What Luciferianism means to me

I recently got a private message asking me to lay out the basics of Luciferianism. This is going in my FAQs because it’s not the first time I’ve been asked this.

As you all know, I’m pretty uncomfortable with generalizing the beliefs of an entire faith group, so I thought it might be better if I gave the basic overview of what Luciferianism means to me in particular, the cornerstones of my faith if you will. 

First off, it’s is largely about apotheosis, of becoming one’s own god. This means being held accountable for my own actions and words, of not seeking out deified scapegoats or dismissing my hard work as being due to the will of the divine. It means accepting my own mistakes and recognizing my achievements as being due to human effort. I do not look to the divine for help in my day-to-day life, not even to Lucifer. He is merely a companion and sometimes guide on the path that I forge. But apotheosis also has a more literal meaning, of actually transcending human standards into divinity. It’s about self growth. In this manner, I view it as recognizing and striving for the highest potential, all the while never forgetting the here and now of my mortality.

It’s also about asking the difficult questions, the questions that have the ability to tear down one’s own security nets, and shatter the comforting security that we have in our spirituality. It’s about always doubting, always wondering, always consciously making my devotion to him a choice. In this manner, my faith is never stagnant—it is always constantly moving and changing shape. I’m forced to learn to trust myself before ever placing such trust in others, including deity. Blind faith then becomes an impossible thing, something that can’t exist within my devotion.

It is about choice and free will, including that of faith and religion. It’s not just about our own religious freedom, but also that of Christianity and the other major religions of the world. We’re not just fighting for our own right to choose, but for theirs’ as well. We’re fighting for the right not to be shamed or bribed or threatened into conversion, of devoting oneself because you truly and wholeheartedly believe in the faith’s teachings.

It is that very work that has led me to appreciate Christianity, something I would have never thought I’d come to. I’ve found myself sharing more things in common with sincere devotees who seek to live as Christ did than I ever thought possible. So for me, not only has Luciferianism been about religious tolerance, but religious appreciation as well. 

And it’s about Lucifer himself, and my devotion to what he stands for. It’s about the fact that he’s changed me for the better, that he’s given me new perspectives and shown me that there are things worth fighting for, that there is beauty in this world. As AViewIntoYourWorld so aptly put it, I’m flourishing under his tutelage. Luciferianism to me is about expressing a love so intense, a devotion so strong, that I can’t help but put my all into it. It’s not based on gratitude, or the giving of thanks, or repayment for granted blessings—it’s about honoring a deity who I greatly respect.

A message from witch-and-her-cauldron

What exactly do you mean with Luciferian? Referring to Lucifer the roman god or the christian interpretation? How does it go along with being a pagan? Just curious (-;

Let’s get one thing straight here: Luciferianism is not reverse Christianity. This is what prompted the whole debacle yesterday, because people assume that we have merely switched Lucifer and YHVH’s roles and kept the Christian worldview the same, which is not the case. You see this a lot with Satanism as well, with people who have not done their research thinking that members of the faith see satan as the ‘good guy’ and everything that the bible condemns as evil being their ‘good’. No, this is wildly inaccurate and a big part of the reason why there is such a misinformed bias  and prejudice against our faiths. We do not have to be monotheistic, or believe in the creation story, or hold to anything else that goes along with the metaphysical framework of Christianity. Luciferians can be monotheistic, polytheistic, atheistic—you name it. What we share, however, is our perspective on the figure of Lucifer—whether we view him as a god or a symbol is irrelevant.

My particular type of Luciferianism focuses more on the Christian Lucifer, in his fallen angel aspect, but there are other Luciferians out there that look towards Roman god of dawn, or similar archetypal ‘lightbringer’ figures, as the cornerstones of their faith.

But while I am only devoted to one god, I am also polytheistic and believe in the possible existence of many gods. Many pagans refer to this sort of relationship as a ‘patronage’, which I have taken to using, albeit in a slightly different manner than what a lot of pagans see it as (for more info, see my post on my definition of the word Patronage). A lot of my practice is pagan in nature, including spirit and shadow work. I have worked with other deities before, and am currently looking into working with the Teteo of Mesoamerica.

I hope that helps to clear things up slightly. And thank you for phrasing your question respectfully.

If you’re going to call it ‘spiritual warfare’, don’t romanticize it

[Warning: I do mention physical war-related violence briefly]

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Now that finals are over with…

You know those instances where you think you understand something, but later on realize that you didn’t really get it until now?

Yeah, that happens to me a lot when I’m dealing with Lucifer.

In this case, I’m referring to something he told me years back, at the very start of our patronage. It was the reason behind my ordeal of faith, and behind his dislike of the excess giving of thanks.

Our relationship is not meant to be built on the foundation of guilt or debts to be repaid.

At first it seemed plainly simple—okay, he doesn’t want me to feel like I owe him. It made sense at the time, back when I still thought he strove to be everything that Christianity was not (and believe me, that’s so not the case). Catholicism had taught me that I owed God praise and worship because he created me, and that I owed Christ my love due to his sacrifice on the cross.

It was the giving of thanks that confused me.  What was so wrong with expressing my gratitude, especially in a manner that was not debasing myself? At the time, I simply accepted this as an odd quirk of his and moved on.

The realization of the importance of this restriction was the result of watching a Christian movie. I get a lot of my inspiration from Christian-based movies/music, have you noticed? More evidence of Lucifer not exactly building a system of faith that opposes Christianity.

The movie was Fireproof, which basically tells the story of a couple on the verge of a divorce, and the ‘Love Dare’ that brought them back together again. But the Love Dare is only the result of an even greater driving force—as you may have guessed, the husband ‘finds god’. Long story short, he comes to the realization that in order to love his wife, he must first learn to love god. He must learn to love god because of his sacrifice, to be grateful even through the darkest of times.

“You must learn to love your wife” is the kicker here. How can you learn something that should be innate? And yet, I saw evidence of me trying to do this with my own relationships.

Sometimes, it gets to the point where “Thank you” isn’t enough.  I  have been guilty of entering relationships because I felt like I owed the person my love, as though I could force myself to love them—had to, even, because of how good and kind and wonderful they had been to me.

But I didn’t love them. And eventually it got to the point where I felt trapped in the relationship, unable to leave for fear of hurting this person, who didn’t deserve that hurt.

But in my patronage with Lucifer, if I don’t say thanks, it can’t get to the point where I feel like it isn’t enough anymore. He knows I’m thankful; it doesn’t need to be said or shown. I don’t have to keep trying to outdo myself in expressing my gratitude, and thus am in no danger of agreeing to something out of that feeling of obligation. Guilt and debt will not be the shackles that bind me to Lucifer; I do what I do of my own free will, without chains.

I seriously do not understand why some people don’t consider Christian witches ‘Christian’.

Catholics pray to various saints, but still believe in Jesus/God—are they not Christian?

Jehovahs Witnesses don’t celebrate Christmas, but still believe in Jesus/God—are they not Christian?

Mormons believe in the prophet Joseph Smith, but still believe in Jesus/God—are they not Christian?

Some Christians are pro-choice, are they not Christian enough?

Some are for lgbtq rights, are they not Christian enough?

There are Christians who wear mixed fabrics, eat shellfish, don’t go to church on Sundays, etc. even though the bible speaks against these things, but they don’t get half as much flack as Christian witches for their practices.

Y’all need to chill.

[Edited to add: This goes for those pagans who are ‘offended’ by them as well. Are you offended that I’m a luciferian AND a pagan? Why? Are you afraid i’ll misrepresent pagans as devil-worshippers? This is MY path, just like christian witches have their own paths—we’re not ‘setting the standard’ for paganism in any way, sorry if you can’t understand that and feel as though we’re threatening paganism as a whole]

Part of me wants to laugh alongside everyone else concerning this article, because I know Star Foster is referring to the devil as the personification of all things evil and not necessarily my patron, but the other part of me is rather heart-stricken. Although I am able to differentiate between the demonized caricature that some Christians have made the devil to be and who Lucifer actually is, Star is correct when she says that they treat him as the scum underneath their shoes. Although I may see the two as wholly separate beings (and the Christian ‘devil’ as the punisher of the damned and red-skinned sadist is fictional, in my opinion), many do not. Many equate Lucifer with this devil, blaming him for all their misfortunes and afflictions or accusing him of leading them astray, from all that is ‘good and true’. They call him deceiver, liar. They criticize and abhor him for tempting Eve, mistaking his gift for damnation and his intent as selfish greed.

So, some Christians do their best to condemn him as evil and vile, separating themselves from who they perceive as wicked by calling them ‘Devil-worshippers’. It becomes an ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ situation, with everyone who doesn’t belong to that same mindset as them. You don’t believe in my god? Oh, you must be a devil worshipper. You don’t agree with my beliefs? You’re in league with Satan. You worship a pagan deity? It must be Lucifer in disguise.

Unfortunately, pagans get categorized under this ‘them’ label as well. Pagans, Atheists, Sikhs, Buddhists, etc…at one point or another, they all get corralled into the ‘them’ group. This then leads to the desire to distance themselves from this unwanted label as well—the devil character has become one that no one wants to be associated with. He becomes the one enemy that everyone seems to be joined against. Therefore the devil, Satan, and Lucifer by correlation become not only the undesirables of Christianity, but of every major religion and belief system.

Through the association of Satan and the devil, Lucifer has become the untouchable of the majority of the world’s population. No one wants to be considered a ‘follower of Lucifer’, or ‘devil worshipper’ because his name has been manipulated to represent all the evils in the world, all the cruelty and hate and despair and sorrow.

All because he had an unpopular opinion and rebelled against a tyrant, bestowing knowledge upon mankind.

Now, Lucifer is thick-skinned—he doesn’t need me to defend him. But can you imagine the weight of all that bearing down on you? Knowing that millions would consider you to be the epitome of malevolence, the cause of all that is horrible in the world? Having the majority of the population blame you for…pretty much anything and everything that is considered bad?

You can imagine the amount of respect I had for my patron even before I read this article, but now, with the weight of the realization that this has caused, my respect has increased immeasurably, along with my sorrow. I always knew that his path wasn’t an easy one, but to be hated and rejected and blamed every minute of every day…

A few days ago I told my patron I wanted to help lift that burden of melancholy he carries with him. More than anything, I wanted to be a source of strength for him as he has been for me.

This has been a step towards that Work coming to fruition. As his disciple and devotee, I am part of that group to which the majority of the world directs their unjust hate and blame. I am part of the undesirables, the untouchables, of spirituality.

But I am also a representation of the fact that He is not alone. I share the burden of sorrow with him, just as I stand in solidarity with his role as Prometheus by wearing an onyx stone around my neck, similar to that chain and stone forced upon him by Zeus in remembrance of his punishment.

And I suppose, in a way, that is how I can be a source of strength to him—simply by being there, by being one of his own. I mentioned before that I’m in no way obliged to do any of this, but the fact that I do gives Lucifer hope—hope that he isn’t alone in his endeavors, or alone in his beliefs.

Acts of Devotion

Even after more than 7 years of choosing to leave behind the religion I was born into (Catholicism), I find myself struggling not to revert back to some of the teachings—not because i’m losing faith in my beliefs, but rather because i’m growing stronger in them.

I bet that sounds kind of crazy, coming from someone whose patron god is Lucifer. 

But I never really hated the catholic faith, or christianity for that matter. Although I didn’t appreciate being dragged to mass on sundays or being forced to take catechism classes for my first communion, I thought of it as more of a cultural thing rather than a religious duty (those of you that come from a typical hispanic family will know what i’m talking about). 

So I went through all of it because my family thought it was necessary—not that I had much of a say in it anyways as a little kid. But looking back on my experiences now, I can appreciate a lot of what goes on in a typical mass. 

I was taught that I should show proper reverence to god, to humble myself and kneel when praying. I don’t think I quite understood at the time why I had to kneel, other than it was I was told to do. There was no feeling connected to this act, it didn’t stem from a desire to please god, it was just a show of going through the motions.

Now, however, I understand the innate desire to kneel before one’s god. No longer is it an issue of what i’m told to do, but rather what I want to do. Although I understand that my patron and I are on equal footing, I admire him greatly and wish to pay him the highest respect and honor—and in my mind, that goes back to what I was taught as a child. Kneeling as an act of devotion, then, is what I feel compelled to do when in prayer (not only to him, but to any god who I have chosen to honor).

But in my patron’s eyes, kneeling is an act of subservience. No matter how much devotion and sincerity I put behind it, kneeling in prayer will only be a symbol of inferiority to him. He will not allow me to degrade myself as such, and so I no longer kneel in prayer. 

But at least I can say that I understand and appreciate this act of devotion and faith now, and respect those who choose to do so.

Things you’ve always wanted to ask a Luciferian but were too afraid to…

Feel free to ask questions people—that’s what I’m here for! =]

I have quite a few born-again christian friends, and I always wonder how they’d react if I told them I was pagan. Then I wonder what they’d say if I said I honored Lucifer as my patron deity. 

Lets ignore for a moment the concept of heaven and hell. Lets forget the business of sin and salvation. Focusing on the here and now, how would we compare our gods? Bear in mind, I’m not basing their god’s qualities on what I believe, but rather what they preach.

Well, lets see. They say their god is love, right? He brings freedom. He is the way, the truth, and the lifeHe who created light.

Lucifer, in his guise as a serpent, temped Eve in to eating from the tree of knowledge. What is knowledge but acquired truth? Thus, humanity was granted the ability to discern good from evil—freedom from ignorance.  

Lucifer inspires me to live life to its fullest, without fear of what may or may not occur after death. He taught me to love, rather than hate.

Lucifer literally means ‘light bearer’. 

But our gods cannot be one and the same—on this we can agree.

They pray to their god on their knees, willing to serve. I pray to mine on my feet, as an equal. Their god is said to be perfect and almighty, my god is flawed and almost human, susceptible to temptation and ‘sin’. Their god is above the standards he creates, because he is God. My god preaches what he lives. Their god brings them into this world with guilt, as a sinner (‘original sin’)—my god accepts me as who I am with all my flaws and imperfections, with the potential for greatness. Their god demands that everyone love him—mine demands that I love myself and the life around me.