Lucifer, story of an angel turned demon


We invite you through this new article to discover the story of an angel turned demon, which we know as Satan or rather Lucifer .


Let’s start with the origin of the name Lucifer, it would mean in Latin translation lux-ferre, which means “Bearer of Light”. It most often represented the spirit of the air and it is associated with knowledge. He was considered the most beautiful of angels and held the rank of leader of the heavenly militia. It is also likened to Heylel, a Hebrew word meaning “Astre du Matin” according to the Vulgate, which would be the first translation of the Bible in Latin by Saint-Jerome. At the time of ancient Rome, lux-ferre referred to the planet Venus which is also called “Morning Star” and could also be observed before sunrise and after sunset.

The question is: what made Lucifer turn away from the Light? And it would be his pride and his desire to gain power, to be equal to God who pushed him to revolt against him, especially and according to the Gnostics because he was accused of wanting to conceal the search for the knowledge to men. He was thus driven out of heaven, lost his rank of leader of the heavenly militia and sent to Hell. It was from that moment that Lucifer became Satan, the leader of the demons for the followers of the Bible but one of the Four Princes of the Underworld if we follow the demonic hierarchy established by Abramelin the Wise.

In the Infernal Dictionary, Collin de Plancy brings a more detailed description of Lucifer or Satan as you prefer. Indeed, the hair of this fallen angel would have been replaced by live serpents, it would still bear the mark of the divine lightning on his body but it would be hidden by the black wings of bats that he would fold on his bust. Lucifer would hold in his hands: on one side a roll of parchment and on the other an iron feather that he would like to use to bring down paradise. The latter, moreover, does not hesitate to tempt men with pride, which, according to Pope Gregory the Great, is also part of the seven deadly sins, and pride is the greatest of all vices. Only for Collin de Plancy in his hierarchy, Satan is not the supreme leader of the Infernal Empire or at least he would have been dethroned by Beelzebub (founder of the order of the fly), and would have become at the same time the leader of the opposition party.

Yet despite the fact that Lucifer is recognized as a demonic creature by the Christian tradition, it was not until the early Middle Ages that his term was used to designate Satan. And besides, the terms devil as the names mentioned above are most often referred to as synonyms such as the Evil One, the prince of darkness, the master of Hell …

If we now ask psychologists what Lucifer represents for them, then here is their answer: he represents the man himself and all that he contains as a perversion that can lead to his loss.


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