What is the Satanic Bible?
The primary text in modern-day Satanism is called the The Satanic Bible, written by Anton LaVey (Avon Books, 1969, 272 p.). This text has been the subject of much speculation and mystery to people who have only heard of it, but have never seen it or read it. It is still published today and can be found in stores that sell new and used books.
The Satanic Bible is a collection of rituals, essays, and philosophical teachings of The Church of Satan. Early editions of The Satanic Bible included numerous dedications to people such as Friedrich Nietzsche, P.T. Barnum, Mark Twain, Howard Hughes, Marilyn Monroe, George Orwell, H.G. Wells, and Harry Houdini.
Modern-day versions have a dedication page that reads: "To Diane" and also contain a 10-page introduction by Peter H. Gilmore, the current high priest of The Church of Satan.
Table of Contents
After an Introduction, Preface, Prologue, and The Nine Satanic Statements, t he body of the book is divided into four parts.
The four parts
(FIRE) - BOOK OF SATAN
The Infernal Diatribe (AIR) - BOOK OF LUCIFER
The Enlightenment I. Wanted!: God—Dead or Alive II. The God You SAVE May Be Yourself III. Some Evidence of a New Satanic Age IV. Hell, the Devil, and How to Sell Your Soul V. Love and Hate VI. Satanic Sex VII. Not all Vampires Suck Blood VIII. Indulgence... NOT Compulsion IX. On the Choice of a Human Sacrifice X. Life After Death Through Fulfillment of the Ego XI. Religious Holidays XII. The Black Mass (EARTH) - BOOK OF BELIAL -
The Mastery of the Earth I. Theory and Practice of Satanic Magic: (Definition and Purpose of Lesser and Greater Magic) II. The Three Types of Satanic Ritual III. The Ritual, or "Intellectual Decompression," Chamber IV. The Ingredients Used in the Performance of Satanic Magic: 1. Desire 2. Timing 3. Imagery 4. Direction 5. The Balance Factor V. The Satanic Ritual: 1. Some Notes Which are to be Observed Before Beginning Ritual 2. The Thirteen Steps 3. Device Used in Satanic Ritual (WATER) - BOOK OF LEVIATHAN -
The Raging Sea I. Invocation to Satan II. The Infernal Names III. Invocation Employed Towards the Conjuration of Lust IV. Invocation Employed Towards the Conjuration of Destruction V. Invocation Employed Towards the Conjuration of Compassion VI. The Enochian Keys and The Enochian Language
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