1)You clearly stated that CoS affiliation isn't something as a lonely hearts club, or a place to socialize for the lonely wolf. And i absolutely agree with that. My only question is: do you make some sort of preferences or refuse to activate people that are not yet socially integrated, but are interested to learn and practice more?? Everyone's welcome?
The Church of Satan
simply makes no social demands on its members. Some members, including myself, have certainly met many other members over the years, made a good number of friends, performed lots of group rituals, have done a lot of projects together, etc. But then there are some other members who have gone through their whole lives without ever meeting another member, and perhaps don't even have the desire to do so. Both types are getting what they want out of the COS, so level of social interaction is simply not an issue.
I would say that the statement that the COS is not "a lonely hearts club, or a place to socialize for the lonely wolf" is more of a disclaimer to say that being a member is no guarantee
that you'll meet and socialize with other members.
2)You also stated that there will be rituals held in house of members. I just wanted to know: if someone lives for example too far away, and there are absolutely no members of the CoS in the local area, how can someone attempt rituals?
As The Satanic Bible
states, solitary rituals are always possible. After reading and comprehending it, especially the Book of Belial section, you should have an idea how to conduct a ritual. It doesn't have to be perfect (no ritual ever is), and you may have to cut corners at first when it comes to the altar props, but it's certainly doable. You can conduct a simple ritual with just a few black candles and a Sigil of Baphomet print-out tacked on the wall.
Group rituals however serve their own purpose and have a different empowerment than solitary rituals. They're well worth doing, if you can find the right people and setting. But keep in mind that even if there are COS members in your area, there's no guarantee that getting together for group ritual would be desired by all parties, or even productive.
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