This is a response of my friend and fellow LHPer, Aleph, who posted My place in the Satanic zeitgeist a few weeks back.
Lately, through certain social media groups and exposition to forums and such, I’ve now gotten a better understanding of what “Satanism” means to other Satanists beside myself. I’ve now just realized how secluded and individual my practice is, to the point that I was quite surprised to discover what some (many!) Satanists (not reverse christians) do and say that for me, is not very Satanic, nor LHP for that matter. I live in a small town, so getting in touch with other practitioners in person is not really possible. (The estimated satanic population here in France is of about 1500 people, scattered across the country, but present enough in the capital area).
I’ve learned to dissect these online communities and take part in mostly unfruitful discussions. These groups are mostly sharing goth-dark themed photos and some highly questionable philosophical material, which I promptly respond to, debunking any fallacies that may appear, usually getting the approval of other members, or the response of the original poster. There sometimes is a seemingly competent Satanist here and there in these groups, but like me, they tend to keep to themselves. Thanks to this experience I think I can formulate an intelligent post on what my place is on the Satanic metaphorical panoramic photograph.
Satan: Father vs Master vs Archetype vs God(s) vs Whatever
I think this is what left me the most perplexed when exploring the beliefs of other Satanists. Some Satanists (alarmingly many) see Satan as an authority, for the most part under the fatherly figure, probably people coming from a Joy of Satan background (like me, but I grew out of it pretty fast). The judeo-christian fatherly God comes to mind, rather than a rebellious fallen angel (for those who believe Satan IS Lucifer, such as me) or some kind of deity of undefiled wisdom and curiosity. Satan is NOT a protective entity, he is for me a teacher of sorts, whose only lesson is love for oneself, and one’s ideas. The rest of the Satanic philosophia is derived from that. Monotheistic in nature, yet a strong belief in demons (again, JoS-like), and practice.
In this same kind of mentality, comes the Satan=Master mindset, which again, goes against most Satanic teachings, which say we are one’s only master (or god). I cannot think of anything more RHP than selling your soul to an entity in exchange of salvation, or in this case, protection and power. That’s what the catholic church does! How can you not see it? This part of the perceived Satanic community almost always hasn’t come in contact with any Satanic literature, and if they did they just chose to ignore the most important part of it: freedom of will! Usually purely monotheistic, sometimes soft polytheism, beliefs in demons is there but they see them as slaves/servants of Satan.
Then come the few LaVeyans who find themselves in mainly theistic groups because why the hell not and they just go “oh I’m not theistic so your argument means nothing to me”. They aren’t able to debate in ANY other terms than the ones they impose. At least they are the most down-to earth. That’s cool. Atheistic. Some Agnostics. Witchcraft not out of the question for some.
Hard polytheists like me are scarce in these groups, dominated by the first three groups. But the few of us that are clearly polytheistic, are divided amongst “clans”. The first clan is the one that believes that Satan is a multi-facetical entity (usually composed of four of the following: Asmodeus, Lucifer, Leviathan, Behemoth, Baphomet, Beelzebub), while the other one is just “the rest” (I’m in here) with highly eclectic or “personalised” beliefs, everyone’s a little different, a little the same. I’m in this category.
Also there are the guys who believe Satan is an alien who gave us technology and stuff.
Optimism vs Pessimism
What the hell is wrong with some of these people? Always saying depressive and pessimistic stuff? When did Satanic groups become a hiding place for 2004 emo kids who never really grew up? Posting half-naked, black dyed hair, super skinny chicks, cutting their veins? I’m serious. What the hell? Or people who do some ritual and literally commenting afterwards “I am a true pessimist, life is shit and nothing will come out of it” THEN WHY ARE YOU DOING A FRIGGING RITUAL THEN? Hey, magic is not that hard: Do some stuff > expect it it to succeed > success OR Do some stuff > expect it to fail > fail.
Rant over. Satanism is about optimism and positivity in regards to the outcome of any action. It is illogical to act with a negative outcome in mind. Also worrying about general positivity or negativity of stuff is overly manicheist and should be avoided. Nothing is entirely positive or negative, and without a way to measure it, it is pointless to debate what action is “more” positive than another.
Dogma vs Dynamic Morals©
Yes, I invented the term Dynamic Morals©. It is mine now.
Anyhow, Satanism is all but dogmatic. On the contrary, Satanism is about analysing every situation independently, chose a possible outcome, and act accordingly. Having a dogma is restraining and can put you in complicated situations in which you either break your dogma or you act against your own well-being.
Well some people have created a “Satanic” Dogma, inspired heavily by LaVey’s Rules of the Earth and Sins, which basically a more strict and stiff version of those rules. No interpretation allowed.
I practice what I call Dynamic Morals© which basically one fundamental rule (that is inherently Satanic for me) and then the rest is up to interpretation for each individual situation.
This rule is: “Your well-being is of ultimate importance”.
It can be applied to any situation. If the basis of the reasoning is this motto, the reasoning is for me inherently Satanic.
I don’t think there is”wrong or right” in Satanism, other than at an individual level. And even for me, when it comes to non-mathematical situations, there is no right or wrong, but just an arbitrary choice that was made after a period of analysis and reasoning. Unless the choice is factually wrong, like trying to put out fire with gasoline. Yeah that’s definitely wrong.
I would now like to address some of what my friend Aleph said in his post:
Satanism is the philosophy that places emphasis on self-preservation
That might be true for LaVeyan Satanism, but for most forms of Theistic Satanism (specially spiritual Satanism) the elevation of the soul, reaching god-hood, and all that is placed extremely high in the Satanic priority list.
Another main difference between Satanism and Luciferianism is that Luciferianism advocates the pursuit of a higher self.
Same as above. The pursuit of a higher self is predominant in Theistic Satanism.
If hedonism at its root is the maximization of pleasure and the avoidance of pain and negative experiences.
I’d argue that Satanic hedonism would never put pleasure before truth, meaning Satanic hedonism would NOT prefer a pleasurable lie to a harsh truth. To avoid negative experiences doesn’t mean denying them or their existence. Also a negative experience doesn’t need to be avoided when it can lead to further pleasure and well-being. It is a trade to be made. Any true hedonist knows that without pain there’s no pleasure. What we avoid is unecessary pain.
is it right to do something to others that you think they have done to yourself or others
The problem here is dogmatism/stiff morals. Linking an action to a right vs wrong mindset independently of the situation is what creates this dilemma. Nothing is inherently wrong or right until the action has been carried out and the victims/perpetrator roles have been handed out. Then you can make out what is, FOR YOU right or wrong. Once it is time to take revenge, if the same action that was made against you seems the appropriate punishment for the person, then the roles are inverted and you are free to qualifiy however you want the same action.
I like Spring. It’s colorful and pretty. I go on a photo rampage around this time of the year. Enjoy.
Several social media (including Facebook, Twitter, Google abd even YouTube) signed the Code of Conduct of The European Union in which they are forced to take down any post, message or video deemed by the European Comission to incite violence and/or hate 24h after it is posted.
So now being politically correct is law. Congratulations! The European Union is now a totalitarian state! Everything you write or read on the Web has to be approved by a bunch of politically correct bureaucrats. Saying “I hate blacks” is illegal but “I hate whites” is totally fine, since it is against a vast majority of people.
Are you ready to enter the land of Care Bears?! Where everything is love and understanding and giggles and censorship and fear of saying the wrong thing? Don’t worry, you’ll never be offended ever again, because in the European Union of Care Bears (c) whoever dares scrape your opinion will suffer the wrath of the PC gods.
God bless the European Union, and may it prosper forever and ever under the rule of the Bureaucrat Gods.
(Fuck this shit, I’ve had enough)
Tomorrow is going to be a Historical day in the world. Day in which perhaps political correctness and overall political hypocrisy might take a good punch in the face.
I don’t know much about American Politics, other than your “democratic” system of election is bollocks and the two party system is the most anti-democratic bullshit ever.
And that’s why you need Trump.
You see. Electing Trump will do two wonderful things: One is getting that anti-freedom and pro uncontrolled immigration Hillary out of the way, and secondly it will make A LOT of people, including rich and poweful people around the world, to question America’s Democracy. And that’s the only hope you have of changing that messy system of yours.
Hillary represents political correctness, hypocrisy, under-the-table politics, SJW and identity politics, and other political bullshit. She promotes controlled and censored speech and positive discrimination.
Trump represents free speech. Protection of the private life, anti political bullshit. And he’s clear and honest about what he wants. He wants to be even more rich and powerful than he already is. And as a president of an already developped country which follows the rules of international consensus (which he will not be able to break), the only thing that can make him grow is making the country grow. (If he doesnt know this already, he will find out pretty soon).
He is far from being a good candidate, but he sure is the best bet at triggering a change in international politics.
Jacob McKelvy. Haha.
What a funny little anecdote.
Thought the Greater Church of Lucifer is not affiliated with any Satanic current, and my knowledge of Luciferianism is quite limited, I can only say that I find the whole situation worth a giggle.
Long story short, Mr. McKelvy was a GCOL leader, he then was found out to steal from the organisation’s resources and kicked out. He then resurfaced as a born again Christian and is probably using that to commit fraud elsewhere.
For me, his actions were completely Satanic. He wanted money, he got it, when he could no longer get it, he just went to another source.
One of the most literal fundamental principles of the LHP is that the individual uses the group to attain its goals (as opposed to the group using the individual as a puppet for their system, like in the RHP). I feel rather disappointed that this needs to happen in order to remind some LHPers some fundamental rules of life: Trust no one other than yourself and if you are fucked over, you were either weak or you let them do it.
People are assholes, and that’s human nature, to get what we want any way we can.
GCOL members or sympathisers, I invite you to reflect on this question: Is the organisation serving you? Or are you serving the organisation?
If you feel like a victim, you might want to reconsider being part of the LHP. This is the path of the strong. Of those who survive and prevail. Not those who are duped by some born again pseudo Luciferian.
There is a certain connotation of immobility to the concept of Balance. When we say someone is balanced we are struck with an image of perfect equilibrium, of a sphere perfectly balanced atop a needle.
For me, this characteristic is anti-satanic.
The Satanist is in an eternal state of oscillation. He changes and adapts, he moves and relocates himself in order to adapt to the never ending chaos that is existence. Balance only works in a balanced world. Alas, our world isn’t.
Our world is ever changing. It moves chaotically and erratically according to an infinity of variables, well beyond our measurement. And since we cannot predict the changes of our world, the best we can do is become masters of our oscillation. The laws of nature proved to us that it is the creature that adapts the fastest and best to its ever-changing environment, that lives the longest and survives to further evolve.
The Satanist should strive to be that perfect being of nature. Unfazed by the chaos around him, he should swiftly adapt to its new environment, and make it his once again, until nature tests him once again.
Satanists are oscillators, not balancists.