A New Satanic Era?Posted: March 14, 2013
In my general blog I recently rebloged the following post by Sect OF The Horned God which I highly recommend. http://sectofthehornedgod.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/welcome-to-the-new-era/
Has Satanism entered a new era? I certainly feel as if it has. I must admit I have encountered some hostility and opposition from a few Satanists who have proclaimed themselves as such for far longer than me and who take exception to some of the views I project. They seem quite annoyed that an upstart like me should question or criticise any aspects of the satanic lifestyle they have cultivated over many years. It is as if they fear being shaken out of their dark and comfortable little corners. Well, I offer no apologies; the times they are a changing…
I will admit that it probably took far too long for me to fully accept and embrace my Satanism and perhaps as a result in an attempt to make up for lost time, it’s as if I am on a mission… What is for sure is that I am Satanic to the core of my being. It is equally sure that I am not what many people including some fellow Satanists expect a Satanist to be. Reassuringly however, I am not alone. I am more and more aware that the dark flame has been burning in many of us for quite a while; and we are beginning to shine.
The from of Satanism that burst upon the world thanks to Anton LaVey was full of psycho-drama and provocation. It was a wake up call to many; an impetus to question conventions and authority, to ditch the conventions of the past and to assert the individual’s power and responsibility. It confronted Christianity itself, the bedrock of western civilisation and morality, and turned things on their head. The arch enemy of Christianity became our hero, our liberator;- not because he was really evil but because he questioned the status quo and championed our own human potential.
There is much within the accumulated ritual, drama and philosophy of that Satanism that can still be very useful. But there are some things which have grown stale or which are no longer appropriate. Many of us have been living our own independent lives for some time. The norms and hypocrisies of the Christianised west are not, and may never have been, particularly significant to our lifestyles. We are done rebelling, we want to live our own lives positively and productively.
A new era of Satanism offers those of us who are naturally inclined to left hand thinking the possibility to fully develop our potential. Perhaps we are the New Agers or Indigo Children of the Left Hand Path. Whatever… Some Satanic orthodoxy (an oxymoron if ever there was one) has got to go. Some symbols and imagery may have to change. And most importantly our philosophy has to develop and grow; unrestrained by the heroes and trail-blazers of our past.
The real taboos are closest to home.
Let the blasphemy begin.