Well, the Royal Wedding and May Day certainly exceeded expectations. We got our KK33 Beltane ritual and so many “lion kings” and “antichrists” spinning around that I’m hoping they are all in serious danger of turning into butter! See the Happy Creatures and MOG for details. I had some crazy dreams that weekend, but the most vivid impression was how it all seemed like a “waking dream”, and after a while a bit difficult to tell what was what?
The role of the devil or Lucifer is to enlighten. That is also the role of Mark Twain’s infamous Mysterious Stranger, No. 44 (currently being played by Obama, the 44th Presider):
"In a little while you will be alone in shoreless space, to wander its limitless solitudes without friend or comrade forever--for you will remain a thought, the only existent thought, and by your nature inextinguishable, indestructible. But I, your poor servant, have revealed you to yourself and set you free. Dream other dreams, and better!"In other words, 44 is a destroyer of illusion, the same “mission statement” as Shiva - the Divine Bowman:
This trident belongs not to the devil, however, but one who is sometimes mistaken for him: Shiva, the Divine Bowman. Its spinning arms are the three cities of Tripura- in the words of author Heinrich Zimmer, 'the amalgamated demon-citadel of the world', wrought from iron, silver and gold on the three great planes of earth, sky and heaven. Three great cities in constant rotation; so designed to cheat the prophecy that they- and the Empire they nourish- must one day fall prey to a single bolt from Shiva's bow; a feat that can be accomplished only when the moon floats into a certain rare orbit, and all three rotating cities are conjunct. --Ben FairhallWhile Ben draws a line between the devil’s pitchfork and Shiva’s trident, I suspect they are one and the same. As far as reality and illusion, I'm the man in the middle. the real world appears more illusory every day, while the dreaming mind seems more concrete.
Maybe it's a growing sympathy for the devil, or a realization that he has to exist, for now. We apparently require an adversary to expand beyond what we are to what we will become.
I was watching a Class of the Titans episode about Cerberus being released from the gates of Hades - Man's Worst Enemy (a process we are now undergoing) and the lyre played a pivotal part, because the lyre is the only instrument that can tame the big dog. The teens all have a very disdainful opinion of the lyre, calling it “lame”. Apollo says “I play the lyre”. The mortal responds:
“You’re a god! All the gods play the lyre”.