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Esoteric Encyclopedia

Esoteric Encyclopedia Entry of the Week: Archons

In Gnostic cosmology, Archons are known as a species of inorganic beings that emerged in the solar system prior to the formation of the earth. “Archon” derives from the Greek word which means “ruler” or “lord”.

According to Wikipedia: 

Archons are, in Gnosticism and religions closely related to it, demonic entities subordinate to the embodiment of evil in the corresponding belief-system. Among the ArchonticsOphitesSethians and in the writings of Nag Hammadi library, the archons are rulers, each related to one of seven planets; they prevent souls from leaving the material realm.

In Manichaeism, the archons are the rulers of a realm within the ‘Kingdom of Darkness’, who together make up the Prince of Darkness.

The Ophites accepted the existence of these seven archons (OrigenContra Celsum, vi. 31; a nearly identical list is given in On the Origin of the World):[4]

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