LUCIFEROUS PROTOGONOS, THE GOD THE ANCIENTS CALL “THE FIRST-BORN”
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).
This is Phanes (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, a concept, orthodox-believing Christians would ever hardly confess to adopt. The true meaning is that what I term luciferous Prōtogonos, based on analogizing 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 substance (Magnes — taught by the Alchemists and Oracles) is the sidereal LIGHT. This entity, or COSMIC ELEMENT is called Lucifer by Eliphas Levi. Eliphas Levi termed it Lucifer, i.e., using Christian terminology, and changed the conception of Lucifer, and the Romanticists who re-interpreted Lucifer were not wrong in recreating him as a hero. Technically, he can be interpreted as a hero, like Prometheus. He is basically Prometheus and Phaeton, and there is no Biblical source for the Lucifer-myth. So, it is not Lucifer that is most important here, or the template upon, which all else is judged.
Now, THEOSOPHISTS identify this principle entirely with the cosmic septenate-substance, AETHER. The occult theory bears no semblance to the myth of Lucifer, or Azazel, in any sense theology teaches. 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, used by the mage.
“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).
The “first-born” was the primal radiation from the Absolute. The classical Roman poets taught that this was Apollo’s light. Interestingly, this ‘light of Apollo’ was known as Phanes, and it was said, that this light also existed within Man.
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 also the secret wisdom of the Spirit the Greeks called — “daimōn.” The daimōn is PHANES, the light of Apollo, or of the First principle, the noumenal FIRE, that was made alight by friction, or force (the active Power of The GOD).
THEOSOPHY demonstrates three principle aspects 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.
These are the three aspects of the Great Serpent of Eternity (the Unrevealed God, or SPACE), and all three equal 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. It is compared to a process of breathing-in and breathing-out in The Secret Doctrine.
The Secret Doctrine explains also, that the LIGHT-GOD called in ancient mythologies —important for our argument — the “first-born” (Son) is the first radiation to emerge from Father-Mother, i.e., Space in the first stage of cosmogony. It exists in classical Hellenistic and Pre-Olympian mythology. In the Jewish and Chaldean (i.e., Kabbalah), 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, then expands from the Eternal Cause its latent Force, then becomes an active Power (Verbum). All of this issued from the “mother of all” the gods, “Soul of souls” — the Spirit brooding over primeval CHAOS, the Water, “the Deep” as taught in Bere’shith and the Enûma Eliš.
A SEMBLANCE OF THE IDEA 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.