Creation Date: 30 July 2018.
“Fire Portraits” Series.
Series Years: 2017 – 2018.
Copyright 2018 Nawfal Johnson
All Rights Reserved.
Influence: “To Reign in Hell” novel by Steven Brust.
Art Photographs: Photography of fire shaped into Portrait-like imagery, of the characters, angels, in “To Reign in Hell”, written by Steven Brust. There are also other evil creatures in this Fire Portraits Series that are not in Brust’s story.
Note 1: After doing the first art photo, I said to myself, “I’m seeing some faces from Brust’s novel in this image, and I need to investigate, and work this out further to see what develops.”
Note 2: One very interesting aspect of Brust’s story is that all of the angels were essentially good until a conflict and deception arose among the angels. On top of that, the three “evil” angels in the story ( evil according to many ‘modernised’ views…modern being several thousand years for Satan/Lucifer/Devil, and hundreds for Mephisto ) — Satan and Lucifer are the same entity, and Mephistopheles is the name invented for the historical Johann Georg Faust (c. 1480–c. 1540), and in demonology, Mephistopheles was “one of the seven chief devils and the tempter of Faust”. Nevertheless, in Brust’s story, Satan and Lucifer are “First-Borns”, and Mephistopheles in Brust’s story, is an archangel, not a devil or demon.
Note 3: My Brust angels are a contradiction because they are made of fire. Angels, “fallen” or not, made of fire, I think is a contradiction.
4) Abraxas is a very powerful Archon. “Abraxas (Gk. ΑΒΡΑΞΑΣ, variant form Abrasax, ΑΒΡΑΣΑΞ) is a word of mystic meaning in the system of the Gnostic Basilides, being there applied to the “Great Archon” (Gk., megas archōn), the princeps of the 365 spheres (Gk., ouranoi). The word is found in Gnostic texts such as the Holy Book of the Great Invisible Spirit, and also appears in the Greek Magical Papyri. It was engraved on certain antique gemstones, called on that account Abraxas stones, which were used as amulets or charms.” Source: Wikipedia / Abraxas.
The Archons are considered to be generally evil. They, according to Gnosticism, rule the “unseen” world, and they created an imitation world that is flawed, where the humans live. The humans cannot see the unseen world or the Archons as humans have a very limited visual spectral range. The unseen world is ruled by a fake god, refered to as the Demiurge. David Icke referred to these Archons as powerful, evil, imitators. He also uses the analogy of The Matrix as the same sort of relationship there is between the more perfect, world of knowledge, where the Archons exist, compared to the flawed, reflection of the Archons’ world, where humans live, and where most humans live totally oblivious to the world of the Archons, because the human mind is too closed off to total awareness.
Or so, it is theorized…
An archon, in the Gnosticism of late antiquity, was any of several servants of the Demiurge, the “creator god” that stood between the human race and a transcendent God that could only be reached through gnosis. In this context they have the role of the angels and demons of the Old Testament. They give their name to the sect called Archontics. They were thus called from the Greek word ἄρχοντες, “principalities”, or “rulers”, by reason that they held the world to have been created and ruled by malevolent Archons.
A characteristic feature of the Gnostic concept of the universe is the role played in almost all Gnostic systems by the seven world-creating archons, known as the Hebdomad (ἑβδομάς). These Seven are in most systems semi-hostile powers, and are reckoned as the last and lowest emanations of the Godhead; below them—and frequently considered as derived from them—comes the world of the actually devilish powers. There are indeed certain exceptions; Basilidestaught the existence of a “great archon” called Abraxas who presided over 365 archons (Irenaeus, Adversus Haereses, i. 24).
Source: Wikipedia / Archon (Gnosticism)
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