Most modern Satanic movers and shakers know about the back-and-forth shit smearing that has been going on between The Church of Satan and The Satanic Temple who are both claiming the symbol of Satan for themselves. Listen, they are both doing different things and it’s totally OK to support them both for different reasons (Church of Satan might condemn me for saying that). The CoS is expressly uninterested in politics and is laissez-faire with its members and outsiders. TST is mostly an activist group that is trying to use the shock value of Satan to show the hypocrisy of Christians taking the sole claim to religious freedom. Specifically, they are trying to force government bodies in the US to uphold the sacred separation of church and state that is supposed to be one of the foundations of our democracy. Currently their fight is focusing on the state of Arkansas which refuses to remove a statue of the 10 Commandments from their capitol grounds.
“The Arkansas government has erected a 10 Commandments monument on capitol grounds sponsored by an Evangelist minister in the State Senate who has been allowed to abuse his public office to favor his religious viewpoint in a public forum to the exclusion of other voices. To rectify the unconstitutional appearance of official favoritism for one religion, and to establish a respect for pluralism and religious freedom, we, The Satanic Temple, offered our Baphomet monument to stand alongside the 10 Commandments. The Arkansas government refused our request.
In addition to litigating against this blatant viewpoint discrimination, we’re taking Baphomet to the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock and will be there at 1pm. We need your support.
If you can make it to Little Rock on August 16th, we implore you to come and stand with us. Let’s show Arkansas we will never be passive while our rights are assaulted. Help us to demand that the Arkansas government respect the Constitution. Let’s remind them that Freedom does not exist conditionally…”
They are quickly reaching their goal thanks to support from people like me and others who are deeply concerned about removing Christianity’s monopoly on privilege. If you want to contribute to the cause of moving the statue, do so!
Remember how all the Republicans thought Obama was the Antichrist, and would bring about the end of the world? Well now those poor fools have my sympathy because that’s exactly how I feel about Donald “General Bone Spurs” Trump, and all his fattened criminal cronies here and abroad (seriously, fuck them straight to Hell). But since he still has his grubby, tiny fingers on top of the most devastating nuclear arsenal ever seen on planet Earth, my mind has been brought back over and over to the Apocalypse. And nothing says “Apocalypse” more than a good old 15th century woodcut (seriously I am crazy for woodcuts). So lets dive into the famous Four Horsemen by Albrecht Dürer (1498).
This woodcut is so incredibly impressive because of the grand and small-scale details found everywhere, and the constant sense of intense motion, chaos and fear that the End of the World promises. The muscular strength of the mighty horses, the severity of the riders and the anguished faces of Earthbound man struggling against the coming Doom. A frightful, powerful image. Continue reading “The End is Nigh…”
Today I saw an example of clerical abuse against an innocent crying child that has been going around the news. I am SO angry! There is now a new section of this site dedicated solely to outing these evil BASTARDS for their many crimes. I will attempt to identify them by name whenever possible, but if you see someone who’s name you know, please tell me! Doxing the evildoer is highly encouraged. The new page can be permanently found here.
Miraculously, there is at least one thing that Christians and Satanists have agreed on: DO NOT HARM LITTLE CHILDREN. Anyone who does is worthy of the shame of the world, and the worst punishments offered by the fury of HELL.
I want to adopt Irving Finkel as my new grandpa. No wait. I want to become this bearded wizard fellow when I’m old. It is really remarkable how much information can be deducted from such scant archaeological data such as in the examples below.
The gallant, haughty style of writing that made Dr. Anton LaVey infamous is very much present in his disciple and successor Magus Peter H. Gilmore. The Church of Satan’s penchant for showmanship and dramatics (part of what made the Church and LaVey so well known) makes itself visible in this collection of assorted writings that have brought the Church into the 21st century. When you get past all the pompous vocabulary, you reach the heart of the message of the Church of Satan: Do It Yourself, Asshole. A good read that will enlighten you on many of the misconceptions and misgivings many have about Satanism.
Indispensable invisibility spell: Take fat or an eye of a nightowl and a ball of dung rolled by a beetle and oil of an unripe olive and grind them all together until smooth, and smear your whole
body with it and say to Helios: “I adjure you by your great name, BORKÊ PHOIOUR IÕ ZIZIA APARXEOUCH THTHE LALIAM AAAAAA IIIII OOOO IEÕ IEÕ IEÕ IEÕ IEÕ IEÕ IEÕ NAUNAX AI AI AEÕ AEÕ EAÕ,” and moisten it and say in addition: “Make me invisible, lord Helios, AEÕ ÕAÊ EIÊ ÊAÕ,
in the presence of any man until sunset, IÕ IÕ Õ PHRIXRIZÕ EÕA.”
PGM I. 247-62
Tested spell for invisibility: A great work. Take an eye of an ape or of a corpse that has died a violent death and plant a peony. Rub these with oil of lily, and as you are rubbing
them from the right to the left, say the spell as follows: “I am ANUBIS, I am OSIR-PHRE, I am OSOT SORONOUIER, I am OSIRIS whom SETH destroyed. Rise up infernal daimon, IÕ ERBETH IÕ PHOBETH IÕ PAKERBETH IÕ APOMPS; whatever I, NN, order you to do
be obedient to me.” And if you wish to become invisible, rub just your face with the concoction, and you will be invisible for as long as you wish. And if you wish to be visible again, move from west to east and say this name, and you will be obvious and visible to all
men. The name is: MARMARIAÕTH MARMARIPHEGGE, make me, NN, visible to all men on this day, immediately, immediately; quickly, quickly!” This works very well.
Betz, H. D. (1996). The Greek magical papyri in translation: Including the Demotic spells. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
In the nation’s oldest city there is a new exhibition of replica and restoration torture implements popular from antiquity up to 1939 (the last public execution by guillotine). Even though the dummies are pretty kitschy and the fake torches very campy, the torture devices and demonstrations offer a boldly visual exposition on how barbarous humanity can be. Of course you KNOW I focused most of my attention here on the trial and punishment of witches and sorcerers, about which I was not disappointed. Contemplating on these instruments of brutality and pain is a very powerful way to remind yourself of the needless suffering religious tyrants have caused in the past, and will continue to cause in the future unless we stop them.
This blog has been somewhat slow this month, due to school deadlines and lack of free time. However I’m pleased to announce upcoming content about:
My recent experiment with a vision potion
New art history posts
Updates on the Greek magical papyri project
Book reviews from my recent readings
And finally I’m happy to say I will be hosting my first Black Masson Walpurgisnacht, 2018. This invite-only ritual will be based on my current research of Medieval and early modern accounts of the Black Mass in history, using a ritual based on an inversion of the Ordo Ritus of the Christian Mass as it was around 1570. This Messe Noire is going to be fantastic, with a full retinue of ministers and dis-sacramental ornamentations, expertly accompanied with moving heavy metal sounds, culminating in a fun host desecration. I might even have fireworks, we’ll see.