I decieded to place this ancient Italian (Etruscican) explanation of how the wourld was made first because it figures so prominatly into the Cosmology of Traditional Witchcraft. 

   Diana was the first created before all creation; in her were all things; our of herself, the first darkness, she divided herself; into darkness and light she was divided. Lucifer, her brother and son, herself and her other half, was the light. And when Diana saw that the light was so beautiful, the light which was her other half, her brother Lucifer, she yearned for it with exceeding great desire. Wishing to receive the light again into her darkness, to swallow it up in rapture, in delight, she trembled with desire. This desire was the dawn. But Lucifer, the light, fled from her, and would not yield to her wishes; he was the light which flies into the most distant parts of heaven, as the mouse which flies before the cat. Then Diana went to the fathers of the Beginning, to the mothers, the spirits who were before the first spirit, and lamented unto them that she could not prevail with Lucifer. And they praised her for her courage; they told her that to rise she must fall; to become the chief of goddesses she must become mortal. And in the ages, in the course of time, when the world was made, Diana went on earth, as did Lucifer, who had fallen, and Diana taught magic and sorcery, whence came witches and fairies and goblins - all that is like man, yet not mortal. And it came thus that Diana took the form of a cat. Her brother had a cat whom he loved beyond all creatures, and it slept every night on his bed, a cat beautiful beyond all other creatures, a fairy: he did not know it. Diana prevailed with the cat to change forms with her; so she lay with her brother, and in the darkness assumed her own form, and so by Lucifer became the mother of Aradia. But when in the morning he found that he lay by his sister, and that light had been conquered by darkness, Lucifer was extremely angry; but Diana with her wiles of witchcraft so charmed him that he yielded to her love. This was the first fascination; she hummed the song, it was as the buzzing of bees (or a top spinning round), a spinning-wheel spinning life. She spun the lives of all men; all things were spun from the wheel of Diana. Lucifer turned the wheel. Diana was not known to the witches and spirits, the fairies and elves who dwell in desert place, the goblins, as their mother; she hid herself in humility and  was a mortal, but by her will she rose again above all. She had passion for witchcraft, and became so powerful therein, that her greatness could not be hidden. And thus it came to pass one night, at the meeting of all the sorceresses and fairies, she declared that she would darken the heavens and turn all the stars into mice. All those who were present said - "If thou canst do such a strange thing, having risen to such power, thou shalt be our queen." Diana went into the street; she took the bladder of an ox and a piece of witch-money, which has an edge from a knife - with such money witches cut the earth from men's foot tracks - and she cut the earth, and with it and many mice she filled the bladder, and blew into the bladder till it burst. And there came a great 
marvel, for the earth which was in the bladder became the round heaven above, and for three days there was a great rain; the mice became stars or rain. And having made the heaven and stars and the rain, Diana became Queen of the Witches; she was the cat who ruled the star mice, the heaven and the rain.

This is the Gospel of the Witches: Diana greatly loved her brother Lucifer, the god of the Sun and of the Moon, the god of Light (Splendor), who was so proud of his beauty, and who for his pride was driven from Paradise. Diana had by her brother a daughter, to whom they gave the name of Aradia (i.e. Herodius). In those days there were on earth many rich and many poor. The rich made slaves of the poor. In those days were many slaves who were cruelly treated; in every palace tortures, in every castle prisoners. Many slaves escaped. They fled to the country; thus they became thieves and evil folk. Instead of sleeping by nigh, they plotted escape and robbed their masters, and then slew them. So they dwelt in the mountains and forests as robbers and assassins, all to avoid slavery. Diana said one day to her daughter Aradia: 'Tis true indeed that thou a spirit art, But thou wert born but to become again A mortal; thou must go to earth below To be a teacher unto women and men Who fain would study witchcraft in thy school 

Yet like Cain's daughter thou shalt never be Nor like the race who have become at last Wicked and infamous from suffering, As are the Jews and wandering Zingari, Who are all thieves and knaves; like unto them Ye shall not be... 

And thou shalt be the first of witches known; And thou shalt be the first of all I' the world; And thou shalt teach the art of poisoning, Of poisoning those who are great lords of all; Yea, thou shalt make them die in their palaces; And thou shalt bind the oppressor's soul (with power); And when ye find a peasant who is rich, Then ye shall teach the witch, your pupil, how To ruin all his crops with tempests dire, With lightning and with thunder (terrible), And with the hail and wind... 

And when a priest shall do you injury By his benedictions, ye shall do to him Double the harm, and do it in the name of me, Diana, Queen of witches all! 

And when the priests or the nobility shall say to you that you should put your faith In the  Father, Son, and Mary, then reply; "Your God, the Father, and Maria are Three devils..." 

"For the true God the Father is not yours; For I have come to sweep away the bad The men of evil, all will I destroy!" 

"Ye who are poor suffer with hunger keen, And toil in wretchedness, and suffer too Full oft  imprisonment; yet with it all Ye have a soul, and for your sufferings Ye shall be happy in the  other world, But ill the fate of all who do ye wrong!" 

Now when Aradia had been taught, taught to work all witchcraft, how to destroy the evil race (of oppressors), she (imparted it to her pupils) and said unto them: 

When I shall have departed from this world, Whenever ye have need of anything, Once in the month, and when the moon is full, Ye shall assemble in some desert place, Or in a forest all together join To adore the potent spirit of your queen, My mother, great Diana. She who  fain Would learn all sorcery yet has not won Its deepest secrets, then my mother will Teach her, 
in truth all things as yet unknown. And ye shall all be freed from slavery, And so ye shall be free in everything; And as the sign that ye are truly free, Ye shall be naked in your rites, both men And women also: this shall last until The last of your oppressors shall be dead. 

 ...Just a quick comentary on Lucifers "fall from grace" earleyer in lelands text it says "who for his pride was driven from Paradise" my interpretation of this has led me to conscider the nature of Divinity. True divinity I believe to be a state on oneness with all things.  for us  to grow as individuals we must for a time turn away from this universal oneness and experence the One Small Fraction of Divinity that is Ourselves. This event weather it be the cutting of the Umbilical cord of a chield, a young bird cast from his nest or the seperation of Human consciousness from the tottality of the Divine, is  a nessary event, so that in the future when our race blends again with the Universal consciousness we can retain a sense of "self".  In that context Lucifers fall from grace is seen as a small (but brillient) spark of the Divine seperating itself from the ALL, clothing itself in Flesh and for the first time experencing somthing that is not itself.

The Lord of All, after having come into being, says: I am he who came into being as Khepri (i.e., the Becoming One). When I came into being, the beings came into being, all the beings came into being after I became. Numerous are those who became, who came out of my mouth, before heaven ever existed, nor earth came into being, nor the worms, nor snakes were created in this place. , being in weariness, was bound to them in the Watery Abyss. I found no place to stand. I thought in my heart, I planned in myself, I made all forms being alone, before I ejected Shu, before I spat out Tefnut  before any other who was in me had become. Then I planned in my own heart, and many forms of beings came into being as forms of children, as forms of their children. I conceived by my hand, I united myself with my hand, I poured out of my own mouth. I ejected Shu, I spat out Tefnut. It was my father the Watery Abyss who brought them up, and my eye followed them  while they became far from me. After having become one god, there were (now) three gods in me. When I came into being in this land, Shu and Tefnut jubilated in the Watery Abyss in which they were. Then they brought with them my eye. After I had joined together my members, I wept over them, and men came into being out of the tears which came out of my eyes. Then she (the eye) became enraged after she came back and had found that I had placed another in her place, that she had been replaced by the Brilliant One. Then I found a higher place for her on my brow4 and when she began to rule over the whole land her fury fell down on the flowering  and I replaced what she had ravished. I came out of the flowering , I created all snakes, and all that came into being with them. Shu and Tefnut produced Geb and Nut; Geb and Nut produced out of a single body Osiris, Horus the Eyeless one  Seth, Isis, and Nephthys, one after the other among them. Their children are numerous in this land 

Despite all the various Creation myths that the Egyptians  subscribed to, they had one thing in common, Nun. Even though  the myths named different gods as the original creator, they all  agreed that he sprang from Nun, the primordial waters. Nun was more than an ocean, he was a limitless expanse of motionless  water. Even after the world was created, Nun continued to exist  at it's margins and would one day return to destroy it and begin the cycle again. 
Following the creation, Nun played a role in the destruction of mankind when humans no longer respected and obeyed Re in his old age. Re called together all the gods and goddesses together, including Nun, and asked them what he should do about the problem. Nun suggested that Re should call forth his Eye to destroy mankind. Re did so, and his Eye, in the form of the goddess Sekhmet traveled across Egypt killing all men. Also, Nun protected Shu and Tefnut at birth and he kept the demonic powers of chaos (represented as serpents) in check. 

        Nun was portrayed as a bearded man with a blue or green body, symbolizing water and fertility. Sometimes he is shown with female breasts as well. In one hand he holds a palm frond, a symbol of long life and wears  another one in his hair.

Greek Creation
In The Beginning: 
 In the beginning there was nothing but Chaos. Chaos of itself gives birth to NYX (night) , EREBUS (Darkness), HAMERA, (Day) ETHER (The Uper Sky),   HAMERA and ETHER give birth toMother Earth (Gaia) and Father Sky (Uranus) . The first creature to appear on the earth were the offspring of  GAIA and URANUS. These first creature were HECATONCHEIRES.  Three of these creature had one hundred hands and fifty heads and they were incredibly strong. Three others had just one eye in the center of their head and these creatures were given the name of Cyclopes. The Cyclopes too were giant and strong. The last of her children were the Titans. These creatures were also strong and giant but these creatures were not all bad. In fact it would be some of these creatures that would eventually lead to the creation of theOlympion  gods.  GAIA however, was very angry at Father Sky for the treatment of her children. So GAIA went to her children and begged for their help. Only one of the Titans were brave enough to help their mother, the Titan Cronus. GAIA  gave Cronos an adamantine sickle with which to kill his Father. Cronus laid in wait for his father and ended up Castrating him. After this, Cronus and his sister, Rhea, became the King and Queen of the universe. Cronus and Rhea had six children and they would end up being the first Olympians. But, every child that Cronus had he swallowed because he received an oracle that said one of his children would grow up to over throw him. This went on through the first five children. But, when the sixth one was born, Rhea could not bear to have it swallowed. So, instead she gave him a rock wrapped in a blanket and Cronus quickly swallowed it. The child's name was Zeus. Later, when Zeus was grown up he, with the help of Mother Earth, made his father Cronus give back up the children of Cronus and Rhea. After this there was a great war between Cronus and the Titans, and Zeus and his five brothers and sisters. The war was eventually won by Zeus because he was helped by the hundred handed monsters that he released from the depths of the earth. After the war was won there were other attempts at overthrowing Zeus, but these attempts were also knocked down. After this, the world was cleared of the monsters and was ready for mankind. 

     There are many different stories on how mankind came to be. I will tell you the most widely known story, and probably the most interesting. Once the world was cleared of monster and the threat of rebellion was eliminated, it was agreed on by the gods that Prometheus, the titan that had sided with Zeus, and his brother Epimetheus, would have the task of creating mankind. Prometheus was a very wise being, perhaps even wiser than the gods, but Epimetheus tended to go on his first impulse and then change his mind. Epimetheus, before thinking, gave all of the good gifts to animals. Strength, swiftness, courage, cunning, fur and feathers, and wings and shells and such until nothing good was left for the men. But, Epimetheus was not a cold-hearted person, but it was too late and so came to his brother for help So Prometheus thought out a way to make man superior, and he did this by standing them upright, like the gods, and also stole for them fire which provided a protection far better than anything else. For a long time, the world was without women and there existed only men. Zeus created women later in his anger at Prometheus. For, Prometheus cared too much for man, because he not only stole fire for them  but he also made it so man would get the best part of any animal sacrificed, and the gods the worst. He tricked Zeus, and once Zeus made his decision he had to stick by it, and so this angered him even more. So what he did in revenge was create an evil for men, something so beautiful and wondrous that everyone that looked at her was caught up in her radiance. They called this beautiful creation, Pandora and from her, the first woman, came the race of women who are evil to men and have a nature to do evil. 

     Another story about Pandora says that the source of all misfortune was not by her wicked nature. But instead it was her curiosity, and so when the gods presented her with a box, and told her never to open the box. But Pandora, being a woman of curiosity, opened the box and out flew all of the evils of the world, and one good thing, Hope. It was in this way that man was punished and learned that it was not possible to out smart the gods. But it was not just man that learned this lesson, so did Prometheus. Zeus, forgotten the debt that he owed Prometheus, had him bound in unbreakable chains to the highest peak of the Caucasus.

The Germanic Myth of Creation

In the beginning nothing existed except for Ginnungagap. Neither sand, sea, heaven or earth had been created. After a long 
span of time, a new realm emanated in the south called Muspell. It was made of fire, glowing embers, and scorching heat. In 
the north a second region sprang forth called Niflheim. It consisted of bitter winds, and of freezing ice and snow. 

Ginnungagap was situated between these two realms, and the waters from the eleven rivers of Hvergelmir flowed here. In the 
middle of the void all was mild, until one day the elements of fire and ice collided. In the north Niflheim's cold breeze began to 
freeze the void, while the southern part was thawed by the warmth emanating from Muspell. All was disorder. Life emerged 
from the drops of this great chaos in the shape of a giant. His name was Ymir and the frost giants are his descendants. 

While Ymir was asleep, the first man and woman were born from the sweat of his left armpit, and his legs gave birth to a son. 
Meanwhile, the ice on Ginnungagap continued to melt, until Audumbla the cow emerged. 

She fed the giant Ymir with her four teats. She sustained herself by licking the ice. As Audumbla licked the salty ice blocks for three consecutive nights, another being appeared, named Buri. Buri's son Bor married Bestla. They had three sons, Odin,Vili, and Ve. 

Bor's sons had a raging hatred towards the giant Ymir, and they plotted his death. Ymir's corpse was carried to the center of 
Ginnungagap and cut into many pieces. Odin, Vili, and Ve fashioned the world out of Ymir's body. 

From Ymir's flesh they made the earth, and the mountains from his unbroken bones. From Ymir's shattered skeleton parts, 
teeth, and toes they created pebbles, boulders and rocks. Ymir's flowing blood gave rise to the rivers, lakes, and sea. Maggots grew from Ymir's rotting carcass,and they were shaped into dwarfs. 

Odin, Vili, and Ve lifted Ymir's skull so high it reached the end of the earth's limits, and they called it the sky. The sons of Bor 
placed a dwarf on each of the four corners to hold it over the earth. Their names were: Nordri, Sudri, Austri, and Vestri 
Odin, Vili, and Ve snatched glowing embers from the realm of Muspellheim and fashioned the sun, moon, and stars. These orbs were placed above the world to illuminate the earth. Some stars were given a fixed point in the sky, while others were allowed to dance freely.

The long Babylonian creation epic 'Enuma elish'  narrates a chain of events beginning with the very first separation of order out of chaos and culminating in the creation of the specific cosmos known to the ancient Babylonians. As the gods are born within the commingled waters of their primeval parents, Apsu and Tiamat, their restlessness disturbs Apsu. Over Tiamat's protests, he plans to kill them; but the clever Ea learns of his plan and kills Apsu instead. Now Tiamat is furious, she produces an army of monsters to avenge her husband and to wrest lordship from the younger generation. The terrified gods turn to Ea's son Marduk for help. Marduk agrees to face Tiamat, but demands supremacy over them as compensation. They promptly assemble, declare him king, and send him forth, armed with his winds and storms. The battle is short; the- winds inflate Tiamat's body like a balloon and Marduk sends an arrow through her gaping mouth into her heart. He then splits her body, forming heaven and earth with the two halves. After putting the heavens in order, he turns to Ea for help in creating, out of the blood of Tiamat's demon-commander Kingu, the black-haired men ofMesopotamia. The poem concludes as the gods build a temple for Marduk and gather in it to celebrate his mighty deeds.Enuma elish was probably composed in the early part of the second millennium B.C.

When on high the heaven had not been named, 
Firm ground below had not been called by name, 
Naught but primordial Apsu,1 their begetter, 
(And) Mummu2 Tiamat, 3 she who bore them all, 
Their waters 4 commingling as a single body; 
No reed hut had been matted, no marsh land had appeared, 
When no gods whatever had been brought into being, 
Uncalled by name, their destinies undetermined- 
Then it was that the gods were formed within them.5 
Lahmu and Lahamu 6 were brought forth, by name they were called. 
For aeons they grew in age and stature. 
Anshar and Kishar 7 were formed, surpassing the others. 
They prolonged the days, added on the years. 
Anu 8 was their son, of his fathers the rival; 
Yea, Anshar's first-born, Anu, was his equal. 
Anu begot in his image Nudimmud. 9 
This Nudimmud was of his fathers the master, 
Of broad wisdom, understanding, mighty in strength, 
Mightier by far than his grandfather, Anshar. 
He had no rival among the gods, his brothers. 
The divine brothers banded together,They disturbed Tiamat as they surged back and forth, 
Yea, they troubled the mood of Tiamat 
By their hilarity in the Abode of Heaven. 
Apsu could not lessen their clamour 
And Tiamat was speechless at their ways. 
Their doings were loathsome unto [ . . . ]. 
Unsavoury were their ways; they were overbearing. 
Then Apsu, the begetter of the great gods, 
Cried out, addressing Mummu, his vizier: 
'O Mummu, my vizier, who rejoicest my spirit, 
Come hither and let us go to Tiamat!' 
They went and sat down before Tiamat, 
Exchanging counsel about the gods, their first-born. 
Apsu, opening his mouth, 
Said unto resplendent Tiamat: 
'Their ways are verity loathsome unto me. 
By day I find no relief, nor repose by night. 
I will destroy, I will wreck their ways, 
That quiet may be restored. Let us have rest!' 
As soon as Tiamat heard this, 
She was wroth and called out to her husband. 
She cried out aggrieved, as she raged all alone, 
Injecting woe into her mood: 
What? Should we destroy that which we have built? 
Their ways are indeed troublesome, but let us attend kindly!' 
Then answered Mummu, giving counsel to Apsu; 
III-wishing and ungracious was Mummu's advice: 
'Do destroy, my father, the mutinous ways. 
Then shalt thou have relief by day and rest by night!' 
When Apsu heard this, his face grew radiant 
Because of the evil he planned against the gods, his sons. 
As for Mummu, by the neck he embraced him 
As (that one) sat down on his knees to kiss him. 
(Now) whatever they had plotted between them 
Was repeated unto the gods, their first born. 
When the gods heard (this), they were astir 
(Then) lapsed into silence and remained speechless. 
Surpassing in wisdom, accomplished, resourceful, 
Ea, 10 the all-wise, saw through their 11 scheme. 
A master design against it he devised and set up, 
Made artful his spell against it, surpassing and holy. 
He recited it and made is subsist in the deep, 12 
As he poured sleep upon him. Sound asleep he lay. 
When Apsu he had made prone, drenched with sleep, 
Mummu, the adviser, was impotent to move. 
He loosened his band, tore off his tiara, 
Removed his halo (and) put it on himself. 
Having fettered Apsu, he slew him. 
Mummu he bound and left behind lock. 
Having thus upon Apsu established his dwelling, 
He laid hold on Mummu, holding him by the nose-rope. 
After he had vanquished and trodden down his foes,