If there’s one thing that the old Abrahamic religions hate, it’s worldly pleasure. Satanists, on the other hand, embrace all kinds of entertainment, joy, and fun. Life should be about enjoyment, after all, both for yourself and those around you!
Atheistic Satanism is a playful religion. Many people assume that Satanism isn’t a “real” religion just because Satanists often enjoy mocking and poking fun at religions, and sometimes view even their Satanic rituals as a kind of tongue-in-cheek parody. It is true that Satanists enjoy making jokes at the expense of theists, but do not be fooled: This doesn’t make Satanism any less of a “real” religion. All it means is that we understand the special psychological role that all rituals and religions have in people lives… and can have a little fun with it!
Satanic cultural elements:
Satanic Holidays, because parties are fun.
In addition to the more traditional holidays, this is the holiday calendar of the United Aspects of Satan, featuring the different aspects of Satan:
The Feast of Satan: Halloween
(a celebration of rebellion against arbitrary authority)
The Feast of Ba’al: December solstice
(a celebration of perseverance in the face of opposition)
The Feast of Lucifer: February 2nd
(a celebration of scientific and philosophical skepticism)
The Feast of Baphomet: March equinox
(a celebration of the use of logic, reason, and empirical evidence to shape our morality)
The Feast of The Leviathan: Walpurgisnacht (April 30th)
(a celebration of community for the creative freedom and betterment of every person)
The Feast of Belial: June solstice
(a celebration of individualism and individual accomplishment)
The Feast of Pan: August 7th
(a celebration of indulgence in the pleasures of life)
The Feast of Loki: September equinox
(a celebration of the application of humor, fun, wit, and cunning in our endeavors)
Significance of Days:
It is the orbital period of the earth, contextualized in the effects of the axial tilt. Satan seemed to be associated with Halloween. From there it goes in the chapter order of The Satanic Narratives: A Modern Satanic Bible.
Aspects of Satan: Symbolic Archetypes:
The eight aspects of Satan are all metaphorical constructs symbolizing sets of philosophical concepts. We are NOT celebrating the archetypes themselves. Rather it is a celebration of the philosophical concepts symbolized by these archetypes.
These mythological characters are all part of our modern concept of Satan. They each add something to the Satan character. It may seem odd that Satan adds to Satan, but that is actually how the beginning of the character is part of the final character. Satan means “adversary”, which is the source of the character. So, Satan is the adversarial aspect (and original version), of the modern Satan character. Ba’al is the source of Beelzebub, who is the Lord of Flies. Lucifer is the fallen angel. Pan gives the goat characteristics, and the hedonistic nature of Satan. Baphomet seems to be related to Pan in some way, and is a much later invention, but heavily associated with Satanism. The Leviathan is the snake, serpent, or sea monster form. Belial just adds the traits of lawlessness and worthlessness, the latter of which I think was mistranslated and should have been “without values”, as in not sharing the values of the Abrahamic god. This gives Satan the individualist quality. Loki is the trickster, and the source of those qualities in our modern concept of Satan.
Aspects of Satan: Summary of Philosophical Concepts:
In Satanism, Satan is a metaphorical construct symbolizing various philosophical concepts. Just like the different aspects of Satan shaped the mythological character, so do they also contribute to the philosophical concepts. This is a summary from the Purpose and Core Values. The holidays are about these values, NOT the archetypes. The archetypes symbolize the values.
- Rebellion against arbitrary authority
- Perseverance in the face of opposition
- Scientific and philosophical skepticism
- The use of logic, reason, and empirical evidence to shape our morality
- Community for the creative freedom and betterment of every person
- Individualism and individual accomplishment
- Indulgence in the pleasures of life
- The application of humor, fun, wit, and cunning in our endeavors