Experiencing Lucifer: Rebel Without a Cause!

Experiencing Lucifer: Rebel Without a Cause! April 8, 2019


Lucifero by Mario Rapisardi, Edoardo Perino (ed.), Rome 1887


“…the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.”

  • Rules for the Radicals, Saul Alinsky 1971


Full Disclosure, the ideas presented here are not original to the author but have a long history of use by the subversive, the romantic, libertarians, rebellious and disruptive, even anarchistic, as well as occult and Gnostic philosophies both historic and modern. Indeed, a host of good material is available to the interested reader from contemporary writers, including Shani Oates, Peter Grey, Michael Ford, Mike Howard, among the more notable contributors. Such reading material provides great depth of exploration into the history, myth and study of Lucifer.

That being said, the following is not intended as a scholarly piece, nor an intellectual exercise, but is based upon my own experiences, such as they are. Granted, my thoughts have enjoyed elucidation through some fruitful discourse in the past with such luminaries as, amongst others, Shani Oates, who has laced her works known to this author (I confess, limited to very few) with references to Lucifer.

The below represents, though, my first-hand relationship with the chief angelic rebel, the heretic par excellence, the subversive force who is an ever present spirit in my life. My principal thanks in realising this angel in my life must go to my Witch Father for showing me the door.


Luzifer, 1890, Franz Stuck (1863-1928) (Public Domain)

A feature of Lucifer which regularly is forgotten is his falling, with scant thought for the implication. Indeed, as the ‘angel of the crown’ Hakathriel, as indicated by René Guénon (1886 – 1951), his fall from Kether to Malkuth is symbolically represented in the Lightening Flash, or Flaming Sword, which shows the descent of the light through the Sefirot and juxtaposed with the ascending Serpent upon the Tree of Life. Kabbalistic description aside, this places our protagonist in the position as a liminal force, manifesting in the flesh and attaining the Kingdom of the Earth. Indeed, in his outstanding book Underworld Initiation, RJ Stewart associates Lucifer as an angel of the Earth.

He leaped trembling; the watch moves around, And he exclaimed: – The infernal kingdom is dissolved; My kingdom is the earth! ….. LUCIFER, MARIO RAPISARDI, 1887

However, it is to the nature and presence of the ‘force’ of Lucifer which we now turn. Neo-paganism, in its haste to gloss over the myths of our Western Christian worldview, which informs the very foundations of our ideas and belief systems, forgot the integral aspect of Lucifer’s very character. As the ultimate rebel Lucifer embodies the wilful and deliberate act over blind obedience to the rule of law, even God’s rule. The chief heretic, leader of rebellious angels, He is the champion of defiance. It is little wonder that, by the 19th Century, he was the poster boy for the libertarians and anarchists.

We also see in the emerald stone, which legend says slipped from Lucifer’s brow during His fall, the Grail, the Tabula Smaragdina, signifying a possible solution to the ‘lost word’ of Freemasons and Gnostics, the Grail quest, Philosopher’s Stone, the secrets of the prima materia and its transmutation.


The original rebel without a cause (“what are you rebelling against, Johnny?”, “waddya got!”), Lucifer manifests as the force that challenges the status quo in favour of driving evolution. His rebelliousness is the necessary agent for change, the devil at the crossroads, demanding we keep moving or face stagnation in the folds of inertia. This, for me, is the key attribute of Lucifer, and the force with which He most makes His presence known in my life. Indeed, He represents a direct disruption to existing conditions and often the choice is to exercise our Will, to have mastery of or be used by Fate.

Therefore, Lucifer illuminates our actions and decisions, bringing us face to face with ourselves and our choices as we navigate the ‘web of wyrd’, discerning and honing our path. In this way, we are taught to strive toward mastery of the patterns of Fate, rather than being used by it. Once more, this chimes well with Tom Graves’ book about overcoming fate, Positively Wyrd .

”We can’t escape our fate, our wyrd: it is

But there’s always a choice, there’s always a twist…”

Tom Graves, Positively Wyrd, Glastonbury, 1995

Lucifer’s job is not to comfort or succour, leave that to the Lamb of God. No, His way is often uncomfortable, disruptive, innovative, even troublesome, plumbing the depths and agitating the waters. After all, since when did more of the same ever enlighten anyone? Sometimes, we require the rebel to bring about a paradigm shift, offering fresh perspective on old ideas.

Look for Him in the unexpected, the surprising, the challenging, the new, and the urge to rebel and seize the power in determining our path. To me, Lucifer wryly whispers a mantra which never allows me to settle for the same, but drives me onward, taking difficult, sometimes frightening, roads which ultimately make me stronger or provide new experiences and perspectives. At times, it is truly challenging to learn and establish a relationship but, in recognising the devil in the detail, old edifices can be brought down and new, positive structures built. And what does Lucifer whisper to me? Simply, and shockingly, “Change!”


“Now it seemed reasonable to earlier thinkers that if Lucifer had been hurled out of Heaven like a lightning flash… it was only justice if he showed us the way back eventually. In his serpent form, he seemed to be doing just that.”

“In the case of the Holy Tree, they visualised the Fall of both man and archangel as a lightning flash (sometimes seen as a sword), flashing from one sphere to another until it reached the Earth.  The return way of the serpent… is shown crossing every Path in sequence on its upward journey.”

William G. Gray, Qabalistic Concepts: Living The Tree, Boston, MA., Weiser Books, 1984/1997, p. 125-126


Print on the cover of Luceafărul, the Romanian magazine of Budapest, illustrating the eponymous poem by Mihai Eminescu 15th February 1904 (Public Domain)
About Ian Chambers
Ian Chambers is a folk sorcerer and witch, practicing the craft of the Cunning Man of old, trying to do the best he can in a crazy, mad and beautiful world. You can read more about the author here.

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  • tolpuddle1

    Satan is on the side of the rich and powerful AGAINST the poor and weak. And on the side of war against peace.

    He rebelled against God from evil motives, not good ones.

    The true rebel, the true anarchist, is Jesus Christ, who has broken Satan’s cruel tyranny over the human race.

  • Hi tolpuddle1,

    Yes, that is the unfortunately popular opinion, with very little basis in fact. Indeed, the above article is not about Satan, who incidentally is a separate force to Lucifer (a title actually applied to Jesus, biblically), being the ‘Opposer’ or ‘Adversary’, literally “rebel”. Quite contrary to the common misunderstanding in scriptural reading, Satan only ever works directly at God’s behest, in particular as His means of testing the faith of Job.
    Now, I understand you’re a Christian and maintain the popular viewpoint and, if experience teaches me anything, it’s that you won’t be dissuaded of that opinion. And it isn’t my job or desire to try. Rather, for the purpose of the record, the challenge of the “Adversary”, the literal translation of Satan, is how biblical faith is not only tested but made to evolve. For example, when Satan appeared to Jesus in the desert, if there was no challenge, there can be no assertion of faith: no Satan, no “get thee behind me”. Furthermore, Jesus evidently understands this in the Gospels. Another example is Judas, without whom there is no Mass, Eucharist, Crucifixion, resurrection… the whole gamut, in fact. For this reason, Gnostics and others have observed this fact and Jesus’ clear apprehension of the fact as indicative of the necessity to be challenged in order to thrive. Therefore, I encourage all to receive this challenging proposition as it is meant and to critically examine your faith and opinions.


  • Stian Kulystin

    That is certainly what the rich and powerful (The churches, the governments and the elite) want you to believe

  • tolpuddle1

    The elites aren’t noticeably religious nowadays. Nor the churches very powerful.

    The dispute is solved, though, by the words of Jesus Christ, as recorded in St Luke’s Gospel:

    “Blessed are you that are poor”

    “A curse upon you that are rich”