Question of the day: When did Satanists become so righteous?
Imposed morality has been in use by Satanists for the better part of 25 years. This often becomes shocking to more solitary Satanists, they find themselves a midst the herd of mob mentality and it begs to question: What the hell kind of Satanists are these?
I cover a number of socio-political issues on my radio show, and discuss focus groups such as Occultists, Satanists and pagans. Where the rubber hits the road, is when imposed morality is likened to the Witch Hunts of the Middle Ages. Is a Satanic Security Agency, Satanic police force, and the Satanic Brown-coats necessary? And what are these self-righteous Satanists policing? Good question. When taking a closer look, you may be alarmed to find that they are targeting your lifestyle, personal preferences, philosophies, religions and creeds.
A question I’ve recently received in email: “Sin, I love your blogs but I’m a bit confused. I thought Satanism was about personal liberation and freedom?”
There was a time when this was a value embraced by most Satanists in the 20th century. Flash-forward about 2 decades, and ‘Satanist’ is not as definitive or absolute as one might imagine. In order to distinguish ideals resoundingly Satanic, it becomes problematic for those individuals that seek answers.
Satan = Iconic Satan
Satanic = of or pertaining to Satan
Satanist = a person which employs Satan
Satanism = a set of practices and/or beliefs with Satan at the center
Beyond that? You won’t really know who or what Satan is, until you speak to the individual Satanist. There are some tried and true axioms in Satanic philosophies that remain unchanged; such as those in use by Modern Satanists. The term ‘Modern Satanist’, is relatively new, at one time it was enough to simply call yourself a Satanist. Some writers address Satanism from a post-Modern point of view. This implies that Satanism did in fact experience a change and flux, with the death of Anton Szandor LaVey in 97’.
Early interviews with LaVey himself reveal that Satan was not just regarded symbolically, but most importantly as a personal divinity to look to as a mentor and role model. This was often misinterpreted as exclusivity of an Atheistic paradigm. His personal views on servitude are made resoundingly clear throughout his lifetime. Even if, there were a godform called Satan in our midst, going down on bended knee to serve it, or worship it, a Satanist would never do. Not because he was told not to serve, but because it is inherent in his nature to revel against such oppression, subjugation and slavery. ”Born Not Made”, is an axiom embraced by many Satanists. Either it’s in your nature, or it’s not. No matter how hard you try to ‘make’ a Satanist, the primal nature of the individual always shines through.
In the 21st century and with more and more Theistic Satanists coming into the public eye, their personal ideals, morals and ethics become part of the Satanic landscape. Theistic Satanism didn’t exactly get a red-carpet welcome in the wake of the Satanic Ritual Abuse scare which prompted the Satanic Panic! It is unfortunate for the rest of us, that we must suffer these righteous paranoid shadow dwellers. They hide in closets, in the ‘underground’ and it gives credence to social paranoia about Satanism. On top of that, their paranoid delusions cause them to peek in the closets of their own brethren. The trouble then is what they actually find there. If the mob believe it’s a real possibility that you may have a criminal record or even whispers of sexual abuse a lynch mob is rallied. An even larger problem is that many Satanists know this all too well, and so it becomes the weapon of choice to use against your enemies.
Some Satanists wouldn’t bat an eye-lash at the idea of fabricating false claims of pedophilia, rape, murder, and other unfavorable crimes to eliminate other Satanists from the strata. With the advent of Social Media, it just became that much easier and quicker to spread gossip, false claims and the whistle-blowers come running to stand at attention. They are the new Brown Coats, specters that behave like Inspectors.
This fosters more righteous behavior, and it extends to proper and improper behavior. As rebels rage against the machine, the finger-pointers create social hysteria groups to discuss how mean and evil Satanists have become. Become? Yes, the new aura of Satanism is that Satanists are merely misunderstood dark neo-pagans. Many even embrace the Wiccan Rede as their moral compass, with a special focus on “And ye harm none, do as ye will”, even if that portion is wholly misunderstood.
Magical systems directly address the transmutation of thought and emotion to reconstruct internal architecture (i.e. Alchemy). It was never meant to be used to determine which magical practitioners were performing helpful or harmful magic. The labels ‘White’ and ‘Black’ Magic become prominent in the late 60’s and 70’s and more and more modern pagans sought to be accepted by their local communities. Satanists were then regarded as ‘Those people’ while pagans proclaimed they were just as gentle and helpful as most Christians. Even if, in their own ritual chambers they were gouging out the eyes of their enemies in the form of an effigy. Shhhhh, it’s a secret. Exploring the godhead on my Radio Show, this very premise was brought up and discussed between myself and Dastur Adam Daniels, Church of Ahriman.
Believe it or not, there are Occult hipsters. A term coined to describe them is Occultniks. These are the posers, fakers, and all around foolish types that presume to pass off their fakery as living as a Satanist. No matter how hard they try, they cannot fool those of the Infernal Empire. They wave their dirty morality compass at you and to impose their own moral/ethical code upon you. At the very core of my nature, I regard them as sheep in wolves clothing. A sheep is still a sheep and not very good at the masquerade. They are woefully enslaved by their own up-bringing, influences and experiences.
If you personally identify as a Theistic Satanist, then you too will be subjected to the stereo-type of being regarded as a Reversed-Christian. This pejorative implies that you are a Christian in reverse meaning that you would directly reject the teachings of Christ and embrace all things condemned by the teachings of the Church. This moniker is in use by Satanists to defer to a type of Satanists that actively practices blasphemy such as inverting crosses, reciting biblical passages backwards, and embracing acts considered sacrilegious but at the very foundation you are still very much a Christian.
The evidence lent to this label is best demonstrated in your own personal creeds, and behaviors. Take for instance the idea that Satanists should turn the other cheek. If a person does you dirty, you should take the higher ground and not repay the favor, in compliment is implication that you should forgive and forget. Some Satanists refuse to pay lip-service to such scum, and vengeance is the ONLY repayment worth spending. The outcry from observers is also telling. The mob cries: You are so evil! He apologized and you refused his apology! To many Satanists apologies are worthless, and nothing more than empty words, action is a higher valued commerce; especially in the atmosphere of Social Media. In other words, in order for the scales of merit to balance in your favor, you must answer to your own moral conscience before ever considering the ethics and morality of another.
Some Satanists demand that you conform to their social standards of behavior. If you will not comply, some seek to have you alienated from social groups, even if they negate your nature as a non-conformist. They spin their wheels attempting to have you black-balled from a group you would seek no part of anyway. Many Satanists test the waters of social networks to separate the wheat from the chaff. When the righteous come forward willingly and without provocation, it makes the labor that much easier for the Satanist.
For this Satanist? I couldn’t care less if you like your nipples buttered before adding electrical current, I’m more concerned with what you DO with your personal preferences, ethics/morality, philosophy or religion. Influence is influence, no matter how you shake your compass at it. It can be positive, negative or nullifying. Every person has their influence. And some of these Agent Smiths need to have their bloody asses kicked. Plain and simple.
Word of advice?
Short of giving them a much needed bitch slap, you may need to come in like a Ninja and dissolve the Matrix in toto.
As for me, while some of these Satanists are acting like self-righteous Occultniks, I’ll be in the machine, hitting hard and fast with my mental kung-fu.
My kung-fu is strong…I’m SIN JONES.