Tag: Satanism

Occult Profiling: Where it comes from and why it’s worth fighting

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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

Is it Hailing or Not (Are We Satanists?)

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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, by Maria de Naglowska

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The Light of Sex, by Maria de NaglowskaThe Light of Sex, by Maria de NaglowskaThe 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?, by Frater U.’. D.’.

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Where Do Demons Live?, by Frater U.'. D.'.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

A Note on LaVeyan Satanism

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Far too long has the subject of Satanic magic and philosophy been written down by wild-eyed journalists of the right-hand path.

--Anton Szandor LaVey, The Satanic Bible.

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

The Satanic Scriptures, by Peter H. Gilmore

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The Satanic Scriptures, by Peter H. Gilmore
Scapegoat Publishing, 0976403595, 302 pp., 2007

To the Satanist, Satan is not a conscious entity to be worshipped, rather it is a name for the reservoir of power inside each human to be tapped at will.

When Anton LaVey’s died in 1997 his wife, Blanche Bardon, assumed his place as the head of the Church of Satan. In 2001 Bardon ceded her position as High Priestess, and promoted Peter Gilmore and Peggy Nadramia to High Priest and High Priestess respectively; positions they still retain today.

The Satanic Scriptures comprises of a collection of essays written between 1987-2006, many of which were previously published in The Black Flame, the magazine founded by Gilmore and Nadramia which served as the official magazine for the Church of Satan. Unfortunately, apart from the odd reference to current events, there’s no clear indication when individual essays were written, a shame as it would have helped provide context for some of the opinions voiced.

The essays focus heavily on Satanic thought, practice and guiding principles as directed by LaVey and the Church of Satan. A student of music, Gilmore presents the reader with an overview of his favourite “Satanic” composers and brief guide to their works.

One of my favourite essays in the book discusses the misguided enthusiasm of some newcomers to Satanism who don’t quite “get” it, yet desire to “prove” themselves great and powerful to the world. Gilmore writes: “Satanism’s championing of self-empowerment is used against Satanism itself when over-zealous amateurs decide they have a mission to represent Satanism.” Indeed, this tends to result in bizarre high school groups, or the proliferation of the absurd and hastily created websites which littered the Internet in the late 90s (a practice which continues today, I’m afraid to say). Needless to say, it doesn’t reflect well on the novice Satanist, or the Church of Satan.

As Gilmore comically notes “As far as I can tell, the rest of the world’s religions and philosophies don’t have this problem, and this is generally because they preach submission. When someone reads The Holy Bible, he doesn’t immediately go out, make a website-Vatican emblazoned with the Papal Seal, claim he is a Cardinal or Pope, and ordain correspondents as Priests, Bishops and Arch-Bishops”2. The man certainly has a point.

The last section deals with ritual, after a brief note on the subject, and a dedication rite, three larger rituals are detailed: a Satanic wedding, a Satanic funeral using Anton LaVey as the example, and a Norse-inspired ritual called the Rite of Ragnarok. Following is a brief biographical essay on Gilmore written by his wife, Peggy Nadramia.

The Satanic Scriptures provides a larger context for what it means to be a Satanist today, and makes an admirable follow up to Anton LaVey’s Satanic Bible.


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