There is a thread elsewhere on this forum about the Garden of Eden. I thought I’d give the Theosophical interpretation of what happened. According to Theosophy, humanity was created in stages, each stage taking millions of years. We humans first developed what is often described as Higher Selves. Then, each of us acquired an astral body, and it took us millions of years to correctly form and learn how to use our astral bodies in a most rudimentary way. We then entered into physical bodies, which we have inhabited for millions of years, and we will continue to inhabit for a long time. (When we finally master the art of using our physical bodies as they were meant to be used, we will no longer need them, and we will celebrate this moment in a celebration know as enlightenment.) This bring us to Genesis' Double Creation paradox. According to Genesis, humanity was created on Day Six, but it was also created a second time in the story of Adam and Eve. Theosophy has an explanation. We entered our astral bodies on Day Six, whereas we entered our physical bodies during the Adam and Eve story. But according to Theosophy there is much more to the Adam and Eve story. It is the story of us entering into physical bodies for the first time and then immediately starting to do terrible things. Let me explain. This is all about sex. The story of the apple and Eve is a story of snakes pursuing fruit, a clear sexual reference. It is said that, as soon as we entered into physical bodies we began having one huge continuous orgy. Things quickly got out of control, and the gods (in Genesis 1:26) which created us were horrified. These gods tried to turn things around but were not very successful. (Hence the divine "anger" as described in Genesis. This also explains the shame that some humans felt as soon as the gods were successful in explaining what was going on.) The writers of Genesis felt they could not put such graphic sexual references into their story. This is why the symbolism in Genesis was put together the way it was.