Despite the heartache and damage resulting from the fall of the Chief Archon, there
moved behind the actions of Shaemdiel a deeper design, a hidden plan conceived and
brought forth by the mind and will of the First Father God, referred to as The One.
According to scripture, it was The One’s secret intent that Shaemdiel should be subtly
influenced by the Chief Demiurgos, Yaldabaoth, to eventually act against the Elohim
and be evicted to the world of the First Power (1:4:15-41; 6:2:35-36). This development
was intended by the First God to serve a greater plan established to increase the
glory of Heaven.
Alternate Designations for Shaemdiel
Scripture contains numerous appellations referring to Shaemdiel. The various names
and titles and the context in which each is used may reveal subtle insight regarding
Shaemdiel’s journey and influence.
Scripture provides valuable context underlying the descent of Shaemdiel, the Chief
Archon of Elohim. His zealous ambition was provoked eternities prior to the rise
of the Demiurge and the First War against Heaven. The sudden appearance of twelve
new suns just outside the realms of Kolob incited Shaemdiel to act presumptuously
before the Elohim, despite the counsel of his adoring wife, Rutheniel, and his Father,
Ahman (5:5:1-79). Eternities passed, and as more mysteries trickled through the Tael,
Shaemdiel’s pride and impatience was roused even further (5:13:33-44, 66-72; 5:14:7-12).
With the dawn of the Chief Demiurgos, Yaldabaoth, and his first siege against Heaven,
Shaemdiel’s ego rose to the fore, and the rift between he and his family grew deeper
(5:16:1-41). While the Demiurge was defeated and cast out of the heavenly realms
by the Ahgendai, Yaldabaoth eventually returned to the outskirts of the Celestial
Kingdom seeking some means whereby he could gain entrance into the kingomd of God.
This eventually led to a curious exchange between Shaemdiel and the Chief Demiurgos
After his brief exchange with Yaldabaoth, Shaemdiel began aggressively promoting
an alternate method of exaltation based upon his Law of Immediate Recompense. While
the First God had established the pathway of eternal progression (Hodos Alea) in
the freedom and agency of an individual to make their own choices regarding good
and evil, Shaemdiel saw this as an inferior method that hindered the growth and glory
of Heaven. The Chief Archon became convinced that innocence was preferable to hard-earned
wisdom, and that greater glory was achievable by enforcing righteousness through
instantaneous consequences and rewards (E:2:1-51; E:3:1-52).
After a season of contention and a series of discordant acts, the Prince of Salem
initiated a violent rebellion which culminated on the plains of Kuristan located
on the Eden World of Paradise. Shaemdiel and a portion of his lineage were subsequently
cast from the realms of Heaven and — as disembodied spirits — made to serve the Demiurge
in the cosmos of the First Creation (E:9:67-73). It was there that Shaemdiel was
given the name “Lucifer” by the Demiurge Prince, Jehovah-Yahweh (E:10:33-35). Shaemdiel’s
position and title of Chief Archon was given to his younger brother, Michael, which
enflamed Shaemdiel’s resentment and bitterness towards God even further (E:9:43).
Discovering the existence of humans on the world of the First Power, Shaemdiel and
his fallen host competed with Jehovah-Yahweh for dominion over earth and humankind
(6:3:2). Midst constant clashes with the Demiurge Prince, Shaemdiel initiated dispensations
of his own among the children of men, hoping to prove before God the rightness of
his Law of Immediate Recompense. Shaemdiel and his lineage began a world-wide effort
to identify and initiate communication with receptive humans, and set them apart
by giving them knowledge. Those who were receptive to the spirits were given the
name “Enosh”. It was through these individuals that various innovations were introduced
throughout the earth, including: the mastery of fire, the atlatl, the sling, the
boomerang, and the art of making clothes and catching fish (6:4:29-30).
With the arrival of Adam and Eve and the dawn of the first dispensation of God (c.
12,775 BCE), humans found themselves in the midst of three competing factions: Jehovah-Yahweh,
Lucifer, and the Adaam. Resentful towards God and his younger brother Michael, Shaemdiel
focused his attention on fighting against Adam and Eve (the mortal manifestations
of Michael and Sher-el) and their progeny (the Adaam). The Fallen One hoped his harassment
against the Adaam would cause that God would abandon their efforts on the world of
the First Power, allowing Shaemdiel to reclaim the earth and continue his dispensations
free of competition (6:8:1-10). According to scripture, Lucifer’s adversarial efforts
continued throughout the dispensations, manifesting in contention, violence, and
corruption on various scales (B:21:3-57; B:23:29-58; B:24:29-64; W:1:5; W:14:61;
Shaemdiel’s first strike against Adam and Eve arose with the incarnation of one of
his eldest sons, who was born to Adam and Eve as their first child, Cain (6:8:20).
Influenced by a troubled soul and the temptations of Lucifer, Cain would later murder
his younger brother, Abel — a brazen act which echoed through the halls of Elohim
(1:3:19-20; 1:8:49-51; 6:8:19-23, 42). Thus began the conflict between the Adaam
and the Fallen One on the world of the First Power.
Unbeknownst to Shaemdiel and the majority of the Elohim, the former Chief Archon
played a significant role in a hidden strategy conceived and implemented by The One,
who desired to save Heaven from the dangers of complacency and mediocrity, and redeem
First Man on the world of the First Power (5:4:41-67; 5:5:78). Although Shaemdiel
fought violently against the Elohim and was subsequently evicted from the Heavens,
the Lord of Kolob, Prince of Salem, unknowingly served the hidden designs of The
One and his grand scheme to renew the kingdom of God and bring about the advent of
soul in the heart of First Man (E:5:1-62; 1:4:15-41).
Even before Shaemdiel’s eviction, God began establishing a means to redeem, rescue
and heal him of his offenses (E:5:61; E:9:71,75; 1:12:29; 6:2:23-47; 6:6:34-35).
Scripture portrays the event in which Shaemdiel and his children are redeemed and
rescued from the dominion of the Demiurge, and joyfully reunited with their Mother
and Beloved, Rutheniel (2:12:1-61).
The narrative surrounding the fall and redemption of Shaemdiel is rich in meaning
and metaphor, offering considerable insight into human imperfection, ambition and
pride, while also portraying the extent of God’s wisdom, patience, compassion, and
unwavering dedication towards the redemption of their children (E:14:11).
Significant Chapters & References pertaining to Shaemdiel and/or Lucifer
Wisdom 15 Shaemdiel’s last words prior to being
cast out of Heaven
Enlightenment 1—5 Shaemdiel’s meeting with Yaldabaoth; Teraphim
discuss Shaemdiel’s words; Shaemdiel pleads his cause before the councils of Elohim;
Heavenly Mothers seek counsel; Ahman seeks guidance from The One
Enlightenment 8—13 Events surrounding Shaemdiel’s rebellion and
1st Endowment 2:19-25 Interactions between Shaemdiel and Jehovah-Yahweh
1st Endowment 4 Secret turnings behind the fall of Shaemdiel
2nd Endowment 12 The redemption of Shaemdiel and the Fallen
5th Endowment 4:41-67 Secret turnings behind the fall of Shaemdiel
5th Endowment 5 Shaemdiel and the suns of Ashengaard
5th Endowment 16 Shaemdiel proves insolent during Yaldabaoth’s
first siege against Heaven
5th Endowment 17:39-42, 70-74 Shaemdiel is seduced and influenced by Yaldabaoth
6th Endowment 2—8 Shaemdiel’s eviction and efforts on the world
of the First Power
Chronological Summary of Shaemdiel’s Journey
[While the “Song of God” provides a non-linear account of Shaemdiel’s journey, this
summary lists significant Shaemdiel-related events in a chronological order determined
by the editor. Other interpretations of scripture may result in a slightly different
order. Scriptural references included in this section are thorough but not comprehensive
in every case.]
Prologue — Setting the stage with the suns of Ashengaard 5:4:41-67
In a candid discussion with his Beloved Areta, The One reveals the need for certain
Gods of the Elohim to unknowingly aid the Nemesis by troubling the Heavens, claiming
the domestic disturbance will arise from the pride of great accomplishment. The One
determines to create twelve new suns for the Celestial Kingdom, which he calls the
suns of Ashengaard. The mystery of these suns would set the stage for a great drama,
allowing the Gods to “choose for themselves how to act before the beauty” of The
Shaemdiel secretly gathers his lineage, rallies sons to join him in moving the suns
Chronologically speaking, this event marks the introduction of Shaemdiel and Rutheniel
(as well as two unique terms that occur only once in scripture: “Arkomium” and “Bhugosa”)
(5:5:16). As the Councils debated about what action to take regarding the suns of
Ashengaard, Shaemdiel gathers his sons and daughters to rally support for his plan
to assume the will of God and the Elohim, and move the suns of Ashengaard from the
Chasm into the realms of Kolob. While Shaemdiel garnered support from his sons, his
daughters follow the counsel of their Mother, Rutheniel, who tries to gently dissuade
her husband from acting presumptuously, refusing to allow any of their daughters
to assist him in his prideful efforts.
Shaemdiel and his sons dispatched with intent to move the suns of Ashengaard, but
Father Ahman was patiently waiting, being “most deeply aware of Shaemdiel’s intent”
(5:5:39). Shaemdiel spoke privately with his Father, revealing his objective. Yet
Ahman gently counsels Shaemdiel, temporarily calming the Chief Archon’s overzealous
ambition. Shaemdiel eventually disregards his Father’s words, and with his sons,
proceeds to move the stars of Ashengaard.
Shaemdiel plots to prove himself greater than all the rest 5:14:7-12
Eternities pass since the appearance of the suns of Ashengaard. In that time, other
mysteries begin to manifest and be observed by the Gods and Goddesses of the Celestial
Kingdom. Eventually, a great gathering of all the presiding members of the Seven
Councils of Light is convened to discuss the mysteries moving throughout the Tael
(5:13:33-44, 66-72). It was determined that each Ahman be given a portion of the
mystery to solve. However, Shaemdiel sought to unravel the mysteries on his own,
hoping to achieve the admiration and respect of the Gods that dwelled beyond.
Heaven is attacked — Shaemdiel proves defiant and non-cooperative5:16:1-41
Shaemdiel becomes upset after Areta and The One advise a defensive approach midst
a surprise attack by Yaldabaoth. The Chief Archon refuses to assist his Beloved Rutheniel
in gathering and placing their lineage in the refuge of the Keep. He then refuses
to participate as the Elohim gathers to determine what next to do in defense of Heaven.
When Shaemdiel is absent during his Father’s departure to war, he is approached by
Rutheniel, Michael and Sher-el, who make efforts to comfort and console Shaemdiel
midst his injured pride.
The First War concludes, but Shaemdiel is seduced by the Chief Demiurge, Yaldabaoth
While the Elohim gathers to meet the Ahgendai and honor casualties of the First War,
Shaemdiel refuses to attend, remaining content in his self-pity and seclusion. Alone
in a garden, Shaemdiel hears the distant booming of something dark and dreadful,
and is moved to explore its source. Curious and arrogant, Shaemdiel goes seeking
across the Chasm to discover Yaldabaoth and commune with him. The Lord of Chaos plants
a dark and subtle seed of fear in the heart of Shaemdiel.
Having conversed with Yaldaboath, Shaemdiel returns to disrupt the realms of Elohim
Enlightenment 2—5, 8
• Shaemdiel begins to spread the dark ideas planted by Yaldabaoth E:2:1-15
• The Teraphim gather to discuss the troubling words of Shaemdiel E:2:16-51
• The Elohim gathers to hear Shaemdiel’s argument for Immediate Recompense E:3:1-52
• Heavenly Mothers gather seeking comfort and guidance from Galendriel E:4:1-35
• Ahman goes seeking counsel from The One E:5:1-62
• Division grows, Shaemdiel and his sons determine to create their own planet
and use Immediate Recompense to achieve exaltation. Galendriel removes Shaemdiel’s
access to the Tael. Ahman returns and ignores Shaemdiel’s pleas. Rutheniel refuses
to assist or console Shaemdiel. Ahman appoints Michael to replace Shaemdiel as Chief
Shaemdiel and his children were escorted from the realms of Heaven to the cosmos
of the First Creation, a dominion previously claimed by Yaldabaoth and his first
emanation, Jehovah-Yahweh. Shaemdiel was sentenced to serve the Demiurge until he
establish in his soul “that which is forever good” (E:9:68-69).
Yaldabaoth rejoiced at the falling down of Shaemdiel and his host, believing he had
won a victory against God and an ally in his fight against Heaven (E:10:1-23). While
the Chief Demiurge saw triumph and opportunity in the fall of Shaemdiel, Jehovah-Yahweh
viewed the dishonored angels with vile contempt (E:10:24-31). Receiving charge over
Shaemdiel and his host, Jehovah-Yahweh refused to address the former Chief Archon
by his celestial title, giving him the name “Lucifer” instead (E:10:33-35).
Having established the terms of his service to the Demiurge, Shaemdiel went to the
world of the First Power where he was happy to discover the existence of evolutionary
humans. Seeing that the children of men were without spirit, Shaemdiel saw the situation
as an opportunity to prove the rightness of his Immediate Recompense with a decreased
risk of failure (E:11:1-13). Calling together his lineage, Shaemdiel set about establishing
the foundations of civilization whereupon he could initiate dispensations of his
own based upon Immediate Recompense (E:11:14-27; 6:4:3-30). The Fallen spirits observed
human clans throughout the earth, seeking unique individuals who proved receptive
to their teachings. These clan members were identified as the “Enosh” of the clan.
It was through Enosh that the teachings and laws of Shaemdiel would be shared and
enforced (6:4:26-82; 6:5:1-37).
Relations between Jehovah-Yahweh and Shaemdiel remained tense. Shaemdiel’s interaction
with the native humans was seen as a threat by the Demiurge, who had previously established
and declared his dominion over life on the world of the First Power (E:11:28-53).
Thus began a heated conflict between Shaemdiel and Jehovah-Yahweh. For Shaemdiel
feared the destruction of humankind at the behest of the Demiurge, while Jehovah-Yahweh
feared that humans would become greater than his might as a result of Lucifer’s meddling
After thousands of years of conflict, and having grown weary of the battle, Yaldabaoth
interrupted the fighting to enforce a “troubled truce” between Lucifer and Jehovah-Yahweh.
Shaemdiel was apportioned to rule over the tribes of man, as well as the skies, rivers,
streams and lakes. Jehovah-Yahweh was given the elements of land and sea and all
living things except the Enoshahim (evolutionary modern humans). After dismissing
Jehovah-Yahweh, Yaldabaoth made an agreement with Shaemdiel, promising to hold Jehovah-Yahweh
at bay in return for a most peculiar man who would eventually “lay the foundations
of Heaven and eternal life”. Shaemdiel agrees, but secretly maintains a hidden agenda
Adam and Eve arrive on the earth — Shaemdiel (Lucifer) fights against the dispensations
Shaemdiel is surprised and irritatedto discover Adam and Eve (the mortal manifestations
of Michael and Sher-el) mingling among the Enoshahim (c. 12,775 BCE). Knowing their
intent, Shaemdiel reports to the Demiurge concerning the arrival of God on the world
of the First Power (E:13:9-25; 1:8:21-42). Hoping to impede the plans of God and
eager to appease the Demiurge, Shaemdiel assures Yaldabaoth of his ability fight
against the Adaam, believing they will eventually relent and return to the realms
of Heaven (E:13:26-40).
• At the advent of Adam & Eve, Jehovah seeks to destroy humankind; Shaemdiel persuades
him otherwise (1:2:19-25).
• Shaemdiel’s oldest son successfully incarnates into the tabernacle of Cain, Adam
and Eve’s firstborn son (6:8:19-23).
• Lucifer confers with Cain, who eventually kills his younger brother, Abel (B:2:1-39;
• Lucifer confers with Yasher-Baal, the king of Sumer; empowers the king with dark
and hidden things (B:11:1-39).
• Lucifer speaks with his brother Michael, who makes efforts toward reconciliation
The 2nd Endowment concludes with Shaemdiel and the Fallen being rescued by Azrael
Ahgendai from the realms of the Demiurge. They are re-united with their Mother and
Wife Rutheniel, and return to the realms Heaven.
Yet among all the Gods did one alone scheme and plot some deep and grand design,
believing alone that if he should himself unravel the mystery for all to see, then
would all Gods and Goddesses show forth their admiration of him.
Believing among themselves that of all the Gods which lived in Heaven, surely Shaemdiel
was one most highly favored by the Gods which dwelled beyond.
And so did Shaemdiel go forth to seek, being himself driven and compelled by a fierce
and hidden pride, to prove himself greater than all the rest; being himself consumed
by an overzealous faith in the greatness of his own power and worth.
5th Endowment 13:70-72
For Shaemdiel could see in himself no error, but against his Heavenly Father and
Heavenly Mother did he perceive a great many errors which did trouble deeply the
musings of his mind; seeing in their careful deliberations and in their consideration
of others a sign of weakness and trepidation.
Thus did the Chief Archon of the Elohim presume to act against his Heavenly Father
and Heavenly Mother, believing all the while that he acted only for their good; having
made of himself a fault finder against all those he thought less worthy than himself.
Yet did the Beloved of Shaemdiel, even Rutheniel, plead constantly with her husband,
hoping through kind words to persuade Shaemdiel from falling deeper into pride; which
pride gave birth in Shaemdiel to the constant troublings of a dark and brooding ego
which chafed and complained constantly against such constraints as would compel him
to act rightly and not amiss.
5th Endowment 14:10-12
Consider then the falling down of Shaemdiel, for he being a mighty prince, being
himself Chief Archon did fall from Heaven’s glory; becoming himself cast out, and
many children with him.
For his offense was born of an overzealous pride; which pride caused that he should
act against his quorum as though he alone were wiser; to become himself impatient
and filled with deep contempt against the very Gods which loved him.
6th Endowment 1:22-23
And so it was decided the path which we would take, permitting that Shaemdiel should
follow after the pride of his heart; which pride caused that he should seek to war
against the Celestial Kingdom, even as Yaldabaoth did war against Olaha Shinehah;
Having himself been seduced by the dark reasonings of the Lord of Chaos to see in
the glories of the highest realms something paltry and thinly pale; becoming himself
fearful and filled with anger against the workings of Hodos Alea whereby he might
supplant it with another, made of his own devising.
6th Endowment 1:29-30
But behind the turning of Shaemdiel unto evil was there still another turning; behind
the designs of Shaemdiel’s hand was there still some greater design, for I alone
caused that Shaemdiel should fall, that he should be cast unto that world which first
gave rise to me.