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By Lynn Picknett

Lynn Picknett explains during this hugely readable and well-researched account that the horned satan — now posited as an antithesis of God — is only a brand new, and albeit extra evil, incarnation of the previous wooded area deity Pan; whereas Lucifer was a personification of the Morning big name, the planet Venus, and its goddess. "He" was once as a result initially "she," and a divine illustration of affection, attractiveness, and human heat. certainly, many historical goddesses have been referred to as Lucifera, or "Light-bringer" — an honor prolonged to Mary Magdalene in her actual position as goddess-worshipping priestess and Christ's successor. whereas millions stick with Lucifer with a purpose to in attaining earthly wealth and tool, Picknett explains that such inaccurate habit is much from actual Luciferan ideas. Picknett attracts jointly historical heretical Christian and Egyptological texts, and the results of irregular psychology and the "extreme percentages" of sure slightly understood human attributes to pose the query: Have we people truly created God and Lucifer, no longer simply as icons or metaphors, yet in a terrifying method, actually? And if this is the case, how will we recognize that is which?

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Lucifer is identified as the former hero of heaven who challenged God, lost, and, together with his faithful angelic hordes, was exiled to Hell. 36 The first book of the apocryphal book of Enoch refers to the falling angels as stars, listing them by name as `Semiazaz, Arakiba, Rameel, Kokabiel, Tamiel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqiel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael and Sariel' 31 Perhaps this passage was the origin of the confusion between the story of the Watchers - the angels who were overcome with lust for human women and fathered a race of giants with them - and Isaiah's story.

Barbara Walker notes, for example, that in this male-dominated Hell: Women who scolded would be forced to lick hot stoves with their tongues. Women who showed disloyalty to men would be hung up by one leg, while scorpions, snakes, ants and worms dug their way in and out of their bodies 33 `Disloyalty to men' is a conveniently loose term open to a wide variety of interpretations. We are not told whether Hell existed before the war in Heaven, but it certainly existed afterwards, when Lucifer lost his heavenly status.

When roused it produces intense heat and power - but woe betide the individual who has not prepared diligently for its awakening with rigorous magical and spiritual discipline, for it can become awesomely uncontrollable. However, in the original Eden myth, as the serpent slithers off to a fate of humiliation24 God rounds on Eve, cursing her: I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; With pain you will give birth to children. 25 The culpability of Eve and the serpent may be endlessly debated, but those four short lines have proved only too influential over the minds of men, not only providing a divine blessing for wife-beaters and all manner of marital abuses, but also - as we shall see - even specifically and egregiously dooming generations of midwives to torture and death.

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