"This is the first draft of the first part of my work The Gospel of the Serpent, I am deeply indebted to the work of the Current 218 and Liber Falxifer, as well as the Nag Hammadi Library (esp. "On the Origin of the World"), some Jewish Midrashim, and the Christian bible for the construction of this section alone.
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The Gospel of the Serpent
1 In the beginning, there was Silence.
Existence was a watery Abyss.
Being an Abyss it is described as an Emptiness,
For it was without form.
Yet it contained the potential to be all things,
Thus may it be described also as a Fullness.
2 It was called Tiamat, the Mother of All.
Serpent of the Deep Waters.
She existed in stillness, a roaring Silence
Calm yet tense like the eye of a storm.
3 Yet by necessity all that potential caused an implosion
A contraction, a rupture, a space was thus created.
And this contraction was called by the name Tzimtzum.
From this erupted something not of the Abyss
4 Being not of the Abyss this thing was incomplete
Being incomplete it was imperfect
Being imperfect it contained ignorance
Being ignorant it lacked the Stillness and Silence of perfection
It was afflicted with desire and out of its desire it too began to produce
5 It is called Yaldabaoth, Saklas, Samael, and Jehovah, and Demiurge.
From Jehovah came forth what is called the World.
And this World was shaped in imitation of the things in the formless Abyss
Things that existed in the realm of potential as a black liquid fire found themselves imprisoned
Given form and made to bend to the Will of of Jehovah
And he was pleased.
6 He created division between things
It is through division, through ignorance, that the world was made
Because creation is born of division,
It is an abomination, a disruption of the primal Oneness.
This is why the world is afflicted with ugliness,
And only glimmers of beauty shine through.
7 Upon the birth of Jehovah and in response to his creation
The Abyss brought forth an anti-creation,
A realm and beings of dissolution.
A crooked path by which the creation could be undone.
A means of salvation and return of creation to the Stillness that birthed it,
That whosoever has knowledge of the path may escape their bondage.
8 For himself Jehovah made hosts of rulers beneath his rule
And he appointed them governors of divisions of his creation.
9 Thus it came to pass that Jehovah made his final creation
The crown of his Kingdom and this was called Man.
But like his creator the man was incomplete
A creature of divided nature.
10 And from man Jehovah fashioned a consort
It was called Woman, and she too was filled with division.
The man he called Adam and the woman he called Eve.
11 Now the anti-creation gave forth it’s response.
In the midst of the garden of creation was a large tree
And it became filled and enchanted with the Wisdom of the Abyss
A Black Flame of the Spirit
That whosoever ate of it’s fruit would gain a spark of the Flame
And thus know Truth.
12 Seeing the strangeness of this tree, Jehovah was afraid.
He knew not the origin of it’s strangeness
And thus to reassure himself said, “There is no god but me.”
He then went and spoke unto Adam and Eve saying,
"Of every tree of the garden you may eat, except the tree in the midst of the garden,
For on the day you eat of it, you will die….”
13 Now the very essence of anticreation
The guardian of the Abyss
Chose to dwell in a Serpent in the tree.
He is called Satan, for he opposes Jehovah.
He is called Lucifer, for he brings the light of knowledge to man
He is called Christ, for he is anointed with the Waters of Tiamat.
He is called the Beast, for he teaches men to be Lawless like animals
14 And the woman came to see the tree
For she felt drawn to it.
And seeing it she was filled with wonder
15 The Serpent spoke unto her
"What did God say to you? Was it ‘Do not eat from the tree of knowledge’?"
16 And she said “”He said not only ‘Do not eat from it’, but ‘Do not touch it, lest you die.’”
He said to her, “Do not be afraid. In death you shall not die.
For he knows that when you eat from it your intellect will become sober
and you will be gods, knowing good from evil.
Indeed, it was in jealousy that he said this to you, so that you would not eat from it.”
17 And so she looked upon the fruit and saw that it was good to eat.
She ate of it and her intellect became sober and she knew good from evil
18 And the Serpent saw Eve transfigured by her awakening
And her beauty was the beauty of the Abyss and he was filled with longing for her
And she saw the Serpent as a radiant darkness and was filled with longing for him
Together they conceived a child in secret…
19 Then Eve gave the fruit unto her husband to eat.
And his intellect became sober and he knew good from evil
And they saw their godhood within them, all as the Serpent had said.
20 Seeing their godhood they were ashamed of their previous ignorance.
And knowing completion, they understood incompletion.
21 Jehovah was enraged by their Lawlessness
He came into the garden to find Adam and Eve
And he called out “Adam, where are you?”
Adam answered, “I am here, for through fear of you I hid.”
22 Jehovah said, “Why would you be afraid? Unless you disobeyed me!”
Adam answered,”Eve gave me the fruit of the tree and I ate it.”
23 Jehovah spoke unto Eve, “What have you done?”
She responded, “The Serpent taught me disobedience and I ate of the fruit he gave me.”
24 The ruler went to the tree to speak with the Serpent
And he saw a light shining from the tree
And he could not comprehend the light
Nor could he subdue it
25 In spite he cursed the Serpent
Then he cursed Eve and her offspring
And then he cursed Adam and all of creation
And Adam fell to his knees and begged forgiveness
Because he was closer in likeness to his creator
26And Adam was given authority over Eve as reward for his repentance
27 Jehovah spoke to the other rulers, ” The humans have become like us,
They know good from evil.”
So he cast them out of his garden into the wideness of creation
To toil the cursed land and live as slaves.
28 Adam knew lust for Eve and Eve soon bore twin children.
But Adam did not know Eve had already conceived before him
And the male child she bore she named Cain
And his blood was of his father the Serpent
And his will was Transgression.
The female child she bore she named Calmana
And her blood was of the Abyss
And her will was the beauty of freedom.
29 Adam again knew lust for Eve and she conceived and bore twin children
The male he named Abel.
And the female was called Celimat
Their blood was of their father the Demiurge
And their will was obedience to his will.
30 Cain became a harvester of the field
And Calmana was a tender of gardens
Abel became a shepherd
And Celimat tended the hearth
31 Now Adam demanded Cain to marry Celimat
And for Abel to marry Calmana
But Cain refused, for his desire was for his sister
Because he saw within her the Abyss to which his heart belonged.
32 Adam, being unable to decide anything for himself
Declared that Cain and Abel should each bring an offering to Jehovah
That whichever offering was favored would decide the dispute.
33 Abel brought the firstborn lamb of his flock and slaughtered it
He dripped its blood upon the altar of Jehovah and burned the fat.
The smoke of his offering wafted to the heavenly throne of the Demiurge
For the Demiurge delighted in bloodshed in his name and according to his will.
34 Cain then brought a share of the best of his harvest and burnt it on the altar
But the smoke of the offering clung to the earth
For the Demiurge disliked offerings born of peace
35 Abel and Celimat rejoiced with their father but Eve was distraught
For she saw
She went in secret to Cain and Calmana and revealed to them their true heritage
She revealed all that the Serpent, her true love, had taught her
36 Thus they plotted rebellion against the Demiurge
Cain lured Abel into the fields and slew him with his scythe
Calmana lured Celimat into her garden and put her to sleep with poison
And while she slept Celmana cut open the vessel of her body spilling her bowels onto the earth.
37 The blood of Abel and his sister cried out to their god
And Jehovah came down in rage
He asked of Cain, “Where is Abel?”
Cain answered, “Am I my brother’s keeper?
Look, he is beneath this mound of earth in my field.”
38 Jehovah was further enraged by Cain’s defiance.
He said, “Your brother’s blood cries out to me for vengeance!”
But a mark appeared upon Cain’s brow
A mark of a cross, for in him the anticreation had crossed into the creation
And from then on Jehovah and his fellow rulers could not harm the bearer of this mark
39 Thus the Demiurge was powerless against Cain, and all who were of his blood
The blood of the Serpent, and the eaters of the fruit of the tree.
It was then that the Demiurge understood Cain’s true heritage,
40 For in the likeness of the cross on his brow Jehovah recognized the shape of the tree.
And Jehovah knew fear and vowed war upon the Serpent and his bloodline.
Then Cain was joined by his bride and she too bore the mark.
41 Together they left the sight of Jehovah
They bore many children and produced much fruit
And they were a thorn in the side of Jehovah;
Enemies of his Law, Enemies of his People,
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