The Left-Hand Path

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 [...]

What is 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 [...]

Satanism, Evil, Universal Freedom of Will and Bodily Autonomy

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 [...]

Declaration, Part 2

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 [...]