Friday the 13th



Today is the first “Friday the 13th” of 2020. There will be only one more this year.

As keen observers of those around us, we Satanists have long enjoyed the consternation this number conjures amongst the superstitious. On the occasion of this “dreaded day” we bring to mind that Satanism advocates rational approaches towards how we interact with the world in which we live, and that our philosophy supports science over faith towards guiding our decisions and actions.

In this time of global fear, panic, and irrational behavior regarding the pandemic caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, I urge that reason, caution and sensibility be your guides. Seek out information from trusted sources for worthy consideration as you judge how to proceed.

We Satanists are often misanthropes—we tread very carefully when we are out amongst other humans. Now, our approach would seem ever more valid. When possible, enjoy being at home away from the strife of the madding crowds. Crack open that book you’ve been meaning to read; listen to music that rouses your joy; build that model that has been awaiting your attention; view some choice videos from your watch lists; tackle those home repair projects and clear your “to do” lists; complete that crafting project that has lingered unfinished; sketch portraits of your family members of all species and, if you are able, prepare something nourishing and delicious for them. If you are in an area with interesting trails, a hike to enjoy Nature’s splendors might also be invigorating. And, if one’s employers are amenable, working from home is an option that could be wisely exercised.

Of course, some private time for indulging in “self pleasure” might also be considered—we’ve heard that it might boost one’s immune system as well as the known effect of enhancing one’s sense of well-being. Be creative, contemplative, and stay sane while those about you are not. May you enjoy the treasures you’ve gathered in your ebony towers in splendid purposeful seclusion.

Here’s to your great health!

—Magus Peter H. Gilmore