Defining the Greater Satanic Conversation

Participate in the Greater Satanic Conversation

On Walpurgisnacht 1966 c.e. (Year 1 A.S.) Anton Szandor LaVey declared the beginning of the Age of Fire and established the Church of Satan. From that moment until now the Church of Satan has been the sole participants in the Greater Satanic Conversation. On a global scale, there can be no one better or more qualified than our previous High Priest, Magus Anton Szandor LaVey, or our current High Priest, Magus Peter H. Gilmore in leading the conversation. But I wouldn't expect my High Priest to confront or correct every pseudo I encounter in life misrepresenting Satanism. There are a couple reasons for this:

The reality is, if you are a Satanist, it's your individual responsibility to correct misinformation if you hear or see it. But remember, this isn't a mandate and you don't have to be an 'out' Satanist in order to participate in the Greater Satanic Conversation.

Let Others Do the Work for You

I have confided in family, close friends, and coworkers in the past that I am a Satanist. I asked for their discretion and privacy, and because I used my best judgement in choosing them, they respect my wishes. They have asked questions through the years and I have openly and honestly answered them. Not one of them self identifies as a Satanist, and most don't even fall in line with a fraction of the Satanic ideals that inform my life.

I have on more than one occasion been told how they at different times, have heard others talking about Satanism incorrectly or accusing Satanists of illegal or inappropriate activity, and they have corrected them. They have used the 'I know someone', 'I have a friend' or 'I have read' prefixes to correct or debunk the lies. These non-Satanists are contributing to the Greater Satanic Conversation.

It is in this way the secret Satanist can also contribute. Directing people to the website churchofsatan.com, or suggesting they read The Satanic Bible and The Satanic Scriptures, or simply correcting misinformation on-the-spot with truth that you 'heard' in no way out's you, and is a clandestine way of participating.

Lead by Example

For those of us who are comfortable being public Satanists, it is our individual responsibility to not only correct misinformation, but to also live as paragon's of Satanism. There are a number of ways you can do this that all contribute to the Greater Satanic Conversation. Below are two:

  • Be a respectful, responsible member of your community. Obey the laws of the society you live in, and own your aesthetic. Suddenly any negative image of a Satanist is turned into your positive image. This doesn't mean you have to like or be kind to anyone, simply live your life as a Satanist, as you naturally would. It will be apparent to those around you.
  • When appropriate or others ask, let them know how Satanism has enriched your human experience. How does Satanism inform your passions and help you achieve your goals? These are the keys to shattering the lies, as you cannot argue with individual success and expression. Do not proselytize, this is antithetical to Satanism.