Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What is the animal most commonly associated with Satanism?||Satanism
|Who created the Church of Satan?||Satanism
Anton LaVey. LaVey created the Church of Satan as a cynical response to the hypocrisy he saw being exhibited in Catholicism.
No. Despite scare stories about the spread of Satanism, the number of converts to the church remains small. The Satanic Bible is not widely sold and most of the copies end up never read on the book shelves of people who think it is cool to own it. Satanism is seem by some as an excuse to attack people and desecrate churches and then claim some higher religious purpose. Real Satanists have little time for such people and, as with all religions, are interested in developing their own beliefs instead of destroying others. Sadly, the misconceptions about Satanism are many and huge. Stories of sacrifices, the Black Mass, goats and blood are popular everywhere, becoming more embellished with every telling. I hope you enjoyed learning a little about one of the World's lesser religions.
Enochian. The Enochian language and keys are used within Satanic rituals. The Enochian language is very old, possibly older than even Sanskrit and the keys have been used by many mystics over the millennia. Many famous interpretations have been offered, with Aleister Crowley writing on them extensively. LaVey claims his are the true keys and that he has managed to remove any corruption that has crept in over the years. Sandskrit and Arabic have several traits in common with Enochian but are clearly different. The decision not to use English is in keeping with the desire of LaVey to ritualize the Satanic Church, adding to the mystical nature of his religion. Even a recipe for making a cake sounds mystical if read with the right intonation in Latin, Ancient Greek or Enochian.
Birthday. Satanists see their birth as the most important event in their lives, after all - it was the day they came onto the Earth. In keeping with the view that the world can be made to revolve around oneself, what day could be more important? The days for universal (as far as Satanists are concerned) celebration are Halloween and Walpurgisnacht. Walpurgisnacht is the night of April 30 (the day before May Day) and represents the death of winter and the rise of summer. In ages past, children used to dress up as witches or evil spirits and play pranks on neighbours. Bearing this in mind, it should come as no surprise that it is twinned with Halloween, which sees the end of summer and the rise of winter. Good Friday is not celebrated or maligned by Satanists. Beltane is celebrated by Pagans/Wiccans and combines the night of April 30 and the day of May 1st. For them, it represents the land becoming ripe and fertile as the Goddess returns to the land after winter. The occasion often involves the picking of flowers to welcome this event. From this ancient ceremony, the modern May Day festivals have evolved, including the dancing around a maypole, although the meanings have changed.
Yes. Perhaps one of the more misunderstood areas of Satanism comes into play with the understanding of sex within the religion. Satanism proclaims 'sexual freedom' and 'free-love'. To the disappointment of many would-be Satanists this does not mean orgies all the time, day and night. In keeping with its strong belief in the individual and individual gratification its members are supposed to choose for themselves whether they have sex with men, women or no one. It specifically forbids sexual union with anyone does not wish to be involved. Multiple partners were allowed, but by no means encouraged and a man and a woman together was seen as the norm. Initially the spread of Satanism led to a large number of groups being inundated with 'sexually-liberated' people - mostly young men who believed this was their ticket to a very pleasurable life. They were to be disappointed.
Selfish. While I am sure many people believe "wrong" is the correct answer, we do live in an age of religious tolerance. LaVey sculpted his views on Satanism from his own mind and from those of powerful occult groups which flourished pre-1937. He saw his religion as 'a blatantly selfish, brutal philosophy'. He did not believe in the meekness of man, only that human beings were guided by evolution to seek out the best for themselves and those they loved and not to concern themselves with the plight of 'Man'. He believed that the strong ruled with their own interests at heart; if they happened to help others along the way that was fine - but the driving desire was success for oneself. He did not see the world as a land of 'milk and honey' but as a brutal wasteland with everyone vying for power and status.
The Nine Satanic Statements. Contrary to popular belief, the Nine Satanic Statements are not the exact opposite of the Ten Commandments. They do not begin "Thou shalt worship other gods than Ywah, Thou shalt make graven images" etc. LaVey saw the Black Mass and the mocking of Christianity as outmoded, or as he put it "beating a dead horse". He tried to make the Statements positive, turning from the view that Satanism should be anti-Christian/anti-Jewish and instead putting forward ideas for what Satanists should aspire to. The ninth Statement is not intended as a guideline as such but more a representation of LaVey's humour and his inability to totally avoid needling the Church.
Anton LaVey. Anton Szandor LaVey wrote the Satanic Bible in 1969 after beginning his interest in Satanism the the young age of 16. His writings are the most commonly available books on the subject.
Aleister Crowley spent 50 years in the company of magic, from his initiation into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn in 1898 until his death in 1947. Deeply inspired by ritual and the study of Qabalistic writings, he fused Western ritual magic with Eastern yoga and sexual magic to create a hybrid often referred to as "Thelemic Magick".
Much had been made of Heinrich Himmler and his liking for the Black Arts, whether this is in order to better explain his inhumane actions or actual fact, it remains a hard-to-shake label. Head of the SS in Nazi Germany, his intellectual mind may well have been drawn to groups such as the Thule Society. Many books have been written about Nazism and the Occult, strangely less have been penned regarding the Allies "Bureau of the Occult."
Gerald Gardner is seen by many as the father of modern Witchcraft and the Wiccan faith - which is totally separate from Satanism and Devil worship. Gardner first wrote 'fiction' about witches until after 1951 when the repeal of the witchcraft laws enabled him to publish (in 1954) "Witchcraft Today". Debate continues today about whether Gardner's "Book of Shadows" is his own work or a representation of the rites of the New Forest covens inspired by Dorothy Clutterbuck.
A woman.. Traditionally a naked woman serves as the altar; her head pointing south, her arms, legs, and head representing the points of the pentagram. And yes the woman is alive, and is also alive after the ceremony, and she willingly participates.
This is the end of the quiz. I hope it enlightened you. Satanists aren't the evil being many people make us out to be. Too long have we been misunderstood and persecuted. Man, woman, child, adult, whatever the colour of the skin. All are equals under the Satanic banner.
Satanic Statement 7. Satan represents man as just another animal. Sometimes better, often worse than those that walk on all fours, who, because of his "divine spiritual and intellectual development" has become the most vicious animal of all.
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Adversary.. The semantic meaning of Satan is "adversary" or "opposition" or the "accuser". "The very word "devil" comes from the Indian "devi" which means "god"." **
Satan represents opposition to all religions which serve to fustrate and condemn man for his natural instincts.
**(Hell, the devil and how to sell your soul, Book of Lucifer, The Satanic Bible)
None of these.. The only true name for LaVey's Satanist is.. "Satanist".
No. "There is no heaven of glory bright, and no hell where sinners roast. Here and now is our day of torment! Here and now is our day of joy! Here and now is our opportunity! Choose ye this day, this hour, for no redeemer liveth!"
- The Satanic Bible (The book of Satan IV:2)
No. Although he wrote "The Satanic Bible", all he did was collaborate works from ancient beliefs, customs, and rituals from older forms of Satanism. He was the first to put pen to paper to organise the many branches of similar beliefs from around the world, modern and ancient.
The spirit of progress.. "LaVey's Satan is "the spirit of progress, the inspirer of all great movements that contribute to the development of civilization and the advancement of mankind. He is the spirit of revolt that leads to freedom, the embodiment of all heresies that liberate""
- Burton H. Wolfe. The introduction to "The Satanic Bible", 1977
|LaVey Satanists don't believe in Jesus Christ, and so have a different way of counting the years, other than from the year he was born.
What year is it to the Satanist in 2005 A.D?||LeVay's Satanism (Pt 1 of LaVeys Satanism)
40 C.E.. The year comes from when Satanism was founded by Anton LaVey in 1966. 1966 was year 1.
One. The candles represent enlightenment, the living flame and burning desire. The white candle is used to represent the hypocrisy of "white light 'magicians'" and the followers of the right hand path.
No other light source is used.
Leviathan. The figures are found on the outer circle of the symbol, and correspond to the five points of the inverted star.
Lucifer. Satan represents the south,
Belial the north,
Lucifer the east,
and Leviathan the west.
counter-clockwise. The priest should turn anti-clockwise pointing to each cardinal point of the compass calling forth the respective name of the Prince.
West. The altar is the focal point of the ceremony. A nude woman is used as the altar; she represents the earth mother.
Lucifer. Lucifer represents Air.
Belial represents Earth.
Leviathan Represents Water.
Satan Represents Fire.
Szandor. Anton Szandor LaVey is his name on "The Satanic Bible" and numerous other writings of his;however Howard Stanton Levey was the name on his birth certificate.
Anton interestingly means "Worthy of praise"
Howard means "Guardian of the home" and
Stanton means "Rocky Meadow Town".
Atheistic. There are no gods in Satanism.
the eternal flame of power through joy. Above all things remember to enjoy life! In the eyes of a Satanist the life on earth is the ONLY life that you can be sure of, so why not have all the joy you can?
"The angel of Self-deceit is camped on the souls of the "righteous" - The eternal flame of power through joy dwelleth in the flesh of the Satanist"
- all quotes are from the "Satanic Bible" by Anton Szandor LaVey and the "Book of Satan part V"
they shall be reverenced. Although the others may be happen also, what the book of Satan says is "Blessed are the powerful for they shall be reverenced among men"
he shall be despised. "Cursed is he who doeth good unto others who sneer upon him in return for he shall be despised"
Although it is nice to get along with others there are some people who simply will never like you. It is best that you don't waste your time on these sort of people, they just aren't worth the effort.
Yes, for they shall make you a hero. "Blessed is the man who has a sprinkling of enemies for they shall make him a hero"
Most heroes are remembered for how the overcame those few people who were their enemies- Hercules, Superman, and many others- even Jesus.
The mighty-minded. One of my favourites, "Blessed are the mighty-minded, for they shall ride the whirlwinds - Cursed are they who teach lies for truth and truth for lies for they are the abomination!"
insecurity. "Thrice cursed are the weak whose insecurity makes them vile, for they shall serve and suffer."
they are frightened by shadows. "Cursed are the believers in good and evil, for they are frightened by the shadows."