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Luciferians view Lucifer as a spiritual and enlightened being He may be public enemy number one, but what do we really know about Him? In Luciferianism, Lucifer is a Heroic Being rather than an Evil Being as described in most religions. Lucifer, The Fallen Angel, the Bright Morning Star, the Light Bringer …Servant of God, Archangel, Illuminator, He is all of those things.

Lucifer: Such sadness and resignation etched on His face in this art by Franz von Stuck

So what do we know about Luciferians? Luciferianism is not a defined religion, it’s more of a personal belief system that reveres the attributes and personality traits exhibited by Lucifer [as represented in the literature and the various books of the Hebrew Bible]. Luciferianism is often confused with Satanism due the fact that Satan is defined as the fallen Lucifer, in reality, Luciferians do not worship Satan in any way whatsoever, they model themselves after the original Lucifer, the dynamic character of enlightenment and independence. The custom, inspired by the teachings of Gnosticism, usually reveres Lucifer not as the devil, but as a saviour, a guardian.

Luciferianism is about the quest for knowledge. While many practitioners do recognise Lucifer as an actual being, they envision him quite differently than Christians do, they are in no way reliant on him in the same way that followers of other religions regard their key figures [such as Jesus Christ, Diana, goddess in wicca, and God et al]. Luciferians model themselves after Lucifer by personal choice, not out of doctrine or expectation.

Archangel Michael: There’s nothing here to fear.
Lucifer: Well, there’s always the truth.

Lucifer was thought to be God’s favourite, He is the delicate morning star, the precursor of the full blaze of the day sun, the Eosphoros of the Greeks. It shines at dawn to gather force and dazzle the eyes after sunset as its own brother Hesperos the radiant evening star, or the planet Venus. No finer symbol exists for throwing a ray of truth on everything hidden by the darkness of prejudice, by social and religious misconceptions. Lucifer is accepted by all the churches as one of the many names of the Devil. According to Milton’s fiction, Lucifer is Satan, the “rebellious” angel, the enemy of God and man. If one examines his rebellion, however, it is no worse than an assertion of free will and independent thought! So deeply rooted is this preconception and aversion to the name of Lucifer [meaning “light-bringer” from lux, lucis – light, and ferre – to bring] the Light Bringer, Morning Son.

“Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven”

God, being the obvious sadist that he is, wanted to keep Lucifer around so that he could punish him and try to get him back under his power. Probably what really happened was that Lucifer came to hate God’s kingdom, his sadism, his demand for slavish conformity and compliance, his [Gods] psychotic anger at any display of independent thinking and behaviour. Lucifer realised that He could never truly think for Himself and could certainly not act on His independent thinking so long as He was under God’s control. Therefore He left Heaven, accompanied by some of the angels who had the courage to question God’s authority.

Lucifer is the embodiment of reason, of intelligence, of critical thought. He stands for the exploration of new ideas and new perspectives in the pursuit of truth. He stands for Light!

Mistakenly associated with Satanism due to the Christian interpretation of the fallen angel, before Lucifer became Lucifer, He was Samael the Archangel of Light and justice, some philosophers believe Lucifer is a representation of Justice for the innocent. Lucifer [name] has become a byword for Satan or the devil in the church and in popular literature.

In the Bible Universe, Lucifer was an angel. He was a son of god. He rebelled against god either because He did not wish to worship god, or because He did not wish to worship Adam. Whatever Lucifer’s grievance, He stirred up a war in heaven and won a following which was big enough that it caused a third of god’s angels to be exiled from the heavens.

When God created Samael he gave him one thing; beauty, and it was thought that this same beauty eventually corrupted Samael, along with his Pride over the fact that He was the most beautiful of the angels, He started a rebellion in heaven against His father, after being asked to worship humanity instead of their creator, Lucifer simply couldn’t bring Himself to worship humanity, because He knew humanity was flawed and in many ways.

Joseph Geefs statue L’Ange du Maal

Once in Hell, Lucifer went from beautiful angel to demon… although this image changed significantly throughout the centuries. You can map out how our relationship to the figure of the Devil/Lucifer changed based on how He was depicted in art.

The first depictions of the Devil were pretty symbolic. He would appear as an angel dressed in blue

a famous mosaic from Ravenna

He had no horns, no red/black skin, no hooves, no unnecessary weird body parts or hermaphroditic attributes. In other words, He was visually totally normal, and that tells us He was not particularly important in Christian mythology back in those first few centuries. This all changed during the Dark Ages and then the Middle Ages. The Devil became a very recognisable and important figure, because He was used to empower Christ. He got all the inhuman attributes, and began attracting more and more attention in art as well as theology.

In religion, He is an executioner; lonely and inaccessible. This version of the Devil was, for a long period of time sculpted over the entrances to churches, as part of the Last Judgement and painted on the Western wall of the church, where the exit would be located, also as part of a Last Judgement scene. The point being that the Devil was there to scare you into behaving as the Church commanded – a function He still performs today for some.

General Beliefs

Although sometimes mistakenly associated with Satanism due to the Christian interpretation of the fallen angel, Luciferianism is a wholly different and unrelated belief system and does not revere the Devil figure or most characteristics typically affixed to Satan. Rather, Lucifer in this context is seen by many as the Morning Star, a symbol of enlightenment, independence and human progression.

Theistic Luciferianism

Some Luciferians believe in Lucifer as an actual deity, not to be worshipped as the Judeo-Christian God but to be revered and followed as a teacher and friend, as a rescuer or guiding spirit, or even the one true God as opposed to the traditional creator of Judaism. Theistic Luciferians are followers of the Left-Hand Path and may adhere to different doctrines put forth by organisations such as the Neo-Luciferian Church or other congregations that are heavily focused on ceremonial magic, the occult and literal interpretations of spiritual stories and figures.

Historical Luciferianism

The Gesta Treverorum records that, in 1231, heretics began to be persecuted throughout Germany. Among them were Luciferians, principally in the Archdiocese of Trier, but also Mainz and Cologne. Over the following three years, several people were burned as a result. According to a papal letter from Gregory IX, Vox in Rama, dated from July 13, 1233, one of the claims made by the Luciferians was that Lucifer had been cast out of Heaven unjustly.

Lucifer is regarded within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the pre-mortal name of the devil. Mormon theology teaches that in a heavenly council, Lucifer rebelled against the plan of God the Father and was subsequently cast out. The Church’s scripture reads:

“And this we saw also, and bear record, that an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son, and was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning. And we beheld, and lo, he is fallen! is fallen, even a son of the morning! And while we were yet in the Spirit, the Lord commanded us that we should write the vision; for we beheld Satan, that old serpent, even the devil, who rebelled against God, and sought to take the kingdom of our God and his Christ—Wherefore, he maketh war with the saints of God, and encompasseth them round about.”

After becoming Satan by His fall, Lucifer “goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men” Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints consider Isaiah 14:12 to be referring to both the king of the Babylonians and the devil

Let’s be honest, the Devil has never made any of us do anything we didn’t want to do, he doesn’t sit on our shoulders urging us to commit sin, we do that for ourselves, humanity commits its own sins daily, humanity was given something it takes for granted everyday, free will; a choice, the right to choose between right and wrong.

Despite Lucifer having many names like: Prince of Darkness, Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, the Antichrist, Moloch, Belial, Lord of Lies and the Devil, He actually honours the truth and despises liars, He also dislikes hypocrites. Remember The Devil is not evil He ONLY punishes evil.

So, what should we believe? The bible? I feel that Lucifer is the Light and Truth Bearer. One day maybe all will be revealed, until then:

Hail Lucifer, Light Bringer