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Who is Lucifer: References, Traditions & Modern Magick

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)

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Reviewed by: Tina Caro

Few names stir up as much controversy as that of Lucifer, a minor Latin God associated with the dawn star, or Venus, herald of the Goddess of the Dawn whose singular appearance in the Bible in Isaiah 14:12 which says “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” has forever branded His equivalent to the Christian Devil.

This misunderstanding, as so many in the Christian Bible, comes from a translation issue from Hebrew to Greek to Latin1.

The name Lucifer means “light-bearer” or “light-bringer”. It was a poetic name given to the “dawn star” which is the appearance of the planet Venus in the sky just before dawn.. The name referred to the “star” itself, but also to a minor deity associated with it.

The Greek version of this minor deity is Eosphorus, son of the Goddess Eos, the Dawn.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Lucifer is a figure with diverse interpretations. In Christianity, it is associated with a fallen angel or Satan, known for rebellion against God.

The name originates from the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible. Lucifer is often seen as a symbol of rebellion, pride, and enlightenment.

In certain modern witchcraft and occult traditions, Lucifer is symbolically associated with enlightenment, personal growth, and individualism.

Some practitioners invoke Lucifer as a representation of personal empowerment and autonomy.

However, it’s crucial to recognize that this association is not universal in witchcraft, and many traditions do not incorporate Lucifer into their beliefs or rituals.

Witchcraft encompasses a wide range of practices, with varying emphasis on nature, deities, and spirits, making Lucifer’s role a matter of individual choice and interpretation within specific traditions.

Classic Roman References to Lucifer

Virgil’s Georgics (III, 324-5):
Luciferi primo cum sidere frigida rura
carpamus, dum mane novum, dum gramina canent”

“Let us hasten, when first the Morning Star appears,
To the cool pastures, while the day is new, while the grass is dewy”

Cicero On the Nature of the Gods:
Stella Veneris, quae Φωσφόρος Graece, Latine dicitur Lucifer, cum antegreditur solem, cum subsequitur autem Hesperos
The star of Venus, called Eosphorus in Greek and Lucifer in Latin when it precedes, Hesperos when it follows the sun.

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Luciferian References in Mythology

Mythology/TextDescription
Abrahamic ReligionsIn Abrahamic religions like Christianity and Islam, Lucifer is often depicted as a fallen angel associated with rebellion and temptation.
Greek MythologySome interpret Lucifer’s characteristics as reminiscent of Prometheus, the Titan who brought fire and knowledge to humanity.
Gnostic TextsCertain Gnostic texts explore the concept of Lucifer as an enlightening force, challenging the established order and offering esoteric knowledge.

Luciferian Traditions

TraditionDescription
Theistic LuciferianismA belief system that views Lucifer as a literal deity, often associated with light, knowledge, and rebellion against oppressive forces.
Symbolic LuciferianismThis tradition interprets Lucifer as a symbol of personal enlightenment, inner exploration, and individualism.
Left-Hand PathLuciferianism is sometimes associated with the Left-Hand Path, which emphasizes self-deification, personal empowerment, and the pursuit of individual desires.

Lucifer in Modern Witchcraft

Some modern traditions, particularly those based in Italian tradition, claim that Lucifer is the brother and/or consort of the Goddess Diana. In some traditions, she created him to be her companion. He is the God of Light and the Sun and She the Goddess of Darkness and the Moon.

Their daughter is Aradia, Queen of Witches. The most well-known version of this story, and perhaps the one from which subsequent versions have evolved is detailed in Leland’s Aradia: Gospel of the Witches2.

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Luciferianism recognizes the Biblical Lucifer, that is the angel cast down from Heaven for disobeying or challenging the God Jehovah. In some cases, Lucifer is seen as the true God, a liberator from the tyranny of Jehovah.

Magickal AssociationDescription
Light and IlluminationLucifer is often associated with the symbol of light, representing enlightenment, self-discovery, and the pursuit of knowledge.
Transformation and RebellionLucifer can be seen as a symbol of personal transformation and rebellion against societal norms or oppressive systems.
Occult Knowledge and WisdomSome practitioners of magick associate Lucifer with hidden knowledge, esoteric wisdom, and the exploration of the occult.
Table 3: Modern Magickal Associations

He is seen here as akin to Prometheus who gifted fire to humanity and incurred the wrath of Zeus. Here Lucifer is the God of enlightenment, knowledge, and magic.

In some cases, Lucifer’s female consort is Lilith. Luciferian Witchcraft is based on these ideas.

The Satanic Bible recognizes Lucifer as one of the four crown princes of Hell, ruling over the East and the element of Air.

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Footnotes
About Morningbird (Witchipedia's Founder)

I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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