Luciferous means providing light, illumination or providing insight or enlightenment. Luciferous originated in 1640-50 and derives from the Latin lucifer (morning star, literally, light-bringing) and -ous (possessing, full of).
Luciferous quite obviously has a tie with Lucifer, the fallen archangel. Lucifer was a light bringer before the fall and, as some believe, because of the fall, since it happened when Lucifer rebelled against God and begin to question and not blindly follow with a heart full of blind faith and trust (Bible stories have so many layers to them – it’s amazing!). In mythology, the plant Venus has been called Lucifer due to it’s unique movements and discontinuous appearances, resulting in “falls” from the heavens . With this in mind, luciferous makes ideal sense as a word to describe illumination and enlightenment since what better way to learn than to question, fall, and get back up again, hopefully a little wiser for the trials.
Luciferous is a rather fascinating word and one that got my mind musing over past parables and fables. What do you think of it?
Namaste ~ Ella
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