The Holy Mythos
Title 1 THE HOLY MYTHOS also known as THE CREATION (chapters 1-3)
1. Before and beyond all things is the Mistress of All Things. When nothing was, She was.
2. Having no solid place that Her feet might rest upon, She divided the sea from the sky, and made a dance of solitary splendour upon the crested deeps. 3. And She was pure active force, and therefore pure delight; and the crashing of the waves was the overflowing of Her joy. 4. And the white force of Her superabundant joy grew so great that must take shape in laughter; and Her laughter was the shape of all things. 5. For each peal of Her voice became a silver fragment, broken from the whole and yet complete in itself. And She loved each fragment with all the joy of Her being, and Her hands were wisely skilled. 6. And She stretched forth Her hands and gave a shape to each fragment, and no one was like any other. 7. And She parted the vast waters that there might be a place to set them down. And She laughed. 8. And each fragment was filled with Her delight, and therefore was living. And some grew in the deep earth, and were plants and trees; some ran about the ground or flew above it; and those first-made that had no place to be set down became the fishes and the creatures of the sea. And everything was silver. And She laughed.
9. And at the edges, where the waters had been parted, they lay still and shallow; and there She cast Her gaze. And She saw an image of Herself, all suffused in the light of love and strength. And She laughed. 10. And as She laughed, the image rose up from the water and stood before Her. And this was the first of Her daughters. And she was filled with love for Her, and therefore was the first creature of spirit. 11. And wise and skilled, she ran about the earth with love of all things, giving a name to every thing and creature, each in the order that She had shaped them. 12. And the Mistress of All Things was filled with delight, and ran laughing through the forests of the earth. 13. And every peal of Her voice became the image of a silver fragment of Her Spirit. 14. And the trees and rivers were filled with nymphs and every kind of sprite, and all were Her daughters; Her love for each was inexhaustible, for each was a reflection of some boundless fragment of Her unbounded Spirit. 15. And all their multitude did not exhaust the number of the fragments of Her Spirit. 16. And to each was given the governance of some earthly thing.
1. But there was one that had not been shaped by Her, and that was neither Her daughter nor a creature of spirit. But it was the space between the fragments and the nothingness that had been before things were. It had neither power nor delight, but only weight. It had no shape, but could only coil and uncoil itself about the things that were. It was the snake, and it was not silver but black. 2. The snake hated all the things that had become, and hated the separation of the waters and the sky. It hated light and power, desiring all to be darkness and nothingness.
3. And when the world had lived a time in joy (though no one can say what that time was, for there were neither days nor nights, nor moons to tell the month), the snake came to the first of the daughters of the Mistress of All Things, and coiled about her feet and spoke to her: 4. “First of the daughters of creation, you have lived a time that cannot be counted, and have run for all that time in superfluity of strength, and have never known the sweetness of rest. Only embrace me and you shall have rest.” 5. For a long time she listened to the words of the snake. She did not know what rest might be, but knew that it was not of Her. 6. And yet so enticingly did the snake speak of the sweetness of rest, surpassing all delight, that at last she threw herself down and embraced the snake. 7. And because she was suffused with the delight of the Mistress of All Things, the snake immediately took on shape. 8. And its shape was like hers, but its body was filled with weight and was barren, for being not a creature of spirit, it had not the power of creation. 9. And at once she became tired with all the outpouring of her energy, for her energy was no longer boundless.
10. Though she desired to rest, but could not rest, and she spoke to the snake, saying: “Snake, what must I do now?” 11. And the snake said: “First daughter of creation, you must go to the Mistress of All Things and ask Her to make the world dark that you may rest.” 12. So she asked that of Her, and She darkened the world for a period that Her daughter might rest. This was the first night.
13. But when the darkness came, the snake called to the waters and said: “Waters, it is dark once more as it was in the beginning, and now you may come together, and all will be nothingness again.” 14. And the waters heard it and began to flood the earth, and many were the creatures destroyed in that flood. 15. But the Mistress of All Things saw this and descended to the earth, placing Her heel upon the head of the snake and bruising it, 16. and She flung the waters into the air that they might fall harmlessly to the earth in small drops. This was the first rain.
1. As the rain fell, the light came again, and a rainbow appeared in the sky, shedding its light upon all things. 2. And whereas all things had been silver, now they took on every hue and colour, and the world was beautiful; but it was not so beautiful as it had formerly been.
3. [And She set Her seven powers in the firmament, giving one to rule each colour of the earth.] She said to Her daughter: “What you have done may not be undone, for you have acted with My Spirit, and henceforth shall time be divided into day and night that you may rest. 4. “But I shall keep watch in the heavens by night, and there shall be silver light that there may never be complete darkness. 5. “By this I shall govern the movements of the waters, that the earth may never again be flooded; and when you look upon this light, you will remember the time when all things were silver. 6. “The snake shall keep the form that you have given it, and you shall be set in governance over it; but remember that it will ever attempt to beguile and destroy you as it has this night. 7. “I shall not live as close to you as before, but still I shall pour blessings upon you, and you may give Me gifts; not in every moment as before, for you have learned to tire, but My light shall give you signs in this matter.”
8. Then the Mistress of All Things withdrew Herself into the sky, until She seemed but a slender crescent of light. 9. And the first daughter of creation fell to her knees and wept. These were the first tears shed upon the whole of the earth.
1. When the first night had come upon the world, the Mistress of All Things stood alone once more, as She had in the beginning. 2. For a terrible abyss had opened to lie between the world and She, and Her creatures could not look upon Her brightness.
3. And She stood in contemplation upon the waters of the first darkness; like a great dove upon the waters She brooded. 4. She became absorbed within Her and communed with Her own self; and Her light ceased to shine forth from Her, and yet Her light grew greater. 5. Then She fell to Her knees, and the surface of the waters became turbulent and the great waves curled over Her, and their white foam could not be seen in all that darkness.
6. When the waters became calm again, the Mistress of All Things rose to Her feet: 7. for She had conceived a daughter that was not separate from Her, but one with Her, and the child of Her light.
1. And She walked across the seas and deep into the forests of the earth until She came upon the deep cave that was at the centre. 2. And She entered the cave, and a star rose above the sacred grove that lay about the cave, brighter and more resplendent than all the stars of the heavens, 3. and the star was seen all over the earth; and the children of the earth were filled with wonder, and they came to the place where the star stood in the sky.
4. Those that were princesses among them brought their crowns to the sacred grove as gifts, and shepherdesses brought the new-dropped lambs, and all the daughters of the earth brought forth the fruits thereof to lay before the cave. 5. But before the cave stood an archangel of Thea, robed in a garment so white that the eyes of earth’s children were dazzled, and with a countenance of such great beauty that it was a fearful thing to look upon her. 6. And the daughters of the earth covered their eyes and threw themselves to the ground. 7. And the voice of the archangel was like to the rushing of a thousand waters. 8. And she spoke, saying: “Be not afraid, for a new light is dawning over the world. Be not afraid, but approach no further, for if you cannot look on me, how should you look upon my Lady, whose handmaiden I am?”
9. And her voice grew gentle, like the wind among the icicles, and sweet beyond all telling. 10. Then she spoke, saying: “This night shall a child be born that shall be the daughter of light and the princess of all the world. 11. A child is coming that she shall carry the light of Thea into every part of creation, even to the most desolate of the places of darkness. 12. Rejoice, poor wanderers of the earth and exiles from the house of your Mother, for to you shall come a guide and a deliverer.”
13. When the voice of the archangel ceased, a silence fell that was the first true silence since the beginning of the world, and the last that shall be until its end, 14. and the children of earth watched the sky as the first rays of dawn crept across the heavens. 15. Then a cry issued out of the cave, saying: “The holy child is born from the most holy Mother; light has come forth from light, perfection from perfection.” 16. At once the air was filled with the daughters of heaven, and the sky was ablaze with the radiance of their joy, 17. and they sang aloud to the glory of Thea. 18. When the shining ones ceased from their song, the world became quiet again, and the star grew brighter and ever brighter, until it shone brighter than the radiance of all the host of heaven; and yet its light was so gentle that the eyes of earth’s children were not dazzled, 19. and the colour of the light was not one of the seven, but a wondrous luminance not known within the boundaries of the world.
20. The archangel at the cave’s mouth called forth the children of the earth that they might present their gifts. And the three great princesses of the earth came forward: 21. First the greatest of them, who ruled more land than either of the others and also possessed more treasure. 22. Her crown was of pure gold; and as she took it from her head, the light of the star fell upon it, and it shone with a glister lovelier than any earthly jewel. 23. And she laid it at the feet of the archangel. 24. The archangel said: “It is good that you bring your crown, for you are a great princess, but the holy child shall be princess of all the world.”
25. The second princess held neither so much land nor treasure, but she was a maid of deep wisdom and profound meditation. Her crown was of pure silver; and as she took it from her head, the light of the star fell upon it, and it shone with a radiance yet lovelier than that of the golden crown. 26. And she laid it at the feet of the archangel. 27. The archangel said: “It is good that you bring your crown, for you have great wisdom, but the holy child is the daughter of wisdom herself.”
28. The last princess possessed only but few of the worldly things, but she was a priestess of Thea, and she praised Her in the morning and at evening and at all the seven hours of the day. Her crown was made from glittering crystal; and as she took it from her head the light of the star fell upon it, and she was bathed in rays of a thousand different colours, and the children of the earth drew in their breath at the sight of its beauty. 29 And she laid it at the feet of the archangel. 30. The archangel said: “It is good that you bring your crown, for you are a true and loving priestess and a servant of your people, but the holy child shall be priestess of all the world, and shall serve Her children even to the last and greatest service.”
31. When the archangel ceased to speak, a new voice filled the air, more beautiful and more formidable than hers. The voice said:
- “Her name shall be called Kore,
- for She shall be the Lady of heaven.”
32. Then the star vanished from the sky and yet its light remained; then the shape of the light became a vision: 33. it was a vision of the Mistress of All Things, bearing in Her arms the holy child. 34. For all the wondrous things the children of earth had seen that night, not the whole of them was one thousandth part as wondrous as this vision.
35. Then for twelve nights the star returned to the sky; and on the thirteenth night it did not return. And this was a sign of things that were to come.
1. When the holy child had grown to the full stature of maidenhood, the Mother of All Things took Her to a high place upon the earth, saying, “To You I give the governance of all these things. 2. You shall command the movements of the waters, and the wind shall be Your servant. 3. The seasons of the earth You shall control, and all the times and seasons in the lives of My creatures. 4. Every soul on earth and in the heavens shall be given into Your care, and the highest stars of the sky shall know You as their sovereign. 5. For all these things must be put from Me; for they can no longer look upon My brightness.”
6. And the Maid ruled over all the world, making the earth grow fruitful and attending to the prayers of Her creatures, and oftentimes making prayers of Her own that they might come closer to the Mother. 7. And divine light shone once more upon the earth, and the Maid was a friend to every creature, and all who turned to Her were filled with life, and with the peace that comes of wholeness.
8. The waxing and the waning of twelve moons reigned the Maid. 9. After the twelfth moon had appeared in the sky, the Mother of All Things called Her daughter to Her, and spoke to Her, saying: “You have made the whole earth fruitful and brought My light to all the world, have You not satisfaction in Your work?” 10. The Maid replied, saying, “I have brought Your light to many places, and there is yet a place which remains ever in darkness; a place beneath all places, in which there is no light. 11. And the ways of entrance to that place are many, for there is a place at the bottom of each earthly soul into which Your light cannot shine.” 12. Her Mother asked of Her: “Do You know what thing it is that You must do if You will bring My light into every place?” 13. The Maid replied: “I know what it is that I must do.”
14. She knew that She must descend into the nether regions, giving up the divine light and going down into that place wherein is no light, but only the profoundest darkness. 15. And this was Her taking on of fate upon Herself.
16. The Mother of All Things removed the divine light from Her daughter, blessed Her, and sent Her forth, saying: “Go hence from here, beloved daughter, for You may no longer look upon Me.”
17. Then the children of heaven led Her forth, and praised Her in strange and gentle songs. 18. And the Maid set Herself apart to pray, and She prayed alone by the running streams and beneath the full moon, until a new light was kindled within Her, which was the pure light of Her own divinity. 19. Yet while the divine light of Her Mother was undying, the light of the Maid trembled before the winds of death.
20. The daughters of heaven delighted in Her gentle light, saying, “This trembling light is the glory of all the heavens, and more glorious than all the luminaries thereof.” 21. The Maid answered them, saying, “I shall carry this light into every place that is, even into the nethermost regions and the regions of death.” 22. And they led Her forth and clothed Her in the white robe of the sacrifice.
1. The Maid took up the great moon-axe, whose silver blades were as the crescents of the moon, in symbol of Her light, and went alone into a desert place. 2. Knowing that She had not the light of Her Mother upon Her, evil spirits gathered about and troubled Her, with fear and dread of isolation, and every sort of restriction. 3. They tore Her soul with their talons, crying: “Hope is dead, for the light of the Mother is fallen from You. 4. You shall go down to suffering and death and no one shall save You. In the illimitable emptiness of the universe You shall stand alone and none shall give You comfort. 5. In the darkness of eternal night You shall kneel to weep and no hand shall be put upon Your shoulder, but every hand shall be raised against You to do you hurt.” 6. And the Maid was filled with trembling, but She answered: “Go your ways, for what I have said, that shall I do.”
7. And the spirits spoke, saying, “Be led by us, and You shall have protection and all good things. 8. The whole of the world shall be Your fortress, and You shall have wealth and magnificence that all the children of the earth shall love You.” 9. But the Maid answered: “How shall you give to Me that which is Mine? 10. For I am the princess of the world, and all the children of the earth have been given into My care by the hand of the Eternal.”
11. Then the spirits said: “The light of the Eternal is taken from You, and whether these things are or are not Yours, it is we who have the power over them, and we that You must obey if You will be saved.” 12. But the Maid replied, saying, “That which is right in the deepest heart of things, and in the centre of all being, that is right and none other; and the truth alone is true. 13. Neither shall all the powers of the earth count against it, nor all the powers of the seas and the skies move it by the smallest fraction in all its vastness. 14. I shall obey no one but My Mother, though all your power be turned in fury upon Me.” 15. And the spirits cried: “Not our power, but the power of one far greater from whom our power derives.” 16. The Maid said: “Thus may it be.”
17. And the spirits questioned Her, saying: “Do you think that Your Mother will save You?” 18. The Maid answered: “She will do what She will do, and blessed is Her Name.”
19. And the spirits laughed, saying: “Then You are abandoned to the uttermost darkness.” 20. The heart of the Maid fainted within Her. 21. Yet She said: “Thus may it be.”
1. And the Maid journeyed down into the darkest regions until She came to the great gates of the nether world. 2. The gatekeeper cried: “Who is it that comes of her own free step upon the realm of the dark queen?” 3. The Maid replied: “I am the daughter of She who is Mother of all.” 4. The gatekeeper said: “Give me your axe, and You may pass.” The Maid gave the great moon-axe into her hands, and the vast oaken gate swung open that She might pass through.
5. And the Maid came to a second gate, and was again halted by the keeper thereof. The gatekeeper said: “Give me the circlet from Your head, and You may pass.” 6. And the Maid gave the silver circlet into her hands and passed through the gate.
7. And She came to a third gate, and the gatekeeper said: “Give me Your white linen head dress and You may pass.” And She did this and passed bareheaded through the gate.
8. And She came to a fourth gate, and the gatekeeper said: “Give me Your blue cloak and You may pass.” And She gave Her blue cloak into the hands of the gatekeeper, and passed through the gate.
9. And She came to a fifth gate and the gatekeeper said: “Give me your sandals and You may pass.” And She unlaced Her sandals and passed barefooted through the gate.
10. And She came to a sixth gate, and the gatekeeper said: “Give me the silver girdle about Your waist and You may pass.” And She unbound Her silver girdle and passed through the gate wearing only Her white robe.
11. And She came to a seventh gate, and the gatekeeper said: “Give me your hair and You may pass.” And She bowed Her head, and Her hair was shorn from Her, and She passed into the chamber of the dark queen.
12. The dark queen spoke, saying, “Are You the princess of the world, and the daughter of She who is Mother of all?” And the Maid replied: “I am She.” 13. And Her hands were bound, and the daughters of the dark queen taunted Her and beat Her, and pulled Her short hair. And She was dragged to Her knees before the dark queen. 14. Then the dark queen rose to her feet, and so terrible was her aspect that her daughters fled to the furthest part of the chamber; 15. and she turned her eyes upon the Maid, that have been beheld by no creature of the upper world, for her eyes are the eyes of death. 16. And the Maid, looking upon her eyes, became a lifeless corpse and a dead thing upon the ground.
17. At the centre of the nether world there stood a great pillar, reaching to the roof of that world. 18. The daughters of the dark queen took the corpse of the Maid, and hung it high upon that pillar. 19. And above Her head they hung the great moon-axe, in symbol of the greatness of the deed.
1. Now from the time when the daughter of heaven had passed through the first gate of hell, a barrenness had fallen on the earth: neither bird had sung nor any flower showed its beauty forth, nor was there joy in any heart. 2. But when the Maid was slain upon the pillar of the world, an awful darkness fell upon all the earth. 3. And the rivers of the earth ceased to flow, but drained away into the salt sea, and the sea ceased to move, but stood still in awful stagnancy, 4. and there was drought in all the earth. Neither maid bore child nor ewe brought forth the lamb. Every growing thing began to wither from its roots. 5. In the nights there were neither moon nor stars, and the heat of the sun by day was terrible.
6. And the Mother of All Things wept and walked in sorrow over earth and heaven. 7. And the children of the earth prayed to Her, weeping for the world and for Her daughter.
8 Then in the darkness after the second day, a silver star appeared in the heavens, whose brightness was too great for them to look upon. 9. The children of earth rejoiced, saying, “It is the Mistress of All Things, come to seek Her daughter.” The dark queen ordered the gates of hell to be shut and barred against Her.
10. And the gatekeeper stood within the gate, and cried: “Who is it that comes upon the realm of the dark queen? 11. She answered, saying: “I am the Mistress of all that is, and the Mother of My daughter. 12. Give Me entrance, for if you give Me not entrance, I will smash the bolt and shatter the gatepost. I will raise up the great gate of hell and break it asunder.” 13. But the gatekeeper opened not the gate. Then the Mistress of All Things clapped Her hands together, so that the whole world shook, and the great gate of hell was shattered in fragments, and the nether regions trembled to the very foundations. 14. And the gatekeeper covered her eyes and fled, for she could not look upon the brightness of the Mistress of All Things. 15. And the Mistress of All Things came into the nether world; and the six gatekeepers flung wide their gates and fled. 16. And Her archangels took down the corpse of Her daughter, and laid it upon Her knees; and She wept anew, for none but She could know the awful depth of the oblivion in which Her daughter lay. And She sprinkled on the corpse the water of life, which She had gathered from the holy tears of Her own sorrow. 17. And Her daughter rose again and was alive again.
18. And amid tears of joy, They embraced and were one. And after this, the daughter stood alone. 19. And the souls of the nether world were awakened by Her gentle light, and followed Her through he shattered gates of hell. 20. When they beheld Her, the children of the earth rejoiced, and the rivers flowed again, and the sea began to move. 21. The children of the earth cried: “Lift up your voices in song and laughter, for the princess of the world was dead and is alive again, was broken and is whole; and there is no place whereto Her joyous rule does not extend. 22. Give praise to the Mother of All Things and praise to Her daughter. 23. Rejoice, for the world is renewed.”
1. And as She walked, the children of the earth threw blossoms before Her, and though Her feet rested on them, they were not bruised. 2. And She reigned over all the earth, bringing all nature back to life, and all life back to the true law and rhythm of nature, and the whole world knew Her as its princess. 3. The children of the earth were filled with love for Her, and gathered about Her with tears of joy, touching Her robes and giving themselves to Her in their hearts.
4. And She gathered them together and taught them many things, saying: “You have gained knowledge of the world, but I say, be not wise with the wisdom of the world, nor proud with the pride of the world, nor troubled with the dignity of the world, neither lose yourself in any of the ways and fashions of the world, but come to Me as little children in the pure simplicity of your hearts and the virgin innocence of your souls; for truly, all of you are children in the eyes of your Mother, and I shall receive all who come as Her children. Come to Me and all faults shall be forgiven.” And She showed them how to offer sacrifice to the Mother of All Things. 5. And She said, “When the time has come for Me to go from you, I shall still be with You and shall never leave you, not for one fragment of an hour until we are together in completion. 6. But I shall unite you all who love Me in one great body; 7. the highest and the lowest, the living and the dead, those who falter at the door, and those who have climbed to the highest tower, all shall be one in My body which I have given to the world, and all shall be nourished by My Spirit.”
8. And they did not understand Her, but only wept that She must leave them. And She spoke no more of this, but taught them, and revealed many hidden things, such as though they may fill a hundred books.
9. When the time was at hand, two archangels descended, one on either side of Her, and She went with them into heaven. 10. The children of heaven greeted Her, crying: “Hail, princess of the world; hail, queen of heaven.” And they placed a crown of stars about Her head. 11. The blue night was Her cloak, and the stars of the sky the crown about Her head, and the moon lay at Her feet. They cried again: “Hail, queen of heaven.” 12. Thus began Her dear and glorious reign; and for the children of heaven, Her very presence was the completion of their joy. 13. And She poured forth Her grace and blessing from Her hands upon them and upon the earth. And Her grace and blessing were as rays of perfect light which penetrate the heart and flood the soul.
14. She said to them: “Do not forget your sisters of the earth, but move yourselves among them and hear their voices; lend them succour and breathe with them in their upward aspiration. 15. And when a soul in true devotion passes from the earth, lead her to the portal of heaven and the garden of Avala, and give her rest, and provision her with treasures of the Spirit to help her on her way.”
16. And She entered the great temple of heaven, where the spirits of earth’s children were gathered at the sacrifice, even as their souls were gathered on the earth. 17. Then She stood at the great altar and took up a wheaten loaf, and spoke, saying: 18. “Like to the grains, My body was cut down by the scythe of death; and like to the grains did it rise anew. 19. For I am the ear of grains that is reaped in silence.” 20. She said: “Like to the grains my body was broken between the stones of death.” And saying thus, She broke the bread between Her hands. 21. And She gave the fragments of the bread to the spirits of earth’s children, saying: “Here is My body that is broken for you. Eat My body, that you may be one with My body, and may be one body in Me.”
22. Then She poured out Her Spirit from hands into a great chalice, and Her Spirit lay as wine within the chalice. 23. She said: “Even as you have offered Me bread in sacrifice, so I give you the bread of My body; and as you have poured out libations of wine to Me, so I pour out the eternal libation of My eternal Spirit.” 24. And as it is performed above in the Spirit, so is it reflected below in the body and the soul, and through the reflection do earth’s children have part in the real. 25. So were the things that are told in this book reflected in the hearts of maids, that all might read them and draw closer to She that acted them.
- 1:2:1: In Lux Madriana Version, the snake is referred to as “he.”
- 1:3:2: Some manuscripts read "And whereas all things had been golden" instead of "And whereas all things had been silver."
- 1:3:3: Some manuscripts omit "And She set Her seven powers in the firmament, giving one to rule each colour of the earth."
- 1:3:5: Alternative readings of "and when you look upon this light, you will remember the time when all things were silver." in some manuscripts: "The golden light of day will bring all goodness, but it will be too bright for your eyes. The silver light of night, that you may look upon." (Discussion)
- 1:4:1: In some other versions this is the first chapter of the Holy Mythos of the Daughter of Thea. In the New Celestial Union Version this book is merged with the Creation, as they form one continuing story starting in the creation of the universe, ending in the redemption of the fallen world.
- 1:5:5: “Archangel of Thea,” Other versions may render as “Genia of Goddess.”
- 1:5:31: “Kore,” Rhiannë, Ana, or Inanna.
- 1:9:16: “Archangels,” or “Geniae” in other versions.