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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.

The Infernal Texts, edited by Stephen Sennitt

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Infernal Texts: Nox and Liber Koth, edited by Stephen Sennitt New Falcon Publications, 1561842346, 118 (incl. recommended reading), 1997, 1998, 2004Liber Koth and Nox: The Black Book were originally published separately in 1997 and 1998 respectively, by Logos Press.Nox is an anthology of twenty-two essays and articles previously published in Sennitt's magazine of the same name written by various chaos and black magickians. Primarily consisting of the rites and theories of the Order of Nine Angels, Nox draws heavily on the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, the OTO, and H P Lovecraft for inspiration; often "correcting" their views, Lovecraft in particular (apparently forgetting that he wrote fiction). Read More

Black Flame Tarot, by Jennifer Chen

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Black Flame Tarot, by Jennifer Chen Companion book: Guide to the Black Flame Tarot, Komodokat Productions, 78 (+2), 2005
"The Black Fire flames to life when we remember ourselves, and it charges forth when we cast our will into the universe. It burns away lies and illusions, and purifies that which is absolute within us."
The Black Flame Tarot derives its name from the Satanic movement of the 1960s, the "Black Flame" denoting the "divine gift man gained from a rebellious cosmic figure." It stands a symbol for "man's highly evolved sense of self-awareness, and the possibility that consciousness being of a cosmic origin." Read More

Review: Cthuloid Dreams, by DJ Lawrence

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Cthuloid Dreams: A Collection of Occult Poetry, by DJ Lawrence
Chaosmagic.com, 115 pp., 2004

Inspired and influenced by the Discordianism, Lovecraft mythos and Setianism, DJ Lawrence has compiled a collection of poetry gathered over the years.

Often lyrical with delightful turns of phrase, Lawrence seems taken with decidedly darker themes, with titles such as ‘Bitter’, ‘Set’, ‘Death’, ‘Necronomicon’, and of course, the title-poem ‘Cthuloid Dreams’.

This is a neat collection of more than sixty short poems, whose evocative imagery would lend itself well to inclusion in darker themed rites.

Cthuloid Dreams
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Pacts With The Devil, by S. Jason Black & Christopher S. Hyatt

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Pacts With The Devil, by S. Jason Black & Christopher S. Hyatt Pacts With the Devil: A Chronicle of Sex, Blasphemy and Liberation, by S. Jason Black and Christopher S. Hyatt New Falcon, 1561840580, 285 pp. (incl. appendices and post-scripts), 1993, 1997, 2002The authors open with a bit of demonic theory and brief overview of Satanic and demonic pacts throughout history. They explain that they "prefer to believe in the existence of non-human forces," while at the same time acknowledging that there is "no 'proof' of their existence in the scientific sense. More, [there is] no proof that these forces are good or evil – or that even our human concepts apply to them." The histories they’ve collected are varied, and humorously recounted. Unfortunately a bibliography is not included, and the reader is left to seek out the source of most of these stories hirself. However the entire text is peppered with personal anecdotes, both awesome and entertaining, and the reader is easily drawn in. Read More

Review: The Chaos Cookbook, edited by DJ Lawrence

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The Chaos Cookbook, edited by DJ Lawrence Chaosmagic.com, 221 pp. (incl. bibliography), 2004The Chaos Cookbook is a result of the combined effort of the Dead Chaoists’ Society, edited by its founder, Dead Jellyfish. It’s an interesting assortment of brief essays and ready-made group and solitary rituals for a variety of occasions.Chaos magick theory is only briefly touched upon in a few short essays at the start of the book, as a brief introduction as to what is to come. Indeed, chaos magick itself is only ever loosely defined; Lawrence states that '…Chaos Magick does not use a concrete theoretical focus, the emphasis in Chaos Magick is on the Doing rather than the Explaining…Thus, in Chaos Magick a system of belief is a means to an end and is not an answer to the mystery of Life, the Universe and everything'. Read More

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