So, my online kindred helped me figure out that having a periodic Visiting Deity will help keep my practice fresh and interesting. My first visitor is Lucifer, the devil-god of outcasts, heretics, and spiritual seekers of gnosis.
He is helping me with contract magic (more on that in a future post). His visit is renewing my demonolatry research. I was curious about demonolatry as a young pagan but haven’t picked it up since then. So, it’s fun to return. I reread some choice excerpts from Emma Wilby’s excellent work Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits: Shamanistic Visionary Traditions in Early Modern British Witchcraft and Magic. I have also ordered a modern pagan book on Luciferian practices, The Luminous Stone: Lucifer in Western Esotericism.
Admittedly, we have had some miscommunications. He seemed to want to become a more permanent installment on my shrine, but I think having a free-wheeling Visiting Deity spot on my shrine is more comfortable.
Aside from exploring contract magic, I also have a few other Luciferian experiments lined up with the aim of refreshing my spiritual practices. It’s nice to feel excited again.
Hymn to Lucifer
by Aleister Crowley
Ware, nor of good nor ill, what aim hath act?
Without its climax, death, what savour hath
Life? an impeccable machine, exact
He paces an inane and pointless path
To glut brute appetites, his sole content
How tedious were he fit to comprehend
Himself! More, this our noble element
Of fire in nature, love in spirit, unkenned
Life hath no spring, no axle, and no end.
His body a bloody-ruby radiant
With noble passion, sun-souled Lucifer
Swept through the dawn colossal, swift aslant
On Eden’s imbecile perimeter.
He blessed nonentity with every curse
And spiced with sorrow the dull soul of sense,
Breathed life into the sterile universe,
With Love and Knowledge drove out innocence
The Key of Joy is disobedience.