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~About My Practice~

Q: How would you define your practice? What label do you use to identify yourself?

A: I identify as a Theistic Luciferian, for the most part. There are times when I will cross over into calling it satanism in the sense of being an advocate in an adversarial role. I’m also a secular witch, meaning I practice magic outside of any paradigm, as I believe magic and the energy needed to utilize it are simply natural forces of the universe and don’t require a belief in the divine to utilize.

Q: How long have you been a practicing Luciferian?

A: I made my formal oaths in July of 2008, so I’m going on eight years. I’ve been a pagan since I was eleven or so, when I picked up my first book, so that would put me around going on seventeen years.

Q: What tradition were you raised in?

A: A mixture of Catholic [never baptized] and Southern Baptist.

Q: How did you come to follow Lucifer?

A: Growing up I was a very devout Christian, at least in my mind. I prayed hard and prayed often, went to church, read the bible, everything I thought I needed to do to be what ‘God’ wants a person to be. However during a rough spot in my life, for all my prayers and pleads and cries for help, I never once felt that ‘God’ had any interest in me at all, nor a desire to help. I was in a pretty bad way, and then Lucifer came to me in a dream to comfort me. I renounced ‘God’ shortly thereafter and haven’t looked back since.

Q: Who is Lucifer? What ‘version’ of Lucifer do you follow?

A: I identify Lucifer mostly as the anti-hero figure in tales such as Milton’s Paradise Lost, and rarely with any established canonical sources other than ones in which he was once a fallen angel and now a Ha-Shaitan, which means “accuser”-an angel who watches over mankind and is responsible for the prosecution of souls that come under his influence. I differentiate between the Lucifer *I* have come to know and the Lucifer some others follow by a corruption of his moniker ‘The Morning Star’-to me, he is The Mourning Star, the angel who so loved god his exile from heaven made him weep tears that extinguished the flames of hell, which would make it the cold dark place it is according to my personal mythology. I’m aware some other folks have picked up this corruption of his name also, but it’s original intent was to establish the difference between my lore and the lore of other practitioners.

Q: What’s the difference between Lucifer and Satan?

A: Satan originally was the name of an office or duty for lots of angels. It means “Accuser”, and typically was given to those beings working under god to test mankind and find fault in their faith. I believe that Lucifer is *A* satan. However, according to my personal mythology, he is not the entity that most people would consider ‘The Devil’. That is reserved for another fallen angel who made his own trouble in heaven.

Q: How do you communicate with Lucifer?

A: Usually, through dreams. I have ea very vivid dream life, and so using a combination of herbs meant to encourage dreaming as well as a lifetime of chronicling my dreams in my notebooks and journals, I’m able to well remember what it was I dreamed about. Because of this, I can typically request to see him when I go to sleep, and I’ll dream about him during. Lucifer, however, is also a very forward god in terms of communication with his followers; if you request his presence, if you’re the sort whose unable to simply ‘feel’ or know when he’s there, he’ll send you plenty of signs and omens. Seeing peacocks, roses, apples, and snakes everywhere seems to be the big ones, or else hearing constant references to him or The Morning Star. He also does talk to people; those that have ‘godphones’ typically find him easy to ‘pick up’. It’s very much like being able to hear your favorite song playing on your head. You can’t physically hear it, but at the same time, you can; right down to lyrics, beat, tone, tempo, ect.

Q: What does Lucifer’s presence feel like?

A: In the past, several other Luciferians and myself have joked that it’s like being in the company of a very youthful Hannibal [Lecter]. This is true; he’s very affluent, dignified, and graceful, and he detests rude people. He sees right through lies and falsehoods, even if you doubted that gods could read minds and hearts. On the whole he seems perpetually bored and even disdaining of entire bodies of people, but he evaluates them on a case by case basis. He has a very long fuse for a god, as you might expect him to, since over time he’s dealt with so much slander to his name. I wouldn’t count on him cutting anyone any slack, though; I’ve seen him make examples out of people that upset him.  . . myself included.

Q: Do you have any rituals specific to your practice?

A: I bake Lucifer a honey cake and pour him wine on the days that I can afford it. In the summer time I take my hoop outside and dance for him regularly, as an offering of my time and energy for him. I’ve also taken up learning how to play the violin.

Q: Do you have any holidays that you have chosen to incorporate into your practice?

A: As part of my New Years’ resolution for the year 2015, I set a goal that I would attempt to structure my practice a little more in order to give him more of my undivided attention. Part of this was sorting out days that I consider sacred to him.  As of right now these days include:

*The Last Wednesday of April: The Feast of Blue

*Summer Solstice: June 21st-June 22nd “The Beginning of Darkness”

*August 1st-10th: The Feast of Roses/Croatoan

*October 31st: “The Devil’s Day” [Thought by many of a fundamentalist christian pursuation to be a day where the devil is at full play. This is also the day that supposedly a man named Jack tricked The Devil into giving him his soul back, hence ‘Jack O Lantern’. I celebrate this as both].

Q: Did you ‘sell your soul’ to the devil?

A: This gets complicated. I consider him the god with dibs on it, as I made formal oaths to follow him. But I didn’t ‘sell’ it to him in return for anything, and I rarely ask him for anything either. When I made the choice to follow him I also told him I would try to be as unobtrusive and non-needy as possible. That being said, I know people that have, and that’s exactly that; their choice, and one that should be respected. 

Q: Are there any symbols you use to connect with him?

A: I use the common sigil attributed to him in ritual, when I need one:

but that’s more for a lack of finding anything else that resonates with me for the moment? In my experience, Lucifer doesn’t seem to get too hung up on symbols. He typically comes when you speak his name (out loud) with the intent to communicate with him anyway.

Q: What are some elements, signs, or omens you attribute to him?

A: As a quick answer, I’ll refer you to the magic and correspondences page, but a quick list: Snakes, especially white ones. Peacocks, roses, apples. Frost and cold, specifically ice. Distant stars. Lightning.

Q: What do you believe happens to you after death?

I’ve made a post about this here.

Q: Any advice for a beginner to a Theistic Luciferian path?

A: You betcha. First things first; don’t let anyone dictate to you the right or wrong way to practice… pretty much the only stipulation for being on this path is that there IS no right or wrong way to practice. As long as you’re not hurting anyone or breaking the law? Then no one has the right to tell you that you’re ‘doing it wrong’. Be respectful of other people, and in doing so, they will respect you in turn. Don’t insult people’s gods if you don’t want them to insult yours. Don’t get hung up on what’s ‘cool’ or on ‘how everyone else is doing it’. Because their way may not be right for you.

Avoid community drama. It’s everywhere. Use your common sense. If you feel like a situation is toxic or the people you’re becoming involved with wear you out or bully you? Leave. Try to avoid those situations to begin with. Stay away from the community ‘rag’ magazine boards-often times the people that run them are the afore mentioned bullies and trolls and the situations are rarely accurately represented or relayed. If you see problematic behavior, work on setting a positive example for others in your craft. In the end it’s harder to be kind to others than it is to be outright cruel to them. If you want to be practical about it;  as the saying goes; you can only be mean to someone once, and they’ll always remember it. Kindness will get your further, longer.

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