I mean, I’m 24 years old currently, which is still very young, but most people wouldn’t call me a baby anymore. At least outside of the bedroom, that is. But, as a Satanist, I’m still little! Actually I’m pretty confident in saying I’m probably still in First Phase, which means I’m a little dumb still. (Ha). I only received my Membership card back in February of THIS YEAR!That is why I always make sure to emphasize that I don’t speak for the Church of Satan or any of its members.
What I do do (ha) is interviews. I like to get as many perspectives on a position so that mine might become more informed. Always keep learning, children. A few months ago, if somebody asked me to define Satan, I would say “An external, fictional representation of one’s best self”. That has changed a bit. Now I say, “An external, fictional representation of one’s best self, free from Abrahamic laws”. This little additions means so much, at least to me.
All of these things said, I’m going to throw another interview at you! This one is from a lovely Satanist who, like me, is also young. Actually, he’s 20! He has been in the Church of Satan FAR longer than me, though, and is an Active Member. You can check out more from our wonderful friend of the left-hand path on his blog Just A Young Satanist!
Now, sit back, pour yourself a glass of whiskey, and enjoy the latest entry in…
The Infernal Interviews
1) What made you realize you were a Satanist?
It was really a gradual progression. I came across information on Satanism almost by accident while doing research for a high school project. The more I read, the more I found myself agreeing. Even after reading The Satanic Bible I didn’t feel comfortable calling myself a Satanist as I hadn’t tried a ritual yet and I felt that if ritual wasn’t for me, then I probably was not a Satanist. The first ritual I ever did was the one in the Youth Communique on Churchofsatan.com because I was broke and I didn’t need a whole lot to do it. After that ritual, I was kind of like “Yeah, this is right for me” and I’ve called myself a Satanist ever since.
2) Do your friends and family know?
I live in a very small, religious town. I remember getting pulled aside by my vice principal because he was getting calls from concerned parents. I think most of my graduating class at least heard I was reading the Satanic Bible in school. All of the friends I kept from high school know and my closest friends in college know, but I don’t make a big deal about it. As far as family, I try to keep it private but that doesn’t always work out.
3) You can only use one condiment forever, which one do you choose?
Ranch is a condiment because I say, and it wins hands down.
4) What have you done in your life thus far that you are most proud of?
Well I’m really just starting to change focus from my achievements to my goals as an adult. The things I was once proud of don’t mean a whole lot to me anymore. I’m working hard on getting my associate’s degree without going into debt, and I plan to have that goal accomplished by August. After that, I’ve got sights on bigger and better things. I’ve got a few other personal projects in the works, but they’re too far out to make any kind of announcement. I’m proud of the hard work I’m putting in now more than anything.
5) Where do you see yourself at 60 years old?
In a comfortable chair in my home library. I’d like to have a couple of novels published, to have traveled, and to have a good group of friends. Life isn’t over at retirement, and I’m sure I’ll be pretty active in it.
6) If a wizard told you he would give you three powers, which would you choose?
If the wizard has the ability to give me any power I want, I would probably want the power of the wizard. If that isn’t an option, I would definitely go with mind reading, shape shifting, and whatever you would call the powers of Aang from Avatar.
7) Do you have any pets?
I do! Skunkie is my 16-year-old mutt of a cat named for the coloration of her face, Cookie is my 10-year-old tuxedo cat, and I have a 7-year-old black lab named Ranger. Some people count our poultry as pets, so at any one time we could have 20-30 chickens, 10-20 turkeys, or no farm animals whatsoever.
8) If you couldn’t live in the USA, what other country would you move to?
Germany. I love the food, landscape, architecture, and language. It also puts me in a position to easily travel to most of the other countries I considered, like Italy, France, Norway, and the UK.
9) What is your stance on Pineapple on pizza?
Generally speaking I think pizza is gross. Keep it off my pineapple and everything will be okay.
10) Describe your ideal home.
My ideal home would be approached by a long drive that winds its way through the dense forest. Once deep enough into the wood that privacy is guaranteed, the woods open to a clearing revealing Victorian style home. My attitudes on how it would look inside vary, but two things never change. Firstly, I want a secret room. Second, I want a large personal library. Overall, I want it to be a place of quiet appreciation of the natural world, a reflection of my interests, and a refuge for those friends who need to escape the outside world from time to time.
I hope you young kids out there who are now discovering Satanism take these answers, as well as the rest of his blog, to heart. We have all been exactly where you are now and we want to answer any questions you have. Now, I want to make it clear that I’m not telling you that you are a Satanist. Honestly, you’re probably not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take some of the teachings of Satanism and apply them to your life.