All posts by Jashan A'al

Rightful Pride of Self

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Perhaps self-evident in the philosophy of Luciferianism are the concepts of pride and ambition. Many religions view these characteristics as undesirable or, even more negatively, as evil. There is a great deal of truth in these views of ambition and pride as negative or harmful traits; however, there is also a great deal left unsaid about the positive aspects of same. Ambition is merely the desire to do something with your life; to be productive, to be someone. Ambition is wanting not only to get a job, but get a better job later; not only to finish school, but to do well in school. Ambition is what keeps us going on in life, the urge to succeed and do well in various endeavours, not necessarily restricted to the physical or material realm. Pride is the sense of self-worth we gain when we achieve our goals and ambitions -- after all, if we do well, should we not acknowledge that we have done so? We all praise our children when they've done something good, so why is it so bad that we praise ourselves? These traits are healthy! If we had no ambition, we'd all sit around all day watching Jerry Springer and Judge Judy, never accomplishing anything but an impressive command of the remote control. Those who are doing things -- who have ambition! -- are those we look up to in our everyday lives. They are our leaders, our inventors, our heroes. Pride gives us our self-esteem, our positive self-image, our drive to do well because of the pleasure it gives us. Read More

Eclectic Satanism

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Eclectic Satanism is just that -- eclectic. It draws from diverse sources and combine ideas into a type of "personal religion." Sometimes these ideas may be from various denominations of Satanism, or even from different religions such as Paganism, Wicca, Christianity, Agnosticism, etc. I have met Pagan Satanists, Christian Satanists, and even one girl who expressed interest in being a Jewish Satanist! All of these, provided they espouse the ideals of free-thought, independence, intelligence, and ambition, I view as valid pathways of Satanism. For an example, the Christian Satanist who claims that they must be "evil" and obey all of Satan's orders without question in order to claim their place in Hell, I would not consider Satanic. But the Christian Satanist who has thought about the Bible and the nature of God and Satan and decided to worship Satan because he/she feels that that is the "right" thing to do for them, and have actually considered the ramifications of that, I would likely consider Satanic. Read More


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Lucifer, photo by Los MininosLuciferianism, like Satanism itself, has a multitude of forms; primarily being of a Traditionalist slant, and Modernist slant. What I am going to describe herein is primarily just a brief overview of the main differences between "Satanism" and "Luciferianism." For more information, you'll likely want to review the sections on Traditional Satanism and Modern Satanism, as they apply by and large to Luciferianism, as well. Read More

Traditional Satanism

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Domestic Satanism, photo by Thawt HawthjeTraditional Satanists are those Satanists who believe in Satan as a literal existent being, whether human, spirit, alien, or god. Sometimes Satan is viewed as a friend -- a comrade, a fellow being which is an equal to be befriended just like any other person or being. Sometimes Satan is seen as an superior being, but not necessarily the most superior being, who should be respected for the power s/he has. Sometimes s/he is seen as the supreme creator of all things; sometimes s/he is seen as being all things, the divinity inherent in All. Regardless of what the traditional Satanist defines him/her as, the commonality therein is that Satan is a definable (if vaguely) external force which has an existence and usually consciousness in and of itself. This may or may not be an active consciousness, but is a consciousness of some sort. Read More

Modern Satanism

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Modern Satanism is probably the widest-spread of the Satanic denominations, and also the biggest "bone of contention" amongst the others. Modernists do not worship Satan as a god or deity; theistically, they are atheists. They believe in neither a god nor a devil, nor spirits and "supernatural beings." Needless to say, it is usually not the Modernists who appear on Jerry Springer or get featured in the headlines of the local newspapers. The main "argument" over the Modernists is that, if they are in truth atheistic, why even bother using the name "Satan?" Why not just call yourself atheists or humanists or secular humanists, et al., instead of dragging in the name of a Christian boogeyman? Obviously I can't answer this for them, but the section "Why Satan?" on the "Foundations" page may shed some light on the various reasons which exist. Read More

The foundations of Satanic belief

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Red Sky, photo by DinosaursAreNotDeadSatanism is a federally recognized religion in at least one form; it is no more a "cult" than is any other minority religion (such as Wicca, Baha'i, Jainism, or Pantheism). Its adherents are not isolated psychopaths drooling in their basements; on the contrary, the number of publicized Satanic organizations is easily near 100 and non-publicized organizations would probably bring it up to thrice that number. Satanists tend to be of somewhat above average intelligence, judging from those people I myself have met, and successful in their current station in life. While some may indeed dress 'Goth,' with pale makeup and dark clothing and black lipstick, and while some may indeed be heavy-metal loving teenagers, these stereotypes are just that -- stereotypes. There are Satanists who love classical music and jazz, Satanists who like wearing florals, and Satanists who are distinguished business(wo)men with briefcases and portfolios. Read More

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