Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Satanic Observations on the Satanic Family Altar

At the time Mr LaVey made these observations  the tell-a- vision was largely ensconced in our homes. Now we can carry the tell-a-vision in our purses and pockets. We can travel around with the tell-a vision, right in front of our faces. Our  real life surroundings matter not.

Anton LaVey
What's interesting to me, on a personal level, was that over many years I too had observed, and commented on, the television altar in so many peoples homes. The oversized, disproportionate to the room, with all seating facing the ever present tell-a-vision. Very much like the an Altar.
Sometimes the tell-a-vision was on a shelf of it's own, perhaps adorned with flowers beside it. Or a candle in a holder. Other times, mounted on the wall. Still with various decorative accoutrements surrounding it.  The very thought of it creeped me out, severely.

As mentioned on many occasions the tell-a vision doesn't factor much into the day to day life of myself or my family.

In case you don't know who Anton LaVey is?

Do I personally believe he was a satanist? Not enough information to decide.  Perhaps he believed his own promotional material.  It seems much more likely to me he was tied to some intelligence agency and was engaging in mkultra type experimentation. Sort of like an Aleister Crowley for the US. His understanding regarding the significance of the tell-a- vision, on a level very few people comprehend still today, informs us he had a far deeper understanding of it's impact and potential to manipulate the masses

  “The TV set, or Satanic family altar, has grown more elaborate since the early 50s, from the tiny, fuzzy screen to huge ‘entertainment centers’ covering entire walls with several TV monitors. What started as an innocent respite from everyday life has become in itself a replacement for real life for millions, a major religion of the masses.”
Anton Szandor LaVey, “The Devil’s Notebook”, p. 86
“There are television sets in every home, every restaurant, every hotel room, every shopping mall-now they’re even small enough to carry in your pocket like electronic rosaries. It is an unquestioned part of everyday life. Kneeling before the cathode ray God, with our TV Guide concordance in hand, we maintain the illusion of choice by flipping channels (chapters and verses). It doesn’t matter what is flashing on the screen-all that’s important is that the TV stays on.”
Anton Szandor LaVey, “The Satanic Bible”, p. 84
Instead of obeying the holy bible, right or wrong, TV advertising now instructs what to buy and what not to buy. Atheism wasn’t tolerated when scriptural dictates were in fashion and accepted as the Word. Now, thanks to Satanic infiltration, it’s safe to say, ‘I don’t believe in God.’ But modern heresy-not conforming to a television lifestyle, not accepting television truths-is liable to be punished with as much righteous enthusiasm as ever.”
Anton Szandor LaVey, “The Devil’s Notebook”, p. 86  

A brief digression: Not conforming to a television lifestyle is indeed met with such self righteous condemnation- I've experienced it. No cable. No satellite. No knowledge of popular shows- 
I've actually been asked "Well what do you do then?"  As if I have three heads, two mouths and five eyes. My response: Plenty!

"The birth of TV was a magical event foreshadowing its satanic significance. The first commercial broadcast was aired on Walpurgisnacht, April 30th, 1939, at the New York World's Fair. Since then, TV's infiltration has been so gradual, so complete that no one even noticed. People don't need to go to church any more; they get their morality plays on television."
Anton Szandor LaVey, again
Walpurgisnacht: The Night of the Witches
On April 30th, witches gathered to cause general mischief and evil, and so traditions formed out of driving away said evil.
You may have noticed that Walpurgisnacht falls exactly half a year apart from Halloween – this is not a coincidence. Halloween happens on the same date as the Gaelic celebration of Samhain, and beginning at midnight on May 1st is Beltane; these festivals marked both the changes of seasons as well as the dates where the veil between our world and the world of spirits is thinnest. You could consider all of these holidays to be related; in their recognized dates, themes, and celebrations

I'm certain there is no coincidence that the first commercial tell-a- vision broadcast occurred on this auspicious day- Walpurgisnacht


  1. Thanks for this fascinating article. My apt. building has a number of old dames like me, and on nice mornings they gather in the outdoor gazebo to chat; then in the afternoon they retire to their apts. to watch their huge TVs. When they found out I don't own a TV one asked, "How do you keep from going crazy?" I was stunned speechless, which is rare for me. Another lady answered for me: "Some people read books." But once it became known to all that I don't have TV, it was assumed that I didn't know what was going on in the world. So they told me about how the Syrian election was rigged and that Assad was a crazy man, and that hijab should not be allowed in Canada, and that Kim Jong Un wants to blow us all up (and he's fat and ugly as well). I now am the lady sans opinion, so we chat about the weather and hair cuts and shoes and doctors' appointments, but mostly I try to avoid the gazebo. And that's why I took up blogging again - just to be able to say exactly what I think. I owe it all to the ladies who watch TV. Hahaha.

    1. hehehe- how can you possibly know anything without tv ;)

      I`m glad the ladies who watch tv brought you back to blogging- it at least gives an outlet to those of us..who gather up and process information- on our own- as opposed to just passively taking it in

  2. Omigawd, Penny ... LaVey was born on an 11 and died on an 11 (29=2+9=11). And his name "Anton LaVey" which he chose himself, adds up to 11.

    The child he named "Satan" was born in the 11th month in an 11 year on day 1. He must have thought he'd spawned the anti-Christ.

    1. I'll bet Anton chose the name that added up in that manner for exactly that reason

  3. I had a few stories to add but then decided not to clutter up the comments with them since you both know how the reaction goes. My husband and I have not watched TV (or movies) in over twenty years.

    I will say that it's an odd thing to behold when you come across a TV program, especially what passes for "news".

    1. Know exactly what you mean!
      Did you see the news out of Australia about how these 'experts' solved the mystery of the MH370 missing
      Ya know 60 minutes Australia- That's a news show- roflmao- what garbage!
      Looks as if it was done to promote book sales and nothing else- garbage, garbage, garbage


  4. Here's what I think about that so-called news report: if the pilot supposedly knew the plane couldn't be found, then he wasn't the only one who knew that. And, if he was unhappy and suicidal, would he even wonder if the plane could be found? Not likely; but if somebody tampered with the plane ... need I say more?

    This next part is for Gwen: If Penny doesn't mind, I don't mind hearing your no-TV stories ;-) I do watch old movies on a computer monitor - positioned near my sofa on a very long HDMI cable, so I can put my feet up - plus old sit-coms. Anything rated PG. Haha.

    1. Whatever actually happened to MH370- the rubbish on Australian news was not it!

      and no I don't mind and see Gwen has responded :)

  5. Well, YayaC., first, your story was funny.

    My husband was in a meeting at work with several men. While they waited for the meeting to start they were chatting about various things including certain TV shows. They tried to include my husband, but he had to confess that he doesn't watch TV. He got the usual goggle eyes of incredulity. Then one of the men asked him what he did in the evening. My husband replied, "talk to my wife." LOL!! It's true; we do spend a lot of time talking. He said a couple of the guys tried to make a joke of it.

    Another good one is my late mother. Most of the time our phone conversations (we lived across the country) started out with asking me if I had seen the latest on the news. When I would tell her that we don't watch TV, she would say, "well you HAVE a television don't you?" I would reply, "no, we don't have a television." Then she would ask me (in an incredulous voice), "well how do you know what's going on?" LOL!! I would say, "Mom, you don't know what's going on, you only know the propaganda." The conversation would end as she didn't know what to make of that statement. However, I do know she reported it to the rest of the (extended) family. We've moved back to our home state very recently and while having lunch with certain aunts and cousins part of the conversation comes around like this, "so you guys don't watch TV, do you?"

    Neither my husband nor I ever bring up the subject up since we know we'll get one of two reactions. Either we're treated like we've arrived from some other planet, or the other person starts making excuses for their TV watching. The only reason why we have to tell our choice is because other people just assume you watch the same things they do. It's like a way of making a connection. My new dental hygienist did this just yesterday. While we waited for the dentist, he asked, "so, do you have any favorites on Netflix?" My reply, "we don't watch TV." His response, "oh, I was just talking with a patient yesterday about how TV is sort of brainwashing, blah blah blah.."

    The subject is a lot like two other life choices that cause people to get tongue tied (or defensive). Throughout my 30s I was a vegetarian. Again, I never crusaded about it, but when it came up people's reaction was just like with TV. The other life choice is that we homeschool our son. Same types of reactions.

    1. Hubby and I talk a whole lot too :)

      IN fact we had a bit of a lengthy chat about the value of rituals in life- as markers of important times in ones life- how our rituals have lost their meaning or have been reduced to commercial endeavours- and how rituals or rites of passage can be good things as they help us pass through life stages...

  6. I have to disagree. Actually TV is the best soporific for me.

    1. Yes, TV is good for that...

      I'm like YaYAC- some older sitcoms, the odd movie- only with an antenna- small screen- no altar
      and my seating is not arranged with the tv altar as the focal point of our living area

  7. I rarely watch the idiot box. Might flip it on during severe weather times to catch where the tornadoes are on radar in relation to my place. I tend to spend much of my time out in the yard/garden or in my man shed wrenching on my motorcycles.

    1. I'm with YaYaC on the man shed comment- :)
      Speaking of yard and garden- that's where I've been most this week- yard more then garden- anyway...the yard is shaping up now that some warm weather has finally arrived and our tomatoes, are behind, but, they won't be planted this official gardening weekend- May 2-4 cause it's too cool still at night- for that last few years we've been waiting until into June and this year looks to be the same

  8. It's wonderful to see everyone's comments about TV. I smiled at Dwayne's "man shed" comment, but hope he doesn't mind my saying that he could follow tornadoes on YouTube Web Cam broadcasts. I did that in concert with an email friend during the recent Florida hurricane when he was worried about his parents' house.

    I envy Gwen and Penny that they have husbands who enjoy conversation. I doubt I would be watching quite so much nostalgia on my monitor if there were someone sitting beside me, reminding me of the present.

    And if I understand Penny correctly about rituals, to me that's Christmas, New Year's, Easter, Hallowe'en - they have become so commercial - but between husband and wife, there can be much better, quieter rituals, that far outshine any of the Hallmark ones. Just somebody who knows what you're thinking without even asking is a priceless gift.

    Gwen, thanks for telling your story. Your patience and fortitude in dealing with relatives' views of your abstentions is so cool. Some of them may have actually followed your lead by at least being aware and maybe a bit more choosy about what they're seeing and hearing.

    WizOz has it right: TV is a soporific.

    1. Oh, and Gwen home-schooling her son! I still think that's amazing - though demanding work, I'm sure. It's a sad situation with the public schools these days.

    2. Yes, those days are part of the rituals- but also weddings etc.,

      From what I've read different cultures had rights of passage 'rituals' from child to adult- all this is lost- so we move through our lives without the necessary significance that could be a good thing.. choosing instead to have everything a 'shopping experience'- which seems to be on ritual that everyone adheres to.. whether they can afford it or not?

      That said much of what our governments do, seems downright ritualistic.