Development of the ‘Evil’ Self and “Psuedo-Satanism”

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“In a few children, the self-concept of being a bad kid can go to an extreme, such as when children regard themselves as being ‘evil’ people.  This is most likely to happen when children have authoritarian, punitive parents, who use religious threats to humiliate and control them.  Michael Beck, a psychotherapist, has written about his own inner experience of having an ‘evil’ self-concept as a child.

‘I lived in constant dread of committing a mortal sin and dying without being forgiven … Imagine yourself as being in some precarious position … and not knowing quite how you got there.  Unrelieved dread leaves its indelible impression, and since anxiety generalizes, one grows apprehensive that things not evil are indeed evil merely because one becomes anxious about them.

This is a particularly taxing issue during adolescence, when one is constantly preoccupied with sex.  It is a mortal sin to think about sex.  The prescription for handling sexual impulses is suppression.  Since, whatever is suppressed intensifies and seeks expression, one is forced to handle a sticky wicket — so to speak.’

Beck goes on to explain how some people who develop an ‘evil’ self-image can lead themselves to believe that their behavior is being controlled by the Devil.

‘With even more damaged patients who think they are evil, the issue of their ability to deal with anger becomes a priority.  They often turn anger against themselves.  The extreme is the patient who becomes totally or partially identified with evil and feels she or he is either Jesus Christ or the devil, or possibly believes the devil is controlling him or her.’

These observations by Beck that some people have a self-concept of being ‘evil’ provide insight into why some teenage delinquents may be drawn to Satanic beliefs, in order to justify their aggressive behavior.  Adolescents who see themselves as being ‘evil,’ create a psychological environment consistent with their self-concept.  They see the world as they see themselves, a place where malicious evil is more genuine than compassion.

A therapist’s description of a seventeen-year-old girl involved in psuedo-Satanism illustrates the point.

‘Christina was also using satanism to rebel against her parents’ religion.  She did not keep her satanism a secret from her family.  When her mother asked her directly about her satanic beliefs, Christina told her mother that there was nothing good in the world and that was why she liked satanism.’

It is quite likely that a great many psuedo-Satanist teenagers are rebelling from an overly-restrictive, traditional religious family background which emphasizes that the world is an evil place.  The possibility needs to be investigated.”

– Jeffrey S. Victor, The Extent of Satanic Crime is Exaggerated

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How Satan Expresses Satanic Values

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“Satanists are what they are because they embrace and emulate ideals that they equate with the mythological figure of Satan.  We are not humanists, hedonists, or elitists using the term ‘Satan’ as an attention-getting buzzword.  We see values that are distinctly Satanic in the reality around us, values that run counter to the ones that our society deem as correct or righteous.  For the Satanist, Satan can be a literal being or figurative symbol.  The values we emulate remain the same.

… Satan is above all, the rebel, the iconic anti-hero.  Satan is the challenger of convention and the initiator of progress.  Satan seeks evolution in all things; individuals, societies, cultures, and species.  This is why Satan is described as ‘a lion roaring in the wilderness;’ Satan is the epitome of survival of the fittest and victory through strength.  Satan is the refusal to be ruled by convention.

Strength, as mentioned, is also a substantial trait of Satan and prized by the Satanist.  This is not just physical strength, although that trait is rarely ignored.  It is strength of will, the strength to be a Satanist, to stand opposed to your detractors and nay-sayers.  It is strength of conviction, that no matter what the perks of being a member of the herd may be, you stand your ground.  It is also strength of intellect, the ability to put reason above programmed behavior and the conscious effort to be master of your behavior instead of lackadaisically falling back into old patterns.

Satan represents the individual spirit, the urge to fend for the self, serve the self, and rely on the self.  As Satan would not be subjugated to another, so it should be with the Satanist.  This individualism extends to personal responsibility; that all choices are you own, even only how you react to random events.  Allowing another to take credit for your successes or blame for your failures shows a weakness in personal character, and sets you up to be manipulated by those around you.  It is delusional to wait for someone, man or god, to save you.  Your salvation should be of your own making.

While it is these characteristics that Satan is best known for, his creative ability is often ignored.  Satan encourages the act of creation and the appreciation of the creative act.  In mythology, Satan is attributed with patronage of the arts, especially as an expression of personal ego.  In modern times, some have gone as far as suggesting Satan is at the root of our movies, music, and literature.  Satanists are well served to seek their own means of creative expression.

We have established, based on the mythology about Satan, that Satan is anti-authoritarian, rational, intellectual, resolute, strong, and individualist, and a source of inspiration.  With this in mind, it is natural to ask if Satanists consider Satan to be a reality, or merely a symbol.  This question, however, assumes that Satanists define deity in the same manner as their counter-parts in mainstream religion.  Most Satanists do not consider deity to be a being separate from the reality around us, but rather that reality itself.  They reason that all gods were once aspects of the natural world, and it was only a matter of ego that caused humanity to project human characteristics on these forces.  Satanists also acknowledge that the creation of deity is the attempt to quantify the indefinable nature of the universe.  Deity, therefore, is a symbolic, but is a symbolism that affects the psychology of the individual so profoundly that it changes that individual’s perception of reality.

Satan is the way the Satanist defines reality and is experienced through the self.  Reality is a matter of perception, thus Satan is defined by the Satanists.  Spiritualists will suggest this phenomenon as Satan expressing himself in the manner best suited to the individual, and symbolists will suggest this is simple psychology.  Thus Satan is as real as the individual experiencing it.  The only real mistakes that can be made in defining Satanism for the self is in allowing old perceptions define Satan for you or in assuming that your definition is the one, true definition of Satan.  As long as the Satanist emulate the traits suggested in the mythology and can rationalize why they are Satanists, it is impossible to deny their convictions, whether they believe in Satan as a real being or a symbol.”

– Lianna Satanas Diabolique, Devil’s Bible

The Twenty Satanic Commandments

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“In the spirit of The Satanic Zeitgeist, I have now inscribed ‘The Twenty Satanic Commandments.’

1. Do not let others take advantage of you.
2. In all things strive to harm anyone who tries to harm you.
3. Do not undermine your Satanic creed by placating to others who disagree with it.
4. Treat any antagonists to your life by giving them un-life.
5. Live life like a fatalist. Live every day like it’s your last.
6. Always seek to perfect your black art.
7. Test and question all people. Take no one at face value.
8. Ostracize the derelicts that attempt to bring negativity into your life.
9. If one betrays your trust and you feel justice is not served, curse them.
10. In the event someone injures a loved one with malevolent intent, execute them.
11. Do not steal.
12. Do not take kindness for weakness.
13. Accept all gifts graciously.
14. When someone is down, do not kick them unless they deserve it.
15. Time is your most precious resource. Do not let anyone waste it.
16. Live your lust to the fullest with consenting permission.
17. Never rape.
18. Do not indoctrinate children, let them think for themselves.
19. Value Gaia above all things.
20. Do not harm innocent animals of the earth lest the same inflictions are brought upon you.”

– Winter Laake, Satanic Paradigm (2009)

The Satanic Aspect, Suggested Fate, and Spiritual Guidance through Satan

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“It should be noted that the Satanic Aspect is part of the self, but although essentially being a splintered portion of the self direct access to power or infl uence concerning the will put forth in that portion of existence cannot be influenced.

Upon conception, the Great Satan imbeds the human form with a spark, which is the consciousness or soul or self, while the simultaneous splintering of this consciousness creates the Satanic Aspect. After this true birth of the self a person is separated from the Great Satan to exist freely however they see fit. There are no limits to free will. No rules or guidelines. In fact, people are in a sense abandoned to figure out the internal and external world on their own in a unique and completely personal manner. This is necessary for the development of consciousness if the cultivation of a more refined self is to emerge—one that can successfully withstand being absorbed into the natural universe or God upon death.

This can be an arduous task considering how underdeveloped faculties are at birth. The Great Satan knows this.

Not wanting to bestow his gifts in vain, he reserves and splinters one portion of consciousness with fully realized potential and power to guide people through life. This portion of the self is the Satanic Aspect or consciousness potential.

The Satanic Aspect guides in two ways. One is through divination, which can be understood as discovering information by watching for signs that occur within the immediate surroundings. The second is the more esoteric process of resonance, or aligning oneself with the Satanic Aspect, to discover and fulfill action in the proper direction leading to greater consciousness.

The Satanic Aspect has one purpose and expresses elevated will in its most realized form: the will to present situations and to lead to opportunities that cultivate consciousness. Its purpose is to work towards potential through a highly personalized path that in turn creates a completely unique and powerful individual. To be given fully realized consciousness upon conception would have left a generic form of energy incapable of continued evolution or the creation of additional consciousness. Without struggle to attain specifically chosen desires, there wouldn’t be a compelling force developed towards evolution. There would be no unique development. No self-creation and no personal choice involved. This would make life a pointless endeavor because the purpose of the Great Satan’s gift is to create more of what he possesses in opposition to the natural universe or God.

The ultimate fate of all human beings is to develop consciousness to the point of eternal life into the unknown. This is the purpose of existence. The Satanic Aspect helps in that journey and purpose. When listening and following the path correctly, a resonance occurs within that is experienced as a very specific energetic vibration. At these moments, people move closer to reconnecting with the splintered part of their consciousness. When that resonance is maintained, hints of the unknown are experienced.

This path—the true and powerful purpose for existence—does not have to be adhered to and there is no retribution by the Great Satan for those who do not. At times the path shown by the Satanic Aspect is not one desired. Being creatures of free will and desire, the world entices with its many luring experiences, each one equal to the next in what it can offer in forms of consciousness, but not every experience is as beneficial to personal development. This is where the Satanic Aspect lends assistance in revealing a path, which leads to the greatest development. This is suggested fate. If another path is chosen to acquire something that has a strong personal predilection and desire, then that may be sought after and attained. In a way, it is a very noble choice because the amount of struggle that will be encountered in pursuit of this desire outside of suggested fate will be vast. In a sense, the self will be sacrificed to self for desire. Prior to choosing and seeking out these desires, understand the energetic repercussions and be prepared to take responsibility for the outcome.”

– Matt Zane, Transcendental Satanism

Know Thyself – a Luciferian Postulation

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“The nature of belief equals all possibilities ultimately true by identification through culture to an idea of time, so what is not timely is not true, and what is not true, prognostication. Thought of one thing, implies the possibility of another idea as contradicting but not dissociated, belief is to make “one” more convincing. The condition of belief is the denial or limit imposed on the capability of the vitality. To believe at all as such is a concentration and schooling to exclude the implied by adopting a hypothesis or faith that reflects non-worryingly or deceitfully rationalizes the rejected. Truth is not the truth of formula.

The centre of belief is love for one’s self, projecting environment for fulfilment but allowing its distortion to simulate denial, an ambition to become ulterior to self-desire, but you cannot get further than the centre, so one multiplies (believes) in order to be more unaware of the fundamental. Now this refusal to believe what one believes and exactly as one believes, is the first condition for all those who are in desire in any sense whatsoever; the man who is in love perforce becomes a liar, self-hypnotised by his morbid ornamentation. You know the results. . . . .You can only “truly believe” one thing, yet its implexion is essential (as the truth seems to kill 12), so the imagined goes on for ever. The imagination learns that the idea is its compulsion. To explain the “why” of belief (or of anything else), we must transcend its schism. By entire consciousness in how the self loves is the means. As we imitate this law of duality in all our processes of believing, it is not so simple as it seems. Who has transgressed the law of conception? Who has no fear? Yet by this sin, is the sciential of what determines the Schetic. Gracefully compelling or expecting disappointment at the time of desire is the means of locating its deceit, a consciousness that alone gives the chance of inquiry. Beyond it is something arbitrary, the pauser, the ordainer of law, imitating it by “reason” is but damning the consequences. Reason is belief, belief is fear of one’s capability, the faith that you are not even all the wonders of creation, let alone the possibility of being the creator. It is delay . . . . Belief well earns the terrible hatred of the vitality. Belief is not freedom. Belief creates its necessary experience, progress germinates in retrogression. Consider the reality is somewhere: and your belief may be too small for its habitation. Oh, ye of much faith in God, merge into it by the worship of self! Ah! foolish man, worship the glorious in freedom. When death approaches the faith in God and desire of woman will not save you, what are their use when withering and decay sets in and the body is an object of disgust? And what is the use of knowledge and charity when reality is known? Unsheathe the sword of self; ideas of the Almighty should be constantly slain and righteousness should be inquired into.”

– Austin Osman Spare, The Book of Pleasure, or The Psychology of Ecstacy

On the Subject of Prayer

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On the Subject of Prayer

I’d like to clarify that a Satanist of any kind, theistic or otherwise, does not “pray” to their selected demon.

Prayer is a request gently given. Demons expect a return for their assistance. In His divine humanist form – that is, not as a flesh-and-blood deity – invocations made to Satan are calling upon the inherent creative force within all people, but this boon is useless without subsequent action to ensure your intentions are made manifest. Attending a motivational seminar is pointless if you don’t utilize your new-found motivation to make necessary changes!

As a theistic Satanist, a believer in the literal existence of Satan (in some fashion, be He abstract and metaphysical, or of the anthropomorphic variety), I burn herbs, chant of His greatness and agree to use the powers He bestows upon us for the advancement of not just our interests, but His own. It’s like hashing out a business partnership of mutual interest. If at any point the demon decides you’re no longer worthy of His mantle, He will retract His influence and power. An agreement to take on a patron deity from the Demon Pantheon is being ’employed’ under contract to them, to do their will here on Earth; if you violate the terms of the agreement or do a shitty job, you’re ‘fired.’ No big deal. This does not happen often, because demons tend to observe their intended ’employees’ for a very long time before proposing such an agreement. (As imperfect beings, demons can make errors.) You can also ‘quit’ your service of a demon, generally without repercussion. If you actively undermine the demon’s work, they’ll curse you and send their minions to torment you, in the same way that an employee caught sabotaging their company will not only be fired, but also prosecuted for the damages.

In the divine humanist sense, sabotage of His ambitions refers to more complex psychological mechanisms of depression, shame, low self-esteem, willful ignorance and self-destructive habits. These corrupt one’s access to Satan, and must be frequently contended with in one’s pursuit of demonic Enlightenment.

What This Means for the Afterlife

Having dealings with demons doesn’t influence your afterlife much. God might ban you from heaven for committing sorcery — the Bible is pretty overt in its condemnation of what I do — but Hell is a place of separation from God, not necessarily a place of eternal suffering. It only promises to be such a place if you make enemies there before you even arrive, which occurs when you are cruel to people in this life who will appear in the next.

Satan is not only our Champion, He is Punisher of the Wicked. This Title is somewhat misleading. Satan does not actively attack the wicked, or assign them a ‘layer of Hell’ in correspondence with their ‘sins.’ Rather, Satan and His Demon Lords ensure that chaos reigns supreme in Hell. There is no infrastructure, no law, no rules to prevail any one group’s interests over the rest. When such a monopoly of thought occurs, Satan conspires to destroy it. Removed of their presumptions of superiority, which are enabled by this infrastructure, the wickedest despot is a slave to the benevolence of his fellows in Hell. (And there, benevolence is hardly assured.)

Hell is what you make of it – no more, no less. Think freely, be respectful, and encourage diversity in this life, and you will be received warmly in Hell. Treat people cruelly without provocation or suppress their free will and ambition when it harms no one, and you will be among the most reviled souls in Hell. This teaching is in keeping with the Satanic principle that you, ultimately, are the architect of your own future. Will you be a master of the self, or a slave to your compulsions or another’s will? This is determined by the sum of your actions and thoughts.

A Satanic Creation Myth

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“The universe comes from the One (ain or no-thing) and returns to it. The first cause is not an explosion like the so-called Big Bang, but the emergence of Chaos and Order. People often ask, “How can Satan be the exception to every rule, the dissonance in the universal, the rebel of the cosmos, the rock cast in the still pond and still represent nature’s balance factor?” Simply put, Satan, the male principle, is Chaos personified. Babalon, the female principle, is Order personified. These principles combine, divide and subdivide as the universe expands. These divisions create primary forms which help the co-creators weave the fabric of the universe. The process is reminiscent of the way cells divide and multiply in our own bodies. During the contraction phase, the primary forms rejoin the source as the two principles begin to reconcile and recombine, realizing perfection as One (Big Crunch). Since the universal constant is change, a thing which is perfected cannot stand and so, another expansion occurs and a new universe is formed. This process continues ad infinitum …

All creatures on the wheel of life evolve gradually, as do the souls which inhabit these forms. All life springs from the Dark Mother, Babalon, for she is the life giver, nurturer, sustainer. The role of Satan is architect, builder and destroyer. Both work interdependently to achieve balance, harmony and consistent change. They define, compliment and complete one another. Life is an expression of both Order and Chaos. It consists of a continuous series of good and bad experiences which appear to follow a pattern. This is true regardless of age, irrespective of our race or religious convictions. When life goes well, our spiritual growth tends to stagnate. The onslaughts and challenges of daily life give us the impetus to grow and excel.” – John Allee (High Priest of the First Church of Satan), The Book of Aiwass