Left Hand Path, Lucifer and Luciferianism
By Paul Núñez for the I ° Official Meeting of the Greater Church of Lucifer – Perú
Lima, 12/22/15 e.v. – 22/12/03 N. L. E.
(Transcription by the Author)
The journey to the discovery of the secrets of the existence and the universe is one which is hard, taboo and filled with pitfalls at every step.
It requires a lot of effort, study, and practice. Pushing oneself to the direction chosen and staying the course is something that nowadays, with so many flashy and distracting lights in the streets and our televisions, seems impossible. In the age of information bombing and wills of mud, very few dare to conclude anything, if even start it. The path of the adventurer is one that is best appreciated from the comfort of the couch, with junk food in one hand and the remote in the other. But the fight ends not isolating themselves from the outside; it is the internal struggle the fiercest of all and the one that tempers and shapes the steel which can become our own being.
The ecclesiastical and political “authorities” and even family often prohibit us from ascending behind the curtain of the theater in which we all interpret a role. From the status quo; and whatever be this order, accepted without question, it must be kept for your own safety, according to their standards, although it is actually their own security which is threatened on discovering that the beams on which they built their temples are moth-eaten and rotten, awaiting only a new and strong wind to knock them down. If you have the temerity to delve into alternative ways, you will be branded as sinner, iconoclastic and crazy, by priests, “leaders” and even health “professionals”, keepers of what is right and the flow that everything and everyone must follow. The rebel is innate in our existence, sharply noticeable in our youth, but often is crushed by the oppressive boots from what It is supposed is normal, to see this become smaller and obey the norm. Still echoed in me the words from older people with a boring life who told me (and still says), “I was like that at your age (or more), the time will make you come around”. According to their standards, maybe I will come around the day that I may be a exploited clerk which give the best of himself to only for his work, with wife and children to sustain until the day I save enough to “enjoy” my life in my 70 years; the ideal pursued by many. This narrow view and way of seeing the world is not only preached, but imposed, leaving little chance if any for that individual.
“What is normal?” “What is right?” “What and who I am?” They are a few of the questions that sooner rather than later come for us. We began to question society and ourselves within a system of blind obedience. If we continue pulling from the thread of the fabric from the established, will come many more questions to us, until we come to the question of the origin of everything and the fearsome sense of our lives. Once tested this cup the thirst increases instead of diminishing and one no longer be the same again. But we must be careful, if we want to get real answers; we should not conform with the outside of the fruit from the tree, but go after its content, make it ours. The traps appear again and again, Maya, the world of appearances, is full of illusions that have a nice disguise of truth, but they are just stinking water wells, more dogmatism and absurdities.
Hermann Hesse, the famous writer and philosopher, mystic besides, describes this process very well with the following: “The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God’s name is Abraxas.”
This Abraxas of the ancient Gnosticism refers, besides the balance and unity of polarities, to the inner being, the true self, devoid of all psychological, religious and cultural burden. A key concept always present in this tour to which will be back later.
The burden we carry with us is not easy to leave behind, because we have emotional ties that bind us firmly that gives us support and stability, so they are only beliefs without foundation; that itself is the reason for the success of religions with its comforting lies and the benefit of having something over one to take care from our steps and a promise of a better life, not their truths.
In these crutches of thought –fuzzy lenses that are not our extent –, we can identify an interesting psychological phenomenon called cognitive bias. Actually, this follows in many categories, but for the clarity of our theme will use practical examples. The cognitive bias that people use is the basis of any belief with information to support it, denying that ones which contradicts it, for more serious, reasoned and qualified that is. Thus any self-appointed authority, for most outlandish it is, is right about anything, and not an academic with their credentials. Our need for answers to questions come to play us a trick, a tremendous self-deception in which we fall more easily without the resources that allow us critical thinking. Thus we have an unwavering firmness in the belief that certain plants cure certain type of complex illness sustained in a distant relative’s cousin neighbor or the conviction in the story of a friend of a friend of a friend that someone close to him died by witchcraft by a shaman “pacted with the devil”; what many would sound known in our environment along with the myriad of folk superstitions that abound in our country. This not only applies to so-called “magical thinking” of modern medicine and psychology, but also any opinion within the field of public opinion. There are a number of beliefs about politicians, and an infinite number of historical facts, have you ever heard that Hitler escaped in a UFO to the Antarctica or that there are global conspiracies by all sorts of things, from human Semites to large reptoids that can get to wear masks with the faces of George Bush and Queen Elizabeth II? So unreal and crazy as they may seem, there are people living under those beliefs, in constant fear from the government and spies whom overnight developed an interest in the dull life of an average citizen. Boogeymans and devils of the past today take new forms.
However, sadly, this not only happens with people with little education, but also academically trained people, who for one reason or another, convenience, sentimentality or pure folly, take this to exaggerated levels. For instance, it remains an irreconcilable relationship the science and the Christian faith, however, existed and still exist astrophysicists, biologists and Christian scientists, who in betrayal of the objectivity of science misrepresent their research, twist and push them to adapt to the narrowness of their paradigm, so we have, God himself made the big bang or that evolution is the way he works. It is not unreasonable to think on a principle gave rise to all, and perhaps not at one conscious that created the whole universe, but it is a creator with all the features of the Christian God –and no other more despite the vastness of the divine pantheons–, being its attributes human rather than something divine language, our passions and traits raised to greatest exponent, as evidenced by a reading of the Bible itself.
Part of this religious justification and moral enveloped the world for many centuries, and even today we suffer from a hangover. This is no stranger to the realm of the esoteric, which has also been reproduced in aspects such as the so-called Christian esotericism. Each time developed their way of thinking, which responds to the closed and narrow visions of the past, besides the progress that we have now. The way to treat spirituality progresses at the same time the subject that interprets it, man.
The nineteenth century is marked by many changes, humanity as a whole began to run, after learning to walk and crawl. For the occult, it was a decisive time for the creation of the Theosophical Society by Helena Blavatsky and his associates in the US in 1875 (date of birth of the greatest magician and revolutionary of modern times), an organization that eventually grew to thousands of members worldwide at the time, which still continues to this day with its own evolution, and whose greatest achievement was to create a link between the teachings of the East to the West. To this society, we owe directly much of what we have today for contemporary occultism, apart from Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry and ceremonial magic of the Golden Dawn. Of the many concepts proper and exported, there is one that is worth mentioning at this point. Blavatsky claimed to have an alleged contact with the White Lodge or White Brotherhood and Secret Chiefs, spiritual teachers guiding the development of the world and the man with whom she had conversations where they revealed their secrets. There are few details of these, all are very vague, fanciful and surrounded by a moral burden always present. They are light, the good ones, practitioners of white magic from Atlantean times and more; contrary to their counterparts who fight for degeneration of man into the materialism of the flesh: The Black Lodge or Brotherhood, guilty of all evil in the world. Respectively each of these groups are part of the Path of the Right Hand and Hand Path Left, term tantric origins (as it is understood and categorized in western practices from the many religious and esoteric groups in India). One is “good” and the other is “bad”, practitioners of white magic and black magic; reminiscent of its time, sex is something negative, directly or implicitly, in addition to the joy of earthly life and its excesses, so the Black Brothers on the Path of the Left Hand are also demonized by surrendering to them.
In India, the actual etymological origin and model of these two paths, we have the Dakshinachara and Vāma-mārga in tantric practices. While there are many groups with their own beliefs, we can find here the essential keys to recognize both paths, its principles. The Dakshinachara is the return to the beginning, the great source and divinity and become one with this, merging and turning off its being as a drop falling into the ocean, is the death of consciousness and all that is life, by own choice; all this is achieved through the practices established by tradition, along with respect and veneration of the standards set to achieve this union. In contrast, in the Vama-mārga, the practitioner enjoys his life and consciousness venerating the deities as one would with a lover (a text of the Upanishads tells us that all gods are enclosed within the body) becoming one immortal and god to continue enjoying the interaction, a kind of dance with the cosmos without extinguishing the flame of consciousness that allows us to that contact. Practitioners of Vama-mārga are recognized until today especially for his unorthodox practices including breaking social taboos by the practice of pancha-makara or literally, the “5 M’s,” which consists in consumption of wine, meat, fish, cereals and sex; unlike sacred diets and abstinence to attain enlightenment. This was, and still is, taken to the extreme in some Aghoris groups, the most recognized of Vama-mārga in India, where they consume rotten (and even human) flesh, urine and faeces and engage in necrophilic practices to achieve their own divinity under the tutelage of the terrible gods as Bahirava, an aspect of Shiva and Kali and/or Chinamasta, one aspect of Shakti, an example to the most simplistic reduction of the complex Hindu pantheon. These practices were not made by the taste of debauchery and gratuitous perversion, but as a means to find oneself, breaking free of the bonds of society. There is a saying in those beliefs that says it is much safer to walk on the blade of a sword or ride a tiger to walk the Vāma-mārga; enlightenment is much faster than the decades of yogis of traditional religions, however it is much more dangerous and madness awaits at every step. Many current practitioners do not support at all the extreme practices that violate the legal as well as what I mentioned is part of the story; behind every esoteric practice there are underlying secrets not perceptible by the pashu or the uninitiated. We can divide the methodology of each of the tantric trails and Bakhti Jnana (knowledge) and (devotion respectively).
Aleister Crowley, the famous English magician who changed forever the esoteric world, himself to also subscribed this moraline and double standard using the same colorful labels for people who displease him. Austin Osman Spare, another revolutionary English magician who would become posthumously grandfather chaos magic, was branded as a black magician or walker from path of the left hand (although sometimes he made a distinction between the two terms). Notwithstanding the foregoing, we find in the initiatory system of The Great Beast an important key to understanding the Left Hand Path; Crowley depth cannot be dismissed by their often precipitous relationship with people. Within Thelema, spiritual development system designed by the Master Therion, there are two major peaks that the initiate must reach and cross, the first is the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel or Aiwass, who becomes the True Self wrapped in terminology and Thelemic symbolism and magick ceremonial; one gets a glimpse of his true being and explores its power, the second ordeal is the most dangerous, entering or crossing the Abyss to become a “Babe of the Abyss” and the confrontation with Choronzon, resulting in the complete disintegration of the worldly personality, one crisis after which the initiate can get lost in the madness or illuminated to reach higher levels in their initiation to achieve one divine.
For Crowley, on the heights the greater clarity in his work without his usual teasing, the Right Hand Path and the Left one do not differ until the break which is entering the Abyss, is there -and only there-where one becomes a Black Brother, which has betrayed the Great Work and its inner self to be placed False Crown of Knowledge (Daath) and thus preserve his ego even beyond death, although that power will eventually disappear along with that ghostly existence; the other option is to become a Brother of the Great White Lodge, which will continue until the last levels of initiation to become a Magus and return to the source of everything.
Albeit at these definitions in Thelema, there are some gaps. The ego and personalities of Crowley not ceased to be of immense strength after crossing the Abyss and achieve the highest degree of initiation. The Secret Chiefs who also appeared in Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, the Golden Dawn and then on every esoteric tradition derived, not seem devoid of human traits, as should be the case as defined by the annihilation of the Self from the Right Hand Path. So Crowley, is itself one icon representative of LHP but not on his own recognizance. In short, I will explain what we mean by this at present as we approach today.
In 1966 in San Francisco, USA the organization was officially founded which directly and openly would advocate directly and openly for the liberation of the repressed in man and the acceptance of our animal instincts while denouncing the hypocrisy and self-deception that the white magicians the so-called undergoing. The Church of Satan was founded in that year by Anton LaVey and his wife Diane Hegarty, compiling the Satanist philosophy for the first time in history, the same whose principles are already in man as a natural part of this, but were repressed by those who seek to oppress others with lies of a supernatural control. Satanism is the identification with the mask of Satan for personal development of the individual, the use of symbolism over time for its benefit and liberation. Satanism is not the belief in a being with horns invented by the Church, and while it may be based on much of Christian mythology of the devil this is not taken literally but metaphorically and in opposition as a shock to the religion and society. The Satanists say that if it would be another the main God of the religion, their identification would be with any other opponent. Satan comes from the Hebrew and Aramaic, means Adversary or Opponent, an adjective rather than a noun, a label and not a literal being.
Anton Is in LaVey took for himself terminology Ceremonial Magic and Western Esotericism and took it to an all practical with the philosophy that empowers the human being, instead of blind subjugation to a supposed foreign entity, leading directly to him to be one of the greatest representatives of the Left one Hand Path. Is in LaVey where we meet a representative of the LHP in all rules.
After Crowley’s death in 1947, started a series of conflicts over his legacy and especially for the control of his initiatory order, the Ordo Templi Orientis. One of the possible candidates for the position, after the direct successor, Karl Germer, was the young Kenneth Grant, who in his 20s met Crowley and became his pupil in addition to his secretary.
In the 50’s, Grant created the Lodge of New Isis as part of its section of the O.T.O where even made several works with dark and chaotic energies called as a whole the qliphoth, or qliphoth in relation to the centers of power itself, which earned him his expulsion for going off the Thelemic orthodoxy. Much of this work and additional insights that expand Crowley’s work to other fields comprising the denied parts of magic and man can be found in his famous Typhonian Trilogies started in the 70’s.
Grant was also one of the few to take the names of black brothers and the left hand path towards a practical application devoid of any morality and retaking its connotation and original context in tantric practices. Grant also talks about the survival of consciousness after death (a form of vampirism); besides exploring the forbidden. His material has shaped, with teachers mentioned above, what we have today for magick, occult and the contemporary Left Hand Path.
After LaVey and Crowley appeared different schools who subscribed to the Left Hand Path directly, some understood its true nature, while others wandered between what they wanted to see, in the case of different types of Satanism called themselves “theistic” where it is literally worshiped the Christian creation, rather than seeking transcendence of the individual. Major groups and schools that deserve a mention are the Temple of Set, The Temple of the Vampire, Rune-Gild, Dragon Rouge, The Order of Phosphorus and ONA (the latter, despite the questionable of its existence, it served as a platform for other operating groups that emerged based on his teachings).
Nowadays, many like to be labeled with all sorts of adjectives that sometimes become larger than the carriers, as in the case of a loose garment; so many intuit what they believe what it is, but they are lost in what they want to see, thus becoming slaves of symbolism instead of this work for them, as in the case of a servitude to the demons –for whatever is meant by these –, which will see it is actually the opposite of the Left Hand Path and instead of the RHP. At other times, the terminology become approximate, but it slips through your fingers like water in an attempt to catch it with your hands. The clarity of a consistent definition, useful for our current understanding, calls a precise concept.
The ideologist Stephen Edred Flowers, in his invaluable book, Lords of the Left Hand Path: Forbidden Practices and Spiritual Heresies, points to a definition by recurrent principles identified around the world to define what is and what we mean today by the LHP.
The Right Hand Path is one who seeks Union with the outside world in its greatness, examples of what we have with the Christian God or the gnostic idealist philosophy where man was separated from the divine and your work is return to this, their origin, for their last eternal sleep in the absolute dissolution. This takes any form; go to heaven, nirvana, merging with the universe, nature or any creator god who is waiting for us. This means ceasing to exist in every way, by harmonizing your interior with the exterior, and kill the ego, which is understood here as the center of your being, not the endless voices inside one’s head or the malleable personality.
In contrast, the Left Hand Path focuses on the self, this is the methodology of the crystallization of the psyche to live life to the fullest, being one his own god and center of the universe. The subjective universe is strengthened and expanded, instead of seeking harmony with the outside world.
Where one is theocentric, the other is psychecentric, one is the path that light and seeks his walk and safe guide, while the other tries which be the same initiate able to create their own light in the darkness to illuminate himself .
The LHP is, as may have guessed from the above, the path to personal divinity, be your own God; the center of everything and responsible for your own life and destiny, not a fantasy being flying through the skies and sending thunders with the fingers. This principle is called, self-deification, which is to become your own God and part of a profound individuality.
The second principle is the Antonimianism, which is to go against the tide in support of the first. In ancient times this was understood almost instinctively, which shows the shockingof some rites of its practitioners. This does not mean committing crimes or go against the laws of our country, but to identify the morals and values and beliefs of society, what is considered “normal” external programming, to destroy the personality created by the outside and re-build a new, governed by the will itself or daemon, as it is called the inner spirit, the divine spark, our true self. The deconditioning makes us restart our system or mind from scratch, as with a computer, and allows us to choose ourselves the programs that will work; rather than others do to our account.
It should be noted here the great deception in which we have lived through Judeo-Christianity, which has shaped our thinking and acting. We usually see in our search for explanations of dualist and extreme forms, reminiscent of Manichaeism; when that is far from the way nature operates. No lion has mercy on his prey when hunting, nor will care him how morally good has been this. The Universe does not know of human morality, something we attribute to our bad habit of animating the inanimate. In the same vein, we have accustomed us to think that the universe must be the conscious creation of a being that mysterious and necessarily has of reasoning and act as would do the humans; avoiding the least attractive idea that we come from Chaos and that the beginning of everything can be found in natural laws of physics and chemistry that we know in depth every day.
To the religious institutions it has been a great help the form of subjugation that drives the Judeo-Christian religion, has to exist according to them “a superior being who we must worship,” but why? It instills fear secretly as a reason to believe, hypocritically hiding under the mask of worship and love, the real interest is that others abide the rules of others, because otherwise we will our asses in hell for all eternity. You would worship and develop love any for a magnate pointing a gun at them, in the case of something “superior” to us? If they were aliens from a distant galaxy to earth, obviously much more powerful than anyone, would this be sufficient and necessary reason to worship? In the darkness of ignorance of our childhood, we saw our parents as wise and capable of all things, is this also a valid argument for worship and submission?
I point here to what Nietzsche called slave morality, in one who is always looking for something above himself that gives direction and sense and who rejoices in his weaknesses turning them into virtues. The submission is good, pride is bad, the desire for more is a sin, humility and even poverty are safe passages skyward. This has rotted the world in favor of those in power, and have taken full advantage the religious leaders. In contrast, Nietzsche speaks of the moral of the masters, looking at the grandeur of the ancient world, where the fight was a symbol of greatness, for the conquest of an external or enemy within oneself; conquest and heroism is what elevates the individual, not the diminishment with the values of the mass. The moral of the noble, the one of the lords is one that is not fruit of the popular consensus but a personal one, a volitional act of pure moral; what it goes beyond good and evil and therefore is above the judgment of ordinary society.
Life itself, to my mind, is nothing more nor less than the instinct of growth, of permanence, of accumulating forces, of power: where the will to power is lacking, degeneration sets in… What is good? — All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man. What is bad? — All that proceeds from weakness. What is happiness? — The feeling that power increases — that a resistance is overcome. Decía Nietzsche.
I repeat. It is at the forge of Cain where form is given beating the steel of our spirit. The moral of lords, in the Left Hand Path, does not lead to the submission by abstract ideas like “god” or “homeland” who come to be for us very alien concepts of tribal belonging.
Being a humanist path on their way to the divine or transcendence (rather than the contrary in submission), a tool within the course of modern LHP is our innate capacity and in constant refinement to obtain a knowledge that brings us closer to truth, the reason. Aristotle, one of the greatest classical philosophers appoints human reason as the most outstanding and unique feature by which we can gain knowledge. The reason, in classical logic, consists of four principles through which anything must be analyzed to get its true essence:
– The principle of Identity: That one thing is identical only to itself
– The principle of Non-contradiction: Nothing can be and not be at the same time and in the same direction.
– Principle of the Third Excluded: that a statement is or is not.
– Principle of Sufficient Reason: Everything has a sufficient explanation and a sense of being in the way it is.
While we can find criticism within its formulation, as expressed by Hegel or Wittgenstein, we must consider that science and its method –a verifiable way to get to the truth –, It is perfectible and is at the service of man; this should not, and cannot be used to refute dogmatically materialistic everything with the hangover that left us so many years of Christianity oppression. This is certainly an initial method to achieve a critical and active thinking that can move between so much misinformation. For this very reason, a serious practitioner of the Left Hand Path will be reluctant to the belief of any entity, just because, the way that commands us religion and any story that is spreading in our day, as flying saucers, reptoids, global conspiracies or historical facts absurdities playing with the sentimentality of people with a propaganda background and personal interests. Instead of “security” and “certainty” of faith that delineates the answer before making the equation, we start with the reason to formulate our thesis and actively seek an answer. The aristocrats of the spirit steps on firm ground and are against everything wants to impersonate truth without questioning.
There are two approaches within the LHP, which Flowers calls immanent and transcendent. The first is to live life to the fullest in the here and now, exemplified by the creation of a work of art or philosophy, to give some examples, while transcendental approach seeks, through active spirituality, separation of the objective universe and go beyond the flesh, to be like the Secret Chiefs of the teachings of Blavatsky and Crowley; the immortality of the psyche.
Both seek immortality differently, it did not necessarily requires the practitioner believes in the spiritual, although it is encouraged to begin that path from zero to no vitiate the results with logical fallacies.
Similarly, we find two divisions within the Right Hand Path, where we find the religious people who follow the orders of their institutions and sacred sources in a labyrinth in the dark, while the other party seeks, through the esotericism and magic, back to the beginning of everything and the union with a critical attitude. We can qualify this bifurcation as exoteric and esoteric.
On this basis, we can say that _the Left Hand Path, is psyche-centric, as it focuses on the psyche and in the subjective and inner world and not on the mechanics of the objective and exterior, is a methodology towards immortality in the material or spiritual, characterized by self-deification and Antinomianism, and that makes use of our distinctive ability that makes us human, the reason, which helps us to gain knowledge. This is nothing moral, is neither bad nor good, as in the initial system of Thelema; broadly, these paths can be interlacing, and will be characterized by the ultimate end, the disappearance of our existence or continuation of this, earthly or spiritually.
The Left Hand Path is an anti-natural, one because it opposes the established flow of the universe to create a current itself, but is, in turn, the natural path of humanity, for it, in its subjective world – its inner world , escapes nature to take shape and own evolution, beyond the mechanics of the objective universe, despite being limited to this. Subjective Universe and the Left Hand Path go hand in hand, because this path is that of the new possibilities of man in its evolution to more refined states of consciousness.
We were talking about different pathways within the Left Hand Path, it’s time to talk about one whose pattern archetype has gathered us in this hall in this sunset and is also the main character of this event, the “demonized” and smeared representation of everything that makes us great, Lucifer.
Surely, to thinking about this figure we are comes to mind the commonly accepted story of the archangel created by God who out of pride, and in an act of self-awareness, caused a riot in heaven, rebelling against the authority of the creator – considered no more as all good, besides being omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent, impossibilities between and themselves-, which caused him to be banished to hell while waiting for the Day of Judgment, where he will be allowed to leave and return to tempt humanity and it will then be cast into a lake of fire for eternity with those who followed him. Pretty sadist of the god of love, that great being in which most put their trust and is the support and crutch in difficult times.
Interestingly, we find almost none of this in the Bible, except for small fragments of capricious and malleable meaning. The resource to the story of the fall and the name of Lucifer in Christianity comes from a passage from the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament that says, “How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. “. It was taken as a reference to the figure of the personification of evil rebel who the religion needs. Morning star is a subsequent translation of a game of linguistic and mistranslations started by St. Jerome that tells us in his translation from Greek into Latin, “quomodo cecidisti de coelo lucifer qui mane oriebaris…”. Lucifer is personified translation of Luxferre, which means “Light Bearer”, from Latin, and this from the Greek Eosphorus and Phosphorus, which in turn has its biblical origins in Hebrew in the sentence of the quoted text of the Old Testament that says “Helel ben Shahar“, Son of Dawn. Shahar derives in turn from Ugaritic, an extinct language, which represents the Goddess of Dawn, the planet Venus in the early hours of the morning, twin of the god Shalim, his brother, the representation of the Evening Star. In all these, the representation of Venus is distinctive, as the light that appears and challenges the sun and the moon (also seen as a child of both) a small and only rebel light in heaven.
The ultimate meaning of Isaiah is uncertain, many scholars debate whether this was made King Nebuchadnezzar II or a variation of the Canaanite myth of the Rebel Attar, where it tries to occupy the throne of Baal after his death.
The story of what is thought to be Lucifer in society still governed by the Christian religion and its values is built on lies, fear and a desire to suppression of the natural in the human on behalf of power hungry authorities and obedience of the gullible. All dualist frame of a good guy, needs by antonomasia the figure of a bad one: communists, Jews, Illuminati, devils of all kinds, etc. and in this case it was well with the archetype of enlightenment of man. This story, rather than a divine, is actually the reflection of man, a very human and as such imperfect, not their inferior condition, as we are we at the top of the pillar of evolution on earth, but because such a thing , such an ideal, it is impossible beyond a linguistic resource and exaltation of what is considered divine. The gods of antiquity suffered from the same dramas that mortals: jealousy, betrayal, infidelity, anger, all that Christianity categorized as bad. A brief review of the Old Testament show us that God also shows these characteristics despite its supposed divine qualities and perfection. God, is nothing more than our confidences, hopes, dreams and good wishes packaged by Christianity in a single figure, which they trying to sell us; however, their holy book, the alleged source that supports their existence contradicts all. To enter the paradigm of Judeo-Christianity one has to leave all rationality, mutilate his humanity and evolving nature and blind himself to anything that contradicts it.
The biblical Lucifer/Satanás It is not in its beginnings evil defined, but had a process to become what we have today, going from folk constructions, to name a scapegoat for the ills of God and human, of the fathers of the Church who took this symbolism as a source of dualism and fear, and finally in the later representations of Romanticism which is defined completely the story as we have it today, the highest Archangel and his army who rebelled against the Almighty in the work of John Milton, where curiously, the character noted for its features is Lucifer despite the Christian background of the work. Initially, Satan was an adjective to qualify an opponent, which actually means in the Aramaic language, which initially became identified with a nearby Angel God and humans who accused before the divine court after spying (maybe that’s why a bad reputation he earned at the Hebrew tribal people). In the book of Job, Satan is the one that tests the man and question God himself on the fidelity of one of his men in a macabre game of the creator where he sends endless incidents to test the faith of the poor Job. Later, Satan came to have an independent existence of heaven and God to be the lord of evil in the New Testament, unifying thus as the lord of all the chaotic and contrary to God’s goodness. At this point Satan becomes a figure that collects all the properties of the other devils and antagonists characters of the Bible, as the serpent, Leviathan, Mastemot, Belial, Behemoth, etc, etc, etc. What strengthens the figure of human repression by part of the righteousness.
This association of the “devil” with the figures of individuality, rebellion and opposite values to the submission produced by a dubious translation taken literally served to the conviction of the other pantheons in favor of the only truth given by Christianity, its paradigm, dogma and only God. Lucifer himself is an example of this, being in turn the Latin title of divinity associated with the Light of Dawn, brother of Vesper, the evening light once again the balance representing the planet Venus. Etymologically, Lucifer means Light Bearer. These deities also have their origin in the Greek Eosphorus (Bringer of Dawn) and Hesperus (Bringer of the dusk). Lucifer later became directly identified as the representative planet of love and war, Venus. It is from part of the Greco-Roman world from which we derive endless figures and modern meanings through language, and from which many prefer to identify the model of Lucifer. Among its vast mythology we find a figure symbolizing the aforementioned principles, the epitome of what we have for Lucifer to this day, a figure that exalts transcultural human virtues rather than an external alleged; the symbol of the rebel who puts the spark of divinity in man. A similar figure is the Titan Prometheus, part of the primeval gods of the Olympic order, primitive energies that originates all. Prometheus, in the version of Aeschylus, is the benchmark for the independence of the divine order by giving the flame of consciousness to man. The Titan stole fire from the gods to give to humans, a metaphor of knowledge against the darkness of ignorance to the gods undergoing human and evolution from ape to man. This meant the punishment of Prometheus being chained on the rocks for an eagle or vulture devours his liver which grew daily.
We can find similar figures of this archetype that offer knowledge to man, from the same Judeo-Christianity with the serpent of Eden and the rebellious angels or Watchers, who granted humans the arts of building weapons, chemistry and many more sciences. The Gnostic Abraxas and his balance and power of being inside. Quetzalcoatl in Mexico teaches man knowledge and management of sacred plants. Egyptian Set, the Attar Canaanite, the Melek Taus of the Yezidis, the Norse Loki and endless figures around the world more can be equated to the same principles embodied by Lucifer, which does not mean that it happened something like that literally long ago, but they are myths that reflect our interior, our past as a human race and the forces that move within us and we all share; we can all become a Lucifer if embody the best of us directed towards overcoming and evolution.
Of course Lucifer is bad for the interests of the slaveholders; unwillingly, the same parents created the most representative figure of the human rebellion against oppression, the individual, the power and the forbidden knowledge. One that got out of hand and awake now, stronger than ever to take its proper place in the evolution of man to greater heights. The biggest secret from Lucifer is that this does not exist as a real objective entity, as some of you or me. This is not a conscious being, but the sum of everything that makes us human awake who embrace their potential, and evolution and balance in humanity through his will; creation and destruction, light and dark.
“The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness, and ‘consciousness’ cannot evolve unconsciously. The evolution of man is the evolution of his will, and ‘will’ cannot evolve involuntarily. The evolution of man is the evolution of his power of doing, and ‘doing’ cannot be the result of things which ‘happen’.”, wrote George I. Gurdjieff.
And in Magick in Theory and Practice, the Master Therion says, ‘The Devil’ is, historically, the God of any people that one personally dislikes. This has led to so much confusion of thought that THE BEAST 666 has preferred to let names stand as they are, and to proclaim simply that AIWAZ — the solar-phallic-hermetic ‘Lucifer’ is His own Holy Guardian Angel, and ‘The Devil’ SATAN or HADIT of our particular unit of the Starry Universe. This serpent, SATAN, is not the enemy of Man, but He who made Gods of our race, knowing Good and Evil; He bade ‘Know Thyself!’ and taught Initiation.
Throughout the centuries, intellectuals and artists alike have taken this figure as lighting, dissidence and questioning of society and religion; where we take the symbolism of their origin, the same as always understood philosophers and occultists alike.
This spirit of questioning, rebellion and discomfort with the herd is nothing new, being an important part of a conscious being.
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself. Tells us the immortal philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche.
For all the above, Lucifer is the archetype of the light of knowledge and power, knowledge that allows us to free ourselves from the chains within ourselves and re-evaluate our outward in search of truth. Lucifer, as we understand it today, is a syncretic and comprehensive akin to Left Hand Path figure, because his path also involves personal deification with antinomianism, besides the human preponderance of reason. Lucifer is not a thinking being objective and literal, but the union of principles and deified human characteristics together under a single name.
While each one will have their own idea and understanding of Lucifer, as this is the individual, the same structure will always be present in its definition. One of the considerations to keep in mind is not to fall into the trap of believe in literal gods; although we can believe in the existence of a conscious principle (apart from being purely materialistic), this does not have to be a reflection of what Christianity proposes as what is divinity. I usually put the example of the god of cows to illustrate this. What and how would the god of these if they have a God? With cow horns, tail, snout and even hoof cattle colors? Would it say “moo” and its offering would be green grass from the best quality? The point of this is that we think as humans, and hence our gods have those characteristics to exaggeration, and what we need and seek in need and shelter. The active spirituality to which I refer -the magick if one prefers, tries to unravel the mysteries of the universe, simplistic ideas as well must be banished for a better understanding from the complexity of the cosmos, as well as the submission and worship. The fact that there are literal god, does not mean that there is no spiritual; magic and which is termed as “supernatural”. Again, it is not extreme, but the recognition of the diversity of the chromatic palette that is the universe.
We can detach from the talk, the following principles attributed to the modern figure from Lucifer identified within the Greater Church of Lucifer.
- Lucifer represents the Power; the innate thirst of our being for more; progress towards new heights, overcoming obstacles, the rise in work or acquiring physical power by exercising or knowledge through intellectual study. Rebellion, to rise above the other stars and their mythological representations. Atavistically, deep in our subconscious and our genes, is this in mind, because all organism struggle to live and evolve. Lucifer is the representation of continuous improvement and evolution of man, a new state towards its divinity.
- Lucifer represents Wisdom; which is obtained through knowledge put into practice, the analysis and the judgment through reason. We are not satisfied with the dead acquisition of information, we seek to validate or tear down the lies through our own capacity for discernment and logic.
- Lucifer represents the Balance; day and night, black and white, positive and negative, male and female, in a single archetype that brings together both Shiva and Shakti, Samael and Lilith, Sun and Moon, no conflict between them, but a unit that encompasses everything .
- Lucifer represents the Force; in character and inner self in the pursuit of truth and the difficulties of a chaotic world that can drag us and lead us astray if not having the feets firmly on the ground. Besides being a natural shield to the lies and projections from the outside, it needs internal stability to withstand the weight of the stress generated by the process of individuation, as well as defamation of ignorance of the masses. This is achieved through the exercise of all kinds and continuous tests to which the practitioner submits.
The Luciferianism is, therefore, the ideology of personal identification with the symbolism and archetype of Lucifer in the active pursuit of knowledge for internal and external development and its application resulting in Apotheosis, the becoming one his God himself. To do this, the practitioner focuses on the principles of Power, Balance, Wisdom and Strength that surround the image of the bearer of Light or Knowledge. Being from a versatile and active character this can take various forms depending on the individual.
The origin of this approach to the world and life can go back to the beginning of man, and its highest representation embodied in their own symbols and concepts of their characteristics understood and attributed by us humans. Lucifer, transcends nations and its people and we find it not only in the processes of nature, creation and destruction, but in the ancient myths of the rebellion of Apsu and Tiamat, which were formed of men; and at a later legend in Akkadian, from Geshtu-e, the rebel god of intelligence who rebelled against the abuses from the elder gods above its class, and he was sacrificed as punishment for creating new workers, the humans, who rebelled in turn through Atrahasis, a wise leader and Promethean in contact with the gods. We have also the goddess of war and love, Inanna / Ishtar, the Mistress of Venus and sometimes taking the role of Queen of Hell. To Attar, the Rebel, in the lands of Levant who represented the pursuit of power to claim the throne of the gods long before the biblical myths. The Egyptian Set, the lord of darkness and fertile soils, necessary part on balance, demonized in later times. The Greek Prometheus, the Titans in their chthonic force, and the various gods of light like Helios and Apollo, besides brute force and uncontrolled Dionysus in connection with the animal; Hecatethe queen of Sorcery, also carries the title of Phosphorus, such as carrying the torch of knowledge. The biblical Satan, the serpent the Tree of Knowledge and the rebels Watchers are a classic example of this force, and condemned by their desire for independence. Both female as male, Lucifer and the Luciferianism are the hand that creates and the fist which destroys, the consciousness of self, evolution and the companion in human deification known for magicians and wise men from the ancient scribes, to the philosophers and Greek and Latin writers like Heraclitus and Ovid, from the Romantics Milton, Shelley and Blake, to the dissident thinkers like Machiavelli, Nietzsche, Bakunin, Twain and Rand, through the Rosicrucians and his mythological father, Tubal-Cain to Blavatsky, Crowley, Charles Pace and Anton LaVey. The Luciferianism is not the creation of a single man in a dogma that must be followed to the letter without questioning, but this is the innate part of us with an appropriate name that today is becoming stronger.
Luciferianism can be expanded as a philosophy (formulated in depth and as a lifestyle), a doctrine (keeping and transmitting the basic principles and spreading them), a system (a outlined structure of development or internal initiation) or a religion (understood as the encounter with your own divinity), where the central point is the individual towards his own divinity, because we believe that everything starts from within, from zero, rather than search answers to questions asked by other biased. You and only you are directly responsible of your own life and existence, the only God that it exists.