SATAN AND BABALON
A CONCEPT OF DEITY IN SATANISM
BY JOHN DEWEY ALLEE
COMPILED AND EDITED BY FRATER V.I.M.
The following article is a sort of Frankenstein Monster of writing, in that it is cobbled together from various excerpts from the works of John Allee (aka Lord Egan), the founder and High Priest of the First Church of Satan. Much of it comes from various versions of the FCoS FAQs, while other bits come from essays by John that appeared on the old FCoS website.
John’s theological views went through many changes over the years he was incarnated on this plane. This article is not an attempt at showing either John’s final views or an accurate snapshot of his beliefs in their entirety at any given point in time. Instead, this compilation of excerpts, edited into a new stand-alone article, was done with the intent of focusing on those ideas of John’s that I felt would most appeal to those of a more “theistic” mindset. The pieces that make up its construction have been purposefully chosen by me to emphasize John’s ideas and views that I personally resonate with as a Satanist and as a Thelemite. It is my hope that other Satanists will also find something meaningful and inspirational in this edit of John’s writings.
While I have taken much liberty in choosing which of John’s words to include or exclude from this article, I have also taken great care not to put any words into his mouth.
And finally, to round things off, I have decided to include excerpts from Crowley’s Liber Samekh at the end of the article, as a way of drawing attention to the influence that Crowley’s Thelema had on John’s concept of Satan/Babalon as God/Goddess.
I hope you enjoy this little compilation.
- Frater V.I.M.
Satan represents the One manifesting itself as infinite diversity in infinite combinations.
THE universe comes from the One (Ain or No-Thing) and returns to it. The first cause is not an explosion like the so-called Big Bang, but the emergence of Chaos and Order. People often ask, “How can Satan be the exception to every rule, the dissonance in the universal, the rebel of the cosmos, the rock cast in the still pond and still represent nature’s balance factor?” Simply put, Satan, the male principle, is Chaos personified. Babalon, the female principle, is Order personified. These principles combine, divide and subdivide as the universe expands. These divisions create primary forms which help the co-creators weave the fabric of the universe.
All life springs from the Dark Mother, Babalon, for she is the life giver, nurturer, sustainer. The role of Satan is architect, builder and destroyer. Both work interdependently to achieve balance, harmony and consistent change. They define, compliment and complete one another. Life is an expression of both Order and Chaos. It consists of a continuous series of good and bad experiences which appear to follow a pattern. This is true regardless of age, irrespective of our race or religious convictions. When life goes well, our spiritual growth tends to stagnate. The onslaughts and challenges of daily life give us the impetus to grow and excel.
Some Satanists view the Devil as the first individual—the first being to acquire consciousness and self-awareness. This lends itself to free will and is the true meaning behind Lucifer’s “fall from grace.” We are all inheritors of that gift.
Lucifer is the Illuminated One, the Light Bearer, the Crowned and Conquering Child, the outward manifestation of Satan, the Prince of Darkness. Lucifer is the embodiment of that force which leads to progress by upsetting the natural order when necessary—this has goaded Man from brute existence towards that which is truly human and ultimately godlike. Man creates gods in his own image, thereby recreating himself. If you wish to see an icon, look in the mirror! By worshiping the god within, we honor both ourselves and Lucifer, as we move toward a more complex state of being.
How can Lucifer, Lord of Light also be the Prince of Darkness? The quick answer to that question is that he rules the heart of the Dark Goddess. “Darkness” refers to the Goddess. The title “Prince of Darkness” is a endearing sentiment illustrating the formula “Love is the Law, Love Under Will.”
Which deity is on the side of Love? The Goddess, representing Order. Which one has to do with Will? The so-called Devil or God of Chaos. Passive and Active. Form and Force. Flesh and Spirit. The same qualities come into play.
Furthermore, you cannot elevate the spirit while condemning the flesh and vice-versa! The truly enlightened individual realizes that all matter is composed of frozen energy or “spirit” and there can never be any separation. The aspiring magician must maintain a BALANCE in his or her perspective and not place one above the other because they compliment, define and complete each other. Truly, the All is One!
Some see life as a web of interconnections. They believe everything is connected to everything else and the All derives from the One. They focus on the Source and view themselves as insignificant. While the theory of interconnection is valid and can be seen as part of Hermetic Law, no part of the web is insignificant. Reducing one’s importance to a weak link is unhealthy. It diminishes your ego. Some Satanists realize this and move to the opposite extreme, exalting oneself as godhead while disregarding the source. While using the Law of Polarity to adjust the problem is a wise idea, this is going to far. This only causes the imbalance to continue, but in the opposite direction. As a result, we've witnessed a non-productive clashing of egos between individual Satanists and Satanic organizations, each with an agenda. It is almost impossible to imagine a Christianity based entirely upon altruism and it is foolish to imagine a Satanism based entirely upon selfism. To lead a fruitful existence, the needs of the many must be balanced against the needs of the few, or the one. Again, balance is the key!
Co-creationism is a theory where but deity and mortal create together. Some see this as a beneficial situation where “God helps he who helps himself” if you will. There is another way to view this relationship. The creator and the created are co-dependent—they exist for one another. God creates Man in his image because he wants to be worshipped. Man creates God in his image because he wants something to worship. Of course, when you hear a Satanist use the word “God,” he is referring to Satan or the divine essence within, not Yahweh or Allah.
A Satanist and a Christian have a major difference in perspective. It is the same difference that most pagans have with Christians. To the Christian, God is that all-knowing, all-powerful Oz out there. We have a concept of divinity which does not delineate the creator from the created. God is not only in my life, God is my life. Simply put, God IS . . . period! He does not have to be invited into my home like Dracula. I do not have to ask him for salvation.
In Satanism, every Man and Woman is a star—a breathing, physical manifestation of that which is divine. The same value that the Christian will attribute attribute to Christ (Christ comes from the Greek word, simply meaning, annointed), the Satanist attributes to all mankind. Therefore, Man is God. Hail Thyself!
Well trained Satanists have a distinct advantage over other pagans. Because we see ourselves as god, and thus allow that our brethren are also divine, respect is vital. Showing deference and proper etiquette can be the trademark of a Satanist, provided the essence of that deity within each of us is accepted, and acknowledged appropriately.
The most common misconception about the Devil is that the Devil is somehow responsible for the free will choices we make as individuals. Is the Devil behind all the evil in the world? It would depend on what you would define as the Devil. We, you and I, and all other individuals are responsible for the evil and all the good as well. Human beings are creatures of habit and whenever a force of change is introduced to a system it is upsetting, perceived as “evil.”
Change itself is the universal constant. Just when you think you've got everything figured out and all your beliefs neatly categorized, the trickster devil comes along and whacks you upside the head with an apparent contradiction. You see, we are being “fooled by the Devil” because that is how we learn—through our own mistakes! Without problem solving, existence becomes futile, meaningless! The Devil represents life’s onslaughts and challenges which we must face and overcome to evolve physically and spiritually. Satan is the force of change that “wills forever evil, but does forever good.”
Those who trash the Devil are beating up on themselves. The good guy/bad guy mentality sanctioned by the Islamic and Christian faith is dehumanizing and dangerous. The same technique is used by the military establishment. During the Vietnam war, the troops were shown propaganda films depicting Asians as slant-eyed devils who pillaged and raped women. The objective was to dehumanize the enemy so they could be killed without conscience. It is effective programming and excellent military strategy. The point is whether you choose to use it in your own personal life!
More recently, here in the United States, commercial airliners were hijacked by a group of Islamic fundamentalists who were taught from a very early age that America was “the Great Satan.” With fanatic religious devotion, they commandeered the planes to crash into strategic locations, killing themselves and everyone aboard, along with thousands of innocent people. Again, these hijackers were desensitized. They were not murdering men, women and children; they were vanquishing Satan. Thus, anything that they did, could not be seen as more evil than what they were attempting to overcome.
Many Christians fear that the Devil wants their soul. Again, you have to understand the definition of the Devil. Secondly, for there to be want, there must be separation or division. The source of all life is the One, whose center is everywhere. All layers of intelligence in the Universe are cut from the same dark cloth. We are it. It is us.
You cannot be separated from your soul. It is what makes you . . . you. You may worry about what the agenda of Satanism really is and what the Devil’s purpose is on this planet. In essence, you are really asking the age-old question, “What is our purpose on earth? What is the meaning of life?” Free will determines what you believe and how you perceive things. You are an aspect of divinity, therefore life means exactly what you think it means. Decide right now whether you will define your life from a perspective of free will or fear. One path is that of passive acceptance. The other is that of the trail blazer.
Do Satanists worship the Devil? It all depends on what you would consider “worship.” Worship need not describe groveling before a deity or expressing an unhealthy attitude that diminishes ones self worth. Unfortunately, many Satanists view worship in this negative light, then move to an opposite extreme; exalting oneself as godhead while disregarding the universal life-force. As a result, we've witnessed non-productive, egomaniacal infighting between Satanists.
We suggest a balanced perspective coupled with an appreciation for irony because the creator and the created are co-dependent! Also, we need to view “worship” in a different light: a feeling of love, adoration and devotion towards the archetypal forms of whom we are a physical expression.
My objective in offering this information adheres to a set of Satanic principles outlined by Crowley, a man who also believed in praetor-human intelligences; “The essence of every missionary message has always been to assimilate the taught to the teacher, and it has always been accompanied by bribes and threats. My message is exactly opposed to any of this. I say to each man and woman, you are unique and sovereign, the center of an universe. However right I may be in thinking as I do, you may be equally right in thinking otherwise. You can only accomplish your object in life by complete disregard of the opinions of other people.”
- REV. JOHN D. ALLEE
THE FIRST CHURCH OF SATAN
INVOCATIONS TO SATAN AND BABALON
Excerpts from Liber Samekh
BY ALEISTER CROWLEY
“Hear Me, O breathing, flowing Sun! O Sun IAF! O Lion-Serpent Sun, The Beast that whirlest forth, a thunder- bolt, begetter of Life! Thou that flowest! Thou that goest! Thou Satan-Sun Hadith that goest without Will! Thou Air! Breath! Spirit! Thou without bound or bond! Thou Essence, Air Swift-streaming, Elasticity! Thou Wanderer, Father of All! Thou Wanderer, Spirit of All! Thou Shining Force of Breath! Thou Lion-Serpent Sun! Thou Saviour, save! Thou Ibis, secret solitary Bird, inviolate Wisdom, whose Word in Truth, creating the World by its Magick! O Sun IAF! O Lion-Serpent Sun, The Beast that whirlest forth, a thunder- bolt, begetter of Life!
“I invoke Thee, the Terrible and Invisible God Who dwellest in the Void Place of the Spirit, thou spiritual Sun! Satan Thou Eye, Thou Lust! Cry aloud! Cry aloud! Whirl the Wheel, O my Father, O Satan, O Sun! Thou, the Saviour! Silence! Give me Thy Secret! Give me suck, Thou Phallus, Thou Sun! Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust! Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust! Satan, thou Eye, thou Lust! Thou self-caused, self-determined, exalted, Most High!”
“Hear Me, thou the Wheel, thou the Womb, that containeth the Father IAF! Thou the Sea, the Abode! Babalon! Thou Woman of Whoredom. Thou, Gate of the Great God ON! Thou Lady of the Understanding of the Ways! Hail Thou, the unstirred! Hail, sister and bride of ON, of the God that is all and is none, by the Power of Eleven! Thou Treasure of IAO! Thou Virgin twin-sexed! Thou Secret Seed! Thou inviolate Wisdom! Abode of the Light of the Father, the Sun, of Hadith, of the spell of the Aeon of Horus! Our Lady of the Western Gate of Heaven! Mighty art Thou!
“I invoke Thee, O Mother! O Truth! Thou Mass! Hail, Thou that art! Thou hollow one! Thou Goddess of Beauty and Love, whom Satan, beholding, desireth! The Fathers, male-female, desire Thee!”