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Etu Malku

Origin of Lucifer
« on: August 11, 2018, 10:48:17 pm »
The word Lucifer can be traced to the ancient ideals surrounding the myths associated with the Morningstar and his brother the Evening Star. Early on these myths place the Morningstar into the role of the attempted usurper who is defeated and becomes a ‘fallen’ deity as in Sumerian and Assyrian cosmology. It would not be until the Gnostics of the 1st century A.D. and Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ (1667 A.D.) found Lucifer to be the Serpent in the Garden of Eden and transformed the myth of the Fallen Morningstar into that of the angel Lucifer the principle of compassion for life and creation, defiance of corrupt authority and the current of spiritual evolution.

Babylonian myth has the very first association to the concept of a 'fallen' deity and its association with the Morning Star. The Sumerian king Etana is driven by his pride to strive for the highest seat among the star‑gods on the Northern Mountain . . . but was hurled down by the supreme ruler of the Babylonian Olympus.

A Canaanite myth from Phonecia called the "Fall of the day star" describes the fall of Helel ben Shahar (Son of the Dawn). Another Ugaritic myth called the Baal cycle describes the fall of the god Attar from Saphon and the "invasion of the garden of gods".

In another Mesopotamian myth, the god Helel tries to overthrow the great god El. Eventually, these myths became the Sumerian story of Ishtar and Inanna's descent into the Underworld. Here Inanna is directly associated with the planet Venus.

Later, Helel is translated into Greek as Eosphorus/Phosphorus. And in this translation, the word means ‘light/dawn bearer’ while  Hesperus, the Evening Star is the Son of the Dawn goddess Eos. The Greeks finally accepted the Babylonian view that the two Stars were the same, and the Babylonian identification of the planets with the Great Gods, and dedicated the "wandering star" to Aphrodite (Roman Venus), as its equivalent.

Roman religion would use the Latin word 'lucifer' as an adjective applied to the Moon. As a noun, it was associated with "Morning Star", its divine personification as "the fabled son of Aurora and Cephalus, and father of Ceyx". The second of the meanings attached to the word when used as a noun corresponds to the image in Greek mythology of Eos, the Goddess of Dawn, giving birth to the morning star Phosphorus.
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pi_rameses

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 12:46:40 am »
Welcome @Etu Malku
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As you did for the vacuous Rom,
grant us eyes.
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Onyx

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2018, 03:50:54 am »
Hey @Etu Malku , I can make a new sub-category here for the Mercuræn paradigm if you want. And also I found your History of the Morningstar essay which should be of interest to people here, feel free to post that or anything else.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2018, 04:22:01 am by Onyx »

Etu Malku

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2018, 09:48:51 am »
If you are willing to create a Mercuræn category then I am willing to add content and drag some bodies here. Thank you.
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Onyx

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2018, 12:07:27 pm »
Added a child board to this one, use it as you may. I can sticky an intro/overview there if you want.
« Last Edit: August 13, 2018, 12:14:07 pm by Onyx »

Etu Malku

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2018, 12:58:39 pm »
Sure thing, thanks
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Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2018, 11:43:45 pm »
Are you guys seeing the like button or it's just me who doesn't see it?
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Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2018, 12:02:23 am »
I don't see it.

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pi_rameses

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2018, 12:17:09 am »
Ok. Giving it a thumbs up for now.  :thumbsup: Will look into it when free.
"Some say Kos, others Kosm.
As you did for the vacuous Rom,
grant us eyes.
Grant us eyes."

-Micolash, Host of the Nightmare

Olive

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #9 on: August 14, 2018, 08:01:47 pm »
Interesting. I consider Lucifer a venusian entity for similar reasons. The Morning star always usurps the sun, but is again thrown down by him. The Babylonians had quite a talent for astrological theology.

I have never heard of Lucifer being applied to the Moon, and I'm a bit of a fan. Could you provide a source for that particular claim? If it's too much trouble don't bother, I'll track down the reference if it's possible.
    Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven, and gazing on the earth,
     Wandering companionless
Among the stars that have a different birth, -
And ever-changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

Etu Malku

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #10 on: August 14, 2018, 08:53:42 pm »
Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, "A Latin Dictionary" . . .

Not much to go on I'm afraid, but I do have a greater depth of association between Roman Lucifer and various pre-Islamic Arabian Moon deities, that I will go into depth on with the book I am writing.
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crossfire

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2018, 01:32:16 am »
Interesting. I consider Lucifer a venusian entity for similar reasons. The Morning star always usurps the sun, but is again thrown down by him. The Babylonians had quite a talent for astrological theology.

I have never heard of Lucifer being applied to the Moon, and I'm a bit of a fan. Could you provide a source for that particular claim? If it's too much trouble don't bother, I'll track down the reference if it's possible.
Hekate (here with Hermes, Persephone, & Demeter) is a moon goddess holding her two torches--one for the Morning Star and one for the Evening Star:
"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you."
~Carl Jung

crossfire

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2018, 01:59:21 am »
The Morning Star lead the horses of the sun, but the Evening Star lead the horses of the moon.
Statius, Thebaid 8. 159 ff :
"Dark Vesper (the Evening Star) [Hesperos] is already leading forth the horses of the moon."
"Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you."
~Carl Jung

pi_rameses

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2018, 02:16:35 am »
Mercuræn Luciferianism is easily becoming one of my favorite boards created in the forum as of late. Excellent contributions, everyone :) Also, thanks @Etu Malku for sharing.
« Last Edit: August 31, 2018, 02:21:04 am by pi_rameses »
"Some say Kos, others Kosm.
As you did for the vacuous Rom,
grant us eyes.
Grant us eyes."

-Micolash, Host of the Nightmare

Olive

Re: Origin of Lucifer
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2018, 05:35:54 am »
Hekate (here with Hermes, Persephone, & Demeter) is a moon goddess holding her two torches--one for the Morning Star and one for the Evening Star:


Cool stuff. I do find it a little odd to call Venus the torch of the moon, since she is so much more strongly linked to the motions of the Sun. I'm not sure exactly when your image was created, but apparently there was a time in Greek culture when the twin aspects of the morning star and the evening star had not yet been reconciled as one entity - the luminary Venus. I sort of see a connection to this in the representation of the two torches.
    Art thou pale for weariness
Of climbing heaven, and gazing on the earth,
     Wandering companionless
Among the stars that have a different birth, -
And ever-changing, like a joyless eye
That finds no object worth its constancy?

-Percy Bysshe Shelley