Satanism is often referred to as belonging to or providing an example of a "Left-Hand Path" (LHP). One way of thinking about the distinction between LHP and the Right-Hand Path (RHP) is in terms of the eternal separation versus union of the individual intelligence with the rest of the objective world. But what does this … Continue reading The Left-Hand Path
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by,” And that was the leftward-branching path. In his book “Lords of the Left-Hand Path,” author Stephen Flowers defines the term “Left-Hand Path” as “the path of nonunion with the objective universe,” “a state of self-imposed psychic solitude,” “[a]n eternal … Continue reading What is the Left-Hand Path
At the International Conference of the Center for Studies on New Religions, or CESNUR, held in Palermo, Sicily, in early June of 2005, Dutch scholar Reender Kranenborg posed a seemingly simple question to the audience of his presentation: “How ‘Satanic’ is Satanism?” As Kranenborg made clear in the introduction to his paper, by ‘Satanic’ he … Continue reading Satanism, Evil, Universal Freedom of Will and Bodily Autonomy
I know two fellow self-identified Satanists from conservative religious families whose Facebook posts inadvertently outed them to kith and kin as Satanists. One of these friends was already using a pseudonym for his Facebook account and merely fell victim to his homophobic brother’s attempted smear campaign after he had chosen to come out to his … Continue reading Declaration, Part 2
Part of what makes "coming out" as a Satanist so tough is the common association in most folks' minds of the name Satan with the concept of evil. But is Satanism really evil? As you might expect, the answer to that question depends on where you're coming from. If, by evil, you mean what most … Continue reading Is Satanism Evil?
The mere act of openly declaring "I am a Satanist" is not for the faint of heart. Dropping the "S-bomb" creates all sorts of crazy ideas in people's heads and immediately and irrevocably alters social relations with friends, family, even complete strangers. Real-life Satanists handle this problem in very different ways. Some use assumed names … Continue reading Declaring yourself a Satanist