Tenebrae Artes – Satanism

To begin, this essay is not an attempt to bash Satanism or any other religion for that matter. The major focal points and core belief system of Satanism revolve around Demonology, Black Magic, the Black Mass, Conjuration of Lucifer, Demonic Worship or Diabolism, Chaos Magick, Left-Hand Path (LHP), and the rejection of Christianity–its tenets, canon law, theology, etc. Also note that Satanism, Satanic worship, and Satanic ritual have nothing akin to the nature- and earth-based Wicca religion and the practice of traditional Witchcraft. Do keep in mind that there is a darkside of Wicca and Witchcraft and that there are some practitioners who do not practice “White Witchcraft” ever; and this is true of all religions, that there is a darkside.

The Temple of Kemetic Wicca clergy members, for example, are trained in both White Witchcraft / Magick and the Tenebrae Artes based on the concept harmonious balance and the symbolic representation of Yin and Yang. Within the core belief system of Wicca and the practice of Witchcraft, there is simply no recognition of an Antichrist (or false prophet), Satan, Hell, the number 666 being the number of “the beast” (and its relationship to the technique used by the Diophantine Equation to calculate or arrive at this number), Heaven, or the continual conflict between good and evil purported within Christianity, the biblical Books of Daniel and Revelation; for that matter, Satan, the Devil, Hell, etc. are manifestations of Christianity.

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The late Magus Anton Szandor LaVey (1930-1997), founder of the Church of Satan on April 30, 1966, has created a website filled with information about the religion of Satanism should anyone wish to further his or her understanding and learning process about world religions.

Furthermore, “In modern and late Medieval Christian thought, Lucifer is usually a fallen angel commonly associated with Satan, the embodiment of evil and enemy of God. Lucifer is generally considered, based on the influence of Christian literature and legend, to have been a prominent archangel in heaven (although some contexts say he was a cherub or a seraph), prior to having been motivated by pride to rebel against God. When the angel failed, Lucifer was cast out of heaven, along with a third of the heavenly host, and came to reside on the world.

The term “lucifer” is a Latin language word meaning “light-bearer” (from lux, “light”, and ferre, “to bear, bring”)–a Roman astrological term for the “Morning Star” or “Evening Star” named for the planet Venus. The word Lucifer was the direct translation of the Greek eosphorus (“dawn-bearer”; cf. Greek phosphorus, “light-bearer”) used by Jerome in the Vulgate, having mythologically the same meaning as Prometheus who brought fire to humanity. In that passage, Isaiah 14:12, it referred to one of the popular honorific titles of a Babylonian king; however, later interpretations of the text, and the influence of embellishments in works such as Dante’s The Divine Comedy and Milton’s Paradise Lost, led to the common idea in Christian mythology and folklore that Lucifer was a poetic appellation of Satan.” Besides, most practitioners of Satanism do not worship Satan at all.

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â-ª Source: Wikipedia – “Lucifer”. (If one is so inclined to do so, analyze Isaiah 14:12-17, Job 38:7, and Rev 22:16-21 with regard to Christianity’s Lucifer.)

The Temple of Kemetic Wicca is committed to educating and informing everyone about the truth in order to dispel the many abounding myths and fallacies regarding Wicca and the practice of Witchcraft (as this relates to earth-centered spiritual paths and alternative religions) being associated with the practice of Satanism. This is not to say that there are not some similarities in the basic practices of the two religions such as the practice of ritual magick and spellwork, seeking of knowledge and enlightenment, use of magical tools, mysticism, the raising of energy, invocation and evocation, and the donning of ceremonial attire.

“Bide the Wiccan Laws we must

In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Eight words the Wiccan (Witches’) Rede fulfill–“

Excerpted from The Wiccan Rede


by Dr. Kheti A. Sahure