Excerpt from chapter three in: A Catholic Response to the New Age Phenomenon by the Irish Theological Commission in 1994. To see the contents of the whole chapter, click here.
"New Age Movement" is abbreviated as NAM.
Both the old Gnosticism and the present NAM use the occult to achieve their so-called 'new' spirituality. They proclaim that we are in a new age of the spirit, but the spirits they follow are dangerous and misleading. Marrs says that the NAM believes that the sun is a divine, living being, called the Solar Father. Lucifer is claimed to be the Solar Logos (Word), a god spirit appointed by the Solar Father to usher in the New Age through the Luciferic initiation of humanity. 65
Spangler says that 'Lucifer comes to give us the final .. Luciferic initiation .. it is the initiation into the New Age'. He also says that 'Christ is the same force as Lucifer ... Lucifer prepares man for the experience of christhood .... Lucifer works within each one of us to bring us to wholeness as we move into the New Age'. 66 Spangler teaches that Lucifer is 'an agent of God's love'. 67 He believes that Lucifer is the angel of man's inner evolution, that 'the light that reveals to us the path to Christ comes from Lucifer...the great initiator . Lucifer comes to give us the final initiation that many people in the days ahead will be facing, for it is an initiation into the New Age' (ibid.).
Spangler is not alone in this teaching, however. Eklal Kueshana, a leader of a mystical group calling itself 'The Stelle Group' published a book called The Ultimate Frontier twenty-five years ago, revealing that Lucifer is the Head of the secret Brotherhood of spirits, the highest order one can reach in the spiritual quest. In his book he claims that up to recently only a privileged few had been accepted into this enlightened brotherhood, but that now it was open to those brave enough to walk the spiritual path. This initiation is an entrance into the Great White Brotherhood, also known variously as the great White Lodge, the Masters of Wisdom, the Hierarchy of angels around the throne. 68
In NAM circles Lucifer is also referred to under the titles of Sant, Nat, Tanat, Sat Guru, and Sanat. 69 The Lucis Foundation and the Association for Research and Development in Virginia, which appears to be the brain centre for the NAM, defends the use of the term 'Lucifer' as meaning the 'light-bringer' and the 'morning star' in order to throw off the charge of Satanism. 70
Spangler also refutes the charge of Satanism saying that he 'was careful to distinguish between Satan, a term he used for the presence of evil in the world, and Lucifer'. 71 Yet, William Thompson, who co-authors this book, says that 'Lucifer and Christ are the twin sides of the demiurgic power of the manifest universe, just as Judas and John are the light and shadow sides of the historic world of Christendom'. 72
Creme, in his book The Reappearance of Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, says that the aspect of God that we aspire to is the Logos of our planet, who is embodied for us as Sanat Kumara, on Shamballa. He is our 'Father'....In the coming age many, many people will see God as Sanat Kumara and take the third initiation .... When you take the third initiation you see God, as Sanat Kumara, the Lord of the world, who is a real physical being in etheric matter on Shamballa'. 73
Creme also claims that Lord Maitreya, the NAM Christ, is the underling of the great Sanat. Once a person has been initiated by Christ Maitreya (the first and second initiations) they become eligible for the third initiation by 'God' Sanat. This third initiation is the important Luciferic initiation. Creme also refers to Sanat as 'The Ancient of Days' the term applied by the Old Testament to God the Father. 74 Alice Bailey identifies Lucifer as 'the ruler of humanity', the 'son of the morning' and 'the prodigal son'. 75
The source of the NAM teachings is Helena Blavatsky's two-volume work The Secret Doctrine. In Anthropogenesis (volume two), from pp. 506-518, she deals with the question of the identity of this Lucifer to which the NAM teachers refer. Is this entity what Christians call Satan? She says that 'the "Old Dragon" or "Satan" ... is that Angel who was proud enough to believe himself God; brave enough to buy his independence at the price of eternal suffering and torture; beautiful enough to have adored himself in full divine light; strong enough to reign in darkness amidst agony, and to have built himself a throne on his inextinguishable pyre.' Here she was quoting a famous cabbalist called Eliphas Levi, and she says that the definition is correct. But she adds that 'this devil is mankind'! 76 This has to be so for we are 'god' and this god is the source of good and evil. Both God and Satan are found within us.
Yet, like the NAM teachers who follow her, she then discusses both God and Satan as separate from us. Referring to God she says that the Jewish God, Jehovah, was 'one of the subordinate Spirits at best, that this Spirit is "the Spirit of the Earth".' 77 It would seem that Lucifer belongs to a higher level of reality than this! She quotes the cabbalists as saying that 'the true name of Satan is that of Jehovah upside down, for 'Satan is not a black god but the negation of a white deity'. He is 'the light of truth'. 'The Devil is not a person but a creative Force, for Good as for Evil'. 78
Later she shows that Lucifer is that Light that these initiates are seeking: 'the great magic agent ... astral light ... is that which the Church calls Lucifer.' She acknowledges that the Latin scholastics called this entity Satan. 79 Quoting Levi again she refers to Lucifer as 'the Astral Light ... which serves to create and destroy.... This Light therefore, inasmuch as it is devouring, revengeful, and fatal would thus really be hell-fire, the serpent of the legend; the tormented errors of which it is full, the tears and gnashing of teeth of the abortive beings it devours, the phantom of life that escapes them, and seems to mock and insult their agony, all this would be the devil or Satan indeed' (ibid.).
According to Blavatsky this Astral Light 'is the universal Soul, the Matrix of the Universe, the Mysterium Magnum, which, with regard to humankind, manifests itself by the effects it produces in persons and nations. She says that 'Lucifer is the name of the Angelic Entity presiding over the light of truth (italics hers) as over the light of day ... so, to the profane the Astral Light may be God and Devil at once.'80 Lucifer is divine and terrestrial light, the 'Holy Ghost' and 'Satan' (quotation marks hers) at one and the same time....81 As he was responsible for the Fall, in which the eyes of the human race were opened, he is therefore the source of Wisdom and Knowledge (ibid.). 'And now it stands proven', she says, 'that Satan, or the Red Firey Dragon, the "Lord of Phosphorus" and Lucifer, or "Light Bearer" ' are one and the same reality. She claims that 'it' exists within us (ibid.). Finally, when discussing the 'Verbum' or the 'Son' she states that 'the Verbum and Lucifer are one in their dual aspect' (ibid.).
One can see therefore, that later writers of the NAM have picked up these ideas and know what they are doing in 'seeking the light', and attributing Wisdom to Lucifer. Those who follow the path of Lucifer are called 'light bearers' in the world. 82 John Price calls upon his followers to join this gathering of flight bearers' to form the 'critical mass' 83of humanity needed to change the world forever. He calls them the 'new wayshowers' for modern society. In this context St Paul's warning in II Corinthians 11:14 about Satan disguising himself as an angel of light makes a lot of sense.
(Full details of the publications referred to in these notes can be found in the Select Bibliography).
65. Dark Secrets of the New Age, Texe Marrs, p. 28.
66. Reflections of the Christ, David Spangler, pp. 40-44. Span gler claims that this book was dictated to him by spirit entities.
67. Ibid., pp. 36-39.
68. Dark Secrets of the New Age, Texe Marrs, p. 75. See also Reimagination of the World, Spangler/Thompson, pp.148 -155.
69. Dark Secrets of the New Age, Texe Marrs pp. 79-83.
70. Ibid., pp. 75,76.
71. Reimagination of the World, David Spangler/William Thompson, p. 133.
72. Ibid., p. 175.
73. Reappearance of Christ and The Masters of Wisdom, Benjamin Creme, p. 135.
74. Ibid., p. 75
75. Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Alice Bailey, p. 107.
76. Anthropogenesis, Helena Blavatsky, p. 107.
77. Ibid., p. 508.
78. Ibid., further quotation from Eliphas Levi, p. 510.
79. Ibid., p. 511.
80. Anthropogenesis, Helena Blavatsky p. 512.
81. Ibid., p. 513.
82. The Planetary Commission, John R. Price, pp. 32-46.
83. Ibid., pp. 25-26.