Meaning of Aeon
Aeon, also known as eon, is a term used to designate ” that which is forever “, a long period of time or eternity .
This word originated from the Greek ???? ( aión ), which can be translated as “ time of life ”, “ vital force ”, “ generation ” or “ eternal ”.
It is a term widely used in geology , cosmology , and astrology to represent the billion-year period, corresponding to the geological time scale that constitutes the history of planet Earth.
Aeon in Gnosticism
In Gnostic mythology , the aeons are known to be divine entities, usually in pairs (male and female, called syzygy ) and to exist in the Pleroma, a ” space of light “.
The concept of the Aeons was developed by Valentim, one of the leading Gnostic theologians during early Christianity.
There are different Gnostic systems and hierarchies of the Aeons, but they all have very striking characteristics with respect to the Platonic, Christian and mythological definitions.
One of the great defenders and followers of the concepts of Aeon was the British occultist Aleister Crowley, founder of the philosophical doctrine of Thelema.
According to this doctrine, the Eons would be the different ages that humanity would go through at specific times. Each Era, or rather, each Aeon would be represented by a deity.
The first Aeon was the goddess Nuit or Isis, who represented dominance and the power of motherhood . The second aeon would be Osiris, which marked the beginning of patriarchy in humanity.
According to Aleister, the third aeon belongs to the god Horus and would begin in 1904, with the creation of the doctrine of Thelema.
Each eon would supposedly go through three phases: the genesis , the apogee , and the decay .
Genesis is when it is still in its embryonic form; the peak is when it reaches the peak of its maturity; and the decline is when he begins to achieve little cosmic influence among his followers.