Introducing the Dark Doctrines
It is difficult to
introduce the Dark Doctrines, but I'll do so here from a more personal perspective.
Nothing here goes in a straight line, and as
simple as the Doctrines may appear, they are equally complex and impossible to
understand. They are the true mysteries. Yet in simple form they are just about the
Darkness (or Void) and how this Darkness enters the realm of Light (this world, you,
the chair you sit on), only to whoosh through it to flow back into the Void. There is
no morality in this, it just is.
I've been a Satanist for 15
years and hail from the typical background of someone who has grown up in close
encirclement by Xtianity. Back in the mid-80's it wasn't all too easy to find
information about Satanism, especially not in my own language (Danish), and my
first encounter with the subject came from Anton LaVey's "Satanic
Bible". Wow, finally someone who cries out "Hail Satan!" and
speaks of demons and devils, and has nude altars. Clearly an author who had
issues with Xtianity, and his provocative logic cleaned out a lot of silly
preconceptions. At least that's what I thought back then ... big, big, mistake.
That said there are a
couple of questions one has to ask oneself, when approaching a subject like
Satanism. You have grown up in a Xtian family, gone to Sunday school, gone to
church, live in a society into which Xtianity is completely secularized, almost
every book you've read has been written by a Xtian, Xtians taught you in
school, and every time you turn on your television Xtians appear on-screen. So
you got to ask yourself:
What are the chances that you have ever received any reliable
information about a legitimate Satanic tradition and religion? How
likely is it that your current image of Satanism is anything like what it really
is? Also, given your newfound desire for knowledge of the Left Hand Path (or
anything non-Xtian), how likely is it that you would even know where to look? And
upon finding something, would you even recognize it for what it
is? Of course, someone might tell you that some particular passage in a
text describes Satanism, but would you grasp the meaning? Considering
the entire knowledge you have of the world, and Satanism in particular, what
are the chances that you have ever received any information unfiltered by Xtian
I think you know the answers to the questions.
The Dark Doctrines are
nothing like anything you have ever expected! I've always had an inquisitive nature, and
I've read countless books, but nothing could prepare me properly for the Dark
Doctrines. I thought so at first, trying to fit the doctrines into the small
boxes that I had been provided with by Xtian society and to some extent the
Satanic Bible. But as one delves deeper into the tradition it becomes
increasingly clear that there is a large task of redefining one's premises of
Satanism. There most certainly is such a thing as Satanism and a Satanic
tradition, but it's just not exactly what Hollywood or the CoS tells you.
It's more like Sat Tan-ism, about SAT (Being) and TAN (Becoming).
My own experience also
tells me that the process of coming to know the Doctrines is bumpy and
roundabout. You do not plot a straight course through Euclidian space. It's
more like a twisting, turning journey where the conclusions and discoveries lie
in ambush, ready to flank you when you least expect it. I promise, though, that
when they hit you, the results are jaw dropping and you may find yourself
reaching for something solid to hold onto.
At this point it is
important to explain that I am speaking from the point of a typical Westerner
being initiated into the Dark Tradition, I was not born into it! People like
Tani Jantsang, on the other hand, are generational Satanists, meaning
that not just her parents were Dark Adepts, but her family has been like that
for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. What may appear as strange and novel
to us is just matter-of-factly for her.
People react very
differently to the Dark Doctrines. There are people who instantly resonate with
the descriptions of The Dark Force in Nature, others just intuitively know that
they're onto something, and they see the bondage of all the false dichotomies
evaporate before their eyes. Things they've spent years debating are shown to
be non-issues that only serve to short-circuit thinking and keep people trapped
in an idiotic world of nonsense.
At the other end there are
those who react as if a life threatening autoimmune response had been
triggered, and they lash out with hatred and
contempt, seemingly unable to even grasp the slightest leaf of the vast tree
that is the Dark Doctrines. It's as if matter and anti-matter meets. It's like
these people are the enemies of the Flame itself.
I once corresponded on an
e-list with a Grotto Master of a "Mephistopheles Grotto". Considering the
name of the grotto I thought he might enjoy some information about
Mephistopheles, the Devil of Goethe's "Faust". What I did was
basically rehash the 2 pages from "Package of Doctrines" by Tani
Jantsang, which was information I knew to be 100% accurate. They guy freaked
out. He instantly launched into abusive language to describe both my and
Tani Jantsang's account of Goethe and his play, and venom was dripping when he
dismissed the "stupid idea" that Goethe knew the Kaballah intimately.
Yet, all Tani and I ever did was take a couple of pages from standard
literature and explicitly point out how they indeed contained the wisdom of the
Dark Doctrines. Actually, what I had to do to shut up the freaked out Grotto Master
was to cite from my girlfriend's 101 book on German literature that contained all
the factual information about the subject. So you see, it's not as if I was
quoting from some highly suspect source, just freshmen material. The magic was
in the ability to recognize it for what it was.
Obviously, the fact that
there actually was sources describing so clearly a satanic tradition
before 1966 was so unsettling to this "Master" that he
instantly attacked us. Despite the fact that all we did was quoting some
freshmen-year book on German literature! If you wish to understand the Dark
Doctrines, try to keep the Ego in check, and prepare for the unexpected,
because you're going where no Satanist has gone before.
These hostile people are
also serving another cause. They are trying to rob you and everyone else of the
wonderful, limitless, richness of life by constraining Satanism into the small,
suffocating box where they keep their own definition of Satanism. And their
definition borrows more from fascism and rigid, dogmatic, Xtianity than from the Dark Doctrines
and everything else in that tradition. You shouldn't let anyone tell you that
you can only paint with only one color, when in reality the whole spectrum of
the human experience is what you deserve.
It's a tragedy that people
aren't more open-minded, but it's like this: you will find Satanism in the least
expected places, and you will find that Satanism is not like anything you ever expected
it to be. Most of us Westerners are simply looking for Satanism in the wrong
places. Most modern Satanists don't have a clue as to what the real Dark Tradition
How your journey on the Left Hand Path fares will be entirely up to you!
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