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Satanism (a word derived from "Satan," meaning "fallen angel," which is often misunderstood as a synonym for "Lucifer" meaning "bearer of light," "adversary," or "accuser," in a manner that omits the "impartial adversary of God" characteristic) is a monotheistic religion that is believed to have originated as early as the late 16th Century CE as an organized religion.  During the prior 250 years the Roman Catholic Church was potently active in condemning and was known for executing all heretics, including those deemed to be Devil Worshippers.

Deities:   Supernatural agents:   Beliefs:   Traditions:
  • Satan (the devil who is a fallen angel according to Catholicism/Christianity, but to Satanists he is a hero, a liberator, an advocate for knowledge, and an overall positive role model)
  • Lucifer (son of the morning, and adversary of man's stupidity and ignorance)
  • The Black Dragon
  • The Black Goat of Mendes
  • Vampires (varies between sects)
  • Life is the great indulgence, and death, the great abstinence
  • The job of parents is to prepare a child's mind through diligent and responsible education that includes a moral and ethical framework emphasizing truth and philosophical insight with the goal of raising them to become productive, responsible adults who will respect their own bodies and those of others
  • Black mass
  • Personal enlightenment ritual (before dawn, find an isolated spot and find the morning star (the planet Venus) and mentally request wisdom, enlightenment, and acuity to master the day's obstacles, then create a neural link by imagining this problem-solving light transforming you as it enters your body whilst the sun rises)

Satanism has 7 fundamental tenets that begin with an emphasis on compassion, empathy, rationality, honour, and freedom without being imposing.  The use of the word "tenets" reflects how these principles are specifically not characterized by imposing narrative such as "edicts" or "commandments."  These tenets are regarded by many as being as approximately as important as a National Constitutional document that is primarily concerned with the protections of freedoms and other important rights:

  1. One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason
  2. The struggle for justice is an ongoing and necessary pursuit that should prevail over laws and institutions
  3. One's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone
  4. The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend (to willfully and unjustly encroach upon the freedoms of another is to forgo your own)
  5. Beliefs should conform to our best scientific understanding of the world (we should take care never to distort scientific facts to fit our beliefs)
  6. People are fallible (if we make a mistake, we should do our best to rectify it and resolve any harm that may have been caused)
  7. Every tenet is a guiding principle designed to inspire nobility in action and thought (the spirit of compassion, wisdom, and justice should always prevail over the written or spoken word)

Satanists typically value social responsibility and practice Compassion and Mercy, while also drawing the line at enabling so as not to allow psychological predators to take advantage of others, and with the understanding that those who "cry victim" are often the ones doing the victimizing.

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