Lessons in Magick: My Take on the Devil

Alex Stoddard3

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“The devil is an optimist if he thinks he can make people worse than they are.”

Karl Kraus

I was never given a choice if I wanted to be a Witch or not, it’s something that was formed already deep within my Soul; I suppose I didn’t really have a choice if I was going to be a rebel, either.

There has always been this darkness with me (about me), along with a heaviness, and depth about myself that has influenced greatly the path I have taken regarding Magick. I don’t consider myself evil by any stretch of the imagination; in fact, I am extremely compassionate and empathetic, I get a little showy and snappy at times because of the Capricorn Rising, and Taurus Moon (those stubborn horns) but I’ll be damned because every time my Cancer emotions triumph over everything.

I have never really considered myself part of any crowd or community; I have always just wandered alone doing my own thing, picking up pieces of wisdom to collect in my jar (my brain) for later use.

What a wondrous collection I have.

I observe the Pagan and Witch community via comment threads, and discussion boards; often finding myself enraged with what I see, I am still trying to work on the whole “don’t allow others to disturb your inner peace” thing.

Among the endless discussions and debates I read there was a common dispute that came up among all the groups, and I feel like I want to address it myself, as I have never done so before. I do not consider myself an Ambassador for the Witch community, the Luciferian Community, or any community for that matter—I speak for no one, and nothing but myself. I like to make this clear when I write pieces like this because it has gotten me into trouble when I have not said clearly that I am speaking from my perspective only.

With that said, I do not believe in the Devil. Since I am so often associated with him when I tell people I am a Witch I think it’s time to speak about it all.

The statement itself is so much more complex than it seems, and the path I had to take to get to this conclusion was not easy. First and fore most the Devil is a Christian concept that I do not subscribe to and in my logical mind, I simply cannot.

I just don’t believe there is some red dude with horns and a pitchfork who is going to condemn me to eternal pit-fires in a place called Hell for my “Sins” that are dictated and notated by some other dude in the sky.

For a very long time I was terrified to face my darker side, even when it was staring me in the face, manifesting in the most horrific ways; you can only run from who you are for so long before it finally catches up to you and often with devastating personal consequences.

I did not want to develop this part of my Philosophy because I was scared, period. It wasn’t until my late teens that I knew I had no choice but to face the fire because I was the fire. I also knew that once I opened that door, once my fingers began to grasp the handle, and once my thoughts began to wander into that territory I would unlock a force within myself that would never be contained again.

There are some in the community who don’t believe in the Devil at all like myself, but they also don’t believe in Satan, and this is where I personally get confused with their duality theory.

I believe in duality, thus I believe in Satan, but not as a being—as a collective Adversarial energy.

This energy does not necessarily have to be blasephmous, sacreligious, or extreme in nature (outward appearance, taboo lifestyle, etc) as the masses seem to think it is; it can and often is the promotion of individuation, free thinking and the idea of living, burning, breathing, and existing entirely in one’s truth.

Satan goes against the status quo, and refuses to conform simply because it is told to do so.

Are you not Satan?

I know I am.

If you subscribe to duality that does not consist only of the Masculine and Feminine but also dark and light, evil and good (subjectively and relatively speaking), above and below etc. Many Pagans and Wiccans have never been able to give me an answer when I ask, “Who or what is the opposite of your God(s)?” Even in the stories and mythos themselves there is always some great battle with an evil being, I mean, duh, all good stories have a bad guy and some bloodshed; I just don’t think our/my/the bad guy is the Devil.

We’re our own villain, just as we’re our own hero or heroine (though I don’t think we need gender specific titles or names for being bad ass, feel me?)

We should not be asking God for help, and fearing the Devil (or any form of retribution); we should be willing our wishes and desires into fruition, and fearing nothing.

Rules and ignorance do not and cannot confine me, fairy tales and holy books don’t scare me; I have been to Hell and back, dove into the Abyss, burned in the Black Flame, rose from the ashes like a Phoenix and shed my skin like the Serpent—there is nothing that can be thrown in my direction that will scare me, or that I cannot handle.

“Out of the night that covers me,

Black as the pit from pole to pole,

I thank whatever gods may be

For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance

I have not winced nor cried aloud.

Under the bludgeonings of chance

My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears

Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years

Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.”

William Ernest Henley

In God We Trust: How False Religion Poisoned America

Ekaterina Belinskaya 1

Image: Ekaterina Belinskaya

“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.”

Alan Moore

I am ecstatic to be sitting in front of my computer with words ready to flow out of me, I have been unable to get anything more than a few sentences out since Retrograde started.

It felt like I was put on pause, thrown into a storm, unable to handle the waves of emotions or control my ways of communication. The topic for this post hit me out of nowhere this morning before dawn, as I was trying to get back to sleep. I had been thinking about the article I posted in regards to a group of Atheists bringing up a Lawsuit against the U.S Treasury to remove “In God We Trust” from our paper currency. The story was trending on Facebook, and as most of you know I love to check out the trending section.

Sharing a story such as this, especially when it was trending was not the best decision I have ever made.

I wrote an intro saying that I do not personally have a problem with the slogan being on our money, but my point of posting it was to open up a dialogue (I thought with my readership, didn’t realize the entire world would join in) and to say my piece that the Conservatives who said the suit was “without merit” were wrong; the suit does indeed have merit, whether it will actually go anywhere is another story.

The thread of comments proved to me that a majority of Christians have zero, and I mean zero tolerance for anything that is not “their way”. Within minutes that thread was full of bible verses, insults, verbal attacks, mockery, and people telling me “if you don’t like the laws here, then leave”. Firstly, “In God We Trust” is not a Law, let’s not even joke about shit like that. Secondly, the Cherokee blood in me, the fact that both my Grandfather’s served in the military (and my Grandmother), and losing someone in the Iraq war tell me that perhaps it is not I who should be “packing my suitcases” as my right to be here is well established; it’s them who need to leave, but, I as an American, would never tell anyone to leave this country. I especially would not do so primarily on the basis that we are different, otherwise the blood my family gave, all the way back to my Native Ancestors means nothing, and was in vain.

This country was built on the backs of Indigenous People of North America (Native Americans), Slaves (and not just African slaves, there were other ethnicities who experienced, and still experience slavery) and Immigrants who came by the boat load (literally) during the 19th century, specifically 1880-1920.

The Industrial Revolution had begun in the 1820’s, so there was an influx of demand because businessmen wanted to make profit off of this new wave of technology but there weren’t enough workers. By 1824 people of all ages were working in factories but they had no established rights, and the working conditions for many were appalling. It wasn’t until the larger waves of immigrants came did workers finally start striking, and creating Unions, the same Unions that protect millions of Americans today. It was Immigrants, primarily children, who helped give you that cushy pension when you retire.

Good ol’ right wingers should remember that when they turn Immigrants and Refugees away because…‘Merica.

Let me also just throw this out there, this is not a Christian nation. I agree that God is an umbrella term to some but to many it’s not. It is the Christian God, and I think having it on our currency doesn’t represent the melting pot, and multiculturalism that is America. Also, as I learned during the debate, the term itself was basically a “Fuck You” to the Russians (Soviet Union at that time) during the Cold War. We do not need to hold onto remnants of that time period.

The term was originally put on coins starting in the 1860’s, though that didn’t last long, I will link you to the full history at the bottom. It was not until 1956 that the slogan was reintroduced, and then modified again in 1957.

For 4 straights hours I sat there moderating this thread, having to ban many because they just couldn’t have an adult conversation. I was called a devil worshiper, people swore I was an atheist, and I was told that I couldn’t handle a challenging opinion; which is proven to be false by just glancing at that thread right now. Thing is, no one came there reading my introduction or bothered to ask me about my Philosophy, everyone came in with their false presumptions.

I am known for losing my cool, being passionate and a bit hot tempered, but for some reason I can control these aspects of myself much better when dealing with someone who is completely opposite of myself than I do when someone within my community shows their ignorance. I think that is an interesting thing to point out.

There is this misconception that a Witch—a Luciferian Witch at that, has to be a disrespectful person, that we have to be confrontational, that we cannot use logic, or have heated debates without insulting another. I used not one single insult towards an individual, or their belief throughout the entire thread, not once; yet the slurs and derogatory terms coming from people telling me to leave my country were of abundance, all coming from “good Christians”. I do not generalize, or at least I try not to, but to the masses “a Witch is a Witch is a Witch”. And, somehow all Witches are associated with no God, and being in cahoots with the Devil.

When in fact most Witches do not even believe in the Christian Devil. As for not having a God, that couldn’t be further from the truth in many cases. Most Witches do have a patron deity(s) that they pay their respects to, some even worshiping (depending on RHP or LHP). In my opinion Witches are some of the most spiritual beings in existence, but we are demonized, persecuted, and stigmatized. Even still, the Christians want to cry about their struggles, how they are under attack; last time I checked it was not Witches, or Luciferians who were instilling their beliefs on the general population, and Government.

As for the Satanic Temple, and certain Atheist groups who wish to push the limits, they are doing so to prove a point: we are not equal, Christians absolutely have the upper hand in this country, and the only ones denying that are THE CHRISTIANS!


“If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Malcolm X


Look at how Houston did not accept the Greater Church of Lucifer (regardless of how you feel about them) ; what about the protests in Detroit when the statue of Baphomet was erected, or the Satanic ritual that took place on Capitol grounds in Michigan?

Truth is, we are all Americans, not just the Christian Conservatives; they have this deluded mentality that any and every thing different from their belief is an infringement on their rights or somehow it lessens their ability to practice, believe, worship or pray. Referring back to the thread, a few Christians asked, “If Atheists have no religion, why are they so worried about ours”? My immediate thought was to ask them the same, “If your God and Religion are so great, why are you threatened by others not having a religion, or asking for equality”?

Of course I got no answer, but this type of religious extremism is a direct result of mass amounts of people believing that a book meant to be taken as a collection of allegories is factual. Christ is an Archetype of how one should conduct themselves, and yes connections can be made between Christ and Sun Gods throughout history, the fact remains that a majority of Christians do not acknowledge the connections, let alone the existence of anything other than their one God.

I will continue to say this, monotheism is a poison and until we start teaching truth instead of fables we will continue to suffer as a collective. I rarely see a Christian who is the embodiment of what it means to be Christ-like, in many cases it is the Witch, the Occultist, the Luciferian, the Satanist, or the Atheist who conduct themselves in a respectful manner, who treat others as equals, as fellow human beings, and not as “enemies to their cause”.

Humans crave more, they have been seeking the existence, or non-existence of Gods since the beginning of time; I will even go so far to say that an established personal Philosophy is a necessity but that is all that it is, personal. You cannot shove your belief down other people’s throat, especially when that belief is based upon words in a book claimed to be “God’s”.

Yet I get called crazy? Funny how that works.

If our currency should say anything, if there is to be any slogan attached to this once great country it should be, We The People, and that goes for ALL the people within these beautiful borders.