How Ethical Hedonism Plays Into My Path In Theistic Satanism

People think of hedonism like it’s a negative thing. Personally, I think embracing ethical hedonism has brought me closer to Satan.

According to Google, the definition of hedonism is “the pursuit of pleasure; sensual self-indulgence.” This definition mentions nothing about the baggage surrounding the word. People think of the pursuit of pleasure as immoral, corrupt, and sinful. Ethical hedonism is the pursuit of pleasure, but with personal ethics involved. Ultimately, I decide which pleasures are okay to indulge in and to what extent I can ethically indulge in them.

Religions often shame people for pursuing pleasure, especially the worldly pleasures that hedonism is associated with. Have you ever heard of good food described as “sinful”? However, practicing theistic Satanism has made me more of an ethical hedonist. My time with Satan has taught me that Satan wants us to enjoy life. Overall, He wants us to experience pleasure without the fetters of guilt or shame. Pleasure is one of the many gifts Satan gives humanity.

In my opinion, the experience of pleasure is one of the things that makes life worth living. Pleasure isn’t the only thing to live for, but it’s an important component in life. A life without pleasure isn’t devoid of meaning, but it’s a lot less fun. I make pleasure a priority in life because it makes me feel good. My hedonism includes worldly pleasures like lust and food, but also the smaller pleasures in life such as funny memes or spending time with friends. I think Satan wants me to be happy and live a life full of pleasures. Most worldly pleasures are here for us to enjoy, not avoid.

For me, ethical hedonism is about spiritual, emotional, and material fulfillment. Experiencing pleasure gets me in touch with Satan. I’m not ashamed of pursuing pleasure, so long as my pleasure isn’t hurting someone who doesn’t want or deserve to be hurt. For instance, many people (myself included) are into BDSM. Some people who are into BDSM enjoy being spanked, whipped, tied up, etc. So long as each person involved consents to the activity and the activity itself is carried out in a safe manner, their hedonism is ethical.

However, not all pleasures are ethical. For instance, engaging in sexual activities with non-consenting people (including minors/underage people) is not ethical. That kind of pleasure causes harm and has negative consequences. Don’t be that person.

I acknowledge that there are pleasures that can harm you if you indulge too much. Food, for instance, is a pleasure that can have bad consequences if I overindulge. This is where ethics comes in to decide what/how much I can eat without harming my health. Don’t get me wrong: I still eat too much, but I’m trying to work on eating healthier. I know eating healthy will bring me pleasure because I’ll get to enjoy the benefits of being healthy. This will lead to more pleasure.

The pursuit of pleasure is a highly personal thing. Nobody should feel guilty over indulging in pleasures like consensual sex or laughing at an enemy’s expense. Satan helps free me from this unnecessary shame over experiencing and valuing pleasure in life. He also helps me appreciate these pleasures more since I believe Satan, as the true creator, made these pleasure for us to enjoy. In essence, I thank Satan for the gift of pleasure every day.

Ultimately, only you can decide your personal ethics surrounding pleasure. For instance, getting revenge is a form of pleasure not everyone considers ethical, but I personally do. I think Satan is fine with justified revenge as well. I think my life is a happier place with both ethical hedonism and Satan involved in it. I find that the more I embrace Satan, the more of an ethical hedonist I become.

Why I Don’t Think Darkness/Dark Energy Is Evil

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The most common complaint I hear about theistic Satanism is that it’s too “dark.” However, working with darkness and dark energy has given me valuable wisdom in my magick and spirituality. I don’t believe darkness is a bad thing. I also don’t think the darkness/light duality is equivalent to good/evil.

In my opinion, Satan is the force of dark energy. Dark energy is the spiritual matter of all creation, death, and beyond. Dark energy is everything and nothingness all at once. It’s the primordial darkness from which all creation springs. Darkness was here long before human life and I think it’s the source we’ll return to upon our deaths.

Darkness can be intimidating and even scary for a lot of people. After all, we can’t see in the darkness. Truthfully, the darkness is rich in mysteries and wisdom that can benefit you. In order to reap the blessings of darkness, you have to let go of the idea that darkness equals evil.

Just because something is dark doesn’t mean it’s evil. For instance, the night is dark, but it’s not evil. The shade you seek on a sunny day isn’t evil. Still, some people think of evil as “the dark side” instead of acknowledging darkness as neutral. I’ve found that the associations between darkness and evil are mostly social constructs. The truth is that there are many predators who claim to be purveyors of “the light”.

Darkness is the root of all existence. Through simple visualization, you can tap into dark energy and use it for manifestation. The more detail involved in your visualization, the more exact your manifestation will be. Dark energy behaves exactly how you program it to function. Dark energy manifests your thoughts, desires, and intentions, sometimes even when you’ve put forth no conscious effort to manifest these things. Be careful of what you think/feel about yourself. Dark energy manifests your life based on the things you think and feel. Dark energy doesn’t judge you for the things you think and feel. Darkness simply manifests whatever you’re willing.

In other words, it’s not whether darkness is good or evil. It’s more about you and your perception.

A lot of people claim there needs to be balance between light and dark. Personally, I believe that everything (including light) comes from darkness. By attuning to darkness, you’re getting in touch with the creative and destructive powers of the universe. Infinite potential is in your hands with dark energy. You can manifest whatever you want with that darkness.

If you want to learn about how to work with dark energy, read She-Ra Seven’s book about dark energy. She also has YouTube videos about dark energy and how to work with it.

In order to get in touch with darkness, sit in a dark room and meditate. Once you’ve cleared your thoughts, invoke the darkness and feel the dark energy that your being is comprised of. Once you’ve invoked the darkness, mentally program the dark energy by visualizing your goal fulfilled in full detail. Will your desire to manifest itself by believing in yourself.

Yes, you can do things with dark energy that others consider “bad.” For instance, you can cast curses with dark energy. With that said, it’s important to note the subjectivity of constructs like “good” and “evil” as we know them. Personally, I think it’s fine to cast a curse, so long as the curse is justified by previous wrongdoings committed by the target. Other Satanists, black magicians, and Left Hand Path practitioners will probably tell you the same thing.

However, I think darkness is mostly neutral. Darkness can be good or bad. It depends on how you look at it and what kind of magick you use darkness for. Only you can decide whether your intentions are justified or not. Like people and light, darkness has different aspects you can tap into. Reducing darkness to “evil” simply isn’t accurate.

Darkness doesn’t come naturally to everyone. When you start working with dark energy, you start unlearning the negative stereotypes surrounding darkness. People fear darkness because they can’t see in it. Once you become more acquainted with darkness, you’ll feel more comfortable when immersed in it.

What are your opinions about darkness? Tweet me (@ChiaSatana) to let me know!

Why I Embrace Gratitude In Theistic Satanism

Now that Thanksgiving is near, I’d like to discuss the significance of gratitude on my spiritual path in theistic Satanism. Personally, I feel as though gratitude improves my relationship with Satan.

What is Gratitude?

According to Google, the definition of gratitude is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and return kindness.” To experience gratitude is to be thankful for something. Based on personal experiences and science alike, gratitude can be a tool for thinking and feeling more positive. Gratitude not only improves your perspective, but it can also enrich your relationships. That includes your relationship with Satan.

Contrary to popular belief, gratitude is not something reserved for “white light” religions. You, too, can experience the transformative qualities of gratitude.

How I Began Embracing Gratitude

I started embracing gratitude before I became a theistic Satanist, back when I considered myself 100% Pagan. I used gratitude as a way to brighten my outlook on my life and the world at large while experiencing mental health issues. Soon, I began expressing gratitude for my relationships with deities, demons, faeries, and other interdimensional beings I had alliances with. I found that this gratitude brought me closer to these entities and allowed me to experience their magick more fully. Embracing gratitude adds positive energy to any relationship, including spiritual relationships with deities such as Satan.

Being Grateful For Satan

Satan didn’t enter my life as a deity until 2016. Although it was ultimately a psychotic break that brought me to Satan (more information about that in the link), I was immediately grateful to have an alliance with Satan. My earliest memory of Satanic gratitude came to me when I was reflecting on Satan encouraging me to be my own goddess. I was so grateful to finally connect with a deity who wanted to elevate me to their level and not just make me submit to them as a mortal. Satan nurtures the part of my spirit that I truly cherish: the part that makes me the goddess of my own life.

Since beginning of my journey with Satan, my appreciation for gratitude has only increased. Satan gives me something to be grateful for every single day. I express gratitude for Satan’s dark blessings by doing things like reveling in the goods of the material world, indulging in pleasure, enjoying liberty, praying, and so much more. If you read my personal definitions of Satan and theistic Satanism, you’d know that I consider Satan to be the true creator. I believe Satan is dark energy, the spiritual matter from which all life, death, and existence derives. As such, the gifts of Satan become innumerable and immeasurable once I open my eyes to them.

Counting My Satanic Blessings

I am grateful for my personal power. Thanks to Satan, I have awakened to my potential.

My spiritual relationship with Satan has brought so much good into my life, it’s hard to not be thankful for it. Satan helps me embrace some of the deepest truths about myself and the human condition that Abrahamic religions condemn with shame. Satan liberates me from the shame that society and religions alike thrust upon me. For instance, I’m grateful for the freedom to seek revenge as I see fit. I won’t be shamed into obedience such as “turning the other cheek” or “being the bigger person” when what I want is revenge. Religions have also shrouded the subject of sexuality with guilt and fear. I’ll never feel guilty over lust, being queer, or masturbation, especially if I’m expressing my sexuality in a healthy, consensual way. Many people struggle with guilt over their feelings and impulses that aren’t actually harmful, but I am free of that shame. I’m grateful for this freedom in the spiritual and material realms.

As I connect more with the infernal divine, I connect more to gratitude as a psychological and spiritual tool. I am grateful to have infernal spirituality in my life. Gratitude heightens my appreciation of the forces I connect with, including Satan. Gratitude also enhances my awareness and appreciation of the wisdom and manifestations I receive from Satan and the Left Hand Path in general.

Connecting With Satanic Gratitude

The next time you connect with Satan, mentally express gratitude for His infernal blessings via prayer. The act only takes a few seconds, but it’s a powerful action to take. Being grateful for what Satan brings into your life will deepen your connection with Him. Your gratitude will also invite more infernal blessings from Satan, something that benefits you greatly.

As an exercise, make a list of the reasons why you’re grateful to have Satan in your life. Use this list as an opportunity to reflect upon the knowledge and empowerment Satan has given you. Feel free to mention any answered prayers, lessons learned, and other things that Satan has brought into your life. You might be surprised by some of the things that come up.

Try incorporating gratitude into your Satanic beliefs and practices. Making a habit out of expressing gratitude for Satan will strengthen your connection with Him as well as yourself. If your experience with gratitude is anything like mine, it will make you feel happier and more spiritually fulfilled as a spiritual Satanist.

Why are you grateful for your spiritual relationship with Satan? Tweet me (@ChiaSatana) to let me know!

My Definitions of Satan and Theistic Satanism

Each person’s Satan definition is different. Satan means different things to different people, even in theistic Satanism. Here are my definitions of Satan and theistic Satanism.

Theistic Satanism Definition

My theistic Satanism definition is simple. I think theistic Satanism is the path taken by anyone who reveres Satan as a deity. Some Satanists only respect Satan as a literary figure and symbol of humankind’s potential. However, theistic Satanists like me regard Satan as an actual deity worthy of reverence and communion.

Satan Definition

My personal Satan definition is more pantheistic. I believe Satan is the omnipresent, all-knowing power of the universe. Most of my knowledge about Satan is mostly derived from personal gnosis. For instance, I think Satan is the true creator of the universe. Satan told me this once during meditation. In my opinion, the universe is the artwork of Satan. As such, I believe Satan has both positive and negative aspects, including aspects humankind may never interact with.

My Spiritual Satanism

As someone who practices spiritual Satanism, I strive to have a spiritual relationship with Satan. I maintain this relationship through prayer, magick, dream work, meditation, invocation, and more. Satan has improved my life in more ways than I can count. My connection with Him helps me cope with my everyday life and improve upon my existence. Satan gives me something to be grateful for every single day. I’m always looking for ways to strengthen my attunement with Satan.

Satan inspires me to be the best version of myself. People say “devil worship” like it’s a bad thing, but worshiping the devil has brought good things into my life. I don’t think Satan is purely evil because I think Satan is in everything, including good things. Besides, good and evil are purely subjective. I think having premarital sex, using birth control, and thinking for yourself are all good things, but the Abrahamic god doesn’t.

I also summon demons. I believe that demonic possession can be beneficial for those of us who seek it out. Thanks to demons, I’ve had intense spiritual experiences and witnessed manifestations. I’m always learning how to connect with demons and incorporate them into my magickal practice.

Self-Worship

Satan inspires me to worship myself as a goddess first and foremost. I am the goddess of my own reality. I can create, destroy, and transform.

I worship myself as I would worship Satan. Some people feel that “worship” is a bad term to use for revering Satan. However, worship doesn’t necessarily involve groveling or diminishing one’s self before a deity. I admire Satan out of the joy of my own heart.

Satan teaches me how to be a god through wisdom and empowerment. When I connect with Satan, I am connecting with the infernal divine. In turn, this empowers me to be a goddess in my own right. Sure, I call upon the powers of darkness and Satan during my spells and rituals. However, I also call upon my personal power and summon dark energy to manifest my desires.

I believe there is a piece of Satan in everyone. It’s that piece of Satan that gives us pride, independent thought, passion, individuality, and a spark of the black flame. The black flame is the god/dess within you. As your black flame rises, you get closer to self-deification.

Darkness and Light

I associate Satan with darkness. I think Satan represents dark energy, the spiritual matter that all creation comes from. I believe all of creation comes from darkness and that we will return to darkness at the end of our lives.

Light cannot exist without darkness. Darkness existed before light. I believe Lucifer is a light aspect of Satan. Lucifer is the light bearer, the spirit of Venus, and the bringer of enlightenment. Lucifer’s presence is glorious and golden, but it should be known that He also has dark aspects of His own.

Regarding Abrahamic Religions

I wouldn’t say I hate Abrahamic religions – I respect freedom of religion and think that everyone has free will to believe in whatever they choose. However, I don’t agree with the values of Abrahamic religions or their followers. I believe that Yahweh, the Judeo-Christian god, and Allah, the god of Islam, are the same deity. However, I don’t think either of them actually created the world and both are hungry for power. I see Satan as the great liberator from all oppression, including religious dogma.

How do you define Satan and theistic Satanism? Let me know on Twitter (@ChiaSatana).