Satanism and the Abortion Debate

August 28, 2013
  On the issue of abortion and a woman's right to choose..This is a tough subject for many people to discuss, no matter what path they are on, and rightly so. There are many sides to this issue, and many reasons why people are for or against it.

  The Church of Satan was recently thrust into this debate with their commentary that appeared in a recent CNN interview:

"Satan was thrust into the Texas legislature debate with pro-choicers shouting 'Hail Satan!' at the right-to-life faction. However, whom Satan endorsed was not clear. A British organization called U.K. Church of Satan appeared to criticize the pro-choicers (according to Twitter comments) while the New York based Church of Satan ( founded in 1966 by Anton LaVey) insists on a woman's right to choose, said its high priest Peter Gilmore - although he acknowledged that shouting 'Hail Satan!' To anti abortion activists was 'ludicrous and meaningless' ".. (Recorded in News of the Weird, Backstage Pass, August 12, 2013)

  While the Church of Satan may endorse abortion, not all Satanists feel the same way. However it is a social issue that has been important for many women for many centuries. In some parts of the united states, women do not have the right to choose and they have to suffer even if their life is in danger or even in the case of rape. Whoever made laws like these are obviously influenced by christian right-to-life groups that seek to keep women 'in their place' in society by not giving them an option to choose. 

  I feel that all women should have the right to choose. We are only given one opportunity in life and we should not be subjected to the laws of men who do not understand how some women can be at a great disadvantage both socially and economically due to pregnancy. The world is overpopulated as it is and our time is short as the resources that we have are limited. It is a difficult choice that is not easy to make.

However i do not feel that abortion should be a birth control method. Nothing will replace common sense or natural or artificial methods of taking charge of our own bodies. Women have been doing it for centuries and will continue to do so as long as we are able to, with or without government or religious interference. 

 Regardless of how we as Satanists feel about this issue, is it right for us to have a public opinion on this matter? Does your affiliation with Satanism, no matter what path you take, influence your decision on this matter?

Why Satanism Does not have Churches

March 12, 2013
Many people have come to me to ask me where they can find a local Satanic Church to worship at. It's a shame that in this day and age we do not have any churches to go to, let alone groups that we can gather in, in person to come together in the name of Satan.

Other groups and organizations can be found worldwide, where you can contact them and easily find a local chapter, allowing you to talk with others in person regarding your faith. Wicca is a good example of this, at least here in America. You are able to go to any major city and find your local Wiccan organization and participate in festivals any time of the year.

Satanists do not have this luxury. Not only is Satanism part of a new religious movement, meaning that it still has room to grow socially, but there are so few of us out there that even if we did have the opportunity to gather together it would be a rare occurrence.

Most of us meet online, in chatrooms and in social networks. It's safer for us as well, because despite our (supposed) freedom of religion, it would be too easy to attract attention from radical conservative groups who would want to make sure that our gatherings never happen.

So, Satanism has no brick and mortar churches to worship at. And, do we really want that anyway? Shouldn't that kind of thing be reserved for the kinds of religions that rely on social gatherings and long-held traditions? Satanism isn't reliant on those kinds of things, generally. It is supposed to be a personal experience. While you can share your experiences with others, generally you are on your own when it comes to your personal relationship with Satan.

5 Ways to Get Closer to Satan

December 11, 2012
Over the years one of the most important questions that I have been asked is how to develop a relationship with Satan. If you want to take a spiritual or religious approach with Satanism, having a relationship with Satan can be a rewarding experience, letting you know that Satan is with you every step of the way on your journey down the left hand path.

Nobody starts out in a religion knowing everything there is to know; nor do we have an intimate relation with our god as soon as we enter the gates of Satanism. A relationship takes time to cultivate. It can be likened to keeping a garden - you must plant the seed, water and feed it, keep the weeds out, and before you know it, you will have a beautiful garden to behold.

So here are some practical steps towards achieving your goals!

Develop a relationship - start small and work your way out from there 
You should consider that a relationship with Satan is a personal experience, so what other people experience in Satanism, or don't experience, may not be your own experience. Your mileage may vary! So in taking this into consideration, I can only offer generalities regarding a relationship with Satan, and discuss my own personal experience to give you some insight into the process as well.

My early years of Satanism were filled with worshipful rituals, Satanic music and transgressive acts. This is not so uncommon amongst new Satanists who are finding their place in the world. I would worship Satan on Saturday evening, gathering my tools and robes, and wondering out to the beach or in my room by the light of candles. It was an interesting experience. Because I am a spiritual person, I had always felt that all it would take would be for me to reach out to Satan [or any other god!] and that being would answer in return - so I never really took it on faith or hope that I would get results. I just threw myself into the work and got it done.  The results never ceased to amaze me!!

One of the most important aspects of my ritual making was my pact with Satan. First done at the age of 13, I thought that my pact put me in a position of power to bargain with a being that was so hated in this world yet had so much power over it. I would not recommend this to new Satanists of course, because after all this time I can see how much power and energy is in a pact and how that can influence a young Satanist who has not yet learned the ropes yet.

So start out by spending the next year studying and practicing your rituals, and by then you should have a clearer view of what you want to do with your pact if you so decide to make one with Satan.

Study the history of Satan in past times and modern times too
The history of Satan is a long and winding road. It contains interesting insights into the character of Satan through the myths, legends and stories surrounding his name. Beginning with the early gnostics, and continuing to this day, people's views of Satan have changed and evolved to mirror current events in history.

In developing a relationship with Satan, its important to consider the history that is behind the name. After all you would not want to get involved with someone if you didn't know their history, their likes or dislikes, and what they are generally about, would you? That truly would be a leap of blind faith! I don't recommend blind faith. I instead recommend that you study as much as you can about the history and character of Satan, both in past times and our modern views of Satan beginning with the Church of Satan.

Develop your own style of ritual - use others as a guide but do what pleases you
There are many examples of ritual to be found on the 'net, and in books. Starting with the Satanic bible, we can see a simplified formula that many have found success with. A ritual is like a recipe, it contains essential ingredients that when put together create an interesting and symbolic experience.

Writing your own rituals is not so complicated. Its important to consider that just because a ritual has been used by others and it carries the powers and energies of those who worked with it before you, it is not necessarily the best formula for your particular situation.

Here is a basic template:  Most rituals have an opening, a declaration of intent, and a closing. It really is this simple. For instance with an evocation/invocation of Satan, you could prepare your ritual space, make your ritual invocation, declare what you want out of your ritual, and then perform a closing or departing or a thanks at the end.

Realise that its a two way street - your communicating with an entity, and as such, signs may come to you

Signs, you say? Yes, a common experience for Satanists is to have dreams about Satan. How much of this is their own psychology or imagination at work and how much of it is Satan in communication is difficult to say, as dreams are a personal experience. I know for my own life, the dreams that I've had about Satan have come at critical times and stages and they have guided me and kept me on the path of Satanism. But just because you don't have a dream about Satan does not mean that he is not in communication with you.

Its important to just let go and enjoy your experience with Satanism, instead of obsessing over every little sign and symbol in your life. I've talked with new Satanists who's imagination just goes wild, they think that energies are all around them and every bad experience in life is some way of Satan getting revenge on them for not following orders! Just remember that Satanism isn't christianity and to my knowledge, Satan isn't out there giving orders to people and is not seeking revenge on those who "disobey".

Its important to keep perspective in this regard and to view your experiences as a part of the whole. Do not take your experiences for granted but don't obsess over them, either. What you experience in Satanism will be a personal journey, unlike that of any other that you will meet in Satanism.

Don't give up! it takes time to develop a relationship. Just like in real life it comes in steps
You can't have a relationship with someone without first initiating contact, learning about that person and making an effort to make yourself a part of their life. Satan won't come chasing after you and there is much work to be done in this regard especially when you are new to the path.

So take it a day at a time and don't be hard on yourself, and remember that your experience won't match what others have gone through. In the end you should make an effort to meditate on Satan or perform rituals in his name, to learn about Satan's history, and to work at learning about Satanism every day for at least a year before you make a solid commitment one way or the other.

my latest interview.

November 2, 2012
Come and listen to my latest interview. It's at Sin Jones' Blogtalk radio. We will be discussing Satanism in general and also discussing my book project. You can call in to the second half of the show if you like. Its at 7pm eastern, just visit this link --   Thank you!

Prayer to Satan for Guidance and Protection

October 25, 2012
Satan, Guide me in all that I do
Protect me on my Path as I walk In the Dark
Shelter me in your wings
Help to bring me to my fullest potential
Show me the Path that lays before me

This is a prayer that I have been saying to Satan each night as I go to sleep. I find comfort in knowing however my life changes, whatever happens, Satan will always be there to guide and to protect me and to show me the right path. I always have my free will but there is nothing wrong with a little ''divine intervention'' now and then. I can honestly say that this prayer works, feel free to share it with your friend. It is something that I created on my own when I came to Satan in my darkest hour.

As I say the words I feel a familiar feeling of comfort. I hung my altar banners to the left of me, on the window, and to the right of me, overlooking my bed [and my computer!] is my Satan mask, the one that Bill bought me and brought home as I was writing the words to my article at my site, "Satan As a Force". I say my prayer as I look into the eyes of Satan, and I feel a familiar comfort as he is looking down on me.

Bill left this world, but is still here in spirit. I can hear his voice and know that he is with me. But now, I have had to figure out how to structure my life. My life changed in so many different ways that it's not even funny. I have to thank each and every one of you who has helped me with a donation or a kind word. It means so much to me. But when all of this dies down I am faced with the reality that my life is mine to create and once again I must set out to create it! I will take everything that Bill taught me about life and about magic and use it to my advantage!

I am Venus Satanas - nothing will keep me down. I will rise from the ashes of my life like a phoenix!