There is a lot of information about satanism but many people want to know the basics, how to become one? So here it is.
First let’s handle definitions… Diane Vera suggests that everyone with favorite view of Satan is a satanist. Oh, that easy? Not quite. Diane presents most general definition that suppose to embrace all kinds of satanisms. And as you know, Laveyans are mostly atheists and don’t believe in Satan. For them it is enough to read Satanic Bible by Anton Lavey, agree with it and voila – you are satanist. Very different situation looks like for theistic/spiritual/traditional/esoteric satanists – here we have various beliefs, see article “Satanism – what is it?”. How to become a theistic satanist then?
It should be clear that you have to believe in some way in Satan first and you have to have a favorite view of Satan – without it there cannot be theistic satanism. For some this two conditions may be enough, however you don’t become theistic satanist just to sit on your ass and be happy of being a theistic satanist. No, everyone has some goals and reasons (those are as various as satanists themselves) why they want to become a theistic satanist. And rightfully so, theistic satanism can help you with your desires. However Satan is not a magical genie with three wishes, so you won’t become successful, rich and devilishly lucky just because you became satanist. That can happen but not because you became satanist. Sadly, quite big number of people have such naive views. Those won’t stay long enough to know more, because either we don’t treat them seriously, or if we do, they leave in hurry with disappointment when they don’t get quick fix for their problems (too much talk for them, they are impatience and expect some big secrets and when we start to tell them: learn this, read that, do this – they explode with anger and leave). Yeap, there is a lot to learn and nothing comes without work. But if you want something, REALLY WANT SOMETHING, you will find motivation to achieve it. However, if you don’t have that drive, it means, either you don’t want it enough, or you subconsciously don’t believe you can achieve it. So or so, the reason is always within you.
Quick fix is always a fraud. There is no quick fix in magick, nor in satanism (of any kind). Sure, quick resolution of problems is possible, but those who have a problem, have problem to get rid of it – meaning, this is a problem FOR THEM, while other person could resolve that matter quickly and easily, so it won’t deserve the title of a problem in the first place. In result, problems have no universal fix, they depend on person. So if you have any bigger issue, you have to use more of your inner strength to fix it. Becoming a theistic satanist won’t resolve any problem by itself. Theistic Satanism could give you tools to do it, but you still need to work it out. Those tools aren’t also automatic, you need to gain them, learn them, so they require work, time… All things worth to gain require effort so they don’t come just that easy. But what about soul selling? That sounds like a simple way to come around problems.
Soul selling is a christian folklore myth or… Hollywood movie. Soul selling is an idea of a quick fix and as I pointed above, this is always not existent (for a given person, but not within a possibility of others who don’t have problem with it…). Another variant, so to speak, of soul selling is a pact with Satan – that is possible, this is done and this is exactly how you can become a theistic satanist! A pact is an official agreement between two sides, in this case between you and Satan. How to do it then? Like usual, the answer is not so straight forward. There is no one recipe for that. As people differ from each other, as pacts can be made in various ways.
Usually a pact is a form of a ritual. Those who have lots of religious programming should add some elements of blasphemy that differs depending on what religious background they come from. Some examples of pacts are to find here. However you must know, that you need to create your own ritual, one that is most meaningful to you, so that you can feel the transition and entrance on a new life path. Only you know what is so significant to you. To learn more about pact rituals see article and video of Venus Satanas and Diane Vera’s site.
In my case, the journey of satanism began as a spontaneous, deep, spiritual experience – although I wasn’t Christian (it was all bullshit for me and still is) and Satan was not existent in my mind, he came and changed me. There is no words to described it. Besides, it’s so profound and so intimate experience that there is no place for details on public site. If you watched movie “The Ninth Gate” you may remember a baroness character. She said she met Satan and fell in love with Him. Although that was a fiction, such things happen not so rarely (I spoke with many Satanists who experienced it either) and it is exactly what happened to me – I met Satan and fell in love with Him! Understand, that for me it was extremely beautiful and yet unusual experience. I was divided at first – my heart was singing with joy, but my mind was skeptical and was asking how was it possible? It took me awhile till I understood that it doesn’t matter how it is possible (I can learn it later and I did), this is what I want. So I decided to let Satan fully in my heart and soul – it changed me immediately and since then I gained a strong bond with Satan. In that way I became a theistic satanist. That was an inner decision. All pacts, no matter how made, are made because of a decision.
However, it’s not an ordinary decision, like what you would eat for breakfast. It must be profound, life changing decision. I achieved it due to my experience with Satan, but for those who hasn’t (a majority – so don’t worry), they must create circumstances (a ritual) that are meaningful enough for them to feel that from now on, they are in league with Satan with body, heart and soul.
Satanic pact is very important. Like every religion has an initiation ritual, for satanism it is a pact with Satan. There’s no way around it! However, you don’t need to do that pact immediately, nor shouldn’t you! Take your first steps by believing in Satan, liking, loving him and work out your means to contact with him or how to make a pact. You need to be very sure. Sometimes this first period can take few weeks, sometimes years! So no hurry, it’s a very serious decision. Take it to your heart!
Now that you know the weight of the matter, how deadly serious it is, a bit softening ;). Satanists value personal freedom very highly so life lasting pact without way out would be too limiting, unacceptable. Sure, we would prefer to have live long committed, mature satanists but let’s face it – not all interested in theistic satanism are cut for it. Some feel from the beginning so right inside as if they were born to satanism. If that’s the case, you will stick with your decision and you will have motivation and strength to follow that unpopular path. However not all have immediately inner certainty. For some satanism will be merely a temporary part of the journey, some need time to grow to be able to utilize tools that satanism gives you and some just think they want it, but they do it from false premises. Again, if you look for quick fix, quick money, fame, quick revenge, quick success, you won’t persist, because the tools within theistic satanism (as in every religion) need full commitment, patience, consistency and positive attraction. All stable, mature satanists I know (including myself) love Satan and enjoy being satanist. We’re not here for the money or social success, etc. Sure, those things are desirable and some aim at them but that’s not the main reason why we became satanists. But let’s back to the matter. Again, some need time to grow or just try satanism out (not a sufficient reason in my opinion but you can surely try, nobody can forbid you). So for the sake of being on the safe side, don’t pledge live long commitment so quickly, make a pre-initiation pact that lasts few years and then you will see if you are satisfied or not. If so, you can do a new pact or reconfirm old one, as you have changed over time and enter the contract as more mature person with higher sensibility and sense of what you want in life. So remember, although a pact is a very serious matter, you are always free to make it temporal or give up with time, although that is undesirable and badly seen by other satanist, you are still free to do it. If someone says otherwise, then he/she doesn’t understand fully the idea of personal freedom and independence. Although we are committed to Satan, we are foremost free to do as we wish.
Assuming you haven’t experienced spontaneously presence of Satan (in that case you wouldn’t need that article), you are working on your own pact, what could you expect? There is no rule here. If you feel something, great. But if you won’t, don’t worry, you may not have developed strong relationship with Satan yet or enough sensibility – your pact is still valid. The most wise thing is, don’t expect fireworks, just do the pact the best you can and consider it binding. Results may come in time, sometimes spontaneous, sometimes in a very subtle way. However pact should be so constructed, that you feel some release, strong emotions of breaking through your old programming. That is especially important for those with strong religious background. Although my family wasn’t religious, I still discovered back then some Christian left overs within me – you can’t escape influence of culture you grew up. It was easy for me to get rid off them, but from what I’ve seen, for many people it is a long and difficult process. The path of deprogramming from christianity is an another topic, one that I don’t feel qualified to discuss yet, as I haven’t experienced it myself. I would recommend an article of VenusSatanas, because she has better experience with people from religious background. My only advice at the moment would be – study various religions and you will see that Christianity or any abrahamic faith isn’t more valid then hundreds of other religions or spiritual beliefs.
As a satanist, you must learn to be resourceful and creative (creativity is a gateway of intuition!). This is your journey, your input that counts, so enjoy the process from the beginning and every step on the way :).