All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
The Satanic Bible for the Theistic Satanist
published by Damien BlackThorn
I. Thanks to Lilith
A special thanks to the manna of Lilith which manifested itself to the author, driving his passion to write it. Interesting choice of words, manna, linguistically speaking. While manna is considered to be spiritual nourishment, the coining of the term in the 14th century derived from the Greek form, was specifically in use to describe the nourishment provided to the Israelites by God during their wandering in the wilderness. The mythos cycle used to convey ideas throughout the text is drawn heavily from Judaism.
II. Theistic Satanism
A. Typos, grammatical errors: several
1. "Of coarse, Satan, as a little red man with horns and cloven, hooves, is merely a paranoid delusion of the Christian imagination."
2. "LaVey advocates the creation of ones own gods."
3. "The Dogma and ritual prescribed in this grimoire is designed to solidify the gods the 4th dimension into the temples of the 3rd."
An introduction to Theistic Satanism, defined as:" a genuine belief in Satan as a powerful deity with influence over the on goings of this realm, as well as the ever expanding realms of the Abyss'. Later in the segment, The Black Pope (Anton Szandor LaVey) is mentioned, citing pages 40-45 of the Satanic Bible, advocating the creation of one's own gods. The use of the term gods is in use with both a lower-case 'g' and upper-case 'G', purposely? The author defines Theistic Satanism as a genuine belief in a powerful deity with influence, but closes the segment using chaos magic to manifest gods from the goldmine of elaborately constructed deities from the ancient world ala Chaos magic. It then drags into its pages, the emotional baggage of the author, which claims that "Satanists" (and yes its in quotes) of the logical variety seem to miss this concept, it evades them and they scoff at spiritual magic. This implies, that "those" Satanists are not Satanists at all, and that Satanists MUST also be occultists. I do not agree with this postulate, Satanists express Satan in many ways, and I don't believe the practice of 'magic' is a requisite, nor is spiritual alchemy. Satan can either present itself in the form of a psychological manifestation, or work through the Satanist in the form of expression - in either case, both are equally Satan. I would sooner agree with an intro to Theistic Satanism that did not include dragging the old debate into its texts, than I would with what has been presented. Us vs. Them, is both pretentious and tired. If you seek to create a 'grimoire' to use as a tool to manifest your desires, why pepper it with your baggage which in-turn, may be carried by the reader. The relationship between author and reader is an intimate one. A mind-to-mind exchange. I believe the intro would have been stronger, without its apparent weakness on display. In addition, it signifies that (Lilith and Lucifer) are the lifeforce in which the Theistic Satanist can draw its power to fullfill his True Will, representatives of the Left Hand, wisdom and truth.
III. Lilith, Lucifer, and the Tree of Knowledge
A. Typos and grammatical errors: several
This section reminds me of the Reclaiming Tradition by StarHawk. StarHawk takes mythos cycles, reconstructs them, to teach a tradition of teachings called 'Reclaiming'. The story of Genesis is reconstructed in such a way, that it takes into its fold other literature such as Milton's Paradise Lost, and Dante's Divine Comedy. It is not limited to the old forgotten stories which did not make it into the Christian bible, the story of Adam's first wife: Lilith. Lilith is taken into Jewish mythos cycles, not the Orthodox Teachings, but the Jewish Mysticism in practice by many which empower Lilith as the wise woman who would not serve. Lucifer takes on the role of guiding cherub instead of the Serpent, which is represented, in this instance, by Lilith. Adam rules over the beasts in the garden of Eden, and Lilith over the plants. Together, in union, create the Tree of Knowledge. Lucifer is lover to Lilith, and imbues her with his magical potency. Yahweh is the diabolical ruler of a prison of plants. When he discovers the tree, he attempts to destroy it but is unsuccessful, and instead curses the fruit. Lilith is kicked out of the garden, but returns undetected by Yahweh in the form of a serpent and hides in the Tree. Later, when Eve is created to serve Adam, she convinces her to eat the fruit and see through the eyes of Yahweh. Meanwhile, Lucifer is raising an army in heaven to wage war with this enslaving God. Yahweh is angry when he discovers that not only Eve but Adam too, consumed the forbidden fruit and kicks them out too. This is the reason, that Yahweh is the enemy, a selfish deity which created man to serve him, all the while suppressing man's true nature; which is, just like God. Man, having the knowledge of God, seeks to liberate himself from bondage. Embracing the 'sin', which represents man's True Will. It's not necessarily a bad reconstruction, the typos and grammatical errors throughout this segment are too many to number. Such as "intament", rather than "intimate", as well as poor structure. It needs a bit of work to give it better flow, and not stop the reader with a HALT! EYE-BROW RAISE, and slow recovery to resume the intimacy which had only just begun.
IV. OF Hell and the After Life
V. Becoming an Active Satanist
VI. Satanic Organizations
VIII. Satanic Names
Part II. Magic: Theory & Practice
I. The Satanist Tool Box
II. The Satanist's Spell Book
III. Vision from the Dark Goddess
IV. The Black Mass
V. Mass for the Conjuration of LUST
VI. Mass for the Conjuration of DESTRUCTION
VII. Mass for the Conjuration of WEALTH
VIII. Demonous Manifesto
IX. Enochian Key
A. Typos and grammatical errors: several, throughout
These sections remind me of a Dark Wicca. While it takes cues from the Satanic Bible published by Anton Szandor Lavey, there is a heavy focus on the Goddess, as well as the technique in use by several forms of Wicca. I mentioned the Reclaiming Tradition by StarHawk at the beginning of this review, its also a form of meg-shift Wicca. The trend I've noticed among self-styled Theistic Satanists, is that they move from the religion of their family, typically some form of Judeo-Christianity, into Neo-paganism (typically an eclectic form of Wicca), but its dogma isn't 'dark' enough. So they shift into the 'Satanist' label, but even then, 'SATAN' isn't quite the character portrayal desired, so the Theist shapes the figures of various mythologies (in this case Lilith, and Lucifer) to better fit the romanticism of the adherent. Not that it's invalid, but it seems to me, that paganism is more desirable than the expressions of Satan. As a Satanist myself, as well as a pagan, all the red flags go up when I read material such as this. There is no mention of the origins of Lilith (Sumerian), or Luficer (Greco-Roman) anywhere in the text. It could use a better cosmology, as well as a better ontological argument in favor of this 'manna' that is available to the reader to tap. It's hardly a useful manual for even a primer study of godforms. It could be, with a little work. Perhaps Mr. Blackthorn may update it, revise it a bit, or perhaps there's more to come in Volume 2, which would support the posits in Volume 1 with better strength. He certainly needs an Editor.
I think Theists do need a bible of their own, something more universal perhaps to be used by a Theist of the "Left-hand Path" of any ilk. It seems to me, that this was a premature publishing of this work. Perhaps, the author was looking for feedback from other Theists to fine-tune his ideas. I mean, it is called 'THE Satanic Bible for the Theistic Satanist' not 'A Satanic Bible for the Theistic Satanist'. As a Hermetic Satanist myself, I see no difference between an Atheist or Theist in an occult context. I can be described as either/or. The author opens the text with an ambiguous claim which suggests that the Theist either acknowledges deity and its influence, or he himself creates it. This could certainly be expanded upon, delving deeper into the psyche of man over the ages which forced his hand to make graven idols of the many faces of this 'manna'.
If I had to grade it, as a college professor, I would give it a C-. It can certainly be brought to an A, with a little more focus and less compulsion to publish prematurely.
TL;DR :P but is this the same guy that was on your poison apple radio a couple weeks back? satanism is intresting the whole gods are what you make them thing, but worshipping evil (as i see satan as being) seems wrong. satanists that believe they are their own gods and fuck you (the world that is) are alot more realistic. but to be a theistic satanist is hardcore.... thats alot of do unto others and hope you dont get caught shit that i cant get behind.
plus why would satan want to be worshipped? dosent faith in a higher power go against the whole left handed bravado? to command is far differant then to beseech.. faith is beseeching and only some one sure of their status can command so shouldent a theistic satanist say that satan is worshipping them? hmm.... you left handers are a diffrent lot and i'll leave you with that. GO TEAM JESUS :) jk GO TEAM JANUS!!
One thing that is so cliche here is the inclusion of the "Enochian" keys, which are suppose to be of Angelic origin and are referred to in Golden Dawn and O.T.O materials and are also usually at the end of the book.(cough) rip off!
When Israel Regardie included them in his Book "The Golden Dawn" he stated that the information was incomplete, but still included them for reference and was not quite sure himself how the Enochian keys operate. It isn't clear whether Regardie was hiding that knowledge or the Z manuscripts just did not elaborate in great detail about them.
I found this as a quick reference on Wikipedia, but it says pretty much what Regardie did say in his book.
Dee and Kelley claimed they received these instructions from angels and wrote them down. This account is taken at face value by most Enochian occultists. However, some of them have pointed out remarkable similarities to earlier grimoiric texts such as the Heptameron known to Dee. Doubts surrounding Kelley in particular have led many non-occultists to the assumption the whole system was originally a fraud devised by Kelley in order to receive more financial support from Dee. The system claims to relate to secrets contained within the apocryphal Book of Enoch.
It is not quite clear how much of Enochian magic was put to use by Dee and Kelley. However, rediscovery of Enochian magic by Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawnhas sparked remarkable publicity for it in modern occultism. Enochian as an operative system is difficult to reconstruct based upon original manuscripts like the collection of Sir Hans Sloane in the British Museum, but contemporary occult organizations have attempted to make it usable. The Golden Dawn was the first, but their knowledge was based upon only one of Dee's diaries and their planetary, elemental, or zodiacal attributions have no foundation in the original sources.
Aleister Crowley, who worked with, and wrote about, Enochian magic extensively, has contributed much to its comparatively widespread use today. His first work on the topic was his Liber Chanokh, a brief account of almost the whole system as the Golden Dawn saw it, but his most famous work with Enochian focused upon the Calls of the Aethyrs. His visions from these calls formed a document called The Vision and the Voice, also known as Liber 418.
Compared to other theories of magic, Enochian magic is strikingly complex and difficult to understand. Also, parts of the original manuscripts written by Dee have been lost, mainly due to a fire in his house after his death, thus key parts of the system are missing. This has allowed numerous interpretations to arise, some of which have solidified into schools of thought with individual bodies of interpretative literature.
Enochian magic forms the backbone of both the Crowley and Golden Dawn systems of magic. Latest theories include that John Dee knew of the Slavonic Book of the Secrets of Enoch, as well as the Ethiopic Book of Enoch. Many individual workers or very small groups prefer Enochian magic to other forms as the ceremonial scale required is smaller than needed for Masonic style ritual work.
Anton LaVey's book The Satanic Bible includes a section of "Enochian Keys" purported to have been part of the lost manuscripts of Dr. Dee's, though this has been proven to be false. LaVey simply took the original enochian keys but gave them another translation that fitted more into his satanic view of the world 
"The trend I've noticed among self-styled Theistic Satanists, is that they move from the religion of their family, typically some form of Judeo-Christianity, into Neo-paganism (typically an eclectic form of Wicca), but its dogma isn't 'dark' enough. So they shift into the 'Satanist' label, but even then, 'SATAN' isn't quite the character portrayal desired, so the Theist shapes the figures of various mythologies (in this case Lilith, and Lucifer) to better fit the romanticism of the adherent. Not that it's invalid, but it seems to me, that paganism is more desirable than the expressions of Satan."
I know I posted this with my last reply, but for some reason it did not include the last part where I said, I agree with the above statement you made.
"The trend I've noticed among self-styled Theistic Satanists, is that they move from thereligion of their family, typically some form of Judeo-Christianity, into Neo-paganism (typically an eclectic form of Wicca), but its dogma isn't 'dark' enough. So they shift into the 'Satanist' label, but even then, 'SATAN' isn't quite the character portrayal desired, so the Theist shapes the figures of various mythologies (in this case Lilith, and Lucifer) to better fit the romanticism of the adherent. Not that it's invalid, but it seems to me, that paganism is more desirable than the expressions of Satan."