The Voodoo Master
ria-thesinging-witch asked: Hey, I was wondering, what is the difference between satanism and luciferianisn? Thanks, -Ria
hi there! just so you know, neither of us are satanists or luciferians, so we may not be the perfect people to answer. but here’s what I’ve gathered:
all luciferians are satanists, as lucifer is a satan (adversary). but on the other hand, since there are many satans, not all satanists are luciferians. there are tons of different satanists out there, I’m most familiar with those who worship ha-satan rather than lucifer. within practice, I couldn’t honestly say.
— Mod D
As a Satanist, I worship Satan. But that is not the point of my practice. The point is to join him in the work of accusation, of questioning, of prodding people out of their nice, safe ruts. A lot of the Luciferians I see posting seem very focused on their relationship with Lucifer. I don’t care if Satan notices or not—I do the work regardless because I feel it is right and necessary, not because I want him to favor me.
(Note: this is me, speaking for myself and about my personal observations. I don’t know how typical I am among theistic Satanists.)
Allow me to copy and paste myself:
It’s actually easier to start off with establishing the similarities in the philosophies; both value knowledge, personal responsibility, self-change and honesty very highly. They both believe that it is important to focus on this life more than the promise of an afterlife, and that it is important to change what we don’t like in the world. They both are based on the concept of modeling one’s behavior after a figure whom has rebelled against common social mores; Satanists in reverence of (a) Satan and Luciferians in admiration of (a) Lucifer.
To break this down a little further, it’s important to understand that Satan translates into the title ‘accuser’ or ‘adversary’ and can apply to any figure that is adversarial in nature. Likewise, Lucifer is also a title which means ‘Morningstar’ or ‘Lightbearer’ and actually applies both to Ha-Satan and Jesus Christ in the Bible. These are figures who are ‘shaking up the system’ in order to change something they consider inherently flawed; the Satan figure does so through painful truth, acceptance of power and recognition of humanity’s ‘fallen state’ while the Lucifer figure does so through enlightenment, skepticism and exploration.
They both may be theistic or atheistic, and neither a Satanist nor a Luciferian has to be a Devil Worshiper. Either may be, though it tends to be uncommon for Luciferians to worship a divine figure as they often consider it to demean their state of independence, and place them in a state of submission. The typical theistic Satanist, on the other hand, will likely view themselves as within a hierarchal system of Hell’s power (or whatever mythology they base their faith in.) This is all very independent, however, so is a generalization which may not apply to any given Satanist or Luciferian.
To break it down very simply, imagine that there are two young lawyers working for the same firm and they discover their boss has been breaking certain rules (and just happens to be a sex addict.)
The Satanist lawyer might allow him to become tempted by her presence (so she can gather evidence from his office) then rebuke him for his weakness, bring to his attention that he has been breaking laws which she knows then make the deal that he must put her in a position of power to oversee the keeping of the laws or she will ruin him. She will not see it as her personal responsibility to care for him, and she knows that she won’t break these laws now that she is in power. This would be seen as using her power and his weakness in order to ensure that the greater good is achieved.
The Luciferian lawyer, on the other hand, may prefer to bring to his attention that he has been breaking laws and that she is aware of it. Then she may simply find it more acceptable to debate this with him, teach him a moral away to achieve his goals, and generally convince him that he cannot continue to break laws. Then he might promote her simply because she’s been so helpful, though this is irrelevant to her goal of bettering the firm and her boss. This will be seen as using her own power to enlighten him without removing his free will; it still ensures the greater good is achieved and she has acted as a guiding light!
We both want a better world, but chose to use different methods to achieve that.