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Predatory Servitors: A Primer

 Servitors, or constructs, are essentially non-corporeal artificial entities which have been created for a specific purpose by a person or an entity.  Servitors may be created and used for a number of purposes—depending upon its function, a servitor may be referred to in a general sense as persuasive, talismanic, protective or predatory.

For the purposes of this article, we will explore the topic of how one may utilise predatory servitors. When most individuals think of the word “predatory”, they may perceive a thing as animalistic, violent or otherwise negative. Not all predatory servitors are designed with sinister intentions, however—as we will explore, predatory servitors may be used for many purposes.

It is generally believed that vampiric or predatory constructs of any description should be classified within the parameters of “Black Magick”. While I would not wholly disagree with this perception, I do not necessarily endorse it. My personal definition of Black Magick is magick which has been designed to harm or to hinder. Depending upon how an individual defines the term, predatory constructs may or may not belong to the practice of Black Magick. However this topic is somewhat irrelevant.

Amongst many things, predatory servitors are primarily used to siphon or to break down energy. On one side of the ethical spectrum, such entities may be used to prey upon an enemy, for example—breaking down the outermost energetic layers of his or her aura and infecting or feeding upon their personal energy reserves. Additionally such a technique may be used to simply weaken the defences of the individual, leaving them open to attack by the magician. Predatory servitors may also be programmed to “haunt” a specific location—latching onto those who stimulate the pre-defined trigger and creating havoc until the offender either satisfies its programmed criteria for release or until it otherwise dissipates or is removed.

An example of using predatory entities to “haunt” or to guard a location would be employing them as guardians within a household. The entities may be programmed to attack intruders until they have been brought to justice. The dangers in using such constructs vary, but it is paramount to ensure that the servitor’s programming prevents it from mistaking visitors for intruders amongst other things. Some magicians use such entities as their personal “Karmic hit men”—dispatching them to afflict anyone who wrongs them until the offender “gets what they deserve”.

While it is not fundamentally considered to be “predatory” for a servitor to function as a carrier for maleficium, predatory servitors may be programmed to simply latch onto a person and remain inactive until that individual triggers it to react—such triggers may be that the individual was observed by the servitor plotting against the magician. Another example would be to program a servitor to observe another person and to attack them whenever the person speaks ill of the magician. There are many examples of the usefulness of servitors as carriers of triggered maleficium. Traditionally the witch’s familiar could also be expected to perform such a task.

Vampiric constructs may be seen as a specialised form of predatory servitor in that their sole purpose is to siphon energy. They may be used to weaken auras as aforementioned or they may be used to harvest and store energy for later consumption by the magician. Vampiric servitors are often employed by energetic vampires themselves as something akin to an “energy drink”. When the practitioner finds themselves in need of an energetic boost, they may draw the stored energy from the servitor in place of finding an external source.

Predatory constructs can be useful for healing purposes, as well. For example, a carefully-programmed servitor may be used to rid one’s own aura of “astral nasties”, serving as a parasite of sorts. The servitor may acquire its energy directly from the bodies which it consumes or it may be “fed” by the magician from his or her own store of personal energy. Additionally vampiric entities may be used to weaken the life-forces of viruses and bacteria and other detrimental microbiological entities thus aiding the healing process.

Generally speaking, predatory constructs may be created in the same manner as any other construct or servitor—some magicians believe that one must somehow “bind” the servitor to his or her physical body by using one’s own blood in the creation process. However I have never done this and have created many successful predatory servitors and parasitic constructs without incidence. I have reservations when it comes to using one’s own blood to bind a servitor to oneself—others may disagree, but servitors must be created with the understanding that they may be destroyed if the need arises. This is why magicians bind the entities to a physical vessel such as a clay pot. If the entity is bound to one’s blood, it is my belief that he or she is risking the possibility that their construct may become too powerful or rebellious to control and cannot be destroyed—at least not completely—without the death of the creator. Additionally when an entity is directly bound to one’s own flesh and blood, the creator also runs the risk of experiencing sympathetic malady—a condition in which either the magician’s physical body or astral body suffers when the blood-bound entity experiences weakness or is harmed.

The danger in creating such entities is of course the very real possibility that they will indeed rebel or otherwise operate in an undesirable manner. In the case of parasitic or vampiric servitors, many inexperienced magicians find that their programming was careless and that their constructs have essentially found “loopholes” which allow them to operate as they wish. Many practitioners believe that artificial entities are entirely incapable of free will. With the potential for the evolution of such entities, I am reminded of Ian Malcolm’s foreboding statement in Jurassic Park—“…life finds a way”.

While a servitor which has been correctly programmed and adequately compensated for its efforts is unlikely to suddenly revolt, all entities are capable of evolving. Like all living things, the ultimate primal need of a construct is survival—if it is not receiving what it requires in order to survive, it will begin to “think” for itself and will find a way to satisfy its needs. This sometimes means that the vampiric servitor will turn upon its creator and feed directly upon them. Situations such as this may be prevented with careful attention being paid to the programming of the entity before its creation and with regular dedicated feedings which ensure that its needs are being met.

Some practitioners often confuse servitors with summoned spirits which can perform similar tasks. Again the difference between the two entities is that the former is willed into being by the magician himself and the latter is called forth by the magician. A fantastic book for those interested in working with summoned spirits is Donald Tyson’s Familiar Spirits which is available through Llewellyn Publishing and online stores such as

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Basic Satanic Ritual & Magick For Neo-Pagans

When most people think of “Satanic rituals”, they conjure up wild and frightening imagery of animal sacrifice, perverse sexual orgies and, of course, chanting masked figures clad in dark robes.  This is, of course, to be expected when one considers the popular depictions of Satanism and its rituals.  The entertainment industry is to blame for much of these negative and unfairly stereotyped portrayals; Satanism, along with witchcraft, has always been an enticing target for storytellers looking to craft an enthralling plot.  The reality of Satanism and its practices, however, could not be more different.
Although there are always those with different perspectives, it is safe to say that most Satanists, regardless of path, do not condone criminal acts and any acts in which an innocent life is destroyed or harmed in any way.  This philosophy also carries over into the realm of ritual practice—although most Satanists either practice or support the use of destructive magick, it is not to be assumed that this means that we support the careless application of curses and other maleficium.  As I will discuss a later, black magick is not always deserving of its reputation.  I should also point out that not all Satanists and Demonolators practice magick—many are simply spiritual individuals who, for them, derive their fulfilment from the simple acts of prayer, meditation or by making offerings to their gods.  For the purposes of this article, however, I would like to introduce you to some of the rituals and magickal workings practiced by real Satanists and Demonolators.
I have had quite a few Wiccans and Neo-Pagans surprised to learn that some paths within Satanism embrace many of the same practices and ritual observances which they do themselves—most common is the concept of the “Wheel of the Year”.  Since some Satanic paths are also Neo-Pagan in that they recognise the divinity within the Natural World, practitioners of such paths honour the Earth through the celebration of seasonal rites.  These celebrations may or may not retain the traditional names such as Lughnasadh or Samhain as they occur within the Satanic paths which observe them, but for some they do.  For most Theistic Satanists who choose to observe the Wheel of the Year, the meanings behind each Sabbat are not typically the same as those found within Wicca.  
For example, while Wiccans generally adhere to the mythology of the God and the Goddess and their roles according to the seasons, Theistic Satanists may choose to simply honour the Earth in general, the Elements, an aspect of Satan or a particular Demon.  The latter is typical of most Demonolators—there are Demons, just as there are gods and goddesses, which correspond to each of the festivals.  It should be noted that Demonolatry is not inherently Satanic in nature.  There are Demonolators who do not recognise Satan as an entity of any kind.
For Atheistic and LaVeyan Satanists specifically, magick may or may not play a role in one’s day-to-day existence.  Although most LaVeyan Satanists consider any belief in the supernatural to be nonsensical, LaVey’s own writings are ambiguous where the belief in natural magick is concerned.  For these Satanists, magick and ritual are regarded as psychological vehicles for self-transformation and catharsis—however, LaVey clearly endorsed the use of ritual for a variety of purposes such as for the cursing of enemies as well as for the blessing of loved ones.
One ritual with its origins solidly rooted within LaVeyan tradition is the celebration of one’s own birthday.  This idea was a result of LaVey’s belief that every human being is inherently divine and godlike—thus the day of one’s birth is seen as a holy day in the same manner as the holy day of any other god or goddess.  Many Theistic Satanists and non-LaVeyan Atheistic Satanists have also adopted the recognition of one’s own birthday as a holy day within the context of their own systems of belief.  As I have said before, much of the content within modern Satanism has been, in some way or another, inspired by Anton Szandor LaVey.
Where we find historical “accounts” of alleged Satanism, we almost certainly are confronted with the notorious imagery of the devotee making a gruesome pact with Satan—in essence, “selling one’s soul” to the Devil.  As nonsensical as the selling of one’s soul to Satan is, many real-life Satanists do actually choose to devote themselves to Him by means of a pact.  Most often the agreement outlines the individual’s own willingness to dedicate themselves to maintaining a lifelong relationship and allegiance with Satan.  If this idea makes you uncomfortable, then perhaps your perception is still influenced by popular culture and Christian propaganda.  Nevertheless, Satanic pacts can and do play an important role in an individual’s spiritual journey. 
Pacts and Self-Initiation
Before you dismiss the practice of Satanic pacts, entertain for a moment the process of self-initiation and dedication within a Wiccan or Neo-Pagan context.  Generally, when a Seeker finds a deity with whom they wish to work or align themselves, it is typical that they perform what is known as a self-dedication ritual—making a vow to serve that entity.  Likewise, when a Seeker has come to accept Wicca or Neo-Wicca as their religion of choice, it is customary for him or her to be initiated or to perform a self-initiation rite for the purpose of devoting themselves to their path.  There is absolutely no difference between a Wiccan dedication ritual and a Satanic pact other than the fact that most Wiccans do not dedicate themselves to Satan! 
The pact itself may be created with or without the accompaniment of a proper ritual.  Some Satanists choose a specific day, time and place for the signing of their pacts—others decide on a whim and let Chaos dictate what is to follow.  Still others enjoy the theatrics of psychodrama, the use of ritual and symbolism in the stimulation of psychological processes, and may choose to create their pact to be reminiscent of a medieval parchment, complete with their signature rendered in their own blood. 
Although this may sound pointless and grotesque, it is generally accepted within Neo-Paganism that the use of symbolism and ambience can greatly affect one’s mood and magickal undertakings for better or for worse.  The use of blood in ritual is also not unique to Satanism as there are a number of Neo-Pagan paths which utilise its magickal and energetic properties.  Signing a pact in one’s own blood also implies a sense of seriousness in that one is pledging one’s word, through his or her very life’s essence ensuring that the oath is unbreakable.  The most common reason why devotees may decide to use such imagery is because many Satanists, like some Neo-Pagans and witches, appreciate darker themes and feel more comfortable expressing themselves in this way.  Others may find such things distasteful and opt for a more basic approach, using instead a simple piece of paper and an altar adorned with seasonal flora.

The following is an example of a very basic pact (©2011 Torey B. Scott): 

I, __(name)__, do hereby pledge, from this day forward, my allegiance, loyalty and services to my Lord, Satan.  I promise to honour Him, exalt Him and to open myself to receive His lessons that I may grow in the Light of Knowledge.  I will strive to question all established truths and to challenge those who maintain that ignorance is bliss.  I acknowledge that I am a human being, worthy of contentment, and I will aspire to satisfy my desires and needs to the capacity which both law and love allow.  Above all, I shall remain forever true to myself and to those whom I love.  By all that I hold dear to me, I dedicate myself to you, Lord Satan.  

Satanic self-initiation rituals are slightly different from pacts in much the same way that Wiccan and Neo-Pagan self-initiation rituals differ from dedication rituals.  A Satanic self-initiation ritual should always be written solely by the initiate.  In addition to the fact that writing one’s own ritual ensures that it is original and deeply personal, as there are no sacred texts within independent Satanism which dictate a “proper” ritual outline.  Initiates are free to tailor their rituals to their unique practices and relationship with Satan and for many this enables them to better express themselves and their intent.  If a pact was not previously made, the self-initiation ritual is an ideal time to pledge oneself to Satan.  Alternately, the Seeker may choose to pledge themselves by means of a self-dedication instead of a pact.  A self-dedication ritual may be done within a self-initiation rite or it may be done separately.
Like other Neo-Pagan self-initiation rituals, it is encouraged that the initiate purchase or make something for themselves ahead of time which will serve as a gift and a reminder of his or her emergence into a new life as a Satanist.  Many individuals choose jewellery adorned with traditional Satanic icons such as the inverted pentagram, Baphomet or inverted cross.  There is no compulsory requirement that one must adhere to any form of symbolism within Satanism whatsoever—such images carry importance and validity, but the initiate should choose something which he or she is both comfortable wearing and which is harmonious with his or her personal beliefs.  
Self-initiations, like other Satanic rituals, may or may not be performed whilst skyclad or nude.  Nudity within Satanism does not retain the same importance found within most Neo-Pagan traditions, so it is entirely up to the individual.  It is usually encouraged for one to look one’s best however—this means having a cleansing shower or bath beforehand, brushing one’s teeth and hair and (if wearing clothing) dressing in one’s “Sunday best”.  The reasons behind this are essentially to ensure pride in oneself, to show respect to the Divine and to remind oneself that true success in any walk of life takes effort.
Although when the ritual takes place is of little real importance, it is my personal belief that sunrise or noon are the best times to perform self-initiations even though some Satanic sects insist that initiations be carried out after sunset.  I believe that rituals during the daylight hours are ideal because Satan is traditionally recognised as a Solar deity, therefore the Sun should theoretically be present for the ceremony.  This is certainly not a requirement, but in my opinion it is another way to honour Satan and to invite Him into your sacred space.
The rest of the ritual and its design is dictated by the imagination of the initiate.  Many take inspiration from existing Satanic rituals such as those found within Anton LaVey’s book The Satanic Rituals or rites published in works by other Satanic sects.  Again, there is no required equipment nor is there any structure which must be adhered to when constructing a self-initiation ritual.  The following is a very basic outline for a Satanic self-initiation rite which I have written for the purposes of this article:
Satanic Self-Initiation Ritual (©2011 Torey B. Scott)

·         Baphomet pendant
·         Four black candles
·         One red candle
·         Inverted pentagram paten or Baphomet altar statue
·         Red pen
·         Black pen
·         Small piece of paper (only a few inches wide)
·         Fireproof bowl filled with sand
·         Matches
·         Silver chalice with red wine
·         Small bowl
·         Incense of your choice (preferably a Solar of fiery scent)
[Before the ritual, take the piece of paper and black pen and write out your pact or dedication to Satan (refer to pages 3 and 4 of this chapter).  Do not sign the pact at this point.]

[With a sharp object, carve an inverted pentagram into the red candle.]
[Prepare your altar by placing the four black candles at the edges to mark the Elemental quarters.  In the centre of the altar, place your paten.  On the paten, place the red candle (alternately, if you have a Baphomet statue, simply place the red candle in front of it).] 
[Place your Baphomet pendant either somewhere on your statue (if you are using one), at its base or next to the red candle on the altar paten.]
[Directly in front of you should be the bowl filled with sand and next to it the matches.  In the South (or North for the Southern Hemisphere), place the small bowl.  In the Southeast (or Northeast for the Southern Hemisphere) place the chalice containing the wine.]
[Prepare your body by taking a long cleansing bath.  If desired, meditate on your life as you have known it up until now and what you wish to do with it in the future.  Think about the impending ritual and what it will mean for you as a person and as a spiritual being.  Afterwards, dress in your best clothing, brush your teeth and hair (paint your fingernails and put on your best makeup if you are a woman and inclined to do so; shave if you are a man—otherwise simply make an effort to appear as neat and pleasing as possible regardless of your gender identity).]
[When you are ready, enter the ritual room and kneel or stand before the altar.  There should be minimal light in the room.  Light the black candles and incense.  Close your eyes and focus on the image of Satan which most appeals to you.  Open your heart to Him and invite Him to join you and to witness your initiation.]
“Lord Satan!  I invite you to join me here this morning/today/tonight that you may bear witness to this, my initiation into the path of the Enlightened.”
[Open your eyes and focus on the Baphomet statue (if you are using one) or the altar paten.  Imagine the eyes of Satan opening before you as you focus on the image of the statue/paten.  Let your gaze slowly drift down to the red candle.  Feel Satan’s presence all around you, pervading the atmosphere as a warm charged energy which embraces and comforts you.]
[Take the Southerly (Northerly for the Southern Hemisphere) Elemental candle and light the red candle from its flame.  Feel Satan’s presence solidify as the wick begins to burn brightly.]
“I welcome you, Lord!”
[Take a moment to fully realise His presence.  Bask in it.  Feel yourself relaxing, body and mind, trusting in His power and wisdom.  When you are ready focus on the red candle again.]

“This morning/today/tonight I have come here, of my own free will and conviction, for the purpose that I may make manifest my desire to know you, Lord Satan.”

 “I accept your hand in trust and understanding.  Guide me through the darkness that I may realise the falsehoods imposed upon me by those who would wish to suppress my strengths and potential.  Light within me the Black Flame—immortal, inextinguishable.  Let its brilliance warm my heart in my sorrow.  Let its emanation pain me in my stupor and render me ever-mindful of the vows which I make this day.”

[Take the chalice in your hand and hold it up to the red candle.]
“May this wine linger as blood on my lips that it should remind me of the sacredness of my flesh and the gift that is my humanity.”
[Take a sip of the wine.]
“This I offer to you, Wise Serpent.  Drink with me of this cup and share with me in trust an eternal kinship.”
[Pour the remainder of the wine into the small bowl.  Next, recite the words you have written from your pact/dedication.  Take your time and truly feel the words as your recite them.  When you are done, take the red pen and sign your full name (if you are so inclined and are not squeamish, you may choose to draw a small amount of blood in which you may sign your name).]
“It is finished.  I commit my words to the Ether that they may forever remain imprinted upon the fabric of the Universe.”
[Light the paper with the flame from the red candle and place it in the bowl upon the sand.  Allow it to burn completely, reducing it to ashes.  You may need to burn it several times to accomplish this.]
“From this day/night I commit myself to the Satanic path—I swear to uphold the spirit of Satan as an agent and champion of Knowledge and the enemy of all which oppresses, stifles and binds freedom of thought.  I am reborn as the Phoenix emerging from the embers—I shall nurture the Black Flame now awakened within me.”
“I thank you, Lord Satan, for sharing with me this glorious day/night.  I promise to you that never shall I neglect nor revoke the vows I have made—hail, Satan.”
[Thank Satan in your heart and, equally as important as this, give yourself credit for having the courage and conviction to embrace a new life path.  Take the Baphomet pendant (or take up whatever gift you have acquired for yourself, wearing or holding it as appropriate) and place it around your neck.  This is your initiation gift.  Keep it near to you that it may serve as a reminder of your commitment to Satan and to yourself.  Extinguish the candles and incense and take the ashes mixed with the sand outside (wherever or whenever is appropriate).  Spread them to the wind and acknowledge that your oath is solidified and final.]    

Within sect-based Satanic traditions such as LaVeyan Satanism, there are suggested ritual outlines upon which most base their own—for Atheistic Satanists, these rituals tend to be fairly simple and symbolic with no spiritual inclinations.  Unlike within other specific Neo-Pagan religions such as Wicca, self-initiation rituals, like pacts, are not required of the practitioner in order for one to call themselves a Satanist.  The vast majority of Satanists, both theistic and atheistic, are solitary practitioners—the need to be viewed by others as “initiated” or “legitimate”, unlike within most Neo-Pagan paths, are of little concern within most forms of Satanism.  This is primarily due to the fact that Satanism is a religion which revolves around the Self and the attaining of individual desires as opposed to the sense of belonging and altruistic concerns of a group.
Within the context of organised Satanic sects, however, there can be specific rituals and practices which all individuals belonging to a particular group must partake in.  Some of these rituals include marriage rites, death rites, divorce rites, baptisms, coming-of-age ceremonies, meal blessings, initiations, devotions, consecrations and many more.  It would be a near impossible task to detail every single ritual within every single Satanic sect, but I have chosen a few specific rituals to expand upon for the purpose of understanding the nature of Satanic ritual.

The Self-Dedication Ritual
For most solitary Theistic Satanists, self-dedication rites are very similar to their Neo-Wiccan counterparts.  As I have already mentioned, the primary difference between a self-dedication ritual and a self-initiation ritual is that the former is concerned with pledging one’s allegiance to a particular deity and the latter is concerned with aligning oneself with a particular path.  In Theistic Satanism, the self-dedication ritual can be as simple as reciting a few lines or as complex as designing and carrying out a full-fledged ceremony.
Depending upon whether or not one is dedicating themselves to a particular Demon or to Satan Himself, one thing is for certain—he or she must be absolutely sure of the decision to dedicate.  Demons, unlike many other deities, are not as forgiving of Their devotees when it comes to being abandoned later on down the road.  Many Neo-Wiccans, for example, may experience dedications to many different gods and goddesses throughout their formative years—they may find that they have “outgrown” a particular deity or that another deity wishes to claim them for itself.  Whatever the case, Demons are not to be entered into an agreement with casually.  
Make no mistake–it is not that They are inclined towards malice, but They simply dislike being used and discarded as I believe all deities most likely do.  Demonolators who have severed their ties with particular Demons have reported that thereafter they had experienced numerous instances of “bad luck” or misfortune.   It could be that guilt and self-undoing on the part of the Demonolator is behind such events, but the reason why Demons are so renowned for Their intolerance of flighty devotees and betrayal may lie in the annals of Ceremonial Magic.  
If there are any beings which are prime candidates for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder it would be the Demons.  One of the major focuses of High Magick is often ceremonial evocation—a technique in which a Demon or other Otherworldly entity is ritually summoned, bound and compelled to perform favours for the magician.  It is my belief that Demons have grown distrustful of human beings in many regards because of the grievous ways in which They have been disrespected.  Not only has Mankind turned its back on the Demons, once known as the gods of olde, but the passing centuries gave rise to arrogant individuals and societies which believed that they could control and use these entities for magickal slave labour.  
I have worked with Demons, especially the Goetic Spirits, who refused to work alongside the Christian pantheon.  It was not because these Demons fundamentally opposed Christ and Yahweh, but because it was by these names that They have been repeatedly assailed and degraded by magicians who believed that Demons were inferior to God and to themselves.  Therefore it is so very important to uphold your oath should you devote yourself to a Demon—it is difficult enough to gain Its trust, much less have It openly invite you to partake of Its wisdom.
Although Satan is generally much more lenient, it goes without saying that He (and any deity) should never be offered a service only to have it withdrawn.  Keep in mind that Otherworldly beings do not have the same concepts of time and space as do we—it is important to be clear with such beings exactly what it is that they can expect from you.  If you can spare only an hour per week in your devotionals, make certain that you are upfront with your Patron or Matron about this from the beginning.  I am not insinuating that we are not allowed to slip up from time to time or that we are expected to give our entire lives over to the Divine, but it must be remembered that deities are not tools at our disposal—they are intelligent, sentient beings who expect you to contribute to the relationship in the same way that an employer expects you to show up to work on time each day.
I believe that it makes sense to allow oneself time to think when it comes to dedicating oneself to a deity.  Some suggest that one should wait for three months before doing so—I believe that this is not out of the question as it gives the individual time to decide exactly what he or she is and is not capable of giving and doing to maintain a lifelong commitment to another entity.  This “waiting period” is also beneficial in that it serves a means to weed out those who are simply experiencing a phase or fascination with a particular deity and those who are sincere in their devotion.  
For some Demonolatry sects, specifically the OFS, dedication to a Patron or Matron Demon can include what some may describe as acts of self-mutilation—however, these acts usually consist of simply tattooing, cutting or branding the sigil or seal of a particular Demon into the flesh of the consenting adult devotee.  The devotee always has a choice—there should never be an assumption that Satanic or Demonolatry sects force members to participate in acts which violate their own personal moral codes or sense of safety.  
Many individuals choose to dedicate themselves to Satan during a specific Holy Day or another day which holds special significance such as the individual’s birthday.  Because I adhere to the importance of Satan’s alignment with Solar imagery, I would suggest that a self-dedication ritual (like self-initiation) be performed during daylight hours—preferably at noon.  Of course it is entirely personal as to when and where the ritual will take place, but it is a good idea to use the appropriate symbolism when planning the rite.  I have provided, for the purpose of this discussion, a simple self-dedication ritual to Satan.  Again, there are no rules which are set into stone—Satanism is a very forgiving and eclectic religion after all.
Satanic Self-Dedication Ritual (©2011 Torey B. Scott)
  • Anointing oil (any oil blend will do, but preferably Solar or Fiery in nature)
  • Incense (again it is suggested that one use a Solar or Fiery scent)     
  • Small libation dish (for the offering)
  • Needle or diabetic lancet (for drawing a small amount of blood)
  • Offering (bread, wine or even a nice cigar)
[I recommend performing this ritual outdoors if possible.  Self-dedications need to stimulate the consciousness and remind the individual of his or her innate connection with the Natural World and the world of the Unseen.  Ideally the devotee should have a cleansing bath or shower beforehand.]
[Lay the ritual items on the ground or floor before you.  Light the incense and hold the vial of oil in one hand, allowing the other to remain free.  Mentally or orally invite Satan to join you.]
“I, (name), request your mighty company, my blessed Lord Satan.  Join me in this celebration and rejoice with me!  Salve!”
[Visualise Satan, as you imagine He would appear, joining you and standing beside you to take your hand.  Close your eyes and breathe in and out slowly, feeling the warmth of His presence grow as you focus on Him.  When you are satisfied that Satan has fully joined you, proceed with the ritual.]
“Where yesterday I walked alone, today I stand in your presence.  I offer to you these gifts in love and trust that you should know and see the sincerity in my devotion.”
[Pour the wine/place the food/light the cigar in the bowl.  Light the incense and stand back.  Turn to “Satan”, your mental image of Him as He stands next to you, and feel yourself completely encapsulated in His aura and His energy.  Imagine your own aura melding into His—becoming one with Him.  Feel the energy pulsating throughout your body.]
“I wish to know you, Great One.  I despise those who would speak ill against you, I exalt those who would join me in praise.  I offer to you my service and my allegiance this day that you may, in turn, guide me and help me to understand my destiny.  I swear to open myself to your wisdom and ask that you shape me in your image.  My word is my bond—by my blood I cement my pledge.”
[Prick your finger, just enough to attain a drop or two of blood.  Depending upon what you have place upon the libation dish, smear or drop the blood onto the item.]
“It is finished.  Hail, Satan.”
[Dab a few drops of the oil onto your right index finger and draw the inverted pentagram or the symbol of the Sun upon your brow, over the Third Eye chakra.]
[Leave the dish outdoors for the offering to be taken.  It would be a good idea to create a devotional altar especially for the purpose of prayer and meditation at this point.]
Hellfire and Brimstone
Within Satanism, especially the theistic varieties, the Element of Fire plays a significant role.  It is tempting to draw conclusions as to why this is thanks to the association of Fire with the concept of Hell and damnation.  However there are other reasons behind the attribution, specifically where Satan is concerned.  
The reason for this is primarily due to the fact that Satan is a Solar deity and is thus fundamentally associated with Fire.  Additionally, Fire is representative of many human and spiritual qualities upon which the philosophies of Satanism were built—transformation, willpower, sexuality, power, desire are all things which Satanists consider to be of profound importance.  Because the Element of Fire is such a vital component of Satanic philosophy, it is often included in most aspects of ritual as well.  The sigils or seals of Demons are often burned, especially within Demonolatry, as a means of honouring the Demon while simultaneously allowing the request of the Demonolator to be transformed into pure energy—thus rendering it more absorbable for the Demon receiving it.  Similarly, many Theistic Satanists who are not Demonolators also perform a similar ritual when calling upon Satan—they simply replace the Demonic sigil or seal with the inverted Pentagram or some other representation of Satan.
Most Satanic marriage rituals are essentially the same as those found within any other Neo-Pagan path.  For the vast majority of Theistic Satanists, the marriage rite includes such symbolism as the lighting of a unity candle or the binding of hands by means of a handfasting.  Within the OFS, locks of hair belonging to both the bride and the groom are sealed within a vial and are required components should the pair ever choose to divorce.  
Funeral rites within Satanism can vary tremendously depending upon the sect.  For most theistic varieties, cremation is preferred to burial due to the Satanic reverence for the Element of Fire and its transformative qualities.  For the rituals themselves, most spiritual Satanists choose to bless the journey of the soul of the deceased through prayer to Satan or the Demons.  Depending upon the tradition, there may or may not be a circle cast.
Within most forms of Demonolatry, all of the Elements, not only the Element of Fire, play an important role.  Many Demonolators believe that an individual’s energetic makeup can be altered, or balanced, by assimilating within oneself an equal saturation of all four Elements.  An Elemental imbalance may be corrected by working with Demons specifically possessing a particular Elemental nature.  For example, if one lacks motivation, it may be said that the individual is suffering from an Elemental imbalance in which there is a deficiency of Fire.  To remedy this deficiency, the practitioner may either use visualisation or ritual to interact with Fire Demons—the belief is that the Demon lends the energy from its Elemental essence to the practitioner, thus “curing” the imbalance.
The fact that many Satanists use their magick for good in the majority of practices may seem surprising to those of you who may have previously perceived Satanism as a religion concerned only with selfishness and negativity.  There are just as many Satanists as there are Neo-Pagans who are concerned with the betterment of humanity and who seek to help others simply because they feel that it is the right thing to do.  Rituals for blessings, healings and good fortune exist within nearly every form of Satanism to date—most often these rituals are carried out in much the same way as their Neo-Pagan counterparts are with the blessing, healing or well wishes being requested in the name of Satan.
As Satanism is a set of religions concerned primarily with the enjoyment of the human experience, it is only natural that sex and sex magick play a substantial role within its practices.  Needless to say, not all sects perform sex magick, but many do.  Satanic sex magick hardly differs at all from any other form of sex magick except that it usually includes or invokes Satan or particular Demons.  It is most commonly used for raising energy for spellwork or for focusing energy and channelling it for a particular purpose.  Unlike Wicca, Satanism does not utilise such rituals as the Great Rite as there is little if any acknowledgement of an innate divine Masculine and Feminine.  
One of the most popular practices within Satanism, especially Theistic Satanism, is the practice of blood magick or blood sacrifice.  Although the practice is most certainly not exclusive to Satanism, it is one of the most widely used forms of ritual offering.  It must be made clear that what is meant by the terms blood magick and blood sacrifice is the offering of one’s own blood, not the blood of animals or other human beings.  As I have already illustrated, most Satanists are staunchly opposed to cruelty and the needless taking of another life—therefore the use of one’s own blood is essential.  
For rites in which blood magick plays a role, it is common for a request to be made of the gods—this may mean either Satan or a particular Demon.  The request is usually written on paper and meditated upon—afterwards, the practitioner may choose to draw blood from themselves and anoint the paper with it before burning it.  By using blood in such a manner, one is essentially seen as offering to the gods a substantial amount of their own energy in exchange for the aid of the entity or entities.  Relationships between individuals and gods exist because of this exchange—through prayer and offerings, the practitioner provides their deity or deities with energy.  Using blood as an offering is one of many ways in which Satanists commune with the divine.   

I must make one final disclaimer.  None of the rituals presented within this article are inherent to Theistic Satanism.  Again, Theistic Satanism refers to a collection of religions and practices which are unique in and of themselves.  Traditions vary from person to person and from group to group.  It must also be said that, although the majority of Theistic Satanists are altruistic and level-headed individuals generally concerned with the greater good, there are also Theistic Satanists whose practices are wholly centered upon destruction, chaos and the infliction of harm.  It would be an utter untruth to state that all Satanists are “good people” or that all Satanists practice “fluffy magick”.  The purpose of this article is to enlighten those already familiar with aspects of Neo-Paganism to the similarities between some practices within certain traditions of Theistic Satanism.  

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Demonic Possession, Attachments & Hauntings: Introduction

Originally published 6 July 2012. © Torey B. Scott

I was asked by a dear friend what my thoughts were concerning the concept of Demonic Possession. Of course, being a Satanist, my perceptions tend to diverge from many commonly-accepted “facts” pertaining to spirit possession. Regardless of perspective, the truth is that Demonic Possession, for nearly everyone who dabbles in magick or the paranormal, is perhaps the most feared and dreaded consequence imaginable. Additionally, it is believed that one of the most at-risk demographics amongst those who seek the Unseen is that of paranormal investigators and Ghost Hunters.

There are primarily two conceivable reasons for this. Firstly, paranormal investigators frequently respond to pleas from individuals seeking relief from active hauntings, thus potentially exposing themselves to the entity or entities responsible for such. Secondly, Ghost Hunters often seek out places which either have a history of hauntings or which have the potential to spawn paranormal experiences. I will attempt to share my thoughts on the subject of Demonic Possession as well as suggestions for those who wish to protect themselves against negative entities.

Q: What is a “Demon”?

A: This depends entirely on the perspective of the individual. The term “demon” has been corrupted over the centuries. The term was originally applied to entities which influenced the lives of human beings for good or for evil. Many cultures and world religions document the existence of such spirits – spirits which, by most accounts, were regarded as guardians, teachers, messengers and even protectors. Likewise, most world cultures and religions documented accounts of “evil spirits” – however, “demons” became synonymous with “evil spirits” with the advent of Abrahamic religion, namely Christianity and erroneous interpretations of the translated Hebrew Bible having been influenced by accounts of evil spirits within ancient Semitic traditions. The Christian Medieval Era facilitated and cemented the sensational concept of Demons as the evil beings They are still believed to be by many even today.

After the death of Christ, most notably from the 12th Century to the 19th Century, some Christian and occult scholars began to document and categorise mythological “demons” into hierarchies, developing various magickal techniques by which these entities could supposedly be controlled or destroyed. Accounts of these entities and the practices by which magicians could enslave them were archived in tomes known as Grimoires.

Modern Neo-Pagans may note that many of these so-called evil spirits are actually pre-Christian deities. Gods and goddesses such as Nergal, Ereshkigal, Shiva, Astarte, Persephone and Hades have all been described as “demons” and categorised as such. Of course, most Neo-Pagans are well aware that these deities are not evil spirits at all, but such was the mindset of pseudo-Christian occult authors responsible for many of the famous Grimoires. In addition to known pre-Christian deities, the Grimoire scholars also included the names of various entities from world cultures and religions such as that of the Babylonians, ancient Semitic cultures, Islam, ancient Greece and Rome, the Egyptians and others and classified them as demons. Even with this context, many people still fear these entities.

Q: What is the difference between a Demon and a “negative entity”?

For those who are familiar with the occult, the concept of a “negative entity” should be relatively well-understood. To the Satanist or the Demonolator, the difference between a “Demon” and a “negative entity” is a matter of terminology. Demons, within most theistic Satanic and Demonolatry traditions, are Divine Beings. Most Demonolators accept the original positive connotations of the term “daimon” and equate these with the entities described within the Grimoires. Thus, for example, the Demon known as Agares within the Lesser Key of Solomon is considered to be a good spirit – a god. Many Demonolators believe that the historical tradition of equating Demons with evil was a deliberate attempt on the part of Christians to vilify pagan deities – a theory not without merit. To Demonolators and most Theistic Satanists, Demons are gods and mentors – something wholly different to “negative entities”.

There are many forms of “negative entities”. When we use this term, we are referring to entities or energies which either deliberately or inadvertently cause distress or harm to another being. A “negative entity” is not necessarily wholly malevolent, though we may perceive its actions or motivations to be harmful. Such entities and energies may include, but are not limited to:

    Astral “Nasties” – entities which are spawned and reside within the Astral Realm, capable of latching onto the Astral Body of another being. Auric Leeches – entities or thoughtforms, natural or created, which feed upon the auras or spiritual/life forces of other beings. Otherworld Parasites – entities which are spawned and reside within the various divisions of the Otherworlds, diverse in form and function, which have the capacity (though rare) to attach themselves to the Spiritual Body of the traveller and/or manipulate the energetic link to the physical body as a means of possessing the individual. Vampiric Servitors – thoughtforms created via either deliberate magickal action or intense emotional/psychic projection whose function is to feed upon the vital or emotional energies of another being. Sentient Poltergeists and Imps – spiritual entities residing between Planes which create malicious mischief and discord, often attached to specific individuals and families. Projected Poltergeists – paranormal anomalies inadvertently created and projected by human beings, usually unbeknownst to the creator and which often mimic the behaviours of Sentient Poltergeists. Household and Land Spirits – sentient entities attached to a particular home or location. Residual Hauntings – psychic impressions left behind upon a specific structure or location, usually the result of a traumatic event. Ghosts/Earthbound Spirits – sentient spiritual beings bound to the earthly Plane, sometimes (rarely) seeking to possess the physical bodies of other beings; are usually confused or melancholic. Gremlins – earthbound spirits which delight in mischief, especially pertaining to mechanical devices. Soul Parts – detached portions of animal, plant or human souls which are capable of attaching themselves to the souls or spiritual bodies of other beings.

Additionally, there are instances in which deities, angels, animal totem spirits and other beings which are more commonly perceived to be benevolent take possession of the physical body of a living creature for a variety of reasons.

Q: What is possession?

A: Possession most often refers to the act of an external entity (spiritual) entering the physical body of another being. While spirit possession is most often regarded with fear and negativity, some religions and cultures practice a deliberate and willing form of possession, commonly referred to as “ritual possession”. Most Wiccans familiar with the concept of Drawing Down the Moon will already be familiar with this practice. In ritual possession, the priest/priestess/magician willingly invites an external spiritual entity into his or her physical body for the purpose of magickal workings or Shamanic rites.

However, most people are more familiar with the Hollywood depictions of “Demonic possession” in which a “demon” invades the body an innocent (usually female) person in monstrous contortions, speaking with an Otherworldly voice (often using profanities or blaspheming the Christian God and Christ). To the rescue is usually the seasoned Catholic priest who performs an exorcism and expels the “demon” from the body of its victim. The reality of the manner and frequency of such possessions is debatable.

It has been posited that many historical accounts of Demonic possession were more likely due to the alleged victim(s) suffering from some form of mental illness such as Schizophrenia or Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder). It has even been suggested that Biblical accounts of Demonic possessions were quite possibly the result of a lack of understanding of neurological conditions such as epileptic seizures or brain injuries, both of which can produce symptoms similar to those found within alleged cases of true possessions. However there have been and continue to be instances of “spirit possession” which cannot be readily explained by science and medicine. Many modern practitioners of Neo-Pagan and occult traditions agree – spirit possession can and does occur.

Q: What is an exorcism?

A: According to Catholic tradition, an exorcism is a rite in which prayer is used as a tool to banish or repel negative entities from a person. Most often, however, these entities are referred to within Catholic tradition as “demons” or “Satan” – to a Theistic Satanist or Demonolator this is not the case. Nonetheless, the Catholic Church has maintained a reputation as the foremost authority concerning so-called Demonic Possessions.

There are, of course, many rites non-specific to Catholicism which are designed to deliver the possessed from the oppression of the responsible entity or entities. For instance many Neo-Pagans and practitioners of New Age paths serve as consulting authorities in suspected cases of spirit possession and are, at times, responsible for clearing homes and individuals of negative entities. Today, the term “exorcism” generally refers to the expulsion or banishment of a negative entity from a home or an individual.

Q: If I visit a haunted location, can I be followed or even possessed by a Demon?

A: Again, I will use the term “negative entity” in place of “Demon” as I do not believe that Demons are responsible for random possessions and hauntings. But the answer to the question is ‘yes’, it is possible (though uncommon) to be followed home by a negative entity or to become the victim of an attachment. It is unlikely that individuals who have taken measures to protect themselves both spiritually and physically will be as open to attachments and possessions as would someone who has no experience in the occult.

Q: What kinds of precautions should I take to ensure that I am protected from negative entities?

A: There are a great number of things that you can do to protect yourself from external entities. One of the most important things that you can do is to be sure that you are physically well and mentally and emotionally stable before undertaking a Ghost Hunt or travelling to a location that is alleged to be haunted. As within Nature, predatory entities will prey upon the weak and the vulnerable. Being physically well ensures that your body is in prime condition to withstand any potential spiritual, energetic or physical attack by an external entity. Being mentally well ensures that you have the presence of mind and the soundness of emotion to cope with energetically-charged environments in which external entities often accumulate.

In addition to these measures, it is wise to carry a ‘Spiritual First Aid Kit’ with you when exploring areas which are potentially haunted or excessively charged energetically. A Spiritual First Aid Kit may consist of anything you feel to be protective. An example of a Spiritual First Aid Kit may be a small pouch or a larger bag or purse filled with items such as:

    ~various coloured candles and matches ~protective herbs such as Sage or smudge sticks ~incenses attributed to protection, exorcism or healing (e.g. – Asafoetida, Dragon’s Blood, etc.) ~an athame or similar ritual blade used for directing energy ~aspergillum, blessed water and oils for spiritual cleansing ~ink and paper for on-the-spot creation of amulets and talismans ~brick dust for creating protective boundaries

It is a good idea to research any items which you may find to be beneficial for protection, exorcism, cleansing and healing and include them in your Spiritual First Aid Kit before entering an area known or suspected to be haunted. Additionally, before entering such a space, it is wise to prepare yourself ritually (if you are so inclined) by immersing yourself within a cleansing ritual bath followed by a self-smudging with a cleansing and protective herb or incense. Some people choose to wear amulets consisting of special symbols attributed to protection before participating in a Ghost Hunt; you may also choose to physically draw protective symbols upon your body with a smudge-proof marker before embarking upon such an endeavour.

For those more religiously inclined, it may also be a good idea to consult with any Spirits or Deities with whom you are aligned in order to attain Their protection. Many Neo-Pagans assume that they are automatically protected from anything “bad” because they so happen to have a Patron or Matron Deity; this is not always the case, however. It is always advisable to ensure that you keep an open line of communication between yourself and the Spirits with whom you work. Many Mediums have Spirits known as “Gatekeepers” which can serve as guardians and discerners of other entities; such relationships are possible for non-Mediums who seek protection and aid in discernment from external sources. An example of this form of protective entity is that of the Familiar Spirit, an entity which serves the witch or magician within a magickal context. It is important to understand that a Familiar is not the same as the “familiar” that many new to Neo-Paganism, especially Wicca, have come to understand a beloved animal to be. While it is true that some Familiar Spirits can assume the form of a cat or a dog, it is quite rare. Most Familiars are generally non-corporeal in nature and may be attained through special arrangements with Deities or Demonic beings.

Q: I think I might be possessed! What do I do now?

A: Many people make the assumption that they or someone whom they know is “possessed” or otherwise being harassed by a negative entity when they begin to notice strokes of bad luck, sudden illnesses, depression or other coincidences surrounding them which cannot otherwise be explained. It must be understood that while true possession and spiritual attack can and does happen, it is exceedingly rare on a major scale. More common are energetic attachments, unbalanced chakras and auric leaks which can cause many of the same “symptoms” as true possessions or spiritual attacks. Additionally, the presence of intense fear can greatly influence the perceptions of the individual and can even result in temporary delusions, paranoia and psychotic symptoms.

It is important to always assess the “symptoms” carefully before jumping to the conclusion that you or have been or anyone else has been possessed, spiritually attacked or even cursed. Even the Catholic Church requires its formal exorcists to be fully trained in recognising and assessing the symptoms of mental illness, epilepsy and attention-seeking behaviour. According to Catholic tradition, true possession can often manifest in the form of the afflicted person:

    ~speaking in foreign languages of which they have no former understanding ~sudden personality changes not otherwise explainable by mental illness, stress or physical disease and injury ~blaspheming the Christian God, Jesus Christ and the Saints ~unexplainable displays of super-human physical strength or feats

However, even these criteria are questionable as many mental illnesses also manifest in similar manners. The truth is that there is no fool-proof way to diagnose true possession with one hundred percent certainty. There are a series of questions which should be asked when considering the possibility of a true possession. These questions are designed to ensure that the afflicted individual has been evaluated for the presence of any medical condition which would mimic the classical symptoms of possession and that said condition or conditions has been ruled out.

14 Questions for Evaluating the Symptoms of Possession:

    1. Does the individual have a personal or family history of mental illness, especially psychotic conditions such as Schizophrenia? 2. Does the individual have a personal history of any of the Autism Spectrum Disorders? 3. What is the present physical condition of the individual? (At this point, the individual should be evaluated visually for any obvious signs of infection, injury or disease.) 4. Has the individual recently experienced any major or traumatic events (i.e. – death of a close friend or relative, loss of a job or relationship, etc.) within his or her life that have affected him or her profoundly? 5. Could it be said that the individual, before the onset of symptoms, was a rational and level-headed person? 6. Does the individual have a personal history of attention-seeking behaviour? 7. Does the individual have a personal history of illegal substance and/or alcohol abuse? 8. When did the symptoms manifest and what was the emotional and physical environment which the individual was exposed to like at the time? 9. Does the individual have knowledge and/or practice of the Occult? 10. Does the individual know others with knowledge and/or practice of the Occult and what were/are this individual’s relationship(s) with said others? Are said relationships ongoing? 11. Has the individual recently travelled to areas known or suspected to be haunted? 12. Has the individual recently attained any object of significance (i.e. – inherited jewellery, flea market items, stolen items, artefacts, souvenirs, etc.) and from where did he or she acquire it? 13. Has the individual been evaluated by a mental health professional? 14. Has the individual been evaluated by a licensed medical practitioner?

If, after significant medical and psychological evaluation, the individual continues to display the symptoms of possession, the approach can become rather complex. Depending upon the religious convictions of the afflicted person, proceeding to “exorcise” the negative entity without the aid of a Christian pastoral official may not be recommended if, for instance, the individual is Catholic. Interestingly, most cases of alleged possession are specific to individuals of a Catholic background. Why this is, is speculative. It has been suggested that many of these “possessions” are manifestations of some form of psychosis which draws upon the religious convictions of the individual in question.

In the case of a suspected possession which involves an individual of Catholic persuasion, it is perhaps beneficial to both the individual themselves and their family to contact Catholic officials from within the individual’s local community. Besides respecting the religious convictions of the individual and their family, it must be understood that either the afflicted individual or the family of the individual should be open to receiving aid at least in some regard. As you may or may not already know, many Christians are reluctant to accept spiritual aid from others not of their own religion. This is not to say that healing and cleansing work can only be carried out upon non-Christian individuals, but if you must take into consideration the potential for non-cooperation which may be involved. Of course, if the family of the individual or the individual themselves have endorsed or requested your aid, you may proceed to carry out whatever work is necessary to facilitate healing. Otherwise, you may choose to help from a distance or provide assistance in other ways.

In a situation in which the individual’s religion is not an issue or in which you have been granted permission to proceed, it is advised that you attain as much information as possible concerning the alleged entity or entities responsible for the attack before attempting to carry out an exorcism or banishing. Many entities are not aware of the harm that they are causing to the afflicted individual(s) or places which they are occupying or affecting. In such cases, it may be beneficial to have an experienced Medium assist you in communicating with the entity if you, yourself, cannot. Some cases of “possession” or hauntings can be very easily remedied with a simple conversation.

Non-Possessive Spiritual and Energetic Conditions

There are a variety of conditions which are classified as “non-possessive” conditions of the spirit or astral body. Many of these conditions are the result of interaction with spiritual entities, but others may be caused by energetic disturbances within the environment. Concerning entity-specific conditions, parasitic entities affecting the aura or external layers of the Spiritual Body may be aware of the harm that they are inflicting or may otherwise not possess the sentience to understand. In many cases, entities such as “astral nasties” or auric leeches are simple to remove. By thoroughly inspecting the aura for heavy energetic attachments, leaks or weak spots, such parasites may be detected. Techniques for removing these entities vary according to practice and belief, but may be dispatched through what is sometimes referred to as “psychic surgery” in which the attachment is isolated, neutralised and detached with careful energetic manipulation.

Attacks by sentient entities which are fully aware of the damage that they are inflicting are more complex and often require extensive research pertaining to the entity. Such information may be gleaned, initially, by observing the manner in which the “haunting” or “possession” manifests. Having spiritual allies such as Patron or Matron deities, Gatekeepers, Guardians, Totems, Guides and other similar entities can prove useful for those who routinely find themselves exposed to situations in which attachments may occur. Because of the potential complexity involved in removing sentient attachments, hauntings or possessions, precautionary measures cannot be emphasised enough. Preventing such situations is crucial for they can be particularly difficult to rectify in some cases.

There may be instances in which a spiritual attack is a purposeful assault upon one person by another, usually an accomplished magician. Many such attachments take the form of vampiric servitors. These “entities” are essentially energetic robots designed to attach themselves to the auric field of another individual. In most cases, vampiric servitors are programmed by their makers to drain the energy produced by the victim’s life force or the subsequent fear and paranoia produced when the individual is aware that he or she is under attack. Many vampiric servitors are dispatched in the same manner as simple auric attachments, especially those created by inexperienced magicians. However, experienced magicians often program servitors with complex defence mechanisms, making their disassembly and destruction somewhat complicated.

A common entity responsible for location-specific “hauntings” is the Land Spirit. Land Spirits are usually present within all places, but may especially attach themselves to locations which are spiritually significant. Such locations may include, but are not limited to:

    ~Ley lines and surrounding areas ~Sites significant to ancient religious practice ~Sites abundant with natural resources such as springs, caves, rivers, geysers, etc. ~Old-growth forests

Other similar entities include ancestor spirits, gremlins and household spirits such as kobolds. Instead of banishing such entities, it is wise to remember that we are perceived as the intruders in most cases. Learning to live with Land Spirits involves a commitment by the individual to preserve, respect and maintain the land or location significant to the spirit. A great number of “hauntings” are incidents in which an unknowing home-builder, hiker, archaeologist or explorer has stumbled upon, desecrated or removed an artefact from a spiritually significant location which, in turn, has invited the retaliation of the land spirit responsible for the location. It is always a good idea to thoroughly research an area before building or treading upon it. It is never advised to remove artefacts, even seemingly harmless items such as stones, from a spiritually significant location without the permission of the land spirits. Communing quietly with the spirits of any location is always advisable regardless of your intentions, but it is especially common for individuals to experience the wrath of offended land spirits as “hauntings”.

Another situation which may mimic the “symptoms” of a true possession is what is sometimes referred to as Soul Attachment – a condition in which a fragment of the soul of another being has attached itself to the soul of the afflicted individual. Additionally, symptoms of a Soul Fragmentation, a condition in which the individual’s soul or part of it has “broken apart” and become lost within the Otherworlds (or this plane), can resemble those of a true possession. In both conditions, individuals may experience marked changes in personality, loss of appetite, psychosis and a myriad of other symptoms. Shamanic practitioners are most often called upon to address suspected cases of Soul Attachment and/or Soul Fragmentation as they usually specialise in “diseases” or conditions affecting the soul.

A common factor which is often responsible for alleged cases of “hauntings”, spiritual or psychic attacks and even possession is the presence of excessive Electromagnetic Fields or EMFs. EMFs or EMCs (Electromagnetic Currents) are produced by electricity as it circulates throughout wires, cords and electrical equipment. Many Ghost Hunters rely on a device known as an EMF detector – a specialised device used to detect the presence and intensity of EMFs within an environment. Many cases of the “heebie jeebies” are the result of high-intensity EMFs disturbing the personal energetic fields of an individual. Continued exposure to extremely high quantities of EMFs can result in a variety of unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, paranoia, visual field disturbances and even psychosis. It is thus crucial to first rule out the possibility of high levels of EMFs within an environment in which an alleged haunting or possession has taken place.

In conclusion, true spiritual possession is a difficult condition to diagnose due to the presence of so many other spiritual, energetic and physiological conditions which can mimic its symptoms. It is important to remember the following steps if you are faced with the possibility of a spiritual possession:

1. Protect yourself. Take measures before exposing yourself to the afflicted individual to ground and centre yourself, align your Chakras, cleanse your Aura, converse with your spiritual allies, charge and raise your shields and adorn yourself with any protective amulets that you feel are necessary.

2. Assess. Take note of the individual and his or her physical appearance, behaviour and language. You should ask relatives or close friends whether or not he or she has a history of violent behaviour, mental illness, attention-seeking behaviour, brain injury or disease. You should then take note of when the symptomatic behaviour first occurred and the state of the individual’s mental and physical health at the time, the environment or any new objects to which he or she was exposed and any stressful or life-changing events present at the onset of the symptoms. You should take note of the victim’s choice of religion and ask both the individual and the family members whether or not it is appropriate for you to proceed on your own or if they would prefer for you to consult with a member of the individual’s church, coven, temple, etc.

2. Sense. Those trained within magickal and psychic disciplines should, after thoroughly assessing the individual and his or her environment and personal history, spend some time with the individual in order to gain a “feel” for his or her personal energy and the presence of any “negative” entity or energy either within or surrounding them. Some practitioners are able to view the Auras of others – a useful technique when assessing the Aura for leaks, dark “spots”, tendrils or other anomalies. It may also be useful to consult with a trained Medium if a true possession is suspected, although you may use tools such as pendulums, Ouija boards or dowsing rods to glean more information from the entity. Such tools, however, should be used with caution.

3. Research and network. Once you have attained an adequate amount of information through the assessment of both the individual and the responsible entity, if such is the case, you should strive to research similar cases and their outcomes in addition to the entity responsible for the affliction. Understanding the entity or forces responsible for the condition is crucial. Once you have a clearer idea of what the offending entity or force is, consult with other magickal practitioners if possible for feedback. Sometimes our limited perceptions of an entity can cause us to approach a condition with tunnel vision. Having the benefit of perceptions and experiences separate to your own is a good idea and a way to ensure that you have a full understanding of what you are dealing with and how best to remedy it.

4. Prepare. At this stage, you should gather the appropriate tools and ingredients necessary for the work to remove the afflicting entity or energy if in fact the situation calls for such. If need be, arrange for a Shamanic practitioner, healer or Medium to perform any appropriate work necessary. It not advisable to perform any work with which you are unfamiliar, uncomfortable or inexperienced. When in doubt – don’t!

5. Engage. This stage marks the point during which the entity or energy responsible for the affliction is removed, asked or helped to depart or dissipated. Again, the technique for the removal or dissipation is entirely dependent upon what manner or entity or energy is responsible for the condition. Communicating with the entity may be necessary (such as in the case of Land Spirits or spirits in transit) as may be removing the offending source of energy (such as in the case of EMFs or “haunted” artefacts). In cases which involve EMFs, removing the source of energy may be impossible; thus, one must devise an approach which may involve limiting the amount of time spent in the environment, for example.

Many people make the assumption that possessions, hauntings or spiritual attachments only happen to those who traipse about “haunted houses”, but the truth is that everyone is susceptible to spiritual attack at some point. Being prepared is be as simple as being educated. Use caution when taking artefacts from ancient sites, visiting locations known to experience paranormal activity, associating with individuals who lack self-control and learn to balance that caution with logic. Never assume that you or another is “possessed” or even under spiritual attack simply because of a stroke of bad luck or a crisis of health. Rule out any mundane explanations before jumping to the tempting conclusion that you are being assailed by rogue magicians, “demons” and “leeches” or the Flying Spaghetti Monster!

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Left Hand Paths Vs. Right Hand Paths

Originally published 17 October 2008. © Torey B. Scott

Some of you are already familiar with the terms and with the meanings behind them. For those of you who are not, this article was designed to provide a brief introduction to the concept of “Left Hand” and “Right Hand” paths.

Who Needs A Hand?

The concept of “Left Hand” and “Right Hand” paths originated in the Hindu Tantra, which is composed of two separate ‘paths’ – dakshinachara (Right Hand Path) and vamachara (Left Hand Path). Essentially, the difference is that in dakshinachara (Right Hand Path), the more “mainstream” Hindu religious practices such as meditation can be found; alternately, in vamachara (Left Hand Path), one encounters more “taboo” practices such as sexual rites and animal sacrifice, which diverge from traditional and accepted Hindu religious practices.

Besides the Hindus, the concepts of ‘the left hand’ and ‘left-handedness’ have been regarded as ‘evil’ and/or being symbolic of a rejection of traditional religion throughout many cultures.

Examples of Right Hand Paths and Left Hand Paths:

Right Hand Paths:

  • Wicca
  • Christianity
  • Buddhism

Left Hand Paths:

  • Satanism – Symbolic & Theistic
  • Demonolatry
  • Luciferianism

An Illustration of Common Differences

In this segment, I will present several concepts followed by the common approaches to these concepts by both the Left and Right Hand Paths.

CONCEPT: The Self, The Person As An Individual.

  • RIGHT HAND PATH: Typically regards the Self as spiritual in nature. However, a tendency exists to heavily separate concerns of the Ego from concerns of the True Will or Higher Self. Magick and acts for the purpose of self-attainment, self-gain and self-provision are generally viewed as indulgent, wasteful, selfish and in accordance with the desires of the Ego.

  • LEFT HAND PATH: Typically regards the Self as worthy of worship and elevation. Concerns of the Ego and of the True Will are typically not separated, as they are regarded as one in the same. Magick and acts for the purpose of self-attainment, self-gain and self-provision are almost universally viewed as natural and are condoned and encouraged. The desires of the Ego are readily indulged in the belief that the Self is worthy of indulgence.

CONCEPT: The Divine, “God”, Spirit

  • RIGHT HAND PATH: Typically regards the Divine/God/Spirit as omniscient, transcendent and sentient. Relationships with a personal Deity are nurtured through worship, prayer and ritual. Divine guidance is sought for the understanding of the True Will. Divine aid is called upon in most common practices. The Ego is inferior to the Spirit or Higher Self and must be overcome for the soul to perfect itself through life experiences.

  • LEFT HAND PATH: Sometimes regards the Divine/God/Spirit as omniscient, transcendent and sentient. May be Atheistic in approach to Deity with a pronounced emphasis on the idea of the Self, the Ego, as Deity incarnate. May often view the Self, the Ego, as part of a greater Source of Spirit, co-existing with sentient godforms and entities (Deities) – however, typically regarding the Self, the Ego, the Human Spirit to be equal to or greater than other sentient godforms and entities (Deities).

CONCEPT: Ethics, Dogma, Codes of Behavior

  • RIGHT HAND PATH: Typically observes some form of dogmatic ‘moral code’ or system of ethics wherein the individual is expected, to some degree, to abstain from those activities, acts, behaviors and magickal workings which indulge the Ego or the individual in favor of more altruistic approaches. Often regards acts of indulgence as abetting the wasteful desires of the imperfect Ego. Typically holds to rigid ideals and societal expectations.

  • LEFT HAND PATH: Typically denounces most forms of dogmatic ‘moral codes’ or systems of ethics which suppress the individual and/or the Ego. Commonly favors those activities, acts, behaviors and magickal workings which promote and condone the indulgence of the Self, the Ego. Generally believes that there is ‘no such thing as a selfless act’. Does not regard the desires of the Ego as wasteful and/or deviating from any ‘True Will’ as the Ego is typically believed to be the same as the True Will, Higher Self. May or may not disregard rigid ideals and societal expectations.

CONCEPT: Obedience to a Higher Power or Will

  • RIGHT HAND PATH: Generally adheres to some sense of inferiority to Spirit, The Divine, God, Higher Will. May or may not observe an obedience to the ‘Will of the Universe’ or to a pre-destined ‘fate’. May or may not regard Deity, Spirit as being more aware of what is ‘best’ for the individual and for mankind.

  • LEFT HAND PATH: Generally rejects adherence to any sense of inferiority to Spirit, The Divine, God, Higher Will. Typically regards the Self as ‘Godlike’ or ‘equal to God’, thus being the supreme authority in regards to the needs of the individual and of mankind. Commonly rejects obedience to any Deity.

CONCEPT: Retribution and Karma

  • RIGHT HAND PATH: Typically accepts some idea of Cosmic Justice, Karma, Karmic Retribution, Threefold Law as a Universal and supernatural means of Divine law and order. Additionally, may or may not believe in the concept of polar opposites of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’, ‘good’ and ‘evil’.

  • LEFT HAND PATH: May or may not adhere to the idea of Cosmic Justic, Karma, Karmic Retribution, Threefold Law as a Universal and supernatural means of Divine law and order, although, if adhering to the concept, regards it as exoteric. Typically does not adhere to any concept of polar opposites of ‘positive’ and ‘negative’, ‘good’ and ‘evil’.

CONCEPT: Happiness and Spiritual Fulfillment

  • RIGHT HAND PATH: Generally believes that happiness and spiritual perfection, fulfillment come from ‘good’ and/or altruistic deeds. May or may not believe that true salvation/happiness/spiritual fulfillment is only attainable through transcendence of the material plane.

  • LEFT HAND PATH: Generally believes that happiness and spiritual perfection, fulfillment are solely the responsibility of the individual in each lifetime. Typically discards the belief in salvation by means of ‘good’ and/or altruistic deeds which result in spiritual reward.

CONCEPT: Material Wealth and Indulgence

  • RIGHT HAND PATH: Typically believes that material wealth and indulgences are solely ‘fodder’ for the wasteful desires of the Ego. Generally conforms to the idea of the material plane as being a place of tests and hardships, a place to learn from and to eventually rise above.

  • LEFT HAND PATH: Typically believes that material wealth and indulgences are necessary for the happiness and contentment of the individual, the Ego as the individual is responsible for his or her own happiness and spiritual reward. Generally rejects beliefs that the material plane is a place of tests and hardships, a place to learn from and eventually rise above, instead adhering to the idea that life is what the individual makes it – that mankind is the master of his own destiny

The Use of Symbolism in Left Hand Paths

One of the first things that one may or may not notice about some followers and/or traditions of Left Hand Paths is the usage of ‘inverted’ symbolism.

Some quickly attribute the reasoning for the usage of this symbolism to nothing more than ‘shock value’. A common (and erroneous) stereotype, for example, of a ‘Satanist’ will depict a young teenage boy, dressed in all black and chains and wearing an inverted pentagram pendant around his neck. It is true that many teens attempt to shock their parents and their peers by dressing outrageously and claiming to be ‘Satanists’. Sadly, however, in the United States, there have been instances of such teens being involved in school shootings and other criminal activity, further tarnishing the reputation of Satanism and other Left Hand Paths.

Though the stereotype is inaccurate, the inverted pentagram is a real symbol used by Satanists and other followers of the Left Hand Path. This inversion is not an act of ‘perverting’ a ‘good’ symbol for shock value, but it is a meaningful symbol in and of itself.

The five points of the upright pentagram represent the power of Spirit (the topmost point) reigning supreme above the four Elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water (the material world), which are represented by the remaining points of the pentagram. In this symbolism, we have the representation of the belief of many Right Hand Paths in Spirit transcending the flesh – transcending wasteful material desires and distractions.

In the inverted pentagram, we have just the opposite of this. The five points of the inverted pentagram represent the power of the four Elements (the material world) in domination over the power of Spirit (now the bottommost point). In this configuration, we are now representing the belief of those who follow the Left Hand Paths in the material world being a place of importance, indulgence, lessons and, ultimately, what the individual makes it. There is no need to strive for the obscure goal of spiritual completion by means of transcending the flesh when spiritual completion and true happiness can be had in this plane.

Alternately, many Satanists and other followers of Left Hand Paths use the symbolism of inverted crosses and other ‘reversed’ versions of traditional religious symbols as a means to represent non-conformity and non-adherence to Dogma, rigidity and the yoke of religious institutions.


In short, labels are just that. Labels. In the end, everyone is in charge of his or her own happiness and fulfillment. Spirituality is just one piece in that very large puzzle. What we choose to call ourselves matters not in the grander scheme of things. With titles come identity and with identity comes acceptance. We humans are social creatures by nature and by nurture. What we seek is belonging and kinship and safety. Groups, families, societies, cultures – all of these are answers to our ever-longing questioning of ‘where do I belong?‘.

What you believe should not matter to anyone but yourself. We do not exist to fulfill someone else’s spiritual void. What you call yourself is completely up to you. “Am I a witch?”, “Am I a Satanist?”, “Am I a Presbyterian?”. Only you can answer that. Though we will always seek to belong to something…somewhere, never label yourself for your friends. Don’t label yourself for your family. Be true to yourself – and ‘me’ is the only label you can ever truly be proud of.

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Demonic Medicine: An Introduction

Originally published 22 May 2012. © Torey B. Scott

Like nearly all spirits, Demons possess the potential to both harm and to heal. Many practitioners of paths which are not aligned with Demonolatry fail to recognise the benefit in attaining Demonic alliances primarily due to the fact many individuals cannot overcome their biased preconceptions of what they believe Demons to be.

It must be understood that Demons, unlike some other divinities, are less apt to respond to the pleas of an individual without first having in place an agreement which entitles Them to reciprocal service(s) by the individual. Failure to reciprocate on the part of the individual may result in an undesirable outcome—however the same remains true for other non-Demonic entities. It should be stressed that spiritual alliances must, like human alliances, be maintained if the individual wishes to enjoy the benefits without repercussion.

When we discuss the term Demonic medicine, we are referring to the use of Demonic energies for the purpose of healing. When one has established and maintained an alliance and relationship with a particular Demon, he or she may then approach the Demon with the prospect of working with It in order to heal either themselves or another. Some Demons are less likely than others to agree to such a proposition; but, if approached correctly, most Demons are willing to participate.

Demonic energy is extremely potent and if a Demon is eager to aid you, it is wise to first prepare yourself for the reception of this energy. If uncontained, Demonic energy can have a corrosive effect upon the aura. Because of this, it is necessary to either attain the Demonic medicine through Shamanic journey or to request that the Demon enchant a vessel which can then be used as a key to activate the contained energy when it is needed. Taking the Demonic energy directly into oneself must be done within a specially-constructed circle in order to first transform it from its raw state into a consumable one. The circle, within the context of Demonic magick, is not a protective barrier but serves as a something akin to a decompression chamber.

By placing oneself within the circle, the Demonic energy can be slowly introduced into the environment without adversely affecting the human aura. By bringing one’s own auric vibrations into harmony with Demonic vibrations, the energy which is to be transferred is harmonised. Generally, casting the circle will ensure that the energy within is brought to a balance gradually, but the magician can also choose to alter the vibrations of his or her own person through exhibitory energy-raising techniques such as dancing, vigorous sex (especially BDSM sexual techniques), deliberate pain infliction (self-flagellation, etc.) or using substances (excluding depressants such as alcohol). Of course the use of substances within ritual is only advised for those who are mentally stable and magickally competent—I do not personally endorse the use of illegal substances, but if one chooses to use consciousness-altering chemicals he or she should be aware of the dangers involved and should preferably have another person present in case of a negative reaction.

Demonic energy may also be channelled through the body of the practitioner through ritualised possession. In this practice, the Demon is invited into the body of the magician who may then carry out the healing directly. One should be cautioned, however, that only seasoned and disciplined practitioners should attempt this method due to the dangers of inviting external entities into the body without the proper precautionary methods such as those used by experienced mediums.

Within the context of Shamanic journey, one essentially acclimates his or her own energies to the native environment of the Demon—thus negating the need for an external circle or other general preparatory methods. This is not to say that one should ever carelessly attempt to journey into the Demonic realm without understanding the process—the difference between the preparations for journeying and the preparations for ritual invocation are simply different. Journeying to the Demonic realm is the reverse of the Demonic invocation—instead of inviting the Demon into the realm of the practitioner, the practitioner journeys to the Its realm. It is always wise, however, to ensure that you are properly grounded before commencing the absorption of Demonic energy in any state.

Perhaps the simplest method for acquiring useable Demonic medicine is the aforementioned Demonic enchantment of a vessel. The vessel may be a crystal, a pendant or any other object into which the Demon may deposit a certain amount of Its energy. Such vessels are sometimes referred to as fetishes within the context of Core Shamanistic traditions—however I choose to simply use the term vessel as it is culturally non-specific. Preparation of the vessel depends upon the material and the purpose which the energy will serve. Generally speaking, one may simply cleanse and consecrate the vessel in order to prepare it for enchantment—the actual imbuing of the object with Demonic energy is a varied process that will depend upon the Demon with whom you are working.

Most enchantments are carried out within sacred space in ritualised form—the entire process of cleansing, consecrating and enchanting the vessel may be performed within the same ceremony. The Demon whose aid you will be receiving is invited into the sacred space through invocation (never use Ceremonial evocation). As with any other cleansing, any lingering energies within or about the object are neutralised and the consecration may proceed as would be normally observed by the practitioner. It should be noted that consecrating the vessel in the name(s) of the participating Demon(s) is the best approach, although this will depend entirely upon one’s relationship with Them and/or his or her Patron or Matron deity.

One thing worth mentioning is the potential conflict of interest which can sometimes arise when an individual has called upon the aid of numerous spirits or deities for the same purpose. An example of this would be an instance in which I was seeking healing for my grandfather. Several other individuals had called upon the Christian pantheon for aid. Being aware of the fact that some Demons are opposed to working with these entities, I asked Them whether or not They would object to operating alongside Jesus Christ and Yahweh whilst contributing Their aid to the purpose at hand. Whereas the majority of the Demons whose aid I had sought had no objection, several in fact did. Remember, too, that Demons can have conflicts with other Demons. Many individuals assume that because Demons are generally all categorised into the same group They must all “get along” with one another. This is not true. It is always courteous to ask such questions of any spirit in addition to providing it with as many details pertaining to the working as possible.

Concerning enchanted vessels, if you do not specify exactly what it is that you seek from the Demon, It is left to speculate and will simply supply you with only enough energy to conceivably carry out your healing work. This means that if you do not specifically request a permanent enchantment, it is likely that the vessel will only contain enough energy for a single use or a handful of uses. If you wish for the vessel to serve as a “general purpose” healing item, you must be specific in your asking. Although non-corporeal entities are certainly aware of much more than we are, they are not always mind-readers.

Once you have acquired your enchanted vessel, there are many methods for using it. If the vessel is a stone, you can create Demonic elixirs by soaking the stone in water or alcohol (use caution as some stones are toxic or may be damaged by water or alcohol). Other elixirs may be formed without the use of an enchanted vessel. Vessels may also be used by placing them upon the affected area(s) of the body or by using them in sachets which may then be placed by the bedside or beneath the pillow.

Demonic medicine can also be harnessed in simpler ways. For example, using candles inscribed with the sigil or seal of a particular Demon may be burned within healing rites. Simple talismans may be constructed using Demonic sigils. Invocation bowls, small bowls which have been decorated with Demonic figures and which contain an invocatory phrase, may also be created and used in a similar fashion as is the witch’s cauldron. Demonic sigils may also be used as altar patens upon which flowers, stones, herbs and any other ingredients in addition to perhaps a photograph of the individual in need of healing may be placed.

In some cases, the sigil or seal of the Demon whose aid you wish to employ may be drawn upon parchment and burned. The ashes may then be mixed with liquid and ingested. In addition to only using the ashes, one may create an alchemical tincture by fermenting corresponding plant matter with the ashes in liquid, skimming away the residue and bottling the liquid. Additionally a similar but weaker elixir may be created by simply placing a clear glass of fluid atop the seal or sigil of a particular Demon. This method can be especially useful if you are running short on time and are in need of an elixir but cannot spare the time needed to create the more complex medicinal products. This method for creating a Demonic elixir may be expanded for a slightly more powerful product by placing the glass of liquid atop the seal or the sigil and leaving it outdoors during a full moon (or during midday if the Demon is Solar in nature). One may go a step further and charge the elixir during the ideal planetary hour or astrological state which corresponds to the rulership of the Demon in question.


Demonic medicine may also be attained through the use of oils, known as oleums within some Demonolatry traditions. These oils may be created in the same manner as any other anointing oil—a base or carrier oil should be chosen (it should be noted that in my experience, Demons are not as fussed about whether or not a particular oil is “natural”, plant-based, etc.—I have used mineral oil as a carrier with no issues) and the corresponding essential oils of any herbs which are specific to the Demon in question. The oils should be consecrated in the name(s) of the Demon(s) whose aid is being sought.

When a Demon has agreed to aid you by gifting you with Its medicine, it is courteous to provide the Demon with a suitable offering. Because Demons are, in many ways, more similar in nature to human beings than some other entities, They are often pleased with offerings that reflect the human experience. Whereas some entities may prefer offerings of flowers, crystals and other natural objects, Demons tend to prefer offerings which have either been created by or are indicative of Mankind. Demons have been known to enjoy offerings of:

    Alcoholic beverages (especially those with high alcohol content) Cigars and cigarettes (burned as incense) Sexual fluids Blood (your own) Chocolate Drawings or other crafts (created by you) Music and dancing Sensory libation (emotional discharges such as rage or experiences of pain) Jewellery Money (especially coins) Pornography/Sex toys (and sex acts)

Otherwise Demons are certainly not shy about informing you as to Their preference of offering. If you are uncertain as to what a particular Demon may enjoy, you need only ask. Sometimes clues as to Their preferences may be found by examining Their correspondences and natures, but They often indicate very clearly what it is that you may do for Them that will be most satisfactory. Besides meditating or journeying for the answer, Demons are also capable of expressing Themselves through either direct “thought implantation” or through other methods such as dreams or divination. I sometimes use a pendulum when asking for clarification pertaining to a particular Demon’s preference for a variety of items.

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Demon Dossier: Agares

Originally published 27 May 2012. © Torey B. Scott

The Motivator

  • Golden Dawn Zodiacal Attribute: Aries (Succedent Decan)
  • Solomonic Rank: Duke (Sometimes Grand Duke)
  • Planetary Ruler by Rank: Venus
  • Planetary Ruler by Decan: The Sun
  • Tarot Card: 3 of Wands
  • Holy Days: March 30 – April 8

Traditional Appearance:
An old man riding upon a crocodile and carrying a goshawk

Traditional Powers & Authorities: “Maketh them to run that stand still”; “bringeth back runaways”; “teacheth all Languages or Tongues”; “power to destroy Dignities both Spiritual and Temporal”; “causeth Earthquakes”

Agares is the first Duke to be mentioned in most versions of The Lesser Key of Solomon. The Golden Dawn assigns Him to the Succedent Decan of Aries, thus insinuating that His is a Solar presence. His Nature is, indeed, very indicative of resonating with Solar Archetypes—He is a Demon of action, motivation and growth as well as being strongly representative of the importance of seeing endeavours through to completion.

It is tempting to compare the Magickal Image of Agares with that of the Hermit as found in the Tarot. Here we have a solitary figure, an old man—upon His fist He carries a goshawk, replacing the traditional element of the lantern within in the Hermit card. As the Hermit’s lantern illuminates His path, so does Agares’ ever-watchful goshawk keep a steady eye fixed upon its surroundings. However, unlike the free-standing Hermit, Agares has decided to carry Himself upon the back of a strange ally—the crocodile.

This seemingly inconceivable idea of a crocodile as a stead speaks to us of a need to see possibilities where previously we had thought none existed. It suggests that we look beyond surface appearances and shallow convictions in order to negate our self-limiting tendency to judge a book by its cover. Historically and metaphysically, crocodiles represent unbridled brute force—however, in contrast to its primitive and often violent countenance; the crocodile is capable of being a profoundly effective nurturer, demonstrative through the imagery of the mother caring for her hatchlings.

Agares’ nurturing Nature is also demonstrated by His association with the Qabbalistic Sephirah of Binah in addition to the planetary attribution of His rank, Venus. Binah is often characterised as the Great Mother figure, or Aima Elohim. It is receptive, comforting and can sometimes be seen as the inviting white shores beyond the ending of one’s life. Binah also embodies the concept of “Understanding” and great wisdom, further supporting the significance of the old man in the Magickal Image of Agares. We are also inspired to find the significance of this “Understanding” in Agares’ mastery in “teaching Languages”. Through language, we seek to be understood—and through expressing ourselves, we are able to articulate our fears, desires and perception of the world around us. Agares thus bolsters our ability to communicate with one another and with the Universe not only through His personal tutelage in the realm of language, but through His inherent connection with the Sephirah of Understanding. Like the crocodile, Binah indicates the cycle of life and death, departure and return. When we examine Agares’ affinity with “runaways”, the connection between the lessons of Binah and the crocodile become apparent.

Both the goshawk and the crocodile represent higher vision, caution and the need for vigilance. Symbolically, the old man is illustrative of wisdom through experience, perseverance and even fragility. It is quite a worrying situation in which a fragile old man has committed himself to being reliant upon the strength of the crocodile whose powerful jaws could easily rend him limb from limb; but this insinuates profound and unspoken trust on the part of the old man—even his dependence upon the sharp eyes of the goshawk leads us to conclude that, as a pinnacle of wisdom, his experience has given him reason to believe that his life and well-being are safe in the deceptively dangerous guardianship of beasts.

Although we may be inclined to associate Agares with the Hermit, He is best represented by the 3 of Wands. Although His seal is subject to variation from source to source, we can clearly see within its basic shape a pattern of three’s. There are three circles, three unattached arms of the cross and three bands at the bottom of the shield. The number three has a great deal of occult significance—examples being the triplicity of the seasons of life (birth, adulthood, death) and the threefold Nature of linear time (past, present and future).

Because His Nature is fiery, motivating and active, it makes sense to assume that His Decanal association with the Sun and Aries lend him both Solar qualities and those aligned with the Ram of the Zodiac. The Three’s of the Tarot may be viewed as being representative of commenced action—we may break this down into such thoughts as beginning something new, motivation or going forward. Agares’ interest in “making them to run that stand still” suggests that we are correct to attribute the action-based principles of His Solar-Aries assignment to those lessons of His which encompass breaking free from old ruts, rising to the challenge and persevering.

The 3 of Wands can also indicate a tendency to cling to shallow ideals such as appearance, power and wealth. Because Agares’ inspires us to look beyond what is visible on the surface, we find that His traditional powers include “power to destroy dignities” and “causeth earthquakes”. Both of these actions consist of the razing of structures, both symbolic and literal—of destroying what once was in order to return a state of being to its most basic foundations. Through the destructive power of Aries, the jaws of the crocodile, we are stripped bare—exposed to the light of the Sun and entrusted to the care of the nurturing Mother. Through the warming of the Sun’s rays we attain new growth and perspective, guided by the light of the Morning Star, Venus—the eyes of the goshawk.

Agares’ Lessons – Summary

Looking beyond the surface. Finding the “diamond in the rough”. Acknowledging that there is always a silver lining. Undiscovered talents and strengths. Thinking outside the box.

Wisdom through experience. Understanding our fellow human beings and relationship with the Universe. Communication and language.

Motivation. Endurance. Inspiration to climb out of ruts. Action. Beginning new ventures. Finishing what we have begun. Growth. Sports.

Balancing strength with fragility. Nurture, rest and recuperation. Getting back to our roots.

Being honest with ourselves and with others. Letting go of shallow concerns and interests. Starting over. Wearing our hearts on our sleeves. Acknowledging weaknesses in ourselves. Taking a back seat.

Life and death. Cycles and changes. Runaways. Running from problems.

Vigilance. Caution. Higher vision and psychism.

By examining the lessons which a particular Demon has to offer to us, we can find those lessons which relate to a specific problem in our lives and work with that Demon in order to correct any imbalance which may be present. However, just because a particular Demon “specialises” in certain areas, it does not mean that It is limited solely to such. For example, you may discover that when working with Agares, He may be interested in helping you with an issue in your life which may seem completely alien to His Nature or concerns.

The best way to work with a Demon is to begin by using meditation and visualisation to establish contact. Once you have attained a rapport with a Demon, you may begin by asking It questions relative to your specific problem and “tuning in” to receive Its messages. Demons communicate with us in many ways—usually through seemingly random thoughts or signs in our environments. They may also be worked with through Shamanic journey or a variety of divination methods.

Prompts for Exploration

1. When you are feeling distressed or alone, what comforts you? In what ways do you, in turn, comfort others who are in need?

2. Are you guilty of vanity? In what ways? What things affect your self-esteem? What things improve it? What are you unwilling to compromise on when it comes to looking or feeling your best? Why?

3. Do you judge people based on first impressions or how they appear? Have you ever been discriminated against? How did you deal with it?

4. Can you look back on your younger years and recognise things you did or behaviours in yourself that you now consider to be foolish or unwise? What life experiences led you to change these things? How does the person you were make you feel about the person you are now?

5. Are you a procrastinator? Do you often find yourself in emotional or motivational ruts? If so, how do you break free from them and get things done? Who or what are your inspirations in life?

6. Do you feel a need to control every aspect of your life? Do you ever allow others to take the reins while you trust them to do the right thing? If not, what would happen if you did?

7. Do you take responsibility for your actions? Are you a blame-shifter or do you acknowledge your flaws and mistakes?

Meditation – The Old Man & The Crocodile


Find a quiet place in which to meditate, making sure that you will not be disturbed. Either using this article or your own drawing, focus your mind on Agares’ seal. When you can visualise it without looking at it, close your eyes and sit up straight, clearing your mind of the debris and remnants of the day’s thoughts and worries. Remain focused, in your mind’s eye, on the seal. Taking a deep breath in through your nose while counting to four, exhaling through your mouth while counting to six. Feel your body relax and your consciousness shift, floating away like a leaf in the current.

Visualise the seal beginning to fade as you imagine yourself in a forest at dusk. Allow yourself to feel the warm summer wind blowing over your bare skin, hear the crickets calling in the thick ferns and marvel at the blue green hue of the trees as their branches sway lazily in the breeze. Before you, an old forest path stretches deep into the darkening woods—further down the track, you notice someone approaching very slowly, but you are unable to clearly make out the figure.

You decide to walk towards them, cautious yet unalarmed. Suddenly you stop as you realise that it is an old man—however, there is something very strange about him. You notice that he carries a goshawk upon his fist, much in the same way as falconers carry their companions. The hawk is watching you closely, peering at you with its large keen eyes and bobbing its head warily from side to side. Even stranger is that the old man appears to be sitting upon the back of a large crocodile, its breath coming heavily as it strides slowly towards you.

The crocodile stops just in front of you, seemingly operating on a telepathic command from the old man. Looking closer, you see that the old man is thin and haggard—his face is withered and a scraggly beard adorns his chin. He smiles at you and asks for your name. Feeling much more confident, you do not hesitate to tell him. In return he reveals to you that he has been searching for you. As you come to understand, he informs you that he has a task for you to complete. He tells you that he needs for you to help a small child. You agree to do what you can, and the old man points behind you. Turning around, you see that there is a door which has appeared upon the forest path. Walking towards it, you take a deep breath and open it, stepping into the darkness within.

The door closes behind you and your eyes slowly begin to adjust. You realise that you are in the bedroom of a little girl. All around you are toys, family photos and school awards, yet you hear only the weeping of the child as she lies curled into a ball on her bed. Walking to the bedside, you kneel down and stroke her hair softly, asking her why she is crying when she is surrounded by so many beautiful things. She tells you that she is afraid of growing up and of losing her family. Overwhelmed, you sit on the bed and take her into your arms, telling her all of the reasons why she should not be afraid of growing up—you tell her how important it is to enjoy each day and to look for the good in everything. You explain to her that by growing up, she will be able to do new things and to meet new friends. Slowly, she begins to relax and you dry her tears. She looks up at you and smiles and wraps her arms around you. You close your eyes and hold her tightly, but are suddenly aware that you are no longer yourself, but have taken the place of the little girl—looking up you see that, in your place, is the old man. He smiles down at you before rising and disappearing again.

You feel completely relieved and are convinced that everything will be alright. You are suddenly no longer aware of any worries and can only think about those things in your life which you are truly grateful for. Closing your eyes, you wrap yourself in the blankets and drift to sleep, bringing yourself back to normal consciousness and feeling refreshed.


1. If you are artistically inclined, create a work of art using Agares’ seal as inspiration. You may choose to create a drawing, sculpture or piece of jewellery—alternately, you may even wish to compose a piece of music which best represents Agares as you perceive Him. Outline the symbolism of your creation—explain the meaning behind any colours you may have chosen or any materials or why your work specifically embodies the Nature of Agares. Meditate on this creation at least once a week and make note of any impressions or thoughts you may have.

2. On a sheet of paper or parchment, write down all of the things in your life which you feel impede your personal growth. They may be things such as “insecurity, low self-esteem, feeling inadequate” or “boss has it in for me, no friends, drink too much”. Contemplate these things and on a second sheet of paper, write down things you believe can counteract them. For example, where you may have written “low self-esteem” as an impediment, you can counteract this with something such as “get a new haircut”. Likewise, if you included something such as “boss has it in for me” as an impediment, a counteraction for this may be something as simple as “look for a new job”.

Once you have written your list of counteractions, crumple up the piece of paper containing the impediments and abuse it—take out all of your frustrations on it and pour all of that negative repressed energy into it. Afterwards, either burn it or bury it. Keep your list of counteractions visible and use it as a checklist—strive to accomplish at least one counteraction per month.

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An Introduction to Qliphothic Sorcery

Originally published 23 May 2012. © Torey B. Scott

Understanding The Qliphoth

Most practitioners familiar with Left-Hand Paths will most assuredly have been exposed to the concept of the Qliphoth. Like Kabbalah itself, the Qliphoth have often played a central role in many of the practices of Occultists and Ceremonial Magicians. The Qliphoth Itself, if it can even be justly referred to as one ‘thing’, can be a confounding topic and for this reason many new to Ceremonial practices are rather keen to avoid It altogether. However it must be understood that the Qliphoth can mean many different things depending upon context and the inclinations of the Magician.

It would be impossible to discuss the Qliphoth without also including Kabbalah as a whole. If you are not familiar with the basic concepts behind Kabbalah, I suggest that you consider undertaking Magicka School’s exceptional course, “Introduction to the Magician’s Kabbalah” by Marcus Katz. Additionally, there are specialised forums within the boards which deal exclusively with discussions pertaining to the Kabbalah. Further information can be sought online or through books such as my personal favourite, David Ariel’s Kabbalah: The Mystic Quest in Judaism.

To understand the Qliphoth is to first understand the Kabbalah. The problem with this arises due to the numerous interpretations of what the Kabbalah and the Tree of Life actually are. There are many variations of Kabbalistic study—one of the most popular within the magickal community is commonly referred to as the Esoteric Kabbalah. Within some magickal circles, the Esoteric Kabbalah is less favoured in comparison with the other traditional interpretations of the Kabbalah and aspects of Jewish mysticism such as Merkabah. Because of these differences in interpretations, there is rarely little consensus within Occultism as to exactly what the Qliphoth is, how It originated and what It means to the magician.

There are several accounts of how the Qliphoth originated. Some portray the Qliphoth as the ‘shells’ or ‘husks’ of God’s first aborted attempt at creation. In this account, the Qliphoth is the realm of dark energies which some consider to be evil or demonic in nature. In other accounts, the Qliphoth are the ‘reflection’ of the Sephiroth upon the waters of the Abyss. Still others consider the Qliphoth to be the nightime or reverse side of the Tree of Life, opposite but still connected to the realm of Light by Da’ath. In most of these accounts however a common theme is present—the Qliphoth is essentially the ‘dark half’ of the Tree of Life, sometimes referred to as the Tree of Death.

While such a generalisation is by far an inaccurate and unjust summation of the Qliphoth, it is a viable introduction to the concept of the polarity which exists between the Qliphoth and the Sephiroth. The Tree of Life consists of ten ‘emanations’ or ‘numerations’ which are known as Sephiroth (Sephirah in the singular). Each of these numerations essentially represents a different aspect of God’s creative process. Many magicians view the Sephiroth as literal realms while others consider Them to be allegorical, comparable to states of mind. Whatever the case may be, most practitioners who choose to work with the Qliphoth regard It as a collection of the flawed or severe expressions of creation.

The word Qliphoth, like the word Sephiroth, is plural. In the Hebrew language, Sephiroth roughly translates as ‘numerations’ whereas Qliphoth (Qliphah in the singular) translates as ‘peels’ or ‘husks’. Generally the Qliphoth is referred to as a single entity, an area of study—however the Qliphoth in the truest sense consists of ten essential ‘husks’ which mirror the ten numerations of the Tree of Life.

Within some practices, magicians imply that the Sephiroth are present in all things and yet are removed from the earthly realm of Man. Because of the seemingly contradictory nature of Kabbalistic theory, many students are intimidated and resistant to undertaking the study of the Tree of Life. While it is visible from the aforementioned example that Kabbalistic theory can be quite complex, it is again dependent upon the individual interpretations and convictions of the individual as to what the Sephiroth, and Qliphoth, mean to that individual.

In revisiting the concept of the Sephiroth’s presence within the world, while aspects of the Sephiroth exist within all things, all but one of the numerations are said to wholly exist beyond the realm of Man. The tenth Sephirah, Malkuth, is also known as the Shekinah—the fundamental feminine aspect of God which is alone accessible to and knowable by humanity. Malkuth is sometimes equated with the tangible world and Universe – many adherents of modern Goddess-dominated religions have equated the Shekinah with the great Goddess archetypes such as Diana, Gaia or Isis. But deeper still than the Shekinah reside the Qliphoth.

As with the diversity found within the accounts of the creation of the Qliphoth, there is much debate pertaining to other fundamental questions surrounding Their very nature, limitations and location. Second only to the question of what the Qliphoth are is the question of where They reside. In some depictions, the Qliphoth are said to reside ‘behind’ the Tree of Life, directly ‘below’ it or ‘below and behind’ it. Regardless, many accounts of the Qliphoth depict Them as residing amongst us, within the world of Assiyah, the earthly realm itself and, in some ways, within the Shekinah.

Within a polarised perspective, the Qliphoth may then be assumed to encompass all of the negativity and evildoing of this world. While this may be a very appealing and simple explanation of the Qliphoth for some, it is not entirely accurate. The Sephirah of Geburah would in fact better fit such a description as It, not the Qliphoth, is the unrestrained element of God’s severity.

What then, one may ask, is the Qliphoth and how would understanding such forces contribute to magickal practice? Depending upon what one’s personal interpretation of the Qliphoth is, there is great potential in working with Qliphothic forces within the context of magick. Generally, many practitioners of Left-Hand Paths consider the Qliphoth to be something comparable to the ‘Satanists’ Tree of Life’. This is a very inaccurate description of the Qliphoth as it is not simply a Tree of Life for Satanists, but a container of forces which encapsulate the potential for destruction on many levels. However, Qliphothic sorcery – like aspects of any powerful magickal system, path or practice – is not intended for the casual dabbler.

Why would anyone endeavour to work with such destructive forces? Like anything within the Universe, the Qliphoth not only has the potential to destroy but also to create. While the emanative process of the Sephiroth does not function in the same manner, the Qliphoth have been employed by practitioners of many different magickal systems with favourable results. For some practitioners who are inclined towards psychological allegory within magick, the Qliphoth represent the negative states of existence. Some view the Qliphoth in a similar manner as one would view an astronomical Black Hole – perpetually drawing into Itself the Universe surrounding It.

If we were to indeed view the Qliphoth as the “anti-Sephiroth”, it would be marginally feasible that this “drawing into” aspect of Its Nature could be utilised for constructive ends. An example would be to examine each Qliphah and Its unique signature in order to harness the particular “artery” in concordance with the task at hand – for example, if one wished to counter his or her feelings of inner conflict over a decision, the artery of Thaumiel could be focused upon the aspect of his or her life in need of reparation. In this context, the individual arteries of the Qliphoth could be analogised as vacuums, drawing out accumulated energies which are no longer beneficial to the individual. This use of Qliphothic magick, however, is less akin to sorcery than it is to self-examination and self-cleansing. The Qliphoth can also be utilised for projective magick.

Some practitioners of Qliphothic Sorcery ascertain that the Qliphoth Themselves are inherently receptive – that is, as aforementioned, it is believed that the Tree of Death only draws Into Itself and therefore does not project Itself into the Universe. However, within the context of Judaic Kabbalism, this is not the case as it is believed that the Qliphoth are ever-influencing the world of Man – that it is Man, not the Qliphoth, which draws the Peels unto Himself. If this is the case, then utilising Qliphothic energies for projective magick can be rather straightforward – the invocation of a particular Qliphah may be sufficient. However, many magicians who believe that the Qliphoth are wholly receptive also believe that the key to utilising Qliphothic energy within the context of projective magick is not the Qliphoth Themselves, but the entities who govern Them. In the next article, we will explore some of the entities aligned with the Qliphoth and Their functions within.

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Satanic Rites & Rites of Demonolatry: Introduction

Originally published 20 October 2008.  © Torey B. Scott

In this article, I would like to take a moment to introduce you to a few of the rites observed by Satanists and Demonolators.

Holiday Rites

Just as in Wicca (and many other Neo-Pagan paths), Theistic Satanists and Demonolators often observe and honour the changing seasons and the changing aspects and months of dominion of Satan and the Demonic Divine throughout the course of the year.

Though there are many sects within Theistic Satanism, I will approach the subject of Holiday Rites from common Demonolatry and Satanic Sabbats perspectives.

Holiday Rites of Demonolatry

Within Demonolatry, holidays are observed, just as in Wicca, during the seasonal equinoxes, as well as other significant days of the year. During these times, we honour the Demons who preside over each aspect of life, death, destruction, healing, fertility and rebirth.

First Rite To Lucifer:

  • Date: March 21st
  • Purpose(s): The first of two Rites To Lucifer, this is the Elemental Rite to the Element of Air (Lucifer is one of the Elemental Demons and the ruler of Air). Celebration of new beginnings, enlightenment and wisdom, as well as the arrival of Spring
  • A Time For: Marriages and Handfastings

First Rite To Belphegore:

  • Date: March 31st
  • Purpose(s): New beginnings, shedding of old burdens and worries, the arrival of Spring, earthly and mundane requests
  • A Time For: Feasts, looking for a new job or career, starting anew

Second Rite To Belphegore:

  • Date: April 9th
  • Purpose(s): (See above) The second of three Rites To Belphegore, honouring the Earth’s renewal and the arrival of Spring

First Rite To Leviathan:

  • Date: April 30th OR May 2nd
  • Purpose(s): A celebration of the cycle of life and the ebb and flow of the emotions. The first of two Rites To Leviathan
  • A Time For: Initiations, marriages, conceiving children

Third Rite To Belphegore:

  • Date: May 13th
  • Purpose(s): (See First Rite To Belphegore) The third of three Rites To Belphegore, honouring the Earth’s renewal and the arrival of Spring

Rite To Flereous:

  • Date: June 21st OR June 22nd
  • Purpose(s): The celebration of the arrival of Summer and the reign of the Sun. Flereous is represented by the image of the Phoenix. This is also an Elemental Rite to the Element of Fire (as Flereous is one of the Elemental Demons)
  • A Time For: Baphometic Fire Baptisms

Second Rite To Leviathan:

  • Date: September 21st
  • Purpose(s): The second of two Rites To Leviathan. This rite celebrates the Element of Water (as Leviathan is one of the Elemental Demons) and the Autumnal Equinox, symbolized by the gathering of the harvest.
  • A Time For: Renewals of wedding vows, divinations

Rite To Eurynomous, Baalberith & Babael:

  • Date: October 31st
  • Purpose(s): This is a celebration and honouring of the Demons of Death.
  • A Time For: Remembrance and honouring those whom have passed away, cursing and hexing rites, renewals and cleansings, remembering one’s own mortality

Second Rite To Lucifer:

  • Date: Mid-November
  • Purposes: (See First Rite To Lucifer) This is a continuation of the Rite To Lucifer in which magick involving enlightenment, wisdom, learning and the acknowledgment of the Element of Air take place.
  • A Time For: All magick and requests involving knowledge, enlightenment and the Element of Air.

Rite To Belial:

  • Date: December 21st or December 22nd
  • Purpose(s): A celebration of the re-emergence of the Sun from its Wintery veil. This is also an Elemental Rite to the Element of Earth (as Belial is one of the Elemental Demons). This is a time to enjoy one’s material existence and to be thankful for friends and family and for the good things in one’s life.
  • A Time For: Initiations, thanksgiving, business/material ventures

In addition to these holiday rites, there are Principal Rites and the Rites of the Patron (or Matron) Demon which are dependent upon the individual practice and observances of the Demonolator. The Demons of the Goetia, for instance, have Their own days of the year assigned to Them, and, thus, would be acknowledged and honoured during these dates. A few examples of Goetic Holidays are:

  • March 21st or March 22nd: Rites To Seere and Ipos
  • May 2nd: Rite To Valefor
  • June 21st or June 22nd:  Rites To Botis and Gamigin
  • September 21st: Rites To Botis and Zepar
  • October 31st: Rite To Glasya-Labolas
  • December 21st or December 22nd: Rites To Seere and Sabnock

Satanic Sabbats

Some practitioners of Theistic Satanism (such as those followers of the JoS Ministry) observe “Satanic Sabbats”, which are, just as the term refers to, observances of the various cycles of the seasons throughout the duration of the year.
Amongst some Theistic Satanists who observe them, the Sabbats essentially celebrate the same aspects of natural earthly cycles as is done in Wicca – the only real difference is that Satan, not the God and Goddess, is honoured in His many aspects

Hallowmas or Samhain:

  • Date: October 31st
  • Aspect(s) of Satan: Spiritus; Lord of Earth
  • Descriptive Title: Dominant Darkness


  • Date: December 21st or December 22nd
  • Aspect(s) of Satan: Spiritus; Lord of Earth
  • Descriptive Title: Birth of The Sun


  • Date: February 2nd
  • Aspect(s) of Satan: Spiritus; Lord of Air
  • Descriptive Title: Awakening of The Light

Spring Equinox:

  • Date: Around March 21st
  • Aspect(s) of Satan: Spiritus; Lord of Air
  • Descriptive Title: Light Increasing


  • Date: Around May 2nd
  • Aspect(s) of Satan: Spiritus; Lord of Air
  • Descriptive Title: Dominant Light

Summer Solstice:

  • Date: June 21st or June 22nd
  • Aspect(s) of Satan: Spiritus; Satan (Lord of Fire)
  • Descriptive Title: Peak of Light


  • Date: Around August 1st
  • Aspect(s) of Satan: Spiritus; Satan (Lord of Fire)
  • Descriptive Title: Awakening of Darkness

Fall Equinox:

Date: September 21st
Aspect(s) of Satan: Spiritus; Lord of Water
Descriptive Title: Dark Increasing

Concerning The Black Mass & Rites of Blasphemy

Almost universally, nothing evokes more fear than the term, “Black Mass”. During the so-called “Burning Times”, many a “witch” was accused of partaking in these “Black Masses” in which she or he would engage in mockeries of the crucifixion, immoral sexual acts and even intercourse with The Devil. In modern times, “Black Masses” have been connected to the rashes of hysteria behind countless incidences of “Satanic crimes” and supposed cases of “ritual abuse”.

But this leads to the question, “are Black Masses real?”. The answer is simply, “yes, they are”.

To some, this knowledge may come as a disappointment. So many people have dismissed Black Masses as the inventions of witch-hunters and frightened parents. The truth is that the Black Mass is not what most people imagine it to be.

Anton Szandor LaVey, the founder of The Church of Satan, devised his so-called “Black Mass” from earlier sources*. Additionally, many modern Theistic and Symbolic (LaVeyan) Satanists have created their own versions of Black Masses.

*LaVey’s Black Mass contains many erroneous Latin phrases

What Happens During A Black Mass?

Essentially, nothing happens. An authentic Black Mass is merely a parody of the Catholic Mass. According to LaVey, the purpose of The Black Mass is “psychodrama”. The Mass itself is, at least to the Theistic Satanist, one of many “Rites of Blasphemy” which are designed to facilitate a psychological change instead of a literal physical or magickal change. Rites of Blasphemy use the psychological effects of partaking in “the taboo” as a means of solidifying one’s own personal power.

The Purpose of Rites of Blasphemy

Most of us were raised by Christian parents or otherwise exposed to the concepts of Christianity from a very early age. One of the hallmarks of Christian conditioning is to instill a distinct sense of fear into the person with the promise of “Hell” and eternal damnation. By overcoming the fear associated with directly blaspheming the Christian God, one overcomes the oppression of his past and sheds the yoke of negative conditioning imposed upon him by a lifetime of exposure to Christian “threats” and fears of eternal damnation.

The only danger of performing a Rite of Blasphemy is psychological distress and, possibly, nervous breakdown. The reasons are that some people are so heavily and subconsciously conditioned by the fears of Hell and damnation (even if they don’t actively believe in “God” at all) that they actually cannot withstand the mental effects of blaspheming the Christian God in ritual form. The rite is designed to instill a sense of personal power and to overcome such fears, but the individual must be as near to one hundred percent divorced emotionally, psychologically and spiritually from the Christian God as is at all possible before attempting a Rite of Blasphemy.

Besides the Black Mass, there are also other specific Rites of Blasphemy such as the Renunciation of the Trinity and the rite in which one recites The Lord’s Prayer in reverse. These rites also have the same purpose and function as the Black Mass in that they are designed to deliberately counteract psychological conditioning by years of fear and oppression instilled into the individual by Christian upbringing and/or exposure.

It should also be noted that not ALL Satanists perform Black Masses or Rites of Blasphemy for personal reasons. This is absolutely acceptable and is entirely the choice of the individual. Black Masses are not for every Satanist, just as some aspects of Wicca are not for every Wiccan.

The Morally-Sound Satanist

By performing the aforesaid Rites of Blasphemy, one may or may not choose to do so in an attempt to solidify his or her devotion to Satan. This is acceptable and encouraged, however, the being receiving the greatest benefit is the individual themselves, not Satan. There is no requirement to perform any such rite in order to pledge one’s allegiance to Satan – as I have mentioned earlier, the choice is entirely personal.

However, some people, especially young people, feel that they should take acts of Blasphemy one step further and, thus, partake in criminal activity such as vandalizing churches and places of worship or insulting and pranking Christian ministers and clery men and women. This is NOT a responsible Satanist. Though Satanists believe in the power and recognition of the power of the Self, the Individual, Satanists are also ethically and socially responsible individuals. By contributing to society and playing one’s part in the structure of human community, we are, likewise, contributing to the prosperity of Mankind on a much larger level.

The money that we put into Social Security, for example, will be the money that we may rely upon to sustain ourselves and our families in the future. The harmonious relationship we maintain with our neighbor, the church Deacon, may one day reward us with his lovely daughter marrying our son – and it’s probably a darn good thing that we all get on so well! Aside from solely benefiting ourselves, there is a certain responsibility that we have to our fellow man to lead by example and to repay kindness with kindness. By conducting ourselves in a criminal manner, we not only continue to perpetuate the false idea of Satanists being detestable delinquents, but we also jeopardize our own families and futures by destroying other families and property and by landing ourselves in a prison that our own tax-paying families are paying for.

Other Rites & Conclusion

Aside from Holiday Rites and Rites of Blasphemy, Demonolators and Satanists also have formal rites for weddings, baptisms, initiations, dedications, funerals and even divorces.

The Baphometic Fire Baptism

One such rite in Demonolatry is called “The Baphometic Fire Baptism”. In this rite, the individual is baptised to begin his or her life anew as a Demonolator in the names of Satan, the Elemental Demons and of his or her (or the Sect’s) Patron or Matron Demon. A branding iron, fashioned in the form of the Patron or Matron Demon’s sigil, is then pressed to the flesh and the sigil is then permanently branded into the skin of the Demonolator. More modernly, this practice has been abandoned for the use of a tattoo, which is just as permanent and sometimes less painful.

Children may also be baptised, but they are not branded or harmed in any way.

Pacts With The Devil

Everyone is probably familiar with the notion of “selling one’s soul to The Devil”. It should be pointed out that this practice, while mostly fanciful, is modernly practiced to some degree. Satanists do not believe that Satan sits on a fiery throne amidst a pit of burning lava idly collecting human souls for His intense pleasure and amusement. Satan is not, as is no other god is, our superior. We are all equal as we are all Spirit and come from one Source. Therefore Satan has no need of our souls and we certainly can’t “sell” our souls to Him.

However, Pacts and Rites of Allegiance act, in some ways, like Rites of Blasphemy. The effects are almost purely psychological and provide the devotee with a sense of power, purpose and self-confidence.

Some Satanists use Rites of Allegiance as a means to dedicate themselves in a formal ritual setting to Satan or to particular Demons. Generally, if a Pact is to be made, it will be made as a literal long-term pledge of devotion to Satan and the devotee will often inscribe his pledge onto parchment and sign his or her name in blood (his own blood). Afterwards, the pledge is burned and the “pact” is sealed.

*Information pertaining to the rites and practices of the Ordo Flammeus Serpens is taken primarily from material published within the book, “The Complete Book of Demonolatry” by S. Connolly.

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The Satanic Adorations

 Originally published 7 November 2008. © Torey B. Scott

The Satanic Adorations are merely adaptations of what is known as “The Four Adorations”, a daily observance of one’s own Divine Self and Oneness with the Universe. For practical purposes, I have provided for you an overview of the original Four Adorations and the significances and variations I will be using for the Satanic Adorations.

Introduction To The Four Adorations

If anyone is familiar with Aleister Crowley’s Liber Resh vel Helios, then you already know a little about what is commonly referred to as “The Four Adorations”. In Crowley’s Four Adorations, the practitioner pays homage to the Sun and to the Divine Self (the essence of Tiphareth) at four points during the day – each point representing one of the Four Elements at its corresponding time of day (Sunrise for Air, Noon for Fire, Sunset for Water and Midnight for Earth).

The purpose of this daily acknowledgment is to remind the practitioner of his or her quest to complete the Great Work, to know the conversation of one’s Holy Guardian Angel (in other words, to communicate with and to know fully the Divine Self) in the journey towards union with the Godhead. Its purpose is to also initiate contact between the practitioner and the energy of the Sun in a more literal sense – as the Sun is representative of Tiphareth, The Divine Self. In other words, this daily observance recharges our spiritual batteries.

Why, you might ask, are The Four Adorations significant to Satanists? From a Satanic point of view, these Solar rituals have deep significance.

The Sun and “666”

It should be known that the infamous “Mark of the Beast”, the number 666, is actually a number whose origins far precede the birth of its contemptible reputation as a number of evil and a sign of Satan or the Antichrist.

Magickally and historically speaking, the number 666 is foremost what is known as “The Most Holy Number of the Sun” – it is represented by the symbol of the Hexagram, whose points number six and whose single lines are divided into three parts – with six lines (6) composed of three parts each (x111), the calculated sum of the Hexagram equals 666. Furthermore, the significance of the number 666 and the Sun may be seen in the Magic Square of the Sun:

If one adds up the numbers in a single row or column, the sum of that row or column will be 111. There are six rows and six columns, thus 6 x 111 = 666, The Most Holy Number of the Sun.

The Sun & Other Satanic Significance

Again, from a Satanic point of view, the significance of the Sun in The Four Adorations may be seen in its fiery aspect – often representative of Satan. Likewise, the Demon Lucifer (often mistaken for or confused with Satan) is sometimes associated with the Sun (and enlightenment, a very good fit for the Sephirah of Tiphareth) as is Belphegore (the Arch-Demon of Togaririm, the Qliphothic Shell in Tiphareth’s position in the Qliphoth) and Flereous (the Elemental Demon of Fire, represented by the Sun).

Man is often seen as the manifest embodiment of the Sun, itself a representation of the Spiritual Source. Therefore, when we adore the Sun, we also adore ourselves and recognize our Divine Natures by doing so. Very much fitting with Satanic creed.

The Grade Signs Vs. Invoking Inverted Pentagrams

In the original Four Adorations, Crowley makes use of what are known as “Grade Signs”, gestures of significance, especially in the magick of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (which Crowley belonged to). Each Grade Sign represents a level of adeptness of rank within the magickal order, some corresponding with a particular Sephirah on the Kabbalistic Tree of Life which embodies the essence of and lessons of that particular grade. (For more information on the gestures and the meaning behind the signs, download this PDF to view the A.’A.’ variations of the Grade Signs) Many of these were further developed by Crowley and bear significance and correspondence to various Egyptian Deities (the original Four Adorations pay homage to specific Egyptian Deities).

Although the original Four Adorations are heavily saturated in Egyptian mythology and symbolism, they may be adapted (and easily) to most any cultural mythology or spiritual path. Concerning the use of the Grade Signs, additionally, one may easily substitute his or her own symbol(s) of preference which may or may not correspond to the Four Elements.

We have to understand, however, before dismissing the Grade Signs, the purpose behind the implementation of them to begin with. When one performs such a gesture, he or she is not only bringing his or her awareness of the body and spirit into harmony, but he or she is also interacting with unseen worlds – essentially, one is manipulating energy by performing these gestures.

The two signs which are commonly used in the Four Adorations are the Sign of the Enterer (to move energy) and the Sign of Silence (to seal or finalize the action).

For those of us following a Satanic path, I have chosen to use the inverted invoking pentagrams of the Four Elements in place of the Grade Signs.

The use of the term ‘invoking’ can be confusing. Invocation, to some, means to invite a force or entity into the physical vessel (the body). When one uses an ‘invoking’ pentagram, however, he or she is not literally summoning the presence of the Element into themselves, but is inviting the essence of the Element into the proximity to themselves externally. Technically, this should probably be regarded as an ‘evoking pentagram’, but for the purpose of avoiding confusion, we will refer to them as magickal history has dictated and continue to call them ‘invoking’ pentagrams.

For the purpose of the Satanic Adorations, thus, we shall invite the essence of each Element (inverted invoking pentagram) into our proximity and we shall, additionally, respectfully end each adoration by bidding farewell to the Element (inverted banishing pentagram). We will also end each adoration by paying homage to the Sun and to our Divine Selves.

The Satanic Adorations

It should be noted that, for many of us, the hectic whir of life’s daily tasks renders the exact timing of these adorations impossible at times. These adorations should be performed daily in an ideal world, but at least once a week is sufficient. The point is, the timing does not have to be exact – for example, “sunrise, noon, sunset and midnight” may be translated (for the busy person) to “when I wake up, the middle of my day, the winding down part of my day and before I go to bed”.

The First Adoration

  • Time of Day: Sunrise
  • Element: Air
  • Direction: East

Face the East and draw (with your index finger or your Elemental Dagger) the inverted invoking pentagram of Air directly in front of you:


Visualize yourself standing atop a tall mountain summit, the sunrise flooding the sky with hues of blood red and violet, a soothing breeze brushing against your skin. Envision the Sun, in it’s splendor, rising before you on the horizon, its golden rays bathing your entire body in warmth as the winds grow stronger. Feel yourself rise into the air and ascend towards the Sun, pausing mid-air between the Earth below and the brilliant fiery Sun above you. Feel yourself held aloft by the Spirits of Air, having all confidence in their strength to keep you from falling to the Earth. Feel the wind rushing over your ears and through your hair as you open your arms, ‘spreading your wings’. Say:

Hail, Satan, God of Man, Lord of Air – I, Your child, adore You in Your splendor. Lucifer, Bringer of Light unto the world – by Your illumination I am awaken to that within me which is Divine. Upon Your shoulders I find my footing – I am strong in Self, strong in You. Enlighten me, Father, Brother…bestow unto me Your vision and Your strength as You rise, glorious, in the heavens and within me. Hail, Satan. Hail, Lucifer.

Feel the energy vibrate and pulse within you, the light of the rising Sun filling your entire body and pervading every cell within your body. Envision yourself slowly being lowered back to the Earth by the Spirits of Air, your feet firmly planted on the ground once more. Feel the winds subside and silently thank the Element of Air, Lucifer and Satan for Their presence with you and within you.

Conclude the adoration by drawing (again, with your index finger or Elemental Dagger) the inverted banishing pentagram of Air directly in front of you:


Close your eyes and raise your hand to your brow, touching your ring finger (the Sun finger) to your Third Eye Chakra and tracing the symbol of the Sun thereupon:


The Second Adoration

  • Time of Day: Noon
  • Element: Fire
  • Direction: South

Face the South and draw the inverted invoking pentagram of Fire directly in front of you:


Envision yourself standing in the center of a circle of fire, flames rising like walls around you. Imagine yourself, too, bursting with an inner fire – your entire body glowing orange and red and white, flames dancing across your skin but not harming you. Above you, visualize the Sun, like a fiery eye gazing upon you, empowering you…filling you with its energy and its life force. Raise your arms and reach towards the Sun, feeling its power descend into your body, through your fingertips and down your arms into your entire being. Say:

Hail, Satan, God of Man, Lord of Fire – I, Your child, adore You in Your splendor. Flereous, Great Bird of Flame, arisen from the ash and reborn in the glory of the Sun – imbue me with Your ardor, Your passion, that I may draw upon Your guidance and find, within myself, the strength to endure and to overcome. Upon Your fiery wings I soar aloft – I am strong in Self, strong in You. Embolden me, Father, Brother…bestow unto me Your brilliance and Your inspiration as You quicken me and make keen the Divine within me. Hail, Satan. Hail, Flereous.

Envision yourself pulsating with overwhelming power and energy, the Sun above you, blinding and brilliant, its light and your own light merging as one. Feel the Sun outside of you and within you. Then visualize the light shrinking and withdrawing into your body as you lower your arms…tucking itself away, but ever-ready to recharge you should you call upon it. Feel the warmth subside as the flames around you extinguish slowly. Thank the Element of Fire, Flereous and Satan for Their presence with you and within you.

Conclude the adoration by drawing the inverted banishing pentagram of Fire directly in front of you:


Close your eyes and raise your hand to your brow, touching your ring finger to your Third Eye Chakra and tracing the symbol of the Sun thereupon.

The Third Adoration

  • Time of Day: Sunset
  • Element: Water
  • Direction: West

Face the West and draw the inverted invoking pentagram of Water directly in front of you:


Envision yourself standing at the edge of the ocean, the gentle sound of the waves crashing against the shore and the salty smell of the air encapsulating your senses. Before you, the Sun hangs low in the sky, its vibrant orange glow dancing across the glassy surface of the water. The sky begins to darken and hues of gray and violet fall over the sandy shore. The winds calm around you and a peaceful still sets in. Say:

Hail, Satan, God of Man, Lord of Water – I, Your child, adore You in Your Splendor. Leviathan, Serpent of the Abyss – within Your coils, strong and enduring, I seek solace at the closing of the day. By Your forgiving essence I shed that which is impure, that which hinders me – I am cleansed; diminished now to my repose, strong in Self, strong in You. Allay me, Father, Brother…bestow unto me Your subtlety and Your restitution at the Sun’s somnolent descent. Hail, Satan. Hail, Leviathan.

Visualize the sky darkening as the Sun disappears beyond the horizon. Feel the darkness surrounding you, comforting you as the stars begin to twinkle lazily in the heavens. Your entire body and mind relaxes and you feel a soothing calm settle over you. Thank the Element of Water, Leviathan and Satan for Their presence with you and within you.

Conclude the adoration by drawing the inverted banishing pentagram of Water directly in front of you:


Close your eyes and raise your hand to your brow, touching your ring finger to your Third Eye Chakra and tracing the symbol of the Sun thereupon.

The Fourth Adoration

  • Time of Day: Midnight
  • Element: Earth
  • Direction: North

Face the North and draw the inverted invoking pentagram of Earth directly in front of you:


Envision yourself laying on the grass in the midst of a vast field beneath the starry sky. A cool breeze brushes your jaw and you feel the power of the Earth beneath you, solid and unyielding, against your back and your hands. Feel the blades of grass against your skin as you run your fingers across the ground. Smell the musky scent of the soil as it hangs in the air about you. Feel the energy of the Earth beneath you as it throbs and rises to the surface of the soil, permeating your skin and settling in your bones, your muscle tissues, your very being. Feel yourself becoming one with the Earth – your breaths are its breaths, your most inconsequential gesture…an earthquake…with every exhale, a mountain bursts forth from the skin of the land. Say:

Hail, Satan, God of Man, Lord of Earth – I, Your child, adore You in Your Splendor. Belial, in Your abode of stone and stick and soil and bone – glorious are You in your unaged countenance – upon Your terra firma I duly construct my foundation of humility with righteousness. Instruct me that I may know the courage within my heart and seek to perfect my understanding of myself and my talents. Prepare the soils of my spirit for seeding with the knowledge and experience of this gift of life. I am immovable – strong in Self, strong in You. Instill within me resolve, Father, Brother…bestow unto me Your sustenance and Your wisdom as brightly burns the Black Flame in the veil of night. Hail, Satan. Hail, Belial.

Visualize the stars above you burning brightly and glimmering in the velvety sky. Feel the earth beneath you warming slightly as your body relaxes, your own energies returning to normal and the Earth bolstering you. Imagine yourself rising to stand slowly, the excess energies seeping from your body, through the soles of your feet and back into the Earth. You feel rejuvenated and secure within yourself. Thank the Element of Earth, Belial and Satan for Their presence with you and within you.

Conclude the adoration by drawing the inverted banishing pentagram of Earth directly in front of you:


Close your eyes and raise your hand to your brow, touching your ring finger to your Third Eye Chakra and tracing the symbol of the Sun thereupon.

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Common Misconceptions: Left Hand Paths

Originally published 16 August 2009. © Torey B. Scott

I would like to introduce you to a few common misconceptions concerning Left Hand Paths and several of the more specific paths and practices encompassed therein.

It’s important that we attempt to dispel false assumptions and ideas where the “darker” paths and practices found in Paganism (etc.) are concerned. Why? Well it’s quite simple – just as Pagans detest being unduly vilified by Christians so do those who walk the Left Hand Paths detest being unduly vilified by their supposed Pagan brethren.

To begin, I would like to examine a startling, but prevalent fact that I have personally observed within the Pagan community. The case in point – discrimination.

Introduction: A Pagan Double-Standard

Discrimination is word that easily gets most any Pagan up-in-arms and ready for battle. So often have many practitioners of Pagan religions had to defend themselves in constant cases of accusations of “Devil Worship” by some Christians, it has become second-nature to some Pagans to despise any mention of “Satan”. It is quite understandable that this is the case; however, it has led to an upsetting prejudice.

Many Pagans are taken aback and abhor even the simple categorization of Satanism within their umbrella of definition. Yes, Satanism, especially Theistic Satanism, falls under the category of “Paganism”.

It is common to hear Pagans make claims to notions of “harmony, acceptance and open-mindedness” within their respective traditions. “A Pagan is naturally open-minded and accepting of all belief systems”. Ideally, this would be the case. In reality, it is not.

True, not ALL Pagans discriminate against Satanists and followers of the Left Hand Paths, but what Satanists, Dark Pagans and walkers of these Left Hand Paths represent and practice is often the antithesis of the moral code and belief systems of many of the followers of the more “mainstream” Pagan Right Hand Paths such as Wicca.

Thus, these practitioners of “darkness” are all too often judged and frowned upon unfairly – receiving the very hostility and discrimination from other Pagans as Pagans so often protest when it is exacted upon them by some Christians.

So why should there be a double-standard? Why should it be “okay” for Satanists and walkers of the Left Hand Paths to be outcast by their own Pagan brethren when Pagans so vehemently protest the same casting out of themselves by Christians? Simply, it shouldn’t be and it is not.

Thus, I will attempt to clear up a few of the most common misconceptions held by walkers of the Right Hand Paths in regards to walkers of the Left Hand Paths and practitioners of “darker” paths:

Satanists are Atheists”.

Not ALL Satanists are Atheists. There are two “forms” of Satanism: Theistic (Spiritual) Satanism and Symbolic (Atheistic) Satanism. Only Symbolic Satanists are Atheists.

They do not worship “Satan” as a “god” – they don’t even believe in Satan. To these Satanists, “Satan” is a mere symbol representing the natural urges of mankind. They may consider themselves to be self-indulgent and epicurean, believing that Man himself is “as a God” and thus recognizes the importance of making one’s own self happy in this lifetime.

Some Symbolic Satanists believe in magick and the supernatural – others do not. They typically adhere to the writings and beliefs of Anton Szandor LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan and the author of the Satanic Bible.

Satanists are evil Devil-Worshipers and criminals”.

Only Theistic (Spiritual) Satanists worship Satan as an entity – the term “Devil Worshiper” is considered to be derogatory and highly offensive. Satan is never referred to as “The Devil” as it is, additionally, considered to be an insult to Him. There are many sects within Theistic Satanism, but many agree that Satan is merely a name for the Deity which they worship, just as Zeus or Odin are names for other Deities.

Satan is much more than a “Christian invention” – He is an ancient God, existing before Christianity and vilified by such. Some believe that Satan is “The All”, the creative power of the Universe and others believe that He is one of many Gods, separate from “The All”.

Satanists are ‘evil’”.

Satanists are not evil. They do not commit crimes in the name of Satan or Self and most authentic Satanists are adults in their 30s and 40s. They are wives, husbands, fathers, lawyers, doctors and contributing members of society, just like anyone else. They do not engage in immoral acts and sex orgies with one another or with Satan and Demons.

Most of Theistic Satanism is based on Hermeticism, which is, essentially, the building blocks of Wicca and many other Neo-Pagan paths.

Certainly, there are some Satanists who are criminals just as there are some Wiccans, Odinists and Catholics who are criminals. It has nothing to do with religion, but sometimes criminals commit atrocities in the name of religion.

Satanists torture and abuse children in rituals.”

This claim is false. Not one investigation into “Satanic Ritual Abuse” allegations EVER has yielded a shred of evidence to support such claims. There is no doubt that some deranged and otherwise disturbed people have committed ritual abuse, but whatever they were “practicing”, it was NOT Satanism.

Satanists mutilate and sacrifice animals to Satan.”

Though the ritual sacrifice of animals may be allowed in a humane and revered manner (i.e. – harvesting a chicken humanely and then cooking and eating the meat as a religious observance) , it is not common and is usually frowned upon by most self-respecting Theistic Satanists. If a sacrifice were made, the animal certainly would not be mutilated. Like most all Pagans, Satanists are concerned with the welfare and reverence of ALL lifeforms, and promote Animal Rights and the preservation of the environment.

Anyone who practices cursing and binding had better look out for Karma.”

This statement only applies if the person actually BELIEVES in Karma. Not all people do. Many followers of Left Hand Paths believe that our punishment occurs in this lifetime only, and that is our own feelings of guilt and self-undoing.

Additionally, cursing and binding are not inherently “evil” or “bad” things. The motivations and intentions behind them are what must be judged if one is to apply a label of “evil” or “bad”, not the acts and practices themselves.

There is no such thing as Black Magic(k) ”.

Actually, there is such a thing and it is practiced. Not ALL followers of Left Hand Paths practice Black Magick, but some do. Black Magick typically refers to those magickal acts and practices which are malevolent or designed for self-gain in nature or which draw upon “negative” or “dark” energies. As you can see, there are many ways to define the term.

If you practice Black Magick, then you’re evil”.

Absolutely not. Black Magick can simply refer to any magickal act or practice designed for personal gain. For example, magick designed to attain wealth, honors or lovers. “Forcing” someone to love you, promote you or do favors for you by means of magick may be considered a big no-no by most followers of Right Hand Paths. They may consider it to be “tampering with another person’s free will”.

However, some people find it perfectly acceptable. It does not make a person “evil” to do things for personal gain by way of magickal means. It simply means that they believe in making themselves happy in this lifetime and they do not consider interference with the will of others to be an inherently “bad” thing. Remember, not everyone believes in Karma.

But…you aren’t observing ‘An it harm none..’!”

This is a purely Wiccan concept. Not everyone agrees with it. You don’t have to be of a Left Hand Path to disagree with this notion, but many followers of Left Hand Paths generally do disagree with it. Vengeance is a concept that is typically frowned upon by most Wiccans, but it is something that is acceptable and otherwise condoned by many followers of Left Hand Paths.

Just because a person believes in acts of vengeance or personal gain, it does not mean that they throw all ideas of respecting the boundaries and rights of others out of the window. Followers of Left Hand Paths, first and foremost, respect their fellow men and women. A belief in or adherence to the Threefold Law, Karma and the Wiccan Rede are not required to be a “good person” – it’s only common sense to practice acts of love and respect. Followers of Left Hand Paths are just everyday people who love and honor their families, friends and their fellow human beings. The only real difference is that they are unafraid of putting themselves first from time to time.

Demons are only out to trick us and to possess us”.

Depending upon whom you ask, Demons are sources of great wisdom and power. They are Deities in Their own right and are worshiped as such in several Left Hand Paths such as Demonolatry (the worship of Demons) . They, like Satan, are not regarded as “Christian inventions” nor are They considered to be cowering, lowly creatures good for nothing but pouncing on the first hapless soul They encounter. “Possession” by an actual Demon is a rare (if non-existent) occurrence and rogue spirits, not Demons, are responsible for most cases of literal possession. Demons treat you as you treat Them – regard Them with contempt and They, in turn, will regard you with such. Respect Them and They will treat you kindly for the most part.

It is not to say that Demons are completely benevolent beings. Any being of Spirit is a volatile and unpredictable force of Nature. Even Deities such as Isis or Odin are not incapable of great cruelty in balance with great kindness. ALL beings should be respected and treated with reverence.

Demons must be summoned and bound within the Triangle of Art, otherwise they will destroy you”.

Amongst Ceremonial Magicians, this practice of “summoning Demons” is called Evocation and is considered to be an act of utmost disrespect to Demons by Demonolators and Theistic Satanists. Just as one would not summon, insult, command, bind and then finally banish a God or Goddess such as Hecate or Cernunnos, so should Demons not be treated with such absolute malice. Some Ceremonialists, of course, work successfully with Demons in this manner – however, one can rest assured that the Demon would take the first opportunity to deceive and take advantage of the Magician should the opportunity arise. We humans don’t like being forced into a contract against our wills – neither do Demons.

Satanists pervert Christian symbolism to be ‘scary’ and for ‘shock value’.”

Some do, but there is profound meaning in the inversion of traditional religious symbolism.

I saw on the news that some teenage boys dressed in long black coats took a gun into school and threatened their teacher. They claimed to be Satanists. That’s not the first time I’ve seen Satanists do this…

These teens, though tragic and likely severely bullied and depressed, are NOT representative of Satanists in any way, shape or form. Satanists do NOT all wear black and they do not believe in dishing out violence and comeuppance at every slight. They are peace-loving, family-oriented NORMAL people – or as much as anyone from any other religion is or can be.

Many young people naturally turn to darker patterns of thought and behavior when faced with peer pressure and depression. Not all claim to be Satanists, but many do. Why?

For the most part, in a desperate attempt to earn respect from their peers through fear and reverence. “If I scare them, they’ll leave me alone”. Many do it to rebel against strict household rules enforced by their parents. I would venture to guess that 99% of them do not practice Satanism at all. Especially not Theistic Satanism.

Wicca is not the only religion with its reputation tarnished by stereotypes.

It’s because of Satanists that Wiccans get a bad rep.”

No, it’s because of nearly a thousand of years of fear and misinformation imposed upon society that Wiccans and non-Christians get a bad rep. Wiccans have fought for so long trying to convince Christians that they are not Satanists until they have, in the process, managed to tarnish the image of Satanists even more. By constantly perpetuating that they are not Satanists and, thus, not “evil”, they are continuing to leave Christians with the impression that Satanists really must be evil! The difference, however, is that most Satanists don’t care what Christians think of them in the first place – and it would be quite fair to say that it’s an impossible task, anyway, to convince a Christian that a Satanist is “good”!

However, we may not be able to convince Christians that Satanism and those following the Left Hand Paths are not “evil”, but we would certainly like to try to educate our Right Hand Path brethren that we are not what we have been perpetuated to be.

But you’re indulging the Ego, not the True Will!”

For some of us, there is no difference between the two. Essentially, many would respond, “so what?”. Just because most Right Hand Paths cling to the thought of obeying the True Will it doesn’t mean that everyone does or should. Followers of the Left Hand Path typically discard this concept as the pervading idea adhered to sustain that “man is the master of his own destiny” and that “there are no selfless acts”.

To act in accordance to “True Will” suggests obedience of the conscious mind, the Ego to a Higher Power, even if it is merely a greater part of the Self. This notion is typically something that is rejected by followers of Left Hand Paths as the Ego and the material world is not something that must be risen above and resisted, but something that must be indulged and enjoyed through experience. Certainly, it would be unfair to say that ALL followers of Left Hand Paths disregard the concept of the “Higher Self”, but few consider themselves to be deceived by “earthly” desires and Egoic urges. They embrace them.

To summarize, I would like to say that it’s hopefully clear to you, by now, that we may all be very different, but we are also all very much alike. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, and so we must learn to not hold to double-standards and to break down the barriers between us instead through education, listening and understanding.