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I Can Do This All Day
Seriously, getting to do these interviews is such an honor. Not only does it allow me to learn more about Satanism from different perspectives, but I also get to make connections within the Satanic communities.
I also want to get our voices out there. Satanists aren’t a quiet people, but we also don’t bother people unless they asked to be bothered. These interviews allow me to show the universe what is really going on in our heads.
So, without further ado, I present the latest…
Our latest victim is Gareth Nelson. He so kindly sent me the above picture so I wouldn’t have to go searching for it. Gareth is, like me, just a regular member waiting for the Active Member application to come back (Soon…).
1) How did you discover you were a Satanist?
At around 14 I started trolling people in school by pretending to be a “satanist” and saying I worship the devil etc etc, then a friend told me “you know Satanists don’t actually worship the devil, right?” and encouraged me to read the satanic bible, which I did overnight – that night I remember thinking “how on earth did this LaVey guy read my mind?”.
I then started calling myself a Satanist, but accurately.
Then at 17 I applied to join the CoS, I was accepted as a registered member at 18 and I’m now 30.
2) Is there a part of the Satanic Bible in particular that speaks to you?
Book of Satan IV, do I need to give the full quote?
Life is a truly precious thing, the most valuable and precious thing in the entire universe to me is my own life.
3) If you were the opposite sex, how would you style your hair?
Long and dyed pink, because that’s hot. Which reminds me, next time my wife dyes her hair I must encourage her to go pink again.
4) Is there anything about Satanism you’d like Non-Satanists to know?
You’ve had the usual answers from others you’ve interviewed: we’re atheists, we’re not those parasites (you know who I mean).
What I would say is “Satanists don’t have to like each other” – although we do often tend to get along, it’s actually expected even amongst members of the CoS that some Satanists will just not like or downright hate each other.
The other thing I’d like people to know is that we seriously mean it when we say we’re against racism – racism is collectivist, we care about individuals. Most of them are dumbasses, so it’s not about “we’re all the same inside”, it’s more “your ethnic group is irrelevant”.
I’ve noticed a weird tendency recently to make out that the CoS is some sort of neo nazi group, naturally we’re nothing of the sort – but the herd will never truly “get it” anyway. The comments on social media (such as on Twitter) are definitely a strong reminder of how different we are, non-satanists truly do seem to have some kind of reasoning deficit and it’s sometimes a little scary.
5) What is your favourite band?
Can I name two? If I had to name only one, I mainly listen to Nine Inch Nails – I often call Trent Reznor’s music my “coding fuel” – it’s the stuff I blast on headphones while coding stuff people consider impossible.
As a diversion, I happen to consider software to be a form of magic, there’s a reason why complex and clever code is often referred to by coders as “black magic” – I would say that they’re onto something.
If I could name two, I’d also name Jimi Hendrix as well. That’s almost a cliché amongst guitarists (I’m a guitarist myself) to name Hendrix (or Steve Vai), but the man was truly a genius with the things he did, some of which is near impossible to replicate without a lot of practice and hard work.
6) If kittens had stingers, would you still love them?
I’d love them even more, cats are already satanic little fuckers with claws and a full command of lesser magic (“I’m cute and fluffy, obey me and feed me”) – imagine if they backed that up with stingers, they’d form little kitten armies and dominate the world. (The Author like this idea)
7) Do you have a piece of Satanic merch that is your favorite?
I’m not big on “merch” to be honest, my ritual chamber has some basic stuff in it – a Baphomet cloth, black candles and ritual blade etc, if that counts as “merch”.
That said, I am quite fond of the “Proud CoS member” t-shirt from iSatanist, it’s somewhat childish but I love the odd looks I get when wearing it in public – even better when helping my disabled son get around in his wheelchair, it really messes with people’s mental image of what a Satanist is. (Hell yeah)
8) When was the last time you performed a ritual?
I don’t like to discuss rituals in public, at least not in detail, I will say that as time goes on I find myself entering the ritual chamber less often and relying more on lesser magic to get what I want.
I do still sometimes ritualise on top of more mundane manipulation tactics, or where I feel I’ve gone “off-track” in some way.
9) If you could only drink one beverage for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Caffeinated virgin mojito – absolutely love the taste of mojito, but hate alcohol. Best times in my life have been when I’ve had my brain operating at peak capacity and my intellect is very precious to me, so i’ve never enjoyed being drunk.
Caffeine on the other hand, caffeine is awesome – and so is the taste of mint and lime. Especially served icy cold with a nice sirloin steak and soft cheese.
Excuse me while I fantasize about steak….
10) Define Satan.
Satan is me.
Ok, let me elaborate – Satan is a symbol for my potential, that little voice inside pushing me to do better, to be greater than I am. Satan is my inner drive, the black flame – to put it less poetically, Satan is a symbol that I strongly identify with.
In christian mythology Satan is the guy who pointed to Jehovah and said “you are wrong”. That is only one mythology among many, LaVey pointed out many examples of the devil archetype in different cultures. The point is, Satan is a role model, something to aspire to – the outsider.
Satanism is ultimately about a brutal rejection of spiritual delusion and a celebration of reality as it actually is, and Satan is the symbol of those of us who make that rejection.
Ladies and Gents, Boos and Ghouls, I hope you’re still loving these and haven’t yet gotten sick of me… No you can never get sick of me. I really love that people are willing to answer my silly questions with thoughtful answers. We are learning a lot together.
Two more Infernal Interviews are lined up, but I’m sure more are coming after that.