In 1992, the US Congress deemed January 16th as Religious Freedom Day in celebration of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom passed on January 16 of 1786. This act is a significant precursor of the Establishment Clause and Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The full text of the act can be read here. Let me extract its final paragraph: “Be it enacted by General Assembly that no man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened in his body or […]
Tomorrow begins year LV, Anno Satanas. 50 years ago this month of December, Anton Szandor LaVey published The Satanic Bible, fulfilling the promise of the 1966 founding of the Church of Satan by providing a text defining Satanism as a religion and philosophy. It was the first such perspective to be offered by a Satanist for fellow Satanists, and intentionally set before a global audience. He challenged existing spiritual doctrines with a resounding rejection, following in the footsteps of prior individualist thinkers, offering a potent blend of concept, metaphor, and pragmatic principles which continues to stir the minds of those […]
Limited Edition The Satanic Bible Chapter Pin by Satanme. In honor of The Satanic Bible‘s 50th Anniversary Year in Print (Dec. 2019) we are releasing the remaining pins to the public to add to your collections. This chapter pin is limited to 272 pieces (the same number as the pages in The Satanic Bible). They are an amazing collector’s piece of Church of Satan history! Order yours now!
SUPERLATIVE SOLSTICE! The winter solstice is again upon we denizens of the Northern Hemisphere, and many feel at one with the cycling of the seasons on our beautiful home world. Some Satanists might feel alienated by aspects of the holiday hubbub, particularly those promoting Christianity, yet heathen trappings have long been the dominant décor. It is fact that the Christians lifted this holiday from the pagans, as Pope Julius I in the mid 300s inserted their pallid, mythical savior into prior earthy traditions which he failed to supplant. Jolly, round and white-bearded Santa Claus—who has come to signify wish fulfillment—seems inspired […]
In honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Satanic Bible, Satanme has released The Satanic Journal and The Satanic Notebooks. Now you can write down all your personal thoughts, rituals and drawings in true Satanic style! Based on the original cover work for The Satanic Bible by as conceived by Anton Szandor LaVey, these luxuriously crafted personal journals allow your creativity to flow! Visit Satanme to order yours now! www.satanme.com
Today in the U.S. many celebrate the secular holiday called “Thanksgiving.” It originated as a harvest festival and the traditional imagery has been inspired by legends about Calvinist separatist Pilgrims who emigrated from The Netherlands to the “New World” in 1620. These staunchly Christian folks supposedly included select nearby indigenous pagans in their festivities, now and again. However, the interactions between these European immigrants and the Native Americans was, sadly, often quite negative as this article about their Plymouth Colony details. Honoring the fruits of the hard work done towards survival of the gelid North American Winter months in Massachusetts […]
Now on Vimeo On-Demand! Carl Abrahamsson’s splendid documentary film, ANTON LAVEY — INTO THE DEVIL’S DEN, is a thorough, comprehensive, and continually evolving experience, evoking the myriad aspects of The Doktor himself. These are reflected in meticulous interviews with people who had deep connections with him, rather than some opining distant analysts or skeptical nay-sayers. The film is kaleidoscopic, full of fresh and potent imagery that surely will delight LaVey aficionados and should also ensorcell those new to that Infernal Den in which a number of us were all delighted to be welcomed. We look forward to presenting its US […]