...who am I, the Thought of the Father, Protennoia, that is, Barbelo, the perfect Glory, and the immeasurable Invisible One who is hidden. I am the Image of the Invisible Spirit, and it is through me that the All took shape, and (I am) the Mother (as well as) the Light which she appointed as Virgin…from the “Trimorphic Protennoia” (Midjourney AI artwork above is taken from this phrase)
I have been wanting to assemble such a post for awhile now. This post is to serve as an index to the various texts relating to Mother-Father Aeon, Barbelo. I will update the post as needed when I come across more texts (Gnostic aspects like to pop up in other non-canonical Christian texts from time to time). If you are unfamiliar with Barbelo, the main consensus is that she is the reflection of the Father, so while not as powerful as the source, she is the next best thing and thus is the Mother to all of creation. In a Christian sense, she gets identified with the Holy Spirit and in the Gospel of Philip, it is even mentioned that the Holy Spirit is female. In the traditional family structure, that would mean the Father – Mother – Son aspect, with the Monad/source as Father, Barbelo as Mother, and the Allogenes / Christ as Son. Though unlike traditional Christianity, the Monad / Barbelo / Allogenes are not the same or on equal terms.
This post will not directly cite all the Barbelo quotes. You really need to read the texts to get the full context. Also some texts do not directly refer to the Mother Aeon as Barbelo, but does describe her in detail. I’m not fully conversed in ALL of the known Gnostic texts to the extent I would like to be, but I am getting there, so there is a chance I missed some links. Like I mentioned before, I will update the page as I go along.
“And his thought performed a deed and she came forth, namely she who had appeared before him in the shine of his light. This is the first power which was before all of them (and) which came forth from his mind, She is the forethought of the All – her light shines like his light – the perfect power which is the image of the invisible, virginal Spirit who is perfect. The first power, the glory of Barbelo, the perfect glory in the aeons, the glory of the revelation, she glorified the virginal Spirit and it was she who praised him, because thanks to him she had come forth. This is the first thought, his image; she became the womb of everything, for it is she who is prior to them all, the Mother-Father, the first man, the holy Spirit, the thrice-male, the thrice-powerful, the thrice-named androgynous one, and the eternal aeon among the invisible ones, and the first to come forth.”from the “Secret Book of John”
Below is a list of texts (last updated 1/12/23) involving / mentioning Barbelo:
Allogenes, The Stranger: LINK
The Apocryphon (Secret Book) of John: LINK
Gospel of Judas: LINK
Gospel of the Egyptians: LINK
Pistis Sophia: LINK
The Three Steles of Seth: LINK
Trimorphic Protennoia: LINK
The Untitled Text (from the Bruce codex): LINK