Baphomet: The Altered Narrative

I am quite happy with The Narrative of Baphomet, and will not be revising it. However, the later part of the narrative can be explained just as well in a different way. This new way of stating it, will now be the way the UAoS states it, going forward. It goes along very nicely with the Purpose And Core Values and The Baphomet Principle. With these things in place, no endorsements are required. If you go to The Narrative of Baphomet in The Satanic Narratives, you will notice a paragraph that starts the same as the first paragraph below. That is when you switch from the published Narrative of Baphomet to this.

This brings us to an understanding, where we can have certain moral truths. These truths can be expressed in a code of ethics. You can also express them with greater precision, by simply going over the fundamental concepts that are the pillars of modern secular ethics.

Arguably the most important thing is a pair of concepts that go together. These important ethical concepts are consent and bodily autonomy. Consent, permission, or willingness are subtly different ways of expressing desire and intention.

These concepts are critical in regard to a number of things, but happen to go well with bodily autonomy. One’s body and making decisions about that body are fundamental and prerequisite to many other things. One may be unable to provide consent due to illness, being unconscious, age, or cognitive disability. Most of the time people are able to make such a decision and having that choice is fundamental to all ethical concerns.

Being able to decide for yourself varies in importance depending on what it is, with one’s body being the most critical. You cannot really have any other freedom without a right to your body and your life. No one can ever violate the body of another without violating an ethical foundation central to the legal code of any modern, civilized society.

This brings us to personal freedom. Maximizing one’s personal freedoms should be the goal, and in conjunction with that, one must respect the personal freedoms of another. Taken in conjunction with the first pair, that means no one gets to tell you what to do with your body. It also means you must respect the body of another, and listen to their wishes.

Personal freedoms are not limited to something as basic as people themselves. It also covers speech, religion, and more. One has a right to one’s freedoms and an obligation to respect the freedoms of others.

Admitting and correcting mistakes is another basic concept. No one is perfect. Apologies and forgiveness will always be needed. Not every situation where there is conflict is going to call for it, but some of them will. This is a situation where there must be mutual consent.

The final idea is that these basic concepts here, regardless the form or forms they may come in, are always superior to any written code. No legal system of any kind can take precedence over these fundamental concepts.

The raw moral feelings and reason combine to give us these concepts. One can also consider these concepts in the context of one’s raw moral feelings, and then apply reason again. In this way, one shapes their ethics and morality.

The Narrative of Loki

“You can certainly reach goals regarding very serious things through the use of pranks. People tend to think you are not serious, and underestimate you. This makes your cunning and trickery all the more effective if you need to employ it in order to realize a particular goal.” —Narratives 8(Loki): 9-11

The Narrative of Loki is the eighth chapter in The Satanic Narratives: A modern Satanic Bible, and introduces the aspect of Loki: representing the application of humor, fun, wit, and cunning in our endeavors.

Satanists don’t mind making mischief and mocking deeply-held beliefs. It goes hand in hand with independent thought and trying to stir up the status quo. We are the jester that speaks truth to power. We are the fun-house mirror held up to show the absurdity in society. We dare to start conversations that the rest of the world refuses to start.

But do not make the mistake of thinking Satanism is “nothing but” trolling, or that it is all a joke. Our beliefs are sincere and deeply-held belief, made no less so by the fact that we have a sense of humor. Our ability to laugh at any beliefs–even our own–is not a mark of insincerity. It is merely our embodiment of the aspect of Loki: the only god who dared to mock the other gods, and show them up for their absurdity.

The Narrative of Pan

“Pan symbolizes indulgence, hedonism, sex, music, drink, food, celebrations— everything that makes life fun and enjoyable. Traditional religions view all these things as evil. It is the exact opposite for the Satanist. There is nothing to be gained from deprivation.”—Narratives 7(Pan): 1-4

The Narrative of Pan is the seventh chapter in The Satanic Narratives: A modern Satanic Bible, and introduces the aspect of Pan: representing indulgence in the pleasures of life.

Satanists appreciate sensual pleasure, worldly experience. Some enjoy sexual deviancy or altered states of consciousness. Many refer to Satanism as a “carnal religion.” But the point of sexual deviancy isn’t mere rebellion or unhinged debauchery. For a Satanist, seeking out all the pleasures of earthly experience is just a part of your right, as the supreme ruler of your own life, to explore your own lusts and desires in a controlled way. Pan is a connoisseur of earthly experience.

The Narrative of Belial

“Being an individual, thinking for yourself, and refusing to blindly follow are critically important and definitive traits of Satanism. It should be pointed out that this is different from stubbornness and contrarianism. Being a reverse sheep really is not any better than being a regular sheep.” —Narratives 6(Belial): 6-8

The Narrative of Belial is the sixth chapter in The Satanic Narratives: A modern Satanic Bible, and introduces the aspect of Belial: representing individualism and individual accomplishment.

In the early days of Modern Satanism it was fashionable to say “I am the god of my reality!” or that people should “worship themselves” as gods. This kind of dramatic language is fine, for those who need it.  It serves a function. If you are breaking free from the oppression of a religion that has taught you that you are nothing unless you grovel at the feet of an invisible spirit, it can be healthy to spend some time recovering from that psychological abuse, and reclaiming your sense of importance and autonomy.

But once that healing has been done, consider this: To be a true individualist, all you need is to love and respect yourself. Love yourself enough to be filled with self-confidence when striving to your goals. Respect yourself enough to follow your own will, regardless of whether it conforms or does not conform to the society around you. Others may see you as being “selfish” or even acting like you think you are a god. But you will know you are embracing the aspect of Belial.

The Narrative of Leviathan

“Through communal emergence, you can create a very a powerful adversary. One that can bend the world, just a little, to the desire of your will. One that can affect change to a greater extent than could any one person. It is the closest thing there is to magic. Its power is limited only by the community and their combined creative energies.” —Narratives 5(Leviathan): 25-28

The Narrative of Leviathan is the fifth chapter in The Satanic Narratives: A modern Satanic Bible, and introduces the aspect of Leviathan: representing community for the creative freedom and betterment of every person.

The United Aspects of Satan encourages a balanced approach to the character from which we draw our inspiration: all of the aspects have something to teach us, and all can give us insight. The stereotypical “hermit on the hill” individualist, the “I’ve got mine and I don’t care what happens to you” libertarian, focuses on Belial at the expense of Leviathan. Such a person has narrowed xir worldview and personal growth by ignoring the evidence that we all exist as interconnected social beings. Such a person is not behaving rationally.

The Leviathan, on the other hand, operates under the slogan: We are legion! We are the chaos, the swarm. We understand the difference between being sheep following a leader, and being a collection of individuals who happen to be walking in the same direction, seeing the power that can result.

The Narrative of Baphomet

“The nature of reality is: Shit Happens. Many events are largely beyond one’s control. There is no intentionality guiding anything. We are adrift in a chaotic universe, like a raft with no rudder or paddles, flowing through different currents, winds blowing us in different directions. One can exert a certain amount of influence, and accomplish things, but life is not fair, and a great many things are beyond one’s control.” —Narratives 4(Baphomet): 18-22

The Narrative of Baphomet is the fourth chapter in The Satanic Narratives: A modern Satanic Bible, and introduces the aspect of Baphomet: representing the use of logic, reason, and empirical evidence to shape our morality.

Rationality means evaluating the world you live in with reason and logic, but rationality is not cold. There are many who make the mistake of thinking that being “rational” means ignoring emotions, or being unfriendly or uncaring. But for a true rational observer, emotions are a very real and very important type of data. Values, feelings, and the connections you have to the ones you love are also very real data, and must therefore rationally be given their due weight in any decision that you make.

The person who fails to take into account xir own feelings, or the feelings of others, is behaving irrationally. The person who tries to pretend that joy and caring aren’t part of the real outcomes of behavior is ignoring evidence… and going down that path means you are divorced from reality, just as much as you would be if you ignored the evidence of economics, biology, or physics.

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.

The Narrative of Ba’al

“When you open your eyes, and look around you, you see you are not the only one cast out of society. With the light of reason no longer obscured by a mass collective of the docile and credulous, you can see the arbitrary social conventions, norms, and roles, for the irrational, detrimental things that they are.” —Narratives 2(Ba’al): 23-24

The Narrative of Ba’al is the second chapter in The Satanic Narratives: A modern Satanic Bible, and introduces the aspect of Ba’al: representing perseverance in the face of opposition.

Many people ask Satanists: “Why not just say you are atheists? Doesn’t it just hurt you to take on the mantle of such a maligned label?”

But a Satanist embraces outsider status. Satanists know that it makes life harder when you are quirky, a rebel, an outcast, a “weirdo”, a freak… but the benefits of individuality outweigh the costs. When you accept looks of judgment from others as a compliment rather than an embarrassment, you embrace that aspect of Ba’al.

The Narrative of Satan

“Satan literally means adversary. Satan is primarily opposition and rebellion. It is the unbowed will in the face of oppression, the eternal rebel versus the ultimate dictator. It is an unrelenting rebellion waged against the antitheses of Satanic ideals and deeply held beliefs.”—Narratives 1(Satan): 1-3

The Narrative of Satan is the first chapter in The Satanic Narratives: A modern Satanic Bible, and introduces the aspect of Satan: representing  rebellion against arbitrary authority.

Invoking the name of Satan is inherently a call to action. In mythological literature, Satan is not passive: rather, Satan is always actively working to undermine power structures and deconstruct the assumptions of the powers that be. To be a Satanist, then, is more than individualism and self-identity: it is about the way you relate to the community as a whole.

You can learn more about how the United Aspects of Satan specifically invoke the aspect of Satan in The Satanic Narratives, and by looking around this website.