Mythic origins and wider context of the Qliphoth

An excerpt from “Luciferian Gnosis” by Asenath Mason

From “The Sinister Path, Vol 1” by Magan Publications (2011)

"The adept of the Left Hand Path seeks [through the Qliphoth] to deepen the Fall [of man]
 and to bring the process of destruction to the end, in order to light one's own spark of 
divinity in the absolute darkness of the abyss. By fulfilling the work which has started with 
the tasting of the fruits of Knowledge, man might reach for the fruits from the Tree of Life." 
—Asenath Mason

Cover art by Rafael Wecterowicz

The Qliphoth and serpent of the abyss
An excerpt from "Luciferian Gnosis" by Asenath Mason 
650 words, about a 2.5 minute read  

In Qabalistic theories Lucifer corresponds to the hidden sephira Daath. However, in order to understand this attribution, we must first go back to the moment when the Tree of Life was an ideal cosmic harmony and its dark counterpart did not exist. The perfect Cosmic Tree, like now consisted of ten levels and twenty-two paths, but there was no material plane then. Instead, the Tree of Life contained Daath as the integral part of the cosmic harmony. Daath was closest to the highest triad: Kether, Chokmah and Binah, above the central sephira Tiphereth. It was the second sun which shone upon the neighbouring sephiroth. While Tiphereth was the lower sun which cast its rays upon the lower regions, Daath illuminated the upper part of the Tree as the second, mystical sun. Their lights marked two “worlds” represented by the sephiroth: the lower (below Tiphereth) and the upper (surrounding Daath). Both were harmoniously bound to each other. The lower sun was ruled by the archangel Michael, the upper by Lucifer: the Bringer of Light. Lucifer was then the angel who resided closest to the divine trinity. He was the guardian and mediator between the divine light and the lower spheres, which is reflected in an ancient legend that he was God’s messenger on earth who observed all earthly events and reported them to the Creator.

On the original Tree of Life, Yesod, the lowest sephira, was an ideal reflection of Kether, the highest one. Because it was the astral world of man, he was regarded as the ideal image of God. Yesod, however, is also the sphere of sexuality, existing on the Tree of Life in a subtle and dormant form. The reasons of Lucifer’s and other angels’ fall are not clear from this perspective. Perhaps they started to lust for man because of his perfection (“That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose” Genesis 6:2). Lucifer-Daath fell / descended to the level of man and awakened in him the power of creation and sexual energy, which is represented by the gift of fruits of Knowledge, offered by the biblical Serpent. In this way man gained access to knowledge which until that moment had been reserved for God and higher entities. The fall of angels and their sexual union with man was the forbidden union of worlds. Man gained the potential of creation (of giving birth to a new life), and the ideal cosmic harmony was lost. Where once Daath existed, an abyss opened and separated the divine triad from the lower levels. Man was cast down from his astral Eden and inhabited the new sephira Malkuth, on the material plane, while the gates to the divine Garden were closed for him: “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24). The Daath sephira together with Lucifer lost its place near the throne of God (Kether) and became the abyss, the gate to Qlipothic anti-worlds in which Lucifer established his Pandemonium.

An adept of the path of Light seeks to reconstruct the original cosmic order and the reunion with the divine perfection. The death of Christ on the cross is a metaphor of creating the bridge over the abyss and uniting man with God.

The adept of the Left Hand Path seeks to deepen the Fall and to bring the process of destruction to the end, in order to light one’s own spark of divinity in the absolute darkness of the abyss. By fulfilling the work which has started with the tasting of the fruits of Knowledge, man might reach for the fruits from the Tree of Life.

"The mind is its own place, and in itself  
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven"  
—Paradise Lost, John Milton

Twilight in the Underworld

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