Summary: While "the Deep" may include what is commonly known as outer space, the
term is prominently used in scripture to distinguish a more abstract concept of anti-space/time
— a reality that pre-exists space and physical matter as we understand it. Used synonymously
with the term ‘Void’(W:18:23), this environment of ‘anti-space’ and ‘anti-time’
is designated as the realm of the Single Supreme Source, referred to as the Eidos
(5:4:13). The Deep represents the birthplace of unformed matter (E:1:5), and the
environment in which the Universal Consciousness known as Areta awoke (7:1:3).
Deep is described at times as being ‘endless’, however, the text seems to indicate
specific locations or demarcations of depth that are significant, such as the Abyss(5:7:33-34), or the Chasm, or the “edge of the great Deep” (5:4:29).
3:1:19-31The Deep of ‘anti-space/time’ that preceded the singularity, Big
Bang, and creation of the universe.
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Now hearing this, the Azraella spoke, saying: “Where is this dreadful Deep that I
might see it for myself?” Then did the Azurgai take council among themselves, and
when they were decided, they took unto the edge of chaos, the Ahgendai of God.
Seeing then the fearsome Deep and hearing well the dreadful sounds which spewed out
from the great Abyss, the female child within the light did slightly tremble; and
she whispered to Azraella, saying: “Father, I’m frightened and filled with deep forebodings.”
5th Endowment 7:33-34
And God took the seed, even the universal seed, and placed it in the great Deep,
even the Void. And it did grow and swell because of the heat that came by reason
of God’s great light and glory.
Then did Areta speak to her Beloved, saying: “Consider, my Love, the billions of
galaxies which move most swiftly in a hot and outward rush, being themselves scattered
throughout a vast and endless Deep, to pull along in trailing fashion the threads
of space and time.
Going forth in outward movement, one galaxy away from another, until at last they
lose momentum, to surrender themselves in isolation to the call of singularity, which
distant call will pull all matter back into another cosmic egg; and by such forces
as strongly bind within the cosmic egg, put an end to space and time till it be born
4th Endowment 2:45-46
For it is the Abyss which shall prove the school and the Eidos shall prove the teacher.
For it is the Eidos which rules the Deep, pouring from out of his powers, the matter
unformed, being himself cold and callous and cruel indifferent.
5th Endowment 4:13
For in this world beyond beginnings is Heaven made to dwell far beyond, and the glory
of all Elohim has the endless Deep made separate and apart through the closing of
countless veils of dark obscurity.
And knowing not the power which brought him forth, he beheld, as though alone, the
great Depth and the Abyss, and seeing the unformed matter springing up out of the
Deep, he boasted within himself, saying:
“Have you not seen for yourself how that there is given unto the Olaha Shinehah millions
upon millions of stars, which stars do shine brightly across the face of the Deep;
and how that unto each of these there is given a world of glory?
Thus did Yaldabaoth ponder the greatness of Olaha Shinehah, and looking beyond the
joyful realms and across the Chasm of the Deep, he saw the suns of Kolob brightly
shining like a jewel in the midst of a starry crown.
5th Endowment 15:27
And going to the edge of the great Deep, The One and Areta forged together a dark
and fearsome oracle which would give to Eidos the power of thought and speech; and
when they were completed, they took the oracle and into the great Abyss did they
cast it, causing that the very depths of chaos should shudder from the power of it.