DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,

The Power of The Witch

The Mammoth Book of The Supernatural
Colin Wilson: The Power of The Witch, pp. 322, 323.

{Segment about Magus LaVey & The Church of Satan}

America's most notorious black witch is an ex-circus ring-master and police photographer, Anton Szandor LaVey. On April 30, 1966 LaVey initiated the 'First Church of Satan' on California Street in San Francisco (April 30 is Walpurgis Night, the great feast of the witches' year). LaVey and his followers openly practice black magic, putting evil curses on their opponents, performing weddings, funerals, and baptisms in the name of Lord Satan, and preaching 'indulgence instead of abstinence'. The Church of Satan is dedicated to the worship of The Devil and the glorification of carnal pleasures - a far cry from the assurances of Sybil Leek and the Wilsons.

LaVey, known variously as the 'High Priest of Hell' and the 'Black Pope of America', goes out of his way to look Satanic by wearing a pointed black beard, Fu Manchu mustache, and shaven head. He is the author of a work called The Satanic Bible, which contains invocations to Satan in a language called 'Enochian' and LaVey's own system of 'Satanic morality'. States LaVey, "Blessed are The Strong, for they shall possess the earth. Cursed are the feeble, for they shall be blotted out!"

LaVey's church is expanding, but there are many students of the Occult who claim that no one can handle Black Magic without risk. An event that took place in 1967 seems to support this view. On the evening of June 29 a middle-aged man suddenly collapsed on the floor of his San Francisco apartment. He and his family were all members of LaVey's church. As his son and wife knelt beside him, trying to revive him, they heard a woman's voice coming from his lips, saying, "I don't want to die."

The mother and son immediately recognized the voice as that of actress Jayne Mansfield, a fellow member of LaVey's congregation. Later they learned that the actress had died in a road accident earlier that very evening. She had been driving with her attorney n a narrow road near San Francisco when a truck hurtled from under a narrow bridge, and crashed into their car. Jayne Mansfield was decapitated, and her attorney, Sam Brody, was also killed.

Newspaper reporters soon unearthed a story of violent conflict between Brody, who was Jayne Mansfield's lover as well as her attorney, and LaVey. It arose because Jayne Manfield's film studio was grooming her as a successor to Marilyn Monroe, and rumors of her membership of The Church of Satan were bad publicity. Brody threatened to start a newspaper campaign that would drive LaVey out of San Francisco, and LaVey retaliated by pronouncing a solemn ritual curse on Brody. He told Brody that he would see him dead within a year, and shortly before Jayne Mansfield's death he warned her not to share Brody's car. "She was the victim of her own frivolity", said LaVey dispassionately after the crash; but there were members of California's Occult underground who declared openly that LaVey's curse had got out of hand, killing the disciple as well as the unbeliever.

The facts are that she was warned to stay away from Brody because she would be on ground zero when the Curse materialized. LaVey cared enough for her to grant this warning, which she unfortunately did not heed, to her fault and detriment. Brody really had it coming to him, and this was an absolutely justified Curse, which is why it worked so well. He was a disrespectful, rude, antagonistic manipulative abuser who obviously sought to tangle with the wrong person. Read the elaboration on this story in The Secret Life of A Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton LaVey by Blanche Barton. ∞

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