THE HUMAN AND SATANIC OVER-SOUL.
[ The opinions and ideas in this essay are my own. They are my findings and my own perspective, not those of SOTOS. If you find something of value, great! if you feel that it is worthless, thats fine too. Words are used to express ideas that may be interpreted, psychologically, symbolically, Spiritually. Simply, there is no way to communicate concepts that defy ordinary language. the prognosis is GNOSIS.]
All physical-conscious beings have an over-soul. The over-soul is formed from the Dark force in nature, as the SAT expands itself outward, to form TAN, the will to be, becomes the true will, based upon a prior pattern of design within the mind of Chaos. Over long periods of time, the over-soul can evolve way beyond its original form, adding to its being, pushed forward by the momentum of the original impulse. It is after many stages of evolution that an over-soul can change and manifest potential for greater conscious awareness, due to the over-soul becoming increasingly self-aware. The more aware the over-soul becomes, the more it realises its uniqueness. At a certain stage of its awareness, the over-soul will project itself into separate independent units; the projections descend through many planes of being, before they manifest physically upon the earth. And when they do, the many diverse impressions that were assimilated by the unit, are all processed in many different ways, thus each unit has its own unique pattern, or Star..
This star lies within the centre of all living things, some stars are quite faint, and they are quickly consumed.. Nothing is wasted however, and eventually you have many units, all with varying forms of consciousness, some units are more aware than others are, these beings are very aware of their inner and true nature.. For many reasons, the animal man above all other creatures, is the least connected to their true nature. The Great Work is the name for this process of re-connection, or the unveiling of the true nature, or in that quaint old term, The Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. (I prefer the use-age of Daemon)
This work at first glance appears to go against the principles and aims of Satanism for many. The reason for this is the terminology and aims of the old literature, in that it assumes the existence of the Highest God of the Hebrews, thus the KCHG, is one of the first steps in uniting with this great human over-soul.
The God of the Christians and Muslims is not the ALL, but rather a Borg like, being that seeks to devour the individual units into itself. The constraints of religious morality and dogma, is to have no hold or part within the psychosm of the Satanist. It is part of the work of the Satanist to explore the Temple of the flesh and all that it contains. It is as sacred a work as will be undertaken. This work, or if you prefer play of the Satanist in pushing the boundaries of consciousness, is explored using altered states by, ritual, trance, music, sex, chemical Gnosis, and drum, or with Hermetic style workings written for works of Greater Black Magick performed upon the self. The Satanist indulges the pleasures of the flesh in whatever ways tendency dictates, exploring the limits of pain and pleasure, and the physical limits of ones own organism. Question all things; rend all ideas limb from limb, the destruction of sacred cows is mandatory. Antinomianism is a powerful and explosive tool for self-transformation, use it wisely. Beyond the apparent hedonism, accompanied by the diary of your exploits, you will be rewarded with much self-knowledge; you will understand your limitations as well as your strengths.
Upon this edifice of Satanic Wisdom you then, with techniques of intense self- reflection and meditation explore the very depths of your being, with greatly enhanced chances of meeting your HGD, despite the bleating of RHP dogmatists, the cathartic decadence you have used to free yourself from the meme of our cultural and religious paradigm, and indeed, our own sacred cows can be of great help in this regard. If the Satanist perseveres with inner hermetic work to the ends previously discussed, the length and depth of the communion with the over-soul will be deeper, more defined, in fact, we find that this deep altered state of consciousness can be picked up by Preternatural intelligences. These intelligences are attracted to us functioning in their realm so to speak. To many more materialistic Satanists, these will be seen as portions of the human brain, as per Crowley’s theory expounded in the essay ‘Dangers of High Magick’
My words need only be brief on this, for the Satanist the spirit, mind, and flesh, are one.The Satanist reaches into the depths of his being and experiences the Black flame within, this is the canvas upon which will be painted, the evolutionary progress of his or her life; we begin to see that this portion of the over-soul can be made manifest in the flesh. This is also why many Satanists in the last few years have been communicating with ‘Demons’ and other astral beings, using formulas traditionally associated with such matters. Because of this synthesis of the old and the post-modern leanings of chaos and relativity, we are seeing many LHP people speaking about their experiences with such things, something that was not the norm in modern Satanic circles until relatively recent times. Satanists are looking into the ritual formats of Orders such as the Golden Dawn, and are rewriting the rituals from these RHP Orders, or just writing their own along traditional lines. There is much of value within the Kabbalistic systems, and we may exploit this a little later on when progress permits. It is also true to say, that the hermetic approach to path-working the Tree of Life can be modified and structured using a Satanic/Chaos Magick approach, thus creating the beginnings of a simple yet effective way of communicating with the inner landscapes. What we can do with the qualities that are represented by the Sephira (receptacles) so-called, is to identify strengths and weaknesses within our character, as well as using the system for many other forms of Magickal work.
THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS
The Prince of Darkness or Satan, is the first truly independent self-aware being to come into existence, The Prince of Darkness created a divide between himself and the objective universe, a ‘split’ from the uniform nature of existence. As the first fully self-aware entity, Satan created a ripple of effects that continued throughout the universe culminating in the creation of a multitude of forms.
Satan, by his action of division, had destroyed the one thought that had previously existed, within which, no other separate thing or thought was manifest. Within creation there exists the impulse for unification with the source, to heal this painful split from the ‘All ‘. The obvious example of this in the west is the religion of Christianity, which has, at the centre of its theology, the sin of Adam, which separates man from God. Christ is seen as God made flesh, sent to reconcile man with God through the sacrifice of his body for the sin of mankind. Consistent with the loss of unity is the idea of a ‘One’ true way, which harkens back to a less complicated time when the Universe was undivided, ergo most RHP religion’s state that they are the ‘One’ truth and all others false. The Eastern religions amount to the same thing, in a nutshell they state that it is the work of the initiate to merge his or her consciousness with some vague cosmic mind, thus healing the painful split from the ‘One’ thought. The Prince/ess of Darkness is the exception to the rule, the desire to strengthen the sense of individuality and separateness from the Universe rather than seek unification with it. It is easier to understand from the perspectives above, why the Prince of Darkness is considered ‘evil’ by the standards of RHP theology. As anything which has as its principle modus-operandi the intensification and evolution of the self, is seen as an opposition to the conformity inherit within the theological systems of the RHP, with their emphasis on either obeying a revealed word of God, or merging with this God forsaking the self. Thus, In my opinion there is no reason to view the story of Satan rebelling against IHVH and similar tales, as anything but allegory of the above stated ideas as myth. I see the ‘light’ (sun) as a symbol of the RHP, as most RHP systems of religion use the analogy of light to state that we have truth
revealed as in Xtianity, and must obey Gods word. Modern Wicca comes under the heading of a RHP religion, as it has three-fold laws, and ideas of ‘service’ to the Goddess etc.. In Eastern thought, we merge with the revealed light . Thus, there is nothing more to find in systems of religion or initiation where these principles are stated or implicit, as there is nothing more to add, but the disciples faith to be saved or the initiates surrender and consumption into cosmic oblivion.
The Darkness symbolizes that which is unknown, hidden, that which lies unperceived waiting to be discovered. With the LHP, the Satanist is constantly questioning and delving into both the darkness within, and the darkness without, using the ‘light’ as a torch in the shadows. This is where communication with the Prince/ess of Darkness will often reveals things about ourselves that we were previously unaware. Thus, rather that diminishing the self, we find out more about our self, and are constantly re-evaluating what this means on
an individual level.
Satan has always appeared as the patron of progress, science, rationalism, individuality, evolution, and the positive advantages of utilizing these principles to work with nature respectfully, preserving as much of the earths integrity as is possible. Satan also symbolises the Satanists ongoing work of creating and manifesting the divine self. Many initially come to Satanism, because they are attracted to the rebellious and perceived anti-social aspect of the Prince of Darkness, mistaking Satan’s stand against divine mindlessness for simple petulant tantrums against authority. There is nothing wrong with teenage Satanists questioning the values of parents, religion, and society, but Satanist’s (and particularly teenagers) should be encouraged to grow beyond this stage, and begin plumbing the depths of the LHP.
The Prince of Darkness as I perceive him/her is an ancient, constantly evolving intelligence that enjoys the respect, honour, and companionship of those who are on the LHP. It has been my experience that the Prince of Darkness is very holistic in his approach to us as individuals. If the Prince of Darkness always tells you what you want to hear, rather than what you need to hear, then it may be time to question the validity of your communication.
Magistra Ardat-Lile IV*