Re: The Divine Council
Believe what ya want. But I believe the old texts before speculation. The evidence shows a gradual shift towards monotheistic structures from a polytheistic and even earlier animistic base. There are several examples of the Chief male deity(and in some cases, female[India]) being elevated from Patron deity of a city to supreme deity of all things, as was the case with Israel and Assyria. Additionally in many cultures the god of the sky was usually viewed as male, OR the chief male deity was affiliated with the sky somehow.(Anu,Zeus,Chinese Heaven Worship which is actually kinda vague and inconsistent. My reasoning, it's easier to lead people under one god then under fifty..also Patriarchy. The "Covenant" with Ia really only makes sense in a polytheistic context, I think. It's only natural however, that one of different leanings would read the same text differently when things aren't entirely clear. We see what we want to see in such a case.
“A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it.”
- G.I. Gurdjieff