You cannot love everyone; it is ridiculous to think you can. If you love everyone and everything you lose your natural powers of selection and wind up being a pretty poor judge of character and quality. If anything is used too freely it loses its true meaning. Therefore, the Satanist believes you should love strongly and completely those who deserve your love, but never turn the other cheek to your enemy
“Reasons why Lucifer is a victim”
WARNINGS: this must be read in a philosophical way, not religious one. As I’m an atheist, I’m treating this as literature. I love Lucifer’s character as I love Hamlet or Faustus. So don’t call me Satanist or whatever =___= This is purely for intellectual delight.
The dualistic battle between “good” and “evil” does not start with monotheistic religions. We can see that evil figures can be found in the Ancient Mesopotamian religion
(Nergal), in the Egyptian mythology (Apophis, Set), in the Greco-Roman paganism (Chaos, Erebus, Tartarus, Discordia, Nemesis, Invidia), in the Norse mythology (Hel).
The said dichotomy is very common in philosophy, religion, ethics and it was felt in the same way by different people worldwide. While they tried to explain, offer their point of view, or show evil/good in a religious way, everyone would destroy the evil and make the good shine. In a philosophical contest, evil was explained as absence of good, that was its opposite; but some philosopher would argue that both factors (good and evil) were essential to the universe’s unity (like the Taoist Yin, that can’t exist without the Yang and the Yang that can’t be without the Yin).
The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus stated that a war comes from opposites, but that this duality is necessary for harmony. He called this “logos” or universal law of the Nature.
Later, Spinoza would say that “By good, I understand that which we certainly know is useful to us. By evil, on the contrary I understand that which we certainly know hinders us from possessing anything that is good”
But what’s “good”? What’s “evil”?
From a non-theological point of view, good can be explained as everything we do that does not harm others or ourselves, helping other people or living beings in the ways we can, respecting others, promoting peace and justice; while evil is basically the opposite: harming others (physically or psychologically), disrespect, injustice, inequality, in short, doing something we know it’s bad.
Of course, every person has in itself its own way to explain them, following their own ethics, but, in big lines, this is it.
Religions included the good/evil discourse and made it its ethical base, but also changing their connotations. To guide people, they would say to believe in Gods/God and be good, because, only in that way, Heaven would have been reached for sure. As we know, religious power had always been strong, along with the imperial one; what I’m trying to say is that their only power was in the people who believed. If there were no believer, every religious system would have fallen, and so their privileges, and they couldn’t let it to happen. So, often, they would brutally kill or force into conversion or to leave the country who didn’t conform.
How did the king make his people follow the rules? By laws.
How did institutionalized religions make people follow them and so maintain their power? By a God’s laws.
Funnly enough, in the past, State and Religion were so much linked (though often in hostility too) that the King, the Emperor or the Pharaoh was considered chosen by God itself, and so, like a God on Earth. It was a vantage both for the ruler and the religious power.
Things got harder and stricter when the institutionalised religion forced conversion on the countries they conquered: just think about the pagans (though they were in their own land), the Saxons, Jews, Muslims, Hindus or the Native Americans. (By Catholics).
Examples of forced conversions can be found in religions like Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Atheism too (though this one is not a religion, of course).
It would be too long (I would say, impossible) to talk about how every institutionalized religion had always tried to keep control and power from their birth till now, so I’m going to leave it and reach the main point of my discourse. You will understand why I had to talk about all this before going to the crucial subject.
The title was “Reasons why Lucifer is a victim”
So now let’s see who Lucifer is and how his figure is portrayed in different religions.
“Lucifer” means “the morning star”, “the shining one” (from Latin Lux + Ferre) and we find him first in ancient mythologies (in one of these he attempted to take the Ba'al’s throne, but, since he couldn’t do it, he descended and ruled the underworld.)
As the name itself suggests, Lucifer is not a dark, obscure entity; he is something that shines like a star. In ancient and modern connotations, light has always been seen as something positive, something good; while dark as something evil. So Lucifer’s name itself says that he is no evil.
- Christianity: in this religion, Lucifer is an angel, I may say, God’s favourite, and becomes “Satan” only after his fall.
Why did he rebel? On what? Can an angel rebel? Let’s go with order.
After the Creation, God asked the angels to bow to Adam; Lucifer did not, as he was an angel and Adam a human being. For this, he was eternally punished. (Though God is said to be compassionate, merciful, etc)
Now, we know that angels have been created with NO free will, unlike human beings; so how did Lucifer “decide” to defy God’s order? The only explanation is that God simply PLANNED it. After the Creation he needed a Hell too (as people have free will and so a possibility to sin) and someone to “inaugurate” it. God created Lucifer in that specific way. After all, God is Omniscient and so he knows the future too.
Lucifer was only a valuable, needed piece in his plan. And a victim because of it.
Plus, in the Bible (and the Quran too), God explicitly says to bow to him only; bowing to Adam would have been too much for Lucifer, who could only bow to God.
When the war started, some angels (always with God previously knowing) fought side by side with their brother Lucifer, but in the end, they were defeated and thrown down from the Heaven.
Lucifer, must have felt so betrayed and wronged. He was the way he was and reacted that way ONLY because God created him that way. Also if he didn’t know that.
Anyway, he found his newly discover (free will) appealing. Imagine of being a so old angel with no autonomous thoughts and then, suddenly, being awake. Being yourself. Taking decisions.
Once he discovered this, he OFFERED (not tempted, but offered), the possibility to decide to Eve. She wanted to grab it too. Who wouldn’t have? (I would have lol).
Plus, notice the name of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. Ring something? Look at the name carefully. Basically God said it’s a sin to distinguish good from evil and so having a free will.
ANYWAY God already knew it would have happened and he wanted it too. But Lucifer is displayed as the bad one and God as the victim and restorer of order and peace.
- Islam: in Islam, Lucifer is called Iblīs (there is no consensus for the root the name: it can mean “devil” or “despair”) and is a Jinn (and so created from fire) elevated at an angel state by Allah. This version explains how he could have a free will, unlike the Christian one, as he wasn’t a true angel to begin with. His figure is already much darker than the Christian one. When Allah orders the angels to bow in front of Adam, Iblis says "I am better than he: Thou didst create me from fire, and him from clay" and refuses to do so, just like Lucifer. And just like him, he respects God so much, that he does not prostrate before anyone else, than his creator, even if ordered.
Iblis then asks to have mercy till the Judgment Day, which Allah grants him. In the meanwhile he would offer people “another way”. A REAL free will. (Because, where is free will in “if you don’t believe in me you’ll suffer for eternity”?)
Also here we can notice how Allah already foreseen everything; he also brought a Jinn among angels to do so (as angels do not have free will).
- Judaism: here there is “Satan” (which means “the adversary”) and we find references of his previous life as an angel with his brothers Uriel, Raphael, Gabriel and Michael. He is also presented as the being who brought death into the world, but that can’t be as God is the only one who can give life and decide for deaths.
It’s simple to observe how it was NECESSARY a negative and opposite figure to God’s one.
Lucifer was created with the only intent to make the Hell a place where people like him could follow.
And, just as in a political campaign, God portrayed Lucifer in a negative light (when the one who created him this way was only him!).
In the end, Lucifer was necessary, as in every religion or mythology there is the famous dichotomy good/evil, so I don’t understand why we should demonize him.
A character who bravely decided, started a war to defend his right to think and act the way he wanted to and to not be a puppet. He is both a hero and a victim of a God’s absolutism and tyranny.
As Milton wrote in his Paradise Lost (though this is REALLY taken out from context, as Milton was a Puritan): “Better to reign in Hell, than serve in Heaven”’
The most frightening aspect of “selling your soul” Is realizing that you yourself are the entity you’re making a deal with Satan, the adversary – you are your own biggest obstacle in life Devil, the accuser - you accuse yourself of wrongdoings the most Lucifer, the light bringer – you bring light or darkness upon yourself There is no reason to fear demons or angels or any other spirits Because even if they operate in ways that are beyond comprehension They are fundamentally an innate part of our consciousness and brains Even if they may exist objectively or separate from ourselves We can only understand them subjectively, and as reflections of the self
What’s more, for those that so dearly oppose the very notion Of dealing with spirits, do you not already “sell your soul” on a daily basis? You likely work for a company, as a servant, paycheck to paycheck You consume from a system of politics and economics you cannot grasp The point is, few of us are living freely; even the rich are enslaved to currency We all engage in self-destructive behavior, but we point fingers at others To avoid examining ourselves and our own shortcomings If “Satan” or whatever you wish to call alleged dark forces really do exist Surely, they lie in the collective decision to keep on sustaining a lifestyle Of numbness, of drudgery, of servitude, of apathy, willful ignorance, etc. What is more misunderstood and more disturbing than our own minds? Look in the mirror if you want to see the real lord of the flies
But the good news is that, if you examine the history of these forces You’ll see that most of their negativity comes from more recent notions For instance, Lucifer was originally a figure of light associated with Venus It was only as time progressed and corrupt leaders tarnished his name Along with the names of various other deities; “daemon“ for instance Originally meant “guardian spirit,” or simply “spirit” much like the Latin “genius” There are countless examples of this one could find But the point is: Keep on studying, examining, critiquing, and learning About yourself, about the universe, about the spirit, the mind, everything Consciousness is a form of capital all its own, though we are not taught that There is a war on our minds occurring, so arm yourself with wisdom
Atheism is the lack of belief in hailing unproven supernatural entities and the disregard of higher beings created by organized religious groups. With a better understanding shown through examination, studies, and tests we all call, Science! Whether it be physical, psychological, or sociological. The biggest summarization for atheism is: FACTS! Without fact, it is only questionable and unsupported!
Atheists do not assume every question in life has been answered, but can be, through growing progression of science, which has in fact, advanced society in every possible way for the better and has helped unify civilization for the past couple hundred years.
If one presently walked on the oceans and changed my Dasani into wine, that’s proof. Someone saying it happened thousands of years ago with nothing to support or back it up, doesn’t make it fact. Fact is important to realistic ideals of Atheists.
Witchcraft broadly means the practice of, and belief, in the skills of magick. Not to be confused with the Illusionary art and enjoyable entertainment, provided by Chris Angel and other magicians. These practises have existed since the beginning of humanity’s advantages taken for uses of medicine, for centuries. This is the use of rituals, symbolism, gestures, and language believed to manipulate universal or natural forces. Most consider this to be used for a sense of personal and spiritual growth.
Witchcraft is a complex and general concept that varies culturally and societally. A major function of this practice is the acknowledgment and general understanding of nature, and compounds of it that are used.
Both, atheism and Witchcraft, have something in common: Science.
While many forms of Witchcraft have been practiced in the name of many spirits among cultures, I will not be going over this. Through the empathy of people who rely strictly on facts, I will be breaking down general aspects scientifically.
Medicinal practices are very commonly known in the practices of Witchcraft. Herbs can be studied and are implemented for healing sickneses, symptoms, and injuries. This practice was normal in societies and most witches were also considered healers, commonly called, Wise Ones. These practices have evolved immensely over centuries, that it has developed into our medical advancements we have today.
Now for the fun stuff,
Science explains everything has a vibration and frequency because everything is made up of atoms. Atoms are electrons that orbit the nucleus of protons and neutrons, with mostly space in between. Even the most solid and dense objects are vibrating at different frequencies, because those super tiny atoms are moving very fast and close together constantly. By everything, that’s including everything living as well.
With this knowledge, items like crystals, an important aspect and influence of Witchcraft and pagan practices, have individual geometric formation because of their structure of atoms. Like everything else in the world, they also emit certain frequencies. These crystals hold their own indivual properties that most witches will constantly push you to use for rituals and “spells”.
Practitioners keep certain crystals with or on them because their frequencies can effect them constantly. The same goes with certain metals, burning incense, and other objects that have been considered “protection”. Some witches identify bad ‘spirits’ as general negativity. These protective items have higher frequencies that influence positivity on the body and mind . The higher the frequency, the more positive effects it has on the human body. This can be considered cleansing of negative mojo and spirits. Vice versa for hexes and curses, which consist of putting items with low frequencies on or around the intended.
We use energy to bring about change. Most spells over courses of time always enforce concentration and visualization in its practice. The amount of concentration is influential among yourself and everything around you, and goes back to our brain waves.
Science has shown we have five different kinds of brain waves:
Gamma: These waves are associated with cognitive functions, memory, and learning. Mentally challenged indivuals are shown to have lower gamma activity.
Beta: These brain waves are emitted while actively solving problems. Such as solving mathematic and scientific equations, or constructive thinking, and physical tasks.
Alpha: These brain waves are emitted when we are relaxed and calm. Alcohol and Marijuana influence Alpha wave activity.
Delta: These brainwaves are active when we are in deep sleep and dreaming. They help regulate bodily functions while sleeping for restoration as well.
Theta: These emit through relaxation and deep visualizations and intentions and are highly influential with interaction. Motivational speaking with emotional focus and intent can inspire others because these waves that are emitted effect others’.
Deep visualization and intentions are so important to casting a spell, because if you are not doing these, you’re not emitting the proper influential Theta waves that are detrimental to performing these, “spells”.
Ritualistic casting with incantations and tools support an individual to being more focused and inspired, to increase the chances of the emission of Theta waves.
Scientific study also leans towards the idea that paranormal and spiritual activity is measured by electromagnetic frequencies. Who’s to say previous necromancer haven’t reached the dead by the change of energy around them?
Book of Shadows:
The scientific method is used to find proof and explain the undiscovered. Through series of hypothesis, tests, and analysis are we able to come closer to any conclusion or explaination.
Most witches have a grimoire, or Book of Shadows, that is used for personal use in practices to record notes, spells, songs, or other practicing knowledge.
Witches will set a goal to effect themselves or others and find materials and knowledge that fit the circumstance(ask a question, do background research). They use these books to document desires from their practice(Hypothesize), preform rituals and spells(test), and write their results and add any changes necessary for succession(conclusion).
From my discovery, Science has everything to do with practice of casting in Witchcraft. Over time, practices that led to discovery were often considered magic, before implemented in society.
Ex. Herbology, medince, alchemy, chemistry, etc.
Even new age philosophies acknowledge the effects of intention and magick through example and personal enlightenment. Luciferianism and Satanism are Atheistic philosophies, but some followers practice the influences of the mind and sending curses and hexes, through bad intention to those deserved. Some present day Pagan and Witchcraft practitioners don’t designate themselves to any specific deities, but the example of nature. Goddesses were nurturing, fertile, and offered life, much like nature or women, historically revered, themselves.
When it comes to idolizing specific and well known spirits (gods and goddesses), it has yet to be proven among society as a whole. Who is to say these aren’t also examples of humanity in nature used in practice? Or simply something we have yet to discover personally?
If curiosity seems compelling, grab a crystal, light a candle, and send a spell or hex one’s way.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to send them to me. This is a page of open mindedness and curiosity among the explained and unexplained. That sense of respect is included to its’ followers as well.
Lucifer’s name literally translates to “light bringer/light bearer” and “morning star” and is associated with the planet Venus (a planet of beauty associated with the likes of many goddesses including Sophia) and the element of air (which is associated with thoughts/the mind). From the Luciferian perspective, Lucifer symbolic of our own inner light, the ideals of finding enlightenment and apotheosis through ourselves without the need for dogma. Satan on the other hand, their name literally translates to “the adversary.” Those who worship Satan typically view them as a symbol of the self, being true to yourself and rebelling against authoritative dogma.
There is an overlap between the two – both place an importance on standing up for yourself, being true to yourself, individual liberty, etc. but Luciferianism is more directly spiritual (more of a connection to Gnosticism, mysticism, esoteric beliefs, alchemy, etc) whereas Satanism focuses more on our earthly selves and is usually far more Atheistic. Some people believe that Lucifer is the spiritual/light side and Satan is the earthly/dark side of the same entity actually (although it gets very complicated when you realize Lucifuge Rofocale is also considered Lucifer’s shadow side). Some people believe Lucifer is the true God, some believe Lucifer is purely female (I personally think androgynous/transcends sex/gender and much of the literature I’ve read including that which is about demonology portrays Lucifer as a young and beautiful boy with feminine features), etc.
There’s a lot of ways to look at all of these topics, but I encourage you to find whichever one suits your fancy and try not to get sucked into the traditional narrative that’s been pushed upon us to blind us.
I hope this isn't a stupid question, but how can Satanists be atheist? I don't really know much about Satanism but I thought it was considered a religious belief, so I don't quite understand how one can be atheist and Satanist. Thanks so much for your time, and I love your blog!
Hello my friend. Thank you for asking this question, it’s definitely not a stupid one! This actually highlights something a lot of people are wondering: if you’re an atheist, why would you bother putting on the mask of Satan?
It might help us answer this question if we think of Satanism as a general philosophy or perspective before we think of it as a religion per se. In other words, Satanism is a spiritual philosophy which derives its values from interpretations of the literary/religious figure called Satan. When we look at literary depictions of Satan, we see that she is rebellious, the overturner of an oppressive (Christian) government, and an usher to a new age of egalitarian values. Truth, justice, equity, and courage are virtues historically associated with Satan. This is one reason someone might be compelled to investigate him further.
“But,” you say, “those are all virtues associated with secular humanism. Why not just be a secular humanist? Why bring Satan into it if your goals are already captured by a political rather than spiritual movement?”
There are a few reasons for this. One is that the adherent actually truly believes in Satan as a literal demonic entity. Satanism for them transcends the political virtues and offers both a metaphysical and an explicitly spiritual practice. As of now I believe these kinds of Satanists to be (comparatively) rare, but they do exist and in my opinion their number is growing.
Or, and this is what you are interested in, atheistic Satanism offers the aforementioned political virtues in addition to an explicitly anti-Christianist weapon against the harmful cultural and political effects of Christianity. Christianists– not simply Christians, but people who believe that we all must be Christian, that our lives must revolve around Christ, and that to do otherwise should be punished by law, ostracism, or death– are not afraid of liberals. They’re not afraid of secular humanists. They’re afraid of Satan. The people who think evolution is a lie, that abortion is a sin and should be illegal, that demons cause mental illness, are afraid of SATAN. These people subject us to oppressive legislature and they are afraid of SATAN. There would be no reason to be Satanist outside of a religious context if it weren’t such a powerful tool against the Christianist ideology. The Satanic Temple is basically just the ACLU for this very reason: they are specifically interested in undoing damages caused by Christianist ideology and preventing them from legislating any more.
So why would an atheist be a Satanist? Because Satan is the biggest enemy of oppressive Christian rule, and the Satanist is invested in that more than general humanist values.
I hope this clarified some things for you. Please feel free to ask me anything related to Satanism. I very much appreciate your contributions.