THE BOOK OF CREATION
Extracted From The Great Book
Of The Sons of Fire
An account of the beginning of things and why they are as we find
Chapter 1 - CREATION
Chapter 2 - THE BIRTH OF MAN
Chapter 3 - THE DESTRUCTION AND RE-CREATION
Chapter 4 - THE AFFLICTION OF God
Chapter 5 - IN THE BEGINNING
Chapter 6 - DADAM AND LEWID
Chapter 7 - HERTHEW - SON OF THE FIRSTFATHER
Chapter 8 - GWINEVA
Mortal knowledge is circumscribed by mortal ignorance, and mortal
comprehension is circumscribed by spiritual reality. It is unwise
for mortal man to attempt the understanding of that which is beyond
his conception, for there lies the road to disbelief and madness.
Yet man is man and ever fated to reach out beyond himself, striving
to attain things which always just elude his grasp. So in his
frustration he replaces the dimly seen incomprehensible with things
within his understanding. If these things but poorly reflect
reality, then is not the reflection of reality, distorted though it
may be, of greater value than no reflection at all?
There are no true beginnings on Earth, for here all is effect, the
ultimate cause being elsewhere. For who among men can say which came
first, the seed or the plant? Yet in truth it is neither, for
something neither seed nor plant preceded both, and that thing was
also preceded by something else. Always there are ancestors back to
the beginning, and back beyond to there is only God. This, then, is
how these things were told in The Great Book of The Sons of Fire.
Before the beginning there was only one consciousness, that of The
Eternal One whose nature cannot be expressed in words. It was The
One Sole Spirit, The Self Generator which cannot diminish. The
Unknown, Unknowable One brooding solitary in profound pregnant
The name which is uttered cannot be that of this Great Being who,
remaining nameless, is the beginning and the end, beyond time,
beyond the reach of mortals, and we in our simplicity call it God.
He who preceded all existed alone in His strange abode of uncreated
light, which remains ever inextinguishable, and no understandable
eye can ever behold it. The pulsating draughts of the eternal life
light in His keeping were not yet loosed. He knew Himself alone, He
was uncontrasted, unable to manifest in nothingness, for all within
His Being was unexpressed potential. The Great Circles of Eternity
were yet to be spun out, to be thrown forth as the endless ages of
existence in substance. They were to begin with God and return to
Him completed in infinite variety and expression.
Earth was not yet in existence, there were no winds with the sky
above them; high mountains were not raised, nor was the great river
in its place. All was formless, without movement, calm, silent, void
and dark. No name had been named and no destinies foreshadowed.
Eternal rest is intolerable, and unmanifested potential is
frustration. Into the solitude of timelessness can Divine Loneliness
and from this arose the desire to create, that He might know and
express Himself, and this generated the Love of God. He took thought
and brought into being within Himself the Universal Womb of Creation
containing the everlasting essence of slumbering spirit.
The essence was quickened by a ripple from the mind of God and a
creative thought was projected. This generated power which produced
light, and this formed a substance like unto a mist of invisible
dust. It divided into two forms of energy through being impregnated
with The Spirit of God and, quickening the chaos of the void within
the Universal Womb, became spun out into whirlpools of substance.
From this activity, as sparks from a fire, came an infinite variety
of spirit minds, each having creative powers within itself.
The activating word was spoken, its echoes vibrate still, and there
was a stirring movement which caused instability. A command was
given and this became the Everlasting Law. Henceforth, activity was
controlled in harmonious rhythm and the initial inertia was
overcome. The Law divided the materializing chaos from God and then
established the boundaries of the Eternal Spheres.
Time no longer slept on the bosom of God, for now there was change
where before all had been unchanging, and change is time. Now within
the Universal Womb was heat, substance and life, and encompassing it
was the Word which is the Law.
The command was given, "Let the smallest of things form the greatest
and that which lives but a flash form everlastingness."
universe came into being as a condensation of God's thought, and as
it did so it obscured Him from all enclosed within His solidifying
creation. Henceforth, God was hidden, for He has always remained
dimly reflected in His creation. He became veiled from all that came
forth from Him. Creation does not explain itself, under the Law it
cannot do so, its secrets have to be unraveled by the created.
All things are by nature finite, they have a beginning, a middle and
an end. An unaccomplishable purpose would be eternal frustration and
therefore, the universe being created purposefully it must have an
objective. If it ended without anything else following, then the God
existing must slumber indifferent to its activities. But He has made
it a living work of greatness operating under the changeless Law.
The creating word had been spoken, now there was another command and
the power going forth smote the sun so its face was lit, and it
shone with a great radiance pouring warmth and light upon its sister
Earth. Henceforth she would live within the protection of her
brother's household, rejoicing in his benevolence and strength.
The waters upon the bosom of Earth were gathered together and dry
land appeared. When the covering of water was rolled back the body
of Earth was unstable, damp and yielding. The face of the sun shone
down kindly upon his sister and the dry land of her body became very
hard, humidity and dampness were taken away. He gave her a garment
of fleece and a veil of fine linen, that she might clothe her body
From the Great Womb had sprung the Spirit of Life and it was rampant
in the Heavens. It gazed upon Earth and saw her fairness, and was
filled with desire, and came out of the heavenly spaces to possess
her. It came not peacefully as a lover, but tempestuously as a
ravager. Its breath howled along her corridors and raged among her
mountain tops, but it did not discover the dwelling place of her
Spirit. She had withdrawn, as a woman withdraws before force, for
modesty must not be outraged in submission. Yet she desired its
embrace, for among all the Radiant Company she was honoured.
The sun saw her perplexity and he wrestled with the Spirit of Life
and overcame it. When it was subdued and the primal struggle had
ceased, it was delivered by the sun to his sister. It was chastened
and quietened and in silence brooded over Earth's waters, and she
was stirred in response. Mud eggs of life potential were formed in
swamps, at the meeting places of land and two waters. The sun gave
quickening heat and life crawled forth upon the bosom of the Earth.
The land dust brought forth the male and the dark water mist the
female, and they united and multiplied. The first brought forth the
second and the two produced the third. Earth was no longer virgin
and the Spirit of Life grew old and departed. Earth was left garbed
in the matron's mantle of green, herbage covered the face of the
The waters brought forth fishes and creatures which move about and
twist themselves and wriggle in the waters, the serpents and the
beasts of terrible aspect which were of yore, and reptiles which
creep and crawl. There were tall walking things and dragons in
hideous form clothed with terror, whose great bones may still be
Then came forth from the Womb of the Earth all the beasts of the
field and forest. All the creatures of creation having blood in
their bodies, and it was complete. Beasts roamed the dry land and
fishes swam in the seas. There were birds in the skies and worms
within the soil.
There were great land masses and high mountains, wide barren places
and heaving waters. Fertile greenness covered the land and abundant
life swarmed in the seas, for now Earth throbbed with the energy of
Metals lay hidden in her rocks and precious stones within the soil.
Gold and silver were scattered and secreted. There was copper for
tools and forest of timber. There were swamps of reeds and stone for
Everything was prepared, everything was ready, and now Earth awaited
the coming of man.
THE BIRTH OF MAN
The love of God penetrated the third veil and became the Seed of
Souls within the Soul Sea. The body of man God made of water and
things of the Earth, breathing into him the Spirit of Life, that he
might live. But man, when young, lived only to eat and drink and to
fornicate, for, being conscious only of the Earth, he knew only
earthly things and earthly ways.
Now the Spirit of God Moved over the face of the Earth, but was not
of the Earth. It held all things and was in all things, but on Earth
could not be apart from anything. Without substance it was awake,
but entering substance it slept.
Consider that which was told by the servants of Eban, of Heavenman
who once wandered the Earth, He had no earthly substance and could
not grasp its fruits, for he had no hands. He could not drink its
waters, for he had no mouth, nor could he feel the cool winds upon
his skin. They tell how the ape tribe Selok, led by Heavenman,
perished by flames before the Valley of Lod, Only one she-ape
reaching the cave heights above.
When Heavenman was reborn of the she-ape in the cavern of Woe, could
he taste the fruits of the Earth and drink of her waters, and feel
the coolness of her winds? Did he not find life good? It is not all
a tale of the courtyard!
Man, created from earthly substance alone, could not know things not
of Earth, nor could Spirit alone subdue him. Had man not been
created, who would have known God's wisdom and power? As the Spirit
fills the body of man, so does God fill His creation.
Therefore, it was that God saw something had to be which joined
Earth and Spirit and was both. In His wisdom and by the creative
impulse which governs the Earth, He prepared a body for man, for the
body of man is wholly of Earth.
Behold, the great day came when the Spirit, which is God, was joined
with the beast, which is Earth. Then Earth writhed in the labour of
travail. Her mountains rocked back and forth and her seas heaved up
and down. Earth groaned in her lands and shrieked in her winds. She
cried in the rivers and wept in her storms.
So man was born, born of upheaval and strife. He came wretchedly and
tumultuously, the offspring of a distraught Earth. All was in
discord, snow fell in the hot wastelands, ice covered the fertile
plains, the forests became seas. Where once it was hot, now it was
cold and where no rain had ever fallen, now there were floods. So
man came forth, man the child of calamity, man the inheritor of
creative struggle, man the battleground of extremes.
Earth nurtured man with cautious affection, weaning him in the
recesses of her body. Then, when he was grown sufficiently to be
lifted so he walked in the uprightness of God, she took him and
raised him above all other creatures. She led him even into the
presence of God and she laid him on His Great Altar.
A man imperfect, of earthly limitations, a thing unfinished,
ungainly and unlearned, but proudly was He presented to Earth's
Creator. Not her first-born was man, the son of Earth, the
grandchild of God, man the heir of tribulation and the pupil of
God saw man, the offering of Earth to her Lord, unconscious on the
High Altar, a sacrifice to Him and a dedication to the Spirit of
Fate. Then from out of the unfathomable heights and from behind the
impenetrable veil, God came down above the Altar and He breathed
into man the breath of Eternal Life. Into his sleeping body God
implanted a fragment of Himself, the Seed of a Soul and the Spark of
Divinity, a man the mortal became man the heir of God and the
inheritor of immortality. Henceforth he would have dominion over
God's earthly estate, but he also had to unravel the Circles of
Eternity, and his destiny was to be an everlasting seeking and
Man slept, but God opened the Great Eye within him and man saw a
vision of unsurpassed glory. He heard the voice of God saying,
man, in your hand is now placed the tablet of your inheritance, and
My seal is upon it. Know that all you desire within your heart may
be yours, but first it is necessary that you be taught its value.
Behold, the Earth is filled with things of usefulness, they are
prepared to your hand for a purpose, but the task is upon you to
seek them out and learn their use. This is the tuition for the
management of your inheritance."
"What you know to be good, seek for and it shall be found. You may
plumb the seas and pluck the stars. You may live in everlasting
glory and savour eternal delights. Above and below and all about
there is nothing beyond your reach; all, with one exception, is
yours to attain". Then God laid His hand upon man, saying, "Now you
are even as I, except you sleep there enclosed in matter in the
Kingdom of Illusion, while I dwell here in the freedom of Reality
and Truth. It is not for me to come down to you, but for you to
reach out to Me."
Man then saw a vision of glory encompassing even the
Spheres of Splendour. Unbounded wisdom filled his heart and he beheld beauty in
perfection. The ultimate of Truth and Justice were unveiled before
him. He became one with the profound peace of eternity and knew the
joys of unceasing gladness.
The eternal ages of time unrolled as a scroll before his eyes, and
he saw written thereon all that was to become and occur. The great
vaults of Heaven were opened up unto him and he saw the everlasting
fires and unconsumable powers that strove therein. He felt within
himself the stirring of inexpressible love, and unlimited designs of
grandeur filled his thoughts. His spirit ranged unhampered through
all the spheres of existence. He was then even as God Himself, and
he knew the secret of the Seven Spheres within Three Spheres.
Then God lifted His hand from man and man was alone. The great
vision departed and he awoke, only a dim and elusive recollection,
no more than the shadow of a dream remained. But deep within the
sleeping Soul there was a spark of remembrance and it generated
within man a restless longing for he knew not what. Henceforth, man
was destined to wander discontented, seeking something he felt he
knew but could not see, something which continually eluded him,
perpetually goaded him, and forever tantalized him. Deep within
himself man knew something greater than himself was always with him
and part of him, spurring him on to greater deeds, greater thoughts,
greater aspirations. It was something out beyond himself, scarcely
realized and never found; something which told him that the radiance
seen on the horizon but dimly reflected the hidden glory beyond it.
Man awoke, the revelation and vision gone, only the grim reality of
Earth's untamed vastness surrounded him. But when he arose and
stepped down onto the bosom of his Mother Earth he was undaunted by
the great powers that beset him or by the magnitude of the task
ahead. Within his heart he knew destiny lay beyond the squalor of
his environment, he stepped out nobly, gladly accepting the
He was now a new man, he was different. He looked above and saw
glory in the Heavens. He saw beauty about him and he knew goodness
and things not of the Earth. The vision of eternal values arose
before his inner eye. His Spirit was responding to its environment,
man was now man, truly man.
The nature of man on Earth was formed after the nature of things in
Heaven, and man had all things contained as potential within
himself, except divine life. But he was as yet an untrained,
undisciplined child, still nurtured simply upon the comforting bosom
Man grew in stature, but Earth was not indulgent, for she
disciplined him firmly. She was ever strict and unyielding,
chastening him often with blasts of displeasure. It was indeed the
upbringing of one destined for greatness; he was made to suffer
cold, that he might learn to clothe himself; sent into the barren
places, that his limbs should be strengthened, and into forests,
that his eye should become keen and his heart strong. He was
perplexed with difficult problems and set the task of unraveling the
illusions of Nature. He was beset with hardships of every
description. He was tested with frustrations and tempted with
allurements; never did Earth relax the vigilance of her supervision.
The child was raised sternly, for he needed the fortitude, courage
and cunning of a man, to fit him for the task ahead. He grew wily
and wiry in the hunt; he became adaptable, able to cope with any
untoward happening. Overcoming the bewilderments of early days he
found explanations for the perplexities of his surroundings. Yet the
struggle for knowledge, the need for adaptation and the effort to
survive were never relaxed. The Earthchild was well trained and
disciplined, he was never unduly mollycoddled. He cried for bread
and went hungry, he shivered and was cast out, he was sick and
driven into the forest. Weary he was lashed with storms, thirsty he
found the wasters dried up. When weak his burden was increased and
in the midst of rejoicing he was struck down with sorrow. In moments
of weakness he cried, "Enough!" and doubted his destiny; but always
something fortified and encouraged him, the Earthling never
forfeited his Godlikeness.
For man was man, he was not cowed, nor his Spirit broken; a wise God
knew his limitations. As it is written in the wisdom of men, 'over
chastisement is as bad as no chastisement at all'. But man was
rarely chastised, he was tried, tested and challenged; he was led,
prodded and urged, yet nothing was done unnecessarily. The seeming
imperfections of Earth, the hazards and inequalities of life, the
cruelty, harshness and apparent indifference to suffering and
affliction are not what they seem; as it is, Earth is perfect for
its purpose. It is ignorance of that purpose which makes it appear
Where is there a wiser father than the Spirit of God, or a better
mother than Earth? What man is now he owes to these, may he learn to
be duly grateful. Above all let him never forget the lessons learned
in his upbringing.
THE DESTRUCTION AND RE-CREATION
It is known, and the story comes down from ancient times, that there
was not one creation but two, a creation and a re-creation. It is a
fact known to the wise that the Earth was utterly destroyed once
then reborn on a second wheel of creation.
At the time of the great destruction of Earth, God caused a
from out of Heaven to come and encompass her about. The dragon was
frightful to behold, it lashed its tail, it breathed out fire and
hot coals, and a great catastrophe was inflicted upon mankind.
body of the dragon was wreathed in a cold bright light and beneath,
on the belly, was a ruddy hued glow, while behind it trailed a
flowing tail of smoke. It spewed out cinders and hot stones and its
breath was foul and stenchful, poisoning the nostrils of men. Its
passage caused great thunderings and lightnings to rend the thick
darkened sky, all Heaven and Earth being made hot. The seas were
loosened from their cradles and rose up, pouring across the land.
There was an awful, shrilling trumpeting which outpowered even the
howling of the unleashed winds.
Men, stricken with terror, went mad at the awful sight in the
Heavens. They were loosed from their senses and dashed about,
crazed, not knowing what they did. The breath was sucked from their
bodies and they were burnt with a strange ash.
Then it passed, leaving Earth enwrapped within a dark and glowering
mantle which was ruddily lit up inside. The bowels of the Earth were
torn open in great writhing upheavals and a howling whirlwind rent
the mountains apart. The wrath of the sky-monster was loosed in the
Heavens. It lashed about in flaming fury, roaring like a thousand
thunders; it poured down fiery destruction amid a welter of thick
black blood. So awesome was the fearfully aspected thing that the
memory mercifully departed from man, his thoughts were smothered
under a cloud of forgetfulness.
The Earth vomited forth great gusts of foul breath from awful mouths
opening up in the midst of the land. The evil breath bit at the
throat before it drove men mad and killed them. Those who did not
die in this manner were smothered under a cloud of red dust and
ashes, or were swallowed by the yawning mouths of Earth or crushed
beneath crashing rocks.
The first sky-monster was joined by another which swallowed the tail
of the one going before, but the two could not be seen at once. The
sky-monster reigned and raged above Earth, doing battle to possess
it, but the many bladed sword of God cut them in pieces, and their
falling bodies enlarged the land and the sea.
In this manner the first Earth was destroyed by calamity descending
from out of the skies. The vaults of Heaven had opened to bring
forth monsters more fearsome than any that ever haunted the uneasy
dreams of men.
Men and their dwelling places were gone, only sky boulders and red
earth remained where once they were, but amidst all the desolation a
few survived, for man is not easily destroyed. They crept out from
caves and came down from the mountainsides. Their eyes were wild and
their limbs trembled, their bodies shook and their tongues lacked
control. Their faces were twisted and the skin hung loose on their
bones. They were as maddened wild beasts driven into an enclosure
before flames; they knew no law, being deprived of all the wisdom
they once had and those who had guided them were gone.
The Earth, only true Altar of God, had offered up a sacrifice of
life and sorrow to atone for the sins of mankind. Man had not sinned
in deed but in the things he had failed to do. Man suffers not only
for what he does but for what he fails to do. He is not chastised
for making mistakes but for failing to recognize and rectify them.
Then the great canopy of dust and cloud which encompassed the Earth,
enshrouding it in heavy darkness, was pierced by ruddy light, and
the canopy swept down in great cloudbursts and raging storm waters.
Cool moon tears were shed for the distress of Earth and the woes of
When the light of the sun pierced the Earth's shroud, bathing the
land in its revitalizing glory, the Earth again knew night and day,
for there were now times of light and times of darkness. The
smothering canopy rolled away and the vaults of Heaven became
visible to man. The foul air was purified and new air clothed the
reborn Earth, shielding her from the dark hostile void of Heaven.
The rainstorms ceased to beat upon the faces of the land and the
waters stilled their turmoil. Earthquakes no longer tore the Earth
open, nor was it burned and buried by hot rocks. The land masses
were re-established in stability and solidity, standing firm in the
midst of the surrounding waters. The oceans fell back to their
assigned places and the land stood steady upon its foundations. The
sun shone upon land and sea, and life was renewed upon the face of
the Earth. Rain fell gently once more and clouds of fleece floated
The waters were purified, the sediment sank and life increased in
abundance. Life was renewed, but it was different. Man survived, but
he was not the same. The sun was not as it had been and a moon had
been taken away. Man stood in the midst of renewal and regeneration.
He looked up into the Heavens above in fear for the awful powers of
destruction lurking there. Henceforth, the placid skies would hold a
Man found the new Earth firm and the Heavens fixed. He rejoiced but
also feared, for he lived in dread that the Heavens would again
bring forth monsters and crash about him.
When men came forth from their hiding places and refuges, the world
their fathers had known was gone forever. The face of the land was
changed and Earth was littered with rocks and stones which had
fallen when the structure of Heaven collapsed. One generation groped
in the desolation and gloom, and as the thick darkness was dispelled
its children believed they were witnessing a new creation. Time
passed, memory dimmed and the record of evens was no longer clear.
Generation followed generation and as the ages unfolded, new tongues
and new tales replaced the old.
THE AFFLICTION OF God
This comes from the scroll of Kerobal Pakthermin who wrote,
forbears of all the nations of man were once one people, and they
were the elect of God who delivered all the Earth over to them, all
the people, the beasts of the field, the creatures of the wasteland
and the things that grow. They dwelt through long ages in lands of
peace and plenty."
"There were some who struggled harder, were more disciplined;
because their forefathers had crossed the great dark void, their
desires were turned Godward and they were called The Children of
"Their country was undulating and forested. It was fertile, having
many rivers and marshes. There were great mountains to the East and
to the West, and in the North was a vast stony plain."
"Then came the day when all things became still and apprehensive,
for God caused a sign to appear in the Heavens, so that men should
know the Earth would be afflicted, and the sign was a strange star".
"The star grew and waxed to a great brightness and was awesome to
behold. It put forth horns and sang, being unlike any other ever
seen. So men , seeing it, said among themselves, 'Surely, this is
God appearing in the Heavens above us'. The star was not God, though
it was directed by His design, but the people had not the wisdom to
"Then God manifested Himself in the Heavens. His voice was as the
roll of thunders and He was clothed with smoke and fire. He carried
lightings in His hand and His breath, falling upon the Earth,
brought forth brimstone and embers. His eye was a black void and His
mouth an abyss containing the winds of Destruction. He encircled the
whole of the Heavens, bearing upon His back a black robe adorned
"Such was the likeness and manifestation of God in those days.
Awesome was His countenance, terrible His voice of wrath, the sun
and moon hid themselves in fear and there was a heavy darkness over
the face of the Earth".
"God passed through the spaces of the Heavens above with a mighty
roar and a loud trumpeting. Then came the grim dead silence and
black red lit twilight of doom. Great fires and smoke rose up from
the ground and men gasped for air. The land was rent asunder and
swept clean by a mighty deluge of waters. A hole opened up in the
middle of the land, the waters entered and it sank beneath the
"The mountains of the East and West were split apart and stood up in
the midst of the waters which raged about. The Northland tilted and
turned over on its side".
"Then again the tumult and clamour ceased and all was silent. In the
quiet stillness madness broke out among men, frenzy and shouting
filled the air. They fell upon one another in senseless wanton
bloodshed; neither did they spare woman or child, for they knew not
what they did. They ran unseeing, dashing themselves to destruction.
They fled to caves and were buried and, taking refuge in trees, they
were hung. There was rape, murder and violence of every kind".
"The deluge of waters swept back and the land was purged clean. Rain
beat down unceasingly and there were great winds. The surging waters
overwhelmed the land and man, his flocks and his gardens and all his
works ceased to exist.".
"Some of the people were saved upon the mountainsides and upon the
flotsam, but they were scattered far apart over the face of the
Earth. They fought for survival in the lands of uncouth people. Amid
coldness they survived in caves and sheltered places".
"The Land of the Little People and the
Land of Giants, the Land of
the Neckless Ones and the Land of Marshes and Mists, the Lands of
the East and West were all inundated. The Mountain Land and the
Lands of the South, where there is gold and great beasts, were not
covered by the waters".
"Men were distracted and in despair. They rejected the Unseen God
behind all things for something which they had seen and known by its
manifestation. They were less than children in those days and could
not know that God had afflicted the Earth in understanding and not
willfully, for the sake of man and the correction of his ways".
"The Earth is not for the pleasure of man, but is a place of
instruction for his Soul. A man more readily feels the stirrings of
his Spirit in the face of disaster than in the lap of luxury. The
tuition of the Soul is a long and arduous course of instruction and
"God is good and from good evil cannot come. He is perfect and
perfection cannot produce imperfection. Only the limited
understanding of man sees imperfection in that which is perfect for
"This grievous affliction of man was another of his great tests. He
failed and in so doing followed the paths of unnatural Gods of his
making. Man makes Gods by naming them, but where in this is the
benefit to him?"
"Evil comes in to the midst of mankind spawned by the fears and
ignorance of men. An evil man becomes an evil spirit, and whatever
evil there is on Earth comes either from the evil of spirits or the
evil of men".
IN THE BEGINNING
Now, the Children of God were moulded by the Hand of God which is
called Awen, and it manifested according to their desires. For all
things which have life are moulded by Awen. The fox, shivering in
the cold lands, longs for warmth and so its cubs have warmer coats.
The owl, clumsy in the dark, longs to see its prey more clearly, and
in generations of longing the desire is granted. Awen makes
everything what it is, for all things change under its law.
Men, too, are moulded by their desires, but unlike the beasts and
birds their yearnings are circumscribed by the laws of fate and
destiny and the law of sowing and reaping. These, the desires,
modified by the laws, are called Enidvadew. Unlike the beasts and
birds, this, in man, is something relating to him rather than to his
offspring, though they are not untouched by it.
Destiny may be likened to a man who must travel to a distant city
whether or not he wishes to make the journey, the destination being
his destiny. He may choose whether to go by way of a river or by way
of a plain; whether across mountains or through forests, on foot or
horseback, slow or fast, and whatever befalls because of this
decision is fate. If a tree falls on him because he chose the forest
path, it was fated, for luck is an element of fate. Destiny leaves
no choice, fate gives limited choice which may be good or bad, but
it cannot be averted. What is fated must be, for at no point can
there be any turning back.
The circumstances, Enidvadew, of the traveler conform to the law of
sowing and reaping; he may travel in comfort or pain, happily or
sorrowfully, with strength or weakness, heavily burdened or lightly
burdened, well prepared or ill prepared. When the destination is set
according to the degrees of a former life, then the circumstances of
the journey should conform with the desire. For what use is it
desiring a great destination when the law of sowing and reaping
decrees that an intolerable burden must be carried on the way? Far
better to have lesser aspirations. The decrees of fate are many, the
decrees of destiny are few.
When the Earth was young and the race of man still as children,
there were fertile green pastures in the lands where all is now sand
and barren wasteland. In the midst of it was a garden-land which lay
against the edge of the Earth, eastward and towards the sun rising,
and it was called Meruah, meaning The Place of The Garden on the
Plain. It lay at the foot of a mountain which was cleft at its
rising, and out of it flowed the river of Tardana which watered the
plain. From the mountain, on the other side, ran the river Kal which
watered the plain through the land of Kaledan. The river Nara flowed
westward and then turned back to flow around the gardenland.
It was a fertile place, for out of the ground grew every kind of
tree that was good for food and every tree that was pleasant to the
sight. Every herb that could be eaten and every herb that flowered
was there. The Tree of Life, which was called Glasir, having leaves
of gold and copper, was within the Sacred Enclosure. There, too, was
the Great Tree of Wisdom bearing the fruits of knowledge granting
the choice and ability to know the true from the false. It is the
same tree which can be read as men read a book. There also was the
Tree of Trespass beneath which grew the Lotus of Rapture, and in the
centre was The Place of Power where God made His presence known.
Time passed and The Children of God were grown strong and upright
under the tempering hammer of God, and Earth, The Anvil of God,
became more kindly. All was pleasant and food plentiful, but life
palls in such places, for it is against the nature of man to
flourish in these circumstances. Earth is not for pleasurable
dallying, it is a place of teaching, trial and testing.
The Children of God were not yet the heirs of God nor inheritors of
Godhood, but there was one among them who had almost completed the
Pilgrimage of Enidvadew. He had unraveled the tangled skeins of fate
and traversed the tumultuous seas of life to the many ports of
destiny, and having paid the debts of sowing and reaping was one
triumphant over Enidvadew.
He was Fanvar, son of Auma and Atem. He was wise and knew all
things, he beheld mysteries and the secret things hidden from the
eyes of other men. He saw sunrise and the sun setting in their
splendour, but longed for things not realizable in the place where
he lived. So because he walked with God he was culled out from his
kind and brought to Meruah, The Gardenplace.
He came to it across the mountains and wastelands, arriving after
many days journeying. Weary and close to death because of the
privations he suffered, he could just reach the refreshing waters
from which he drank deeply, and filled with exhaustion he slept. In
his sleep he dreamed and this was the manner of his dreaming: he saw
before him a being of indescribably glory and majesty, who said,
am the God above all, even above the God of your people, I am that
which fulfils the aspirations of men and I am that in which they are
fulfilled. You, having traversed all the Circles of Enidvadew and
established your worthiness, are now made my governor on Earth and
you shall rule all things here, guiding them in my ways, leading
them ever upwards into glory. This will be your labour and, behold,
here is your reward.".
A cloud mist seemed to gather about The Glorious Being, enfolding
Him so He was no longer visible. Then the mist gradually cleared and
the man saw another form emerging. It was that of a woman, but one
such as Fanvar had never seen before, beautiful beyond his
conception of beauty, with such perfection of form and grace that he
was dumbfounded. Yet the vision was not substantial, she was a
wraith, an ethereal being.
The man awoke and sought food from the fruits about him and having
refreshed himself wandered about the garden. Wherever he went he saw
the wraith, but was unafraid because she smiled encouragingly,
bringing comfort to his heart. He built himself a shelter and grew
strong again, but always, wherever he went, the wraith was not far
One day, near the edge of the garden, he fell asleep in the heat of
the day and awoke to find himself surrounded by the Sons of Bothas,
not true men but Yoslings, kinsfolk to the beasts of the forest.
Before they could take his strength and wisdom he loosed himself
among them, slaying some in his rage and might before the rest ran
away. When it was done he sat himself down beneath a great tree, for
he was wounded and blood gushed out from his side and gathered
thickly beside him. He became faint, falling into a deep sleep and
while he slept a wondrous thing happened. The wraith came and lay
beside him, taking blood from his wound upon herself so it congealed
about her. Thus the Spiritbeing became clothed with flesh, born of
congealing blood, and being sundered from his side she rose a mortal
In his heart Fanvar was not at rest, because of her likeness, but
she was gentle, ministering to him with solicitude and, being
skillful in the ways of healing, she made him whole. Therefore, when
he had grown strong again he made her Queen of The Gardenland, and
she was so called even by our fathers who named her Gulah, but
Fanvar called her Aruah, meaning helpmate. In our tongue she is
called The Lady of Lanevid.
Now, God enlightened Fanvar concerning the woman, saying,
woman was drawn from her compatible abode in a realm of beauty
through the yearning aspirations of men. Her coming accomplishes
something which would otherwise have taken countless generations,
for Earth is more fitting for men to learn manly things than for
women to learn womanly ones.
This woman is not as other women, being
in no way like yourself; every hair of her head is unlike that of a
man, every drop of blood and every particle of flesh is that of a
woman and quite unlike that of a man. Her thoughts and desires are
different; she is neither coarse nor uncouth, being altogether of
another, more refined realm. Her daughters will walk proudly,
endowed with every womanly perfection and grace. Delicacy, modesty
and charm will be the lovely jewels enhancing their womanliness.
Henceforth, man will be truly man and woman will be truly woman, men
being girded with manliness and women clothed with womanliness. Yet
they shall walk together, hand in hand, towards the ascending glory
before them, each the helpmate and inspiration of the other".
So Fanvar and Aruah lived in contentment amid bounty and fruitfulness,
with freedom from afflictions and sickness. They delighted in each
other and because of their differences were drawn closer together.
Aruah brought but one thing with her when she crossed the misty
frontier, the treasure of Lanevid, the jewel contained in the
moonchalice, the stone of inspiration fashioned by the desires of
men. Never owned by any but the daughters of Aruah, this, the
Lengil, Aruah gave to Fanvar as her dowry and her pledge of purity
and exclusiveness. She followed the ways of the cradleland, not the
ways of Earth.
Within the Gardenland was the Sacred Enclosure, the domain of Fanvar
and Aruah, forbidden to those of The Children of God who had now
come to this place. It contained the Chalice of Fulfilment granting
any who drank from it the realization of all things to which they
aspired. None might drink from this save Fanvar and Aruah. Also
there was the Cauldron of Immortality containing an essence
distilled from the fruits growing in the garden, and this guarded
against mortal ills.
Aruah brought forth a son by Fanvar and he was called Rautoki, and a
daughter who was called Armena. Each knew the mysteries of magic and
the ways of the stars. In the fullness of time Rautoki married among
the daughters of the Sons of God and had two sons, Enanari and
Nenduka. It was Enanari who first taught the weaving of cloth from
plants, and Nenduka was a mighty hunter. Armena also married among
the Sons of God and brought forth a son who was called Belenki and
daughters called Ananua and Mameta. Ananua knew the making of pots
and things of clay and Mameta the taming of beasts and birds.
Nenduka had two sons, Namtara and Kainan. Namtara had two sons also,
Nenduka and Dadam, before dying in the fullness of manhood. Belenki
married Enidva and had a son called Enkidua and a daughter called
Estartha, meaning Maid of the Morning, and she became a great
teacher among The Children of God. This was the Estartha who became
the first Moonmaiden, being later called Lady of The Morning Star. Enkidua had a daughter and her name was Maeva.
Outside the Sacred Enclosure, known as Gisar, but forming a gateway
into it was a circular structure of stones called Gilgal, and within
this was a shrine wherein was kept a sacred vessel called Gwinduiva.
This was like a goblet and was made of rainbow-hued crystal set in
gold with pearls. Above the cup appeared a shimmering moon-coloured
mist like a thin cold flame.
At certain times, when the Heavens were
in a proper position, the Gwinduiva was filled with moondew and
potions from the cauldron within the Sacred Enclosure, making a pale
honey-coloured liquor, and this the people drank from the goblet.
However, there were different proportions in the vessel for those of
the blood of Fanvar and Aruah and those who were Children of God but
not of their blood. It was the potion from the Gwinduiva which kept
sickness and disease away from those who drank it.
Dadam, the Firstfather, married Leitha and they had a son called
Herthew. Dadam then married Maeva who had a daughter, not by him,
and this was Gwineva, the cuckoochild fathered by Abrimenid of
Gwarthon, son of Namtenigal, whom we call Lewid the Darkfather.
About the land of The Children of God was the wasteland where
Yoslings, called The Children of Zumat, which means They Who Inherit
Death, dwelt. Amongst these, Namtenigal, the wily hunter, was the
most wise and cunning; he alone was unafraid of The Children of God
and he alone dared enter the Gardenland.
In the days when Estartha was teaching, Namtenigal often came to
hear her words and The Children of God were not displeased, for
teaching the wild men about them was a duty with which they had been
charged. Namtenigal, therefore, participated in their rites but
could not partake of the elixir from the Gwinduiva, because this was
forbidden. While it gave health and strength to The Children of God,
safeguarding them from the sicknesses of the Yoslings, if given to
others it caused a wasting away. It was also altogether forbidden
for any of The Children of God to mate with the Yoslings, for this
was deemed to be the most unforgivable of sins.
Now, the wily one learned much from Estartha and in the fullness of
time brought his own son to her and he became as her son, living in
her house and forsaking the ways of his people. Estartha called him
Lewid the Lightbringer, for it was her intention that he should be
taught the ways of those who walked in light, that he might in time
enlighten his own people.
Lewid grew up tall and handsome, he was quick to learn and became
wise. He was also a man of the chase, strong and enduring, a hunter
of renown. But there were times when the call of his people was
strong, then he would go out furtively into the night to indulge in
their dark rituals. Thus he became knowledgeable in the ways of the
flesh and in the carnal indulgences of the body.
Dadam became a servant of the Sacred Enclosure where the misty veil
between the realms could be penetrated, for all those having the
blood of Aruah had twinsight, an ability to see wraiths and
sithfolk, ansis and spiritbeings, all the things of the Otherworld,
not clearly but as through a veil.
Beside the place called Gisar was a pleasant parkland with trees of
every kind and a stream, also thickets of flowering bushes and all
manner of plants growing lushly. It was the custom of Maeva to
wander there in the sunshine and Lewid also went there; so it came
about that they met among the trees. Maeva knew the man but had
shunned him in the past, now she saw he was handsome, possessed of
many attractions, so her foot was stayed and she did not run away.
As the days passed they dallied longer together and Lewid talked of
things Maeva had not heard before. She felt a stirring in her blood
but did not respond or heed his temptations, because of the things
which were forbidden. So Lewid went to the Moonmother, wise woman of
the Yoslings, and telling of his desires beseeched her to help him.
The Moonmother gave him two apples containing a vile substance which
they had drawn through their stalks; this Lewid gave to Maeva who
then became helpless in his hands.
They met again after this, for Maeva became enamoured towards Lewid,
but it happened that she became ill with a strange sickness and was
afraid. Then Dadam became ill and Lewid also, and Lewid said to the
woman, "You must obtain the pure essences from within the Sacred
Enclosure, and Setina, the Moonmother, will prepare an elixir which
will cure us". This he said because none of his kind had ever been
able to obtain the Sacred Substances, though they had always coveted
what had been denied them.
Now, because of her frailty, the woman
was pliable in his hands and Lewid seized the opportunity.
To achieve his ends Lewid gave Maeva a potion which had been
prepared by the Moonmother and she administered this to Dadam and
those with him, by guile and deceit, so that they fell asleep. While
they slept Maeva stole from the Sacred Substances and took them to
Lewid who gave them to the Moonmother, and she made a brew.
Part of this was given to Maeva and the rest was drunk by the
Yoslings, from their awful ankital during their night rites. When
the morning came they were all smitten with grievous pains, and
before the sun set that day all the Yoslings were stricken with a
sickness such as they had not known before.
Maeva took what had been given to her and finding Dadam laid low in
his bed gave him a draught from her vessel, though she had to use
womanly wiles to get him to drink it. She drank the remainder and
they both slept. But when they awoke in the morning both were
suffering pains and this was something they had not known before.
Dadam said to the woman,
"What have you done, for what has happened
to us cannot be unless the things which are forbidden have been
The woman replied, "Lord, I was tempted and I fell, I have
done that which is forbidden and unforgivable".
"I am bound by duty to do certain things, but first let
us go into the Gisar to the place called Bethkelcris, where I will
So they went there together and stood before
the shrine beneath the Tree of Wisdom. There they were filled with
an inflowing vision, seeing themselves as they were and as they
should have been, and they were ashamed. He because he had not
followed the proper path of a man and she because of her falsity.
There, in the reflecting mist, the contamination of the woman was
revealed, and the man's heart shriveled within him like a flower
licked by flame.
Then they saw a great Spiritbeing materializing in the reflecting
mist and he said to them,
"Woe to you and your house, for the
greatest of evils has befallen the race of The Children of God and
it is defiled. The heritage of Kadamhapa is lost. The fetid flow
defiling the woman results from the incompatible intermingling, but
it is not all, for sicknesses and diseases are also generating from
the ferments of the impure implantation".
Dadam said, "The fault is with the woman, wherefore should I
suffer?" The Spiritbeing replied,
"Because you two are now as one
the conkerworms of disease and sickness strike both equally, but you
shall not again defile this place. Henceforth, the misty veil
becomes an impenetrable barrier severing our two realms from each
other, so they can no longer be easily spanned. Between us there
will now be no means of communication. Henceforth, man and woman,
fated to unite in love divine, shall be divided and set apart,
though ever yearning reunion. They may cleave one to the other,
seeking the unity which will rekindle the flame, but unless their
efforts transcend the limitations of earthly things they will be in
vain. The spirit of man is now severed from the whole and cast again
into unconsciousness, and it too shall long for reunion with the
whole. The spark shall seek to return to the fire, for otherwise it
becomes nothing. The web of fate is rewoven and the paths of destiny
remade, the design of life is redrawn; again the progression begins
in ignorance, birth and death, pain and pleasure, joy and sorrow,
success and failure, love and hate, peace and war, all the light and
shade, the many hues making the splendidly intricate pattern of life
on Earth. This is a new beginning but a beginning not in purity and
unencumbered, but one already weighted with debts and burdens".
The Spiritbeing continued,
"Enough wickedness has been wrought by
your willfulness and disobedience, for the decrees forbidding
certain things were for your own benefit. Immortality was nearly
within your reach, but had you achieved this you would have brought
an even more grievous evil upon yourselves and your inheritors, for
freed from servitude to change, you and they would have been unable
The Children of God were driven out of the gardenland by
Spiritbeings, and then guardians were set at its gates so none could
re-enter. Then it was withdrawn beyond the misty veil, the waters
ceased to flow and the fertility departed, only a wilderness
remained. The Children of God went to dwell in the land of Amanigel,
which is beyond the mountains of Mashur by the sea of Dalemuna.
From this time onward man fashioned his own spiritlikeness. Some,
who were loathsome in aspect even unto themselves, went apart and
were mercifully veiled in dark depths, and they said among
"Let us dwell here in the darkness and prepare a place
for others like ourselves, so that when they follow they abide here
and join us".
Thus were the Dark Regions formed and inhabited by
demons who are nought but the hideously fashioned spirits of evil
These things have been written into the record. In Siboit they used
to say this was the manner of man's making,
"God sent His creating
Craftsman Spirit down to Earth and the reflection of The One was
drawn into a spiritless body, and this became the heart of man".
These are the words written by Thonis of Myra in Ludicia in his day:
"You ask me what is man and I answer: He is life becoming aware of
itself. He is the intangible knowing the tangible, Spirit in matter,
fire in water. When this first happened, none remembers and only the
old folktales remain. There was the beginning and then the garden,
and it was in this garden man found himself; before this he was not
free, being one with everything about him. As he could not disobey,
good and evil could not be, they were non-existent".
"Man became free through awareness of himself, and with this
knowledge denied any kinship with the beast. As he was no longer in
harmonious relationship with things of the Earth, he became
discontented, dissatisfied and restless, he wanted to belong but
felt his place of belonging was not there. He had been reborn as a
mangod, and therefore it is truly said that man was born of Earth
and Spirit, under a tree, the symbol of life, and in a garden".
"There the eyes of the man and woman were opened and, being above
the beasts, they knew they were different and set apart from all
else that breathed. They separated themselves, being now ashamed of
their state and strangers to each other. The carnal satisfaction of
lesser creatures now no longer sufficed, they had lost contact with
the Source of Love; but, though knowing something was lacking, knew
not what. They had fallen into carnal knowledge which only man can
know, for only he feels the reproach of divinity. They were removed
from The Garden of Content by an inhalation of the Divine Substance
and could not return because of the barrier between man an non-man".
Kamelik has written:
"The entwined were cut apart and since that day
have never known content. They wander restlessly ever seeking to
unite again and together find the jewel which is lost to Earth
Lupisis has written:
"This first woman, who came from the void, is
the eternally glorified Goddess, the inspirer of hearts, the ideal
of womanhood honoured by all men, the priestess at the shrines of
delicacy and tenderness. She was the ideal woman who, because of
man's nature, is always tempted by his twin-shade, the beast in his
form. If the beast triumphs and she falls, the ideal becomes
enshrouded in winding cloths of disillusionment, and something is
lost to the heart of a man".
These words are also there:
"They did not partake of wisdom, and
fruit from the tree of knowledge is bitter. Men are denied their
true birthright. The fall of man was a fall from loving contact with
God into material carnality. The Soul that had shared the
consciousness of God fell into unconsciousness by becoming ensnared
in matter. The fall severed man from the source of his spiritual
sustenance; thereafter his efforts were to struggle back. In his
blind groping for God, after the fall he discovered demons and found
it easier to worship them than to continue the search".
"God is always waiting, man has only to look up, but it is easier to
go down the hill than to climb it. It is easier for man's spiritual
beliefs to degenerate than to evolve. Who among men knows the truth
and can write with certain knowledge? Would not this certainty be
against the Law? No man was there at the beginning to see and write,
but of one thing alone we can be sure, The Creating God knows how
and why, and could the acts of One so great be without purpose?
DADAM AND LEWID
Maeva fled for her life and many kinfolk went with her. But Dadam
was unable to follow, being laid low with the sickness. This
loosened his tongue so it became uncontrollable, making him babble
like a child, and the sickness covered his body with red sores from
which came an issue. Lewid also departed for a place far out in the
Those with Dadam, who looked back towards the place of the garden,
saw bright tongues of light licking the sky above it, the whole
being interwoven with flickering flames in many hues. Those who
sought to return were repulsed with a tingling ache over their
bodies which increased into severe pain as they approached, so they
were driven away.
When Dadam recovered so he could stand, only a few remained with him
and they all moved further into the wilderness to a place where
there was water and pasture. There Dadam left Herthew, his son, and
the boy's mother, with Habaris the Learned, and set out to find
After many days Dadam and those with him came upon Lewid and his
Yoslings who were full of sickness, and slew many, but Lewid was not
slain though mortally wounded, and he lay against a great rock. When
Dadam came near, Lewid raised an arm heavily and said, "Hail to the
victor and benefactor who was come to terminate our wretchedness".
While Dadam stood sternly contemplating him,
"To kill me
now is your prerogative, for even we lesser being who are far
removed from godmen have the law of husbandly pride. What I did has
been done before and will be done again, but I erred by crossing an
unknown barrier which could not be discerned, for we, within
ourselves, are no more contagious to each other than are your
people. If then I must die, let it be for my part in spawning the
cankerworms of disease which have stricken both our peoples".
"Back in the dreamingtime, when the Great Gods strove among
themselves for dominion of the skyspaces, and the wide expanse of
Earth was rent apart by unearthly wildfire, Bemotha was cut apart by
the bright arrows of Shemas. Then this land was given to my people
as their dominion, while yours was in another unearthly place far
distant. Our domain was a pleasant place and though you teach that
because of this we remained as we are, yet we were content. We know
of no great design, nor of any barely attainable objectives to which
men must aspire. Such striving as you know is to us no more than
"I have my God and you have yours, and as they strove one against
the other before-times, so will it always be; but now there is a new
battleground with new battle-chiefs. I will go to my appointed place
and you will go to yours, and from thence, as leaders of the fray,
we shall wage a never ceasing war. Such is fated and must be, but
who will win the fair prize of Earth for their king? We shall not
strive with clubs and lances, the hurling stone and flying dart, but
with more subtle weaponry. This thing is not our choice, we are but
playthings of fate. That you and I should head the fray is not
because of our qualities but because we were where we were, when we
were. Now we are but two precarious points of life in a hostile
wilderness, but what might we be in a hundred generations?"
"These things I know too, for my eyes have always been
opened. I too have looked out into an endless plain without any
horizon, but I shall lead those who have grown strong through
seeking and striving, while those in your ranks will be weakened
through indulgence in the fleshpots and pleasure places of Earth. We
are the disinherited but not the disowned, we have the seeds of
victory within us. You and yours were never more than you are, sons
of the easy path, followers of the downhill road".
Then, when these things had been spoken, Lewid died and Dadam and
those with him burnt his body. Dadam and those with him wandered the
wasteland for many days, then turned southward towards the mountain.
Then it happened that one day Dadam was seated apart, in solitude
among rocks, with chin on chest, and a hunter of the Ubalites came
upon him from behind. The hunter slung a smooth stone as the man
turned, and it struck out his eye. Then the Ubalite slew him by
smashing in his head with a stone.
The hunter was the son of Ankadur, son of Enanari, king of the
Ubalites, by Urkelah, daughter of the Chaisites. This is known
because those who were with Dadam came out of the barren places and
learned the ways of builders, becoming great among the Ubalites and
raising cities along the rivers. Among them was Enkilgal who built
Keridor, which stands between the two great rivers, and Netar and
Baletsheramam who taught men the ways of writing, setting the
letters upon a pillar in Herak.
HERTHEW - SON OF THE FIRSTFATHER
The Book of Beginnings tells us all things began with Varkelfa,
therein called Awenkelifa, from whom flows gwinin, the energizer
which stabilizes all things so they maintain their proper form, and
awen which responds to the moulding desires. This is well enough,
but men concern themselves more with the beginnings of their race,
and ours is rooted in Herthew the Sunfaced, son of the Firstfather.
While Herthew was still young he was expelled from the lushlands
where he was born, and he journeyed across the hasrshlands in the
company and keeping of wise Habaris. After many days they came to
Krowkasis, cradleland of our race, land of mountains and rivers,
which is beside Ardis, and they encamped there in a valley. With
them were retainers and flocks.
Herthew grew to manhood there and always Habaris was at his side,
instructing him in all the things he should know. He taught Herthew
the Nine essential disciplines of Imain, and the secrets of the
three sacred vessels. Herthew learned that there was a place of
gloom, where the air was foul and malodorous breezes carried
pestilence and poisonous particles.
This was the source of all
maladies and ailments and of the things which cause putrefaction and
decay. This place had been closed off from Earth, for it existed in
another realm beyond the ken of mortals; but it had been brought
into attunement with Earth when a forbidden act was accomplished.
Thus the bodies of mortals became susceptible to influences from the
To this and similar parts of the Otherworld the wicked would be
drawn when they passed through the grim gates of death. But Habaris
taught a different conception of wickedness, one where lack of
effort, indolence and indifference to duty and obligations, the
taking of the easy path, were just as wrong as actual deeds of
wickedness. He taught that men reach the true goal of life by
transmuting lustlove into truelove. That true victory is gained only
over the defeated bodies of their vanquished passions and baser
These and many other things were taught by Habaris, but many of his
teachings displeased the people of Krowkasis who were then as they
were before Herthew's forefather was led away. So Habaris concealed
many things from them and taught, by simple tales, things within
their understanding. He taught them the mysteries concerning the
wheel of the years and divided the year into a Summer half and a
Winter half, with a great year circle of fifty-two years, a hundred
and four of which was the circle of The Destroyer. He gave them the
Laws of Weal and Woe and established the folkfeasts of harvest-tide
and seeding-tide. He taught them the ritual of Ulisidui.
But Habaris instructed Herthew in the ways of the Otherworld. He
taught him concerning the three rays from the central invisible sun,
which manifest all things, upholding them in stability of form. Also
concerning the Oversoul which filled everything in creation, as the
Soulself filled the mortal body.
This Soulself, he declared, would
develop from mortal sensitivity and feeling transmuted into divine
sensitivity and feeling, through suppression of the baser instincts
within mortals. It was strengthened by development of feelings of
love between man and woman and between these and their kindred; by
the appreciation of beauty and devotion to duty; by the development
of all qualities that pertain to humans and not to animals.
Herthew learned that the Soulself is quickened by soul substances
outflowing from the Godhead. That the strong soul is transformed and moulded to the soul's desire, but the weak soul is not its own
master, it is flabby, unstable and is pulled into a state of
distortion by its own vices. In the afterlife there is unbounded joy
for the entry of a noble soul, it will glow with splendour and stand
out proudly. The mean soul of the wicked is dull-hued, twisted and
drab, and, being drawn towards its own compatible state, it shrinks
into the dark places.
When Herthew had barely crossed the threshold of manhood,
black-bearded spearmen began to ravish the borders of Krowkasis, and
Idalvar, king of that country, called his fighting men together and
when word came to Herthew he prepared to depart. But Habaris bid him
stay awhile, for he was unprepared for battle. Then Habaris prepared
a strange fire with stones, unlike any fire seen before, and when it
burnt low he plucked out that which is called 'child of the green
flame' and he beat it out so it became a blade.
This he fitted to a
horned handgrip and when it was edged and blooded gave it to Herthew, saying, "Behold, Dislana the Bitterbiter, faithful servant
of he who strikes hard and true". Then he made a shield of wicker
covered with ox-hide and a cap of hide which came down over the face
and neck. So equipped Herthew went to the encampment of Idalvar,
taking eight fighting men with him.
In those days men fought with hand-thrown spears and clubs, with
flung stones and sticks sharpened by fire and weighted, but they did
not close in the battle clash. So when Idalvar saw the battleblade
of Herthew, he wondered and it passed his understanding; but when he
saw Herthew close on the battleline and the foeman fall before him,
he was amazed.
No man about the king could understand the making of such weapons,
offspring of fire and stone, but Habaris made others and Herthew
became the king's right hand man and the first hero of the Noble
Race. The king offered Herthew his daughter's hand in marriage, but
Herthew declined saying, "The days of my manhood are not yet
When the war-filled days had passed, Herthew withdrew to the place
where Habaris made the bright battleblade, and already he had taught
the mysteries of their making to others, sealing their mouths with
magic. But Herthew was less concerned with the weaponry of war than
with the mysteries of life and the battles of the Spirit beset by
mortality. So while his workmen drew bright blades from the
thunderstones, Habaris taught Herthew and his battlebrothers, and
these were the things they learned from his mouth.
"Beyond God there is an Absolute which no man should try to
understand, for it exists and has always existed in a state beyond
man's finite comprehension. It is from this Absolute that God, The
Ultimate in all Perfections, was engendered".
"To create, God first visualized in thought, then He produced an
outflowing wave of power which, in a manner of speaking, solidified
what might be called building stones. The outflowing power also
produced the Celestial Hymn which brought the building stones
together in harmonious forms. So it is truly said that all creation
is the harp of God and it responds to His song and manipulations. It
is an everlasting unfoldment. The voice of God can also be heard in
the voice of His beautiful daughter who endows all growing things
with life and beauty".
"There is a divine purpose in creation which may be known only to
the few, this knowledge is the key to all unanswered questions.
Acquiring it is like the drawing back of heavy curtains which have
kept a room in gloomy half light, so all things suddenly became
clear and distinct. He who gains this knowledge knows the Grand
Secret, the answer to the riddle of the ages, and knows beyond a
shadow of a doubt. This divine purpose, and the divine secret
concerning it, is called Gwenkelva".
"Apart from Gwenkelva God gains nothing from His creation, except
that as a Being possessing infinite love and goodness He must have
something to receive the gift of love and respond to it. Even among
mortal beings, who is there that could find satisfactory fulfillment
in self-love? Also, He needed something wherewith He could contract
Himself, some medium wherein He could perform, and this is
"Creation is also, for mortals, the school of life. The training
ground for Godhood. There are Three Circles of Reality, three
realms, three stages of existence. They are: Heaven, where
perfection visualized on Earth may be realized and desires and
ideals materialized; where hard-striven-for aspirations are
attained; it is the place where all the properly developed spiritual
potential latent in man reaches maturity and fulfillment. Earth, the
place of training, development and preparation, the testing ground,
the battlefield where men discover their true natures when
confronted by life's challenges, contests and contentions; where
competition and controversy are the rule. It is here that aims and
objectives are conceived and thought-out for realization later in
the proper place. It is a starting point, the beginning of the
journey; it is here that the proper road must be wisely chosen. Then
there is the Realm of the Misty Horizon, the intermediate place, the
place of spirits, where those above can commune with those below and
where free spirits wander within their limitations".
These things which Habaris taught in those far off days have been
rewritten in transmission to accord with our understanding, but it
is unwise to voice them in these troublesome days, when words become
snares to entrap the unwary.
Now, Idalvar desired to learn the secret of the bright blade
engendering thunderstones, but no man who came with Habaris or
laboured for him would disclose any part of it, and the king was
afraid to put them to the test. So, having thought the matter out
the king sent for his daughters and told them what he expected them
to do, for he had devised a plan to learn the secret.
Then he sent
an invitation to Herthew and Habaris. When they arrived at the
king's encampment they found a great gathering in their honour and
the king's daughters favourably inclined towards them, one smiling
upon Herthew and the other upon Habaris who was at the age of
hoaryheadedness. Though at first Habaris was indifferent and wearied
her, the king's daughter pandered to him, encouraging even his
follies, setting out to charm him with her wit and beauty.
It was no great length of time before her womanly wiles ensnared the
heart of Habaris and though he was almost ripe for the surrender of
secrets, the damsel's efforts had taxed her and the game became
tiresome, so there came an evening when she could not endure his
company. In the midst of the merrymaking, when the alebowls had made
many rounds and the sound of song and story was at its height, she
slipped away with a young battleman who attended upon her father.
Many who sat among the benches saw this and whispered to one
another, nodding knowingly in the directions of Habaris who was not
unaware, though he appeared to have drunk to his capacity.
Habaris had learned to love the young woman, so he was sorely
heartsmitten, but within himself he knew the tree of Winter love
bears only Winter's fruits. Yet he made excuses to himself for her,
thinking perhaps it was just some girlishness with no more weight
than a floating feather, nothing of serious import, for it was true
the merrymaking was better suited to the natures of men than the
natures of women. Maybe, he thought, it is just an innocent
So when the day came to its fullness and those who had made merry
went heavily about their tasks, Habaris approached the king and
asked for his daughter's hand in marriage. He said,
"Your daughter Klara has delighted me with her winsome ways, she has charmed me
with her gaiety and beauty; she has displayed much pleasure in my
company, surely I have not misread the signs".
The king was not overpleased, for though he greatly desired to know the secret of the
bright blade he had not intended giving his daughter's hand to
Habaris, but neither did he wish to offend him. Therefore, he was
wary in his reply, saying, "It is the custom for any suitor for a
high born woman's hand to be himself highborn and worthily
battleblooded. Yet such is my affection for you that I would not let
even the custom become a bar to this marriage, and you may be a
battleblooded man among your own people.
But let us not enter
lightly into this thing, for the girl is still young and it would be
well if you established yourself favourably with her. She will be a
worthy wife indeed, for she is one who is ever ready to learn, one
with an enquiring mind. Nothing gives her greater pleasure than the
acquisition of knowledge". So the matter was left.
Now, some days later Idalvar and his retinue, accompanied by Herthew
and Habaris, went to the gathering place for folkfeasts, some five
days journey away. People were accustomed to meeting here every
thirteen moons to celebrate the season of fruitfulness, many coming
a great distance. Beside the gathering place was the compound of a
far-framed seer and warlock called Gwidon, who, in the fullness of
the moon on the third night, would prophesy events for the
Idalvar and those with him presented their gifts and took their
places before the compound. Presently, Gwidon came out cloaked in
the skins of wild dogs, with a horned crown and skull-headed staff.
He seated himself before a small fire into which he threw
prescriptions, making a cloud of smoke which completely enveloped
him. When this had drifted away he seemed to be asleep, but after a
while he lifted his head, then raising himself up he started to
He talked awhile of small matters, then told of dangers to the
people through enemies who would bear down from the Northlands. He
prophesied a great bloodletting, telling people they could be saved
by a great war leader, a king knowing the secret of the bright
blade, himself a war-wielder of one. He exhorted the people to
bestir themselves and prepare, wasting no time in finding their
No man among the people knew the mysteries of the bright blade
except Habaris, but he was not a man of battle and Herthew was not
high born among them. So, though they talked long they talked in
tangles, failing to resolve the issue. It was then decided each
should go his own way, but they should meet at the same place again
at the next full moon, when Gwidon would be able to help with their
When Idalvar returned to his encampment he was no longer hesitant
about the marriage of his daughter, ordering that it should take
place forthwith. But he stipulated that Habaris must initiate him
and his sons into the mysteries of the bright blade immediately.
This being agreed, arrangements for the marriage were put in hand.
Habaris and Klara were married and Idalvar and his sons partially
initiated into the mysteries of the bright blade, for the king was
told it would take some time for the initiation to be completed. So
when they next went to the meeting place, Idalvar was proclaimed the
war leader, with his sons to follow according to their ages, should
he fall in battle. But Habaris had spoken to Gwidon in secret and
matters were so arranged that should the sons of Idalvar fall, then
Herthew would become the battle chief.
The king and those with him returned to their home-compound where
they were to prepare battlemen, but Herthew was to go back to the
gathering place and there train fighting men in the battle tactics
which brought them clashing into the fore.
Now, on their wedding night, when they had retired to their bower,
Klara burst into tears and fell weeping with her head on the knees
of Habaris, confessing she was not a virgin and had deceived him,
begging his forgiveness. Habaris raised her up and said, "Even the
wisest of men becomes a fool when his heart blinds him to reason.
The older the fool the bigger the fool".
He did not question her
regarding love, for he knew she could not love and deceive him, she
had given her heart and with it her virginity to another. Yet he
made an excuse for her to himself, thinking that she had not
willfully deceived him but had acted out of duty to her father.
Also, truly loving someone and wishing to demonstrate that love, she
necessarily had to sacrifice the happiness and content, the
self-respect of her husband-to-be, the choice had been hers to make.
It is ever so. Habaris asked if her father had known how things were
and she said, "He suspected, for am I not his daughter?" Thus
Habaris found himself tied to an unloving wife, for he chose to
disregard the custom of the people. He wondered, was she also to be
an undutiful and unfaithful one?
A woman reserves herself for her husband or she does not, according
to her marriage criterion. A woman reserved for marriage is one
unlikely to be unfaithful; a woman easily come by before marriage is
no less attainable afterwards, for if she says love is the
criterion, then she measures by something unstandardised, which may
figuratively vary from one inch to a mile. A man declaring his love
may have seduction in mind or a lifetime of protective devotion, the
marriage proposal determines the difference and establishes the
After the marriage the king showed little concern for Habaris, for
he kept Klara's young battleman in his retinue when he should have
dispatched him elsewhere. Nor did Klara maintain the restraint and
decorum, which dignifies wifehood, except in their outward
manifestations, which is no more than a deceptive crust disguising
the polluted love beneath. Thus Habaris bore the shame of
belittlement in the eyes of men, for Klara was furtively unfaithful.
Habaris visited Herthew and on his return told the king that he and
his sons would now receive their final initiation. So, having made
preparation, they set off, accompanied by Klara, to the place of the
thunderstones, this being a deeply cleft mountain wherein there was
a large cavern from which flowed a river. Entering the cave Habaris
told those with him to bide where they were, for only Idalvar, his
sons and Klara were to accompany him into the place of initiation, a
small cave entered through a long narrow passage closed off by a
heavy door and lit by fire already prepared, a fire which burnt
tardily with a blue flame.
When a length of time had passed those who waited without grew
uneasy, but it was long before they approached the door and when
they did their throats were seized, so they were affrighted and
fled, and one among them died. Then those who knew the mysteries of
the thunderstones came and cleared the way, and all within the cave
were found dead. Habaris did what had to be done, for though it is
well for men to conform to the laws of men, there is a superlaw by
which men who are men should live and which sometimes decrees that
they must die.
Herthew married the daughter of Idalvar and they had a son who died
in his seventh year. Idalvar's daughter died in childbirth. The
invaders came and were defeated with a great slaughtering, and
Herthew became the first king over all the people of Krowkasis.
Maeva, one time wife of Dadam, found refuge among people of Ardis
where she gave birth to Gwineva the Cuckoochild, but as the child
grew it was seen that she had red hair. Though all knew there were
fair-haired and dark-haired people, none had ever seen anyone with
red hair. Also, Strange maladies had manifested in Ardis for which
the strangers were blamed; therefore, because of these things, Maeva
and her child were driven out.
They came to a pool near the border of Krowkasis and built a
habitation of reeds, living there for many years. However, Maeva was
killed by a wild beast and Gwineva was left alone, but she learned
much from familiars who came to her, and so she became a sorceress.
Time went by and the half-folk called Yoslings began to gather
around her habitation and they thought she was a Goddess and
worshipped her. As her fame spread, word came to Herthew concerning
the strange woman, so he sent men to find out about her and report.
Gwineva knew about Herthew, but he did not know who she was or that
any child of Maeva lived. When Herthew heard the report he was
intrigued and sent men to escort her to him, and she came at his
They brought her into his presence wearing a cloak of
feathers and a garment of doeskin, her hair unbraided like that of
other women, falling outside the cloak almost to her knees. He was
amazed at the cascade of red hair and his heart was stirred by her
Herthew gave Gwineva a bower and attendants, but she preferred to be
attended by Yoslings whom the people about Herthew despised. They
gossiped about the strange woman, for it was seen that Yosling men
freely entered her bower, yet her bearing was modest and maidenly,
the Yoslings showing her every form of respect.
It was the season of fruitfulness and when Herthew went to the
gathering place he took Gwineva with him, but the Yoslings could not
be taken there. So they remained behind, but the people removed
them. When they arrived at the gathering place and Gwidon saw
Gwineva, he was startled, for he had seen such a woman in the
darkened waters; but he welcomed her and was surprised at her wisdom
and skill at sorcery.
When the time came for Gwidon to prophesy and
all who came to hear him were gathered about, they became
apprehensive, for his coming forth was delayed and the moon began to
disappear, eaten away by the blackness of the night. Then, when they
started to jostle and flee there was a great shout and Gwidon
appeared; as he did, a great fire sprang up on either side of him.
The people remained, for each was rooted to the place where he
Gwidon spoke at length, telling them that the nightsky sign heralded
a new era. That as the moon grew again in brightness, so should
their race wax strong and virile, spreading wide across the face of
the Earth, driving lesser races before them. That a son of Herthew
would lead their sons out of Krowkasis, and his sons and their sons
would continue westwardly, towards Hesperis, meaning Land of
Spirits. That there they would meet their final destiny. He told
them that there would be a great bloodletting, when brother would
fight with brother and father with son, but that this would be the
planting of the centrepole around which the framework for the
structure of their race would be woven. He said, "I shall go before
the vanguard in spirit".
Later, Herthew asked Gwidon to cast the omensticks and read the
ashes, as he wished to know things concerning Gwineva. This Gwidon
did, telling him that she was his fatemate, one destined to be his
wife; that she was indeed a true maiden and he would not be
foreridden. He said, "She acts as she does through innocence and not
through brashness". But what Gwidon told Herthew was no more than a
grain in the grainsack among all that which he knew and saw.
When Herthew returned to his homesite he paid court to Gwineva and
asked her to marry him, and this she consented to do after one year.
The people, hearing what was intended, were displeased and murmured
against the marriage, saying it was unseemingly for their king to
marry a sorceress and one strange in so many ways. Also, there was a
custom forbidding the intermingling of blood, but there was no doubt
as to what she was, some thinking she was one who could be
Gwineva was not the bloodkin of Herthew, so as the marriage would
not be incestuous Gwineva decided she would say nothing of their
relationship, for she was in love with him and love is ever ready to
make excuses. Yet, despite her knowledge and wisdom her heart was
full of fears because of her background, but she displayed none of
her anxieties. She did not feel at ease among the people, but never
asked that the Yoslings be allowed back. She tried to become
acceptable by ministering to the sick with simples and remedies, but
the more she cured and healed the more people feared her, and
fearing they shunned her, except they were in dire need of her help.
However, Herthew remained firm in his resolve to marry, though many
advised that if he simply took Gwineva as a concubine or as
something less than a wife, it would be more acceptable. They said,
"None would object if she were treated as a woman with no standing,
mate but do not marry, for marriage would grant her undue status,
and is marriage so necessary? Does a wise man buy the pie whereof he
can freely eat at any time?"
Such sayings enraged Herthew, for he knew Gwineva to be a woman
reserved for marriage, and this he tried to tell the people, but
they laughed, saying, "She has bewitched you, put her to the test".
But he replied,
"This is unworthy, for it displays doubt and
distrust; a virgin is a virgin, whether named so by horn or wand and
remains so whatever the conjectures of carnal-minded men who are
more familiar with women of lesser repute".
Yet whether the marriage
bar applied was still a thing of doubt in the minds of many, for
none knew the lineage of Gwineva, nor did she enlighten anyone,
though it was customary to recite this at the betrothal. But Herthew
and Gwineva remained unbetrothed, though the forthcoming marriage
was made known.
Now, the nephews and kin of Idalvar nurtured seeds of discord among
the people and because it was a time of peace, when the skills of a
warchief were not needed, many heeded their words. So it developed
that there were those for Herthew and those against him. Then
Herthew said to the people, "Let this not be something to cut people
apart, but something which can be decided at the next folkfeast".
The seedsowing time had passed, but it was not yet harvest-tide and
the young men held spear-throwing contests and tested each other in
many manly skills. At such times, seated on a platform against the
palisade, Herthew gave judgment and awarded merits. Inside the
palisade was a walkway and places from which great stones could be
hurled, and from one such place came a murderous weapon which cut
down through Herthew's head to pierce the shoulder of his shield
arm, striking him to the ground. Immediately there was a great
tumult and confusion, fighting broke out and men died, but Herthew
was carried to safety in the bower of Gwineva. There he was
protected by his retainers, but within the palisade all was taken
over by those hostile to Herthew.
Before the cowardly blow, those for Herthew had been more numerous
and powerful, but after he was so sorely wounded they were less, and
of these many were inclined to waver, for such is the nature of man.
But to contrast with the frail reeds who wavered those who remained
loyal were resolute, for this too is the nature of man.
Now, when Gwineva and the wise men attended to Herthew they saw that
while the shield arm had been injured it was not unfeeling, for it
grasped the hand of Gwineva, but this the sword arm could not do,
though it was uninjured. Therefore, they knew the slaughter-bent
weapon had been charmed and no woman could remove such enchantment,
nor could the wise men, for they were unblooded. In the days that
followed, the enchantment caused demons to enter through the wound
and take up their abode, so Herthew was tormented and his body
wracked before subsiding into the quietness which precedes death.
The demons had abused Gwineva and called her foul names and cried
out in loud voices against people, so that they should abandon their
The place where Herthew lay was near the lakeside and in the lake
was an island called Inskris, meaning Isle of the Dead, where those
about to die were taken, as well as the dead, before being consigned
to the waters. For the people believed that those given into the
lake went straight into awareness in the Otherworld, while anyone
buried on land was only half aware upon arrival and remained half
awake and half asleep for many years. So those loyal to Herthew
carried him down to the boats and accompanied him and Gwineva to the
Isle and they were not molested, for none interfered with those
mourning the dead. On the isle were priests and nine holy maidens
who attended to the rites while other women ministered to the newly
dead, but Herthew was dead, though halfway across the threshold.
When Herthew arrived he was placed in the hospice house where
Gwineva attended to him. Gwidon opened Herthew's skull where it had
been cleft and let out the demon which had taken up habitation
there, and he brewed powerful potions which removed the enchantment.
When, after many days, he departed, Herthew was no longer at the
door of death, though weak and in many ways like a baby.
While Herthew lay so sorely stricken, the kinsfolk of Idalvar were
disputing among themselves, and this led to fighting and battles.
But none came near the isle to harm Herthew, because it was a sacred
place and gave him sanctuary. When it came to the time of the
folkfeast there was a great battle at the gathering place and Gwidon
was slain. There came a day when Herthew, though still not whole,
could move about and then he and Gwineva departed with those who
remained with them. They were married before leaving their isle of
They fled to a place afar off where, as the years went by, Herthew
became whole again and Gwineva gave birth to sons and daughters. It
was a good place, fertile and well watered and so they prospered.
But there came a time of drought when the waters dried up and their
flocks died. So Herthew sent men to Krowkasis and these came back
saying that there, too, the land was stricken and the people
distressed. He also sent others to the West and they returned saying
that there the land was not stricken, but the people would not
accept them except with spears.
Herthew then sent men back to Krowkasis to tell the people there of
the plenty which lay to the West and they came back with a warband
led by Itilis, and many people followed. Herthew could no longer
bear weapons and his sons were as yet young and unblooded.
Therefore, he gave his two sons who were of sufficient age into the
keeping of Ithilis, so they might learn the art of war, and they
followed him loyally, becoming men of valour in the conflict which
ensued. Many people left Krowkasis and settled in the land lying to
the West, and Herthew and Gwineva also settled there.
Time passed and Herthew became renowned for his wisdom, and Ithilis
king of Arania, honoured him with lands and servants. Herthew's two
sons, who had followed the king and were twins, married the king's
two eldest daughters who were also twins. This caused problems, for
the king, though having three wives, was sonless, therefore the twin
sons of Herthew became his heirs.
The king was perplexed, for the
two men could not rule together and both were of equal standing in
his eyes. Yet it was the king's duty to nominate his heir and
proclaim him to the people so there should be no division after his
death. Therefore, Ithilis consulted Herthew as to how the judgement
should be made, and Herthew said, "Let fate decree who shall be
In Arania the people gathered four times a year for the folkfeasts.
At such times it was customary for new laws to be proclaimed,
judgements given and all contentious issues settled. So before the
next folkfeast Herthew prepared a manmade stone from sand, clay and
other things, and while it was still soft he set the hilt of his
great sword, Dislana the Bitterbiter, into it and when the stone was
hardened Dislana was fast. The sword-implanted stone was then set
down near the place where the king gave judgement. Around it was
drawn a wide circle bisected across.
On the day when the people were first assembled to hear his words,
Ithilis told them of his perplexity over the problem concerning the
twin sons of Herthew and his daughters, he said,
"So the people are
not divided and the kingdom rent by strife, it is well this matter
be settled now. Therefore, I am setting a fair test involving no men
other than these two whom I hold equally dear. Whichsoever of them
shall remove their father's great weapon from this stone, so he
frees it and grasps the hilt, shall become my lawful heir, with the
other being to him as a younger brother.
They will each try in turn
during the duration of the fall of a feather, the first trier being
he who casts his bracelet over the blade. Then each of Herthew's
sons was placed in a spot where the bisecting line joined the
circle, so they stood opposite each other, and each had three
bracelets. They threw until one encircled the blade with his
Then this one tried to withdraw the weapon with his hand but could
not, because of the sharpness, The other tried by placing his two
palms on each side of the blade, then pressing them together while
lifting, but he could not move it either. The first one tried again,
copying what had just been done more powerfully, so the stone almost
lifted off the ground, but the sword did not leave the stone.
the other approached the stone, but this time he put his hands under
the edges of the stone, so he could lift it in his arms and he
dashed it down over a rock which was nearby, so it broke asunder. He
then picked Dislana up by the hilt and brandished it over his head.
The people acclaimed him while his brother grasped his arms in
congratulations. Thus, by wisdom was the problem overcome.
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