After extensive study of both archetypes and the diverse philosophies behind them, I see a lot of overlap. While many on the Left Hand Path see Satan as the carnal aspect of our existence and Lucifer as more of an intellectual aspect, there is no denying that both archetypes oppose mainstream Right Hand Path belief systems. And with that in mind, I see them as the two polar sides of the same struggle for freedom, like two sides to a coin, with Lucifer opposing ignorance while Satan opposes carnal and material restriction.
I find it nauseatingly ironic that mainstream religions are perceived as being all about goodness and light when in fact, they glorify ignorance, misogyny, slavery, racism, religious bigotry and homophobia, while condemning science and intellectual curiosity. Mainstream religion encourages witch hunts, censorship, book burning, crusades, and the violent overthrow of differing cultures, while Luciferians and Satanists encourage freedom of thought and the pursuit of intellectual and material happiness.
Yet Luciferians and Satanists are the ones who are hated, feared an condemned!
The very name Lucifer means Light Bearer, yet this archetype is seen as dark and evil by mainstream religions. So let’s consider this for a moment. Light is literally electromagnetism or energy, which is what life itself is composed of, and it is symbolically equated with knowledge and goodness because light enables us to see! This is why many religions venerate the Sun.
The esoteric meaning of light is that spark which opens the caverns of the subconscious – the inner-self, allowing us to see and understand the self as it relates with the Universe – the Gnosis. And this makes sense on a physical level as well because our brain cells literally communicate via light signals! We are made of light and the energy we generate interacts with and influences the energy around us.
So, how on Earth did Lucifer, the angel who brings the light to mankind, become the dark enemy while the god who commanded the Israelites to rape and kill, became THE GOD of the Universe? What is wrong with humanity that we should choose violence and oppression over intellectual achievement and spiritual advancement?
Out of fairness, I should point out that the Satan of the traditional Hebrew path was nothing more than an adversary who prosecuted man in trials over which the Hebrew God presided. But the concept of the Opposer is much older than that, and was understood as an integral part of spiritual growth and progression much as opposing forces create the friction necessary for generation and regeneration.
But thanks to the imagination of many a cleric and Milton’s classic, Paradise Lost, the Christian church embellished the Satan figure to include all that is evil, dark and frightening including a mythical hell where sinners go to burn for eternity. And throughout the centuries they have been persecuting, torturing and killing those who disagree. And it still goes on to this day.
And all that is evil, according to the church, is anything that gives us pleasure – sex, money, food, music, dancing, and intellectual pursuits, making it impossible for anyone to stay out of hell without a redeemer.
So the church used a horrific and detailed description of hell to bolster its concept of Original Sin in order to guilt people into believing the Jesus story.
What better way to control and enslave the masses then to convince them that they are not worthy of pleasure and intellectual pursuit?
Feed them stories and keep them dumb so they don’t learn of the awesome power that is within them!
The most ingenious power play of all time was convincing the masses that good is bad and bad is good, and to call Satan/Lucifer the Father of lies!