The species in which peace and mutual support are the rule, prosper, while the unsociable species decay.
― Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution
There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.
– Margaret J. Wheatley
Part of the 2022 Advent of Lucifer
Not everyone deserves our love. It would be stupid, even self-destructive to invest that kind of emotional energy without discrimination. We are not infinite being with infinite resources and we have to use discernment to know where to best apply our gifts, and love is absolutely a gift.
We don’t love the pedophile. We don’t love the abuser. We don’t love the genocidal conspiracy theorist, and yet they are our neighbors.
So how can we decide who is worthy of love, and who is worthy of scorn?
Begin with how your neighbors treat their neighbors. Not you, or the people on your street, it could be anyone you encounter. But their neighbors, in this context, are the living beings around them. Pets, wild animals, bees, birds, plants. How do they treat those things? Are they participants in the living world, or do they think they’re apart from it? Do they care?
Even the poorest humans have kindness to offer the life around them. Warmth from a fire, our species’ singular skill. Water and food. But, more importantly, what we can offer the living world is simply not choosing cruelty for convenience. We can decide not to chase them away, run them out of our firelight, persecute them and preemptively destroy their nests.
People who have absolutely nothing can choose not to be cruel to the small things. That is a basis on which you can judge any human being.
That someone is ecologically conscious, or kind, doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t monstrous in other ways. Discernment shouldn’t stop here, but it’s a place to start.
If someone wants neighborly treatment, see how they treat their non-human neighbors.
Western democracy is dead and late stage capitalism is crushing the life out of everyone. How are we supposed to live?
You could say, “any way but the way we’re living now”. I won’t tell you that there’s only one way for humans to congregate, but I can tell you that after three years of intense study and discourse, I’ve arrived at what I think is a very natural, reliable way for people to live, especially through times of difficulty and scarcity, that’s backed up with tens of thousands of years of evidence (as opposed to the wobbly Jenga tower of capitalism that’s only a few hundred years old):
An agrarian group of 200-300 members in which the entire community participates in food production and preservation, but also has specialized members, a leader-and-council organization, is homogenous in values only, and tied together socially by a non-invasive religio-spiritiual framework. This seemed a very natural fit for a Luciferian community that prizes individuality and justice as a means for avoiding common religious pitfalls, while still retaining the capacity to embrace atheists, and people adhering to other belief systems.
The community must also have a very strong security culture to protect its members and infrastructure from predation (mainly by the failing state and predatory right-wing idealogues), but it’s important to note that the enclave should not be an insular survivalist compound; people are going to suffer under the collapse of capitalism, and the enclave is intended to be a local stabilizing factor.
Fortunately, we have real-life examples we can examine for what does and doesn’t work for us. Some isolated religious communities function well and prove their endurance, but are bound together by abuse rather than necessity. There are farming communes that are peaceful and function extremely well, but are neither ideologically nor physically prepared to endure any sort of external stressors. In most of the cases, we find that the positive community aspects stand on their own, and wouldn’t become less effective if the negative aspects (such as abuse, authoritarianism, or even over-communication or too-horizontal leadership) were replaced by something healthier and more functional.
The enclave is the ultimate goal of Luciferian Dominionism, because only through that way of life will we be able to liberate ourselves from the systems designed to prey on us, insulate ourselves from their inevitable collapse, and be able to help others as they crawl from the wreckage. It’s the only way to establish Dominion, which is our religious basis for independence and ecological stewardship.
Charging the Sigil
Community inspires us to honor those who walk our path with us and to bond with one another. Community is something we all need – to know that there are others in this world that have our backs. We lift each other up, sharing in the joys and pains of this world. We commiserate with one another and afford each other compassion that few others would dare give us. All of us are here because we have a similar vision for what the world can be and know that we can’t enact our dreams alone. We have built an amazing community already, one that will grow and become even stronger as time goes on. We choose to walk together, joining hands to create something beautiful in the name of Lucifer. We are not alone on this path for we have each other.
As we devote our time this month to honoring Lucifer, charging our sigil encourages a deeper connection. If this is your first time charging a symbol like this, you can think of it like a moodboard – this sigil represents us as a community and religion. What does this sigil mean to you? What can it represent? Take the time to focus and reflect, meditate on what each of our concepts mean to you and how they can apply to our lives.
For our energy workers, you may charge our sigil by visualizing a bright white light surrounding it. Use breath work to guide this energy into the sigil, knowing that it grows in strength as you do so. You can also focus our themed concepts into the sigil using meditation and our affirmations to program this energy. This will serve to strengthen our sigil for later use in our ritual.
The following incantation may be used as part of your sigil charging, or used as an affirmation:
“Embrace each other, thy chosen family”
Community asks that we spend time honoring each other. Embracing your community is more than just passing by one another with simple hellos. We need human connection in this world, people who understand us. Reach out today to those who are dear to you, those who walk the path with you and your chosen family. If there are few that you know personally, we welcome you with open arms in the Dominion. Share with us today your celebrations, and we shall celebrate with you. Pray with us, that we may honor Lucifer together. We honor each and every one of you, for we would not be able to build the Dominion without you.
The following resources may be enjoyed to deepen your connection to today’s concept. Please note that links to reading are not endorsements of every idea contained therein but are intended to offer a more broadly informed view.
Septs and Enclaves: A Life Worth Living
The Health Benefits of Congregational Life
Make Your Own
We encourage you to make your own oracle card for each of our themed days, so that come the end of our Advent, you will have your own Luciferian oracle deck. These cards may be used to give you insight on what you may need to work with in the future.
We recommend using blank playing cards if available, but any kind of art or canvas cards, even lined notecards can be used. Make your drawing or symbol (it doesn’t have to be amazing, only meaningful to you) on one side and on the other write down any key phrases or words or concepts that resonate with the image to you.
If you choose to share your result, which we would love to see, you may use the hashtags #luciferiandominion and #adventoflucifer so that we can find them! If you choose to make your oracle deck part of your #Inktober or #Drawloween events, please feel free to use those hashtags and include them in relevant spaces!
Happy creating during this blessed Advent!