According to Wikipedia, “Satanism consists of a number of beliefs that share the characteristics of symbolism, veneration and admiration for Satan. The branches are theistic or traditional Satanism and atheistic, symbolic or modern Satanism. The difference between these two branches is remarkable.
Theistic Satanism is the one that perhaps best corresponds to the idea of “Satanism” that people have in general. It is a literal adoration to the figure of Satan (understood as the biblical being associated with evil) and other demons. Atheist Satanism, however, is closer to the beliefs of many people who would never be considered “Satanists”.
The concept of “Satan” in atheist Satanism has nothing to do with the literal personification of evil in a mystical being that is usually represented by the color red, horns and tail. “Satan”, for Satanists, is nothing more nor less than a symbolic metaphor for intrinsically human qualities. “Satan” is a symbol of intelligence, power, our humanity and rebellion against religion and the power it has exercised in the world.
Satan represents complacency, instead of abstinence. Satan represents the vitalist existence, instead of the spiritual dreams. Satan represents perfect wisdom, instead of hypocritical self-deception. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it, instead of the love wasted on the ungrateful. Satan represents revenge, instead of offering the other cheek! Satan represents man as another animal, sometimes better, sometimes worse than those who walk on four legs, which, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development” has become the most vicious animal of all. Satan represents all the so-called “sins”, if these lead to physical, mental or emotional gratification.
The philosophical elements that this doctrine compiles are the following:
Hedonism: The pursuit of pleasure as an end in life.
Materialism: The existence of matter is an objective reality by itself.
Randian Objectivism: There is a real and objective world (independent of the mind of man) that we perceive through our senses. The end of our existence is the search for happiness.
Rational Egoism: The reason that drives us in the pursuit of self-interest.
Individualism: Individual rights and freedoms take precedence over community rights.
Basically, the Satanists are atheists; they do not accept the existence of gods over man or the measures of moral repression. It is a doctrine that promotes the personal improvement of each individual and the free search for happiness without the ties of religion.
The Satanic Magic is one of the central aspects of Satanism, and one that causes more interest and curiosity in the neophyte. It is also one of the most frequently misunderstood. Here we will clarify what Satanism understands by “magic”.
Definition of Satanic Magic:
In the Satanic Bible, Anton Lavey defines magic as “the change of situations or events according to one’s will, which, otherwise, could not be changed”. The phrase is intentionally ambiguous. The first question that usually originates is “Is magic an art related to the supernatural?”
It is first necessary to make a distinction between the supernatural and the unexplained. Satanism does not conceive magic as a supernatural phenomenon, but as an unexplained phenomenon. Magic is not something that contradicts or breaks the rules of nature, but is part of nature and obeys its rules, only that those who fall under the influence of magic does not know the specific rules that make it work.
Throughout human history, many natural phenomena have been seen as magical, simply because those who saw them did not have an explanation for them. An eclipse may seem magical in the eyes of those who know nothing about astronomy.
The scenic magic of the illusionist is “magic” because it produces bewilderment and admiration in people who have no way of explaining what they are seeing. The audiences feel that there is something supernatural in what the magician does, because they are unaware of the procedure to obtain that effect.
Even the magician can ignore his own tricks. There are people with a natural predisposition to produce a magical effect on those around them, such as seducers or born leaders, and cannot explain what they do to produce that effect, which does not make that effect less real.
The Satanist magician and witch know that phenomena such as love, attraction, trust and enthusiasm can seem “magical” in the eyes of those who feel them, but that they can be produced at will very effectively, when you have the knowledge and practice to develop that power.
White Magic and Black Magic
In popular speech, there is usually a distinction between white or protective magic and black or destructive magic. Satanism does not make that distinction, since every form of magic starts from self-interest or selfishness to produce a change, either for self-benefit or to harm someone.
Lesser Magic and Greater Magic
There are two kinds of Magic. The Lesser Magic (also called “Non-Ritual Magic”) is the one that uses tricks to attract and maintain the attention of people, for manipulative purposes. In this sense, appearance plays an important role.
According to Lavey there are three vectors of manipulation: sex (producing sexual desire in another person), feeling (producing an emotional bond) and amazement (producing admiration and / or surprise).
The Greater Magic or Ritual Magic involves three types of rituals, which can be an individual or group. Three types of rituals, which coincide with the three basic human emotions, are: desire, compassion and destruction. The ritual of desire, also known as sex ritual, is precisely intended to create the desire on the part of the person who you want to possess. The compassionate or sentimental ritual serves to help or bring success to someone or to oneself. Finally, the ritual of destruction or curse is to express hatred, anger or contempt.