One essay said that was an old system used by members that wanted to gather for rituals and other related vensures. But later on said that this was not being used. On another essay it mentioned that term and had the same decription of it but never mentioned it not being used at this time. It was asked more to clearify whitch way it actually was.
Just to clarify for yourself and anybody else who might be reading, the grotto system is no being longer used. As it says on the Church of Satan
"Over the years, our 'social laboratory' has embraced, disbanded, and revived the use of Grottos as a means by which individuals in geographic proximity form an association for ritualization, socialization, and the pursuit of various projects. We have now phased-out this device once again, since it has become irrelevant in the current existing situation for social interaction facilitated by contemporary means for communication. [...]With the ubiquity of the Internet and the ease of electronic communication, the Church of Satan has ceased to charter Grotto Masters
and we no longer offer the formality of forming Grottos as a mode for our members to socialize or engage in ritual. Our members who wish it now have ample means to find each other and to discover whether they are compatible for social and ritual gathering. Or, as always, they may opt to keep to themselves."
The boldface emphasis is mine. Basically, in this day and age of the internet and message boards such as the one you're reading now, there's no need to set up a grotto. If you're a COS member and you want to get together with other COS members for ritual or some other project, the networking benefits of the internet alleviate the need for setting up an official grotto through central headquarters.
I have explored the concept and philosophies of Satanism. Now I'm trying to understand the Church and people behind it.
At its simplest, the Church of Satan
is the organization that represents the philosophy of Satanism as described in Anton LaVey's The Satanic Bible
. It's very helpful to have a single organization with qualified people who can represent us in media interviews, legal situations, and what not. The organization also consists of a cabal of members who joined because at the very least, they feel they resonate with that philosophy. So to see what the organization is doing, you look at what the members are doing.
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