The creation of art is, in itself, ritualistic; and the artist's tools his ritual items.
I donít question your Satanic credentials. As I hinted, I find the consideration of Satanism as a religion a fascinating descent through several explanations that, on the face of it, appear contradictory; but even looking beyond the thin veneer of the obvious, you realise that itís remarkably (and logically) consistent with the source material.
And I wholly agree with your first sentence. Art is a means of externalising an internal view or belief, in ways that are often cathartic as well as inspirational Ė I can scarcely imagine a better definition for ďritual magicĒ!
Obvious when it is seen for what it is.
The truth, Nemo, is that Iíll never fully understand what Satanism is; Iím not a Satanist, I wasnít born with that genetic wiring, and that means that aspects of it will forever remain alien to me. ďBorn not madeĒ isnít a religious dictum of belief, itís literally the way things generationally work Ė Pinkerís The Blank Slate
largely confirms what Anton LaVey stated over three decades prior to its publication.
We know itís true.
Yes, I can study Satanism and learn some of its intricacies. My coven now knows me as ďthe Satan girlĒ, purely because Iíve spent a good chunk of the last six months learning about it. But while Satanism ďdemands studyĒ, itís not something you learn Ė itís something you do
. Armchair occult theorists need not apply, and this is something Satanism has in common with more traditional Neopagan thought prior to its explosion as a reprehensible Internet hobby.
All I can really say is that Satanic greater magic is unique, and amongst the most naturally powerful Iíve practiced. I think itís a shame that more Satanists arenít more heavily embedded in it, but appreciate that itís not a pre-requisite for being a Satanist.
Iím just trying to better understand the fundamental core of Satanism, but accept that it may forever be just out of my reach.
Iíve made peace with that, and find my intercessions here a pretty revealing, and fulfilling, second place.
And of course, as Satanism is a religion of the individual, the ritual framework that Dr LaVey outlined in the Satanic Bible and Satanic Rituals (created in line with his personal tastes and interests, hence the inclusion of a ritual based on Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos) is there to be customized according to each member's personal tastes, not rigidly adhered to like occultists working from an old grimoire.
I enjoyed your post, but just wanted to say that the most successful and powerful witches (and Satanists, no doubt) are those who figure out whatís relevant in a grimoire, and apply it to their own experience and psychological preferences. The combination lock principle always