Gnostic Glossary

This glossary will be added to as we post more articles in this series. We suggest you have this page open in a separate tab on your browser so you can go back and forth between the articles and the glossary. The items here are in alphabetic order.

Aeons: The first emanations of the Monad (see Monad). These are not beings, aliens, or entities, as we know them, but individual characteristics of the Monad. They are 12 in numbers, existing in pairs, and they are androgynous (see androgynous). Each one of them has a masculine and feminine side to them (projecting and receiving, respectively). The are of Water and Light, where Water is the feminine side and Light is the masculine (see Water and see Light).

Androgyny: That of having both a masculine and feminine side. In the Gnostic texts, it has nothing to do with gender–every human has both a masculine and feminine side within us (see masculine and feminine). In the Spiritual Universe–the Pleroma (see Pleroma)–the Aeons (see Aeons) are also androgynous.

Archons: in gnosticism, any of a number of world-governing powers that were created with the material world by a subordinate deity called the Demiurge (Creator). In the Wes Penre Papers, they are the equivalent ot the Alien Invader Force (AIF), the Overlords, and the Khan Kings.

Archontic: Related to an archon. See archons.

Artificial Soul/Spirit: A mimic of the soul/spirit. This is not the true self, but most humans, being asleep to Spirit, operate almost exclusively from the artificial soul/spirit, which was created by the Overlords, whom the Gnostics call the Demiurge. Not until we wake up to Spirit can we be truly self-determined. The artificial soul/spirit is reactive, while Spirit is active. One could say that the artificial soul/spirit is the False Self that we humans think is our personality/identity when it’s not.

Barbelo: Barbelo is the first Aeon (see Aeons), emanating from the Monad (see Monad). Barbelo is feminine in nature and her masculine consort or counterpart is Bythos (see Bythos). Barbelo could be considered the ultimate Divine Feminine.

Bythos: Bythos is both a name for the Monad (see Monad) and the thought that emanated from Him, which created the first Aeon (see Aeons), merging with Barbelo (see Barbelo) to create an androgynous symbiosis. Barbelo and Bythos (the first emanation of the Monad) became each other’s consorts.

Canonical Gospels: the first four books of the New Testament. the Christian canon, texts approved—canonized–by general consensus in the church. The formation of the 27 books of the New Testament and their acceptance as the definitive body of scripture took place over a period of several centuries.

Demiurge: (Demi-urge. Demi means half and urge stands for desire, i.e. demi-light [Spirit] and urge/desire being a characteristic of Sophia as her “masculine” consort) 1. a subordinate god who fashions and arranges the physical world to make it conform to a rational and eternal ideal. Plato adapted the term, which in ancient Greece had originally been the ordinary word for “craftsman,” or “artisan.” He is equivalent to in the Wes Penre Papers 2. The Gnostic term for the collective Alien Invader Force in the Wes Penre Papers, including 3. Another name for the entire material universe. In our articles, we will sometimes, just like the Gnostics did, also use the word Demiurge interchangeably for Yaldabaoth (also see Yaldabaoth and Matrix).

Didymos: means twin

Eighth Heaven: This is the Realm in Sophia’s Creation that was referred to as Orion in the Wes Penre Papers. The lower seven heavens are’s/Yaldabaoth’s 4% Universe. The Eighth Heave is vast and the Heaven in which Zoe Sophia resides (see Zoe Sophia). See Yaldabaoth and Demiurge.

Feminine: The part of Creation that is receptive and imaginative. The feminine is an inward motion–it’s a receptive aspect.

Gnosis: esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth held by the ancient Gnostics to be essential to salvation (knowledge from the Heart).

Gnosticism: Gnostics are receivers of a Divine message from the Divine Sophia (The Queen of the Stars) and Her counterpart, The Christ.

Gospel: means “good news.” The teaching or revelation of The Spirit of Christ.

Hermes: Another title for Thoth (see Thoth)

Hermetic Teachings: The false Gospels, given by the impostor, Thoth/Hermes, who is a soul aspect, the “son,” of

Light: The “masculine” side of Spirit, being essentially emanated from the Monad (see Monad).

Hermetism/Hermetic Teachings: The teaching of Hermes, aka Thoth. They are the subordinate truths of the soul and the material universe (labeled the 4% Universe in the Wes Penre Papers), given to humankind from an Archontic perspective (see archons). These teachings are the Demiurgic distortion of the true spiritual teachings that came from The Christ.

Kenoma: The Material Universe, referred to as the KHAA in the Wes Penre Papers.

Lucifer: Light-bringer. Mostly referring to the Demiurge/ (see these words).

Masculine: The masculine is an outward motion; the part that execute what the feminine, introspective part of us is creating in our minds. Feminine is an inward motion. Masculine is a projective motion.

Matrix: The part of the material universe where we humans currently reside. It’s the part where the Demiurge has placed himself as God (see Demiurge).

Monad: The Gnostics’ term for the real God, Source, All That Is, Divine Feminine, the Father, the Mother, the Goddess, etc. It’s Spirit that existed before the creation of any universe and encompasses all creation. “Mon” means alone or one.

Mother-Father: Another term for the first Aeon, Bythos/Barbelo (see Bythos and see Barbelo).

Nag Hammadi: Gnostic texts, written in the first centuries BC. They were discovered in Nag Hammadi in 1945 and has since then been translated into many languages, including English.

Namlu’u: The Primordial womankind, corresponding with the Primordial Humans in the Gnostic Texts. They descended from the Spiritual Universe a long time ago and are the Spirited humans, still residing on Earth. This is the name used in the Wes Penre Papers.

Ogdoad: See “Eighth Heaven.”

Overlords: The term used for the Archons (see Archons) in the Wes Penre Papers.

Oversoul: What many people call their Oversoul is often their connection with Spirit–their Highest Self (see Spirit and Soul).

Pistis Sophia: The highest aspect of the Aeon Sophia (see Aeons and Sophia). Pistis means faith and Sophia means wisdom, which are Pistis Sophia’s two main characteristics from her feminine aspect.

Pleroma: The Spiritual Universe, expressed as “Dark Energy” in the Wes Penre Papers. The Pleroma was created long before the Physical Universe/the KHAA. It was emanated from the emanation of the Monad (see Monad).

Sophia: Sophia is a spiritual essence, originating in the Spiritual Realm, beyond both Orion and the 4% Universe. Parts of Her is descended into the Upper Realms/Heavens (Orion) and the Lower Realms (the 4% Universe). She is the creator of the Material Universe. In the Wes Penre Papers, she is described as the Queen of Orion, the Mother Goddess, and the Queen of the Stars.

Soul: The soul is not the highest aspect of a true human. It’s like an “intermediary” between body and Spirit, which is our Highest Self. Through the soul, we can obtain Gnosis (see def. of Gnosis above). The soul is also an instrument for us to navigate in the material universe. Spirit is immortal but soul is not.

Spirit: The absolute highest aspect of humans.

Syzygy: 1. a conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun;”the planets were aligned in syzygy.” 2. a pair of connected or corresponding things. In the Gnostic texts, syzygy essentially refers to androgyny, where there are masculine and feminine counterparts in the creation of life.

Thelètos: An Aeon (see Aeons), being Pistis Sophia’s (see Sophia) consort/counterpart.

Thoth: a soul aspect of In the Gnostic texts, he’s the son/soul aspect of Yaldabaoth (see Yaldabaoth).

Water: Water is the feminine side of Spirit, originally emanating from the Monad (see Monad).

Wes Penre Papers (WPP): A series of papers, written by Wes Penre between 2010-2015. They can be read and downloaded at

Word: here synonymous with Thought, which first originated within the Monad (see Monad).

Yaldabaoth: The entity that Sophia accidentally created when she created the material universe, also referred to as the Kenoma in the Gnostic texts. In the Wes Penre Papers, Yaldabaoth is referred to as Lord The Kenoma is equivalent to the KHAA in the Wes Penre Papers.

Zoe Sophia: Pistis Sophia is the highest aspect of Sophia, residing in the Pleroma (see Pleroma). Zoe Sophia is a descended aspect of Pistis Sophia, residing in the Eighth Heaven, also called the Ogdoad (see Ogdoad). The Ogdoad is referred to as Orion in the Wes Penre Papers, and Zoe Sophia is the Orion Queen–a manifestation of Sophia in a lower realm.


  1. Dear Wes and Ariel, thank you for your work! I feel that the upcoming articles are really important, that’s why i want to understand the principles and definitions correct.

    How can it be that the Christ is the counterpart of the Divine? Shoulden’t that be Thoth?

    It seems as if the two definitions below contradict each other or not?

    Gnosticism: Gnostics are receivers of a Divine message from the Divine Sophia (The Queen of the Stars) and Her counterpart, The Christ.

    Hermetism/Hermetic Teachings: These teachings are the Demiurgic counterpart to the true spiritual teachings that came from The Christ.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Jochem! These questions will be covered and become clear in future articles. Just keep on reading in the order they will be released 🙂


    2. Thank you, jochem! I changed it to “These teachings are the Demiurgic distortion of the true spiritual teachings that came from The Christ” for clarification.

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