Looking Up The Church Of Satan’s 11 Rules And Being Surprised

“The person who takes every opportunity to “pick on” others is often mistakenly called “sadistic”. In reality, this person is a misdirected masochist who is working towards his own destruction. The reason a person viciously strikes out against you is because they are afraid of you or what you represent, or are resentful of your happiness. They are weak, insecure, and on extremely shaky ground when you throw your curse, and they make ideal human sacrifices.”

–Anton LaVey


So I got to reading up a bit, after discussing neo-Satanism with my father, who interviewed Anton LaVey back in the day, and found him to be a mere showman, certainly was not rattled by him. My father has always had a simple policy that NO guest is off limits. So about LaVey… Barry recalled one sequence, decades later. “I asked him to tell me what an act of Satanism is,” he said. (Great question!) LaVey replied that an initiation would be: To enter a NYC subway at a complex station with many tunnels, naked under a coat, and open the coat, facing an empty passage.

“Flash to no people?” I said.


Good Lord, bring back the Satanists of the good old days!

No but seriously, I looked it up, read some of his quotes. It was not as I expected.



This is Satanism? A bit unsettling that one would agree with most of this. Especially the mating signal law and the lousy houseguest law.

LaVey railed against stupidity and declared it a Satanists’s number one sin. So that would cancel out mainstream media as Satanists. I found him difficult to take seriously as ‘evil’ and was astonished (and pleased) that he insisted children and animals should never be hurt, but that if houseguests are rude they should be “destroyed.” I actually agree with that, as a lifelong victim of terrible houseguests. But I always, as recently as a few weeks ago, remain polite about horrible houseguests, and simply unable to reveal what they have done, because you would never believe me, nor would you believe where the worst were from.


If I had discovered The Eleven Rules of Satanism before they ever plagued me with their total lack of western hospitality consciousness, I would have been better able to protect myself.

I try to forgive and have compassion. It works for up to 11 seconds when I really focus.

You know what–I would like to start a Church too and declare my own list of sins. LaVey said “stupidity” was top of the list of Church of Satan sins. I would say stinginess. But I agree with him that it’s a pity stupidity is not painful.

I think I had better quit figuring out points of agreement between myself and The Church of Satan, and go to bed.



1 thought on “Looking Up The Church Of Satan’s 11 Rules And Being Surprised”

  1. “”Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.””

    So, he’s not into sacrificing children or animals…who does that leave?

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