LUCIFER: The Many Faced God

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“Lest we forget at least an over the shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins – or which is which), the very first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”

Saul D. Alinsky

This is an extremely important blog because so many folks demonize this figure I have come to respect. The irony is, people generally have never really attempted to look outside what they were told in the Bible, or other religious texts.

They drank the kool aid without question.

Blind faith is dangerous.

Since I seem to be the target lately for those wishing to challenge, question or ridicule me, I am going to talk about the deity whose name my Philosophy bears, but I also want to dissect different texts.

I hope that you take the time to read this, and it grants some enlightenment.

First thing first, I don’t believe in the Devil, I believe in a collective energy that is Satan and think of it as title not an actual being.

The name Satan comes from the Hebrew word HaSatan, which appears in the books Zecaria and Job.

The name Satan is only mentioned in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) twice.

Satan appears as a central character in the Holy Bible, and Jewish Mysticism such as Kabballah, and the Talmud (academic and scholarly notes on the Torah that form Jewish Law).

I have found that there is some degree of truth in all belief systems, and I have always thought that if you were to take pieces from each, and put them together into one story, that is where you will find the truth of all truths.

Let’s side track for two seconds.

Have you ever thought about that?

What if the actual story, the real names, and the truth were scattered piece by intricate piece into different fables, fairy tales, and religious text?

Is it so farfetched to ask this question?

I don’t think so.

I believe that Lucifer is three things: an Archetype, an actual deity, and the most brilliant metaphor.

The Archetype is that of rebellion, free thinking, enlightenment, knowledge, shadow self, non-conformity, illumination. If we follow (not worship) His path we find freedom, peace, and become one with our true selves; thus the individual is born.

The metaphor is the tale of how God’s most perfect and most favored Angel fell from grace, and was damned to Hell.

I think the moral of the story is He chose to fall from grace in order to help humanity.

Being raised Roman Catholic for some of my childhood, I admired Him; I thought, “wow, He was damned but managed to create His own Kingdom without God. Without fear.”

Jewish mythology states that He is the morning star, bringer of light; the Greeks refer to him in a similar story with the Grigori but using the names Samyaza, Azazel (Azayzel) and/or Samael as the leader of the rebellion.

In any regard, He is a bringer of light (knowledge).

Associations/correspondences can be drawn to the story of Prometheus, as well. Or, the Roman Goddess Venus.

The stories of Lucifer are many and each intricate like a web.

It’s through these stories that Lucifer became synonymous with being “the Adversary”.

The Adversary, like Satan, is a collection of energy not one deity or Spirit, in my opinion.

Judeo-Christian mythology is full of brilliant metaphors; all religions are.

So, besides being trolled today in the comment section due to my recently published WITCH Article, this blog was inspired by a comment left on my ‘The Way of the Daemon’ blog  (yes, from a few years ago).

Here is the comment:

“Lucifer isn’t a demon nor a fallen angel. He’s the Latin version of the Greek god pantheon, named Phospherous (modern english spelling). St Jerome stuck the Latin “Lucifer” into hebrew scripture in the Vulgate via translatIng from the Greek LXX, i.e. the Alexandrian Septuagent. In their ignorance, Christians distort Isa 14:12, the only verse with “lucifer” in it in the entire Judeo-Christian bible. The “bearer of light” is not the “prince of darkness”, nor dark in any manner. While Satan is a title rather than a name, the name of Shaitan (Islam) was Iblis, and said to have been Azayzel before that. Likewise, it’s thought by some that, in Judeo-christianity, Azayzel or Samael was the name of Satan before he aquired that (in my opinion, ‘honorific’) title. In any event, the name of a Judeo-Christian angel before falling from grace would necessarily be something ending in -el, meaning a servant of the semetic head god. Names of angels include Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Samael, Azayzel, etc. “Lucifer” simply does not fit the “-el” pattern.

Hail Satan.”

This is partially true, for me.

I do not believe Lucifer to be a Daemon, or an Angel but a God.

He is the Father of Man.

He is Phosphoros.

Lucifer is only mentioned in one verse in the Bible (yes, that is correct) and in that ONE verse He was referred to as son of the morning, or the morning star.

But, many scholars believe when taken in context this refers to a Babylonian King:

‘How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!’

Isaiah 14:12

The name Lucifer does not appear again in the bible, but the term morning star and other references do appear throughout the Old Testament:

‘O that I could be as I was in the months now gone, in the days when God watched over me, when he caused his lamp TO SHINE upon my head, and by his light I walked through darkness.’

Job 29:2-3

‘Its snorting THROWS OUT FLASHES of light; its eyes are like the red glow of dawn.’

Job 41:18

‘So we labored in the work, with half holding spears, from the rising of THE MORNING till the stars appeared.’

Nehemiah 4:21

Here is an excerpt from another writer, I will link at the bottom:

“The Hebrew phrase in Isaiah 14:12 means the shining/brightness born of the morning/dawn. What is that shining brightness? It could be the rays of the sun but it could also be the day star or morning star, Venus, which is how some translations render it. Notice that there is nothing like the word Lucifer in Hebrew. In the Greek translation known as the Septuagint, heilel is rendered eosphorus. So even in the Greek, there’s nothing like the word.”

“How then did Lucifer get into the Bible? The word is actually Latin. It comes from the words lux (light/fire) and ferre (to bear/to bring) and when put together means bearer of light or bringer of fire. Lucifer is also one of the Latin names for the morning star, Venus. As it turns out, so is the Greek word Eosphorus.”

‘At length as the Morning Star (Eosphorus) was beginning to herald the light which saffron-mantled Dawn was soon to suffuse over the sea, the flames fell and the fire began to die.’

Homer, The Iliad, Book 23

‘And after these Erigenia bare the star Eosphorus, and the gleaming stars with which heaven is crowned.’

Hesiod, Theogony

“When Jerome translated the biblical manuscripts in his Latin Vulgate, he believed the shining born of the dawn in Isaiah spoke of the morning star and so replaced the Hebrew and Greek meaning with the Latin name of the planet. If we were to do the same with our modern day translations, we would write how you have fallen from heaven, O Venus, son of the morning. Jerome actually used the word lucifer in several places in his translation. The following are a few examples of its occurrence as taken from the Clementine Vulgate. Lucifer appears in parentheses.”

Et quasi meridianus fulgor consurget tibi ad vesperam; et cum te consumptum putaveris, orieris ut (lucifer).

Job 11:17

Quomodo cecidisti de cælo, (Lucifer), qui mane oriebaris ? corruisti in terram, qui vulnerabas gentes?

Isaiah 14:12

Et habemus firmiorem propheticum sermonem : cui benefacitis attendentes quasi lucernæ lucenti in caliginoso donec dies elucescat, et (lucifer) oriatur in cordibus vestries

2 Peter 1:19

“Notice that Lucifer is used in 2 Peter 1:19 in Jerome’s Vulgate just as it is used in Isaiah 14:12 to replace the Hebrew heilel.” Here is the English:

Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

2 Peter 1:19

“The morning star rising in the hearts of Yahweh’s people is a direct reference to Numbers 24:172 and describes the coming of Christ. The Greek word for morning star in 2 Peter 1:19 is eosphoros. If you recall, this is the same word used by the writers of the Septuagint to translate heilel in Isaiah 14:12 and is the name of the planet Venus in Greek. If Lucifer is a correct rendering in Isaiah 14:12, then it is correct in 2 Peter 1:19 also (just as Jerome translates it). And so we have the first place where scripture calls Yeshua Lucifer. But that is not the only place.”

And to the one who conquers and who continues in my deeds until the end I will give him the morning star.

Revelation 2:26a, 28b

I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star!

Revelation 22:16

“A word for the morning star in Latin, as we have seen, is Lucifer. So according to Yeshua’s own words, not only will those who follow him receive Lucifer, but Lucifer is a name for Yeshua himself. There is even more reason to believe that Lucifer is an appropriate translation in Revelation 22:16 because the Greek in that verse is orthrinos aster, which is a Greek epithet for Venus.”

“So in conclusion, Lucifer is another name for Venus, Eosphorus, and Heilel. It describes the second planet, the morning star. While Yeshua is metaphorically likened to it in 2 Peter and Revelation, King Nebuchadnezzar receives this honor in Isaiah 14. Unfortunately, Satan is never given such distinction.”

Interesting, right? There’s more, here is another perspective and translation breakdown:

“One of the most slanderous, ignorant, and utterly false accusations that has been repeatedly directed at H.P. Blavatsky and against Theosophists in general over the years is the claim that Theosophy is a form of Satanism and that Madame Blavatsky was a devil worshipper.”

“Those accusations and condemnations originate primarily from the realm of Christianity and from those of its adherents who believe in a personal anthropomorphic God and a personal anthropomorphic devil, the supposed enemy of that God.”

“Considering the fact that Lucifer and Satan have come to be viewed as synonymous terms and names for the same entity, it is not too hard to see why our Christian friends have jumped to such a conclusion, seeing as the Theosophical magazine started in England in the late 1880s by HPB was titled “Lucifer” and that in her masterpiece work “The Secret Doctrine” she speaks of Lucifer in positive and glowing terms.”

Blavatsky breaks down the Lucifer metaphor brilliantly (duh), so I am going to quote her, but first I am going to drop in some fun facts about Lucifer and the origins of the name:

“The word “Lucifer” occurs only once in the entire Bible. This is in Isaiah 14:12, which says: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Those who read this verse in its actual context will clearly see that the sentence is applied specifically to a certain Babylonian king who was an enemy in war of the Israelites. The original Hebrew text uses the word הֵילֵל which literally means “bright star” or “shining one,” a term applied sarcastically or mockingly by the Israelites to this particular enemy of theirs. The translators of the King James Version of the Bible – one of the chief of whom was the well-known Rosicrucian initiate Dr. Robert Fludd, a fact which will no doubt shock and horrify many Christians – chose to translate this word with the Latin word “Lucifer.”

In this translation, and from this Author’s point of view they believe that the term “bright star” or the reference of the morning star is a negative term, and used as a sign of disrespect. This proves there is no right or wrong in anything, merely opinion, and perspective.

“Lucifer literally means Lightbringer, Lightbearer, Bringer of Dawn, Shining One, or Morning Star. The word has no other meaning. Historically and astronomically, the term “Morning Star” has always been applied to the planet Venus.”

“Since the only occurrence of the word “Lucifer” in the Bible is that one verse in Isaiah, there is absolutely nothing in the Bible which says that Lucifer is Satan or the devil. It was Pope Gregory the Great (540-604 AD) who was the first person to apply that passage of scripture to Satan and thus to equate Lucifer with Satan. But even then this notion didn’t catch on in a big way until the much more recent popularization of John Milton’s “Paradise Lost” in which Lucifer is used as another name for Satan, the evil adversary of God. Also, such luminaries of the Christian world as Martin Luther and John Calvin considered it “a gross error” to apply Isaiah 14:12 to the devil, “for the context plainly shows these statements must be understood in reference to the king of the Babylonians.”

“Thus the Christians who claim that Lucifer is the devil actually have no Biblical basis or authority for such a belief. Though they may claim to be “Bible believing Christians” whose faith is built solely on “the Word of God” they are actually followers – in this and many other respects – of Christian religious tradition and not of the Christian Bible. Or have they quietly conferred divine infallibility upon the Pope and Milton without informing the rest of the world?”

Blavatsky’s Lucifer metaphor:

“Esoteric philosophy admits neither good nor evil per se, as existing independently in nature. The cause for both is found, as regards the Kosmos [Cosmos], in the necessity of contraries or contrasts, and with respect to man, in his human nature, his ignorance and passions. There is no devil or the utterly depraved, as there are no Angels absolutely perfect, though there may be spirits of Light and of Darkness; thus LUCIFER – the spirit of Intellectual Enlightenment and Freedom of Thought – is metaphorically the guiding beacon, which helps man to find his way through the rocks and sandbanks of Life, for Lucifer is the LOGOS in his highest, and the “Adversary” in his lowest aspect – both of which are reflected in our Ego.” (Vol. 2, p. 162)

“In antiquity and reality, Lucifer, or Luciferus, is the name of the angelic Entity presiding over the light of truth as over the light of the day. In the great Valentinian gospel Pistis Sophia it is taught that of the three Powers emanating from the Holy names of the Three Tριδυνάμεις, that of Sophia (the Holy Ghost according to these Gnostics – the most cultured of all) resides in the planet Venus or Lucifer.” (Vol. 2, p. 512)

“It is but natural – even from the dead letter standpoint – to view Satan, the Serpent of Genesis, as the real creator and benefactor, the Father of Spiritual mankind. For it is he who was the “Harbinger of Light,” bright radiant Lucifer, who opened the eyes of the automaton created by Jehovah, as alleged; and he who was the first to whisper: “in the day ye eat thereof ye shall be as Elohim, knowing good and evil” – can only be regarded in the light of a Savior. An “adversary” to Jehovah the “personating spirit,” he still remains in esoteric truth the ever-loving “Messenger” (the angel), the Seraphim and Cherubim who both knew well, and loved still more, and who conferred on us spiritual, instead of physical immortality – the latter a kind of static immortality that would have transformed man into an undying “Wandering Jew”.” (Vol. 2, p. 243)

“The Fall was the result of man’s knowledge, for his “eyes were opened.” Indeed, he was taught Wisdom and the hidden knowledge by the “Fallen Angel,” for the latter had become from that day his Manas, Mind and Self-consciousness. In each of us that golden thread of continuous life – periodically broken into active and passive cycles of sensuous existence on Earth, and super-sensuous in Devachan – is from the beginning of our appearance upon this earth. It is the Sutratma, the luminous thread of immortal impersonal monadship, on which our earthly lives or evanescent Egos are strung as so many beads – according to the beautiful expression of Vedantic philosophy.”

“And now it stands proven that Satan, or the Red Fiery Dragon, the “Lord of Phosphorus” (brimstone was a theological improvement), and Lucifer, or “Light-Bearer,” is in us: it is our Mind – our tempter and Redeemer, our intelligent liberator and Savior from pure animalism. Without this principle – the emanation of the very essence of the pure divine principle Mahat (Intelligence), which radiates direct from the Divine mind – we would be surely no better than animals.” (Vol. 2, p. 513)

May the Black Flame illuminate your path.

Sources:

http://www.echoofeden.com/bias/lucifer/

http://blavatskytheosophy.com/lucifer-the-lightbringer/

In God We Trust: How False Religion Poisoned America

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Image: Ekaterina Belinskaya

“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.”

Alan Moore

I am ecstatic to be sitting in front of my computer with words ready to flow out of me, I have been unable to get anything more than a few sentences out since Retrograde started.

It felt like I was put on pause, thrown into a storm, unable to handle the waves of emotions or control my ways of communication. The topic for this post hit me out of nowhere this morning before dawn, as I was trying to get back to sleep. I had been thinking about the article I posted in regards to a group of Atheists bringing up a Lawsuit against the U.S Treasury to remove “In God We Trust” from our paper currency. The story was trending on Facebook, and as most of you know I love to check out the trending section.

Sharing a story such as this, especially when it was trending was not the best decision I have ever made.

I wrote an intro saying that I do not personally have a problem with the slogan being on our money, but my point of posting it was to open up a dialogue (I thought with my readership, didn’t realize the entire world would join in) and to say my piece that the Conservatives who said the suit was “without merit” were wrong; the suit does indeed have merit, whether it will actually go anywhere is another story.

The thread of comments proved to me that a majority of Christians have zero, and I mean zero tolerance for anything that is not “their way”. Within minutes that thread was full of bible verses, insults, verbal attacks, mockery, and people telling me “if you don’t like the laws here, then leave”. Firstly, “In God We Trust” is not a Law, let’s not even joke about shit like that. Secondly, the Cherokee blood in me, the fact that both my Grandfather’s served in the military (and my Grandmother), and losing someone in the Iraq war tell me that perhaps it is not I who should be “packing my suitcases” as my right to be here is well established; it’s them who need to leave, but, I as an American, would never tell anyone to leave this country. I especially would not do so primarily on the basis that we are different, otherwise the blood my family gave, all the way back to my Native Ancestors means nothing, and was in vain.

This country was built on the backs of Indigenous People of North America (Native Americans), Slaves (and not just African slaves, there were other ethnicities who experienced, and still experience slavery) and Immigrants who came by the boat load (literally) during the 19th century, specifically 1880-1920.

The Industrial Revolution had begun in the 1820’s, so there was an influx of demand because businessmen wanted to make profit off of this new wave of technology but there weren’t enough workers. By 1824 people of all ages were working in factories but they had no established rights, and the working conditions for many were appalling. It wasn’t until the larger waves of immigrants came did workers finally start striking, and creating Unions, the same Unions that protect millions of Americans today. It was Immigrants, primarily children, who helped give you that cushy pension when you retire.

Good ol’ right wingers should remember that when they turn Immigrants and Refugees away because…‘Merica.

Let me also just throw this out there, this is not a Christian nation. I agree that God is an umbrella term to some but to many it’s not. It is the Christian God, and I think having it on our currency doesn’t represent the melting pot, and multiculturalism that is America. Also, as I learned during the debate, the term itself was basically a “Fuck You” to the Russians (Soviet Union at that time) during the Cold War. We do not need to hold onto remnants of that time period.

The term was originally put on coins starting in the 1860’s, though that didn’t last long, I will link you to the full history at the bottom. It was not until 1956 that the slogan was reintroduced, and then modified again in 1957.

For 4 straights hours I sat there moderating this thread, having to ban many because they just couldn’t have an adult conversation. I was called a devil worshiper, people swore I was an atheist, and I was told that I couldn’t handle a challenging opinion; which is proven to be false by just glancing at that thread right now. Thing is, no one came there reading my introduction or bothered to ask me about my Philosophy, everyone came in with their false presumptions.

I am known for losing my cool, being passionate and a bit hot tempered, but for some reason I can control these aspects of myself much better when dealing with someone who is completely opposite of myself than I do when someone within my community shows their ignorance. I think that is an interesting thing to point out.

There is this misconception that a Witch—a Luciferian Witch at that, has to be a disrespectful person, that we have to be confrontational, that we cannot use logic, or have heated debates without insulting another. I used not one single insult towards an individual, or their belief throughout the entire thread, not once; yet the slurs and derogatory terms coming from people telling me to leave my country were of abundance, all coming from “good Christians”. I do not generalize, or at least I try not to, but to the masses “a Witch is a Witch is a Witch”. And, somehow all Witches are associated with no God, and being in cahoots with the Devil.

When in fact most Witches do not even believe in the Christian Devil. As for not having a God, that couldn’t be further from the truth in many cases. Most Witches do have a patron deity(s) that they pay their respects to, some even worshiping (depending on RHP or LHP). In my opinion Witches are some of the most spiritual beings in existence, but we are demonized, persecuted, and stigmatized. Even still, the Christians want to cry about their struggles, how they are under attack; last time I checked it was not Witches, or Luciferians who were instilling their beliefs on the general population, and Government.

As for the Satanic Temple, and certain Atheist groups who wish to push the limits, they are doing so to prove a point: we are not equal, Christians absolutely have the upper hand in this country, and the only ones denying that are THE CHRISTIANS!

 

“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Malcolm X

 

Look at how Houston did not accept the Greater Church of Lucifer (regardless of how you feel about them) ; what about the protests in Detroit when the statue of Baphomet was erected, or the Satanic ritual that took place on Capitol grounds in Michigan?

Truth is, we are all Americans, not just the Christian Conservatives; they have this deluded mentality that any and every thing different from their belief is an infringement on their rights or somehow it lessens their ability to practice, believe, worship or pray. Referring back to the thread, a few Christians asked, “If Atheists have no religion, why are they so worried about ours”? My immediate thought was to ask them the same, “If your God and Religion are so great, why are you threatened by others not having a religion, or asking for equality”?

Of course I got no answer, but this type of religious extremism is a direct result of mass amounts of people believing that a book meant to be taken as a collection of allegories is factual. Christ is an Archetype of how one should conduct themselves, and yes connections can be made between Christ and Sun Gods throughout history, the fact remains that a majority of Christians do not acknowledge the connections, let alone the existence of anything other than their one God.

I will continue to say this, monotheism is a poison and until we start teaching truth instead of fables we will continue to suffer as a collective. I rarely see a Christian who is the embodiment of what it means to be Christ-like, in many cases it is the Witch, the Occultist, the Luciferian, the Satanist, or the Atheist who conduct themselves in a respectful manner, who treat others as equals, as fellow human beings, and not as “enemies to their cause”.

Humans crave more, they have been seeking the existence, or non-existence of Gods since the beginning of time; I will even go so far to say that an established personal Philosophy is a necessity but that is all that it is, personal. You cannot shove your belief down other people’s throat, especially when that belief is based upon words in a book claimed to be “God’s”.

Yet I get called crazy? Funny how that works.

If our currency should say anything, if there is to be any slogan attached to this once great country it should be, We The People, and that goes for ALL the people within these beautiful borders.

Resources:

http://americanhistory.about.com/od/industrialrev/a/indrevoverview.htm

https://www.treasury.gov/about/education/Pages/in-god-we-trust.aspx

Lessons in Magick: Witchcraft Saved My Life

Daniel Waschnig​

Image: Daniel Waschnig

“The first time I called myself a ‘Witch’ was the most magical moment of my life.”

Margot Adler


This blog has been brewing inside the cauldron of my mind for a while now; finally I am ready to put it all together and tell my story.

I found the inspiration for this piece during a session of insomnia and aimlessly flipping through early morning TV– full of infomercials and Christian’s proclaiming how this or that church/program and God saved their life.

I am anti-religion but I know that it’s a necessary evil in our world for some type of structured belief system to be put in place for society to work properly; sad but true.

The problem with this is that religion is used as a form of control, division and far too often the dumbing down of humanity.

Within the more conservative, orthodox, fundamental, and/or extremist sects (which seem to be all religion has become) people lose logical, critical thought processes and individual thinking; this is when the herd mentality is seen, and displayed negatively; not for nature’s intent of it being survival instinct.

I believe it’s a true sign of character to question authority; it shows courage, but society tells us it’s wrong, that we always have someone to answer to, there is always an authority figure.

Call me crazy but, I not only had the notion and concept of being equal to everyone well established as a kid, it was also one of the main lessons taught to me by my late Grandfather.

You can believe you are equal to everyone and not come off pretentious, elitist, superior or condescending; all you have to do is show some compassion and respect.

People have lost respect for themselves, for each other and for this planet; respect for yourself and others, along with seeing the bigger purpose of fighting for this planet will allow you to transcend and ascend.

A point missed by so many.

There is so much healing and deprogramming that must occur for the human mind and soul to understand and accept there is something outside of themselves. However, when you get down to the bare bones of Magick you will come to the realization that YOU are all you will ever need; you never truly have to look outside yourself because everything and everyone is a reflection of you; the universe is inside of you as you are a inside it.

Religion has many dark sides, the main being that people fail to rely on themselves and take personal responsibility.

Nothing saddens me more than when people give credit for their hard work to God.

Such as, “I beat Cancer, God is good”—I am sure it had nothing to do with the 10+ years of schooling your Oncologist and team of Doctors went through.

My favorite recently was an acquaintance who had gastric bypass surgery to lose weight and practice a healthier lifestyle. I tip my hat to her.

If you are unfamiliar with the process, it’s not easy to get approved for this surgery and you need to show weight loss on your own, through diet and exercise before they will rubber band your stomach; I say it like that because no one wants to talk about the roots of the problem which are our appalling food industry, lack of fresh fruits and vegetables (at affordable costs) for those on and below the poverty line, and emotional binge eating–they only want to talk about the end product, “fat people” and how to shame them.

Needless to say 3 months after her surgery she looks and (assuming) feels fantastic but her posts on fb made me want to bash my head into a wall: “God is good, look at this weight loss.” Or “Won’t He do it, down another 20 pounds!”

Yes, because that is exactly what happened, God was so busy ignoring all the other woes, and ills of this world that he helped you with your weight loss, and had absolutely nothing to do with modern science, your strong will, and the drastic personal changes in your lifestyle.

Nope. It was all God.

The point I am trying to make is that I see testimonials of how Christianity or God saved someone, or helped someone along; I see praise being given time and time again to a Divine being, but never, or rarely do I see someone give some credit to themselves without being torn down by other’s who don’t understand that it is okay to pat yourself on the back, and give credit where credit is due.

There are stories galore about how Christianity saved people from other belief systems, addiction, bad situations, etc.

In fact, I recently read an article about a lovely Woman (much sarcasm) who gave a disgusting representation of the Craft, and said that her experience with Witches is what made her become a Christian. So much ran through my mind in that moment, what could have possibly happened within the craft to make this Woman run to a religion that has done nothing but persecute us, and everyone else that is not of their faith?

Fun Fact: A majority of “Witches” executed during Puritan Witch Trials were Christian, the actual Witches had fled to “New Salem” aka New Orleans when the Witch hunts began, or they found seclusion, solitude, and safety in the deep woods.

To put it simply, Christians were killing Christians.

Shocker.

I am going to say it loud and proud, Witchcraft saved my life.

The Craft helped me heal and understand my physical and mental illnesses, it saved me from many dangerous situations, it has allowed me to heal and hex, it has granted me a level of self-awareness I cannot put into words but most importantly, it saved me from myself.

Without Magick, I would be dead, and this is not something that’s questioned, or exaggerated, it is fact.

The thing with Magick is that it doesn’t come naturally or easily; when I say it doesn’t come naturally I mean that we have to put in work–I believe in natural Witches.

We are tested, brought to our limits and beyond; thrown into the Abyss where we learn to swim, or get swallowed up.

Magick itself is a test, it’s a challenge; those who choose to step on this path are tested by deities and Spirits we work with.

Often times though, the hardest test comes from the depths of our own psyche.

We lose concepts of comfort and security which are falsely placed anyways; we lose everything we thought we knew, everything we thought we loved, and all we can do is put the faith in ourselves, and our Craft that we will survive–that in our metaphorical death there will be purpose and rebirth.

I lost everything, quite literally, everything.

Once I truly devoted myself to Magick it was like a switch was flicked, a light had been turned on and suddenly the illusion that I had been living in, the lies I had been telling myself were seen for what they were: self-destructive behavior and suppressing my Magick.

I knew my Magick was there, I had experienced things since I was a kid, dabbling since I was 5, but I never fully embraced my Witch, I ran from her, she scared me; it took me years to face her and embrace her as part of my whole.

The process was the most painful thing I have ever experienced in my life, but not a day goes by where I am not grateful for that pain; through suffering comes understanding.

I grow every day, I change every day, and I learn every day.

I am constantly evolving, constantly moving forward, seeking knowledge, and challenging myself.

It hasn’t been easy, and it isn’t easy now, but I have never experienced such life altering, mind blowing, soul shattering experiences before, and they continue to manifest in the most glorious ways.

Once your inner Witch awakens there is no denying her/him; you can suppress it for so long before the Universe will force your hand.

Once you have seen Magick, I mean, really seen Magick, there is no going back.

And, why would you want to?

Blessed Are The Witches.

The Origins of ‘Destiny’

Matt

Image: Matt Forsythe

“There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

John Lennon


Inspiration happens in its own time, and it usually occurs during random conversations, and endless banter between friends. I like to bounce ideas off people, or have people bounce their ideas off me. I enjoy hearing different opinions, and perspectives on all aspects of life, especially Philosophy. It has been my experience that I am usually the catalyst but to my surprise on Friday night, I found myself to be the receptor.

This young man found his way to me a few months ago, and we have had a few conversations, but nothing like this. I usually don’t find myself actually wanting to sit and talk to people in private messages, not like I have something better to do, or think that I am better, I just don’t like forced conversation, or small talk. I guess this is a bit selfish of me, in fact, I know it is. My inbox is usually full of messages from people, and I answer them in my own time, which is not how I should be, but it’s how I am.

I don’t know why I felt the need to even begin the conversation, there was no real topic, it was kind of like two minds who couldn’t sleep were just bouncing conspiracies, belief’s, experiences and feelings off of each other. His mind is a delightfully deep place, he is neither light nor dark but an all-encompassing energy, he has a bit of everything. Which, for someone like me, draws me in like a moth to light.

I am intrigued by people who have not taken sides, who have not chosen a specific path, and they are kind of forging their own, quite literally. He also identifies with both genders, and there is a clear divide between a strong feminine, and masculine energy. The funny thing is he has found almost a perfect balance, there is no battling between sides going on.

So in the midst of talking about reptilians, Archon’s, Anunnaki and every conspiracy relating to them, we also discussed the possibility of Yahweh or Allah being the true “Satan” (the cliché evil entity that wreaks havoc on the world). I mean, we covered all bases, every concept that could be discussed, some were utterly ridiculous, but others blossomed ideas in my head. We got onto the topic of destiny, and if I believe things are pre-determined, or the whole “everything happens for a reason”.

Do I believe everything happens for a reason? No. Do I believe that some omniscient God has determined my path? No. Do I believe some things happen no matter what? Yes.

The ultimate paradox.

Before I even had time to think of the answer I had already hit send with my response, and as I read it, I became conflicted with myself. As a theistic Luciferian, walker of the LHP, we tend to think we are our own web weavers, and only we have that power. I do believe I weave my own web, and I believe that everyone has this ability, and often ignore it but, I believe that some things are truly going to happen no matter what. There may not be one clear pre-destined path to get to this point, but some things: events, relationships, dreams, goals, jobs, etc. are just “meant to be”. I don’t know who I believe is in charge of this, and part of me thinks maybe it is another version of ourselves guiding us, maybe from a parallel place, or perhaps another life. I am still figuring that part out for myself. I know I definitely don’t think it is “God”.

So this weekend was spent going over the conversation, and challenging my own philosophy. It led me to wonder, where did the idea of destiny originally come from? Was it really the Greeks? Do Christians, and other Abrahamic religions have their own version of this, or have they diluted this, too?

I am a Seeker, and found some answers, so I am going to share them with you.

The concept of destiny: noun: The events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future: The hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate, first appeared with the Greeks, and of course there was a Roman equivalent.

“The Moerae are the three sisters who decide on human fate: Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropus. They sing in unison with the music of the Sirens, weavers of fate, although the Moerae are 3, Fate is 1.”

“The Goddess of Necessity, Themis, brought forth three lovely daughters, known as the Moirai (Fates). All living things must eventually submit to these divine daughters of Zeus and Themis. Their names are: Klotho (Clotho), Lakhesis (Lachesis) and Atropos. Klotho spins the thread of life, Lakhesis determines the length of the thread and Atropos cuts the thread when the proper time has come for death.”

“The Fates also called the Moerae or the Parcae, determined when life begins, when it ends, and what happens in between. They were made up of three Sisters: Clotho, who appeared as a maiden and spun the thread of life. Her name meant The Spinner Lachesis, who appeared as a matron and measured the thread of life. She was the Caster of lots. Atropos, who cut the thread of life, and appeared as a crone. Her name meant, Unbending Though the smallest of the three, she is the most terrible. In Greek mythology, the white-robed Moirae or Moerae (in Greek Μοῖραι — the “apportioners”, often called the Fates) were the personifications of destiny (Roman equivalent: Parcae, “sparing ones”, or Fata; also equivalent to the Germanic Norns). They controlled the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal and immortal from birth to death (and beyond). Even the gods feared the Moirae. Zeus also was subject to their power, as the Pythian priestess at Delphi once admitted. The Greek word moira (μοῖρα) literally means a part or portion, and by extension one’s portion in life or destiny. The three Moirae were:

“Clotho (pronounced in English [‘kləʊθəʊ], Greek Κλωθώ — “spinner”) spun the thread of life from her distaff onto her spindle. Her Roman equivalent was Nona, (the ‘Ninth’), who was originally a goddess called upon in the ninth month of pregnancy.”

“Lachesis ([‘lækəsɪs], Greek Λάχεσις — “allotter” or drawer of lots) measured the thread of life with her rod. Her Roman equivalent was Decima (the ‘Tenth’).”

“Atropos ([‘ætrəpɒs], Greek Ἄτροπος — “inexorable” or “inevitable”, literally “unturning”, sometimes called Aisa) was the cutter of the thread of life. She chose the manner of a person’s death. When she cut the thread with “her abhorrèd shears”, someone on Earth died. Her Roman equivalent was Morta (a name apparently borrowed from the Greek Μόрτη Mortē “destiner”; not to be confused with the minor Roman god Mors “Death”).”

“The Moirae were supposed to appear three nights after a child’s birth to determine the course of its life. It is difficult to separate them from the Norns, the similar age-old fates, older than the gods, of a separate Indo-European tradition.”

  1. The Fates
  2. The Norns
  3. Moirai
  4. Three Sisters – (Also name to the three mountains “The Three Sisters” in Oregon)
  5. Weird Sisters – (Another name for both the “Fates” and “Norns”) – Anglo-Saxon Mythology
  6. Wyrd Sisters – (see “Weird Sisters”) – Anglo-Saxon
  7. Sisters of weird – (see “Weird Sisters”)
  8. Maiden from Giantland
  9. Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos (Greek Mythology)
  10. Wyrd, Urlverli and Skuld
  11. Nona, Morta, & Decuma (Roman Mythology)
  12. Urd or Urth (Past or Fate), Verandi or Verthandi (Present or Necessity) Skuld (Future or Being) – Norse Mythology
  13. The Maiden, The Mother and The Crone – also linked to the three visible phases of the moon – Waxing, Full and Waning. Also, Past, Present and Future.
  14. “Three in One” of Christian imagery The trinity of Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
  15. Wyrd Myths
  16. Parcae
  17. Fatae
  18. Moriae – (Moirai)
  19. Three Witches – (Macbeth)
  20. Harsh Spinners – (“Fates” or “Fatae”)
  21. Faith, Hope and Charity – (Also what the Three Mountains in Oregon are named after – Christian Concept – The “Three Sisters” are also the three basic agricultural crops of Native Americans in North America, squash, maize (or corn), and climbing beans)
  22. Luna, Phoebe and Selene – (In the cartoon series “Gargoyles”)
  23. The Triple Goddesses – Pagan/Wiccan/Celtic
  24. Laimas – Latvian Mythology
  25. Morrigan – Celtic Mythology
  26. Holle, Hulda, or Holda – Europe
  27. Laima, Karta and Dekla (Laimas)
  28. Laime ( See “Laimas” )
  29. Morrigu (Morrigan)”

Source, and to read more: http://www.shedrums.com/Fates.htm

“The ancient Greeks thought that the divinities knew everything including what would happen in the future. The Fates laid out a plan for each person at birth that was fixed and unchangeable. The Fates carried out the divine plan of Zeus by drawing lots and tying the resulting allotments into threads of life for each mortal born. These threads are woven together, actually knotted at different points and in different ways. Then the fabric of life is cut off at death and the end of life for that mortal.”

“A lottery is supposed to be a way a group of people have an equal chance to gain something valuable. The Fates use a lottery to distribute the goods and bads of the world to every mortal born. In a bag are placed tokens of these goods and bads. Before a person is born a number of these tokens are drawn out. In a normal lottery this would be a random event. But in the case of the Fates their knowledge of the future and the past allow them to draw tokens that suit the divine plan of Zeus. A mortal can repeat the same process and this is sometimes done to enable the mortal to prophesy the future. But when a mortal does this the result is just a random selection. The only exception to this is when the mortal has obtained the favor of some deity. Then the deity has the power to cause the tokens to be drawn in a way that reveals true prophesy. Many priests and others have claimed to be able to secure the favor of a deity and obtain a true prophesy. Persons in ancient Greek literature who have been described as having this power inlude: Calchas son of Thestor, Cassandra, Chryses, Iamus, Idmon, Lampon, Melampus, Mopsus, Tiresias, and Melampus. The literature about ancient Greece refer to these as seers. They are essentially prophets. They are not shaman only because the Greek religion is not considered shamanism.”

Source, and to read more: http://www.rwaag.org/fates

I don’t know if I can personally follow a belief that I am somehow destined to experience everything in my life because a thread was cut, I am not willing to entirely dismiss the idea though, either. I find myself in an in between place. Interesting information nonetheless.

So, what do Christians seem to think about destiny?

“This is a very complex issue, and we will start with what the Bible does not teach. Fate is usually thought of as a predetermined course of events beyond human control. A typical response to a belief in fate is resignation—if we can’t change destiny, then why even try? Whatever happens, happens, and we can’t do anything about it. This is called “fatalism,” and it is not biblical.”

“Fatalism is a major premise of Islam, which demands total submission to the sovereignty of Allah. It is widely held in Hinduism, too; in fact, it is a fatalistic view of life that helps keep India’s caste system in place. Greek mythology told of the Moirai, or the Fates, three goddesses pictured as weavers of men’s lives. Their decisions could not be canceled or annulled, even by other gods. Again, fatalism is not a biblical concept.”

Fatalism: noun: The belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable.

“The Bible teaches that Man was created with the ability to make moral choices and that he is responsible for those choices. The Fall of Man was not a predetermined event in which Adam and Eve were hapless victims of a Puppet-Master God. On the contrary, Adam and his wife had the ability to choose obedience (with its attendant blessing) or disobedience (with its consequent curse). They knew what the result of their decision would be, and they were held accountable (Genesis 3).”

“This theme of being held accountable for our choices continues throughout Scripture. “He who sows wickedness reaps trouble” (Proverbs 22:8a). “All hard work brings a profit, / but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23). “Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you” (Romans 13:3).”

“Often, when the Bible speaks of destiny, it’s in reference to a destiny people have brought upon themselves: “Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction” (Philippians 3:18-19). “This is the fate of those who trust in themselves” (Psalm 49:13). “A man who commits adultery lacks judgment; / whoever does so destroys himself” (Proverbs 6:32). “Each person was judged according to what he had done” (Revelation 20:13).”

“We sin because we choose to. We can’t blame “Fate,” kismet, predestination, or God. James 1:13-14 says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.”

“Interestingly, many people who choose to sin are annoyed by the negative consequences of their sin. “A man’s own folly ruins his life, / yet his heart rages against the LORD” (Proverbs 19:3). This is a very insightful verse. When a man foolishly wrecks his life, he may yet insist on blaming God, or perhaps “Fate.” In this way, he persists in his folly.”

Source, and to read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/fate-destiny.html

What about Islam?

“There is no doubt that God has decreed everything that happens in the universe from the beginning of time to the end, and that God has written it all in the Book of Decree:

{Know you not that Allah knows all that is in the heaven and on the earth? Verily, it is (all) in the Book (Al‑Lawh Al‑Mahfuz). Verily, that is easy for Allah} (Al-Hajj 22: 70)

It is narrated that Abdullah ibn Amr said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying:

“Allah wrote down the decrees of creation fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth. Everything happens by the will of God. Whatever He wills happens, and whatever He does not will does not happen. However, as Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid explains:

“Belief in al-qadar (predestination) does not contradict the idea that a person has free will with regard to actions in which he has free choice. Shariah and real life both indicate that people have this will. God says concerning man’s will:

{That is (without doubt) the True Day. So, whosoever wills, let him seek a place with (or a way to) His Lord (by obeying Him in this worldly life)!} (Al-Naba’ 78: 39)

“These verses confirm that man has a will and the ability to do what he wants and not to do what he does not want. With regard to real life, everyone knows that he has a will and the ability to do what he wants and not to do what he does not want. And he can distinguish between the things that happen when he wants them to, such as walking, and those that happen without him wanting them to, such as shivering. But the will and ability of man are subject to the will and decree of God.”

“Sheikh Al-Munajjid’s last paragraph is the key to understanding Al-Qadar: walking (voluntary) versus shivering (involuntary). Other scholars have explained it as two types of Qadar, fixed and flexible. The fixed Qadar is that which happens to us from beyond our control. For example the time and place of our birth, any illnesses and natural disasters that befall us, etc. The flexible Qadar is that which is within the realm of our free will. Whether we do good or evil, and what we choose to believe and how we choose to live.”

Source: http://www.onislam.net/english/reading-islam/understanding-islam/belief/fate-and-destiny/456408-allahs-plan-for-you-and-me.html?Destiny

Lastly, what does Judaism say?

“Jewish mystical tradition reveals the tremendous power that each human being has to affect the world through the unique gift of freewill. The Zohar itself illustrates this idea when it proclaims, “When man accomplishes God’s will below, he causes a parallel rectification above.” (Zohar I:35a) This single statement can give us an understanding of the differences between the beings that inhabit the upper, spiritual worlds, and human beings in the lower, physical world.”

“God created a system where the ripples of our freewill in the physical world are felt even in the spiritual realms. The idea that God created a world where humans were given complete freewill is a gift of tremendous magnitude and responsibility in itself. But the Zohar teaches us here that God created a system where the ripples of our freewill in the physical world are felt even in the spiritual realms.”

“Let’s examine this concept on a deeper level through the mystical commentary on the Torah written by the great Spanish Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman (1194-1270), known as the Ramban.”

“In the beginning of parashat Vayetzei, Jacob is fleeing from the murderous intentions of his brother Esau after receiving the blessing of the firstborn. On his way to seek refuge in the home of his uncle Laban, Jacob unknowingly sets up camp on the holy site of the future Temple. The Torah recounts the fantastic vision that appeared to him that night:

And behold the ladder was standing on the ground, and the top was reaching up to the heavens, and behold, angels of God were traveling up and down on it. (Gen. 28:12)

“The question that drives the Ramban’s comment here is a simple one: why are the angels going up first, and then coming down? If angels are truly beings of the upper spiritual worlds, then shouldn’t they come down first, and then go up? On this point the Ramban writes:

“God shows Jacob in a prophetic dream that everything in the world is done through angels, and all that occurs in the world is done through heavenly decrees given to them. Angels themselves that are sent to interact with the world never do anything on their own accord, whether a small or a large matter, until they return and stand before the Master of the World and say: “We have traveled the earth, and behold it is filled with tranquility”, or “it is filled with sword and blood”, and then God commands them to return down to the Earth and to do what God desires.” Note: Followers of Judaism do not say, or type out the word “God” I put the ‘o’ in so that you guys would understand, not that I think you are stupid. Also, I am not worried about pissing God off. –wink-

Source: http://www.chabad.org/kabbalah/article_cdo/aid/380295/jewish/The-Power-of-Our-Freewill.htm

I find it interesting that with every culture, every tradition, and religion there is mention of destiny, or a pre-determined life.

Makes me wonder.