Let’s get something straight. Thelema is most certainly satanic, but it is not in any way, whatsoever, Satanism. Now, I am sure many reading this statement will ask, what’s the difference? The answer lies in the role Satan plays. Read More
For the past couple of years, I've had a Google Alert set for the word “Satanic.”I created it because I wanted to study how media use the word. Every day, news stories and links containing the word “Satanic” wend their way to my inbox. They range from articles about Salman Rushdie (all of which mention The Satanic Verses) to pieces about Toyota recalls, calling sticky gas pedals “Satanic.”However, many are articles about crime. Big, gory, violent crime, and petty graffiti depicting pentagrams and other symbols. Read More
This slight annoyance of being regularly asked by ‘fluffy Pagans’ if we are Satanists probably goes with the territory of being chaos magicians - at the very least we are supposed to eat a baby a week, it seems. The founder of Satanism, the late Anton LaVey, made the very pragmatic point that “stories of unbaptized babies being stolen by Satanists… were not only effective propaganda measures, but also provided a constant source of revenue for the Church, in the form of baptism fees. No Christian mother would, upon hearing of these diabolical kidnappings, refrain from getting her child properly baptized, post haste.” It’s all about the money, honey.We have also had dealings with several people who would fall under the stereotypical definition of ‘real nutjobs about Satan.’ These include one especially memorable person at an academic conference on alternative religion that we attended a while back. Read More
The Light of Sex: Initiation, Magic, and Sacrament, by Maria de Naglowska Translated by Donald Traxler, Forward by Hans Thomas Hakl Inner Traditions, 9781594774157, 125 pp. (incl. appendices, notes and index), 2011Maria de Naglowska (1883-1936) was born as Mariya Naglovskaya in St Petersburg. She left Russia for Berlin before settling in Geneva; lived in Rome, and later Paris. The rumours surrounding her fly: she may have known Rasputin, Julius Evola and she may have had a love affair, she may have been a member of this or that secret society. We do know she was a journalist, a poet, and she has several books to her name.Today de Naglowska may be best remembered for her "translation" of Paschal Beverly Randolph's Magia Sexualis, which, as I learned from the Donald Traxler's introduction, seems to have included much of her own material, as well as that from other sources. Though with this new translation of The Light of Sex -- the first time it has appeared in English -- and several other translations of her work forthcoming from Inner Traditions, her renown is likely to grow. Read More
Where Do Demons Live?: Everything You Want to Know About Magic, by Frater U.'. D.'. Llewellyn Worldwide, 9780738714790, 187 pp., 2010 In Where Do Demons Live? Frater U.'. D.'. assumes the persona of "Aunt Klara", an agony aunt for occultniks, delivering lectures on magickal combat, magickal musick, the models of magick (with a focus on the elusive cybernetic model) and answers questions about Freemasonry, witchcraft, the Golden Dawn, the OTO and Satanism.The result is many ways reminiscent of Aleister Crowley’s Magick Without Tears, in that it represents in a collection of brief essays on a wide variety of topics, though in a vein all his own. Much like Frater U.'. D.'.'s previous works (Practical Sigil Magic, Secrets of Western Sex Magic, High Magic I and II), the advice and recommendations given by Frater U.'.D.'.'s alter (altar?) ego are refreshingly direct and matter of fact. Read More
Far too long has the subject of Satanic magic and philosophy been written down by wild-eyed journalists of the right-hand path.While not a "wild-eyed journalist of the right-hand path" (whether defined in Tantric, Blavatskian or newage terms), I have, over the past few months, shared some rather amusing sensationalist news stories written by those who are. I thought it only fair to take the time to write a short piece on "real" Satanism and go beyond highlighting some of the more absurd stories that rise up out of the deep.This is a little tricky as Satanism is a broad term these days encompassing a variety of religions. There's "traditional" Satanism which does involve devil-worship and Luciferianism which (sometimes) runs along similar veins. However, there's also "modern" and LaVeyan Satanism which does not, as these Satanists are atheistic, holding the self in the highest position of reverence.For years I managed the website for the Satanic Read More
--Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible.