The Winter Solstice marks both endings and beginnings for many.
In the North of this world today marks the start of the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest or darkest time of the year. The Celts mark the Winter Solstice as their New Year since in their religion they believed all things began out of darkness.
The lead up to the Winter Solstice has been for me one of adversity, one marked by endless projects on the theme of decluttering, cleaning, clearing, repairing and destroying. I moved to a new house which required daily I had to cart out rubbish from house and garden. In my mind it felt like I had achieved nothing, since all I have done is destroyed and cleared rather than built and created. It is the way of things that before anything is built and created there is a period of destruction, adversity and clearing. Before I can plant my apple tree and flower bulbs I had to clear the rubble, rubbish and weeds from the garden. It is only in recent days that something positive is emerging from the endless struggles I have had.
The run up to the Winter Solstice is rather like the adversity in my life as the light and warmth is sucked out of the land, and it was a period that was extremely hard going for me. On Friday 23 Dec I can safely say that the lowest point in the year is reached, that the daylight will begin to emerge, and the warmth will return. Unusally spring flowers are showing their green shoots, and daffodils are on sale from the warmer parts of the UK many months early, hope is emerging.
For a lot of people I know the last two months have been hard upon them, and the Winter Solstice for others has been the marker they used to end projects and begin new chapters in their lives. All walk into the new year that will be 2017 with hope and visions of a positive new era in their lives, and I do wish all such people the greatest success in their adventures.
Satan is a Hebrew word, it means “adversary” or “opposer.” The Jewish worldview is that they are the chosen people of their god, any adversity the Jew faced such as an invading army, a famine or sickness, was due to an angel of their god testing them, the angel was called Satan.
Christianity, Islam and then Satanism took the Hebrew word for Satan and gave it their own meanings. To understand the essence of Satanic adversarialism is to return to the core of the Hebrew worldview of what Satan is.
Adversarialism is a state of being that the Satanist exists in due to an external challenge that they encounter. For instance, the Mormon stops me in the street in order to market their religion, a state of existential conflict arises between me and the Mormon salesperson as I defend my Satanic will to manifest my own agency, free of restrictions of external bondage. If I face the angry dog, an invading cold virus, a tax demand, a broken down car, these are all adversities that test my being.
Too many Satanists fail to understand this idea of adversarialism, many believe that being a Satanist comes with the obligation to oppose everything and anything they disagree with. These deluded individuals feel it is their duty to test others, to fight Christians, or force their relative truths upon others. Some Satanists transfer their misguided notions about adversarialism into actions of murder and burning of churches; others feel they need to improve a Satanic forum via adversarial activity through trolling, drama or aggression.
Satanism is about individuality, all actions revolve around manifesting individual will, no action involves other people such as needing to oppose and fight others. Adversarialism only arises as a state of being when something external such as sickness places the individual into adversity, where they must fight or die, then the will of the Satanist rises up in a fight to overcome the adversity. Being the Satanic adversary is not the function of being a Satanist, nor is it an obligation to go out seeking a punch up with every disagreeable person or belief system around. The adversary is not the Satanist, but exists outside of the Satanist, which tests the individual every moment of every day, in those struggles the Satanist evolves in their individual growth.