A follow-up to ‘The black flame, the fire within‘.
In Luciferianism, the concept of the Black Flame refers to an internal flame within all individuals. The fire of intellect, passion, imagination, inner light, and divine consciousness. It is believed to be the inner flame of the mind, to exist within the core of the self. In essence, I feel like it is the core of the self, a power within the self that can be unlocked.
The concept of the black flame as a spiritual source is certainly an opinion I feel inclined towards. A source of power. A source of light and darkness in the self. The bright and dark aspects of the self are both, ultimately, and as the complete Self, you yourself, encompasses all things that are a part of you, the Black Flame must be the combination of all attributes of the self, the combination of the bright flame of the self and dark desires of the self.
In a way this concept of the Black Flame makes a lot of sense to me. It reminds me of the powers of my alter ego character, who possesses the power of the traditional element of fire and the power of darkness as wielded by demons. In another sense, it also kind of feels like a kind of Satanic (or rather Luciferian) version the Tao, which holds both light and dark attributes, creative and destructive, at once in itself, and is in fact that which manifests both. In fact, since Luciferianism advocates balance and equilibrium as essential to have, the association of the Black Flame with both light and dark attributes makes sense. I’d say this is true right down to the name.
The Black Flame is a concept frequently mentioned and discussed in the works of Michael W. Ford, who defines it as the gift of deific and individuated consciousness and perception. In Ford’s The First Book of Luciferian Tarot, the Black Flame is also referred to as the Black Light of Iblis, which seems to remind me of the ideas of the Persian mystic Ayn al-Qozat Hamadani, and he describes the Black Flame as the gift of Shaitan or Set, echoing the Temple of Set’s conception of the Black Flame, which describes the Black Flame as a gift of Set, the principle of isolate intelligence from which all other gods are derived. He also describes it as the means by which the magician is separated from the natural universe, which I find somewhat odd because it seems to me that this power no real reason to be unnatural. Only the dogmatic religions which demand conformity would deem the inner power of the self to be totally unnatural, and thus in their eyes an aberration. To me, something like the Black Flame is hardly an aberration at all. How can it be, when it lies within the human being all along, waiting to be awakened in order to empower the individual?
I feel the Black Flame could be the primordial power I have been looking when I searched for the power of Chaos. But while I may have searched for Chaos within and without, the Black Flame is a power that is only within, but that power coming from within is more valid than any power coming from any outside objects. As I plan to explore further in another post, there’s no spiritual power that exists outside yourself.