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Anton LaVey & a Literal Satan-Devil

To: alt.satanism
From: (Dr. Michael A. Aquino)
Subject: Re: Anton LaVey & a Literal Satan-Devil
Date: 02 Mar 2000 18:46:46 GMT

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In article <20000302121710.02781.00002305@>, rmerciless@aol.commit2hell wrote:

>>prior to 1975 [Anton LaVey] indeed
>>tailored his comments on *any* controversial
>>topic to the audience of the moment. 
>If that is true, then isn't it possible that the exact
>same thing happened to you?

Of course. We both shared an interest in this question
which was very central to the concept of a Church of
Satan, and neither of us was carrying any _a priori_
emotional baggage for a "religious reality" generally.
[Both of us had dismissed J/C as absurd when we were
children, and we had similarly both explored and
been unmoved by the exotic assortment of alternative
religions blossoming in the 1960s.]

This interest of ours in a "Satan-something" was the
result of our shared "sensing" that there was something
very real underlying the premise of the Church (which
had obviously been created in a much more whimsical

So our various discussions were not at all a case of one
saying to the other "Satan exists!". Rather we would
discuss what we had learned or experimented with;
and Anton was far more ingenious about this -
experimenting with many different "lenses", as it were -
than I was. One of his key theories was that *active*
expression - such as art, music, utilization of various
types of electromagnetic-spectrum energy (Tesla,
van de Graaf, etc.) - would bring the Black Magician
closer to realization of this reality.

My own research tended more to the historical/
archaeological/literary, looking for instances in
which various cultures and individual
philosophers had confronted this same kind of
hypothesis. I did not share Anton's many artistic
talents, nor his delightful array of "mad lab"
gadgetry, but I did have access to a nice pizza of
research resources, both governmental and
university. So neither of us bored the other in
sharing notes!

Michael A. Aquino
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