Summary: The phrase “Son of the Morning Light” is an appellation or title referring
to Shaemdiel, the Chief Arch-Angel of the celestial Council of Elohim. Shaemdiel
was seduced by the Demiurge, Yaldabaoth, and subsequently rebelled against God and
was cast from Heaven with one third of his lineage (W:2:37). It is apparent from
scripture that Shaemdiel found some degree of satisfaction in this title, often using
it to refer to himself, both prior to and after his eviction from the Celestial Kingdom
Details surrounding the origins or pronouncement of the title “Son of the Morning
Light” are unknown. Scriptural usage of the title indicates it was established before
Shaemdiel was cast from Heaven. As the spirit son of Ahman (Noeiel) and Galendriel,
a literal interpretation would designate his Heavenly Parents, the co-Ahmans of Elohim,
as the Morning Light. However, there is nothing in scripture that clearly supports
this interpretation. There is no indication of the title being passed to Michael,
who was appointed in place of Shaemdiel as Chief Archon (E:9:43). This would imply
the title is unique to Shaemdiel and his path, and not directly correlated with the
position of Chief Archon.
Perhaps there exists a deeper, metaphorical pointing associated with Shaemdiel’s
title, “Son of the Morning Light”. Greater meaning behind the designation may be
gleaned from the words of his Beloved wife, Rutheniel, as she grieves and seeks counsel
before her Sisters and Mother regarding the behavior of her once bright and glorious
14. “Blessed Mother hear my plea, for in your wisdom do all the Gods rejoice. What
shall I do for the sake of my Beloved who has turned his heart to that darker vision
which he alone can see?
15. By what soft and gentle persuasion shall I restore again my own Beloved who,
by the power of his own brightness, caused the morning light to shine upon the kingdoms
and wonders of Jeruel?
16. Who, formerly, made brighter still the celestial worlds when yonder suns of Ashengaard
gave forth from their own brightness a constant ray, and to the Kokobeam lent forth
the luminous realms of their own dominions?
17. Have you not beheld in wondrous awe the comely form of my Beloved; before whose
beauty the very moons of Jeruel grow weak and pale and, who, of their own power,
would weave for fairest Shaemdiel a covering of silvery light?
18. Who has not rejoiced at the drawing nigh of my Beloved who, before the coming
of Yaldabaoth, caused that all good things should sing together, and before whose
presence the very creations would leap together for the joy of him?
19. But now is my Beloved, by some twilight dimness, made to seem a stranger here;
and in his presence does there descend upon the fairest of our worlds a darkening
gloom and a fearful dread.
20. And I, alone, am left to care for him, to plead for him, to weep for him; for
still in my bosom, made all tender and ready, would I ever find place for my Beloved,
that there midst some fire and gentle breath I might cleave only unto him.
21. Now great Mother give reply and to my plea attend, for of your wisdom there is
no end: By what persuasion might I restore the place and honor of my Beloved, lest
he be lost forever?”
After being evicted from Heaven to the world of the First Power in the realms of
the Demiurge, the Son of the Morning Light worked to establish dispensations of his
own among evolutionary modern humans (Enoshahim) (6:4:3-30; 6:6:12-14). He and his
fallen sons and daughters strove against Jehovah-Yahweh for dominion over humankind.
While the efforts of Shaemdiel (Lucifer) among the Enoshahim initially proved uplifting
and empowering compared to the violent dominion established by Jehovah-Yahweh, his
dispensations based upon Immediate Recompense ultimately failed.
As a note of interest, the book of Beginnings presents an alternate account of the
three visitors who came from the wilderness to visit with Abraham and Sarah. Contrary
to traditional interpretation of Hebrew scripture (Genesis 18-19), which identifies
the primary visitor as ‘the Lord’, the book of Beginnings first identifies the personage
as "one who was like unto the Son of the Morning" (B:27:33-34), and later as the
Fallen One (B:27:51, 74). While attending to the visitors, Sarah is persuaded by
the Son of the Morning to doubt the promises of God and offer Abraham his handmaiden
to bear a child (B:27:41-54). Later, Abraham pleads with the Son of the Morning to
spare the unrighteous citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah. With the exception of Abraham’s
nephew Lot and his family, the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed.
The destruction was perhaps a manifestation of Shaemdiel’s Law of Immediate Recompense
Now on a certain day as he lay brooding, Yaldabaoth saw moving out across the Chasm
a personage of great glory, possessing exquisite beauty; even the Arch-Angel Shaemdiel
who was Son of the Morning Light, being Chief Archon after the Order of Kolob.
And Yaldabaoth was filled with wonder and he marveled at the beauty and comeliness
of Shaemdiel; and as he marveled, envy made his heart to conspire within him, for
he would find some means whereby he might seduce the Son of the Morning.
Thus, by my subtle design did I draw together both Shaemdiel and Yaldabaoth, and
the Lord of Darkness did seduce the Son of the Morning Light through a sly and cunning
speech filled with all manner of sophistry, which thing caused that there should
be war in the kingdoms of the greater Light.