About James Hind

My name is James Hind, I identify as an independent-Satanist. I have no attachment to any Satanist group, I however contribute financially or in other ways with other Satanists in areas I have a mutual interest in.

I have been a Satanist around ten years, I have identified with the archetype of Satan since childhood.  I was brought up in the Church of England, but Satanism is the only religion I feel comfortable with.

I follow my own interpretation of Satanism.  The principle philosopher who influences my Satanism is the natural philosopher Heraclitus, this philosophy is further influenced by the ideas of my ancestors including the Romans, Celts, Norse and Germanic culture, plus my direct experiences of nature.  I regard nature as my teacher and guide, that the patterns of nature is the source of reason, thus the only truth worth knowing.

I follow an empirical approach based upon experience, demonstration and observation.  I am metaphorical, coding my ideas and observations in visual allegory, narrative and symbol.  I place value on wisdom drawn from expereince, knowledge drawn from senses and reason drawn from the common patterns of nature over opinion and convention.

I have the ADD version of ADHD, a hunter-gatherer genetic disposition, which in addition to its challenges gifts me the abilities of hyperfocus, global thinking and discernment.

I am spiritual.  I consider all things in nature have a potential side, their spirit, and a material side, their body.  As I consider all things have a spirit side, and nature moves in a spiral, I support the idea of reincarnation.  Based upon how I see nature, I support the theory and practice of chaos magick.

As an opponent to hoaxes that promote the fictional Satanic Ritual Abuse narratives, I support those that fight these hoaxes including the Satanic Temple Grey Faction and Hoaxtead.

When I post on the internet, I am identified under the following avatar, which is derived from an image of my younger self:

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26 thoughts on “About James Hind

  1. Hello, I’m a young guy and have some question about a few things in the satanism.
    Would like if you could email me- [EDIT: E-MAIL REMOVED]
    If you have a email would love to talk to you.

    • I won’t enter into private e-mail contact with anyone. If you have a particular question not already covered by me on this blog, post it here and I will reply with a blog post. For your personal security I deleted your e-mail from your blog comment.

  2. I came across your blog this evening whilst looking to expand my knowledge of Satanism, and I have to say, this is a great blog that rings true to me. Starting as some do, many years ago with reading the satanic bible, I have recently come to the personal conclusion that laveyan Satanism still follows too many religious trappings and organised heard mentality for my character. But until now, I had no knowledge of independent satanism or people that call themselves independent Satanists even exist.
    I just wanted to say that I’ve greatly enjoyed reading your blog. And it has set me straight on my recently shakey path to becoming my own god.

    • @ Vermillionaura
      Thanks for your comment. I am glad you have discovered independent Satanism. Unfortunately too many Satanists are caught in the trappings that ideally we should have liberated ourselves from. I wish you rapid progress in becoming your own god.

  3. Thank you for the reply. Can you reccomend any texts or reading dealing with independent Satanism, or even just Satanism that doesn’t revolve around the left hand path religion?
    Cheers.

  4. Satanicviews,

    I write Encyclopedia Satanica; other than that, I don’t really participate in any of the Satanic social networking sites or forums. I rely on your blog to keep up-to-date with how the online Satanic community is getting along, even if the answer is generally “poorly.”

    I may not always agree with the hostile tenor of your posts — I think it behooves us all to be kinder and more tactful to each other as a matter of basic self-interest — but you get me the information I need, and you do it in as close to a non-biased manner as one intrepid Satanic forum-surfer can manage. Kudos to you.

    Please continue contributing reliably; you have a long-time reader and fan in me.

    Ave Satanas,
    Allison

    • Hi Allison, thanks for your encouraging words. I follow your blog, which is a beneficial source of knowledge on Satanism.

      I do have an aggressive style of blogging, and I am glad that my contributions are useful to other Satanists.

  5. I discovered your website via your response on Ripoff Report, and I wanted to thank you for posting a rebuttal to the groundless, and often senseless, allegations levied against the Satanic Temple. Lucien Greaves and the Satanic Temple have put Satanism in a positive light for me and many other atheists, and in time, I believe this enlightened understanding of (the various forms of) Satanism will trickle down to the general public. And thank you, too, for your own efforts to do the same. Even today, there are licensed mental health professionals and a considerable segment of the population who actively promote the notion that Satanists are an elite organization of criminals who murder hapless citizens and torture children. Everything you do here helps to deconstruct that dangerous conspiracy, and helps to protect the innocent families who often end up being the victims of such witch-hunts.

    Many thanks to you, the Satanic Temple, and all the individual Satanists out there who are working to eradicate stereotypes and be a visible, active, positive force in the community.

    • You are welcome. The Satanic Temple is doing a great job challenging false stereotypes of Satanism and deserve to be supported especially against those who make groundless allegations against them.

      Satanism is a positive outlook, and I hope more come to appreciate the constructive ideas it offers to the individual.

      Thanks for your awesome comment.

    • Thanks for comment, I have replied to your poem. I shall with interest read your reply to my comment should you wish to publish it. In summary, humanity has evolved to be curious, to explore, and to be tempted to solve unknown questions. The great forbidden apple of knowledge that humanity ate allowed humanity the opportunity to advance in the sciences and arts we today enjoy. Had humanity listed to the fearful church leaders, humanity would remain vulnerable to the sickness, hunger and harsh challenges of nature of bygone ages.

  6. You recently commented on my student ministry blog. I deleted your comment, but I thought you deserved an explanation and a response. I could not find a way to contact you directly (although I did not look very hard), so I thought I would just post it here.

    I deleted your comment, because impressionable young minds (ie, my students) read my blog. You could accuse me of warping their minds by only giving one side of the argument, or censoring them from seeing other truth. But you have to understand where I am coming from. I firmly believe that God and Satan, good and evil, heaven and hell, sin and salvation exist. I am trying to teach my students that the evils of this world are caused by our own selfish desires, which are a result of our sin, which separates us from God. Because they are young and impressionable, this could easily be thrown off by a reading of many different philosophies. All of which, as a believer in God and Jesus Christ, I would say are wrong and not beneficial. It is for the same reason that I do not put my 3 year-old on a bike without a helmet or training wheels. I do not fear him riding without these things, just not before he has the proper tools to discern balance and speed. Once my students have the proper tools to discern right and wrong, good and evil, I will ‘set them free,’ so to speak, to discern the world for themselves. Of course I would say that you are wrong, but I am not here to condemn you. Just giving you my reasons. Although you probably disagree with me, I hope you can understand where I am coming from.

    In response to your question of whether I think Jesus was a vandal and a rebel (not your exact words, but I do think you used the word vandal): No, I don’t. Yes, he rebelled against the religious authorities of the day. But he wasn’t shooting for anarchy or destruction of the system. The religious authorities had made righteousness about them. It wasn’t about faith, but about the things they could do (go give the book of Romans a thorough reading for more on this). And he didn’t destroy the system (aka, Law), but fulfilled it. What I mean by this is that the Law was meant to show people how much they needed God. They were always having to atone for their sins. They could never fix their problem. The temple curtain was a visual of the separation between them and God and reminded them that they always needed God. But Jesus came as the ultimate sacrifice for all of the sins of the world, so that anyone who would believe that this is really true would be saved and their relationship with their creator, God, would be restored. The tearing of the temple curtain was a visual of our restored relationship with our creator. I believe that Jesus was sinless in every way. He fully obeyed the Law, while not forgetting that it was all about God and not about him. Yes, I guess he did rebel against the Roman authority. But only because Caesar was the god-king. Not because he actually disobeyed any laws. Hope that explains things.

    Lastly, in the comment above you said, “Had humanity listened to the fearful church leaders, humanity would remain vulnerable to the sickness, hunger and harsh challenges of nature of bygone ages.”
    I believe you are an intelligent person. I have read several of your blog posts and you seem to know what you are talking about. But this is a very ignorant comment. Let me give you a list of Christian scientists whom nobody will discredit: Copernicus, Bacon, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes, Pascal, Newton, Mendel, Kelvin, Einstein. Actually Einstein was not a Christian. He was a deist, But even that is beyond what you would argue it seems. He is famous (among other things) for saying, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
    Without these men, we “would remain vulnerable to the sickness, hunger and harsh challenges of nature of bygone ages.” It is not fair and not true to blame all the stupidity of the world on Christians (or any one group for that matter), and credit all of society’s advances on people who were not Christians.

    • Thanks for your comment. It is your blog, and it is your right to decide what is published, just as it is mine. Your comment is here published, because it provides an intelligent point of view.

      I do however observe that the Christian religion as a whole uses fear to limit and control the human mind.

      I also think you do your students no justice by excluding them from that which you criticise such as Satan, Satanism or the Satanists such as I. How can the student be prepared to know what is “good” or “bad” unless they have the opportunity to contrast what you tell them with other points of view?

  7. Hello! I also found your blog via the RipOff Report defending the Satanic Temple and quite obviously, found your words to be the only sensible verbiage on that page. Personally, having always been an undeclared Satanist, the endeavors of the Satanic Temple have inspired me to “come out” in a way and activate. It is nice to see many others express their support and rage against the countless misconceptions about what the Satanic Temple represents.

    • I personally am excited at what the Satanic Temple is doing, shaking up the establishment. In Satanism there is too much talk rather than action. People may not always agree with what the Satanic Temple is doing, but the fact they are taking action and getting results is something I welcome. Thanks for your comment.

  8. I came across your blog whilst searching for like minded writers and I very much enjoyed your article on the church of satan. My own blog is for my poetry but I wish I had the ability to express my philosophy in prose as well as you.

  9. A topic of discussion came to me during meditation last night. I feel this particular topic is more appropriate for your blog and the message you’re trying to get across. It pertains to cellphones and whether or not they accentuate the ugly in people. Nowadays everything is recorded. And if you’re not recorded by businesses and/or the government, then you’re recorded by people who carry hand held devices such as cellphones. This is all slightly random so bare with me. I remember an incident at the local mall when I was around 13 years old. I was in a store with a friend of mine when a commotion was heard close by. A store owner in a shop on the other side was yelling at a customer for reasons I never knew. My guess was that he wanted to return something. It was a store that sold luggage bags and the gentleman had a luggage bag with him. The altercation went on for about 10 minutes, with who I assumed to be the store owners mother trying to hold him back. People circled around but nothing was said or done. One of the workers in the store I was in said arguments in that store were common because the owners were rude and often yelled at their customers for asinine reasons. The point I’m trying to make is that had such an altercation happened today it would’ve been recorded on a cellphone. Meaning, has the human instinct always been to just stand around and do absolutely nothing when things like this occur? Hopefully I make some sense LOL i feel like I’m rambling.

    • Thanks for the idea, this is certainly an area I have an interest in, and could be covered by a number of blogs posts. I think it has always been a case that many people are reluctant to become involved in a conflict, and might explain why few intervened in this case. All technology is neutral, and it is how people use that technology which determines if it is beneficial or harmful. There are so many issues that I can cover regarding smartphones, and you have motivated me to create a post about cell phones in a few days time.

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