Flame of Fire

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So I stand handing out torches,

Speaking words that are lamps to their feet,

Til’ the time when you come and I’m whole and we are one

And the fire in me is complete.

Brooke Fraser, Love Where is your Fire

Earlier I was asked about my beliefs on the relationship between Lucifer and God—not in regards to their feelings about on another, but rather the very nature of the two, as creation and creator.

I think this is best explained through a metaphor that I find coincides with Lucifer’s role as a seraphim—one of the Burning Ones. Think of God as a blazing fire—all consuming, all encompassing. Lucifer is but a candle flame in comparison, lit from God’s own source.

That which Lucifer is made up of is merely a reflection of the things found in God—all his faults and virtues are present in his creator, and magnified a hundredfold. Lucifer reflects only a small part of him, and so God encompasses a much broader set of characteristics. This means that while God may be capable of much greater acts of mercy, compassion, kindness, etc., he is also capable of much more terrible and extreme acts of wrath, anger, jealousy etc. 

And in continuation with the fire metaphor, I believe that Lucifer’s potential was purposefully contained by God upon his creation, as a candle flame is contained to burn only at the wick.He was created for a specific purpose and role, his power limited so as to never outshine his God. Upon his fall, however, he was forever removed from that single source, but through that Lucifer also gained the ability to grow in his potential—to become his own blazing fire.That which was his greatest sacrifice ultimately also became the price paid to come into his own Godhood. But he will forever reflect aspects of his maker. Being transferred from wick to pyre does not greatly alter the substance of the flame itself, and so it does no good to deny his origins, to deny that which Lucifer was created to adore.

If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in (Jeremiah 20:9).

It is because of their shared essence that I don’t believe Lucifer is the antithesis of God, or Christ for that matter. Rather, I see Christ and Lucifer as two parallel figures, two flames from the same fire, each acting in the best interest of humanity—each with their own paths to Truth. 

A part of me even wonders if they were not acting as the protective older siblings of a newborn creation, one risking his father’s wrath to grant humanity the ability to become like gods themselves, a wisdom withheld from himself for so very long, and the other sacrificing himself so that their father may be merciful and grant them reprieve.

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Songs of Praise

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There is a trace of you in every alleluia, in every song that I sing.

-Audrey Assad, For Love of You

Music is an incredibly important aspect of my devotionals, with a particular emphasis on Christian music. As both a singer and dancer (and at one point a violinist), it has always been an important part of my life.

However, some forms have become rather sacred to me. Although I grew up perfectly comfortable with singing in front of a crowd, I tend not to sing in public anymore, or rather I don’t sing for just anyone anymore. I reserve it for those most important to me, with my god at the forefront. There are a number of reasons for this, and the relationship between Lucifer and music is one of them.

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

-Ezekiel 28:13

 The passage above, when used in reference to Lucifer, is sometimes used to suggest that he had some connection to music.The ‘tabrets and pipes’ could possibly refer to the sockets and grooves on which the precious jewels are set into, as has been argued by some biblical scholars, but it is more widely accepted that they are musical instruments of a sort. But rather than being external instruments, the wording also suggests that Lucifer himself was a living instrument.

There are also other references scattered throughout scripture, one which speaks of the noise of thy viols, or in some versions ‘harps’(Isaiah 14:11), and his title as a Morningstar (When all the morningstars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy (Job 38:7)).

In some interpretations, Lucifer was considered to have been in the order of Seraphim before his fall. The Seraphim are said to have surrounded the throne of God, constantly singing a condensed version of the Trisagion hymn—“Holy, holy, holy is the lord”.

Lucifer, before being known as such, was first referred to in scripture as Helel ben Shachar, or Helel son of Shachar/Dawn. As this passage in Isaiah is commonly accepted as a mistranslation from the King James Vulgate and directed towards mortal kings, ‘Lucifer’ acts not as a name but as a title. Furthermore, Helel ben Shachar is thought to be a murky reference to Canaanite mythos in which Helel, son of Shachar and grandson of the King-God El stages a rebellion against his grandfather. This is highly speculative however, because as far as I know there is no mention of a Helel figure in what information we have of Canaanite mythology.

Helel is often translated into ‘shining one’, but it’s derivation is not exactly known. It is speculated that it’s root is ‘halal’, which roughly means to be clear, to shine, to boast, to celebrate. Interestingly enough, ‘halal’ is also the root for Hallelujah/Alleluia, which means ‘Praise Jah/YHWH’. It is an exceptionally joyful exclamation, and because of this it’s use is all but forbidden during the solemn and penitent Lenten period within Catholicism. Upon Easter Vigil however, the Alleluia returns in threes—much like the seraphic song of ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’ referenced above. 

And while this may be a bit of a stretch scripture-wise, some believe that it was Lucifer who led the angels in these songs of praise, and that he had a position as likened to a high priest or worship leader before his fall. The precious stones mentioned in Ezekiel 28:13 are mentioned again in Exodus 28:15-21, but this time they are used to describe the garb of Aaron, the high priest of the Israelites and brother to Moses. He had also been commanded to adorn his vestments with bells, so that each step he took would ring with music and be a wordless praise of God.

(Painting: Mourning Genius (1902) – Nikolaos Gyzis)

I am the Bright and Morning Star

“When all the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” Job 38:7

When used scripturally, the title of Morningstar can refer to several different entities. The two most well-known of Morningstars, however, are also the two who are pitted as mortal enemies.—Lucifer and Christ. Personally (though I’ve found that other Luciferians also share this particular sentiment), I don’t view them as lying on opposite ends of a divine spectrum. I view Christ as a light-bearer in his own right, and as having several similarities to Lucifer himself.

Within Greek mythos, we have the brothers Phosphorous and Hesperus as sons of the Dawn—Eos. It is said that Hesperus acts as the evening star, and upon his falling his brother Phosphorous must take his place in the sky to usher in the morning and wake their mother.

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Phosphorous and Hesperus (1882) – Evelyn de Morgan 


Similarly, we see that upon Lucifer’s Fall, the title of Morningstar is passed down to Christ. I, however,  don’t believe that Lucifer ever stopped fulfilling the role of Morningstar, nor that he in any way ceased to be worthy of such a title. Rather, I found greater depth within the responsibilities of the title when I encountered the variation of Mourningstar.

I don’t see it as an empty title, but rather as a duty that must be carried out. If one accepts the role of Morningstar, they must also accept that of Mourningstar; illumination comes with a price. Christ the Morningstar bore the sins of humanity and was crucified, whilst Lucifer the Morningstar was forever parted from the grace and love of his God. (see The Suffering Gods)

In addition to being a Mo(u)rningstar, I often refer to Lucifer as the Throneless King. His position as such is not one of comfort—rather it is one of enduring discomfort, of refusing to rest weary feet, so as to be on equal ground with those he leads. The role of Morningstar is similarly one of enduring suffering, rather than one of glory.

But he is not a crownless king. And I think it apt that a Throneless King should feel the weight and burden of such a crown, and that a Mourningstar should be reminded of the sorrows that accompany such a title.

Prometheus, who is often viewed as a Lucifer figure within Luciferianism, was said to have been crowned with willow after his theft of fire from the gods. The willow tree, and in particular the weeping willow, is symbolic of grief and suffering, with it’s low-bending trunk and hanging branches reminiscent of a body hunched over in despair. Christ was given a crown of thorns in mockery before he was marched to his death. Some believe this was even a fulfillment of the curse laid upon mankind from their Fall

“…cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you…” (Genesis 3:17-18).

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In the case of the Morningstars, I believe the phrase “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown” most accurately rings true.