Site Anniversary Giveaway!

Happy Birthday to The Devil’s Fane! To celebrate, I’m giving away a framed print of my friend, Satanic artist SISU‘s masterful “Loss of Faith.” I have the original of this piece hanging in my Satanic study: it’s so amazing to gaze at up close, I get lost in the detail and forget to write! Now, I can pass at least a little bit of this mingled wonder and frustration on to you.

To be eligible for the giveaway, please answer the following two questions:

  1. What is my favorite episode of Star Trek: Next Generation and why?
  2. What do you think the quote from question 1 has to do with Satanism-as-you-see-it?

Just jot down a sentence or two in answer to these questions in the comments to the post. The first person to correctly answer #1 (hint: it’s been mentioned in the blog twice!) and provide the best response to #2 (best being defined on an entirely subjective basis by yours truly!) will receive the print. Hopefully the cost of postage doesn’t get too freaky based on where you happen to live; if so, you and I may have to talk.

I look forward to hearing from you all and reading your thoughts on Satanism. Here’s to another Devilish year for us all!

Avete Vosmetipsos! Ave Satanas!

6 thoughts on “Site Anniversary Giveaway!

  1. Your favorite episode of Star Trek: TNG is Episode 16 in season 2, “Q Who.” You mention the character Q and his quote twice, so I’m assuming the idea therein is why you like it so much. Q says, “It’s not safe out here. It’s wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross. But it’s not for the timid.”

    I absolutely see a deep connection with Satanism in this quote. To follow the structure of the quote, the idea of things not being “safe” is a big component in our roles as Satanists. We are rejecting the quotidian, rejecting the safety of the status quo, and assuming the risky role of adversaries and rebels. So, to be “out here” in our Satanic role is to be unsafe.

    However, this risk is worth it to us because of the “treasures” we find. Q picks up on the juxtaposed benefits that we receive if we are brave enough to assume this role. The “gross” are quite obvious: they are the raw, animalistic pleasures we revel in when we shake off externalizations and fully embody our primate selves. The more “subtle” ones, I think, are the intellectual ones we gain when we reject theistic delusions and instead choose the rewards reaped from the skepticism and empiricism Satanism requires of us. We have to study, not worship, to find the subtle treasures. Many get lost in the symbolism that reflects the more base aspects, but ideally, like Baphomet, we will embody and reconcile both aspects.

    Q leaves us in this quote with an admonishment that fits our path: we can’t be “timid” and live the Satanic life. To be a Satanist is to take risks. If you want to be comfortable, stay home and listen to your metal records. Only through daring can one truly reap the rewards and embody the promise of living our lives in the Devil’s fane. Sincerely, your lack of timidity in your Satanism has one of the biggest inspirations to me. Of all the treasures your blog has given me this past year, your bold presence has been the greatest. To see someone so rigorously yet eloquently, in deeds as well as words, walk this path has meant so much to me. As Picard said about Q in that selfsame episode: you’ve given us “perhaps what we most needed… a kick in our complacency – to prepare us for what lies ahead.” Thank you for that, dear friend, and I hope you have the most wonderful year ahead, in both life and art.

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  2. S2:E16 in which Q waxes eloquent about the nature of reality and how its gifts and pleasures can’t be separated from its ugliness and dangers…

    … which is an odd thing for somebody like him to say, given that Q is basically a god and more or less immune to all the dangers and pitfalls which the mortal beings he so frequently torments must endure.

    But if we break from ST:TNG to look at ST:V, we start to get an answer why Q even wastes his time with humans: eternal life is dull to the point of torture, and infinitely repeating have diminished all pleasure. It is only by interfering with, and to an extent living vicariously through, the mortals who *are* subject to the ugliness, danger, risk, rewards, pleasures, ecstasies, and above all else the finite that Q can gain what he has long since lost.

    You quote Q in an essay about “Babette’s Feast” concluding his remark saying, “It’s not for the timid,” but again — since when does this condition to apply to Q himself? Life is made precious and worth living not by the abundance of immortality, but the scarcity of mortality.

    And that’s my best guess at method behind your madness!

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    1. Great point about the seeming paradox of Q the godlike praising and missing the thrills of the mortal existence! Thanks for bringing in the Voyager stuff. My avid Star Trek watching never extended that far.

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      1. If you’re able to stream Voyager, then you should check out S2:E18, “Death Wish:” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Wish_(Star_Trek:_Voyager) You can read the Wiki entry if you want the TL/DR version, but if I remember correctly this episode explains more about the Q than perhaps any other. Well, maybe not any other — I never could get into TNG, so there’s a lot of canon lore I’m missing there — but given how often you blog about existentialist subjects and enduring life — warts and all — it’s an episode you might enjoy.

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  3. Well, I’m going to go ahead and call the giveaway. We’ve had two amazing responses, both technically correct as to Question #1 and each providing a thoughtful–and thought-provoking!–discussion for #2. It’s very difficult to judge between the two on their merits alone, so I’ll default to the “early bird” principle and declare that the Devil’s Fane 1st Site Anniversary Giveaway recipient is…Piper Furiosa! Congratulations!!! I’ll be in touch soon to arrange getting you your new framed SISU print. Thanks to BOTH Piper and James for writing in and to everyone who takes the time to read and follow The Devil’s Fane. Here’s to another great year!

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