Rex Monday - Letter from a Luciferean
Since my last epistle to Chaos International, I have received some correspondence from some readers who have sought further elucidation on the nature of my Satanic philosophy. One question in particular, I found somewhat amusing was that of "Do you follow a genuine [my italics] Satanic Tradition?" This is a good starting point for discussion. What is a ‘genuine’ Satanic tradition? It seems to me, from my observation of the contemporary occult milieu, that a good many people are concerned with distinguishing ‘true’ traditions from ‘false’ ones. This search for authentication underlies, to my mind, a reluctance to nail one’s colours to any mast for fear of making (or being seen to make) an error of judgement. Related to this, is the forlorn hope that one can seize the ‘magical’ high ground by finding a tradition that is somehow ‘better’ - or perhaps - ‘darker’ than all the others. Although to some extent I can sympathize with the confusion of the modern seeker, faced with the bewildering profusion of traditions, systems and currents on offer, I can only say that, when I was first introduced to the existence of a Satanic group in 1954, I was not in possession of any such yardstick with which to decide whether or not it was ‘genuine’. What mattered to me at the time was that I had found some like-minded people who not only shared but encouraged me in developing a perspective which, whilst frightening at times, was exciting and invigorating. Indeed, I did not know, at the outset, that I had become involved with a Satanic group.