I believe in the Holy Mother; Barbelo Sophia, All-Manifest, All-seen, Ageless and Eternal. The Virginal and Ineffable Womb of the Universe, Our Queen of Heaven and Mother of the Aeons, Who proceeded Herself from the reflection of the Unknown God, And brought forth with Her Grace; the Child of the Light.
I believe in the Holy Daughter; Zoe Sophia, The Mother’s gift of Life to all Creation, The Saviour of Wisdom who was made incarnate; the Magdalene, Who in the world of the great invisible God, Arose to break the chains of ignorance and corruption, And restore us to the fullness of the Perfect One.
I believe in the Holy Spirit; Pistis Sophia, The essence of the Mother and the soul of the Daughter, Our ever-present Comforter and Consoler, She who unites all souls of matter and guides them to the truth, Who whispers the law of love and peace into our hearts, And has promised to remain as our companion until the end.
I seek to honour My Lady through works of faith and devotion, By sharing the teachings of the blessed and holy teacher, And above all, through love and compassion to all Her children.
Wonder Woman was a fucking badass in Batman Vs Superman. She slayed. She dominated while she was on screen. She is the kind of representation that is needed in superhero movies. She was great in every part. Plus, she is getting her own solo superhero movie. Only female superhero to have that.
She was a fantastic addition to the cast and made the entire movie better. Congrats to Gal Gadot for an amazing portrayal of Wonder Woman!
A book I would definitely recommend for those interested in Christopaganism is The Path of a Christian Witch by Adelina St. Clair. She tells a personal story of her spiritual journey and how she personally combines her faith in Christ with modern day witchcraft.
One of the things she mentions in her practice that inspired me was her way of blessing; in using both the Male and Female divine trinities.
I make the traditional ‘cross’, head to middle, shoulder to shoulder, saying; “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit”, same old same old.
Then, touching my heart, I say “by the Mother”, signalling the one who gives me life, love and strength. For Adelina this was Mother Mary. For me it is Barbelo. For someone else it may be Eloah or Asherah or whoever - I’d recommend checking out Northernway.org for their information on Christian goddesses.
Then, touching my lips, I say “the Maiden”, signalling the Holy Daughter, God’s guidance spoken through enlightened women of history. In particular for myself and Adelina, this is the Magdalene, but I also might think of Zoe-Eve, Norea or Sarah bat Yeshua.
And finally, touching my brow, I say; “And the Crone”, signalling to Sophia, my matron and Lady of wisdom, as Adelina did too. Other options for the Crone or female Spirit could be the Shekinah or Pneuma.
I find myself connecting to the female Trinity much more lucid than I do the traditional male Trinity. I know the two ideas are not particularly ‘gnostic’, I actually came across the idea of Northernway’s ChristoPagan info. Sophian Gnostics don’t focus much on a Trinity, instead embracing the quadrinity of the divine name YHVH as indicating God-the-Father, God-the-Mother, Son-of-God and Holy-Daughter. On the flip side, Ecclesia Gnostica celebrates the Father, Son and Holy Spirit but acknowledges the Holy Spirit as female and as a ‘double name’ as is mentioned in the Gospel of Philip - so shown to be equal to the male counterparts.
When it comes to the divine masculine; of course I love Abba, the Father. If Sophia is the mind of my faith, then He is the heart. And I love Yeshua. I’m not sure about a possible third person. Is it the Logos? The Word itself who remains with us after the Messiah has gone? Is it a figure such as Lucifer, Sabaoth or Abraxis? A lightbringer, a liberator. I’m not sure.
But the female Trinity feels so clear to me.
The Mother, Barbelo, that who is everything that has been and will be. Sophian Gnostics also refer to the Shekinah, the spirit and ‘bride’ of God the Father in Kabbalah. In prayer I often call her Imma (mother) as Yeshua would have. While Abba is, for me, that constant and immovable force of Love, Barbelo is the variable that is constantly evolving, changing, fluid and strong. There is no real image for her, which is why I personally don’t put Virgin Mary in her place as I feel to have Abba as invisible, Barbelo is All That Is Visible, and she can never be limited to one single image, even though She creates and is a part of all. She is God as Creator.
The Daughter, Zoe, that is Life from God. Unlike Barbelo, I do have a main image for her in The Magdalene, while also acknowledging her presence in great female characters like Eve, Lilith, Norea, Ruth and Mary Theotokis in her role as a light-bearer as well as Yeshua’s mother. The Magdalene resonates the most with me and has ever since I found the Gnostic path. Sophian Gnosticism has some great, albeit ‘oral’ and not so historical, teachings and sayings attributed to Her. Seeing her as equal to Yeshua, as a Co-Redeemer and a Christ figure herself, just makes sense for me. I embrace her complex attributes, the grittiness attached to her legend, as well as that which is great and holy. She carried the light of God after Yeshua left the world. In her I always see my own potential to know God directly through gnosis. She is God as Saviour.
And the Holy Soul (Pneuma) is Sophia, the mediator between the two. Between God and Creation, nor this case, Mother and Daughter - as she is Zoe/the Magdalene’s mother as well as Barbelo’s daughter. And it is through Sophia that the world as knew it came to be and that it was because of her that, despite the illusion of separation, we are still connected to God. Sophia is both my mother and sister. And my friend. Unlike Barbelo who is all that exists in the material world and the Pleroma, Sophia is the spark inside all of our souls that link them and form the Holy Spirit. Sophia’s sacrifice was confining herself to this reality, to suffer with us as we suffer, but also to be liberated when we find her within us. She is God as Sustainer.