“Awake, arise or be for ever fall’n.” ― John Milton, Paradise Lost
Part of the 2022 Advent of Lucifer
[Written by Jinx Strange, from the Luciferian Dominion Patreon]
More than any other time in my adult life, things feel like too much. There is so much going on, a lot of it is really bad. As a person who naturally wants to protect and provide, it’s very difficult for me to feel so out of control when so many people I love are hurting. It’s a suffocating, weightless feeling.
I feel like I’m falling.
A mangled King James proverb (from Proverbs, appropriately) says that “pride goeth before a fall”. Of course, God is a jealous and insecure creature, and can’t abide interest in oneself. I did try to take care of myself by taking care of others. I still do.
I wanted, more than anything, to spare the people I care about the horrors surrounding us now. This is nearly impossible to do under capitalism, where resources are hoarded, and guarded with violence. I was not born into legacy wealth. I am not an exploiter. I am, by all accounts, poor.
But I have tried, and continue to try. Lucifer also tried – a noble, incredible effort – and failed, as I have failed. Lucifer was cast to the earth.
For a time, he was weightless, helpless, and suffocating. So great was his fall that the impact cracked the firmament. He fell, and he landed hard. Harder than anyone has ever failed, fallen, and landed before or since.
As Luciferians, we too must fall. As adversaries in a hostile world, to try is to fail and fall and crack the firmament. So deep is our desire to live in our ways, steward the land that receives us, and be a firebrand of good in a diseased and dying world.
Lucifer’s story doesn’t end with a fall. If it did, the Bible would be a pretty short book. Our failures and our falls aren’t the end of our story, either.
America is in a death spiral. Our friends are going to get sick. We’re going to lose power. Some of us are going to have to worry about food and water, or medicine for the first time in our lives. We’re going to be surrounded by violence, and cruelty, and against it all, we’re going to try. And we’re going to fail. And we’re going to fall.
We’re going to dissociate through moments of a helplessness we’ve never felt before. We’re going to hit hard enough to crack the firmaments of our worlds.
But we will rise. We will persist into oblivion, to love each other, to spite God, to antagonize the people who killed the world. We will get up again, and build, and rebuild, and grow green things. We will live a better human life in the shadows cast by mushroom clouds.
We will endure, because Lucifer’s fall was never a story about triumph. It was about fighting when you know you’re going to lose. It’s about doing what’s right, even if it costs you everything. That breathtaking grit is at the heart of our shared ideology. We move through the world with the cosmic stubbornness of a demigod.
A fall may hurt, but it only drives us deeper into the living world.
Fall, my loves. Fall beautifully. Fall hard.
Then rise to reign.
Charging the Sigil
The Rebel inspires us to take our lives into our own hands. There’s no hero coming to save the day, only us rebelling against the injustices of this world. We rebel because we know what’s at stake and we know the world is wrong. We stand up for what we know is right. We question the world presented to us, and must delve deep to find the truth. We speak out, for to remain silent allows our oppressors to remain in power over us. We prepare, knowing what is to come, because our rebellious spirit will not allow us to give up this fight. We learn and practice, because knowledge is our greatest tool. Our rebels shall rise from the ashes of this world to create anew, and we will never give up no matter the dangers we face. The revolution begins with us.
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:
“Lead thy rebellion, resist and rise to freedom.”
The Rebel asks that we take the time today to take action. If there’s a wrong you can right in your personal life – take steps towards fixing this. Volunteer your time to help others. Practice a new skill. It’s great to talk about wanting changes for the better, but we need to invite action into our lives. Change only comes from those willing to fight the good fight, and there’s much work to be done. Our revolution starts with tiny acts and knowing that everything we do at this present moment will help us to persist in the future as the world grows ever darker. We are Rebels, and we will not let this world break us even if we fall.
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.
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!