Wicked Words of Wisdom
A Last Look at our 10 Finalists
In less than 24 hours I will be announcing RFS’s Confessions of a Wicked Witch, 5th Annual Wicked Witch of the Year. As I was preparing that announcement, I was going through meaningful writings to use to support my contention that these witches are emblematic of the diversity of the Church of Satan I fell down a wonderful rabbit hole, where I saw old friends through new eyes created by time and, it would seem, the complacency that familiarity breeds. Re-reading LaVey, Barton, Gilmore & Nadramia was like hearing a song on the radio that you forgot was your favorite, and while you still know all the words, somehow you forgot that amazing guitar solo. I literally got goose bumps, and for the gazillionth time wondered how I got so lucky, for so long, to have known, and still know, these iconic, brilliant, people?
As luck would have it, their place in history has been cemented with words, that will outlive us, and influence others, forever. Luckier still, I found a few familiar lines that resonate with my 10 finalists, and for this moment, I am assuming the authors are begging to be relieved of them (Satanic inside joke...if you don’t know, might I suggest the Theory & Practice link on the CoS website?)
So, before tomorrows big announcement, one last visit with our Wicked Witches………………….
"Firstly, necessarily, I love myself. I’m my own God, after all, and I put no Gods before Me. I’m uppermost in my mind; I always bring me flowers."
Hydra M. Starr
“...it is essential for the Satanist not to view himself through the eyes of others—their opinions only count when you are beholden to them for something specific. Then one need only create the appearance of fulfilling what they want to see—which is the essence of Lesser Magic. But only you can evaluate your own self-worth.”
~Peter H. Gilmore
“The sexually over-aggressive man can be collected easily by the naturally dominant woman, who can accumulate an entire slave camp simply by allowing herself to appear on the scene wearing the accoutrements of the “push-over” as bait.”
― Anton LaVey
“If we have altars set up in our homes, they can’t be legislated; money can’t be collected on them. Satanism takes religion beyond the realm of consumerism.”
― Blanche Barton
“NEVER FORGET THAT YOU ARE A WOMAN, AND THE GREATEST POWERS YOU CAN EMPLOY AS A WITCH ARE TOTALLY DEPENDENT UPON YOUR OWN SELF-REALIZATION THAT IN BEING A WOMAN YOU ARE DIFFERENT FROM A MAN AND THAT VERY DIFFERENCE MUST BE EXPLOITED!”
― Anton LaVey
“Satanism means ‘the opposition’ and epitomizes all symbols of nonconformity. Satanism calls forth the strong ability to turn a liability into an advantage, to turn alienation into exclusivity. In other words, the reason it’s called Satanism is because it’s fun, it’s accurate and it’s productive.”
― Blanche Barton
“More and more young women are going through the process of exploring feminism and Wicca, seeking feminine pride, identity and power, and discovering only impotence, limitations and puritanical self-righteousness. Wicca and feminism share a flaccid, lackluster attitude and presentation. Satanic women like drama/adventure and know how to conjure it for themselves.” ~Blanche Barton
“A Satanist can find inspiration from archetypal characters, which is one of the reasons fiction is important to our species, but we diabolists must not fall into the idealist trap of condemning ourselves if our achievements do not come up to those presented in the realm of fiction. The same goes for romanticized real people who have been touted as exemplars—the truth of their lives is likely to be far different from the image that survives and is being held up for viewing. Each Satanist will be the hero of his own unique personal saga, and he will be the author of that epic crafted to his own standards.” ~Peter Gilmore
“ Satanists have an innate complexity of mind that hungers for uncompromising examination and speculation, not superficially-comforting pap. We don't need to be comforted; we prefer the invigorating, bracing winds of truth and terror.“ ~Blanche Barton
“Satanic women don't want to gain their strength by castrating men, or by making themselves out as victims. Whether they're providing healing and inspiration to those under their roofs, cracking the whip in corporate circles, managing their own home-based businesses or maneuvering whatever they need to survive, all are applying and increasing their power - not whining about why they don't have any!” ~Blanche Barton
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