Von Stuck’s Lucifero
An important group of people whom I neglected in previous posts is comprised by those who identify Lucifer as a great God. Sorry about the oversight.
This is seen in Aradia: Or the Gospel of the Witches, compiled by the folklorist Charles G. Leland, in the second paragraph of the book:
Diana greatly loved her brother Lucifer, the god of the Sun and of the Moon, the God of Light (Splendor), who was so proud of his beauty and who for his pride was driven from Paradise.
I won’t get into the controversies surrounding Aradia and Stregheria. As I’ve told on this blog before, I know at least one person who has studied Stregheria “at the feet” of a real Italian witch — or maybe more than one such friend, but it’s hard for an outsider like me to discern authentic Stregheria from modern reinventions of it, as what little I know is second hand. —Anyway, I personally believe that Aradia is exactly what it seems to be. If I’m right, then with the paragraph quoted above we have our first example of Lucifer being viewed as a great God for hundreds of years. If I’m wrong, many people still believe in Aradia nonetheless, and thus we have examples amongst our contemporaries who believe Lucifer as a great God.
Aradia sort of naturally segues into the next topic — Traditional Witchcraft. My personal opinion is that some of these traditions do stem from older times, the Middle Ages or the Early Modern Period at the latest, having developed out of something else before that. What that something else might have been I don’t pretend to know. If you doubt the existence of historical, pre-1950’s witchcraft, you should read about Saveock Water in Cornwall. You should visit online the Museum of Witchcraft. —You should also read Ecstasies: Deciphering the Witches’ Sabbath by Carlo Ginzburg, Emma Wilby’s Cunning-Folk and Familiar Spirits and The Visions of Isobel Gowdie: Magic, Witchcraft and Dark Shamanism in Seventeenth-Century Scotland and the works of Éva Pócs. More information would be too much for this entry and off topic — maybe another time.
The point is that many contemporary traditional witches venerate and celebrate a Deity or spirit known as Old Horney, amongst other names, including the Devil. Is this being the same as Lucifer? Maybe in some cases, maybe not in others. Maybe the Witchfather as he’s also known is an entirely different spirit. But he might be another face of Lucifer. As he’s nameless and has a thousand faces, and as I’m not a traditional witch who so celebrates and venerates this Being, I’m not qualified to say one way or the other. Some witches I know do consider him the same being as Lucifer though.
Mark Alan Smith’s Primal Craft is another example. In his works of powerful sorcery and mysticism, based on his own personal gnosis or encounters with the primal “Gods of Witchcraft” themselves, he regards Hecate (he uses the Roman spelling rather than transliterated Greek as I do) and Lucifer’s mother and lover, in a way similar to Aradia. Lucifer according to Smith is a great God, second only to Hekate. —I personally find his highly sexualized gnosis of Hekate hard to swallow — no such thing is in the lore and it’s contrary to my own personal gnosis. But nevertheless he regards Lucifer as a great God and so I must mention his views. Regardless of the truth of his own mythology, his books contain some powerful sorcery. I once owned the first book of his Trident of Witchcraft series, Queen of Hell, but sold it on eBay for a healthy sum.
And last I must include the many devotees of Lucifer who follow their own personal gnosis and direct experiences of Lucifer without writing books about it. I know you all are myriad in number. I salute you for your devotion to the Lightbringer, Lucifer Morningstar.
May his light shine upon you and may he elevate your minds and souls!
This concludes my posts on Lucifer. I’ve said my good-byes to Quimbanda, with considerable heartache and anguish, to devote myself entirely to Hekate spiritually. I knew Lucifer as Exu Rei or Exu Lucifer. I doubt I’ll meet this particular face of Lucifer again. I write that with regret, as I rather enjoyed his presence.