Originally posted by piboy
This is how I would define Luciferian:
Giving tribute, accolades, praise, or reverence to a spiritual entity known as Lucifer or Satan that is opposed to the happiness of man, according to
Thanks for the definition. Now let's see if it can be applied to Pike. All quotes are from "Morals and Dogma".
We profess to be equal in a Church and in the Lodge: we shall be equal in the sight of God when He judges the earth.
Here we see Pike professing equality in the Church, as in the Lodge. He also professes his belief that God will judge the earth, and all men are equal
in His sight. This would obviously be opposed to your definition of a Luciferian.
While you are still engaged in preparation, and in accumulating principles for future use, do not forget the words of the Apostle James: "For if
any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass, for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away,
and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was; but whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth, he being not a forgetful
hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his work. If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but
deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. . . . Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being an abstraction. A man is justified by works,
and not by faith only. . . . The devils believe,--and tremble. . . . As the body without the heart is dead, so is faith without works."
Here, Pike paraphrases the Epistle of the Apostle James, emphasizing that such is the profession of a Mason. Likewise, this would oppose your
definition of Luciferianism.
The following is taken from p. 73, and is Pike's first of three uses of the word "Lucifer" in his book:
Hypocrisy is the homage that vice and wrong pay to virtue and justice. It is .Satan attempting to clothe himself in the angelic vesture of light.
It is equally detestable in morals, politics, and religion; in the man and in the nation. To do injustice under the pretence of equity and fairness;
to reprove vice in public and commit it in private; to pretend to charitable opinion and censoriously condemn; to profess the principles of Masonic
beneficence, and close the ear to the wail of distress and the cry of suffering; to eulogize the intelligence of the people, and plot to deceive and
be-tray them by means of their ignorance and simplicity; to prate of purity, and peculate; of honor, and basely abandon a sinking cause; of
disinterestedness, and sell one's vote for place and power, are hypocrisies as common as they are infamous and disgraceful. To steal the livery of
the Court of God to serve the Devil withal; to pretend to believe in a God of mercy and a Redeemer of love, and persecute those of a different faith;
to devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers; to preach continence, and wallow in lust; to inculcate humility, and in pride surpass
Lucifer; to pay tithe, and omit the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy and faith; to strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel; to make clean
the outside of the cup and platter, keeping them full within of extortion and excess; to appear outwardly righteous unto men, but within be full of
hypocrisy and iniquity, is indeed to be like unto whited sepulchres, which appear beautiful outward, but are within full of bones of the dead and of
Here, "Lucifer" is used as a synonym for pride run amok, and definitely does not square with your definition of Luciferian.
Pike's second use of "Lucifer" is found on p. 102:
The true name of Satan, the Kabalists say, is that of Yahveh reversed; for Satan is not a black god, but the negation of God. The Devil is the
personification of Atheism or Idolatry.
For the Initiates, this is not a Person, but a Force, created for good, but which may serve for evil. It is the instrument of Liberty or Free Will.
They represent this Force, which presides over the physical generation, under the mythologic and horned form of the God PAN; thence came the he-goat
of the Sabbat, brother of the Ancient Serpent, and the Light-bearer or Phosphor, of which the poets have made the false Lucifer of the legend.
In the first sentence, "the Kabalists" apparently refers to French author Eliphas Levi, from whom the rest of the passage is paraphrased. Pike, in
semi-quoting Levi, states that what he speaks of is the force of free will, not a spiritual entity, which does not meet your definition of
Luciferianism. Furthermore, Pike makes a passing reference to the "poets", where he apparently refers to John Milton, author of the epic "Paradise
Lost", which popularized the myth the the devil was an entity named "Lucifer". Also note that Pike (or actually Levi) denotes such "legend" as
being "false", i.e., the product of a poet, not of history.
Pike's third reference to Lucifer, also a quote from Levi, is from p. 321:
The Apocalypse is, to those who receive the nineteenth Degree, the Apotheosis of that Sublime Faith which aspires to God alone, and despises all
the pomps and works of Lucifer. LUCIFER, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the
Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls? Doubt it not! for traditions are
full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations: and Inspiration is not of one Age nor of one Creed. Plato and Philo, also, were inspired.
This at first sight seems contradictory: "Lucifer" is first equated with pomp and hypocritical works, but then is apparently applauded by pointing
out that the name means "light bearer", and that this is a strange name to give to the "spirit of darkness'.
However, if we recall Pike/Levi's earlier statement that what they here refer to is not a spirit at all, but is symbolic of free will, it begins to
make sense. Man's light, his conscience, his ability to even be a man, lies within his free will. It is the "instrument of liberty". However, if
used poorly, this freedom is abused. In this sense, it is symbolized by the Greek god Pan, or the "he-goat", because, in this case, will is under
bondage to the animal instinct, and those gods, Pan and the Goat of Mendes, are symbolic of the animal nature which opposes reason.
Pike ends by mentioning Plato and Philo because those two philosophers commented on and explored this subject in depth. In Plato's "Republic", for
example, that philosopher attempts to show the struggle of reason ("sofia") with the animal instinct ("Pan"), and how such a struggle can be
Therefore, your definition of Luciferianism does not apply to Pike's writings.