Praise be to…. What?


While we go on our daily path in the real world.. I see something reoccurring around me… Day in and day out.. The puppet victim game plays out non stop.

This is one of the defining factors I have personally noticed.. It is what is one of the largest “us v them” defining moments you will see..

Suffer now Happy Later

Ok… Yes no one enjoys pain and sorrow.. But imagine how pitiful your life is compared to some poor soul in war torn Africa? Some cold child who watched their family butchered by a Christian or Muslim faction just because… Now the beatitudes and bible quotes show up… But you can shove that crap.

The principle of living like crap on earth will reward you some how in the afterlife is essentially retarded… Honestly… Think about this as a human if you still can..

Why would you suffer if your god on high is master of everything? Should you not be ruling the universe etc? O, that comes later right? After some mysterious good vs evil battle…

So, instead of devoting millions of dollars spent on winning the lost to developing this planet for the betterment of mankind, it’s all to rack up that rewarded feeling after your rotting in the ground? Wonderful! How loving and benevolent!

Kill kill kill

This is what gets me most of all… The Abrahamic cults slaughter each other for absolutely no logical reason what so ever and have for a couple thousand years.. When they as a whole aren’t killing each other, they are killing those who don’t choose to be slaves to their tyrannical god.. Pick a name.. Doesn’t matter as they are all the same.

While recently the Christian monolith as a general whole has become more passive in recent years, we still see the fundamentalists claiming death on all those who they deem evil.. Aka Muslims, devil people, etc.. (Some people such as pedophiles, rapists, murderers etc should be killed IMO but I digress) why not simply just work to stop genocide period huh? Too much to ask? Of course it is… Cause “god said so”.

Secular tie in

While there are theists of all types and atheists as well who are sometimes just as vicious.. The thought occurred to me.. What is all of this going to accomplish?

With mankind reaching many scientific breakthroughs rapidly, religion as a whole is imploding in civilized society.. And the faster the better to be frank.. If one thing has hindered the progress of human growth it has been hands down, no contest, religion.. Old ancient religions evolved as people learned, however the new mainstream cults of the Abrahamic variety tend to not move forward with time.

With creationism, and the ilk of such constantly hindering the growth of even those in school today, we still have a long way to go before the last feelers of this cancer is weeded out..

After all, religion was always used to explain the unexplained… So it was essentially a early human security blanket..

So, the sooner it’s gone, the sooner we can grow up.

I’ve said before and will say it again.. Unlike most theists (especially monotheists) the moment science has proven that other life exists on other planets, or even proves the M-theory as solid? I’ll be one of the first to accept truth over fiction any day.

AGM Nicholson

Are You Ready?

Guess who? Yes… It’s me… Thought you’d never hear from me again didn’t you?

Well I’m sorry to disappoint you… It is nice to be back in action… The deity always makes the way.

Stay tuned… I have not returned without a purpose… And I will not be silent

My Facebook however is no longer accessible.. Morons won’t let me back on so I have created another one.. Same name.. Same me… Just nothing there… Yet

So welcome back to the infernal path.. The black flame burns as fierce as ever.. And it will not be hidden.

Hail Satan!
Hail the great Dragon!
Der ortu populi Satanae!

AGM James L. Nicholson II

Current Events VS Freedom

While world events are spiraling out of control, I notice something very disturbing, the ignorant are coming out of the wood work. Everywhere I see, Islamic Fundamentalists assaulting the world with revolution, Socialists and Neo-Liberals are attacking the foundations of liberty, and communism is alive and well in China.  What do you see though coming from a community that is supposed to be pushing for Human Advancement? Despite a few efforts of truth and justice, there is nothing but typical and flawed activities, the same that have plagued the Occult Community as far back as it has existed.

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Exactly that… Silence.. nothing to be seen, websites decaying and people scattering.. All that remains in the wake of the biggest battle within Satanism. It saw all major names involved, and it tore open major gaps in their respective fortresses, however few are left to talk about it..

The dust, as they say, has been bitten. All that remains are a smattering of maniacal squid worshippers, and hobbled old war horses… What happened to the Theistic Satanist?

Are they lost in the drama fest that is Facebook, (which I am no longer a part of) or did they run and hide like the cowards they are? Is all that is left of the great satanic community what I observe crumbling around us?

Some may say I am a victim of such as well… No, I am merely less available due to my removal of myself from facebook. My various projects are still progressing, just on a different level than before. More productive, and less nonsense.

Due to the actions of a less than scrupulous domain name host, the TOTS has run into a financial quandary. This is however being addressed and should be resolved soon. However, other than that, life is moving on… Just as it always.has.

So if you are out there my fellow Theistic Satanist, be strong and hold the path. The Black Flame is with you. I am with you.. The dragon is with you…..

And the Dark Lord of the Earth is with you… Satan !

We shall rise again!
Hail the Great Dragon!
Hail Satan!

De ortu populi Satanae!

AGM James L. Nicholson II

A Future Project

I am currently working on a completely educational project, to supplement my work on Satanipedia, which has been overtaken by spam and insane people since my lack of full internet access came upon me.

This coming project will present information of a purely informative point of view, as well as rituals, tools and etc. There will be no commentary on any issues within the community, as they are to be saved for this site and the Satanic Liberation Front, along with another project in the works.

The Goal

The goal, is to present information that people are searching for, without them having to visit the sites of those whom are tainted within our community, and attempt to control it – while not being part of our path at all. It will not slam anyone,  or anything, just present information and knowledge.

I look forward to working on this project…

Hail Satan!
Hail The Dragon!

AGM James L. Nicholson II
Infernal High Priest



Official Symbols of the Order

Your Life in Satan

Satan, the ruler of the Darkness beckons, and very few seem to truly hear or see this. Granted there are those who play a good part, taking the time to join the Church of Satan, wear a pentagram and say .”Hail Satan”, but what are they really doing? Are they doing such to be cool or rebellious? Are they taking the time to look at the basics of Satanism as a whole? Typically the answer to this, for most people in our community would be a resounding NO.

Before you accuse me of saying that someone is not a Satanist, pay attention to what I am truly saying….. Not just what you want to hear.

Satanism and You
Satanism has a very unique quality when left undisturbed by morons… It is the most individualistic paths in the world today, second only to atheism. There are even Satanists who me are more atheist than Satanic. Stemming from the Propaganda that forces children to go to the local indoctrination camp (aka Christian schools and etc) we see that Satanism has been used to describe everything from witchcraft to paganism. This, while correct by flawed biblical nonsense, is incorrect when looking at Satanism from within the path itself.

Granted, we use withcraft, and other tab boo occult arts,but not everyone who uses such are Satanists or closely related to one either.

The Christian bible makes it very clear that anything not of “god” is of Satan. This wide blanket is more than enough to establish our path as unique and isolated.  This causes more problems than needed for those in our community without any help whatsoever.

Satanism is essentially the scape goat for everything that is wrong in the world today.

While there are a small minority of idiots who enjoy such negativity, the vast majority if people in our community do not.

Satanism should be something that we choose without any form of stupid advertisement, as that is an offense to the master. We choose to be what we wish, based on our own spiritual path.

The Satanic Atheistic Current
Beneath the talk of Dark Lords, and great hellish beings, there is always a shred of doubt. Doubt that these creatures exist beyond what humanity makes them to be. Essentially making humanity the god, and everything else a delusion.

Before you label me an atheist, think about this. Why would an all powerful entity, considered to be capable of almost everything and anything, be concerned with specs like us?

Even at our strongest and most enlightened we are pitiful little apes with no more common sense than a flea. We still suffer from over inflated egos, delude ourselves into thinking we are kings and queens of some ancient empire.

Humanity has a giant flaw, and that is pride. We gain power and become as corrupt as those we seek to oppose. I have seen this recently in our community, as someone who had been defending that which is right became just as totalitarian as he whom he despised. This is humanities curse, and these un Satanic fools are too deluded to see this.

Parting Thoughts
One key to success is humility in the face if ignorance. I have made mistakes in the past and have admitted to such. I am not perfect, however there are some who need to take a look in the mirror before pointing a finger at me.

I am no king, and really neither are you. We are all equals, and those who are leaders in our community are to be no better than those who choose to follow them. It is not Satanic to be a dictator, as that us what Christians search for…. The tyrannical priest to feed the sheep.

I may have my flaws, but so do you. When you remember thus, perhaps you may gain back the favor you have list with Satan, and even the community.

Hail Satan!
De Ortu Populi Satanae!

James L. Nicholson II

Temple Of Theistic Satanism
Order of The Dragon


Satanic Tyrants

This question seems to only recently need be asked, however it is sad to say that it does indeed need to be answered.

Perhaps, it is easy to say one line in response to this, however where would the problem be solved? Wound anyone learn anything? The answer to this, would be no where, and NO.

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2011 – A Year In Review

One thing is for sure, this year has been a little long, and a little arduous – but it has been productive.

While most people are spending time chewing the political movements of the last year, or the social activities in a certain sector or another, not many people are focusing on the year in review, regarding the Satanic community.

Big News?

2011 saw pretty much the same developments as usual, at least to the untrained eye. Outsiders would look at our community, and see something that is typical of the path, sects and groups splintering and arguing – however looking deeper in to the issues, one sees it was more a year for progress, rather than a year of regress.

There have been many happenings this year ranging from the large to small. there have been great times, and low times – all usually coming to an end in favor of the truth.

The Temple of Theistic Satanism, Order of the Dragon, and Satanipedia all three were founded within 2011, signifying the opening of a new corridor for the Satanic traveler – aiding them in the growth possibilities within the Dark Arts.

The Temple, founded on the altruistic principles of openness, and support of a community, has been a turning point within the community – moving away from the divisive Sectarian Satanism that has been promoted and spammed into the face of the community. Growing steadily is the only thing that could have been asked for, and while the online growth has been slower than expected ( the networking site had some issues getting off the ground at first – never a pleasant experience) the membership base has been expanding, with many not registering on the networking site.

The Order of The Dragon, started with the intent to be a Temple Order, exploded beyond such, becoming the first genuine and free Priestly Order within Satanism. Not being dogmatic, or controlled by a specific Temple, the Order has given something to the community, that anyone within it can use, and become a person they believe themselves capable to be – working for the community, and being able to follow their own ‘calling’ to Satanism or the Occult as they see fit.

Satanipedia, a project that has been up and down for a couple of years, through many incarnations, started growing and progressing, being able to update its functionality, and also begin expanding its informative volume.  Founded on the principle of collecting information, rather than dictating it – the project moves steadily forward, eagerly looking towards a new year to broaden the knowledge base that will be contained therein.

In other areas of the community, there were many displays of personal growth, and also displays of arrogance and ignorance. Let us not, however give publicity to those who are wallowing in the mire of such, and rather lift up those who are making inroads for the people of our community, as well as those who are working on building it up – not tearing it down.

Perhaps it has been difficult for some this year to see the hand of Satan moving among the people, but He is indeed still there. Things may look bleak at times, but this is not indicative of a lacking of the individual or the Deity, but rather a cycle of events – sometimes they may be tied to an earlier misstep by the person, however such negative karma will never last long, and can even be countered by moving forward in a more positive manner.

2012 – A New Age?

Some have claimed that the new age will occur in 2012, beginning with a return of a messianic Satan, or even the imposition of a new order by one group or another – while these people are entitled to believe what they wish, it is not something that I have seen evidence to suggest it to be true, nor does it seem like something that would occur from a Deity dedicated TO the Human Species, rather than above it.

The coming year, will be much like any other, however we can bring about real change within it, if we are willing to make the effort, and put forth the integrity necessary to make it happen.

Perhaps we can make a pledge to be honorable his new year? Or perhaps we can even make the aim of honesty above all else to be our motto,  taking away the impression of frauds or scams, and showing the world that we can in fact be a dedicated people? These are minor things that would impact our community greatly, and are individual experiments in growth, not able to be imposed by a group or leader.

The new year always inspires people to think about what they did previously, and what they could do better in the future, and it is a good idea to take advantage of this ideology. We have yet another chance to make a difference in our lives, in our community, and in our world. to let it slip away would be a shame, and only leave us in the quagmire of ignorance we have wallowed in for so long.

It should be noted, that prophecy is a misleading experience, and something that I personally do not rely on. When someone claims to have exclusive information, that only they are privy to – I discount such rapidly 0 especially when it is something that is beneficial only to a small group of people, or one or two individuals. Perhaps it would be easier to believe such if it was something that benefits everyone, and did not impose anything on them?

Final Thoughts -

2011 is dead and gone, and 2012 will soon be born, and with it the knowledge that the world will begin pandering to a few morons who claim the world will end in December of next year. This is something that I scoff at greatly, as all other ‘ancient’ people focused on doom and gloom, merely because they had nothing positive to focus on. Life in the ancient world was harsh and depressing. So their outlook for the future was similar.

We should move forward this year, as I personally intend to do so without malice or animosity in the least. Staying above the mudslinging , and working in a progressive manner is something that I would love to see happen, and something that I personally will attempt to do. Construction is always more welcome than destruction, when it comes to our own people.

Something that I do not wish to convey however, is the essence of telling you what to do as a Satanist. This is not what a real leader would do, and for those who may see me as such, I am not going to order you to any degree. There are those who are going to agree with me, and others who disagree, that is not something that bothers me, and I am always willing to listen to someone elses viewpoint – thus the ability to grow and expand my own path is never going to be limited or lopsided.

I would urge you to merely consider the beliefs of others, and search for personal relevancy within them – you may not find any, so may not need to listen to them. You may, however, be pleasantly surprised with the information you may find, and the new possibilities you may discover as you move forward.

I look forward to attacking the new year with you, and striving daily within the community – supporting its growth from its current squabbles, to its future greatness – that is indeed possible.


May Satan grant you with an Infernally Blessed New Year, and may we all begin to grow beyond anything that has ever been imagined!


De Ortu Populi Satanae!

James L. Nicholson II

Temple of Theistic Satanism
Order of The Dragon

Ancient Knowledge

Satanic Ritual Tools and Ideas

Most websites dedicated to Witchcraft, or any other form of the occult, contain a area dedicated to tools that one can use for rituals, spells, or other actions or effects. This will be no different, however some may be more strict in their requirement of you to have certain objects and items for specific uses. This will not be as such, and will be written with as many suggestions, and also an opinion or two to help you make better choices based up on your situation, need, and ability.
The Altar, one of the most sought for items at the beginning of ones path, is actually one of the easiest to gain. The Altar, the focal point for many in their rituals and workings, is something of a misnomer in its importance, and sometimes looked at with a little more reverence than it is indeed due. This listing will not be just about an altar, or what you should do to get one – but rather help you in your quest to evolve in the path you have chosen –

Regardless of what that may be –

The Altar

The Altar, is used in the activities of many of not only The Satanic Bible’s different rituals, but also some written about by other occult authors such as Konstantinos, and others. Although many have written about it vaguely, merely stating that you should have a certain set up of candles at least, and maybe some symbols relevant to your choosing – they are still described as a ornate symbol of your devotion, and can become that in time and through much effort.

The Altar serves not only as a place to hold your ritual items, symbols, and other tools – it also functions as a focal point of your Magical, Spiritual, and mental energy – from all of the power you invest in it, the workings you perform on or near it, and the willpower you imbue onto it. IT can become symbolic of your strength, and a place of great energy and power – whether you are a Spiritual, Theistic, or LaVeryan Satanist – it is someplace that you will be close to – even when you are far away from it.

Some Basic Ideas

There are many opinions on the set up, and design of what a Satanic Altar should look like. The Satanic Bible, suggested that the Satanic altar should be a naked woman whenever possible, and that this was to represent the carnal roots of Satanism, and the idea that the religion of man had made our own carnal desires sinful. This is in line, with  LaVeyan Satanism, which is Atheistic in nature, and indulgent in action.

Another description, on if a woman is not available, or impractical for the Altar, then a special Trapezoidal altar may be used for ritual work. Although this is yet another possibility, I am unsure if the average Satanist will be able to come up with, or make, an altar of such shape and recommended requirements.

Should you not be able to accommodate the above suggestions, this is not the end of all hope for the prospect of your having a Satanic Altar. Other Occult paths have similarities in the respect of an Altar – some having ornate suggestions involving Crystals, or other items, however the set up of your altar is completely up to you.

Below are some ideas that may get you started on a path to a functioning altar if that is your wish –

A Table

Although you may think of an altar as a large stone or heavy wooden structure, that looks as if it was carved from an ancient tree or mountain, an average table no bigger than a nightstand or card table can function just as well. The average coffee table can work as well, unless your rituals are performed in more of a standing posture than that of sitting or kneeling. If you are one whom likes to do your rituals and workings more from the standing posture, you may be able to find a drafting table. They come in a variety of sizes and designs, ranging from elaborate to self built plywood set ups. You do not have to buy any, nor am I advertising for the website, but some ideas can be found HERE.

Appropriate Covering

Perhaps you now have a table that you have decided to make your altar – lets now stop thinking of it as a ‘table’ and from henceforth only call it your altar. (This will help in the charging of it with magic and spiritual energy, as you are already associating it with power and ritual) As you look at your altar, look at the design of it, the colors and the markings. PErhaps it has some sort of damage on its surface that makes it not as appealing to look at as you would hope – or perhaps it is a brand new item you purchased or built yourself – regardless of its age, or condition, take in the entire look of it, and decide what you feel or wish it to look like. Perhaps you wish to see it draped in a long black cloth, or another color you find empowering – regardless of your preferences, it is very simple to do this without spending a lot of money – if you need to at all.

Most towns or cities, have an arts and crafts store within them, and these stores often have a large section of fabric that can be purchased for a fairly reasonable prices. (To decide what you truly want, you may have to look around at the selection, and then decide based on what you feel is appropriate as well as cost effective for you) Purchasing the fabric direct, is much cheaper than ordering from an occult store or other source. These covers, can then be modified through embroidery (if you know how, or have a shop in your area that is willing to do it for you) or staining to have the symbolism and design that you truly want – and then you have the ability to have much more power in the altar – as you had a hand in its very creation. You can use any symbols you feel empowered by, whether it be a serpent, baphomet, pentagram or other symbol. The Sword – When reading The Satanic Bible, one sees in the ritual descriptions and ideas the use of a sword – the symbol of might and power for thousands of years. This item, although a treasure coveted by most if not all Satanist’s, is not a necessity – and should not be taken as such.

Use of a sword, is to symbolize might, and function as a way to focus the energy of ones magic, will, or used as charged with the power of Satan (or other Infernal Deity of choice). When starting out to set up ones Altar, it is not required to have a sword, and if you are not 18, it may even be illegal for you to posses one, let alone own one.If you are unable to purchase or posses a sword, either because of you age, local laws, finances, or unavailability in your area, then you may find an alternative. You can use a staff, wand, or even finger armor. Regardless of your choice, the item can be used in the place of a sword, and can be just as effective, even if not as fancy.

NOTE: Check you local laws before trying to purchase a sword of any kind, regardless of your age – some localities may restrict the type or size of the sword, and even the age required to own/posses one. The Temple of Theistic Satanism does not condone breaking any law in order to obtain a sword.

The Dagger/Athame

In many different books, rituals, and other websites, you can see mention of the use of a dagger – or Athame, in rituals and magical workings. This is something that can be looked at as similar to the sword in its uses, although some writings may claim that they are even used for drawing blood.

If you do not have the ability to purchase a full fledged athame, or dagger – you can use the same principle as mentioned in regards to the sword – If you are able to acquire a hunting knife, (depending on your situation, this may be easier than a sword) you by all intents and purposes can use a hunting knife. In such a case, I would not use the hunting knife for hunting once you begin its life as an athame, however this is just my opinion on the reverence of the ritual tools.

NOTE: If you are looking for an athame in regards to using your own blood in a ritual or working of any kind, I would personally NOT recommend using an athame. Instead, I would recommend a clean and disinfected razor, OR needle. The reason is because despite Christian opinion, you DO NOT need large amounts of blood, and technically you do not need any at all. It is a personal preference to use such – even if a spell requires such for a part of yourself to be mixed into the working, you may even use your own spit in place of the blood. It is not the dark ages any more, and we now know that the blood is just that – blood – it is not a mystical liquid. DRAW BLOOD AT YOUR OWN RISK – DO NOT claim to be representative of Satanism or the Occult, and do not be surprised if you are under age and get sent to a doctor for such practices. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!


In every aspect of occult information, whether it be on your altar, or spread around your home/room, candles are mentioned almost constantly. As you may know, there are many different types of candles, some big some small – ornate candles with a Baphomet carved into it, or otherwise ordinary candles. The type of candle you choose to use is completely up to you, and the colors are almost as flexible.

Within Satanism, and more broadly the Occult in general, black candles have been popularly associated with most workings, (perhaps more so in Satanism than the occult) due to their symbolism and power. The color black, is typically associated with strength, protection and the dark energy of the Black Flame, but not evil. Using black candles is one way to bring more power into your workings, but it is not the only powerful color you can use.

Red, is also a powerful color, being a symbol not only of fire (as all candles technically are as they are used through fire anyway) but also a symbol of raw energy, and in times of necessity, anger. Red can also be used to foment strength, as well as protection.

The rest of your choices are up to you – as there may be another color you wish to use, such as purple for its psychic properties, or silver for its mental properties. You can use as many or as little candles as you wish – make them yourself, or otherwise. Black candles can sometimes be difficult to come across, as the majority of people will see them as unnecessary and either not want them sold nearby, or will not sell them in their stores. It can be touch and go when looking for such things, and even finding an Occult supply shop can be an arduous task.

Symbols can be the most heavily debated part of ones altar or ritual area. There are almost as many occult symbols as their are occult practitioners, ranging from general symbols like the Pentagram or Pentacle, to sigils and personally designed seals. These can be significant for their designated purposes, meant for certain rituals, or open certain doorways – however whatever the case may be, some are merely chosen based upon the personal selection of the individual.

The Satanist, is most often associated with the upside down star within a circle, and often containing a goats head within the star. This is known as the Sigil of Baphomet, when it contains the Hebrew script for Leviathan within a ring around it. Although it can be used without the lettering, the principle design is the same. Some, do not use the symbol as such, and settle for a mere Pentagram, which is the upside down star within a circle.


A pentagram, is a five point star, with the single point turned down, and the two bottom points turned up within a circle. This has been described as being defiant as horns jutting up towards the heavens, and as a symbol of bringing the power of the cosmos/universe down to mankind. I personally prefer the second description, as it fits with my path – however the choice is yours on how you see the symbol.

A pentacle, is a five point star, in the upright position, also within a circle. Most often associated with Paganism, or more frequently Wicca, it has been described as the opposite of the Pentagram, and also symbolic of the goddess by some people. Regardless of the description by different people, I have used this symbol to represent the sending of power/energy away or to an entity or deity. (Note: This is not to say that a deity would need my own energy, however I personally feel that it is something that I should do, and it is not required or deemed necessary for everyone) Using a pentacle as such does not mean you are NOT a Satanist, and it is free to be used at your discretion, or not at all.

A common theme of the star, is its symbolism of knowledge and power – as well as representing the elements, as well as the Crown Princes of Hell (as per The Satanic Bible) or other deities/entities. Another use of the pentagram or pentacle is in banishing rituals, blessings, invocations/evocations, and other activities. They can be used to bring protection or destruction, as well as open a doorway or seal one shut. They are a powerful item, and something that I recommend each and every Satanist (and occultist for that matter) have in some form or another.

The pentagram/pentacle can also be used a jewelry, decoration, and other things of the sort. They are typically recognizable by most within the general public as ‘our symbol’, and for the public to see them worn proudly is a small way to gain more respect. As jewelry, they can also double as charms, that we have charged with the power of our magic, Satan (or other Infernal Deity or Deity of choice) to increase our abilities inside, and outside the ritual area.

While this is by no means an all inclusive list of the tools and items one can have around and upon the altar – it is some suggestions that you can take and use as you see fit. Whether you wish to include a gong, or bell, a skull or snake, the complete design and layout is totally up to you, Some people include incense burners, cauldrons and even dark mirrors – they all contribute to the personal thoughts, beliefs, paths and preferences of the practitioner.

Other Ritual Items

This section covers items that may or may not be included around your altar. These are items you may use during, before, or after your spells and workings. The reason these are as such, is because the magical power that one holds, and the activities that one performs, are just as important as those performed on or near your altar. Magic and the power of Satan is not tied to your altar, nor your ritual area – these are just special places where this energy can be focused.

Satanic Attire

Magic garb, is something that one wears during rituals and other magical activity. Perhaps you have a cloak that you use during meditation or ritual, this can also be worn outside of such actions for the benefit of the practitioner.

The Satanic Bible indicates that a Satanist should wear a black hooded robe, inside the ritual chamber – (it also implies that women should dress provocatively when at all possible.) regardless of the source of your information, a black hooded robe or cape is something that most Satanists look to have, and use for such purposes. These can also be charged with a protective energy, and can be worn outside of your rituals, and other times.

There are other colors (as mentioned under Candles above) that represent different energy and ability – so your cape or robe can reflect these as well. Perhaps you do not have access to a cape or robe, but you are able to come into a trench coat or other black (or the color of your choice) apparel that you wish to use in the above mentioned manner.. This is indeed acceptable, as it is not necessarily about the actual clothes you wear, but what is in them. You and the power they contain is what is most important.

In day to day life, some think that a Satanist should always wear black, or imitate Goth Pop Culture. While there is nothing wrong with these philosophies, it is not a requirement. A Satanist can dress however they deem appropriate, and what ever is comfortable for them. You should never be afraid to show who or what you are, when it is safe enough to do so.

A Grimoire/Book of Shadows

The journal, spell book, and outlet for the Satanic/Occult mind, is something that most people within the community should posses. Some have said that such a book is secret and only to be used and viewed by its owner, and others have said it can be the opposite. I find this to be personal preference, as it can be just as powerful either way.

They can be used to chronicle the rituals of the practitioner, the spells that one has written – even the Satanic or Occult musings that one may have. It is a special item, that can give more power to your workings, as well as help you maintain an organized pattern in your actions and workings. They are optional, but many people like to keep such a record.

There are many items that one can use, and adapt to their own purposes. There is no set requirement of what one should use, and no one can say that their opinion on what can be used is more important than another. It is all up to the person to decide what they wish to use.

Spell Specific Items

You may, in the course of your journey and searches find certain spells and rituals that are written in such a way that they require some things you may not have – perhaps a certain form of herb or wood that represents something in particular, and this is normal. However, there is nothing set in stone saying that you MUST have these items.

The typical occult store may have generally all of the crystals, stones, herbs, incenses or other things you may need, however they are not always necessary.

In magic, there is sometimes too much significance placed on ‘stuff’ rather than the power itself. An item can be charged with energy, or set aside for certain uses, or even assigned certain properties without it being a specific item. Sometimes, the act of associating an item with a certain property, or benefit, is enough to endow it with that property.

For example, let us say that you need a lucky coin or other item for a certain objective or outcome – this is simple to accomplish, as all you need to do is come up with the item you wish to use, and then dedicate it, either through meditating on it, or even performing a small ritual with it. Some people have had success just determining it to be for its certain purpose, and that having the necessary power for it.

You may come across a spell asking for pictures of items or people, drawings, or certain types of paper, herbs or other things. The best way to handle these situations, is to get the closest you can find to what is recommended. You may be able to get the exact request, but if not you can perform the same spell or ritual without much modification. Always remember that it is the magic and power behind the spell and ritual – not just the stuff you use in it. A Final Note

Whether you are invoking a spirit or casting a spell, you do not have to take everything that someone says as the best way to accomplish your goals. Whether they claim to be the best magician in the world, the most powerful wizard, or endowed with power from Satan Himself, always remember that any thing is possible for almost anyone who attempts to try hard enough.

When someone claims that Satan has chosen them to be the ‘best of the best’, always remember that Satan does not play favorites, and He empowers those who are loyal and devout to Him. Take your time, and be vigilant. Use your imagination and some common sense along the way, and you will become a veteran at the Dark Arts, and the Black Flame will burn just as strong within you, as in me.

De Ortu Populi Satanae!

James L. Nicholson II

Temple of Theistic Satanism
The Order of The Dragon