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.
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.
As part of the Haram month I want to talk about something that is very relevant to me and to the West.
Most forms of art are forbidden in Islam. Calligraphy and non-figurative art are allowed, but figurative art (in which sentient beings are represented) is strictly forbidden. Some figurative Islamic art is found in countries that were converted to Islam but don’t speak Arabic (notably in Persia). I guess that’s because they didn’t have full access to the hadiths. Anyway, it is proscribed to create figurative art. This alone is unacceptable. Prohibiting certain forms of art leads to a hindered freedom of expression. And also hinders the creativity of the artist, as figurative art is about 70% of western graphical art.
Music is also prohibited, as Muhammad (curses be upon him*) despised musical instruments. I think certain religious chants are allowed but that’s about it. No secular music, no music instruments. I am a musician and really I can’t imagine what a world without music would be like. It is of my understanding that according to Islam and the hadiths musical instruments are a tool of the Shaytan and should be destroyed.
In a similar manner, tattoos and body modifications are strictly forbidden, as it is modifying “Allah’s (may he be cursed*) creation” and thus defying him. As a matter of coincidence, I got my tattoo done yesterday, depicting the goetic symbols of my four main deities: Satan, Beelzebub, Astaroth and Azazel.
I am incredibly happy with the result and now going to take care of it so the healing process goes well. For the record, Satan’s sigil was the most painful one to make, I could feel Satan infusing his essence unto my tattoo as it was getting done, and after it was done, it was the only one of the symbols who did not hurt afterwards, and is healing much faster than the rest. What more haram than getting a tattoo of Satan?
For the general muslim if you have done or possess figurative art, hear or compose non islamic music, or have done or got a tattoo/piercing done, congratulations, you are a sinner and should be punished! In most cases Islam prescribes death, but hey, if you’re lucky maybe you will only get your arm (where the tattoo is) cut, or if they go easy on you, a few hundred whip strikes. And without ny doubt, damnation on judgement day! Curses be upon Allah and his cursed prophet Muhmmad!
*In all pro-islam sites, when Muhammad or any of his acolytes are mentioned, follows a parenthesis like “(blessings be upon him)” and stuff like that. I’d guess I’d make a parody of it.
A few months back an “ex-friend” so to speak confronted me on the fact that he couldn’t trust me or be my friend because my moral, or rather non-moral code and unethical thinking made me someone not trustworthy and possibly dangerous. He said I have no limits, no boundaries.
I just recently remembered this and thought: “I have no limits, no boundaries, it might make me dangerous, it might make me untrustworthy… But it is what makes me a God.”
A reminder to those who fear me: you are right to do so.
A piece of advice to those who trust me: I am not an asshole, but I definitely love myself more than I appreciate you. And if betraying that trust earns me more than you could have given me, I will do so.
Nothing comes before me. Not family, friends, or the greater good. My objectives in life and well being are priorities.
From French protesters attacking an innocent policeman (by throwing a molotov cocktail inside of his car) to the recent Orlando shooting, I’ve refrained to write about gun control without first forming an opinion based on a lot of thinking and facts.
I want to point out that The Daily Satanist is a blog about the philosophy and thought process of a Satanist applied to his daily life. One Satanist is not representative of the Satanic community, and actually, no Satanist is. The Satanic community is as diverse as there are Satanists, so don’t expect my thoughts to reflect those of other fellow Satanists.
First of all, I do not believe in global solutions. Each country will need a different solution for the same problem.
In my opinion, and seeing the recent happenings, the USA’s problem is that they have gun free zones inside a free gun territory. This is idiotic. Most shootings happen in gun free zones. This doesn’t mean gun regulation is useless but rather that regulation is irregular. You either have freedom to carry a gun everywhere, or you aren’t allowed to do so anywhere. I am personally against guns, and would love that plague to be eradicated along with most fire weapons. However this is unrealistic, and what I believe the USA needs is the abolition of gun free zones, which create an easy target for terrorists to strike.
Now in the France case, THANK SATAN for gun regulation, or we would constantly be in civil war. I’ve had non-french friends of mine say that the officer should have defended himself from the protesters attacks. And that he should have used his gun. That, my friends, would have been his death sentence. French protesters are bold, not to say stupidly bold. If that police officer had just taken out his gun, I’m sure a bunch of protesters would have jumped on him to lynch him. And in the media’s eyes, it would have been all the officer’s fault. France is a country of anti-authority fanatics and ACABers. We do have our share of police brutality of course. But here policemen are also brutalised. Unless we’ve just had a terrorist attack, then suddenly the police attacked the military become angels to rescue us!
I’m so done with human hypocrisy, and so I’ve had a hard time caring for anyone that isn’t me or loved ones. I don’t want to sound like a tin foil hat conspirationist, but I don’t think governments are doing what it takes to stop this violence.
Oh and don’t get me started on social media censoring stuff.
Fuck you human kind, I’m just going to go play with my reptilian illuminati friends.
Once again I find myself disappointed by love. For one whole month I was lied to. For one whole month they made me believe we were onto something special.
What a fool I was. Again. Hope really is a dangerous thing.
It is my fault though. I went completely against my past convictions: I had expectations. I projected myself into the future with her. Not even a distant future: just a few months in which we would go to certain festivals and such. But still, I made projects in my head, I assumed we would stay together for at least that time. I really believed it.
No need to say my position on love is stronger now than ever.
I’m not made for this.
I received a couple of days ago a comment in my latest post Drugs part 2, the comment is in French, and anonymous. It translates to this:
Or just to perpetrate your lies?
We know who you are, and to what extent you lie…
You hurt others, compulsively.
You never needed drugs.
You never needed alcohol.
Only your lies which feed the monster inside of you.
You were drugged, you were drunk, and you were happy and curious because of that…
Today you are but a bunch of lies hiding under a cover of superiority.
We will find you, know that your rest will be short, Guy!
Death, she, will probably be envious.
Here’s my answer:
First of all, who are you? Are you such a coward that you have to hide under anonymity? Are you afraid of me?
No memory of what? What lies? Sure, I’ve lied before… To the people I don’t trust. Sure, I’ve harmed people before, but it was never intentional. Sometimes we hurt others in our quest towards our life objectives.
I am quite the monster according to you. What have I done to you? I’m intruiged. I still am happy and curious. I satisfied my curiosity for alcohol and drugs to the point that I know it just isn’t worth it.
Cover of superiority? I can tell already that I’m superior to you. I am not afraid, I don’t allow others to hurt me, my happiness depends entirely of me… But yours… You seem to be the kind of fragile and deeply rancorous person who spend their lives regretting other’s choices while never questioning your own. You’re the kind of person I’ve already met, the kind of person who always put themselves in the position of victim, whose misfortune is never their fault, but the fault of others, of society.
Find me then, so that I can look at you in the eye, and find there your fears, your weaknesses, your doubts, your open wounds. Then I’ll hurt you, but this time, intentionally.
What will Death be envious of? Probably of what I’m going to do to you if you come to my door.
I live in Poitiers. Come look for me.
What do you guys think?