My (Satanic) BirthdayPosted: February 28, 2013
For most Satanists our birthday is the most important festival of the year. It is a time to celebrate ourselves; the fact that we are here. We have made it through another year. We have lived and learned.
In The Satanic Bible Anton LaVey writes;
THE highest of all holidays in the Satanic religion is the date of one’s own birth. This is in direct contradiction to the holy of holy days of other religions, which deify a particular god who has been created in an anthropomorphic form of their own image, thereby showing that the ego is not really buried.
The Satanist feels: “Why not really be honest and if you are going to create a god in your image, why not create that god as yourself.” Every man is a god if he chooses to recognize himself as one. So, the Satanist celebrates his own birthday as the most important holiday of the year. After all, aren’t you happier about the fact that you were born than you are about the birth of someone you have never even met? Or for that matter, aside from religious holidays, why pay higher tribute to the birthday of a president or to a date in history than we do to the day we were brought into this greatest of all worlds?
Despite the fact that some of us may not have been wanted, or at least were not particularly planned, we’re glad, even if no one else is, that we’re here! You should give yourself a pat on the back, buy yourself whatever you want, treat yourself like the king (or god) that you are, and generally celebrate your birthday with as much pomp and ceremony as possible.
I intend to celebrate as fully as possible! This weekend my girlfriend is visiting me in Vienna and there will be much partying and debauchery with each other and with a close group of friends who have always accepted me as I am. Next week I will continue the celebration back in Britain with my coven. I will probably need a few days to rest and recover before I set off on my next work assignment.
This will be my first birthday as a fully fledged Satanist and that in itself is something to celebrate. I remember being very nervous about confiding in people that I had fully embraced Satanism after a lifetime of flirtation without commitment. I thought some people would not understand and would jump to the wrong conclusions about what it meant. Indeed, some did react in that way. I was worried that I might lose the trust and respect of some friends and acquaintances, and again that did happen to a degree… But my closest friends stuck with me and our bonds grew stronger and I have made a host of new friends.
Perhaps most importantly I have come to love and accept myself more honestly and more fully which has boosted my self confidence. I also hope that through this blog I have begun to show and explain aspects of Satanism which may have challenged some people’s previous preconceptions and misconceptions.
Anyway I intend to have fun celebrating me this weekend! I wish all my readers all the best for the year to come and if you need an excuse for a tipple; have a drink on me! 😉