Greater Magic in Satanism
Rituals in Satanism
What is magic in Satanism?
What is Greater Magic in Satanism?
For this reason I feel like Greater Magic is an incredibly personal aspect of the religion. You’ll meet some people who want to jump into the idea of doing rituals with others, and I can understand how working alongside others can increase the power of the psychodrama, I feel like I wouldn’t be able to get over my own awareness to be successful. I will never perform Greater Magic with another person with a single solitary exception: my wife.
Here in this blog I take an artistic view of the Greater Magic ritual element, and I recognize based on the questions asked that it may be a little confusing for some. Satanists appear to be united under the desire to maintain perspective at all times. The concept of a psychodrama, even though it can be seen as a silly thing to do to a “What you see is what you get” personality type, is not considered lack of perspective. By recognizing that it’s just theatrics, we recognize that it’s—well, theatrics. It probably doesn’t do anything. We know this. We do it anyway because by recognizing that we don’t know everything in the universe we recognize that well, maybe it’s possible. Who knows? Why not give it a shot if it makes you feel better and relieves an emotional and mental burden? You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take, after all.
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What type of rituals exist in Satanism?
When you think about Satanic magic you would probably think of this type of ritual first, before you know what it really is. A Destruction Ritual isn’t the same thing as a black magic ritual. A Destruction Ritual is used in situations where the witch seeks to change, end, or shake something up in their lives. I don't see it as a negative thing as much as one of the tools that available when I'm acting as a balancer in the universe.
Rarely is this sort of ritual thought of when someone is guessing about Satanic magic. A compassion ritual extends a sense of need into the universe regarding wellness, care and happiness. It could be the desire for good health, monetary gain, trying to get a good grade on a college final, or any such thing. Like other rituals, a Compassion Ritual doesn’t need to be solely about the celebrant.
A lust ritual is the other type of ritual that you’d probably think of when you think of Satanism before reading the Satanic Bible (or this post)! The purpose of it is to attract, yep, you guessed it: lovers. It’s not the same thing as “Red” magic that you’ve heard of in other circles. You might imagine that you must have other people involved in a Lust Ritual but it isn’t so. Any ritual in Satanism can be performed alone just as well as with others, and sometimes it’s actually better to go at it alone.
I have not found a situation that calls for a ritual that would fall outside the three main ritual types. Please note that I am not referring to rituals associated with ceremony such as Black Mass, L'air Epais, das Tierdrama, Weddings, or "baptisms." Each of these metaphorical rituals serve a very specific goal that is outside of the goal of the three core rituals. (The Destruction Ritual, Compassion Ritual, and Lust Ritual are about releasing your energy into the cosmos. The named rituals above are self-symbolic.) The ritual included at the end other Satanic Scriptures (by Magus Peter Gilmore) may be an exception, but regardless I do find that even his Ragnarok ritual fits in with the theme of a Destruction Ritual. You certainly can design your own ritual and it may be considered Satanic. What would be required is to observe the requirements as laid out in the Satanic Bible in the Book of Earth. I advise beginners to stick with the main three until they feel more comfortable with the elements of ritual.