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In the Absence of Light Greetings all,

I have identified as a Satanist for the last 16 years of my life, with some minor fluctuation here and there. Most of that time, I've called myself a traditional/theistic Satanist which is what I currently identify as. I've actively practiced a variety of occult systems for a solid 13 years. I have explored a lot, from folk/trad witchcraft to Anticosmic Gnosticism and much between. My primary magivkal focus has almost always been in the realms of necromancy. Most recently, I've been delving a bit deeper into Setianism and the chaos magick of Peter J. Carroll and the IOT.  I'm predominately here to learn more about theistic Satanism, in particular Setianism. I've never been one for ceremonial and what I see as excessively complex forms of magick, but I'm open. I do a lot of blending of practices and am still kind of on the lookout for what my path is or isn't. I do avidly enjoy a focus on death/death worship, as that's been my most recent manifestation of my practice.

Other than all that, just looking to get to know and network with like minded individuals. Anybody in the Setian, theistic Satanist, chaote, or death worship/necromancy side of the things please feel free to reach out. I'm always willing to learn.

Ave Satanas

November 02, 2019, 07:07:12 pm
The Dark Princess I've noticed a habit in Setian writing of writing Dark Prince/ss in reference to the literal god of the system. From a Setian point of view, who is this Dark Princess, or rather, which deities fit the Setian paradigm of the Dark Princess?  I tend to find myself a lot more drawn to the Dark Feminine Divine than most else, so any insight here is appreciated.
November 05, 2019, 11:05:01 pm
Re: The Dark Princess I'll check that out right away. Thanks for the recommendation.
November 05, 2019, 11:41:12 pm
Re: What are you listening to? Horror story podcasts like NoSleep and the Magnus Archives. For music, a whole variety of mostly metal.
November 06, 2019, 03:01:01 am
Re: LHP Stance on Economic Collectivism
The Church of Satan adheres to the concept of meritocracy versus systems of socialism where collectivists have authority. LaVey's Satanism drew upon Objectivism but there are differences.

Since socialism is basically the opposite of capitalism, it would be incompatible with Ayn Rand's theories and the Church of Satan's adaptations of them. Stratification is recognized as a reality which exists, not necessarily something to pursue for it's own sake.

I'm personally not in favor of socialism implemented on any large scale by governments because I think that would be antiethical to the Left-Hand Path. But America is neither totally capitalist or socialist, there has always been at least some redistribution of wealth.

I believe in meritocracy as well. However, I don't believe such a thing exists or could exist in unadulterated free market capitalism. You see, the worker, in order to make profit, must sell his labor to his or her employer. The employer takes a share of this profit and the worker is not given the full product of their labor.

Already we have a problem; LHP philosophy states that everyone has the right and ability to take full responsibility for themselves and that only the individual can reach their full potential, right? But there exists outside forces that take a portion of our hard-earned money that do not contribute to society themselves.

There are people above us (the rich) that did not work to reach the point where they are now, but instead inherited their position in society. In a true meritocracy, wouldn't everyone have an equal opportunity to succeed, and only succeed if they put in the work to?

I understand that the LHP encourages personal/spiritual growth in the form of apotheosis/Xeper, and that one must have a sound mind to do so. However, I would find that doing so would be rather difficult if one is constantly burdened with endless debt and economic toil as well as having to work long hours each day and having no energy later in the day to focus on personal development. The individual is turned into a slave, which not only can break an individual physically, but is almost certain to break an individual mentally. With all due respect, I simply can't understand how such a system could be compatible with LHP philosophy.

I pretty much came here to say essentially this, but you got to it first. I'm glad I'm not the only one here!

November 06, 2019, 12:10:40 pm
Re: Satanic Theravada Having delved into Buddhism in the past, this is most interesting. I think I'll try this out, see what works. Thanks for sharing @Hapu.
December 07, 2019, 01:29:12 pm
Re: Official Warnings on Fundamentalist Pseudo-Satanism There is a group called Ecclesia Diabolica Gnostica that does swastika worship as they see it as a perfect Satanic symbol of death. Not sure if you wanna add that one. Philosophy is written by Frater Kafyrfos and the outer part of the group is named Wolf's Hooked Cross, after the book of the same name. For those that don't know the Wolf's Cross has been adapted as Nazi iconography. Of course, they claim to not be fascist, and I can't speak one way or another on that.
December 12, 2019, 07:26:57 am
Re: Dissecting Stansislaw Przybyszewski's Satanism This... Actually kinda fits with a lot of shit I already think. This definitely requires deeper inspection. Thanks for the share @Xepera maSet.
December 12, 2019, 07:36:14 am
Re: Official Warnings on Fundamentalist Pseudo-Satanism
Wolf's Hooked Cross is a highly recommended read!

I don't know the order itself to make an opinion on them.

I mean a lot of what I read made sense to me except the swastika worship. I'd like to get a copy of the book if I can. I'm kind of on the border of like a gnostic diabolism of sorts so it sounds appealing. I even has a document I was writing out called Ecclesia Diabolica Gnostica before I found them, so that was intriguing.

December 12, 2019, 09:43:13 am
Re: Official Warnings on Fundamentalist Pseudo-Satanism Yeah, I've been reading the PDFs from there. Came across it when I was checking out their catalogue after purchasing Liber Isfet.

I've been finding that I'm probably a literal devil worshiper, but seeing Satan in a more Gnostic sense as a liberator and the one responsible for awakening our inner divinity. I like the Diabolical Gnostic concept of embracing both the material and spiritual, but I'm not so sure about the Blood Worship. Not that I'm against it, but it's just not a concept I'm overly familiar with.

I do struggle a bit with the paradoxical sense of things. I mean, I "get it" but I keep trying to square it in my head. Perhaps that's exactly what I'm not supposed to do.

December 12, 2019, 11:59:21 am