Thoth on Calvary?
Origins of Gnosticism?
Thoth was the record of truth as known without experience. When his consort was truth, she was called Maat. Maat is the name and image given to the "cosmic facts of life." All judgments must be weighed with her feather before truth can be revealed. The judgments became Thoth's writings, and were placed within the heavens by the Creator so that all could find wisdom within Creation. But, Thoth was not the measure of that which was written, Thoth was the consort of the one capable of measuring. Her name was Seshat. To the Gnostics and the Coptic Christians, she was Sophia, or wisdom personified.
The archetypes presented in Plate 61 in Schwaller de Lubicz's The Temple of Man present the scene at the "end times" when Thoth has mastered all wisdom of the cosmos. She, Seshat, is shown with her measuring cord around her neck in the form of a virginal womb. This image carries the message that the one capable of sensing and measuring the cosmos has returned to the womb. Thoth is shown having stretched the fabric of Neith beyond his natural capacity to reach. The fabric of Neith is the Milky Way, or the complete Creation for which Seshat's measuring cord was used to prepare the Cosmic Writings. Thus, the two archetypal feminine deities are shown in passive roles, as Thoth reaches the end of his search for truth, the primary motivation of his writings.
Thoth has turned his head away from Seshat, the source of his writings, and toward Khnum, the destination of his writings. In the hands of Khnum is a cord which he has used to measure the Cosmos. Khnum stands in a posture of power and dynamic action. Thus, Khnum has learned the skill of creation. His cord is a replica of Seshat's cord, and his knowledge is a replica of Thoth's knowledge. But, it is clear that Thoth, Neith, and Seshat, are in obeisance to Khnum, who is the Master of the scene. Khnum is the son who has come to take the measuring cord from the masters who were present at the creation of Creation. Thoth is the Father. Neith, Seshat, and Maat by implication, are symbols of the Mother. These three, Father, Mother, and Son formed the Ancient Egyptian triad which was ubiquitous all along the Nile for three thousand years before Christ.
This engraved image of the archetypal Father, Mother, and Son, came from Karnak, a temple over a thousand years old at the time of Christ. They carry the same spirit as the scene on Calvary as depicted in the Gospels. This spirit tells us that the message of Calvary is a ubiquitous image understood by many peoples of the Middle East long before the Gospels took form. In its Egyptian gnosis form, the image says that ego (Khnum) believes that what it knows is all that can ever be known. The truth metaphor is that when the mind reaches the state of perceived omniscience, it is time to sacrifice the Lamb of God (Khnum, ego).
The adolescent has gotten too big for his britches is they way it was told to children when I grew up in Oklahoma. A more important message to be learned in life does not exist, nor can it ever exist. We are too small a part of Creation to ever come to know it all. Because of that fact, we must turn to Neith, Maat, and Seshat, in order to keep learning that which we have yet to learn. It is a hard lesson to learn. But, if we do not bear this cross, we become lost without redemption.
37And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
38Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
39And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
26And the superscription of his accusation was written over, THE KING OF THE JEWS.
27And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
28And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
38And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
25O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
25Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.