We, The Eccentrics


One of the
distinguishing features between genuine and phoney Satanic organisations is the
genuine Satanists’ acceptance and encouragement of individualists.

(Definition of
genuine: one which offers real knowledge and therefore power.) {NB WORD GENUINE

In the phoney
groups, all must conform because individualists would be a threat to the power
and prestige of those at the top. The High Priest needs his followers, needs
the crutch of their adulation, far more than they (if only they could see
clearly enough) need him.

recognise that the individualist is the only worthwhile type. A Satanic High
Priest does not need to vampirise his followers: his energy comes from within
himself. Of course he gets a lot of admiration, because the people who have the
wit and wisdom to follow his teachings recognise that here is a very special
man. However, he does not need them. And they (once he has provided the initial
impetus) do not need him. If anyone finds that statement disturbingly heretical

is a vital feature of Satanism and it sets us apart from all other ways,
whether occult or orthodox. Variations from the normal can only be accorded
true acceptance when there is no normal, and Satanism is the one way that has
never needed to set a normal because it recognises the individual.

A way of life which
promotes self-sufficiency naturally nurtures quite a few real eccentrics. I
remember one Satanist who lived in a motorised caravan because he didn’t want
to see the same view every day (well, that’s what he said). He usually stayed
around the same town because he had a very respectable job, which he liked and
did well, but, on a date with him, one never knew whether one would be spending
the night in the Municipal Car Park or in the woods five miles out of town.
Usually the woods, because we made too much noise and disturbed the winos in
the car park. The squirrels and rabbits never objected; in fact the squirrels
would take nuts from his hand.

I have noticed
that quite a few Satanists have the ability to communicate with animals. This
must be distinguished from the woolly-minded white-witchery sentimentalities,
some of which even go so far as to upset the balance of Nature (for example,
saving the seals caused a drastic shortage of fish). This communication is
usually on a one-to-one basis and has nothing to do with emotionalism. I know a
very advanced Satanist who goes shooting and fox-hunting; his dog and his horse
have a better rapport with him than most humans could achieve.

People who think
for themselves may occasionally come into conflict with the system, but, in
most cases, it makes more sense to duck and dodge rather than to adopt directly
confrontational tactics. Eccentrics are tolerated, some are even admired – but
drop-outs make the place look untidy. It is not a case of stridently demanding
the right to do one’s own thing (who, incidentally, has the right

to confer that
right?) We simply do our own thing. It does not harm anyone else; if it upsets
some people, that is their problem. Heard of the recently-announced christian
terrorist tactics as the fundies step up their campaign? The white witches are
running scared, but it would be really funny if those misguided bigots targeted
a Satanist. Regrettably, it seems that sense (for once) prevails.

Taken from the Dark Lily Journal No 11, Society of Dark Lily
(London 1990).