a cache of usenet and other text files pertaining
to occult, mystical, and spiritual subjects.


Satanic Bible

To: alt.satanism
From: (Michael Aquino)
Subject: RE: Satanic Bible
Date: 27 Jun 94 16:07:20 -0800

del>   Exactly what is Anton LaVey's _The Satanic Bible_ about?

Anton and Diane LaVey assembled the _Satanic Bible_ in 1969 as a polemic
regarding Satanism as it was conceived in the earliest (66-68) days of the
Church of Satan. Its first section, the "Book of Satan", was plagiarized from
a turn-of-the-century political booklet _Might is Right_ by Ragnar Redbeard.
The "Book of Lucifer" section consists of a number of essays by Anton which
had previously been distributed as handouts in a C/S study course. The
"Belial" and "Leviathan" sections consist of elementary C/S ritual magic
instructions, and the final portion of the book (its second half) consists of
a modified version of John Dee's Enochian Keys as "Satanized" by Anton from
the version "Rosicrucianized" in Aleister Crowley's _Equinox_.

Satanic philosophy, and after 1975 its Setian successor, evolved significantly 
and diversely from the time of the _SB_'s publication, so it is no longer
either "state of the art" nor the best possible introduction to Satanism as a
religious philosophy.

"Satanism" is the religion dedicated to, and deriving authenticity from the
Judaeo/Christian "Satan". The original Church of Satan eventually came to
understand that this being had been improperly caricatured and debased within
J/C iconography, and had also been oversimplified as a "cartoon god" after the 
fashion of J/C and other conventional religions. Hence the evolution of the
C/S into the Temple of Set, and the apprehension of Set in a higher sense,
analogous to the Platonic Forms or the Egyptian _neteru_. Simultaneously the
religion evolved from the more emotional/dramatic gratifications showcased in
the _SB_ to a philosophy of initiation into the realization and exploration of 
the psychecentric consciousness of the individual Setian.

For information concerning the Temple of Set, write to: Executive Director,
Temple of Set, P.O. Box 470307, San Francisco, CA 94147.
: Fidonet:  Michael Aquino 1:125/430  .. speaking for only myself.
: Internet:

The Arcane Archive is copyright by the authors cited.
Send comments to the Arcane Archivist:

Did you like what you read here? Find it useful?
Then please click on the Paypal Secure Server logo and make a small
donation to the site maintainer for the creation and upkeep of this site.

The ARCANE ARCHIVE is a large domain,
organized into a number of sub-directories,
each dealing with a different branch of
religion, mysticism, occultism, or esoteric knowledge.
Here are the major ARCANE ARCHIVE directories you can visit:
interdisciplinary: geometry, natural proportion, ratio, archaeoastronomy
mysticism: enlightenment, self-realization, trance, meditation, consciousness
occultism: divination, hermeticism, amulets, sigils, magick, witchcraft, spells
religion: buddhism, christianity, hinduism, islam, judaism, taoism, wicca, voodoo
societies and fraternal orders: freemasonry, golden dawn, rosicrucians, etc.


There are thousands of web pages at the ARCANE ARCHIVE. You can use ATOMZ.COM
to search for a single word (like witchcraft, hoodoo, pagan, or magic) or an
exact phrase (like Kwan Yin, golden ratio, or book of shadows):

Search For:
Match:  Any word All words Exact phrase


Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including slave narratives & interviews
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy, sacred architecture, and sacred geometry
Lucky Mojo Forum: practitioners answer queries on conjure; sponsored by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
Herb Magic: illustrated descriptions of magic herbs with free spells, recipes, and an ordering option
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: ethical diviners and hoodoo spell-casters
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith, the Smallest Church in the World
Satan Service Org: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive: FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century ceremonial occultist
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective
The Mystic Tea Room: divination by reading tea-leaves, with a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, etc.
      Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
      Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
      Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
      Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races