A Visit from Lucifer

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.

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