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Halloween 2021 at The Black House

Halloween 2021: The Witchcraft District Reigns!

We Satanists find Halloween to be a holiday that celebrates the outsider, the other, those who are not like most. It is on this night that the “normals” tend to explore their own quirks and inner-darknesses by wearing costumes that often reveal aspects of themselves typically hidden during the rest of the year. Since Satanism is an individualist religion, we embrace our oddness without stinting, for we don’t require the permission of a special day and night to be honest about our true nature. For us, Halloween is a continuing state of both mind and practice. On this night, we […]

Exquisite Equinox!

Exquisite Equinox!

Hail to all you vibrant beings who share our celebration of the Earth’s successive seasons! Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall’s arrival brings cool evenings with the promise of bountiful harvests. The impending touch of frost will, ere long, ignite leaves to blaze with vivid colors. Those in the Southern Hemisphere rejoice in the triumph of Spring’s warmth over frigid Winter. They may witness Nature as it shakes free from stasis, surging forth with renewed vigor. Satanists luxuriate in vital, carnal existence, embracing the majestic seasonal cycles of our precious, fragile island in space. Our cognizance invokes humbling respect as we seek […]

House of Netherworld Requiem

A Requiem for the House of Netherworld

Until the perpetrator of the arson of Magister Joe Netherworld’s home—locally known as “The Halloween House,” “The House of Netherworld,” and “The Witch House”—is identified, we cannot be certain of that individual’s motivation. Over the years, Joe “Netherworld” Mendillo worked with great diligence to make his home an exotic showplace, including a garden filled with rare plants, a koi pond over which a bridge he crafted himself was gracefully arched, and a water wheel which the rain spurred to action. Most who knew him enjoyed his feeling of “Halloween, 365 Days a Year.” Joe welcomed trick-or-treaters to his home on […]

Exquisite Equinox!

Exquisite Equinox!

Hail to all who share our celebration of the Earth’s successive seasons! Here in the Northern Hemisphere, Fall’s arrival brings cool evenings with the promise of bountiful harvests. The impending touch of frost will ignite leaves to blaze with vivid colors. Those in the Southern Hemisphere rejoice in the triumph of Spring’s warmth over frigid Winter. Nature shakes free from stasis, surging forth with renewed vigor. Satanists luxuriate in vital, carnal existence, embracing the majestic seasonal cycles of our precious, fragile island in space. Our cognizance invokes humbling respect as we seek an ever-deepening understanding of our beautiful and dreadful Earth. May […]

Happy Halloween from The Black House

Happy Halloween from The Black House!

Halloween is a favored holiday for many, and it has long been a cherished occasion for we Satanists. We enjoy it as a time for viewing favorite darkly evocative films—the immortal monsters Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man as presented by Universal or Hammer are de rigueur. The classic ghosts depicted in THE HAUNTING, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, and THE INNOCENTS offer delicious seasonal frissons. And those magic lantern shows of diablerie, ROSEMARY’S BABY, NIGHT OF THE DEMON, and THE DEVIL’S RAIN warm our infernal hearts. This time of year offers the thrill of “fun fear,” when one partakes of local “haunted […]

Exquisite Equinox!

Exquisite Equinox!

Greetings to all who share our celebration of the Earth’s successive seasons! Here in the Northern Hemisphere Fall’s arrival exhilarates—cool evenings are here, upcoming are bountiful harvests and soon the leaves will blaze with vivid colors. Those in the Southern Hemisphere rejoice in the triumph of Spring’s warmth over frigid Winter. Nature shakes free from stasis, surging forth with renewed vigor. We luxuriate in vital, carnal existence, embracing these seasonal pivot points. We resonate with the majestic cycles of our precious, fragile island in space. Such cognizance invokes humbling respect for we seek an ever-deepening understanding of our beautiful and dreadful […]

Happy Halloween from The Black House

HAPPY HALLOWEEN FROM THE BLACK HOUSE!

Halloween is a favored holiday for many Satanists. We enjoy it as a time for viewing favorite spooky films—the immortal monsters Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man often as presented by Universal or Hammer, or some of the ghostly classics such as THE HAUNTING, THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, THE INNOCENTS. It may serve as the night one evokes the thrill of “fun fear” by experiencing local “haunted attractions,” be they darkly majestic or simply cobbled together with a sense of spooky fun. It has long been an occasion for wearing masks and costumes that might be sinister, amusing, heroic, or seductive—diabolically revealing […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

SUPERLATIVE SOLSTICE! From our garden here at The Black House, we offer Solstice greetings to all in harmony with the Earth’s seasonal changes! We in the Northern Hemisphere embrace the longest day of the year as sultry Summer begins. Those in the Southern Hemisphere mark the longest night as Winter begins its chill dominion. Wherever on this wondrous planet you might be, it is always a delight to celebrate the glories of nature and the abundant pleasures that life offers! Here’s to a splendid new season filled with indulgence galore! —Magus Peter H. Gilmore