Theistic Satanists (sometimes called "Traditional Satanists," "Religious Satanists," or "Diabolators") are those who revere Satan as a deity -- as distinct from symbolic Satanists, who do not believe in Satan as a deity but see Satan only as a symbol of pride, independence, etc.
This forum welcomes posts from Satanists (of both the theistic and symbolic kinds), plus Pagans and occultists. If you are not a Satanist, Pagan, or occultist, e.g. if you are a Christian or a mainstream atheist/naturalist, please join ts_interfaith, which welcomes people of all religions and worldviews.
Rules for posting here:
No advocacy of criminal activity in the name of Satan or Satanism. No advocacy of law-breaking generally. (But it's okay to advocate changing the law in favor of an activity that is now illegal, as long as you aren't ridiculously trollish about it.)
No copyright violations, nor anything that looks like it might be a copyright violation. Do not copy and paste an entire article, story, poem, etc. here, unless YOU wrote it and you specifically say so. Otherwise, please give us just a brief preview and link.
No sexually explicit posts. There are probably some minors here.
No personal insults, flaming, or other drama. Let's have civil and rational dialogue only. Even if someone flames you, don't flame back. Complain to me via email instead.
No defamatory allegations against particular Satanist groups, individual Satanists, or against anyone else. Feel free to voice disagreement with a given group's or individuals beliefs or recommended practices, but please do not bring your PERSONAL beefs here.
Avoid hate speech, including hate speech against religious groups. Feel free to voice disagreement with other religions, but steer clear of schoolyardish name-calling, genocidal sentiments, sweeping generalizations, etc.
No posts whose primary purpose is advertising of any kind, though you may briefly mention your group or business in the context of a larger on-topic post to which it is relevant.
Keep threads on their original topic. New topics should be introduced with new posts.
In particular, if a given thread has nothing to do with politics, economics, social policy, social structures, or someone's idea of "Satanic ethics," please do not hijack the thread in such a direction. For example, if the original post is about invocation vs. evocation of demons, don't post a reply in which you preach about "stratification" vs. "egalitarianism," or which introduces any reference to any other political, social, or economic issue, no matter how relevant you think it is or why. Make a new post instead. Theistic Satanism attracts people of many different political persuasions, and we don't want every thread to turn into a political argument.
When writing a long post (more than 200 words or so), please use an LJ Cut to hide all but the first 100 to 150 words or so behind a link which people can click to see the rest of your post.
This forum is primarily for theistic Satanists. If you are not a theistic Satanist and you have strong disagreements with theistic Satanism, you may post those disagreements, provided you do so only in a way that does not threaten to dominate or disrupt this forum. Basically this means posting only in relatively few threads (which you may start) with clear but neutrally-worded titles such as the following:
- "About the definition of 'Satanism'" (if you're a LaVeyan who wants to argue that only LaVey's followers are entitled to call themselves "Satanists" -- as if we haven't heard that claim a zillion times already). - "Why revere Satan?" (if you're a Pagan who can't understand why on Earth anyone would want to revere Satan)
If a discussion is deemed particularly annoying for whatever reason, we may ask the participants to move it elsewhere. If we do, you will in most cases (if there aren't potential legal issues involved) be allowed to post a link to wherever you've decided to continue it. In that case, we would also appreciate the courtesy of a link back.