The Satanic Temple (https://thesatanictemple.com/) are an extremely active and well directed group. As opposed to any initiatory structure, the group has a focus upon the application of rationalised science towards the nature of Being. They have a wider focus of activism upon rights within society for women, children, prisoners, and the testing of so-called religious equality through provocative measures. In short, yet they have some commendable aspects.
The ‘Satanic Mass’ of 14th January 2017 is however unlikely to much in furthering the group. As reported by the tabloid press (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2641653/black-mass-los-angeles-satanic-temple-pictures-blood-letting/), the Satanic Temple organised a showcase for their approach to Satanism. The result is something which would have been fitting for Anton LaVey and the Church of Satan (which legally no longer exists) in its heyday.
Whilst I have little concern with those who elect to rebel against society, yet find themselves conforming to and perpetuating such basic stereotypes, there is a major issue which requires clarification. The performance of a ‘Satanic’ or ‘Black’ Mass is a historical ritual, popular in 19th Century France. The intention of the Black Mass is to reverse the Baptism and Confirmation into the Catholic church, participated in by individuals who wish to renounce their association with the Church as a result of them having little choice in such during the early years of their lives. The choice of the Satanic Temple to perform such a ritual is far from unexpected and in itself only shocks those who are ignorant as to the true nature of the ritual. It is however surprising that the Satanic Temple has elected to conclude the Satanic/Black (there seems to be some confusion in the reporting of the event as to the term employed) Mass with a ritualised blood-letting. Again, the reports seem confused as they also describe the Mass concluding with a blood-letting, yet they also describe an invocation prior to the blood-letting at 02:15am.
The issues I take are:
-there is no invocation in a Black Mass
-What exactly does an atheist (Steve Hill’s own words describe him as such) hope to invoke? If you have no belief in any spiritual entity, then the ritual invocation is merely ego-masturbation upon a stage or it is a shock-performance to elicit media attention.
-Why do atheistic Satanists continue to employ the use of religious iconography and labels? Is it perhaps because the label ‘Satanist’ allows for a greater promotional possibility than if the symbology were that of an atom and the group called a suitably atheistic name such as ‘the Self-pride group’? Atheists should have the strength to abandon all religious associations and symbolism.
-Prayer, within any religious context, is to make an offering of psychic energy. Regardless of the psychological potential for devout belief in prayer to affect changes upon the sub-conscious which then manifest changes in the reality tunnels of the individual in order to bring about their desires, there exists an offering of energy. The act of prayer offers a sacrifice of psychic energy to a greater conscious being, in exchange for their intervention in an issue. To make such an offering is to sacrifice both one’s own psychic energy and one’s own sovereignty. All forms of sacrifice, including animal and blood-letting, function as does prayer. The value of the offering to the individual is the mechanism that empowers a sacrifice. To offer a thing of no value to the self, is to offer a thing of no value to a deific consciousness. By offering a thing of substantial value, in the form of psychic energy or other sacrifice, then the individual makes the sacrifice in expectation of recompense from deity. Such is the reason why Odin, in the Havamal, states that it is better not to pray. The result of any sacrificial act, prayer included, is to coerce the greater conscious entity into acting upon the behalf of the individual who effectively subjugates themselves as a powerless individual before the deity. To do so is to admit ones’ affiliation with the plebeian chattel. To do so is to subjugate the will and inherent deity of the self to another. As such, there is no place for any sacrifice, prayer, and blood inclusive, within the left-hand path.
The act of sacrifice is to offer an apple to the teacher in the vain hope that they will complete the exam for the student. The left-hand path student is confident in their own ability to excel and learns what they will from the tutor without need of such sophistry. Yes, there are left-hand path groups who make use of sacrifices. The rationale for such varies. Some utilise the process of sacrifice as a means to test the individuals limits. Others act out of a lack of comprehension for what they do. The Satanic Mass as enacted by the Satanic Temple demonstrates a lack of willing towards an abandonment of shock tactics and media whoredom. The performance of a Black Mass, as accompanied by a ritual invocation of nothing and a blood-letting are mere theatre, designed to garner publicity, lacking initiatory or magical value.
The acts reported from the event are in no way representative of the left-hand path. They are as pro-wrestling is to sport, the rituals are mere dramatic performance for the attendant media in this case. The portrayal of events fails to represent the left-hand path as it is, rather it represents the left-hand path as the media and confused rebellious youth perceive it to be. The Satanic Temple knows better than this and I am disappointed that the have perpetuated the media misconception.