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#147857 - 02/26/06 03:09 AM "Practicing" Satanism
sCara Offline


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Quite often, I come across those all for telling as many as possible about being practicing Satanists.

I know what is intended with this pairing of words, and on the surface there is nothing suspect about it. However, it almost always strikes me as leftover sheepishness.

"Please don't expect much from me right now, I am only at the practicing stage after all.."

Since when is there such a thing as a non-practicing Satanist?! I mean hell, since we're designating..

As I have said elsewhere and before, to illustrate my point: Every time I look at Boris, lounging on his favorite windowsill and soaking up the sun, I think to myself that he more than likely never had to practice at being a cat.

It is exactly the same for The Satanist.

A Satanist should not have to be told to go with his or her natural talents.. To improve at that which is lacking.. Point and laugh at those deserving such..

So how about those that are stop practicing Satanism and start Living It? How about taking the time for inventory as objective as is possible and figure out what needs to be fine-tuned and then practicing that which can enhance the personal example of Satanism In Action?

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#147858 - 02/26/06 04:42 AM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
RandomStranger Offline
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Practicing Satanism?

I'd like to think I got it right the first time
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#147859 - 02/26/06 09:56 AM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: RandomStranger]
reprobate Offline

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I'd like to think I got it right the first time




Ah, but this may be one time where the old saying is true:

Practice makes perfect!
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#147860 - 02/26/06 10:08 AM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
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lmao! I haven't heard someone use that term (practicing Satanist) since high school. Most often they were wiccans trying a little "left hand self help"; if the mood strikes you use my favorite phrase, "No practicing, I got it right the first time."
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#147861 - 02/26/06 11:16 AM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
Linguascelesta Offline

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I know what is intended with this pairing of words, and on the surface there is nothing suspect about it. However,




This is where we begin to differ - I think that that's all there is to it, and the other understanding of the word "practice" (upon which you proceed to elaborate) is completely irrelevant here.

Semantics.

I practice Satanism, as in, I put Satanism into practice.

To be honest, there is no such thing as a non-practicing Satanist, simply because someone who is not practicing Satanism, is not a Satanist.

I direct the reader to Dictionary definition of "practice" (noting which definition is listed first, even), and the ChurchOfSatan.Com Theory/Practice page.

To say otherwise would be akin to suggesting that one should get a different doctor because one's own doctor is "only practicing" medicine, at his medical practice.

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#147862 - 02/26/06 11:35 AM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
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Likewise, I raise an eyebrow and think cheekily, "I got it right the first time," when I hear that someone "practices" a religion, but just keep in mind, that's not the only meaning of the word. "Practice" also implies that one engages in the lifestyle and the rituals of something, and actively embodies and believes in the values of that something.

I occasionally use it in the way Lingua laid it out, that one "practices" Satanism, in that one is engaged in the practice of Satanism.
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#147863 - 02/26/06 02:44 PM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
Witch_Scarlet Offline

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What is a practicing Satanist? Is that someone who doesn't know how to be one and thinks they can learn?

Guess I never got that part, I just am. I didn't require any practice.

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#147864 - 02/26/06 02:47 PM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
Jack_Lantern Offline
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Often I've found that people who make it an issue to inform someone that they are a practicing <insert label>, are often going out of their way to convince themselves that they are practicing. The exception to this I think would be professionals who can only improve their skills by constantly applying them, i.e., a medical doctor. I think Satanists would fall into the latter category. No Satanist is perfect, there is always room for improvement in all areas, including the application of Satanism. The differance between the real Satanist and the second hand immitation is that the real Satanists don't just say they are practicing, they ARE practicing, whether or not they bother to say anything about it.
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#147865 - 02/26/06 03:15 PM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
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It's all about being timid. And most of the people I've met who've acted similarly leave the show altogether.

How many people have grown up trying to be a good Christian, falling short, getting up, trying again, over and over? It's because they think of Satanism the same way they think of Christianity. As a set of rules for how they should live their life.

And also, as another member mentioned, semantics may get in the way...

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#147866 - 02/26/06 04:28 PM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
Barb Offline

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A Satanist should not have to be told to go with his or her natural talents.. To improve at that which is lacking.. Point and laugh at those deserving such..

So how about those that are stop practicing Satanism and start Living It?



I agree with you about this. Either you live like a Satanist or you don't.

What is there to PRACTICE, anyway? I never needed to practice being human, or being female; that's just the way I am. I never had to practice enjoying life; that's just how I feel inside.
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As "practice" does in fact also mean to put to use, I think the word "apply" is a better word to use if you are expressing that you are living as a Satanist.
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#147867 - 02/26/06 05:38 PM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
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"Please don't expect much from me right now, I am only at the practicing stage after all.."




Aesthetics - Desire, Timing, Imagery, Direction, The Balance Factor.

Magic does not always work.
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#147868 - 02/26/06 06:04 PM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
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Speaking of... reading all of this has me running late to Satanism Practice.



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#147869 - 02/26/06 10:58 PM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: Noxilenticus]
Assabrah Offline
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Magic does not always work




I would say instead : Humans are not always aware with the different parameters.
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#147870 - 02/26/06 11:56 PM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
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when i read the term practicing it strikes me like they are active and aware in their satanism. dunno why...
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#147871 - 02/27/06 01:54 AM Re: "Practicing" Satanism [Re: sCara]
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Registered: 02/19/06
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lol I see your point and if we are what we do I supose we can't "practice" anything really, can we? I'm not a practicer I am a doer. I don't practice magic, or talking to people, or anything that one could practice. I DO. as does everyone else, it's just a matter if one wants to take responsibility for doing what they've done. If not, they PRACTICE, lmao

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