As days turn into weeks, I find myself crawling out of a hole, after having attended a lot of tasks lately that just needed to be done. Much of my professional life is – after all – solving problems other people can’t. Naturally most problems don’t come alone.

Coming back to the Luciferian Research Society, I see a few interesting threads, so I respond to the few couple of posts that catch my interest. Most of the stuff doesn’t, so I see I did not miss much. On the live chat, a discussion about which antivirus is best.

I’ve also lagged behind on my esoteric work and rituals, but still I’ve lived, thought, and worked as a Luciferian all the time. It seems no matter how busy I am, I don’t lose my identity as a Luciferian.

Still, it’s a battle against fatigue and inertia. Believe it – you are asleep, even now as you read this.

The vis insita, or innate force of matter, is a power of resisting by which every body, as much as in it lies, endeavours to preserve its present state, whether it be of rest or of moving uniformly forward in a straight line.

Breaking out of the material prison of sleep, dogma, oppression, is to break out of the gnostic jail known as “the Matrix”, to realise the world as it really is, for the Buddhist concept maya (illusion). Maya is the name of the mother of Buddha. The greek god Hermes, is born of a mother with a similar name, the goddess Maia, and Hermes is associated with the planet Mercury, a planet called Budha in Sanskrit.

Hermes, as an inventor of fire, is a parallel of the Titan, Prometheus, the Lucifer archetype.

Pan is the son of Hermes. Pan’s goatish image recalls conventional faun-like depictions of Satan.

Luciferianism can be compared to Hermes, escaping the illusion of Maya, bringer of light (fire) within. Not a physical fire, but an alchemical fire, of pure light and brilliant divine spirit, the longing back to plaeroma, the gnostic fullness, the singularity, the Monad (universal unity).

Satanism can be compared to Pan, combining the element of fire, masculinity and sexuality, a nature-god, encouraging freedom, harmony and above all, earthly pleasures.

Maybe that is how Satanism and Luciferianism differ – in general terms? Even though there is variety of theist and atheist approach in both Luciferianism and Satanism, it is useful to ask this question to challenge the reader’s understanding.