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rules to live by

if any of you have read anything on my website at all, you will see that i have no time or place for any organized religion, not to say that others can't have it, i just have to place for it. however there are some tenants of some religions that i do find are worthwhile and (shock) make sense! and none of them are exclusive to christianity in which i, and thomas jefferson "do not find in orthodox christianity one redeeming feature". in my mind, with that sect, there are twochoices: believe or convert. if you don't, god has given permission for his followers to "smite with great vengance" (ie kill). there is no middle ground.

so think of the delicious irony when i find in this one particular religion SEVERAL redeeming features. so here now without further ado, the best rules to live by:

the principles of satanology

Eleven Rules of the Earth

1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.

2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.

3. When in anothers lair, show him respect or else do not go there. (ctkedit: hmmmmmmmmmmmm)

4. If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.

5. Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.

6. Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to the other person and he cries out to be relieved.

7. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.

8. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.

9. Do not harm little children. (ctkedit: hmmmmmmmmmmmm)

10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food. (ctkedit: hmmmmmmmmmmmm)

11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.

The Nine Satanic Sins

by Anton Szandor LaVey 1987

1. Stupidity- The top of the list for Satanic Sins. The Cardinal Sin of Satanism. Its too bad that stupidity isnt painful. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. It depends on people going along with whatever they are told. The media promotes a cultivated stupidity as a posture that is not only acceptable but laudable. Satanists must learn to see through the tricks and cannot afford to be stupid.

2. Pretentiousness- Empty posturing can be most irritating and isnt applying the cardinal rules of Lesser Magic. On equal footing with stupidity for what keeps the money in circulation these days. Everyones made to feel like a big shot, whether they can come up with the goods or not.

3. Solipsism- Can be very dangerous for Satanists. Projecting your reactions, responses and sensibilities onto someone who is probably far less attuned than you are. It is the mistake of expecting people to give you the same consideration, courtesy and respect that you naturally give them. They wont. Instead, Satanists must strive to apply the dictum of Do unto others as they do unto you. Its work for most of us and requires constant vigilance lest you slip into a comfortable illusion of everyone being like you. As has been said, certain utopias would be ideal in a nation of philosophers, but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, from a Machiavellian standpoint) we are far from that point.

4. Self-deceit- Its in the Nine Satanic Statements but deserves to be repeated here. Another cardinal sin. We must not pay homage to any of the sacred cows presented to us, including the roles we are expected to play ourselves. The only time self-deceit should be entered into is when its fun, and with awareness. But then, its not self-deceit!

5. Herd Conformity- Thats obvious from a Satanic stance. Its all right to conform to a persons wishes, if it ultimately benefits you. But only fools follow along with the herd, letting an impersonal entity dictate to you. The key is to choose a master wisely instead of being enslaved by the whims of the many. (ctkedit: hmmmmmmmmmmmm)

6. Lack of Perspective- Again, this one can lead to a lot of pain for a Satanist. You must never lose sight of who and what you are, and what a threat you can be, by your very existence. We are making history right now, every day. Always keep the wider historical and social picture in mind. That is an important key to both Lesser and Greater Magic. See the patterns and fit things together as you want the pieces to fall into place. Do not be swayed by herd constraintsknow that you are working on another level entirely from the rest of the world.

7. Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies- Be aware that this is one of the keys to brainwashing people into accepting something new and different, when in reality its something that was once widely accepted but is now presented in a new package. We are expected to rave about the genius of the creator and forget the original. This makes for a disposable society. (ctkedit: hmmmmmmmmmmmm)

8. Counterproductive Pride- That first word is important. Pride is great up to the point you begin to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The rule of Satanism is: if it works for you, great. When it stops working for you, when youve painted yourself into a corner and the only way out is to say, Im sorry, I made a mistake, I wish we could compromise somehow, then do it. (ctkedit: hmmmmmmmmmmmm)

9. Lack of Aesthetics- This is the physical application of the Balance Factor. Aesthetics is important in Lesser Magic and should be cultivated. It is obvious that no one can collect any money off classical standards of beauty and form most of the time so they are discouraged in a consumer society, but an eye for beauty, for balance, is an essential Satanic tool and must be applied for greatest magical effectiveness. Its not whats supposed to be pleasingits what is. Aesthetics is a personal thing, reflective of ones own nature, but there are universally pleasing and harmonious configurations that should not be denied.

may these tenants of our lord and saviour satan find their way into your hearts.


e-mail me at jcarti01@louisville.edu or jcarti01@yahoo.com.