I Interviewed The Satanic Warlock of the Year

Good morning, my darlings, and welcome to a very special edition of The Infernal Interviews! Today, we hear from the winner of Reverend Campbell’s Satanic Warlock  of the year Award, Les Hernandez. For those who don’t know, The Satanic Warlock of the Year is nominated and voted upon by other members of the Church of Satan during the month of October. Nominees must be in good standing with the Church of Satan and “not necessarily in a direct way, but more importantly through their actions and mastery of their works and demeanor.”

While the award has passed this year, you can still watch the awards show on Reverend Campbell’s Youtube page, which I highly recommend, as we get to hear from a wonderful collection of guest speakers. This years winner, Reverend Les Hernandez, is an amazing example of what it means to take the teachings of Satanism and create real change in the world. I’m not going to get really into it, as they’ve been discussed before, but if you’re interested, some of his many accomplishments can be found here.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into today’s edition of

end of MY rope

 

Our victim today is The Satanic Warlock of the Year, Reverend Les “Bloodfire” Hernandez.

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Thank you, again, to Reverend Hernandez for taking the time to answer my questions!

1) What does being a Satanist mean to you? 
Being a Satanist, to me, means owning your actions and thinking before
you act. It means taking pride in your personal successes and
achievements, and not letting anyone prevent you from pursuing your own
happiness. It’s being true to your own nature and not what the media and
societal norms try to program you to be. This can be
dangerous–especially in a society where the norm is portrayed as
extreme Left or Right, not seeing that both sides are just different
flocks of sheep. The danger comes in both sides’ hatred of anything not
like them. Blues will call you Red, Reds will call you Blue, while both
sides are blind to your real color, or Third Side. People get beaten and
killed for not conforming, even in this day and age, so the Satanist has
forethought and knows when to be what or when to “tuck the Baphomet,” as
has become the phrase. Change doesn’t come from conformity, however. It
comes from The Other; it comes from that outsider rebellious spark or
Black Flame. These things are why the spirit of rebellion will always
exist where there is a free mind, and why we embody the ultimate rebel
in the form of the adversary–Satan.
2) How do you spend your birthday? 
As richly as I can! I used to throw live events where my band would play
and I’d be surrounded by Martinis, but I like things a little quieter
these days. A good steak dinner with perhaps a nice Charles Smith
Cabernet Sauvignon, with select company in a dimly lit room is more my
style now. Followed eventually by more carnal, sensual pursuits, which
no real birthday should go by without.
3) Which of the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth speaks to you the most? 
Off-hand, I’d say number three: “When in another’s lair, show him
respect or else do not go there.” This should apply across the board,
from homes, to businesses, to the local Wal-Mart! People seem to feel
like just because they’re in a store in the mall that they don’t need to
remember etiquette. I’d like to see Willy Wonka’s lesson’s on a grander
scale in these cases. Can’t keep your voice down on your cell phone in
the grocery store? Fall into a trap-door in the floor leading to a patch
of poison ivy. Folks would start behaving more civilized, I’d wager.
4) If cats had wings, what would be the best name for one? 
Labia. Without a doubt!
5) What in your life are you most proud of? 
The letters I sometimes get from folks who tell me how I’ve inspired
them or changed their lives in some way. To hear from others what you
felt about your own mentors growing up–that’s absolutely magnificent,
also humbling.
6) Describe your idea vacation if you could time travel. 
I’d hop in my TARDIS, pick up a young Barbara Feldon (1960s era), and
bounce around every top eatery of the past few centuries. We’d see the
Ramones when they were young, The Beatles, every creepy old bookshop in
the world. I’d probably spend a lot of time in the 1960s and ’70s. And
I’d also probably eventually return Ms. Feldon to her time and pick up
Winona Ryder to go check out other galaxies and the future with me.
Hell, with a TARDIS you don’t have to limit your vacation time! Might as
well do it all! (Last years Satanic Warlock of the year also loves Doctor Who. The author is seeing a pattern.)
7) How did it feel to win Satanic Warlock of the Year? 
First of all, being nominated was a shock. I really didn’t expect it,
much less to win. Hell, I voted for Adam Cardone! Hahaha! There were so
many impressive nominees that I was just proud to be in such esteemed
company. These are folks I greatly admire, each for their own reasons.
Here I am just doing my own thing, so it caught me off guard. I’m
definitely honored and grateful to those who voted for me. It’s a proud
honor, indeed!
8) What advice do you have for young Satanists? 
Study our core texts, don’t just glance through the books. Apply what
you’ve read in the real world. Get a firm working grasp of these
principles and ideas. These are the tools that will move you forward.
Study the history of Satanism, so you can confidently speak to your
religion when confronted by naysayers. Read HTF Rhodes’ ‘The Satanic
Mass’ and A.E. Waite’s ‘Devil Worship in France’ to get an understanding
of why we can honestly say that there was no such religion as Satanism
until it was founded and codified in 1966 with the creation of the
Church of Satan. Then familiarize yourself with the reality of the
Satanic Panic of the 1980s and ’90s, and just how real that kind of mass
hysteria can be–it ruined people’s lives ad destroyed families. These
tools will give young Satanists a strong foundation to move into the
world from.
9) What is your best Halloween memory? 
One of my favorites was spent at a fellow member’s house, who is no
longer with us. I met a lot of other Satanists that night that I still
call friends. Drinks flowed, the conversation was great, there was a
group ritual. Memories I’ll always cherish.Another favorite Halloween memory was when I was 16 and dressed up as
Nikki Sixx. A friend and I went into this rock’n’roll shop and, as the
cute counter gal was talking to us, I took off my wig and she about hit
the floor in shock that it wasn’t real. It was the ’80s, so big hair was
normal. We all had a good laugh!

10) How do you answer the question “What is Satanism?” 
Satanism is an atheistic religion based on humanity’s carnality and real
nature instead of believing in some fantasy afterlife we have absolutely
no proof of. Satanism is selfish, but we acknowledge the difference
between selfish and greedy. It is the Individual over the herd; the
outsider excelling out of genuine passion as opposed to the life-hating
daily grind working drones with no hope of fulfilling any dreams.
Satanism is putting your lust for life into reality–living it on your
own terms, but always being in control of it. It’s the best tool for
real happiness, as far as I’m concerned.
The End
Thank you, again, to Reverend Hernandez for taking the time to answer my silly questions and to Reverend Adam Campbell for putting everything together. If you’d like to participate next year, start following Campbell on Youtube or you can join me in becoming a Patreon.
If you’re wondering, there is a comparable award for the ladies in The Church of Satan. Magistra Ygraine holds the Wicked Witch of the Year Award on her show, Confessions of a Wicked Witch, presented by Radio Free Satan. The nominations for this begin soon, so keep an ear to the ground.
Thank you all for reading and thank you once more to Reverend Hernandez and Reverend Campbell for everything, and congratulations.
HS!
LH

I Interviewed A Wicked Witch

Before I sent in my Church of Satan Membership application, along with my Active Membership Application, I started learning. I learned about Satanism though The Satanic Bible and various texts you can find on the Church of Satan’s website. I explored the reading and the interviews and the movies. I listened to the music and, most influential for me, podcasts. Today I will be posting the first of two interviews with the hosts of my two absolute favorite Podcasts.

This first one is with the host of Confessions of a Wicked Witch on Radio Free Satan. This is where I learned about Lesser Magic, Greater Magic, Rituals, Holidays and so much more. I love listening to the Podcast and look forward to each new post. I find Magistra Ygraine’s voice really soothing, too, so I like to listen to it when I’m trying to relax.

Sit back, pour yourself a glass of wine, and enjoy.

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From Confessions of a Wicked Witch

1) Tell me about your Podcast.

Confessions of a Wicked Witch has been on Radio Free Satan for years but we are changing the format. I’d like to surprise folks but I will say that it is high time I take these Confessions to an appropriate authority figure. After all, what good is a confession without a Priest to hear it?

2) What do you think the biggest difference is between a Satanic Witch and a Satanic Warlock, if any?
Other than genitalia, you mean? I prefer to stay on my side of the fence. It is more fun to be charmed by a Satanic man than to analyze his charms.
3) What would you do if all toothpaste suddenly tasted like burnt hair?
Grow mint and make my own.
4) What in your life are you most proud of?
My daughters. My Grandfather. My Mom. My Dad. My connections to humanity that haven’t been ruined by, well, humanity.
5) What is your ideal car?
The family joke is that I started as a minivan Mom and have, intentionally gotten smaller cars to avoid driving people around. My dream car? The Lotus Elon Emma Peel drives in the British series, The Avengers. 2 seater, you’ll notice.
6) If somebody said they would give you $100,000,000 if you punched your best friend in the face, how would you spend your money?
1/2 to the punch-ee. Then, well, ask around. I know how to spend money in truly decadent ways.
7) Is there a part of The Satanic Witch that speaks the loudest to you?
TSW did not automatically “talk” to me. I was too indoctrinated in the WORDS of feminism to notice I was practicing the arts LaVey described, as feminism. I tried, diligently, to shatter the salad dressing tests and the clock, and once again, Dok knew his shit.
8) Describe to me the experience of realizing you were a Satanist.
I think I knew before I knew, if that makes sense. Yet, the first time it came on like a light bulb was in The Black House, sitting with LaVey, happily discussing the Bacall/Bogie movies. I had been so nervous, so sure I would say or do something stupid, that when I snapped to I realized I had never been so comfortable, so me, in a “religious” setting in my whole life.
9) Tell me about The Wicked Witch of the year award.
I can only escape so much of my upbringing and experiences. I come from strong, accomplished women. I have given birth to three strong and accomplished women. As social media allowed more interaction I wanted to use my platform to introduce to Satanists at large, as well as to the mainstream, accomplished Satanic witches. It really is that simple. The rest is just my usual shits & giggles approach to life.
10) Define Satan to me as if I were a Non-Satanist.
I owe this one to Magistra Templi Rex Barton . The Miltonian ideal in Paradise Lost: He who would rather reign in Hell than serve in Heaven. He who will not kneel, will not yield, and will not apologize for his earned pride.
Thank you again to Magistra Ygraine for not only sitting down to take the time to answer my silly questions, but also taking the time to create a podcast that really helped me on my quest to the best life I can have. Her words have given me confidence and strength in my daily life and I hope you all get a chance to read her words.
Have a great day, my Darling Devils and pop by tomorrow for an interview with The Raising Hell Podcast.
HS!
LH