Summary: Similar, if not the same as, “the Deep” (W:18:23, 3:1:31), the Void refers
to a reality that pre-exists space/time and physical matter. It represents a bizarre
environment of ‘anti-space’ and ‘anti-time’ — a cold, endless darkness devoid of
matter or energy. The Void can be thought of as a sterile, static sea of massless,
unformed matter, existing in perfect symmetry and balance.
Scripture describes the Void as the realm of the Eidos (5:4:13), that Single Supreme
Source from which all subsequent things would have their beginning. It represents
the birthplace of unformed matter (E:1:5), and the environment in which there suddenly
awoke the Supreme Universal Consciousness known as Areta (3:1:19-36; 7:1:1-3).
There is a curious correlation between the Void and the Demiurge. While the Chief
Demiurgos, Yaldabaoth, and his dark emanations are often said to be occupying regions
of the Void, their existence and influence is not exclusively bound to this environment
or dimension (6:5:43; 6:6:10; 6:8:16; 6:13:42).
3rd Endowment 1:19-36 Portrayal of cosmic creation event — cosmos of the
First Creation (this cosmos)
Wisdom 18:22-26 Portrayal of cosmic creation event (process)
“void of the great Deep”
And there did burst most suddenly forth, all the matter unformed, being imbued with
gasses and energies of every kind; and the matter did move out in every direction
with a mighty rush, to fill the void of the great Deep; to lay most securely the
foundations of the cosmos which you see.
3rd Endowment 1:31
“void of space”
And the streams did move and flow and brightly dance, to soft converge into a mighty
river; flowing, moving undulations of brightly dancing light; gushing through the
void of space to bathe in light and deep intelligence, all the matter which lay unformed
within the starry deep.
5th Endowment 12:8
Seeing then so bright a star within the void beyond, even all the Gods did gaze in
wonder at the shimmering, shining brightness; hearing deep throughout the Tael the
voice of Azraella, saying: “Behold now the star of Dahmiel, who gave his life for
How deeply moved those noble hearts to see so bright a star shining there within
the void, to stand forever as testimony of one who sacrificed even his own life for
the sake of many others, to give to Azraella his chance against the Dark.