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Category Archives: Modern Satanism
Posted: October 7, 2021 at 3:56 pm
I must admit I did not see this articles title coming. But lately, Hollywood has been burning and satanists are running out from the flames with their arms (and pants) on fire. It appears that most of them are pedophiles and they are offended that anyone dares to critique them. When I see this happening, I struggle for the will to run for the water bucket. I am not sure if this action would be moral or even sympathetic. I had to invest some time looking into the anatomy of Satanism.
Satanists wear tennis shoes, do yoga and have children. They hold jobs, they can get fired, they adopt children and animals. They have ethics, follow a code, and will pick up garbage instead of complaining about it. It is a living religion for a large group of people. The modern day satanist is a practitioner of will. At its core, Satanism is founded on the principal of Thelema.
A satanist calls on will through ritual. The satanic circle is a living theater for casting. The director builds a scene with props and acts outafantasy. The fantasy is the will window-shopping. The success of the ritual is determined by the live performance of the director. Once the curtain rises, the show must go on. A satanist takes this ritual very seriously. They say their life depends on it. The satanic ritual produces results. If it did not, there would be no Hollywood.
As above so below is a principle of music. Plucking a string produces a tone. Halving the string will give you its next octave. When two octaves are played together, a third octave is created through resonance. This is the harmonic principle and it is a fundamental of nature. A satanic ritual is the playing of two notes or tones to produce the third sympathetically. The first tone is played in the will or mind of the magician. The second tone is played out in the ritual circle. The third tone is manifested through resonance. As above, so below. The perfection of the mind and the stage determines the quality of the third tone.
Hollywood is an industry built on resonance. Hollywood is not just movies. Hollywood is any lens influencing America. It is a curated perspective with a script. Its only measure of success is the amount of attention it bleeds out of you. Its profits,integrity, or sense of communityare meaningless. This is why CNN is the number one name in news.Hollywood is the ritual of the siren on a lighthouse. It will take any ship commanded by anycaptain.It has no desireto checkcharacter. It simply wants the flesh.
For decades, America painted a picture of gold in the hills. Movies painted a picture of a fame-based salvation. Billy Normal was young and free. Leaving a small town in Ohioon the morningbefore his high school graduation. Saddled in a Japanese sedan, he headed west to be a big star. Billy was going to be somebody. He listened toa fantasy as it rolled out of his lips, My name is Wiley Cooper. No. Waylon Cooper. Billy Cooper. He would decideafter lunch in St Louis.
This is dissociation and it is the first step into the Hollywood ritual. The cure detaches from the body and forms a tight white bubble. This is Billy Normals secret center. The outside world does not come here. This ishisreality. But Hollywood only wantshis illusion. Billy is driving west, into the sunset. He is on agasolinedeath march. This is the first level in the ritual. Billys name is his first sacrifice.
The satanic ritual requires a circle, it requires a sacrifice, and it requires a resonator. The quality and weight of the sacrifice determines the power of the ritual. Satanism is the direction and application of the will into the aether. The aether is the collected psychic energy of mankind. Mans will is fueled directly by the bloods own juices. Adrenaline actsas a slingshot for this process. It creates a laser focusa mother could use to pick up a Buick. Love, anger, hope, are all colors of will infused in the blood through our thoughts. The practice of satanism is the honing of will.
Hollywood is not infected with pedophilia. It is a necessary function of its existence. There can be no Hollywood without it. To rape/molest a child is the ultimate self-sacrifice. There is no human that could come dwell in their own heart after doing that to children. Pedophilia is a death ritual. We are so disgusted/angry at what is happening, we may not see the satanic mechanism and understand why it works this way. Why this is its nature. I want you to know this so you wont try to fix it.
Hollywood cannot be fixed. It is far from broken.
Why does adrenochrome work? It is a spell of blood over intent. To understand how this works, I need you to do the impossible and forget about the victim while i explain it. I need you to instead go inside the mind of someone about to cut open someones arteries. The witch said, With a sharp knife cut deeply into the middle finger of your left hand. Eat the pain. The left hand is closer to the heart. The heart is a crucible of creation. We hope. We act. We think. We do. When the mind has a goal. It needs a hearts energy to fulfill it. Our will is adrenalin with intention.
After Billy arrives in Hollywood, he descends through more elaborate rituals of sacrifice. Changinghis namewas the first level. Easy enough. Next comes an audition with no pants on. Then, some awkward touching that was nothing to worry about. Each one a ritual with more of a sacrifice. Each time, there is a peeling of ones skin as an offering. Soon, Billy arrives empty-handed at the next ritual. Hes bled himself out and they wont take his bones. He needs the blood of another. He needs this town to need him.
The adrenalin that flows inside us is manna. Liquid intent made from a clean heart and mind is the most valuable resource on the planet. Our essence and life-force holds a power thats been hidden from us for a reason.These secrets have been known for a long, long time. Adrenalin is the cure for everything. We have lost the knowledge to focus it. Hollywoodsatanists have stolen these secrets and trapped them inside an industry. Why would a human murder a child? The answer is to stop being a human. Pedophilia is the fourth level. Rejection of our humanity. It easy to do after a few grunts from Harvey Weinstein in a bathrobe. Each time, more of the skin is required. Each time, less adrenaline is produced. Each time, the desperation increases.
When you arrive at level Epstein, you aregambling withcenturies of karma. Epstein and Clinton are high-stakes satanists. They fit the working definition of demon, psychopathy possessing a human body. Bill Clinton, the human, was evacuated a long time ago. This is why Hollywood is perfect. A golden industry created decades ago by a cartel of psychotic bankers. When money is meaningless, you trade in the fetish of adrenaline. Weinstein is a high cardinal. Sarah K Silverman a low altar girl. Pedowood thinks pedophilia is funny because they have turned into hyenas.They chew on innocent flesh hoping to remember what it tastes like.
Pedowood is intentional. Consider the Dan Harmon video:1.) Pedophilia Dream2.) Character wakes, claims himself to be Dan3.) Character then goes home and performs torture ritual on 2 kids.4.) Child drowning.5.) Parent feeds child feces.6.) Character stabs child.
Hollywood and MSM broadcasts are satanic rituals of lights and camera. The big screen is a spell to give you the impression this is all talent. But talent is a contract, a contract is awarded for a service of being an accomplice. This is consent extraction.
Satanism/Hollywood/MSM are selling the idea that consent is a form of ethics. Notice consent is acquired externally, from a populace. Morality is internal. It keeps you up at night. The Hollywood ritual is turning your insides off. It wants you to follow their own shiny gold compass.
Most of the left is a cult for the same reasons. One side of a persons psyche has been suppressed, shamed and destroyed. They have a gagged morality and distrust the intuition. We are told its evil, racist, sexist, xenophobic. This dethrones morality replacing it with consent.
This is why MSM says such ridiculous things. This is why POTUS is so antithetical to Hollywood. This is why YOU are so dangerous awakened. You trust your own morality. You listen to the compass in your spine. A cult is the cancer of the self-abandoned.
Society hides your true power behind words like placebo. We are men pretending to be sheep. There is a blueprint for mind control and Hollywood is using it. Progressivism is the sinister ritual of dipping chains in gold and selling it as privilege.
When you accept your privilege, you tell a lie in public. This lie is outwardly rewarded with virtue. This makes the outside a happy place and the inside a sad place. Repetition is the key to mind control. A thousand tiny lies rewarded with a thousand chants of Youre so progressive. We naturally drift where its comfortable. Outside is good, inside is bad.
When you see someone in the lefts bubble, they are enslaved by their own empathy and held down by shame. This is why the left has such vitriol. Its not that you are simply problematic. To them, you have committed heresy by consulting your own conscience.
In satanism, mind control is acceptable after consent. This results in consent being extracted sinisterly. Sinister in the way you might take a dog to the vet. A satanist will say man is god of his own world and accountable for all of his decisions. In this reasoning, consent trumps morality. Group mkultra.
Children are the new frontier of consent extraction for pedophilia. A cult rewards itself for progressively honoring the sentience of their children. This line of thinking is both twisted AND consistent. The moral intuition has been gagged as evil. What remains is psychopathy posing as reason.
Relativism is a philosophy that tries to turn morality into a consent-based system of ethics. It creates a fetish of the reason, placing it on a pedestal where anything is possible, no matter how depraved. Notice how morality is replaced with relativism in the 11 satanic rules. (Comments in blue.) When you create a consent-based ethic, it requires an external point of reference. This pulls the ear away from its own heart placing it outside in the matrix of acceptable opinion. This process guts you like a fish.
The laws of consent grant the satanist a passon any behavior. How easy would it be under this system to: give a blowjob for a contract; to prostitute yourself for money and call yourself a virgin; To exploit a minor because they werent crying loud enough for you to hear them? Satanism is a trance on our morality. It turns it into the scapegoat and makes reason its golden child. The same repeated system of triangulation.
When you practice a satanic spell, you perform a precise ritual with your body, props, and speech. If you do this correctly, you are rewarded. When actors are on camera, they perform a precise ritual with their body, props, and speech. If they do it correctly, they are rewarded.
The Hollywood Camera is the All-Seeing-Eye. The lucky sacrifice is the actor who shows the most devotion. Their devotion is proven through acts of depravity and self blackmail. Our silver for their filmed ritual makes us an unknowing accomplice.
A few days ago, the media was available to film a protestor who dressed up like a city worker toDestroy Donald Trumps Hollywood Star. He was using a sledgehammer and a pickaxe. His costume is not a coincidence. The town of Hollywood smashing its own pentagram with the very weapons of communism.
Trump is truth coming for Hollywood. This truth is light. You cant smash light. You cant smear it, label it, or get angry at it. The light will always be on. All you can do is try and block it from others. You can build a false ceiling and gather everyone underneath it. At least for a while.
Satanism is a keeper of light. Satanism, communism, progressivism and scientism are all light-hijackers. Relativists. If you darken the world, your torch becomes a sun. Apollo can ration his photons through his own lying shadow. Till he falls. Like he always does.
Lies are shadows covering our religion and history. The walls of our mind are smeared and our vision has been clouded. Many have grown accustomed to the blur. Some still prefer it. Like music, truth is a harmonic. When integrity is tuned, the truth is resonated all around us.
We want to know what makes them attracted to children? These people have a fetish for innocence. They know their own is gone forever. They traded it on the open market. The only way they can get closer to it is by making you an accomplice. They are more than sick. They are walking dead.Hard decisions have to be made. A pedophile is no longer human. My ethics insist I say that dehumanizing someone is a farce in the light of criminal justice. But this is not for justice. This is for mercy. We must end the suffering of what used to be human a long time ago.Pedophilia is like leprosy, not alcoholism. There is no way to change someone who dehumanizes a child by turning them into a consenting adult.
Heres a pro-consent pedophile advocate. Note the lack of shame. See how his reasoning gags his morality? He is highly-functional and dangerous. All he needs is consent from the child. He is the only judge of when consent has been given. This is worse than rape. He requires his own victim to justify his behavior.
Pedophilia will not die naturally. A pedophile must taste innocence to feel life. The brain is wired into the dopamine. Pedophiles are survivors who didnt make it. It would take another lifetime to fix them. Amputation is mercy. We cant pretend this is treatable by medication or a weekend in the desert.
We worshipped the all-seeing-eye of the camera. Our phones, our homes, our concerts and our movie theaters are an electric church. We are baptized in shiny shimmering illusion.People worship it. They sacrifice children to it. The clergy treat it with impeccable reverence. Who is the eye behind the lens? Why do we feed it with the eyes of our children?
Aztec culture has a bloody history of human sacrifice. We are bewildered at the very thought of it being real. We call those people animals and bury them deep down in history. We rest easy knowing how evolved weve become. We insist something so savage could never happen to us here today. After all, we have our airplanes. We have our crosswalks. We go to movies. Impossible.
A spell enchants its subscriber. It casts a bubble of paralysis around the prey. It captivates the mind, subduing it with sound and picture. It extracts our attention, converting it to fame, and reselling it to us like nectar in 90 minutes. Victims are so blind to it they will buy their own ticket. Or pay a monthly fee.
If youve ever doubted the power of magic thats a sure sign that its working. The sleeping will be the first to declare themselves woke. Listen carefully. You, me, none of us are woke. We are awakening. Remember how easy it is to fall under the spell. We are the Aztecs. This is what its like to live in a human sacrifice culture.
My intentions from this article are to kill the Hollywood spell of camera. Awareness is my staff of light and I strike it deep into the earth from the top of my mountain. Let it be known so it may be exposed.Fame is the bondage of the Golden Child. Shameis the abuse of the Scapegoat. We are in triangulation with a psychotic media cartel. This is corporate mind control boiled in the marrow of satanism.
Mirrors on the ceiling,The pink champagne on iceAnd she said We are all just prisoners here, of our own deviceAnd in the masters chambers,They gathered for the feastThey stab it with their steely knives,But they just cant kill the beast
Last thing I remember, I wasRunning for the doorI had to find the passage backTo the place I was beforeRelax, said the night man,We are programmed to receive.You can check-out any time you like,But you can never leave.
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The One-Eye sign is one of the most recurrent themes on The Vigilant Citizen because it is also one of the most recurrent themes in mass media. Throughout the years, this site has highlighted hundreds upon hundreds of clear instances where major artists, models, celebrities, politicians and public figures posed with one eye hidden.
The sign is everywhere: In music videos, on magazine covers, on movie posters, in advertisement and so forth. The sheer number of these pictures is simply staggering. Considering these facts, the repeated occurrence of the One-Eye sign simply cannot be the result of coincidence. Indeed, there is a clear effort to have this sign displayed everywhere.
So, why is this sign everywhere and what does it mean? Heres a look at the timeless and transcendental symbol of the Eye.
An Archetypal Symbol
A Turkish nazar amulet used to repel evil eye curses. Similar charms can be found in Portugal, Brazil, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Albania, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, parts of North India, Palestine, Morocco, southern Spain, Italy, Malta, Romania, the Balkans, the Levant, Afghanistan, Syria, and Mexico.
The human eye has been used as a symbol since the dawn of civilization. It can be found across all ages and cultures. Carl Jung identified the eye as a classic archetypal symbol an image that is embedded in humanitys collective unconscious. According to his theory, humans instinctively respond to archetypal symbols and unconsciously assign to them a specific meaning.
Eyes are probably the most important symbolic sensory organ. They can represent clairvoyance, omniscience, and/or a gateway into the soul. Other qualities that eyes are commonly associated with are: intelligence, light, vigilance, moral conscience, and truth. Looking someone in the eye is a western custom of honesty. In this way covering of the eyes, by wearing a helmet, sunglasses, etc. can mean mystery, not seeing the complete truth, or deceit. The eye often means judgment and authority. Dictionnary of Symbolism, University of Michigan
In nearly all cultures, the symbol of the eye is associated with spiritual concepts such as divinity (the Eye of Providence), spiritual illumination (the Third Eye) or magic (the evil eye).
The eye symbolizes seeing and light, and therefore consciousness itself. The eye is the part of us that beholds the universe and sees our place in it. It is knowledge, awareness and wisdom. The eye takes in light, the pure energy of the universe, and presents it to the inner spirit. It is the gateway, indeed the very union, between the self and the cosmos. Peter Patrick Barreda, Archetype of Wholeness Jung and the Mandala
In the Bible, Jesus referred to the eye as the lamp of the body.
The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! Matthew 6:22-23
The symbol of the eye always had a mystical and spiritual dimension assigned to it. As the popular saying goes: Eyes are the windows to the soul. For this reason, the symbol of the eye is particularly important in occult circles and Mystery schools.
Since the dawn of civilization, the symbol of the eye and the sun (aka the eye in the sky) are associated with divinity.In Ancient Egypt, the symbols of the Wadjet, the Eye of Horus and the Eye of Ra are all associated with the solar god.
A classic depiction of the Egyptian Eye of Ra and Eye of Horus.
The early sun god was named Horus. When Ra took over the title of sun god, he was also known as Ra-Horakhty or Ra, who is Horus of the 2 horizons.
It was in a battle with Set that Horus lost the use of one eye. Thoth restored the eye, and this was when Horus was also named Wadjet. Ancient Pages, Eye Of Horus Powerful, Ancient Egyptian Symbol With Deep Meaning
Because the symbol of the eye is associated with the sun a proxy of divinity the esoteric eye has a peculiar quality: It is all-seeing.
The archetype of the all-seeing one-eyed sun god can also be found in other ancient cultures. In Persia, Ahura Mazda was considered to be the creator of Earth, the heavens, and humankind, as well as the source of all goodness and happiness on earth. He was said to have the sun for an eye.
The supreme god Ahura Mazda also has one Eye, or else it is said that with his eyes, the sun, moon and stars, he sees everything. Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages
In Norse mythology, Odin was known as the Allfather (or father of the gods). He was represented as an old man with one eye.
An ancient depiction of Odin.
Odin is yet another representation of a one-eyed creator sun god.
The Supreme, invisible Creator of all things was called All-Father. His regent in Nature was Odin, the one-eyed god. The Norwegians regarded Balder the Beautiful as a solar deity, and Odin is often connected with the celestial orb, especially because of his one eye. Ibid.
Considering the fact that Western occultism was greatly influenced by the esoteric teachings of the civilizations above, the symbol of the All-Seeing Eye made its way into orders such as the Rosicrucians, the Illuminati, and the Freemasons.
Masonic symbols under the All-Seeing Eye.
Albert Mackey writes that the All Seeing Eye is an important symbol of the Supreme Being, borrowed by the Freemasons from the nations of antiquity. The All Seeing Eye is a symbol representing the watchful gaze of God. It reminds us that every thought and action is to be recorded by theGrand Architect of the Universe, and that we are bound to our obligations in spirit as well as in blood. James E Frey, 32, Midnight Freemasons
Due to the heavy influence of Freemasonry on the historical events of the past centuries, the symbol of the All-Seeing Eye was included on prominent documents such as the reverse of the Great Seal of the United States and the Declaration of Human Rights.
Left: The reverse of the Great Seal of the United States. Right: The Declaration of Human Rights.
If any one doubts the presence of Masonic and occult influences at the time the Great Seal was designed, he should give due consideration to the comments of Professor Charles Eliot Norton of Harvard, who wrote concerning the unfinished pyramid and the All-Seeing Eye which adorned the reverse of the seal, as follows: The device adopted by Congress is practically incapable of effective treatment; it can hardly (however artistically treated by the designer) look otherwise than as a dull emblem of a Masonic fraternity. Hall, op. cit.
The symbol of the eye was also adopted by several powerful secret societies such as the O.T.O.
The seal of the O.T.O (Ordo Templi Orientis).
That being said, does the symbol of the All-Seeing Eye actually represent God as in the Judeo-Christian God? Well, this is where things get occult (occult means hidden). The prominent American Freemason Albert Pike wrote that the true meaning of occult symbols is only revealed to high-level initiates.
It is in its antique symbols and their occult meaning that the true secrets of Freemasonry consist. But these have no value if we see nothing in the symbols of the blue lodge beyond the imbecile pretenses of interpretations of them contained in our monitors. People have overlooked the truth that the symbols of antiquity were not used to reveal but to conceal. Each symbol is an enigma to be solved, and not a lesson to be read. How can the intelligent Mason fail to see that the blue degrees are but preparatory, to enlist and band together the rank and file Masonic army for purposes undisclosed to them, that they are the lesser mysteries in which the symbols are used to conceal the truth? Albert Pike, Legenda and Readings of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry
Manly P. Hall, another prominent Freemason wrote that the All-Seeing Eye esoterically represents the ultimate goal of occultism: To attain divinity through ones own means. This is done through the activation of the pineal gland the Third Eye.
Operative Masonry, in the fullest meaning of that term, signifies the process by which the Eye of Horus is opened. In the human brain there is a tiny gland called the pineal body, which is the sacred eye of the ancients, and corresponds to the third eye of the Cyclops. Hall, Op. Cit.
In Islamic eschatology, the end-times figure named Al-Mas ad-Dajjal (the false messiah, liar, the deceiver) is said to be blind in his right eye. By pretending to be the Messiah, the Dajjal would deceive and take over the world. For these reasons, the Dajjal bears great similarities with the Antichrist in Christianity.
The coming of the Dajjal would be preceded by several signs such as: People will stop offering the prayers; dishonesty will be the way of life; falsehood will become a virtue; people will mortgage their faith for worldly gain; usury and bribery will become legitimate; there will be acute famine at the time; there will be no shame amongst people; many people will worship Satan; there will be no respect for elderly people and people will start killing each other without any reason.
The Modern One-Eye Sign
Considering the fact that the world today is ruled by what we call the occult elite (because of its ties with occult orders), it is no surprise that its main symbol is found everywhere. However, it is all done in a deceitful way. Todays entertainment industry thrives on control, manipulation, and distortion. It is also all about debasing the masses from everything that is true, pure and healthy. Today, the symbol of the All-Seeing Eye is now about a select group of people oppressing, monitoring and controlling the world population.
George Orwells book 1984 is a blueprint for elite control and censorship. Appropriately enough, nearly all editions feature an All-Seeing Eye.
While the All-Seeing Eye is esoterically associated with the opening of the Third Eye to attain spiritual illumination, the One-Eye sign made by celebrities is about the exact opposite: Hiding and incapacitating an eye. The symbolism of this gesture is powerful.
Katy Perry hiding one eye with the Eye of Horus in her video Dark Horse.
When you hide one eye, you effectively block half of your vision. In symbolic terms, you become half-blind to the truth. By hiding one eye, celebrities symbolically sacrifice a vital part of their being for temporary material gain. And, since eyes are the windows to the soul, this gesture symbolizes the partial or total loss of ones soul.
In Mind Control
The One-Eye sign is also an important symbol in the occult elites secret obsession: Monarch mind control. Known by many as project MKULTRA, mind control aims to turn humans into slaves through abuse, trauma, and programming. There is an actual culture revolving around Monarch mind control, complete with its own universe of symbols. And the One-Eye sign is part of it.
This is a painting by Kim Noble, a survivor of trauma-based mind control. This painting is called The Naming and relates to the naming of an alter persona.
This painting named I-Test also visually describes the trauma and programming of an MK slave.
Proof of Absolute Control by the Occult Elite
The omnipresence of the One-Eye sign in mass media also serves another purpose: It proves that all outlets of mass media are owned by a very small, elite group. Indeed, in order to have the same exact sign appear consistently and repeatedly across all media platforms and across the world, there needs to be a centralized source of power that forcibly makes this happen.
Think about the amount of money, power, and influence that is required to have all of these celebrities perform this specific gesture in videos and photoshoots. Now, ponder on the amount money, power, and influence that is required to have this specific sign plastered across magazine covers, movie posters, music videos and anything else that might reach the eyes of the masses.
In short, this symbol represents the global elite and all of its agenda: The debasing of the human psyche, the promotion of satanism, the normalization mind control, the normalization of transhumanism, the blurring of genders and more. The ultimate goal: Straying the masses as far away as possible from Truth, health, and balance.
The symbol of the eye is an archetype that transcends time and space. Perhaps because humans instinctually respond to gazing eyes, there is something about that symbol that is jarring yet fascinating. While, in ancient times, the symbol of the All-Seeing Eye was often equated with the sun god, it gradually became a symbol of the power of the secret societies that shaped history in the last centuries.
Nowadays, the entertainment industry revels in the twisting and corruption of powerful symbols in the pursuit of its debasing agenda. The omnipresence of the One-Eye sign now symbolizes the omnipresence of the occult elite. It is them saying: Look at who we control.
That being said, there is a silver lining here. The One-Eye sign is a convenient way of identifying media to avoid because it is most likely drenched in the occult elites debasing agenda.
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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 LaVeys 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 havent quite achieved the same fame as the Church of Satan. Some of them are atheistic like LaVeys 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.
The Satanic Temple is an organization that probably wouldnt fit most peoples 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 LaVeys version of Satanism, the Satanic Temple doesnt actually believe in or worship Satan. They see him as a symbola 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 providea 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 Phelpss 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 Phelpss mother gay in the afterlife.
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 Luciferianisms 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.
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.
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 restrictionstime, space, and fleshto bound our otherwise free spirits. This is where figures like Loki and Satan come in. They are rebels against the Demiurges 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. Its most well-known member was Jon Nodtveidt of the black metal band Dissection which weve 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.
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 Satans 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 Gods 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 mans 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 wasnt a warning about eternal damnation but one of spiritual evolution.
Transcendental Satanism is exactly thata 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 individuals Satanic Aspect are many, and nobody is required to go down the path that is laid out to them.
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.
Its 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 Christianityevil sinners and tempters. The second is what traditional demonolators believethat 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.
The Temple of Set was founded by LaVeys 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 Aquinos 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 dont 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.
The Satanic Reds dont 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.
Polytheistic Satanism is exactly what it sounds likethe 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 Citybased 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 WestSatan/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 doesnt 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.
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 cults founder, acknowledges that many people dont accept Lovecrafts 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 namesthe black flame, the mark of Satan, the gift of Set, or the call of Cthulu.
All evil godsCthulu, 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 doesnt matter how one chooses to interpret them. They all represent the concept of self-empowerment, the cults highest law.
Patrick W. Dunne studied Business and Psychology at Chaminade University of Honolulu. He currently works as a full-time marketer and part-time freelance writer. You can follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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In 1971, Frank Zappa was asked by journalist Howard Smith what he made of audiences becoming increasingly political, to which Zappa replied in trademark fashion: Its superficial, its as superficial as their music consciousness. Its just another aspect of being involved in the actions of their peer group.
When pressed for more details and whether he hadnt noticed any changes coming from the political movements that began to entwine with his music, he replied, Sure, Ive noticed a lot of changes, but I think theyre temporary changes. Any change for the good is always subject to cancellation, upon the arrival of the next fad.
That dialogue, in a nutshell, encapsulates large swathes of whatZappas personawas all about. He never seemed to be in the music business, merely playing with its participants whilst masquerading as a rock star. He was shrewd, erudite and often inscrutably ironic.
In that same interview where he dismisses political movements as a fad hes asked whether a woman could ever be part of his band, I dont think theres a girl around, he says, That could fit in with what we do, unbeknownst to the interviewer the multi-instrumentalist Ruth Underwood was pretty much a fully-fledged member at that stage.
This playful zest and fierce intelligence reflected on his music. It was very much his own thing, but he himself was like a giant arty sponge.The term genre-defying is perhaps overused, in part because some people get so pernickety about categorisation that avoiding it offers a safe way to navigate the genre-classified terrain, yet theres scarcely any artists out there more befitting of the term than Zappa.
His music prides itself on non-conformity as did his character; for instance, contrary to how he may look, he was actually an ardent anti-drug advocate. But in all other areas, he was determined to meddle in the murk and retrieve whatever he could. In short, your music simply cant sound like Zappas unless you have an electric mix of influences. This didnt just apply to the percussion-heavy modern-classical music he loved, or the doo-wop that he adored, but also the literature that stirred him.
Back in 2016, large assets of his estate were put up for sale, including a collection of Crowleyana and occult books. The description for the lot up for auction reads as follows: A collection of esoteric philosophy books previously owned by Frank and Gail Zappa, includingZnuz is Znees: Memoirs of a Magicianby C.F. Russell (self published, 1970);The Book of Wisdom or Folly, in the Form of an Epistle of 666 the Great and Wild Beast to His Son 777 by Aleister Crowley (West Point, CA: Thelema Publishing, 1962) with an inscription in blue ink to the prelim To Frank, I would be a slave to the slave, of your genius, neither tempting, nor restricting. You are, by far, the brightest star. No shadows shall remain.
The rousing list of spooky reams continues,Satanism in Americaby Shawn Carlson and Gerald Larue (El Cerrito, CA: Gaia Press, 1989) with a typed letter to Frank Zappa on Satanism in America letterhead, suggesting the book may be of use in Zappas fight against music censorship, signed by the author; andLaments of Mulciber the Isagogeby Benjamin A. Franklin (Detroit: Society of the Isagoge, 1973) inscribed in black ink to the front endpaper To Frank, from Andrew Flame the Lucifer.
Needless to say, the man had an interest in the occult. His fascination, however, is delineating as such in his remark, The only difference between a cult and a religion is the amount of real estate they own. But he nevertheless saw the need to explore, as he once said, A mind is like a parachute, it doesnt work unless its open.
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Posted: June 28, 2021 at 9:54 pm
False Positive is a psychological horror film that revolves around Lucia Lucy Martin (Ilana Glazer), a New York-based young woman who has been trying to have a child through natural methods for two years. When her husband Adrian (Justin Theroux) suggests that they should visit his former teacher Dr. John Hindle (Pierce Brosnan), one of the leading fertility doctors in the world, she reluctantly agrees. Shortly after she is artificially inseminated, Lucy discovers that she is pregnant. Meanwhile, she finds success in her work life and thinks that she can be one of those women who has everything.
However, around this time, Lucy starts having disturbing dreams and hallucinations and believes that Hindle is responsible for her strange situation. Amidst growing paranoia, self-doubt, and fear, she begins investigating what is happening to her. The film offers a detailed view of some of the malpractices that regularly go on in the mainstream healthcare sector. If that has made you wonder whether False Positive is inspired by true events, this is what you need to know.
No, False Positive is not based on a true story. The film has reportedly been described as a modern rendition of Roman Polanskis 1968 film Rosemarys Baby, which itself is an adaptation of the 1967 namesake novel by Ira Levin. Ilana Glazer, who essays the lead role of Lucy in False Positive, worked closely with director John Lee in developing the screenplay. During this modernization process, several elements from the original film were discarded, such as Satanism, and were replaced with in-depth explorations of themes like alienation and paranoia.
While False Positive is not an adaptation of real-life events, it faithfully depicts certain malpractices that happen to an alarming degree in the healthcare sector. In the films climactic scene, Hindle is revealed to have impregnated his patients with his own sperms. It may be hard to believe, but this has become dangerously common in the US and beyond. One such case involves Cecil Jacobson, who gained notoriety in the late 1980s and early 1990s after being accused of using his own sperms instead of an anonymous donor as promised to impregnate several of his patients.
Cecil Jacobson was also accused of telling his patients that they were pregnant when they werent. In March 1992, the then-fertility specialist was found guilty by a federal jury on 52 counts of fraud and perjury and received a 5-year prison sentence. Furthermore, his medical license was made invalid. According to DNA tests, Jacobson had fathered at least 15 children. The prosecutors charge sheet alleges that the number was even higher, 75.
The apparent similar indiscretions of another fertility specialist, Dr. Quincy Fortier, inspired the HBO documentary film Baby God. This heinous act has also been portrayed in other fictional projects besides False Positive. In Foxs short-lived drama series Almost Family, Timothy Hutton plays fertility doctor Leon Bechley, who fathered at least 100 children this way. Ultimately, False Positive is an inherently feminist film, and it deals with societal issues directly and unflinchingly. However, it is not inspired by any particular real-life incident.
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Satanism is a modern, largely non-theistic religion based on literary, artistic and philosophical interpretations of the central figure of evil. It wasnt until the 1960s that an official Satanic church was formed by Anton LaVey.
Prior to the 20th Century, Satanism did not exist as a real organized religion but was commonly claimed as real by Christian churches. These claims surfaced particularly when persecuting other religious groups during events like the Inquisition, various witch hysterias in Europe and Colonial America and the Satanic Panic of the 1980s.
The Christian figure of Satan is viewed as a horned, red, demonic human figure with a pointy tail and sometimes hooves. To Christians, sinners are sent to his domainhellafter death. Hell is described as an underground world dominated by fire and Sadistic demons under Satans command.
Satans first appearance wasnt in Christianity. He began as the Zoroastrian Devil figure of Angra Mainyu or Ahriman, which opposed the Zoroastrian creator god and tempted humans. Satan is later portrayed in Jewish Kabbalism, which presents him as a demon who lives in a demonic realm.
The name Satan first appeared in the Book of Numbers in the Bible, used as a term describing defiance. The character of Satan is featured in the Book of Job as an accusing angel. In the apocryphal Book of Enoch, written in the first century B.C., Satan is a member of the Watchers, a group of fallen angels.
Later established as a nemesis of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, the final book of the Bible, Revelations, depicts him as the ultimate evil. Its the Christian figure of Satan that Satanism directly references.
In his 14th-century poem Inferno, Dante captured centuries of Christian belief by portraying Satan as an evil monster. But the Romantics of the 17th century recast him as an admirable and magnetic rebel, an anti-hero defying Gods authoritarianism. John Miltons epic 1667 poem Paradise Lost is the pivotal text for establishing this interpretation in creative works. William Godwins 1793 treatise An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice later gave Miltons depiction political legitimacy.
The most enduring Satanic symbol was created by occult author liphas Lvi. Lvi describes him as the horned goat deity Baphomet, in his 1854 book Dogme et Rituel, which linked Baphomet with Satan.
Probably a French misinterpretation of Muhammed, Baphomet was the deity the Knights Templar were accused of worshipping in trials in the 14th century.
Baphomet, a Pagan deity revived in the 19th century as a figure of occultism and Satanism.
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The last half of the 19th century saw a resurgence in the view of Satan as anti-hero. This was thanks to works like Italian poet Giosu Carduccis anti-papal Hymn To Satan and William Blakes illustrations for Paradise Lost in 1888.
In his own book The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Blake presented Satan as a messiah. Around the same time, Theosophical Society founder Madame Blavatsky wrote about Satan as a commendable insurgent offering humans wisdom.
Artists in the Decadent movement like Flicien Rops placed Satanic imagery in paintings, influenced by writers like Baudelaire and Poe. Satan was also employed in writings from socialist leaders like Mikhail Bakunin and Karl Marx.
Polish author Stanisaw Przybyszewski wrote two books about Satan in 1897, one fiction and one non-fiction. Przybyszewskis Satan was an anarchist with a comprehensive philosophy that was similar to modern Satanism. Przybyszewskis young acolytes called themselves Satans Kinder.
Legendary occultist Aleister Crowley viewed Satan symbolically. His 1913 poem A Hymn to Lucifer celebrated the Devil as the provider of soul and rebellion to the universe. Crowleys ideas were influential in Satanism.
One offshoot from Crowleys crowd was the German group Fraternitas Saturni in 1926. Its founder Gregor A. Gregorius wrote Satanische Magie, which borrowed heavily from the Romantics and adopted Satan within the groups astrological system. Fraternitas Saturni still exists and Gregorius writing has been used in Satanist practice.
Sometime between 1957 and 1960, Anton Lavey, a former carnival worker and musician, held night classes in the occult. Regular attendees eventually formed the Church of Satan.
These sessions were mostly discussion-based but on April 30, 1966, the group formalized as the Church of Satan and the meetings became more ritual-based, incorporating theatrics, costuming and music. Lavey became known as the Black Pope.
The Churchs early recruiting efforts included the short-lived Topless Witches Revue nightclub show, featuring Susan Atkins, who would later join the Manson Family.
Anton Lavey, of the First Satanic Church, performing a satanic ceremony, 1970.
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Laveys Satanic Bible was published in 1969, bringing together Laveys personal mix of black magic and occult concepts, secular philosophy and rationalism and anti-Christian ridicule into essays stressing human autonomy and self-determination in the face of an indifferent universe. The Satanic Bible gave the church a national reputation and served as a strong vehicle for its significant growth.
Ohio barber and part-time spiritual medium Herbert Sloan claimed in 1969 that he started the first Satanist organization, the Our Lady of Endor Coven of the Ophite Cultus Sathanas, in 1948. Sloane described his group as focused on the metaphysical aspects of Satan and offered service, communion and coffee and donuts socializing afterward. To compete with Laveys offerings, he added naked women to the meetings.
The Order of Nine Angles formed in England in the 1970s to practice an occult-focused Satanism and the more recent Joy of Satan which wraps UFO conspiracies and anti-Semitism into their Satanism.
As the Church of Satan grew in size, internal rifts developed, leading some members split off to start their own branches.
One expelled church member, Wayne West, formed the First Occultic Church of Man in 1971. Newsletter editor Michael Aquino left to form the Temple of Set in 1975, and plenty others followed. As proof of Satanisms growth, the U.S. Army included the faith in its manual for chaplains Religious Requirements and Practices beginning in 1978.
The next decade brought in newer denominations like the Luciferian Children of Satan, founded by Marco Dimitri in Italy in 1982. Dimitri was convicted of child abuse but was later cleared.
Later Satanic groups include the Order of the Left-Hand Path, a New Zealand group founded in1990 that mixed Satanism with Nietzschean philosophy, and the Satanic Reds. The Satanic Reds formed in 1997 in New York, and combined Satanism with socialism and Lovecraftian conceptsa subgenre of horror fiction.
The 1980s Satanic Panic saw Christian fundamentalists push the idea that Satanic cults were systematically abusing children in rituals and committing widespread murder, and successfully convince the general public through sensational news coverage. Christian groups typically misrepresented the Churchs beliefs and practices in order to fabricate a real-world villain behind the conspiracy for the media.
Serial killer Richard Ramirez, when finally captured in 1985, claimed to be a Satanist, employing Satanic symbolism to his look and claiming to know Lavey, adding fuel to the fire of the panic. Lavey claimed they had briefly met in the streets in the 1970s, but Ramirez had never set foot in the church.
The panic escalated, with Satanic Ritual Abuse becoming a standard aspect of high profile cases like the McMartin School in California. These criminal cases featured a consistent lack of evidence and alleged coercion on the part of child psychologists pushing the conspiracy theory. The zeal of the fundamentalists led to few if any investigations or prosecutions of actual Satanists. Most of the victims of the frenzy were other Christians.
The Church of Satan weathered the Satanic Panic of the 1980s and 90s, with Lavey keeping a calm and low profile despite media attention. But the group faced challenges after Laveys death in 1997. Leadership went to Laveys partner Blanche Barton after a legal battle with his children. In 2001 Barton appointed author and Church member Peter H. Gilmore as high priest and his wife, church administrator Peggy Nadramia, as high priestess. Gilmores controversial claims that Church of Satan members were the only true Satanists led to a new wave of exoduses that saw departing church members creating their own offshoots.
Former Order of the Nine Angles member and heavy metal musician Michael Ford formed the Greater Church of Lucifer in 2013, opening the first public Satanic Temple in Houston two years later. The GCL follows many LaVeyan principles with touches of the occult and has chapters in other countries.
The most successful result of church divisions is The Satanic Temple. It first gained attention in 2013 with a satirical rally against Florida Governor Rick Scott, but grew into a more organized group quickly.
Cofounders Lucien Greaves and Malcolm Jarry characterized the Temples creation as a reaction to the Church of Satans inability to manifest itself into a real-world relevant organization.
Calling itself a non-theistic religion embracing the Devil as a symbolic form of rebellion in the tradition of Milton, the Temple devoted itself to political action focused on the separation of church and state, religious equality and reproductive rights.
The Satanic Temple gained notoriety through two attempts to have a statue of Baphomet legally placed on two state capitol groundsOklahoma in 2015 and in Arkansas in 2018in reaction to government-sanctioned 10 Commandments monuments.
The Temple launched a physical location in Salem, Massachusetts, in 2016 and was recognized as a religion by the U.S. government in 2019, receiving tax-free status. It has grown to include about 20 temples across North America and was the focus of Penny Lanes acclaimed 2019 documentary, Hail Satan? which is credited for giving Satanism its highest profile yet.
The Invention of Satanism by Asbjorn Dyrendal, James R. Lewis and Jesper Aa. Petersen, published by Oxford University Press, 2016.
Satanism: A Social History by Massimo Introvigne, published by Brill, 2016.
The New Satanism: Less Lucifer, More Politics by Josh Sanburn, Time Magazine, Dec. 10, 2013.
A satanic idol goes to the Arkansas Capitol building by Avi Selk, Washington Post, August 17, 2018.
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The rock that never dies! Why does rock music appeal to both young and older audiences? Almost 70 years since its invention, rock music has outlived every other genrewhat makes it so special? Lets take a closer look.
Rock is a genre of legends.
Rock music has produced legends. Pop has its own stars, but not many have reached the glory of rock kings and queens, from Mick Jagger to Madonna, Slash, and Freddie Mercury. Ohio boasts its own stars in the Rock and Roll hall of fame, from The OJays to Bootsy Collins and The Isley Brothers.
Outlaw something, and you make it crazy popular.
In the early days of rock, they labeled it devil music. In many parts of the world, conspiracies are still alive. One of them states that you will hear coded satanic messages if you listen to rock music in reverse. As much as the thought of that sends chills down the spine, it piques interest.
Similar to how witches were burnt in the medieval ages, the church burnt many rock-n-roll disks in the 50s and 60s. This had an opposite effect, with supporters demanding even more savage rhythm and head-banging sounds.
It wasnt until the 1980s that the pope removed the devil music label from rock music. Today in churches like Hillsong and Elevation Worship, rock music is a mainstay on the worship menu.
Rock is nothing but good vibes.
Psychologists believe rock music may have a mental effect similar to controlled substances. The fast and loud beats provided by the music can be instrumental in livening up a depressed person or helping stabilize mood swings, even if just for a few minutes.
If you do not yet have your Ohio medical cannabis license, you can bank on rock music to ignite your feel-good hormones when you are gripped by anxiety.
Rock makes you lose weight
As we all know, rock music is intense; that is, it encourages people to move. As expected, a few minutes of head-banging will help you burn calories. So, dancing while listening to your rock music playlist daily is one of the easiest ways to lose weight.
For example, a 2010 study found that cyclists work harder when listening to fast-tempo rock music. Listening to your favorite tunes is also a distraction that helps you forget about the physical exertion.
A good workout song can also help you reach the zone so you exert maximum effort. As we exercise more, we are healthier (and happier).
Rock improves self-esteem
You might not realize it, but the rock genre is better than many other music styles when it comes to making people aware of their worth of cultivating their identity. So its no wonder that rock music fans understand who they are. Plus, by joining the rock scene, you can bring out the best in you.
A study carried out in 2015 for the Journal Self, and Identity explored how rock music impacted the future of those who were fans in the 1980s. You know that heavy metal music stirred some controversy during the 1980s, as religious groups, particularly in the US, linked it with Satanism.
It turns out all that was baloney. The study conducted among 377 adults revealed that those who preferred rock metal over other forms of music or who were not music lovers were happier or less regretful.
We all want to be rockstars
The rockstar lifestyle is appealing. Today, anyone thats good at something or with an awesome lifestyle is labeled a rockstar.
If you Google modern-day rock stars, dont be surprised if Justin Bieber shows up on the list. Rockstar employee, rockstar mathematician, rockstar experiencerock is a lifestyle.
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With tens of millions of white evangelical Christians in the fold, Trumpism is more than a cult. Its old-time religious syncretism.
Savoyard philosopher and witness to the French Revolution, Joseph de Maistre, is best known for the enduring truism, Every country has the government it deserves. Enduring, that is, until the presidency of Donald J. Trump broke it. The final straw was the storming of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. The rag-tag militia that attempted to keep Trump in power against the will of an American majority rammed its way through the Capitol flouting emblems of white nationalism, Confederate flags, Zip-ties and nooses. Yet for every Trump-deserving Q-Anon Shaman and would-be Alt-Right assassin in Januarys anything-but-peaceful assembly, there were five selfie-taking, MAGA-hat-wearing, heretofore law-abiding folks just out supporting their guy. These everymen and women, though most would chafe at the suggestion, deserved better than Trump. For good people to do evil, says Steven Weinberg, a theoretical physicist once awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal, that takes religion.
I first began this op-ed musing about whether Trump cultists could be deprogrammed. Ive since decided the expression Trump cultist doesnt go far enough. Trump religionist is a better fit. And besides, cult leaders like Jim Jones and Marshall Applewhite were at least willing to join their followers when the time came to claim their final reward. Trump, in contrast, retreated to the safety of the White House to watch his adrenaline-addled minions finish the helter-skelter he started.
It is often heuristically noted that what separates a cult from a religion is the numbers. While not all of the 74 million Americans who voted for Trump in 2020 can be counted as all-in loyalists, those are still some gaudy numbers (eclipsed only by the 81 million who voted for President Joe Biden or, in many cases, simply against Trump).
Before we suggest that a Trumper checkbox be added to religious affiliation questionnaires, we must first answer a question. Dont the Trump faithful already have a religion? The Republican Party (closely though not precisely coterminous with Trumpism) does, at least. According to a 2017 study by the Public Religion Research Institute, 73% of the Republican Party identifies as white Christian (compared to just 29% of Democrats). To be fair, some white Christians have found Trump too worldly (to put it kindly) to square with their sincere religious beliefs. But overwhelmingly white Christians and Trump have, for the past five years, been snuggly if unorthodox bedfellows. Too often the embrace has made us squirm. How can we forget the image of Trump holding a Bible awkwardly minutes after teargassing demonstrators to clear his way to St. Johns Church?
We dont often think of Christianity as being adaptable. And yet for it to have, over the past two millennia, made missionary and imperialist inroads all over the globe, it has not only had to coexist alongside of but to have successfully blended with many unchristian things. This mixing is called syncretism. While syncretism customarily combines disparate religious traditions, it sometimes marries a religious tradition and a political movement, party or personage. In the case of American white Christianity and the Republican Party, syncretism has worked largely through the catalyst of Christian historicism, the notion that historical events and key figures are fulfilling prophecies of apocalyptic Biblical literature. Drawing on the intuitions of modern historicisms German architect, G.W.F. Hegel, as quoted by philosopher Karl Popper, The state is the march of God through the world. Viewed in this light, American political drama is inseparable from spiritual drama. The cobbled-together result of this holy union: Christian Nationalism.
Trump isnt the first U.S. President to have landed a starring role in Christian eschatology. Following the events of September 11, 2001, General William G. Boykins stated that, The majority of America did not vote for [President George Bush, Jr.]. Hes in the White House because God put him there for a time such as this. For many white Christians, Republican presidents are upheld as God-backed crusaders going toe-to-toe with the Beast in the prophesied dramas of the end times. The Beastaided by the usual generous interpretations of scripturehas power to assume the form of anyone or anything that requires expedient vilification, ranging from a named political rival to liberal ideologies in general. And when, in the course of a desperate power grab, the standard muckraking of milquetoast public personages and abstruse ideologies fails to provoke the visceral reaction called for to energize the political Rights voting base, the Right is not above getting medieval, going so far as to literally demonize opponents on the political Left.
Calculated to target the disgust reflex in our lizard brains, Right-of-center scaremongers have in recent years produced the shadow play of the Deep State conspiracy, with its well-heeled, black-hatted, elitist, saurian/humanoid avatars hissing character-assassinating lies in back-stairs dealings, their unctuous, scaley hands on the control bars of the public puppets on the Left. While this chiaroscuro shellacking of the Left no doubt helped to secure an Electoral College victory in the 2016 presidential election, it was, by 2020, evidently judged too anodyne for the kind of rabble-rousing needed to ensure a follow-up presidential election victory. To throw wide the floodgates of Right-wing sanctimony, the Alt-Right raconteurs puffed up the playbill with the phantasmagoria of cannibalism, pedophilia and Satanism that is the Q-Anon conspiracy. The result of this double creature feature? A picture of Washington that resembles a Hieronymus Bosch triptych: the foreground depicting half-cannibalized youthful bodies lying prostrate; the background showcasing encroaching flames, silhouetted whip-wielding demons and the instruments of torture. As the prospect of claiming power by legitimate means (winning elections in which all adult Americans vote) becomes more remote for the GOP, one wonders what dark fairytales are to inspire the next fringe Right libel (that even moderate Republicans will have to uncomfortably plug in hopes of sustaining the tawdry productions that keep food on their tables). Having apparently abandoned policy-making as a strength on which to run political campaigns, the Right has come to embrace myth-making as its when-all-else-fails path to power. America even caught them in the creative act on January 6th, as within hours of the storming of the Capitol, we watched their hacks try to blame the insurrection on Antifa agents in sheeps clothing, a pulp fiction even they couldnt sell, as the proud boasts of the sheep were enthusiastically shared on social media, cutting (with dull blades) the legs from under their own spin doctors.
While we cant know which monster masks the Right will pull over its Leftist opponents heads next, we can guess who it intends to pit against these enemies of the Godly state. Unless Jesus himself offers to front the GOP, the man once referred to (with what degree of seriousness, we are left to guess) as God Emperor Trump will be wearing the red trunks in the spiritual showdown to come. For those who think it sacrilege to mention the donkey-riding and wholesome figure of Jesus and the escalator-descending, hedonistic Trump in the same sentence, I remind them that the latter did run his campaign for the 2016 presidential election on a Jesus-like promise. In the context of a morally corrupt landscape, Drain the swamp! and the cleansing of the Temple narrative share a similar thematic ring. But whereas the Son of God overturned the moneychangers tables, the fortunate son was more likely to ensconce his cronies behind them. Though not hawkish on foreign wars, Trump is no Prince of Peace. He is, rather, the undisputed prince of his piece of America. To the rest of us, hes as insoluble as a blank jigsaw puzzle.
For Christians under The Donalds wing, the better-placed obsequiousness evident in the imitation passed naturally from Jesus and landed on the profligate Trump, a more imitable idol for fallen humans. Aping their petulant and rule-flouting worldly messiah, the Trump faithful eschewed masks, tried quack Covid-19 cures, and (years after its relevance in the 2016 election cycle) regaled themselves en masse with repeated chants of, Lock her up!, the orgiastic mantra that will come to characterize Trump rallies for ages to come, and which, to an alien anthropologist, might appear indistinguishable from ten thousand Hindus chanting, Om bhr bhuvah svah, in synchrony. You and I know theres a difference. But wholl deny that those alien anthropologists arent seeing something that we should see too?
Theres much in a Trump rally for a Pentecostal tent preacher to like. Of course, hell be pleased to discover that the man behind the pulpit shares his penchant for off-fashion suites, over-styled hair, superlatives and watchwords, but more importantly, hell appreciate the facility with which the maestro steams up the room, the froth of his warmest invectives against the devil and his consorts forming a collective petrichor in the nostrils of thousands standing by in expectation of a storm, an excoriating deluge the likes of which the world is said to have witnessed only once before. According to some interpretations, when Nineteenth Century poet William Blake wrote his famous line, Among these dark Satanic mills, he was referring to the churches of his day. Watching footage of a mostly-unmasked Trump rally during the Coronavirus pandemic, we peer into a pit blacker than any the hyper-imaginative Blake could have envisioned. The sick puppies spat out by these condemnable mills proved the sort that, offered the chance, would do their business in the marble corridors of the U.S. Capitol.
Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, in his book The Righteous Mind, recognizes the mechanism at work in rallies, congregations, masses and marches: the hive switch, a groupish overlay, a state of self-transcendence elucidated in the 1890s by sociologist mile Durkheim. Quoting Haidt, Durkheim believed that these collective emotions pull humans fully but temporarily into the higher of our two realms, the realm of the sacred, where the self disappears and collective interests dominate. As psychologist William James pointed out in the Varieties of Religious Experience, such states, however deeply felt, are transient, ordinarily persisting no more than an hour or two, after which they, fade into the light of common day. But with social media, the atmosphere can be returned to and sustained between live events. Through the membership-confirmatory vehicle of shares, likes and replies, enmeshment in the hive need never be more than a click away. Facebook and Twitter act like a continuous Oxytocin drip that chemically maintains the intragroup bond so firmly galvanized at a Trump rally. If Trump himself, harrowed in Mara Lago in a social media blackout, can no longer administer the drip, his apostles surely will. There will be a second coming, we are assured; he has vowed, after all, to return in some form.
White Christians are used to seeing their favorite televangelists fall to scandal, forgiving those who, in the damage-controlling presser, most convincingly shift blame to the devils machinations. They are accustomed as well to doubling down on their own embarrassing metaphysics in the face of damning scientific scrutiny, not to mention explaining away their Gods contradictory words and actions in libraries-worth of theodicies and apologetics. Gaining the loyalty of a troupe of moral contortionists has its perks, as Trump has discovered. The big lie of widespread voter fraud, it turns out, flourishes in a shared space with the mysteries of Christian metaphysics. Too nebulous, intangible, and unquantifiable to be tested in a laboratory, these claims survive by sheltering in shadow realms imagined to exist beyond reach of our established (and inadequate) truth-seeking instruments, such as science and the courts of law; they thrive in a next-level dark space, more real than reality itself, apprehended only by those possessing the gift of discernment (or access to Fox and Breitbart News, apparently).
Described by some as the Teflon President, Trump remains credible to his followers no matter what he says or does, no matter how the law courts rule, and no matter how the numbers reflect on the bungled policies of his stint in office. Like the Christian God, Trump has been playing three-dimensional chess all along, and if we cant keep up, its our problem. The Christian God, ever evading the lengthening arm of physical law by ducking into sciences as-yet-undiscovered country, is sometimes facetiously referred to by modern critics as the God of the gaps [in knowledge]. With a head-scratching talent for staying ahead of rational criticism, Trump, one foot in his mouth and the other out of step with the times yet in sync with the religious Right voting bloc is deserving of an alliterative nickname (his favorite kind) coined in a similar spirit: God of the gaffes.
For the aspiring dictator Trump, his marriage of state with white Christians couldnt be more convenient. As Christopher Hitchens once suggested in a debate at Emory University, the pairing had worked well for the opportunistic Joseph Stalin, finding in those Christians under his rule the perfect herd animal for the pointy end of his authoritarian staff: says Hitchens, You shouldnt be in the dictatorship business if you are not able to take advantage of a huge reservoir of servility, and credulity, and worship thats already freely handed to you by the Christian predecessors and by the devout.
Perhaps it isnt so much credulity that primes an enthusiast of Christian eschatology to back Trump as well. Not only must the mind of such a one be wide-open; it must also be oxygenated by a heart of darkness. In a 1964 article for Harpers magazine, entitled The Paranoid Style in American Politics, social scientist Richard Hofstader provides us with an angiogram of the diseased pump. It shows a craze for politicking on the mere gut-felt suspicion that omnipotent malefactors are plotting to rob U.S. citizens of the America they were promised and to which they are entitled: America has largely been taken away from them and their kind, though they are determined to try to repossess it and to prevent the final destructive act of subversion. Delivered nearly sixty years ago, Hofstaders words sound as if they were written with the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 in mind.
In the following excerpt from The Sick Soul chapter of William Jamess The Varieties of Religious Experience, it isnt difficult to identify the paranoid thread that knits together Americas religion and her politics on the Right like a penitents hair shirt: With their grubbing in rat-holes instead of living in the light; with their manufacture of fears, and preoccupation with every unwholesome kind of misery, there is something almost obscene about these children of wrath and cravers of a second birth. Yet to say that this suspicious mood began with Christianity would be to ignore suggestions of game theorists (a subset of evolutionary theorists) that we are descendants of paranoid ancestors who gained an evolutionary leg up on their less anxious species-mates by making more of what Dr. Michael Shermer, founder of The Skeptics Society, identifies as type 1 cognitive errors (false positives) and fewer type 2 cognitive errors (false negatives). Mistakenly believing that the wind in the willows was a lion (a type 1 cognitive error) came at a low evolutionary cost, that of being a worrywart and passing on worrywart genes. On the other hand, mistakenly believing that a lion was the wind (a type 2 cognitive error) came at the highest possible cost: elimination from the gene pool. To hear eschatologists, Q-Anon conspiracists, Deep State conspiracists, and Trump himself, the wind is never just the wind; its always a lion. The paranoid stylist, in both politics and religion, adopts the attitude expressed in Peter 5:8: Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. The strategy of ascribing nefarious agency to every ambiguous thing may once have served humans well. On Americas current religiopolitical landscape, as happened during the Salem Witch Trials and under McCarthyism, its getting people harassed and killed. Just because news footage from January 6th didnt show any actual pitchforks, doesnt mean that a proverbial mob with pitchforks didnt show up that day. By their fruits shall you know them.
On Americas political Right, the paranoid stylists attention flits between the devil we know: crooked Hillary and nervous Nancy, and the devil we dont know: the shadow demons of the Q-Anon and Deep State mythos. These are, to the suspicious psyche, all ephemeral forms of the unclean spirit that answers to the name of change. Feared for its power to push clouds to blot the sun that in this hour shines so warmly on ones haymaking, the winds of change, as the metaphor suggests, originate in nature and are not of mans making. Ever ready to assign agency, the paranoid stylist smells a rat on the wind. His subsequent grandstanding builds toward avowals to contain or exterminate, to drain the swamp, build the wall, and stop the steal. Determined never to move his feast, he takes quixotic aim at the free-floating global zeitgeist of progressivism by firing potshots at its quickly passing dust devils, in whose vortices he wants us to notice Americas hunting rifles, suburbs and Christmases all spinning round and round, about to be carried off forever. Like diverting a hurricane with a nuclear bomb, his broadsides and those of his loyal battalions are doomed to failure, but they release a lot of heat in the process (as well as a lot of fallout). No fan of wind turbines, Trump has nevertheless managed, through the Right-turning revolution of his wound-up cranks, to convert the winds of change into dark energy to keep his towers and resorts lights on, killing more than a few of those blameless birds he claimed to care so much about along the way.
As some of Trumps faithful are having come-to-Jesus epiphanies in jail cells following the January 6th raid on the Capitol, it becomes apparent that, urged by a leader who once stared into a solar eclipse, they spat into the wind.
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Church of Satan and Satanism in Australia explained: from rituals to religion with the controversial group – 7NEWS.com.au
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When I found out I was meeting a Satanist, the first words that came to mind were devil worshipper and evil.
I had no idea what to expect.
Will he cast a spell on me? Will he try to summon the devil in front of me? What is going to happen?
I grew up in a Catholic household and went to a Catholic school. So, I refrained from telling my parents beforehand, for obvious reasons.
My grandparents are also super religious. If they found out I was meeting a Satanist, theyd have a heart attack.
I met a Satanist from Wollongong, David, while we were filming the new LIFE: Done Differently series.
At first, you wouldnt think David is a Satanist. He seemed like a normal, nice man.
David works in corporate finance by day and is very open about the fact he is a member of the Church of Satan.
Everyone in his workplace knows hes a Satanist.
I bet his employers would be afraid of firing him.
I was surprised by how wrong my perceptions of Satanism were.
I thought Satanists pray and worship the devil, the same way Catholics, pray and worship God.
I was wrong.
Satanism is a religion, a philosophy, a way of life.
As David describes Satanism is, in a nutshell, a modern, rational philosophy of self-interest.
Its based on the Satanic Bible written by American Anton LaVey published in 1969.
Anton LaVey founded the church of Satan in 1966, formulated on his own philosophy.
The Devil or Satan is not so much seen as a God to Satanists, more so, a symbol.
David also tells me that satan, is just an ancient word that means in opposition to. So back in the day, if you werent a Christian, you were satan. The opponent.
So the character of the Devil with the red horns as we know it, just evolved over time.
And as a philosophy, it seems like, you are either born with the Satanic view of life, or not.
As David says, he was already living the satanic life before reading the book. He just became aware that he was a Satanist, after reading the book.
Satanism is a very self-focused, selfish way of life.
Its always looking out for yourself first and acting in your best interests. Its a very egotistical way of living.
Treat everyone with respect, but if someone does wrong by you, destroy them.
When I asked David about Satanims magic and spells, he said he indeed cast some destructive spells.
He once threw a curse on a neighbour, because that particular neighbour was making loud noises at night, while David swas studying at university.
A month later, he committed suicide.
David didnt feel guilty. Most people would think, what a horrible person!
But did David do anything wrong?
As David says, he didnt go up there and murder his neighbour. He didnt even inflict any violence. He got his anger out on his own, through a satanic ritual, and let nature take care of the rest.
David just wanted the noise to stop. He got what he wanted.
After hearing that, I was quite anxious when I found out David was taking me into the forest to guide me through a satanic ritual.
David says satanic rituals are basically a cathartic release.
Theyre melodrama, theyre a performance.
The fire, the costume, the tools are all there to set a mood, a scene, an energy.
But, as much as it is a performance, David believes rituals have real-world consequences. Like in the case of his old neighbour!
Its like a version of The Secret - you put a wish or want out into the universe, and let nature take its course.
David prefers to keep the location of where he performs his satanic rituals, a secret.
I had to walk approximately 40 minutes through a forest to get to the location.
I was feeling on edge, I knew how serious David takes his satanic rituals.
When I finally got to the location, David wasnt impressed with me, as I was wearing a salmon pink shirt. I get where he was coming from, a man in a salmon pink shirt yelling HAIL SATAN, cant be taken seriously.
Luckily, he brought along a spare black cape that I was able to wear for the ritual.
There was a lot of set up and preparation involved in the ritual.
Getting the fire started, setting up the altar with the flags, the chaliceI was not expecting this much effort to go into the preparation.
Before I knew it, bells were ringing, and the ritual had started!
There was fire. There was drinking out of a chalice. There was David yelling HAIL SATAN. So much was going on. I could feel the energy around us.
The satanic ritual was a huge adrenaline buzz for me.
I even got to point a sword at the altar and ask for something I want in life, which youll have to watch the episode, to find out what that was.
I was so worried about my Grandma though, as I was yelling HAIL SATAN during the ritual.
I can see how a Satanist might benefit from a satanic ritual. They can release their anger; they get an adrenaline rush, express themselves and forget about all their problems for that short period.
We can all learn from Satanists. Instead of fuelling that anger on the person we are annoyed with, we can look at other ways to release our anger.
For Satanists, thats a satanic ritual.
For me, that might be simply, going for a run, or going to the gym.
We can also learn to put ourselves first, more often.
Next time youre exhausted and really dont want to go to that dinner party, but feel guilty not showing up, just ask yourself, what would a Satanist do?
They definitely wouldnt go to that dinner party.
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Johnny Depp has had a long and varied career of ups and downs, hits and misses, but how do his movies rank from worst to best? Beginning his career as a teen heartthrob in films likeA Nightmare on Elm Streetand the hit TV show21 Jump Street, Depp quickly graduated to leading roles, eventually fostering a relationship with director Tim Burton.
It's with Burton that he developed a movie star persona that would become uniquely his, a mix of eccentric oddities and deeply-felt soulfulness. This peculiar presence would go on to shine in films likeEdward Scissorhands andWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape, leading inevitably to his instantly-iconic turn as Captain Jack Sparrow.Currently, he's become embroiled in controversy, dropped from his role as the main villain in Warner Bros'Fantastic Beasts franchise.
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Though his future acting prospects look dire at the moment, Depp's filmography remains a vast and varied collection, overflowing with lonesome outsiders, grim-faced gangsters, and pounds upon pounds of white makeup.A note for completionists,Minamata has not been included, as it's currently only in theaters with no streaming options announced. Also missing isCity of Lies,which due to a lawsuit was pulled from its 2018 release date with no replacement announced.That said, here are theJohnny Depp'smajor films, ranked from worst to best.
Misguided from conception to execution, Mortdecaiisone of the most torturously unfunny movies one could possibly sit through. An action comedy without thrills or laughs, this Wes Anderson-wannabe is an extreme low point in the actor's career.
Johnny Depp playing the Lone Ranger's Native American sidekick Tonto is a piece of casting that feels more and more tone-deaf by the hour. Even despite that, this 2013 update fromPirates director Gore Verbinski and co-starring Armie Hammer is a fairly rote, uninspired piece of blockbuster filmmaking.
Depp's second film is a sophomoric sex comedy about two boys in Miami prowling for women when they encounter a jewel heist. It's an incredibly crass and laugh-deficient film that gives a peek at the wrong turn the actor's career could've taken had things not gotten more interesting.
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Still one of the most bizarre films to be able to claim "multiple Golden Globe nominee" status, this barely-burningsizzleris a magic trick that transforms two of the most charismatic movie stars of their day into a screen couple with zero chemistry. The plot attempts to be a Hitchcockian game of cat and mouse. However, an overall lack of suspense or pace renders the whole film as mostly a banal exercise inwatching attractive people in beautiful settings and little else.
Sherlock Gnomes is the 2018 follow-up toGnomeo and Juliet. As one can imagine, it's aToy Story-esque twist on literary characters where instead of toys, the protagonists aregarden gnomes. In this one, Depp voices a statuary version of Sherlock Holmes solving a missing persons case. This is squarely aimed at kids, with not much generation-crossing charm. Colorful but trite, no one is hailing this as an animated classic.
Johnny Depp's first trip to Wonderland was already a muddled, Tim Burton-directed eyesore. This sequel makes the original look masterful by comparison. Swapping out Burton for James Bobin, this paint-by-numbers follow-up to the live-action remake ticks along on auto-pilot, with generic characterizations by Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, bland visual effects sequences, and a seemingly-checked-out Mia Wasikowska asAlice.
This overwrought drama about a Russian Jewish girl in 1927 who escapes to England and meets a handsome horseman wavers dangerously close to self-parody. With a soapy plot, flat characters, and wooden dialogue, not even Christina Ricci and Johnny Depp can save this movie from itself.
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Depp and Charlize Theron give fine performances in this box office bomb. However, its story of an astronaut who returns from space a changed man has undoubtedly been done before and after with far more interesting and engaging results. Boring and derivative, this melodramatic slog never even remotely blasts off.
If one is looking for the point at which Johnny Depp's "I play pale weirdos" vibe crossed over into total tedium, his Futterwacken-ing turn as the Mad Hatter is definitely Exhibit A. While the prospect of Burton taking on Lewis Carroll's surreal classic at first seemed potentially tantalizing, the result sacrifices the original text's charm for a CGI-ridden "chosen one" narrative. While the film was a huge box office success, eventually picking up Oscar wins for Costume and Production Design, this is mostly the Burton-Depp collaboration at its most indulgent.
Wally Pfister, cinematographer ofThe Dark KnightandInception, tried his hand at directing with this 2014 sci-fi film about a genius whose consciousness is uploaded to the Internet. It's agood-looking movie, but its intellectual depth is fairly shallow, and any attempts at emotional intimacy are impeded by thinly-drawn characters and generic performances. Overall, it falls far short of its titular goal.
Take a long last look, for Grindelwald will bear Johnny Depp's face no more. Appearing briefly at the end of this series' first installment, Depp's villainous wizard came into full authoritarian power in this sequel. The irony of ironies is that he and Jude Law may be the best partsof a film so frustratingly cluttered and wildly incomprehensible one wonderswhere the magicwent.
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The good news is, more Captain Jack Sparrow. The bad news? Well, this was all getting a bit tired even nearing the end of the original trilogy. The fifth installment casts Javier Bardem as yet another barnacle-esque baddie with yet another army of dead pirates. Evenwith a random Paul McCartney cameo, one can't help but feeling like Johnny Depp is the last one at a party that ended a long, long time ago.
This fourth installment sees the reins handed from Gore Verbinski toChicago director Rob Marshall. It's less cluttered and noisy than its predecessor,At World's End, but in the process a lot duller, with a barely presentDepp. A lumbering plot that trades in Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom for an undercooked mermaid romance doesn't help matters.
More than 30 years after Rosemary's Baby,Roman Polanski returned to the subject of Satanism with this Depp-led chiller. It'sa typical display of the director's style and visual panache, but the scares are limited and Depp is left playing a fairly one-note character. More forgiving audiences may make it through the first and second acts intrigued, but the film ultimately goes off the rails in a climax that verges on the ludicrous.
Johnny Depp is actually quite dazzling as the Earl of Rochester, in a performance that fully embraces the downward spiral of a life spent reveling in debauchery. It's a shame the surrounding film can't quite hold a candle, at times lit so darkly one can scarcely see what's happening in the frame. As far as period dramas go, this one winds up a bit of a drag.
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Burton's 12-years-later spiritualsequel toThe Nightmare Before Christmas lacks pretty much everything that makes that film so eminently charming. Depp's vocal performance feels entirely tossed off, as do the rest of the cast's. Danny Elfman songs and almost expressionless facial animation round out a film that, while praised at the time, holds up unforgivingly to second viewings.
A Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken screen pairing seems like a good time, and the prospect of Depp playing an action hero who has 75 minutes to kill the governor of L.A. is admittedly intriguing.The resulting film is by no means a total disappointment, a fairly rote '90s action thriller with a bonkers plot but solid pace. However, with actors as unique and admirably odd as Depp and Walken, this can't help but feel like a bit of a disappointment.
After the surprise sensation of the original and a sequel which deepened the mythology but maintained most of the buoyancy of its predecessor,the third entry in thePirates franchise makes the bizarre choice to drown its audience in a muddy mess of side characters, subplots, and set pieces for nearly three hours. Its main appeal is a Lynchian interlude with multiple Depps, crabs, and a peanut.
Aside from the cringey context of beingthe film where Depp and Amber Heard met, this ode to Hunter S. Thompson is a fairly sweet offering. A spiritual sequel toFear and Loathing in Las Vegas,The Rum Diaryeschews that film's surreal Gilliam-isms for a more reserved sense of whimsy. The result is a film that's inherently more forgettable, but still far from the actor's worst work.
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Based on a graphic novel long before comic book movies becamede rigeur,From Hellis a spin on the legend of Jack the Ripper. Depp plays Scotland Yard detective Fred Abberline in a delightful performance that mildly foreshadows the full-blast whimsy he'd embrace two years later as Captain Jack Sparrow. It's not a particularly frightening film, but there's a cleverness bubbling under this gruesome procedural that makes it solid midnight fare.
This 2015 crime drama was definitely pitched as an Oscar-play comeback for the actor,but it has a hard time forging its own path in the oft-treaded footfalls of the gangster genre.Depp's performance isn't bad, but his makeup-caked, thinned-hair look verges a bit on caricature. Beneath those added layers of artifice, there's something interesting going on, arguably one of his most dropped-in and committed performances in the latter portion of his career.
Blow wants desperately to be as gripping a rise-and-fall story asGoodFellasorBoogie Nights. Depp is in fine form as George Jung, the high-school football star turned premiere cocaine importer, and the initial parts of the film concerning his rise are a fun enough ride. Alas, when the inevitable fall sets in, the film becomes overly-sentimental, ultimately revealing thatBlow doesn't have much new to say.
The first 30 minutes of Tim Burton's controversial remake of the 1971 classic are so jam-packed with witty sight gags and Dahlian cheekiness that one might actually think he's gone and made a film that surpasses the original. Alas, it all comes to a crashing halt once the gang steps foot into the factory. Johnny Depp certainly deserves credit for not imitating the brilliance of Gene Wilder's iconic performance as Willy Wonka, but his intellectually-interesting choice of playing the amazing chocolatier as a grown man in a state of arrested development comes off mostly as obnoxiously unfunny. It may start strong, but it winds up as anything but the golden ticket.
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Kenneth Branagh's 2017 update of the Agatha Christie story doesn't match up to the fun of the Sidney Lumet original,but Depp is one of the more watchable parts. Branagh himself gives a giant performance, with an equally-giant mustache as detective Hercule Poirot. The rest of the cast, which includes Michelle Pfeiffer, Penelope Cruz, and Judi Dench, is hit-or-miss, but Deppsketches in all the right shades for gangster Edward Ratchett.
This long-awaited screen adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim tuner is hardly Rob Marshall's finest. While it runs into trouble by softening the dark second act of its source material, there are plenty of solid performances, including Depp's underrated turn as the Big Bad Wolf. His earthy vocals are a nice match for the jaunty "Hello, Little Girl," even if his costume jars stylistically with the surrounding film.
A gorgeously-shot, beautifully-realized look at the life and writings of Cuban author Reinaldo Arenas,Before Night Falls is a brilliant performance showcase for a pre-No Country For Old MenJavier Bardem. Depp's twin performances as the flamboyant Bon Bon and a sadistic prison warden may come off as a bit problematic nowadays. Nonetheless, the actor makes the most of his five minutes of screen time, adding his distinct flavor to Julian Schnabel's stunning film.
Chocolatis the kind of multiple Oscar nominee that might have audiences rolling their eyes nowadays, but it's light and frothy enough, with atypically entrancing performance from Juliette Binoche. The title is apt, as there's something almost dessert-like about this film's graceful style and old-fashioned romanticism. It goes down smooth, but may leave one wondering if it ultimately wasn't a bit disappointingly slight.
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After Depp'sPirates of the Caribbeancomeback, it seemed like there was nothing more fun than going to the movies and seeing Johnny Depp have a ball piling on the quirks.Secret Window is definitely bargain-bin Stephen King, but the actor's rapidly unraveling performance is still great fun.
By the timeDark Shadows rolled around, the Burton-Depp collaboration had almost become a parody of itself. Depp would don another dousing of white-cake makeup, and Burton would continue to endlessly copy his original films, with rapidly diminishing returns. It's a bit surprising, then, that this is actually one of their best offeringsin years, with Depp giving a wonderfully funny performance and Burton reveling in the sort of deviant humor that made his early work so engaging.
Robert Rodriguez's loopy and nonsensical spaghetti Western isgood campy fun. Taking a cue from his future Grindhousecollaboator Quentin Tarantino, the film gleefully abandons plot and embraces a wild succession of over-the-top violence underscored with lots and lots of guitar-strumming. It's all quite fun, albeit a bit one-note, butDepp undoubtedly steals the whole show with a hysterically ridiculous performance as a rogue C.I.A. agent in Mexico.
After Heath Ledger's death, his final rolein Terry Gilliam's 2009 fantasy film was re-conceived as a series of transformations between Jude Law, Colin Farrell, and Depp himself. After a slew of disappointing failures, Gilliam got close hereto recapturing the magic of his early career masterpieces BrazilandTime Bandits.While it's not a top-tier entry in the director's filmography, its typically imaginative visuals are underscored with a somber memorial to Ledger's undeniable talent.
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Depp voices the title character in this Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature. A coming of age story about a chameleon taking on the responsibilities of town sheriff, this oft-forgotten oddity also features vocal performances by Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin. It's a wonderfully weird surpriseof a film, with plenty of nods to the Western genre and a richly-detailed style of animation that isn't quite like anything else out there.
Johnny Depp stars opposite Faye Dunaway in this bizarrely charming film about a young man named Axel who strikes up a relationship with an eccentric older woman and her stepdaughter. Thoroughly unpredictable and wonderfully absurd, the film finds Bosnian-born director Emir Kusturica focusing on America with surreal results. It's an early film that confirmed Depp as one of the most tender heartthrobs in cinema.
This goofy comedy is admittedly plenty slight, but it's bolstered considerably by Depp's performance. A bit of a genius blending of his sexy swagger and inherent goofiness,Don Juan DeMarco sees him playing a delusional man who believes he is the world's greatest lover. Marlon Brando's turn as his psychiatrist feels checked out,but Depp is always delightfullycommitted.
This up-scaled second installment is something of a victory lap for Depp. The Looney Tunes antics of the character are turned up to 11, and the actor is clearly having a ball revisiting a character now christened a cinema icon.Some of the surrounding mythology becomes ponderous and the bloated length is questionable, but this sequel also features a veritable tidal waveof richly-imaginedaction set pieces and Bill Nighy as Davy Jones, one of the best performances by a CGI character this side of Gollum.
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The one that started it all may only let then-teenager Johnny lounge around in a crop-top jersey before sucking him into a bed and spitting out a tsunami of blood, but it's still a totally iconic funhouse of a movie, filled with inventivepractical effects and a wicked sense of humor. Frightening, disturbing, and pretty funny, this is Wes Craven at his absolute best.
The only Best Picture winner on the list,Platoon was the first Hollywood film to be written and directed by a Vietnam veteran. Although Depp only plays a small role, its immersive depictions of battle and bloodshed clash admirably with the God's eye view ofFull Metal Jacket or the psychological odyssey ofApocalypse Now.Anchored by two dynamite performances from Willem Dafoe and Tom Berenger, it's a haunting meditation on man's duality and the ultimate cost of war.
Diehard fans of the stage musical may decry it for its bountifulcuts or for the lack of singing chops in the principal cast, but Burton's take onSweeneyis its own, wonderful beast. Depp acquits himself well in a heavy-singing role, but his moody, staring-out-of-windows performance pales in comparison (forgive the pun) todelightful turns byHelena Bonham Carter and Alan Rickman. The surrounding production is top-notch, a Hammer horror throwback awash inshowers of crimson blood, and one of the best movie musicals of the 21st century.
Tim Burton's spin on Washington Irving's short story is maybe his best-looking movie to date, thanks largely in part to his collaboration with three-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki. It's also just such a blood-soaked romp, as the director gleefully beheads seemingly every British character actor over the age of 50, and Depp serves a delicious rack of ham as Ichabod Crane, in a performance he reportedly based off Angela Lansbury inMurder, She Wrote.
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Marc Forster's take on J.M. Barrie, the man behindPeter Pan, often gets a bad rap for being overly-sentimental. While it's true the film could probably further explore the shadows of its subject, what's on display is incredibly heartfelt, with a three-hanky weeper of a finale and a graceful, restrained performance from Depp.
This rockin' rollercoaster from king of camp John Waters is a wonderfully loopyRomeo and Juliet-with-greasersromp. Somewhere between the cuddliness of Hairspray and the full-on raunch ofPink Flamingos, Cry-Baby ispacked with campy musical numbers and spoofs on the overwrought drama of films likeRebel Without a Cause.His first mainstream lead role, this motorcyle-riding juvenile delinquent would foreshadow Depp's mix of good looks and quirky weirdness to come.
As if aprematureatonement forThe Lone Ranger, Jim Jarmusch'sDead to Me is a haunting reckoning of American violence and racism. Depp plays an accountant named William Blake, who goes on a bizarre odyssey of self-discovery while on the run after murdering a man. Its surreal sensibility may not be for all tastes, but it's a must-see for Depp completionists.
This remarkably touching comedy about two eccentrics who find love features anastonishing physical performance by Depp at its center. It's a star-making turn that elevates a potentially-slight "normals vs. weirdos" story into something truly winning. His delightfully-performed routines summon the ghost of legendary silent movie star Buster Keaton, all the while radiating an effervescent sweetness that's irresistible.
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Terry Gilliam said of this film, "I want it to be seen as one of the greatest movies of all time, and one of the most hated movies of all time." With a 49% on Rotten Tomatoes, he certainly got his wish. That said, there's no denying this adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "savage journey to the heart of the American Dream"isn't an accurate adaptation of the acid-trip prose of the book, with wild visuals both intoxicating and infuriating. Depp matches the gonzo style beat-for-beat, cementing the film as an undeniable cult classic.
Michael Mann's 2009 crime drama is exactly the kind of project Depp fans would love to see the actor sinking his teeth into again. It's a long, meaty epic drama calling to mind the masterpieces of Scorsese, with a phenomenal turn by Depp as Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger. Stripping himself of all quirks, heholds the screen with a steely watchability, cutting a dashing but troubling figure into the gorgeous, high-definition cinematography of this underrated gem.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape is a wonderfully-enchanting film featuring anOscar-nominated supporting turn by Leonardo DiCaprio. Playing the mentally-impaired Arnie Grape, it's a performance that would be hard to upstage. Thankfully, Depp doesn't. After playing a slew of eccentric outsiders, the actorfunctions this time more as the grounded force at the center, without losing any of the soulfulness.
It's quite admirable the way Johnny Depp was able to cobble together a movie-star presence through a succession of quirky character parts. That newfound stardom pays out in full in this crime drama, superbly directed by Mike Newell.It's an intense performance as far away from Edward Scissorhands as can be. Still, there's a sensitive underbelly at play here, giving a signature spin to the traditional gangsterthat clashes and jives with Al Pacino with firecracker results.
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In the summer of 2003, the prospect of a major Hollywood film centered on pirates wasn't exactly a hole in one, yet when the Black Pearl hoisted its colors for the first time, there was no going back. A total box office smash,the firstPirates is the kind of gloriously old-fashioned blockbuster that just doesn't seem to come around much anymore. Of course, the Academy Award-nominated Depp performance at its center steals the whole show, a loopy trickster mix of Bugs Bunny and Keith Richards.
After an early career playing handsome pretty-boys, Depp's first collaboration with Tim Burton would be a total game changer. Playing the lonesome Edward, the actor is achingly tender and wholly lovable, despite sporting an iconic look that is one of the most arrestingly disturbing in cinema. This is peak Burton, a dark, whimsical modern fairy tale with a wounded soul at its center.
When all is said and done, Johnny Depp's career begins and ends with Tim Burton, and this is the finest filmthey've yet made.Together, they transform a biopic about the worst director in the history of Hollywood into a love letter to the art of creation. InEd Wood, a bunch of passionate weirdos get together to put on a show, arguably the perfect metaphor for this maddeningly beautiful collaboration.
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Kyle Wilson is a writer for Screen Rant. Originally from Pennsylvania, he graduated Carnegie Mellon University in 2014 and since then has been based in Brooklyn, NY. He is a big fan of Paddington and Joe Pesci's performance in "The Irishman."