This file is an exerpt from The Book of Darkness, an official work of the Ordo Templi Sata
This file is an exerpt from The Book of Darkness, an official work
of the Ordo Templi Satanis, P.O. Box 1093, Atwater, CA 95301. It is
copyright 1991. All persons are hereby given permission to make
copies and/or distribute this exerpt, so long as in so doing the
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(From the Book of the World)
There seems to be an unconscious resonance between several
elements in modern society which, at the onset, would appear to
be totally unrelated. However, all of these various sub-cultures
within the American mainstream actually have many things in
common, most of all a deep harmonic relation of imagery and the
basic values which they espouse. It seems only natural that such
forces and trends, which are, at their heart, so interrelated, be
finally identified as such, so that they might be combined in a
single, monumental effort to realize the goals they represent.
These forces, and there may be other waiting in the wings
awaiting their turn to be recognized, include rock music, totali-
tarian political movements, sexual bondage and submission, the
interest in the occult and macabre typified by Vampirism, and, of
Of these, rock music contains within it most of the imagery
of the others. From the Satanist's pentagram on the cover of a
heavy metal album, to the motifs of sexual submission in the
lyrics of rock songs, to the vast stadium concerts which are all
too reminiscent of the Nazi Party rallies of the 1930's; all
these images suggest a vast confluence of the forces contained
within the base of each.
Satanists have traditionally associated themselves with
images normally considered dark and macabre by "mainstream"
society. This is merely another aspect of rebellion against
society, using such abnormal imagery to achieve certain ends
through shock value. These are, too, the same images that are
frequently employed by "vampire fans" and certain rock bands.
Again, the confluences of the images involved are apparent.
Though totalitarian political movements are currently in
disrepute in America, and have never enjoyed the sort of popular-
ity their adherents (and leaders) may wish or believe, there is a
recurring thread through Western society. This current suggests
something of a fascination with the Nazis and Fascists of early-
20th Century Europe. Which this is not to say that these groups
are admired, per se, they are certainly the objects of an amount
of scrutiny and study which seems disproportionate to their
overall historical significance.
The answer to the question of why this should be so is
twofold. First, the imagery and rituals used by the Nazis and
Fascists were first-rate pieces of propaganda; it has been sug-
gested before that the vast Nueremburg rallies could be consid-
ered as enormous Black Magic Workings, focusing the Wills of
thousands of participants on a single individual and a single
overwhelming goal. It is significant to realize that the Nazi's
military reverses began when the Party rallies were halted, and
it is well known that the Schutzstaffel (SS) were steeped in
ancient Teutonic blood mysticism, and magical rituals were prac-
ticed by their leadership and officers throughout the war. Up
until the last, the SS were considered the definition of elite
troops by both the Allies and Axis.
The whole "scene" of Bondage and Discipline (B&D) revolves
around the submission of one individual to the Will of another.
It simply happens to be expressed in sexual terms, rather than in
economic terms. In this, it represents a sort of rebellion in and
of itself (and has always been considered to be a "perversion"
and therefore carries with it the stigma of the forbidden). This
stigma stems, no doubt, from the refusal of Christian hierarchs
to accept any sort of sexual activity other than the Missionary
position between married people for the purposes of procreation.
In regards to bondage, or any other sort of fetishistic sexual
practices, the Satanist must remember that the pursuit of physi-
cal indulgence for its own sake is a good thing, a worthy goal,
and one to be pursued with gusto and verve, regardless of what
the Masses may think.
The use of bondage regalia and imagery has been associated
with Satanism for a long time, and as such can be quite useful in
setting the mood for Satanic Magic Workings. Of course, as with
any such accouterments, they are mere props for the purpose of
focusing the Will, but because of the long history of imagery
that associates Satanic practices with chained virgins on altars,
medieval torture devices, and the like, they can serve a most
useful purpose when attempting to set the mood (or when used for
the shock value with a reporter or some such impressionable
member of the Masses).
Bondage equipment will always convey a subtle, sometimes
unconscious reaction in people who are only dimly accustomed to
it; the instinctual reaction is to see the owner as inherently
dominant, even in the most innocent of social settings. This is
Lesser Black Magic in action; the use of subtle psychological
cues to influence the behavior of people around you. When you see
a young man walking down the street with a pair of handcuffs
dangling from his black leather jacket, the effect is calculated
to be intimidating. The image portrayed is a combination of
dominance (displaying the handcuffs as if to warn they might be
used on someone at any time), rebellion (they very idea that
someone could so publicly and proudly display what could be
considered a sexual device, which should therefore be displayed
only in the deepest most private recesses of the boudoir), and a
certain amount of unpredictability (if this guy will put hand-
cuffs on his jacket, who knows what else he might do?), all add
up to a very subtle feeling of intimidation; this is not a person
you want to mess with.
The Satanist, then, should make an attempt to inculcate
these various sub-cultures and may wish to attempt to incorporate
their imagery into his various Satanic endeavors. For, whether
their adherents wish to acknowledge the fact or not, they are
falling in line with the current trend of Satanic thought, and as
such, should be welcomed as distant cousins. Does this make every
rock musician or Anne Rice fan or B&D'er a Satanist? Certainly
not. But it does show an increasing alignment among the forces of
the dark side of humanity and society, much of which has been
forced upon us by the one foe that we all have in common, which
seeks to destroy us piecemeal; Christianity.
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