It’s around this time of year that I think back on an especially fond memory that wouldn’t have been possible without Satanism. It feels strange to declare that. It feels strange to say it like that even, but it is, nevertheless, true. I suspect that I’m not the only one who feels this way: Satanism isn’t like other religions. While it isn’t something which can be used as an excuse for any particular behavior (personal responsibility is paramount!), it doesn’t change that the religious perspective embraces certain aspects of human nature that other religions seek to suppress; and specifically Christianity comes to mind since it’s the belief system I was raised within. I was raised to militantly observe the values of that faith, and that includes acknowledging the major sins and virtues, even though it was never really fully explained to me what those sins and virtues were beyond a surface level—something I feel likely happens on a mass scale with the general Christian public.
This summer I've done something that makes me very proud. It's one of the reasons why I've been a bit scarce online, but of course, you know that as a Satanist this only means that I'm living life to its fullest, and damn yes, I have been. You see, these past months several major things have happened: 1. I got married and had a Satanic wedding, 2. I took my wife to a place she’s wanted to see her entire life for her honeymoon, and then 3., when I got back home, I decided to curse my boss. Whoa, hold up! You wouldn’t think that I’d jump to something like that after coming home from a nice little happy period of R&R, would you? Well, there is something nice about clearing your head by having fun, but this curse is something that I had been working with for a while. You've heard me talk in the past about how crucial timing is, and you've probably read my post about the use of advanced magic in Satanism—so now you’re probably wondering…just what did Ave do, and most importantly: did it work?
Written in 1969 by Anton LaVey and published by Avon Books after several refusals from other publishing houses due to nature of its content, the Satanic Bible is revered as the central doctrine of Satanism, and is a required read for any person looking to understand the religion in general or for their own purposes. The book itself is not written as other religious texts are, but presents more as a philosophical manifesto that includes everything from commentary in essays on critical concepts that make up the religion to occult resources dating back as early the 17th century.
I get a lot of questions about my Satanic magic, and it’s no surprise: I tout myself as a successful witch because I am one. Still, I’ve never crawled in bed with psychology, and I certainly haven’t studied hypnotism or the occult in any capacity beyond mere passing curiosity. What makes me a successful witch is that I’m willing to try things that others aren’t; and that includes advanced magic practices that combine the different types of magic in Satanism. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the two types of magic in Satanism at this point in your research you should probably do so before going any further to avoid potential confusion or misunderstanding of what I refer to when I describe my personal magical practice.
Undoubtedly you are familiar with the elements of the Satanic Ritual, and I may have said on more than one occasion explained that I find them therapeutic, not supernatural, so I’ll refrain from saying so again, but it doesn’t mean that the elements that I choose to perform my ritual aren’t chosen with precision and care. The tools I use are selected for an exact purpose, and if something isn’t right with one of them it drives a wedge into the process and for me at least: will impair me in trying to achieve my goal. Ritual props are important. Let’s talk about Ritual props and just how important they are, and I’ll tell you about why I decided to make my own Book of Brimstone from scratch with these two hands of my own.
Tarot is not a tool that is associated frequently with Satanism. So, with a show of hands, how many people expected this from me? “This” being: a post about how you can use a tool usually wrapped in superstition and supernatural magic in your pragmatic atheistic practices which have absolutely no room for superstition and supernatural magic? Higher please, I’d like to count them; one…two…three… Okay, let me back up a little bit then. Tarot feels like something special. In its natural element it’s nothing more than a game of cards. There’s a deck, the deck has pictures on it, and we know how the game works—someone has you do something to the deck and then they spread it out before you in a pattern that makes some sort and rhyme and reason to them. You watch as they flip the cards over one by one and hem and haw about what it means to them. “Ah,” they’re sure to say in a grave tone at one point, “That’s not good.” [...]
Satanism has been called many things. Some people say it’s a cult. Some say it’s a religion. Others say, “no way! That’s not a religion! It’s just a philosophy!” But do we know what these words really mean, or do we only know how they make us feel? Are we assigning a definition and label to something based on our comfort level alone or are we being true to the meanings of the words we use? The definition of religion and theology in general is something that will never be out of fashion to debate academically: as culture evolves, so will the way we define our world, but that doesn’t mean that the definitions themselves will change because definitions don’t change (the words we use to describe a concept will though)! So let’s talk about actual definitions, and let’s talk about definitions used by the authority figures in our world instead of what we heard our best friend’s cousin use on Tumblr. I bet you’ve wondered what the difference between these words are, so let’s find out together, one brave step at a time.
Whatever your reasoning for doing so be, if you’re reading this blog you have released your ship from the dock of “rumor” and are investigating Satanism for yourself. The ocean is vast, and it can be hard to know where to start with so many different ports in the world. Some of them are dangerous, some of them pretend to be something they’re not, and some of them speak complicated languages that pull you down a rabbit hole of mysticism, esotericism, and all that—not something you really have time to do just yet when you’re only just now deciding to get your toes wet. So where do you go? Unlike Abrahamic traditions there aren’t people standing on every street corner looking to convert you to the religion. That in itself, coming from the world you have been raised in, may be a bit intimidating, and that doesn’t help you steer to a destination you don’t know. Want a hint?
Growing up I always loved to write. When I was too young to make my own developed fantasy stories I used to keep a journal. It's funny that I have so many at this point because I would never be able to finish one, though not from lack of effort. I'd often scribble in huge letters just to fill the page because I couldn't handle the idea of moving on before the journal was entirely filled... But aside from my youthful peculiarities, they do serve as an interesting tool for insight several decades later. Growing up, it seems, I always struggled while Christian, to accept myself and my attraction to all genders. This was a key factor for me in my apostasy, and so it's an important thing for me to document here in this blog as well because Satanism? Satanism has a very specific view on topics such as Pansexuality. Let me share a little background with you first.
Goodbye Good Intentions
The pastor's boy. For me it was always about the pastor's boy. It wasn't that I had a type, it was that I had a giant florescent sign on my rear and anytime I'd look over my shoulder that's who I'd notice trying to read it. (I wonder what it said?)
This is a personalized, customized ceremony that it linked to another ceremony that will be held on Walpurgisnacht. Although it follows the sentiment of a Satanic ritual, please bear in mind that this ritual is non-traditional. It has been customized for maximum impact in the ritual chamber. It is for this same reason that some readings from the Satanic Bible have been removed and alternate text (of arguably more relevant context) have replaced it. That said, this psychodrama can be performed in the creative abyss of your own mind rather than the real world IF you are creative enough to sink yourself that deeply into it. It is strongly recommended that if you were to go this route that you would still listen to the ambient music and still physically touch your totems.
I have shared some commentary on the best way to set up your altar within the instructions below. Not shared is information about attire. It is traditional to wear all black for Satanic Rituals, and if you are female to don something that enhances your power as a lady—usually by wearing something promiscuous. This is up to you. My suggestion is to wear whatever aids you in recognizing your own inner black flame. You are a god. Be sure to dress like one… Shall we begin?
I promised recently that I would share with you a slice of our ceremony so that if you were interested in celebrating with us on Walpurgisnacht you would be able to do so. There is a little bit of prepwork involved, and while most if not all of these things should be available there is a chance that maybe you need a little time to put it together so here is a list of materials that you will need for the ritual which I will release to you on Walpurgisnacht eve.
Are you aware of the Satanic Ceremony taking place next week on Walpurgisnacht? It’s a pretty important one for me in particular, and it’s not because the occasion is as rare as Haley’s Comet (It's rarer). It’s something that my fiancée and I have been planning for the past two years, and there will never be anything like it, I can guarantee it. Some of you may be aware, but for those who don’t: my Satanist fiancée and I are getting married, and the Satanic Wedding Celebration will be Walpurgisnacht.
Most people tend to look at something important that is desired with a sense of longing, as if they’ll never be able to achieve such a thing. Most people are too afraid to try, lest they fail, but most people are not you. If you want to learn how to achieve happiness in this temporary existence that we share here in this world, you’ll need to learn how to take big projects (big desires!) and break them down into something actionable. There is no use in having Satanic Power if you’re not going to use it for something. There is no point to Satanic Lesser Magic if you’re just going to chaotically mess with people for temporary amusements. Big effort reaps big rewards, but it doesn’t need to be as intimidating to you as it seems to everyone else. Let’s talk about Satanic goal setting. Acronyms are beloved because they’re easy to remember, and I’ve gone ahead and assembled one for you which should hit close to home:
This week in Unholy Book Club we wrapped up our discussion about the Six Satanic Laws of Power as found in “The Satanic Warlock” by Magister Dr. Robert Johnson. This may have been one of our best discussions on the matter so far so if you weren’t able to be a part of it, I highly recommend swinging by the Unholy Book Club chat to review as it’ll certainly be worth your while, and I also thoroughly recommend grabbing a copy of “The Satanic Warlock” for yourself since although we discussed some of the points in this book, there is no way that we would be able to discuss all of the great tips Magister Johnson has therein from his perspective as a successful Satanic Warlock.
If this is your first encounter with the Six Satanic Laws of Power, you may be interested to check out part 1 of this series where we discussed the Satanic art of seduction and guerilla invisibility! This time we dove into the idea of such fun areas as how to be as cunning as a fox and how to take power when it demands to be seized!
This past week in Unholy Book Club, a book club where we Satanists and those interested in Satanic written philosophy gather to discuss it, we reviewed “The Satanic Warlock” by Magister Dr. Robert Johnson. It’s a book which has been in my “Must read” list for some time, but I never had the excuse to order it before I lead a round of discussion. The topic I chose to talk about was the 6 Satanic Laws of Power. I felt as if I could personally verify some of them due to my own experiences and I wanted to hear some of the thoughts of some of the other Unholy Book Club attendees. Magister Dr. Robert Johnson explains to us in The Satanic Warlock what he considers to be the Six Laws of Satanic Power. Clearly, since this is written with the male warlock in mind, a male warlock would be able to apply these to their own lives, but what of the female witch? The answer? Read on.
Who is the Witch?
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