May 6th, 2005


The Black Flame 16

The Black Flame
{No. 16, XL A.S. Hell's Kitchen Productions}

I was delighted to receive Issue No. 16 of The Black Flame recently, the premiere publication of The Church of Satan, and it is truly a pleasure to behold and possess. It is just aesthetically beautiful and filled with comperable literary content, the likes which stands out as a Luciferian beacon in the midst of so much occultnik obfuscation and pop-pablum of the sub-journalistic arena, which continually seems to be lowering its standards, whereas Satanism strives to heighten the evolution of thought and action.


To begin, from the "Neter-World" as it were, comes the remarkable artistry on the superbly glossy cover, entitled "Amon: The Kemetic Ram, or The Gate of Baphomet", expertly rendered by Magister Robert Lang, features so-named Amon, from whence The Baphomet sigil originates, seated majestically in Egyptian splendor upon His trapezoidal throne, a more ancient depiction of The Sabbatic Goat manifested in this infernal Neter. This splendid image is part of a forthcoming Tarot by Mgr. Lang, which will be an amazing acquisition in itself.


Finally in print, we read inspirational Communiques of The Church of Satan's evilutions throughout the last few years, entitled "Milestones" by Magus Gilmore and Magistra Blanche Barton. Having these already on file, it is wonderful to read these herein, and certainly places Our advancing progress in perspective. Does the black heart proud.


This issue is dedicated to The "Black" Fine Arts, the realm of Satan in the true expression of The Self, and features interviews with six artists and musicians of Satanic pertinence, including Jimmy Vargas {Time-traveller and Noir proponent}, David E. Williams {"unpop"-style singer/songwriter spinning tales of underground thought and darkside culture}, Peter Mlakar {Laibach nucleus of erotic and philosophical literature}, Rev. Steven Johnson Leyba {Native Apache ever on the multi-media warpath of extreme self-expression and [anti]-social commentary, shaking subjects up in order to reform a more highly-evolved culture}, Adam Parfrey {Elitist Feral House publisher and veritos information mogul}, and Trevor Brown {whose realistically blasphemous works have permeated Occulture forming recognizable archetypal iconography}.

De-Facto Satanists

Here we read of Aristotle, Giosue Carducci, and William Blake, old-world natural Satanists upholding The Devil's trident throughout history, through His many philosophical and poetic dimensions. Includes an enhanced explanation of The Hymn to Satan, which this Satanist has appreciated since finding it at The Library as part of a compendium, which I copied and even utilized during an improvised Sabbatic ceremony. I was actually taken aback by the many Satanic statements of Aristotle when I attended a class on Humanities at a local academic insititution, and knew I had to compile them into an essay for other Satanists to appreciate; and Blake has also been a favorite read from time to time, and Am pleased to see him receive infernal recognition herein.

Loki's Laughter

I must say, I really enjoyed the evocative article on Benny Hill by Colonel Akula, a long-time favorite comedian {probably the first I ever integrated into My comedic repertoire, along with The Three Stooges, Monty Python, and Rowan Atkinson, to name a few}, whose re-aired presentations I would watch late at night, and would even replicate some of the skits therein with dracling cohorts at school and camp. I catch this whenever I can, and have a steadily growing collection of recordings, to supplement original broadcasts from the 80's. His playfully salacious humor remains unmatched, and needs to be resurrected into the orthodoxy. Part of the lustful dance of life, and definitely inspires strength through joy.

"Kiss My Satanic Ass!" follows, a guide to the art of insulting, that's IF one feels like playing with the herd - although I feel the generally best course of action is to simply ignore them, for they are of no true consequence overall.

"After The Absurd" is a gem of the classic devilish prankery which deflates pretentiousness and misdirected masochism, much which was brought forth by the genius of Soren Sorenson Adams, practical jokester extraordinaire. Harking back to a time of those amusing devices from The Johnson-Smith Catalog such as the whoopie cushion, the joy-buzzer, sneezing powder, among many others, the author offers a unique perspective as the owner of a joke shop. The Art of Embarrassment to effectively slap someone back into place, which are quite timelessly employable and enjoyable.

The Internet

"Collecting Souls in a World of Cyberjunkies" by Mgr. Robert Lang contains undefiled wisdom which I agree with whole-heartedly, as I gaze at the books about Me, occupying the black shelves above The Infernal Machine. I Myself have often said that "The only thing better than the smell of a new book is the smell of an old one." Too true. The tactile sensation of curling up with sometimes a musty, dusty book on a rainy evening in The Study on one's favorite comfortable chair, in The Bedroom in the luxury of the wrought-iron canope bed, or outside at My own Satan's Hollow {which is the primarily method by which this magazine is being absorbed} amongst the gentle breeze and rustling of leaves, or even at a sparsely populated {above-ground, at least} cemetary, is incomparable to the sterility of a laptop at some internet cafe' - I do appreciate My sleek black laptop, but a text is best experienced with a physical book in a quiet, private place, thus creating a closer connection to Nature, in My opinion, and forming an actual meditation and pleasant memory.

"Lessons in Online Stupidity" by Agent Cyanide coincides with the previous, and offers some advice on internet etiquette, interaction, and the lack thereof. The Nine Satanic Sins are present on the web, and work just as well there as in the physical world. Although it has been My experience that the best thing to do when approached by some would-be antagonist and/or idiot is to simply ignore them, and they will eventually go away. The internet can be a wonderful source of information, shopping resources, conducting business, entertainment, and concentrated/controlled pseudo-social interaction, but it is ultimately a tool for the betterment of one's existence and should not be taken personally - as with most issues, moderation should be observed - after all, on the web, are you the spider or the fly?

"Dirty Books" by Warlock Kevin Slaughter discussing Bowdlerism was quite delightfully elucidating on the perfidious puritanical influences of past literary censors, and the exhillerratingly tantalizing erotica surviving those sadly repressive times, now open for the libertine to re-discover and enjoy unto satisfaction, without the flesh-hating obsticles of yore. Authors discussed herein include Shakespeare, Mark Twain {see 'Letters From The Earth'}, Noah Webster {of Dictionary fame}, Solomon {read the biblical pornography in The Song of Solomon, which I once discovered with a beloved and laughed into the night}, Frank Harris, and Gabriele D'Annunzio! {whose antics and passions were a favorite of Dr. LaVey's}.

I also really enjoyed "The Art of Ritual" by Mgr. Lang - its basic principles I have already employed for My purposes and written of in Dracomeroth as one of the Spells therein, specifically "The Magic Pages Spell", which uses both written and visual imagery to manipulate one's quarry.

Another remarkable essay I can relate to is "Renfields" by Magister Rose, and I have known My share of these 'minions'. Some can be useful, but can only be tolerated in short instances at a time; while others, you just do not want anything to do with at all.

The rest of the content is just as compelling, incisive, and thurough in their analysis and commentary on various subject matter.

So what is in store for the next issue? As mentioned in the Welcoming Statement by Magus Gilmore, the next installment of The Black Flame shall be in book form, concentrating specifically on essay inclusions, whereas the Odditorium section will heretofor move entirely online, which is already underway at The Sinister Screen.

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Moloch Horridus

An absolutely adorable little creature from the land down under with an appropriate name, "The Thorny Devil" {Moloch Horridus}, whom I Am considering adopting a stylized variation as Blackthorne Productions' mascot...

Moloch Mythology:

"Moloch, the Abomination of the Children of Ammon

Molech, whose name probably derived from Melech "king" and Bosheth, "shame", was one of the deities worshipped by the idolatrous Israelites. He was referred to as "the abomination of the children of Ammon" (1 Kings 11:7) and the primary means of worshipping him appears to be child sacrifice or "to pass through the fire." Solomon was said to have built a temple to him.

"Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon." (1 Kings 11:7)

Sacrificing children was apparently not uncommon, but the practice died down around the time of Jeremiah when the King defiled Tophet, the place where Moloch was worshipped.

"He also defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter pass through the fire for Molech." (2 Kings 23:10)

"For the sons of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight,' declares the LORD, "they have set their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile it. They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it did not come into My mind. Therefore, behold, days are coming,' declares the LORD, "when it will no longer be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of the Slaughter; for they will bury in Topheth because there is no other place." (Jer 7: 30-32)

Moloch has often been identified with Milcom, the god of the Ammonites. He was probably also identified with Baal, and as a sun or fire god, as he was also identified with the Assyrian/Babylonian "Malik", and at Palmyra "Malach-bel". Moloch is also identified with Baal Hammon in Carthaginian religion.

Moloch in Paradise Lost

Milton writes of him in Paradise Lost

"First, Moloch, horrid King, besmeared with blood
Of human sacrifice, and parents’ tears;
Though, for the noise of drums and timbrels loud,
Their children’s cries unheard that passed through fire
To his grim idol. Him the Ammonite
Worshiped in Rabba and her watery plain,
In Argob and in Basan, to the stream
Of utmost Arnon. Nor content with such
Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart
Of Solomon he led by fraud to build
His temple right against the temple of God
On that opprobrious hill, and made his grove
The pleasant valley of Hinnom, Tophet thence
And black Gehenna called, the type of Hell."
- Paradise Lost, i. 391-405

Dictionnaire Infernal - Collin de Plancy (1863) (paraphrased)

Moloch was the god of the Ammonites, portrayed as a bronze statue with a calf's head adorned with a royal crown and seated on a throne. His arms were extended to receive the child victims sacrificed to him. Milton wrote that Moloch was a frightening and terrible demon covered with mothers' tears and children's blood.

Rabbis claim that in the famous statue of Moloch, there were seven kinds of cabinets. The first was for flour, the second for turtle doves, the third for an ewe, the fourth for a ram, the fifth for a calf, the sixth for a beef, and the seventh for a child. It is because of this, Moloch is associated with Mithras and his seven mysterious gates with seven chambers. When a child was sacrificed to Moloch, a fire was lit inside the statue. The priests would then beat loudly on drums & other objects so that the cries would not be heard."

Interesting that such a title was bestowed upon this creature.