Valentinus

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Valentinus AKA Valentinius


Egypt / Rome 100 - 160 CE


Comments: Gnostic; the Ancients; Unlike other gnostic systems, which are expressly dualist, Valentinus emphasized Unity, albeit expressed in dualistic terms; God the Father, Sophia the Mother, and Logos the Son; One of the best and earliest known Gnostics, because the Roman Catholic Church had just formed and their intense criticism of his philosophy preserved it for future ages, while so much of Gnostic thought was lost in the triumph of Christianity; Alchemy; Universal Method of Medicine ; Basilides's teachings were developed by him, in contrast to Simon Magus' school of Gnostic philosophy; wrote of the "Greek Kabala," based on the combination of Greek letters as numbers, like Hebrew; @ same time as Apuleius; The Logos as a Child; the Craftsman God aka the Demi-Urge is lesser than The Fullness aka the Invisible God, not malevolent like the Gnostic Yaldabaoth; ceremonies of baptism, Eucharist,anointing and pre-death anointing to complete the cycle of Salvation; "Ransom " the Soul at Death; the Bridal Chamber, where the female Soul at Death unites with its Holy Guardian Angel's male potency to enter the Fullness aka the Invisible Spiritual God; he seems to confirm Saint Irenaeus's accusation that this involved Sex magick though in general the Valentinians were as down on sex as most Gnostic & Christian schools; Jesus crucified is the New Tree of Eternal Life from the Garden of Eden;


Teachers: Basilides; Plato; Jesus; Zosimos; Philo; Theudas; Saint Paul the Apostle; Heracleon; Ptolemy ; St. Thomes the Gnostic; Ennius, Roman poet; Bardaisan aka Bardesanes , @ 154–222; perhaps Rabbi Philo; perhaps Hermes Trismegistus; Marcus, author of Writings on Numerology; Mani of Manichaeism aka the Manichaeans;


Students: Epiphanius; Bardaisan; Marcion of Sinope, of the Marcosians;Plotinus; Iamblichus; Hermes Trismegistus; Clement of Alexandria; St. Hippolytus (AKA Philosophumena); Marcellus of Ancyra; Ptolemy; Florinus, author of On the Eight; Axionicus; ‘’’Theodotus’’’ the Gnostic, author of Excerpta ex Theodoto aka Extracts from Theodotus, @170 CE; Theotimos aka Theotimus, author of On the Images of the Law; Secundus; Ptolemy; Herakleon; GRS Mead; Hargrave Jennings; Julius Evola; Arturo Reghini; Nicholas Tereschenko; Jean Pascal Ruggiu; Jules Doinel; Michael Bertiaux; Louis Culling; Constant Chevillon; Jean Bricaud; Eugen Grosche; Cecil Frederick Russell; Dr. Robert Word; Samael Aun Weor; Frater PVN; Stephan Hoeller; Theodorus Kerckringius; James Freeman Clarke; Manly P. Hall; inspiration for Basil Valentine aka Basilius Valentinus;

Friends:

Enemies: early Catholic Church; Pope Hyginus; Pope Anicetus; Saint Irenaeus; Tertullian; Epiphanius of Salamis; St. Justin the Just; Miltiades; Proclus;

Organizations: Valentinian School of Rome;

Author: Nag Hammadi revealed a Coptic version of the Gospel of Truth, by him, 1945; 'Triumphal Chariot of Antimony' AKA 'Currus Triumphalis Antimonii' ; 'The Medicine of Metals'; 'Of Things Natural and Supernatural'; 'Of the First Tincture, Root and Spirit of Metals'; 'The Twelve Keys' ; 'Last Will and Testament' Treatise on the Resurrection ; 1 {poem}/ hymn , Summer Harvest; Epistle to Agathopous; Epistle on Attachments; On Friends; On the Three Natures (the Trinity, not rediscovered yet); On the Sophia; Tripartite Tractate; The Exegesis on the Soul; ; fragments survived of many works, or just quotes;

Quotes: In Spirit I see that all things are hanging - In Spirit I know that all things are being carried - Flesh hanging from Soul - Soul cleaving it Air; Air hanging from the upper atmosphere - crops coming forth from the Deep - a baby coming forth from the Womb;



Resources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentinus_%28Gnostic%29; http://www.gnosis.org/library/valentinus/index.html; Dr. Stephan Hoeller in Valentinus: A Gnostic for All Seasons; read it here: http://www.gnosis.org/valentinus.htm; http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/valentinus.html ; and here - http://www.sacred-texts.com/alc/antimony.htm ;http://www.gnosis.org/valentinus.htm ; - http://www.gnosis.org/library/valentinus/index.html - ; http://hermetic.com/sabazius/valentinus.htm ; http://ehrmanblog.org/the-valentinian-gnostics/ by Prof. Bart Ehrman; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcosians ; http://gnosis.org/library/polem.htm ;