So this obsession with coming off edgy; lets talk about Satanism.
Warning: I exercise my sailor tongue a few times.
Definition time: “symbol” means: “a thing that represents or stands for something else, esp. a material object representing something abstract”.
What do you want to represent?
‘Sulphur’ is a symbol that’s used for, well, theatrics. We’re not a stoic (maybe sometimes) group of people, and it doesn’t take a skilled brain to connect the dots: symbols like that cause a stir. Sulphur is related to the imagined smell of hell (fun rhymes to teach your kids) but… Satanists don’t believe in hell! :D Who does? People who probably have incorrect views on what our beliefs are, and will get jumpy when we pull out symbols. It’s not productive, but when you can’t make people change their mind, you might as well play off what they give you.
It’s an inside joke.
It’s a little dorky when non-Satanists use this because…
- You think it’s some vital image to represent how satanic you are, when it’s not—you should know this.
- Why are you even wearing things you don’t get? Unless sulfur is your favorite symbol (I like it a lot, too) please don’t label it with “Satanism”.
Courteously of the FAQ on the official website: “It is the alchemical symbol for sulphur. The stench produced when this substance burned has long been associated with the infernal regions. Dr. LaVey used it as a spooky decoration and it has no other significance despite some hilarious interpretations by evangelical Christians.”
“666” also has the same purpose as sulphur, with even less importance. it scares Christians and some of us are that apathetic- end of story. I’m not saying that only Satanist can use these, but it’s kind of like those pervasive/racist/rude/politically incorrect slang names you and your friends give to each other. Any non-Satanist can flash these, but there’s a huge difference between being playful and taking them so seriously that you start shitting bricks.
The inverted cross:
Anyone can tell you WHY this is a big no-no, but for shits and giggles, I will.
This is a Christian symbol. It was used when St. Peter was crucified, and is a testament to his adoration of Christ’s crucifixion. It has nothing to do with Hell, Satan, or anything else ‘demonic’—Satanism isn’t even about demonic happenings, so I want to rip my hair out even more when I see those re-bloged pictures of the evil kittens with the black inverted cross on their forehead tagged, “satanism”, “satanic”, “demonic”, “possessed.”
Christ on a fucking cracker.
Not even close, people.
I know it seems like it would take on the similar meaning of the inverted star, but it does not.
This is the one time that I defend Christian based groups because the way they would feel, is how I feel when the Baphomet is used so lightly as decoration.
The Sigil Baphomet:
The baphomet is the symbol for Satanism. The Hebrew around the goat on the inner circle translate into “Uroboros”, “Leviathan”; infinity, wholeness. It’s the mythological name of a serpent (which has been used as imagery in the past) eating its own tail. This serpent has been used in many stories and beliefs. Hint: it’s associated with ‘Lucifer’ when he disguised himself to Eve at the Tree of Knowledge. And in Satanism, the idea of being self-sufficient, wise, and understanding of our true nature is what we’re all about. The symbolism for snakes also appears in cultures such as Japan, where it represents, that same, what was defined earlier.
The Goat of Mendes, The Goat of a Thousand Young, The Black Goat, The Judas Goat, and The Scapegoat, is this famous goat head. Quote from the satanic Bible, “In Satanism the pentagram is also used, but since Satanism represents the carnal instincts of man, or the opposite of spiritual nature, the pentagram is inverted to perfectly accommodate the head of the goat – its horns, representing duality, thrust upwards in defiance; the other three points inverted, or the trinity denied.”
The goat represents “sinful”, animalistic, nature that many groups such as Christianity try to crop us out of; Satanists recognize ourselves as animals.
The pentagon that LaVey was referring to, is a very popular image; a man with his legs and arms spread to create the shape of a star. The top point in that original image represents spirituality, and as Satanists, we naturally invert that due to our opposing beliefs of what it commonly means to be “spiritual” and the guidelines that go along with that..
Take the Sigil of Baphomet seriously.
Before you wear any symbols, please take some time to research.
Before you call yourself something, please take some time to research.
Before you do anything, please take some time to research if you don’t already know.
I know we all have such busy lives, but if you have time to go to the mall, buy a shirt, take a picture, post it online: you have time to research and find out what it means.
I’m getting tired of people misinterpreting it and influencing the misinterpretation of others. Satanism is not a style; it means something. I don’t care how cool the symbols are or how bad-ass it makes you look to display them: stop empty posturing.
And if you are a “
Theistic Satanist” don’t use the symbols meant for an Atheist group, and don’t call yourself a Satanist. “Satanism” was a term that Anton LaVey titled his philosophy and when you use that name and link it to the description of someone who believes and worships demons, Satan, and other mythical things, you are pushing the negative stereotype along for the rest of us who do not. (I cross out “theistic” because in Satanism, there is no worship going on. If you worship the devil, you would most likely be “Leviathan”—yes, I mentioned that earlier. Uroboros plays a part in many things, and yes: people do share common ground, but that des not make us the same. Hey I’ve got an idea! Go fucking research.)
Please find the correct terms for yourself and stop being so thoughtless.
C’mon, you’re on the internet all day googling the answers to your math homework, anyway. Just open another tab. It’s that easy.
I hope everyone’s having a decent fucking day.