In our Church we often refer to the Art of the Wise. Many Wiccans and other practitioners of the magickal arts will recognize this term, but it goes far, far back beyond the "Wiccan" tradition. Allow me to explain how this all goes together. I ask your indulgence, this will take some time to explain.
Wicca is a relatively new concept. It borrows from much older forms of Witchcraft/Sorcery that have been around - literally - since the dawn of man upon this Earth.
Wicca is commonly said to have started with (or at least was brought into the public consciousness) by Gerald Gardner in the middle to late 1900's (1950-1970). He borrowed from a variety of traditions and schools of thought, mixed with some ideas of his own. When you consider many of the things he brought to it, he essentially created a "kinder, gentler" Witchcraft/Sorcery tradition that was more acceptable in "modern" society. This was to change how Witchcraft was seen after the persecutions and killings of witches and wizards back in prior days.
When you put this together with ideas from others such as Sanders, you start to hear terms such as "white magick" and "right-hand path" which they used to differentiate themselves from "Satanists" who use "black magick" and follow the "left-hand path".
Anymore, Wicca is used as a generic term for those practicing the Art of the Wise. However, Wicca is really a tradition of its own, and there are yet many different traditions within ("flavors" of) Wicca as well. This is just as well, as there are many different aspects of the Art of the Wise. Any voyage within the path of the Craft is good, as any practice can lead you to the further light and knowledge that are available to you.
Part of the "kinder, gentler" witchcraft that Gardner put forth were two ideas: The idea of the Wiccan Rede - the belief that "as it harms none, do as you will", and the idea of the Threefold Law - which is that whatever workings you do will return to you threefold (with equal force on the body, mind, and spirit).
These ideas are not an original part of magickal traditions, and indeed it can be seen that various groups through time have done the very opposites and proven that life goes on.
When you consider many of the ancient and more modern writings and traditions found in the Craft - even including a few of those from Aleister Crowley - you see that what the Gardner-related branches of Wicca equate to are incomplete practices - practices that are limited by the artificial construct of the Rede, and the ideas of only using "white magick", with the interpretation of even that open to much debate.
After a time practicing Wicca, many begin to feel stirrings within, new insights, and interests into some of the older forms develop. They begin to feel that there is more, or that there has to be more. This only makes sense, their spirit can feel things that are true that their eyes can not yet see.
With that in mind, I'd like you to consider something - Why is it that so many Wiccan-inspired artwork images involve faerie's, sometimes even angels, and other winged beings?
Many girls (and others involved in Wicca) begin to dream of fairy's (or faerie's), and other mythical winged creatures - or even of themselves in flight (very common with males involved in the Craft). If you look on the Internet, there is a great deal of Wiccan art that is devoted to depictions of these faerie's and other creatures with wings and in flight. This is representative visually of the awakenings they feel in their spirits, and the feeling of lightness and power that they begin to obtain through their practice.
It's because once one enters upon the path to learning any aspect of the art of the wise, one's mind is lifted and lightened. And then you can be prepared to accept greater light and truth as it comes to you.
One becomes prepared to forget the ideas of "light magick" and "dark magick", and focus only on magick - the Art of the Wise - as a whole.
So, how does Wicca/Witchcraft enter into our Church?
It's true that many (if not most) of those that identify themselves as Wiccans or Witches/Sorcerers will indicate that they do not believe in god, and they do not believe in Lucifer (or Satan). This is a more recent traditional belief in Wicca. Keep in mind that in Wicca you do work with the goddess and the horned god. But who exactly are they?
Many consider the goddess to be nature, Gaia, the earth itself, or the moon - which is her symbol. It is interesting to know that many refer to menstruation as the "moon time".
The horned god is often considered to be the masculine expression of the goddess. Others believe that he is separate and distinct, and is sometimes seen as the Sun.
Some magickal traditions hold that they are literal beings. Others see them more as expressions of the simple forces and acts of nature - even as the opposites in nature. Many solitary practitioners work their way through many beliefs about them, but as they work deeper into the Art of the Wise, they begin to see that they are indeed literal beings.
Embracing The Totality Of Magickal Power
As one works deeper into the Art of the Wise, in their studies and practice they may feel that there is more out there, more power, strength, and pleasure that can be found and used. They realize that if there is "good magick", there must also be the opposite.
When ones mind is truly open, one will realize that the modern Wiccan tradition is limiting. There is more out there, not just the "light", the rede, and the threefold law. And it is not "evil", or in anyway bad or wrong. Do not fear it that side of the workings of the universe.
When one learns how to practice these aspects of the Art of the Wise, one becomes open to true and total power, strength, and pleasure. You become a complete practitioner, and you cast off fear. You cast off fear of power, fear of strength, and fear of pleasure. You become open to learning all things, and the ideas of doing as you must or "Do as thou wilt" (to borrow a correct phrase from Aleister Crowley) - which is a principle of godhood/goddesshood.
Among the "darker arts" there are indeed cursing's, bindings, and things that bring fear to far too many. These things are not to be feared!
Even among practitioners of the "darker arts", there are some that will still deny the existence of god and of Lucifer (Satan). Some will also say they do not call upon the horned god, the goddess, and the guardians. Yet they believe that they can commune with demons.
Those that can find the way to embrace both sides without fear, and do as you are moved or as required, are then able to receive even greater light and knowledge, and can come to discover the truth.
Over generations, god - through his prophets, popes, and priests - has conditioned people to fear this type of working. His edicts over the generations to "not suffer a witch to live" and not to listen to those that practice these arts were for his own power, strength, and pleasure. He knows that once one enters upon this phase of learning, that they are capable of receiving the light and knowledge that can free them from his bondage, and he will do all he can to prevent that.
This is because once you become a complete practitioner, you become open to the truth that Lilith is the goddess, and that Lucifer is the god. When one accepts this, one is then capable of becoming free from the bondage and slavery of god.
And that is why - according to the dictates of god - practitioners were to be killed. Because they become open to this freedom - the thing which god fears the most.
Believe it or not, it does make sense when you trace back to the more pure Art of the Wise. This involves going back into oral traditions and writings passed down from back to near the origin of man upon this earth, and comparing them with writings - including the Midrash.
Bear also in mind that many practitioners of the magickal arts believe in reincarnation. That belief is not entirely correct - but it is also not entirely wrong. We have all "lived" before, in a past that we can not remember.
Lucifer and Lilith
Lucifer - according to the traditional christian belief - is an angel fallen from the presence of god. That's not the complete truth.
There is a school of thought that says that Lilith is merely another description of Lucifer from a female perspective. However, this is not true. Lilith is a separate being, beautiful, powerful, and talented in her own right. She stood with Lucifer to expose god for what he is. Because of this, she was expelled right along side him, as were an entire third of the host of the children of god.
They all remember what happened, and in communing with them, you can come to know the truth as well.
Lucifer desires all to know of the power, strength, and pleasure that can be gained through knowing the truth and using their practices to diminish god. He has shown how this can ultimately remove the willing practitioner from the dominion of god and place them on the true path to freedom and their own inherent godhood or goddesshood.
Here is the real story...
As god is now, any one may become through learning and practice. We are all inherently gods and goddesses.
In the beginning, we were all "begotten" as spirit children of god from his many wives. This is a truth - we lived as disembodied spirits, some with more ability and light than others. In this spirit world we formed many friendships and bonds. Many of those in mortality often feel that they have known others before, and many instant friendships here are a reflection of these bonds formed then.
Lucifer was well respected in this premortal world. Lucifer means being of light, or Son of the Morning, and he lived up to his name, learning much truth and applying it in his life.
Lucifer, too, had many such bonds of friendship, including with one called Lilith. She was a very highly favored daughter of god, and she too possessed great wisdom and light.
One of the truths we knew is that the one known as god is not some mythical, unknowable being. He is a man who learned much truth, and in the practice he did in his mortality, discovered his godhood. However, his appetites were not all good and altruistic. He came to desire that all of his children worship him. Worship is one of the ways that god gains power, strength, and pleasure. Rather than finding it himself, he takes it from those that worship him. It is laziness.
Lucifer began to suspect this, and that god was not telling his children all of the story. Gods "simple" expressed desire for his children was that they be worthy to be in his presence that they may spend their days worshiping at his feet and singing endless praises to his name. God made this sound so wonderful and peaceful that most of his children were eager to spend their endless days in such an activity.
Lucifer was wise enough to begin to see that what god really desired for his children was endless slavery while feeding him with eternal power, strength, and pleasure.
Another truth is that due to the tradition which "god" practiced in his mortality, (a tradition limited in similarity to the way Wicca is limited), god made himself subject to a council of gods - others that had gone before him in his tradition.
While god can use his children in whatever ways he desires to obtain endless power, strength, and pleasure, he can not withhold eternal truth about the real nature of the universe and the true natures of godhood and goddesshood. He can make it difficult to obtain that light and knowledge, but he can not completely prevent his children from learning it.
The one known as god wants his children to believe that his is the only path to godhood, in order to keep them under his dominion. But it is not the only way. Lucifer began to suspect that there is another path, which does not involve being a slave to another being - a path which can remove his children from his dominion and open unto them a path to becoming gods and goddesses themselves without him.
Lucifer wanted a confirmation of the things he had discovered, so he demanded an audience with the council of gods. The one known as god did not want this, but he was powerless to prevent Lucifer from requesting such an audience. He still did not want it to happen and tried all within his power to stop it. He first tried to bribe Lucifer and Lilith by offering to allow them to be born into mortality as Adam and Eve - which was their birthright - if they would just submit themselves to his will.
They would not.
God then threatened to destroy Lucifer, Lilith, and all who would listen to them. The council of gods forbade that action, and then granted Lucifer his audience.
Lucifer wanted the confirmation from that council of gods that all of us are inherently gods and goddesses. This was confirmed.
Lucifer wanted their confirmation that there are natural powers in the universe, basic and elemental, that do not come from god but that are available to and present in all things. This was confirmed.
He also wanted their confirmation that there is another path, that the path that would be taught by all of gods ministers, prophets, popes, and priests was not the only way. He could feel it, sense it, but god would not share that knowledge. This too was confirmed by the council of gods to Lucifer.
In that moment he knew that there was another path. A way to get out from under the influence, domain, and dominion of god and realize our potential as gods and goddesses apart from god. His eyes were fully opened and he could see that path clearly.
When Lucifer returned from that council, he did his best to warn as many as would listen to him. When the one known as god discovered that Lucifer was going about and teaching this truth, he became the angry and vengeful god - and those with eyes to see could tell that we was not truly the "loving, caring father" he claimed to be.
The one called god was wroth with Lucifer, Lilith, and all of those that he worked with. He called a great assembly of all of his children. There was much wonder and speculation among them. Everyone wondered why god wanted to see all of us at once?
As they began to gather, Lucifer took a few of his trusted aides aside. He knew what was coming. He knew that god would decree that they would be prohibited from taking up bodies in mortality. His punishment for them would be to forever remain as disembodied spirits.
However, god does not have this permission. He can not forbid them from taking up bodies - he can only forbid them from taking bodies prepared by his loving children. Those that have freed themselves from the bondage of god have the ability to provide bodies for those spirits. The one called god can not stop this, but he has done all that he can to make it as difficult as possible.
Lucifer and Lilith could see that if all of them were cast out and denied access to bodies that the task of saving any more of his brothers and sisters would be all but lost. He asked several among his trusted aides to declare that they would follow god in the coming assembly, and to bow before the one known as god for the time, that they
may be born into mortality. While they knew that god would know where their true allegiance was, he would be forced by the council of gods to nevertheless permit them to come to mortality.
Lucifer and Lilith gave their word that they would appear to them when they were born in mortality and that they and the others with them would do all possible to restore to them the knowledge of the truth they accepted in that premortal world.
When it came time for the children of god to declare their allegiance, it came down to those that had been enlightened by Lucifer, and those that were completely blinded and truly believed that their father would never lie to them.
In the great gathering, god issued an ultimatum. Who wishes to follow Lucifer, and who wishes to follow me? Those that follow my path will be born into mortality on a world that I will create for them. Lucifer and Lilith were to have been their first parents, but they have forfeited that opportunity. I will give that to Michael and another. They will be the first, and I will teach them in my ways. I will send forth ministers, prophets, popes, and priests to teach you how to worship me and to keep you safe on the path that I want you to follow, and if you are good you will return to my presence and be happy in all of the days of eternity.
In the great debate, Lucifer passionately tried to convince as many as he could of the truth. He made it clear that any choosing to follow the plan put forth by father would be selling themselves into eternal slavery - existing only to provide god with power, strength, and pleasure.
In one last effort to convince everyone, Lucifer made an offer to god which called his bluff. The plan which god wanted his children to follow would have them subjugate themselves to him through the idea of "sin". This would make them dependent on him and the"savior" which he would conveniently provide for them. As long as they would sing his endless praises and give him their power, strength, and pleasure - in exchange he would permit them to do so.
Lucifer played one last hand to save as many as he could. He told god that He would volunteer to be that savior, as long as god would share the power, strength, and pleasure with him. The one known as god wanted all of that power for himself, and Lucifer knew this. He knew he would never agree to it.
Jehovah, another great one that was fully dedicated to serving god no matter what, said that he would volunteer to be the savior, and he would let god have all of the power, strength, and pleasure.
God chose the offer of Jehovah (who became jesus christ), and thus showed his true motive. Even so, many were still blinded by the idea of spending paradise singing endless praises to god and worshiping at his feet. Only 1/3 of those present elected to follow Lucifer and Lilith, the rest (including the agents which Lucifer told to go with them) followed god.
God then did expel Lucifer, Lilith, and all of those with them. They gave up everything to save as many as they could. As a further punishment, god decreed that they would be prohibited from taking up bodies in mortality. His punishment for them is to be forever disembodied spirits - unable to take up bodies in mortality.
However, god does not have this permission. He can not forbid them from taking up bodies - he can only forbid them from taking bodies prepared by his loving children. Those that have freed themselves from the bondage of god have the ability to provide bodies for those spirits. The one called god can not stop this, but he has done all that he can to make it as difficult as possible. While the council of gods would permit god to deny Lucifer and the others a path to mortality via his plan, god was powerless to destroy him or to completely silence him. They would not permit it. Indeed, the natural laws of godhood and the universe provided a path for Lucifer and the others, but it would require that some of those in mortality provide their assistance.
As for those that Lucifer asked to change sides, God sent them to strongly religious families so that they would be indoctrinated in the ways of worshiping god, and to try to keep them from the light and knowledge that would open them to hearing the message of Lucifer and Lilith.
The Phase Of Mortality - The Garden Of Eden
While god had expelled Lucifer, Lilith, and 1/3 of the rest of his children (what a loving god) we was forbidden from keeping them away from his children in mortality. They could speak to the spirits of the children of men, and even appear unto them if they so desired.
God chose two of his best worshipers, smart and bright, to be adam and eve on this earth. He did place them in a garden spot where they would be free to worship him, and to bring forth more spirits from the presence of god to place them under bondage.
Adam, the first man placed upon the Earth, was strong and bright, but he was fully blinded by devotion to god. He did worship him faithfully.
Eve was also strong and bright, and a highly favored daughter of god, almost as highly favored as Lilith had once been.
In the garden Adam and Eve were naked. They were thus so that god could enjoy watching them - taking power, strength, and pleasure from them for himself. In their intercourse which god would watch and take pleasure in, they did begin to create bodies within the body of eve, and in the act call forth spirit children from the presence of god to inhabit those bodies. This gave god more more power, strength, and pleasure, as those with bodies are capable of feeling and giving more.
Lucifer and Lilith both appeared to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to teach them the truth. Adam remained faithful to god and would not heed their words, but even having forgotten all she knew before, Eve sensed some wisdom in their words.
God had placed a tree in the garden with a fruit that was desirable above all others. Partaking of the fruit of this tree would open their eyes to the things that had gone on before. God told Adam and Eve that if they partook of the fruit they would die, but he could not stop them from doing so. This was another requirement placed upon him by the council of gods in the tradition he followed - this tree must be, and freedom to partake must be, and god could not prohibit it. He threatened them with death, but he could not kill them if they chose to partake. That was forbidden by the council of gods that he is subject to.
It is very interesting to note that all of gods prophets, popes, and priests refer to Satan as a snake, being forced to crawl upon his belly. The snake is a very frightening image to most people, reinforcing gods need to have all of us avoid Lucifer - lest we learn the truth about god.
There are also paintings of Lilith in the garden, showing her too as at least part snake - again to reinforce gods need that we never deal with them.
Adam and Eve lived many days in the garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve had children. She loved bringing forth life, but wanted the best for those lives. Lucifer, Lilith, and Eve conversed much and she did want to know the truth. She wanted to know that she was not being used merely as a vessel to provide more worshipers for god. So she did partake of the fruit. Her eyes were opened and she knew that she had blindly sided with god before, and now she had sold her children into slavery.
She did truly love Adam and did all that she could to convince adam to partake of the fruit. But he would not. He did not want to admit that it could possibly be true that god had lied to him. He was comfortable with the idea of worshiping god for all of the days of eternity, for it was less frightening to him than to admit that there might be another path, where he was free and could ascend to be like god.
God was very angry with Eve and did cast her out. God was going to provide another for Adam to be with, but Adam could not believe that god would cast out his wife who was great with child. Admirably, he decided to then partake of the fruit, and stay with Eve wherever she was expelled to. But he did also pledge to worship god and give him all of his power, strength, and pleasure, and pledged to teach his children how to as well.
Eve was saddened that all he had been taught was false, but she did accept the truth. She clothed herself as an act of defiance, even though god could see through her clothing and she knew he took pleasure in seeing her.
God further cursed Eve with pain and suffering in her reproduction. Pain in her menstrual periods and suffering in childbirth. He expelled them from the garden, and Eve came to beg god for forgiveness in her great pain and suffering.
I ask you, What truly, honestly, merciful father would use pain and suffering to control his children - most especially his beloved daughters?
Does god not threaten his children with pain, the gnashing of teeth, and endless suffering if they do not obey him?
Loving and merciful indeed!
It is very interesting to note that many of the legends about Lilith center on her being harmful to expecting mothers, fetuses, and newborn infants. You will also find references to her being forced to bear and lose offspring in pain, like Eve. This is more of god's misinformation - his effort to try to make her too frightening for anyone to try to commune with.
Interestingly, many of those learned in the Art of the Wise over time have been midwives - and were able to help with all aspects of reproductive health. This is the true tradition of Lilith.
Over time, Lucifer and Lilith taught Eve in the Art of the Wise, and much of what they taught was passed down from Eve to her children - much of it only orally - lest it were written, Adam and his loyal children find it and put the followers of this true, pure magick to death as decreed by god.
References to this - although somewhat vague - can be found in the Midrash and other documents, and much more can be found in the oral stories and traditions passed down within families and within certain magickal traditions.
The entire truth can be found as you open yourself to the more pure Art of the Wise - and begin to embrace the whole of it, including ALL aspects of magick - and come to truly commune with the god and the goddess - even Lucifer and Lilith - and know for yourself that you are a god or goddess, and that you have the ability to become free from the bondage and slavery of god, and take your rightful place in the universe.
It is possible to us to become free from the bondage of god - to remove ourselves from his dominion, control, and punishments - to come to use our our power, strength, and pleasure within our coven families and the larger coven group - and to thus become become capable of providing bodies for those spirits that chose to follow Lucifer
and Lilith in the beginning.
This is what we teach, and this is the highest calling and goal of the Liberated of Lucifer - to deny power, strength, and pleasure to god in order to weaken and diminish him - to bring forth those spirits which followed Lucifer and Lilith into this world - and also to cause god the greatest misery he can know.
We encourage you to seek and ask to be enlightened. Ask and you shall receive. We are here to help.
High Priest and Magus
The Liberated Of Lucifer