“Light-bearing” in Latin is lucifer. Lucifer is also “morning star,” and is associated with Venus (“love, charm,” and Proto-Italic wenos, “desire”). Venus, goddess of love, represents the divine feminine force, mother nature. Love is severity and mercy in balanced measure applied unconditionally with infinite wisdom. Her body, known in Sanskrit as akasha, is the fifth element which bears all the other elements—air, water, fire, earth. The morning star which rises is in the East is the upright pentagram. Each point represents one of the five elements of the divine feminine, Venus. But from DaVinci’s famous sketch of the Vitruvian Man, we know that an upright pentagram also represents an upright human being: “a divine connection between the human form and the universe.” This divine connection was observed by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio in his seminal treatise on architecture, De Architectura, who based his observation on proportion, symmetry, and geometry. (LiveScience: https://www.livescience.com/18183-leonardo-da-vinci-copy-famous-vitruvian-man.html). It is a fallen human being, the inverted pentagram which represents evil—that is, the effect egos (demons, monsters) have on a human being. Recall the fate of every tragic hero who falls as a direct consequence of some tragic flaw. The inverted pentagram only became associated with the goat-headed Baphomet in the modern era. It was chosen as the symbol for the Church of Satan by its founder Anton Szandor LaVey in 1966 (Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigil_of_Baphomet). What the two orientations of the pentagram reveal to us, are the two aspects of mother nature (and of Love): severity and mercy. Not unlike the two aspects of the yin-yang symbol of the Tao, or the checkerboard matrix upon which the white and black chess pieces are played. All this will be dealt with in far more detail in a future blog post.
What matters to us at this juncture is divine mother nature’s status as the medium of reality on all dimensions. Her polarity is the negating force required for all creation, destruction, evolution, and devolution in the universe. To use a crude analogy, hers is the negating resistance to affirming effort which tears the fibers which cause the muscle to grow (evolution). In another example, she is the ovum which consumes the sperm to give rise to the zygote (creation). Likewise, hers are the ravages of time which play out in accordance with the law of entropy upon all manifested phenomena (devolution; destruction; death). Hers is the crucible in which all things are destroyed. As Venus is related to love and desire hers are the waters of sexuality. The primordial waters from which all phenomena are born. Including light itself.
In the Book of Genesis, the light is born of the darkness of the waters (of the divine feminine):
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light;” and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:1-4, KJV
In The New Testament, the Divine Feminine is Mary, Mother of God. Mary bore Jesus, The Christ, into the world. He who called himself The Light of the World; and through his actions revealed himself to be the physical embodiment of Love—compassion and sacrifice incarnate. His birth was heralded by “the star in the East.” This morning star guided Three Kings who came bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These three wise men, following the morning star, bringing their gifts to the newborn Christ, represent the mind, heart, and body. Their precious treasures each associated with the esoteric work of awakening consciousness—enlightenment. In synthesis, although her waters be deep and dark, there is no denying that from them all light is born. The divine mother, morning star, is intimately related to illumination.
In this context, Lucifer—light bearer—must be related intimately to the divine feminine force. This explains the torch held high in the right hand of Lady Columbia, the personification of “the New World,” The Americas, immortalized in The Statue of Liberty. On Lady Liberty’s head sits a crown of seven rays. This symbol suggests our divine mother is the key to liberty from the causes of suffering. With her torch (Lucifer) she sheds light the seven deadly sins and raises our consciousness out of darkness into the light of the seven heavenly virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. Columbia comes from Christopher Columbus. According to a contributor to ThoughtCo.com, “the word Columbus means dove in Latin, and Christopher means Christ-bearer.” (Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/how-did-colon-become-columbus-3079508). Serendipitously, the dove represents The Holy Spirit, called Binah on the Tree of Life of Kabbalah. Binah, The Holy Spirit, sits atop Boaz, the feminine pillar (columna in Latin) of the Tree of Life. Boaz is the pillar of severity. Recall Love is severity and mercy. Christ is known as “the Light of the world,” “redeemer of our sins,” the Son of God, and Chokmah on the Tree of Life. Chokmah sits atop Jachin, the masculine pillar (column) of mercy. The Christ-bearer is one who bears the light of the world, Christ, who can redeem us of our sins (I’s, egos, demons). The Christ, the Light of the world, redeems us of the causes of suffering (sin, ego). He brings us peace (symbolized by Columbia, the dove) through The Holy Spirit, the Divine Mother, Lady Liberty. Lucifer, the torch in Lady Columbia’s right hand, is the light-bearer.
Lucifer sheds light on (demonstrates, points out, makes conscious) the causes of suffering—our I’s, egos. Parasites prefer anonymity—stealth. They prefer to operate unabated under the cover of darkness. Lucifer shines the light of consciousness on the nefarious machinations of egos. In a very real sense, Lucifer sends us a message, loud and clear, informing of our own defects and vices—sins, egos, demons, monsters. Now consider the timeless universal expression, “kill the messenger.” How many harbingers of bad news throughout history found themselves swiftly imprisoned, exiled, or beheaded? Their crime? Speaking the hard Truth. Such overreactions to ill tidings by persons in power cannot be seen as anything other than hyperbolic egoic reactions. As without, so within. The ego, our I, does not react well to the hard Truth our Divine Mother sends us through the light of her ward, Lucifer. Our egos do not want us to see them exposed in the light. They fear being found out. They want us kept in the dark. So naturally, anything (or anyone) which jeopardizes their ability to keep us in the dark is a threat which must be dealt with swiftly, harshly, and with prejudice. Recall, dear reader, our article, Do You Doubt you have Cognitive Dissonance? – ATTLAS IN FORMATION. The first face of fear is the first line of defense for all egos. If the best defense is a good offense, what choice does cognitive dissonance and the ego-mind have but to kill the messenger, the bearer of ill tidings? In this case, that messenger is Lucifer, the light bearer, servant of the Divine Mother.
Let us briefly synthesize where we are at with Lucifer, the light bearer. He is the torch and right-hand-man to Lady Liberty, our Divine Mother. Her love for us consists of both mercy and severity, including showing us the hard Truth we need to see about ourselves. Lucifer is effectively Her messenger. His focus is casting light on our I’s (egos, sins, demons, monsters), who, being parasites, naturally see him as a threat. Lucifer is a messenger who must be dealt with swiftly, harshly, and with prejudice.
Here we see how Lucifer, who sheds light on our demons, monsters, and desires—egos—morphed into the commonly understood association between Lucifer and the devil. What better way for our egos to remain anonymous than to paint Lucifer as a demon? And not just any demon, but The Lord of Darkness himself? Add to this, the slow emergence of English from Latin and other proto-English languages over centuries. Countless hand-copied texts, liberal translations, cultural exchanges, and many other circumstances gave countless egos umpteen opportunities to solidify Lucifer’s reputation.
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There as esoteric connection between Lucifer and the devil which can likewise be used to justify the demonization of Lucifer. The fallen Lucifer (Lucifer as fallen angel) is associated with Satan, from the original Hebrew śāṭān (שָׂטָן). Properly pronounced shaitahn, Satan literally means “adversary.” It is also Shaiṭān in Islam (شَيْطٰان), devil or demon; Shayāṭīn (شياطين), plural. The story of the fallen Lucifer allegorizes how the light-bearer (that aspect of the consciousness which casts light on our defects and vices) falls under the spell of egos. When Lucifer succumbs to temptation from our I’s, we become identified with said egos—hypnotized by them. When Lucifer falls from light into darkness, he no longer casts light on our defects and vices, and we become ignorant of our egos. Then Lucifer no longer serves our Divine Mother and our consciousness. Instead, he serves adversary: the singular “I” we identify as. The singular ego understood by contemporary psychology is our false self. This false self we identify as is symbolized by Satan, lord of darkness, master of all demons…the devil. But esoterically, Satan is merely a symbol of the legion of individual psychological aggregates—egos, I’s, sins, demons, or by whatever name. This is the connection between the fallen Lucifer and our individual Satan. The singular “I” we identify with is the false self created by our many egos, the causes of our hypnosis, ignorance, and suffering.
Practically speaking, Lucifer falls into darkness when our consciousness falls asleep. The fallen Lucifer, the light of consciousness, no longer sheds light on our many I’s but instead identifies with them—seduced by their charms, succumbing to temptation. The result being our consciousness falls into darkness—hypnosis and ignorance. We become hypnotized and mesmerized by the illusory “I” of the false self. That self is just a cacophony of egos presenting their cravings, aversions, and machinations in ego-mind, ego-heart, ego-body. Each one presented as an “I.” We identify with and become attached to these I’s via affirmations (“I am afraid,” “I am angry,” “I am envious,” et al). We also identify and become attached to their desires (“I want this; I don’t want that”). We believe most everything they tell us because our Lucifer is fallen. Our individual Lucifer no longer casts light on our egos and their nefarious parasitic schemes. We fall for them hook, line, and sinker. Our egos become “me, myself, and I.” Their desires become our desires. Identifying with ego-heart, mind, and body, we identify with the false self. Our consciousness becomes fascinated by and wholly identified with the singular “I” of contemporary psychology. That “I” is our individual Satan—the adversary—which hypnotizes us and causes us to remain ignorant of our True Self.