Sunday, May 17, 2020

Lucifer, an All Encompassing Deity, Part II

Azazel
Azazel, in another time and place, was known as Venus Hesperus. Public domain file via Wikimedia Commons.


Introduction

I can easily say, both parts of this article (Part I and Part II) were challenging beyond belief to write. They were written within this most perplexing time within modern history (Covid-19!?). Also, there are many names, various historical settings, past and present visions involved, and historical references to review to see if my impressions of visions ring true, and so on. Above all though, if one hasn't yet looked deeply into this specific topic, they may not comprehend how the avatars of these beings (Lucifer and those around him) are so consistently repeated throughout mythology. It's nearly unfathomable how they are shades of the same. There was something I learnt during this, that I've been sworn by spirit not to divulge; hence I excitedly urge other magicians to excavate this topic, and hope for them to make discoveries of their own.

Upon reading the whole thing from beginning to end, you may find that some points vaguely or even outrightly conflict. My response to anyone saying that, is this--not everything can be seen from the same perspective at all times; and as well, there are multiple dimensions in our universe. Beyond that, it is what it is. Take from it what you can, leave what doesn't resonate. What most will gain from this article, I believe, is the knowing that Lucifer is far more complex of a being than they imagined possible.

This article is not entirely about Lucifer like part one, but is more about the beings around him and his relativity to them.
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by Amethyst Black


Who was Lucifer in Greek and Roman Mythology? Did He Have Family?


As discussed in Part 1, Lucifer is Phosphorus. Within Greek mythology, Phosphorus's mother was Eos (Roman, Aurora), the Goddess of Dawn; her consort and Phosphorus's father, was Astraeus the God of Dusk. Lucifer as Phosphorus was half brother to Hesperus (Roman, Vesper), known to the modern magician as Azazel; Hesperus's father was a mortal by the name of Cephalus. Within Roman mythology, Phosphorus is an aspect of Vesper--meaning to say that they were not identified separately.


Lineage Details:


Phosphorus had sons, Daedalion (Dantalion) and Ceyx (Shax); Daedalion had a daughter, whose name was Chione, other times Philonis. It may serve Goetic magicians to know, that Halcyone, Ceyx's wife, was Allocyn--known to us today as Duke Alloces.

Daedalion is a complex being, and has sub aspects that intertwine with the streams of Kali, and also Caim (aka Cain); and given that Caim links to each of kings David and Solomon, Daedalion does also. Now jumping over to Wiccanism for a moment, Lucifer had a daughter, Aradia, by Hekate (aka Diana Lucifera, or Diana the illuminator); and this myth arose, as did others from within Wicca, from Charles Godfrey Leland's 'Aradia, or the Gospel of Witches,' 1899. Leland did not write the book; the text was passed over to him by a sorcerer-witch he'd met. Leland believed that the text of the book originally belonged to an olden witchcraft sect from western Italy. However, others suggest that the text was entirely fictitious, or was folklore based. 

Aradia, is an anglicized version of the Italian name 'Erodiade'; and in Italian mythology during times long before Leland's book--from the early middle ages on, there were beings with it and similar names; they were considered avatars of Diana, hence Aradia was not only born of Diana Lucifera, but actually was her in another way. Aradia herself was depicted as a Saint-like figure, who gifted the lower castes with magickal arts, thus enabling them to forge better lives. 

Phosphorus had two daughters with no cited mother, Stilbe and Leuconoe. Little information can be found on either; but Stilbe is syncretic with Blodeuwedd, and Leuconoe is syncretic with Lleu Llaw Gyffes, who is male. For the record, within Welsh mythology the two married; while Lleu was away Blodeuwedd had an affair and subsequently conspired to have Lleu killed. He survived, but he slew her love, Gronw Pebr. Goetic demonolators know Gronw as Ronwe.

Some references cite Hesperus as having been father to the Hesperides; and though this was breaking away from more mainstream themes (perhaps brought in to band-aid new storylines), it is still part of his stream, hence is no less true. Now, making sure you don't become confused with how this all fits, we began discussing Lucifer-the-Greek-god's offspring, then looked at his offspring through the eyes of Wicca and also Welsh mythology. There is one more child--he had a daughter with Lilith; her name was Naamah. I won't say much about her here, but she was cited in some accounts of mythology as mother to Asmodeus, with his father being Shamdon. 

Now, here's why I really didn't want to touch on this whole discussing Naamah thing--in some accounts she was Asmodeus's mother, but in others was his consort. However, it is possible that Agrat Bat Mahlat was actually Asmodeus's mother. Naamah is also another aspect of Lilith. 

Sidenote: It's extremely coincidental that alternative avatars attributed to entities so far, resemble their current name in some way. This is not typically the case.
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Self Birthed, Again


In Part 1 there were multiple examples of Lucifer and Azazel being self birthed, and here is yet another. Phosphorus and Hesperus are lower octaves of their parents (given that they are each gods of dusk and dawn). Why would gods of dusk and dawn birth themselves as lower octaves of the same? The parents as primordial beings are distant; so in birthing themselves anew they move closer to mankind--them henceforth at Yesod--and are able to assist us more effectively.

One needs to be very clear in meditating these matters. For example, Lucifer agrees that he is Phosphorus, but says that Phosphorus is not Lucifer. He also states that Azazel is Hesperus, but Hesperus is not Azazel. To clarify, these terms mean for example, that Hesperus is an avatar of Azazel, but Azazel is not an avatar of Hesperus. How does it apply? If you are dealing with Azazel, he has alternate avatars that include Hesperus. However, if you are dealing with Hesperus, any alternate avatars he has, do not include Azazel. It goes to show, that one has to be aware and observant when communicating and otherwise working with spirit.


The Morningstar, or Is It Evening Star?


Each term refers to one aspect of a larger dual aspected being, that personifies Venus. In ancient times the planet Venus's two aspects were viewed as being separate celestial objects, and later on they were seen as one. For this, two entities that would have otherwise been one, represent said planet. The Babylonians were amongst the earlier civilizations to see morning and evening Venus as being the same planet, but it took Greek civilization a while to join the dots, as it were.

Sidenote: In some civilizations, Venus was the morningstar and Sirius was the evening star. 

Now, this next concept requires a delicate touch to convey correctly... as touched upon, Phosphorus and Hesperus, are a dual aspected being. When they are, they tell me they are properly Aphrodite. Why? because when Venus was discovered to be one planet, that name and entity personified it. However, the term Hesperus is also used to describe Venus as both morning and evening star--not because it's correct, but through common usage. Hence given that our thoughts and beliefs fuel and shape things on some level, they convey that it's relatively true to say that Azazel contains Lucifer, but it is a weak statement to say that Lucifer contains Azazel. It is the strongest statement to say that Aphrodite contains both Lucifer and Azazel, because whether we believe it or not, it is so.

Additionally, given that Ashtoreth and Aphrodite are avatars of each other, Ashtoreth can stand in place of Aphrodite in many contexts, but not in all. As Ashtoreth relates to this topic though, she may represent Venus as a whole, because it was one of her roles to rule over it (as perceived in the Levant and Eastern Semitic civilizations of yore). In that sense, Lucifer and Azazel are sub aspects of her, rather than her equals within a tri-aspected being.

"Lucifer can be dual aspected or even tri or quad-aspected when including Aphrodite and/or Ashtoreth, (and others can be present in place of any of them)." 

Note, that when viewed as a dual aspected being, both Lucifer and Azazel may be parents to the same offspring; hence you may read that Hesperus/Azazel is Daedalion and Ceyx's father; however, given that Azazel contains Lucifer but it's not as true that Lucifer contains Azazel, it would not be correct to say that Lucifer could be father to the Hesperides. ...and, gosh, it's bizarre to say that.

An interesting point on Daedalion, was that upon the death of his daughter Chione, he was turned into a falcon (some say hawk), by Apollo. This suggests that when I see Lucifer turn into Horus, he actually becomes Dantalion/Horus. This underscores the idea of at least some entities being transitional, like planets.

There were other brothers to Hesperus and Phosphorus; together the Astra Planeta (wandering stars or planets) were: Eosphorus (Venus [Agares]), Phaethon (Jupiter [Amon]), Phainon (Saturn [Beelzebul]), Pyroeis (Mars [Vine]), and Stilbon (Mercury [Gusion]). The Goetic assignations are not concrete, and seem transitional. It was conveyed to me that some Goetic spirits are octaves of others, and that this point combined with transitions, are ongoing phenomena which must be considered as one works to assess hierarchy.


Is There Support to the Theory that Azazel is Hesperus?


Yes. A point that was touched upon in part one needs to be dredged up again to explain it though. Azazel is understood to be Aziz, aka Azizu (Palmyrene). Azizu traveled along with Arsu. In that context, Arsu was the morningstar and Azizu was the evening star (Hesperus). I remind you too, that the same description applies to Shahar and Shalim; they are different names/descriptions for the same beings, but as worshiped in different regions.


More on These Entities as Twins:

Arsu is Lucifer, Aphrodite, and also Paimon.
Azizu is Azazel, Ashtoreth, also Paimon.
Shahar is Arsu, Lucifer, Aphrodite, and also Paimon.
Shalim is Azizu, Azazel, Ashtoreth, also Paimon.

In this sub-section, we are observing these beings as twins.

It's worthy of consideration that Venus as the morningstar is traditionally male, and as the evening star, female. In some contexts though, such gender attributions simply do not fit--such as with Lucifer (androgynous) being morningstar and Azazel (male) evening star. Each of the entities named above, has been seen as morningstar and evening star; hence the only differences between them are the elements of their respective histories that are not shared. That may sound stupidly redundant of a statement; but my point is, that they have been overlapped so many times throughout various mythologies, there is a core identity that belongs to each of them (and also others outside of the twin sets, including but not limited to, Attar, Ruda, and Resheph).

Other names for Arsu when viewed as a twin, include Monimos, Munim, and Pollux. Another name for Azazel in twin context, is Castor.

This information, though a lot to digest, is necessary to gain clear understanding of Lucifer.

Aphrodite, a personification of planet Venus
Aphrodite is a personification of Venus in its entirety.
Wikimedia Commons image, by CC 2.5. Author, Sting.

Lucifer as a Female


When Lucifer is self standing he can be androgynous or male, and his stream mirrors that of Ashtoreth, who can be androgynous or female. As previously broached upon, when viewed as female he is Aphrodite.

Lucifer has demonstrated numerous times, by the way, that in Egyptian mythology, he is Horus (you will see later on, that he also has a lower octave in Sopdu).

Aphrodite, but one example of: Horus, Aphrodite and Lucifer; a tri-aspected being. The whole is Aphrodite. In this context they can be seen as, well imagine the Fleur de Lys... two outer leaves, one inner. On one side is Lucifer, on the other, Horus; in this sense they represent light and dark, passivity and will (think Hoor paar kraat compared against Ra Hoor Khu--passive is strategic and enlightened; hence is another way to be strong), also many other dichotomous contrasts. In the center is Aphrodite, who is love, but also a tempering factor to dualities.

There are a wide array of female deities Lucifer relates to when considered to be dual aspected and inclusive of Azazel. We won't venture far in this direction, but one example deity that immediately jumps to mind, is Al Uzza, whom we will soon consider.

Speaking of Azazel, and this is going off on a wee tangent, but he can be linked to Isis as well. In an Eastern African culture and dialect, Kalenjiin, the name of Isis is Asiis, and is understood to be Aziz/Azazel in another way. Reference: 'Isis and Asiis: Eastern Africa's Kalenjiin People and their Pharaonic Origin Legend: A Comparative Study'; by Kipkoeech Araap Sambu.

More than once through mythology, Samael's stream has overlapped Azazel's. In the Zohar, the being referred to as Samael, further in is referred to as Azazel. This name changeover has been described as an error in translation. However, as mentioned in Part 1 of this article, once thought, written, or believed, it's so. Hence whether it was written as truth or in error really makes no difference. Additionally, Shemyaza, the mysterious and powerful dark angel who 'knows the name,' is another face of Uzza/Azazel.

Uzza is also a face of Abezethibou, whose name was used interchangeably with those of Samael and Mastema in ancient Judaic mythology.

Al Lat, Manat, and Al Uzza
Al Lat, Manat, and Al Uzza
Public domain image, via Wikimedia Commons

This next little bit was written from gnosis, then was removed due to how it makes me feel as far as consistency with the rest of the piece goes. I subsequently asked if it was okay that it was removed; and Metatron said it should be returned. Hence:

(Al)Uzza was often part of a triumvirate, alongside Al Lat and Manat. Nothing you'll find upon research may support parts of what will be said, but Al Lat is a face of Horus, combined with his female aspects, Hathoor and Sekhmet; remember that Horus is Lucifer in another way. Manat is a face of Metatron, who is genderless. Al Uzza is Lucifer, Aphrodite, Azazel and Ashtoreth (and in other contexts, others mentioned elsewhere in this two part article set; I'd gladly compile them for you, but repetition is such a drag to read). Like many of the beings around them, their streams overlap significantly.

Concerning relativity between Al Uzza, Samael, and Metatron.

Restating a point: Samael and Azazel are faces of Metatron in some contexts. Some of you are probably wondering why it says here that they are avatars of Metatron, instead of the other way around (an LHP perspective?). I'll offer this--Metatron is known as the lesser YHVH. One of his names identifies him/her as Shekinah, the female aspect of creator, or of creation if you prefer. Metatron told me that (s)he is Primeumatron. Read that again, the specific spelling (the 'r' is not a typo). Yes, he is the great mother, but is not limited to that. As a matter of fact, he has an avatar in Michael Archangel as well.

Back to the main topic now... Uzza is about power, and within mythology can also be viewed as a garden; hence 'the garden of power,' as the name is derived from 'Aziz', meaning rugged and powerful. Aside from the name, how is Uzza suggestive of power? Well, we have an idea now of how powerful Metatron and Lucifer are, but as well, in Gnosticism, Yaldabaoth/Saklas/Samael, is the demiurge; apart from that he is seen by many as the head of demons. Each of the beings mentioned and also their female avatars, reside within the garden of Uzza; ergo its a setting rife with power. And, while speaking of these most powerful demons; rather than consistently add their counterpart's names to the pot, such as in this case, Ashtoreth, Aphrodite, and Lilith, etc., suffice it to say that when their absence is felt, the intent is always that they are included. Point being--there are too many names in use already.


As Ashtoreth Descending


Some say that Ashtoreth descending, is in fact Lucifer. We've already covered that Ashtoreth and Lucifer are aspects of a greater being, but he's specifically seen as her descending now. What does the phrase mean? ... in Canaanite mythology, at the conclusion of each fall season the god Baal traversed down to the underworld, and his descent was seen as death; the earth's failure to produce crops during the winter was also seen as death. Ashtoreth was seen as a goddess of both sensuality and fecundity. She made her descent to romance with Baal, and in that, life would be restored in the springtime. The practice was not limited to the gods; their followers mimicked their interactions in rites to honor them. It would be remiss not to point out, that in that time the rites of those people were by today's standards somewhat savage, and would involve not only the immolation of children but also jaunts with sacred rented women in worship groves (sigh, must be careful of wording on Blogger). However, they were not the only culture to do such things; they were though, one of the later cultures still doing them. This gives hint as to why the female face of God was written out of the bible.

Yaweh had a female aspect, Asherah, who contextually aligns with Ashtoreth. It's hard to understand why the rites ancient Canaanites used to honor her, would have anything to do with her being banished from some lineages of belief. Man is a sensual being, and in that civilization and at that time it was acceptable to immolate children (regardless of that it is very wrong today!). If those ways were not acceptable as a facet of anyone's God, they rightfully should have chosen a more appropriate God to them, or given his female aspect a different face. Yet at the same time it was okay that women and children were oppressed in very real ways by Yaweh (again, carefully worded due to Google's TOU), and that animals were sacrificed to him.

As the above was written, there was a very strong impression coming through, that Asherah was used at times as a means to move forth from an unwanted pregnancy. Today we have sophisticated means by which to terminate pregnancy. Maybe they had primitive solutions, but what about after the child was born? To do what they did may have seemed like a viable solution. Not acceptable to us, but it seems that they were still emerging from a 'hunter gatherer' mentality. 

Note: I used the name Yaweh where others would use the word Baal. Why? because in my impression, all of the higher God figures that came from that general area of the world, were variations that emerged from an earlier impression of a higher God. Hence, that I was referring to Abrahamic faiths, it was more appropriate to use the name Yaweh. But for later evolutionary observations and semanticist arguments, Yaweh and Baal are one. 

By the way, did you know that in Sumerian lore, one of Ashtoreth's powers was the ability to turn men into women and women into men? Today there is more blending of sexual identities than ever before, and some believe it's the age of Lucifer. Well, it is the age of Horus (per Thelema). And given that both Ashtoreth and Horus are faces of Lucifer, it makes sense. (Maybe the concept would need to be viewed in a different way to make complete sense though--as Lucifer/Ashtoreth descending to our dying Earth during our age...?). Within this it appears that it is a necessity for the sexes to understand each other more--even if it means each taking on attributes of the other in order to do that. A bit of a ramble there; it was placed for a reason--offering something to mull over, but only for those who wish to observe it.

One point was purposely omitted to keep the above explanation simple. However looking back it should be observed, because it is so very pertinent to these specific times--that the Aeon of Horus is believed by some to end in a cleanup of civilization. In that context, Horus finds what still requires removal in order for our world to improve and ascend, calls Set in, and Set does whatever needs be done to break down the remnants of the old Aeon (of Osiris); this allows for the new aeon to be rung in. If I shoved this in with the above... well I did try and it was a riot.


As the Devil


As is light, darkness is a definite part of Lucifer; if one chooses to work with his dark side, it's certainly there and waiting. At the same time a being with light and dark aspects is not a Devil, but rather, a being with both necessary aspects of a duality. He's an excellent choice of demons to work with, no matter what the nature of a task may be.


As a Fallen Angel


Whereas some see Lucifer as being a fallen angel, others do not relate him to the bible; hence he does not fit that description for them. Lucifer being described as a fallen angel, in a sense depicts the Qabalistic breaking of the vessels and the events surrounding it. When the vessels broke due to being incapable of containing unlimited divine light, the universe had to restructure. In this, Lucifer moved from Kether to Yesod. While the bible interprets this as being a fall and a disgrace, others view it as Lucifer being moved into a position to help and guide mankind.


Luciferianism


There is no one face of Luciferianism; within it lie a range of traditions and practices. There are those who regard Lucifer in their own way, either as a deity or a demon; this is typically from a Left Hand Path perspective, hence the main thing is to honor him rather than to follow a set tradition. Some perceive a hierarchy in line with a particular view of Gnosticism, where Lucifer is God and Satan is the demiurge; however, Lucifer can instead be placed as the demiurge with another as God.

He is by some regarded from a perspective of demonolatry rather than Gnosticism, in which case the demonolator leans towards knowing about Lucifer through he himself; some conduct magick empowered by him. Though the typical Luciferian celebrates him in their own way, sans dogma; there are temples honoring him, that do offer set teachings. However, they are not like mainstream churches, as their structure is designed to encourage participation in various occult and magickal practices, including awareness and spiritual growth.


At the Vatican


There has long been a statue of Lucifer at the Vatican. I do not know the facts of the statue, and the claims one commonly comes across, vary. Some say that it is there to depict Jesus rising from chains, others say that the Vatican makes little attempt to cover the reality of it being Lucifer. Regardless of what anyone says, it's there and is obviously Lucifer.


As Beelzebul


As broached upon in part 1 of this two part set, Lucifer is a face of Baal, and in that he is a face of every aspect of Baal. One of Baal's aspects was Baal Zevuv, which is Beelzebul, or Beelzebub. Ergo Lucifer is a face of Beelzebub.


Triumvirate: Lucifer, Ashtoreth, and Beelzebul


As per my own gnosis, Lucifer, Ashtoreth and Beelzebul, are together a trinity. When this trio is combined, they are a dynamic force that moves through Hod, Netzach, and Yesod; in this way they are a face of universal wisdom, doing divine work. Together they respond to calls from those removed from comfort, or perhaps it's clearer to say, suffering hardship of some kind. Each one has its own resolve to help someone recover. To call upon them, meditate them as a trinity and let their names filter through.

Yet Another Triumvirate: Lucifer is part of a powerful triumvirate apart from what's been mentioned so far (I added in the word powerful because all triumvirates are powerful). He did not want the precise nature of the triumvirate divulged--he said it is for those who seek the knowledge. The knowledge that hints on how to discover said triumvirate, is within this article, and is not complicated at all. The most powerful trinities are comprised of the Sun, Moon, and Venus.


As Jesus's Brother


Some lineages within Abrahamic faiths, regard Jesus and Lucifer as brothers; but not necessarily as kin. It's viewed as that God is the father of all; hence they are brothers.

Lucifer as Sopdu
Sopdu, yet another of the many faces of Lucifer.
Wikimedia Commons by CC 2.0. Author, Woodsboy2011

Deities Relative to Sirius


It was mentioned earlier in this post, that Sirius in some contexts, is seen as the evening star. The Egyptian deity Sopdet is the embodiment of Sirius. Sopdet is mother to the planet Venus, symbolized by her son, Sopdu. Sopdu thusly relates to Horus and Lucifer. Sopdet/Sirius is consort to Orion/Sah (aka Sha)They as a trio are equated with Isis, Osiris, and Horus. Sirius can also be personified as Hekate, Cerberus; Atlas's daughter, Maera; Europa's dog, Lailaps; and Anubis. Sirius is the Dog Star, hence there are some dogs and dog handlers associated with it.


Summary


Even with all this said about Lucifer and those who parallel him, there is so much more. There are especially more tasty tidbits to share on Lord Azazel, and for that, hopefully in the not too distant future we can take an in depth look at him.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Lucifer, a Demon, a Devil, an All Encompassing Deity

Lucifer painting, by Franz Stuck
Lucifer, painted by Franz Stuck; public domain image by Wikimedia Commons   


By Amethyst Black


Who is Lucifer? Are They a Fallen Angel? Evil Entity? Male, or Female?


The deity 'Lucifer,' is lauded by many as a patron, and is reviled by others as the Devil, a devil, or a fallen angel; then others believe that he was human nobility and nothing more than that. Even with the contradictions in who and what Lucifer is or was, there is a central, generalized lot of knowledge regarding them; hence we'll delve in, and present the more sought after elements from within it. Some of the information within this post was obtained by personal gnosis from its author, and in that, parts may not be popularly accepted.

A word: Lucifer is an intensely complex being, and his/her stream overlaps with those of multiple other entities, of which a bulky handful will be referenced within this post. If not prepared it may be a tad overwhelming for the reader to reconcile them all. Part one explains how Lucifer relates to Greek mythology, Abrahamic religion, examines some biblical concepts relative to him, takes a close look at what's in the name, relates him to the King of Tyre, and also to Shalim and Shahar, and also explains how he was self born.


Etymology, and Relativity to Venus


The Greek words 'Phosporus' and 'Heosphorus,' are terms attributed to Lucifer within Greek mythology. Each term refers to Venus; Phosphorus as the morningstar, and Heosphorus as the evening star; however, technically the evening star is not Lucifer, but Heosphorus/Azazel. There will be considerably more information on Azazel in part two. To expound, the name Lucifer alludes to Venus, but also has been traditionally used to refer to spirits associated with that planet; when directly translated from Latin, the name means 'carrier of light.' Where the correlation between Lucifer and Venus comes in, is that the planet is symbolic of the light of a new day or age; this being that it can be seen at dawn as it emerges from beyond the horizon. He (Lucifer, but also as Venus and Aphrodite) was chosen as the archetype to represent the qualities of planet Venus, and that's all there is to it.

On a related note, a spirit attributed to a planet is different than its planetary intelligence and planetary spirit. It makes sense when one understands that planetary intelligences and spirits are qualities of the planet itself. Eg: Kedemel is the spirit of Venus, and is a primordial energy; hence it is feral in nature. Hagiel bears the actual intellect of the planet Venus; thus if one wishes to gain knowledge relative to said planet, they may meditate or otherwise work with its forces.


What's in the Name?


As it relates to the Bible: the name Lucifer being applied to the spirit in question, is by some considered erroneous; this as in the Tanakh (the text that the book of Isaiah was based upon), it seemed to be a description of the king's noble garb and overall appearance. It was not capitalized, and was written, 'hêylêl' (pr. haylale); which can be viewed in various ways--'shining one,' 'bringer of dawn,' 'daystar' and 'morningstar.' In some bible versions but not all, it was translated as Lucifer. More people are familiar with Lucifer being relative to the bible than to Greek, Roman or other mythology; hence talk from this perspective commonly arises along with this topic.

Is there really a problem in that Lucifer became a name though, whether or not it was intended to be one? I'll give that it's confusing that the subject of the name can be seen in various ways, and not always as an entity; but what is more confusing, is that Lucifer is a Latin word, and Latin as a language came AFTER the original texts that the bible was translated from. However, all this last bit actually means is that when verses were translated long after the fact, it was inappropriate to put a Latin word in there.

The texts of Isaiah were written between c. 740 BCE and c. 686 BCE, by King Hezekiah and his acolytes. Latin as a language was created 6th century BCE. The bible as we know it was written in the early 1600s. Why was a Latin translation of the word 'hêylêl' in there? ... well, King James Bible translators were comfortable with Latin, and kept notes in it. However, before them, the Latin Vulgate had already been around literally for thousands of years, ergo the term Lucifero as a name for the Devil, had become popular. For this it was left in some renderings of the bible.

One point being made is this: the spirit stream of each and every being, contains all that was ever believed about them; hence how could anything be truly wrong? If some believe this is not a being named Lucifer, to them it is not. If others believe it is a being whose name is Lucifer, if they choose, they can interact with them; and no matter how they believe Lucifer to be, it affects the contents of his stream. Lucifer also has free will. If someone wants to believe of him/her in a way they do not wish to be, they may teach that person how to view them in a way more amenable to them.


Howl, Luciferos


A sidenote of interest: some confusion surrounding the interpretation of the word hêylêl from original texts, was based upon one of the word's meanings, which is to 'howl.' Hence one potential translation that is seldom observed, is "howl, son of the morning." But what could that even mean? maybe it's huge, yet maybe nothing. It did make me think where I'd seen similar written before. It was by Crowley, referring to the meaning of the word 'Goetia'; he believed it meant 'howling' (hence Goetia may be considered 'the howling art'). It makes me wonder about correlativity, ya know? Some say that howling is the noise one hears when working with spirits; but it seems there's more to it than that being implied here. But what? ... perhaps that's best left for you to consider...

Note: Upon completing this article this point was meditated. What howling is in reference to, is Lucifer being identified henceforth from then as a predatory demon.


Lucifer, the King of Tyre, or Fallen Angel?


In one real sense, the term lucifer, refers to an ancient Babylonian king; a king that was best known for having been a persecutor of the Israelites. He lost his throne (fell from grace), and in that, preachers at times have depicted him as being symbolic of something more evocative--a prideful fallen angel. However, this is just one interpretation. Others will say that the translation refers only to the Babylonian king, not a fallen angel or devil.

Why a fallen angel? Perhaps it's because some historians perceived the King of Tyre as being an earthbound divinity, combined with that his story parallels one involving the Aramaic deity Attar (who the king of Tyre is relative to in the text passage referenced--as Shahar, the Ugaritic face of Attar). Attar fought to obtain the throne of Baal. He won it, but walked away from it; his preference was to rule over the Underworld. (How strange this is... you'll soon see it means that he in all likelihood fought HIMSELF for that throne). Surely you see how the idea of a fallen angel applies--he can't be a god anymore, because Christianity has only one.

Note: Attar/Shahar is often identified with Lucifer, but some historians disagree, and claim that he is Azazel as portrayed in the Old Testament. Reference: 'Arṣû and Azîzû: A study of the West Semitic “Dioscuri” and the Gods of Dawn and Dusk'; by Finn Ove Hvidberg-Hansen.

"Attar, is a reference to the planet Venus, in both morning and evening form."

The passage of the Isaiah text saying, "How art thou fallen from Heaven, O morning star," probably helped some to view him as a fallen angel. The bible's interpreters did lean towards depicting the old gods as villains; and given that Lucifer was symbolic of Attar, this concept aligns with that general flow.

A very interesting point here, is that Shahar had a brother, Shalim. They were respectively gods of the dawn and the dusk. Given that Lucifer as Venus, is half of a dual aspected being which includes the evening star Azazel, this suggests that Lucifer and Azazel (as that dual aspected being), descended from Shalim and Shahar, and hence were self begotten. The Isaiah text is clear in depicting that Lucifer was born of Shahar, hence surely it worked similarly for his counterpart aspect.

The worship of Ashtoreth
The Worship of Ashtoreth  

Never mind that though... mull this over for a moment or two--Shahar and Shalim not only align with Lucifer/Azazel, but also with Aphrodite/Ashtoreth (by personal gnosis); they also align with the ancient deities Arsu and Azizu. Arsu and Azizu are faces of Paimon and Azazel. I get it, it seems to lack logic... but mythology often does. By the way, I'm not the only one to deduce that twin deities throughout early mythology, consistently referred to certain directly correlative beings; this book has much to say on the topic: 'Arṣû and Azîzû: A study of the West Semitic “Dioscuri” and the Gods of Dawn and Dusk'; by Finn Ove Hvidberg-Hansen.


As Satan


Satan is a face of the Devil, and is viewed by some Abrahamic faiths as one who tempts people to sin. As some tend to believe there is one primary devil, some will see Satan and Lucifer as being the same. This perspective emerges from the text of the Isaiah passage previously referenced, combined with that some interpret the king's ways as being in line with Satan's.


He Birthed Himself (again); Also, Notes On Baal and Belphegor


Another biblical relativity exists between Lucifer and Chemosh. He is the Moabitic aspect of the Sumarian god, Utu, known by Eastern Semites as Shamash ('brilliant sun'). That's insane; you know why? ... because some historians see Chemosh as the child of Attar (Attar is Shahar). Hence  the suggestion presents that he (Lucifer) gave birth to himself, again. It would be remiss not to add, that Chemosh is undeniably a face of Baal. Baal in that context be called 'Baal Maon,' meaning 'Baal of Moab' [or, Baal of the Moabites, because Chemosh was a Moabite god]. Baal of Moab, would suggest that the deity referenced is Belphegor. To clarify lest it be overlooked, yes! Chemosh is also an avatar of Lord Belphegor. Referenced here.

Though yours truly is reluctant to compound the confusion, it's interesting that Shamash was Inanna's twin brother, because one of Inanna's avatars, Ashtoreth, is also one of Lucifer's avatars. Yeah, bet you needed to think that over at least twice.
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Observations: 
1) There is even a face of Chemosh, that combines Ashtar and Chemosh as one, which is (you guessed it), Ashtar-Chemosh. You see the repeat of the self birth concept? This is getting complex, don't you agree?

2) How peculiar it is that one potential interpretation of the name Chemosh is fish god. If I were to launch into analyzing it here, this article would be far too long. But why fish god? does this god relate to Dagon? Jesus? or only fertility? or is it a mistaken impression, that means nothing at all? ...there is no such thing as a coincidence though. For the record, my own impression is that the fish symbolizes the birth/death cycle of the Hebrew letter Nun. When considered, what invariably jumps to mind is--"I am the Alpha and Omega." 
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Keep in mind that Baal had numerous epithets, and in that it can be said that Lucifer is relative to all faces of Baal. Let me expound--Baal Peor (another name for Lord Belphegor) was Baal as worshiped by those of the region of Peor, and Baal Zebul was the name he was worshiped by in Ekron; and he was Baal Berith in Shechem. At the same time, the connection between the two is indirect, established through Chemosh/Shamash as an avatar.
(Peor, aka Phagor, was the name of a region. Zebul means exhalted, or on high. Berith means "of the covenant.")

Though the concept has not yet been introduced, one of Lucifer's avatars is Horus (by personal gnosis), but especially as Ra Hoor Khu. In this way, perceiving Lucifer as Shamash, a deity of the midday sun, it makes more sense that Ra Hoor--also a midday sun god, is connected to him.


From My Own Perspective and Gnosis


My own impression after reading extensively and upon communing with Lucifer, is that he is all of the things he's said to be, absolutely all of them. Hence this article is about examining opinions, both popular and unpopular. How I choose to see him the most, is as a multi aspected being--either male, female, or genderless. He shows me that he considers himself syncretic with Horus, Venus, Aphrodite, Ashtoreth, Satan, Azazel, Jesus, Beelzebub, and more. When working with me, he for some reason diminishes Satan. I am not sure why, as I have no fear or objection towards working with that aspect. What happened was, that he told me to view him as being one and the same as Satan, then Satan was rarely ever seen again... it seems Lucifer absorbed him, but maybe just assimilated him as he had no more lessons for me.

Lucifer has communicated that they don't consider their biblical tale to be the greatest factor, or even a particularly notable part, of their history, and would like people to know more about them from other perspectives.

One of Lucifer's aspects is Ashtoreth, who is another face of the god Attar. Hence the term Helal ben Shahar, again hints that Lucifer gave birth to himself  Am I saying that Lucifer is God? Nope. One could even say that his mythology is somewhat contrived and convoluted, and I'd agree. However, much of all of mythology is confusing... look at Egyptian mythology, as a perfect example. One god can have many, many, different contexts and faces. With that said, think about how many times he's been shown to have birthed himself, and you decide what it means. However, some will take his birth of self as a sign that he is God; others may argue that they, as a demiurge believing they are God, created the illusion they are self birthed. In the back of my mind there are others muttering--there is no God on the LHP, that's why I chose it... in the end though, everyone is free to appreciate their own beliefs.


Lucifer As a Planet in Motion


He was clearly viewed as a planetary transit. In the morning he rose as glorious Venus, then at noon he was overcome by the brilliance of the midday Sun. Logically he could not compete with the sun, and hence his history was already written, or so it seems. However, he has shown me that he is not only Venus, but he is also that brilliant Sun. Wait though--how in the heck does he skip from being Venus, over to then becoming that Sun? What kind of celestial event would it take to achieve that? or would it necessarily need to be a celestial event? He as not yet told me, but I suspect in time he will.

My take? as Attar/Venus he did what he does best--shine! and naturally at some point he saw the Sun/Baal and wanted to be him. Yes, in some contexts Baal could be a god of the sun, and in other contexts he was god of all weather and also fertility. Often in mythology, Baal was the strongest god (thunderbolt and all), so depicting him as the sun within this concept seems logical. As Attar, (not as Venus, right) he won the throne but knew as planet Venus he did not belong there. After his transit passed that place in the sky he descended into the darkness of night, and in that sense became Venus of Dusk (and also an avatar of the Dark Lord Azazel), to rule the Underworld. Certainly though he's not fixed there; again the message of Nun.
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Shortly after this piece was first published, another impression of how the previous concept could be interpreted came about. How about this--given that he was self birthed he could be anything he wanted to be, including Baal, but chose simply to be Lucifer... ?
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Sorry folks, but under pressure I couldn't think of any bright witticisms to conclude the post with. I was tardy in getting this article out, thus had to hurry. There is more coming; stay tuned for Part II. This should leave you with enough to ponder for the time being. Ciao for now.

~Amethyst


Part two is now complete, and is linked to above. Feel free to read it. 

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