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you ever wondered about that gorgeous woman in
Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine
chapel—the one that God has his arm wrapped around while his
other arm extends to touch the hand of Adam?
Some art historians
believe the petite blonde was Jehovah’s grandmother, the
the Judeo-Christian tradition the goddess Sophia is the
beginning, the source of wisdom, and keeper of the knowledge
of all that is righteous and just. With her sound wisdom and
guidance, rulers lead their kingdoms to prosper. In the
darkness and ignorance that thrive in her absence, the
proverbial wasteland eats away at the soul and nations
Known as the Mother of All or simply as Wisdom, Sophia was
born of Silence according to Gnostic creation myths. She
gave birth to both Male and Female who together created all
the elements of our material world.
Female then gave birth to Jehovah in all his emanations. But
she also gave birth to Ildabaoth who was known as the Son of
Darkness. When humans were created, Sophia loved them all
affection for humans sparked jealousy in both Ildabaoth and
Jehovah. Hoping to keep humans weak and powerless, the
brothers forbade humans to eat the fruit of the tree of
knowledge. Female then sent her spirit in the form of the
serpent to teach the humans to disobey the envious gods.
Sophia so desperately loved humans that she decided she
would live among them. To her dismay they mostly ignored her. She
tried speaking to them. When they turned a deaf ear, she screamed
from the tops of the highest walls. Still she was not heard.
her anguish at being so neglected, she left humans with one
last thought: You have denied and ignored me, so will I do
when calamity strikes and you call for my help. Only those
who earnestly search for me and love me will merit my love
There are those who believe that Sophia, so desperate in her
desire to relate, later returned to humans in another
attempt to bond with them. Sophia is often symbolized by the
Dove of Aphrodite, which later became the dove representing
the Holy Spirit.
dove appeared to the Virgin Mary in the form of the Virgin
of Light, entered her and conceived Jesus. In this sense,
Sophia attempted again, in to form of a man, to be united
with the mortals she so loved.
Sophia’s traits include: righteous, wise, loving,
communicative, knowledgeable, creative, protective, giving, and
A Sophia woman sees it and tells it as it is; she has no
fear of the truth.
She brings meaning to human experience with her gift of
understanding “the bigger picture”. Only when you stand back,
gaining some emotional distance, can you see that even the most
traumatic experiences can be the birthplace of your most treasured
strengths. It is only in times of great stress that heroic feats are
are Sofia’s gifts to us, gifts that can overcome the
despair, confusion, and suffering that frame human life.
Sophia reminds you that clear vision and understanding line
the path that leads to the discovery of the meaning of your
Sophia was also the mother of Faith, Hope, and Charity.
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