// Prayer/invocation to Lucifer //
All right, just something I composed for Lucifer since of all the male Gods, I am closest to Him -- at least, for now anyway. This is not a topic that I have written about before, so I guess it appropriate to mention that the male Gods I am devoted to are Lucifer, Jesus, and Pan/Kernunnos. Some might call this Pantheon a case of dramatic irony since both Lucifer and Pan/Kernunnos are stereotyped as 'the Anti-Christ' and are symbolised by the Goat, whereas Jesus is symbolised by the Lamb. Well, I suppose my only answer to this proposition wold be that I serve both the Light and the Darkness. Universal balance. I see them as equals and polar opposites yet as One since the one cannot be without the other -- and not as cosmic adversaries [the below context should clarify why I propose this]. Lucifer represents universal cosmic balance between light and darkness, and not the pure evil as is common attributed to Him (again, see below). I was also named after Him (my name is derived from His and has the same meaning -- 'bright morning star; bringer of light').Lucifer is the brother of the Roma Goddess, Diana, and father of Aradia -- Goddess and Savior of the Witches. That is, Lucifer is the Morning/Evening Star and understood to be closely related to the Moon (Diana -- since the Evening Star precedes/ushers in the rising Moon) and Dawn (Aradia -- since the Morning Star precedes/ushers in the Dawn/Sun).
Furthermore, I do not follow the stereotype of Lucifer as being equivalent to the devil. They were never the same Being until the Latin translation of the Bible in 400 (B.C.E.) in Rome by St. Jerome. The context of the city -- Rome -- gave a list of Roman Gods to choose from to fill the vacant name-space in the Old Testament as to who the devil was in name. Lucifer pretty much fit the missing puzzle --well, for Jerome anyway -- because he was both the 'bringer and adversary of Light'. That is, Lucifer was both the Morning Star -- Venus who ushered in the dawning of the Sun -- and the Evening Star -- Venus or Dark Moon who smothered the Twilight/setting Sun. Of course, the latter was appropriated to mean that He was the Adversary of the Light of God -- Jesus -- and consequently Lucifer was coined to be the devil/Satan who was the ancient adversary of God. Personally, I do not believe in the existence of a devil who fell from glory as this brings into question a fuck-load of philosophical arguments. If an immortal being were capable of changing -- falling from glory through change of soul -- then he/she/it/what-the-fuck-ever would have to be in a state of becoming (change) in order to be capable of changing and 'falling from grace'. This would render the being having been created by God/s and if it had been created and thus in a state of becoming, it cannot be eternal or immortal. If Lucifer did fall from grace and became Satan, then He would have to come to an end and cannot "burn in the pit of Hell forever" as the Bible claims. If he is bound to change he is also bound to that which changes -- time -- and thus he cannot exist forever. These are only a few of my summarized arguments against the claim that Lucifer became the incarnation of evil. Interestingly enough, Lucifer, having been a Greek God before the Romans 'abducted' Him (as they had the other Greek Gods), is never acquainted with His Greek counterpart whose name has the same meaning, only in Greek is 'Phosphoro[u]s ('Bringer, bearer of Light'). He is identified with Pan; but Pan is not Lucifer's Greek counterpart, so there's still a fucking inconsistency at hand. Only the Roman Lucifer is identified as the devil and not His earlier, etymological and historical ancient counterpart. Hence, the claim against Lucifer as the devil still fails to be consistent. Fuck, etymology and inconsistencies sure screws irrationality [a.k.a: close-minded religion] over. It sure has screwed me over a lot. *Snort*
Okay, okay, I'm done with my history/philosophy lesson/rant -- please see below for the prayer:
Painting copyright to its original author: Sarah Valsheim.