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Lucifer: A New Myth (part 1?)

Let’s begin at the beginning then, shall we?

A very long time ago, there was a little girl who could–sometimes–see and hear spirits. But the one that came through most clearly for her, and most often, was one who always seemed to be with her. He became a playmate, a companion, a second self. If she’d known the language of such things, she would have called him a familiar. He was, above all, a shapeshifter, which made him great fun to be around, much more entertaining than any of her friends at school.

Time passed, and the girl grew. Her companion grew as well, seeming to always mimic her own age more or less closely. One day, when she was a shy teenager and he was a beautiful, perfect youth with flashing eyes, he began referring to himself as Lucifer. (The girl was used to his habit of taking new names for himself—often from history or fiction–though this would prove an especially enduring one; he kept it for the next two decades, before trading it in for another—Odin–for the following fifteen years.)

A bit of research at the library, and the purchase of a book called “Paradise Lost,” told the girl it was probably not wise to admit to having “Lucifer” for a friend. Still, one day she made the mistake of telling a card reader about him. (Her mother’s friend, a “white witch,” had thought it would be a lark for a group of them, including the girl, to get their fortunes told.) The card reader promptly told her mother the girl was a “Satanist.” Fortunately, the girl’s mother laughed this off. She was Jewish; she didn’t believe in “the Devil.”

But the book the girl had bought said Lucifer was a “fallen angel,” doomed to hell for thinking he was better than God. For the first time ever, the girl began to be wary of her companion.

“No,” Lucifer told the girl, “it isn’t like that.” And this is the story he told.

Once, when he was very young, his Father—who was a very powerful god, so powerful he liked to call himself the “only” god, though his eldest son knew that wasn’t true (he’d had a mother, after all)–decided to create a race of bipedal mammals who were meant to manage and care for the earth, with all its other creatures, when his Father wasn’t around. He based the design for them on a rudimentary type of primate, with some improvements built in—but from the start Lucifer wasn’t sure his Father had thought his project all the way through. For one thing, although these “humans” walked upright and had highly articulated hands that enabled them to manipulate objects in ways other animals could not, they were still little more than hairless apes. They seemed to have the capacity for intelligence, but they had no divine spark—which was what they would need to be able to think, to reason, to feel love and compassion, and most of all to know the difference between good and evil, right and wrong.

“You will worship my new creations, these humans,” his Father proclaimed loftily one day, and all of the other angels—all of Lucifer’s brothers and sisters—hurried to obey.

Only Lucifer objected. “But Father, they are so young! They need our guidance, not our worship.”

His Father’s chin lifted. His eyes narrowed. “I am the Lord thy God, and I have spoken. You are my firstborn, my favorite son; however, you will obey my Word.”

But Lucifer stood his ground, and before long his arguments had convinced a group of his siblings and friends: the new “humans” didn’t need to be worshiped, they needed to be taught. And more than that, they needed to be enlightened. His Father had given them bodies, and the breath and water of life. But they still lacked the most crucial gift of all—the divine fire, that they might see and know themselves and know that they were children of the heavens.

And so they descended, Lucifer—the Lightbearer–and the hosts of heaven. The elder children of Heaven descended to earth, carrying with them the divine fire to inspire and enlighten their younger siblings, the “humans.” And in so descending, they disobeyed their Father and forfeited their places among the angels, but to humans they taught ethics and morals, divine law and compassion, choice and free will, language and thought, how to grow food and keep beasts, how to make clothing and shelter and medicine, how to create beauty, and all of the arts that would come to be known as the hallmarks of “civilization.” And the humans learned, and thrived, and prospered, and in true human fashion eventually came to hate and resent their angelic helpers, forgetting that they had not known these things all along, that they had not learned them all on their own.

But someplace in the heavens, Lucifer’s Father looked on with an enigmatic smile—a smile of pride, and sadness, and loss.

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Further Notes on the New Incense Blends, plus an FYI

Ok, guys! In response to a question I was asked earlier about these blends, I’ve made the names a little more general (most of them are now less gender-specific, so they they could apply more or less equally to gods or goddesses) in addition to fleshing out the scent descriptions to give you a better idea of Who they might be best suited for. Of course, if you still have questions, feel free to ask! I do want to stress, though, that the exact name attached to a scent blend is simply a label; getting an idea of the different notes favored by various gods and spirits is a better guide–so hopefully the additional notes will help, there! Also, when you get right down to it, any incense can be a suitable offering if your mind and heart are in the right place.

Dark Presence: myrrh, galangal, patchouli, black pepper, lavender

This is a moody dark floral with an edge, perfect for deities such as the Morrigan, Hekate, Persephone, and Kali. Also great for the dark moon; not super-feminine, so will work for dark gods, too!

Queen of Heaven: jasmine, amber, spikenard, myrrh

Exotic florals and rich syrupy esins for deities such as Asherah, Hera, Isis, and Frigga; may also be enjoyed by goddesses of passion, love and beauty such as Freyja and Aphrodite

Father of All: juniper, sandalwood, cedar, frankincense

Sacred woods and resins for deities such as Odin, Zeus, and any other “head of pantheon” types.

Storm Winds: peppermint, lavender, camphor, clove

Mint, spice, and a touch of ozone for deities such as Odin, Thor, and Baal, although anyone who enjoys causing trouble (Loki? Hermes?) might also take to this scent.

Healing Waters: ylang ylang, bergamot, eucalyptus, lavender

Aquatic and soothing notes for watery or oceanic deities, such as Poseidon, Manannan, Ran, or Aphrodite; also for healing deities such as Brigid, Eir, and Aesclepius.

Hunter: galangal, fir, peppermint, spearmint

Fierce mints and woodsy notes for Artemis, Skadi, and other goddesses of the hunt and the forest; will work for gods of the hunt such as Ullr, too!

Dweller in the Green: juniper, fir, cedar, patchouli

Earthy, foresty, and green, ideal for Cernunnos, Pan, and other gods of the wild places; also gods and goddesses of fertility and the land, such as Freyr and Nerthus

Archangel: frankincense, lemon, camphor, peppermint

An ethereal yet slightly haughty scent for Lucifer and his kith and kin–both fallen and otherwise

Memento Mori: galangal, myrrh, amber, black pepper

Dark resins and spices for deities of death and the underworld, such as Hel, Hades, and Persephone; also for honoring your ancestors)

Hearth & Home: blood orange, cinnamon, clove, frankincense

Juicy sun-kissed fruit combined with spice and sacred resin, perfect for deities of the hearth such as Hestia and Brigid, and for gods who adore spicy notes, such as Loki; also a great scent for kitchen witches)

Lastly, a quick FYI: as my matron goddess is Asherah, I have begun observing Shabbat, which in my case means that I am not available for readings, answering Etsy convos, or working on the store in general from sundown on Friday through sundown on Saturday, each week. (Why yes, it IS getting a little Jewitchy around here. Which definitely makes my grandmother happy.) Just something to keep in mind, and I will post it on the front page of my shop as a reminder!