What is Luciferianism?
Luciferianism is a belief system that includes both theistic and secular denominations and
Luciferianism is a belief system that includes both theistic and secular denominations and
is, therefore, heavily influenced by personal perspectives and experiences.
Considered by many to be a religion and by some to be a philosophy or way of life, Luciferianism
as a whole has no specific dogma to which its “followers” adhere.
Rather, it is a deeply personal outlook with numerous variations ranging from the veneration
of a literal deity and the practice of occultism to a secular set of principles, using mythological
references as a form of symbolism and cultural tradition.
General beliefs Although sometimes mistakenly associated with
Satanism due to the Christian interpretation of the fallen angel, Luciferianism is a wholly
different and unrelated belief system and does not revere the Devil figure or most characteristics
typically affixed to Satan.
Rather, Lucifer in this context is seen as one of many Morning Stars, a symbol of enlightenment,
independence and human progression, and is often used interchangeably with similar figures
from a range of ancient beliefs, such as the Greek titan Prometheus or the Jewish figure
Luciferianism does not typically support violence or amoral practices.
They support the moral and intellectual development of children in particular, and the protection
of the natural world.
Both the arts and sciences are crucial to human development, and thus both are cherished.
Luciferians feel that humans should be focused on this life and how to make the most of it
every single day.
The ability to recognize both good and evil, to accept that all actions have consequences,
both positive and negative, and to actively influence one's environment, is a key factor.
For Luciferians, enlightenment is the ultimate goal.
They prize the wonders of nature and seek to connect with the natural world and the
universe that humans inhabit, in order to move humankind forward, whether it be physically
The basic Luciferian principles highlight truth and freedom of will, worshipping the
inner self and one’s ultimate potential.
Traditional dogma is shunned as a basis for morality on the grounds that humans should
not need deities or fear of eternal punishment to distinguish right from wrong and to do
All ideas should be tested before being accepted, and even then one should remain skeptical
because knowledge and understanding are fluid.
In whatever incarnation Lucifer is viewed, whether theistic or not, he is a representation
of ultimate knowledge and exploration: humanity’s savior and a champion for continuing personal
Theistic Luciferianism Some Luciferians believe in Lucifer as an
actual deity, not to be worshipped as the Judeo-Christian God but to be revered and
followed as a teacher and friend, as a rescuer or guiding spirit, or even the one true god
as opposed to the traditional creator of Judaism.
Theistic Luciferians are followers of the Left-Hand Path and may adhere to different
dogmata put forth by organizations such as the Neo-Luciferian Church or other congregations
that are heavily focused on ceremonial magic, the occult and literal interpretations of
spiritual stories and figures.
Most theistic Luciferians, however, are solitary practitioners, connecting with others who
share their beliefs but not forming or following a particular institution.
A personal relationship with Lucifer is commonly achieved through meditation and the practice
of magic, either independently or in small groups, unaffiliated with a larger community.
While this relationship is a deeply personal one and, as such, varies from one practitioner
to another, it follows by default the Neopagan approach of seeking camaraderie and inspiration
rather than the father/child or master/servant dynamic of monotheistic beliefs.
The thought of a spiritual hierarchy or submission to a higher power is looked down upon on the
grounds that being a god is not enough; even a deity must earn respect and admiration from
those who follow him.
In some cases, Lucifer is seen as a rebel angel or opposing God who sought to move humankind
forward in defiance of Jehovah’s will to keep them ignorant and childlike.
In other cases, Lucifer is believed to be the actual creator of Earth and the mortal
realm, and was punished for bringing humans into existence.
Exact beliefs and practices vary greatly, as they do within any religion, but in all
cases Lucifer is considered to be a positive figure of both social and intellectual progress,
with magic and ritual as potential tools to follow in his footsteps.
Arcadic Luciferianism Named for the ancient mythological society
of Arcadia, this branch of atheistic Luciferianism is a unique marriage of secular humanism and
Unlike most Luciferians, Arcadians do not believe in or engage in the literal practice
of magic or the occult.
Although they do revere mythology and religious lore, and may involve themselves in traditional
Neopagan rites, they shun the idea of a higher power or universal plan.
Most Arcadians actively celebrate the pagan seasonal festivals based on the Wheel of the
Year, primarily as part of a cherished cultural tradition, but unlike other types of Luciferians,
they interpret all such rites as purely symbolic and otherwise distance themselves from the
The stories and figures of ancient cultures function as representations and creative manifestations
of individual morals and Luciferian philosophy.
Like its namesake, this form of Luciferianism prefers the concept of a natural life, free
from the burdens and expectations of modern civilization, particularly those triggered
by theistic beliefs.
Like secular humanists, Arcadians glorify reason, equality and progressive thought,
and look down on religious dogma.
Objectivity, science and personal exploration or discovery are treasured beyond anything
else, with the ultimate goal being a world of peace, acceptance and unity that is neither
imposed nor hindered by theism, entirely free of the supernatural.
Unlike Humanists, however, they have a deep appreciation for spiritual symbolism.
They incorporate mythological figures and stories into their lives as representations
of humanistic ideals, their outlook directly influenced by secular interpretations of those
concepts, and how such ideas may apply to the scientific world or the past, present
and future of humanity.
Differences between Luciferianism and Satanism Although Luciferianism and Satanism are often
incorrectly referred to interchangeably, they are very dissimilar.
Theistic Luciferians may sometimes demonstrate characteristics or practices that cross over
with theistic Satanism, but Lucifer is regarded as an angel or god of light, a more positive
ideal than the animalistic and materialistic deity recognized by theistic Satanists.
Satanism, whether theistic or LaVeyan, is highly materialistic and carnal, recognizing
the existence of humankind as an animal and encouraging the acknowledgment of one’s
The welfare and happiness of the self comes first, before the welfare of others.
Satanism, while it condemns violence and does in many cases venerate nature, places a strong
focus on survival, power, self-indulgence and materialism, and takes more of an elitist
stance towards stupidity.
In contrast, Luciferianism seeks to enlighten all of humankind, and Luciferians are encouraged
not to convert but to spread knowledge, understanding and tolerance wherever possible, helping others
to realize the potential for greatness within themselves, and to achieve as much as they
There is a spotlight on doing good and placing others before the self, regardless of who
While Satanists are deeply involved in living for the moment, content to remain who or what
they currently are, Luciferians seek ways to aid humanity’s progression to the next
stage of social, physical or intellectual evolution.
One religion deals with the self, while the other deals with humanity as a whole and the
natural world in which we live.
In spite of using similar archetypes, the Luciferian pursuit of knowledge and understanding
has little in common with the Satanic goal of immediate gratification.
Historical Luciferianism The Gesta Treverorum records that, in 1231,
heretics began to be persecuted throughout Germany.
Among them were Luciferians, principally in the Archdiocese of Trier, but also Mainz and
Over the following three years, several people were burned as a result.
According to a papal letter from Gregory IX, Vox in Rama, dated from July 13, 1233, one
of the claims made by the Luciferians was that Lucifer had been cast out of Heaven unjustly.
On the other hand, Richard Cavendish has argued: "The confessions Conrad of Marburg extracted
were apparently made without torture, but under the threat of death if the victim did
If these confessions were accurate, the Luciferans were full-blown Satanists.
They worshiped the Devil as creator and ruler of the world, complained that he had been
unjustly and treacherously banished from Heaven, and believed that he would overthrow the God
of the Christians and return to Heaven, when they would enjoy eternal happiness with him.
They reveled in whatever displeased the Christian God and hated whatever pleased him..."
See also Atheism
Left-Hand Path Lucifer
Lucifer and Prometheus Lucifer of Cagliari, a schismatic early Christian
bishop whose followers were known as Luciferians Secular Humanism