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. 

Practical Luciferianism

Even though oftentimes I may not be aware of the tangible presence of Lu, the fact that I am doing zir Work and living up to zir standards helps me feel connected. It also helps to keep me from building any sort of dependence on zir—it keeps me questioning, doubting, and most importantly, it reminds me that this is a choice. It is a choice based off my dedication to Lucifer’s ideals, NOT my dedication to Lucifer as an entity.

My relationship with Lu does not define who I am. Calling myself a Luciferian does not define me. My actions, however, do. The ideals of resistance and independence, of apotheosis and questioning everything–implementing those into my daily life are what make me a Luciferian.

This is why I refer to Luciferianism as a path/belief system of action, and independent of Lucifer as a physical entity. I could go on and on about my experiences with Lu, but unless I put those experiences and those lessons learned into action, calling myself a Luciferian would be a misnomer. How could I call myself a Luciferian simply because I interact with Lu, all the while practicing blind faith, making no effort to break free of spiritual stagnation, and being utterly dependant on zir? Remember that my usage of ‘Lucifer’ is as a title, so in my opinion, ‘Luciferian’ is a title as well by extension. It is a title that is earned through reflecting zir ideals, and not something that simply sets apart those who ‘interact’ with Lu and those that do not. I work hard to prove myself worthy of that title, it’s not something I simply expect to be granted to me based off of my relationship with Lu.

I can’t honor zir properly if I don’t put the same amount of respect and effort into embodying what ze stands for. It was never ‘worship’ that ze asked of me, nor honoring zir as an entity. One of the earliest things ze taught me is that respect should be earned through one’s actions, not because of their status as a ‘god’ or ‘spirit’. If I could not respect what ze stood for, then I had no business pursuing a relationship with a deity only for the sake of having that connection. Being a ‘devotee’ of Lu means being devoted to what ze represents as well—gods are inseparable from the qualities and traits that define them.

Working with Lu is not a permanent thing—it was never intended to be. My relationship with zir may last days, months, years, maybe even lifetimes longer, but there will come a point where I no longer need zir. As ironic as it may seem, that is the end goal of our relationship: for me to be completely self-sufficient and independent of zir, to not need zir tutelage (or any others gods’) in my life any longer. Identifying as Luciferian, however, has permanence. Even if I reach that point where I have absolutely no connection to Lu anymore, where I don’t get any ‘signs’ or am no longer actively influenced by zir into doing zir Work, it doesn’t mean the ideals that have become a part of me will no longer have their place in my life.