This is what I believe, the basics of my “version” of Satanism. No one else need believe as I do. If my ideas are useful to you, feel free to claim them as your own; if they are of no use to you, feel free to disregard them completely. I’m not particularly interested in getting into debates or arguments about whether my beliefs are right or not. I have wasted a lot of time on the Internet arguing with people, and have come to realise that the vast majority of people on the Internet are irrational fools, and even if you have the best argument in the world, few will be convinced. So I’ve promised myself I will try not to do that anymore.
I believe there is a spiritual aspect to reality, separate from matter. I am not a materialist. I have learnt that philosophical speculation about the relationship between the material and spiritual is not a fruitful use of my time. I believe that spirits exist, in immense number.
All human belief systems – political, religious, cultural, etc. – have their associated spirits, or more accurately families, groups, clans, tribes, alliances of spirits. These spirits empower these belief systems, and in turn are empowered by them. The fate of a belief system is entwined with its associated spirit tribe. Spirits, while they can endure for centuries or millennia, are not inherently immortal – if a belief system dies, the spirits behind it will die too. Let us take Christianity as an example – it is controlled by a collection of spirits. These spirits dwell in and possess the souls of Christians, and they gain power from the followers of Christianity. These spirits came into being when Christianity began; and if one day Christianity dies out, these spirits will die out too.
Not all spirits in spirit tribes are equal. Some are leaders and others are followers. When people worship “gods”, what they are actually worshipping is a lead spirit of that spirit tribe. So when Christians worship “God”, they are worshipping a lead spirit of the “Christian” spirit tribe – or a small collection of such spirits, who go by names such as “Father”, “Son”, “Holy Spirit”, “Blessed Virgin Mary” (if you are Catholic).
Satanism then, is another spirit tribe. These spirits are demons. For me, becoming a Satanist is welcoming these demons into my soul, to possess me, to indwell me, to make of me their home. Satan is their leader, and by inviting them into me, he becomes my leader too. Being possessed by demons is not about being enslaved by them or by Satan. If you welcome them into yourself, they do not control you like a mindless automaton. They become guides, companions, influences, but not slave-drivers.
Satan does not seek slaves as followers; he seeks people capable of thinking for themselves. He is here to help us. Why? Satan wants his children to form a new aristocracy upon the earth. Unlike on the aristocracies of old, which were based on blood, his new aristocracy is based purely upon willingness to mould one’s self to become worthy.
Why have I decided now to follow Satanism rather than some other spirit tribe? Well, my background is in Christianity – but I discovered that Christianity is spiritually powerless and disempowering, filled with idiocy and hypocrisy and narrow-mindedness. Actually, I’ve known this in my heart for many years, but like a battered wife, I kept on coming back for more. Well, fuck that. I’m better than that. This is a reflection of the spirits that control Christianity – they are deluded, foolish and angry. They damage their followers, not out of pure maliciousness, but simply due to their own idiocy.
I’ve also tried atheism, humanism, and they do not meet my needs. They might lack the foolishness of Christianity, but I also feel they lack any spiritual power. I need a source of spiritual power to recharge and ground myself. And I have dabbled a bit in Buddhism and Wicca too – I have some good things to say about both of them, but in the end neither could satisfy me.
Satanism is joyous. Satan wants his followers to become creatures of nobility, the new aristocrats. He will accept as a follower anyone truly willing to devote themselves to this task.