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The Secret History Of Lucifer: And the Meaning Of the True Da Vinci Code [Paperback]

Lynn Picknett
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Feb. 27 2006
Lynn Picknett explains in this highly readable and well-researched account that the horned Devil — now posited as an antithesis of God — is merely a new, and admittedly more evil, incarnation of the old woodland deity Pan; while Lucifer was once a personification of the Morning Star, the planet Venus, and its goddess. "He" was therefore originally "she," and a divine representation of love, beauty, and human warmth. Indeed, many ancient goddesses were known as Lucifera, or "Light-bringer" — an honor extended to Mary Magdalene in her true role as goddess-worshipping priestess and Christ's successor. While thousands follow Lucifer in order to achieve earthly wealth and power, Picknett explains that such misguided behavior is far from true Luciferan principles. Picknett draws together ancient heretical Christian and Egyptological texts, and the implications of abnormal psychology and the "extreme possibilities" of certain barely understood human attributes to pose the question: Have we humans actually created God and Lucifer, not merely as icons or metaphors, but in a terrifying way, literally? And if so, how do we know which is which?


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Though dense with research, readers interested in religious conspiracies, particularly those for which Christianity is held responsible, will find Picknett's redemption of Lucifer as "Light-bringer" and "enlightener" fascinating. Picknett, author of many conspiracy-oriented books about topics like the Turin shroud, the Templars and most recently Mary Magdalene, sets out to correct misconceptions about Lucifer, who she claims is not synonymous with the devil or Satan. Lucifer, she writes, "is emphatically not the Evil One, but the spirit of human progress, the fight to learn and grow, to be independent and proud." Divided into two parts, the first is dedicated to Lucifer's relationship with the feminine and his subsequent "fall" from morning star to bringer of hell as a result of his feminization, while the second traces Lucifer's emergence in history as Satan. Filled with ironic undertones, Picknett's exploration of Lucifer's association with womanhood is the more interesting of the two sections, offering well-researched interpretations of the Judeo-Christian creation myth, ancient goddess traditions, and pagan rituals. Picknett's depth and range of knowledge is impressive and if readers can forgive the annoying and repeated self-references to her many other works, they will encounter a thick, interesting and alternative view of an intriguing topic. (Aug.)
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"'A thought-provoking book that considers many issues, not least the role and image of women in Christianity.' Good Book Guide 'Lynn Picknett... presents the Magdalene in a fresh and disconcerting way.' Washington Post Book World 'Picknett's book... puts Mary Magdalene back on top of her pedestal.' Nexus" --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars better by far Dec 22 2005
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
i had recently read the lucifer wars and was totally blown away. i searched for similar and came across this one. The premice is good and i enjoyed it for the fact that it pushes the parameters of widely held religious beleifs. But somehow it fell a little flat for me and so i am still looking for something to compete with the genius of Lucifer wars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Misleading Feb. 1 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The title of this book and the description of the content are very, very misleading. While the content of the book is well written, the information about it's namesake, Lucifer, is rare, vague, and very incomplete.

The author's primary focus throughout the majority of the text is to nullify a variety of conceptions about Christianity, including issues such as the true role of Mary Magdalene and the rivalry between Christ and John the Baptist. It continues on to discuss alternate views on Christianity, and spends some time dealing with Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible, and does an incredibly poor job of ensuring the distinction between Lucifer and Satan, even though such a distinction was made (albeit briefly) earlier in the book. There is a very interesting section regarding DaVinci's paintings and the hidden meanings therein, but again, these meanings are almost always attributed to being about John the Baptist, and having little or nothing to do with Lucifer. Furthermore, there are a staggering amount of assumptions made on the author's part regarding meanings of symbols and images without any specific qualification to justify them.

There is an attempt within the introduction of each chapter to connect the subject matter with Lucifer, but the attempts are consistently vague and incomplete, only used as a segue of sorts between the intended subject of the book and the alternate content that the author was very passionate about, which, as she mentions numerous times, is mostly contained within her other books. This brought me to the conclusion that the author's intent with this book had been meant to be as more of a follow-up to her other publications.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative Tangents Jan. 5 2006
By Tad J. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Fan's of Lynn Picknett's work will appreciate this book. Her main thesis is that Lucifer and Satan are not one in the same. The first half of the book illustrates this idea quite nicely and gets into the Gnostic bent of the idea of Lucifer being the "light bringer". But the back half of the book seems to go more into the history of Satanism and witch craft, which is interesting, but in my mind strays from what she is trying to prove and loses focus on the real topic of the book.

The most interesting part of the book is its linkage of Gnostic belief and Luciferinism. It is suprisingly erotic and a bit sensational with some of its theories and history.

There are also some facinating ideas about the alleged "feud" between Jesus and John the Babtist, that definitely paints Jesus outside of the "love one another" philosophy.

As popular as Picknett is with Dan Brown virtually relying on all of her material, I'm suprised this book hasn't got more attention.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Oct. 25 2005
By R. Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Overall, this book is a very interesting read. However, it does require one to have an open mind and at times to suspend judgment in order to consider possibilities other than what is generally accepted in the popular culture. She does use well-documented source material throughout the book, but there are moments when Lynn Picknett makes serious leaps in logic and does not actually have anything factual to back up her claims (conspiracy church theories and assertions about Jesus's life in particular). The bias in her writing is obvious, and this leads her to make assertions that at times feel like they just came out of left field. It is not her theories that bother me I found some of them quite intriguing, especially as a person who is interested in the way mythology describes the public culture. But I am used to reading well-researched material by competent historians, and there are times when Lynn Picknett's book feels more like a sensational novel than a serious work. It would be delightful to see more hard evidence for what she asserts, but until that time, I have to take what she is saying with a grain of salt. As long as you read this book with the idea that it is largely theoretical, you'll be fine.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WIshing to be impressed, but rather not. May 31 2007
By Greenwick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I did enjoy this book at first, though by the end I was very annoyed by it. Picknett makes many assumptions which require the reader to automatically accept what she says as fact. Furthermore, rather than being objective, the author actively pursues the idea that Luciferanism is the only way to go. While this is a point of view one does not hear very often, it uses the same poor debating skills as any Christian proselytiser. The book even devolves in the final chapter into a chapter on how the age of Lucifer is upon us, which should bring enlightenment and understanding. This is fine for a religious text to do, but this book purports to be a book of history and facts.

I read this book when I was still a Satanist (I'm not anymore), and most definitely did not find it useful. If you are looking for actual history written by real historians, I would highly suggest reading, "The Origin of Satan" by Helen Pagels either instead of or along with this book. That one is fact based. While it does digress into talk about early Christian and Jewish sects, the whole thing is coherent and engaging - and will help you to be a better Satanist by understanding the history of humankind's perception of Satan.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title, but an OK read. May 7 2007
By C Hill - Published on Amazon.com
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Note that the history of Lucifer occupies only a small fraction of this book and--as should be obvious to anyone--the recently changed subtitle (originally "Evil Angel or the Secret of Life Itself?") referencing the DV Code is for marketing purposes to cash in on the mania. The book is well written, well researched and is characterised by the not-so-strict interpretation common for this field where connections between events, persons, names, and words are quickly made. It starts out fairly strong by being true to the title and going into the origin of the character we know as Lucifer. But early on we sense a political current which later on explodes in a feminist anti-church tirade. It takes the greater part of the book as the author suprisingly shifts her focus from Lucifer to Satan--whom she despises nonetheless. All the immoral acts, and she gives us an exhaustive and detailed list of them, of male oppressors and the church are connected to satanism, not to Lucifer. Even this part of the book is entertaining to read but in the end one realizes one is far away from the original intent. To her credit, she brings up a lot of curious historical characters as well her past research on Templars and Turin shroud which may or may not have anything to do with Lucifer or Satan but are interesting nevertheless. Had this book stayed on task it would probably have been half as long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where did Lucifer come from? Aug. 12 2006
By Steve Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a great history lesson on the origin of Lucifer. The Roman Goddess Diana Lucifera was the illuminator or en-lightener, the Catholic church demonized this pagan Goddess and transformed her into Lucifer. Pan, the god of nature to pagans was used as a model for the devil with horns and cloven hooves. The snake was traditionally a symbol of wisdom in myths. The author does a great job explaining the mythical origins of Lucifer, Satan, and the devil and how they are different personages. Lucifer was an enlightened pagan goddess. Satan was the adversary of the old testament. The devil is the tempter of the New Testament. Read this book for the full story.
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