Venus Satanas is someone that I have admired for several years now. An influential thinker and philosopher, she is changing the way Satanism is viewed in the modern day.
Hey guys, I'm sitting here with one of the most well known females in Satanism and Spiritual Satanism, Venus Satanas. How are you tonight?
I'm doing great! Been busy at work lately but I'm catching up with what's going on in the Satanic world lately.
Where are you from?
Originally I am from Florida, but I have traveled all over this great country. I love it here in Florida, the weather is great and it's a fun place to be. Some of the best metal bands originated here in Florida.
I myself being a Satanist, I've had to hide it from my family. While they're not devoutly religious, they would lose their shit if they found out I was a Satanist. (laughs) So, why did you turn to Satanism? Is there a particular moment or event that lead to it?
I first found out about Satanism in the early 90s, when I took a trip to the local library by myself and I found a book called “The Church of Satan” (Blanche Barton). It opened my eyes to the world of Satanism, and it made me interested in the movement. I took it up from there, but I focused instead on my own beliefs and practices, while taking the advice and guidance from the materials that were available to Satanists back in the day. Thankfully my family wasn't involved with Christianity so it wasn’t a big deal to them when I came out as a Satanist not soon after.
What made you decide to take on the Pseudonym?
In 2003, I was able to be fully independent and have my own place to live. I was able to set up a full altar in my room, and I started a year long study of magic and Satanism once again. I also took up divination through Tarot reading. During this time, a single rose was growing outside my apartment, and it reminded me to think of the beauty of nature. I finally reached out to the first goddess that I had ever reached out to, and she was the Roman Venus. I asked Venus for a sign to come through to show me that she could be the one for me. What happened was amazing; two weeks later after my ritual, I met a devotee of Venus at my workplace, someone who had been worshiping her for most of his life. The greatest gift that Venus gave me was our friendship that has lasted throughout the years. Through this, I took the name Venus Satanas as a tribute to the two gods that I focus on in my spiritual life.
I was reading through the articles on your website about the different "gods" of evil or "demons". Would you mind elaborating a little on each one?
Gods and demons are unique to the cultures that they originated from. In working with a variety of spiritual beings, I have had an opportunity to learn a lot about the world around me, and a lot about myself as well. As a Satanist, I like to think that I am allied with these forces in some way, depending on my relationship with them. And, each relationship has been a unique experience. These demons or gods (such as Belial, Satan, Lucifer) have not been considered to be benevolent or kind, so in working with them in a spiritual way I approach with caution knowing that they represent the darkest, most chaotic forces in the universe.
Other than Satan, of course, is there any "deity" that you feel a special connection towards, like it somehow represents what you believe more so than the others?
Some of my favorite gods outside of Satanism come from Greece and Rome, namely; Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn. What I like about these gods is that their names are still used today (named after the planets!), and that their stories reveal them to be some of the most human-like gods compared to other cultures. I have had some interesting and life changing experiences with them, but my heart will always belong with Satanism in the end.
Personally, I feel a more particular attachment to Orias and Amdusias. A lot of people dislike Joy of Satan because of their particularly racist and Nazi-esque views. Your thoughts on that?
They have made a reputation throughout the years of mixing politics with religion, and I find this to be too restricting socially and spiritually, compared to what is available to Satanists out there. Satanism should be for everyone, and it should be a personal journey, not restricted to those who share a racial view and a narrow minded way of life.
Just out of curiosity, there's more evidence building up month by month that we are not alone in the universe. Now I know a number of Spiritual Satanists, more particularly JoS, believe that humans were created as primate/alien hybrids by an extra terrestrial civilization. Do you feel that it gives Spiritual Satanism a bad name, or that it helps it? Do you agree to some extent?
They believe what they believe because they are told to believe it. Many of those teachings come from Zechariah Sitchin, who is (ironically) a Jewish researcher who released a few books on the alien origins of life. His stories fit in with ancient alien astronaut theory, a type of pseudo-science that teaches that aliens had a hand in the creation of humanity.
On the other hand I do think it is foolish to assume that our planet is the only one with life on it. Its a big universe out there.
Getting into the metal side of this, how old were you when you first discovered metal?
Hey I got into metal when I was 13, when I got my first metal album, Slayer's Reign in Blood. It turned me on to that metal sound that I've loved throughout all these years.
Have you ever been in any bands that our readers would be able to check out, or played any instruments?
No, I am not musically inclined, but I do work with art, and I've always had an interest in doing album covers for metal bands. Maybe someday I'll land a sweet deal.
Name your 5 most memorable concerts you've been to.
I have seen many great bands throughout the years so its hard to say which was my favorite. My first concert was Slayer on their Jagermeister tour. That was a great concert during their God Hates Us All tour. When they played "Raining Blood," their last song, the lights went out and they had laser pentagrams spinning around the room, and it rained fake blood on the crowd! I saw them again in 2009, on tour with Marilyn Manson, and they sound great live.I saw Morbid Angel not too far after that for their Heretic tour, and that was a wicked concert. I'm a big fan of the Deftones, and I have seen them seven times! I also was lucky to score tickets for Glen Danzig in 2009, and he sounded great live! One of the most memorable though was the Dimmu Borgir concert, they really put on a great show. It was like a metal opera. One band that I've always admired and wanted to see is Acheron, the former Church of Satan band.
Any sub-genres or bands that you prefer more than others?
I work as a DJ in a strip club so I'm exposed to various generas of rock, metal, pop, urban etc. My favorite though is Indie Rock and Pop, and one of my favorite bands is Queens of the Stone Age.
I love all of their music, especially "the Wizard," and other songs done by Ozzy later on. I love how they reference the occult with their music.
Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know about the mystique that is Spiritual Satanism?
Spiritual Satanism is an interesting path that can be beneficial to those that are spiritually inclined but still want to be involved in Satanism. My best advice is to approach It with caution and to do your own research so that you can come to your own conclusions for what is right for you when it comes to this unique spiritual path.
Any last words for our readers?
Hey thanks for this opportunity to do this interview. I think that metal music and Satanism will always be intertwined, and that there are a lot of bands out there worth exploring when it comes to music that you may want to use for ritual or worship.
Okay guys. For more information on Spiritual Satanism or Venus herself, visit her website. I thoroughly enjoyed your time and company. Thank you! We need to do this again soon!
Absolutely, it has been a pleasure! Rock on!!
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