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With Lucifer On My Side delves into your life as well as the practice and philosophy of Luciferian. What was the inspiration that made you want to write this book?
While you can find books covering philosophical details of Satanism, Luciferianism, paganism and more, there are VERY few books about practice outside of the traditional occult practice. No one was really writing about how they practically use these theories in their life. I found that curious and decided to write WITH LUCIFER ON MY SIDE. Being the first one to explain Luciferianism like this is an accomplishment for me, and I hope the readers take something away from it, whether they agree or do not.
In this book you explore personal details about your life which gives people an understanding of where you come from. What was the hardest thing for you to share?
Easily the chapters DRUGS and JUDGMENT. In DRUGS I detail the mindset during a miserable withdrawal from opiate use. While I cover some of the physical parts of that experience, I wanted the focus to be on the mental changes. Going from furious, to depressed, to drained, to miserable is what I remember most. The physical experience is shitty, definitely, but my mind going to the places it went was the worst part of it. Specifically the things I thought and wrote about my father were difficult for me. DRUGS was exceptionally close to getting pulled because of that.
JUDGMENT, well it’s pretty self explanatory to anyone who has read it. An embarrassing situation I found myself in. The behavior I exhibited during that relationship truly was massively out of character for me. As a result, the guilt I experienced in the aftermath was incredibly difficult to let go of. I am better than that now and then. But hey, live and learn. Shit happens.
You give a lot of great insight into the life and practice of a Luciferian. What do you find is a common misconception people have about Luciferian?
That it is some kind of conspiracy theory religion only held by the billionaire elites. Or that the horror movies got it right and we are gathering in a forest to sacrifice people or animals. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Luciferianism started in ancient Greece (ancient Egypt if you want to get REALLY technical), then it moved to Gnosticism during the time of Christ, and then again with Madame Blavatsky and Michael Ford. It’s a real philosophy, with roots in ancient cultures. To be fair, I am a sort of outlier in Luciferianism because I don’t practice in the traditional occult sense. Many do, and more power to them. The point here is do what works for you and disregard what doesn’t.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I have a couple ideas in mind but I want to ride this wave for a while. The next book would be called WHAT IS LUCIFERIANISM? That much I know. WITH LUCIFER ON MY SIDE details my practice much more than it details what the philosophy is actually about. Not to say that I don’t give a solid summary, but there is so much more to go into. No one has really done it yet, outside of occult type stuff, so if nothing else that would be my next writing project.
With Lucifer On My Side dives into the upbringing, life, and Luciferian practice of the author, Henry Panic. From Catholic roots he found LaVeyan Satanism. From there he discovered various pagan belief systems, ultimately finding Luciferianism, a Gnosticism derivative. This book goes through the trials of a man attempting to self-deify and gives a detailed insight into the life and practice of a Luciferian in the 21st-century.
Panic’s approach is daringly honest, humorous, and thought provoking. Challenging you to visit his reality and decide for yourself – can a person become like God?
Posted by Literary Titan
With Lucifer On My Side is a philosophical, biographical work that examines the religious practice of Luciferianism through the context of Henry Panic’s life. Luciferianism is a religion that is molded to fit each individual, and as such, Henry Panic outlines his personal version of Luciferian beliefs. Readers follow Panic through key moments that shaped his life, both good and bad, and are introduced to the ways in which Luciferianism guides his actions, decisions, and mindset.
This book is a raw look at a man who has gone through a lot in life, but through his beliefs has continued on, trying to be a light bringer.
I adore how raw and blunt Henry Panic’s voice is in this book. Even though I don’t personally know him, Panic’s personality shines through. Despite being gritty and dark at times in his writing, Panic clearly expresses his beliefs and principles to the point where readers will recognize his good heart matched with his open mind.
The format of this book was really interesting as well. Split into chapters, this book is sometimes informational, plenty anecdotal, and is occasionally formatted as a dialogue between Panic and the Gods he believes in. By using these different formats, Panic successfully creates depth. Readers will understand the philosophy of Luciferianism, they will empathize with the author, and will witness how philosophy meets practice.
I found myself really enjoying this as a philosophical text in which Panic’s religious beliefs can easily be adapted to suit an atheist perspective. In addition, there were rarely any dull moments. Panic has lived a very full and thrilling life (in both good and bad ways) and we get to see some of the more emotional parts of it. Relationships, deaths, changing career trajectories, radical beliefs, fatal accidents, coping mechanisms. Panic’s life seems to have it all.
While this book could benefit from another copyedit, my only other critique would be with the organization of the story and chapters. I liked how Panic began by introducing the fundamentals of Luciferianism. This really helped my later understanding. However, Panic would sometimes make references to parts of his life that he wouldn’t fully explain until later. Some people may like this slightly disorienting feeling of having a puzzle piece that doesn’t quite fit anywhere yet, but it’s not something I personally enjoy.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in philosophical questions of morality, ethics, and life’s purpose. This is not just for people who are “religious”, and I strongly believe that anyone can benefit from considering other moral and ethical perspectives through this book.
Pages: 290 | ASIN: B083WHX284