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I was always used to see the Demiurge as I thought the Gnostics saw him - as a totalitarian ruler.
However there is not much difference in the description of the Demiurge below and Mazda - the Creative Wisdom Power in Zartochrestianism. (MZ)

"The Demiurge

The Demiurge or divine craftsman is the creator God in Platonism,Neoplatonism, Pythagoreanism responsible for fashioning and maintaining the physical universe.

the Demiurge is the agent who takes the preexisting materials of chaos, arranges them according to the models of eternal forms, and produces all the physical things of the world, including human bodies. The Demiurge is sometimes thought of as the Platonic personification of active reason or Nous (the divine intellect) the timaeus describes the Demiurge as unreservedly benevolent, and hence desirous of a world as good as possible. The world remains imperfect, however, because the Demiurge created the world out of a chaotic, indeterminate non-being.

Plotinus and the later Platonists worked to clarify the Demiurge In order to reconcile Aristotelian with Platonian philosophy, Plotinus metaphorically identified the demiurge (or nous) within the pantheon of the Gods as Zeus."