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Left Hand Path Quotes "The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common, they don't alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views, which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering". - Dr. Who

"Political correctness has no place in Setian, Satanic, Luciferian, Left-Hand Path speak. If you are offended by our words, then you need to seek out some other path or religion that is kinder and gentler to your fragile sensibilities." - Setamontet

"Madness, as you know, is like gravity; all it takes is a little push." - the Joker

"Introduce a little anarchy, upset the established order and everything becomes chaos." - the Joker, Chaos Magician

June 30, 2017, 03:54:02 pm
Brief Introduction to Luciferianism Luciferianism is a complex face of the Left-Hand Path that has arguably existed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Rather than being related to the Christian Devil and Satanism like is generally thought, Lucifer is seen as the “bringer of light,” light generally being taken to mean knowledge or gnosis. The association of Lucifer with Satan is understood to be rooted in a mistranslation of Isaiah 14:12 in the King James Version of the Bible, which describes the fall of a Babylonian King. Lucifer is used as a title elsewhere, including in the Book of Revelations 22:16 where Jesus himself calls himself the “bright morning star” or “bright bringer of morning.”

This title of the “morning star” comes from the association of Lucifer with Venus, a planet so bright it once cast shadows, and which leads in the sun at dawn. It was seen as a herald of the morning, or even one who went ahead and announced the coming of god. This is why even once associated with Satan, Lucifer was understood to have previously been a beautiful angel and the right hand of god.

Archetypal Luciferians do not believe Lucifer is a literal being or force, but a title and an archetype that exists throughout mythology and history. Many people or deities can be seen as a “Lucifer”, and Luciferianism tends to embrace a Chaos Magic take on magical practice and symbolism. Theistic Luciferians believe that Lucifer is either a god among many, or the true god, and that the Abrahamic god is a malevolent being tricking and enslaving mankind. In this case Lucifer, like his archetypal counterparts, is seen as saving mankind from the clutches of the Abrahamic god and similar forces. Not saving us in a savior-like way mind you, but giving us the ability to save ourselves.

November 15, 2017, 05:55:24 am
O.'.S.'. Founders' Statement
Order of the Serpent
Founders' Statement

The Order of the Serpent (O.S.) is an esoteric school of the Western Left Hand Path. It is comprised of unique individuals and philosopher-Magicians, dedicated to the study and practice of Self-Directed Self-Evolution (also known as Xeper, Black Magic, or other terms). The Order is dedicated to the accumulation and preservation of the knowledge and undefiled wisdom of the Prince of Darkness and the occult/Black Arts. The focus of the O.S. is the Individual Self, both as in one’s personal development and the concept or Form of the Individual Self. The O.S. founders believe that we all have individual hidden truths within ourselves, and our goal is to uncover, and ultimately become the perfect and complete manifestation of these truths.

The O.S. is rooted in extreme individualism, and its members are capable of working with a concept and forming their own thoughts, ideas, and understanding of them. Discussion and rational debate are both welcome and encouraged. Those involved are able to form their own belief systems, tools of initiation, and are able to forge their own unique path. Unlike most other metaphysical ideologies which seek to dissolve the self, subjugate it to questionable beings, or even deny its existence by reducing it to pure matter, the O.S. seeks to increase its own freedom of Mind and Will, and that of others. It recognizes the Self, the one thing each being can truly know to exist, as the center of reasoning, as well as the center of society. Rather than seeing humans as deterministic slaves, fallen beings in need of saving, or creatures meant to serve the State, the Order believes that Self-Actualization at the individual level is the key to human advancement. In a world where humans are little more than statistics, the Order of the Serpent recognizes that all change, as well as all knowledge, begins with the individual Self.

Unlike a symbolic occult organization, some sort of statement, or simply a self-help group, the O.S. is an esoteric organization, founded upon the metaphysical position that there is something beyond the simple world of matter and psychology. Whether the creator God of the West, the mindless Nature of materialism, or flowing Way of the East, the Order of the Serpent recognizes these as one in the same, an order imposed upon chaos that underlies, creates, and drives the entire cosmos. The difference with the Esoteric Western Left Hand Path, the O.S. included, is that we do not accept that this order is complete, wholly deterministic, or even necessarily “good.” It is what leads to cancer and depression, starvation and war, whether it allows this to happen, determines it, or is un-intelligent and cannot do otherwise. Yet in the individual we have free will, the ability to go against this Natural Order or malevolent God. This ability has been demonized, described as an illusion, or even completely ignored specifically because it can go against Nature/God, which is why “self-directed self-evolution” has been associated with “black magic” for so long in Western society.

More specifically, the Order of the Serpent is founded in its own metaphysical view of Neo-Platonism. The founders accept the objective existence of the Realm of Forms, which is separated into Simple Forms (which cannot partake in themselves, such as “Pointedness”), and Complex Forms (which partake in themselves, such as “Consciousness” or “Knowledge”). The Complex Forms, being abstract, necessary, non-spacial, and non-temporal, yet also conscious, self-aware, and knowledgeable, are themselves indistinguishable from traditional polytheistic gods. Indeed, “gods” are more simply seen as a perversion of Complex Forms, a misunderstanding. While there is no central “god-head” within the Order, there is a certain henotheistic focus on Forms of Consciousness, Inspiration, Art, Intoxication, Self-Awareness, Knowledge, and so forth.

The name for the Order of the Serpent comes from the Northern Circumpolar Stars, specifically the massive constellation Draco, which never sets below the horizon. To the earliest human religions, these were seen as being free from the cycles of the moon, sun, planets, and even constellations and stars. Separate from the ebb and flow of Nature/”God”, those associated with the Imperishable Stars were free to permanently exist, to forge their own path free from those cycles. It was only later on that world religion began to dissolve into its current Solar form. The Order of the Serpent hopes to remanifest this ancient, Pre-Solar metaphysics in the modern day - within the 21st century.

The insignia of the Order is a pentagram, representing that point of inner-consciousness where the individual Self exists. The pentagram is within a circle representing the physical shell of the Self, but the points of the pentagram do not touch this circle, symbolizing the continued separation between Self and Body. The separation of the metaphysical (pentagram) from the physical (circle) exists because the elements of both are independent and distinct from one another. Stemming from this pentagram are five symbols, from Norse, Sumerian, Egyptian, Chinese, and an ouroboros as a stylized O. It is meant to represent the diversity of interests within the O.S. We are not simply a Setian, Thelemic, Asatru, Hermetic, Luciferian/Satanic, or any single approach, but a place for such individuals to help each other grow, and help share useful information.

The Order of the Serpent provides such resources currently as the Library of the Ancient Serpent, the O.S. forums, and the Order newsletter "The Imperishable Star". The forum is meant to provide a Left Hand Path online community focused on rational, esoteric discussion. The Imperishable Star provides essays written by members in order to share esoteric knowledge with the outside world. Both are open and free to all. The O.S. does not have any initiatory hierarchy, all members are equal, from the founders to someone on day one. There are no membership fees, but we simply ask members to provide and discuss esoteric information, such as for publication in the newsletter. We do not believe in hoarding occult knowledge behind closed doors and paywalls, and try to keep the occult community updated on our progress. The application process is simply an email discussion with the founders, and an essay on pretty much any relevant topic of the applicant’s choosing.

We hope that you benefit from these resources, and encourage both followers of the Left Hand Path, and respectfully interested individuals, to join the forum absolutely free of charge and without membership. Those interested in aiding with our goal advancing and sharing esoteric knowledge, in and for the modern age, please feel free to send an enquiry email to, to start a thread on the forum, or to private message Xepera maSet, Setamontet, and Onyx on the forum.

The Path of Darkness leads to Enlightenment.
Like the Ancient Serpent, so too may you endure.

November 16, 2017, 06:30:30 pm
Hate Isn't the way of the Satanist Cross post from a debate topic I made on another forum:

Hate is a very strong emotion. Much is made, particularly among certain types, of the fact that humans are both hating and loving creatures. I honestly think such attitudes are rooted in tribalism. Love your friends, hate your enemies. Such has been the battle cry for eons of the warlike religions, political ideologies and governmental entities who sought to expand through violence and forced conversion.

It seems for some they feel as if they should love a few and default to a hateful attitude towards many others. I don't agree. Rather, I'd propose, hate should be rationed just as those like LaVey told the Satanist to ration love in The Satanic Bible (though I'll take this further later on). Hate is a destructive emotion by nature and its liable to backfire if one isn't careful with it.

"But but! Those intolerant, or evil or brainwashing x religion/group!" Well, my dear diabolical friend... simply moving the sword from the right hand to the left hand is still using a sword (see what I did there? :p). I've actually heard Matthew 10:34 and Luke 14:26 used to justify hate mongering, for example. Sadly the trap of hate is one easy to fall into. Those verses, Yeshua bringing a sword to divide, and saying one must hate others to love him, I chose for a reason and not randomly. It's again that tribalism; that old us vs them that's the trap I'm warning against.

I don't consider myself a LaVeyan in any sense, and I will break down a relevant statement in his Satanic Bible and what I disagree with, since this is what I am comparing my position to:

“Love is one of the most intense feelings felt by man; another is hate. Forcing yourself to feel indiscriminate love is very unnatural. If you try to love everyone you only lessen your feelings for those who deserve your love. Repressed hatred can lead to many physical and emotional aliments. By learning to release your hatred towards those who deserve it, you cleanse yourself of these malignant emotions and need not take your pent-up hatred out on your loved ones.”  - Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible (1969)

Okay, so love and hate are intense. So far so good.  But the moment he starts talking about indiscriminate love he never contrasts about indiscriminate hate. Yes, I understand that most hateful Satanic types do discriminate, although too often I've seen it be over petty things. There's seems to be something in the id so to speak, that thrives on the release of hating people for stupid crap. This isn't to say this is LaVeyans specifically who do that, funny enough I've seen it with theists quite a lot, but in a lot of ways they take things like this to an extreme and so the passage merited quoting. I picked LaVeyan / Church of Satan out of any other sect as it's one of the few notable groups espousing a view on the pro-hate end of the spectrum. (also funny enough there are more LaVeyan influenced theistic Satanists than first impressions might give otherwise if my online interactions are any indication).

I don't know how we determine who "deserves" hate. What LaVey failed to account for is that since Satanism exalts the subjectivity of the individual there won't be any measure beyond whim for who "deserves" what. Such inclinations in my opinion quickly lend to tyranny of those higher up in the social "stratification" as LaVey's successor Gilmore would put it.

I don't think 99.9% of people can experience "indiscriminate love" but surely an attempt respect for all life is at least on some level rational. Satan is the god of man, of our nature. And there is a part of our nature that does seek to better itself. I'm reminded of an Episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where the Android named Data (who wishes to be a human) says it's not important that he will never become fully human, just important that he is always trying to improve himself. That to me, that constant self improvement, and personal evolution is what is at the heart of humanity and Satanism. So why can't we aim to try to love more? Perhaps even universally so? It might not be possible, but it's surely worth the effort.

LaVey almost made a valid point, but missed the mark when he said "repressed hate" instead of "repressed emotion". Hate itself, from what I've come to understand of it, festers and grows off of itself. And that's the danger. Most people (I hope) don't take out their frustrations on other people or their loved ones. I honestly think LaVey might of been speaking from experience when he spoke on that.

If someone has someone they really dislike causing them trouble they might diffuse the tension with something healthy like a hobby or working out, whatever. But taking it out on a living being? Even loved ones if they can't against the aggressor? Something more is going on there that most well adjusted people don't have (or at least I hope so anyways).

There are times though, I think "hate" of a sort is warranted, but very rarely so. It's too subjective and honestly if something is that malicious one can address the person or situation indifferently and rationally. I also would say that hate is pretty much something people should avoid as much as possible since it uses up energy and effort. Quite literally it's not worth the effort. If they are truly that bad, it's not worth hating and getting worked up over. They don't deserve your hate. That's why I say, who really deserves hate?

A Satanist should seek to improve themselves, not get carried away with those who are against them. That energy is better spent on becoming a better person, a better Satanist, a better human. Maybe Data had a point. Maybe it isn't the fact that one will ever stop hating entirely but just the fact that they won't be consumed or distracted by it as much and can better spend that effort on themselves is all that matters.

And a topic for another time, but nor does that mean one should be self righteous or arrogant in their dismissal of those they now "don't hate" :) Truly not caring is even less than that; it's not having much of an emotional reaction at all.

November 20, 2017, 10:06:44 am
Extending Lesser Magic Greetings,

One of my weakness for years was the application of Lesser Magic. This weakness was born out of my lack of social knowledge due to my being homeschooled. While I didn't have to face the mind-numbing collectivism of state sanctioned school systems, the downside was that I didn't learn social contracts. This is the foundation of lesser magic, social contract. However I hope to form a collaboration of ideas to extend Lesser Magic, for the experienced Satanist, into a more aristocratic or elite methodology. This is not meant to undermine the Satanic Witch, Satanic Warlock, or any of the other works on the basics of Lesser Magic.

I decided to push lesser magic into a more elite direction, and away from the wile and guile aspect due to the current nature of the world we live in today. Today a male Satanist using wile and guile with a woman could quickly find himself in court being accused of all manner of atrocities. Also, I believe that Satanists grow and mature with time and experience. The effects of my methodology has recently resulted in a major promotion at my job.

1. Balance your speech. Don't sound to complex or high minded, this can come off as Condescension.

2. Temper your Satanism the way the Masons did. Create an easter egg hunt, leaving clues, but never give them the full answer. Always say less than nessessary. Ex. I always changed the colors of the Sigil of Baphomet lapel pins I had on my back pack for work. Some days it was red, some white, other days it was black and silver.

3. Create an air of mystery about yourself. Even though I do rock climb, kayak, hike, camp, and lift weights, what I don't have are a bunch of worthless selfies of me doing it. I tell people about my vital existence but without the photos their imaginations fill in the blanks.

4. Guard your reputation. Enter into your actions boldly, make it look easy and move on to the next goal. Let them see you do that.

5. Don't always be around. The experienced Satanist knows when to be there and when to be a ghost. Absence increases respect. Ex. At my job, my hours and work load is massive. I get extended weekends where I have 5 days off. On my last day I do a knock out job, tell the best jokes, make the most people laugh, buy breakfast for dispatch and buy lunch for my partner and then...I disappear for five days.

6. Let others do your soliciting for you. Jesus Christ never had to sell himself, he had 12 disciples on his payroll who traveled all over to tell people about him. Same for Buddha.

7. Mind how you dress. A mature Satanist's power can be swept away when he looks like a Hot Topic reject. A dress shirt, vest, blazer, nice jeans and shoes with a well placed lapel pin and combed hair. These things will help you say a lot without opening your mouth. Dress and Grooming can be addressed at a later date. Consider these:

These are a collaboration of several works.

The 48 Laws of Power
The Laws of Seduction
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Sleight of Mouth***
The Black Book of NLP

I have had several people look at me and tell me "Just being around you, I feel smarter." This is always what I gauge off of, never underestimating their manipulations.

Lesser Magic can be used to expand the people around you, this will hold more weight. You may get all the other smaller perks (Watch your asses) but giving people a slight wake up will jar them more than some petty mind tricks.
***Robert Dilts wrote his work on NLP, called Sleight of Mouth. This was designed to be a more useful and practical method of Neurolinguistic Programming. Along with the book, which is available on Amazon, he did a series of lectures, DVD 1 is linked below. The rest are available on youtube.

December 10, 2017, 08:19:49 am
From indoctrination to the path to freedom I have a friend who has been raised as a JW his entire life.  I was completely ignorant to their actual beliefs until just recently when we had a long discussion about it.  At one point I had asked him how it felt to follow his religion yet also entertain certain things that it forbids, and he replied that he understood the consequences and fully accepted them.  At the time it made no sense to me, because I didn't know what those consequences actually were.  In our recent discussion I was actually talking quite a bit about some things I read in the Symbolism of the Serpent thread on this forum, and I asked him if he believed that the Christian interpretation was a scare tactic, to which he replied 'No, but I do believe hell is a scare tactic'.  This is when I found out that JW do not believe in hell.  It brought more light to what he had said before, and he confirmed that he believes if he does not follow his religion to the tee, when he dies his soul will simply disappear, and those were the consequences that he had accepted. 

I went on to talk about the Left Hand Path and various parts of Luciferian philosophy, specifically the remaking of the self into a god through various means.  He seemed incredibly interested, but kept telling me that everything he had ever been taught was practically screaming at him in his head the entire time.   He's a very open minded person and I think the discussion went pretty well all things considered.

Is it likely that someone can overcome such indoctrination and seek true knowledge?  Most people seem blissfully ignorant and content in their bubble even if they are aware that there's a whole storm of liberation raging outside of it.

Changed the topic title to something a bit more fitting since the general idea of the thread is a bit more open ended than just one particular set of beliefs.

October 03, 2018, 04:10:53 pm
Introduction: Artemism and Lunar Devotion Work in Progress

Welcome to all devotees of the Moon, and to all of our wonderful members here at the O.S! This sub forum is currently under construction, and it will likely take a bit of time to expand to reflect the full breadth of its reference material. For now, I will handle most of the work and the content here, but I encourage others to comment upon, critique, and contribute to the ideas and experiences being put forth.

Part 1: Historical Context in brief

To describe the beginnings of our subject, we must speak a bit about the heavens - that is, the sky above us. As long as creatures have had functioning eyes, they have beheld and scurried under a great expanse, filled with remote lights and colors, ever circling above them. Indeed long before this, those various influences had exerted themselves on the life and development of each of these beings, even from the beginning.

With the arrival of Man, the thinking animal, came the desire to understand and explain these strange and dizzying phenomena. This desire, was invariably the cause of his earliest mythologies, religions, and cultural traditions; alongside, of course, the desire to understand and explain those things of the natural world around him, and those things he saw inside himself. But as thought matured and recorded observations expanded, a more sophisticated approach was taken: the celestial luminaries were seen not only as representatives of the great unknown - they were also seen as representatives of the things of the natural world, and the principles within man. Thus the birth of the eternal adage, "As above, So below."

And so the bodies of light began to acquire identities and personalities, informed by but not limited to the characteristics they themselves exhibited. They became something like universal cultural categories, to one of which every part of existence belonged. Every color, metal, plant, animal, and human, was ruled in part or in whole by one of these sets of principles. The luminaries had ceased to be mysterious lights in the sky, and had become the Gods in Heaven.

Such as we have described happened in one form or another in every civilization that reached a certain level of sophistication. Perhaps most prominently in Egypt, Greece, Babylon, China, and early Western Europe. The assorted names and meanings and traditions did vary, of course, though not so much as one might expect. This became one prominent basis of religion, astrology, and later, magic and the occult.

Unfortunately, what comes after this point is equally predictable and widespread. Through a complicated series of syncretisms and societal changes one god, usually the Sun god, gains prominence over all the others, until they are seen as no more than demons and idols. One example of this can be seen in ancient Kemet. The myth of Osiris-Horus that we know of today had reached its basic form no later than 2400 BCE, and naturally Horus was seen as the highest deity, though not to the exclusion of all others. I say naturally, because Horus was seen as the embodiment of the heavens themselves in full. He contained the stars and planets, and most importantly - his left eye, the Moon, and his right eye, the Sun. However, as time went on the Solar cults, who honor power above all else, gained the advantage - and began the consumption and integration of other traditions under their banner. Consequently Ra grew out of all proportion of his original role. He absorbed the creator god Atum, and became Atum-Ra. He absorbed Osiris and became god of the underworld. He even absorbed Horus, and became the god supreme, Ra-Horakhty. And in the New Kingdom when Amun became a popular rival, he too was absorbed and syncretized into the Sun and Ra. The project of Akhenaten to destroy the old traditions and worship only the Sun as the one god was almost a natural extension of this process. It was not successful, of course, but the whole scenario only solidified the supremacy of the Solar cults in Egypt.

Another example, can be seen in Roman civilization - which had long honored a pantheon of planetary and stellar gods even since the early days of the republic. Sol had been with them, but he was as one among many, and was certainly subordinate to the sky god, Jupiter. But by the late roman Empire, he too had become swollen out of all proportion as he took on the title of Sol Invictus, the Unconquered Sun, honored by emperors and said by his devotees to be God Supreme. It was this characteristic expansion of power, in my opinion, which helped to make the Empire so susceptible to Christianity and it's one God doctrine. The two cults, which had become the largest in the empire at that time, essentially fought and absorbed each other - producing the Solar Christianity that would dominate much of the world and destroy its opposition for the next 1500 years.

We could go on and talk about this process of Solar cults expanding and assuming power in other contexts, but I think the point has been sufficiently demonstrated. We are not here to argue about the embittered theological and political battles of the past, but it must be noted that something is lost in this great grasping for supremacy - that being, the perspective of the other hand. In the earliest times, the Sun and the Moon were always seen as equals (or sometimes even with the Moon being the greater of the two). But the Lunar cults never became dominators and oppressors, as such a thing would be antithetical to the wisdom of the Pale Goddess. The Sun is the conqueror, the master of external power, always projecting himself outward. The Moon, is the undefiled, the Queen of internal power, and revealer of esoteric mysteries.

Because of these characteristics, it is almost natural that we should see the Sun worshipers gaining prominence in the public sphere, while the Moon worshipers gain prominence in that of the occult. And so it was. Even when the one god had reigned unchallenged for centuries, Lunar worship was never totally destroyed. There were no texts, or holy books, or vastly complicated syncretisms full of narrative parables and self-sustaining world-views. But the Moon does not need such things to entice devotees. In fact, she accepts none except those who are perceptive enough to seek her praise, and worthy enough to earn it. In this way, she is the most terse of the Gods, but also the most meritocratic. The Queen of Night speaks not in texts, but in silence. And so how could the moonlit path ever be destroyed? Therefore it should be no surprise that even under the domination of Christianity, there were still witches, oracles, and priestesses who received the direct transmission of the Goddess, recognized her power, and honored her by ritual and lifestyle.

But as a consequence of this long process - there are almost no theological texts in existence that detail the worship of the Moon and her practices (as the isolated followers mentioned earlier were not typically scholars with patrons, but were often hermits and witches that were not even literate much of the time). There are no religions based on the wisdom she offers. There are few if any schools that honor the way of the Moon primarily as there were in ancient times when many different mystical traditions and their places of worship could co-exist peacefully. The way of the Sun has survived and been recorded ad nauseum. The way of Saturn has flourished in certain circles of educated elites. The way of Mars is just as everlasting as the eternal conflict of man, being the path of the experienced soldier and the perfected warrior. But the way of the Moon, has vanished from the minds of men. It cannot be studied, or appreciated. It is nowhere to be found, except by those who determine themselves to seek her favor. In fact, there is not even a word to describe a devotee of the Moon, or the tradition of those who do so.

To remedy this, is the Goal of Artemism. We seek not merely to reconstruct what has once been lost, but to rediscover the hidden truths for ourselves in their purest form. We shall learn the secret names of the Goddess, so that we may speak them in praise the more lovingly. We shall learn that of her lore which remains and incorporate that which is in accordance with the insight given by the Immaculate One. We shall reestablish the lunar tradition, lay down what is revealed in writing so that those lovers of Diana shall not have to grasp in the dark for even the first touch of her word, as I have done. We shall rebuild her temple, and we shall share again her mysteries to those who have the intuition to seek them. We shall be a light in the darkness to illuminate the path for her children, even as she is that light for us in the darkness and mire of this world. It shall be done, as an expression of thankfulness for the blessings I have received, in accordance with my Will. The three-faced seed has been planted - may it sprout and grow to full stature! Domina Oriens

I have set eyes on the wall of lofty Babylon on which is a road for chariots, and the statue of Zeus by the Alpheus, and the hanging gardens, and the colossus of the Sun, and the huge labour of the high pyramids, and the vast tomb of Mausolus; but when I saw the house of Artemis that mounted to the clouds, those other marvels lost their brilliancy, and I said, "Lo, apart from Olympus, the Sun never looked on aught so grand".

Part 2: What is Artemism?

Artemism and Moon Worship in general is the reverence and celebration of the Divine Feminine Principle. The Divine Feminine, in contradistinction to the Balance of Male and Female, stands alone without an opposite pole. It is before the beginning of all and is the point at which they all come to rest. Therefore the Divine Feminine is, esoterically speaking, the Woman without Man. I.e The Virgin.

The Divine Feminine Nature exists as a realm to itself, but it is also manifested in this realm - in the form of those devotees who have known it and thereby had their own Spirits radically transformed in its image. In this we can see the mystery of the Virgin Birth made plain. And it is for this reason that the Moon is known to us by one title as 'The Virgin Mother'.

On an experiential level, Artemism is focused on the direct realization of the great mysteries of life. The goal is not to seek truth that we may speak it, but rather to plumb and explore those hidden depths of reality which we already know could never be spoken. This is accomplished through various methods which will be expanded upon at length in time as one of the main goals of this subforum. But, simply speaking, the Lunar Priestess is attempting to unify the Will, and to become queen of her subjective universe. Once this is accomplished, the focus shifts towards psychonautical exploration, the precipitation of visionary experience, revelatory communion with the goddess, access to rarefied states of conscious, subconscious and unconscious activity, total transformation of the processes of being in accordance with the Will, etc etc etc. One of the most defining characteristics of the Witch is the unerring dedication to this work. One does not become the High Priestess, standing before the veil, speaking mysteries to those who would seek to look beyond it - by being a casual occultist on the weekends.

On a philosophical level, Lunar devotion becomes a question of ideals and communication. What characteristics of the Moon can be gathered by observation alone? What does it mean to be a Priestess, an Oracle, a Virgin? What are the benefits of this lifestyle? How can transcendent experiences be described, and what do they mean? Alongside this, is also the analytic and deconstructive effort of reality that causes Artemism to make that choice. In other words, coming to certain conclusions about the nature of this world, seeing through certain illusory aspects of it, and therefore choosing to approach life in a different way that is consistent with the logic employed.

On a theological level, Artemism is about devoting oneself to the Moon Goddess, and learning exactly what that means. Collecting the names of the moon, learning her myths and legends, and those narratives revealed by her true followers. It is also about honoring the cycles of the moon in ritual and in other ways, making essential astrological observations, and conducting appropriate rites based on this accumulated knowledge. All these things inform the aesthetic of the Artemist, as well as an understanding of her place in the world on a more symbolic and personal level than what can be done solely through dry intellectual diatribes.

Artemism does not make an exclusive claim to truth. Devotees of the Pale Goddess recognize that the one and same truth has been available to mankind for all time. Nor does it claim that the symbols and thought structures it provides are the only path to approach this truth. For this reason, an Artemist does not have any trouble with syncretizing thought structures from different traditions, always keeping in mind one primary truth taught by the Moon Goddess - that only in Silence, not in speaking, is the real truth revealed. This being said, Artemism should be recognized not only as a philosophical and theoretical framework which understands and revitalizes other traditions by the light of direct revelation; it should also and perhaps primarily be seen as a modern tradition of spiritual practice which has been constructed to lead receptive beings towards that which is beyond words.

Artemism and the Left Hand Path

Any order of Lunar Priestesses should rightly be considered part of the Left Hand Path, even if only in the esoteric sense. For the Moon has always been the counterpoint to the Solar cults of worship, and the left hand to their right.

Artemism is radically individualistic and is consistent in this point throughout all of its associated philosophical traditions. However it differs from other LHP ideologies such as Satanism, Setianism, and Saturnianism in that it asserts the reality of Good and Evil. Artemists, almost by definition, do recognize the ultimate which is beyond Good and Evil - however a strong system of logically positive Meta-ethics has been developed which addresses the causes of these phenomena in the Manifestation, the challenges they provide the Individual, and unique methods of addressing the problem (As I have elaborated here in the past at length and will continue to do so). What Artemism does not subscribe to, is Moral Compulsion - or the idea that there is some preternatural regulation of theses forces in the Manifestation, or that the existence of Good and Evil constitutes a Duty to act and react in some specific way. No, as the Thelemites say, and as has been written the happenings of this realm through all times, "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law." Therefore, the Artemist solution comes as the result of a "Will to Purity," which arises from the denial of the Schopenhaurian "Will to Live," and the transcendental knowing tasted thereby. This structure also allows Artemists to accurately recognize and understand White and Black magic at a much deeper level than is common in other traditions, and thereby to more accurately understand the power that is accessible by magical methods that make use of Ritual Purification or Ritul Defilements. This is one example of how Artemist philosophy is characteristically 'Logically consistent, but not logically bound.' (Refer back to the truth value of Thought vs Silence and the emphasis on practice.)

This Will to Purity, essentially constitutes a refusal of union with the material world (Again, see the fundamental nature of the Virgin metaphor). In this way, Artemism naturally finds itself in association with structures of thought such as Gnosticism, Buddhism, Zen, certain strands of Hinduism, Zurvian Zoroastrianism, Manicheism, Philosophical Pessimism, Existentialism, Antinatalism, and Anticosmicism. In a sense Artemism can be thought of as a common descendant of these lineages, and Artemists may often refer back to the writings of these schools of thought based on personal preference - but I consider it more accurate to consider Artemism a modern reformulation of the most effective manifestations of the Will to Purity in the past. I.e Artemism is not merely Buddhism, or Gnosticism, or Western Esotericism, but stands on its own as a new tradition which intends to create a clear and honest path towards spiritual realization for individuals who are receptive
to this type of perspective.

Goals of Artemism (One Sentence each)

1. Provide an effective and practical system that can bring one's true will to accordance with the Will to Purity, and thereby to
reveal the and develop the occult and spiritual potential of those who wish to transform themselves in such a way.

2. Re-establish the Temple of Artemis, and restore the true spiritual tradition that is informed by the Moon Goddess.

Goals of Artemism (Short)

1. Totally free the individual from all bonds and weaknesses, returning her to a resting state of Purity and Sublimnity. A state which, unrestricted by mundane conditioning and routine compulsion, is most receptive to the glories of the higher arts of Greater White Magic - apprehension of understanding and wisdom through direct revelation, the precipitation of visionary experiences and transcendental states of consciousness. We will discuss these greater arts in detail as time allows what teachings I am given to share to unfold and blossom. This state is also one which greatly increases personal agency and protection from evil for oneself and others.

1a. Ideally the higher teachings would be shared in an individual way, to those who have reached a sufficient level to be able to understand an implement them in an effective way, instead of merely learning them as new systems of thought and concept. However, due to the challenges of modernity (lack of qualified masters, extreme lack of dedicated students, extreme difficulty in providing communal spaces which are conducive to the journey, total lack of privacy etc etc etc) - the essential teachings should be propagated in a totally open and free way, for any that would seek them out and put them into practice of their own volition. Accordingly, if possible all practices and rituals should be prepared in such a way that they can be conducted by a lone practitioner. This does open up the possibility of abuse of the teachings, but this risk may be accepted - as it has always been possible for magical dabblers and Zen devils to do such things that cause them to fail and fail spectacularly. Furthermore, it must be recognized that the conditions of this global society (but particular in "The West") are such that most true philosophers, and nearly all true witches, are autodidacts and lone practitioners. We should endeavor to provide those who have the intuition to pursue purification and spiritual development access to the moonlit path of Artemis, and the exalted fruits which it bears.

2. Having freed herself and become self-realized, the Lunar Priestess should endeavor to re-establish the temple of Artemis, so that a haven might be created for all followers of the moon to know communion with one another, to perform workings together, to record the essential teachings in a more permanent way, and to offer guidance and loving service to those who are drawn to the path of the Pale Goddess.

Goals of Artemism (Long)

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This post is currently unfinished, and partly unedited. It will be refined and brought to completion alongside the growth of this subforum as time allows.

October 15, 2018, 08:25:48 pm
Hello, allow me to introduce myself. Hello, everyone. Please allow me to introduce myself.

My name is Ryan. I am a teenage theistic Satanist who likes to discuss the occult.
I am a Ex-JoyOfSatan member. I would LOVE to learn more about the left-hand path and i hope you can tell me more about your religion and i also would love to know more about the occult and black magick.

I already like it in here.  :)

August 25, 2019, 06:04:41 pm
Re: Some CoS inside information >getting your rank lowered in a Satanic community that says that there's no Satanic community and promotes individualism

August 27, 2019, 03:51:06 pm
Re: On Kabbalah Alright bye JoS guy.
September 17, 2019, 11:29:13 pm