Welcome! We have so much to unpack, here, and I will dive right in. This is a personal blog, written by a self-identified atheistic Satanist (hi! My name is Venita!), and I intend to cover topics everywhere from lifestyle and self care in the context of modern, romantic satanism, to interviewing wonderful people in the satanic community, and what I’m referring to as “sin-positive,” topics. Let’s cover the basics, first.
Yes, I am a Satanist. Yes, I am also an Atheist.
Satan, to me, is a metaphorical character and not a literal one that I believe exists in any form. I do not believe in any superstitious concepts, including luck, karma or fate. I also do not personally believe in theism. In contrast, I believe that superstition and theism are harmful ideas, are intellectually offensive in today’s day and age, and repress critical thinking skills. Things that I do believe in include Enlightenment Values and Satanism. Modern, romantic Satanism is a religious, cultural identity and movement based on the idea that Satan symbolizes the eternal rebel against tyranny and arbitrary authority. Satanism represents the fight for free will, knowledge, freedom, wisdom and justice in any society which is plagued by theocracy or general religious oppression. Could examples of that oppression use context other than Christianity? Absolutely and here is an article that I love, on the blog For Infernal Use Only, which speaks to the question “Why Satan?”.
I religiously believe in standing up against tyranny in all forms, especially theocratic tyranny. I also religiously believe in abiding by the seven tenets as beautifully described by The Satanic Temple. Please visit the link to learn more, as we will be covering each tenet individually at a later time (Disclaimer: All of my opinions and ideas are my own and do not represent The Satanic Temple or any other organization). Now, when I state that I “religiously,” believe in something, I’m referring to strict adherence to my own personal values based on the moral compass derived from my own humanity, versus beliefs that others might claim come from some other supernatural power (though I believe that all religious beliefs come from within).
What are Enlightenment Values?
I’m not going to try and reinvent the wheel here, so here are some quotes straight from Wikipedia that will give you a general idea, as this is also a topic that I will talk more on at a later time, in more depth.
A summary according to Wiki: “The Enlightenment (also known as the Age of Enlightenment or the Age of Reason) was an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe during the 18th century, the “Century of Philosophy”… The Enlightenment included a range of ideas centered on reason as the primary source of authority and legitimacy and came to advance ideals like liberty, progress, tolerance, fraternity, constitutional government and separation of church and state.”
Good stuff. Notice that The Satanic Temple (which, I will remind readers, I am a member of but absolutely not a spokesperson for) has tenets that very much align with enlightenment values. In my views, and in the views of many outspoken researchers and philosophers on the subject, the characters portrayed as God or Jesus in the context of Judeo-Christian religion, are actually controlling, obsessive assholes. Naturally, standing up against these characters who have committed every self-proclaimed “Sin,” in their own mythologies, and then still demanded lives of servitude and submissive, unchallenged behavior from their followers, would be seen as standing up for free will and justice. Well, Lucifer and Satan have both been interchangeable heros in many stories based on doing just that. And thus, Satanism, a religion born by the ostracized members of society, the Others who have been named as adversaries of all that is righteous and good, becomes an all-inclusive movement and identity. Of course, it certainly didn’t start out that way, but that’s a story for another time.
Let’s move on; we are going to have some fun!