The very genius, sort-of-sexy-but-not-at-all resident pharmacologist for VICE undergoes a San Pedro Cactus ritual with Cipriano Zurita Neira.
I was actually disappointed that the Church of Satan promoted this rather boring ritual video. Spooky sounds and Hot Topic daggers only get you so far. Where is the psychological decompression? Where is the emotion? If any of the rites mentioned in The Satanic Rituals could be well rehearsed, grandiose and perfected renditions, I’d be so happy. Has anyone ever attempted Die Elektrischen Vorspiele? That would be a site to see!
*EDIT, April 2019* – I took a second look at this video over a year later, and I actually have to retract my previous statements about this Walpurgisnacht ritual. The production is really quite tasteful at closer inspection. After reviewing the mechanics of Satanic Ritual as described in LaVey, I can better appreciate how well this ritual adheres to his instructions. I think my initial reaction was because there is probably much that is lost in translation between being actually present at something versus interpreting it through a video. I’ll leave my previous statements up because we are responsible for the words we put out there. However I will confess I initially was judging this ritual performance too harshly. Everyone’s a critic!