Living Satanic PrinciplesPosted: September 18, 2014
It it is easy to become complacent in any walk of life and within any philosophy or religion. It is easy to go with the flow and take the path of least resistance. Of course sometimes it is necessary and wise to blend in, but as Satanists we should never lose sight of what our true values are and where-ever possible we should try to live by them. Moreover Sophie and I have found that our lives are generally happier and more fulfilling the closer we keep to Satanic principles and the more wary we are of being sucked in to common perceptions and ways of being. We are making a conscious effort to try and be genuinely satanic in all we do. (By now hopefully our regular readers will know that being genuinely satanic does not mean being the kind of psychopathic monsters that Christians and Hollywood often portray us as).
But what are Satanic Principles?
While my wording may not be perfect I think the first principle that most Satanists hold in common is that the universe begins with ourselves. Some religions regard being self centred as a sin, we do not. We believe that acknowledging our own importance and our own needs and looking at the world through our own eyes (rather than the impressions and prejudices of others eyes) is both honest and wise.
So the second principle flows from the first and that is, Satanists think for themselves (and this phrase alone certainly has many layers of meaning). We don’t blindly accept other people’s reasoning or the conventions of the society we live in. We question everything and come to our own conclusions based as far as possible on reason. It is important to say that sometimes reason will dictate that society is correct about some things. We just don’t assume that society is always correct.
After that there will be a lot of disagreement about what Satanic principles are depending on what type of Satanist one is. While we are not LaVeyan, Sophie and I find it useful to use Anton LaVey’s Nine Satanic Statements as a guide or kind of benchmark to measure how satanic we are actually being in everyday life. We have our own interpretation of each of them and we have begun trying to make our own pledges in relation to each of them.
Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence. We pledge ourselves to indulge our passions and pleasures as fully as we can as long as it does not endanger our health and well being beyond limits we set for ourselves. We believe it is good and beneficial to enjoy all the riches life has to offer while we can. If anything we think it would be sinful not to enjoy all the pleasures the physical body we have been blessed with can offer. Why buy a nice house if you are not going to live in it?
Satan represents vital existence rather than spiritual pipe dreams. We pledge to live in the real world and deal with it’s realities. We think it is important to have a spiritual dimension to life but not at the expense of looking for practical solutions or being mindful of how life really is, both good and bad, for the people we share the planet with. Prayer won’t feed the hungry or pay the bills, good organisation and hard work might.
Satan represents undefiled wisdom, instead of hypocritical self-deceit! We Pledge to value learning and to test the truth of things by our own reason and to live by the truths we find; being honest with ourselves and rejecting comfortable supertisions and conventions. (I can see that this principle needs a whole post of its own in explanation. It’s on our “to do” list)!
Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it rather than love wasted on ingrates! This has been a big lesson to both of us and is probably in some people’s opinion the thing that has most changed in us, but in keeping this rule and our own pledge we have been able to focus our kindness much more productively on those who really deserve it. So, we pledge not to waste our love and kindness on those who are undeserving and ungrateful but to show whatever kindness we can to those who deserve it.
Satan represents vengeance rather than turning the other cheek. We acknowledge and pledge that we are primarily responsible for taking care of ourselves and therefore if we are hurt or wronged we will take the initiative in punishing those who have wronged us through any means at our disposal starting with, but not limited by, legal action. Any act of vengeance we carry out must be proportional to the crime against us. This may sound harsh, but we believe it is fair and just and stems from the concept of self responsibility.
Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires. We pledge to take full responsibility for our own lives and actions, but we have no responsibility over the lives or actions of others except where we have directly influenced them. We will not allow our energies to be used or wasted by others and the dramas they create around them.
Satan represents man as just another animal, no better or worse than the others. We are not ashamed of our animalistic nature, part of not separate from the rest of nature. We pledge to respect and enjoy our natural instincts and to respect the other animals we share the world with.
We don’t quite agree with the way the ninth statement is normally worded because it seems to us to tie Satanism too closely to Christianity. Rather, we have our own version which goes something like this:- Satan represents enlightenment and has been glimpsed and sometimes slandered by many religions over time. We pledge to support all those who further real satanic principles and to oppose all those hinder or misrepresent satanic enlightenment.
And finally as Theistic Satanists we acknowledge a spirit/energy/pressence we know as Satan and acknowledge him as our supreme archetype, guide, mentor and spiritual parent. We feel enriched and enlightened by his pressence in our lives and pledge to live by his ways and values and to be positive examples of his nature and enlightenment. We aim to develop as fully as we can as individuals who potentially have no limits.
We are writing these things down as prompts and reminders so that we can ensure all our everyday actions and decisions are as satanic as possible because for us Satanism is the purest form of truth, wisdom and beauty.
We Hail Satan, and we Hail ourselves.