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Redefining Luciferianism

Postby Ankhhape » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:42 pm

I would like to define Luciferianism in the non-theistic sense and hopefully prompt a little discussion with it if anyone is interested.

"The significant symbol of wisdom given to us by research is what I refer to as Lucifer, the bringer of light. Everybody is searching for perception; wisdom is the child of Lucifer." - Michael Ford
The Chaldean astrologers, the Egyptian priests, the Indian Brahmans; they are all children of Lucifer.

-From Lucifer-Gnosis, Rudolph Steiner.
Lucifer stands on the threshold of Dawn and Dusk. The bringer of light, symbol of Thelemic strength and divine wisdom emerges. The age of Lucifer is the uprising of what Blavatsky termed "Phosphorus", the cosmic force of illumination and light. Lucifer is the force of Air, while Satan the dual and corrupted form of the light bringer is of active fire. This duality is the changeable essence of progression and evolution. Lucifer emerges by name as the Roman "bringer of light", Lucem Fero..the carrier of the torch.

Lucifer stands as the fountain head of Astral Magick; (i.e., Astral Projection, Dream Control, etc.) Lucifer is balance in the instance of both Shadow and Light, Blood Red and Jet Black. Lucifer is the color of an awakened and enlightened mind. The Psyche which is open for magical inspiration.

Blavatsky understood the significance of balance within the individual, to ascend the individual from the beast like qualities so inherent within our subconscious. Blavatsky wrote "Thus it stands proven that Satan, or the red Fiery Dragon, the "Lord of Phosphorus" and Lucifer, or "Light bearer" is in us"

Black Magic is the focus of making the Psyche immortal, surviving Earth bound after death. Luciferic Magick is the focus of Astral projection and Holy Magick. Ascension is the primary goal, To rise towards Godhead

Aleister Crowley gave us the modern synthesis and foundation of Luciferian thought. "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law" and "Love is the law, love under will". Two statements which clearly set in motion the ascension of the seeking individual towards Godhead. In his poem, "Hymn to Lucifer" Crowley presents the bringer of light in a Thelemic aspect. No longer shall man be subservient to a religion which would destroy your foundation and right of personal choice.

Dogma is also a trap which can lead towards spiritual stagnation. Growth is necessary through the freedom of an open being that through will power and focus can change take hold and run its natural course.

The Luciferian individual is at heart a predator, however balancing action and thought with compassion and tolerance when such emotions are heartfelt. A Thelemic individual is by definition free to decide the proper course of which his or her life would flow. Often, clubs, orders and other thought trapping devices will trick the individual into accepting a code and "uniformities" of like minds.

Those who awaken this individual light are blessed unto ourselves. Self-Godhood is the step towards spiritual immortality. Those who seek the platform of Adept in the Magickial Quest will inadvertently perceive the basis of the balance of light and darkness. The Angelic and the Demonic shall be united, Chaos will follow form and such is the genetic and psychic make up of the Adept.
Lucifer stands for the balance of flesh and spirit. The ego or "I", constantly changing must continue to consciously manifest in a positive manner.

As Aleister Crowley pointed out in the article entitled:
"The Initiated Interpretation of Ceremonial Magic" (Published in The Goetia): "The spirits of the Goetia are portions of the human brain. Their seals therefore represent (Mr. Spencer's projected cube) method of stimulating or regulating those particular spots (through the Eye).

(a) The names of God are vibrations calculated to establish control over the human brain. (Establishment of the functions relative to the subtle world.)
(b) Control over the brain in detail. (Rank or type of the Spirit.)
(c) Control of one special portion (Name of the spirit)."
Control is the map of empowerment and Ascension. Once direction is assumed and confirmed, can such begin to take place in association with progression and evolution? This subtle point is based around the legend of Lucifer itself.

I hope some of you find this useful in your evolution of spirit
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Postby Alicat » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:05 pm

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Re: Lucifer

Postby ShadoWitch » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:10 pm

Thanks for the great info. Up until a couple of years ago I thought Lucifer was just the Christian representation of evil (when I started studying comparative religion). I felt like a hypocrite and a big idiot for telling my orthodox family members to do their research when I didn't even think of researching the origins of Lucifer. I believe that this is something everyone should know! :lol:
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Postby Ankhhape » Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:48 pm

Alicat wrote:That really doesn't sound like something Steiner would have written??

He wrote of Lucifer and Ahriman as dual forces of evil, meaning extremes detrimental in the wrong time and/or place and was a proponent of a "middle way." I really don't think he was an advocate for Crowley and Thelema either.

Here's Steiner on Lucifer and Ahriman, long but some of his more interesting and easy to read work.

http://www.anthroposophy.org.uk/book/chapter6.html
Sorry, it is only the first paragraph under Steiner's name that is taken from his 'Lucifer-Gnosis'.

I might also add that Steiner's Luciferian concepts are rather old and outdated in comparison to what we understand and have evolved towards.
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Postby Alicat » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:10 am

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Postby Ankhhape » Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:59 pm

Alicat wrote:Okay, even Steiner is really too modern and newfangled for me :P - I like that old, old, old time religion, but I thought I remembered a few things from what I plowed thru years ago.

I thought his idea of the opposing forces in the human psyche was interesting.

Modern Luciferianism is non theist? So Lucifer is more a concept than an actual deity in your practice?
Yes Alicat, non-theistic Luciferianism explains our existence and its goal without the use of Man-made archetypes and dogma.
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Postby Ankhhape » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:29 pm

Part II

Prometheus - Lucifer

Prometheus serves as a symbol for those who reject the reigning theistic orthodoxies and who criticize the temptation of men and women to deify and worship the dark unknown in an effort to appease their fears of death. Prometheus is also a symbol for those who wish to use human achievements, especially technology, to improve the human condition and are willing to shape nature in order to fulfill our needs and purposes. (Prometheus Unbound)

His is a rebellion against a cruel and unjust god that would deny humanity a rightful place at the pinnacle of created nature, just as the God of Genesis is also cruel and thoughtless in exactly the same manner, where he would essentially shackle Adam and Eve to a womb like Eden and deny them growth and potentiality, keeping them childlike slaves to answer to his whims, supernaturally indentured servants for eternity, a position that is preposterous and unacceptable because they did eat of the Tree and were thrown into the fields of time and space, out of the infant womb, and into the world of experience and being, of becoming.

Prometheus demonstrates unconditional love toward the race, and if Lucifer's motives can not easily be interpreted as love based, they are at least altruistic in the sense of pointing Adam and Eve toward the path of self-freedom, and both Prometheus and Lucifer were punished for their actions: Lucifer is cursed by God above all beasts of the field, condemned to slink eternally upon his belly and eat dust, while Prometheus, at the order of Zeus, was shackled by Hephaestus, smith of the gods, to a rocky crag high in the Caucasus mountains, crucified upon a stone where a great eagle sent daily by Zeus would tear out his liver rejuvenated during the night. He is the archetypal savior figure, like Christ, both demigods, dully punished and tortured by God for the "salvation" of man.
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Postby Mikhael » Wed Jul 08, 2009 9:54 pm

Thanks for the information of luciferianism, I had no idea what it was really about, but I figured it wasn't bringing about shadows and evil and the apocalypse etc. like is the stereotype.

One question, who is prometheus in the mythology of luciferianism, before being condemned? Did he help lucifer in the war against heaven?
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Postby Granamyr » Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:24 pm

Um, just a heads up...the god Lucifer and Satan are not the same being. Lucifer has zero to do with the Abrahamic belief system. Abrahamics *later* identified Lucifer *with* Satan. Just because people started referring to the old gods by monotheistic names doesn't mean they're actually connected. See here:

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/lucifer_2.html

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art49432.asp

As the article on Bellaonline says, Lucifer is nothing like how Satan is described and I personally find it offensive on Lucifer's behalf that such a deity is being equated with something/someone he is not nor ever was.

Anyways...read up on it if you like.
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Postby Ankhhape » Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:51 pm

Granamyr wrote:Um, just a heads up...the god Lucifer and Satan are not the same being. Lucifer has zero to do with the Abrahamic belief system. Abrahamics *later* identified Lucifer *with* Satan. Just because people started referring to the old gods by monotheistic names doesn't mean they're actually connected. See here:

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/lucifer_2.html

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art49432.asp

As the article on Bellaonline says, Lucifer is nothing like how Satan is described and I personally find it offensive on Lucifer's behalf that such a deity is being equated with something/someone he is not nor ever was.

Anyways...read up on it if you like.
I am not equating Lucifer with Satan. I agree, there is a big difference. Lucifer is gnosis, Satan is adversary.
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Lucifer Morningstar Horus connections

Postby Ankhhape » Sun Jul 26, 2009 10:59 am

The name Lucifer originally denotes the planet Venus, emphasizing its brilliance. The Vulgate employs the word also for "the light of the morning" (Job 11:17), "the signs of the zodiac"
(Job 38:32), and "the aurora" (Psalm 109:3).

Metaphorically, the word Lucifer is applied to the King of Babylon (Isaiah 14:12) as preeminent among the princes of his time;

To the high priest Simon son of Onias (Ecclesiasticus 50:6), for his surpassing virtue, to the glory of heaven (Apocalypse 2:28)

Finally, to Jesus Christ himself (II Petr. 1:19; Apocalypse 22:16; the "Exultet" of Holy Saturday) the true light of our spiritual life. The Syriac version and the version of Aquila derive the Hebrew noun helel from the verb yalal, "to lament"; St. Jerome agrees with them (In Isaiah 1:14), and makes Lucifer the name of the principal fallen angel who must lament the loss of his original glory bright as the morning star.

In Christian tradition this meaning of Lucifer has prevailed; the Fathers maintain that Lucifer is not the proper name of the devil, but denotes only the state from which he has fallen


Horus Morningstar

Horus has typically been identified with the sun. Other scholars have advanced arguments that the god is to be identified with the planet Venus; with the star Sirius; and with the amorphous sky.

The cult of Horus is prominent already in pre-dynastic times (Writing itself is first attested in Egypt during the pre-dynastic Period, ca. 3200 B.C.E.

Rulers at Nekhen, for example, worshiped the falcon-god prior to the unification of Egypt. In the Early Dynastic Period (ca. 3000-2600 B.C.E.), Horus is explicitly identified as a star.

This much is evident from the fact that royal domains were named after the astral god. The domain established by Anedjib was called Ór-sbå-t, "Horus, star of the corporation (of gods)."

Hetepsekhemwy established a domain called Ór-?œ-sbå, "Horus risen as a star."
Khasekhemwy founded a new domain called Ór-sbå-båw, "Horus, the star of souls."

Most informative, perhaps, is the domain established at the beginning of the Third Dynasty by Djoser, named Ór-sbå-?nti-pt, "Horus, star at the front of the sky"


Additional information regarding the star-god Horus is to be found in the Pyramid Texts dating from roughly a half millennium later (2300 B.C.E.). That Horus was not the sun, as often maintained, is suggested by various hymns wherein the god is clearly distinguished from the ancient sun god Ra.

In the following passage, for example, Horus (as the deceased king) is implored to ascend to heaven and join Re: "Rêœ summons you into the zenith of the sky as the Jackal, the Governor of the Two Enneads, and as Horus Ônty-mnit.f; may he set you as the Morning Star in the midst of the Field of Rushes.


Raymond Faulkner, considered it a foregone conclusion that Venus must be the stellar body referenced by the phrase "Morning Star." Thus, in a comprehensive survey of Egyptian star-lore Faulkner wrote as follows: "As regards the identification of the Morning Star and the Lone Star with actual celestial bodies, there can be little doubt that, as elsewhere, the Morning Star is Phosphorus, Venus as seen at dawn."

The most detailed study of Egyptian star religion to date is that by Rolf Krauss. He, too, would identify Horus with the planet Venus, citing as evidence various passages in the Pyramid Texts that describe the star as shining in the "eastern" portion of the morning sky while moving with
respect to other stars, a characteristic of planets rather than stars.

Krauss summarized his findings as follows:
"As early as the beginning of dynastic times Horus seems to be identified with the planet Venus. The names of the so-called royal vineyards describe Horus as a star. The name of Djoser's vineyard reveals that Horus is a particular star ‘at the front of the sky'. The identification of Horus with Venus as known from the Pyramid Texts suggests itself…Royal ideology and ideas
about the Hereafter seem to have had cosmological and stellar foundations which may well go back to pre-dynastic times.

An analysis of Horus's early epithets offers additional insight into his astral origins. A recurring epithet of the god is Duat, traditionally translated as "Netherworld."
The word Duat, in turn, is derived from the root dwå, "morning," whence comes Horus's epithet Neter Dua "Morning Star (or God)."

The etymology of Duat suggests that Horus's identity as the Morning Star is indissolubly connected to his role as Lord of the "Netherworld." In a passage from the Pyramid Texts the association between the "Morning Star" and the Duat is made explicit: "O Morning Star, Horus of the Netherworld, divine Falcon, wådåd-bird whom the sky bore"
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