Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Satanic Rituals Companion To The Satanic Bible

The Satanic Rituals Companion To The Satanic Bible Cover

Book: The Satanic Rituals Companion To The Satanic Bible by Anton Szandor Lavey

This book isn't mainly concerned with the philosophy of Satanism- it's concerned with phycodrama that works. LaVey's main purpose in writing this was to give GROUPS small and large a definitive guide to ritualized magic. ... ceremonies and rituals are designed to free your mind, focus your skills, and some are for simple fun. I get the feeling this is like Haloween-type enjoyment; there is a level of vicariousness, and the knowledge that it is inheretly a drama on a grand scale, and yet it is accsessable even to beginer.

For this book is a primer for the pomp and pageantry kind of satanic rituals which require several role-assuming participants. If, however, you DO belong to a Grotto, there are a few rituals here to wet your appetite for productive group ritualizing (namely "Le Messe Noir" (Black Mass), "Das Tierdrama", "Night On Bald Mountain" (a homage to Tchort) and the satanic baptism). The other rituals did not impress me ("Die Elektrischen Vorspiele" does not explain exactly HOW the ritual "utilizes electrical and magnetic energies" and most of you will probably not want to work with Van de Graaf generators and Tesla coils...you may burn your house down if you don't know what you're doing!; also, the "Call to Cthulhu" ritual is incurably schlocky...I love old HPL, but his monsters are best kept in the realms of sci-fi). A nice feature herein is the introduction to "Night on Bald Mountain"; I learned more about Slavic mythology in these few pages than I have been able to learn in years of searching futiley through library stacks at my university. This is not my favorite of LaVey's books, but worth a look if you are a group practitioner.

Both the rituals and the introductory essays are fascinating. LaVey even suggests appropriate musical accompaniment for these dark rituals. Rites in the book include a version of the legendary Black Mass, the Ceremony of the Stifling Air (inspired by the history of the Knights Templar), and Satanic baptismal rites (both child and adult). If you have a taste for the blasphemous, you'll want a copy of "The Satanic Rituals."

Find Anton Szandor Lavey's book in amazon.com:
The Satanic Rituals Companion To The Satanic Bible

You also can download this ebooks:

William Mansfield Groton - The Christian Eucharist And The Pagan Cults
Anton Szandor Lavey - The Satanic Rituals
Eliphas Levi - The Magic Ritual Of The Sanctum Regnum