The commencement of modern Satanism (an often misunderstood term) is commonly documented during the late-1960s. Satanism is not just one single religion. It’s, on the whole, a broad category of religions, worldviews, and literature all featuring a favorable analysis and elucidation of Satan.
Also, like any other religion, Satanism can be categorized into several different branches and factions. Some of them have aroused predictable interest, but others have lingered behind. At any rate, followers of the Left-Hand Path have formulated various ways to express their own adaptation of Satanism. Here we have explored some of them.
- The Church of Satan
The primary originator of an especially secular and atheistic type of Satanism was an American author and occultist Anton Szandor LaVey. According to LaVey, neither God nor Satan is a tangible individual. Satanism is defined by a celebration of the self by encouraging people to gratify their desires without fear of societal restrictions.
- The Satanic Temple
Similar to Anton LaVey’s adaptation of Satanism, the Satanic Temple also actually believes in the ideology of atheistic Satanism. They see him as a representation against oppression and subjugation. The group is now renowned for trying to erect a statue of Baphomet in Detroit because the city had permitted a statuette of the Ten Commandments.
Luciferians use the expression "Lucifer" in its factual sense. Lucifer is seen as a persona of enlightenment and illumination. The followers trust the equilibrium of light and dark and believe that each depends upon the other.
While Satanism acknowledges physical indulgence and Christianity concentrates on spirituality, Luciferians perceive their religion as one that searches for a balance between the two.
- Theistic Satanism: Temple of Set
The Temple of Set was founded by LaVey’s former right-hand man Michael Aquino and high priestess Lilith Sinclair, who broke away from the Church of Satan after LaVey had started to earn profit from priesthood offices. Its philosophies and viewpoints were distinctly separate from the Church of Satan resulting in theistic Satanism, where practitioners recognize the existence of one or more supernatural beings - Satan.
5. Anti-Cosmic Satanism
It’s also known as Chaos-Gnosticism and the Temple of the Black Light. The supporters of Anti-Cosmic Satanists believe that the cosmic order that was created by God is an untruth and illusion. Furthermore, after that reality, there is everlasting chaos.
- Transcendental Satanism
Transcendental Satanism is a unique faction created by Matt "The Lord" Zane, an adult video director. His kind of Satanism came to him in a dream after taking the drug LSD. Its a form of spiritual progression in which the final goal is the uniting with an individual with what his own Satanic facet.
- Christian-Based Duotheism and Polytheistic Satanism
It includes a minor sect of theistic Satanist practitioners who agree that there is a constant and eternal war going on between the Christian God and Satan. They support Satan and believe that Satan has enough power to ultimately overpower God and win the war.
Another derivative of Theistic Satanism is polytheistic groups such as the Church of Azazel which worship Satan as one of many gods.
- The Cult of Cthulhu
Founded on the H.P. Lovecraft novels, the Cults of Cthulhu are small groups that have evolved with the identical name. Supporters have mixed Satanism, black magic, and the Left-Hand Path leading to radically different aspirations.
The Cult of Cthulu views the Old Ones as many other Satanists see Lucifer. They accept them as beings that desired to bring knowledge and free humanity from dependence.
Conclusion: Essentially Satanism approves and applauds life. The individual who follows the left-hand path is ultimately accountable for his achievements or descent.
Children and animals are revered and considered precious in the eyes of the Satanists.