I was in the 7th grade (1983/84) when I first heard of the Satanic Bible. Hushed tones carried through the classroom before the teacher came in as the kids talked about it. The boys being tough and cool trying to shock the girls. Like pretty much everyone else I ran with, none of us dared even look for a copy of the book, much less peek into it. For decades I believed all the negative stereotypes about Satanism and Anton LaVey.
In my thirties I gave up the struggle of trying to be religious and Christian. It just doesn’t work for me! I am a true Atheist. There’s no greater being out there… no matter what you call it. There’s science. There’s me. There’s the physical connection I feel to the world around me. These are tangible things which make sense and I can see working in my life. Prayer to the imaginary man in the sky never got me anywhere, but trusting in myself and hard work sure does! Letting go of the struggle of what I’m “supposed” to believe allowed me the freedom to look into alternative religions and belief systems. The fear and judgment of different went away.
About 3 years ago my friend gave me a copy of The Satanic Witch by Anton LaVey. When she told me she’d ordered us both a copy, I won’t lie and say that I wasn’t a wee bit anxious to find what would be inside. I expected shocking spells using animal sacrifice and black masses like you see in the movies. LOL Nothing could be further from the truth!!!
What I found instead was a book written by a man telling women to own their sexuality as power as women!! The book was published in 1971 so it was right on point with women’s lib. He tells women to play into their strengths. Don’t be afraid to be yourself. If you’re ugly… it’s OK! Play into it and use it to your advantage. Use your sexuality to get and keep the man you really want. Imagine, a book called the Satanic Witch encouraging women to be sexually free and live outside the rules of Christian morality. This the most shocking part of the book.
LaVey encouraged women to go back to human nature to the extent of letting our natural body odors come through. He didn’t encourage poor hygiene, but he was saying that the scents the human body put off are meant to attract the opposite sex. We all know that’s true whether we want to admit it or not. Morality has taken over to the point where we’re all supposed to smell like flowers and oceans to mask our sinning sexuality… and we’re embarrassed at the thought of smelling like human beings. Are his ideas wrong and evil? No! They’re outside the social norm of the Christian more.
I’ve read the book cover to cover a couple times now, going back to particular parts I find interesting. I keep reading the book because he’s encouraging people to be human and live by our desires. Not to be cruel and hurtful. Just honest about who and what we are and take responsibility for our actions.
I’m far from knowledgeable about Satanism on the whole, however, my exposure has been nothing but good! Letting go of my assumptions allowed me to look at another viewpoint and see that it’s not horrific and frightening at all. It actually opened me up a little more to thinking about my own morality and how I choose to live my life.