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Do not simply practice your art, but force your way into its secrets. For it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.

~Ludwig Von Beethoven

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Recently on some of the pagan Tumblr blogosphere, there’s been some very heated discussion regarding an image that’s been going around:

The initial concern over the image, was of course, discussion on the fact that this pretty much insinuates that this is a common mode of thinking for Paganism-that by a Christian calling a Pagan a Satanist they are basically doing the same as saying all Christians follow the word of The Pope, which if course, we know is utterly ridiculous.

I keep seeing this pic going around, and it keeps bothering me. It’s a cute concept…except that’s not what satanism and paganism are in respect to each other.

Most assuredly not, given that the Pope is an figurehead basically appointed by a religious institution-specifically, the Catholic Church, which has very little or nothing to do with Christians as a whole, and indeed, most Christians I’ve met (paradoxically) have really never had anything good to say about the catholic church, so the initial fallacy here is making a comparison that doesn’t even make sense. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about. . . we’re here to talk about the debate regarding the general pagan viewpoint on Luciferianism, and where it comes into play. Specifically, when the word “Satanism” comes up.

Paganism is umbrella term for all non-abrahamic religions. Depending on the beliefs of the person worshiping satan, they may or may not believe in any of the  abrahamic religious systems at all.

lkoinuchan

I think this is the first and foremost most important distinction that we must make for the sake of this entry. Paganism is a general term for someone who is NOT of a Judeo-Christian Paradigm. Wikipedia defines paganism as:

Paganism (from Latin paganus, meaning “country dweller”, “rustic”[1]) is a blanket term, typically used to refer to religious traditions which arepolytheistic or indigenous. It is primarily used in a historical context, referring to Greco-Roman polytheism as well as the polytheistic traditions of Europe and North Africa beforeChristianization. In a wider sense, extended to contemporary religions, it includes most of the Eastern religions and the indigenous traditions of theAmericasCentral AsiaAustralia and Africa; as well as non-Abrahamic folk religion in general. More narrow definitions will not include any of the world religions and restrict the term to local or rural currents not organized as civil religions. Characteristic of Pagan traditions is the absence of proselytismand the presence of a living mythology, which informs religious practice.

So first off, Paganism has absolutely nothing to do with Satanism, unless you consider the fact that ‘Satanism’ is not a structured Judeo-Christian belief system, in which case, yes, then it would fall under a type of Paganism. Pagans can worship any spectrum of mythologies and figures, or even none at all, if they so chose. They can be agnostic or animist with NO belief in a higher power, just believe in the land and the energies thereof, and that doesn’t make them any less of a pagan. It doesn’t make them a Satanist, either.

Now let me start filling in some info from the discussion itself.

Basically, as far as I’m aware, not all pagans worship Satan, but many (not all) people who worship Satan identify as pagan…just as not all Christians follow the word of the Pope (i.e. Catholics vs. Protestants), but most people who follow the word of the Pope identify as Christian.

I just thought I’d put it out there.

lkoinuchan

As we’ve already spoken about, Lkoinuchan is onto something here. A Pagan is not a Satanist, but a Satanist may consider themselves a pagan. Ya’ll with me so far? good. Here’s where the author of this post (and a lot of other pagans seem to have this attitude, I’ve noticed) starts to get nasty:

No one that worships Satan is a pagan because Satan is a Abrahamic entity. Anyone who worships or believes in Satan is accepting Abrahamic mythos and is, thus, not a pagan as he accepts God/Jehova/Allah as the one true god. You can’t believe in Shiva and say that you’re a Germanic pagan. The metaphysical frameworks aren’t compatible. The picture is right without your bullshit correction.

blogofagenius

Whoo, touchy, but here’s where we start to see an example of the Pagan desperation to pull itself away from what it calls “Satanism”. However, the problem with this is that many pagans seem to have a skewed idea of what “Satanism” actually is/what it means, which very typically takes the form of assuming that they know and understand what both Satanism and Luciferian are without clearly having done any research into the material, or speaking with the practitioners of. Luciferians, because of these misconceptions, are generally treated like the Pagan community equivalent of a colony of Lepers. Blogofagenius goes on to add to his statement:

Satan is defined as Lucifer, the creature God cast out of heaven to reign over hell. To believe in him, you have to believe in the Christian canon that created him. As without God, whom the Christian canon define as the only God, there would be no Satan. Being a pagan and believing in Satan at the same time is semantically impossible. Believing in Satan means you believe in a monotheistic religion while being Pagan means you’re a polytheist.

Luxette, however, takes a point to this assertion with the following:

Oh really? Please, tell me more about what my beliefs are, what I should and shouldn’t believe.

I also like how you assume that we’re talking about the Lucifer found in Christian mythos, without bothering to consider the god of the same name found within Roman mythos. That right there should be enough to discredit your little monotheism/polytheism rant, but I’m going to continue because I do personally use Abrahamic literature moreso in my practice than Roman mythos.

Following your train of logic, I should be a Christian and not a Luciferian, because I would also have to believe the ‘metaphysical framework’ that defines Lucifer as the polar opposite of god, as the ‘evil’ that balances out God’s infinite ‘good’. I should believe that his exile was justified, and that he wants to make mankind miserable. I should also believe that his creator is all-knowing and all-powerful, the ‘one true god’.

But I don’t, which kind of messes up the little box you’re trying to make my beliefs fit into. And by that same rationality, hundreds of other self-labelled Christians are in fact not Christian because they don’t believe in the bible word-for-word.

Faith and belief doesn’t work as an ‘all or nothing’ system.

And here we come to the crux of the point of this entry, which I will now elaborate on, having made you sit through an online spat regarding where a person draws the line between Pagan, Luciferian, and Satan.

Because of the negative fallout from Christianity, regarding the Pagan movement as it came to more culture light and media focus, Pagan communities immediately set out to both explain and demonstrate to their Christian onlookers that NO, their religion wasn’t bad, or harmful, or any of those things to anyone. Christians had any number of complaints to throw at the Pagans: that we raised our children in a damaging way (which, sadly, some Judges still believe, as I’ve heard several stories of children of pagan parents given to the opposite parent in custody battles, even though the other parent was far more damaging to the child than being non-christian ever could be, or was: not that it is.), that we somehow had wild naked crazy orgies and subjected children to ritual abuse and sacrificed goats over our kitchen sinks. . . all handed down via puritanical superstition left over from books that told of the horrible things “witches” did ( See the Malefictus Malificarum (sp?) ) in service to “Satan” :

It was also during the Medieval period that the concept of Satan, the Biblical Devil, began to develop into a more threatening form. Around the year 1000, when there were increasing fears that the end of the world would soon come in Christendom, the idea of the Devil had become prominent, with many believing that his activities on Earth would soon begin appearing. Whilst in earlier centuries there had been no set depiction of the Devil, it was also around this time that he began to develop the stereotypical image of being animal-like, or even in some cases an animal himself. In particular, he was often viewed as a goat, or as a human with goat-like features, such as horns, hooves and a tail. Equally, the concepts of demons began to become more prominent, in particular the idea that male demons known as incubi, and female ones known as succubi, would roam the Earth and have sexual intercourse with humans. As Thurston noted, “By about 1200, it would have been difficult to be a Christian and not frequently hear of the devil … [and] by 1500 scenes of the devil were commonplace in the new cathedrals and small parish churches that had sprung up in many regions.”[38]

In the 14th and 15th centuries, the concept of the witch in Christendom underwent a relatively radical change. No longer were they viewed as sorcerers who had been deceived by the Devil into practicing magic that went against the powers of God, as earlier Church leaders like Saint Augustine of Hippo had stated. Instead they became the all-out malevolent Devil-worshiper, who had made a pact with him in which they had to renounce Christianity and devote themselves to Satanism. As a part of this, they gained, new, supernatural powers that enabled them to work magic, which they would use against Christians. It was believed that they would fly to their nocturnal meetings, known as the Witches’ Sabbath, where they would have sexual intercourse with demons. On their death, the witches’ souls, which then belonged to the Devil, subsequently went to Hell.[39]

-Wikipedia

When Paganism and similar elements came around, Christians saw some of the iconography and remembered some of these medieval images, and so obviously, accused Pagans of being Devil worshipers. Of course, at the time (and even still), pagans were naturally concerned about their safety-freedom of religion in America would allow then to worship whatever god/dess they so chose, but that didn’t always mean they could do it sound and secure way. Because of these fears, “The Devil” was decried in Pagan circles almost as much if not more so than in Christian ones. No one wanted to be the villain in the movie. Rightly so.

However in a rush to do this, even Pagans have pregidous, and that really comes into play when it comes to Luciferians, who are often mistaken for Satanists. First of all, there are two counterpoints to this argument: One, Lucifer, as we’ve mentioned before, is NEVER SPECIFICALLY NAMED IN THE BIBLE AS SATAN. The name was used to compare a king, specifically, a king of Babylon.

The Vulgate (Latin) version of the Christian Bible used the word “lucifer” (with lower-case initial) twice to refer to the Morning Star: once in 2 Peter 1:19 to translate the Greek word φωσφόρος (phōsphoros), a word, from φῶς (phōs) meaning “light” and φέρω (pherō̄) meaning “to carry”, that has the same meaning of Light-Bringer that the Latin word has, and once in Isaiah 14:12 to translate the Hebrew word הילל (Hêlēl).[20] In the latter passage the title of “Morning Star” is given to the tyrannous Babylonian king, who the prophet says is destined to fall.”

Otherwise:

In the New Testament the “adversary” has many names, but “Lucifer” is not among them. He is called “Satan” (Matt. 4:10; Mark 1:13, 4:15; Luke 10:18), “devil” (Matt. 4:1), “adversary” (1. Peter 5:8, ἀντίδικος; 1. Tim. 5:14, ἀντικείμενος), “enemy” (Matt. 13:39), “accuser” (Rev. 12:10), “old serpent” (Rev. 20:2), “great dragon” (Rev. 12:9), Beelzebub (Matt. 10:25, 12:24), and Belial (comp. Samael).

In 2 Peter 1:19 and elsewhere, the same Latin word lucifer is used to refer to the Morning Star, with no relation to the Devil. In Revelation 22:16, Jesus himself is called the Morning Star but not “Lucifer”, even in Latin (Vulgata stella splendida matutina).

The name Lucifer appears in m any places, but it is originally a Latin name, or in it’s purest forms, Greek, referring to the greco-Roman god of the dawn, Phosporos/Eosphoros. Because of the connotations of Illumination, enlightenment, and hope, the name has also been used as allegory for the Son of God, or even Jesus Christ himself, or at the very least, a very beloved servant of the divine:

Original Greek text uses a circumlocution instead of the single word “φωσφόρος”, and a corresponding circumlocution is used in the Latin. Thus “stella matutina” is used for “ὁ ἀστὴρ ὁ πρωϊνός” in Revelation 2:28, which promises the Morning Star to those who persevere, and for “ὁ ἀστὴρ ὁ πρωϊνός” (or, according to some manuscripts, “ὁ ἀστὴρ ὁ ὀρθρινός”) in Revelation 22:16, where Jesus calls himself “the bright morning star”.

Phosphorus (Greek Φωσφόρος Phōsphoros), a name meaning “Light-Bringer”, is the Morning Star, the planet Venus in its morning appearance. Φαοσφόρος (Phaosphoros) and Φαεσφόρος (Phaesphoros) are forms of the same name in some Greek dialects.

Another Greek name for the Morning Star is Ἑωσφόρος (Heōsphoros), which means “Dawn-Bringer”. The form Eosphorus is sometimes met in English, as if from Ἠωσφόρος (Ēōsphoros), which is not actually found in Greek literature,[1] but would be the form that Ἑωσφόρος would have in some dialects. The Latin name Lucifer is an exact translation of the Greek term Φωσφόρος.

In Isaiah 14:12, the Septuagint version uses the word “Ἑωσφόρος” (Heosphoros) and the Vulgate “Lucifer” to translate Hebrew Helel (Venus as the brilliant, bright or shining one), “son of Shahar (Dawn)”

Others have been referred to as Morning Star (for instance, Jesus in Revelation 22:16), but not as Phosphorus.

So, now that we’ve demonstrated, at least a little, that Lucifer does not always equate to Satan, let us jump outside of that Pagans Vs. Luciferians. Vs. Satan. Vs Christians framework. If it’s a given that not all Luciferians practice Satanism, wouldn’t it be a given, then, that some Luciferians would be pagans? Particularly those that do not ascribe to an Abrahmic system. However, because most Lucfierans also tend to be Gnostics, like Pagans who dabble a little in Hellenismos, a little in Egyptian mythology, ect ect, we often have purely our own idea about what Lucifer is to us, and how to worship him. Some Luciferians may solely worship Lucifer in his Greek form, only as Phosphors and his related myth as the father of The Muses and also Ceyx. Others of us may not-we may see him as a part of a grander set of gods and related spirits that Judeo Christian texts purged when they were re-written, such as the theory of Lucifer being the creator of our material universe, or his relationship with the Gnostic Mother-Goddess form, named Pistis-Sophea (as per Gnostic ideas). Still other Luciferians may rely soely on the idea that Lucifer, as a named Adversary by humanity to the Christan God, chose to don that persona as the angel who loved god the most. . . and wasn’t afraid to challenge a tyrant-king where he saw fault.

There are many, many, many different angles a person could take on Lucifer, and the idea of Lucifer but it’s important for people to know that there ARE aspects of him that have very little if anything to do with the christian Satan or the idea of a “Devil”. So I challenge all Pagans who read this to know, understand, and accept this difference, and educate yourselves. Pagans, from my time spent in the community, are a sort that likes to make it pretty blatant and clear how separate they are from what they perceive the elitism of Christianity to be. However, when anybody chooses to remain in ignorance and spite or otherwise look down on another group IN this ignorance, they become exactly what it is that they are afraid of. This is my charge as a Luciferian: do you research. Talk to people. Don’t plan on dictating to another person the framework of their beliefs, or try to fit in in your own little box because there is an aspect about it that makes you uncomfortable. If you’re afraid of something, learn about it. That way at least, before you open your mouth, you’re not doing the rest of your people a disservice by perpetuating the cycle of senseless elitism,  bigotry and intolerance. It may be easy to point at some people and go, ‘ well at least we’re not as bad as THOSE guys!’ -but really, don’t do it. It’s a waste of everybody’s time.

*All info taken from Wikipedia unless otherwise named in quote.

Here a stranger tastes’ his dream,
Washed away like dusk of day.
A scribble in a torn-up notebook
says it’s all okay.

Be watchful,
the devil is coming,
Aim for a steady heart
and drop dead
in the New Mexico sand.

O, shining darkness fades out
You command glittering meaning
From beneath this fog
and green flatline.

On the edge of the world,
All these wounds in front,
My friend seek shelter from this grit and mud.

I’m so sorry to have to do this.
I’m so sorry I didn’t get to see
You one last time, my bird

Empty landmarks with no words to say.
The nest is empty ’cause I’ve flown away.
Burning so hot, so close to the gods
and set it all ablaze.

I taste murky death,
and it doesn’t make even a lick of sense,
but I will wait for you.
A stranger.

Copyright Hell’s Medic, 2012

This has been going around the Pagan Blogosphere for some time now, and with a little dedication of my time, I was able to write some to Lucifer. . .though mine are a complex blend of his mythology, things sacred to him, and my Unverified Personal Gnosis (as well as the Gnosis of some of my brothers, but that’s a story for another day!) So here they are (and actually, I think I did a few more-I lost count several times. . .please be advised these are very personal, so I ask that you not take them off this blog, but rather, reblog/link the entire thing if you want to draw attention to it. Thank you.

I adore you, he who pours milk into an empty sky.

I adore you, the gentle harp string, plucked in the dark.

I adore you, who shed his brothers blood.

I adore you, scales gliding over leaves.

I adore you, whose sweat forms the new stars.

I adore you, cleanliness, focus, punctuality.

I adore you, forked tongue tickling my skin.

I adore you, keeper of desperate dreams.

I adore you, cold glacier of deepest blue.

I adore you, O father who has tumbled as a stroke, as a shiver from a storm.

I adore you, Grand General, who led us to charge.

I adore you, most sacred teacher.

I adore you, lover unrequited.

I adore you, chocolate strawberry on my tongue, washed away with buttery champagne.

I adore you, sly, slim tenor in the shadows.

I adore you, violin who sings, Nothing Else Matters.

I adore you, brushstroke on canvas.

I adore you, bounding pulse, visible breath, flames rising.

I adore you, anyone’s ghost.

I adore you, tender hiss, soft fingertips.

I adore you, Chessmaster.

I adore you, liquid mirror.

I adore you, Sinner.

I adore you, Saint.

I adore you, feathers of a thousand sapphire eyes.

I adore you, grieving father.

I adore you, constrictor whose coils crush illusion.

I adore you, thunderous echo, siege to come, rallying cry.

I adore you, heartbroken echo from far below.

I adore you, velvet caress.

I adore you, scratch on the surface.

I adore you, poison in my veins.

I adore you, narcotic of my soul.

I adore you, most honored prosecutor.

I adore you, seed of cyanide.

I adore you, waking light.

I adore you, peace of midnight blue.

I adore you, rich opium cloud.

I adore you, tarnished silver.

I adore you, blade of what-can-never be.

I adore you, lonely empty sea.

I adore you, angel in me.

I adore you, binds that bite.

I adore you, tempter.

I adore you, rebellious Prince.

I adore you, who comes to call with love, and wishes made true.

I adore you, heartbeat.

I adore you, with tears that fall as diamonds.

I adore you, proud defiance of a tyrant.

I adore you, a wash of red on white, a field where broken spirits are revived.

I adore you, sacred physician of hearts.

I adore you, bouquet of magnolias.

I adore you, fluid underwater dancer.

I adore you, sinew, artery, substance.

I adore you, life in the womb.

I adore you, rainbow copper ore.

I adore you, most High Son.

I adore you, wingbeats to break the spell.

I adore you, defense of the self.

I adore you, who weeps for the lost.

I adore you, for the entire cost.

I adore you, far-sight sailor.

I adore you, wound at my throat.

I adore you, who wears the compass-crown.

I adore you, in the palace of ice.

I adore you, who weeps regret.

I adore you, foam flower.

I adore you, great salt apon the waves.

I adore you, tide of High-Hope,

I adore you, Steel ward for wagging tongues,

I adore you, wicked thorn that has made me bleed,

I adore you, tender ruby seeds.

I adore you, flare across the sky,

I adore you, fallen dogwood.

I adore you, shining opal nautilus.

I adore you, black flame.

I adore you, best dressed, sharp suit.

I adore you, deep drinker.

I adore you, folds and ripples moving in unison.

I adore you, horns of pearl and plenty,

I adore you, creaking leather.

I adore you, contempt of court,

I adore you, scrying pool,

I adore you, far away star,

I adore you, Shepherd’s guide,

I adore you, he who breaks all the rules.

I adore you, King who suffers no fools.

I adore you, whose smile is small,

I adore you, one who wears my skin,

I adore you, bather baptized in sin,

I adore you, flash of steel in my eyes.

I adore you, voice that cries “Run!”

I adore you, bold sacrifice, ancient enemy.

I adore you, firm hand on my shoulder.

I adore you, stripe around my waist.

I adore you, brother.

I adore you, 30 minutes of air, buzz in the smoke.

I adore you, outline as I float away.

I adore you, hope that may betray.

I adore you, who leads astray.

I adore you, the hand on the spear.

I adore you, glass that shatters above me.

I adore you, who says ‘look up, not below’.

I adore you, God who never says ‘no’.  

I just finished reading your article on Pagans and Lucifer and I just want to thank you for throwing some sense out there. I hate being told that I should hold “black sabbaths” (not that I don’t like their music but seriously. Ok, I joke but still), work with groups of naked people sacrificing goats and hate christians because of my beliefs. It’s all just ridiculous. Though I gladly tell people I’m of a pagan faith if they ask I rarely elaborate due to hostility and misunderstanding.
Anyway, just a note to say thank you.

 

I am, of course, tremendously flattered, and it makes me happy to see that my words have touched someone, be they another practitioner or no. When I do, I see myself as a success in my service and my devotion to him. So I should say thank you in return, for taking the moment to write me and let me know how you felt. It means the world to me that you made the effort-and to him, I’m sure.

Lucifer is not Satan and the two were not associated until the fear of eternal damnation in an imaginary hell was dreamed up by the Catholic church in the Middle Ages and they needed an adversary to rule it. Before then hell as a place of damnation did not exist, except perhaps in the ancient myths of Tartarus, but instead the belief in an underworld was held across cultures as the realm of the dead.

This is the god of Luciferian Witchcraft, although the deity is usually divided into the feminine and masculine, worshipping Lilith as Queen of the Underworld and Moon Goddess with her harpy features belonging to the creatures of the underworld and worshipping Lucifer as the Lord of Light and Cunning Father, as the crooked one with the blinding torch of illumination between his horns. They are the mother and father of the witch, granting their followers with the arcane knowledge of the moon and the fire of wisdom found within us – the spark, the spirit, the ancient soul.

-The Pagan Path

This is an excerpt of an article written over on The Pagan Path, and there are a couple of interesting/noteworthy things I feel like discussing in it, so I have linked it here. This contains my personal opinion and may delve into a rant, so you’ve been warned!

The first issue that I want to address, of course, comes from the division that the author of this article has stated exists in what they call “Luciferian Witchcraft”. This is the first time I have ever heard of “Luciferian Witchcraft”, which is not to say that there aren’t people who identify with this, but I was unaware that there was a specif “path” of the craft that tied in with Luciferianism. That aside, I feel that this is an inaccurate and maybe damaging article, specifically for this quote. . . because Lucifer has nothing to do with Lillith, and nor has Lillith ever had any associations with Lucifer except for in the middle ages, when the Catholic Church began crafting the hell of eternal torments and naming Lucifer the enemy of mankind. . . Lillith, as with most pagan deities of that time, was relegated to hell as a Bride of Satan (Malcom Godwin, “Angels, an Endangered Species”). Lillith was originally a Mesopotamian mother goddess, to whom reference is made in such tales as The Epic of Gilgamesh.

Lamashtû or Labartu (in Sumerian Dimme) was a very similar Mesopotamian demon to Lilitû, and Lilith seems to have inherited many of Lamashtû’s myths.[59] She was considered a demi-goddess and daughter of Anu, the sky god.[60] Many incantations against her mention her status as a daughter of heaven and her exercising her free will over infants. This makes her different from the rest of the demons in Mesopotamia. Unlike her demonic peers, Lamashtû was not instructed by the gods to do her malevolence; she did it on her own accord. She was believed to seduce men, harm pregnant women, mothers, and neonates, kill foliage, and drink blood and was a cause of disease, sickness, and death.

Lucifer, on the other hand, is only mentioned in the bible as the name of a king (Whose Hebrew name can be translated into the Hebrew הילל בן־שׁחר Helel Ben-Shachar, or “Helel, Son of the Dawn”, or the Greek ὁ ἀστὴρ ὁ λαμπρὸς καὶ ὀρθρινός, “The Bright and Morning Star,” Phosphoros, which incidently was also how early Latin texts (The Exult chant in early Roman rites) would refer to Jesus:

May this flame be found still burning
by the Morning Star:
the one Morning Star who never sets,
Christ your Son,
who, coming back from death’s domain,
has shed his peaceful light on humanity,
and lives and reigns for ever and ever.

As evidenced from the clearly different origins of these two entities, and with the only remaining link having come from the early fathers of the Catholic Church naming Lillith as a bride and accomplice in Hell, we can quite logically and reasonably deduce that Lucifer is not Lillith in any form, and visa versa.

Which brings me to the problem that I have with this article, and some of the ideas that are put down in it. Here seems to be a recurring problem in pagan circles, and with the idea of ‘patron’ gods and goddesses and especially with some forms of Silver Ravenwolf paganism in general. . . that it is OK to pick and choose what entities serve what function in your paradigm, and here is a clear example of that. That “witchcraft” or “pagansim” must clearly have a strict division among gender lines: male and female, Horned God and Mother Goddess, Sun and Moon, Earth and Sky, ect ect.

First off, let me just say. The gods (and goddesses) are not our personal coloring books, nor are they our sockpuppets. Picking and choosing what entities you want to do what so they can fit in your practice isn’t smart by any stretch of the imagination. Now, depending on the type of person you are and to what extent you do this, the god/dess in question really might not care all that much. . . but why take a chance angering them?

For clarification: I’m not what I call and ‘aspecting’ pagan. I don’t believe that all gods are one god or some gods are just shards of others and so it doesn’t matter which one you worship. Does this mean that some gods haven’t crossed paradigms? Not necessarily. But I think it’s a really long stretch to link, oh, say Odhinn to Osiris or Bast to Freya, that sort of thing. Nor do I think that Lucifer was Prometheus:

He/she is the torch-bearer, the bringer of fire and therefore the bringer of knowledge; Prometheus who stole fire from Zeus to give it to mankind, Raven who stole the sun, Lucifer who betrayed god and gifted mankind with awareness and knowledge… Lucifer the creator, saviour, and father of mankind.

Again, here we have two problems: the author referring to Lucifer with He/She and also implying, if not outright stating, that Lucifer is the same as any of these other entities. To be sure all of these entities do  have something in common: they are all deities of illumination, sometimes tricksters, who ultimately have benefit mankind from their trickery. Saying they are all the same, however, cheapens them individually. It was Lucifer’s pride and compassion that led to his fall and later his gift of knowledge and choice (in the form of the apple) to humanity. It was Prometheus, in his sympathy and warm heart, who looked on mankind and then to his brother Epimetheus, when all the gifts in Olympus were passed down to creatures on the earth, and was heard to say ruefully, “There’s nothing left for man, is there?” who then dared to brave a hot, younger god’s wrath in order to give fire to humans. It was Raven, who in his love for Grey Eagle’s daughter, went into Grey Eagles house, saw the wonders and marvels of The Sun, The Moon, and Water, felt that they should belong to all of creation and flew away with them. Yes, these are all acts of compassion, love, and empathy, but they are not all from the same god. It was not Lucifer who brought fire to mankind. It was not Lucifer who brought the fresh water of rivers and streams to humanity. Those are not his named deeds: his named deeds, according to the Gnostics, are walking across and empty universe, leaving a trail of stars behind. His deeds are disguising himself as that old ancient and revered creature who’s shed skin is a symbol of renewal, the serpent, in order to present a blissful, ignorant eve with a choice. Eternal life and eternal clulessnessness, or eventual death and understanding of the world around her. These are not the actions of Lillith. Lucifer is not a mother goddess, nor an eath goddess, he is a Lord of the Sky and a Prince of Lightning (the fall myth as phallic allegory: when Lucifer fell, he was said to pierce the earth as a stroke of lightning, and come to rest in Hel (the earth-womb). Though there is a connection to a mother-entity in some points of Lucifer mythology, it would be to the Earth itself, or Hell as a sentient, female power, but in no place does the mythology name Lillith as having any connection to any of Lucifer’s own myth.

I see this as an attempt to break what is a very masculine entity and his related mythology up into something that fits “neatly” into the “pagan” [Silver Ravenwolf] mold: the mindset that there must be a mother/father man/woman king/queen dichotomy in order for any pagan word to be “legit” or effective. It ignores the basic premise that there are some people who simply do not fit those molds, nor are they comfortable working in them, and in these circumstances, may choose to work with one exclusive side of that duality, or would choose an androgynous entity to work with in order to feel comfortable. Just because you want to worship one of these entities, though, and do NOT ‘like’ the fact that they are not male/female/androgyne/flying spaghetti monster, however, does not mean that’s it’s advised or even okay for you to heap things on them that are not sacred to them. To call one god something else with associations that are not even sacred to them is to do them a dishonor: as a point, you would not make an altar to Artemis but as an offering leave her a big sculpted penis, a pack of maximum sized condoms, and a DVD recording of that years Superbowl.

The meetings and rituals of Luciferian Witchcraft are like the witches sabbaths of old – wild rituals in hidden groves of nature invoking the horned master of the witches . . .

Here is clearly another problem, and an example of imposing (misleading) “pagan” themes on a practice that clearly does not do these sorts of rituals. Most every Luciferian I have ever spoken to, and myself, are solitary practitioners. The inherent problem with this is that A) Clearly the author has had very little to no actual experience speaking with a Luciferian and B) Luciferians, as solitary practitioners, typically do things in their own way, including worship. Lucifer as an entity encourages his followers to use their brains and find their own truth, and this sort of taboo does not lend itself to easy group practice. Put two Luciferians together in the same room, and it’s almost guaranteed that they will see him a different way, worship him a different way, and have very different modes of practice and ritual, based on what they have discovered works for them.

In Wicca, and in most other forms of structured paganism, things are done in a very set, specific way. You open a ritual a certain way, you dance at a certain hour, you wait for the moon to be right for a certain spell. I can only speak for myself in this instance and not other Luciferians, but my own spell workings, rituals, and sacred days are much more spontaneous. . . I journey-walk when Lucifer tells me to. . . when I feel like doing a spell, I do (I rely heavily on colors and herbalism for these things, and prefer to work at 3pm, a time he has told me personally is sacred to him), and when I want to make an offering to him, I put it on his altar whenever, and then I go outside and do a dance for him, praying and singing to him as I do. That’s it. There is no grove, no horned god, no skyclad dancing. At least from my personal UPG (interpretation of his myth), Lucifer was once one of the brightest, white angels in heaven. When he comes through to me as one of his worshipers down here, this energy typically manifests as sterility. Lucifer does not approve of unwashed, unstructured, crazy ecstatic ritual. He’s not prudish, but he is the Gods’ version of Bleach-he wants cleanliness, organization, and sometimes, pomp and circumstance. Typically speaking, a ritual to Lucifer should be held in a fancy-pants third floor penthouse suite with everyone drinking champagne and wearing Armani. . . then the crazy orgies (I kid of course. . . mostly).

How does one become a Luciferian Witch? Are there covens, groups, or organizations?

As I’ve already mentioned, typically, Theistic Luciferianism tends to lean more towards solitary practice. Although there are groups out there that claim to be Luciferian and practice together, I find that I am not drawn to any of them. . . most of them that I have met in person tend to be either younger semi-goths still in High School trying to rebel against Christianity and other standard forms of religion (and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as they’re not hurting anybody, but you have to imagine, typically, they don’t stick with this path, or study it very intently), or middle-aged men and women who like to hold mock ‘black sabbaths’ that I find really have nothing to do with Lucifer himself and tend to lean more towards the Lucifer= Satan slant, which I do not. My practice is incompatible with a group setting, and as I have mentioned several times earlier, I am god-owned by His Majesty and so I tend towards very easy jealousy when I’m speaking to another practitioner. I turn into the Otherworlds equivalent of the Snotty Highschool bitch-blonde when this happens, so I try to avoid the situation when I can.

As an aside note, this blog, however, is not always known for being Luciferian Friendly:

luxettenebris asked: I don’t have a problem if others don’t agree with my own beliefs. But ‘pagan’ is an umbrella term that encompasses many different beliefs, and so using the title ‘pagan facts’ to describe your personal beliefs generalizes all pagans, much like saying that all pagans believe in Lucifer. Some do, some don’t—It doesn’t make it correct to state that they all do or all don’t when that’s not the case.

The maintainer of the blog answered Luxette’s statement with one of their own:

Pagans-path responded: I’m going with traditional beliefs here on my blog. And they aren’t all what I belive in.

Lusifarian is not a Pagan religion, it’s anti Christian one. Pagan may be an umbrella term but its the universal rule and believing, such as christianity and all its underlings, pagan facts are things people following should know that are correct if you wish to not believe or understand then don’t read and move on.

Unfortunately, fellow followers (and Luciferians), I am sure any correction of misconception to this blog will likely be met with the same level of disinterest, if not outright hostility, which is why I have made this post, as I feel it’s important to correct this very unhealthy dose of misinformation.

And as a last note, Luciferian is not, in and of itself, Anti-Christian. However, because Luciferian practice advocates questioning and checking yourself and the paradigms around you, and that may influence you, and is not a practice with allows you to lie to or deceive yourself, generally speaking, it comes out this way, because both recognize and quite frequently call these things out when people are attempting to force them on us (such as in the case of those preaching at our doorstep. I’m very fond of inviting religious individuals who come knocking on my door-provided they aren’t freaky or creepy, of course-into my house for tea and making quite a case of why I believe what they are doing is wrong, and why I believe that. I usually never see them again after the fact, never mentioning that I’m Luciferian of course). Again, I’m making a case to counter all this negative information that’s being put out there. . . not just from this blog, but other places, too.

Finally, I am always open and available for questions. You may feel free at any time to email them to me at Hells_medic@yahoo.com if there is something you feel you would like to know, see here, or something you would like to discuss.

 

Edit** Here’s a minor correction from the lovely Luxetten:

Just a brief point of information—it has come to my attention that Pagans-path did not write the article referenced above, but rather copy-pasted it from Witch Off Forest Grove and did not credit them.

 

Duly noted, dear, and thanks so much!

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