“What is Luciferianism?”
Cue my ‘oh crap’ look.
I’d much rather deal with answering specific questions about my path. Things like “Do you worship the devil?” and “Are you a Satanist?”, I can deal with—no problem. But ask me to tell you what Luciferianism is, or what the beliefs of Luciferians are, and I’ll look like a deer in headlights for a few seconds.
Not only does this require condensing the entire belief system into one or two simple-to-understand sentences that border on generalization, I also have to be careful not to scare people off. Now, obviously this isn’t entirely possible—there’s the little issue of the ‘Lucifer’ in ‘Luciferianism’ (both the word and the belief system as a whole), but I’ve found that there are certain phrases that people respond to better than others. So I’ve learned to tailor my description to fit the sensibilities of the company I find myself in. The pagan community in particular is usually perfectly okay with ‘Promethean’ values, but call them by a different name and they suddenly can’t distance themselves from anything ‘Satan’ and ‘Lucifer’ (and ‘Christianity/biblical’ for that matter) related any faster.
But I’m tired of having to come up with different responses in a moment’s notice, based off of the general perspective and tolerance of the group in question. I’m done with trying to cater to everyone else’s discomforts regarding any mention of the Christian devil at my own expense. So maybe it’s time that I sit down and come up with a concrete answer to this question. I can’t make everyone happy with my definition, nor will I try to. But I do want something that encompasses the various beliefs within my faith, something that doesn’t only pertain to my particular beliefs, but is open to the range of perspectives within the Luciferian community.
You’d think that I would’ve have taken a crack at this sooner, what with how often I’m asked. So here we go, my first attempt at a ‘solid’ response to the oft-asked question:
“Luciferianism is the theistic or atheistic admiration of the qualities expressed by the biblical Lucifer and similar archetypal figures.”