There is no Satanic Abortion ritual
It has been brought to my attention that the satanic temple in their latest “fight for human female reproductive rights” has now invented an “abortion ritual” so that they can fight abortion laws by using “religious” rights in some states. we are all for the protection and rights of all people including those who are alive inside of the womb. there is no historical link between satanism as a religion and abortion rituals, or child sacrifice, and we the Traditional church of Satan will remind you that the satanic temple is not a satanic organization in the traditional sense. The members of the Satanic temple are mainly atheists liberal arts students with large trust funds using satanism as a religion to fight what they believe is social injustice. they have rights of which I respect and are allowed to do as such but the majority of Satanists do not recognize them as apart of satanism, and see them as counterproductive to our cause.
On behalf of the Traditional church of Satan a legally recognized satanic church I Reverend Robert Fraize officially forbid any theistic Satanist from performing the t.s.t (the satanic temple) so called abortion ritual. Abortion has nothing to do with Satanism it never has and never will and no atheist group role playing as satanists are going to change that. Tst is doing satanists no favors with such publicity stunts and are playing along to right wing conservative christian conspiracy theorists. This is disgusting and not acceptable and I would like to see other satanists speak up on this issue because being silent makes you compliant to this absurdity .
With that said a woman has a right to choose what to do but do not be confused abortion is not an act of satanism there is no rituals traditionally that include abortion or child sacrifice these are the inventions of people who in my opinion may be suffering from untreated mental disorders .
There has been a lot of bitching and complaining by various so-called Satanists as of late in regards to the appropriation and “misuse” of Satan/Satanism in the media as of late.
The biggest complaint that I have seen is from the Satanic temple a group of performance artist liberal arts “activists” complaining about how a Tv show stole the image of their particular rendering of Baphomet on a tv show featured on netflix.
But is the Baphomet even a traditional Satanic symbol?
Levi himself described the meaning of the symbol thusly in “Dogme et Rituel:”
“The goat on the frontispiece carries the sign of the pentagram on the forehead, with one point at the top, a symbol of light, his two hands forming the sign of hermetism, the one pointing up to the white moon of Chesed, the other pointing down to the black one of Geburah. This sign expresses the perfect harmony of mercy with justice. His one arm is female, the other male like the ones of the androgyn of Khunrath, the attributes of which we had to unite with those of our goat because he is one and the same symbol. The flame of intelligence shining between his horns is the magic light of the universal balance, the image of the soul elevated above matter, as the flame, whilst being tied to matter, shines above it. The beast’s head expresses the horror of the sinner, whose materially acting, solely responsible part has to bear the punishment exclusively; because the soul is insensitive according to its nature and can only suffer when it materializes. The rod standing instead of genitals symbolizes eternal life, the body covered with scales the water, the semi-circle above it the atmosphere, the feathers following above the volatile. Humanity is represented by the two breasts and the androgyn arms of this sphinx of the occult sciences.”
Originally this symbol had very little to nothing in connection with actual Satanism.
It only became popular among Satanists when Anton Lavey appropriated the symbol for the church of Satan.
The Satanic temple has even rendered their own version appropriating it from occultists and from “modern satanists” to fit their own agenda and narrative.
Lucien Greaves leader and spokesperson of the Satanic Temple Wishes to sue netflix and the creators of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” claiming they stole design for a demonic statue of the occult deity Baphomet, the group’s spokesperson Lucien Greaves wrote on Twitter.
Greaves further goes on with a conspiracy theory that netflix is somehow promoting a satanic panic with the way the show portrays satanists/satan.
In my opinion The Satanic temples version of the Baphomet triggers the narrative of Satanic conspiracy theorists in regards to child sex trafficking and pedophilia through their appropriation and rendering of the Baphomet adding children to the image almost confirms this theory and propaganda.
The Satanic Temple does have a legitimate legal complaint when it comes to their copyright and trademark of their image of Baphomet since it is unique and exclusive.
However you must question the real reason why the group would be so defensive of a religion and “deity” that they do not represent or recognize.
Money talks and seems to be the motivation behind this complaint.
Recently The Tv series American Horror story fictionalized Anton lavey from the church of Satan changing him into some sort of Theistic devil worshiper who performed human sacrifices. The show also has shown Satanists to gather in basements sacrificing people for the antichrist.
As an ordained Reverend Of the religion Theistic Satanism I have no concern for such theatrics and fiction the show entertains me and I have no fear that it somehow will cause a “satanic panic”
Let me ask you Brothers and Sisters do you wish Satanism to constantly be portrayed as a fluffy religion such as wicca?
We are Satanists and Satan is the great adversary we are warriors and should not be concerned about how the outside world views us.
This white washing of Satanism by liberal performance artists has somehow given many of you the idea that we are some sort of new age salvation army.
It is that appropriation of satanism that you should be concerned about because it has actually affected those with in the religion to lose sight of who we are.
Theistic Satanism is not a new age religion
Reverend Dr Robert Fraize
I open this article by stating that this is in no way a burn or hate towards any person or organization
I am writing this article in hopes to educate people to stop spreading disinformation.
Out of all my years in the occult/Satanic scene I have seen my share of weird and bizarre beliefs I even have shared my own weird and bizarre beliefs.
But not until very recently have I ever thought that I would need to explain how new age religion/spiritualist is In no way connected with Theistic Satanism.
There come waves of people in each generation and new figures and organizations are established and formed.
I have seen so many come and go mainly because people decide to do this for money or fame and there is no money or fame in the occult/satanic scene so they end up leaving.
This current new wave of occultists are the kids who grew up on harry potter and twilight.
Everything seems to sparkle to these people and somewhere they got the idea that you can take anything and shine it up to be anything that you want it to be in the name of “evolution”
Theistic Satanism was established when the Enuma Elish was written the great epic of our creator the dragon of old (SATAN)Tiamat vs the solar deity who later became the god of Abraham (Marduk)
All theistic Satanists who actually practice this ancient religion know that our religion is a stand alone religion which predates all Modern religions.
Theistic Satanists do not recognize Lucifer,Iblis or any devils or demons from the religions of Abraham as those religions are corruptions and rewrites of the original religion.
Theistic Satanism as a stand alone religion does not require evolving as that would mean that it would be changed from its foundation which is already established.
If you are going to mix in your own spirituality and beliefs from other religions into what you think is Theistic Satanism it is no longer Theistic Satanism but something else so why call it Theistic Satanism at all?
And what is new ageism what constitutes a new age religion?
Unlike other people I provide definitions so people can understand what I am talking about to prove my point.
often as modifier A broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture, with an interest in spirituality, mysticism, holism, and environmentalism.
The definition of New age says that it is an alternative approach to western culture?
The problem here is that Theistic Satanism is not a western religion of philosophy it was founded in the middle east in Sumeria in what is now known as Iraq.
All educated people know that new age spiritualism became established and popular in the 1970s with a strong focus on self development and holistic healing .
Religions like Wicca can be considered newage as they adopted aspects of ancient practices but where mixed together with modern ideology with peace and love in mind.
Theistic Satanism existed long before the 1970s and has absolutely no connection with the ideology of the new-age movement.
Theistic Satanism has not “evolved” as some say into a new age religion or philosophy Theistic Satanism continues to thrive as a Stand alone religion with real structure,tradition and doctrine.
As long as I live There will always be a religion called Theistic Satanism.
And it is my job and the reverends of the traditional church of Satan to teach this religion to the new wave of satanists to keep it alive.
The Traditional church of Satan does not exist for popularity nor do we exist to make money or promote the pipe dream of Unity peace and love.
We exist to serve and honor Satan!
(Originally published at traditionalchurchofsatan.net on April 4, 2016. Revised 922/18)
I would like to take this time to talk about a subject that has been brought up by some ignorant misinformed individuals.
Some people have failed to realize that Satanism is a religion,spiritual movement,philosophy based on individual freedom.
The whole concept of Satanism is self development and empowerment.
regardless if you recognize a deity or not a although I personally do not recognize aesthetic satanist the Satanists goal is not to imitate or seek the acceptance of others.
I have been questioned by some people as to who initiated me and into what “coven”
This question was asked by ignorant pseudo Satanists.
I do feel the need to answer this question because maybe it will help educate people.
I initiated myself at a very young age.
I had designed a ritual based on what I was feeling and my thoughts during meditation.
I held a private Ceremony between myself and My deity this was a spiritual ceremony and would not had been the same if it involved other people.
Later I was Ordained by A Satanic church in Massachusetts that closed
and obtained a ulc ministers license until 2012 when the Church Of Leviathan became a legally recognized church dedicated to Theistic Satanism at which time the board ordained me and gave me the title (Pope)
I do not believe that a Satanist should ever have to conform to the ideology and standards of another man.
and for this reason I myself do not hold initiation ceremonies to initiate people into any organization that I have ever been apart of and I never will.
I however have written rituals for self baptism for Individuals to perform in solitude.
People can say whatever they like about this to discredit me and that is perfectly fine with me but building a relationship with Satan is not done through some bizarre hazing or sexual ritual to benifit the gratification of another human being.
How many of you have heard about alleged satanic sex abuse? I bet everyone reading this has heard about or seen on tv some fundamental christian Muslim or Jew claiming that there is some huge underground Satanic ritual abuse child sex trade going on. And while it is true that there is a big organized child sex abuse ring operating worldwide it is not in anyway affiliated with any Satanic organization.
The People involved in this organized sex abuse come from the Abrahamic religions mainly Christianity,Judaism and Islam.
Let us start this article by exposing Pedophilia In Judaism
Sex at Three Years and One Day
In contrast to Simeon ben Yohai’s dictum that sex with a little girl is permitted under the age of three years, the general teaching of the Talmud is that the rabbi must wait until a day after her third birthday. She could be taken in marriage simply by the act of rape.
R. Joseph said: Come and hear! A maiden aged three years and a day may be acquired in marriage by coition and if her deceased husband’s brother cohabits with her, she becomes his. (Sanh. 55b)
A girl who is three years of age and one day may be betrothed by cohabitation. . . .(Yeb. 57b)
A maiden aged three years and a day may be acquired in marriage by coition, and if her deceased husband’s brother cohabited with her she becomes his. (Sanh. 69a, 69b, also discussed in Yeb. 60b)
It was taught: R. Simeon b. Yohai stated: A proselyte who is under the age of three years and one day is permitted to marry a priest, for it is said, But all the women children that have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves, and Phineas (who was priest, the footnote says) surely was with them. (Yeb. 60b)
[The Talmud says such three year and a day old girls are] . . . fit for cohabitation. . . But all women children, that have not known man by lying with him, it must be concluded that Scripture speaks of one who is fit for cohabitation. (Footnote to Yeb. 60b)
The example of Phineas, a priest, himself marrying an underage virgin of three years is considered by the Talmud as proof that such infants are “fit for cohabitation.”
The Talmud teaches that an adult woman’s molestation of a nine year old boy is “not a sexual act” and cannot “throw guilt” upon her because the little boy is not truly a “man.” 9 But they use opposite logic to sanction rape of little girls aged three years and one day: Such infants they count as “women,” sexually mature and fully responsible to comply with the requirements of marriage.
The Talmud footnotes 3 and 4 to Sanhedrin 55a clearly tell us when the rabbis considered a boy and girl sexually mature and thus ready for marriage. “At nine years a male attains sexual matureness… The sexual matureness of woman is reached at the age of three.”
“The first shock came when Mordechai Jungreis learned that his mentally disabled teenage son was being molested in a Jewish ritual bathhouse in Brooklyn. The second came after Mr. Jungreis complained, and the man accused of the abuse was arrested.
Old friends started walking stonily past him and his family on the streets of Williamsburg. Their landlord kicked them out of their apartment. Anonymous messages filled their answering machine, cursing Mr. Jungreis for turning in a fellow Jew. And, he said, the mother of a child in a wheelchair confronted Mr. Jungreis’s mother-in-law, saying the same man had molested her son, and she “did not report this crime, so why did your son-in-law have to?”
By cooperating with the police, and speaking out about his son’s abuse, Mr. Jungreis, 38, found himself at the painful forefront of an issue roiling his insular Hasidic community. There have been glimmers of change as a small number of ultra-Orthodox Jews, taking on longstanding religious and cultural norms, have begun to report child sexual abuse accusations against members of their own communities. But those who come forward often encounter intense intimidation from their neighbors and from rabbinical authorities, aimed at pressuring them to drop their cases.””
You read that right a child was being sexually abused in a ritualistic Jewish Bath house Not a Satanic church a Jewish ritual bath house.
There are many real stories out there describing ritualistic sex abuse committed by Jewish rabbis and even child murders in the name of the god Marduk/moloch by Zionist Jews but the details are so disturbing I can not sit here and write them with out being mentally scared.
Moving on we will now focus on the Christian religion and its child sex abuse history not all are committed by perverted Catholics but we will begin with the catholic church and the black mass.
As we know today the catholic church is responsible for the sexual rape abuse and murder of hundereds of thousands of kids world wide.
In the dark ages the catholic church invented an enemy to throw people off the track of their own dirty doings.
Today we call these types of things false flags.
One of the biggest false flags was the Catholic churches fictional creation of witches and “devil worshipers” today called Satanists.
Like the Jewish people The Catholics worship the god of Abraham and it is this god Marduk who has had children sacrificed in his name since ancient times.
The catholics in those days where more blood thirsty than today all one needs for proof is to read about the crusades.
Priests would kid nap and kill kids at first these horrible crimes where blamed on mythological creatures like wolf men and vampires but people began disbelieving these stories as the church was not able to produce any for trial.
So the church created “devil worshipers”
the propaganda worked for hundreds of years and it still is played out today among christian conspiracy theorists.
The big bad boogyman Satanist is said to lurk behind every tree at the end of a street waiting for a kid to kill so you must baptize your baby today and give the church money to save their souls.
Not only did the church make money off the propaganda they gained the trust of parents to protect their kids against the evil Satanists.
While parents leave their kids at the church with the priests for protection and moral guidance the kids are raped and abused this is all now well documented.
The Vatican knew about this the whole time but did nothing to stop the abuse they kept trying to push the false flag of satanists even going so far to say there are bad satanists in the Vatican yet none of these pervert priests have been affiliated with any actual satanic organization at all.
The evil is and has always been in the Vatican Marduk worshipers are the enemy of children and civilization.
You may say well Catholics are just pagan heretics well protestants do it too.
In a newyork times article titled Three Pastors Charged With Sex Trafficking of Children in Ohio
it describes a case of child sex abuse and trafficking Three pastors accused of exploiting and abusing teenage girls were indicted this week on federal child sex trafficking charges in Toledo, Ohio.
The men, Kenneth Butler, 37; Anthony J. Haynes, 38; and Cordell Jenkins, 47, were charged with conspiracy for child sex trafficking as part of an 11-count indictmenthanded down on Tuesday, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio said. The three men pleaded not guilty.
They are accused of sexually assaulting a girl beginning in 2014, when she was 14, through 2017. Some of the abuse is thought to have taken place at hotels and at Greater Life Christian Center in Toledo, where Mr. Haynes was a pastor and used his telephone to record the sexual assaults, prosecutors said.
There are many more stories of “pastors” doing these horrible things but I can not bring self to sit and read about all these horrible Christians doing such unnatural things to children. These are not Satanic priests they are christian pastors doing their lords work.
And finally lets talk a little about Islam a religion built upon a rapists insane visions.
At 53 years old muhammad married a 6 year old girl named Ayesha The well-established, but not altogether agreed upon, tradition of Lady Ayesha’s age at the time of marrying Prophet Muhammad comes from a hadith in one of the most authentic collections – Sahih al-Bukhari in which Ayesha, herself, states: “The Messenger of God married me when I was six, and consummated the marriage with me when I was nine.”
Muhammad a 56 year old man had sexual intercourse with a 9 year old girl this is the man who established the religion is Islam and that all Muslim men strive to emulate? Even today Muslims sell their daughters off to older men as sex slaves to be married because the religion of Islam promotes such ideology it is not a humane religion to be respected.
These are not satanists abusing their kids these are Muslims selling their daughters off to old creepy men How can you condone such disgusting inhumane behavior?
In conclusion I have given you just a few examples from each of the main religions of Abraham the father of the bastard religions of Marduk displaying sexual abuse.
There is no world wide elite Satanic organization trafficking kids for abuse and sacrifice these are the actions of the people you all trust.
When you go to your houses of worship and give money to these organizations you are enabling pedophiles and their defense and you are guilty of helping them rape kids! Consider all of this before you go to your places of worship maybe you should ask your self if you even should be going to these places any more? Or asking your self if solitary practice is a logical solution. They use your funds to stay in business cut them off boycott the religions of abraham.
Theistic Satanism is a stand alone religion
Reverend Robert Fraize.
(The leader of theistic Satanism)
I have had enough sitting back and watching people in the “satanic community” Mixing what I call bullshit into the religion of Theistic Satanism.
People will argue that Theistic Satanism is not a religion but rather a philosophy or spiritual practice. and while philosophy and individual spiritual practices are apart of Theistic Satanism that does not make it so.
Theistic Satanism is a traditional religion dating back to the days that predate the religions of abraham the Kabbalah the goetia and Ahriman.
and was established around the year 1500 BCE when the Sacred tablets the Enuma elish were written.
It is these tablets that set the foundation of the religion of Theistic Satanism the great cosmic battle between the creator Dragon Tiamat vs the solar deity Marduk.
Theistic Satanism has no historical roots with the corrupted religions that came afterwards and only Idiots and ignorant worms would believe any different.
You have people claiming to be apart of “Theistic Satanism” making all sorts of uneducated and childish claims that Theistic Satanism is whatever you want it to be.
Those of us who have studied and practiced the religion for decades know that this is not true. Call it dogmatic if you wish BUT the fact is Theistic Satanism has a set system and beliefs separate from other religions which makes it a (STAND ALONE RELIGION) .
As a Reverend of the religion Theistic Satanism it is my Job to educate people with the truth of the religion and not to keep silent on such issues.
No matter how unpopular the truth is or how many people disagree or hate me for it does not matter.
If you are a Theistic Satanists and wish to study and even practice other “religions”
that is your own personal choice.
Your personal choice does not reflect onto the religion (theistic satanism) and should never be taught as a part of the religion (theistic satanism).
The problem is that while it is important to study everything it is not logical to mix and match them because the end result is the equivalent to a bad chemical combination that leads to an explosion in the practitioners face.
I would not be much of a reverend if i was not looking out for people of the religion of which I represent would I.
so I leave you with this.
If you wish to be a Theistic Satanist be a Theistic Satanist study the religion and practice it. beware of people who are mixing various bullshit in order to sell you some products along with a pretty face.
They may get facebook and video likes but Theistic Satanism is not about popularity nor is it about the approval of others.
The goal of a Theistic Satanist is to gain the true power of the universe through a relationship with the Ancient dragon and anyone who says differently obviously has not studied very long or has read the disinformation work of e.a Koetting ford AND OTHERS .
Illuminati elite occult organization or Zionist false flag?
(The leader of theistic Satanism)
Reverend Dr Robert Fraize
The Illuminati (plural of Latinilluminatus, “enlightened”)
Historically, the name usually refers to the Bavarian Illuminati, an Enlightenment-era secret society founded on 1 May 1776. The society’s goals were to oppose superstition, and religious influence over public life, and abuses of state power.
The people recruited were Christians of good character with Jews and pagans specifically excluded, along with women, monks, and members of other secret societies. Favored candidates were rich, docile, willing to learn, and aged 18–30
The group did not worship Lucifer or Satan as many new age occult conspiracy theorists claim.
It is easily understandable to see how such a group in that time period could be branded as devil worshipers since they fought against religious control this could be seen as an evil agenda by the majority who followed and agreed with religious dictatorships.
In modern times “Illuminati” refers to various organizations which make fraudulent claims or are have links to the original Bavarian Illuminati yet none of these organizations can prove any sort of connection as the Illuminati is a defunct fraternal organization.
Modern Pop culture produced by Zionists sell the idea that the Illuminati to be some sort of shadow organization with links to freemasonry and the knight Templars.
This is false information created to throw people off the trail of their own filthy agenda and activity’s.
As the leader of theistic Satanism I would like to officially clear up this disinformation.
Satanists and occultists are not affiliated with the Illuminati as it is not an “occult satanic organization” nor did it ever exist as one but it sure has been given those attributes by the enemy.
I am a popular figure in social media among Satanists and I receive numerous requests daily asking me how people can Join the Illuminati.
Sadly many of these people come from third world countries and live in poverty and they believe that membership to this organization will make them wealthy.
I have to explain that the Illuminati is not real and that Satan does not grant wishes.
I have also seen the numerous fake Illuminati groups and websites pop up requesting members and offering false promises.
If the Illuminati existed today they would not advertise on face book and would not be using gmail as their contact.
(hidden) organizations do exist that would resemble what the Zionists want to sell you as the Illuminati.
Child sex trade, human sacrifice ,genocide ,and population control are real issues going on today.
The cults that are involved are not Satanists they are Marduk worshipers he is the god of Zionism which the same false god of Abraham the god these people worship created Humans to be slaves and nothing more.
As the leader of theistic Satanism I denounce the so-called Illuminati and all groups claiming the name who pretend to be Luciferians ,Satanists and occultists.
I can only hope that people wake up and see the truth.
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Anton LaVey: Legend and Reality
“I’m one helluva liar. Most of my adult life, I’ve been accused of being a charlatan, a phony, an impostor. I guess that makes me about as close to what the Devil’s supposed to be, as anyone. It’s true. I lie constantly, incessantly. Because I lie so often, I’d really be full of shit if I didn’t keep my mouth shut and my bowels open.”
– Anton LaVey, Satan Speaks, page 101
“The bigger the lie, the more the people will believe it” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
compiled by his daughter Zeena and Nikolas Schreck – February 2, 1998
Anton Szandor LaVey (1930-1997), along with Charles Manson, Timothy Leary, and other messianic pop gurus, was a notorious figure of the 1960s’ subculture of social experiment. As the flamboyant High Priest of the Church of Satan and the author of the Satanic Bible, he served as an ideal bogeyman for the sensation-seeking American media of that tumultuous period.
His curious celebrity was based largely on a self-created legend. This carefully-orchestrated legend may, in the final analysis, be LaVey’s most enduring legacy. LaVey disseminated his legend through interviews with journalists, personal discussion with his disciples, and two LaVey-approved [auto]biographies (apparently ghostwritten by LaVey himself). The first of these, 1974’s The Devil’s Avenger (credited to LaVey associate Burton Wolfe), embellished on the fabrications Wolfe had already sketched in his introduction to the Satanic Bible. The second, 1990’s Secret Life of a Satanist (credited to Blanche Barton, LaVey’s live-in secretary and mother of his son), contradicted many of LaVey’s own claims in the earlier volume, while putting forth new legends for public consumption. As social historians and scholars of occult movements begin to study LaVey’s life and times in an objective historical context, a wealth of information concerning the man beneath the Devil horns has come to light. This brief checklist is a concise guide to separating the deliberate prevarications from the human, all-too-human facts. For brevity’s sake, only the most well-known aspects of the legend will be clarified here.
LEGEND: Claimed that “Anton Szandor LaVey” was his genuine birth name.
REALITY: Born “Howard Stanton Levey”.
SOURCES: Birth certificate 4/11/1930, Cook County, Illinois. Confirmed by relatives.
LEGEND: Claimed his parents were Joseph and Augusta LaVey.
REALITY: Parents were Michael and Gertrude Levey.
SOURCES: Birth certificate 4/11/1930, Cook County, Illinois. Confirmed by ASL’s daughter Zeena and daughter Karla according to her entry on ASL’s death certificate.
LEGEND: Claimed he was introduced to the Dark Side by his Transylvanian Gypsy grandmother, who regaled him as a child with supernatural folklore and tales of vampires and werewolves.
REALITY: ASL’s grandmother was not Transylvanian nor of Gypsy stock. She was a Ukrainian named Cecile Luba Primokov-Coulton (“Coulton” was Anglicized from “Koltonoff”). Despite his frequent claims, ASL had no Gypsy ancestry.
SOURCES: Relatives, including ASL’s parents.
LEGEND: In 1945 the 15-year-old ASL was brought to the ruins of postwar Germany by his uncle, a U.S. Coast Guard officer. There the teenaged ASL was shown top-secret films inspired by Satanic cult lodges and their rituals. ASL claimed that the “German” rituals in his 1972 book The Satanic Rituals were actual transcripts of the filmed rituals he saw as a youth.
REALITY: Young Howard spent the entirety of 1945 in suburban northern California, and never visited Germany at any time in his life. The uncle who he claimed brought him to Germany was incarcerated at McNeill Island Penitentiary for involvement with Al Capone-related criminal activity during 1945, and was never in the armed forces. Allied martial law forbade U.S. citizens from visiting postwar Germany. The “German” rituals in the Satanic Rituals are written in extremely poor, Anglicized German. They are clearly uncredited adaptations of the short story The Hounds of Tindalos by Frank Belknap Long and H.G. Wells’ famous novel The Island of Dr. Moreau.
SOURCES: ASL relatives, former wife Diane LaVey, The Hounds of Tindalos, The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Satanic Rituals, Church of Satan member Rosalind Herkommer (who translated ASL’s rituals into German).
LEGEND: The 15-year-old ASL played second oboe with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, making him the youngest musician ever to play with that prestigious institution.
REALITY: There was no “San Francisco Ballet Orchestra” in 1945. The San Francisco Ballet was accompanied by a local orchestra, whose records show that none of its three oboists was named “Levey” or “LaVey”.
SOURCES: San Francisco Performing Arts Library & Museum, San Francisco, California.
LEGEND: In 1947 ASL ran away from home and joined the Clyde Beatty Circus. The Circus employed the 17-year-old as a lion tamer. He then replaced the Circus calliope player, accompanying such famous Beatty acts as the Concellos, Harold Alanza, and the Cristianis.
REALITY: The voluminous Beatty archives show no record of a “Levey” or “LaVey” as lion tamer or musician. The Concellos, Alanza, and Cristianis were never Beatty performers; they worked exclusively for the Ringling Brothers Circus.
SOURCES: Beatty 1947 Route Books, Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin (Wright, “SD”, page 67); ASL relatives.
LEGEND: In 1948 the 18-year-old ASL was engaged to play organ at the Mayan burlesque theater in Los Angeles. There he met a young stripper named Marilyn Monroe, with whom he had a passionate love affair in the period before her rise to film stardom. According to ASL, Monroe had resorted to stripping to pay her rent. As proof of his relationship with Monroe, ASL later showed visitors a copy of Monroe’s famous nude calendar inscribed “Dear Tony, How many times have you seen this! Love, Marilyn”.
REALITY: ASL never knew Monroe. Monroe intimate Robert Slatzer and Harry Lipton, Monroe’s agent in 1948, have exposed and discredited this tale. Lipton paid Monroe’s expenses, including her rent. Paul Valentine, director of the Mayan Theater, has stated that the Mayan was never a burlesque theater, and that neither Monroe nor ASL ever worked for the Mayan in any capacity. Diane LaVey, ASL’s former wife, has admitted that she forged the “Monroe” inscription on the calendar. ASL’s former publicist Edward Webber claims ASL admitted he never knew Monroe.
SOURCES: Diane LaVey, Paul Valentine (Wright, “SD”, page #68), Harry Lipton (Aquino-Lipton conversation 12/1/82), Robert Slatzer (letter to Aquino 11/27/82), Edward Webber (interview by Aquino 6/2/91).
LEGEND: ASL was exposed to the savagery of human nature during his stint as a San Francisco Police photographer in the early 1950s.
REALITY: San Francisco Police Department past employment records include no “Howard Levey” nor “Anton LaVey”. Frank Moser, who was a SFPD photographer in the early 1950s, said that ASL never worked for the Department.
SOURCES: SFPD records, Frank Moser (Wright, “SD”, page 68).
LEGEND: ASL studied criminology at San Francisco City College during the Korean War.
REALITY: SFCC has no record of ASL’s enrollment at any time.
SOURCES: SFCC records (Wright, “SD”, page 68).
LEGEND: ASL purchased the house at 6114 California Street (which would later become the headquarters of the Church of Satan – the infamous “Black House”) because he discovered on first inspection that it was the former brothel of Barbary Coast madam Mammy Pleasant. The house was honeycombed with trapdoors and secret passageways, built by Pleasant to elude police raids.
REALITY: 6114 was ASL’s parents’ home. It was never a brothel, nor did Mammy Pleasant ever live or work there. ASL’s parents first allowed ASL and his first wife Carole to live in the house, then transferred ownership of it to ASL and his second wife Diane in 1971. Such secret passages and hidden rooms that exist were constructed by ASL.
SOURCES: Relatives, San Francisco property records (Michael & Gertrude Levey, Joint Tenancy Grant Deed, July 9, 1971).
LEGEND: In the 1950s ASL traveled to Nice, France, where he recorded an album of organ music under the pseudonym of “Georges Montalba”.
REALITY: ASL’s first and only trip to France was in the mid-1970s, when his Dutch disciple Maarten Lamers, Amsterdam sex club owner, financed his voyage. The “ASL=Montalba” story appeared in 1989, when a gullible Church of Satan member found a Montalba album and suggested that it was similar to ASL’s own music. ASL, never pleased by competition, responded with the preposterous “pseudonym” claim – which is still ardently supported by his posthumous followers.
SOURCES: Diane LaVey, Zeena LaVey.
LEGEND: ASL was the official city organist for San Francisco until 1966, playing for gala events such as government banquets and political meetings.
REALITY: San Francisco has never had an “official city organist”. According to ASL’s first wife Carole, his only income of $29.91/week was generated by his regular engagement at the “Lost Weekend” nightclub, where he was the house Wurlitzer organist.
SOURCE: Julie Burford, Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, California (Wright, “SD”, page 68). Carole LaVey’s divorce proceeding records (Wright, “SD”, page 68).
LEGEND: On the night of April 30, 1966 (the German Satanic festival of Walpurgisnacht), ASL in a “blinding flash” declared himself the High Priest of Satan, proclaimed that the Age of Satan had begun, and founded the Church of Satan as a religious institution.
REALITY: In 1966 ASL supplemented his income by presenting weekend lectures on exotic and occult topics, and by conducting “Witches’ Workshops”. He charged $2 a head, filling his living room with the curious and establishing a local reputation as an eccentric. Professional publicist Edward Webber suggested to ASL that he “would never make any money by lecturing on Friday nights for donations … it would be better to form some sort of church and get a charter from the State of California … I told Anton at the time that the press was going to flip out over all this and that we would get a lot of notoriety”. In the summer of 1966, long after the fictional founding-date invented later, a newspaper article about ASL’s lectures offhandedly referred to him as “priest of the Devil’s church”. This mixture of Webber’s idea and the newspaper’s characterization resulted in the creation of the Church of Satan as a business and publicity vehicle. Jack Webb, a San Francisco Police investigator who knew ASL from the “Lost Weekend” nightclub, also suggested that he should form a church of some kind to exploit his recondite knowledge.
SOURCES: Edward Webber (interview by Aquino 6/2/91), Jack Webb, Diane LaVey.
LEGEND: ASL’s trademark shaved head was the result of a ceremonial head-shaving on April 30, 1966, to formalize his role as High Priest of Satan. This ritual was performed in the tradition of the Yezidi devil-worshipping tribes of Iraq, who were said to have carried out a similar ceremony.
REALITY: ASL shaved his head in the summer of 1966 due to a light-hearted dare from his wife. The “LaVey look” had nothing to do with the Church of Satan founding nor any mystical meaning attached to it later. Nor do Yezidi qawwals (religious teachers) shave their heads.
SOURCES: Diane LaVey; Ethel S. Drower, Peacock Angel, 1941; C.J. Edmonds, A Pilgrimage to Lalish, Royal Asiatic Society, 1967.
LEGEND: In 1966 ASL personally designed the Baphomet emblem of the Church of Satan. He owns the right to this design, claiming it cannot be reproduced without obtaining licensing rights from the Church of Satan.
REALITY: The Baphomet emblem used by the Church of Satan was neither original to it nor created by ASL, hence cannot be trademarked. The original Baphomet dates at least as far back as the medieval Knights Templar. The artwork for the current emblem’s goat/pentagram first appears in a 1931 book by Oswald Wirth. The complete emblem with the added circles and “LVYThN” Hebrew letters appears on the cover of a book by Maurice Bessy two years before the creation of the Church of Satan. Early photos of Church activities often show ASL or his disciples using the Bessy book as a photo-prop because of its prominent cover-Baphomet, and he included that book in his Compleat Witch bibliography. The Baphomet, including this rendition of it, is clearly in the public domain.
SOURCES: Oswald Wirth, La fran-maconnerie rendue intelligible a ces adeptes – II, “Le compagnon”, Paris: Derry-Livres, 1931, page #60; Maurice Bessy, A Pictorial History of Magic and the Supernatural, London: Spring Books, 1964 [the original edition of this work – Histoire en 1000 images de la magie – was published in 1961 by Editions du Pont Royal]; Thomas H. Hilton, Sex and the Occult, Vol. I, Los Angeles: Centurion Press, 1974;Church of Satan members, The Black Flame (a 1980s Church of Satan magazine).
LEGEND: One of ASL’s most widely-accepted falsehoods is his claim that he served as technical advisor for the 1968 Roman Polanski film Rosemary’s Baby. ASL also claimed to have played the curiously-uncredited part of the Devil in that film.
REALITY: ASL had no involvement with Rosemary’s Baby. Polanski’s close friend Gene Gutowski (original producer of the film) stated that there was no technical advisor, nor did ASL ever even meet Polanski. Producer William Castle, who details all aspects of the film’s production in his autobiography, never mentions ASL. He does describe Polanski’s diligence in basing the film exactly on the Ira Levin novel from which it was adapted, eliminating any need for technical advice. The father of the actress who played Mia Farrow’s body-double in the Devil scene recalled that a young, very slender professional dancer played the part, dressed in a small rubber suit. In 1971 this suit was acquired by Studio One Productions in Louisville, Kentucky, for use in a low-budget horror film Asylum of Satan. Michael Aquino, technical advisor for that film, examined the suit and concluded that the 200-pound, 6-foot ASL could not possibly have worn it. [The suit was worn by a girl in the Asylum film.] Not a single member of the cast or crew of Rosemary’s Baby has ever mentioned ASL’s involvement. In 1968 a San Francisco theater did ask ASL to make an appearance at the film’s local opening as a promotional event. This appears to have been ASL’s only connection with the film that engendered the 1960s’ popular interest in Satanism.
SOURCES: Gene Gutowski; William Castle, Step Right Up! I’m Gonna Scare the Pants off America, New York: Pharos Books, 1992; Diane LaVey, Michael A. Aquino (COS, page #17).
LEGEND: Jayne Mansfield, Hollywood sex symbol and actress, was a card-carrying Satanist and had an affair with ASL.
REALITY: Publicity agent Tony Kent, an associate of Ed Webber, arranged the meeting between Mansfield and ASL as a publicity stunt. ASL was smitten with the actress. Mansfield, who made no secret of her many affairs, denied knowing ASL intimately, and no associate of hers has ever confirmed any supposed romance with ASL. In a 1967 interview she said, “He had fallen in love with me and wanted to join my life with his. It was a laugh.” According to ASL’s publicist Edward Webber, Mansfield would ridicule her Satanic suitor by calling from her Los Angeles home and seductively teasing him while her friends listened in on the conversation. ASL’s public claims that he had an affair with Mansfield began only after Mansfield’s death in an automobile accident, which he also claimed was the result of a curse he had placed on her lover Sam Brody.
SOURCES: Edward Webber (interview by Aquino 6/2/91); interview with Mansfield quoted in Jayne Mansfield by May Mann, Pocket Books, 1974.
LEGEND: ASL wrote the Satanic Bible, his principal work, to fulfill his congregation’s need for a scriptural guide.
REALITY: The Satanic Bible was conceived as a commercial vehicle by paperback publisher Avon Books. Avon approached ASL for some kind of Satanic work to cash in on the Satanism & witchcraft fad of the late 1960s. Pressed for material to meet Avon’s deadline, ASL resorted to plagiarism, assembling extracts from an obscure 1896 tract – Might is Right by Ragnar Redbeard into a “Book of Satan” for the SB, and claiming its authorship by himself. [Ironically these MiR passages are the ones most frequently quoted by ASL disciples.] Another third of the SB consists of John Dee’s “Enochian Keys”, taken directly but again without attribution from Aleister Crowley’s Equinox. The SB‘s “Nine Satanic Statements”, one of the Church of Satan’s central doctrines, is a paraphrase, again unacknowledged, of passages from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. The last words in the SB – “Yankee Rose” – have been puzzled over for years by readers. “YR” is actually the name of an old popular tune in ASL’s nightclub repertoire.
SOURCES: ASL, The Satanic Bible; Ragnar Redbeard, Might is Right, Port Townsend: Loompanics (reprint), 1896; Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged (Galt’s speech, ca. pages #936-993); “Yankee Rose” by Sidney Holden & Abe Frankl (Irving Berlin Music, 1926).
LEGEND: ASL claimed that at the height of the Church of Satan’s popularity there were hundreds of thousands of formal members.
REALITY: Diane LaVey (who administered the Church as High Priestess 1966-1984), Michael A. Aquino (senior Magister of the Church and Editor of its Cloven Hoof newsletter 1971-1975), and Zeena LaVey (High Priestess of the Church 1985-1990) have all affirmed that the figures claimed by ASL were grossly exaggerated. The membership of the Church of Satan never exceeded 300 individuals, several of whom were nonmember subscribers to the newsletter or ASL friends receiving complimentary mailings.
SOURCES: Diane LaVey, Michael A. Aquino, Zeena LaVey.
LEGEND: ASL claimed to be a multimillionaire, owning three homes in northern California, a convent in Italy, a chateau in France, a fleet of luxury automobiles, a 185-foot yacht, three salvage ships, and other property.
REALITY: During Diane [LaVey] Hegarty’s 1988-91 lawsuit against ASL, and ASL’s subsequent 1991 filing for bankruptcy, ASL stipulated under oath that he owned nothing more than 50% of the house his parents had given jointly to him and Diane, along with the personal items he kept therein. ASL’s final years were subsidized by California state aid. Assessors declared the house to be in such poor repair as to be nearly worthless on the real estate market. Family members have attested to the fact that by the mid-1970s the LaVeys lived in near-poverty, frequently having to rely upon ASL’s father’s generosity. According to other LaVey relatives, ASL continued to rely on handouts from friends and relatives until the end of his life.
LEGEND: ASL was a close friend of Sammy Davis, Jr. and inducted him into the Church of Satan.
REALITY: Sammy Davis, Jr. was invited to accept an honorary membership in the Church of Satan by Michael Aquino. After Davis sent Aquino his acceptance on March 17, 1973, he was presented with the honorary membership on April 13, 1973 by Aquino and Karla LaVey alone. ASL did not meet Davis until August 1973.
SOURCES: Davis letter to Aquino 3/17/73; Church of Satan Priesthood Bulletin 4/30/73; Aquino, COS, Chapter 23; Sammy Davis, Hollywood in a Suitcase (pre-publication text, printed in Daily News, New York, 9/11/80), Karla LaVey.
LEGEND: ASL presented himself as a loving family man.
REALITY: ASL violently beat his wife Diane throughout their marriage. In 1984 a police report was made describing Diane being strangled into unconsciousness by ASL, who was in such a murderous rage that his daughter Karla had to pull him off Diane and drag her outside the house to save her life. ASL routinely physically beat and abused those of his female disciples with whom he had sex, forcing them into prostitution as part of his “Satanic counseling” and collecting their earnings. In 1986 ASL was a passive witness to the sexual molestation of his own grandson by a longtime friend who was later convicted of sex crimes with minors. In 1990 ASL informed a mentally-ill stalker of his daughter Zeena of her whereabouts and the time & location of a public appearance she was scheduled to make, deliberately endangering her life.
SOURCES: San Francisco Police records of ASL attack on Diane LaVey, Zeena LaVey, Diane LaVey, Stanton LaVey.
LEGEND: ASL had a deeply affectionate relationship with Togare, his pet lion.
REALITY: While ASL was always careful to portray himself to the public as an animal lover, in private he was cruel to and neglectful of his pets. When he was given Togare as a cub in 1964, he was ill-equipped to deal with such an exotic, wild animal despite his pretensions as a circus lion-tamer. As Togare became larger and more unruly, ASL frequently used an electric cattle prod to hurt and frighten him into submission. Many animal-rights proponents, including Togare’s final owner Tippi Hedren, agree that it is detrimental to a wild animal’s development to be raised in a domestic environment. ASL was arrested due to Togare’s unruly behavior, and ASL was ordered to donate him to the San Francisco Zoo. After complying, ASL made only two visits to Togare. Due to the trauma of his early life, Togare needed special care at the Zoo and at every animal-care facility in which he subsequently lived.
SOURCES: Jack Castor (Lion Keeper, San Francisco Zoo), Diane LaVey, Zeena LaVey, Tippi Hedren (The Cats of Shamballa, McGraw-Hill, 1985).
LEGEND: ASL had a deeply affectionate relationship with his other pets.
REALITY: In the late 1960s ASL acquired a Doberman Pinscher (Loki) as an accent to his “sinister” image. ASL never took the time to housebreak or train Loki, and relegated him to the overgrown and unkempt backyard of the house, regardless of weather. If Loki ever tried to slip into the house for shelter, ASL routinely used Togare’s cattle-prod on him to terrify him back outside. In his old age Loki developed such severe arthritis that he could not climb the stairs to the back door to eat, and began wasting away from malnutrition. ASL then gave him to one of his prostitute “students”, who at least saw that Loki had a warm, inside home until he died a few months later. During her young childhood ASL’s daughter Zeena once awoke late at night to hear slamming sounds and the shrieking of her German Shepherd puppy. Running downstairs, she saw ASL savagely beating the cowering, cornered dog with a wooden plank. When Zeena begged ASL to stop and asked him what the dog had done to deserve such treatment, ASL screamed, “She won’t listen to me! I’m going to force her to obey me!” ASL continued beating the dog until her face was covered with her blood, then dropped the plank and left the dog quivering in the hallway, so injured and frightened that she wouldn’t let even Zeena come near her. This incident left the dog traumatized for a long time afterwards.
SOURCES: Diane LaVey, Zeena LaVey.
LEGEND: On ASL’s original death certificate the date of his demise was recorded as October 31, 1997 (Halloween).
REALITY: An official investigation by the City of San Francisco determined that ASL’s actual date of death was October 29, 1997 and that the “Halloween” date had been illegally written on the document.
RESEARCH REFERENCES: Wright, Lawrence, “Sympathy for the Devil”, Rolling Stone #612, September 5, 1991, Saints and Sinners. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1993. Aquino, Michael A., The Church of Satan. San Francisco: Temple of Set, 1983. We extend our thanks to ASL’s relatives and associates who contributed their memories.