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Mitch in Brooklyn, July 4, 2020. Pic by Jacqueline Castel.

God of the Outsiders: A Devilish Primer

A catalogue of personal resources for making a serious exploration of Satanism

“Can it be sin to know?”— Paradise Lost

“People speak of socialism,” wrote activist and scholar Michael Harrington. “We should speak of socialisms.” The same could be said of the other “S” word: Satanism.

Although the term Satanism, depending on your cultural perspective, summons images of maleficent darkness, absurdly fictitious abuse scandals, anti-conformist libertinism, or any number of other associations, there is, I believe, an authentic, if diffuse, esoteric tradition of Satanism in the West, encompassing intellectual, ethical, literary, and spiritual dimensions. It is the path I unilaterally classify as my own.

In addition to varying definitions, there exist a handful of Satanic organizations today, from the foundational Church of Satan formed by magician and artist Anton LaVey in 1966; to the more occultic Temple of Set; to the recent activist-oriented Satanic Temple.

But the intellectual meaning of Satanism remains highly personalized and even anarchistic.

For those who wish to explore Satanism as a spiritual and ethical path, I offer here a variety of my personal statements and analyses with enough links to help you explore the hinterlands on your own.

I belong to no group and speak only for myself. I hope that within these writings and videos you will discover an authentic version of yourself as well.

Here is the Los Angeles version of this lecture — a little different:

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