Temptation is the Philosopher’s Stone
(Excepted, and expanded, from “A Few Predictions that do not require astrology“)
Do you like Lucifer the Television Show? I do! He makes great points: his power stems, almost completely, from his ability to tempt. Were it not for temptation, he would have no power. But, then again, neither would any of the advertising on lamestream media.
Let us be clear: temptation is the Philosopher’s Stone. In the crucible of the misery that results from our own bad choices, temptation leads us down a road that transforms us either by our death (literally! as in from alcohol or drug overdoses) or that metaphorically “kills” the old self leaving someone new, as was true with Saul / Paul.
Some have argued that Saul / Paul was a Scorpio, initially a low-form state sanctioned assassin (a real life “James Bond” of his day) who undergoes the classic Scorpio “Phoenix” transformation and arises as the saint, Paul.
The road to misery (if not “Hell”) that is paved with temptation (along with “good intentions”) is almost certainly part of this Phoenix transformation of death and rebirth. Temptation (and the associated misery) is a NECESSARY PART of the transformation and “rebirth.”
Being a “message bearer” is a dangerous job. The Titans rejected Prometheus after he liberated Zeus (aka Jupiter, and a metaphor for higher order thought) from Kronos (Saturn, and a metaphor for the bonds and the exoskeleton of “how we have always done things”).
Banished by his own kind, Prometheus was welcomed by Zeus into Olympus and did well there until he gave fire (light, reasoning, insight) to the humans. Then he was kicked out of Olympus.
But, we humans had to commit the same error as the Gods. As part of the price of learning to reason and have insight, Prometheus exposed the power of Temptation to humans, so we showed our collective gratitude (at least in the Christian Mythos) by renaming Prometheus into Lucifer (the “light bearer”) and sending him to Hell (also known as “casting him into the darkness”).
If Prometheus could speak directly to the typical “Christians” and the Christian Power Structure who seeks to scapegoat him for all their flaws, he would probably say this: “O why dost though persecute me so?”
I bet they might answer thus: because it is just too tempting. Or, maybe they would use the usual excuse and say “the Devil made me do it.”
Edit: May 23, 2017: It is simultaneously gratifying to discover that ideas that you develop, ideas that might seem “strange” to some, are old hat and have been discussed before (in some cases DECADES before) AND disturbing. I have discovered this morning the following links which illustrate thought that is either quite similar, or the same, as mine (as described in the preceding article):