Let us now continue where we left off in Lucifer? Part II.
Freemason Albert Pike continued where Eliphas Levi left off; like when he said that the true name of Satan is that of Yahveh reversed, and that Satan is not a black god – rather he is the negation of God. This, of course, aligns with Levi’s words almost verbatim. Furthermore, the Devil is the embodiment of atheism and or idolatry. And here is the kicker, Pike referred to the Devil as not a person, but a force that can be used for both good and evil. It is an instrument of liberty and free will; a force of physical generation, like that of the god Pan or the serpent; the light-bearer or false Lucifer:
The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Satan is not a black god, but the negation of God. The Devil is the personification of Atheism or Idolatry. For the Initiates, this is not a Person, but a Force, created for good, but which may serve for evil. It is the instrument of Liberty or Free Will. They represent this Force, which presides over the physical generation, under the mythologic and horned form of the God PAN; thence came the he-goat of the Sabbat, brother of the Ancient Serpent, and the Light-bearer or Phosphor, of which the poets have made the false Lucifer of the legend (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 76).
Here we see Pike illustrated conflicting perspectives; at first he stressed that in the 19th degree, God is made Divine – reaching the highest level; yet, immediately afterwards, he mentioned that the initiated are taught to despise the works of Lucifer. I took this to mean that this is a common misconception of the degree; for this can be seen immediately afterwards, when it was stated that Lucifer is the Light Bearer – that it was a strange name given to the spirit of darkness; as though he was questioning its meaning. Next we see Pike wrote that Lucifer, the Son of the Morning, bears the Light, but is he blinding feeble and selfish souls? No – he doubted it when he said doubt it not. Pike then came back with the statement that traditions are full of Divine revelations and inspirations; thereby relating it back to Godly traditions, which is the exact opposite of the Church’s view of Lucifer. And finally, he mentioned that inspiration is not defined by any particular time period:
The Apocalypse is, to those who receive the nineteenth Degree, the Apotheosis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone, and despises all the pomps and works of Lucifer. LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not! for traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations: and Inspiration is not of one Age nor of one Creed. Plato and Philo, also, were inspired (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 234).
We see Pike now writing about the conviction that God is good led to the belief in an evil principled force – the Devil, which aligned with Lucifer or an adversary. This attempted to explain the existence of evil; too make God’s benevolence consistent with his power and wisdom:
The conviction of all men that God is good led to a belief in a Devil, the fallen Lucifer or Light-bearer, Shaitan the Adversary, Ahriman and Tupho_n, as an attempt to explain the existence of Evil, and make it consistent with the Infinite Power, Wisdom, and Benevolence of God (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 236).
This point is best exemplified when Pike wrote about how the ancient Persians explained to themselves the two principles – good and evil – and the mastery thereof. Light over darkness – good over evil. Yet, this still left such ideas unexplained. You see, the human mind is always content – it is hard to believe that nothing exists. The human mind will always be content; it cannot believe that the world is based on nothing – including the concept of evil. Faith is always satisfied; it has always been a great source of happiness to the people to believe that a Devil exists – this would relieve God from being the anchor of sin:
To explain to themselves the existence of Evil and Suffering, the Ancient Persians imagined that there were two Principles or Deities in the Universe, the one of Good and the other of Evil, constantly in conflict with each other in struggle for the mastery, and alternately overcoming and overcome. Over both, for the SAGES, was the One Supreme; and for them Light was in the end to prevail over Darkness, the Good over the Evil, and even Ahriman and his Demons to part with their wicked and vicious natures and share the universal Salvation. It did not occur to them that the existence of the Evil Principle, by the consent of the Omnipotent Supreme, presented the same difficulty, and left the existence of Evil as unexplained as before. The human mind is always content, if it can remove a difficulty a step further off. It cannot believe that the world rests on nothing, but is devoutly content when taught that it is borne on the back of an immense elephant, who himself stands on the back of a tortoise. Given the tortoise, Faith is always satisfied; and it has been a great source of happiness to multitudes that they could believe in a Devil who could relieve God of the odium of being the Author of Sin (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 219).
Therefore, evil is personified in an opposing force – not necessarily a single entity, like that of a Devil or Lucifer. This point is clearly displayed when Pike wrote about an adversarial force. The Hebrews held the concept of a good deity and a bad, the Devil, a malicious spirit, Angels of Darkness – ever opposing God. This, of course, was transferred over time into the Christian faith and its general understanding today. Regardless, knowing its origin does not make it correct, as is and will be continually pointed out through his earlier and later writings. Like the plural usage of the word Angles – meaning more than one:
The Hebrews, at least after their return from the Persian captivity, had their good Deity, and the Devil, a bad and malicious Spirit, ever opposing God, and Chief of the Angels of Darkness, as God was of those of Light. The word “Satan” means, in Hebrew, simply, “The Adversary” (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 479).
Pike turned his attention to God’s forces are a part of an equilibrium of appetites and senses for good and are not the fruits of a Devil. Notice he said are the fruits of the Devil, rather a Devil – an important distinction – to be detested. This statement aligns with the belief that evil exists, but it is not a single entity, as is so often depicted:
Which possible Equilibrium proves to us that our Appetites and Senses also are Forces given unto us by God, for purposes of good, and not the fruits of the malignancy of a Devil, to be detested, mortified, and, if possible, rendered inert and dead: that they are given us to be the means by which we shall be strengthened and incited to great and good deeds, and are to be wisely used, and not abused; to be controlled and kept within due bounds by the Reason and the Moral Sense; to be made useful instruments and servants, and not permitted to become the managers and masters, using our intellect and reason as base instruments for their gratification (Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma, 1872, p. 624).
This exercise could go on and on; but, I think I have made my point. The point being that Freemasonry has nothing to do with contemporary ideals of Satanism, which are not even close to being factually correct; especially when referencing Lucifer. The word Luciferianism is not the same as Satanism:
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, a guardian or guiding spirit… Sometimes mistakenly associated with Satanism due to the Christian interpretation of the fallen angel, Luciferianism is a wholly different belief system and does not revere the devil figure or most characteristics typically affixed to Satan. Rather, Lucifer in this context is seen as one of many morning stars, a symbol of enlightenment, independence, and human progression, and is often used interchangeably with similar figures from a range of ancient beliefs, such as the Greek titan Prometheus or the Jewish Talmudic figure Lilith. Luciferians generally support the protection of the natural world. Both the arts and sciences are crucial to human development and thus both are cherished. Luciferians think that humans should be focused on this life and how to make the most of it every single day. The ability to recognize both good and evil, to accept that all actions have both positive and negative consequences, and to actively influence one’s environment is a key factor.
There you have it; society today has mixed together two different ideals into one. Lucifer has nothing to do with Satan – the Devil; although some have tried to align them together. When you read the above quote, the term Luciferianism sounds a lot like Freemasonry; but because of contemporary misunderstandings, we no longer publicly associate ourselves with that term, which is clearly seen by many Masonic authors today. You see, just like stated above, we (Freemasonry) were influenced by the Gnostics; we are seeking enlightenment – the morning star; we do believe in human progression and the advancement of society, and we also promote both the arts and sciences toward this aim; and finally, as I have mentioned in previous posts on this blog, our literature promotes the ideals of Immortality – the ideals of human longevity; all of which align with Gnostic and Luciferian beliefs. And yet, a great many people make broad statements that are simply not true; like, Freemasonry worships Lucifer. However, it only took a couple of minutes to discover the following quote to dismiss this belief:
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 deity in Judaism.
I know most of you did not see that one coming (*Smile*)! Even Luciferians don’t worship Lucifer; no, rather they consider him to be a teacher, a sage, etc. Therefore, Luciferianism is actually a belief system that does not require worshipful behavior – like so many pundits claim.
Furthermore, will someone please explain to me what is the problem with the following beliefs – Gnosticism; enlightenment; human progression and the advancement of society; promotion of the arts and sciences; and the ideals of human longevity. Nothing sinister here. In fact, everything just mentioned is a part of our culture and widely accepted by most people today.
It is all too easy to make the claim that Freemasonry promotes Satan or Devil worship when taken out of context for a political agenda. Yet, if one is intellectually honest and studies this topic from an historically accurate perspective, no other conclusion can be given – Luciferianism is not Devil or Satan worship. Absolutely not. And although, Freemasonry teaches many elements of the ancient ideals of Luciferianism, it does not in any way worship Lucifer; rather it looks upon the idea of Lucifer as a teacher or sage of enlightenment.
So Mote It Be!