Applied Luciferianism Project : Faith

This is another of those values I wouldn’t have necessarily thought was Luciferian in nature. But I’m not referring to blind faith in the sense of placing one’s whole life and trust in the hands of another, deity or not. Instead, I want to talk about faith rooted in hope, and inspired through action.

Faith is an integral part in Lucifer’s own Fall—the faith that zir struggle and loss would not be in vain, that there was more to life than serving, that zir own potential was greater than what zir maker claimed it was, that humanity was worth the effort of granting them the knowledge to become as gods themselves.

The whole Luciferian concept of wanting humanity to reach its full potential is grounded in the faith that we will use that knowledge for good. Of course, ‘good’ here is subjective, but in general I’m referring to having faith that humanity will not use it to cause unnecessary suffering in others or in one another

I’m not going to lie, it’s hard to keep that sort of faith alive. It’s hard to hold on to the hope that mankind can manage to do something other than just fuck things up, and cause ourselves pain and suffering. It’s difficult to be optimistic about using our knowledge for good in a world where the desire for wealth, power, and control corrupts society, ends innocent lives, and subverts the free will of others.

But I guess this is where one has to look at things on a smaller scale, since the bigger picture can seem so overwhelmingly disheartening, starting on an individual basis. There are a lot of wonderful people out there, people who restore my faith in humanity through their own small actions. These can be acts of kindness, inspiration, or even just sheer human emotion. There’s something incredibly moving about someone being so caught up in their own joy that it infects others, or of one’s devotion to their fellow man. Truth be told, I have a great respect for the stories of Jesus as being a servant to the people, and to those that seek to follow in his footsteps through living as he did. While I may not agree with all of his motives, I do think there is value upholding his actions as exemplary.

Then there are the accounts of humanity’s sheer resiliencethe resistance of a people not willing to back down even in the face of adversity and devastation, of clinging to the hope that there is something worth fighting for. And not merely surviving through adversity, but flourishing through it and because of it. We’re stubborn and curious and innovative and eager to prove ourselves, and are all the better because of these things. We get caught up in our own emotions, and though we may let them override common sense at times, our passions inspire and create.

But on the flip side, faith also encompasses having faith in one’s own capabilities. This ties into pride, which I’ll discuss in a separate entry, but also into recognizing one’s own self worth and contributions. For example, I struggled with this when I first started blogging—who was I to be offering this sort of information, what did I know anyways? Surely there must be other Luciferians out there who were more qualified to educate the misinformed about what this path was all about, ones more well-spoken and knowledgeable than I.

But then again, my perspective of Luciferianism is rather unique. For one, it’s theistic and combined with the devotion of a deity. And it is also tied into Christianity more so than most other Luciferians might be comfortable with, case in point being my above comments regarding Jesus.

And as I’ve come to recognize, even though there might be others who are in more suitable positions to run this sort of blog, to the best of my knowledge they’re not doing it. So that leaves me to fill the position to the best of my ability.

I guess this all just boils down to having faith in my Work, that I’m not doing it for nothing. It also goes back to grounding my spiritual faith in practice, in living my faith, and through that I hope that I can be a source of inspiration to others and be a small part in that overall restoration of faith in humanity. 

Applied Luciferianism Project: Sacrifice

When I first stumbled onto this path, I didn’t associate it with sacrifice. I didn’t think sacrifice played any part in what Lucifer stood for—after all, it was Christ that sacrificed himself in these mythos, not Lucifer.

Little did I know it would become such an integral part of my Work, and my path.

At its base, sacrifice means ‘to consecrate and make sacred/holy’. And through apotheosis, Luciferians seek to make the self sacred, to become like God through cutting away that which impedes our own self-growth, no matter what the cost. In this sense, there is really no avoiding sacrifice in that we must part with whatever it is that holds us tethered and grounded. Often this refers to our own mental security blankets and comfort zones, but it can also take more material shapes such as sickly relationships that keep one dependant and unable to move forward.

The Garden of Eden is a prime example of this sort of sacrifice, where humanity left behind the comforts of Eden in order to experience all that life had to offer, to develop beyond their child-like state of ignorance and naivete.

 But Lucifer’s rebellion and subsequent fall also represents a sacrifice. In revolting, ze lost zir family, home, and reputation. While this may have failed to correct whatever injustices ze saw as corrupting Heaven and zir God from being truly sacred and/or holy, it did serve to make Lu into a ‘sacred’ figure deserving of respect from those of us who look beyond the slander.

While through Luciferianism I adhere to using sacrifice as a means for improving the self, being a devotee and disciple requires that I think beyond myself sometimes. Let me make this clear, though: if I only considered myself a Luciferian in that I adhered to those atheistic principles, I would most likely not need to undertake any other nuances of sacrifice beyond those which only were of benefit to myself. But because I am also a devotee of a deity, and my Work often is linked to the Work of that deity, often I am called to further their cause through my own acts of sacrifice. Again, this is a distinction to be made between Luciferianism as a path and being a devotee of Lucifer—do not assume that they are interchangeable.

My path demands that I not allow myself to give up my own sense of autonomy, that I not form crippling dependencies on material possessions, persons, spirits, or gods. I have had those I used as crutches forcibly ripped from me, and been displaced from the familiar and comforting in order to redefine myself according to my own standards.

But my god asks that I also sacrifice, that I make myself sacred, through embodying zir and zir ideals. I am asked to be a reflection of zir, for the sake of what ze represents, that zir own sacrifices may not be in vain. In the process of reconstructing my foundations, ze has permission to mold me according to zir needs as well as my own—and sometimes those two are not wholly complementary.

While in such a case negotiation is key, it also brings me to another facet of sacrifice. So far I’ve covered sacrifice out of duty, but there is also sacrifice out of love. And even though I am frequently less-than-reverent towards my god, I do love zir. Sometimes the only reason I put up with zir is because of that love. Sometimes it’s hard not to give in to the intensity of zir Grace and surrender everything and anything. So when ze asks that I sacrifice something in the pursuit of zir own goals, that love I hold for zir tends to skew my decision somewhat, but my dedication to my Path also prompts me to take a more objective stance. It’s a difficult line to tread, because if I were only a pathwalker of Luciferianism or only a devotee of Lu I wouldn’t necessarily have to deal with these complexities between what my mind tells me and what my heart tells me, but that too is a sacrifice I make in order to fully reflect what my god stands for, both heart and mind.