Before 1960 Satanism had a theistic outlook limited to secret societies and covens, then came a paradigm shift thanks to the Satanic philosopher Anton LaVey who introduced Satanism to a wider audience through his rationalistic interpretation of Satanism known as Laveyanism. From Laveyan roots blossomed different interpretations of rationalistic Satanism, and a multitude of new Satanic groups and churches.
Despite LaVey Satanism remained group-orientated
It is thanks to Anton LaVey that Satanism gained a rationalist atheistic-orientated form of Satanism, but he kept Satanism firmly mired in group-think, where the group dominated Satanism. Until the 1990’s the only way a Satanist could obtain information and links with Satanism was via the Satanic group.
The coming of the internet changes Satanism
The internet broke group monopoly over Satanism. When the internet became popular from the 1990’s onwards it gave the individual access to formerly restricted and controlled information, including that which Satanic groups had a monopoly over. No longer does the individual Satanist have to join a Satanic group in order to obtain Satanic knowledge to build their personal path, since such knowledge is freely and widely available on the internet, obtainable in the privacy of their own home or via any device such as a smart phone.
A paradigm shift from group to individualistic Satanism
The tool of the internet makes it now possible for the individual Satanist to obtain all the knowledge and resources they will ever need to construct their own form of Satanism. No longer does the individual need to belong to a group, or enslave themselves to a self-appointed guru, they can with intelligence be their own Satanic god, cutting out all the group-minded garbage in the process.
The Satanist has a choice
The internet has empowered the Satanist with knowledge and tools to be their own god in their own life, but the choice remains, does the Satanist embrace individualistic liberty or group-minded slavery?
The new paradigm is individual liberty
Groups such as the Church of Satan are no longer relevant. It is now possible for the Satanist to embrace a new version of Satanism, which is Individual Satanism. Sure, Satanists will call their interpretation of Satanism by different names, but at its core they have embraced a new paradigm of individual Satanism, which in my own words is:
“Manifestation of personal will to become a god in their own lives.”