Why Satan: Ash’s Story

Our paths to modern Satanism are varied. Why Satan is our ongoing blog series where we tell about our individual journies in our own voices. We are hoping that these stories provide inspiration and comfort to those taking this path less traveled. If you would like to participate and share your story, you may email your contribution to us or, if you prefer, fill out our form.

This week’s response was submitted via our form so the questions are included to provide clarity.

*Submissions may be slightly edited for length and clarity.

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How did you find Satanism?

On Twitter, I found a link to the ‘Hail Satan?‘ film, and after seeing it, interested in the ideology, looked up the TST website. I showed the Tenets to my sister and commented that it was as if I’d written them myself. I went through all the ongoing activist operations, and immediately donated, and ordered a card and certificate. It was glorious to me to finally be a part of something I’d already believed wholeheartedly, and the decidedly punk way of treating the narrative of Satan was the icing on the cake. I’m definitely a Satanist.

What about Satanism is attractive to you?

Looking at an abusive narrative and culture, especially the one I grew up in, through the lens of the victim. It’s not only validating and progressive, it’s cathartic. I like to bring the good and rational to light as much as possible.

The Seal of Naberius – Lauren Lynch

Which Tenet do you agree with the most?

1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason. This is something I think a lot of people misunderstand. It’s easy to look at life in black and white terms, and not think much about what one is going through, or where they’re coming from. This could take form in both “all-light” or “all-dark” lifestyles– neither are very deep and can hurt people unnecessarily. I feel similarly towards the culture of “mind vs heart”, it just isn’t possible to live a healthy life like that. But no one else was actually saying these things, for a long time.

Which Tenet do you struggle with?

2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions. I struggle with this because personally, I can’t do much to directly challenge laws and institutions. I can’t travel as much as I’d like, especially not too many gatherings or events. My spoon levels have been slightly improving I think, but it’s often a wary subject. I can, however, support in other ways, like donating when I can, or spreading relevant information, or being available for discussion or conversation.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I’m always delighted by the Temple’s progress, and by its members both personally and collectively. The community gives me hope — on several levels — in a majorly trying era. I’m becoming less afraid to show myself for any reason. I’m proud of myself as well as in the stead of members of the community. I’m just eternally grateful.

Thank you, Ash, for sharing your thoughts and journey with us!

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