Albert Pike and the “Secret Rites” of Lucifer



Albert Pike
and the
"Secret Rites"


[The following is taken from Edith Starr Miller’s (‘Lady Queensborough’) Occult Theocrasy
(Published originally in 1933 e.v., later published by the Christian Book Club of America.), pp. 220 – 221. We assume no responsibility for its contents.]

“The theological dogma of Albert Pike is explained in the ‘Instructions’ issued by him, on July 14, 1889, to the 23 Supreme Councils of the world and have been recorded by A. C. De La Rive in La Femme et l’Enfant dans la Franc-Maconnerie Universelle (page 588) from which book we translate and quote as follows:

‘That which we must say to the crowd is — We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition.

‘To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General, we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st and 30th degrees — The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the of purity of the Luciferian doctrine.

‘If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay (the God of the Christians)(1) whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy, and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him?

‘Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two Gods: darkness being necessary to light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the statue, and the brake to the locomotive. (2)

‘In analogical and universal dynamics one can only lean on that which will resist. Thus the universe is balanced by two forces which maintain its equilibrium: the force of attraction and that of repulsion. These two forces exist in physics, philosophy and religion. And the scientific reality of the divine dualism is demonstrated by the phenomena of polarity and by the universal law of sympathies and antipathies. That is why the intelligent disciples of Zoroaster, as well as, after them, the Gnostics, the Manicheans and the Templars have admitted, as the only logical metaphysical conception, the system of the two divine principles fighting eternally, and one cannot believe the one inferior in power to the other.

‘Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophic religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.'”

1. The absurdity of this statement is apparent only to those who know and understand the language of the Bible, and the difference between New Testament religion and Old Testament religion. To a rube or a mark, it might work, but to an intelligent scholar, it shows that either Miller or “A. C. de la Rive” or somebody else perhaps, was inept at relating religious concepts which become confounded by muddlers. And, It is ADONAI, Lord, not Adonay. Our reasoning? Adonay comes from the language of the Grimoires, particularly the French Grimoires of the 17th – 19th Centuries, c.e.

2. Text markings in red are to point out exact parallels, or similarities in translation.

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