“To live is to die” -Cliff Burton ‘Metallica’ ‘To live is to die’.
Very much so! To live day to day is to question, ponder, or obsess over mortality and what comes next. The Gnostics were no strangers to afterlife speculation. They were no different than Greek Pagans, Roman Pagans, or Egyptians, or even early Christians. For the Egyptians there were tales of Osiris, Ma’at, and Thoth judging the recently departed in a very Beetlejuise-esque fashion. Repeating 42 negative confessions, weighing a heart on a scale, and fighting a giant serpent, then being purified by flames are all common themes.
The Greeks had angry Gods who appeared to be humans like Zeus, Titans locked under the earth, and the dreaded Sirens and Fates. The Fates (or Moirai) were Clotho the spinner, Lachesis the allotter, and Atropos the unturnable. They were governed by necessity. Necessity being this void or kenoma that needed to be fulfilled. Clotho was Nona in Rome, meaning the ‘ninth’ in reference to the ninth month of pregnancy in which a child is born supposedly. Lachesis was Decima or the ‘tenth’ putting much doubt on the names referring to childbirth even though pregnancy is actually around ten months. I think it corresponds more to the number of hells or heavens. Atropos was Morta in Roman, she cut each person’s life thread. The Fates sing with the Sirens of the things were, are, and are to be. Sound like the book of Revelation? One of the archons most well done works!