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What do you think of the nine satanic sins; by Anton Szandor Lavey?

The Nine Satanic Sins by Anton Szandor LaVey ©1987
1. Stupidity–The top of the list for Satanic Sins. The Cardinal Sin of Satanism. It’s too bad that stupidity isn’t painful. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. It depends on people going along with whatever they are told. The media promotes a cultivated stupidity as a posture that is not only acceptable but laudable. Satanists must learn to see through the tricks and cannot afford to be stupid.
2. Pretentiousness–Empty posturing can be most irritating and isn’t applying the cardinal rules of Lesser Magic. On equal footing with stupidity for what keeps the money in circulation these days. Everyone’s made to feel like a big shot, whether they can come up with the goods or not.
3. Solipsism–Can be very dangerous for Satanists. Projecting your reactions, responses and sensibilities onto someone who is probably far less attuned than you are. It is the mistake of expecting people to give you the same consideration, courtesy and respect that you naturally give them. They won’t. Instead, Satanists must strive to apply the dictum of “Do unto others as they do unto you.” It’s work for most of us and requires constant vigilance lest you slip into a comfortable illusion of everyone being like you. As has been said, certain utopias would be ideal in a nation of philosophers, but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, from a Machiavellian standpoint) we are far from that point.
4. Self-deceit–It’s in the “Nine Satanic Statements” but deserves to be repeated here. Another cardinal sin. We must not pay homage to any of the sacred cows presented to us, including the roles we are expected to play ourselves. The only time self-deceit should be entered into is when it’s fun, and with awareness. But then, it’s not self-deceit!
5. Herd Conformity–That’s obvious from a Satanic stance. It’s all right to conform to a person’s wishes, if it ultimately benefits you. But only fools follow along with the herd, letting an impersonal entity dictate to you. The key is to choose a master wisely instead of being enslaved by the whims of the many.
6. Lack of Perspective–Again, this one can lead to a lot of pain for a Satanist. You must never lose sight of who and what you are, and what a threat you can be, by your very existence. We are making history right now, every day. Always keep the wider historical and social picture in mind. That is an important key to both Lesser and Greater Magic. See the patterns and fit things together as you want the pieces to fall into place. Do not be swayed by herd constraints–know that you are working on another level entirely from the rest of the world.
7. Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies–Be aware that this is one of the keys to brainwashing people into accepting something new and different, when in reality it’s something that was once widely accepted but is now presented in a new package. We are expected to rave about the genius of the creator and forget the original. This makes for a disposable society.
8. Counterproductive Pride–That first word is important. Pride is great up to the point you begin to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The rule of Satanism is: if it works for you, great. When it stops working for you, when you’ve painted yourself into a corner and the only way out is to say, I’m sorry, I made a mistake, I wish we could compromise somehow, then do it.
9. Lack of Aesthetics–This is the physical application of the Balance Factor. Aesthetics is important in Lesser Magic and should be cultivated. It is obvious that no one can collect any money off classical standards of beauty and form most of the time so they are discouraged in a consumer society, but an eye for beauty, for balance, is an essential Satanic tool and must be applied for greatest magical effectiveness. It’s not what’s supposed to be pleasing–it’s what is. Aesthetics is a personal thing, reflective of one’s own nature, but there are universally pleasing and harmonious configurations that should not be denied.


  1. LaVey = sex pervert wanting to justify his lifestyle.
    “Satanism is pro-sexuality. Sexuality is a pure form of pleasure, something that satisfies our deepest purpose in life. Modern life allows us to enjoy sex without the risks of unplanned pregnancies and sexual diseases assuming that sense is taken. Which it should be. Satanism supports any fetish, kink or flavor of sexual encounter as long as all parties involved are consenting. Some people like quality, some people like quantity.
    A number of essays and texts by LaVey concentrate on the use and expression of sexual energy, but as social tools and energy within ritual. Boyd Rice says ‘LaVey understood that wasn’t one cookie-cutter for everyone […] Sexual freedom doesn’t mean having as much sex as possible, it means having the kind of sex you want.’ Our strongest emotions and desires are sexual, we are sexual beings, it drives and motivates us more than any other factor.”
    “Sex, sexuality and Satanism” by Vexen Crabtree 2002 Dec 06

  2. Well, LaVey was an atheist, and this seems to fit with what many atheist espouse. Of course, his church didn’t really catch on.

  3. He knew what he was talking about. I went on his web site once and I think he must be the worse of the satanic sinners. Such a fake!
    The pictures of lavey were humorous. He tried to look like satan. In fact the whole web site gave me a grin….stupid, stupid in my opinion.

  4. Lavey’s Satanic Bible makes alot of sense… until he starts talking about magic. after that its all down hill.

  5. In general they could be a guide for how to improve ones life. But I have concerns.
    For example…
    1. There are countless examples of stupidity in our society and it is certainly something to be avoided. But our society doesn’t thrive on stupidity- perhaps compliance, cooperation; perhaps even fantasy, but
    our media is a reflection of us, rather than having some nefarious role.
    2. Everyone made to feel like a big shot? I would think there is more of a problem with more people being put down- made to feel inferior.
    3.Satanists must strive to apply the dictum of “Do unto others as they do unto you.” On the basis that others are much different and not as philosophically mature? How about reading #2 again? And take a look at #4 Self-deceit.
    5. Choose a master wisely? How about self-reliance?
    6. Working on another level entirely from the rest of society? Reread # 2 again. Take another look at #4.
    Overall, it seems a bit self-absorbed and narcissistic (e.g. no concern for others than as a source of manipulation). Others are seen as objects. No room for altruism? If there is anybody that is made to feel like a “bigshot” its people who follow this guide without question. Let’s no forget # 7. This isn’t the first time people were enticed by being made to feel different and better than everyone else.


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