Hi All…another question came into my mailbox:
With so many popularizing Lucifer the morning star, could you [give] this myth’s place in Gnostic practice?
There’s a certain difficulty in this. As is said, a lie told often enough, becomes the truth. Lucifer in Christian terminology has become synonymous with Satan. And though Satan is a distorted term for an ancient desert god (Shaitan) and a name used entirely different in Judaic canon, we can’t escape this fact, as Lucifer represents the so-called author of evil in our modern culture.
Of course, Lucifer is the Roman name for Prometheus; the light-bringer who brings the fire of the gods to humanity and really figures into the pseudpegriphic fall of the Guardian Angels in Hebrew lore (hence, a possible equation with the Nephilim and Enochian angels, as I’ve discussed in some of my writings). And we can attempt to rescue him from the slander that’s been heaped upon him by the Manichean curse that infected the latter Gnostics and early Christians.
But in today’s society, we find that Luciferian worship both quickly devolves into superstition and becomes little more than a more sophisticated form of pubescent Satanism. So it is really and effectively a road back to the superstition called Christianity…and little more than a protestant form of Christianity in general.
The worship only temporarily moves from Jesus to Lucifer. And the inanity that has marked the behavior of most of the people that I’ve met in this line of worship matches their lack of education and erudition and is on a par with most Christians today. So, as I’ve seen over the years, these boys with their satanic rock bands and regalia, eventually grow up, marry, have babies and obtain mortgages and leave their play toys in the past.
They may tell you that once, they ‘dabbled in the black arts.’ And that eventually, the returned to ‘our Lord.’
For the more serious Occultist, this whole scenario is anathema and especially for the Gnostic. Worshiping another; whether Jesus or Satan is counter-Gnostic and simply will sap you of the energy needed to pursue the real quest: knowledge of the self (God) with its accompanying study of the Body of the Goddess (nature).
Jesus and Satan/Lucifer have both become potent egregores and though you might intellectually come to understand the truth of the slandering of Lucifer, you are a single individual; working alone against this large zeitgeist. Eventually it will overpower you and you will be conditioned into its paradigm; returning again to the superstition that sets up the slander and promotes it, as it has for the last millennia.
Reading in chapter VII of Blavatsky’s Isis Unveiled, this morning, I came across the following and quite curious passage:
…in that wonderfully ingenious mythos of the Dioskuri, or “the sons of heaven:’ the twin brohters, spoken of by Schweigger, “who constantly die and return to life together, while it is absolutely necessary that one should die that the other may live.”
And immediately a couple of things come to mind; first of course, the ‘Sons of God’ in the Merkabah mysticism that leads to the creation of the Qabalah and the concern with Enoch and the Nephilim that has inspired my Enochian pursuits. Coupled with this is the quote from the (Gnostic) Book of Thomas the Contender:
‘Now, since it has been said that you are my twin and true companion, examine yourself, and learn who you are, in what way you exist, and how you will come to be. Since you will be called my brother, it is not fitting that you be ignorant of yourself. And I know that you have understood, because you had already understood that I am the knowledge of the truth. So while you accompany me, although you are uncomprehending, you have (in fact) already come to know, and you will be called ‘the one who knows himself’.
Here, we also have an allusion to the Lovers Atu, which Crowley suggested should be called the “Brothers.” Cf. my article: Reconsidering the Major Atus
The brothers are the Dioscuri; Castor and Pollux (from the Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia):
‘Castor and Pollux, in classical mythology, twin heroes called the Dioscuri; Castor was the son of Leda and Tyndareus, Pollux the son of Leda and Zeus. They were brothers to Helen and Clytemnestra. Castor excelled as a horseman and Pollux as a boxer. They were great warriors and were noted for their devotion to each other. In one version of the legend, after Castor was killed by Lynceus, Pollux, in accordance with the classical tradition that one of every set of twins is the son of a god and thus immortal, begged Zeus to allow his brother to share his immortality with him. Zeus arranged for the twins to divide their time evenly between Hades and Heaven, and in their honor he created the constellation Gemini. According to another legend, Castor was killed by Idas. The Dioscuri were widely regarded as patrons of mariners and were responsible for Saint Elmo’s fire Saint Elmo’s fire, luminous discharge of electricity extending into the atmosphere from some projecting or elevated object. They were especially honored by the Romans, on whose side they were said to have appeared miraculously during the battle of Lake Regillus.’
The Merkabah legend has it that Lucifer as the chief Guardian Angel has assigned one Holy Guardian Angel for every man, woman and child on the Earth; waiting to aid in our Gnosis when we are ready. And to get ready, as per the Gnostic text, we must examine ourselves as they also write in the Book of Thomas the Contender:
“For he who has not known himself has known nothing, but he who has known himself has at the same time already achieved knowledge about the depth of the all. So then, you, my brother Thomas, have beheld what is obscure to men, that is, what they ignorantly stumble against.”
And in looking up info on the Dioscuri, I found the reference to Saint Elmo’s Fire especially interesting:
‘Saint Elmo’s fire, luminous discharge of electricity extending into the atmosphere from some projecting or elevated object. It is usually observed (often during a snowstorm or a dust storm) as brushlike fiery jets extending from the tips of a ship’s mast or spar, a wing, propeller, or other part of an aircraft, a steeple, a mountain top, or even from blades of grass or horns of cattle.
Sometimes it plays about the head of a person, causing a tingling sensation. The phenomenon occurs when the atmosphere becomes charged and an electrical potential strong enough to cause a discharge is created between an object and the air around it. The amount of electricity involved is not great enough to be dangerous. The appearance of St. Elmo’s fire is regarded as a portent of bad weather. The phenomenon, also known as corposant, was long regarded with superstitious awe.’
The Hebrew Qabalists consider the souls of human beings to be ‘sparks of the intimate fire.’ That these should be generated by the ‘twins,’ may perhaps hint at the electromagnetic nature of the Aspirant with his H.G.A. This seems a particularly valid supposition when considering the fact that the Greek myths were a retelling of the Starry Gnosis, revealed in the Zodiac of Dendarah. Cf. the chapter in my book, the Starry Gnosis entitled: The Eagle & the Temple.
– Frater Apollonius