Addressing our Deity Some Definitions.... Tenants of Theistic Satanism by The Church of Theistic Satanism.

Temples of Satan Founder Grand Magister Blackwood: For years people have written me asking if they are appropriate in addressing Satan as some of the following and I have decided to answer a few of these questions to provide a clearer understanding to the Real Satanist. Our Father: Our Father, is a Christian Salutation, however it is acceptable if one believes that Father Satan had a hand in much of creation, or has been a Father to man's understanding. Lets examine Father: Definitions of Father:  a male parent (also used as a term of address to your father); "his father was born in Atlanta"  forefather: the founder of a family; "keep the faith of our forefathers"  `Father' is a term of address for priests in some churches (especially the Roman Catholic Church or the Orthodox Catholic Church); `Padre' is frequently used in the military  a person who holds an important or distinguished position in some organization; "the tennis fathers ruled in her favor"; "the city fathers endorsed the proposal"  God when considered as the first person in the Trinity; "hear our prayers, Heavenly Father"  founder: a person who founds or establishes some institution; "George Washington is the father of his country"  beget: make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"  don: the head of an organized crime family. So how do any of these fit Satan? It could be representative of of our founding, and we are the offspring thereof or because of him. Some other salutations that are often acceptable: Hail Satan: Definitions of Hail        acclaim: praise vociferously; "The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein" be a native of; "She hails from Kalamazoo" call for; "hail a cab" precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents greet enthusiastically or joyfully many objects thrown forcefully through the air; "a hail of pebbles"; "a hail of bullets" precipitate as small ice particles; "It hailed for an hour.

So we find Hail Satan to be greeting the deity enthusiastically. And of course we all know what Satan is so I will not ramble on, and next we find ourselves often saying Avete Satanas lets define the both of them. Definitions of Avete: Refers to Hello in Latin, so Hello Satan is that like Hello Kitty?

Not really some use it in formal greetings of other Satanist's. Definitions of satanas:  Satan (Hebrew: ‫ ן‬ha-Sat9‫ ןָט‬ha-S9‫ ןָטָׂש‬h<‫ ה‬ha-Satan ("the accuser"); Persian "sheytân"; Arabic: ‫ الشيطان‬al-Shaitan ("the adversary") - both from the Semitic root: Ś-Ṭ-N) is an embodiment of antagonism that originates from the Abrahamic religions, being traditionally considered an angel in JudeoChristian belief … Even though Satan extends further back than Persia or even Abrahamic Religions dare to go, I believe it is an acceptable name for the True Deity, and while he appears throughout History with many names, he is not: Pan ( a Pagan Woodland God some say is connected but is not.) Lucifer (light bringer and Italian God of Light, some people say connected to Christ) Set (was killed later so is not Satan) Seth ( a version of Set and some people have derived Setan from the verbiage) Prometheus (a version of Lucifer) Sumerian Scholars suggest the Root of Satanism is more like Nanna (Sin) or Ningazhidda or Shidaaz, the later is relative to the Night and Moon. But more on that in later articles! Back to Salutation: Some people call him Master: Definitions of Master. maestro: an artist of consummate skill; "a master of the violin"; "one of the old masters"               overlord: a person who has general authority over others victor: a combatant who is able to defeat rivals directs the work of others headmaster: presiding officer of a school an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made be or become completely proficient or skilled in; "She mastered Japanese in less than two years" an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship overcome: get on top of; deal with successfully; "He overcame his shyness" someone who holds a master's degree from academic institution dominate: have dominance or the power to defeat over; "Her pain completely mastered her"; "The methods can master the problems" an authority qualified to teach apprentices have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of; "Do you control these data?" passkey: key that secures entrance everywhere chief(a): most important element; "the chief aim of living"; "the main doors were of solid glass"; "the principal rivers of America"; "the principal example"; "policemen were primary targets"; "the master bedroom"; "a master switch."

So for those who are claiming Master is like the “slave mentality” nothing is more incorrect.

I often refer it to being a Soldier to Satan: Definitions of soldier:  an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army; "the soldiers stood at attention"  serve as a soldier in the military  a wingless sterile ant or termite having a large head and powerful jaws adapted for defending the colony Now some will say this is wrong but in Theistic Satanism, Satan requires an Army of people who understand his world. Sometimes people speak of following Satan. Definitions of follower:  a person who accepts the leadership of another.  someone who travels behind or pursues another. Faith is important to the Deity, I will here define a few more things. Definitions of deity:  any supernatural being worshiped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force. I refer to the deity to avoid disrespecting other peoples deity, however as a Theistic Satanist we should really not care because it's our deity the strongest deity and able to destroy the others at will. But enough! I will define a few other things Christians like to label and theirs. Definitions of faith:  religion: a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"  complete confidence in a person or plan etc; "he cherished the faith of a good woman"; "the doctor-patient relationship is based on trust"  religion: an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him"  loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person; "keep the faith"; "they broke faith with their investors" Faith is not owned by Abrahamic Religions and for Modern Satanist's they will rail against those of us who display Faith as they prefer to see things from a Atheistic Intent. Definitions of religion:  a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"  an institution to express belief in a divine power; "he was raised in the Baptist religion"; "a member of his own faith contradicted him" Belief in a deity is similar in religions throughout the world and but Theistic Satanism requires some understanding and yet it prevails as the most powerful magic based religion on the planet, I personally am glad people have tried to whittle down its tenants and have attempted to define it as something else, but here it is.

Theism in the broadest sense is the belief in at least one deity. In a more specific sense, theism refers to a particular doctrine concerning the nature of a god and his relationship to the universe, being Theistic is the action thereof. Some things that are useful in its practice is the arts: The Art of Meditation: Definitions of meditation:  continuous and profound contemplation or musing on a subject or series of subjects of a deep or abstruse nature; "the habit of meditation is the basis for all real knowledge"  (religion) contemplation of spiritual matters (usually on religious or philosophical subjects). The Art of Invocation: Definitions of invocation:     a prayer asking God's help as part of a religious service an incantation used in conjuring or summoning a devil conjuring: calling up a spirit or devil the act of appealing for help.

The Art of Incantation: An incantation or incantations are the words spoken during a ritual, either a hymn or prayer invoking or praising a deity, or in magic, occultism, witchcraft with the intention of casting a spell on an object or a person. The term derives from Latin(incantare). The Art of Spell-Craft Definitions of Spellcraft:  Spellcraft is the ability to cast and work spells. It is often used to describe the rituals performed by witches, Wiccans, and Neo-pagans. Such instances of spellcraft can require the use of various gems, herbs, incense, candles, colours, meditation, chanting, astrology, and numerology.

The Art of Ritual: Definitions of ritual:     any customary observance or practice the prescribed procedure for conducting religious ceremonies of or relating to or characteristic of religious rituals; "ritual killing" stereotyped behavior.

The Art of Prayer: Definitions of prayer:  the act of communicating with a deity (especially as a petition or in adoration or contrition or thanksgiving); "the priest sank to his knees in prayer"  reverent petition to a deity

 entreaty: earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"  a fixed text used in praying.  someone who prays to a God. While I pray several times a day, I recommend those in Theistic Satanism to pray at least once a day and thank Satan for many different things, including guidance, it is necessary to become Spiritual with Satan. Definitions of spiritual:  religious: concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church; "religious texts"; "a member of a religious order"; "lords temporal and spiritual"; "spiritual leaders"; "spiritual songs"  concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul; "a spiritual approach to life"; "spiritual fulfillment"; "spiritual values"; "unearthly love"  lacking material body or form or substance; "spiritual beings"; "the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm"-Lewis Mumford  a kind of religious song originated by Blacks in the southern United States  apparitional: resembling or characteristic of a phantom; "a ghostly face at the window"; "a phantasmal presence in the room"; "spectral emanations"; "spiritual tappings at a seance" While people often think they are being spiritual they sometimes as not, I would have to contemplate being spiritual as an Art or The Art of Spirituality. This can stem from faith as well and could be formed from prayer and or ritual. Messages come clearly to those with Faith or Spirituality and slow for those not immersed in such. Now comes the age old question as to where does the Theistic Satanist's go when they die? After long hours of research I surmise that we are reborn over and over because we are comprised of energy, however some people do think we have past lives, but I have a theory while some seem to be precognitive of a past life, we cannot control where we go or who be return as, because our essence which is comprised of energy is uncontrollable at death. So we a merely a husk that contains an energy that can prosper or fail based on our level of Faith or Spirituality and the stronger we are the better chance we have to survive beyond our bodies. We should do as can while we are in our bodies and in order to work from beyond our bodies we require a certain level of internal faith to push us path the throes of death and into our next lives serving Satan, while his plan may or may not be complete we do not move along like “Lab Rats” in some experiment we move along as travelers and we chart our own futures by actions of Faith while our energy lives. One does not have to be rich or well to do to thrive around the deity, just have Faith he understands we all have a mission, a place and no matter how downtrodden you become you must rise up and realize there is a better place and perhaps a better life somewhere in your future, so no matter how low you feel you can never loose your faith. Hail Satanist's! Grand Magister Blackwood

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