The Underlying Reality of the Archon Rulers

The Underlying Reality of the Archon Rulers. The Hypostasis of the Archons or The Reality of the Rulers is an exegesis on the Book of Genesis 1–6 and expresses Gnostic mythology of the divine creators of the cosmos and humanity.


The text was found among those included in The Nag Hammadi Library, in CG II, in 1945. It is tentatively dated in the third century CE and is thought to originate from a transitional period in Gnosticism when it was converting from a purely mythological state into a philosophical phase. The beginning and conclusion to the document are Christian Gnostic, but the rest of the material is a mythological narrative regarding the origin and nature of the Archon powers peopling the heavens between Earth and the Ogdoad, and how the destiny of man is affected by these primeval happenings.

The work is presented as a learned treatise in which a teacher addresses a topic suggested by the dedicatee of the work. The treatise begins with a fragment of cosmogony, which leads to a revisionistic “true history” of the events in the Genesis creation story, reflecting Gnostic distrust of the material world and the demiurge that created it. Within this narrative there is an “angelic revelation dialogue” where an angel repeats and elaborates the author’s fragment of cosmogonic myth in much broader scope, concluding with historical prediction of the coming of the savoir and the end of days.


The mysterious Archons are of great interest…Archons are, in Gnosticism and religions closely related to it, a demonic entity subordinate to the embodiment of evil in the corresponding belief-system. Among the Archontics, Ophites, Sethians and in the writings of Nag Hammadi library, the Archons are rulers, each related to one of seven planets; they prevent the souls from leaving the material realm. In Manichaeism, the Archons are the rulers of a realm within the Kingdom of Darkness, who together make up the Prince of Darkness….I’ll be back…

Narrated, Created, Produced
by A.Christie

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