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Astral Logica, a creation myth …

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In the begin­ning there was noth­ing. The Earth was with­out life, spin­ning in the pri­mor­dial dark­ness for all of time … wait­ing, wait­ing. It was struck by mete­orites beyond num­ber, which left behind seeds of some­thing greater to come, some­thing that would one day be brought to fruition by the great trav­el­ers, the gods of the uni­verse. Wait­ing, waiting.

Out of the noth­ing, there came a bright light descend­ing from high above the end­less dark­ness. It moved swiftly, pro­pelled by great flames of myr­iad col­ors. It began to swirl in the cen­ter of the void and grew and grew until it became the sun, the provider of heat and sus­tainer of life. The god of the sun, Solar­itso declared the wait­ing time was over. He ordered his fly­ing ships to cir­cled the Earth that was made ready for change; ready for life. At Solaritso’s com­mand, the sun released a ball of flame that imme­di­ately cooled in the void and became the moon, cir­cling around the devel­op­ing Earth. The sparks from the sun became the stars in the heav­ens and the Milky Way, which looked down on the new planet. One of the ships piloted by the god, Nep­tu­ni­tosi, brought rains and wind which blew across the Earth, spread­ing seeds and pro­vid­ing water which caused the plants to grow, and the rivers to rush over moun­tains and through val­leys. Other gods brought the salty waters of the oceans which lapped the shores of the newly formed lands. Some brought the ani­mals of the ground, and the fishes for the oceans and rivers. The noth­ing was emerg­ing into being. The trav­el­ers, the gods of the uni­verse made it so.

The trav­el­ers were gods who formed many worlds as they cre­ated each uni­verse. They brought life to the plan­ets and reaped the rewards of the riches of the land. They dis­cov­ered gold and sil­ver and gem­stones; they ate of the plants and ani­mals, and wore the rich­ness of fur and leather. The gods were proud of their endeav­ors and boasted of the worlds they cre­ated. They com­peted with each other and vied for the honor of hav­ing made the best world of all. They fought like war­riors and jeal­ously argued their ideas for using the plan­ets. At the begin­ning of time a great Alliance was formed by the trav­el­ing gods in an effort to quell the argu­ments and to pro­vide a struc­ture for main­tain­ing peace among the pow­er­ful beings. The Alliance was headed by Solar­itso, who was the most pow­er­ful and respon­si­ble for the for­ma­tion of the suns, with­out which, new worlds would not have life. Nep­tu­ni­tosi, the sec­ond in com­mand, brought crea­tures to being with his great wind and waters. Plu­tososi was the lesser of the lead­ers, but his calm man­ner gave the Alliance the gift of har­mony. He was also the most secre­tive of the gods, pre­fer­ring to observe the actions and argu­ments of the oth­ers … they never under­stood what he was truly think­ing. Plu­tososi was tol­er­ated because he was favored by Solar­itso. There were other gods who joined in the Alliance, as the great void was huge and had the capac­ity for many pow­er­ful deities to exer­cise their pow­ers of cre­ation on the celes­tial can­vas. The Alliance met at times when plans for new uni­verses were made. The com­bined resources of the Alliance pro­vided fly­ing ships and sup­plies for the sow­ing of new life and for har­vest­ing the riches of the worlds.

On this new planet called Earth, the trav­eler gods cre­ated their most prized of all beings — the first men and first women who were formed in the image of the gods and had many god-like gifts and pow­ers. The human beings pop­u­lated the Earth and shared the bounty of nature with the gods. They worked together with their cre­ators and learned about the his­tory of the uni­verse and the mean­ing of life. All was good, for a time.

The gods began to quar­rel with each other, for each fac­tion wanted to take credit for humankind, the great­est of cre­ation. They rebelled against Solar­itso and his con­trol over the Alliance. Some thought that the humans were too pow­er­ful and too like the gods, and that some­thing must be done to sep­a­rate the peo­ple from the power of the gods. Oth­ers wanted to take the humans to dif­fer­ent plan­ets, to start their own colonies with slaves to mine and work the lands. The pow­er­ful deities of the Alliance argued that the lives they cre­ated were noth­ing more than enter­tain­ment, to be used for the plea­sure of the gods. Solar­itso real­ized that they had reached an impasse and their prob­lems were too great to be solved with diplo­macy. The new worlds had become noth­ing more than a source to feed the greed of the gods. Many argued that the Earth would be the great­est out­post among the uni­verses, so human life should be pre­served only to ser­vice the gods who vis­ited. Plu­tososi, how­ever, was opti­mistic about the humans and wanted to pro­tect them and their Earth. The peo­ple had learned well and were pro­vid­ing plea­sure for all. Plu­tososi pleaded for life on Earth to be left alone. The quar­rel con­tin­ued until the gods deter­mined to go to war.

Unbe­knownst to all but Plu­tososi, Nep­tu­ni­tosi descended to Earth to meet with the humans. He knew that the peo­ple were aware that they had become pawns to the whims of the gods. Their pow­ers were not as great and they would be hurt by the betrayal of their cre­ators. He pro­vided them with a great feast of appease­ment and got them drunk with a potion made of the Milky Way. The drink stripped them of their god-like pow­ers of rea­son­ing. For three days, the humans were lost in their drunken stu­por and when they awoke, they were child­like, con­fused and lost. They looked to the heav­ens and saw great explo­sions of light and streak­ing mete­orites that fell to Earth as the gods warred with each other. They saw fly­ing ships that came close to the land, spew­ing fire and rain­ing hot met­als that killed peo­ple and ani­mals. The ground was scorched and many of the plants died. The peo­ple were fright­ened and con­fused and did not know how to appease the gods which they now feared, so they cried and prayed for help and promised to do what­ever they could to make their gods happy.

The war lasted for many years and the beau­ti­ful Earth lay wasted and spoiled and human life was nearly dec­i­mated. Finally, the lead­ers of the Alliance called for a con­fer­ence, to declare an end to the dev­as­tat­ing war. Plu­tososi pleaded with the Alliance to leave Earth alone so that it could heal itself. Nep­tu­ni­tosi agreed and offered his vote for the Earth to evolve with­out the greed and cru­elty that the gods had inflicted upon it. Solar­itso felt tremen­dous guilt over the destruc­tion of their great­est cre­ation, so he lis­tened to Plu­tososi and con­vinced the oth­ers to agree. The Alliance had many other plan­ets to play with and since Earth was no longer appeal­ing, an agree­ment was struck. The Alliance vowed to leave Earth alone.

The gods found their promise hard to keep. Plu­tososi was curi­ous and vis­ited Earth to sur­vey the dam­age and to see what and who remained. He had always been under­es­ti­mated by the gods, but he knew that humans would appre­ci­ate what he offered. The peo­ple were grate­ful for his love for them and wor­shipped him, promis­ing to work hard and be good in effort to please him. He told them to love each other, to take care of all liv­ing things and to value the gifts that Earth pro­vided. He lay with twelve women, impreg­nat­ing them with his seed. The new gen­er­a­tions would have greater knowl­edge and rea­son­ing skills that came from their demi-god ori­gins. They would learn to take care of the Earth and teach their chil­dren to wor­ship the gods and Plu­tososi in par­tic­u­lar, in all their endeav­ors. Plu­tososi never let the Alliance know of his inter­fer­ence. He felt his actions were jus­ti­fied because of what the gods had done to Earth.

Neptunitosi’s act of alter­ing the humans was even­tu­ally dis­cov­ered and though his moti­va­tion had been to pro­tect them from the betrayal of the gods, he had acted with­out the sup­port of the Alliance. Nep­tu­ni­tosi was pun­ished by being sent to Earth to secretly guard the under­world. He would be respon­si­ble for sus­tain­ing the life energy of all the liv­ing things on the planet. His close­ness to the pri­mor­dial chaos in the Earth’s cen­ter allowed him to con­nect to the source … the con­scious­ness of the liv­ing on the sur­face and the energy of the planet and its rela­tion­ship to the uni­verse. He accepted his fate and was allowed to take a bride to accom­pany him in his exile. He chose Venu­sotita, the god­dess who cre­ated new plant and ani­mal life. He too, couldn’t resist going to the sur­face to look at what remained. He breathed new life into the air, caus­ing rain to replen­ish the plants. Venu­sotita joined him and fash­ioned new ani­mals to pro­vide for the humans and to live along­side them. He felt their actions were jus­ti­fied because of what the gods had done to Earth.

The peo­ple of Earth thrived once more. They repop­u­lated the lands and their inge­nu­ity was bound­less. They built cities, made music and art, and danced in joy as they lived their lives and wor­shipped their gods. Through the teach­ings of Plu­tososi, they real­ized that they lived in love and unity with the uni­verse. They quar­reled at times and caused harm to the planet and other human beings, but they told the sto­ries of the great war in the sky and of the time when they nearly lost all that was good on Earth. This retelling of their story kept the peo­ple from allow­ing their argu­ments too become vio­lent, and reminded them to take care of their planet. The peo­ple cre­ated tech­nol­ogy that had the capa­bil­ity to make their lives bet­ter, to fur­ther knowl­edge, but also had the power to destroy. They strived to live together and to bal­ance the good with the bad. They believed that all of cre­ation came from the same source, the power of the Earth and the great uni­verse, and humans would return to the source after death. Each per­son would have the oppor­tu­nity to live again and to achieve their poten­tial for enlight­en­ment as they jour­neyed through the stages of life.

Solar­itso was the only god who kept his promise to leave Earth and its crea­tures alone, though he often looked down on the planet to see how the the humans fared. He was sus­pi­cious at times, mar­vel­ling at the advances the peo­ple had made. He won­dered if any of the gods were inter­fer­ing, but he remained quiet to keep the the peace. He was very proud of Astral Log­ica, his name for the uni­verse in which Earth, his great­est of all cre­ation evolved. He and the Alliance had other plan­ets to attend to as the trav­eler gods con­tin­ued their devel­op­ment of new worlds.

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