What are the Points of Power exactly? They are basically a guideline for individuals to consider if they are interested in Luciferianism, intended to serve the Luciferian well no matter what stage he/she is own in his/her own path and in life. These eleven points are considered to be cornerstones of Luciferian philosophy as presented by the Greater Church of Lucifer, and if you find that most of them align with you, you’re likely to be a Luciferian and you’ll probably fit in with the GCOL should you choose to join. In a sense, it kind of sounds like the Nine Satanic Statements written by Anton LaVey.
Below are the 11 Luciferian Points of Power:
1. Lucifer represents the light of intellect, wisdom and power unique to each individual with the courage to ascend to this responsibility.
2. The symbol of the Adversary is that of the self-liberator and spiritual rebel who inspires self-evolution.
3. Lucifer represents the balanced torch bearer of Venus: the Light Bringer as the Morning Star and the Night Bringer as the Evening Star.
4. The Adversary symbolizes the spark of consciousness which questions everything, manifesting the individualistic path with accountability only to the self.
5. The fall of Lucifer or Satan symbolizes the liberation of the mind from the slave-mentality and the courage to explore and master the darkness within. One may not offer the illumination of the Morning Star without the wisdom of the darkness within.
6. The Adversary represents rebellion with purpose: wisdom, strength and power.
7. Lucifer represents the courage and fortitude to acquire healthy self-love, leading to the responsibility of honoring your temple of mind, body and spirit.
8. To become your own god you must have the wisdom and strength to govern and guide your life as if your mind is to survive beyond the mortal body.
9. Indulgence with restraint, love for the deserving and disdain for those undeserving.
10. Lucifer represents the insight that every act, no matter if perceived as selfless, is at core a selfish act. Even if helping others is your passion, the brain still receives a chemical reward triggered by the act. This is why many consider that doing good deeds in society may bring you closer to “god”. Recognize you are selfish, then see this fact in all others while observing. Accept this and then with this knowledge, make choices that would benefit not only yourself but your loved ones’ when possible.
11. To become a god is to fully understand that you possess the power to create and sustain your path in life and illuminate the light of self-determined potential.
– written for the Greater Church of Lucifer by Michael W. Ford
That having been established, here’s my personal take on each of them.
- You know, that does sound like part of the Lucifer I envisioned, but it seems more like it’s saying intellect, wisdom, and power are reserved for those with the courage to seek it out. I don’t really make an argument with that sort of point, because in a sense this is actually true. Those who aren’t afraid to learn will learn, and those who seek power will find it.
- As far as I understand, The Adversary is a kind of force or energy, one that is perhaps associated with beings such as Lucifer, Set, Satan, and other chaotic or rebellious entities (I would say Typhon can be included in those ranks). I often thought of the power of the Adversary, or the adversarial current, as being basically the same thing as the Chaos I tend to envision. I used to think of this force as being a force in nature and the universe that the individual could learn to sense and tap into, but now I think of it as more a force of the human mind or the human self, in essence adopting a psyche-centric (or is it psychocentric?) approach that has been nurtured through reading Stephen Flowers’ Lords of the Left Hand Path. I have a copy of Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra where the text on the back says “Nietzsche argues that the meaning of existence is not to be found in religious pieties or meek submission, but in an all-powerful life force: passionate, chaotic and free”, which I am beginning to read in the hopes of discovering more about that force. I must wonder if this force is the same as The Adversary or my own definition of Chaos. In any case, I’d say rebellion isn’t the only quality of the Adversary, and while rebellion and self-liberation are very important, it’s passion that is just as important. Any Adversary worth its salt is surely an Adversary armed with conviction and belief in itself and its own power.
- Because Lucifer is tied to the planet Venus, and because Venus and the other planets were once believed to be two stars (the morning and evening stars) before we knew about the planets, Lucifer has come to embody because light and darkness. In a sense, Lucifer as an archetype could be said to represent not just a kind of freedom to explore both light and darkness, but consciousness towards both as well, the willingness to wield them both.
- If the Adversary is the life force I suspect it might be, I’d say it is the spark of consciousness but more about life itself I’d say questioning everything is more a matter of individual thought and intellect, and the conscious choice to question everything.. That’s not to say the power of the Adversary or its archetypes can’t inspire that, though that’s a subjective matter in and of itself. To question everything in my mind is more about questioning all that other people want you to believe, to challenge that which other people would chain you with, and take most things with a grain of salt.
- It’s funny how Lucifer and Satan are sort of conflated here, but I suppose the breaking from slave-mentality is more important than this, and both Lucifer and Satan, whether conflated or mutually distinct, can be powerful forces for that within at least the Western cultural framework we’re familiar with. The importance of exploring and mastering darkness to me lends to the dissolution of the boundaries between light and darkness. In my experience, Nature has been an effective teacher during this autumn season. I’ve thought about light and darkness on my own terms and asked questions about them, but one powerful thing for me was simply stepping into my own backyard not just to see the sky become dark, but to bask in the sky becoming dark and gaze at the moon shining in the sky. It was beautiful, and it did make me think about light and darkness being different phases of each other, without implying that I saw nothing but the same thing in both of them.
- You could point to strength, wisdom, and power as goals for the self, perhaps defined by a belief system centered around the Adversary or its archetypes.
- That also sounds like the Lucifer I envision, and I would add that self-love is important. For one, it’s essential to the development of the individual and his/her ability to act and think without fear or doubt, and it’s important to the character of Lucifer. After all, even with his noble goals and ideals, who is Lucifer without his boundless love and pride for himself?
- This is another important tenet, but there’s one characteristic to this one that really stands out: as if your mind is to survive the mortal body. This is something I don’t see often in LHP belief systems, though they might accommodate it. And yet, it makes sense as one of the essential goals of the Left Hand Path: immortality. The primary doctrine of all Left Hand Path systems is autonomy of the individuated self, soul, and/or consciousness, in contrast to Right Hand Path systems where the self is expected to be reconciled, harmonized, or unified with some outer consciousness, intelligence, spirit, or body in the universe. Therefore, it would follow that soul seeks to preserve its autonomy by surviving death, rejecting oblivion, and proclaiming its own immortality. That’s a very strong element.
- Somehow I think this could have been worded better, or been two separate points entirely. Other than that, I feel the points are well-taken, and the part about love and disdain in particular to me is basically the same the Satanic principle of love only to those who deserve it, hatred to those who deserve it, and indifference towards everyone else. I should point out that while restraint is important, I should also point out that individuals don’t always want to use restraint. I know I tend to feel like I just want to let myself go sometimes. I do think that an element with restraint can come with that kind of awareness mind you, and it is important to always respect the rights and dignity of others while pursuing indulgence of carnal desires.
- Another highly important tenet, but also one of the key common areas between Luciferianism and Satanism. That spiritual egoism is hugely important for both systems and a crucial part of the individualism in these systems, because you can’t be the master of your own life and yourself and think of handing that self over to another power. There’s also the emphasis on the notion that, by accepting your own selfish nature, you are able to benefit your loved ones as well as yourself through the choices you make.
- This might be the most important tenet of them all, because above all else the individual must understand that he/she alone can sustain his/her own path in life, and is the only power fit to influence his/her life. This means the individual needs to own not just his/her life but the power and wisdom needed to govern, and the individual needs to believe in his/her own self, even in those moments we all run into when we fall off the horse so to speak. The notion that the individual has the power to affect his/her own life requires a serious investment of belief in his/her own potential, and that’s the important thing if Luciferian goals, or indeed the vast majority of any goals, are to succeed for the individual.