Satanism, Blasphemy and the Black Mass
In one important respect, Satanism may be regarded by new Initiates as a catharsis – a means whereby individuals may divest themselves of those limiting roles that often are the creation of the ethos or ethics of the society in which those individuals find themselves.
Thus, in the past thousand years or so in Western Europe, one of the most important Satanic rituals, insofar as novices and ‘the public’ were concerned, was the Black Mass – simply because the ethos which outwardly ruled was the organized religion of the Nazarene. However, where genuine Satanism has been misunderstood is in the reason for this act of catharsis, particularly since the genuine Black Mass bears only a superficial resemblance to the ‘black mass’ described by various writers and ‘authorities’ over the last five hundred years or so.
For the Satanic novice [the first two stages of the seven-fold Satanic path] Satanism represents the dark aspect of the individual psyche – and by identifying with this, the individual is enabled, by the transformation that results, to begin the ‘Great Work’ whose attainment is the goal of the Adept. This ‘Great Work’ is simply the creation of a new individual – and this new type, by virtue of the path followed, often inspires in others a certain terror. Of course, the Left Hand Path is difficult, not to say dangerous, and failure often results because the person journeying along the path misunderstands how the dark forces may be approached, manipulated and most importantly integrated to enable an identification beyond both good and evil as these terms are commonly understood. That is, those who fail in their quest along this path [and Gilles de Rais is an example] often do so because they fundamentally accept the dichotomy of ‘evil’ and ‘good’ and identify with what they perceive or believe to be, ‘evil’ – this perception and understanding almost always deriving from what the ‘opposition’ have declared to be ‘evil’. The reality is that the dichotomy does not exist in the Cosmos – the convention of what is ‘evil’ has been imposed, by the projection of mostly Nazarene dogmatists, upon reality.
In a fundamental sense, Satanism is a means whereby each individual can discover [or rather ‘dis-cover’ in the sense of Heidegger] the reality foir themselves.
Hence, Satanic catharsis is essentially a blaphemy – but one ordered and with a definite aim; it results from an individual will channelled by a conscious understanding. It is this application of will – of conscious intent – which marks the genuine Satanist from the imitation and the failure. A Satanist revels in life – the failures find themselves trapped by their own unconscious desires which they do not have the intelligence to understand nor the will to direct toward a conscious apprehension.
Blasphemy is only effective if it is, for the period in which the individual lives, firstly a genuine shock and a reaction to those values which though accepted are often unconsciously accepted; and, secondly, if it is an appreciation of the positive and life-enhancing qualities inferred by infernal opposition. Thus, while the traditional Black Mass – with its denial of the Nazarene – is still useful because of the continuing constraints of Nazarene beliefs, it is today supplemented by a Mass which in its unexpurgated version represents a shocking blasphemy to the majority of peoples in Britain and other Western countries.
The Black Mass, and the modern Satanic masses which derive from it, in their genuine forms provoke an invigorating response through the very fact of positive opposition. Negative opposition – such as the so-called black mass described by Huymans in “La-Bas” – is enervating. True Satanic opposition – codified in a ritual – produces the exact opposite – a will to more life: and it is this positive, vital, will that is the essence of the genuine archetypical image of Satan, the adversary. Negative opposition – a wallowing in death, decay, horror and filth of uncontrolled decadence – is a sign of imitation Satanism: a distorted image of the putrid corpse of the Nazarene.
-Order of Nine Angles 1974 eh-