Several years ago I fell in love with a book written by the American author Dan Brown. A book which described an ancient secret cult, dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge and personal enlightenment, while hiding their existence from a Christian faith at war with curiosity and questioning.
Dan Brown brought the mythos of the elitist “Illuminati order” into the public discourse, complete with compelling art work, and a back story featuring accomplished sculptors, painters, scientists; etc; hiding hints of their knowledge in symbolism to communicate their “un-sacred” findings; in plain sight.
For any bookworm dabbling in philosophy I’m guessing that Dan Brown must have been perceived as a high-priest of sorts. I certainly thought of him as a hero, and even considered getting myself a tattoo of one of the cleverly designed logos from his story.
Before reading “Angels & Demons,” my favourite author had been the Norwegian philosopher “Jostein Gaarder” who I still regard as the most influential writer in my life.
Thankfully I did not get said Tattoo as it would have sucked to walk around with “Illuminati” written anywhere on my corpus, especially in today’s online environment. At best it would have looked pretentious, at worst hysterically funny, more than anything embarrassing due to the popularisation of said cult. In my defence I was considering the Fire logo more fervently, since I’m an Aries.
Fast forward some years and once again I bumped into what I’ll just call: “Intellectual Satanism,” this time due to a certain Heavy Metal scene. Once again I read about Satanism basically being synonymous with questioning, pursuing truth – a form of individualism – where personal enlightenment and fulfilment of potential is key.
Again this really spoke to me, as someone who has always asked “why.” This is why I’ve dived into the depths of virtuoso guitar music for example, this is why I’ve worked for months on some of my songs, why I’m now reading through the Holy Bible in its entirety while writing a review of it and why I’ve published blog entries that can be considered “controversial,” it is this motto or this fundamental belief in ” Veritas Me Dirigit.” A wonderful motto that I actually saw yesterday as part of a family’s coat of arms, a motto that certainly resonates with me in every single way.
Satanism therefore seemed like the natural end-station and self-labelling for an individual rejecting: orthodoxy, political correctness and group-think.
A protest against being shepherded while simultaneously rejecting the role of being a shepherd; since all should either think for themselves or be abandoned to be lost if too eager to follow.
I even considered sending in a formal document, severing my relationship with the Norwegian State Church, officially abandoning my Protestant status, yet I did not. I filled in the document, put it in the envelope, but never sent it, as there was something that kept me back.
At the time I also looked at my fellow students who officially went through “confirmation” and thought of them as hypocrites. Why were they hanging around in a Christian church, while walking around all dressed in black wearing pentagrams when out of Christ’s home? Well they wanted the funds. They wanted the money from their relatives. It was all about the cash. I thought that this was cheap and said no to being “confirmed” as I had no relationship with the Church besides being baptised. Wouldn’t it be bad taste to appear in front of a priest, just to get hold of “gold?” I felt that this was morally incorrect and realise today that that was probably one of the most Christian things to do actually. To value integrity rather than money and moral honesty rather than corruption.
Fast forward a bit more and I guess I was convinced that this Satanism business really was something, this whole idea of pure individualism and standing your own ground certainly seemed like the right path for me. When a relative basically forced me to go to a Sunday service in Norway, I demonstratively refused to stand up when everyone else stood, I sat there all dressed in black, staring at the priest, who quite frankly looked terrified, while I smugly felt truly clever as I went against what “the-mindless-sheep” (read:congregation) was up to. My Satanism and look-at-me-I’m-such-a-free-thinking-intellectual came to an abrupt end shortly after I’d spent money on buying myself an upside down cross, which I wore for less than a week, since I realised that I couldn’t really walk around wearing something like that.
Intellectual Satanism shouldn’t be about “hating Christianity” by disrespecting its symbolism as this mass movement of hate isn’t really individualist, it is rather a spiritual declaration of war against one particular religion, engaging in demonstrative behaviour meant to humiliate and oppose a specific set of values and beliefs. Satanism is in this case only an act of protest against everything that Christianity stands for; and would cease to exist the second that Christianity is marginalised or completely irrelevant. In today’s political environment it also seems ridiculous to declare war against our cultural heritage and the Christian faith, as the faith is struggling big time in addition to being under attack on many fronts.
To conclude: it looks ridiculous to join a “Satanic organisation” or to wear a symbol to showcase which group you belong to, if you truly are an individualist. If Satanism is synonymous with Individualism well then it is quite obvious, that you should follow no one. Being an “Intellectual Satanist” means having no membership card and possessing an innate reluctancy to preach anyone’s gospel regardless of what it might be, while possessing an innate reluctancy to the idea of joining anyone’s club, regardless of what that might be. An individualist will have a natural aversion towards any kind of group-think and will question any popular trends rather than blindly following them.
There can therefore be nothing more contradictory than being in the possession of a Satanic-Bible while adhering to a set of rules as laid out by someone else, unless your entire existence relies on being the direct opposite (like a protest movement) to a specific faith, which is not particularly individualist and seems quite frankly: stupid.
I realised that I wasn’t particularly good at being a “Pop-Satanist,” the upside down cross therefore went in the bin and so did me engaging in ridiculously childish acts of defiance such as described above. I felt that this type of demonstrative behaviour wasn’t right. A genuine Individualist will not self-label as a Satanist or wear any symbolism related to Satanism; ironically enough it can be said that this is the ultimate form of “Intellectual Satanism.”
Why am I sharing this? Because it is obvious that there are individuals out there who identify themselves as “Physical Satanists;” and who play into the popular depiction of Satanism, by glorifying the “desecration” of their corpus through self-mutilation, even seeing suicide and murder through rose-tinted spectacles.
This “Physical Satanism” as I’m referring to it as, is not non-existent as many will claim it to be, it lives, it breathes and is even marketed through social media accounts where self-mutilation is presented as empowering, and suicide as the ultimate form of liberation. Dark stuff indeed, which could certainly belong within a realm of ideas, where agents of chaos are hard at work driving men into wickedness. What reigns supreme in this way of thought is the serial killer who spills blood as it pleases him/her while inflicting suffering upon many.
I guess it could be called chaos worshipping and the complete opposite of where good health and restraint is preached, as your personal temple, the corpus should be defiled. When man gives way to the internal beast, what you’ll inevitably get is destruction either of the self or others, in some cases even both. The Columbine shooting can therefore be seen as an act of Satanism. The slaughtering of others and of the self. Many activities can in fact be perceived as blood-sacrifice, from industrialised death in the food industry, to abortion clinics, even warfare. Corruption of the living or the complete annihilation of it, preferably in the slowest, most drawn-out fashion can be described as “Physical Satanism.”
I remember coming across an animal once that obviously had been used for something occult, as the heart had been carved out of it, while the head was missing. A grizzling sight for sure. It had been done meticulously as well, which made the spectacle even more chilling.
I also heard stories of Satanists meeting on “haunted grounds,” fastening piano-wires in a forest with the intent of decapitating any potential intruders upon their “un-Holy” ground.
There are conspiracy theorists out there who believe that children go missing each year, due to Satanic practises.
I myself once worked with someone who had been kicked out of a witch-coven since this individual apparently was too-extreme for the cult, whatever this meant. In fact I spent much energy pondering: “what does it take to be kicked out of a witch-coven?” Which led me to officially post on social media that “Satanists-need-not-apply” when I was looking for new employees. I was wondering if this self-proclaimed extremist-witch was potentially dangerous.
The destruction of order giving way to the ultimate form of chaos, namely warfare or the corruption of the self leading man to turn against himself and his own health and self-preservation can therefore be seen as evil meaning: ” Physical Satanism.” Or the popular depiction of Satanism.
This is what the Christian church is officially afraid of, what conspiracy theorists online are peddling and what so-called goth-kids are glamorously promoting.
“When I cut myself I unleash all my anguish and this feels good” is not an uncommon claim to be found. “It releases powerful energy” is another. There are even performing artists who engage in this act of self-cutting in front of an audience. No wonder then that you’ll get artists promoting “spirit-cooking.” The question of course remains if this is then a cover-up for “Physical Satanic” activity, where certain symbolism is used and rituals followed.
I don’t think that “Physical Satanism” is much to talk about, it’s abhorrent and even though “intellectual Satanists” like to regard it as propaganda and misconceptions there are people out here who actually do it.
There doesn’t have to be a Satan character for people to worship him or follow what they think Satanism means, and this is why Devil Worshipping is genuinely spooky, and why something such as Spirit Cooking should be looked at with the greatest amount of suspicion.
It is not about what is real, is about what people can be made to believe; Popular Satanism relies on political correct organisation while using marketable packaging fit for popular entertainment, while Physical Satanism relies on secrecy due to its obscene (and probably illegal) nature – if practised in a “ritualistic form” (which in and of itself sounds self-contradictory). Physical Satanism can also be seen as the mechanisms of pure evil – hence no organisation is actually needed – as it is simply chaos or the doing of painful deeds.
Intellectual Satanism on the other hand is a mirage, it is simply individualism. Self-fulfilling as it might be it is incompatible with social cohesion as Do What Thou Wilt will inevitably result in major fragmentation and is thus ill-equipped as a National ideology, especially as it will undoubtedly leave many grasping with a feeling of confusion and inner turmoil. It is not unifying as it doesn’t offer any clear guidelines, rituals, symbols or slogans.
Working towards a positive ideal while remembering others certainly seems like a much better idea to follow, but again it will require that you show up to a certain place at a certain time and behave in a specific way by following certain self-improving moral rules. It will demand something from you in other words. It might be hard, it might seem impossible, but who said that doing the right thing is easy?