There are quite a few questions that a person can ask a Satanist that are downright offensive because they automatically assume that the Satanic witch is an unscrupulous, morally defunct, and psychopathic monster who partners with the evilest of evil kings in order to enjoy a few simple pleasures before their ultimate demise and eternal damnation in an empire of fire and brimstone. Need I really comment on how far from the truth this really is? I think instead I’ll choose not to dignify it with a response. The question that I get the most from those following the Right-Hand Path about magic for some reason happens to be: “What about the morality of it?” The morality? I understand that this is a valid question that comes from a genuine place, but it never fails to remind me just how misinformed the world is to the Satanic craft.
In order to provide an answer, some ground work needs to be laid. The first difference between their perspective and mine is their fallacy that there must be a greater power than humanity to ‘encourage’ a person to do the right thing. They believe that morals are something intrinsically linked to religion when the truth is that it’s a trait of humanity. Atheists have morals. Atheists may argue that they have stronger morals than their theistic counterparts actually, but I’m not here for that discussion today. What should be taken away from this is that I, a Satanist, do not rely on the guidance of a deity to tell me what is right and wrong. I can make that decision for myself, and I do every single day. I have no question or uncertainty about what is moral, and I conduct myself proudly in accordance with those morals. There is no such thing as the 3-Fold Law. This concept is made up by humans in order to encourage other humans who are less trustworthy than themselves to behave in a way the Imagineers desire. Karma does not exist. I am not going to get judged by anyone but myself when I die because there is no other plane, be it any sort of “Heaven” or “Hell.” My body is going to decompose into the Earth like every other organic specimen on the planet and that is that.
The second fallacy behind this question has to do with categorizing magic in general. It seems that those who ask these questions interpret magic as being either good or bad. The world does not actually fit into nice cookie-cutter shapes like these folks wish it does however. No matter what sort of magic you’re exercising, you’re going to see a positive and you’re going to see a negative. To illustrate this with an example, let’s say that you are an actor and you are pining for a certain role. By using Lesser Magic you acquire your desires, but that means that your competitor loses the opportunity to your cunning wiles, and suddenly has to find another way to pay rent that month. Your competitor will say that your magic was immoral because it hurt him. You know that your magic is not immoral, that you were only living your life and aggressively pursuing your needs because if you didn’t get that role you would be the one looking for how to pay rent. It is not immoral for a snake to attack and consume a mouse for its food, it’s just a way of life.
Bearing these two misconceptions about Satanic magic in mind, you will understand me better when I say that morals are up to each individual Satanist. This may seem like a terrifying thing if you are of the opinion that we’re a selfish lot with no regard for others, but I am here quick to assure you that such an opinion is also a misconception. We do have a set of tenets in Satanism that are fundamental agreements to how we see ideal world. We have a set of sins which reminds us of what we already know: to keep our perspective, to reject stupidity, to abstain from false posturing and pretentiousness. We agree with the Eleven Satanic Statements of the Earth that in open spaces we don’t bother anybody, we don’t take what doesn’t belong to us, and we do not harm children nor non-human animals except for food or self-defense. We hold the Nine Satanic Statements close to our hearts and exercise our decision making based on the idea of wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit.
In the end, what’s important to take away from my answer is that yes, Satanic witches have morals. No, those morals may not be the same as yours since morals, although able to be agreed upon overall, can break down in clarity once you start applying them to the actual independent exercise of any action. I do not believe that I will be disciplined by anything except for my own poor decision making in any circumstance and reject the idea of a cosmic force retaliating against me for not falling in line with the devout lemmings. My magic does suit me, but it also suits others of whom I deeply care. Being a witch does not make you immoral, and being willing to throw a nasty curse or two does not make you evil: it makes you one of the courageous few who are willing to set things as they should be, one of those rare few brave enough to act like the gods and goddesses they really are, one of the rare powerful few who ensure that wicked deeds do not go overlooked and unaddressed. We are gods. Our destinies are in our own hands.
Who is the Witch?
Once I called myself a Christian, then an atheist, and a Satanist. At the end of the day, I'm just a person who is living her truth one day at a time. I'm interested in religion, its effects on the mind, the occult, and more. Learn more about me on the about page.