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Word Nerd: Luciferous

Word Nerd Header Apr 2016 via LaWhimsyluciferous definition Word Nerd via LaWhimsyLuciferous 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 illuminations digital art collage by LaWhimsy with original photo by aaron huberIt struck all at once, this luciferous sense of open newness and awareness in my mind…

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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