Luciferianism is the study of the hidden, occult forces in man and in nature. Neo-Luciferianism is a practical and result-oriented occult path for those with the will and talent of success.
Lucifer was a Roman God. His name means Lightbearer. In Roman mythology he is the herald of Aurora, the dawn. Lucifer is the personification of the Morningsstar, the planet Venus. In Greek mythology Lucifer was called Phosphorus, the shining one, herald to the rosy-fingered Eos, sister of Selene and Helios, the Moon and the Sun. The Dawn, which lies between darkness and light, is a fitting symbol of initiation. Lucifer, the herald of dawn, becomes the initiator himself.
Lucifer is an alien element in Christianity. His role in Christianity is due to a mistranslation in the Book of Isaiah and he was later identified with Satan. The Book of Isaiah 12:14 says: [Hebrew letters] HYLL BN-ShChR. HYLL means bright or shining morningstar. BN means son. ShChR means dawn or morningstar. The Bright Son of the Morningstar, an ironic title Isaiah attributed to the arrogant Babylonian King Tiglath-Pileser III. By the translation into Greek, the translator used the word phosphorus, the shining one, and from the translation in Greek into Latin, the word used was Lucifer. In the Vulgate Bible Lucifer is spelled without a capital L. It was not intended to be a name, but a title.
In the Lucifer myth and in Christianity's perversion of ancient mythologies, it is easy to recognize Aurora, the dawn dressed in red gowns who loves to seduce young kings and princes, in the shape of Babylon, the Scarlet Whore who courts kings at her tent in the Apocalypse of St. John. The beautiful love-sick woman, a symbol of initiation, was turned into a simple slut by the men of Christianity.
In a certain sense Lucifer can be compared to the Daimon of Greek Mythology or The Holy Guardian Angel of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Aleister Crowley's systems. Aurora is just an ancient symbol of Babalon. Methods and perception of truth changes as the years roll by and the centuries pass, but the Gnosis remains unchanged. It is the Axl in the Wheel.
In his Book IV, part 3 (Chp. XXI, footnote), Aleister Crowley identifies Aiwaz – a key-deity in the system known as Thelema - as the solar-phallic-hermetic ”Lucifer”, and his own Holy Guardian Angel. The concept of the daimon is further elaborated upon by identifying Satan with Hadit – another key-deity - explained from the perspective of the androgyne devil of the Tarot, Baphomet, a reference to Hermes as the lord of initiation. The esoteric luciferian concept can thus – for the individual seeker – be intervowen with The Book of the Law and the magick doctrines of Thelema.
Lucifer's role as an Arch-Devil was adopted by Christians, Satanists and Occultists, but not by luciferians. We find the Arch-Devil Lucifer represented in works such as The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage, written in 1458. Here he's the airial crownprince of Hell and reigns with Satan, Belial and Leviathan.
Eliphas Levi writes in the 1850ies, in Dogme et Rituel de la haute Magie: "The Great Magical Agent manifests by four kinds of phenomena, and has been subjected to the experiments of profane science under four names - caloric, light, electricity, magnetism. It has received also the names of TETRAGRAM, INRI, AZOTH, ETHER, OD, Magnetic Fluid, Soul of the Earth, Lucifer, etc."
Years later the famous freemason Albert Pike mentions the Lucifer of Light in his Morals and Dogma from 1871, writing: "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!" The quote actually origins from the French occultist Eliphas Levi, though in a slightly different form. As Pike, Levi was connected to Freemasonry, and the myth of Luciferianism within Freemasonry was fueled further when Leo Taxil (Gabriel Jogand-Pagés) made his famous hoax in the late 19th century. Of course Freemasonry isn't luciferian. Neither Pike or Levi believed that, but the quote of the Luciferian idea of a Light Bearer illustrates that spiritually interested indivuals had seen through the Christian biased view of the Bringer of Light and that ”spiritual satanism” or Luciferianism was surfacing in the late 19th century.
In 1899 a book surfaced, written by Charles G. Leland, claiming to be an old Italian manuscript for witches. It was titled Arardia – or the Gospel of the Witches, and says: "DIANA was the first created before all creation; in her were all things; out of herself, the first darkness, she divided herself; into darkness and light she was divided. Lucifer, her brother and son, herself and her other half, was the light. And when DIANA saw that the light was so beautiful, the light which was her other half, her brother Lucifer, she yearned for it with exceeding great desire. Wishing to receive the light again into her darkness, to swallow it up in rapture, in delight, she trembled with desire. This desire was the dawn."