Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lucifer – Archetype of Desire

“Lucifer, on the other hand, is the spirit of excess, the flaming son of rashness and the ruler of sense-gratification, over which he wields dominion with a sceptre of serpents. [...]Lucifer is the light-bringer; he is transmuted by man into the fiery demon of war and hate. His power is used by man as the inspiration of lust and passion [...] He always is opposed to Satan, seeking to snatch the soul of man from the cold embrace of Saturn. He is the heat the incubates the soul, but man uses him as a flame to burn up reason.”…………………. Manly P Hall; Magic: A Treatise on Esoteric Ethics

This is an esoteric interpretation on the concept of Lucifer.
There are two prominent passages in the Bible where the fall of Lucifer is referred.
The first is in Isaiah 14:13-15 which a more apocalyptical writing in the face of Babylonian subjugation. The second reference in The Book of Revelation is more relevant.

“And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”....Revelation 12: 7-10

John the Divine, who is reputed to be the author of the revelations uses the Greek word ‘Polemos’ which really means a personal combat. Michael and (dragon) Lucifer are the two natures of the individual human psyche which are at logger heads in the spiritual journey. The psychic phenomenal illusions and fantasy are represented by the unbridled dragon breathing the fire of passion. It must also be understood that this fiery element is the creation of the Divine. Hence it is the potential that elevates the consciousness to the highest level but when this potential is used to the advantage of the Ego to usurp the power of knowledge to enjoy and enhance the lower material and physical nature, then one descends to the depth of Hades (lower world). All the invocation of desire, lust and power at the created domain is the Luciferian tendency that one employs to adverse effect in spiritual life.

James. M. Pryse, author of “The Apocalypse Unsealed” uses an esoteric interpretation to define the deeper meaning of Satan. He states “Satan, the red Divinity stands for nothing more than the principle of desire in all its innumerable gradations, from the vaguest yearnings and the mere promptings of the appetites of the body down to the grossest phases of passion and lust; and all these have their source in the instinct of reproduction, the attracting and cohering force of generated life. The creative Logos is the Dragon of light or Day-Sun and Satan is the Dragon of Darkness or Night-Sun.

Contemporary insight from persons such as Edgar Cayce, the noted American psychic, mystic, clairvoyant and a devote Christian, who had looked at dreams and visions as projection of one’s sub consciousness or elevated consciousness using archetypes, have commented on the concept of Satan as “The force of self-centeredness, self-gratification, self-indulgence, self-importance, self-righteousness, self-consciousness, self-glorification, self-delusion, self-condemnation, self, ego, the ‘false god’, the ‘beast’”

As Edgar Cayce said “The conquering of self is truly greater than were one to conquer many worlds.”

Let the concept of Lucifer transform us from a state of dogmatic fear to a state of empowerment as to the true nature of every human soul.

Love to you all.

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