January 2, 2017

On Leaving Christianity, Reader Q & A

Infernal Greetings!

Today’s Satanism question sent to me by email comes from a person named “Q” who asks:

Leaving Christianity for Good
When its time to walk away..
“I became a Satanist but then I had a relapse into Christianity. I want to find a way to keep Satan in my life and I hope that you had some advice on leaving Christianity. Any advice that you could give I would greatly appreciate...

A very appropriate question for this time of year, when people are trying to live their lives in a better way because of the new year.

It’s a question I get asked often, so I would like to share it here on the Spiritual Satanist blog. Quite some time ago, I had written an article on my Spiritual Satanist site addressing this topic, My Advice on Leaving Christianity,  where I discuss the methods that can be used to leave your former religion. Also, there is a supplemental video on YouTube, “Satanic Black Mass”, describing what happens at a black mass and the usefulness of this ritual for those leaving Christianity. Hopefully these resources may help to give some insight.

People leave Christianity for various reasons. Some are disenchanted with the religion. Others had suffered abuse, and still other seek freedom from the limitations that Christianity provides.

One of the things that i recommend is to do a personal ritual that will enable you to let go of your past. This ritual is called a Black Mass, and essentially it allows you to mock, or destroy your beliefs in your former religion. It is necessary to deconstruct something like this so that you can understand why it is important to leave it behind. Once you see it in a ridiculous or useless light it may open your eyes and allow you to step away.

An example of the Black Mass can be found in the Satanic Bible (At Left Hand Path Books site), where it is presented as an inversion of the Catholic mass. The Black Mass serves as a cleansing from your former religion allowing you to move forward. Until you can reconcile this you may be tempted to return out of fear, guilt or obligation. Getting rid of the old will enable you to welcome the new.

Satanism is not an easy path, and it is difficult because much of what you will do in it you will have to do on your own. Nothing good ever came from anything that was easy and Christianity may seem like the easy way out because it is familiar. That familiarity makes you want to not even try, to go back to your old ways where you were comfortable because you knew what to expect.

I suspect that the reader, “Q” is a religious kind of person, so taking a religious approach may help as well. It would be wise to set up a time and place to have private, spiritual communion with Satan on a daily basis. Perhaps some sort of shrine or altar, something simple to start out with, can be your focus. Even if it is something as simple as having a photograph in a frame and a candle to light or incense to burn while you commune with Satan can be beneficial. It will give you a focus that is planted here in the material world.

Take some time to get to know the character and nature of Satan. This can be done by spending time daily reading about Satanic legends. There are many stories that tap into the primal dark force that can relate to Satan, and learning from these may enable you to facilitate a better relationship with Satan. Knowledge will liberate your mind and soul. Make yourself familiar with these things and you will find that you are creating your own path in Satanism and in time, this will be a familiar and welcome thing.

Until you are able to completely walk away from your former religion you may be tempted to return. You must be honest with yourself and strip away any pretense. Take some time to examine why you feel tempted to return to your former religion, but at the same time, take note of why you were unhappy to begin with. If the cons outweigh the pros, then it makes no sense to go back to something that isn’t benefiting you. If what you seek is happiness then work towards those goals. Take the time to know why you want to return to Satanism. Write these things down in a book and refer to them when you feel uncertain. It seems simple but just the act of writing it out can be a useful exercise that will help to cement these ideas.

In dealing with guilt and fear left over by a former religion, one must realize that guilt and fear are the things that motivate people into submission. It is a tool of the religious to keep people within the fold, to guide people into behaving in certain ways. And in leaving this behind you will find a new freedom that nothing can match. But first you must rid yourself of the past in order to be able to move on, and you also should establish new habits that will help you to stay on track.

Blessed Beast!
Best Wishes in 2017
Venus Satanas

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Leaving Christanity for Good
Interesting quote from a Christian Author

December 21, 2016

Winter Solstice is Upon Us! December 21st

For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, Winter Solstice is upon us! Today is the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest period of darkness.

From my article, Holidays in Satanism - Winter Solstice, 22nd: During this time the earth enters a slumber and winter sets in, reminding us of the cycle of life and death that we experience all around us every day. In this we are reminded of Belial and its planetary counterpart, Saturn, and south to the earth below us, reflecting on the necessity of endings for a new beginning to occur.

Because this day is associated with the shortest day it had often been associated with gods of death and darkness. From here, w
e can look forward to Sol Invictus  ("The Unconquered Sun") on December 25th, a Roman holiday that was conveniently adopted and then commercialized by Christians.

Without endings there can be no new beginnings and without beginnings there can be no endings. Take this time to celebrate by reflecting on this year and its closing, and also take time to let go of the things that no longer benefit you. Tonight I'm going out to celebrate!

December 14, 2016

Commentary on the Guardian Demon

The Guardian Demon is a concept that is discussed in Satanism at times. I have had folks ask me to help them to contact their own personal guardian, or ask me how to work with them. It must be that those who promote the idea of a guardian demon are conveniently seeking to lay the responsibility of teaching spirituality on something else rather than taking the time to aid you in a personal way.

The concept of the Guardian Demon in Satanism suggests that a demon can help you to learn spell working and magic, that it can help you with psychic or spiritual abilities - but these are the things that you could (and should) be pursuing on your own without the aid of some demon. There is no easy way to take on a spiritual path and to change your life in a spiritual way, and to suggest that all you have to do is contact a demon to magically do all these things for you is ridiculous.

Generally, demons are not teachers who will aid you with these things. In fact, learning how to perform magic or do other spiritual activities should be something that you  learn on your own so that you have the necessary experience to actually summon a demon. Without this experience, you can not effectively or accurately communicate with the divine.

The concept of the guardian demon is something that was borrowed, quite incorrectly from the teachings of Aleister Crowley and the practice of Ceremonial Magick. In this system, the divine force of inner will is known as the "Holy Guardian Angel". To assume that Satanists must copy this idea and reverse it, shows a lack of understanding of the methods of attaining conversation with one's Holy Guardian Angel. It misses the mark entirely, making such ideas a waste of time.

There is no easy way out when it comes to learning how to do magic, or how to live a more spiritual life. It takes time and effort and dedication to one's path. Lets face it, demons never have been, nor ever will be a personal guru. They are also not magic genies to ask wishes from. There is no spiritual being out there that will aid you in what you must do on your own.  If that seems daunting - it should. Spiritual attainment is a life-long journey that at times may feel that it may never be complete.

Visit my new article on the Guardian Demon - Guardian Demon: Friend, Teacher or Myth?
at the Spiritual Satanist site for more information.

December 10, 2016

Sinfully Delicious Magazine - Interviewed by Nicholas Walls

Saturday, February 7, 2009 2:50 PM,
Sinfully Delicious Magazine
Nicholas Walls

Venus Satanas is, quickly becoming, a very popular Independent Satanist. She has a website, a blog, and most glaring, a youtube channel with over 2 thousand subscribers. She is currently very active on youtube, as well as has just put out a very interesting book about the Al-Jilwah not to mention has made her popular youtube videos available in DVD format. She’s even created an organization for Independent Satanists. In my opinion, her views and mine might conflict sometimes but I view her as a shining star of intelligent and careful thinking. Someone that could quite possibly make a very serious, real dent in the occult world in the future, if not now.

Below you will find links to her online projects as well as a interview. Enjoy!

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Infernal-Horde/ [defunct]

01. Who are you? What do you do? Please be specific as possible for this interview’s progress.

Who Am I?
I would like to say that I am so glad to do this interview with you. I am Venus Satanas, and I am a spiritual Satanist. I have been a satanist since 1992, when i created a self-dedication pact with Satan. I was never raised in a christian home, so the acceptance of Satan had little to do with the rejection of Christianity. The dark side appealed to me, so i responded to it. I feel as if Satanism has been the perfect path for me, it has allowed me to achieve what I have wanted over the years.

In 2004, I decided to create a website, “Theistic Satanism and Magick”, a place where I could write about my experiences, and research topics related to Satanism, magic and the Occult. After a few years, the success of my website prompted me to create a channel on youtube, and now i have over two thousand subscribers, in the past two years. The response has been really good; but still, I am surprised that so many people are interested in Satanism.

I have never sought to join a group or organization. I think that organizations are great for some people, but I do my best work when I am solitary, when I am able to challenge myself. In the spirit of independence, I collaborated with a good friend of mine, and long time satanist, nocTifer in 2007. We created the Horde of Independent Satanist, a group for discussion on magic, satanism and the occult, among other independent satanists.We feel that nothing like this has been done before, as most groups try to get their members to follow one certain path. With HISS, we are a group of peers who have independent goals but we meet so that we can share ideas and discuss what is really important in satanism.

So, i suppose when you ask, who am I and what is my purpose, I can say that I am Satanist who is interested in furthering the education of satanists through my writing and through interaction with whomever is interested in learning.

02. What makes one a ‘Spiritual Satanist?’ How does the Satanism you identify with differ from other brands of Satanism?

Spiritual Satanism is a spiritual appreciation of life, it is living in a spiritual existence, as compared to other forms of atheistic satanism that may only embrace a central belief in materialism. I like to think that the spiritual Satanist has the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds by appreciating both the spiritual and physical. For some this may be done through worship or other [metaphysical] activities that bring the Satanist closer to their goals and desires.

Also some Satanists who only identify with atheism use magic in a non-esoteric way, as a psychological approach where as some other, more spiritual satanist may identify the more arcane and spiritual aspects of magic.

03. What does Satan mean to you? Is he an actual Being? Myth? Your senses? The hidden part of your mind? What does Satan mean to you and what do you mean to Satan? I’ve heard you wrote a
pact with him. Does this means he’s very real, substantial to you? A real live spirit? Or simply, as Anton Lavey put it, a metaphor?

I do not think that LaVey’s descriptions of Satan were simply as metaphor. He used examples throughout the satanic bible to illustrate the many different aspects of Satan, either as a god or as a symbol of human nature. To me Satan is one of many gods who were created by humans over a long period of time, and he represented different things throughout the ages. My pact with Satan established my identity as a satanist and ensured my loyalty to satanism.

04. What would you do if another Satanic Panic broke out in the media and America? Would you remain quiet or would you try to take action against the ignorance of Satanism out there?

Wow! That would be something! I wouldn't hide. I would continue my work to educate whoever is interested in my ideas on satanism. Their scaremongering tactics have no effect. With the freedom of information that is available now, and the world wide access to the net that many people who are Satanic have, i doubt that much would come from their attempts. Christians should fear the atheist movement even more as they pose a real danger to the foundations of their theistic beliefs.

05. What is your favorite Sin, and why is it soo important to you? Has it brought your life much pleasure? Do you ever get “too much of a good thing” with it? Can the Christian Sins we love to embrace ever grow old, too common place or just misplaced?

I do not have a favorite sin. Sin is not a part of my everyday living. I think the need to label activities and feelings as sin comes from attaching moral values to personal actions. As a satanist I am responsible for my own actions and myself, therefore I am in debt to nothing or no one for moral sins. I do agree that a balance is a good thing. We should seek to enjoy life without giving into reckless abandon that could potentially shorten our days on this earth.

As the moral values of a society change so do their views on what they consider to be taboo. So I do not believe the same ideas of sin that are common now, were common fifty years ago in America.

06. Please explain, if you could, one example of both: Greater and Lesser magic working for you in your life.

For me, greater magic is ritual magic. it is a method of performing magic by using specific rituals that include gods or demons as an aid to influence the potential outcome. You could say that when I initiated my friend Angie into Witchcraft, and we both called upon the Goddess Athena in her favor, that we performed Greater ritual magic. My summoning experiences were a form of ritual magic that I developed to work with demons.

Lesser magic is the use of various spells; often these things are connected with simple magic, folk magic, talismans, etc. My most recent spell of this kind was a spell to ease the tension at my house between my cats. I have four of them and one of them used to fight with the other three. the tension was so bad at my house because of this that i decided to do something about it and cast a spell. I used candle magic to influence the outcome and it worked for me. Within a week the cat that would fight with the others slept next to the one that he fought with last week.

During the next month he slept next to the other cats, each in turn. This was something that I had waited for, for five years. My candle spell had eased the situation and made him willing to give in and accept the others into his life. It was wonderful! Now i have a peaceful home and I can thank some creative magic for this very beneficial outcome. A simple form of magic provided me with a solution to a very complex and ongoing issue. As you can see, the benefits of greater and lesser magic have their uses.

September 12, 2016

Infernal Greetings!
Hey everyone, its been a while since I have been online but I want you all to know that I've been working on my website, improving it and adding to it all this month. So far, it looks great! If you haven't seen it yet you can visit now at SpiritualSatanist.com

I've been working full time and a lot of good things have happened for me in my life. I recently got my license back, and got a car as well! I have two jobs that I absolutely love, working at clubs as a DJ.  Life couldn't be better, but it was a long journey to get where I am at today. Thanks to my friends and those who believed in me, and me believing in myself..and perhaps a bit of help from the darkside too.

Hopefully after my website is complete, I can start doing videos again. I don't want to make new videos and get a ton of traffic to my site until my website is finished.

Thank you, and Satan Bless

Updated Website and some Good News from Venus Satanas

Infernal Greetings!
Hey everyone, its been a while since I have been online but I want you all to know that I've been working on my website, improving it and adding to it all this month. So far, it looks great! If you haven't seen it yet you can visit now at SpiritualSatanist.com

I've been working full time and a lot of good things have happened for me in my life. I recently got my license back, and got a car as well! I have two jobs that I absolutely love, working at clubs as a DJ.  Life couldn't be better, but it was a long journey to get where I am at today. Thanks to my friends and those who believed in me, and me believing in myself..and perhaps a bit of help from the darkside too.

Hopefully after my website is complete, I can start doing videos again. I don't want to make new videos and get a ton of traffic to my site until my website is finished.

Thank you, and Satan Bless
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