Daily Satanic Quote – 8/31/2013

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“For there is no God besides Our Lord Devil, and He has no other servants, besides the devoted to Him. Reject light, acquire Darkness, and reject Christ, acquire Beast. And eternity shall dwell within thine heart, enlightened by flame, for from age to age it exists, and light is not light, but Darkness is.” – The Red Book of Appin

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Satanism on Love

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Plenty has been said about the Satanic perspective on sex, but less thought has been contributed to the subject of love. Even within Satanic literature, the prognosis is generally cynical. I would argue, however, that Satanic love represents the highest order of romance: non-possessive, respectful of agency, and free from inhibition.

 

Marquis de Sade on Love

From Philosophy in the Bedroom:

“You mention ties of love; may you never know them! Ah! for the happiness I wish you, may such a sentiment never approach your breast! What is love? One can only consider it, so it seems to me, as the effect upon us of a beautiful object’s qualities; these effects distract us; they inflame us; were we to possess this object, all would be well with us; if ’tis impossible to have it, we are in despair. But what is the foundation of this sentiment? desire. What are this sentiment’s consequences? madness. Let us confine ourselves to the cause and guarantee ourselves against the effects. The cause is to possess the object; splendid! let’s strive to succeed, but using our head, not losing our wits; let’s enjoy it when we’ve got it; let’s console ourselves if we fail: a thousand other identical and often much superior objects exist to soothe our regrets and our pride: all men, all women resemble each other: no love resists the effects of sane reflection. O ’tis a very great cheat and a dupery, this intoxication which puts us in such a state that we see no more, exist no more save through this object insanely adored! Is this really to live? Is it not rather voluntarily to deprive oneself of all life’s sweetness? Is it not to wish to linger a burning fever which devours, consumes us, without affording us other than metaphysical joys, which bear such a likeness to the effects of madness? Were we always to love this adorable object, were it certain we should never have to quit it, ‘twould still be an extravagance without doubt, but at least an excusable one. Does this happen, however? Has one many examples of these deathless liaisons, unions which are never dissolved or repudiated? A few months of doting and dalliance soon restores the object to its proper size and shape, and we blush to think of the incense we have squanderingly burned upon that altar, and often we come to wonder that it ever could have seduced us at all.”

This is the cynicism referred to earlier, and it stems from Sade’s atheistic perspective on human affairs. Were Sade alive today, he would be among a growing body of scholars assuming a purely biochemical stance on behavioral psychology. As I mentioned in my section on Love Spells in my guide to performing ritual magic:

Modern science has drawn comparisons between the initial bout of love – the ‘honeymoon phase’ – and highs induced by recreational drugs. To further carry the metaphor, not all ‘highs’ are experienced the same, depending on our unique biochemical makeups. Some of us fall hard and experience wrenching heartbreak; others recover quickly and ‘go with the flow’; others still fear the emotion due to past trauma and resent those that inspire it. However it manifests, this is the sensation generated during a love spell: the initial euphoric ‘high.’

Unfortunately, in real life, love alone does not a solid relationship make. Long-term commitments require maturity, honesty, flexibility, communication and compromise to survive. These traits cannot be magically produced; they only come through years of experience and personal growth.

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Anton LaVey on Love

Whereas Sade urged caution against love, LaVey pointed out that the repression of intense emotions is poisonous to the soul.

From The Satanic Bible:

“Love is one of the most intense feelings felt by man; another is hate. Forcing yourself to feel indiscriminate love is very unnatural. If you try to love everyone you only lessen your feelings for those who deserve your love. Repressed hatred can lead to many physical and emotional aliments. By learning to release your hatred towards those who deserve it, you cleanse yourself of these malignant emotions and need not take your pent-up hatred out on your loved ones.”

In no other subject is it clearer where the Satanist’s imperative for self-mastery and moderation is important. Though seeking and falling in love is a natural human drive hardwired into our biochemistry, it is an intoxicating one, and it is easy to lose one’s sense of self when enamored with someone else. The Satanist must never forget their spiritual development, which is contingent upon their freedom and self-actualization. The love of Satan – and thus, the love of the Self – must exceed all others. All forms of love which are corrosive to one’s ambitions must be discarded.

“There are many who would like my time. I shun them. There are some who share my time. I am entertained by them. There are precious few who contribute to my time. I cherish them.”

“I don’t crave companionship. It stands in my way. I live for pleasure. There are few persons who can give me as much pleasure as those acts I perform myself. I would rather create pleasure according to my own whim than be subjected to the whims of others.”

 

A Judeo-Christian Theistic Satanic Perspective on Love

As part of my personal obligation to blaspheme against the ways of Christ, I analyzed the Christian interpretation of love and chose to do as its opposite.

A major component of Christian love is purity and fidelity. I consider these two concepts one in the same, as they are both representative of the concept of surrendering oneself to the will of God. As I mentioned in my personal metaphysics, all creatures born of sex are addled with Original Sin – that is, a component of choice belonging to an entity other than God was responsible for their creation. Thus, purity – within the marital context, meaning intimate relations solely for procreative purposes – is similar to the concept of fidelity to one’s partner – not executing the willful choice to pursue desires adulterously. One is fidelity to God; the other is fidelity to one’s partner.

As a woman, this fidelity takes on a metaphysical dimension, as wives – in keeping with Adam and Eve – are supposed to submit to the will of their husbands.

I prefer to follow the example of Lilith, who demanded equality of her husband – “Adam said, ‘You shall lie below’ and Lilith said, ‘You shall lie below for we are equal and both of us were [created] from earth.'” – and fled from him when he refused to give it!

I reject the concepts of sexual fidelity, submission and purity within my relationships. My ideal romantic partner and I respect each other’s autonomy, contribute equally (relative to our resources) to the relationship, foster open communication, and fuck for the singular purpose of pleasure. Our fidelity to one another is not based on sex, but rather, our commitment to one another’s mutual self-interest.

As with all other perspectives on Satanism, it behooves every practitioner to consider what their own ideal Satanic romance looks like.

The Devil’s Music – Devil’s Right Hand (Johnny Cash)

 

Lyrics

About the time that Daddy left to fight the big war
I saw my first pistol in the general store
In the general store, when I was thirteen
Thought it was the finest thing I ever had seen
So l asked if I could have one when I grew up
Mama dropped a dozen eggs, she really blew up
She really blew up and I didn’t understand
Mama said the pistol is the Devil’s right hand
She really blew up and I didn’t understand
Mama said the pistol is the Devil’s right hand
The Devil’s right hand, the Devil’s right hand
Mama said the pistol is the Devil’s right hand

My very first pistol was a cap and ball Colt
Shoot as fast as lightnin’ but it loads a mite slow
Loads a mite slow and I soon found out
It can get you into trouble but it can’t get you out
So then I went and bought myself a Colt 45
Called a peacemaker but I never knew why
Never knew why, I didn’t understand
Cause Mama said the pistol is the Devil’s right hand
Never knew why, I didn’t understand
Cause Mama said the pistol is the Devil’s right hand
The Devil’s right hand, the Devil’s right hand
Mama said the pistol is the Devil’s right hand

Well I get into a card game in a company town
Caught a miner cheating I shot the dog down
Shot the dog down, watched the dog fall
Never touched his holster, never had a chance to draw
The trial was in the morning and they drug me out of bed
Asked me how I pleaded, not guilty I said
Not guilty I said, you’ve got the wrong man
Nothing touched the trigger but the Devil’s right hand
Not guilty I said, you’ve got the wrong man
Nothing touched the trigger but the Devil’s right hand
the Devil’s right hand, the Devil’s right hand
Nothing touched the trigger but the Devil’s right hand

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The Devil’s Music – Devil Woman (Cliff Richard)

 

Lyrics

I’ve had nothing but bad luck
Since the day I saw the cat at my door
So I came into you sweet lady
Answering your mystical call
Crystal ball on the table
Showing the future, the past
Same cat with them evil eyes
And I knew it was a spell she cast

She’s just a Devil woman
With evil on her mind
Beware the Devil woman
She’s gonna get you
She’s just a Devil woman
With evil on her mind
Beware the Devil woman
She’s gonna get you from behind

Give me the ring on your finger
Let me see the lines on your hand
I can see me a tall dark stranger
Giving you what you hadn’t planned
I drank the potion she offered me
I found myself on the floor
Then I looked in those big green eyes
And I wondered what I’d came there for

She’s just a Devil woman
With evil on her mind
Beware the Devil woman
She’s gonna get you
She’s just a Devil woman
With evil on her mind
Beware the Devil woman
She’s gonna get you from behind

Stay away, look out!

If you’re out on a moonlit night
Be careful of them neighborhood strays
Of a lady with long black hair
Tryin’ to win you with her feminine ways
Crystal ball on the table
Showing the future, the past
Same cat with them evil eyes
You’d better get out of there fast

She’s just a Devil woman
With evil on her mind
Beware the Devil woman
She’s gonna get you
She’s just a Devil woman
With evil on her mind
Beware the Devil woman
She’s gonna get you

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The Devil’s Music – Rose of the Devil’s Garden (Tiger Army)

 

Lyrics

There is a rose in the Devil’s garden
In shadow it grows alone
Many things are dangerous now
In this garden we call home

Be careful as you make your way
Some things are poison to the touch
You’ve spent your life here in this place
You long to run away so much

My love it is a black rose (my love it is a black rose)
Held out to you by the hand of fate (held by the hand of fate now)
And as this dark romance grows
It’s not from the sun, but the starlight that’s so far away
Above the Devil’s garden

The fertile soil of poisoned hearts
Fed by tears and nighttime rain
Under Transylvanian moon
Grows the flower bred from pain

Death is pure – life is not
So ask yourself, what do you want?
As for me, well I want you
So pick the black rose and let its thorns cut you

My love it is a black rose (my love it is a black rose)
Held out to you by the hand of fate (held by the hand of fate now)
And as this dark romance grows
It’s not from the sun, but the starlight that’s so far away
Above the Devil’s garden

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A Course in Demonic Creativity by Matt Cardin

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Where does creativity come from? Why do ideas and inspiration feel as if they come from “outside,” from an external source that’s separate from us but able to whisper directly into the mind? Why have so many writers throughout history — and also composers, painters, philosophers, mystics, and scientists — spoken of being guided, accompanied, and even haunted by a force or presence that not only serves as the deep source of their creative work but that exerts a kind of profound and inexorable gravitational pull on the shape of their lives?

These are all questions addressed by A Course in Demonic Creativity: A Writer’s Guide to the Inner Genius. The book’s starting point is the proposition that we all possess a higher or deeper intelligence than the everyday mind, and that learning to live and work harmoniously and energetically with this intelligence is the irreducible core of a successful artistic life. We can call this inner force the unconscious mind or the silent partner. We can call it the id or the secret self. But muse, daimon, and genius are so much more effective at conveying its subversive and electrifying emotional charge, and also its experiential reality.

Your unconscious mind truly is your genius in the ancient sense of the word, the sense that was universal before it was fatefully altered several centuries ago by historical-cultural forces. Befriending it as such, and interacting with it as if it really is a separate, collaborating presence in your psyche, puts you in a position to receive its gifts, and it in the position to give them to you.

Satanism on Friendship

The bonds that bind us aren’t always romantic, sexual or familial. Sometimes, spirits are simply kindred. Friendship ties can often be the strongest, lasting, and most forgiving of all. How does one pursuing a life of individualism form and maintain these ties?

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Marquis de Sade on Friendship

From Philosophy in the Bedroom:

“We shall respect [friends], very well, provided they remain useful to us; let us keep our friends, as long as they serve us; forget them immediately we have nothing further from them; ’tis never but selfishly one should love people; to love them for themselves is nothing but dupery; Nature never inspires other movements in mankind’s soul, other sentiments than those which ought to prove useful in some sort, good for something; nothing is more an egoist than Nature; then let us be egoists too, if we wish to live in harmony with her dictates.”

It is a given that friends ought to have something in common. To Sade, the strongest friendship ties were bonded by mutual self-interest. Only when two individuals’ needs and ambitions coincided could one be certain that both parties are working toward mutual benefit. Less powerful friendship ties, he asserted, ought to be maintained only insofar as they do not impede one’s agency.

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Anton Szandor LaVey on Friendship

In keeping with Sade, LaVey was outspoken against what he called “psychic vampires” – those who would drain your resources without contributing anything of their own. The LaVeyan Satanist’s best friend is an equal contributor who expects nothing for free. As LaVey said, “What good are friends if they cant do you any good?”

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How to Befriend a Satanist

Whether they’re theistic or atheistic, all Satanists value their freedom more than anything else. It’s important to make them feel like their decisions and opinions are being consulted, even if they’re not heeded; nothing enrages a Satanist more than being spoken for, or having their decisions assumed.

Satanists require lots of “me-time” and need plenty of space. Most are comfortable taking the initiative when it comes to hanging out – if they feel inclined, they’ll call you. If you’d like to plan an outing with a Satanist, propose it to them once and let them think about it, then ask later to gauge interest. Consistent feedback is important; the Satanist’s thoughts, like the rest of their lives, are rarely tethered down.

Satanists will rarely reach out for help when they’re feeling down. If you notice your Satanic buddy is upset, the best thing you can do is try to take their mind off of it. Bring up something else, or invite them out to do something. Let them take the initiative to share their feelings if they feel inclined.

Ultimately, if you give your Satanic friend plenty of space, understanding and consideration, they’ll be the most protective, loyal, and eccentric friend you’ll ever keep.

Conclusion

The desire to befriend people and socialize in groups is inherent to the human animal, and like all other impulses natural to us, it should be embraced. (If your natural impulse is to stay home instead, follow it!) However, the Satanist should be aware that his or her self-actualization, individuality and freedom is chief to their spiritual development; they should be careful not to allocate their resources to people who would seek to tie them down, alter them, or fail to support their ambitions.