Yaldabaoth is not Yahweh
Ialdabaoth Greek Ιαλνταμπαόθ Yaldabaoth Hebrew ילדאבהות (Literally “Children of the Void,” or Children of the Abyss (depth of the waters) from ילדה = yalda= child; בהו = bohu = void; אבהות = abbott = fatherhood, parentage, paternity).
And when Pistis Sophia desired to cause the thing that had no spirit to be formed into a likeness and to rule over matter and over all her forces, there appeared for the first time a ruler, out of the waters, lion-like in appearance, androgynous, having great authority within him, and ignorant of whence he had come into being. Now when Pistis Sophia saw him moving about in the depth of the waters, she said to him, “Child, pass through to here,” whose equivalent is ‘yalda baoth’.
On the Origin of the World
In the gnostic scriptures Yaldabaoth is described as a lion or a lion-faced serpent these are symbols of the outward senses or ego
O Ialdabaoth, who art the rational ruler of the outward senses,
Yaldabaoth (ignorance via the ego) is created when reason follows the outward senses
The Gnostics held that Yaldabaoth was the lord of this world and dominates the human condition. Yaldabaoth defines human psychological existence. humans are of necessity ego-bound in the sense of being required to develop an individual ego for the gnostics the figure of Yaldabaoth is the shadow of ego development Yaldabaoth is the archetype that creates and sustains an inevitable development within human consciousness toward the formation of the focal narcissistic ego
The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.
Like the Beast in Rev 13:1 Yaldabaoth is described as ascending out of the sea there appeared for the first time a ruler, out of the waters, lion-like in appearance
The “Seas” of Genesis 1:10 represent the unformed state of mind. We say that a man is “at sea” when he is in doubt about a mental process; in other words he has not established his thoughts in line with the principle involved, he is unstable.
Water (“the sea”), in Mark 6:47-51, represents doubt; it can also be understood as denial of sin bad thoughts and beliefs. The racing thoughts have formed a sea of thought, and to walk over it safely requires that one have faith in oneself. Faith necessary to accomplish so great a work comes from understanding–understanding of God and Christ.
Yaldabaoth is not Yahweh but represents the carnal mind or the ego
Yaldabaoth is a personification of human nature
Yaldabaoth describes human psychological existence
the figure of Yaldabaoth is the shadow of ego development Yaldabaoth is the archetype that creates and sustains an inevitable development within human consciousness toward the formation of the focal narcissistic ego