Control, Know, Eat, Subsume

A long time ago, I got a message from Nyx that I didn’t understand and made a video about it. My conversation with the goddess went a little like this.
 
Nyx: _______ yourself.
Me: Did you say “know yourself” or “control yourself?”
Nyx: Control, Know, Eat, Subsume.
 
A recent YouTube commenter explained the message flawlessly:
“Control yourself, and therefore come to know yourself. Once self knowledge is obtained, you can dissolve/”eat” your old self, then become part of something larger. Alternately, the old self becomes a subset of the new self, and does not become part of some collective.”

-V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

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Tips, Fun Facts, & Guideliness: A Chapter I Removed from the Grimoire of Deathful Wombs

  • If you summon a spirit for one purpose, abandon that purpose once the spirit manifests, and then ask for something else instead, the spirit will be furious. Making an additional request impromptu can go alright, so long as the additional request is not too much of a tangent from the original request.
  • The Ars Goetia, which contains 72 demons, was a rewrite of an older grimoire containing 69 spirits. The Ars Goetia included four additional demons and excluded one named Pruflas, who I’ve covered on my website.  72 relates to the muliebral current of magickal energy (as described by a religion I’m unfamiliar with), total magickal empowerment, and the Ophidian (draconian/serpentine) current.
  • If you disrespect the demons thoroughly enough, they might attack you even to the point of having deathly intent. Even when that happens, it is still entirely possible for the deities to forgive you and continue to further your ascent.
  • Forgiveness is easy to get from most spirits, but sometimes forgiveness is partial. Articulated apologies and offerings both make forgiveness easier to get, and making spiritual progress is a big way to regain their favor. I once had a deity who introduced himself to me by attacking the entire inner circle of the Coven of the Second Torch apologize to all three of us and repeatedly ask us to work with him.
  • Numbers which are sacred to Aeshugar are often simultaneously renowned for symbolizing or typifying the Great Work. 11, 66, and 777 are examples of this. 11 symbolizes the union of the macrocosm (hexagram) with the microcosm (pentagram) and the union of male and female. The number 13, sacred to demon magick, symbolized the path to spiritual immortality in Egyptian magick and relates to the thirteenth tarot card (Death). Nine is not quite the same, but close: it’s sacred to the Infernal Divine, as exhibited by the Nine Goetic Kings, the Nine Demonic Gatekeepers, and the Nine Demonic Divinities. It also symbolizes the Black Flame.
  • Each of us will resonate better with some demons than others from the very beginning of our work. This this is based partially upon the idiosyncracies of our physis—you will get the strongest manifestations by working with a demon whose physis is comparable to yours. Invocations of various demons will help you identify which type of spirits you resonate with. The ones most divorced from your physis will be difficult to invoke. By deliberately working with those spirits, you become gradually attuned to their physis. Not only will this give you the ability to effectively access greater portions of the Numinous, it will strengthen the weak points in your spirituality and balance your own physis. The more balanced your energy is, the more powerful it is.
  • All the deities have their own character, preferences, values, etc. Ra hates psychic vampyres to the extent that he is liable to attack entire covens of them unprovoked, but Tiamat, Qingu, and Absu all love vampyres and are quite interested in their success, evolution, and well-being. Shugara judges people based on character, deeds, and potential. Samael is more strict than most deities.
  • You don’t get over shit, you get through it—grieve normally. If you still have an emotional attachment to a bad memory, that means there’s something about it you still haven’t processed. Spells for emotional healing don’t make you weak—they just allow you to cooperate with the spirits who care about you. To rephrase that last sentence: team work makes a dream work.
  • Refuse to distance yourself from the persons and spirits important to you during times of hardship—that’s one of the worst things you can do.
  • Do not neglect your own well-being and mundane life for magick. The spiritual high can distract you from your outside life and incline you to procrastinate and neglect your obligations.
  • You’d be surprised how early in your life certain spirits may have had their eyes on you. Your relationships with them may go back to past lives and/or activities between incarnations. Don’t let it bother you if you aren’t one of these cases.
  • If spirits call you a fool, that means you’re doing the right thing: exploring unfamiliar territory. The Fool symbolizes the initiation process, as does death. Death also symbolizes change, transformation, evolution, etc.
  • Angels can be easier to hear during telepathy and are less likely to speak in riddles than demons. The riddles which demons communicate with expand the consciousness of the witch. Always record the messages you receive, as the implications of gnosis you don’t understand can turn out to have completely obvious implications when reviewed. One of the most important axioms of Thelema seemed innocuous and trivial to Aleister Crowley when he first channeled it.
  • Entities who are of a similar spiritual nature to yours or which share the disposition of your personality will easier for you to sense, see, hear, channel, evoke, and invoke. There are many factors defining the nature of your personal spiritual make-up including the state of your alignment with the various planetary forces, your Zodiac sign and its alchemical element, your alignment with the other alchemical elements, your attunement to various types of spiritual energy, and the position of your personality on the spectrum from feminine traits to masculine. Personally, I have always resonated very strongly with necromantic divinities. The first seven demons I summoned had distinct necromantic attributes—I was drawn to that trait of their physis because it resonated with me, even though I didn’t know it. Not only was I completely unaware that most of those spirits had necromantic specialties, I didn’t even know I was attuned to necromantic forces.
  • Some spirits have their own signature ways to give omens to the magickian– Shugara uses the rain, Surgat tampers with locks, and so forth. Omens often times simply serve to either let the witch know the spirit’s interested it her or assure the witch of their presence. It’s not too uncommon for spirits to hide your shit, appear in clouds, etc.
  • As far as I know, no perfect or omnipotent beings exist.
  • The gods destroy people all the time. Sometimes this can be so subtle that a magickal adept can be destroyed by a deity and think it’s helping him the whole time.
  • If a spirit tells you something you already know or reminds you to do something you already planned on doing, she’s doing it for a reason.
  • Offerings do not have to be given during ritual, and you’d be surprised how many different types of viable offerings there are. You can offer fur shed by your pets to a demon (burn it). Mercy-killing an animal on the side of the street can be an offering– so can stepping on an ant. Incense and lit candles used in ritual can serve as offerings.
  • Demons require offerings for sustenance, but they will only demand them of you if you did something wrong– unless a given offering is simply necessary for a ritual.
  • Ask the demon what they call themselves. If necessary, ask them to explain the symbolism of that title.
  • Consuming part of an offering to a deity takes the essence of that entity into your being.
  • Most practitioners of demon magick have a matron or patron demoness. When a spirit offers to fill this role, make it official with a personally designed ritual. You can use the magickal chants listed for each demon in the Demonology & Paganism category of my website or search the Magickal Chants section for a huge list of chants to make your rite as powerful and convenient to write as possible.
  • Refusing to speak about a rite will greatly increase its power, but speaking about it isn’t the end of the world.
  • Just because the numbers 10 and 12 are mostly known their Abrahamic significations doesn’t mean that they aren’t sacred to a some demons.
  • If a deity asks why it should fulfill your request, the right answer is always something to the effect of “I just wanted your help.” Anything else is technically a lie. Lying to a spirit about why you want what you want is a huge mistake, but even the most trustworthy spirits may lie to you about certain things either for your own benefit, to prevent you from knowing a truth you are not ready for, or even just to patronize you. This does not count as hypocrisy on their part– deity-human interactions are a special case.
  • You’ll wind up looking back at problems you could’ve solved with black magick.
  • Chavajoth does not want to destroy the universe. It wants to destroy the universe as you know it.
  • Chances are that whether or not human or animal sacrifice is immoral depends entirely on whether or not it is immoral to kill the person or animal in the first place.
  • Demons hate child abusers.
  • Destructive magick “thins the veil,” furthering the alchemical refinement of our universe.
  • Inverting a symbol can reverse its significations. The hakenkreuz or so-called Nazi swastika is useful for all demonic and Qliphothic magick– the reasons for this are 100% unrelated to Nazi esotericism. In Qabbalah (which Nazis hate), the regular swastika as used in Hinduism signifies the four letters of Jehovah’s name. It relates to the Sun, the highest Sephira, and Jehovah himself. Ergo, in demon magick, the hakenkreuz symbolizes the Black Sun, Chavajoth, and the highest Qlipha. The hexagram, a common symbol in countless Pagan religions but mostly known as the Star of David, can be drawn on its side to make a symbol useful for calling on Leviathan, Satan, Lucifer, Belial, Flereous, and Gargophias. A diagonal hexagram with its highest point at the upper left is apt for calling forth Lucifer, Lilith-Akhathil, Taninniver, and Euronymous. A diagonal hexagram with its top point at the upper right is apt for rites to Samael, Michael, Metatron, and Laylah.
  • Love and lust are very magickally powerful, and sexual interactions with a deity increase your energetic rapport with them.
  • Drawing one of the Goetic sigils is often enough to get the attention of the demon it’s attributed to. The demon may even manifest while the sigil is being drawn. Simply looking at any given sigil can make the sigil more powerful permanently. It is even possible to subconsciously activate a sigil by looking it– this is not a bad thing, nor does it mean that you are being vampyrized by whoever designed the sigil.
  • Some demons think less of you when you think less of yourself. If this becomes a problem with a spirit, tell them you’re trying to fix whatever problems you have and ask for your assistance. That’s worked for me before.
  • Force yourself to be confident about the effects of a rite during, before, and after its performance.
  • If a particular spirit fills you with intrigue and/or excitement, this means they want to interact with you.
  • When a spirit manifests to give you instructions or warnings, the advice is often as simple as “do this.” “Pay more attention to your surroundings.” “Don’t trust this person.” “Pay attention while you’re driving.” If a demon tells you things like this, the advice is often necessary for your well-being in your immediate situation. If you plan on doing a rite in the next couple hours and a spirit suddenly tells you to do it at 10:30 specifically, you might find that this is necessary to avoid a grave intrusion. It does not mean that 10:30 is some sacred time of day.
  • If a demon suddenly possesses you in your daily life and you can’t stop growling, this probably means that you should exit your present location immediately. And if you can’t or shouldn’t leave, avoid doing whatever you were about to do.
  • Unless you specifically expect a demon to adhere to its recorded appearance, it will often assume an appearance hitherto unrecorded, even to the extent of changing genders.
  • Demons don’t mind having kinky sex with you so long as you legitimately respect them and see them as more than sex objects.
  • Chavajoth hates Atheists, Christians, Muslims, pedophiles, and more. While almost all the gods hate liars and traitors, people who do not pursue evolution are hated by many spirits.
  • Even spirits renowned to be the most harsh, demanding, cruel, etc. often turn out to have a kinder side.
  • You should only offer your blood to the most important spirits in your path– always seek the guidance of your matron or patron and/or Higher Self before you offer blood to a new spirit. My Higher Self told me that I should not offer blood to most of the 11, but that offering blood to the metagod Chavajoth was advisable and different in effect. Once you’ve offered blood to a spirit, they are always with you, and their ability to influence you increases. This does not mean that they will take control of you at some point the way some people infer. Any amount of blood offered is sufficient to create this connection, and offering more blood later will not strengthen this connection.
  • Sperm can be offered to far more spirits than blood without being a mistake. Sperm gives spirits more control over your physical body, whereas blood is more known to increase their influence over the spiritual aspects of your person.
  • Cemeteries are great places for demon magick– just don’t use them without guidance.
  • Do not think the demons are limited to their recorded ranks and attributions. The Ars Goetia lists one color correspondence for each demon. While these color attributions are always reliable as far as I know, even the accidental thoughtform of a meth head would have more than one color attribution.
  • The more you work with, pray to, meditate on, and research an entity, the stronger your energetic rapport with them grows. Generally speaking, when you are thinking of a demon, it is thinking of you.
  • The idea of historical facts is a relatively new invention. Mythical stories often served to contain truth instead of fact. Imagine that a given mythological figure is recorded to have given his last piece of food to a stranger. Such a story would most likely not be intended to relate a specific and factual historical event. Instead, such a story might just serve to convey the mythological figure’s generosity.

-V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

Demonic Sex: Intimacy with the Infernal Divine

Sexual interaction with the Numinous is a very real phenomenon for a lot of gifted practitioners. While the demons are not interested in having sexual intercourse with every black magickian out there, some of the experiences I will describe are very common events for various adepts. There are given authorities in the Black Lodge who deny the existence of these phenomena, and when you look at the persons who believe sexual interaction with the Infernal Divine is impossible while still believing that the demons are objectively extant intelligences, you may observe that most of them have the psychological make-up of a traumatized cripple who performs at a circus. This pattern may or may not be a coincidence.

One way that the adept may sexually interact with a demon is by way of possession. The demon(s) may partially or fully possess one or both persons and influence the intercourse to any given degree, even speaking through the possessed copulant. When the vessel orgasms, the demon orgasms. Futhermore, it is possible for a demon to love the magickian through other people without engendering such obvious phenomena. Either way, this can make orgasms far, far more intense.

By far the simplest method is masturbatory. Choose a particular demon to fantasize about. Allow it to present visions of your copulation to your mind’s eye and listen to it’s voice egg you on. You will feel the spirit’s energies intensify/become more present as you go. Having a sigil, idol, or artistic depiction of the demon present can be helpful in this, and may help the magickian believe the authenticity of the experience by glowing or exhibiting other astral phenomena. As in the previous scenario, seminal fluids and/or the act of orgasm itself can be offerings to the demon depending on what type of offerings that particular demon prefers.

Another easy method is to ask the demon you want to be intimate with to pull your astral double out of your body when you’re asleep and fuck you in the astral planes. This type of experience, even if not consciously remembered, will strengthen the witch’s energetic rapport with the demon and make communication with her much easier.

Remember that every demon has its “split personalities.” Satan, Azazel, Astaroth, and Asmodeus all have female aspects for those only attracted to women. Similarly, Agrat bat Mahlat and Lilith both have male aspects. But whichever demon you select to sleep with, make sure you see them as something beyond their sexuality—respect is of the utmost importance in these endeavors.

Dream experiences and the use of psychic touch are other avenues to intimacy with the Infernal Divine. While it may be possible to physically evoke a demon and have sex with it thereupon, this endeavor may or may not be practically achievable for humanity in the current stage of its spiritual evolution.

V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

Astaroth is Undeniably Astarte

I have said before that the Qliphothic-Goetic deity Astarte, and that the Venus-attributed deities Inanna, Ishtar, Isis, and Athtar are aspects of the same deity. This postulation is a belief of S. Conolly which is supported by my coven gnosis. A pair of rituals I performed with a partner, performed within the context of Qliphothic demon magick, has engendered both male and female manifestation of Astaroth. My partner in this scenario channeled that 8 was the appropriate magickal number for Astaroth, this being during a working which manifested the male aspect, and this being before we became familiar with the 8-pointed star of Ishtar.

The above paragraph imparts the gnosis of four practitioners (one being a former practitioner), but I will now make a case for Astaroth being Astarte which is based solely on historical fact.

Family 4 of Richard Dukante’s hierarchy of demons includes three different Astaroth demons, being named Astarte, Ashtaroth, and Astarot. Two of these given demons are described as female, while Astarot is described as male. This would indicate that Astaroth is known to oscillate between genders based on authorities in Demonology just as Belphagore is recorded to do. The names Ashtaroth and Astarot are mild corruptions of the original Hebrew Ashtarot, which is the plural form of Ashtoret– I don’t know of any significance to that, as Hebrew plural nouns are often used as names of singular deities (e.g., Behemoth, Niantiel, Gargophias, Elohim), but it’s a fun fact.

The deity known as Athtar, being one of the deities whom Astaroth is either to be identified with or considered an aspect of the same metagod as, was venerated as both genders (some cults of Attar worshiped his masculine aspect, others his female aspect). The male deity Athtar was nothing more than Ishtar’s depiction in southern Arabia. Ishtar was an infamously androgynous goddess herself, often appearing as a bearded woman, and even being referred to as Asdartu (this would be an overtly male variant of the name) in Akkadian literature. Astarte/Asdartu’s sukkal (direct emissary, second-in-command) transitioned from female to male at a given point in the history of Akkadian religion, and the sukkal is always the same gender as the deity.

The name Astaroth comes from Astarte, which is the Greek variant of the name Ishtar (the Goetia is a Greek text, which is why it refers to the Egyptian deity Amen by his Greek name Amon). The cult of Ishtar came to refer to their goddess by the name Inanna.* If the other demons and deities which this article identifies as aspects of the same entity have, in truth, nothing to do with one another, Ishtar and Inanna are certainly still the same. Inanna had both a benevolent aspect and a destroying aspect, which destroying aspect was attributed to Sirius.

The physical description of angels known to most Christians are borrowed from Egypt’s depiction of the bewinged goddess Maat. Wings have a specific meaning in Egyptian theology, and Isis has wings. Athtar’s symbol was the spear point, and Inanna was often depicted grasping a staff made of serpents. According to The Red Goddess, Inanna’s aspect as the storm goddess depicts her riding a dragon. As the Ars Goetia and the modern Qliphothic grimoire Liber Sitra Ahra both depict the demon Astaroth as a “male angel” riding a dragon and carrying both serpent and spear.

It is not unsensible to doubt my claims that the demon Amon really is the same entity as the Egyptian Amen, but claiming that Astaroth and Astarte are not the same deity or aspects of the same deity is simply a step too far. No difference exists between them whatsoever. The Red Goddess makes an undeniable case for the fact that the depiction of Harlot of Revelations in the Bible was entirely based upon Ishtar-Inanna. Keep in mind, the storm spirit Lilitu was referred to as “the Hand of Inanna.”

*Wikipedia says that the cult of Inanna came to know Inanna as Ishtar. I don’t know whether or not this means that Wikipedia and The Red Goddess have contradicted one another.

Unrelated: I was talking with Asmodeus/Aeshma last night. He told me he doesn’t serve Ahriman, which might or might not mean that he never served Ahriman (I didn’t ask). The archangel Auriel (different from Uriel) told me that he used to serve Ahriman as well, stating that that was “a long time ago.” (Note: Auriel has no direct alliance to Jehovah).

Also Unrelated: I always assumed that whatever was signified by the Egyptian theological concept of Maat was inimical to the Satanist until the day I was actually given the definition of Maat during a ritual working to the Goetic demon Amon (I used both his Goetic sigil and his demonic enn for this rite).

Also Unrelated: The myth of Eden comes from Sumerian mythology. Chavvah (the Hebrew form of Eve) originated as a Pagan goddess named Hawwa (or something like that) and Lilith was the storm spirit Lilitu. I don’t know Hawwa, but I can sense that she is not to be slandered. I’m tired of seeing Satanists attempt to interpret the myth of Lilith leaving Eden, because I think it belittles Lilith, and probably Hawwa as well.

V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

Aspects of the Devil: Leviathan, Satan, Lucifer

I felt like I didn’t have enough of a solid conception of who Lucifer and Satan were as individual spirits, and writing out my findings helps me process them. I was digging through my written notes for this article, so I can’t name all of the sources at the moment. The writings of Dragon Rouge, S. Conolly, J. Thorp, Michael Aquino, Michael W. Ford, the Order of the Nine Angles, the Temple of the Ascending Flame, and the 218 Current were definitely helpful sources.

If you are not aware, I consider the entity which I call “the Devil” to be a metagod (example: Jesus, Yahweh, & the Holy Spirit are Gods, & the sum of their parts is a metagod). The metagod I call the Devil divided himself into multiple aspects, some or all of which aspects operate as independent entities despite being manifestations of the same consciousness. I am entirely confident that Azazel, Satan, and Lucifer are, for all intents and purposes, completely independent entities (and yet all part of that umbrella consciounsness). I think there’s a good chance that aspects of the Devil known as Leviathan and Tallamea are probably the same entity as Satan, albeit peculiar manifestations of him. I’m also pretty confident that (i) the aspect of the Devil known as Noctulius is just a peculiar aspect of Lucifer and (ii) the aspect of the Devil known as Shaitan is independent from all of the above.

This shit’s hard.

Lucifer

Lucifer is considered the embodiment of Macroprospectus or the Drakon Principle: the enlightened perceiving-of-all experienced in the state of absolute godhood, which state of existence/attainment engenders the absolute manifestation of Will. Lucifer is a spirit of the Sun and Black Sun alike, being attributed to Venus and Mercury as well. He engenders self-awareness and helps the magickian understand who she is as a person.

Lucifer is established as the three patron gods of the Draconian Tradition, one of the nine primary divinities of Traditional Demonolatry, a member of the trinity which governs the Atlantean Current, the deity attributed to one of the four Black Towers of Chaos Gnosticism, part of the most well-known triumvirate in grimoiric Demonology, the father of Aradia (the central goddess in Stregheria & British Traditional Wicca), and he came to be worshiped by the co-author of the official grimoire of Gardnerian Wicca. Similarly, Azazel was one of the primary manifestations of the horned god deities venerated in Sabbatic Craft.

Lucifer’s title “Morning Star” originated as a name for the planet Venus. In daylight hours, Venus is referred to as the Evening Star, but at night, it is known as the Morning Star because it is held to portend the sunrise. The symbolism here is obvious: Lucifer is the harbinger of the coming aeon. His Greek title Aggelos Phos [Angel of Light] does not refer to physical illumintation, but to the Greek conception of Phaos [Light], being the principle and mechanism of manifestation.

Lucifer is a demon of the mind and witch-god attributed to Thaumiel who stands for liberation and spiritual attainment. He typifies mental consciousness (in contrast to physical consciousness and spiritual consciousness) and masculine traits. While he is a patron of sorcery who awakens the consciousness of the witch and mentors her in alchemical pursuits, he does have standards and he’s got a reputation for blinding the ones who can’t see (which is to say, if you’re an ass, don’t summon one of the best witch-gods known to man to deal with your petty shit).

Lucifer is referred to by many titles from his various contemporary followers, including “the Lord of the Heart,” “the Supreme Emblem of the Age of Reawakening,” “the Lord of the Sabbat,” “the Bringer of Gnosis and Light,” “the Lord of Light,” “the Vital Force and the Transforming Energy,” “the Supreme Adversary and Trickster,” “the Bearer of Light, Pride, Fire, and Chaos,” “the High Celestial Redeemer,” “the Master of the Southern Tower of Chaos,” and “the Flaming Eye of the Wrathful Chaos.”

Since Lucifer is one of the Nine Demonic Divinities as recorded by Dukante (famous Demonologist), he serves the role of the cardinal demonic elemental of the air and the lord of the east when the elements are called. Nonetheless, he does have a lesser-known attribution to fire which sees him established as the cardinal lord of the south in the ritual praxes of Chaos Gnosticism and the Draconian Tradition.

Lucifer presides over knowledge, justice, power, enlightenment, magickal ascent, witchcraft, the Black Flame, and initiation. He can liberate the magickian by elevating her consciousness and making her whole as well as initiate her through all manner of spiritual mysteries.

The only colors I knew that Lucifer was attributed to were yellow and white, both of which are hard to see, so I did a little spirit work but then the only color I got was pink– that’s an improvement, but who’s only attributed to three colors?

Lucifuge Rofocale is held to be Lucifer’s twin, and it is said that Lucifer gave him authority over all the treasures in the earth. Mephistophiles is considered the companion of Lucifer, which is of interest, as Mephistophiles and Lucifuge Rofocale are the two principle initiators of the medieval (Abrahamic/coercive) grimoiric tradition.

A few medieval grimoires listed Lucifer, Baelzebuth, and Astaroth as a form of leading triumvirate established in leadership over the rest of the demons in the grimoires. Jason Stratton-Kent tentatively speculated that this triumvirate could equate to a “pagan Underworld trinity.” Jason Stratton-Kent would not have had to be so tentative in said speculation if he wasn’t opposed to drawing parallels between grimoiric Demonology to Qliphothic Qabalah. Lucifer is a lesser regent of Thaumiel (Neptune & Pluto/Moloch & Satan), the Penultimate Qlipha (that’s the only Qlipha I’ve seen him attributed to). Baelzebuth rules the highest Qlipha on the left column of the Tree of Death, and Astaroth rules the Qlipha directly below Baelzebuth’s Qlipha. This little dream team makes perfect sense with that in mind.

There’s a controversial claim that Lucifer is the son of Hecate, which postulation I tentatively support for a number of reasons. First, Mark Allan Smith made that claim– the last time I scoffed at a claim of his that didn’t make sense to me, my spirits wound up telling me he was right. Secondly, an obscure genealogy I’ve seen on a few websites claims that Ereshkygal is the mother of Lilith, who in turn is the mother of Qayin and Qalmana, and Ereshkygal is known to be an aspect of Hecate, so this wouldn’t even be weird, especially since Hecate works close as fuck with the Infernal Divine in general.

Third, the Goetic demon Murmur is believed to have been Mormo, which entity is held to be the son of Hecate in myth. There are two direct emissaries of Hecate in the Ars Goetia (the second is Naberius/Cerberus), there is already a direct emissary of Hecate among the Nine Demonic Divinities (Euronymous), and one of the archdemons of the Tunnels of Set (Gargophias*) is the number one emissary of Hecate. Fourth, Lucifer is lowkey vampyric and, and his obscure aspect Noctulius is 100% what you would expect Hecate’s child to be like. Lucifer’s significance in Traditional Witchcraft is reminiscent of Hecate’s willingness to put on kid gloves to work with the White Lodge, and the religion of Stregheria does depict Lucifer having a child with Diana (i.e., Aradia). The fiends born of Hecate always become known by a name of Hecate– for example, Hecate/Empousa created the Empousai. Lucifer is the Latin equivalent of Hecate’s title Phosphoros [Light-Bearer].

TL;DR: there’s a lot of reasons that it’s within the realm of possibilities for Lucifer to be Hecate’s son, and at this point, I’m sort of inclined to believe Mark Allan Smith regardless because it’s Mark Allan Smith.

*Fun fact: Gargophias and Euronymous are romantically involved.

 

Satan

Satan is the primary ruling god of Thaumiel and therefore the most exalted deity within the Qliphoth. He is attributed to the Sun, the Black Sun, and Saturn, and he has great authority in Ghagiel (Uranus/Baelzebuth). Liber Azerate refers to him as “the Formlessness and the Black Heart of Darkness”; S. Conolly has referred to him as “the source” and called him “the wellspring from which all energy flows.” According to Conolly, Satan “consists of all elements and alchemical conjunctions and transmutations,” which explains why Aleister Crowley called the Goat of Mendes the glyph of Satan. In short, Satan is nothing less than a lord of the universe.

Diane Vera, S. Conolly, and J. Thorp are the only authorities in the Black Lodge that I know of who had the insight to attribute Satan to all four standard elements alongside the fifth element of aethyr/spiritus– and thus to every individual direction on the compass. Anton LaVey attributed Satan to fire and fire alone– in accordance with the traditional assignment of “the Four Cardinal Princes” to one element each as codified by Abramelin. Of the four lower elements, fire has the highest spiritual charge, so Abramelin’s mistake, perpetuated by LaVey, is hardly unforgivable.

Satan is a nature god, a lord of justice, a deity of black magick, a great healer and redeemer, a patron of the arts, and the great devouring darkness of the Kingdom of Deathful Wombs. He engenders macroscopic evolution as well as aeonic progression, and he is held to be the artificer of the Black Flame. According to Conolly, “Each sorcerer is given at least one gift by the lord, Satan.”

Satan typifies the life force, the primordial Chaos, erratic forces driving progress or evolution, and nature’s law that the fittest survive. He can help you discern who you really are as a person, find your inner strength, align with your hidden true nature, and see that your creativity and ambitions are fulfilled. According to J. Thorp, Satan typifies “the Whole” or “the All.” According to her, Satan corresponds to every season and every direction on the compass; he is apt for any kind of spellwork and “represents ALL wisdom.” He is capable of incredible compassion.

Satan is referred to by many titles from his various denominations of followers, including “the Lord of All,” “the Master of the Temple,” “the Bringer of Enlightenment,” “the First and Highest Manifestation of the Black Light,” “the Reality Behind Reality,” “the Hammer of Justice,” “the Muse of Our Civilization,” “Merciless, Ruthless Master of Death,” “Giver of Life,” “the Dragon of Death,” “the Existential Being Becoming,” “the Archetype of the Untamed Wilderness,” “Ruler of All the Elements,” “the Lord of Life– of all the sensual delights and pleasures,” “a Guardian of the Occult,” “Giver of Ecstasy,” “the Rebellious Aspect of Nature,” “an Archetype of Disruption,” and “a symbol of dynamic motion: the generative or moving force behind evolution, change.”

Satan’s title “Prince of Darkness” only makes sense if you know that the root word for prince is princeps [first]. The Path to Satan attributed Satan to the letter T. I am sure this will be of great use to you.

I saw one authority make the claim that, because Satan is as transcendent as it is, Satan cannot directly interact with the physical universe, which cannot possibly be more incorrect and I deeply hope that this belief was not based upon the personal experience of the author (Stephany Conolly saw Satan directly interact with matter when she was a toddler– imagine being this guy!!!). Quite frankly, this man would be astonished if he knew just how potently Satan can manifest in the material realm.

The Christian Bible postulates that Satan is the governing deity of this material world, and several denominations of Satanism have voiced support for this belief. I tentatively agree with the idea, but I do not know to what extent or in what capacity Satan governs the causal realm, so I am not sure I have a worthwhile opinion to give. The Qabalah also renounces this material plane as diabolic, even going so far as to refer to our world as Olam Ha-Qliphoth [World of the Qliphoth].

I can’t remember what the grimoire was called or dig it up again, but the same ritual script that called Satan “the Lord of All” praised him with the words “Thou art the fullness of the earth and all fertility and fecundity thereof; Thou art the oceans and
the underground springs; Thou art the fires below the earth; Thou art the rains… Thy secret smile is in all things” and so forth.

Satan has almost always appeared to me as a black dragon with two wings and four legs, manifesting as a large red snake on one occasion, and a bestial anthropoid of shadow on another. With this said, most Demonolaters witness Satan in the semblance of a human male.

It would appear that the relationship between Baelzebuth and Satan is comparable in nature to that expressed in the Abrahamic religion between the Demiurge (Jehovah) and the Logos (Christ). Azazel is said to be the equivalent of Metatron. Authorities differ as to whether Christ or Metatron = Logos. Since the role of the Qliphothic equivalent of the Demiurge is to be divided betwixt Moloch and Satan, perhaps the role of the Logos of the Qliphoth (i.e., the Alogos) can be divided between Lucifer, Baelzebuth, and Azazel.

 

Leviathan

Leviathan is one of the Nine Demonic Divinities integral to Traditional Demonolatry, often called upon as the quintessential elemental of water in rites of circle-casting. While Leviathan is traditionally either serpentine or draconic, often described as having seven heads, he is known to appear in human form– male and female alike. Leviathan is the only aspect of the Devil I’m aware of who is known to so readily assume either gender the same way Belphagore and Astaroth do.

The Black Lodge identifies Leviathan as “the Cardinal Prince of the West,” “the Lord and Master of Water,” and “the Ruler over the Western Tower of Chaos” and grants him the title Chaosifer [Chaos Bearer]. Despite his capacity for havoc and wrath, the demon is known to be thoroughly wise, fair, and just. Nonetheless, performing a rite to Leviathan in a state of mental instability or other states of vulnerability is a very bad idea. The colors blue, grey, pink, red, yellow, and black are attributed to this spirit, and he is most powerful in September and Autumn.

Leviathan is referred to as either the Crooked or Twisting Serpent in Abrahamic lore– the primeval and theriomorphic storm demon who represents mental and emotional strength. He’s been called “the Raging Sea,” “the Devouring Serpent,” “the Lord of the Wrathful and Storming Oceans of Chaos,” “the Chief Admiral of the Infernal Navy,” “the Dragon of the Void,” and “the Primal Source of All Manifestations” (that last one won’t make sense until just a little bit later).

Leviathan is a demonic god of knowledge, witchcraft, and magickal arcana who “awakens the spirit to immortal possibility.” He presides over life, draconian magick, wisdom, empathy, initiation, fertility, insight, healing, creativity, astral shapeshifting, strength, execration magick, conception and birth, the reflection of curses, apostasy,  truth, divination, antinomianism, chaos, courage, emotion, destruction, self-esteem, dream work, atavism, marriage, and liberation from the mental barriers to your psychic perceptions and the manifest-ing of your magick.

In the Abrahamic lore, Leviathan is the apocalyptic beast of the sea, just as Behemoth is the apocalyptic beast of the earth and Ziz is the apocalyptic beast of the earth (I have articles on both). Hebrew lore depicted the Abrahamic deity battling Leviathan before the creation of the Cosmos, or creating both Leviathan and Behemoth on the fifth day, realizing they were invincible beasts that neither he nor any of his angels could kill, and managing to pit the two demons against one another.

Myths such as these generally don’t have even a shred of historical accuracy,* but sometimes the myths can semi-accurately depict the demeanor of the entities discussed. Outside of the Christian Bible’s depiction of Behemoth, the apocalyptic beast of the earth was clearly delineated as being integral to the stability and maintenance of the planet itself. Greek cosmology depicted the goddess Nox or Nyx as being one of the fundamental components of existence itself– in contrast, Behemoth and Ziz appear to either be or symbolize fundamental components/requisites of causal creation. It was clear that Behemoth, Leviathan, and Ziz were atavistic and infernal deities which typified primal and chaotic manifestations of natural forces who inhabited significance within the hierarchies of the Qliphoth, it seemed strange that the apocalyptic beast of the sea was the only one of the three which lacked clear allusion to the principles of creation, until the writings of the ToAF .

Ophitic Gnosticism identified Leviathan with the Worldsoul symbolized by the Ouroborous. In this, Leviathan becomes more than assumption of the essence of Chaos in atavism and the Qliphothic elemental of water: authorities in demon magick describe Leviathan as “the Encircling Demon of Endless Time,” the Dark God of the Eternal, Paradoxical, Becoming,” “the Primal Force of All Creation and All Destruction, and the Inner Force of Divinity” “the Principle of Continuity and Ageless Existence,” “the Potential of the Force Lying Dormant in the Dark Recesses of the Human Psyche,” “the Eternal Beginning and Ending,” “the Absolute,” “the Principle of Continuing and Ageless Existence,” and “the Darkest Levels of the Unconscious,” and “the Lord of the Abyss.”

Leviathan can be called upon in workings of self-transformation purposed towards the dissolution of the ego, the diminishment of self-imposted mental barriers, the empowerment of the Black Flame, the refinement of astral perception, dream work, and the stimulation of the Kundalini. The demon manifests results in spellwork with impressive speed and potency.

Leviathan typifies the principles of as above, so below and as within, so without. Leviathan both embodies the dweller-in-the-acausal-and-unmanifest and typifies physical consciousness. He represents the field of aethyr (the Astral Light and fifth element) and the mechanism of intercausality within each person. He typifies the mechanisms whereby the astral double is made attached to the body and mankind’s inner spiritual potentiality is stimulated and put to purpose. While Satan typifies the counterpart of the Black Flame as a theomorphic macrocosm, the deity known as Leviathan symbolizes the macrocosmic equivalent of the Kundalini serpent.

Leviathan is a therionick manifestation of water and Chaos as a viperous spirit of storm. His assumption of bestial form threatens the flashing of lightning and crescendo of thunder which symbolize (i) disruptive enlightenment or elevation of consciousness and (ii) the inspiration, enlightenment, and epiphanies engendered by dynamic emotion and instinct. He can be conjured in magickal rebellion against stagnation, order, laws, and formal structures. He rules the use of immense disruption or drastic change in pursuit of self-mastery. More importantly, Leviathan is attributed to the letter U in The Path of Satan.

The Ophitic aspect of the Devil as “the Great Lord of Water” is one of the demons recommended for equinox rites. Traditional Demonolatry designates April 30th, May 2nd, and September 21st for ritual veneration of Leviathan.

One or more installments in Abrahamic mythos depict Israel’s tribal war god fighting not one, but two leviathans in the unmanifest Chaos which predates the created universe. In this case, the second apocalyptic beast of the sea would be the primordial atavism of Lilith’s “Ophitic and Draconic Aspect” entitled Taninsam. Where scriptural tradition refers to Leviathan as either the Twisting Serpent or the Crooked Serpent, Taninsam is “the Poisonous Serpent” known as the Torturous Serpent in myth. Lilith’s primordial-draconian manifestation shares equal dominion over the Black Tower of the West and lays equal claim to the title of Chaosifer. Taninsam is viewed as an atavistic crone aspect of Lilith attributed to the colors black, blue, and red.

While Hebrew myth only acknowledges the companionship of Lilith and the Devil’s primordial atavisms, there are, in fact, two other leviathans of note excluded in myth. Taninniver, Leviathan, Taninsam and Rahab are the complete Ophitic quartet of the Qliphoth entitled the Raviasamin.

Taninsam and Taninniver both reside within Gamaliel, but while Lilith is established in dominion over the sphere, Hebrew lore purports that Taninniver is trapped within it. Four is a number of manifestation, but a quartet is often 3 + 1. That is to say, one of the four tends to be different from the others. Since Taninniver (or Tanin’iver) is “the Blind Serpent” or unmanifest leviathan, he is the odd one out. Taninniver is held to be the latent mechanism of aeonic termination restrained and dormant within the Qlipha of the Black Moon. Were Taninniver awakened, great darkness would manifest within the Cosmos and savage the veil as he established the full union of Lilith with the aspect of the Devil beyond the Qliphoth. Rahab, on the other hand, is just another counterpart leviathan– albeit one needed for completion. I have an article on him here if you like:
https://vkjehannum.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/rahab/

 

Concluding Speculations

These discussions should help clarify the advantages of the Devil’s multi-establishment of consciousness. While Satan and Leviathan are entirely demonic in nature, Iblis is the purely djinnic aspect of the Devil established in authority over shayateen (darksome/adversarial djinn). Azazel is the most accessible regent and emissary of Thaumiel (Neptune & Pluto/Moloch & Satan) and embodies a mixture of demonic, angelic, and djinnic essence. There’s a female aspect of the Devil, most likely a peculiar manifestation of Satan, named Satania/Tallamea, but I don’t know much about her yet.

Azazel is said to be the most visible and accessible regent and emissary of Thaumiel (Neptune & Pluto/Moloch & Satan) who is established in authority over the Watchers (called the Grigori, Egregoroi, Iyrin) alongside Azael and Semyaza. It is most likely that neither Azazel nor Shaitan ever answered to the aspect of the Abrahamic metagod known as Allah, and it is probable that the Watchers/Grigori as a whole were never in service to Jehovah.

According to my coven gnosis, Jehovah is only one member of the group of deities who created the species of angelic spirits, and I’ve met a few non-fallen angels who were not in Jehovah’s service. Think about it: the third manifest/active leviathan Rahab is considered to be one of the Watchers.

An abundance of conflicting religious teachings has seen Samael identified as an archangel, the demiurge, an aspect of the Devil, and a reaping spirit alike. Samael has been known to self-identify as an archangel even in the presence of those who worship demons, but he is also considered to have been the serpent of Eden who breeds legions of fiends with the Succubus Queens and gave birth through Eve to Qayin or Cain, who went on to become the first witch. Coincidentally, according to Hebrew lore, it was the infamously “wicked” descendants of Qayin whom the Watchers elected to reproduce monsters with, purely to cure their blue balls. I suppose the Watchers just decided to teach their lovers and genetically superhuman offspring to practice the Dark Arts for the fuck of it. For some reason, my friend who works with an archangel she calls Samael and I have become pretty sure that the two of us are contacting the same Samael, and I know that the infernal god I call Samael is indeed a mixture of angel and demon.

Azazel and Shaitan are said to be the intermediate patron of humankind on behalf of Allah, accepting the moniker Melek Taus. Meanwhile, Azazel is acting as initiator and witch-god of Thaumiel on behalf of the Black Lodge and Cultus Sabbati alike, and Shaitan is venerated by the O9A and considered a messenger of the Nekalah. While the aspects of the Devil known as Noctulius, Lucifer, Shaitan, and Satan do initiate Niners as requested, the O9A reports far more abrasive experiences in working with the Nekalah than I tend to have– this is the standard occurrence when demons agree to help people they do not respect, and I’ve seen the Nekalah and Infernal Divine both express some real contempt for the O9A.

So, what happens when Yezidis who aim to serve Allah pray to Azazel and Iblis, and what is the motivation for the Trans-Qliphothic Aspect of the Devil’s possible willingness to engender the alchemical development of the White Lodge when called upon in angel magick? I did meet an archangel with authority in the Sephiroth who had no allegiance to Jehovah at all and there are Demonolaters who enjoy the guidance of angels…

Now I have a headache.

 

Satanic, Occult, & Typhonian Sermons: An Interpretation of Star Wars VIII (Spoilers)

This isn’t a normal type of essay for me: it’s about philosophy, and I’m not trying to be a prick about it. Topics discussed: the esotericism of Hebdomadry, guru syndrome, finding identity, confronting the Alternate Self/Shadow, the relationship of the Logos and the Alogos, self-pedestalized Occultists, extraordinary acquaintances, Anti-Cosmic Satanism, Vengir Satanis, Deicide, Michael Aquino, gifted non-initiates, & more.

The Supreme Leader is dead, and I have killed him.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

“Before there were Sephiras, there were Black Planets.” -The Adimiron

The Last Jedi was so complex in its meaning that I’ve managed to create something of an Occult-Satanic sermon in my interpretation of it. I think it will be legitimately useful for newer Occultists in particular, and I’m including a big clue into my conclusions about Demonolatrous Cosmology, which are based in gnosis and research alike. If I had to cite three thinkers who were integral to the worldview I’m presenting here, those would be Diane Vera, Professor Jordan B. Peterson, and Messiah’el Bey.

The Last Jedi‘s characters are certainly extraordinary people, but to me, they don’t feel unrealistic at all. A Demonolatress by the YouTube handle of Indigo Priestess said that practitioners of demon magick have a unique propensity to encounter extraordinary persons, and in my experience, this is certainly true. To me, the characters from Star Wars VIII feel like friends I haven’t met yet.

For example, I’ve had a few friends like General Leia: incredibly spiritually gifted, but disinclined towards being an Occultist. She sees the truth in what we Occultists say and experience, but it’s not her path. She even trusts our abilities. She may dabble, and sometimes when she taps into her gifts, she can manifest something phenomenal. The real life Leia-types aren’t going to fly, but maybe they’ll walk on water (true story, and she’ll fuck up if she tries it a second time).

It’s definitely a good thing that Leia got to use the Force in such a dramatic way during the actress’s final performance as Leia (she died). When Yoda appears as a Force ghost and burns the hiding place for the Jedi texts, he hides the fact that Rei had stolen the books. Here we see the hidden wisdom of an Ascended Master: Luke hadn’t even read the damn texts (which makes sense considering both his initial self-pedestalization and his later jaded shame), but Rei’s a rapacious learner: she will. Because of this, the Jedi tradition is being transcended the way that a dead tradition should be transcended, instead of being forgotten like Luke’s dumb ass had wanted.

In short, I feel like I understand these characters, and sometimes I relate to them. The Last Jedi explores its protagonists’ relationship to the Logos as it seems to manifest itself in the guise of mentors, leaders, political groups, spiritual traditions, and parents.

Hero worship is explored from both ends. When Rose meets her hero, Fin, she’s disgusted with who he turns out to be. She tazes him, arrests him, and excoriates him, but in time, she comes to fall in love with him– not as a hero, but as a human. She sees through the illusions of hero worship and comes to see and accept the actual value in the person and insight of Fin.

Luke Skywalker appears as the victim of hero worship– a man afflicted by guru syndrome. He’s a legend and he buys into his own hype: he pedestalizes himself and then fails like Ronda Rousey.

That’s a common thing in the Occult. Vengir Satanis and Michael Aquino both proclaimed themselves Ipsissimus. These self-proclaimed Occult masters of the Black Lodge came to realize how flawed they still were and renounce their self-appointments. A Facebook commenter described their ‘character arc’ to me with singular insight, writing:

That [happened] because they are truly Mercurial. As we personally evolve, we go through periods of birth, growth, death, and rebirth. Human spiritual evolution is cyclical. One may attain perfection, becoming XXI The World. But then it is necessary to start over as 0 The Fool. Enlightenment doesn’t necessarily mean forever.

An apprentice of mine had taken up an interest in green witchery: the heavy use of plants, incenses, and crystals in magick. He asked me for my insight into the matter, assuming I had great knowledge regarding it, and I told him I knew next to nothing about green witchcraft.

“Can you at least recommend a trusted source on the topic?” He asked me.

I thought for a moment: “No,” I said.

He was taken aback by this. I didn’t realize how peculiar my ability to simply admit this was until a conversation with Voltigeur Dracovolos. Voltigeur sent me an abstruse excerpt from a text central to the Order of the Nine Angles and asked for my insights regarding it, whereupon I admitted to knowing nothing about the inscription.

When I later spoke to Voltigeur over the phone, he told me about the many persons he’d contacted for interpretations of the abstruse script. So many of the people he’d asked about it fancied themselves ONA heavyweights– that is to say, they had guru syndrome. They didn’t have anything resembling the insights they were being asked for, but they still felt the need to either make a shallow guess or give an ill-advised reading recommendation: ‘Oh, uh, I’m not sure. Maybe you should read ____________, that might have the answers that you’re looking for.’

All the input Voltigeur was given was useless, but so many people were unable to admit that they simply didn’t have any insight into the matter at hand. That’s guru syndrome: the egoic self-delusion which precipitates the humiliation and failure (read: learning experiences) of adepts.

Luke’s ego leads him to corrupt Kylo Ren, and he doesn’t process his mistake correctly. He learns very little, going from a so-called guru to a so-called invalid. He admits to his failings, sure, but he can’t put them into perspective any more than his achievements. While Kylo Ren overindulges in his potential for monstrous acts, Skywalker overshames himself because of his Freudian Shadow. Both fail to properly confront the Freudian Shadow/Alternate Self from a place of balance.

It’s incredibly difficult to find your self-esteem, purpose, and courage without the love and confidence of either parent, let alone without both. Violence is a primitive form of child abuse; undermining the child is the sophisticated approach. If you spend enough time in daycare, you can wind up in the same emotional state as an orphan. Being undermined or abandoned by a parent, or even humiliated and betrayed by a close friend or significant other, can fuck you emotionally for years if you don’t confront it the right way.

If I was cursing you out and clearly planning to hit you, would you be scared of me?  Would it make a difference whether or not someone you wanted to impress was watching? Would you be more willing to take the hit if it was someone else that I was threatening? If I said hurtful things about you that you know aren’t true, could I make you believe them, at least for a while? Are you afraid to fight even though you aren’t afraid to take a punch?

What do you need to do to have the bravery to back somebody down or even hit somebody first even if there was nobody watching and nothing but your own dignity at stake? The answer is to find yourself: find your courage, your purpose, and your self-esteem. When you find these things, you can make the other person bitch out. The fact that Kylo Ren and Rei are able to find courage, and in Ren’s case, self-worth without this primal validation is a phenomenal feat, but it isn’t enough.

Skywalker repeatedly asks Rei what her identity and purpose are until she admits that she doesn’t have an answer. For Christ’s sake, my second former mentor did that to me for a while. He stopped when I answered with immediate confidence and insight months after the initial questioning session.

Rei spends the movies looking for her parents, but when she asks for a vision of them, she only sees her own reflection. When she searches for her parents, all she’s trying to do is find herself, and she’s going about it in the wrong way.

Like Rei, Kylo Ren projects the Logos onto his parents and places his hope of Becoming in his relationship to them. Kylo Ren has been so brutalized by the Logos in the form of his mentors that he honestly thought that killing his own father was the route to Becoming. In reality, redefining his relationship to mom and dad was a wild goose chase. The root of the problem was the mentors who had spurned him, so killing Han Solo does not redeem him the way he thought it would.

You don’t get over grief, you get through it. Let yourself be an introspective mess for a while and explore your pain and experience. Don’t be foolish enough to refuse to use a demon’s help (Google Saksaksalim) to get over what you’re going through: as a passerby suddenly said when I was wondering whether or not to evoke Saksaksalim for emotional healing, “Team work make a dream work.”

While Rei is projecting the Logos onto countless unsuited father figures and Kylo Ren is having tantrums when he’s excoriated by his mentor, Fin is busy not giving a fuck. When his leader tells him he was always scum, he smiles, calls himself “Rebel scum,” and defeats her. When Rose comes onto him, he isn’t desperate enough to reciprocate, even in the moment. Unlike Rei and Kylo Ren, he’s found himself, so his fondness of Rei has a unique legitimacy.

Anti-Cosmic Satanists project the idea of the monotheistic creator onto the tribal war god of Israel, and Niners consider Magian influences the source of the West’s perceived corruption. Like Kylo Ren, they’re inclined to lash out against meaningless external targets. In reality, the Alogos is the precursor to the Logos and Enlightenment lies in the reconciliation of Shams [the Planetary Sphere of the Sun] with its precursor: the Qlipha of Thagirion (Black Sun/Belphagore).

Jehovah is just a tribal war god who pulled off a massive scam, and Han Solo is just a war hero. Defining yourself without them is necessary because they are not the Logos, let alone “God.” Jehovah is not some Cosmic tyrant; your true enemy is within. “Let the past die. Kill it, if you have to.” Cursing a church is only useful in Becoming if it’s one that you grew up in. Deicide can be necessary to some, but if they are necessary to you, they still are not your True Will.

-V.K. Jehannum
Agios Octinomos-Drakosophia

 

Regarding the Scandalous Origins of Satanism

Our history is something to be surpassed, not white-washed. We owe the beginnings of public Theistic Satanism to two individuals: Anton LaVey and David Myatt: two plagiarists whose leaderships were egregious displays of fraud and propaganda. It would appear that the beginnings of most European magickal paradigms, British Traditional Wicca for example, have similarly sordid and unscrupulous beginnings.

In American history, we like to forget the integral role that prostitutes played in women’s struggles for equality, the integral role that the Mafia played in the beginning of the LGBTQ+’s struggle for public acceptance, and the importance of violence in the struggle for minority rights. We give all the credit to Martin Luther King Junior and none to the man who made it all possible: Malcolm X. The few of us who remember that the suffragettes were white supremacists generally don’t know that they were anti-male bigots.

Anton LaVey was bigoted against women and David Myatt was bigoted against men. Anton LaVey leaves behind a legacy of domestic abuse and prostitution rings. David Myatt championed all manner of perfidy– white nationalism and Esoteric Hitlerism to boot. Both have gone on to denounce their former Satanisms, with LaVey becoming an atheist after ten years of leading the Church of Satan and Myatt denouncing the Order of the Nine Angles, which order went on to undermine the importance of Satanism to their tradition. This is comparable to Darwin’s disavowal of the theory of evolution, which is to say that it’s meaningless. These people were fuck-ups and their ideologies were fucked, but their existence was necessary: the Black Lodge of today has something to surpass.

Real change takes an outcast: persons sufficiently external to the mainstream are required to struggle to make a difference. We should never whitewash our history: in the beginning, it is the fuck-ups who paved the way. I give respect to the degenerates who brought us where we are today and hope that we all can learn from their mistakes, just as we must learn from our own. Among our number are degenerates, losers, misanthropes, junkies, bums, etc. This is as it must be. Underground Satanism is a terrifying force older than we can ever know, but public Satanism has not been around for long. It was only in the sixties the the Devil Worshiper known as Anton LaVey started the Church of Satan. Do not give up on yourselves as you continue to pave the way.