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Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

Satanists Aren’t Always Perfect by Satanist Alyssa Ross an article for The Black Flame—June, LI A.S. I’d like to reflect on a quote from Peter H. Gilmore found in his Satanic Scriptures. Essentially, it reads: “As Satanists, we strive for perfection, but sometimes fall into negative patterns.” This hits particularly close to home for me and has renewed my strength and confidence in myself. It takes strength to recognize when one is falling into negative patterns, and even more strength to pull oneself out of those negative patterns.  When one is on a course of self-destruction, it is up to […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTHOOD The Creation of the Church of Satan Playset — A Fisher Price Parody. by Warlock William J. Butleran article for The Black Flame—June, LI A.S. (Video) In my earliest memories toys have always held a special place in my heart. The designs appealed to me visually, themes and colors were alluring to my taste, taking possession of my interest wholeheartedly. They inspired a magical fascination in me. What was this sorcery and why was I so enthralled by its enchantment? I know, I know. It was a well constructed capitalist plot of companies that had researched and deployed their […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

What has Satanism Done for You?… by Warlock Robert Leutholdan article for The Black Flame—June, LI A.S. Detractors of legitimate Satanism like to pose this question quite frequently. This is seen usually in online forums or other ways of electronic communication, after it’s been seen that their “Devil Fandom” doesn’t fly. Satanism as codified by Anton LaVey, as well as the Church of Satan’s membership, only does what you allow it to do. Allow me to clarify this concept quite bluntly. And, though I am a Warlock, I do not claim to speak for my church’s administration or priesthood—only myself. […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

Satan Takes the Stage: Redefining the Ritual Chamber by Reverend Nathan Grayan article for The Black Flame—May, LI A.S. Art, music, and philosophy are the great culmination of Greater and Lesser Magic. They are the foundation for great war and great peace. They are what calls us to our own living ritual chamber, and beckons us to live! Satanism does not insist that each of us utilize Greater Magic, but it is most certainly encouraged. Greater Magic empowers us each to actively take our reins and steer ourselves down our paths in a way that no other religion gives its members […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

Leviathan’s Compass by Reverend Daniel Byrdan article for The Black Flame—May, LI A.S. Over the years while making hand-painted Sigil of Baphomet Altarpieces, I’ve gotten a few questions concerning the importance or significance of setting up one’s Satanic Altar against a west wall. If the ideal wall for one’s altar happens to be north, south, or even east, will their rituals suffer? The short answer is no, unless you let yourself overthink it.  The inspiration for using the west wall for Satanic Rituals comes from the tradition dating back to early Christianity of constructing the apse and altar of their […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

Ladies & Gentlemen… by Magister George Spraguean article for The Black Flame—March, LI A.S. “…Your attention please!” Such delightful words, uttered by those who wish to direct attention towards themselves or an event that is about to happen. The connotation is there: those being addressed are presumed to be ladies, and gentlemen. However, how often is that not the case? How often is the polite call for attention reciprocated with rudeness by some?

 After all, there are exceptions everywhere. At every gathering, there are those who simply do not want to engage in civil discourse and behavior. Their actions and […]

The Black Flame article - Ritual Alchemy: The Magic of Brewing by Reverend Campbell

Ritual Alchemy: The Magic of Brewing

an article for The Black Flame—January, LI A.S. al·che·my   /ˈalkəmē/nounA seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination. Brewing Is Magic From our ancient history, we humans have sought power over those around us. To create and destroy is inherent in our DNA. On the rare occasion, there are those of us who step outside of the herd and demand more. We demand authority over those around us and respect from those who claim to know us. Of those rare few are an even smaller few who rather than just wanting authority, take it. This is done most often through […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

Deny the Culture of Fear by Warlock Jimmy Psycho an article for The Black Flame—December, L A.S. We join in the mourning of the deaths of the innocent who were killed in Paris as well as those who lost their lives at the recent shootings at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs. Most recently, there has a been a religious extremism-inspired shooting in San Bernardino. Like many of  those lost on American soil on 9/11, they were victims of both international and domestic terrorism that is based in religious extremism in the name of a mythical deity. Those who lost their […]

Church of Satan Sigil of Baphomet

Self-protection: Awareness by Warlock Tengu an article for The Black Flame—November, L A.S. Self-protection from a satanic viewpoint includes ideas that are integral to our tenets. Certainly our pragmatism supersedes false bravado or heroism where our life may be in danger. Pretentiousness and self-deceit can be deadly when facing a dangerous situation. Survival is our top priority and should be the driving force when confronting violent criminals. We are realists. Even a trained individual must consider whether their actions are appropriate or may hinder the best possible outcome. If forced into a situation where there is no other option, one […]