The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth

An early document from the Church of Satan

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Members of the official Church of Satan are best described as a devoted group of skeptical atheists who don't celebrate Satan as a biblical devil or even as the character of Satan as described in Christian and Islamic scripture. Rather, they see Satan as a positive symbol representing pride and individualism.

Beliefs of the Church of Satan

Those who belong to the Church of Satan do, however, see the character of Satan as a useful adversary to combat the rigid suppression of human instincts that they believe is a corrupting influence on Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

Contrary to common cultural perception, which is sometimes mired in superstitious fearfulness, members of the Church of Satan do not see themselves as "evil" or even anti-Christian, but rather as proponents of free and natural human instinct celebrated in defiance of repression.

However, the principles of Church of Satan are often found to be somewhat shocking to people raised to believe in the religious values of the Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These religions are strong proponents of humility and deference, while members of the Church of Satan strongly believe in the supremacy of pride and individual achievement. Because the values of the Abrahamic religions strongly influence most governing systems in Western culture, the norms of the Church of Satan may strike some as surprising and even disturbing. 

The Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth

The founder of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey,  compiled the Eleven Satanic Rules of the Earth in 1967, two years before the publication of the Satanic Bible.

It was originally meant for circulation only among members of the Church of Satan,  as it was considered "too frank and brutal for general release," as described in the Church of Satan Informational Pack. This document is copyrighted to Anton Szandor LaVey, 1967, and it summarizes the principles that govern the Church of Satan

  1. Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked.
  2. Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them.
  3. When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there.
  4. If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.
  5. Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.
  6. Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to the other person and he cries out to be relieved.
  7. Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.
  8. Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.
  9. Do not harm little children.
  10. Do not kill non-human animals unless you are attacked or for your food.
  11. When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.
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