Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

The Dark Underground of the Satanic Panic

  • by Kier-La Janisse (Editor), Paul Corupe (Editor)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • FAB Press; 2nd edition (August 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903254868 | ISBN-13: 978-1903254868

Experience the hysteria of the 1980’s when society was saturated with Satanism’s supposed influence. From TV to radio to print there were warnings that a secret underground society of Satanists were coming after you and your children. Follow the stories of the people who started this panic, from the religious right who claimed that
Satan was around every corner in pop culture, in movies, television and even home computers – to average people forced to confess to horrific scenarios brought about through recovered memory syndrome.

Understanding this era of Satanism is important because the attitudes and feelings and false news stories that came with this social and moral panic still affect us today. This book is a historical look at this dark time in America, with essays and interviews by 20 different writers who were involved with the Satanic panic scene. Included are photographs and case stories from other sources that were labeled as Satanic, such as Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (an underground chaos magic association) and serial killer Ricky Kasso who claimed to be a Satanist, filling a role that was made for him in his infamy.

This book serves as a cautionary tale on how even in our modern time, panic and fear can influence a society in negative ways that are lasting. Many of the attitudes and misinterpretations of Satanism came from this era. If you are interested in learning about the history of Satanism, Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s would make a useful addition to your library.
Satanic Panic: at Amazon

Satanic Panic: at Amazon

The Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck

A Tarot Classic!

Aleister Crowley, Lady Frieda Harris’ Tarot project was the Thoth Tarot deck. This deck is a 78 card, full color deck, perfect for those who are fans of Aleister Crowley’s work, or those who are experienced with Tarot who are looking to expand their knowledge and experience of Tarot reading. This is the large (3.75 x 5.5) format.

These cards are suited for not just reading material situations, but for a deeper purpose of ritual and meditative work. I enjoy using this deck for personal rituals, where I use the Invocation of the Holy Guardian Angel from the Book of Thoth, and then draw one card to be used for meditation on spiritual matters

The Thoth Tarot was painted by Lady Frieda Harris under instruction from Aleister Crowley. Crowley named this deck the Book of Thoth and included an instructional book by the same name. The creation of the deck spanned 5 years between the research and re-working of the deck and it’s beautiful imagery gathered from his personal experiences in the occult.

Of course, the deck comes with it’s own ‘little white book’ that helps you to understand the cards.
The companion book, “The Book of Thoth: A Short Essay on the Tarot of the Egyptians, Being the Equinox Volume III No. V” written by Crowley is the deck’s companion book and should be referred to in order to understand the meanings. But, this deck was best interpreted by Lon Milo DuQuette, in his book, Understanding Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, providing updated information and clarity to those that want to understand this deck to it’s fullest. While Crowley was in a class of his own among other occultists, DuQuette in his own wisdom provides a clear and concise interpretation of this deck that will offer you so much more than just the Thoth book alone. This classic deck is a wonderful addition for any serious student of the Occult.

Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck at Amazon

Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck at Amazon

Magickal Servitors: Create Your Own Spirits to Attract Pleasure, Power and Prosperity

Creation of Magical Servitors and their use in Magic

  • Author: Damon Brand
  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 14, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1523403462 | ISBN-13: 978-1523403462
Magickal Servitors (Damon Brand) at Amazon

Magic Servitors are spiritual beings that are created by the magician to serve a specific purpose – to aid the magician in the creation of magic. Magic is used to direct change in accordance with the magicians will and it can do many things for you. From attracting love luck and money, to creating inspiration within you or others, and even repelling the things that you want to end.

This book teaches you how to create and work with servitors so that you can make the most of your magical practice. It is designed for the beginner in mind but even experienced occultists can find some wisdom and inspiration within it’s pages.

Some of the things that this book teaches are how to grow and change your servitor to fit your needs as the situation warrants, how to create a servitor for beneficial self-development that will help you to end or create new habits, and how to work with servitors that can influence other people and bend them to your will.  you can even create a servitor that can help you to gain clarity in situations, or one that leads you to material reward.

This book is a welcome addition to any modern magicians library, especially those that enjoy working with the eclectic style of chaos magic, a more modernized version of magic that is easy to implement in everyday life. This is especially true if you are looking for simple, effective results in magic.

Author Damon Brand states, “With the secrets of practical magick, you create your life according to your true will. There is no higher magick than the magick that brings results.”


Magickal Servitors (Damon Brand) at Amazon

Magickal Servitors (Damon Brand) at Amazon

The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology (Rosemary Ellen Guiley)

A Non-Christian Demonology Source!

  • Rosemary Ellen Guiley
  • Hardcover: 302 pages
  • Checkmark Books; 1 edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816073155 | ISBN-13: 978-0816073153
Encyclopedia of Demons at Amazon

An excellent book to use in your own personal research is the Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology. This book explores the dark folklores and religions of the world, with a non-christian view on demons and demonology. Some of the topics covered are demonic histories, cases of possession, demons in popular culture, and demons from religious traditions.

Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology contains hundreds of entries from a-z with suggested areas of further reading, and 80 black and white photos on demons, reaching from the past into the present. The historical backgrounds are discussed along with their powers and abilities and their roles in our lives. This book also deals with famous cases of possession, discussing various ways to protect from their harm.

As recommended by several readers, it is not the kind of book to get if you are a beginner as the topics that are covered assume that you have some basic occult knowledge to begin with. In all, it is still a good reference to have on hand for your library. I have enjoyed reading this book from time to time throughout the years.

One happy reviewer stated: “This book really goes into fantastic detail about demons, demonology, the devil, and way way more. I love this book and recommend it to anybody looking for information on this topic, this book is exquisite and very well written. I’m looking forward to reading the other books by this author and exploring all the topics they’ve written about. Overall, fantastic!”

You can read more about Rosemary Ellen Guiley and her writings on the occult and paranormal at her
Author Spotlight page.

By the way there is still time to enter the Left Hand Path Books giveaway. Contest ends in March so enter as soon as possible! Details are here at the Left Hand Path Books Giveaway post.

Encyclopedia of Demons at Amazon

Encyclopedia of Demons at Amazon

Lucifer Rising (Gavin Baddeley)

A Book of Sin, Devil Worship and Rock ‘n’ Roll

  • Gavin Baddeley
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Plexus Publishing; Third Edition edition (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859654559 | ISBN-13: 978-0859654555
Lucifer Rising (Gavin Baddeley) at Amazon

Here’s a fun book to add to your collection! Written by Gavin Baddeley, ordained minister in the Church of Satan and long-time journalist, the metal scene is explored with this fact-filled book. Enjoy this wonderful tome of Satanic fact and fantasy with his book, Lucifer Rising.

Exploring how Satanism has influenced music throughout the years, Lucifer Rising tells the tale of the history of Satanism, the beginnings of occultism through Crowley and the Church of Satan, and how all this fantastic history influenced metal bands from the 60’s onward. In Lucifer Rising you can read about the Black metal scene and how Satanism has had a hand in making some of these bands famous and infamous as well.

Comes with stunning first rate black and white photographs for you to enjoy of metal bands, and previously unpublished photos of rituals from the Church of Satan. This would make an excellent coffee table book! Most of all, Lucifer Rising is well researched and this made it even more enjoyable. If you are into Satanism and metal music, this is the book you need for your collection!

Kerrang Radio reviewed: “The ultimate guide to the influence of Satan in the world of rock music, and all manner of devilish culture. .. Lucifer Risings is a detailed study of Satanism in popular culture. And for the layman, it’s as good a rough guide as you’re likely to find”

Gavin Baddeley states in the introduction: ”..Satanism is neither trivial nor tainted with some moral radiation that it makes it too dangerous to contemplate. Inasmuch as the Western world is still a Christian culture, Satanism is the archetypal counterculture. It’s a vital but neglected aspect of our past, present and – most importantly our future.”

Lucifer Rising (Gavin Baddeley) at Amazon

Lucifer Rising (Gavin Baddeley) at Amazon

Lucifer: The Light of the Aeon – Diane Narraway

Step into the lives of Luciferian Magicians!

Lucifer: The Light of the Aeon at Amazon
  • Edited by Diane Narraway
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Black Moon Publishing (September 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890399523 | ISBN-13: 978-1890399528

Have you ever wondered what Lucierians believe and what they practice? Experience the path of Luciferianism through the lives of these authors in this anthology book. This wonderful book showcases many different stories of what it’s like to live as a Luciferian. While they have their own unique perspectives, it’s easy to see how they all live through the Luciferian current. Personal stories of transformation and enlightenment will entertain the reader and allow them to see what an incredible path Luciferianism can be.

Gorgeous illustrations adorn this lovely book, along with heartfelt poems and stories that will bring you closer to your own personal understanding of Lucifer as a god and spiritual being. Though-provoking and entertaining, this anthology book will enable you to understand what its like to walk the left hand path with individuality and self awareness through example.

One of the reviewers speaks of how individualism on this path makes them stronger, “there is a celebration of being a rebel in a way that creates challenges, and with those challenges makes important moves in life, in society through inner worlds approached with honesty and courage.”  Lucifer: Light of the Aeon is sure to be a favorite in your collection.


Lucifer: Light of the Aeon at Amazon

Lucifer: Light of the Aeon at Amazon

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