Preparation of Satanic Temples
One of the purposes of the Temple is to perform ceremonial Satanic rituals on a regular basis, and the following schedule is suggested: a)
Once a month (at a new moon if possible) celebrate the Black Mass. This celebration should be followed by a feast where food and wine prepared and/or brought to the Temple by the members is consumed, this feast itself following on after the orgy that concludes the Black Mass. Should you, as organiser of the Temple (and thus an honoury ‘Master’ or ‘Mistress’- the organiser of a new Temple is generally known by the title of ‘Choregos’) wish, the feast only may conclude the Mass – it being left to your discretion as to when the orgy is to be included. That is, it is not always necessary to conclude the Mass with an orgy, although for obvious Satanic reasons, it forms a pleasing end to the Mass.
b) Every fortnight, the members should assemble for a meeting (a sunedrion) where any member may request magickal aid for themselves or others. The aid may be of any kind – constuctive, material, or destructive. Those wishing aid should write their requests on paper and seal this in an envelope which they place in a special urn/receptacle kept for this purpose near the entrance to the Temple.
The members should assemble (in robes and barefoot) in the Temple, and the sunedrion is formally begun by you, the Choregos, saying ‘Let the sunedrion begin’. If a member has been appointed Guardian (see the list of Offices at the end of the chapter) he should stand by the entrance to the Temple and refuse admittance to any members arriving late. Those present in the Temple then recite the Satanic Creed (see text of Black Mass). Following this, the Priestess then removes at random two of the requests, which she reads. The members who have been chosen thus, acknowledge their requests by bowing to the Priestess. The request first chosen by the Priestess is performed that evening, the other at the next full moon. This means that you as Choreges should have everything in readiness for all possible hermetic and ceremonial rituals. The requests may be for anything a member wishes, and it is up to you to decide how the request may be magickally fulfilled by choosing an appropriate ceremonial or hermetic ritual. The monthly Black Mass may be used as a vehicle, for example – you choosing suitable chants/visualizations for the members desire. The member requesting help must offer something in return this is usually a financial donation to the Temple, a ritual object for use in the Temple, robes for use of members, or their own body for the gratification of the Choregos or someone chosen by the Choregos. It is however, the member requesting magickal aid who decides on the nature of the gift.
Those requests not chosen by the Priestess are considered by the Choregos after the sunedrion, and those considered suitable are undertaken as soon as possible, the members being informed. If you as Choregos choose a hermetic ritual for a request, then you either work alone or with the member whose request it is – unless the ritual you choose is a hermetic one, when you work with the Priestess/Priest or the member if that member has offered their body as payment for the aid.
After choosing the requests, the members depart from the Temple while you and the altar brother/sister prepare the Temple for the ritual you have chosen to fit the first request. During this preparation, the members should prepare themselves for the ritual if a ceremonial form has been chosen.
Should a hermetic form be chosen, this is done in the Temple while the members feast and drink outside of the Temple. c) At full moon, an outdoor ritual should be conducted in a suitable location. This should be either a group invocation to the Dark Gods (see Chapter XVI) or another ceremonial ritual (for example, the Death Rite might be chosen because of a member’s request). You can elect to hold the sunedrion some days before this, or combine the sunedrion with this ritual, depending on the number of members, and their commitment. What is important is to establish a pattern of meetings and rituals. Teaching:
Another purpose of the Temple should be teaching. You should try and arrange regular sessions with interested members -the best time being after the sunedrion and its associated ritual (if any), the best length for the sessions being around three quarters of one hour. During these sessions you can explain about the septenary system, the Star Game, the Satanic Tarot and so on. (All these and other topics of esoteric Satanism are covered in NAOS.) Thus, you might organize the following programme to he held on successive sessions:
i) Introduction to the septenary system – Tree of Wyrd, spheres, correspondences.
ii) Further correspondences, including Tarot images associated with spheres.
iii) Pathways and their ‘demon-forms’. Invokation etc. iv) Hermetic rituals
v) Introduction to the Star Game
vi) The Satanist Tarot – divination etc.
vii) Esoteric Chant – practice etc.
viii) Practice of playing the Star Game.
Should you wish to follow the seven-fold sinister way yourself, you may set yourself a suitable physical task, achieve this, then undertake the Grade Ritual of External Adept. After this, you might begin to teach internal magick to others – getting them to work with the pathways and spheres etc. and setting them goals.
Gaining Members: There are many ways of gaining members. For instance, you might infiltrate already existing groups (of either Left or Right Hand Paths) and seek out those interested in working sinister magick. You might also try and interest friends or the friends of your companion – using the bait of an ‘orgy’. Whatever method you use, try and make your first ritual dramatic and impressive – you may decide to use an established ritual like Black Mass, or you might try the ritual suggested below (First Ritual for a Choregos).
The ‘First Ritual’ is intended mainly to impress those who may be new to magick. You should try and create before hand the right magickal atmosphere, making your Temple as impressive as possible. Try and be creative – for example, a ‘plasma ball’ in a candle lit Temple is more impressive than a boring collection of old bones and a skull. Also, do not use symbols and/or Occult designs which you yourself do not know the meaning of. Keep to the symbolism of traditional Satanism – that is, the septenary, avoiding using the tired, old (and inauthentic) symbolism of the ‘qabala’. Do no not use any symbolism from old and dead Aeons – for example Egyptian, Sumerian – as the more pure your magick is, the more effective it will be. By pure here is meant following a genuine esoteric tradition like the septenary.
In the beginnings it is often helpful if you feel part of a living, exclusive tradition such as the one represented in this ‘Black Book’ and ‘Naos’. This adds power and charisma to both you and your magickal workings. First Ritual: It is important, before the ritual, for you to prepare those who will be attending. They should be told that during the ritual they are to remain silent and not move. They should be told no details of the ritual: only that it is a Satanic invokation, and they should not have seen the Temple before. To increase their expectation, you can arrange to meet them some distance from the Temple itself. They are then blindfolded and taken to the Temple, the ritual being begun immediately. (This also applies to new members of an established Temple.)
Both you and your companion (Priestess/Priest) and any others involved should have practiced your roles beforehand – being familiar with the words, gestures and so on. Aim: The aim of the ritual is to draw down magickal energy by basically hermetic means with a view to impressing the ‘novices’ who are present.
Usually an indoor Temple. Black candles providing the only light. Incense well (hazel) for hours before the ritual. Music from a suitably hidden system should be played during the ritual: choose something ‘demonic’ which starts slowly and gradually builds to a climax.
Choregos and companion (Priestess and Priest)
The congregation are led into the Temple. The Priestess (or Choregos if female) should wear sexually revealing Clothing. The music is started by the Choregos who walks past the congregation staring at them and saying ‘Agios 0 Satanas’. The Choregos and/or Priest then vibrates the ‘Agios o Satanas’ three times after which the Priestess kisses each member of the congregation, rubbing her hands over the genitals of the men as she does so. Following this, the Choregos/priest declare the ‘Invokation to Baphomet’ while the Priestess visualizes sinister magickal energy being drawn down and entering the congregation. She then begins a slow, sensual dance to the music while the Choregos/Priest chants the Dies Irae followed by the Invokation to Baphomet. He continues to chant the ‘Agios o Satanas while the music builds to a climax. While chanting this he passes behind the congregation, making passes in the air as he does so. The Priestess during the dance should continue with the visualization. While still behind the congregation the Choregos/Priest says aloud: ‘You are all His, now! We have words to bind your soul to us!’ The Priestess ceases her dance, chants ‘Agios o Satanas’ and then extinguishes the candles. She then visualizes a sinister/ demonic form entering the Temple near the altar (this form may be one of the ‘demons’ on the septenary paths – e.g. Shugara).
During this, the Choregos/Priest should chant the name of the chosen entity (e.g. ‘Agios o Shugara’ Agios o Shugara!’). Do not expect at this stage a visual manifestation to occur – although this might happen if the energies are pronounced and/or one of the congregation is psychically gifted. The aim is to affect the sub-conscious of the congregation. After this, there should be silence for some minutes (the music having ended).
The Priestess then says ‘It is over’ and the Choregos/Priest leads the congregation from the Temple. Note: One of the best means is for the Choregos/Priest to use a tabor or small hand-drum to accompany the ritual and the dance, instead of recorded music.
Temple members can be appointed to the following positions: Guardian of the Temple, Altar Brother (or Sister), Thurifer, Keeper of the Books. The Thurifer is responsible for keeping the Temple incensed during and before a ritual: this may be by either using a thurifer, or a static incense burner. The altar brother/sister is responsible for ensuring the Temple is ready for a ritual: the candles lit, incense ready and so on. The Keeper of the Books is responsible for ensuring the safety of the Black Book and other Temple books and manuscripts, as well as ensuring the Book and/or altar cards are in place in readiness for a ritual. In addition the Choregos can appoint any member to be a Priest or Priestess for either a specific ritual or for a year and a day. A Priest, when officiating in Temple rituals wears a medallion inscribed with either an inverted pentagram or inverted septagon; a Priestess wears an amber necklace and may also opt to wear a silver ankle chain. The sign of a Choregos is, for men, a plain black ring worn on the left hand. Temple members may wear, for men, a ring set with quartz and worn on the left hand, and, for women, a quartz Necklace.
-Order of Nine Angles-