So, I normally don’t do two posts in the same day, but I was really excited to get this one out there and I know you’ll be really excited, too. I also didn’t want to skip a day in my Seven Sins essays as I have a bit of a thing going. Ever forward!
So, it is my pleasure to welcome you to this entry in The Infernal Interviews!
Our sacrifice today is the wonderful Mitch Horowitz
So, from the extensive research I’m currently doing, as well as what I’ve seen on Twitter, I can tell you that Mitch is a busy guy. He is an award-winning historian, as well as an author on subjects ranging from The Occult to the secret life of Ronald Reagan. His voice has been used to bring tales to life in the form of audiobooks and has been a voice of “alternative spirituality on CBS Sunday Morning, Dateline NBC, CNN, and throughout the national media”, according to his blog. He has been published but has also been on the other side of that as a publisher.
Honestly this is all on his blog and if you want to check that out, click here and you will go there. Don’t click here though, it’ll go to something else.
So, without further ado, lets get on with this entry in…
1) What is your relationship to the Church of Satan?
I am not a member (I’m an ecumenical Satanist) but I greatly admire CoS and the work Anton did in founding it. Aesthetically and ethically, CoS has been an earthquake on the religious scene. And I admire Peter Gilmore’s work—I’m more metaphysical in my orientation, but he has sharpened CoS’s focus in a manner that keeps it from being a museum to what Anton did, and keeps things fresh.
2) Do you have any creative projects on which you are currently working?
I have a new book called The Miracle Clubcoming out in October, and I am writing and speaking a lot. I’ll be Los Angeles in October discussing the life of Manly P. Hall, women and occultism, and why magick works. Soon I plan to present a series of talks and a book on Satanism called God of the Outsiders, so I’m looking forward to that. My pal Ronni Thomas and I are also making a film version of the occult book The Kybalion. (Oh this all sounds fun)
I wanted to lay down the law that there is an ethical code on the Left Hand Path. The other night, one of my kids asked me, “Dad are you a Satanist—yes or no?” I said yes, but realized that I have trouble explaining even to my own kids that that doesn’t mean what they get taught online or hear in their peer group. I think that was the inception for the article, which has gotten an incredible reaction.
5) How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
I like to be alone. I might do a ritual of some kind, or write down aims for the future. I do like getting gifts—generally anything having to do with artist Steve Ditko, and I don’t care if I have it already because I also like giving stuff away
6) Do you think there is relationship between how well somebody can drive and their religion?
Wow—amazing question. I have noticed that Hasidic Jews drive like shit. I can say that because I had an Orthodox bar mitzvah. So, I really don’t know, but that’s one observation!
7) How do you define Satan?
I do believe in a nonphysical aspect of life, so I see Satan as the name that humanity has placed upon the energies of rebellion, discontent, protest, and consequences-be-damned art. Whatever term you use, I do believe that there is an extra-physical presence called Satan whom you can approach. Approach him at twilight at a crossroad—he’ll give you a new name.
8) What’s your biggest Pet Peeve?
People who think they’re badass because they call people names online. If you wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, don’t say it digitally.
One of the things I always envied about religion was the sense of community they had. Each time I would go to church I would see people talking and checking up on each other. When they said “I’ll pray for you”, I heard “I’m here for you”. That was my first mistake because what they meant was “I’ll have you in my thoughts but will personally do nothing to help. Let’s see what the man in the sky does!”
But still! They had a sort of extra family and with how crazy my family is, that sounded pretty great. Still, I didn’t exactly want to meet every Sunday at 7am Bible Study to talk God and all that jazz, so I got a little excited when I found Satanism.
Well, sorta. The Grotto system sounded cool to me at first, but then I realized that they aren’t really a thing anymore. BUT, once I started finding my little group of Internet Satanists, I realized that I was able to find people who supported me and would share ideas with me and who would debate with me over various topics.
My community got even larger as I started this blog and began to interview people. I love presenting these amazing Satanists to you so that they can be held up as a positive example of the religion we share. Each one of them shows how two Satanists are alike and we come to the Church of Satan in out own way. It’s wonderful.
So, with my little speech out of the way, here’s the latest entry in…
Welcome, to Warlock Jeff Bowling!
1) How long have you been a Satanist?
I know it has become a cliché to say that one is born a Satanist but, I honestly believe that. My entire life I have lived by the philosophy that is Satanism. For many years I did not know that was what I was doing, it just came naturally. As I grew, matured and studied more, those ideas became more firm in my mind. Then, in 1999, I finally read “The Satanic Bible” by Anton Szandor LaVey. Everything clicked almost instantly. I realized that there was at least one other person on the planet who thought like me, who viewed the world through the same lens I did. I knew then, that I was a Satanist and haven’t looked back since. When I turned 18, I joined the Church of Satan, and haven’t looked back from that either.
2) Have you received any backlash professionally from people finding out?
No, I haven’t.
I have always been smart about “tucking the Baphomet” in professional circles. There was simply never a reason for anyone I worked with, to know. Occasionally, people would find out through various means, or I would let them in on the open secret for one reason or another but, by that point I had developed a solid, unassailable reputation in whatever place of employment I was in, and it was more of an interesting talking point than anything that someone would hold against me. The one exception to that was when I was enlisted in the Army. I ended up leading an “alternative” religious group in Baghdad, Iraq and because of that role, my Chain of Command had to be brought up to speed. Fortunately, the officers and NCOs I worked under were true professionals and did not have a negative thing to say, nor did they hold me back in anyway.
These days, my career is almost solely focused on entertainment such as: music, acting, wrestling, etc. In this case, it has actually become beneficial to be known as a Satanist so, ever the opportunist, I cash in on that every chance I get. This has also opened the door for me to be more publicly involved with the Church of Satan, which is why my name and face have been popping up so frequently over the last few years.
3) What would you name a camel if you had one for a pet?
I always end up naming my pets after famous cartoon, comic book or video game characters. So, I think I’d name my camel “Joseph” after Joe Camel (or Old Joe, as he was originally known) from the Camel cigarette ads.
4) Are you working on any creative projects at the moment?
Let’s see, currently, I am:
– Writing new music for my punk/metal band Slave to Reality
– Working on the debut album, short film and some other things for my solo multimedia project Embrace the Forbidden
– Recording the first set of interviews for a new storytelling podcast specifically for outsiders called “Historia Infernalis”
– Collaborating with the fine folks in The Satanic Players Society as the opportunity arises (If you ever need an amazing Lighting Designer, hit me up)
and, a few other writing and film projects that are not ready to be announced yet.
In addition to those purely creative projects, I also:
– Co-host “Good Mourning America” (a Satanic perspective on politics and current events) on the Third Side Network
– Co-host “Study, Not Worship” (an in-depth look at the Church of Satan canon) which is coming soon
Another project I am currently working on, that I am the most proud of, is the Infernal Legion. The IL is a veterans service organization made up solely of Satanic veterans and run by Church of Satan members. Born on Veterans Day last year, our goal is to provide service, support and camaraderie to service members, veterans and their families, with a special emphasis on those veterans who are also Satanists, or the “Elite Among the Alien Elite” as we call them.
I obviously like to stay busy.
5) Describe a powerful Lesser Magic moment.
When I was fresh out of the Army, there was a job I really wanted through a private security contractor. While I had a decent resume, I did not have the experience the company wanted for this particular position. So, I applied for a lower position but intentionally designed my resume to make me look overqualified. Then, I spent two weeks investigating the interviewer. I found out every little detail I could about her, and turned myself into what I imagined she would see as the perfect candidate for the position I was secretly going for. By the end of the interview, I had not only been offered the job I wanted (experience be damned) but, I had also gotten her personal contact information and set up a date for a week later.
6) What is your dream house?
This is actually a pretty difficult question to answer. There are houses that I love looking at, such as Old Victorian homes, castles, unique mansions, etc. I especially love anything with hidden rooms, multiple wings and odd angles. I also love the idea of isolation. A beautiful little cabin in the woods, or a hut on a beach somewhere. However, I am a wanderer at heart. The idea of settling down somewhere permanently, is almost unthinkable. There is always somewhere else to go, something else to see, another adventure to be had. I cannot really see a house in my imagination that I would say, “Yes, that! I would be happy there forever!” So, I guess my dream house would be a fully-loaded, top of the line RV, so that I can keep on rolling to the next town, state or country when I feel the call of the road.
7) Tell me about your last nightmare.
I think it is important to note that I like scorpions. They are incredible little creatures and I am not the least bit scared of them. However, the last nightmare I had involved an entire army of scorpions.
I had found myself in an abandoned house that did not seem the least bit familiar. Myself and some of my close friends were all there together. We were doing repairs, painting, laying new carpet, a total renovation project. I don’t know if someone was moving into this house, or we were all working as contractors, I’m not really sure what the story was with that but, there we were, renovating this house.
I was in the process of tearing down a wall with a sledgehammer. The first strike barely cracked the drywall, which is obviously weird. The second cause it to splinter a little bit more. I set the sledgehammer down and peered into the crack to find out what the wall was made of.
Out of the crack came a tiny, brown scorpion with a red streak across its back. I thought it was really odd, I called out to let everyone know what I had found but, I could not take my eyes off of this scorpion. I kept trying to get a closer look.
One of my fellow laborers called out from the other side of the room, “What did you find?” I looked over and told him, then turned my attention back to the scorpion. Apparently, that action had pissed it off. It had turned to face me, claws open, tail ready to strike. It was at this time that I realized the red streak was actually a sash of some sort.
It tried to sting me and I jumped back. Then the wall practically exploded. The crack ripped open and thousands of these brown scorpions poured out. There were small ones and large ones, all brown and all wearing red sashes. My friend cursed and ran, I followed him, grabbing the sledgehammer on my way out.
As we made our way to the next room, I noticed cracks forming on all the walls, and scorpions beginning to make their way out of them. We joined up with the rest of the party and tried to get out of the house but, the doors and windows wouldn’t open and the scorpions were advancing on us.
I took up a defensive position, ready to swing the sledgehammer and stomp as many of them as I could.
Then I woke up. It was a really strange dream but, unless the next scorpion I see is wearing a red sash, I don’t think I really have anything to worry about.
8) How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
My Birthday usually ends up being about a 3 week event. It varies every year but, I always try to schedule a show because I love performing. I also go to the movies, eat out quite a bit and bar hop like crazy. The marathon usually ends with a few friends and I sitting around a fire pit, nursing hangovers and swapping stories.
9) Do you think being a Satanist changes how you drive?
Hahaha! I’ve never really thought about it. I don’t know what driving as a non-Satanist is like so, I can’t say for certain but, there is certainly no more appropriate time for Rule #11 to be in effect. Honestly
though, I drive the same way I walk or ride a bike, with a purpose. I have somewhere to be, so do you. We have to share this piece of road at the moment, so let’s not get in each other’s way.
10) What is something you’d like Non-Satanists to know about Satanists?
Well, there is the normal stuff like we don’t sacrifice babies or animals, we don’t believe in Satan as an anthropomorphic deity, etc. To be quite honest though, that information has been publicly available since 1966. There are hundreds of books, interviews, podcasts, essays, public statements and other ways to find out about what Satanism isn’t. Do some research.
If there is one thing I think it is important for non-Satanists to understand, it is that we don’t want to convert them. My worldview is mine alone. I don’t care what they do at their church (or other place of worship), and I have no desire to show them what happens in my ritual chamber. You either are a Satanist, or you are not, and the odds are highly in favor of the latter.
Other than that, to paraphrase Magus Gilmore, I wish them all the best on their path in life, I know I’m certainly happy on mine.
Keep supporting each other, my lovelies. I don’t even mean just Satanists- Lift up those who are trying to change the world for the better.
It’s been bit of a crazy day for little old me today, so I’m taking a moment to relax with a hike in a little bit. But, before I go off and do that, I’ve decided to listen to The Satanic High Mass (it relaxes me) and bring you another of my Pre-Pulitzer Prize winning interviews in the newest edition of…
Today, we are speaking to Reverend Raul A!
1) Describe your position within the Church of Satan.
I’m a Priest/Reverend (Third Degree). This is a title granted by the Church of Satan to individuals who’ve applied Satanism to the real world successfully.
2) What finally brought you to apply for membership?
I was interested in Satanism and self-identified as a Satanist since I was teenager. In my early 20’s I was promoting, organizing, and DJ’ing for outsider art events and the industrial music scene in New York City, and often worked with members of the Church of Satan. Since I was already collaborating with members I wanted to make it official and continue to develop that network. I felt that it would be mutually beneficial, and it certainly was.
3) Do you have a favorite toothpaste?
Whatever is on sale.
4) Do you have any pets?
Yes, a cat named Kaspar.
5) What projects are you currently working on?
I’ve got four podcast projects in development. I have two mixtape music podcasts on Radio Free Satan: Chaos Sedated for dark ambient, neofolk, and industrial; Black Signals for minimal techno, synthwave, and electronic post-punk. I’m the host and producer of The Forest Passage podcast for Heathen Harvest, on which I interview post-industrial artists and discuss various related topics with my co-host. And I’m currently outlining the next episode of Den of Iniquity, in which I discuss culture, film, and books with other Satanists.
I’m working on my own music as Anarch. I’m currently working on a collaborative release with several other outsider electronic musicians, and recently released a track for the Church of Satan’s Finding Frankenstein project.
I also do some proofreading, editing, and writing for various websites.
More personally, I’m dedicating more time to reading and working out.
6) What in your life are you most proud of?
I’d say my relationship with my wife and my family. My wife has taught me the importance of seeing other perspectives and her own accomplishments have motivated me in countless ways. My family has always supported me and taught me the ability to balance reason with emotion.
7) If you suddenly couldn’t smell, what smell would you miss most?
My wife’s hair.
8) How you do describe Greater Magic?
Greater Magic is the application of various techniques and tools in a controlled environment with the intention of channeling emotional, instinctual, and sexual energies out of the individual practitioner(s) and into a third-party. This can be sympathetic, lustful, or destructive. It can be a lone Satanist in a ritual chamber focusing on custom sigil, or a band performing on a stage in front of thousands of people. It can also be an artist creating something new, embedding it with their will and letting it loose on the world.
9) What would you do if all spiders were under your command?
Drown my enemies.
10) How do you deal with negative reactions towards your being a Satanist?
I don’t get much of any negative reactions, mainly because I’m not entirely open about it public. But when I have received negativity, it’s usually from some form of collectivist or moralist, each trying to pin Satanism down to some other ideology or persons that they oppose and assign guilt by association. I don’t feed that any of my energy and let my own work speak for itself. That’s not so hard when you don’t care about being “the good guy”.
Alright, kids, I’m out! If you don’t hear from me in a day or two it’s because I’ve been eaten by a bear.
Hey, guys, before I get into this infernal interview, I want to be a little vain. I was going to say “hope that’s alright with you” but I don’t really care and I’m going to do it anyway!
As I said briefly in my last post, I am going to be interviewed by our wonderful Reverend Campbell on his podcast Speak of the Devil!
This is really exciting for me because, well, I’m a baby Satanist and people actually give a shit about Reverend Campbell. This will be a live interview and will start at 7pm PST. You’ll be able to comment and we will comment back in real-time, so it should be a really fun conversation. I hope to see you there!
Okay, all of that out of the way, it’s time for our newest…
Our latest victim is NOT a member of the Church of Satan as of right now, but that may change. Ya never know. Until then, let us welcome our Satan-Friendly friend Marco S. into the pit!
1) What is your relationship with the Church of Satan?
I’m not a card-carrying member, but I’ve considered myself a Satanist since I was about 19, I’m 37 now.
2) How did you first discover Satanism?
I specifically remember when my neighbor (mentor, band mate and long time metal brother) lent me a Dimmu Borgir album, Enthrone Darkness Triumphant, I was a little intrigued by this verses:
Whispering voices, summoning screams
Waiting for Satan to bless their sins
Blackhearted angels fallen from grace
Possessed by the search for utter darkness
That was completely new to me, asking for Satan’s blessing and at the same time wanting to search for utter darkness, willing to sin again. This was strange because I grew up with my grandmother in a Catholic family and even though I stopped believing in God since I was 14 or 15, I never thought these words could represent anything other than “going against God”, which at that point I considered just bullshit.
After a quick online search I found information about the Church of Satan and asked my friend’s mom (who was very liberal) to order a Satanic Bible from Amazon for me. I grew up in Mexico and at the time I didn’t have a credit card, and there was no way my dad was gonna buy this for me. Naturally when I read the book I realized what most of us do at some point, it spoke to me, it spoke about me.
3) What are your favorite book?
I love many, many books, there’s an obvious spot reserved for the Satanic Bible, because it opened my eyes to who I really am, and it gave me comfort when I realized that being a misfit and an outlier is not “wrong”, it only means you don’t fit in the status quo, it’s an advantage.
Also I have to mention Psychomagic by Alejandro Jodorowsky, with that book I discovered the power of the mind, the power of the palpable change you can create for yourself and your own reality without the need to summon anything or anyone with supernatural powers. In this same tone but as pure fiction, I loved The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda, pretty much any Castaneda book has a magical power that’s hard to contain.
A short list should also include Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan, Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath, Carl Sagan’s The Demon Haunted World and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ Cronica De Una Muerte Anunciada.
4) What would you do if you were suddenly placed into a horror film, such as The Evil Dead?
I’m not a big fan of horror, I’ve never watched that movie so I assume I’ll just try to… survive? I don’t now.
5) Do you have any pets?
Not at the moment, I had dogs growing up, although I get along really well with cats too.
6) Are you currently working on any projects?
Aside from my 9-5 job I always try to have side gigs to keep my mind distracted, I’ve been teaching myself how to code for about a year now so I try to find things that will help me improve on that ability. At the moment my biggest project would be updating my online portfolio building the site from scratch!
7) If a spaceship landed and asked you to take them to your leader, to whom would you take them?
Oh well… it would be a difficult choice but I would probably go with a scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene or someone of the like. Someone who is more likely to know what to do in a situation like that rather than someone actually in power. People in power are not always the smartest you know…
8) Do you like to travel? If so, where?
I do like to travel, me and my wife would hop on trains or planes for short stays in small and big cities in the North East, we have yet to go to the West Coast. Lately I’ve been going to Ukraine a few times per year, visiting great cities and places over there. Poland, Germany and Egypt are in our list.
9) What would you like Non-Satanists to know about Satanists?
I’m not sure about this one. I don’t mind if most people don’t know what Satanism is, as long as they don’t use us as a scapegoat or an excuse for their own ridiculous behavior. Maybe it would be good for them to know that this is not an obscure sect and we definitely don’t sacrifice babies? It’s appalling the amount of people who associate that with Satanists, but then again, the average person is really stupid.
10) Which of the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth speaks to you the most?
I try to guide myself by all of them, but if I had to pick one that represents who we are it would be the 11th Rule, it was the first one I read somewhere on the internet, and I absolutely loved it. I think it broadly defines a simple but powerful way to look at life; to me it’s about two things, one is the idea that you should live your life without messing with anyone, and two is that everyone deserves respect until they prove otherwise (sometimes the proof comes VERY quickly).
Alright, kids, that’s it for the day! I’ve got a long week ahead of me and I’m already running late. I hope you loved reading this interview as much as I did!
And the fun part is that he actually took the time to answer them! Each of these interviews is designed to inform and entertain, which this one does for sure! The joke at the end made me laugh so hard that I scared my cats.
1) Tell me about a powerful Greater Magic moment.
The most powerful Greater Magic moment I’ve experienced was my first. It was a destruction ritual for a psychic vampire I was dealing with at work. The ritual itself was full of powerful anger and hatred, and afterwards I felt such a euphoric feeling. Within two weeks the person received several performance related write ups. They quit shortly thereafter.
2) Do the people close to you know you’re a member of the Church of Satan?
My wife knows and has read all the books in my collection as well as one of my brothers. The rest of my family would have to be blind not to know as I have the fact that I’m a member on all my social media pages. There are interviews I’ve done on Good Mourning America and Speak of the Devil that are easily found with a google search. I don’t go around telling people but will honestly answer if asked.
3) How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
I love to go out to a steak house that is close by, they have the best new York strip that they cook to a temperature called “blue”, then having either key lime pie or caramel brulee. After that it’s home for great sex and a great old movie for the night.
4) What would you do if you were turned into a horse for a day?
I would be the fastest horse on the track in my youth, and enjoy being a stud in my later years. Being from Kentucky originally I’ve seen that most horses live better than their owners, so what a life that would be.
5) How do you explain Satanism to Non-Satanists?
I explain Satanism as being a powerful philosophy for “I-theists” as Magus Gilmore has called us. The tools within Satanism allow a born Satanist to develop themselves into successful, fully responsible adults who shape the world the way we want it to be. Through everything from art, music, television, technology, etc. Satanists are living the fullest lives with the most impact.
6) What is your biggest pet peeve?
My biggest pet peeve is stupidity. I can deal with people who are ignorant but those who choose to be ignorant of a subject is, in my opinion, the worst kind of stupidity.
7) Are you currently working on any projects?
I am getting in to painting and I write poetry and songs. There are some videos from when I was a touring musician on YouTube for those who like “retro” music. I am working out a plan of putting together a book of stories from the road accompanied by some of my poetry.
8) What are a few things on your bucket list?
I want to sky dive on my 40thbirthday, take my oldest daughter (6) to Germany, and get together with Reverend Campbell and Warlock Jeff Bowling for a beer.
9) Would you rather give up toothpaste or toilet paper for a week?
Toothpaste. I think there are somethings you could eat or gum you could chew to fix the cleanliness of my mouth. Not much you could do comfortably for your ass.
10) Tell me your favorite joke.
My girlfriend’s dog died the other day so I surprised her by going out and getting her an identical dog. She was livid, she said “what am I supposed to do with two dead dogs?”
My cats have calmed down now and are trying to get me to love them now. Or feed them. It’s the same, really. I was going to say this was a fun interview for me, but that’s obvious. How about I just tell you when an interview irritates me, yeah? Cool.
So, I’ve been doing a lot of interviewing of other people on here, as well as essays from a Satanic perspective. So, I decided it was high time that I let myself step into my own spotlight and let you guys ask questions this time around. I will be using some of these questions in later interviews, too. So if you don’t see all of your questions here today, you may see them later.
Here is our latest installment in…
Today, the victim is Member Lauren H. That’s me.
1) What’s your favorite horror movie?
Oh, goodness, I am a huge horror movie fan! Since I was a little girl, I’ve been surrounded by horror movies. My Grandma and I would have weekly Crappy Movie Night where we would get a scary movie from the 1960’s and watch it with popcorn. Later on, Mom would host Scary Movie Night with all of our cousins. Now, I think I own more horror movies than any other genre.
This is a really hard question, so I’ll give you a few. 1) As Above, So Below is my movie that I will watch over and over. I wanted to buy it so badly that I wrote the local movie rental store a 5 paragraph essay as to why they should sell me one of their two copies. I own it; 2) The Night of the Living Dead was my first scary movie and I got to meet Barbra once so it will always have a special place in my heart; 3) The Grudge actually still scares the shit out of me.
2) What was your favorite subjects at school?
Jesus with these hard questions! I love learning so much that when people ask me what I would do if I won the lottery, I tell them that I would go to school forever. So, there are a lot of areas of schooling that I love and I had a really hard time deciding what to go to college for. In the end, I decided to go for what comes easiest to me.
I was a Creative Writing major at WWU and graduated with a BA in English. What’s funny is that I didn’t even discover theatre until community college, which is where I am making money, since I am a Drama Teacher and Lighting Designer.
I am also really in love with science and I was able to take an Astrobiology class in high school and it BLEW MY MIND! I love every aspect of science, even Math, in one way or another.
TL;DR: I love learning.
3) Are you introverted or extraverted?
Ya know, it really, really depends on a lot of factors. I love having time to myself where I can just listen to my music and clean or read or whatever strikes my fancy. At the same time, if I’m left alone for too long I get bored and make big forts in the middle of the living room.
If I’ve had a really long day, all I want to do id go home and see my cats. If I haven’t seen anybody in days, I start to whine at my friends to come visit me. I’m somewhere in between. I want to say there’s a word for that…
4) Have you ever spoken with Peter H. Gilmore and/or Peggy Nadramia?
HA! You’re so sweet. No, no I have not. I don’t think I’m even on their radar since I just became a member in February. One day, perhaps years in the future, I will have a big enough base for this blog and I will be able to send them some of my silly questions. Hell, maybe I’ll be able to run into them at a concert or on the street or some shit… that’d be cool.
5) What’s your favorite piece of clothing?
This actually took me a second to think about because I just love clothing. Not in the sense that I like being fashionable, but more I really love being covered and warm. I have this big-ass coat I call Big Coat that I use when I go outside, sometimes even at 60 degrees!
But, when I think about which piece of clothing I like the most, I would say my black and grey flannel. I like in the Pacific Northwest and the weather takes crazy turns from hot to cold to wind to rain to windy rain all in two hours. It’s a crazy place and the key to being comfortable is layers. That’s why we all dress the same. We know that jeans, a tank top, a tee, a flannel and a jacket works as a comfortable outfit in Washington.
I can tell you I do not like underwear. This isn’t even something that’s supposed to be sexy-like, I just REALLY hate them. I wear leggings with skirts and dresses so I don’t have to wear them. Fuck underwear.
6) Where would you want to travel to the most if money wasn’t an issue?
I would really love to go back to Edinburgh for The Fringe Fest. I was there when I was 20 to perform with Skagit Valley College. For those who don’t know, The Fringe is the largest performance festival in the world and it is so much fun! It’s tons of theatre and tons of theatre nerds taking over the bars and partying. I love it so much and I need to go back. Also the food is amazing.
My college was there to perform Elegies for Angels, Punks, and Raging Queens which is a monologue/song play that rhymes and is really, really good. It is the various stories of people who somehow got AIDS, died, and came back to tell their story. I played two people. The first was a woman who got AIDS from sharing needles and died. Her monologue included begging for money, so I would sit outside each performance with a change cup, start in the house, and yell my first line at the audience. They didn’t know I was part of the play so they just thought I was screaming about how much I love getting high.
The second was a preacher who came out to yell at everybody for being gay and stuff. It was weird because I was stepping into a character who was not only the opposite of me, but the only character with words who was “evil”.
Yeah, Scotland. I need to go back.
7) How did you become Satanist?
So, I know what you mean and I will answer that, but I do want to reiterate that Satanists are born, not made. So, I’ve always been a Satanist, I just needed to discover that.
Actually, I found The Church of Satan through music. I was hanging with my friend Colby and he locked me in a car to make me listen to a song. He was almost out and he looked back in and said “This is Ghost. They’re a Satanic band. AND THEY’RE FUNNY, TOO!” and then left.
That song was Square Hammer by Ghost BC.
After that, I just started poking around the Church of Satan’s website and listing to Podcasts like The Devil You Know and Raising Hell. They were my way of getting information before I had the means to get The Satanic Bible. Finally, I was able to get a few of the books written by LaVey and that was it. I knew.
8) Who inspires you the most (dead or alive)?
Oh, that’s easy. My Mom. I love my Mom so, so much because she made me into s strong, hard-working, caring person. She was trapped in an abusive relationship for years with the father of my little brother and sister, who I also love dearly, and she was the only person who was there for me when I was being abused by him, too. I’ll be doing a post about this in more detail later.
She’s my best friend and I would do anything for her.
9) What would be your ideal vacation?
You know if you ask me this during the winter the answer will be different. Right now, I would love to go to Europe somewhere to eat and hike. I love the history over there and the beautiful buildings. Maybe Norway since that’s where most of my DNA comes from, or Germany for the same reason.
During the winter, my answer would be Turks and Caicos with my Mom. It looks so beautiful and warm! I would love to read a book with my foot in the waves and a drink in my hand.
10) What do you think ghosts are? Or at least what so many people have seen and claim to be ghosts?
Okay so I do have a weird-ass hypothesis on what this could be but I don’t think there’s a way to test it. You know how scientists believe Gravity may be such a weak force because it’s spread thin over various alternate universes? That, but ghosts.
So, what I think is that there are an infinite amount of story lines that branch off with every choice we make. So if I make the choice to walk. across a street, in an infinite amount of universes I get hit by a car and in an infinite amount I don’t get hit. There are universes with near-misses and universes where I get hit and live and where I get hit and die. I think ghosts are just the other universes leaking over and showing us a weak image of what may be going on in a different reality we are close to.
That’s just what I think and I know it makes me sound really insane, but I explain it better in real life.
Well, there ya go! My very own interview on my very own blog. I will be putting this in the About The Author page, too, so you can find them there. Thank you so much to all the people who commented or emailed me in some questions, it was hard to pick just 10.
Hold on, I know what you’re thinking. “But, Lauren, you blog is called I’m A Satanist And…”. I know. But hold on!
So, there are degrees within the Church of Satan and each comes with its own title. As I’ve said before, I’ve interviewed Witches, Magisters, Warlocks, Magistras, and even people not associated with the Church who still identify as Satanists. Fuck, I’ve even interviewed a Devil Worshipper! So, I thought I’d give a little bit of an explanation on where I fall before we get onto the Internal Interview.
So, I fall right in the first one with no degree. I just got my Red Card in February and my Active Membership application is probably sitting quietly, waiting to be read. They have a lot of work to get through so it may take up to a year before it even gets glanced at! That’s fine with me because it literally doesn’t matter. With or without Active Membership, I can still be a Member of the Church of Satan who is active. I think that’s what it says on the top of the page, come to think of it.
Today we will be talking with somebody who is a First Degree Satanist in the latest installment of…
Our victim today is Satanist Laz C.! I sat down across the table from a computer and sent him over some hard-hitting questions to get to the bottom of what is going on in that brain.
1) What do you like to do on your free time?
What is this “free time” that you speak of? Hah! When I’m not in the workshop, I’m usually gaming. I can’t do that because my video card is broken and those things are very costly, so I’m ignoring it for the time being.
I also like to catch up on the latest episodes of my favourite true crime podcasts such as Sword and Scale, Casefile, Courtjunkie, Canadian True Crime, They Walk Amoung Us etc. Also This is War, where military vets tell their stories.
I also like to go fishing. So many fish, so little time.
2) Describe your ideal vacation.
Hopping on a boat (I hate flying) to a desert island. Also camping in the middle of a forest, with a river for fishing purposes. As far away from other people as possible.
3) What brought you to apply for Active Membership?
I’d been a member for about 6 years previously, and I wanted to step things up. I’d just gotten Southern Star Woodworks started, I just wanted to become more active with Satanism in general. I tend to take my time with things, but the time was definitely right.
4) Do you think Satanism affects your driving?
I don’t drive! I rely on walking, public transport, lifts, taxis etc.
Does it affect my lack of driving? Eh, perhaps in a way.
One thing that separates us Satanists from the rest is our ability to make things happen. Where life obstacles stump other people, we can carry right on through. So if I need to get somewhere, I get there somehow.
5) What kind of projects are you working on right now?
Let’s see… I have 3 plaques I’m working on at the moment, one is almost ready to ship. 3 altar tiles, and one card holder. I’ve just sent a headphones stand off. I’ve got new items for the store I want to finish and put up when I can.
That explains the lack of free time! (I’ll be ordering something for my alter soon so be prepared)
6) How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
I just like to take the day off and have it for me. I’ll shower myself in snacks and cool beverages. Perhaps a bit of life reflection. I usually start celebrating a day or so early. Why only have one day? It’s mostly a quiet affair.
7) Does your family know that you’re a Member of the Church of Satan? Friends?
The only family I have to speak of now are my two sisters. One knows, I’m fairly sure my other sis does, but we have differing life paths so it doesn’t ever come up. I think being able to have good relationships with people who are living their life in a different manner to you is important. It transcends the limits people place on themselves.
Mum knew and thought it was great, I gave her The Satanic Bible to read and she read it. She was quite spiritual, but on some things we could find common ground.
I’m open about it with friends. I think sometimes my reputation precedes me and word spreads, which is fine. It’s magic. I’ve never found myself in a negative situation with it.
8) Which era would you live in if a wizard made you pick a new one?
If there’s a wizard walking around forcing people to choose a new era to live in, I’d say that’s a rude wizard! Also, this is a hard question. I’m gonna need another coffee, BRB.
I’m going to choose… the 40’s. The fashion, the war, the music, the birth of new technology and the invention of Tupperware. It’s not so far back that I’m going to lack medical care, and not so close to now that things are familiar.
9) Which Satanic Rule of the Earth speaks to you the loudest at the moment?
I’m always a fan of #1. It’s the breaking of that rule that really ticks me off. But then again, can’t realistically hold other people to my lofty standards. Currently I’d say #11, especially with the goings on in the world. I try to avoid the news as much as I can, but some of it still filters through friends etc. I’m all for leaving other people the fuck alone.
People seem to latch onto that one in confusion. Destroying someone/something isn’t limited to physical destruction. You could perform a destruction ritual, however small. Just forgetting about a stranger who’s ruined your day could do. Or in practical terms, say for example the guy who runs the corner store is a twat, and you just so happen to know illegal activities of some kind go on over there, you could be sure the police would like to know about it. It allows for creativity. And I’d say that creativity is the perfect remedy for negativity.
10) How do you define Satan?
He’s the knowledge and mysteries of the universe. He’s the drive that keeps me going when I’ve been pushed down. He’s my rationality when I feel irrational, and most importantly, he is me. He’s the ultimate symbol of rebellion and moxie and I aspire to be the embodiment of this.
I hope you liked my silly questions! There will be many, many more Infernal Interviews coming soon, as well as various rantings from yours truly.