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#428737 - 08/10/10 07:59 AM Just do it, dammit
Skjalandir Offline


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I saw a comment on a thread about demonstrating Satanism being something worth reading, so I thought I’d write a thread about how I have applied Satanism to my daily life and what it is doing for me.

Last year was a mix of shitty things and good things; I funded myself through a second spell in college and earned myself my second Diploma with a highest grade in Music Production, my first being in Music Performance. My biggest achievement was special recognition for me efforts in scoring music for films, and my work is now used as a demonstration to new students as what can be done with hard work. (for any horror buffs I put music to the final minutes of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which contains no music after she crashes out of the window outside the house).

After this a few shitty things happened and I found myself homeless, so with some quick thinking and evasive action I got myself on a year holiday/work in Norway to give myself some room to sort my shit out. Doing something completely different, which didn’t involve people (they can be annoying), cleaning and feeding cows, which is great if you love animals. They are hilarious.

Now when I came to Norway I was overweight, and I had decided I would be easy prey to hoodlums, and also general disease, I also felt I had lost my enthusiasm musically with all the chaos, so I bought myself an acoustic, and spent every day playing guitar in between work, whilst studying hard and developing a great exercise regime.

So I have maybe 4 months left before I return to England, and I am starting to get myself an Edward Norton body, and my music is coming on leaps and bounds, with lots of recordings and music written for an application to University in 2011/2012, after I spend 18 months earning money in England.

So that is where I am at, and where I am going, and although a Satanist is born and not made, without discovering Satanism and studying it I am sure that my determination would have been a blunt and useless butter knife, not a battle ready sword cutting its way through everything that crosses my path.

I also must add that personally, having studying Satanism and read things of use to me, I very rarely find myself having to go back to the sources. I found everything to be more like a users manual for myself, getting the best results and knowing which buttons NOT to press. Of course an error message comes up once in a while, but I keep the manuals wrapped in plastic in a box in the cupboard for quick consultation.
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#428744 - 08/10/10 09:17 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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Very nice! I think there is an inherent urge driving Satanists towards productive ends. smile

What you wrote, and what Witch Gausten previously wrote on the board about being judged based on how one applies Satanism, got me thinking: how do I apply Satanism in my every day life? There're two things which spring immediately to mind:

1) Study. Constant, unrelenting study. I have a degree in Social Anthropology and want to teach at high school level. Social Anthropology isn't a major that lends itself to any high school subjects (possibly Social Studies), thus this year I have been studying English lit and History so as to teach those two subjects. I have been fully immersing myself in the formative period of my country's literature, as well as jumping into feminist literature as that in particular is something I would not normally choose to study.

I do this in my free hours between raising my son and then working full time during the evening/night. If I have any spare time after that I'm still reading texts of a Satanic bent and those relating to my own personal interests.

While I'm at work, which is repetitive and mind-numbing, I listen to podcasts such as the Skeptic's Guide to the Universe, Skepticality, For Good Reason, etc. I also listen to audiobooks and lectures.

There is not a single moment that I am awake that I am not studying.

2) Lesser Magic. Since embarking on Project Faust, I have read many texts relating to Lesser Magic and have been solidifying my knowledge of reading people and situations both in the work place and in public. This has been nothing but beneficial to me as it has enhanced what I see as a natural ability to fit in to any social group or setting I am confronted with.

The herd has strength in numbers and is very powerful. Add general stupidity to that and the herd is not something I want to be singled out by in any way that would endanger my safety or the safety of my loved ones. Honing the ability to observe and selectively interact with the herd when it is beneficial to me is an invaluable skill!

Those are just two examples of, what I think is, Satanism in action. The application of Satanic theory to real-life situations furthers my understanding of Satanism as a whole. smile
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#428771 - 08/10/10 02:26 PM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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I'll give an example from my very recent experience of "responsibility to the responsible".

I've seen people to take this and other Satanic statements to be something along the lines of "I'm a lone wolf" and "I don't owe anything to anybody".

Now of course if one lives alone, out in the woods, this is true. But for those of us who have to deal with life in the city and in large organizations there are limits to how far you can take that - you need a network.

I'm usually very picky about my network, but I tend to invest when opportunity shows up.

A couple of years back, somebody I did not know that well, but who came recommended from people I trusted fell on hard times. This was not his fault, he simply had bad timing. So I introduced him to somebody in my network and suggested that they might have mutual business interests, and it turned out that they did. So he quickly recovered his loss.

Now recently it turned out that there was an opportunity related to what he is doing now, and he returned the favor and said "I'd be happy to help you out if I can".

Meanwhile there was another project that I'd washed my hands off a while back which recently started going belly up. Strangely enough people who would not listen to me at the time were suddenly crawling out of the woodwork hoping that I would help them again. I didn't even give them the time of the day.

I don't yet know how this pans out, which is why I'm a bit oblique about it, but over the years this is how I have seen things work out. Rely on yourself - but not so much that it becomes counterproductive.
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#428774 - 08/10/10 03:12 PM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: verszou]
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I agree! You have said what I've been trying find here. All I've noticed were those who boasted their independence from society. Using spooky or mystical name, they seem to be proud of nonproduction. Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't we supposed to be productive to society? The alter-ego names seem to be a representation of their fantasy personality. If we are Gods, why would we have an alter-ego? I'm not saying that you should use your true name, i get that, but spooky names? Really? How can they be taken seriously? I have spent many years educating and training myself to be a Productive citizen not an outcast. It is through participation in society you gain power, not isolation. And if all you do is study and not produce, you are still unproductive.
I wrote this on my iPhone, so please excuse any mistakes. I will correct them later. Your input is greatly appreciated.
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#428779 - 08/10/10 03:46 PM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Roger]
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And if all you do is study and not produce, you are still unproductive.


Remember this old gem, "Satanism demands study, not worship"?

Study is the starting point. If one is totally immersed in their particular field of study, study is the all-consuming activity. At which point you are a consumer of all the knowledge that has come before you. To be a producer at this point would be premature. It is the same in any field you enter, I am studying to enter the field of education, having studied another field previously which I think will benefit this next endeavour, and I wouldn't deem myself ready to step into the role of "educator" without having studied as fully as possible first.

So don't rag on students just yet. wink We all have to study at some point. And I would hope we all study well. Magister Sass wrote an invaluable essay in the form of his introduction to 'Project Faust' in his book, Essays in Satanism , which, along with How to Read a Book, has been important in the way I've approached my second epoch of tertiary study.
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#428782 - 08/10/10 03:50 PM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Original Sly]
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I support students. Don't misunderstand me. I was and still am one. However, there are many people who study endlessly while they live in moms basement at age of 40!
That is whom I refer to! Not you! You are productive!


Edited by Roger (08/10/10 03:53 PM)
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#428783 - 08/10/10 03:55 PM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Original Sly]
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I do not have time to post a lengthy essay as to how I have applied Satanism towards my ends right now. I am reading, sipping coffee and getting ready for work. However, I felt it necessary to thank Skjalandir and the rest of you for posting this thread. I am reading some truly amazing stories of Satanism as a TOOL not a RELIGION. That is an important fact that I feel far too many who are attracted to this infernal empire overlook.

Perhaps in a couple of days I will have time to post some of my own triumphs on this thread, but for now thank you all again.

Ever Forward!
Hail Satan!
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#428791 - 08/10/10 05:05 PM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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Originally Posted By: Skjalandir
I also must add that personally, having studying Satanism and read things of use to me, I very rarely find myself having to go back to the sources. I found everything to be more like a users manual for myself, getting the best results and knowing which buttons NOT to press. Of course an error message comes up once in a while, but I keep the manuals wrapped in plastic in a box in the cupboard for quick consultation.



Well said and a wonderful reminder of an all too familiar experience. I can remember my mother telling me at a young age that I was just like my father and she often said "I was entirely too selfish". I never noticed anything "wrong" with not wanting to share with others. "Why should I?" was my motto from about Seven years old and on.

When I discovered Satanism and began exploring the tenets and philosophy, it simply fit into my own outlook and life practice. Life is better with the source material in mind and success is often enjoyed because of it. May your travel on the left hand path lead you where you most want to be and may you gain all that you desire.

HS!
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#428795 - 08/10/10 05:49 PM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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Even after umpteen years of membership and reading the Satanic Bible, it still serves as a source of inspiration after all these years.

Keep a copy by the bed. smile
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#428831 - 08/10/10 11:15 PM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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Since I read The Satanic Bible late last year I have...

1. Remained clean and sober (one year and counting).

2. Read more books than I probably have in my entire life (not just the ones written by Dr. LaVey or other CoS members).

3. Acquired a few business opportunities, via The Undercroft.

Things in general have just been going my way. I find myself thinking/hoping/wishing that something (that's beyond my control) will turn out a certain way and it usually does, to some extent. I won't say that I've been blessed by the infernal powers of the Prince of Darkness, but I thought it was interesting enough to mention anyway. I've performed a couple of rituals but I doubt I released enough emotional energy to cause any reactions outside of the ritual chamber.

Basically, this has been a very good year for me so far and I'm sure that I owe much of it to Satanism and the way it's inspired me to make the most of my life, using my natural abilities (I don't make any efforts to act Satanic).
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#428835 - 08/10/10 11:23 PM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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(for any horror buffs I put music to the final minutes of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which contains no music after she crashes out of the window outside the house).


I would love to see this.

And congratulations on your achievements, I enjoyed reading this.
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#428836 - 08/11/10 12:07 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: verszou]
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Originally Posted By: verszou
Rely on yourself - but not so much that it becomes counterproductive.


Exactly right--and, be honest with yourself about your and others' natural limits. After all, in all of nature, there is no such thing as a wholly autonomous, absolutely isolated, completely self-sustaining unit that neither affects nor is affected by the larger world.



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#428846 - 08/11/10 02:30 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Bedlam]
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Originally Posted By: Luthor_H_Bedlam
Keep a copy by the bed. smile


Now this actually made me laugh!

A few months ago I had The Satanic Rituals on the window ledge by my bed whilst planning out a ritual. One of the cats staying in my room was messing about behind the curtains one night, doing the usual "you can't see me I am invisible" cat routine, and I woke up the next morning to the smell of burning. The little bugger had knocked the book down the back of the radiator, and when retrieved it all of the pages fell out.

Just another example of cat outsmarting human.

But yes you are right about it serving a source of inspiration. There have been many times when opening The Satanic Bible from page 1 has sparked new projects, or give a second wind to failing ones.
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#428848 - 08/11/10 02:35 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Direktor]
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Well this is very nice to hear!

The majority of my possessions, along with coursework etc are with my Grandparents back in England, so I've written a little note in my journal/planner and when I am back in England at the end of the year I'll go about making it possible to watch on that youtube thing.
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#428849 - 08/11/10 02:37 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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Nice reading from you, Sir. Mainly when I remember how hard circumstances you have and with what you had to deal (meaning the closest family). It must have been very difficult for you, and you've my respect for dealing with life the way you do and at same time, here go my best wishes to you for the good continuation.

Also reading from others was enjoyable.

As for me, the strong bond between my nature and Satanism, and CoS itself (even while not being a card-owning member, yet) brought a lot of beauty and positive things into my life.

With that said, I will keep it to myself for now, and will wait for the other, slowly but certainly (I trust) approaching opportunity. smile

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#428851 - 08/11/10 03:01 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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Cats are highly skilled at discovering what you love, then urinating on it. Sounds like you got off light wink

For a book which has lost its pages due to the glue getting overheated, I always use Sobo glue. If they have it in Norway I highly recommend it. Don't use a large glob, just enough to coat the spine of the paper cover completely. Allow a little bit on the front and back cover, you won't be able to open the first page all the way but if you try to avoid it, the first and last few pages may fall out again. Some recommend taking sandpaper to the edge of the pages to be re-affixed, but I've had equal if not better luck just straightening and sticking them in bare.

Thanks for the tale of cows and chainsaw music! I'd like to see TCM redux too.
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#428853 - 08/11/10 03:12 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Spelled Moon]
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Well that was very kind, thank you, and I wish you all the best in what you are doing. I seem to recall it is performing in orchestras, which is fantastic if it is true.

This made me to think of something that motivates me and always will. My grandmother has been battling cancer for many years, and has won countless times now, but will lose the battle this week according to the doctors. Something that has always stuck out is her positive fighting manner in how she goes about the situation. Not once has she appeared to have given up, or taken the ever growing “give me pity” approach adopted by the masses. My father actually made the comment “we don’t expect her to come out of hospital this time, but she’ll have a thing or two to say about that, she’s as tough as they come”.

It crossed my mind that this is rather personal, but I feel no shame in championing someone publicly. After all, the moral of the story is very appropriate.

It really hit home; the first step to personal failure will always be wanting other people to give you pity and playing the role of the victim. The only way forward in any situation is focus and determination.

I’ve been called a cruel heartless bastard a lot of times by people, but these same people can be seen crying into the shoulders of strangers in public over love loss, failures and other peoples problems.
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#428854 - 08/11/10 03:15 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Delta]
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Originally Posted By: Delta
Cats are highly skilled at discovering what you love, then urinating on it. Sounds like you got off light wink


laugh

This never happened to me with Cats I knew, but I must admit that I always had weird feeling when saw a Cat sitting on my clothes or inside my travelling bag. smile

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#428858 - 08/11/10 03:20 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Delta]
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Brilliant. I have it all together and wrapped up with string for the time being, but I will wait until I am in England for repairs just because (without sounding political, because it is true, ask anyone) Norway is just so damned expensive!

Treating myself to a new copy is also a possibility. I do rather enjoy getting a package in the post.
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#428861 - 08/11/10 03:31 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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I saw this in other thread on LttD and bookmarked, and thought that I must try that. Maybe you would find it useful, too. smile Could be fun and a pleasure to do, the Bookbinding.

By the way, my musical activities are just a hobby. smile

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#428862 - 08/11/10 03:36 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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Re: Skjalandir;

If the pages are all good and you feel like a treat, you may want to check out a bookbinder and see if they'll give your old page block a leather binding. There's an amazing shop in Bath which does absolute top notch work for only-slightly-over-reasonable prices. Only problem is that whole town smells like mildew and some of their books have taken the scent frown

Re: Spelled Moon;

Back when I was into Tool I was eager to see their live show, having heard it had awesome Bros. Quay style animation in it. One night I found a rare VHS performance and shelled out the horrid price. I came home and set the tape on my bed, still in its case with the artwork. The cat sniffed it as I walked out to set down my other belongings. When I came back, the artwork was shredded and soaked in urine. The cat has never acted that way before or after, just something about that one tape set her off. She must have known how long I was looking for it.

She's sitting on the stairs right now looking at me, smiling. She knows what I'm writing. She's evil. coopdevil

Re: Spelled Moon 2;

Yes, this bookbinding thing suits Satanic literature well...

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#428863 - 08/11/10 03:48 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Delta]
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Oh, beautiful!

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#428864 - 08/11/10 04:13 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Delta]
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That's sold it. I have to bind everything from now on.
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#428868 - 08/11/10 07:15 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: TrojZyr]
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Originally Posted By: TrojZyr
After all, in all of nature, there is no such thing as a wholly autonomous, absolutely isolated, completely self-sustaining unit that neither affects nor is affected by the larger world.





TrojZyr...the above statement is the perfect starting point in discussing Greater Magic. Or, since that is a discussion to be discussed downstairs, a pointer for the many who have said to have trouble with that aspect of our religion.
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#429066 - 08/13/10 02:43 AM Re: Just do it, dammit [Re: Skjalandir]
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The only advice my dad ever gave me was, "Life has good times and it has bad time. Yes, we all want the good times to last forever, but they don't. In fact they are few and far between, and they don't matter. What truly matters is how you deal with the bad times, those you will face a lot more of."

He was never part of my life, but I never forgot those words. I am and always have been a fighter. After facing a major down fall, like the ordeal I just endured. I picked myself up brushed myself off and reevaluated what was important to me. Now I'm back in school holding down my 4.0, which I thank Satan for. I could be specific but it'd take all day to detail the roots of influence, like Sass. Which just goes to show you never can tell, just how your actions influence others, or things. But they do, all the time, even when your not looking.

Nothing can keep me down, except maybe death and even he has quite the fight on his hands. I'm just to determined and stubborned to give up and stay down. I have a lot of endurance but even it has it's limits, we all fall down some times. What matters is weather or not we stay there and let it beat us.

This trait in Satanist to keep "fighting" responsibly is what I truly admire and respect. The real decent qualities Satanism represents, are not in the book. They're part of the magic, part of the Satanist, part of our Satanic nature that separates us from the herd. The quality of character, that is truly in our words and deeds. It something I hold in the highest regard, because it isn't found any where else. It's rare, uncommon, and unique, even though I wish it wasn't. It is these beautiful qualities, that the Satanist is born with and chooses to cultivate, that truly make Satanism Elite.

Brings a tear to my eye.
Hail Satan!!
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