Who is Lucifer?
Updated 5th November 2012.
Ancient Mythical Archetypes. From Venus to Babalon.
Above: A Digital recontruction of the Temple of Venus, Rome.
It seems that in ancient Rome and Greece, the most prominent and popular love gods were Venus (Roman) and Aphrodite (Greek). Venus' male counterpart, Lucifer does not seem to have been the object of such widespread adoration; but nevertheless, what use would a goddess of love be without lovers who worship and adore her?
Without lovers Venus would perhaps represent the kind of sexually repressed deity which the Christians replaced Venus with; that of the Virgin Mary, who was allegedly impregnated by her son, the primitive Bronze Age sky god of the Bible, in order to give birth to himself as the bigoted and genocidal religious fanatic, Jesus.
Mary of course represents two of the most diabolical and unnatural "sins of restriction" that a woman can commit; those of celibacy and monogamy, and despite the contradictory nature of these two sins, Mary seems to represent both; not so however with the ancient archetypes of Venus & Aphrodite, who were quite the opposite of desexualised deities and of the Biblical archetypal female, who was simply a monogamous and captive sex slave, purchased by a polygamist (many wives / sex slaves) paternalistic (male supremacist) male.
Venus and Aphrodite were rather creatures of the heart and of female eroticism; they fell in love and in lust and their priestesses conformed more to the archetype of the "sacred slut" than the sexually repressed Biblical female, for whom all forms of love were forbidden, apart from their relationship with their "owner" and slave master. Thus the "virtuous woman" in the Biblical tradition was little more than an obedient slave, and death was the penalty for her disobedience.
Above: a 20th century depiction of Aphrodite.
Aphrodite, the Greek equivalent of Venus appears to have had many lovers including Adonis ( who seemed to be a Greek equivalent of the Roman love god, Lucifer) and Ares (Mars in the Roman pantheon). Even in the modern popular culture the expression"Men are from Mars; women are from Venus" is understood to represent the differences between male and female psychology and behaviour, and the expression has manifested as the title of a modern pop-psychology best seller. One can consider this expression negatively, in terms of irreconcilable differences between the genders, or positively in terms of the powerful erotic and romantic attraction between genders, and even between D/S roles among lovers of the same gender.
Lucifer and Adonis have come to represent, in Christian culture, the kind of amorous males whom Christians preach against as "immoral," "ungodly," "sinful" and promiscuous archetypes; though of course it is simply human nature to seek out a love god / goddess, as opposed to seeking out the religious archetype of a sexually repressed religious fanatic.
Sacred Sex. The Sacred Slut.
The Aphrodite Temple in Corinth, for example, was alleged to have around 1000 priestesses (sacred prostitutes), so it is little wonder that the sexually repressed Christians despised such mythical archetypes of female sexual freedom, and the male deities who were their mythical counterparts. Venus and Aphrodite were the eternal guardians of the Temple priestesses (sacred prostitutes); priestesses who in the Biblical tradition were condemned to death. It is no wonder that the mythical Lucifer (the male aspect of Venus) is considered the enemy of the Biblical fanatics; and indeed he must be and shall be. The idea of going to a Temple and "worshipping" a god or a goddess without actually having sex with them seems rather boring, repressed and unnatrual to me; but that is Christianity and that is Islam.
Gods and Goddesses of the ancient world.
To simplify what most of our ancestors believed, our ancestors seem to have been mostly polytheists who believed that there was a “spirit world” inhabited by gods and goddesses (ancestral spirits essentially). At the top of this hierarchy (up above) there were usually both a chief sky god and a chief sky goddess, and in the hierarchy of the “underworld (down below)” there were allegedly chief demons and demonesses, and these spirits all allegedly sought to influence the souls of mortal men and women. This is essentially also a very common belief in the world today; and it is essentially still what Christians believe today; they have simply replaced the gods, goddesses, demons and demonesses of the ancient world with their own primitive, repressed and subhuman definitions of the hierarchy of heaven. Similarly with the Muslims; though certainly they have dispensed with "goddesses;" the Islamic female ancestral spirits being essentially eternal sex slaves of the male religious fanatics, for whom martyrdom earns them allegedly the reward of 72 Virgins in paradise.
Lucifer and Satan.
So it would seem to be quite understandable that the Christian and Islamic fanatics would wish to deride the Roman and Greek love gods; thus did the Roman male god of love, “Lucifer” become equated with “Satan (Probably derived from Set & Saturn, though in Biblical Hebrew, literally "adversary" or "enemy");” two quite different mythical and astrological archetypes of course, but ultimately both archetypes became combined as a symbols of the ultimate enemy of the Biblical fanatics, and indeed also of the fanatics of the Koran, who adopted this kind of thinking.
And so it was fitting that I decided to attempt to invoke (personify) Lucifer and Satan, and for many years in Internet debates I dedicated myself to the persecution of the primitive and genocidal war gods of the Christians and Muslims and their hypnotised and indoctrinated acolytes on earth.
The "subhuman" and human hating gods of the Bible and the Koran.
Of course, the primitive sky gods of the Christians and Muslims are so nasty and thoroughly “subhuman” and “human-hating” that I think that almost any philosophical humanist would, and actually “should,” consider themselves to be a personification of both Lucifer and Satan and an adversary of such primitive religious fanaticism.
Of course, most humanists do not take the position that the Christian and Islamic war gods are actually “existent” war gods; nevertheless these gods exist in the mind of their believers, and such beliefs are not merely harmless “thought crimes.” Beliefs affect behaviour and attitudes, and throughout the history of these two diabolical religions, such beliefs have had genocidal consequences.
God is a black lesbian Communist.
There are of course numerous other definitions of mythical deities which believers could choose, apart from the paternalistic chief sky gods of the Bible and the Koran; some of which are far more human and less warlike and less bigoted than the Biblical and Islamic deities. Even assuming that there “may” exist invisible chief sky gods, they may well be black lesbian feminist dominatrix Communists, for all we know, and the "devils" in hell may possibly be the bigots who promote faith in the genocidal and subhuman dieties of the Koran and the Bible.
Anthropomorphic projections of human bigotry.
It is thus not "simply" a belief in the existence of invisible sky gods which is the essential problem, but rather how human beings anthropomorphically (the projection of aspects of human consciousness onto fictional deities or inanimate objects) define them; thus for example, a religious fanatic who has a very hateful and bigoted attitude towards homosexual relationships, and who looks upon women as “property” to be bought and sold, may well, of course, claim that their gods demand the eradication of homosexuals and of disobedient sex slaves; and this seems to be part of the Islamic and Biblical definition of their gods.
The Bible and the Koran as tyrannical political, military and legislative manifestos.
The two main religions of the world (based upon the Koran and the Bible) do not merely propose harmless “beliefs,” but rather also systems of law (that of Biblical law and ”Sharia”), which have been selectively imposed for many centuries, and a system of government (theocratic monarchy). Both of these texts also demand "holy war" against non believers
Thus the long history of these two primitive, barbaric and militant faiths has had severe consequences for our human ancestors.
I suppose that "Armageddon" is now essentially warfare between Christian and Islamic religious fanatics. Hopefully they will exterminate sufficient numbers of each other to make the "Final Revolutionary War" of human salvation (i.e., salvation "from" the effects of religious hypnosis and indoctrination)" more easily accomplished. The Christians have a great deal more military technology, so if they act quickly before the the Muslims can get up to speed with apocalyptic weapons, I suppose that the Christians should be the initial victors; however the Christians will also eventually and inevitably have to be eradicated for Thelemic / Satanic / Luciferian revolution to be accomplished; the Christians after all have the guilt of the blood of centuries of bigotry, tyranny and genocidal holy war on their souls and they generally seem to be happy to be martyred for their fictional religious fanatic anyway, with whom they expect to spend eternity.
“Luciferianism is a belief system that venerates the essential characteristics that are affixed to Lucifer. The tradition, influenced by Gnosticism, usually reveres Lucifer not as the Devil, but as a liberator or guiding spirit or even the true god as opposed to Jehovah.
In Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible, Lucifer is acknowledged as one of the Four Crown Princes of Hell, particularly that of the East. Lord of the Air, Lucifer has been named "Bringer of Light, the Morning Star, Intellectualism, Enlightenment."
In the modern occultism of Madeline Montalban, Lucifer's identification as the Morning Star equates him with Lumiel, whom she regarded as the Archangel of Light, and among Satanists he is seen as the "Torch of Baphomet" and Azazel.”
The Messianic (Religious Tyrant) Complex.
I am a rather gentle soul in real life, but in Internet discussion forums I am unfortunately faced with apocalyptic and genocidal religious fanaticism; after all, around half the American population (according to a recent "Pew poll") believe that a fictional religious fanatic (allegedly with a “new name;” a prophecy which has given birth to numerous fanatics with Messianic complexes) will return to save them and to conquer the world, eradicate all non believers and impose himself upon the world as a genocidal global dictator (i.e., a king of kings), and of course this will not happen allegedly until after the great war of Armageddon, where most of the world's population will allegedly be subjected to genocide, according to the prophecy. Unfortunately the Muslims have similar prophecies which predict the appearance of a Madhi, a military leader who will literally take over the world for Islam and defeat the global enemies of their diabolical faith.
Self Fulfilling Prophecy.
Of course no philosophical humanist would surely believe in the apocalyptic ramblings of such primitive religious fanatics; nevertheless one should not underestimate the power of self fulfilling prophecy. It is clear, for example, that the born again Christian, George “God told me to invade Iraq” W. Bush, believed that the genocidal god of the Bible was “on his side.” The fact that we cannot call upon his Bronze Age war god to explain himself to humankind, is irrelevant to the fact that George really seemed to believe this, and that he really did try to behave like the genocidal Biblical Messiah (political ruler) in many respects; fortunately he was far less genocidal than the Biblical prophecy demanded. We live in dangerous times where in certain highly armed nations, the mass of the populace belives in the apocalyptic and genocidal prophecies of the the primitive fictions of the Bible and the Koran.
In an age of apocalyptic weapons and extremely advanced military science, the danger is not that a 2000 year old fictional religious fanatic will arise from the grave, the danger is that of religious fanatics with Messianic (religious king) complexes who seek to invoke (personify) and carry out such prophecies.
The Vedic War Gods.
If we are to identify the three major forms of religious hypnosis and indoctrination, certainly apart from the faiths based upon the Bible and the Koran, the third major virus would clearly be the faith based upon the Vedic gods; and here we also find genocidal war gods, who promote holy war and who offer an eternal reward for the martyrs who are slain in war.
The Bhagavad Gita spells out the motivating factors for Vedic "Jihad (Holy War); that of eternal and earthly reward.
"Arjuna sees in the two armies the equal presence of his family, for Duryodhana, despite being his enemy, is also his cousin, and thus both sides are littered with "fathers, grandfathers, teachers, brothers, uncles, grandsons, in-laws and friends." Arjuna is overcome with despair and tells Krishna that he has no desire to fight if it means killing his kin. He has no need for a kingdom if it means destroying a family. He casts away his bow and arrows and sits in the chariot in the middle of the battlefield.
Krishna tells Arjuna to arise with a brave heart and push forward to destroy the enemy. When Arjuna questions how he can support such sin, Krishna says there is no such thing as the killer and the killed, that the body is merely flesh -- and that at the time of death he attains another body. These limits of the superficial body should not stop someone from doing what he must do, namely defeating evil and restoring the power of good.
The true master, says Krishna, realizes that reality lies in the eternal; such people are not affected by the temporary changes that come with the senses. Instead, as a warrior, he must follow his dharma, or duty, where nothing is higher than the war against evil. If he shirks from this battle, however, then Arjuna will incur sin, violating his dharma and his honor.
In Krishna's eyes, death means the attainment of heaven, and victory the enjoyment of earth, so there will be no pain in fighting."
This theme of just "holy war," and eternal reward for both the victors and martyrs of war appears to be a common theme throughout the texts of the Bible, the Koran and the Vedas; texts which are unfortunately the texts of the three major world religions.
I have no weapons, I have no armies. I am not a king. I only have the weapons of a philosopher; that of human reason, intuition and will. I have no love for any invisible sky gods; I only love other human beings. I am just one of the myriads of the vanguard of revolution who are committed to the eradication of all forms of organised religion.
"Words are Weapons. Propaganda is the first stage of War."
Rebellion against the gods.
And so it seems that the ancient legend of Lucifer; the angel of light who rebelled against the gods and who was cast out of heaven appeals to me, as does the mythical archetype of Prometheus, who rebelled against the gods, in favour of humankind. I have no fear of the invisible sky gods of the religious fanatics and their allegedly terrible and eternal punishments upon the non believers such as myself. It is rather the promoters of the gods of the Koran and the Bible who should live in fear of the Judgement which shall inevitably befall them for promoting faith in such primitive, subhuman, hateful and genocidal sky gods; they are the adversaries of human love and in terms of Thelemic Law, they are simply criminals and terrorists who prey on the psychologically vulnerable, and upon children whom they indoctrinate and hypnotise and instill a fear of invisible and subhuman deities.
The concept of eternal “Hell” to me would be to have to spend all eternity with the fanatics of the gods of the Koran and the Bible, and to have to listen to their endless ramblings and their condemnation of human love. Rather I would prefer to sit in Judgement on the living and the dead myself, and this includes the fictional fanatics and genocidal bigots such as Jesus and Mohammad. I have absolutely no interest in spending eternity with such subhuman vermin; they are of course both fictional creations; nevertheless there are numerous human beings who tend to try to emulate their fanaticsm; thus has fiction come to life.
Babalon: the female Venus archetype of the Aeon of Horus.
I have nothing to add to Babalon's definition
Needless to say, to those who know me personally, I appear sometimes as Lucifer and sometimes as Babalon, but internally it seems to me that I "always" manifest both; both the sacred whore, consort of the Beast, and the Beast himself; however by the "Beast" I merely mean that I attempt to personify an evangelical opponent of the Biblical and Islamic war gods, and of Biblical and Islamic morality.
I am not ultimately a god of war. I am a god of love, just as all human beings should be gods and goddesses of love. Unfortunately the enemies of human love are in their myriads; their faiths are militant and genocidal, and ultimately this will probably require militant resistance. Thus militant rebellion against "God" and the men of "God" will certainly inevitably become a necessity. An initial objective would probably be the military eradication of Islam, and a secondary objective the eradication of Christianity, and unfortunately since around half the US population appear to believe in the necessity of apocalyptic warfare, to assist the manifestation of their ancient prophecies, this will be a major task for future generations.
Better to reign free in Hell than to serve in Heaven, if Heaven is defined as the eternal realms of the fanatics of the Bible and the Koran.
Words are weapons. Propaganda is the first stage of war.
Love is the highest law. Human love requires an object of human love. It is not possible to love an invisible sky god.
I demand nothing less than a “New Heaven (the world of the mind)” and a “New Earth”
Blasphemy, Heresy, War, Revolution, etc.
"There is a Magical operation of maximum importance: the Initiation of a New Aeon. When it becomes necessary to utter a Word, the whole Planet must be bathed in blood. Before man is ready to accept the Law of Thelema, the Great War must be fought. This Bloody Sacrifice is the critical point of the World-Ceremony of the Proclamation of Horus, the Crowned and conquering Child, as Lord of the Aeon."
On the Five Techniques of the Enslavement of Humankind.
"Sex is the most powerful instinct in man. The politician and the priest have understood from the very beginning that sex is the most driving energy in man. It has to be curtailed, it has to be cut. If man is allowed total Freedom in sex, then there will be no possibility to dominate him. To make a slave out of him will be impossible.
Have you not seen it being done? When you want a bull to be yoked to a cart, what do you do? You castrate him, you destroy his sex energy. And have you seen the difference between a bull and an ox? What a difference! An ox is a poor phenomenon, a slave. A bull is a beauty; a bull is a glorious phenomenon, a great splendour. See a bull walking, how he walks like an emperor! And see an ox pulling a cart.
The same has been done to man. The sex instinct has been curtailed, cut, crippled. Man does not exist as the bull now, he exists like the ox, and each man is pulling a thousand and one carts. Look and you will find behind you a thousand and one carts, and you are yoked to them.
Why can’t you yoke a bull? The bull is too powerful. If he sees a cow passing by, he will throw both you and the cart, and he will move to the cow! He will not bother a bit about who you are, and he will not listen. It will be impossible to control the bull. Sex energy is life energy; it is uncontrollable. And the politician and the priest are not interested in you, they are interested in channelling your energy into other directions. So there is a certain Mechanism behind it--it has to be understood.
Sex repression, tabooing sex, is the very foundation of human slavery. Man cannot be free unless sex is free. Man cannot be really free unless his sex energy is allowed natural growth.
These are the five tricks through which man has been turned into a slave, into an ugly phenomenon, a cripple.
The first is:
Keep man as weak as possible if you want to dominate him. If the priest wants to dominate you or the politician wants to dominate you, you have to be kept as weak as possible. And the best way to keep a man weak is not to give love total freedom. Love is nourishment..."
Keep man as ignorant and deluded as possible so that he can easily be deceived..."
"...The third secret:
Keep man as frightened as possible. And the sure way is not to allow him love, because love destroys fear--’love casteth out fear.’ When you are not in love you become more interested in security, in safety. When you are in love you are more interested in adventure, in exploration...."
Keep man as miserable as possible--because a miserable man is confused, a miserable man has no self-worth, a miserable man is self-condemnatory, a miserable man feels that he must have done something wrong. A miserable man has no grounding--you can push him from here and there, he can be turned into driftwood very easily. And a miserable man is always ready to be commanded, to be ordered, to be disciplined, because he knows ’On my own I am simply miserable. Maybe somebody else can discipline my life.’ He is a ready victim."
"And the fifth:
Keep men as alienated from each other as possible, so that they cannot band together for some purpose of which the priest and the politician may not approve. Keep people separate from each other. Don’t allow them too much intimacy. When people are separate, lonely, alienated from each other, they cannot band together. And there are a thousand and one tricks to keep them apart.
For example, if you are holding the hand of a man--you are a man and you are holding the hand of a man and walking down the road, singing--you will feel guilty because people will start looking at you. Are you gay, homosexual or something? Two men are not allowed to be happy together. They are condemned as homosexuals. Fear arises. If your friend comes and takes your hand in his hand, you look around: ’Is somebody looking or not?’ And you are just in a hurry to drop the hand..."
Extracts from Nietzsche's "Antichrist"
"We should not deck out and embellish Christianity: it has waged a war to the death against this higher type of man, it has put all the deepest instincts of this type under its ban, ....; it has corrupted even the faculties of those natures that are intellectually most vigorous, by representing the highest intellectual values as sinful, as misleading, as full of temptation. The most lamentable example: the corruption of Pascal, who believed that his intellect had been destroyed by original sin, whereas it was actually destroyed by Christianity!
It is necessary to say just whom we regard as our antagonists: theologians and all who have any theological blood in their veins—this is our whole philosophy.... One must have faced that menace at close hand, better still, one must have had experience of it directly and almost succumbed to it, to realize that it is not to be taken lightly ....So long as the priest, that professional denier, calumniator and poisoner of life, is accepted as a higher variety of man, there can be no answer to the question, What is truth? Truth has already been stood on its head when the obvious attorney of mere emptiness is mistaken for its representative....
Upon this theological instinct I make war: I find the tracks of it everywhere. Whoever has theological blood in his veins is shifty and dishonourable in all things. The pathetic thing that grows out of this condition is called faith: in other words, closing one’s eyes upon one’s self once for all, to avoid suffering the sight of incurable falsehood. People erect a concept of morality, of virtue, of holiness upon this false view of all things; they ground good conscience upon faulty vision; they argue that no other sort of vision has value any more, once they have made theirs sacrosanct with the names of “God,” “salvation” and “eternity.” I unearth this theological instinct in all directions: it is the most widespread and the most subterranean form of falsehood to be found on earth. Whatever a theologian regards as true must be false: there you have almost a criterion of truth..........
"Christian" is all hatred of the intellect, of pride, of courage, of freedom, of intellectual libertinage; Christian is all hatred of the senses, of joy in the senses, of joy in general....
Men of this sort have a vital interest in making mankind sick, and in confusing the values of “good” and “bad,” “true” and “false” in a manner that is not only dangerous to life, but also slanders it......
Psychologically considered, “sins” are indispensable to every society organized on an ecclesiastical basis; they are the only reliable weapons of power; the priest lives upon sins; it is necessary to him that there be “sinning”.... Prime axiom: “God forgiveth him that repenteth”—in plain English, him that submitteth to the priest...........
...the greatest of crimes against humanity has been perpetrated.—I repeat that sin, man’s self-desecration par excellence, was invented in order to make science, culture, and every elevation and ennobling of man impossible; the priest rules through the invention of sin.
With this I come to a conclusion and pronounce my judgment. I condemn Christianity; I bring against the Christian church the most terrible of all the accusations that an accuser has ever had in his mouth. It is, to me, the greatest of all imaginable corruptions; it seeks to work the ultimate corruption, the worst possible corruption. The Christian church has left nothing untouched by its depravity; it has turned every value into worthlessness, and every truth into a lie, and every integrity into baseness of soul.
Parasitism as the only practice of the church; with its anæmic and “holy” ideals, sucking all the blood, all the love, all the hope out of life; the beyond as the will to deny all reality; the cross as the distinguishing mark of the most subterranean conspiracy ever heard of,—against health, beauty, well-being, intellect, kindness of soul—against life itself....
This eternal accusation against Christianity I shall write upon all walls, wherever walls are to be found—I have letters that even the blind will be able to see.... I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great intrinsic depravity, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means are venomous enough, or secret, subterranean and small enough,—I call it the one immortal blemish upon the human race...."