So, What is Satanism?

The religion of Satanism represents arguably the largest Left Hand Path movement in the West. The “Left Hand Path” is an umbrella term referring to counter-culture religions. “Sinister” and “Sinistral” are the descriptive adjectives applied to religions to indicate that they are of the Left Hand Path, as “Sinister” is etymologically descended from a word meaning “left” and “Sinistral” means “left-handed.” The practitioners of Sinistral religions are referred to with another umbrella term– “the Black Lodge”– whereas the adherents to mainstream religion are called “the White Lodge.”
The religion of Satanism prioritizes the individual judgment of the witch. The Satanist does not have faith, but rather believes in whatever she happens to think is true. While many Sinistral texts are available to the Satanist, none of them are holy writ and none of them aspire to be dogma. A post in a thread on the Become a Living God forum can be of more value to an individual Satanist than a chapter out of Transcendental Satanism if she agrees with the post and not the book.
The Satanist seeks truth through personal research, practical experience, and directly channeled gnosis, which is knowledge attained from spirit. None of these things are perfect, confirmation bias can cloud research. Lack of perspective can cloud life experience, and spirits are occasionally willing to patronize certain misconceptions held by the witch, either for convenience or to insure her well-being in some way. While no Satanist consciously wants this, it is an ineluctable reality.
In perusing the channeled gnosis of other Satanists, the witch must be careful to regard almost all of her knowledge as tentative. She must search for trends in the revelations of black prophets and speculate on the impetuses behind the disagreements between authors.
Satanism is a very eclectic religion in that it draws from various different sources. The witch selects the practices which are useful to her and the postulations which resonate with her and arranges them into an ever-evolving patchwork spirituality. A Satanic witch who draws philosophical inspiration from the religion of Thelema, uses Norse runes in witchcraft, and practices Hindu chakra meditations all as part of her Satanic religion is very much a representation of the norm. In reading a book like the Baphomet Codex, a Satanist will happily select one postulation she agrees with even though she disagrees with the majority of the text and does not practice its rituals. She will do the same with any other book or religion she studies.
Satanism certainly constitutes a quest for self-empowerment, self-improvement, and self-understanding. The Satanist actively seeks to improve herself through spiritual meditation, research, introspection, physical exercise, magickal practice, and whatever other means are conducive to the mastery of her journey in life. The Sinistral witch pursues her quest for self-empowerment even to the point at which her magickal adepthood turns her soul into a goddess. She resides in the Qlippoth, known also as Hell and Sitra Ahra, a Hebrew phrase meaning “the Other Side.” Her spirit lives on as an exalted demoness, experiencing adulation and pleasure in Hell, which she is free to leave at any time for the pursuit of personally selected goals, even to offer her tutelage to living Satanists. This ascent into godhood, called an “apotheosis,” brings about the cessation of samsara, the process of death and reincarnation.
Satanism is open to people of all races, ethnicities, sexualities, nationalities, and moral dispositions. While Satanism champions heretical thought, it is not merely a reaction to or opposite of any mainstream religion. Theistic Satanism has its roots in the religions of Thelema, Stregheria/Stregoneria, polytheistic Paganism, and the writings of Kenneth Grant which are known as the Typhonian Trilogies.
Some Satanists would argue that Satanism does not count as a religion based on some technical speculations, but this essay does not use words that specifically. Some Satanists often say things like this: “Satanism is not a religion, it’s a way of life!” as if other religions were not ways of life. Refer to the dictionary definition of religion and you will see why Satanism is correctly considered one.
-V.K. Jehannum,
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Evocation of Beelzebub

(Face the East. Names and phrases in bold are to be vibrated)

I have come to the altar so that I might call down the God of the Hinderers. Baelzebuth, answer to forgotten names:

Beelzebub + Baelzebuth + Belzebud + Beelzebuth + Beelzebut + Baal Muian + Belzabub + Beel d’Bobo + Ba’al adh-Dhubaab + Baal Dhubaab + Baal Zubaab + Baal Zebul + Beelzebul + Beelzeboul + Nihilifer

It is my Will to call upon the Voidbringer in order to _______.

Adey vocar avage Beelzebuth

Baal Muian! Belzabub! I call upon your name so that I might witness your presence tonight!

Adey vocar avage Beelzebuth

Baal Zebul! Infernal God-King of Metanoia and Heresy! Goetic Warlord who rules over Ghagiel! Kliffotic Monarch of the Winds and the Pestilence! Descend unto this place tonight!

Adey vocar avage Beelzebuth

Belzebud! Baal Zubaab! Descend and appear as the Pestilence Liege who wields the Yawning Void!

Adey vocar avage Beelzebuth

Slanderous Overlord! Imperious Heretic! I call to you, the Lord of the Dunghill– of Death and Renewal!

Adey vocar avage Beelzebuth

I call the Bearer of Oblivion who is both Celestial and Qliphothic! I call to the Lord of Everything which Flies!

Adey vocar avage Beelzebuth

 

 

Evocation of Astaroth

(Face Northwest. Names in bold are to be vibrated; italics imply chanting, and translation occurs in brackets)

It is my intent to call down Asteroth. I call to the Goddess by her ancient names:

Ishtar + Astarte + Ashteroth Karnaim + Attart + Khut + Thenenet + Ament + Ankhet + Anqet + Anath + Renenet + Athtart + Sekhet + Ashtart + Astaroth + Ashtoret + Sati + Athirat + Ashtarot + Uni-Astre + Astharthe + Usert + Asta + Astartu + Beltis + Inanna

Serena Alora Astartot Aken (x9)

Sorcerous Maiden of Styx and the Nile!

Glorious Cavalier who Bears Wisdom and Serpents!

Ascendant Goddess of Vampyres and Warfare!

Veniat ad me, Asteroth Karnaim (x11) [Come to me, two-horned Asteroth]

Gorgeous and Chthonic Mistress of Hell and Black Magick!

Beautiful Empress of Darkness and Light!

Come from the Qlippoth! Come from Gash Khalah!

Appear amongst men! Bless me tonight!

Serena Alora Astarte Aken (x13)

Beloved Astaroth of the Two Horns!

Bewinged Maiden of Jupiter and the Evening Star!

Nightside Herald of Science and Profligation!

Lascivious Warlord who Tames Beasts and Corrupts the Flock!

Appear unto me!

Tasa Alora Foren Astaroth (x11)

Raum (Goetia #40)

Names: Raum, Raim, Raym
Rank: Earl or Count
D/N: Nocturnal
Magickal Numbers: 37, 45
Incense: Dragon’s Blood
Zodiac: Taurus 0-10
Date: April 21-30; Oct. 8-12
Gematria: 247, 310, 807
Metal: Iron, Silver, Copper
Path: 16/Vau/Taurus
Color: Red
Oleum Recipe: Fire base. Add celandine, calendula, buckthorn.
Element: Air, Fire
Planet: Mars
Tarot: 5 of Pentacles/Disks
Legions: 30
Enn: Furca na alle laris Raum

kings-feed-for-the-crow-raum
Above: Raum’s traditional manifestation as a crow as drawn by G.A. Rosenberg

Raum pilfers the belongings of the wealthy, incites love, causes the downfall of the target, aids in legal battles, and imparts endurance and strength of will when the odds are against the summoner. Raum destroys cities and reconciles enemies.

Raum imparts a dark and powerful metamorphosis unto his disciple, making him more warlike, warriorlike, and honorable. Raum can help his disciple embrace his individuality and/or dissolve the misconceptions of his self-image. Raum teaches astral transformation, draconic alchemy, and strengthens the psychic senses.

He can erect strong friendships and destroy people’s reputations. He gives aid to those who are trapped in warfare or political conflicts. He can engender horrific wars and bloodshed. He is said to generally manifest as a crow or blackbird and transform upon request, but I have never witnessed this.

Raum

-V.K. Jehannum

The Writings of Satrinah Nagash
Daemonolatry Goetia
Mark of Qayin
Gematria and the Tanakh
The Complete Book of Demonolatry Magic

 

Getting the Most out of Chakra Meditation

What follows is a list of ways in which you can make your chakra meditations more effective.

One: Perform Them in Nature.

You will find that nature has an expansive effect on spiritual endeavors.

Two: Cast a Circle

Sacred space of any kind will augment the efficacy of meditations performed within it.

Three: Bring a Friend

If you meditate on one particular chakra within the vicinity of another person meditating on the same chakra, both participants reap increased rewards.

Four: Visualize the Chakra(s) as Clearly and Consistently as Possible

Not only does this make the meditation more effective and improve concentration, continuous visualization is a powerful method of strengthening your astral sight.

Five: Use the Sowilo Rune

The Sowilo rune is useful for the empowerment of any chakra. Draw this on yourself, focusing on the intent of increasing the effects of the meditation which follows. Visualize the symbol shining brilliantly as you do this.

-V.K. Jehannum

A Treatise on a Blacker Theism

What should become clear to the Satanist is that the finer points of theology are not of primary import. The raison d’etre of Satanism is the increase of personal agency through spiritual, intellectual, and corporeal self-empowerment. So long as the Satanist pursues evolution, he is looked upon fondly by the Devil. So all of this is of secondary import.

The first postulation to be addressed is the concept that this or that spirit is merely a manifestation of some archetype. This line of thought will be referred to as “archetheism.” Archetheism is the basis upon which Michael W. Ford equated Kali, Hecate, Az, Jeh, and Lilith– they are all manifestations of the ‘Sinister feminine’ ergo they should not be viewed as individuals.

But there is no such thing as a “Sinister feminine” because that’s not how archetypes work. Here’s an example of a legitimate archetype: the heroic outcast who defends the very ones who shun him. The adjectives “evil” and “female” paint a picture which is far too unspecific to be considered an archetype.

There is no Sinister feminine archetype, but there is the archetype of the femme fatale– the scheming and murderous seductress. Lilith is certainly a Femme Fatale, but Hekate certainly is not. Hecate is a Virgin Goddess, which is why so many of the names of Her children (Mormo, Baubo, Empousa, Lamia) are also names of Her they are reproductions of Her own Essence. She does reproduce, but She does so asexually.

So Hecate and Lilith are certainly not the same archetype, let alone the same being. And now we turn to Pantheism.

This is the concept that all deities are merely facets of Deity. This is that Cochranian postulation which is echoed in Wicca and the Baphomet Codex by Ego Diabolus. This postulation is presented, especially by Wiccans, to mean that we are all worshipping the same Divine in different ways, and thus it is to be rejected.

As Theistic Satanist Diane Vera observed, if the deities are all part of the All, then they are only part of the All in the same way that causal organisms are also part of the All. Approaching a Tiamat and Tezcatlipoca like they were simply facets of this All would be like approaching Vera and Ford as if they were just facets of the same.

And now, we must also dismiss the concepts of egregores and “masks of the higher self.” For example, when the 218 Current released Liber Falxifer, which presented a syncretism of Cain and Senor la Muerte, there were readers who were concerned that this Being was merely an egregore created by the 218 Current rather than a legitimate aspect of Cain.

Well, I have worked extensively with Cain, and one of my covenmates has dedicated herself to Qayen, taking Him as her Patron. It our my definite opinion that He has taken on this Falxifer/Reaper Aspect as a step in His personal evolution. It is also our opinion that He is indeed the same Being as Tubal-Cain, even though we are hesitant with soft polytheism.

My coven believes that Isis is the same Astaroth of the Qliphoth, and that Asmodeus of the Goetia is indeed Asmodeus of Sitra Ahra and Aeshma-Daeva of Ahriman. Immortal deities harbor agendas which are complex and multi-faceted, and so Hecate appears both to Wiccans and to the Temple of the Black Light’s congregation. The idea that certain deities are just egregores or subjective or “masks of the higher self” is just an attempt to explain away perceived contradictions. You will be surprised at how willing immortals are to patronize us. If this sounds like a decisively theistic position, it is.

-V.K. Jehannum