Gnosis Part 13: The Second Atlantis | The Tree of Knowledge

by Wes Penre, June 8, 2020

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[Continued from Gnosis Part 11]

Adam Receives Soul and Spirit

Now it so happened that Adam, who had been asleep before Zoë/Eve descended, could not be awoken by Yaldabaoth and his Archons. At that moment, Yaldabaoth was tricked into blowing his own Spirit into Adam to animate and enlighten him. As mentioned earlier, his Spirit was Sophia’s Spirit,

The soul’s companion is spirit, and the spirit given to him is his mother.

The Gospel of Philip

 However, the God of Matter didn’t understand because he was ignorant.

…five Lights [were sent] down to the place of the angels of the Chief Ruler. They advised him with the goal of extracting the power of the Mother.

And they said to Yaldabaoth, ‘Breathe into his face by your spirit and his body will arise.’ And into his face he blew his spirit, which is the power of his Mother. He did not understand because he dwells in ignorance. And the power of the Mother left Yaldabaoth and went into the psychic body [artificial soul] that they had made according to the likeness of the one who exists from the beginning. The body moved and gained power, and it was luminous.

And in that moment, the rest of the powers became jealous for it was because of them all that he had come into being and they had given their power to the human.

The Secret Book of John (long version)

As it says in the above quote, Yaldabaoth, when he breathed into Adam, it was Sophia’s Spirit. At that point, the Chief Ruler lost Sophia’s innate power, which instead was transferred into Adam. Yaldabaoth didn’t lose his Spirit, but he lost his power, and from that day, he lost much of his creative abilities. He eventually realized that he had become dependent on us humans. The Archons were disturbed, as well, because they noticed they had given their power to humans because of their own creation—our physical bodies.

This also means that the Spirit of Adam (humans) now included Sophia’s feminine part but not Christ’s masculine part; so at that point, we had wisdom much greater than Yaldabaoth, but Gnosis was being hidden deep within Adam, so the Rulers couldn’t see it.

The Epinoia[1] of the light was hidden in Adam in order that the rulers might not know, but Epinoia existed as a correction for the deficiency of the Mother.

The Secret Book of John (long version)

When the Rulers/Archons noticed that Adam was more powerful than they were, they all took council. They decided to mix all the four elements together, which created great chaos and disturbance.

And they enclosed him in the shadow of death in order that they might yet again form from earth, water, fire, and spirit a thing from matter, which is the ignorance of the darkness, desire, and their counterfeit spirit. This is the tomb of the molding of the body with which the robbers clothed the human, the chain of forgetfulness. And he came to be a mortal human.

The Secret Book of John (long version)

The Epinoia of the Light from Christ that was now lying dormant within the humans was the Light that would eventually awaken his thinking.

When he had been given amnesia, the Archons put Adam in Paradise—the Garden of Eden. And they said to Adam that he could eat fruits from any tree, except from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil because then he would surely get sick and die[2]. After that, they left him in Paradise.

Orthodox Christians believe that the snake represents Satan and is evil because it was the “snake” who enlightened Eve and had her eat from the Tree of Knowledge. According to the Gnostic texts, this was not the case at all.  

The Appearance of the Seraph

Little did the Archons understand how Spirit works and the Desire of Sophia. When Adam was told not to eat from the tree, it made him curious and wanted him to do exactly what the Rulers told him not to do. At first, however, out of fear he hesitated, but his desire was there.

Then, Christ descended as a “snake” and asked Eve, who had the resemblance of the Mother, what it was that the Rulers had told her. She conveyed that she was forbidden to eat from the Tree of Knowledge, or she would die.

Then came the one who is wiser than all creatures, who was called the beast. When he saw the likeness of their mother, Eve, he said to her, “What is it that god said to you? ‘Don’t eat from the tree of knowledge’?” She said, “He said not only ‘Don’t eat from it’ but also ‘Don’t touch it, lest you die.’” He said to her, “Don’t be afraid! You certainly shall not die. For he knows that when you eat from it your mind will be sobered and you will become like gods, knowing the difference between evil and good people. For he said this to you because he is jealous, so that you would not eat from it.”

On the Origin of the World

And Eve believed the “Instructor,” symbolized by a snake. However, the Instructor was a Seraph—an angel of the highest order in the Seventh Heaven. The Seraphim (plural) were originally created by Yaldabaoth, according to some gospels[3], while in On the Origin of the World it says that they were created by Sabaoth in the Seventh Heaven, over which he was in control at the time. According to the former, the Seraphim rebelled at one time, and just like Sabaoth, they went against Yaldabaoth, their creator, and started serving Sophia and Christ instead. Either way, Sabaoth is in charge over the Seraphim. This particular Seraph had Christ’s Spirit attached to it, so it could give Eve some Light/Knowledge.

And by that throne he [Sabaoth] created other dragon-shaped angels called seraphim, who glorify him continually.

On the Origin of the World

If we think of the archetype of a dragon, it is like a snake with wings, so it makes sense that the Instructor has been depicted as a snake/serpent.

Eve believed the Seraph and ate from the Tree of Knowledge, and she then told Adam to do the same, which he did. Thus, Adam now had a spark of Knowledge buried inside of him, which made him wiser than the Rulers.

But God [Yaldabaoth] came at the time of evening, walking in the midst of Paradise. When Adam saw him, he hid himself. And he said, “Adam, where are you?” He answered (and) said, “I have come under the fig tree.” And at that very moment, God knew that he had eaten from the tree of which he had commanded him, “Do not eat of it.” And he said to him, “Who is it who has instructed you?” And Adam answered, “The woman whom you have given me.” And the woman said, “It is the serpent who instructed me.” … And he said, “Behold, Adam has become like one of us, knowing evil and good.” Then he said, “Let us cast him out of paradise, lest he take from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.”

The Testimony of Truth

Thus, Adam and Eve were cast out of Paradise, i.e. the Ruler’s copy/mimic of the original Garden of Eden in the First Atlantis.

When the Pronoia[4] of the All knew, she sent some beings and they snatched Zoë from Eve.

The Secret Book of John (long version)

Zoë Returns to the Eighth and Ninth Heaven

Thus, Zoë returned to the Eighth and Ninth Heavens, and Adam and Eve were left within their bodily “armor,” having Spirit inside them. Adam and Eve copulated and begot two sons, Cain and Abel.

From intercourse he caused birth in the likeness of bodies and he supplied them from his counterfeit spirit. He set two rulers over the principalities so that they might rule over the tomb.

When Adam perceived the likeness of his own foreknowledge, he begot the likeness of the Child of the Human; he called him Seth following the way of the generation in the aeons.

The Secret Book of John (long version)

Most of us know the story about Cain and Abel. Abel was the righteous, who was killed by his brother, the unrighteous, out of jealousy because “God” (Yaldabaoth) pretended to favor Abel, when indeed he favored Cain. But it was a setup, and the murder of Abel was a part of Yaldabaoth’s plot.

And they [humans] were made to drink water of forgetfulness by the Chief Ruler so that they would not know themselves (and would not know) where they had come from.

And the seed existed like this for while: providing assistance, so that when the Spirit descends from the holy aeons, it will correct (the seed) and heal it from the deficiency so that the entire Fullness might become holy and without deficiency.

The Secret Book of John (long version)

And thus was the Divine Plan. Sophia/Christ had put the spark of Light into humans, so when Spirit/Christ would descend in full, we were meant to having done the groundwork and prepared for the destruction of the Kenoma, and at that time, we could be fully baptized in Spirit.

Now, the progeny of the earthly Adam multiplied and was completed and produced within itself all the technical skill of the Adam with soul. But all were in ignorance.

On the Origin of the world

More on Baptism

I found another reference pertaining to our human mission and how it was supposed to be done. In Gnosis Part 10: Where Souls and Spirits go After Death, we talked about the three baptisms we human are meant to go through. When we were descending into the Second Atlantis, we were meant to do it in “one go,” as explained in previous articles, but this process includes the three stages of baptisms. Our physical bodies, in the Second Atlantis, lived for about 1,000 years, but when we died, and because of our ignorance and amnesia, the three baptisms were meant to be applied already then, just like they are now, in our current construct,

…the first [human] is immortal; the second attains one thousand years; as for the third, it is written in the Holy Book that it is consumed. Likewise three baptisms exist: the first is spiritual, the second is by fire, the third is by water.

On the Origin of the World

Thus, as I understand it, depending on our individual spiritual awakening after a lifetime of 1,000 years, we either went to the Fifth Heaven (those who were about to wake up to having a soul), the Eighth Heaven (those who knew they had a soul), or the Ninth Heaven (for those who had woken up to Spirit and were prepared when Christ would descend to the Second Atlantis, i.e. at the End of Days. The Third Construct, in which we now dwell, was never meant to be. It came into existence because of Yaldabaoth’s trickery, as we shall see in upcoming articles). If my interpretation is correct, we died after 1,000 years and were reincarnated until we got to the point where we were ready for Christ’s Coming.

Three Perspectives of Adam

  1.  The Spiritual Adam–the nomadic Adam. The little ‘voice’ that is speaking within us; the strong part that stays on track despite all nay-sayers. We adhere to that intuition/instinct even if we would be alone in thinking in these terms. It’s the certainty within; passions that move and motive us. It tells us what’s false and what is a lie. We follow the route toward truth, no matter what. It’s the message within that is guiding us; the power within; the reason we’re here. This is what we call the Tree of Life. But to receive the Tree of Life we MUST first ‘eat’ from the Tree of Knowledge–BOTH good and evil.

“Sin” means missing the mark of understanding. If we’re not true to ourselves, we will literally live in Hell. We will continually reincarnate to find ourselves. What will help us finding this truth is the second Adam, the soul. The Genuine Soul is the intermediary. This is worth repeating.

2. The soul Adam–the psyche. God provided us with a soul. Astro also means soul. We are made of star stuff in the Eighth or Ninth Heaven. We must experience exquisite abandonment, emptiness inside, and silence in order to receive the word of god (Light/Spirit). Empty the old and in with the new. We can’t find Gnosis without it. It’s a gift so we may have a radar system to find our true self. The soul is made up of the configuration of the ages–the astrological will. That’s how we gain experience and insights over time in the Kenoma. It’s about our unique accomplishments and gifts. We are fated. Blood coagulates and forms in the material realm, giving manifestation in the flesh realm. That’s why life is carried in the blood. It’s the soul; it’s the waters of life that is running through our veins. The soul speaks to us through an internal knowing and instinct,  dreams, and OBEs, etc. We all have our own way to connect to soul.

3. The Adam of flesh. Man of Law. Adheres to earthly spiritual laws; Man who makes up spiritual laws. These are the laws of the gods (we’re not necessarily talking about governmental laws here, but it’s related). It looks up to authority figures. More and more people are going back to this way of thinking; strong figures, fascist figures. It seems to be the way to rebel against the globalist agenda when we operate from The Adam of Flesh. It’s inconsequential to finding truth; mechanizations of the Demiurge.[5]

 And last,

Beings that merely have soul cannot lay hold of those that have spirit. For they were from below, while it was from above.

The Hypostasis of the Archons

To be continued…

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[1] Epinoia means the Monad’s “afterthought.” It’s an intervention in an event that was already forethought. Epinoia spark the gnosis within us when we are focused, and so it did in the Adamic human.

[2] From The Origin of the World

[3] E.g. The Second Treatise of the Great Seth

[4] The feminine Forethought, i.e. Barbelo, the Divine Feminine, closest in “location” to the Monad.

[5] The Tripartite Tractate

References and Resources:

The Secret Book of John (long version)

On the Origin of the World

The Gospel of Philips

The Second Treatise of the Great Seth

The Hypostatis of the Archons

The First Gnostic Church of Christ (YouTube channel)

The Wes Penre Papers


  1. Sometimes I am worried with all these things that are going on in the world right now that I am not going to have enough time to figure it all out.

  2. Blowing my mind Wes! Thank you. This information, I feel it in my entire body and have a physical response with tingles moving all over. Must be the radar you spoke of. I now know what that feeling is. Very grateful. That last quote about “those with soul cannot take hold of those with spirit”…is that really true?We spirited humans, whom were put asleep seem to have been taken hold of for the consumption of the archons. Unless I miss understood…

    1. What a great response, Timmay! From what Ariel and I have concluded from our research is that seemingly, the true spirited humans on this planet are in minority. Although most of us spirited are still very much asleep, there is still Spirit in there. The Archons have counteracted that by created humans with “artificial spirit.” Those humans can’t wake up and have no desire to do so because they can’t even conceive of what spirit is.

      And it’s really true. Those w/o Spirit can’t stop Spirit once Spirit is awakened inside of us. It’s as impossible as it would for you to stretch out your arm, trying to touch the moon.

  3. Hi!!! great fun reading your words always providing fuel for growth. I’m ready!! I know I’ve not sinned I know I’ve done nothing wrong I’ve just lived life (experiences) at various altitudes your words help me to not descend to the lower altitudes as often. Too much stress and strain keeps one from progressing.

    Love you both.

  4. For a long time,I wondered who the serpent-satan was!In this twisted upside-down reality,good is bad and bad is good! …I also had some other questions,but it seems, that with a little patience on my part,that I receive the answers in the upcoming articles,also in the comments. It is GREAT!So are you 2!

    1. Awesome to hear, skrs! Yes, many question we get here are from people who are “ahead of us” in the story, so many of them will probably be answered later on. That doesn’t mean people shouldn’t ask–it’s a good thing that people are “ahead” 🙂

      In the WPP and in our videos, we portrayed Satan as Marduk, which is not incorrect at all–Belias/Marduk is the King of the Underworld (Earth). But Satan, in its true meaning, is the Demiurge, i.e. the entire Kenoma. The Demiurge is the entire creation and Yaldabaoth is the spirit/soul/mind manifestation of the creation/Kenoma.

  5. Until now,I knew that the serpent was the “partner in crime” of god,two sides of the same coin…

  6. Wes, would you explain in a few words the meaning of spinning around 90 times looking at the thumb? I read it somewhere without details. Thank you!

    1. @Norma If anything, it will potentially make us dizzy 🙂 . But seriously, I don’t see how that would benefit us in any significant way.

  7. Wes is correct the potential for falling and hurting oneself is very possible I did this faithfully for two months and just kept getting dizzy nothing else.

  8. So who was the father of Cain and Abel? You have said Adam but The Secret Book of John says Yaldabaoth
    ‘Yaldabaoth raped Eve.
    She bore two sons.

    [Elohim was the name of the first.
    Yahweh was the name of the second.
    Elohim has a bear’s face.
    Yahweh has a cat’s face.
    One is righteous;
    One is not.
    Yahweh is righteous;
    Elohim is not.
    Yahweh would command fire and wind
    Elohim would command water and earth.]

    Yaldabaoth deceptively named the two: Cain and Abel.

    1. Yes, that’s a tricky one. Adam went through a lot of changes to say the least. Adam was spirited and conscious of that at times, and at times not. When it says that Y raped Eve, I think of it as doing that THROUGH Adam. But by doing it, he also got the chance to attach himself to the offspring by creating new archontic entities that could possess Cain and Abel. Because Y has both good and evil in him, he created a polarity–Abel being “good” and Cain being “bad.” When Seth was born, Adam was not possessed by Yaldabaoth, so that bloodline could be used to bring forth the Spirited Humans.

      1. Thank you Wes very interesting 🙂 To clarify further, does this mean that the only spirited humans are from the Seth bloodline and the Abel polarity is not a spirited bloodline despite being good?

        1. No, these days it’s a big mix. If there still is a Seth bloodline, we don’t know. But since after the Flood, bloodlines have been mixed left and right. Depending on how diluted a certain bloodline mix is, spirits can still access today’s bodies, but they can’t access all bodies…some are more “polluted” than others.

      2. Both Seth and Cain seemed to have identical names for their children via one specific lineage down through five generations.
        Cain’s first son was called Enoch. Seth’s first son was named Enos.
        pg.146-147 The Divine Secret Garden Series – Book Two- Alien Seed –
        The Virtual World of Gods & Humans

    2. a great movie I would recommend,at this point,is “THE MAN FROM EARTH”-2007-
      It is revealing,awesome!

          1. Yes…I saw it.
            I smiled a lot….not mainly for the main actor but especially for the reactions he provoked to those around him.
            In my adolescence I read “All men are mortal” by Simone de Beauvoir-the only book that caught my eye ( I do not really enjoy her style and her background//After that book I tried others and I disliked it😊 …exception this mentioned one ).

            1. It is quite a good movie!I don;t read too much nowadays.On the other hand,I try to get some truths from the movies.

  9. It is Yaldabaoth who is the father of Cain and Abel,And Adam(Christ) is the father of Seth.

    1. Are you saying that Adam is an earlier incarnation of Jesus Christ? I find it confusing when the term Christ is used as we have the terms Christ,Jesus Christ and Christ consciousness……are these all different or all one and the same?

      1. No, Adam is not an incarnation of Jesus Christ. This is how it works in regards to Christ, according to the Gnostics:

        There are three emanations of Christ from the Monad:

        1. Christ. This is the Aeon Christ, who is the masculine side of Sophia–the missing part in Sophia’s Creation. Christ is Knowledge/Light and resides in the Pleroma.

        2. Jesus Christ. This is an emanation of Christ in the 8th and 9th Heaven (Orion). In the Wes Penre Papers he is called Khan En.lil. In Orion, he resides together with Zoe Sophia (the Queen), who is an emanation of Pistis Sophia in the Pleroma. In the WPP, I wrote they were “married” but not in a human sense. The “marriage” is the merge of Sophia’s feminine side with her masculine side. She regained her full androgyny.

        3. Jesus the Man. This is the physical aspect of Christ on Earth (Jesus of Nazareth). Christ, through Jesus Christ, funneled his Light/Knowledge through Jesus the Man, whose bloodline was strong enough to receive the Message. The Message was written down as the Gnostic texts.

        Does this make sense? I know it’s confusing.

        1. Well that clears up the Christ question but now you use 3 terms for Sophia….Sophia,Zoe Sophia and Pistis Sophia, is Pistis Sophia the same as Sophia?

          1. I’m glad you’re asking. I need to do something about this because I understand it’s confusing. I will attend to this in an article or in our gnostic glossary, or both, when I get the chance…

            1. Pistis Sophia is the Aeon Sophia, residing in the Pleroma. She is the one who created Yaldabaoth and the entire Kenoma.

            2. Zoe Sophia is the part of Pistis Sophia that emanated from the Pleroma into the Kenoma to see what she had created. That part of her got stuck in her own creation because it was not complete. Half of her was missing in the creation. Zoe is the Orion Queen, who can manifest in the Kenoma/KHAA/physical universe on any level.

            3. In a few Gnostic texts, the part of Sophia who, on occasion, has manifested in the human realm (Second Tiamaat, for example) is called Achamoth Sophia, or just Achamoth. It’s the “physical” Sophia, i.e. the Sophia who can manifest in physical form.

            It’s basically all the same Sophia, just manifested differently in the Kenoma. Everything in this Universe is Her–it’s her Spirit. So, essentially, she can manifest anywhere. If she, for example, would manifest in the fourth heaven, she might be called something else, just to separate her from the other emanations.

            1. Thank you Wes. It is clear to me that this is your final reincarnation into this matrix reality to serve your mission as a teacher and you are doing a great job. Thanks to you I have learned more about the nature of our reality in the last year than I have in the previous sixty years.

        2. You also said somewhere Jesus is Thoth. Son of After i read this i don’t understand on which side Jesus was. The aif of Orion?

          1. @Batman This will become clearer as we continue with the articles, but in short, you could say there were (at least) two Jesus–one was the authentic one, where the Message was funneled through Jesus in the human body. The Message came from the original Christ, originating in the Pleroma. He funneled his Spirit through Jesus of Nazareth, so the physical Jesus could relay the message.

            Then there was an impostor — Thoth — who came afterwards and spread the Hermetic Gnostic teachings, in an effort to distort the original ones. Our articles are based on the original teachings. Also see our article, in order to distinguish between the two teachings. Everything that’s Hermetic, in general, is Thoth, and Thoth is Yaldabaoth’s/’s son.

      2. YES!
        “Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.”
        Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil.”
        “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth.”
        While Cain and Abel were from The Lord,Seth was in the likeness of Adam-human-.
        Adam was preparing a lineage(3d bodies) through wich CHRIST would become perfected.And so it began with Adam and his 3 rd,but true son,Seth.Until reaching the perfection ,attained in the human Jesus,THE CHRIST, had to go through many cycles(reincarnation).
        “when time was right, Christ/Light would descend into the Spirited humans, so we could fully wake up to who we are and spread full Light across the Construct.”
        So,we have Adam’s lineage(dwelling place of CHRIST SPIRIT),with his first begoten son,Seth-humans, versus the lineage of Cain(Yaldabaoth,who raped Eve)-the gods.
        The Seth line had to come into existence to represent the slaves of the Gods in the flesh,while the Cain line became the kings and rulers of this world.
        Therefore, both Jesus the son of man and Jesus the son of God, are both in the Bible, but they are not the same entity, but are in enmity towards one another.
        I would be grateful if Wes,Lawrence and all who desire,would read THE DIVINE SECRET GARDEN, by JOHN V. PANELLA! his first 5 books are written from a religious perspective-backround(he was raised in a religious familly-his dad was a pastor,but he left the church) and the other 3 books are presented as fiction.
        As it is the case with the writtings of Wes,John;s books are easy to read and mind blowing! and they are FREE! Both Wes & John came to almoust the same conclusions,but now ,after the Gnostc series, I am confident and happy,that they present the same story,but each of them from their own perspective-as are the many faces of the same diamond.
        I think that each of us have some puzzle pieces,but we have to work together to finish the GREAT PICTURE puzzle.

        1. The problem with Panella, as I see it, that he has now disappeared from the public and created a forum that is completely closed, except from carefully selected members. He does not want to collaborate with anybody. From what I’ve heard from several former forum members, you need to accept Panella’s viewpoints to the T, or you will be kicked out from the forum. It’s not for debate, only to discuss exactly what Panella has written. So, it’s become an Elite group, which is something I do not support. Then, he looks at himself and his group as superior to everybody else, and only a selected few are “worthy” to get the “truth.” This is exactly how Thoth and the Archons would do it and have always done it through secret societies. I’m not saying that Panella is consciously working for “them,” but his methods are the same.

          1. Thank you,Wes!you are is so! I feel your wormth,kindness,your good heart,when you answer our questions.You have my gratitude,appreciation and respect!

  10. Wes, as far as Christ goes, I am confused when you said in the comment above that Christ in the Pleroma is Pistis Sophia’s masculine counterpart. I thought that was Theletos. Is Theletos and Christ in the Pleroma the same? How is this possible? Based on your texts, Christ is the culmination of the Aeons in the 8th and 9th Heaven when they came to help her fix her “mistake”, meaning he is the manifestation of the Monad in the Kenoma to help Zoe Sophia retrieve her Spirit that have been scattered in the descending heavens and underworld. Can you clarify this please?

    1. Theletos and Christ are one and the same. When Sophia create without “him,” Theletos/Christ got “permission” to use all the characteristics/attributes from all the other Aeons to send down into Sophia’s deficient creation (Kenoma) to balance the deficiency and turn darkness into light (ignorance into knowledge).

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