The Esoteric Signification of Lucifer

“Magic consists of pulling things from the Darkness into the Light.” -Don Webb

I have written previously in my article Lucifer is Never Sometimes Always Satan that the moniker of Light-Bearer is applicable to many different divinities and has been applied to many different divinities. The conclusion I drew from this is that it is completely appropriate to refer to Satan as Lucifer just as it is completely appropriate to speak of a Lucifer who is separate from Satan.

The entity or aspect of Satan known as Lucifer is related both to the Sun and Venus. Depending upon the time of day, Venus is either referred to as the Morning Star or the Evening Star. Lucifer Qui Mane Oriebaris [Lucifer Son of the Morning] is the planet Venus at Night– i.e. the Morning Star. That is to say, Lucifer is Venus as a portent (or harbinger) of the coming Sunrise (Enlightenment). Helel [Morning Star] has a numerical value of 75 in Gematria. Helel ben Shachar [Morning Star, Son of the Dawn] has numerical values of 635 and 1285.

Lucifer is referred to as the Angel of Light, or in Greek, Aggelos Phos. The Greek word Phos is a contraction of Phaos, which has connotations beyond physical illumination. In his translation of the Pymander Tractate, David Myatt defines Phaos thus: “[Phaos] implies the being, the life, ‘the spark’, of mortals, and, generally, either (i) the illumination, the light, that arises because of the Sun and distinguishes the day from the night, or (ii) any brightness that provides illumination and thus enables things to be seen.”

The Temple of the Black Light refers to Satan as Lucifer or the Light-Bearer in reference to Satan being a harbinger of the Black Light (known as Xul or Aur She-Yesh Bo Machshavah) of which the Black Flame is composed. The definition of Phaos as the life spark of mortals validates this conception.

The Black Flame is considered to be the operative mechanism of individual consciousness as well as the source of humankind’s spiritual/magickal/psychic potentiality. The Qliphoth or Hell is referred to as Reshut ha-Rabbim [Kingdom of Multiplicity] in reference to its facilitation of individual consciousness or self-hood through its construction of the Black Light. The most important component in the construction of the Black Light is the Black Sun, which resides in a sphere of Hell entitled Thagirion [the Disputers] in reference to its invention of conflict through its facilitation of self-hood.

The term Phaos can also signify liberation or victory.

Returning to our quotation of Myatt, Phaos “provides illumination and thus enables things to be seen.” This meaning is well-described in Alexander of Aphrodisias, which states that Phaos is the agent of the process of “coming-to-light” whereby things become “apprehensible to sight.” That is to say, Phaos is the principle and mechanism of manifestation.

-V.K. Jehannum

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