The Adversary and the Powers of Chaos
By Michael W. Ford
Greater Church of Lucifer Houston talk given on 11/14/15 meeting
To offer perspective of Lucifer and the associated symbols of the Adversary, it is important to define some simple foundations of how we perceive the Opposer from a Luciferian point of view. The way in which the individual ‘perceives’ stirs energy in the mind which is then supported by the words and actions taken to attain goals. The cause and effect of the mental, physical and spiritual synchronicity is imperative to power and wisdom in Luciferianism.
In Luciferianism, the powers or forces in nature and often creative and destructive; one makes way for the other and balance maintains and supports evolution. This power is also symbolic of humanity and our potential as critical and skeptical individuals. Humans are at best either noble predators in nature or degenerate destroyers of their surroundings. The path of the noble predator is a conqueror who gives support to those balanced thinkers and philosophers which inspire our evolution.
Some may state, “Lucifer and Satan are the same”, but this is never from the perspective of understanding the archetype or symbol, it is generally from the point of view that Judeo-Christian Cosmology is the status-quo and authority on our collective existence. Luciferians simply reply, “that is not so” and with a little understanding and thought can suggest a more challenging and inspiring depth beyond monotheistic blind-faith.
A Deific Mask is a symbol, often represented as a specific type of power. This type of power is understood on various levels from the unconscious and conscious mind. Luciferianism is a collective philosophy and path to power which has access to perceive the Adversary of blind-faith and monotheistic religion from the vast pool of pre-Christian pantheons and even the early Christian symbolism of the so-called “enemy” of the established structure. I find this vast pool of knowledge to be highly inspiring in interpreting the so-called “Adversary” as having deeper perspectives on our possibility and conscious beings.
Satan was slowly developed as an abstract messenger of the Old Testament Yahweh and finds independence and representing the traits of the enemy-gods and people of the New Testament. The Aramaic word satana means ‘adversary’ or ‘accuser’; never taking blind faith as a crutch to slow you down on the path of life but to consciously question and taking responsibility for the life you have now.
I find the Judeo-Christian and Hebrew enemy of the New Testament and the Book of Enoch to be far more inspiring as a symbol and model for rational self-interest and reestablishing the ideals of seeking insight from experience, overcoming your obstacles and indulgence with moderation. This lays ground for the next step: personal, subjective perception with the mythology inherent in the symbol; this assimilates into a developing spirituality which in Luciferianism is unshakable once it is shaped via insight. It is contingent upon properly understanding the value of the symbol and the honesty of what you desire, fear and the strength to balance both.
The myth of Ashtar the Rebel, older than the Isaiah myth by at least 800 years is a strong, willful character who learns to adapt his True Will into a very fitting role after finding the Throne of the Storm God Baal to be an ill fit. The God of the Morning and Evening Star, Lucifer has developed into a mythology which is balanced and challenging to the slave-mentality.
Often, Luciferianism presents symbols and specific ‘epithets’ to represent ‘actions’ or ‘occurrences’ of the Adversary. The Adversary as it is called is a motivating force inherent in both nature and within living beings. This current of energy challenges us, motivates us to overcome and through the insight of experience can inspire self-evolution if the perception of the individual is aligned towards this path.
What does it mean to be “aligned towards the path” of the Adversary?
How does the Adversary inspire self-excellence?
The Adversary is described in Luciferianism as the stirrings of primal, raw power; this can be understood as chaos and darkness and it is vital to the emergence of light. The Adversary exists beyond our perceptions of space and time, beyond the concepts of cohesion and sequence known as the casual/physical world. The Adversary as we acknowledge it in our casual world of matter identify it often as a Deific Mask; a specific representation of a type of manifestation of the Adversary which is related to both nature and the individual.
When Luciferians state that we do not worship Lucifer or submit to a so-called “higher power” we mean it absolutely. The beauty of myth and the manifestation of the Rebel Spirit in nearly all ancient pantheons present numerous “Deific Masks” of specific types of power. By the Luciferian identifying, commanding and balancing the axis of Will, Desire and Belief, the Black Adept is able to establish the foundations of Power, Balance, Wisdom and Strength: the pillars of the GCOL.
Satan or the Adversary is not the devil wishing to lead you to Christian hell, rather this is the force of power of opposition in nature and primal instinct which motivates us to seek individual greatness or to fall in weakness, submitting to something ‘greater’ which does not have your best interests’ in mind. Satan is thus a symbol or Deific Mask associated with the primal instinct and base desires; the power of rebellion, indulgence and carnal experience in this world.
Lucifer is the Light-Bringer, Heralding the Morning and Evening by the appearance of the blazing Venus; long respected as a balanced force of both love and war. Lucifer is thus a symbol or Deific Mask representing the Bringer of Light, who is the Great Angel (messenger) of deeper knowledge of our potential as individuals.
Adversarial Magick and the Chaos of Darkness
Some call it “Greater Magick” or “High Magick”, Luciferians can call it “Theurgy” or “Luciferian Magick”. While individuals may attain insight into the basics of short-term carnal desires, associated with the title of ‘sorcery’, long-term self-transformation is focused on attaining knowledge and insight via experience and achieving a balance between the Higher Self and the conscious mind. This type of Adversarial Magick is most impactful when the Adept builds and directs the energies towards the attainment of goals. In controlling and shaping these energies, a type of momentum is slowly gained which brings into fruition a type of syncronicity that supports the attainment of the inner and outer goal(s). The ‘outer’ goals are the physical or carnal desire which inspired seeking this experience and validation of the will; the ‘inner’ is the knowledge, insight and wisdom upon the path of point A to point B. The insight strengthens the will and the attainment of power feeds the Higher Self or Daemon. In turn, the conscious individual will become aware of an unspoken, deep connection with the Daemon or “True Will” as a guiding force of purpose and intent. In gaining momentum in this practice of Adversarial Magick, the observation of both processes in unison are reassuring and inspiring.
This type of Adversarial Magick requires a certain level of imagination and functional truth. Visualizing your perception of this primal power, the energy created by the focused mind begins the possibility of momentum towards attaining insight and power. There are numerous ways to tap into the unconscious; ceremonial ritual, meditation and the balance of Will, Desire and Belief. Once you can establish this foundation then there will be a simultaneous experience of both the rational, logical attainment of goals and insight and Spirituality from the dark depths of the subconscious.
In the chaos of primal darkness there is constant-flux in which nameless forms emerge and collapse within it. This Adversarial power is within us, outside of us and within nature itself; challenging, inspiring strength in strife and disorder is the becoming of a conqueror. As we can understand in the Theory of Evolution our origin is found in dark abyssic waters and chaos. Necessity and circumstance pushed various species into new levels of adaptation or death.
Initiation into the Adversarial Current and mastery of powers of chaos and cosmos are balanced by the Black Adept who may guide and transform energy to manifest in the physical world. The basic level of beginning upon this path begins with the philosophy of the 11 Luciferian Points of Power. Attaining a suitable level of mental control, self-discipline and the unity of Will, Desire and Belief begins an accumulation and direction of power which takes form in the realm of cosmos (the physical or carnal world) in short and long term goals. This momentum is strengthened by others who accept the vision that your words and actions suggest with consistency.
Basic Luciferianism is attaining short and long term goals which include seeking self-excellence in the continual process of what the Greater Church of Lucifer defines as Liberation, Illumination and Apotheosis. The Black Adept who accumulates power and mastery of Magick ascends into the more abstract and complicated advanced areas of Chaos (Acasual or Primordial Darkness) and Cosmos (Casual or Physical World) which require an instinctual understanding of how one commands and shapes the other.
To recognize the structure of the Chaos/Acasual and how this dark primordial force may be shaped and guided via energy to inspire insight and power, one might make a study of several Luciferian Tradition Grimoires. Such tomes as “Drauga – Ahrimanian Yatuk Dinoih”, “Necrominon – Egyptian Sethanic Magick”, “Dragon of the Two Flames”, “Sekhem Apep – Typhonian Vampyre Magick”, “The Bible of the Adverary” and “Akhkharu – Vampyre Magick” are among a few which are structured in layers of teachings and ciphers for one to master the Physical/Carnal/Casual Dimension and also the Primordial Darkness of Chaos/Acasual Dimension as well. This cannot be “taught” by logical, reasonable means and requires both an instinctual connection with ones psychopomp or Daemon and the imagination to command and shape powers of the Acasual to work through the self as a ‘Nexion’ (gateway or vessel which facilitates and guides energy) in the carnal/physical world.
Consider briefly the ‘Enuma Elish’ myth of Tiamat and Marduk: from the primal waters of darkness Tiamat and her chaos-monsters exist within a constant shuffling of shape, form and then collapsing into an unconscious state of dream. The gods who came into being by Absu and Tiamat rebelled against the dreamlike darkness of chaos. The Babylonian god Marduk championed the children of this chaos to command order and eventually creating humans with the blood of Qingu. You can compare this symbolic myth to the evolution of life and understand the beauty of myth and fact. In Luciferianism both Tiamat and Marduk are adversarial, motivating powers of evolution.
If you consider the myths of the Babylonians and Assyrians, Tiamat was only slain in the shell of the forms she assumed. Tiamat was protean in form and could shift in whatever power of chaos inspired her temporary transformation. Her existence in the watery chaos allowed her to manifest during the period of Naram-Sin of Akkad in myths of his conquests of the Gutians; Babylonian mystery rites reveal that Ishtar of Arbela is actually Tiamat in a specific form and power. This is what we can call a ‘Deific Mask’. The Adversary is a force of primordial darkness and blazing, godlike radiance who creates and destroys. The masks of the Adversary are many; Azazel, Lilith, Samael, Belial, Mastemoth, Typhon, Set, Satan, Amon-Ra, Hecate, Ahriman and Lucifer are just a few. Each represents a specific type of power within nature and the individual.
The Egyptians recognized the word ‘Heka’ to be a mask for the power of Magick itself; ever-changing and transformation in association with the Black Adept who is able to consider the several aspects of the self, including the Ba, Ka, Ib, Ren and if the Ba and Ka ascend in alchemical union, the immortal Akh comes into being. The Sethanic Cult of Masks and the current tradition is presented in the Order of Set-Apep and the Necrominon.
The monotheistic religions have always held a profane and childish understanding of the Adversary: often they think this is a conscious being seeking to tempt and destroy humans for some abstract reason. Luciferians understand that a Deific Mask is a type of power which may be understood as a beautiful and sometimes terrifying force of creation and destruction.
On Morals and the Concept of “Sin”
Luciferians do not recognize the concept of “sin” in the sense that Yahweh and his cult defined as such; however Luciferians develop a deep sense of their own morals and values. Individuals make mistakes and by impulse make the wrong decisions at various points in their life. If I wrong another individual, I seek to correct the issue. If I neglect a loved ones’ emotional needs or something similar I could feel guilt for it as well. I don’t have concerns about being judged by some exterior deity; however to remove the damaging feeling of guilt (which can slowly eat at your mental well-being) I seek to make amends for the purpose of not only the person I wronged, but equally for my sense of honor and to heal that emotional guilt.
Luciferians do not concern themselves with a god or his commands of morality. I have an even more significant moral structure I live by: my own deep-set convictions which serve me well and supports my sense of honor as an individual. I care nothing for the “sins” of other people, unless they wrong me or someone I care about. If a loved one feels bad or guilty about something done in haste, I care enough to suggest an enhanced way of thinking to avoid feeling that again. I would not die for your sins and I would not let you die for mine. When I have made mistakes, I try to find a way to make it right after a sincere apology. I don’t require an outside so-called “higher power” to tell me right from wrong.
Luciferians strive to think before speaking or acting and honor the social contract of “common courtesy” of well-behaved and pleasant interactions with others. If the Luciferian lives as much as he or she can by example, there is no use for the executed man nailed to a cross. The strong and wise reject the symbol of the cross; Luciferians invest symbolic belief in that which inspires self-excellence.
Initiation and the Attainment of Balance
The aim of the Luciferian if he or she seeks initiation is to command and shape this power according to the Will. Remember, Order is temporary and nearly and illusion. The sequence and cohesion is guided and directed by the Luciferian and others who agree upon it. This illusion of Order will at some point collapse and return into the Chaos of Primal Darkness.
For the Luciferian who identifies with the symbol of Lucifer and the philosophy we manifest in life, this actualization of Will-Desire-Belief is often a great foundation of Balance. Some individuals remain in the center of this structure and seek to indulge in life to its fullest. For other Luciferians, Magick is beyond establishing control in life, recognizing that we build energy and can shape the luminous Black Light of the spiritual rebel as our Higher Self. This simultaneous journey on the Left Hand Path between the ‘Above’ and ‘Below’ is based in time and will shape a subjective, personal spirituality co-existing with the carnal and physical world.
The Luciferian depending on insight and instinct will recognize the patterns of Will-Desire-Belief which manifest in 2 layers simultaneously. For instance, what guided us here in this place at this very moment is one level manifest; there was a vision and by Will, Desire and Belief others agreed and it built momentum to become a physical reality. Simultaneous to the physical is also a spiritual manifestation of dark primal chaos guided into the conscious world in a type of synchronicity. This is the very essence of Magick: control and command energy to transform and expand in accordance to the Will. Luciferians knowingly shape and direct energy based on our insight and wisdom to come into being within our individual Crossroads: this is one level of the perception of Balance.
The Adversary inspires Self-Excellence
When you think in the Luciferian philosophical approach you command and often unconsciously guide energy to becoming manifest in the physical world in the way of logical and reasonable attainment. Luciferians by nature do not always seek the path of least resistance (unless it serves their goals): we recognize that path of the lazy and unimaginative is the mainstream mass of sheeple we all have come to quietly detest. The path of struggle and adversity if perceived in a Luciferian way may be a catalyst for the self-transformation, insight and power we all thirst for in some way. Overcome your obstacles and find Wisdom, Power, Balance and Strength in this life.
Think of the Luciferian: a strong willed, independent individual. If you can do it yourself, even if difficult, you reach your limits of what you feel is achievable and in turn self-evolution occurs. This is Luciferianism in practice; literally the life-long process of Apotheosis.
The weak-willed will follow the path of least resistance. It may begin in childhood, never pushing to achieve goals, settling for the easiest solution rather than the most advantageous one. If you build this habit young, it certainly does not get easier as you get older. The Luciferian does not fool himself; he or she is aware that they don’t find total pleasure in pain and struggle for the fun of it. The Luciferian uses the perception of the situation to challenge and strengthen the self by the experience if required.
You are the point of balance between the Crossroads; think as a god and act in pure self-love to deeply enrich your life.
In closing I will bring perspective to the office of Archon, one which I share with three other Luciferians in the GCOL. This is an office and state of being which bears the joyful responsibility of guiding our church. The title of “Rex Mundi” is an epithet of the Adversary, translated ‘The King of the World’. This is not a title of grandiose proportions but meant to be understood from an individualistic perspective. The King of this World is the individual who has accepted and then governs his or her life as the one responsible for the course and path of this life. When I make mistakes, I accept responsibility and do my best to not take the same course again. When I require spiritual guidance, I meditate upon my instincts and values to have the comfort in courage to go forward. When I succeed or overcome obstacles, I honor the achievements with humbled restraint to test my personal strength on the path to come.
This is the path of the Luciferian.