Before beginning it should be noted
that there are two sides to Satanism.
One is the old way, steeped in the tradition of
the dark lord Sammael. The other is the reinvention of Satanism that occurred in the
The author has made an effort to keep these two
manifestations separate, but in the end the results are
the same. Those
children of clay who follow either path are certain to
spend the afterlife tormented in Tartarus.
When Sammael first fell and a third
of heaven's host with him, he sought allies among men.
He quickly learned that in order to turn the
children of clay against their Creator their own kind
would have to play an important roll. He sent his demons
unto the world to recruit followers.
With false promises and lies, children of clay
were deceived into worshiping the accursed one.
They called themselves Satanist, borrowed from
the term Satan the term most commonly used by the
children of clay to refer to Sammael.
It is ironic that Sammael has no
particular need to be worshipped.
He cares not whether mortals prostrate themselves
before him. He
needs no prayers to boost his celestial ego.
His only goal is to draw souls away from God. He hates his followers as much as any other children of clay.
The dark rituals of early Satanist
were meant to mock the Almighty and the worship of Him.
They were also meant to cater favor with their
dark Lord (though no such thing is possible).
Though it was widely believed that these rituals
involved human sacrifices, it is clear that such
occurrences were a rarity at best.
It does no good for Sammael to order his subjects
to kill the innocent.
Their death would simply ensure their place in
sacrifices, on the other hand, were a common occurrence.
But life was not easy for the
followers of Sammael. On
one hand, the promises he made to them never came to
fruition, and the righteous ones began to hunt them
the period of the Inquisition many followers of Sammael
were revealed and executed (a number of innocent souls
were put to death as well).
The twentieth century brought a
change to Satanism.
After years of hiding and near extinction, it
reemerged with a new look.
The emphasis on unhidden evil was replaced by
something far more insidious—self-empowerment.
The term self-empowerment is used by modern
Satanist often, but it is nothing more than a gentle way
to say selfishness and a desire to destroy all those who
stand in their way.
There are many factions of modern
with their own philosophies and own take on the figure
of Satan. Some,
like the Church of Satan, represent Satan as more of a
metaphor than an actual celestial being.
To them the goal is indulgence and succumbing to
the animal desires in us all. For others like the First Church of Stan, Satan is
indeed seen as a true being.
They espouse a belief in what they call the
Here they claim to take on the roll of the
Satan (from ha-satan) literally means the adversary.
This church has taken its meaning and used to
assume an adversarial position against mainstream
Unfortunately, their logic is flawed.
Even the pre-Christian notion of Satan (while not
having a distinctly evil character) has a distinctly
evil outcome. The
point here was to challenge the belief of the children
of clay, to see if they indeed possessed great faith in
the Almighty. To
fail this challenge was never seen as a good thing, but
rather another step down the wrong path.
To ascribe to this interpretation of Satanism is
to admit that your way is wrong-- something they do not
It makes no difference to Sammael. These new views seem far more alluring to the children of
clay, and no doubt he will stick with them for some time
to come. In
the end, all factions of Satanism, whether they know it
or not, have been influenced by the hand of this dark
Angels have a special loathing for
these damnable mortals. For they have not just abandon
God, but taken a position against him.
Ironically, Sammael has no special love for them
will forsake them at the drop of a hat.
Satanists possess no special powers. They cannot command their demon lords. Their rituals are only meant to bolster their faith and are meant in no way to increase their power.