An Inclination towards Independent Satanism

I’ve always been a fan of Venus Satanas. I love the way she lives Satanism and I love her concept of self-style. Here’s sharing her views on the concept of Independent Satanism, which I am now gradually inclined to adopt. This is directly lifted from her site, SpiritualSatanist.com

The Independent Satanist

This essay discusses the concept of independent Satanic practice.

Satanism often represents the spirit of independence. I have found that independent satanism is what enables me to live the life that I choose to love, and to take my satanism in any direction that I want to go in.

Unlike wicca and neopaganism, satanism is a practice that discourages a singular unity. This is because there are so many diverse beliefs in satanism. But, there are of course, organizations in satanism.

Satanic organizations create their own methods and standards and expect the members to be loyal to only their point of view. This conformity in behaviors and beliefs is really quite the opposite from what satanism should be, in my view. Because satanism was founded on the ideas of independence, it makes little sense that satanists would be so willing to conform to a singular point of view, just to identify with Satanism as a belief or practice.

Satanist became independent when the church of Satan formed and they opposed the standards and morals of a Christian society. Even in stories of Satan that are told in Christian and satanic mythologies, Satan is often portrayed as a rebellious spirit who refused to conform to standards. Satan took pride in rebelling, which some satanists accept as the redeeming quality of Satan. Even within symbolic and less religious forms of satanism, the aspect of independence is an important issue.

Unfortunately, the independent satanist is a rare breed. By seeking acceptance with their own kind, it has created a culture of satanism that is notable because of organizations and their leaders. The satanist who acts alone is an outcast in hir own society of so-called free willed thinkers. There are many organizations now that want to put forth their agenda of domination and control.

The lone satanist is often condemned within these social circles, as a ‘self-styled satanist’. This is a term that seems innocent enough until you realize that the label is also used to describe the fanatics and lunatics and the socially undesirable that is literally on the fringe of satanic practice and belief.

The term, ‘self-styled’ was most likely created by organized satanism, in attempts to legitimize satanism by dissociating with anyone who was not involved with their organization. Essentially, it is a term for those who, according to organized satanists, don’t belong.

Belonging to an organization is an option but it certainly isn’t a requirement. I think that it all comes down to prestige vs. individual freedom. Some satanists are more comfortable with identifying with a group because they are backed by the public image or notoriety of that group. Independent satanists may value their freedom of expression more than others and choose to make their own path in satanism.

Some who prefer a group setting may do so for the purpose of social entertainment, friendship or to make connections. Others prefer the group setting because of the instructional value of groups, it gives the satanist a framework to work with and follow, all laid out in detail.

They don’t seek to be individual and unique, but they do seek to have similar experiences, ideas and personal vision, as the others do in the group. They will be told what books to read, what ideas to favor and what ideas to reject, and even instructed on religious or philosophical beliefs in satanism.

Independent Satanism is quite different. Independence is for those who are self-directed and who act upon their own will. There are no leaders, no structured organizations to turn to for instruction and advice. Inspiration must be found through research, study and practice. This offers the satanist a lot of freedom to have whatever eclectic practices that are necessary.

The ‘Self’ isn’t found within the group, it is found within the Self, because an independent isn’t trying to mold their beliefs according to what others accept as true. Another benefit is the choice to associate with others and build your own circle of friends who, like you, are also independent. Independence is for those who value personal freedom over group prestige.

And, for those of us who do value that freedom to be whatever we choose to be, Independent Satanism is the way.

©2009 Venus Satanas

Advertisements

Satanic devotional prayer

I believe in the Holy God, the Lord God Satan, the creator and giver of life.
I acknowledge that in all the Universe there is nothing as beautiful and perfect as Satan.
I come into your Holy presence and bow before your Magnificent Satanic Splendor.
I open my heart and I ask that you come into my life and be my Lord and Master.
From this day forward I renounce the God of the Bible and I worship only you,
for you are the one true god.
I accept you into my heart as my Lord and Savior. In Satan I am a new creation,
born again, not of corruptible seed, but of the incorruptible seed of Satan.
I open my soul and humbly receive the Sacred Satanic Seed into my mouth.
I open my soul and humbly receive the Sacred Satanic Seed into my ass.
From this day forward I am free from the bondage of guilt and shame, for there
is nothing I may do in dedication to the glory of Satan that is forbidden.
All that I am and all that I have I offer as gifts given freely to You.
Accept my body and my soul a living sacrifice for Your glory.
You are my life-source, and I am your sacrifice. Consume my every thought. Fuel my every desire.
Create in me a Satanic-mind, that my thoughts may be of You and only You.


I give all my love to You, for there is no other God worthy of my love.
I devote my life to You, for there is no other God worthy of my life.
I worship You with all my heart and soul, for there is no other God worthy of my worship.
I lift my voice in praise to You, for there is no other God worthy of my praise.
I offer my body a living sacrifice for your glory, for there is no other God
worthy of my sacrificial offering.
I surrender my eternal soul to You, for there is no other God worthy of my soul.
This is, and will forever be, my eternal covenant. I will bow down and worship no other God but Satan.

From Aleister Nacht’s Satanic Magic Blog

The nine Satanic sins

The Nine Satanic Sins, published by Anton LaVey in 1987, target nine characteristics Satanists should avoid. Here they are with explanations from Catherine Beyer (lifted from http://altreligion.about.com/od/beliefsandcreeds/tp/9_satanic_sins.htm)

Stupidity
Stupid people do not get ahead in this world. Satanists strive to keep themselves informed and to not be fooled by others who seek to manipulate and use them.

Pretentiousness
Taking pride in one’s achievements is encouraged in Satanism. However, one should only take credit for one’s own accomplishments. Making empty claims about yourself is not only obnoxious but also potentially dangerous, leading to sin No. 4, self-deceit.

Solipsism
Satanists use this term to refer to the presumption many people make that other people think, act and have the same desires as themselves. It’s important to remember that everyone is an individual with his own individual goals and plans. To expect someone to treat you as you treat him is foolish. Instead, Satanists encourages you to treat people as they treat you. You should always deal with the reality of the situation rather than expectations.

Self-Deceit
Satanists deal with the world as it is. Convincing yourself of untruths because they are more comfortable is no less problematic than letting someone else deceive you.

Herd Conformity
Satanism exalts the power of the individual. Western culture encourages people to go with the flow, and to believe and do things simply because the wider community is doing such. Satanists attempt to avoid such behavior, following the herd only if it makes logical sense and suits one’s own needs.

Lack of Perspective
Remain aware of both the big and small pictures, never sacrificing one for the other. Remember your own important place in things, and don’t be overwhelmed with the viewpoints of the herd. On the flipside, we do live in a world larger than ourselves. Always keep an eye on the big picture and how you can fit yourself into it.

Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies
Society is constantly taking old ideas and repackaging them as new, original ideas. Do not be fooled by such offerings.

Counterproductive Pride
If it works, use it. You should never be embarrassed of your own accomplishments. However, if pride is getting in the way of getting things done with other people, you should set it aside until such time as it becomes constructive again.

Lack of Aesthetics
Beauty and balance are two things Satanists strive for. This is particularly true in magical practices but can be extended to the rest of one’s life as well. Avoid following that which society dictates is beautiful and learn to identify true beauty, whether or not others recognize it.

“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” – The 21 Satanic points

In 2012, one of the top songs in my personal playlist was Kelly Clarkson’s “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I just loved the song and everything about it – the lyrics, the singing, the instrumentation.

Incidentally, it was on November 29, 2012 at exactly 6 p.m. during my sleep (I work nights so that was almost my waking hour) that “Lon Gon” a.k.a. Satan visited me in my dreams and gave me my calling for Satanism. The details of the visit I will elaborate on later as I go further with my posts.

As I explored deeper into Satanic literature, little did I expect that such carrier line of Kelly Clarkson’s famous hit can apparently be found in the final statement of the 21 Satanic Points, as written in Conrad Robury’s THE BLACK BOOK OF SATAN. Let me share these words of the Father, as most of them are practically applicable to living one’s life as a Satanist.

The 21 Satanic Points

  1. Respect not pity or weakness, for they are a disease which makes sick the strong.
  2. Test always your strength, for therein lies success.
  3. Seek happiness in victory – but never in peace.
  4. Enjoy a short rest, better than a long.
  5. Come as a reaper, for thus you will sow.
  6. Never love anything so much you cannot see it die.
  7. Build not upon sand, but upon rock And build not for today or yesterday but for all time.
  8. Strive ever for more, for conquest is never done.
  9. And die rather than submit.
  10. Forge not works of art but swords of death, for therein lies great art.
  11. Learn to raise yourself above yourself so you can triumph over all.
  12. The blood of the living makes good fertilizer for the seeds of the new.
  13. He who stands atop the highest pyramid of skulls can see the furthest.
  14. Discard not love but treat it as an imposter, but ever be just.
  15. All that is great is built upon sorrow.
  16. Strive not only forwards, but upwards for greatness lies in the highest.
  17. Come as a fresh strong wind that breaks yet also creates.
  18. Let love of life be a goal but let your highest goal be greatness.
  19. Nothing is beautiful except man: but most beautiful of all is woman.
  20. Reject all illusion and lies, for they hinder the strong.
  21. What does not kill, makes stronger.

Well, whether or not the composer of Kelly Clarkson’s hit and/or Kelly Clarkson herself was indeed inspired by the aforementioned words of Father Satan is something we cannot know for now, and this post is not intended to give birth to a controversy to this effect.

Back to my liking of the song; it is just overwhelming to realize that without any inkling yet of Satanism, i already had tendencies to love and appreciate things related to it (I’ll write a separate post on this). No wonder, i so loved this hit.

Ave Satanas!