The meaning of the word Lucifer means “light-bearer” (from the words lucem ferre). It was the name given to the dawn appearance of the planet Venus, which heralds daylight. For this meaning, English generally uses the names “Morning Star” or “Day Star”, and rarely “Lucifer”. Interestingly, The New Testament does not name the devil as Lucifer.
To understand the concept of Lucifer requires a bit more insight, what better way than to compare the reader’s inherited dogma with the Greek mythos.
“After creating men Prometheus is said to have stolen fire and revealed it to men. The gods were angered by this and sent two evils on the earth, women and disease; such is the account given by Sappho and Hesiod.”
— Sappho, Fragment 207 from Servius on Virgil’s Aeneid (Greek lyric C6th B.C.)
Prometheus was my kind of guy/Greek God. He was the son of the sisters of the six Titans, (giants, Nephillim) the of forethought and crafty counsel who was entrusted with the task of moulding mankind out of clay. (Hmm, that’s original).
His attempts to better the lives of his creation brought him into direct conflict with the heavenly Santa-Clausian archetype Zeus.
Firstly he tricked the gods out of the best portion of the sacrificial feast, acquiring the meat for the feasting of man. Then, when Zeus withheld fire, he stole it from heaven and delivered it to mortal kind hidden inside a fennel-stalk. As punishment for these rebellious acts, Zeus ordered the creation of Pandora the first woman, as a means to deliver misfortune into the house of man, or as a way to cheat mankind of the company of the good spirits. (precursor to the whole cast-out-of-Eden-thing).
Prometheus meanwhile, was arrested and bound to a stake (cross?) on Mount Kaukasos where an eagle was set to feed upon his ever-regenerating liver (or, some say, heart). Generations later the great hero Herakles came along and released the old Titan from his torture. (yay).
As fire was stolen by Prometheus from Zeus and the gods of the Olympos, still today this is ritualistically celebrated through the (ahem) Olympic …. Torch … during the Olympic Games.
The forgery of Christian doctrine by Paul had done in the Acts of the Apostles 17:23 describes God as being explicitly male, he is omniscient and omnipotent. The original gnostic conception of God is, by contrast, defined through negative theology exclusively: he is immovable, invisible, intangible, ineffable.
This original God went through a series of emanations, during which its essence is seen as spontaneously expanding into many successive ‘generations’ of paired male and female beings, called ‘aeons’.
The first of these is Barbelo, a figure common throughout Sethianism, who is coactor in the emanations that follow. The aeons that result can be seen as representative of the various attributes of God, themselves indiscernible when not abstracted from their origin. In this sense, Barbelo and the emanations may be seen as poetic devices allowing an otherwise utterly unknowable God to be discussed in a meaningful way amongst initiates. Collectively, God and the aeons comprise the sum total of the spiritual universe, known as the Pleroma.
At this point the myth is still only dealing with a spiritual, non-material universe. In some versions of the myth, the Spiritual Aeon Sophia imitates God’s actions in performing an emanation of her own, without the prior approval of the other aeons in the Pleroma. This results in a crisis within the Pleroma, leading to the appearance of the Yaldabaoth, a ‘serpent with a lion’s head’. This figure is commonly known as the demiurge, (fake God). This being is at first hidden by Sophia but subsequently escapes, stealing a portion of divine power from her in the process.
Using this stolen power, Yaldabaoth creates a material world in imitation of the divine Pleroma. To complete this task, he spawns a group of entities known collectively as Archons, ‘petty rulers’ and craftsmen of the physical world. Some texts explicitly identify the Archons with the fallen angels described in the Enoch tradition in Judaic apocrypha. At this point the events of the Sethian narrative begin to cohere with the events of Genesis, with the demiurge and his archontic cohorts fulfilling the role of the creator. As in Genesis, the demiurge declares himself to be the only god, and that none exist superior to him; however, the audience’s knowledge of what has gone before casts this statement, and the nature of the creator itself, in a radically different light.
The demiurge creates Adam, during the process unwittingly transferring the portion of power stolen from Sophia into the first physical human body. He then creates Eve from Adam’s rib, in an attempt to isolate and regain the power he has lost. By way of this he attempts to rape Eve who now contains Sophia’s divine power; several texts depict him as failing when Sophia’s spirit transplants itself into the Tree of Knowledge; thereafter, the pair are ‘tempted’ by the serpent, and eat of the forbidden fruit, thereby once more regaining the power that the demiurge had stolen.
As is evident, the addition of the prologue radically alters the significance of events in Eden; rather than emphasizing a fall of human weakness in breaking God’s command, Sethians (and their inheritors) emphasize a crisis of the Divine Fullness as it encounters the ignorance of matter, as depicted in stories about Sophia. Adam and Eve’s removal from the Archon’s paradise is seen as a step towards freedom from the Archons, and the serpent in the Garden of Eden in some cases becomes a heroic, salvific figure rather than an adversary of humanity or a ‘proto-Satan’.
Eating the fruit of Knowledge is the first act of human salvation from cruel, oppressive powers.
Lucifer to me is the symbol of the awakening of the restoration of the lost powers of the divine nature of man, the heroic salvific figure, the true Christos, the liberator, the one that rebels against this material prison, this hell of illusions that we call Reality.
…but wait a minute…
..Isn’t Luciferians supposed to worship this material world as nature, and that Nature is Holy and all that is Good and transcendental?
My answer: yes, some Luciferians think that the material world is all there is.
You see, I am not a dualist (nor am I non-dualist).
The correct answer is no-answer, or the Japanese word mu (emptyness*).
* (Western minds have a hard time interpreting mu/emptiness correctly, so I shall leave that exercise to the reader by recommending some Zen meditation on the latter, via this genius Zen site of the Kodaiji temple, providing true emptiness to the masses for more than a decade. )
Here’s the real deal..
Realistically we’re not animals. We don’t have claws, we don’t function in nature very well without clothes, tools and using our ingenuity. We have to gather in societies to survive, as we exist in a harsh, unforgiving and hostile environment (try surviving in the rain forest for 24 hours without any equipment or clothes). But we conform to animalistic nature.
Realistically we’re not gods. We – most of us, cannot teleport objects or do time-travel or bring the plagues of Egypt onto our neighbour. Yet we have divine attributes, a sense of beauty and compassion, spiritual oneness and connection to even our animal nature. And we can do wonders with Magick and rituals (even if we don’t believe it, magick works).
Realistically, if we’re not animals, and not gods, what are we?
We. Are. Sleeping.
But who am I to say what is what?
Sometimes people write useful things. This time, the honor falls on Venger Satanis, (not Luciferian) head of the Cult of Chtulu, in his work “Liber A:O” which gives the following exercise to the reader:
All that is required to Awaken is work on oneself.
Before we get underway, indulge me by taking part in a little experiment. While continuing to read the next few paragraphs, place your attention on two things (actually, three things). First, I want you to be mindful of a physical object nearby like a cup, the keyboard, or your hand. Concentrate on this object as thoroughly as possible. Second, I want you to be continually aware of your own first name; keeping it at the very forethoughts of your mind. Third, just keep reading. If you get farther than the first paragraph with the object, your name, and these words equally in your attention, then you’ve done extraordinarily well. Keep going. Eventually, your attention will drift. Sleep will set in. Imagination will take over. This is the nature of things. However, it doesn’t have to be this way…
How does one explain the necessity for Awakening? Can the importance be adequately described in such a way that it will shock or jar the average person into action? How can one express the importance of being able to read, being able to hear, or resisting conformity? Such things seem natural to us, yet being Awake is something which does not come by itself. Waking up cannot be automatic; it must be forced into being by one’s tireless efforts.
A few minutes from now and you will be gone. The person reading these words will have disappeared while a new self appears in its place. Several hours from now, your self will have changed dozens of times. You are never the same person for any length of time. That is why it is impossible for man to make any kind of concerted effort, or even realize that sustained efforts are required. Man is not whole, not a single entity… he is many. A legion unto himself!
As your spiritual guide, it’s my responsibility to reveal the horrible shapes concealed by universal illusion. Ours is a strange wisdom which emanates from endless gulfs of glittering black hideousness. The earliest specimen of man gleaned this leprous and demoniacal gnosis from whatever abhorrent forms the Black Essence wished to take. The Devil Gods, from whence our alien heritage originated, came to this world from beyond the stars. They imparted rare dreams of raw, self-aware, and ineffable possibility… this became man’s consciousness. Do not forsake the esoteric school known as Cthulhu Cult. It operates with you in mind… the disbeliever, the skeptic, the outsider.
As one moment vanishes while another begins, you’ll probably find it intensely difficult to concentrate on three things at the exact same time. Did you fall asleep, back into your own little world of automated responses? Relax, it happens to everyone. Now is not the time to feel frustrated. If you want to become angry at anyone, then aim your vitriol at the universe; but know that such negative emotions won’t get you far. Action is needed, not anger. Do what must be done, remember yourself as often as you can.
How does it feel to fail? What is the nature of continual suffering without purpose… without even knowing why this is man’s lot in life? You may think that ours is an imaginary religion full of make-believe Gods and hollow aesthetic sacraments, yet this framework stimulates us. The dangers of sleep are very real. Man’s ignorance of the universe’s true nature and his position therein cannot be tolerated by those who seek understanding. If there is a way out of slavery, then does its name matter? Should it concern you that we call ourselves the Cult of Cthulhu and not the Church of Jesus or the Temple of Satan? If we have re-discovered a path to ultimate freedom and Godhood, then should our Lovecraftian structure stop people from giving this organization a chance? Only you can decide how to perceive our message.
I recommend reading the book in its full, but this quoted passage is quite useful to get the point forward, which is that you are asleep, with only glimpses of awakening (since you are already here, you are not totally asleep, as most sheeps are).
Does this citation mean that I follow exactly all the ideas of Venger? No. Does it mean by what I just said that I do NOT support his ideas? No. You got it all wrong. Venger is one of the more misunderstood and ridiculed gnostic groundbreakers out there, yes he has wierd ideas, (and he admits it), but who doesn’t? The important thing is to create new ideas, to challenge the old ideas, and to use mythos and constructs as tools, to break out of our own mental prison. How the prison got there is beside the point.
Enough talk, what is Lucifer?
In “Matrix the Movie” (there is only one movie, the other apocryphal blasphemies known as “Matrix II” and “Matrix III” are totally heretic and anyone found watching them should be burned alive at the stake.
As I was saying, in “Matrix THE Movie”, Morpheus offers Neo to take the blue pill, where “the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe”, or to take the red pill, where “you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”
The moment the individual decide to wake up is where you are your own saviour, when you steal fire from the gods and become your own True Christ.
Thank you for your attention.