The Gnostic Mystery of Lucifer and its Esoteric Meaning
A lot has been spoken about Lucifer, a lot of fear has been conjured up by the name that has been associated with the anthropomorphic Satan throughout the Christian history. Outside the esoteric circles, very little or nothing is known about the true meaning and purpose of the aspect that is so relevant for the self-realization of the Being.
The name Lucifer is not a real name that appears in the Bible, but Latin version of the original word “Helel”, which means “the shining one”. The name Lucifer appears in the King James version of the Bible, and a meaning “light bringer” is given it. According to Madame Blavatsky, it is Pope Gregory I. that made a connection between Lucifer and Satan, when interpreting the only appearing mention of Lucifer in the Old Testament from a passage of Isaiah, that says “How art thou fallen from Heaven, Lucifer, son of the morning”, which was a passage criticizing an Assyrian king. Whether the pope had some insight about the esoteric nature of Lucifer or not, we cannot say, however the result of that was polarization of the concept of God as his antithesis has since been perceived in Lucifer.
Interestingly, in the book of Revelation of the New Testament, the following is stated:
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
We know that the Morning Star is Venus, which has also been associated with Lucifer. Why would Jesus make a reference to himself as being the antithesis of God? Why would he be associated in any way with Lucifer? We can find the answer to this question in the teachings of Samael Aun Weor.
Planet Venus is esoterically known as the planet of love, though as every planet has both positive and negative rays, we can discover that the negative side of Venus is the opposite of love; it is lust. The light of lust is a false light that is mechanical and enslaving, whereas the light of love is true light that shines like a Morning Star, illuminating the way for initiates that thread the Path. We can only make of it our guide when the transition is made from lust to love, because only then can we see its light illuminating the path in front of us, and gradually illuminating and settling within our interior. This Star is also known as the Stella Maris, the Star of the Sea, the Being, Christ.
The ancient knowledge that has been publicly revealed in the past century by Samael Aun Weor, teaches us about the most potent energy that exist within the human organism – the sexual energy, and it explains how to purify it, perfect it, and use it for self-realization, in order to transform oneself from the intellectual animal into a true human being, and from a true human being into a spiritual being. It is only with the correct use of the sexual energy that this can be achieved, as the sexual energy must be purified of its lustful dominion in order to become a useful fuel that the Being can use to awaken and self-realize his essence.
In his lectures the Agnostos Theos, Samael Aun Weor has said the following:
“…That is Lucifer; but do not think in an Anthropomorphous Archangel, Lucifer is very individual, each one of us has his particular, individual Lucifer. Lucifer is one of the aspects of our Internal Being and in truth is the most important one. Is, I would say, the duplicate of the Third logos in ourselves, the shadow of Shiva, the Arch hierophant and Arch magician.
“Did he used to shine? It is truth: scorchingly. As an Ineffable Archangel, he was a Saint Kumara, but when we made the mistake to fall in the animal generation, in the root of our actions, because he is one of the most important aspects of our Being, because he is the duplicate of our Inner God, he fell in the darkness of this world and was transformed in the devil.
“There are as many devils as human being are on the earth; each one of us has his own devil and this particular devil, is black as the coal, crystallized by the Kundartiguador organ, in the Negative Fohat, in the Fire of Fatality, the Luciferic fire.
“Lucifer is in awkwardness, but he was the most excellent creature, not inside the Being, but in ourselves. We have to whiten and that is written. The medieval alchemists said: “Burn your books and whiten the brass…” It is known that brass is made with cooper and the cooper is related with Venus, the morning star…
“To whiten the brass means to whiten the own internal devil to achieve the liberation. He is the enslaved Prometheus: a vulture devour his entrails untiringly (the vulture of desire). Our Lucifer has power over the heavens, over the earth and over the infernos, but we have him in misfortune; if we whiten him, we will be rewarded. How could we to whiten him? Eliminating the Ego, creating the Existential Superior Bodies of the Being and sacrificing ourselves for humanity.
“Among the Aztecs, Lucifer appears falling with his head downward into the abyss as a symbol of our sexual fall. But there is something new in the Aztec’s doctrine: Lucifer girding the cord girdle of a penitent, of an anchorite. Lucifer, making penitence? Have you ever seen something more extraordinary?
“That Lucifer is the representation of our Philosophical Stone, and besides he has that paradigm in us; but is so intimately related with the Mercury of the secret Philosophy, that it looks as if we had passed through a disaggregation, but we have not passed through any desegregation; it is necessary to put a lot of attention… I already said that the Metallic soul of the Sperm is the Philosophers’ Stone, I also said that Lucifer is the Philosophers’ Stone. So, divine: What of the two is the Philosophers’ Stone? In truth, Lucifer and the Metallic Soul of the Sperm are the Philosophers’ Stone; that stone is occult by Lucifer.
“Well, in the Cathedral of Notre Dame of Paris, appear a bird, one raven observing the “small stone of the corner.” What does appear in that “small stone of the corner”? A figure, a devil. What does “the raven of the putrefaction” means? The death! We need the elimination, to kill, to destroy the animal Ego; only in that form it is possible to whiten the devil that is in the corner of the temple and that wants his liberation, because he wants to become again the Luminous Archangel of other times.”
In many other places, Samael Aun Weor has said that Lucifer is a shadow of the Being, a psychological trainer that brings on difficult tests related to lustful desires, and that we access a virtue each time we win over temptation. In other words, Lucifer makes us stronger and more virtuous if we are victorious in the difficult situation that he puts forward by tempting us, by manifesting strong or subtle aspects of lust within us. However, if we succumb to the desires, we become more enslaved by lust. That’s why it is said that the sexual energy can either enslave us or set us free. In its pure form the sexual energy is divine, but conditioned by the ego it becomes governed by lust. The latter is an expression of the conditioned sexual energy, trapped in the layers of the egoic energy. The Great Work entails not only purifying the sexual energy, but also using it to create the inner spiritual bodies in which the Being can incarnate and expand.
Just like in the Rembrandt’s Philosopher (the first image in this article) there is a beastly creature tending the fire in the philosopher’s house, so too our inner Lucifer is tending the fire (our sexual energy) by making it burn wildly, so that a process is created that makes it possible for us to become stronger by winning over temptations and dissolving the egos, so that the sexual fire is purified, and the conditions are met for our Divine Being to move closer and closer to us.
The Inner Christ comes as the result of the purified energy and the passing of tests. He is the Morning Star that lights the way over dangerous roads and stormy sea of our passions. It shines both within and without, so that we can overcome Luciferic temptations and reach the Father.
“To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations… just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
~ Yeshua, Revelation 2:18-29