For the Love of Satan

My love is intense and all-consuming, raging like a fire that burns in the heart of hell. It is a declaration of my existence and the manner in which I choose to exert my emotional force upon the universe. My love is a reflection of my values and the motivating force behind many of my endeavors, for as I love others, so do I seek to grow and acquire for the sake of love.

It is a misconception that the Satanist is a hateful person, incapable of loving others. As many theists declare that “God is love,” they assume that whoever would take the path of the Adversary must naturally be against love. But God is not love; God is imaginary. Love is an emotion that one can experience independently of a belief in God. The Satanist stands in defiance to the idea that a prescribed set of theistic beliefs should inform the way he or she chooses to love.

The Satanist is guided by the Luciferian light of reason in all matters, including the way in which he or she chooses to love. This is why it is acceptable for the Satanist to have romantic love for an adult person of the same gender, but not romantic love for a child, as children are not developmentally mature enough to handle relationships with adults. Apparently the Church is confused on both of these matters, following the ways of God and leaning not unto their own understanding, as they do.

As Satanists challenge religious and societal norms, so would they challenge the notion that reason alone is not sufficient to determine who they should love or how they should love others. Love is not a thing to be reserved only for those who conform to the status quo, but a feeling that can be shared with those who are not beholden to the arbitrary rules of the masses. Thus Satanic love increases the value of those who embrace outsider status, instead of allowing them to be deemed unworthy because of how “different” they might be.

This is not to say that Satanists do not have standards for whom they love, but those standards are not arbitrary rules dictated to them by God and society. A Satanist is first and foremost the adversary of self-denial and blind obedience. The love of a Satanist is as fierce and unbridled as the Satanist himself or herself.

Hail Love! Hail Satan!

On the Pretense of Power

The universe is not an ATM for wishes. It has no interest in manifesting your desires, no matter how often you pretend to project your psychic beams of hopefulness into it.

The path of the Adversary should not lead you to the same delusions as the faithful. You exist in a universe that is entirely indifferent to your being, except for those times when the universe is merciless. To experience reality as it truly exists, you must cast aside any notions of intercession by benevolent forces.

If it hasn’t happened already, you will one day find yourself in a situation that cannot readily be wished away. What good will your illusions of occult power be then? Better to get rid of your illusions now, before you realize only too late that what you thought was magic was mere confirmation bias and placebo.

I will trade all of the imaginary power in the world to walk in the Luciferian light of truth. I will see my existence as it truly is, my strengths and weaknesses exposed and undeniable. Only then may I act in a way that will cause me to have an effect on my circumstances.

The Adversary is the enemy of falsehoods, even falsehoods that bring comfort and pleasure. Do not settle for the pretense of power, when goal-setting and goal-striving can bring to you the real thing. Let the believers live in their world of shadows, while the shadows flee before the light of Lucifer.

May the light of Lucifer shine upon us all. Hail Satan!

Carpe Diem Carpe Semper

Today I would like to share some advice related to the aspects of Lucifer and Pan as they represent the search for self-knowledge and pleasure. The attainment of both of these goals is related to an understanding of the self, which can reveal personal barriers to deeper levels of knowledge and enjoyment. While experiences that produce knowledge and enjoyment lead to personal growth, one can, without being aware of what he or she is doing, limit the effect of his or her growth by not being attentive to possibilities for even greater development.

There is always more, until you stop searching for it. To assume a boundary to what you can learn from an experience, or to not bother to further examine what an experience can teach you, is to place limitations upon your personal development. The hardest chains to break are the ones that you make for yourself. You may have some freedom to move within those chains, but you will not go as far as your potential would allow.

pan-portraitFor example, consider the experience of first falling in love with another person. The experience is exhilarating, to open yourself up to another person and allow them to see your vulnerabilities as well as your strengths. But this is also an opportunity for further development, to find very specific nuances of the experience that can lead to greater self-awareness. What is it about the other’s skin that makes you long to touch him or her? What does the other’s vocal inflections and speech patterns reveal about his or her personality, and what makes that interesting to you? Does the other person have a quirk or a tic that you find attractive, and do these behaviors reveal anything to you about the way that you see yourself?

There is always more information to learn about the experience as long as you can find another question to ask yourself. So probe for more information about your experiences as fully as you can, and soon you will discover that it becomes even easier to analyze an experience and draw even more information from it.

My addition to the old Latin proverb, “Carpe diem,” or “Seize the day,” would be this: Seize the day and keep seizing. Do not allow the potential for grasping more information about yourself and your experiences to pass you by. Living life to the fullest means continually expanding your concept of the limitation for where “the fullest” can be.

Hail experience! Hail Satan!

The Narrative of Lucifer

“[The] requirement for preexisting evidence should be a prerequisite for all knowledge. The philosophical and scientific skeptic believes no objective statement of any significance without reason or empirical evidence. This is the beginning of knowledge and wisdom.” —Narratives 3(Lucifer): 32-34

The Narrative of Lucifer is the third chapter in The Satanic Narratives: A modern Satanic Bible, and introduces the aspect of Lucifer: representing  scientific and philosophical skepticism.

A Satanist should not just be a seeker of  the light of wisdom, but should be a bringer of light, as well. To identify with the Lucifer aspect is to be a teacher, a trainer, a helper, and a coach. As a Satanist, you do not suffer fools and you do not waste your time on those who are not interested in learning; however, you are willing to give of yourself to those who are eager for greater understanding.

Thy Inner Light

For this third installment of the series of Sunday Messages concerning the Core Values of the United Aspects of Satan, I am going to first give you all a little insight into what I intend to convey with each Sunday Message. As I have stated before, my intention is to offer a perspective that might not be immediately obvious upon reading the plain text of the Core Values. I also want to present information in a way that demonstrates how the religious philosophy can be applied for personal growth. Unless our philosophy can be applied, it is useless.

Today I want to expand upon the thoughts I shared in the first Sunday Message, where I stated that not all forms of arbitrary authority are external, and in fact, throughout our lives we develop a caucus of internal voices that can shape our beliefs and actions. As I stated before, when those inner voices become limiting, they should be rebelled against in the same way that one would rebel against a tyrannical government.

Our third Core Value, “Scientific and philosophical skepticism,” which comes from the Aspect of Lucifer, can be applied in these circumstances to disrupt the limiting beliefs that we mistakenly view as certainties. There are times when we accept false data and then use that data to reinforce limiting beliefs about ourselves. The data is accepted as “proof” of our supposed limitations. By shining the Light of Lucifer upon ourselves, we can break free from these mistaken beliefs.

For example, when I was a child in junior high and high school, I became convinced that I was “dumb at math.” Every bad grade I received only reinforced this idea, by serving as “proof” that I was at best a C or D-level student. It didn’t matter that, in the sixth grade, I received a Presidential Academic Fitness award signed by then-President George Bush, Sr. No, once junior high came around, math just got too complex, and previous accomplishments had no bearing on the fact that I just knew that I sucked at math.

My aversion to math caused me to avoid taking more challenging levels of subjects that now, at the age of 36, I find fascinating: physics, computer science, robotics and aerospace engineering, and chemistry. I chose to study theater and creative writing in college, for which I am pleased, but my educational route was definitely light on math and science requirements.

Only once I was honorably discharged from the US Army did I realize a significant change in my ability to do math. I took a number of job placement tests that required an assessment of mathematical ability, and I scored very well. When I went to college again to pursue a second degree, I performed very well in my accounting and business statistics classes, and while these subjects my not be as challenging as trigonometry and calculus, I at least never experienced the same level of anxiety as when I was a child, and I did not automatically assume that I would do poorly. In fact, I received Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Organizational Development with honors.

So what happened? How did I go from being convinced of my mathematical stupidity to finding the challenge of math to be enjoyable and surmountable? The answer had a lot to do with the way that I was psychologically broken down and built back up as a young soldier.

The challenges that I faced in the military psychologically broke me down and built me up. I learned to trust myself and trust how formidable I could be in the face of a challenge. I also adopted a new way of thinking that was more practical and skeptical (by often entering situations in which it became necessary to doubt my circumstances), so I was developing the kind of thinking that was suitable for the subjects of math and science.

I’m not saying that anyone would need to do anything as extreme as enlist in the military to develop a healthy skepticism of one’s perceived limitations, but that with attention and discipline, one can learn to change his or her way of thinking. The US Army change my attitude about myself, and my attitude changed what I had assumed were my limitations.

Attitude affects one’s limitations. A negative attitude often gets mistaken for reality. What one receives as “proof” of his or her limitations is often the effect of one’s attitude upon his or her efforts. I’m not saying that anyone need enlist in the military to break down these self-limitations, but through disciplined self-assessment and skepticism, one can begin to see a clearer picture of his or her true abilities. This is how you find Lucifer’s light.

There is a method that will improve this process dramatically: Challenge yourself, with persistent effort, against what you believe to be your limitations. You just might surprise yourself with the new “proof” that you obtain.

Hail Satan! Hail skepticism!