Today is the 90th birth anniversary of our founder, Magus Anton Szandor LaVey. He left us with a rich legacy of his writings, his audio and video interviews, his art and music, and a thriving organization dedicated to preserving that legacy—bringing it to new generations, hungry for his philosophy of radical individualism named Satanism. For those who have grasped his perspectives, that he was always ahead of the curve comes as no surprise. Here, in what will eventually be seen in retrospect as a “plague year,” the essential non-congregational nature of Satanism has proven to be both prescient and timely. […]
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 […]
Goldmund, a bestselling author who holds an M.A. from Columbia, discusses Satanism and Dr. Johnson’s book, THE SATANIC WARLOCK. They explore perceptions of masculinity and the art of seduction in contemporary society. Follow this link to read Goldmund’s explanation of how he discovered the house of the High Priest of the Church of Satan while exploring the Victorian architecture of Poughkeepsie.
Speak of the Devil – Reverend Campbell Interviews Warlock Enki. They discuss Enki’s passion for digital environments, from mobile gaming to virtual reality. This leads into an overview of Warlock Enki’s current project, The Black House in VR: The Main Ritual Chamber. This final episode of Reverend Campbell’s powerful series will surely intrigue, inform and excite you! Reverend Campbell eloquently bids farewell to his masterful efforts as a video podcaster and vlogger in this poignant coda to his eight years of artistry:
Self-Realization —The Essence of Satanism From Magus Peter H. Gilmore’s new essay: Satan in mythology and literature was often portrayed as a proponent of the forbidden, the taboo, the clandestine, so he felt that this was the rational and only truly Satanic perspective that must be part of his fledgling organization’s philosophy. “Deviancy” to Anton LaVey was a virtue, not a defamation. And so the Church of Satan as a point of policy has always joyously included the deviants and outsiders on their own terms—the “alien” part of “the alien elite.” Read the full essay here.
A Redhead Named Peggy Magistra Peggy Nadramia, High Priestess of the Church of Satan, addresses transgender individuals and Satanism in this essay. The Church of Satan has always welcomed LGBTQ individuals. Our featured image and its caption appeared in The Devil’s Avenger (1974). The picture was taken in the ritual chamber of the The Black House during a Witches’ Workshop during the late 1960s.
Today we’re celebrating the birth of our founder, Anton Szandor LaVey. I’m currently working my way through an archive project that will eventually preserve and document the history of the Church of Satan, which is inextricably linked with the life story of Dr. LaVey. Like many of us, he had some lousy birthdays, some lonely ones, but most of them were pretty good; as he taught the rest of us so well, the best thing to celebrate in life is yourself. Anton LaVey’s well-kept tradition is confirmed by the number of people who remembered his birthday. Every April, dozens and […]