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Posted in Black Magick with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2011 by Susana Romatz

(Portrait of Francis Dashwood, 15th Baron le Despencer (1708-1781) by William Hogarth (1697-€“1764) from the late 1750s)

It’s been awhile since my last posting on Urban Mysterium, so I thought I’d jazz things up a bit by doing a little posting on Satanism. It’s a titillating subject, no doubt, and one that mayhap be such that not many dare to read about, lest they fall prey to the Horned Demon himself. Well. I’ve read a bit about it, and I’m still here. It’s pretty interesting stuff too. Here is an excerpt from The Encyclopedia of Magic Witchcraft by Susan Greenwood:

For Satanists, Satan or the Devil is symbolic of a hidden force in nature responsible for the workings of earthly affairs and representing the spirit of inspiration and human progress. Revolting against organized religion-which is only suitable for “the herd”-Satanists allegedly seek to harness what have been called dark forces to liberate the will in the advancement of evolution. Claims that Satanists conduct rituals to abuse children are reminiscent of early modern witchcraft accusations, and are vigorously denied. Satanism concerns the self-affirmation and freedom of the individual. (pg. 238)

Here is a listing of the Nine Satanic Principles from the same source (emphasis not added by me):

1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!

2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!

3. Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!

4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!

5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!

6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!

7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all!

8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!

9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!

Whenever I used to think about Satanism, I always thought about animal sacrifices and weird rituals and evil intentions. I thought about Aleister Crowley and “Do What Thou Wilt” and Charles Manson, and the Devil, etc.

Reading this got me thinking about Puritanism. I know, I know, it seems like an interesting leap at first, but, when I say black, what’s the first thing that pops into your mind? 88% of people say white. (I made that statistic up). So, when Greenwood says Satanism, I think Puritanism.

Satanism says that the earth is a place for us to experiment, try sex, drugs, rock n’ roll…hell, throw caution to the wind! Try all three at the same time! Find your passion and go all out to chase that passion until you find the source of it and then suck all the juice out of that source until it is totally exhausted and juiced beyond recognition. Don’t worry about whatever, do what thou wilt, ok?

Puritanism says that if you even just think a tiny little thought about sex, or drugs, or rock n’ roll, God will smite you something fierce, you lowly flea bite on the ass of a boil (It wasn’t bad to say ass in the days of Puritanism because it just meant donkey.) Really, even if you think a thought about thinking about somebody else thinking about sex, you really should consider washing out your mouth and eyes with Ajax.

Thinking about Puritanism and Satanism together makes me think of the middle path. Puritanism sounds horrid. I don’t know any Satanists, so I can’t ask, but I heard that Aleister Crowley’s last words were “Sometimes I hate myself.” Not exactly a winning endorsement for being Satan’s main guy here on earth. Although, to be fair, I don’t believe Crowley considered himself to be a Satanist per se. I include him here because of the sentiment expressed in this quote:

I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.–Aleister Crowley in The Confessions of Aleister Crowely, Chapter 5, 1929 (I found this quote here, website of Nick Zymaris)

Anyway, my point is to show that perhaps Buddha was right to direct folks down the middle road. We're not totally going crazy on the world, because then we burn out. And we're not holding back to the point where we are not able to feel the joys and wonder of having a human body, which is a fabulous gift. 
This all reminds me of a great ole' Buddhist story I heard once that really stuck with me:

There are two middle aged men in town who are both depressed. One of the men is an alcoholic who regularly visits the local brothel. The other is a virgin who eats only rice and drinks green tea every night. Both men decide to visit the local Zen master. First one goes in and tells his story and receives his advice from the old man. 
"You need to quit drinking whiskey and going to the brothel," is what the first man hears. "Only then will you find true happiness."
Then the second man enters, tells his story and receives his advice.
"You need go and drink a whiskey and visit the brothel," the old man tells him. "Only then will you find true happiness."
I am open to discussion.