“Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light, and with its splendors intolerable, blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish souls? Doubt it not!”

Albert Pike – Morals and Dogma: Of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry


Lucifer is the King James Version rendering of the Hebrew word הֵילֵל in Isaiah 14:12. This word, transliterated or heylel, occurs only once in the Hebrew Bible and according to the KJV-influenced Strong’s Concordance means "shining one, morning star”. The word Lucifer is taken from the Latin Vulgate, which translates הֵילֵל as lucifer, meaning “the morning star, the planet Venus”, or, as an adjective, “light-bringing”. 

Before Milton’s book Paradise Lost (17th c), Lucifer had never been a name of the devil. One of the early Popes of Rome bore that name, and there was even a Christian sect in the fourth century which was called the Luciferians. Lucifer, the “carrier of the light,” is Prometheus, the divinity who brings the life-giving fire to humanity, yet is punished for this act, and is only freed when that fire incarnates as Herakles, the hero who liberates the divine fire from its bondage in the stone.”