Satanism and Anton LaVey
I have followed several conversations on “satanic” websites and social media that revolve around the denial of Satan as an anthropomorphic being. Those who have not read my books often ask about Anton LaVey and if I practice his “Type of Satanism”. First, for those who have never researched Anton, he was not a Satanist in the truest sense. Anton and his group were more “Atheist” that “Satanist”. I do find his writings to be accurate on some points; especially when it comes to the hypocritical “church” but on the serious subject of Satanism, he missed the mark.
For example, Anton LaVey’s writings concerning the “anthropomorphic Satan” are geared for the atheist and not the Satanist. He spoke on this topic in many of his interviews; saying “…..if a person wants to believe in a “real” Satan, it is fine with us. If the person needs to believe in the being, it is his / her prerogative.”
So here is one of the founding fathers of Satanism actually denying the existence of Satan. I have some heartburn over that. While conformance is not the objective, believing in Satan is almost a “prerequisite” to becoming a Satanist………in my humble opinion.
I do respect Anton’s works, writings and he did further the cause of Satanism. I also find many of his quotes to be accurate and quite refreshing as he spoke his mind on the psychology of human beings. He was straightforward in his approach and took a lot of criticism and chastisement from the Christian “Neanderthal” Church. It is not always easy to be the point of verbal attacks and mockery repeatedly. For that, I have the utmost respect for him.
“Most Satanists do not accept Satan as an anthropomorphic being with cloven hooves, a barbed tail, and horns. He merely represents a force in nature – the powers of darkness which have been named just that because no religion has taken these forces out of the darkness. Nor has science been able to apply technical terminology to this force. It is an untapped reservoir that few can make use of because they lack the ability use a tool without having to first break down and label all the parts which make it run. It is this incessant need to analyze which prohibits most people from taking advantage of this many faceted key to the unknown – which the Satanist chooses to call “Satan”. Satan, as a god, demi-god, personal savior, or whatever you wish to call him, was invented by the formulators of every religion on the face of the earth for only one purpose – to preside over man’s so-called wicked activities and situations here on earth. Consequently, anything resulting in physical or mental gratification was defined as “evil” – thus assuring a lifetime of unwarranted guilt for everyone!“
The Satanic Bible
This passage clearly defines Anton’s unbelief of Satan as an actual being. He simply leaves it up to the practitioner to decide if they believe in Satan or not. This is where my belief and Anton’s belief diverge.
We believe in Satan because we have had occasion to be liberally blessed by His presence at magical workings and ceremonies. Satan is real and we have experienced Him in true form. Demons are also real and many have graced ceremonies I have attended over the years. You need not wonder if they truly exist, they do.
In my practice of the dark arts, I have experienced many events that simply defy explanation. Some would dismiss these happenings as parlor tricks performed by sleight of hand and others would simply never speak of the events ever again. I know there are always skeptics and those who would not truly believe if Satan stood in front of them in person. Does Satan truly exist………….the answer is yes.
Therefore, if these posers do not believe in Satan, their magic is, in actuality, rendered fruitless and inept. Their coven is reduced to farcical fantasy role-play social faction and the followers are babbling meaningless prose in vain. Mastema has greatly blessed our covens and the rich rewards for respect, worship and invitations to share the vast knowledge He has is wonderful. Without His guidance, we would simply be reciting empty recitations and performing dead rituals. This is the point I have tried to make so many times before to those wanting “drive through” Satanism. It will not and does not work! The words on a page are empty; the Inner Sanctum is void and the coven is a social club without the guidance and attendance by Satan and His host of Hellish Demons.
It is the evolution of magic and the giant leap of faith, backed up with actions, that takes the practitioner’s magic to new heights. Without this crucial element, your ceremonies will always be devoid of desired results. Every member of the coven MUST be in tune and faithful in seeking the maximum magical reward. Satan is willing (and more that able) to deliver but you must be willing and able to receive, learn, apply and exercise extreme dedication in order to benefit. Since I have discussed the benefits of Satan’s blessings during your rituals, let us also discuss the repercussions of not inviting Satan and His Demons to a Satanic Ritual.
Without truly believing and respecting Satan’s reality and certainty, the practitioner is symbolically “thumbing their nose at the entire underworld of Hell“. Mockery is not acceptable behavior for the Satanic and Mastema will not allow it to continue without redress. By doing so, the practitioner is playing with Satanic fire and will be burned. Enough said on this matter.
Satan is real; Demons are real; magic is real. If they play with fire while giving no recognition to its power, they will be consumed by that power. They are magically challenged imbeciles and knuckle-dragging buffoons.
Magical spells and rituals are administered and moderated by the Magus but the real power is from the Demonic Toastmaster himself, Satan. Rejuvenate the magic by inviting the true Master of Ceremony. Do not claim to be a Satanist if you are ordinary Atheist.
Oklahoma Capitol Building 7 Foot Statue of Satan – Satanic Magus Aleister Nacht Supports Satanism In Oklahoma
A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist’s rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that’s often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him. The Associated Press reported an artist’s depiction shows Satan as the goat-headed and horned figure of Baphomet, complete with wings and a long beard. The Satan figure is shown sitting on a throne decorated with pentagrams, in the middle of a few smiling children.
Best-selling Satanic author Aleister Nacht has pledged the support of his Florida-based Satanic Coven, Magnum Opus to “Bring Satanism out of the darkness and onto the steps of the Oklahoma capitol. I am extremely pleased to have a role to play in this historical event. Far too long have Satanists been ridiculed and openly discriminated against. It is time for all Satanists to claim the lawful rights other religious groups have enjoyed. Magnum Opus coven will certainly assist in any way possible.”