TEN FORMS OF SATANISM IN THE WORLD

What is Satanism? Is it full of Devil-worshiping
maniacs who sacrifice children? Not exactly.
True, there have been several Satanic cults that
have performed terrible deeds, but like any
other religion, Satanism can be divided into
several different branches and sects. The most
famous form of Satanism is Anton LaVey’s
Church of Satan in San Francisco. They are not
literal believers, and Satan simply represents
“the adversary” to traditional Christian values,
e.g. indulgence vs. abstinence or revenge vs.
turning the other cheek.
However, there are many other forms of
Satanism that haven’t quite achieved the same
fame as the Church of Satan. Some of them are
atheistic like LaVey’s version, while others do
see the Devil as a literal being. Some of them
have received some mainstream attention, but
others have remained extremely obscure.
Regardless, followers of the Left-Hand Path have
devised many ways to express their own version
of Satanism. Here are just a few.
10 The Satanic Temple
The Satanic Temple is an organization that
probably wouldn’t fit most people’s idea of what
a Satanist is. After all, their goals are to
“encourage benevolence and empathy” and
“embrace practical common sense and justice.”
Much like Anton LaVey’s version of Satanism, the
Satanic Temple doesn’t actually believe in or
worship Satan. They see him as a symbol—a
rebellious figure against tyranny and authority.
Regardless of their lack of belief, the Satanic
Temple considers itself to be a religion and
believes that religion should be based on
science and critical thinking rather than
supernatural or superstitious claims. To them,
Satanism provides them with everything that a
religion should provide—a sense of identity,
symbolic practices, and a community of those
with similar beliefs.
The Satanic Temple has gained notoriety by
pushing the boundaries of free speech and
having a go at fundamentalist Christians. The
group is most famous for trying to erect a
statue of Baphomet in Detroit because the city
had approved a statue of the Ten
Commandments. The logic was that if Christians
were allowed to publicly profess their religion,
then they should, as well.
After the Hobby Lobby decision, which allows
religious organizations to opt out of providing
birth control, the Satanic Temple decided to use
their own status as a religion to challenge US
laws. They claimed that “informed consent”
laws, which require doctors to share state-
approved information to a woman before she
has an abortion, violate their religious beliefs
because some of the shared information has
been deemed unscientific by the members.
The Satanic Temple also held a “Pink Mass” in
2013 at the grave site of Fred Phelps’s mother.
Phelps is the head of the Westboro Baptist
Church, an extremist Christian group that is
notorious for their opposition to homosexuality.
The Pink Mass involved gay couples kissing in
order to make Phelps’s mother “gay in the
afterlife.”
9 Luciferianism
Luciferians are rather similar to LaVeyan
Satanists. Most of them are nonreligious and
simply treat Lucifer as a symbol. The 11
Luciferian Points of Power, provided by the
Greater Church of Lucifer, illustrate how Lucifer
represents values like self-determination and
liberation from “slave mentality.” In this regard,
Luciferianism falls closer to a philosophy rather
than an actual religion. The Neo-Luciferian
Church states that Luciferianism’s core goal is
to help people “take responsibility for [their]
own life and act as an individual moral agent,
using the full potential of [their] own genius and
thereby optimizing [their] own possibilities.”
Luciferians also see Lucifer as being a
completely different entity than Satan. The
Greater Church of Lucifer states that the word
“Lucifer” (meaning “Light Bearer” or “Morning
Star”) existed far before Christianity and that
translations and interpretations have changed
over time to equate Lucifer and Satan as one
being.
Perhaps the greatest difference between
Luciferians and LaVeyan Satanists is that Lucifer
(the Light Bearer) is a symbol of knowledge,
while Satan (the Adversary) represents carnality
and opposition. The Greater Church of Lucifer
compares the story of Adam and Eve to the
Hellenistic story of Prometheus. In this story,
Prometheus brings forbidden fire to humanity
and teaches them how to harness it for their
own good. For this, Prometheus is punished by
Zeus. This is not unlike the Biblical story of how
the snake tempts Adam and Eve into eating from
the forbidden Tree of Life.
The ultimate goal of Luciferianism is to help
each individual ignite their inner Black Flame and
become self-aware. Luciferianists are called to
question everything, overcome their own
ignorance, and balance their carnal desires with
their intellect.
8 Christian-Based Duotheism
Christian-based Duotheism is a very small
fragment of theistic Satanism , according to
polytheistic Satanist Diane Vera. This form of
Satanism accepts that Christian theology is true
and that there is an ongoing war between God
and Satan. The main difference is that these
Satanists are cheering on the Devil rather than
God. They believe that God and Satan are the
two most powerful beings in the universe and
that Satan has enough power to eventually
overpower God and win the war.
Vera claims that the idea of duotheism and
warring gods comes from ancient Zoroastrian
beliefs about the eternal war between Ahura
Mazda, the God of Light, and Ahriman, the God
of Darkness. Some of these Satanists see the
Devil as being “the good guy” rather than “the
bad guy,” as he is the one who has given
humans knowledge and freedom while God wants
to keep humans as slaves. In this sense,
Christian-based Duotheism is an inverted form
of Christianity. Satan is the hero, liberating
humanity from an evil and tyrannical God.
7 Anti-Cosmic Satanism
Anti-Cosmic Satanism, also called Chaos-
Gnosticism, believes that the cosmic order
created by God is nothing more than a grand
fabrication, and behind that illusion is an endless
and formless chaos . One practitioner of this
form of Satanism is an occultist author who
goes by the name of Vexior 218. In an interview,
Vexior explained that he did believe in an all-
powerful god called the Demiurge, who has been
interpreted as Odin in Norse religion and God in
Christianity. He created restrictions—time,
space, and flesh—to bound our otherwise free
spirits. This is where figures like Loki and Satan
come in. They are rebels against the Demiurge’s
tyrannical rule and aim to destroy his control.
Other anti-cosmic gods might include Tiamat,
Baal, Asmodeus, Lilith, and more.
This form of Satanism, much like its other non-
LaVeyan variants, is very obscure and
unfortunately hard to find much information on.
It’s most well-known member was Jon Nodtveidt
of the black metal band Dissection which we’ve
mentioned before. He was a member of the
Temple of Black Light, once called the
Misanthropic Luciferian Order, an organization
with the goal of destroying the order of the
Demiurge and bringing the universe back to the
chaos that was originally there. The Temple
used many invocations to various deities and
beings, especially Lilith.
6 Transcendental Satanism
Transcendental Satanism is a very unique form
of Satanism created by a man named Matt “The
Lord” Zane. As he documented in the first few
pages of his book Transcendental Satanism , he
took LSD and had a vision of Satan being cast
from Heaven, followed by another vision of a
man making a pact with Satan before the man
was even born. The man would avoid Hell by
doing Satan’s bidding but would have no
knowledge of making such a deal throughout his
lifetime. Instead, he would help lead others to
Hell while being under the delusion that he was
actually doing God’s work. Zane said:
Satan wanted him to experience everything the
world had to offer and to create his own beliefs
rather than accepting the beliefs of God. The
man’s journeys would lead to a plethora of
experience, which would inspire others to act in
a way that would be in opposition to the will of
God and cause them to create a separation. I
see this separation as the Hell that people were
being led to. The story wasn’t a warning about
eternal damnation but one of spiritual evolution .
Transcendental Satanism is exactly that—a form
of spiritual evolution with the end goal of the
individual reuniting with what is called a Satanic
Aspect. The Satanic Aspect is a hidden part of
the self separated from consciousness. It
influences us by helping to cultivate our
consciousness. The paths to each individual’s
Satanic Aspect are many, and nobody is required
to go down the path that is laid out to them.
5 Demonolatry
Demonolatry quite literally means “the worship
of demons,” though modern demonolators do
not actually worship demons. Instead, they
“work with” demons, as each demon is seen as a
force or energy that can be called upon to aid in
rituals or magic. Traditional demonolators
actually do worship demons that personify their
own attributes.
It’s important to note that not all demonolators
are necessarily Satanists, though they certainly
can be. Each demonolator chooses their own
patron deity, and they are certainly free to
choose Satan, who represents the element of
fire. However, there are many demons of
different religions to choose from.
Demonolators have three different possible
interpretations of demons. The first is that they
are like the ones in Christianity—evil sinners and
tempters. The second is what traditional
demonolators believe—that demons are
personified forces of energy. The third
interpretation is that demons are “gods in their
own right as Demon means divine power.”
Regardless, demonolators believe that their
practice will not result in any sort of perdition
or divine punishment, as these are “ merely
perpetuated myths handed down from a religion
long past its prime.”
4 Setians
The Temple of Set was founded by LaVey’s
former right-hand man Michael Aquino, who left
the Church of Satan after LaVey had started to
sell priesthood offices. The idea that LaVey
would profit from the Church of Satan caused
many members, including high priestess Lilith
Sinclair, who eventually became Aquino’s wife,
to resign from the church. Aquino and other
defectors helped form the Temple of Set, which
developed very different philosophies from the
Church of Satan.
While LaVeyan Satanists don’t believe in any sort
of god or deity, Setians “believe” in a
suprapersonal entity known as Set. Set is the
Egyptian god of violence and disorder, who
eventually became known as the god of darkness
and the enemy of all other Egyptian gods. In
other words, Set is “ the original Satanist : the
‘god’ against all false, man-imagined gods.”
LaVeyan Satanists believe that each member is
their own personal god, and they seek to ascend
to godhood. The goal of Setians is to achieve
xeper, an Egyptian word that roughly means “I
have come into being.” Setians believe that each
person goes through a divine experience at
some point or another and that it is possible to
create more divine experiences through self-
development, magic, and other means until the
Setian finally achieves a level of godhood. This is
the ultimate purpose of man.
3 Satanic Reds
The Satanic Reds don’t believe in Satan in the
traditional sense but rather view him as a dark
force that has existed since the beginning of
time. Tani Jantsang, one of Satanic Reds’ most
prominent figures, believes that the origin of the
word “Satan” comes from two pre-Sanskrit
words: sat , the word for “the boundless
darkness,” and tan , which describes how this
force stretches out and permeates into all
things. In other words, sat means “being,” and
tan means “becoming.” Whether or not this is
the true root of the word “Satan” is unknown.
The Law of the Tan describes how sat is infused
into every being. Each creature is connected to
its own parents, and these connections form an
intricate web that goes back to the beginning of
life. They all follow their nature and are naturally
at peace with their own chakra flow. The Nine
Satanic Postulates expand on these beliefs,
saying that each being is motivated by an inner
force to constantly change and evolve according
to its environment.
Those who go against their own nature are
called Kipploths. According to the Satanic Reds,
someone disrespecting what another person or
creature is or turning against themselves is an
act of evil:
The disrespect for what another creature IS, is a
violation of ALL principles of life. [ . . . ]
Disrespect means to NOT HONOR what another
creature is. Or a human not respecting WHAT
another human of another type IS. This
disrespect is EVIL , it is like a war against the
Great Darkness and it is thus, a war against the
Self. The Dark Breath in that other person is the
SAME Dark Breath that is in the offender. And,
the Dark Breath CAN withdraw leaving a shell.
2 Polytheistic Satanism
Polytheistic Satanism is exactly what it sounds
like—the belief in many gods as opposed to just
one god. The most famous polytheistic Satanist
organization is the Church of Azazel , which is a
New York City–based group open to all
Satanists, occultists, and followers of the Left-
Hand Path. They revere several distinct deities.
The Church of Azazel focuses on what they call
the “ rising gods of the modern West “—Satan/
Azazel, Lilith, Prometheus, Ishtar, Pan, and
Lucifer-of-Sophia. (Sophia was a Gnostic
goddess who had many parallels with the story
of Lucifer, along with the story of Adam and
Eve.) All of these gods have been demonized by
Abrahamic religions, yet they represent values
and principles that the Church of Azazel strongly
identifies with and social trends that are disliked
by the religious right. For example, Prometheus
represents knowledge and understanding, and
Ishtar represents nature and sexuality. Most
importantly, Satan is the one who encourages
free thinking by challenging and questioning
dogma.
The Church of Azazel doesn’t worship any gods
in the traditional sense. Rather, they pay
reverence and respect toward their gods and
often feel drawn to one or more of them. They
are also rather agnostic, knowing that the realm
of the gods will never be completely knowable to
mankind, and therefore follow what is called a
here-and-now philosophy . The Church of Azazel
does believe that the gods might manifest
themselves within human affairs, particularly in
social, economic, and religious trends.
1 The Cult Of Cthulu
There is, surprisingly, a small religion that mixes
the writings of H.P. Lovecraft with Satanism,
black magic, and the Left-Hand Path. This is
known as the Cult of Cthulu. Venger Satanis, the
cult’s founder, acknowledges that many people
don’t accept Lovecraft’s writings as reality, to
which he responds: “There is no reality. What
the human mind calls reality does not exist.”
Satanis claims that everyone is locked inside a
paradigm called Generally Accepted Reality, and
he has the power to shape his own reality
according to his own will.
“Long ago, I chose to believe in Cthulhu, Satan,
Nyarlathotep, Yog Sothoth, and the Tsalal,” he
writes. “My belief gives these gelatinous,
winged, blasphemous, and sickeningly undulant
fiends power.”
The Cult of Cthulu claims that the Old Ones
resided over the Earth countless ages ago and
that they spread their dark, forbidden, and
arcane knowledge to humans. The Lesser Gods
were chained and whipped, and their spilled
blood created the universe. Some of the
surviving Lesser Gods managed to break free
and banish the Old Ones.
The Cult of Cthulu sees the Old Ones in the
same way that many other Satanists see Lucifer,
as beings that wished to bring knowledge and
free humanity from enslavement. The Cult of
Cthulu believes that the vast majority of human
beings will live their lives trapped in the
Generally Accepted Reality, and their suffering
gives energy to the Lesser Gods. The only way
to break free is to awaken and achieve True
Consciousness. The Greater Reality that lies
within each Cthulu Cultist goes by many names—
the black flame, the mark of Satan, the gift of
Set, or the call of Cthulu.
All evil gods—Cthulu, Satan, Loki, etc.—are
thought to be merely extensions of the
“formless black essence” that is underneath
Generally Accepted Reality. These gods can be
thought of as real or symbolic; it doesn’t matter
how one chooses to interpret them. They all
represent the concept of self-empowerment, the
cult’s highest law.
Patrick W. Dunne studied Business and
Psychology at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
He currently works as a full-time marketer and
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