The Last Groundhog
by Jake Block
At least once a month, someone emails me or pm’s me with some question about Anton LaVey and why he did this, or why he did that,” or “what he would think about,” or “would he have liked me,” etc. During my years here at The Sect of the Horned God, I’ve done my best to answer those questions and others, so much that at times I feel like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog’s Day, except that I never get the chance to bed Andie McDowell. These questions cover a few short years of my life that I spent as an Administrator for The Church of Satan, and I value the lessons and the insights I gained while there, but there were 32 years before and 33 years after I left that encompass the totality of my years. While Satanism, as a base philosophy, became concretized during my younger years, it’s been enhanced and strengthened and indeed refined during all of the years that followed, up until today.
Groundhog’s day is past, and this groundhog will no longer entertain the crowds. I am a firm believer in the Seventh Satanic Rule of the Earth, being, “Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires. If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained,” but if you have actually read the over 250 essays that I have written for The Sect of the Horned God, you’ll realize that the majority aren’t about LaVey or things that LaVey had written. Certainly I quote LaVey, when it fits, but I also quote Mark Twain, George Orwell, The Bible, The Koran, Presidents, Philosophers and, on one occasion, Mr. Wizard The Lizard from Tudor Turtle cartoons.
Most of what I write is Satanism in a living form, and the lessons that I have learned in living my life openly as a Satanist over the past 5 decades. It’s how I’ve taken what I learned as a Satanist and applied it to survive and thrive through twenty years in the military, through the “Satanic Panic,” up to and after the death of Anton LaVey and these 22 years (and counting) past. Indeed, there were lessons to be learned from LaVey and others back when I was a young adult, but without personal effort and personal drive, I would be just another guy who used-to-was, regurgitating the same old same old to those who would learn to do the same. That’s no different than those who learn their “holy books” by rote and quote them on demand to a herd of sheep too brain-dead to find their own message in the words.
Like everyone else, I would like to be known for my own contributions to the continuing evolution of Satanism and the Left Hand Path, because I’ve put some unique insights and concepts out that go far beyond what anyone can learn in just the Satanic Bible, the Compleat Witch or The Cloven Hoof. And that is not to say that those volumes are not important… I cherish them… but I’m not Anton LaVey or Anton LaVey’s spokesman. I stand on my own as a Satanist of the post LaVeyan era. That doesn’t mean I will lie back and nod like and idiot when someone falsely quotes or mischaracterizes LaVey or his principles as I knew them. But realize, my philosophy, that which your read in my writings is my own, developed over the past decades beyond any hands-on affiliations with The Church.
The ONLY thing I am a member of, either on line or in real life is The Sect of the Horned God. It is there that I “strut my stuff” and lend my assistance to the organization’s growth and educational goals for its membership. I strive for the Hyperborean ideal that transcends Satanism or any other “ism.” It stands on its own and as a beacon for others to follow.
Enjoy what I write, if you are so inclined, and take from it what you will. But I’m sorry, friends and neighbors, but I’m pretty much burned out on interpreting the life and philosophy that pretty much speaks for itself, in the life and legend of Anton LaVey.
So, if you want to see a groundhog do the same old song and dance every year take a trip to Gobbler’s Knob and wait for Punxsutawney Phil to prognosticate the weather. If you want to know what I think on Satanism as I view and live it, you know where I am.
“If you gotta play garden parties, I wish you a lotta luck
But if memories were all I sang, I’d rather drive a truck
And it’s all right now, learned my lesson well
You see, ya can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself.”
— Garden Party (Rick Nelson)