describes
community" formed by a small group of people who have
escaped from worldwide social breakdown. The style is mystical
of Philip K. Dick. The name of the future community is
Peredur (a variant of the medieval
relates how the members of Peredur live communally and communicate
with Gaia-Sophia. It previews the kind of bioregional society
humans could create were
they to participate mystically and morally in Sophia's "correction."
The myth of Sophia's Fall was taught for centuries in the Pagan Mysteries and recounted in Gnostic writings that survive in fragmentary form. It is distinct from the Judeo-Christian-Islamic story of the Fall (the Genesis narrative), and, in fact, reverses the values and beliefs encoded in that well-known scenario. It leapfrogs over the current scientific myth of planetary creation and evolution. The Gaia Mythos is a close reconstruction of sacred teachings lost to humanity for almost two thousand years.
jll: Andalucia Nov 25, 2005
Material by John Lash and Lydia Dzumardjin: Copyright 2002 - 2018 by John L. Lash.