Selected Books On Satanism and The Occult

December 13, 2014
Hey! I've compiled a list of some of the best books on Satanism and Magic at my website in a bibliography. These ten books are influential in the occult and they may just help you to advance in many ways. I have included books that were useful to me when I first started out in the occult, as well. I hope you find the list to be interesting and useful on your journeys in the occult. You can purchase any of these books by clicking on the links. Bibliography

Symbols of Satanism - The Pentagram and Goat

August 19, 2014

The Bessy Pentagram [shown on right] is one of many versions of the Baphomet that is so familiar to Satanists. It was from the book known as the History of Witchcraft and the Supernatural, written by Maurice Bessy. The symbol itself goes back much further than that but it had always been associated with Satan and the forces of the Underworld. It is a known fact that LaVey drew up his own version of this pentagram and baphomet, and took from it the same elements of design, including the "Leviathan" word that encircles the symbol. Due to the popularization of this symbol as 'Satanic' it is recognized worldwide as a symbol of Satanism, much like the adoption of the Roman Cross became a Symbol of Christianity after 400ad.

The controversy over this symbol exists even within Satanism. While the Church of Satan claims to own copyright on this specific symbol, the simple truth is, that they do not. The original Bessy pentagram and all earlier versions of it are in the public domain. Public domain images can not be copyrighted. Now that it is an internationally recognized symbol of Satanism in general it is most certainly in the public domain as a religious symbol, which can not be copyrighted either. The Satanic Church does have their own specific version of this symbol which is known as the LaVeyan pentagram.

LaVey had little regard from which he took his inspiration from, piecing together his versions of Satanism from various odd sources. Within the Church of Satan the book written by Bessy was used as a prop, much like LaVey adopted the Bessy pentagram for symbolic purposes.
From the COS website: []

"In its early days, the Church of Satan used the version seen on the cover of the Bessy book on its membership cards and stationery as well as on the medallions which were created both by hand and by professional manufacturers."

The 'Leviathan' spelled in Jewish letters surrounding the symbol came from an earlier versions of the Baphomet, found in various books. In the 1700's there was a symbol of the Baphomet within a circle in the book 'The History of Magic'. This symbol was paired with the upright pentagram [or as some call it, the pentacle] around this were the words 'Samael and Lilith' and it is often referred to as the Samael and Lilith Pentagram. Its purpose was to illustrate the unholy union of Samael, the Jewish angel of Death, and Lilith, the Queen of Demons in jewish mythology.

All of these symbols - the goat, the names of Jewish demons, point to the obvious connection between Satanism and Judaism. Even deeper than its christian association, the Judaic aspects of satanism are represented by the Goat - known as Azazel.. this was the Scapegoat of tradition that was sacrificed to the wild, who carried the sins of the people. it was natural then to associate and contrast the Jewish goat with the christian sheep, the natural reaction of Christians being that the goat represents evil, or the devil. This tradition has continued to this day.

In Reply To Many Recent Letters on Satanism

June 13, 2014
Hey there, just to clear something up - after reading my mail here i noticed several trends in what people are asking for...

I do not own a church or organization, I am not recruiting for any organizations, I do not promote religion. In addition I can not help you to make a pact with Satan to make you insanely rich, nor do I speak for Satan.

My website and videos, etc are aimed at independent studies in Satanism. I try to provide a variety of resources and let my readers and viewers come to their own conclusions about what Satanism should represent to them. I believe it is only fair. After all, many Satanists come from Christian and other monotheistic backgrounds where they had been forced to accept certain things about religion and spirituality without question.

Since I do not run an organization, I can not recruit you into my "church". A church or organization does not exist in my name. Getting recruited or indoctrinated into an organization does not guarantee your success in Satanism, nor does it make you "better" than any other person who is independent of activities like that.

Sure, organizations offer an opportunity to socialize with others of like mind, and some even offer the opportunity for you to learn some things that would take a long time for you to find out on your own. But, for those that chose to be independent, getting tangled in the politics and drama that organizations in Satanism so often provide proves to be a good way to sidetrack yourself from the real goals that you could be pursuing.

My own personal methods revolve around spirituality, and so because of this my focus is often on non religious methods of Satanism. It is a way to experience the path without being burdened by rules and regulations. It also offers me the freedom to explore whatever suits my fancy when it comes to magic and ritual.

Pacts for Money - how often do i get letters about this? Every day! See, if pact making with Satan to bring tons of money or a high level of success into your life was that easy, don't you think that everyone would be doing it? Wow, yeah..I could have been a rock star, or had millions of dollars in my bankroll if it was that easy. There would be no suffering or poverty in the world and everyone would convert to Satanism for that simple fact. Heh.

Truth is, selling ones soul for financial gain is a myth that was started by Christians long ago, in attempt to dissuade or prevent people from going to the dark side to fulfill their desires.

And no, I nor anyone else can speak for Satan. Your experience with Satan, like any other god or spiritual being, is a personal experience. I can describe what I have experienced but your own time on this path will determine what is right for you. For some, this prospect is frightening because they are entering into uncharted territory, where they never have been before. They may be used to having a priest tell them what to do and how to do it, and as far as I am aware, that's just not how Satanism works. You make your own choices, and you have the freedom to live the way that you want.

Now, that's not to say that getting advice is a wrong thing, but that to be told what to do and how to do it and to expect another to communicate to and from Satan (when you should be doing it yourself!) isn't the best thing to do. Of course, sharing your experiences with others is a great way to gain insight, but when others are literally telling you what to do and how to feel, and how to act, you have essentially given up the freedom that you sought when you came to the path.

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.