Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Time for War and Love

Uranus blasted his way into Aries over the previous week; as a result, most of the Aries you'll meet that are susceptible to this influence are probably hyper-powered, hopped-up megalomaniacs with absolutely no moral standards.

Which is totally awesome. At least if you're me. To quote, with amusement:

“Uranus’ movement into your sign foreshadows an epic adventure of radical personal empowerment that will take you through most of the next decade. As Uranus moves into your sign, you’ll find yourself subject to the “Magneto Transit,” where your latent mutant abilities rise to the surface, and your tolerance for mere humans falls to an all-time low. Enjoy.

Saturn’s direct station this week helps clarify exactly what you need to do to maintain your physical and financial health. Pay attention to the messages and find a way to gladly pay the cost to keep the physical layer of your life healthy.”

Now, if anyone can kindly explain why this shit hits me about two to three weeks early, or why it began on the Equinox, I'd gladly like to know.

Anyway, I have no small amount of experience with the, err, Luciferian Gnosis. Because I'm a shameless heretic and a guiltless exile from at least one Proper Religious Institution. But all of that aside, I'm more like a Gnostic Luciferian Infonaut. (Honestly, I could string together bizarre labels like that all day and it'd never get old. I can never properly express the amusement I feel with the act.) There's a few reasons for that, namely the fact that Lucifer wasn't the figure behind the idea of Satan until Tertullian, Origen, and a few other early Christian writers created him.

How you have fallen from heaven,
O morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!

You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.

I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.

- Isaiah 14:12-14

Here we see the primary justification for the use of the name, represented by the “Morning Star” – or the Star Holding Out Against God. However, the passage is in fact referring to the Babylonian king who stands before the wrath of God:

But you are brought down to the grave,
to the depths of the pit.

Those who see you stare at you,
they ponder your fate:
“Is this the man who shook the earth
and made kingdoms tremble,

the man who made the world a desert,
who overthrew its cities
and would not let his captives go home?

- Isaiah 14:15-17

There was even an early sect of Christians known as Luciferians, in that they followed the Bishop Lucifer of Cagliari. St. Jerome wrote about them in his Liber Contra Luciferianos. As such the figure exists mostly in the traditions of diabology, and has very little (at least in common conception) with the figure that exists within strict scripture. John Milton noticed this, and as such he uses the name Satan to designate his villain/hero in Paradise Lost and the word Lucifer is presented as the Angel was in Heaven.

However, the tradition of Diabology has always ignored this and so the figure of Lucifer has continued on in literature – from Paradise Lost to Cain by Byron – and as Steve Brust's marvelous To Reign in Hell suggests, will continue so long as Christianity exists.

Having suggested that now is a good time to ride such a current, let me introduce the antidote: you need to work Venus. Love, compassion, empathy: these are the counter-balances to being an exiled badass filled with Rage Toward the Unjust:

“Farewel happy Fields
Where Joy for ever dwells: Hail horrours, hail
Infernal world, and thou profoundest Hell
Receive thy new Possessor: One who brings
A mind not to be chang'd by Place or Time.
The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
What matter where, if I be still the same,
And what I should be, all but less then he
Whom Thunder hath made greater? Here at least
We shall be free; th' Almighty hath not built
Here for his envy, will not drive us hence:
Here we may reign secure, and in my choyce
To reign is worth ambition though in Hell:
Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav'n.”

- Milton, Paradise Lost: Book 1:249-263

Incidentally, this is exactly what Byron suggests to a degree in Cain when Lucifer and the Lord duke it out in the heart and mind of Cain. Lucifer's desire for individuation, and separation from God is completely sympathized with in Byron's work, however the underlying warning is that love is absolutely necessary to counter-balance the extreme force of this distancing of one's self from the world around one. In Paradise Lost, the hero of Satan is transformed into his monstrousness by the end of the play by his continued assault on the Almighty, even after coming to realize that he can't win the war. Rather than seeking peace in exile and searching for the answers, he instead pursues the course of pure onslaught; and knowingly drags man down with him.

That's Milton's take, and ironically enough – though he misinterpreted the motives of Milton in treating Lucifer/Satan heroically (we're meant to identify with Lucifer for a reason) – Byron tends to agree with this assessment. Cain's error is in listening only to Lucifer, rather than reconciling the two deviated points of view within himself.

As such my suggestion – having hunted for the answer for many years and enjoyed life much more after finding it – is to work with compassion as well as the other side of the coin.

Incidentally, I also think this transit and it's “counter-balance” as proposed has popped up in a few blogs (RO, Kenaz, POS, and even Venus Satanas).

There is no need for the current of individuation – even rejection – and that of compassion or union with the divine to be seen as opposites. They work in conjunction with each other; things rejected, things embrace, things reconciled.

Oh. If you can't tell, it's also a good time to be a bit Dionysian. Lessen the strain during your “infernal war,” take a few days off, make some love and don't try to blast any Magickal Orders out of existence.


On his way out of town shortly.


ninni said...
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Kenaz Filan said...

Jack: in an unrelated note, I responded to your comments re the Kenneth Grant books. It looks like they have become available. Let me know which if any you might be interested in at kenazfilan @

Jack Faust said...

Nini, I think you're a bot. So I'm removing your comment. Apologies if you aren't.

Kenaz: Excellent!

brynne said...

This skims over most of what you wrote, but I just want to agree that "To Reign in Hell" is a fantastic book.