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.

Paganism Vs.Luciferianism

I find myself flopping back and forth between the terms ‘Pagan’ and ‘Luciferian’.  While Lucifer is my main patron, he isn’t the only deity i’ve worked with. There are two goddesses in particular who I honor, although they are more of patrons by association, rather than personal patrons such as Lucifer.

Not only does the term ‘Luciferian’ disregard my workings with other deities, I feel as though it also requires me to specify that I am a theistic Luciferian—which then leads to the connection to the biblical Lucifer, and monotheism. Its much easier to say that I’m pagan, and that my patron is Lucifer (or rather Prometheus)

While I’m partially out of the broom closet as a pagan, I can’t see myself as outing myself as a Luciferian. The stigma attached to that term is far more negative and far-reaching than ‘pagan’, because even non-christians think of the biblical devil when the name Lucifer is mentioned. In pagan communities, however, I find myself almost equally as ostracized. In their attempts to make paganism more acceptable to the public or innocent, many make statements such as ‘pagans don’t believe in or worship the devil/satan/lucifer’, trying to separate the public’s concepts of satanism and paganism. While this does bother me, it isn’t the main cause of my discontent—I can understand that they’re trying to educate the ignorant that they’re not what the media makes them appear to be, and in the process generalizing all pagans—it bothers me that so many seem to see my belief and devotion to Lucifer as a personal attack on themselves and their religion. Maybe they think I’ll reaffirm the very beliefs they’re trying to correct, or they too automatically jump to the conclusion that i’m a ‘devil worshipper’ posing as a pagan.

Thus, my hesitation with mentioning Lucifer as my patron, and instead referring to him as Prometheus.