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Luciferian Witchcraft

Fredrik Gregorius

in The Devil’s Party

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199779239
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779239.003.0011
Luciferian Witchcraft

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This chapter discusses Luciferian Witchcraft, which is to a great extent a spin-off from the Wicca movement, but with a satanic twist. While Wicca has created a “medium tension” towards society, by utilizing the negative witch figure as its central metaphor, Satanism has generated a stronger such tension by focusing on the strongly negative figure Satan. Both, however, are part of a larger movement where partly similar renegotiations of cultural symbols are being conducted. The interpretation of Lucifer is of central interest, as Lucifer can be seen to act as a crossover deity that appears with different meanings both within non-satanic as well as satanic interpretations of witchcraft. The chapter concludes that Luciferian Witchcraft can be seen as an example of the typological difficulties of positioning Satanism as an autonomous milieu within the larger Dark Magical subculture.

Keywords: Satanism; Wicca; Paganism; Luciferian Witchcraft; Lucifer; typology; Charles Godfrey Leland; Robert Cochrane; Andrew Chumbley; Michael Ford

Chapter.  8973 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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