Luciferous Protogonos, The God the Ancients Call “The First-Born”
LUCIFEROUS PROTOGONOS, THE GOD THE ANCIENTS CALL “THE FIRST-BORN” (PRE-CHRISTIAN BELIEFS, OCCULT PHILOSOPHICAL AND MYTHIC ORIGINS): COMMENTARY ABOUT THE FIRST FEW PAGES OF THE SECRET DOCTRINE
LUCIFEROUS refers to the radiance of the first-principle born from the Great Mother and Father-GOD of nearly every ancient cosmogony. This will attempt to give a different meaning of lucifer, or the morning star, based on the Graeco-Roman MYSTERIES, as was known under the titles Phanes, Archeus, Apollo, etc. The arch-angel (god) Lux (or Lucifer) represents beyond the myths of eōsphoros and Venus, an ancient primeval deity, known as Prōtogonos (Gr. Πρωτογόνος). Prōtogonos is Phanes, the myth of the “first-born” light, and concerns the idea of the first-born god and ancient literary and theological references to Light-gods. PHANES is the principle in the initial stages of the Theogonies of every great ancient nation. The Occult Philosophy explains, that this principle underwent from its base origins, a change into what has commonly become known as the Sidereal, or Astral Light. What I refer to as luciferous Prōtogonos based on using a number of foundational mythical characters, and without any allusion to the Christian view of EVIL is:
- DEITY, in the form of αἰθήρ aithēr and in its essence, Magnes (Lat. prima materia). It is the germ of all things, and the “Son of the DARKNESS” in The Secret Doctrine Commentaries (i.e., CHAOS, Space); and
- The first (eldest) God (principle) to emerge out of the Depths of the WATER (Mother-SPIRIT), or from the undifferentiated CHAOS (Space), and the primary aspect of the prima materia. The mystery is referred to as ‘Mother, Father, Son/Daughter’ depending on the myth. The “first-born” is also technically Magnes in the ante-genesis philosophical theogonies. This is the combination of ‘Father-Son’ in the ante-Christian mythologies. The Father and Son are referenced often as light or fire-gods. In Occultism, the first stage of the cosmic scene is Fiery, and from this are born worlds.
The shadow of the Prōtogonos, or its magnes (a concept of the Medieval Alchemists and Oracles) is the sidereal LIGHT. This COSMIC ELEMENT or force is called Lucifer by Eliphas Levi. Eliphas Levi termed it Lucifer through Christian terminology. The Romanticists and Socialist poets of that era that re-interpreted Lucifer were not in error when recreating this mythic god as a hero. Technically, he can be interpreted as a hero, because the Lucifer myth partly has its roots in the myth of Prometheus. Lucifer is basically Prometheus (who represents mankind shackled to the world of physical matter and suffering) and Phaeton combined, and given that there is no Biblical source for the Lucifer-myth, an invention, this is appropriate to re-examine all of these gods. The occult theory bears no semblance to the myth of Lucifer, or Azazel in any sense theology teaches, and yet explains its true meaning against unjust charges and old worn polemics.
Between the ether and Aether — ether being a technical distinction created by the Theosophists — lies the various planes of the Astral matter. It is its astral light or sidereal FORCE, Abbe Eliphas Levi calls lucifer, and he further stated of it, that the element can generate force, which can be used by the mage. Hence, H.P.B. tries to remedy what Levi did, by identifying Lucifer — through the monism (key-word) of THEOSOPHY — with the cosmic septenate-substance, AETHER itself, because from the macrocosmic view and not from our plane or angle, the sidereal or Astral Light is a part of the AETHER, not separated as in an anthropomorphic dualism of a God (above) and Satan (below).
“So we have the prophetic message more fully confirmed. You will do well to be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”2 PETER 1: 19
Theosophy and the Greek Mysteries demonstrate a psychic, physiological and somatic meaning to this (see James M. Pryse On The Delphian Key-Note of Esotericism: Plato’s Four Degrees of Knowledge).
The “first-born” was the primal radiation from the Absolute. Before the Gnostics and Hermeticists, the classical Roman poets taught that this was Apollo’s light. Interestingly, this ‘light of Apollo’ was known as Phanes, and its ancient myth and the poets tell us, that this light also exists within Man.
In relation to The Secret Doctrine Stanzas and Ancient Theology, Mother (the WATER) produces its first Son (Intelligence), “son of the ‘Dawn’,” and all the prōtogenoi (the hosts) called by the ancients — theos. She is the Universal Soul, the Magnes (primordial matter) of the DEPTHS, originating all beings, and pervades all beings. She is the “Holy Ghost,” or Holy Spirit. Its active Power called Verbum, is the secret wisdom of the Spirit the Greeks called — “daimōn.” Union with the daimon gives supernal wisdom. And yes, that daimōn is PHANES, the light of Apollo; therefore considered of the First principle, which is the noumenal (first, primal) FIRE that was made alight by friction, or force, and this force is the active Power of The Great GOD.
THE SECRET DOCTRINE identifies three common principle aspects and stages in Theogony:
(a) CHAOS: There was the termless time of Eternal NIGHT when “Nought Was”; then
(b) THEOS: the CREATIVE GOD (a Unity of Potencies) evolves out of the Chaos†; and
(c) KOSMOS: the visible, or manifested Universe, the first condition of which is — fiery.
This is why the Unrevealed God is identified with infinite Darkness, or Eternal Night. Those three (CHAOS-THEOS-KOSMOS) are the three aspects of the Great Serpent of Eternity (the Unrevealed God, or SPACE), collectively representing the ONE UNKNOWN SPACE.
† In b, THEOS combines the NUMBERS (the order of the gods and the phases, or cycles of creation). The phases of THEOS overlap with KOSMOS, described as the boundless field or playground of universes from a standpoint of omnipresence, perpetually appearing and disappearing. This disappearing and appearing of universes is described as a process of breathing-in and breathing-out in The Secret Doctrine.
The commentaries in The Secret Doctrine are merely elaborating on the Stanzas and comparing ancient notions with it. It explains, that the LIGHT-GOD called in ancient mythologies — important for our argument — who is called the “first-born” (Son) god is the first radiation to emerge from Father-Mother (Father-Mother is “Unknown Space”) in the first stage of cosmogony. This exact belief exists in classical Hellenistic and Pre-Olympian mythology. In the Jewish and Chaldean (Kabbalism), and Hindu cosmogonies, we have the same detail of the formative periods of life from the passive and ineffable principle within termless time. In the next stage, the active period commences, in which the one essence makes it-self visible, secondly expands from the Eternal Cause its latent Force, then thirdly becomes an active Power (Verbum). All of this issued from the “mother of all” the gods, the “Soul of souls.” This “Soul of souls” is the Spirit brooding over primeval CHAOS, that is known as the Water, “the Deep” as described in the Enûma Eliš, and in the exoteric account of creation given in Bere’shith (Genesis).
SOME SEMBLANCE OF THE IDEA EXISTS IN THE SIPHRA DZENIOUTA
Kabbalism, teaches about a similar idea in the Siphra Dzeniouta§ and Father-Mother, or the Ancient One (SPACE):
“(429.) From a Light-Bearer (one of the seven sacred planets) of insupportable brightness proceeded a radiating Flame, dashing off, like a vast and mighty hammer, those sparks which were the prior worlds.
(430.) And with most subtle ether were these intermingled and bound mutually together, but only when they were conjoined together, even the great Father and great Mother.
(431.) From Hoa, himself, is ab, the Father; and from Hoa, himself, is ruach, the Spirit; who are hidden in the Ancient of Days, and therein is that Ether concealed.
(432.) And it was connected with a Light-Bearer (a planet and its angel or regent), which went forth from that Light-Bearer of insupportable brightness, which is hidden in the bosom of Aima, the Great Mother.” (S.L. Mather. 1912. The Kabbalah Unveiled: Lesser Holy Assembly, Chapter X, no. 429-432, p. 298)
“Father-Mother” (SPACE) is the DEITY throughout ancient Mesopotamia, in its highest philosophical conception.
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