What Is the Luciferian Doctrine?
What Is in a Name?
I was once a Satanic Priest that started out belonging to “The Church of Satan” and then branched out into a more collective belief system that included several forms of witchcraft and shamanism. Eventually, I chose to perceive myself as a Luciferian, for it just did not sound as ominous or negative as being a Satanist. However, in Anton’s LaVey's Satanic Bible, Lucifer is represented by the east and the element of air and considered one of the "Four Crown Princes of Hell."
If you ask most people who admit to following the so-called “Luciferian Doctrine” would tell you point-blank that it does not have anything to do with Satan. It seems that Lucifer has become a metaphor for those who think that Christianity is an oppressing religion and Lucifer is the “light bearer” who brings light and knowledge to mankind.
Well before I take you on the journey to see what this Luciferian Doctrine is all about, we should first study the meaning of the word as it was originally created in Latin. As it has been stated before, this Latin word derives from lucern which means light and ferre which means to bear: in other words, a light bearer. In fact, some will want you to believe that the word Lucifer is nothing more than a type error, that its placement within the Bible was a mistake that had nothing to do with a fallen angel.
If this is true, then Lucifer has become the most powerful “type error” of all time! For even though the word is only mentioned in the very earliest version of the King James Bible, the word has been used in many other texts and has had a great influence and meaning for many philosophies within the occult.
However, to get a grasp on the depth of this subject, we must travel back to the very beginning of civilization. To start, I would like to ask an important question for you all to ponder. Why do you think Babylon has been such a big deal within the context of the Bible? Why has it been used in metaphor and reference to evil more often than any other nation within the Bible, right up to Revelation?
Now if you seriously study the occult as I had for over twenty years of my life, you will see that some of the main sources of influence are Babylon and Egypt. In fact, I will dare to say that you can find most of the roots to most of the pagan gods, in these two areas of the world. The Sumerians, in particular, were the instigators of most “magical” beliefs and their ancient text has been a huge influence even in today's Ufology.
The best way for us to connect the dots and get a complete picture of this mysterious entity which has been called Lucifer is to start in recent times and then work backward. To do this, let us all head back to the year 1966. This is a very important year, for a lot of things were happening at the same time that as strange as it may appear at first, was connected. This was of course during the time of the hippie movement or “free love” This is the same year that LSD and other psychedelics became illegal in the U.S.
Timothy Leary was in jail, and the Vietnam war was raging. It was also “year one” for the “Age of Satan" or “Anno Satanas” if you prefer Latin. This is when Anton LaVey officially started his church on May 1st. Anton claimed he was presenting some new concepts but what he was actually doing was reintroducing and repackaging concepts that have its roots in prehistory, or at least far enough back that men have lost track of the detail.
We can, however, track some of the concepts that LaVey used in the Satanic Bible back to other sources that claim to be a translation of a magical text that was said to be associated with an Egyptian mage named Abramelin, or Abra-Melin, who taught a system of magic to Abraham of Worms who was said to be German Jew who lived from c.1362-c.1458. This is a book that was “translated” by Samuel Liddel MacGregor Mathers to English from German. This book is “The Sacred Book of Abramelin the Mage.”
Now, the interesting part about this is in this book that was said to be connected to the Hebrew Cabala, and it refers to Lucifer. It is also important to understand that Mathers was one of the founders of the Golden Dawn. This magical order has become one of the most influential organizations in modern occultism. Samuel Mathers was one of the main mentors of Aleister Crowley. These two men are said to be the elite of the 20th century Occults and yet they did not have a problem with Lucifer coming from a manuscript that was said to originate from Hebrew. It does seem strange does it not?
For those who are not familiar with Aleister Crowley, he has been considered to be the most authoritative influence of modern occultism. For not only did he excel in ranks of the Golden Dawn he went on to create his own religion complete with its own age, The Eon of Horus.
Aleister Crowley had a strong connection with what he saw as Lucifer and Horus. It was while he was in Egypt that he said he was contacted by an entity he would call Aiwass who he claimed “dictated” The Book of the Law to him. This would be the “God” of his new religion which he would call Thelema. Besides his extensive involvement in the occult, he was also a poet who wrote a poem about Lucifer. I have decided to only include part of that poem at the end of part one, for I do want to give Crowley any more print that is needed to convey my point about his belief in Lucifer as an actual presence.
However, it will be Aleister who leads us back to the Sumerian culture, the very “cradle of civilization.” For as he looked back on his life and his views about this alleged spirit that was said to contact him in Egypt, he maid the following statement:
"I am now inclined to believe that Aiwass is not only the god once held holy in Sumer (or Sumeria), and my own Guardian Angel, but also a man as I am, in so far as He uses a human body to make His magical link with Mankind, whom He loves!” Okay, so let us take peek at these so-called gods and how they showed their love for mankind.
The first thing that jumps out at me when I read the translation of the Sumerian text is that there was a strong belief that humans were the slaves of the gods of this ancient city known as Sumer. These gods that have become known as the Anunnaki were said to have created humans to mine gold. This slave mentality must have found its way into the subconscious of the culture, and yet, when the descendants of the Sumerians built Babylon, they did not perceive themselves as slaves and instead went about conquering and enslaving every country they could. Was it their way to compensate for the fact that their ancestors were once slaves themselves?
It is time to turn to the Bible verse that is at the heart of this whole discussion, Isaiah 14: 3-27. For it is important to study all of the verses that relate to this subject and then to understand the context in which they are delivered. For I strongly feel that these verses are not only talking about a king of Babylon, but the spirit behind everything Babylon did and still represents today. To clarify my point, let us first take a look at the purpose behind the book Isaiah.
Similar to the book of Daniel, Isaiah deals with prophecies that helps illuminate God’s plan of salvation and God’s judgment of the wicked. This is why I believe that some of the symbolism in Daniel can be applied to Isaiah’s time as well. Isaiah's words were not just intended for the children of Israel, but also as a direct message to the Assyrian Empire.
The most obvious reason for drawing this conclusion is what is declared by “The Lord of Heavens Armies” starting with verse 22…”I myself, have risen against Babylon! I will destroy its children and its children and its children’s children.” He (God) promises to make Babylon a desolate place and to “sweep the land with destruction.” Now then, if we explore just a bit farther into this, we should take peek at Daniel and what is said about the "spirit prince" of the king of Persia in Daniel 10:12. This is just one illustration that I feel applies to Isaiah 14:10 “the spirits of world leaders and mighty kings long dead” seems to me that Isaiah is addressing someone with a bit more power that can be represented by a mortal king.
After spending much time researching this subject for this article and my past research from an occultist point of view leads me to the conclusion that God through his prophet Isaiah, was confronting a spiritual presence. This is the same spirit that God has given the title “the Satan.” This is again addressed in Ezekiel 28, for it begins speaking about the Prince of Tyre and yet Ezekiel switches gears in verse 1-19 and begins addressing a spirit which was ”the model of perfection full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty.” This glorious being was “blameless” until evil was found in him (verse 15).
Before I continue with this “doctrine” that some claim to be the philosophy of the Freemasons and other “secret” organizations, I will like to share two quotes that sum up what I have been attempting to portray in this commentary. The two quotes are from Ephesians 6: 12 using the NLT study Bible and a passage from Aleister Crowley. I will start with Ephesians then move into Aleister’s view of Lucifer.
For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places…”
This to me is the bottom line, for I see life as a war involving two spiritual governments. We, as humans, must decide what side we are on!
Hymn to Lucifer
His body a bloody-ruby radiant
With noble passion, sun-soiled Lucifer
Swept through the dawn colossal, swift aslant
On Eden's imbecile perimeter.
He blessed nonentity with every curse
And spiced with sorrow the dull soul of sense,
Breathed life into the sterile universe,
With Love and Knowledge drove out innocence
The key of Joy is disobedience.
Now the reason why I use this passage from the poem is the last line which was the mindset I had when I practiced the occult. In a lot of ways, I was rebellious for disobedience sake alone.
Before I end this section, I would like you to consider one more statement which is, in fact, one of the most profound and conclusive statements to do with occult theory and that is: "That which is above is the same as that which is below" It is this one statement that is said to be behind all magical principals. To me, this brings it back to the Serpent’s original lie: "You will be like gods knowing both good and evil." Another way to put it would be “all is one, and one is all” which is, of course, is from Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.”
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