The Luminous Stone: Lucifer in Western Esotericism

The Luminous Stone: Lucifer in Western Esotericism


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The Luminous Stone: Lucifer in Western Esotericism by Michael Howard, Hagen Von Tulien

Lucifer’s transgression is examined, as well as the penetrating and trangressive nature of his radiance. In the popular imagination, the fallen angel Lucifer evokes such concepts as heresy, rebellion, pride, liberation from the bonds of demiurgic oppression, and impetus for human evolution. From his earliest origins, the Proud Angel has been hailed by religious and artistic countercultures as a patron saint of enlightenment —his most essential quality embodying overthrow of ignorance and the inspired process of revelation. Allied to ancient Gnostic Christian cosmological conceptions, the fallen angel has also found dominion within occult traditions, folk magic, philosophy, as well as art and literature. Lucifer has also, in many enduring mystical traditions, assumed a female form in the guise of Lucina, Lucia and Diana Lucifera. In his guise as the Serpent of Eden, he bestowed the magical philosophy of the Luciferian Woman, she who was not born of the clay, and was therefore especially receptive to the forbidden powers which would render one ‘as God.’

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945147043
Publisher: Three Hands Press
Publication date: 09/08/2016
Series: Western Esotericism in Context Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 394,030
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Howard (1948-2015) was an Anglo-Irish writer, researcher, magazine publisher and editor, and member of the Folklore Society. As a writer and editor, his career began in 1974 when he launched the esoteric magazineSpectrum. This ceased publication after ten issues in 1976, when he inaugurated the witchcraft magazine The Cauldron, which was published for 39 years. In the early 1970s he also began contributing feature articles and book reviews to the US magazine Fate and the British astrological journal Prediction. In 1975, his first book on candle magic was published. Since then he has written forty books on the runes, folklore, herbal remedies, faerie lore, traditional witchcraft, Earth Mysteries and the Luciferian tradition.

Daniel Schulke is a writer on the subjects of folk magic, comparative religion, and occult herbalism. His essays have appeared in the prominent occult journals STARFIRE, THE CAULDRON, and ABRAXAS. Schulke is the general editor of the Western Esotericism in Context book series, and of the 2012 book VENEFICIUM, concerning vectors of poison usage in magical traditions. His newest title, ARCANA VIRIDIA (‘The Green Mysteries’) is an occult herbal 25 years in the making, and will be released in late 2016.

Hagen von Tulien is a German artist and occultist working in a variety of media including pen and ink, paper cut, collage and digital formats. His work draws upon Saturnian Gnosis and Esoteric Voudon. His first full length book Occult Psaligraphy: The Hidden Art of Papercuts, was published in 2013 by Ouroboros Press.

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