I want to add here that I consider the Demiurgos to be both personify-able (to an extent), as well as not being able to be personified. The Demiurge is, in a sense, all things, and they inwardly nourish the entire cosmos. They create all things.
However, they can be personified in a sense because all things bear their signature, just as all things bear the signatures of the Gods that create them. For example, we might depict Aphrodite as a beautiful woman. But, Aphrodite (Like the Demiurge, and all the other Gods), in her highest existence, is above the intelligible world. She does not have an image, she does not have a form, and she existed before space was created, she existed before time was created. However, we might depict her as a beautiful woman because beauty points towards her, it is her signature. We see that beautiful flowers with a pleasant scent are in part created by her, because these are her signatures in the world, and they point towards her.
Similarly, you may be familiar with this depiction of Abrasax (Or, Abraxas), considered to be the Demiurge in one branch of Gnosticism (Or, God. From my understanding, he was considered to be benevolent even there):
Fascinating depiction. Now, if the Demiurge is above the world, then similarly, this image is as a signature of them.
Similarly, here is the image of the 1st Degree of Aries given by Raphael in his ‘A description of the Faces and Degrees of the Zodiac’ (Taken from older sources, mainly from Johannes Angelus’ Astrological Optics, which likely also takes his images from older sources)
“In the first degree of Aries, there ascendeth a man holding a sickle in his right hand, and in his left hand an engine of war.
A man then born, or querent, shall be laborious, and much exercised in warlike affairs”
So this is the image of the 1st Degree of Aries, and naturally of the great Lord of that Degree, as well as the character and experience signified by that Degree in a person born with the Ascendant therein, or who asks a Horary question with the Ascendant therein.
But, this would seem strange at first, because, well, the 1st Degree of Aries is just space, a place in the heavens from our perspective, and it seems to be mostly empty, save for some stars, but it itself is beyond the stars. And it is a rather small division of space at that. But this image is its image because it points to the spiritual essence of this Degree, using material things appropriate to this Degree, and we see its effects in the world.
I’m afraid I have very little knowledge of Gnosticism currently. But very interesting! And I like that verse from 1 John. It very much reminds me of a certain Chapter of the Corpus Hermeticum.
Thanks for this! I remember you said you were into Neville Goddard.