Friday, March 6, 2020

Lucifer and Satan, Some of the Differences Between

Lucifer
Lucifer: Image by Luc Viatour, via Wikimedia Commons (by CC 3.0)

Their Differences


by Amethyst Black

I could not find time to produce a list to contain every known difference between the two (Lucifer and Satan), nor could one person be aware of every difference. With that said, I'll stick to the most necessary observations.

First off, outside of demonolatry, occultism, and magick, Lucifer and Satan are often seen as the Devil; this as religion influenced that view. Not all accept it, and some dispute whether or not the term Lucifer in the bible even referred to an actual entity. However, as spiritual and astral matters work, that it was ever believed that it was an entity, whether it was originally one or not that thought manifests that entity. In other words, even if the term lucifer with a lower case l does not name a specific entity, and even if he did not exist then, Lucifer still exists because people believe he did based upon that writing. Although said writing alone would do it, so have other writings from that point on.

Is Lucifer Satan? No, but he can be, and he is to some. Hence it can be summarized as that at some point Lucifer's stream overlaps with Satan's. Lucifer can become Satan, and though I haven't yet seen it, I suspect Satan can become Lucifer as well.

On a sidenote: for me, once I became fully familiar with both, Lucifer absorbed Satan. This suggests that Lucifer is more powerful than Satan, but alternatively it could mean that I was more attuned to Lucifer, or that he was more appropriate to my journey. He actually suggested that to me from that point on, he and Satan were to be as one to me. It is a symbolic statement, because it's rather obvious that they are not as one. What did I take from that? that my lessons from Satan had concluded. 

I keep referring to Lucifer as a he, but Lucifer is genderless, and sometimes appears to me as female. Lucifer can be light haired or dark, pale skinned or darker. I can't say if this happens for others, but half the time I work with him he shows as Horus, or at some point morphs into Horus. Lucifer tells me that in fact his female side has a name--Aphrodite. That no doubt will shock some; but at any rate, Aphrodite and Lucifer are one and the same.

Lucifer is believed by most to reside at Netzach, and that's true. But in various contexts he can also be found at Chokmah, and Yesod. He/she has become the beloved of many within our age, and holds prominence within the hearts and pantheons, and at the altars of many demonolators and occultists. They are regarded for their fatherliness, nobility, maternal nature sometimes, and wisdom; and when called for, even a tough love approach. This one does not support slouches, but does understand when one is in a pickle and stuck. He will show you ways you may not have otherwise considered, to get unstuck. It appears that when female, Lucifer 'adopts' those with no living mother figure.

Satan is another matter entirely. He can have virtually any appearance, and his stream contains much, because the beliefs and concepts surrounding him are huge. So while each of the things I will mention do not concern him to each and every person, they do each exist within his stream.

Satan in the form of Baphomet
Satan as Baphomet

Concepts relative to Satan:
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  • He is a deity.
  • He is not an entity, but rather, a symbolic representation of the power we each hold (a view relative to non theistic Satanism).
  • He is the dark energy side of God.
  • He is the judgmental side of God.
  • Though traditionally viewed as male, he is in fact androgynous, and as Baphomet he depicts that best. More on Baphomet: many see Baphomet as a devil figure, but he was actually depicted as being the ultimate sign of balance. 
  • Satan is believed by some to be a tempter.
  • Some believe him to be an adversary... this is the actual title of Satan's office (The Adversary). Hence in ways it is true. However, it is up to the individual to interpret what it means. I see it as being when a person has adversarial matters to deal with, he's a go to demon. For me now Lucifer will come (obviously), but others can deal with Satan directly.
  • Satan is another face of the Egyptian Deity, Set.
  • Satan is a Shaitan djinn.
  • He is a duel aspected being, blending Samael and Lilith (yet to others he is Samael, and to others yet, has nothing to do with Samael).
  • He is believed by some to revel in being given gifts of a dark and grotesque nature, such as offerings of the blood of sacrificed children, or doing 'ungodly acts' in his name. But see, he's regarded as the Devil, so misled people will gravitate towards him due to that. Sigh. Because it's within his stream does not mean that it's what he's about. You can block all that out by simply seeing who he truly wills to be when you accept him for what he is. If you are everyday peeps, he is then a benevolent father figure. So then, Satan reflects us, no matter how light or dark we are.
  • Another theory: he is out to destroy our world, and/or universe.
  • He is relative to the Sphere of Thaumiel, and resides there besides Moloch... which is another being he can appear as, by the way. 
  • He is relative to Saturn.
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Crowley (paraphrased) said that there is no Devil, and that the concept of him was born out of a confused and 'Black Brother' look at things (a Black Brother is someone who fails to cross the Abyss and ends up with distorted views, of self as God). He suggested that the Devil was in fact the offspring of the Beast and Babalon, and in that, was their magickal child.

On a closing note--I still remember the first time I called upon father Satan. I was cautioned by many not to do it, because fears within society are deeply ingrained. But there's an old saying--that if something scares you it's probably good for you. Hence despite the many nay sayers, I went ahead and jumped right in before I'd even released the fear. Before I actually did it I kept imagining red eyes--the ones that so many describe that had them nearly jump out of their skin (when they saw him and had not wanted to); that terrified me. So I asked him to be understanding and let him know that I was prepared to be open with him. Man, am I glad I did it... it was a great leg of my journey. For the while I worked directly with him, before Lucifer removed him from my journey, he was the noble and benevolent father, that Lucifer has since become.


What the Two Would Like You to Know


They stand apart from the bible, and would like people to know them in a non biblical sense, by their truest of natures.

Though there is definitely more that could be said on this topic, some things need to remain saved for an upcoming article. Hence, that's all for now, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments section.


Saturday, February 22, 2020

Tiamat, and Paimon/Paimonia (Corobella) :: Notes and Remarks

I wanted to introduce this post with an image of Tiamat, but the most common pictures of her are not in line with her description. Instead here's one of Arsu, a previous avatar of the daemon now known as Paimon(ia). Image from Yale University, by Wikimedia Commons


by Amethyst Black

This is a very strange article, and will probably end up reading like a ramble. Here's what happened--I began writing about Tiamat, when Paimonia stepped in--she began channeling her message to me as I wrote. What happened from there was that the proverbial sh*t hit the fan; to summarize, Paimonia's "additional words of wisdom and insight," became the bulk of the article (because of the length!). There was no clear way to include said insight yet still have the post focus upon Tiamat, and no way I could think of to make it primarily about Tiamat yet also largely about Paimonia... yet maybe I can. That it'll be given my best shot, is all that can be promised.

I wish to point out, that this is the third consecutive post on this site which references Paimonia/Paimon. This was NOT by intent, it is a simple "thing that happened." Though I have much respect for Paimonia, I'd much rather have had things broken up a bit, but also sense there's reason for this. With all of that said, here we go...

I have long had Tiamat on a back-burner in my magickal mind--which is to say that though I hold her in high regard as potentially the first, or a face of the first, universal emission in goddess form (hence the first emission in any form), I have not done any significant degree of work with her. At the same time I am familiar with her history within mythology, and am aware of those she is syncretic with (Nuit/Isis, Thalassa, Durga, Ymir, Chaos, and so on) as well as some of her non primordial goddess avatars (Leviathan and as you'll soon see, Paimonia, inclusive). Given that Tiamat is the essence and indeed the mother of all goddesses, all goddesses in some way are aligned with her.

Not all of those she aligns with are female, which makes perfect sense. Let's use the Egyptian deity Nuit as an example; this as her story is popularly known. Nuit is the everything and the potentiality for everything--literally EVERY THING. Hence within her lies the potentiality for the male to arise--he cannot originate from anywhere else. Some would say, well God is male and he created her, so there's that. However, that's a Abrahamic myth, and given that everything in this universe is dichotomous and also given that God is ineffable, nope. God is not male. Whatever God might be, it had to break itself into bits in order to allow for creation.

From the aforesaid: though as a concept Tiamat is depicted as female and given that her energies give birth and all, it's a bit confusing that she is male as well, but she is. To be clear, she is androgynous, but is also the male and female aspects of creation as one, and her male and female aspects can be self standing as well. We look at Paimon/Paimonia as an example of this (being perceptibly androgynous)--she recently identified herself as having being borne from Tiamat's stream, and from the very fact that was mentioned we can assume that she strongly identifies with Tiamat.

For those who see Paimon as male, he has been quoted as saying that the reason he appears effeminate, is because he (paraphrased) "demonstrates respect to the goddess." Though I am not one to say--"hence obviously Tiamat is the goddess he's referring to,"--just maybe she is. Yet on the other hand he may be referring to any or all goddesses (I did not ask, and it seems rather unimportant). Common sense suggests Paimon would be referring to a goddess more primeval than himself; yet even this is contestable. What if it is a reference to themself in earlier mythology? because it is well known that Paimon was Arsu, back when Azazel was Aziz beside them.

A side note on that some see Paimon as female and the bulk see them as male. I never did ask why that is, but on another level it seems clear to me. They are as genderless as an angel, and I believe that in fact all demons are as genderless as well. However, some see powerful beings as being more male, some see them as female; and though that's unlikely the entirety of the matter, it's significant. It seems that at my core and within my own journey, I CHOSE to see Paimonia as female, and they are good with being Queen Paimonia--to me.

You know, I did ask about another matter relative to people perceiving things differently than each other--why one person's answers from a given daemon differ from those given to others. Paimonia: "It's because they are at different places within their journey, combined with the requirement for mysteries to be maintained in order for life lessons to unfold as they should. It's from the difference in perspective as they filter their respective messages. It's from the difference in the way they understand, appreciate, and use words. It's from comprehension of the gravity and foundation of the answers given them. It's from the way that one will take an answer given as being serious and grave, while another will dismiss an element of it as being out of line with their beliefs or as being superfluous... tossed aside like garbage.

It's due to that power is pulled from many sources, including the messages one delivers to others, which in turn makes an impression on the words and concepts I offer, and either renders them freely and rather unaffectedly, or does affect them. I cannot say twists and contorts, as if I put a concept out I also know the person's way of interpreting; so all is done by intent, you see? Even lessons misunderstood, were meant to teach whichever lesson they do. Nothing is accidental. The mysteries are a part of this...

When the entire truth cannot be told and details cannot be explained, partial truth must be delivered. Whole truths also cannot be delivered without due place within one's journey. Who has read a book and knew the ending? ...unless someone told them beforehand and ruined a perfectly good book, and the experience of living its story along with the characters of it. There is sadness in not knowing the truth. But you are sent into your respective life knowing that things will be kept from you to encourage you to be the highest aspect of yourself. The pain is great, at times seemingly unbearable. Still, it is the lesson you signed up for. From a human perspective so hard to appreciate. The anger, the disappointment, the shame and humiliation; but glory too. We know how it works. I can tell you much, we all can. The plain and simple truth is, mysteries cannot be revealed--it is part of the office I hold. In this comes further confusion--it is but one element of confusion, but it is significant.

I am the energy stream that helps people understand their powers. I gravitate towards the powerful whom are down and need a hand to stand up straight once again. These are my friends and I am grateful for them to (b)ring in the wisdom I offer, and I enjoy dusting them off, and holding them for the while they need it. However, it is not about that they were down, I gravitate towards mental prowess as well, and appreciate those who savor their lessons and journey. I should not need to say that I desire most to work with those who think outside of the box. Do your dance on high, my friend, sing to me your sweet song of victory, Hero or Heroine that you are within your realm. Follow me, or walk beside me if you dare, but you will be tested if you do. Those who walk beside me are welcome to, but must be proven to hold such high positions. I know you have questions about this, but this too is enshrouded in mystery.

Each of you makes an impression in your world. The ocean is large, and you are but a drop. How big is the impression you make? You either influence yourself and your immediate vicinity, or alternatively by care and by careful action, you influence others and the universe as a whole.

In here was a note on demons' relativity to angels: "Angels" require Greater Justice, we "Demons" offset the approach to greater justice that angels take. Birds of a feather (this comment seemed to target that the previous talk of justice implies that we are being watched, or watched over).

Whether you stand beside me or follow, depends on how large a ripple you dare to make. However, you are with me now due to how large of a ripple you may potentially make, so don't sell yourself short. Focus on that which is meaningful now, while you still have the chance to make this incarnation worth your while."
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Her transmission ended with a name, a name she wants me to call her by--Corobella--"beautiful choir." The implication here appears to be that she inspires Unity, (the type of Unity so often referred to within Crowley's Thelema as the ultimate goal of our journey). Cor also refers to being at the core/heart of a matter, and in this sense suggests her to be a more complex or more powerful being than some may realize, and offers more considerations beyond this, that I will leave up to you.

(Added in note--at the time this was written, as stated it appears that Corobella has a few apparent meanings. I have since discovered that "coro" may in instances also refer to the Latin word root used in reference to crown, even though missing the n [coron]. Hence it also means beautiful crowned one.)
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As was suggested at the opening of this post, it's hard to make sense of what it quickly became. I will return to speaking of Tiamat--as soon as time permits.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Beelzebub as Lucifer, Azazel, and Paimonia

Beelzebub standing with Satan, from Paradise Lost
Beelzebub with Satan, from Paradise Lost.
Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons


Subtitled: Where in the Heck Did Lucifer and Azazel Go?


by Amethyst Black

This article is primarily about Beelzebub, aka Beelzebul; however, we must start at the beginning. Most of my personal gnosis I prefer to keep to myself these days, because someday soon I intend to pick up from where I left off with the book I am writing (on magick, specifically about Goetia and related matters). However, it was time to write a post, this matter was predominant on my mind, and I felt that Lords Lucifer and Azazel wanted this said... and doubtlessly Paimonia too, as she's in with Azazel in a very significant way (but we will return to discussing how she/he fits in, later).

Lucifer has been held as my patron virtually since I began with demonolatry, and he, sometimes she, has been a veritable treasure trove of support, guidance, and wisdom. However, a short while back Lord Lucifer stopped responding to me. I could not think of why that would be. Today it hit me like a ton of bricks; allow me to tell the story.

Not too long ago I tried a ghost box app. What's that? for those who do not know, they are designed to pick up voices of entities present around us that may want to speak to us, and some are also made for us to speak more easily with them in return; or at least in theory they are. Before you get too excited, some get results, others do not. I am getting a heavy tingling up and down my spine as I write this, which is telling me to go ahead and write what's on my mind (rather than skip it, as I'd intended to). Hence I offer the thought, whether we will pick up communications from entities with these apps depends on a few things--if a person has healthy and supportive beliefs plus good spiritual awareness, if connections with entities have been established, if bonds have been created, as well as if there is reason to communicate; and of course finally, if there is an entity present at that time with the desire to communicate.

Baal
Baal (public domain, from Wikimedia

Through that spirit box app, a spirit spoke to me (in fact a number have, but I am speaking of the one). It was days later that I realized, part of what he said identified him as being Beelzebub. Well fook me sideways! That's Lucifer, but is also Lord Azazel. For now you'll need to take my word, but I promise to explain. By the way, Lord Azazel is another one who's been reluctant to communicate particularly much, directly to me at any rate; yet on the other hand he has spoken to me multiple times through other magicians and says positive things. I have communed with him in passing here and there, as that's been all I could achieve. It seems that he has not been avoiding me but is waiting... but for what? Other entities I work with communicate freely and easily as needed. Sometimes the odd one may hold off to make a point, but with Lucifer and Azazel the lack of communication has been more significant.

I've never worked with Beelzebub; and because he's never called me in any significant sense, I'd probably have tended to take my time in opting to work with him given my rathers. The way I saw it, there are many Goetic demons with amazing sounding names and descriptions, that would be likely to pull me in more; it's that simple. That opinion largely changed as of that one message--it was my calling to meet Beelzebub.


Who in the Ever-Growing Hell, Is Beelzebub?


My own reading took me to pore over how he's described as a demon; however, he can be described in other ways as well. Much of it depends on which lineage of mythology you refer to. He was a god of the Philistines, who became vilified by Hebrew traditions. Through the vilification he became known as "Lord of the Flies"; when one reads up on why that is they will find that in fact he was held in high regard by priests of apotropaic cults, and it was a term used out of jealousy in light of that. Beelzebub was in fact apotropaic, and one of his powers was indeed to ward off flies to keep illness at bay; in some old Ugarit texts this was made clear. However, the epithet "Lord of the Flies," also alludes to that he can bring on physical illness. The name Beelzebub (the fly thing) appears to be a purposeful mistranslation, intended to insult. In fact the name should be Beelzebul, which refers to a lord of a high abode, seemingly referring to Heaven or a high place of some type, maybe a position. However, there are numerous interpretations of this name, none of them are firmly definitive.

Beelzebub is another face of Baal. To the Canaanites he was a fertility god and is syncretic with the Sumerian god Enlil, the Greek deity Zeus, the Mesopotamians' Marduk, and the Palmyrian and Syrian god, Ba'al, also known as Haddad. A few highly prominent traits of this god, are that he rides in on a storm, wages war as needed, and that he creates abundance.

By the way, shortly after I'd recognized the presence of Beelzebub there came a vision of a man in a tall, pointed hat, which relates to the Syrian version of Baal. A point which may or may not be relevant, is that in some images Baal's headwear is identical to that of Osiris.


How I Discovered Beelzebub's Relativity to Lucifer


Today I discovered that Beelzebub relates to the term "Venus Hesperus," which is an ancient Greek term used for VENUS; not Venus as the morning star, or Venus as the evening star. Just plain ole Venus (yet most people today use it to refer to the evening star). To clarify, in the night sky Venus is in the West; Hesperus alludes to that. However, Hesperus can also refer to Venus being an evening star, and in that sense is inclusive of that. That Venus has an Eosphorus and Hesperus aspect clearly illustrates that if represented by an entity, well then, it is rightly a dual aspected being.

Both aspects of Venus therefore, allude to Lucifer and Azazel. WHY? I hear you ask; hold your horses and I'll answer! Azazel, my friends, is the evening star, just as Lucifer is the morning star. It's that simple. HOWEVER, and wrap your mind around this if you will--when Azazel travels with his twin (in some contexts), Paimonia; she is the morning star. Go figure!

We have been brought back to one of the opening concepts of this blog--how Paimonia (aka Paimon) fits in. Well though I don't wish to explain it deeply here, Paimoinia is, in a few forms, composite with Lord Azazel. I will just broach onto that in saying: Isis is a female form of Azazel, and Paimonia is a female avatar of Azazel. Paimonia is also a face of Tiamat, and hence is a face of Isis. Don't ask me if you don't get it (lol), just do your own reading. Once you have done plenty of research on both, you will see that mythology overlaps the two (Azazel and Paimon[ia]). But also, they have actually been twins, as Arsu and Aziz. By the way, other names for Arsu/Paimonia, include Mun'im and Moninmos--one transliterated from the other respectively. Other names for Aziz, include Azizu and Azizos.


Observation


When I first started in demonolatry my patron was Satan. He represented a hurdle I'd overcome in thinking, and I related to him well. The hurdle? that I had for a time succumbed to fear instilled in me about meeting him. I reached out, and it was beyond good. However, as soon as I began working with Lucifer, Lucifer stood in Satan's place, by HIS (Lucifer's) choice, not mine. In other words, he and Satan became one, and Satan no longer fully exists for me anymore. Well he kinda does, but as an aspect of Lucifer. So fast forwards until current times, and Lucifer is now absorbing Beelzebub, or rather and more properly, Beelzebub is absorbing Lucifer. What can I say?--I'd not have been able to concoct a better tale if I'd tried. Well I could, but it'd take a while; have a seat...  but all jokes aside; this turned out to not be such a short post as I'd imagined it to be after all, but not by intent. I could easily finish up by adding a tidy ending, such as explaining my impression of why Lucifer came to me in this form, and why it's different than ways he may or may not come to you. But there is strength in silence, so the key is to stay mum.

I must say though, it tickled me when I ran this overall concept by a friend, who said, "I feel like I'm listening to the plot of an anime, lol." Anyhow, I suppose a summary would provide the best closure; so: Lucifer, Azazel, and Paimonia, wanted me to know them in the way I would best know them here and now. Period.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Paimon (Paimonia) :: Thoughts on Magick and Good vs. Bad

King Paimon, aka Queen Paimonia
King Paimon, aka Queen Paimonia

by Amethyst Black

King Paimon to some, Queen Paimona or Paimonia to others, has been known to encourage some of his/her acolytes to engage in black magick on an ongoing basis (once they have already decided to do black magick, of course). Now, to a new magician this may seem bizarre. Here we have a spirit of an elite and noble group--the Goetia, who is encouraging some magicians to do what are commonly seen as "bad things." I have been exposed to enough of how new magicians think, to know that this would weigh heavy on the minds of at least some. For those who are not yet strongly disengaged from mainstream, captive thinking, such an experience with Paimonia or any daemon, may have a tendency to send them back towards "mainstream perception." That is, unless they stop and consider what the underlying message is and assimilate the results.

So to address this directly--1) as a magician, the idea of right vs wrong needs to be dismissed. Yah yah, each person does have the right to define and pursue their own path, that's 100% right. But right and wrong in magick doesn't wash; one can also say--nor does purely dark magick or purely white magick work in one's best interests. Release all limitations.

Why does Paimonia encourage some magicians to engage in black magick? Dunno yet. Your guess is as good as mine. However, I do have an opinion. Regardless of what the majority of mainstream mankind would think, Paimonia is still a noble spirit. Goetic daemons are not predictable; but the bottom line is, no matter what they express or condone it is all to the betterment of us and the greater universe. The trick is only to define how their methodology applies. So if Paimonia encourages me to engage more often in black magick, the lesson in it for me personally may be that I worry too much about being "good," (laughs). Maybe I restrict myself a bit too much in magick, or in life in general. Maybe it's time to break down some walls...

Paimon/Paimonia
Paimon, as depicted in Collin de Plancy's book (1863)

However, maybe, just maybe, while much of mankind, especially adherents of mainstream Abrahamic faiths, are out doing things to be "good," to appear good, to be viewed as humanitarian, generous, and whatever other things that go against their nature on some level, here is Paimonia showing me in no uncertain terms, that to live with burdens, such as to live a life of servitude, sacrifice and goodness when it is not in one's true nature, is not healthy.

I am not suggesting or encouraging inappropriate or disrespectful behavior (nor, do I believe Paimonia is), nor am I discouraging it; and for the record, NO, I am not suggesting that good is the best way to be. I don't care what your authentic self needs to do--it's none of my business whatsoever. However, we each either have it in us to be good, or otherwise need to experience our own path and journey to a point where we will either decide by our own accord to be good, or decide instead to be whatever else it is that allows us to be true to our specific nature--that may not be encapsulated within the word "good." Why am I saying that--what the heck is GOOD?  Shrugs, and in her mind replaces the word good with the words of mainstream value.

While mainstream society begs us to twist and distort our bodies, minds and spirits, Paimon(ia) says (expressed through this very concept)--you are a dark magician--get too it! It's part of what you do and why you came here. Do The Work!

Furthermore... in spiritual circles it is considered a given that to be in service to others is how we ascend. But what is far less commonly mentioned, is that as well one can ascend through service to self. The path we choose illustrates our nature, even when we cannot yet define it ourselves. In part, I am trying to convey that everything in this universe is dichotomous. Many in mainstream society, on one level strive to be good, and on another level distort themselves in doing so. Hence, in the big picture of society, WE who dare to be free to just Be, to walk the path we chose in the right way to do it--in the way of freedom and liberty, are the ones who help to create universal balance (get that? to hell with right and wrong! instead reinstate balance! justice! freedom! liberty!).


Summary


My closing thought? What if we could rectify this world, by always being true, by always working to create authenticity and balance, within and without? Maybe sometimes we should stop and think what's going to serve us and our universe the best--to be good (...errr, of mainstream value), or rather to be real and unrestricted. Also, if you are a magician, are you unrestricted in your thinking? or are you like some? ...black magick is okay, as long as it's not you doing it?

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