The Devil’s Notebook, written by Anton LaVey, should have been the original companion to the Satanic Bible. Within this book he dives deeper into his own Satanic philosophy, focusing on many of the ideas on Satanism and society that are familiar to his readers.
With a no holds barred look at his views on life, LaVey breaks down the differences between the weak and the strong, the smart and the gullible. In playing the Devil’s Advocate, he shows how having a common enemy, the bad guy, makes everyone else feel righteous. According to him, the world needs villains – they are beneficial to society
Like most of his writings, they are dated where LaVey seemed to be living in a different era. This book was published in 1992, but in reading it you can’t help but feel that he was lost in the 1950’s. At times the book was rambling on about odd situations, various stories and anecdotes. It’s like having a fireside chat with your strange uncle. Still, there are some jewels of wisdom hidden within this book that you may find useful on your Satanic adventures.
In one chapter he gives additional insight into magical workings in the ritual chamber. LaVey, in his book, expounds on the idea that occultism is a bunch of nonsense, but at the same time, he gave some worthwhile advice on the art of spell casting. He stated that an attitude of awareness and observation makes magic more meaningful – a point that I can agree with.
The best part of magic will be lost on those who aren’t aware of it’s subtle influence. He stated, “always move on, never dwell on your desire”, a bit of good advice to anyone using magic. In the ritual chamber, Satanic magic and ritual becomes a means of purging yourself from your desires.
The Devil’s Notebook also touches on the art of evocation, and how music allows you to enter into a trance. I can agree with him when he says that music is the gateway to evocation because it allows you to enter a state of receptivity. Being receptive and open is what is necessary to experience the ‘supernatural’, as it were. He also dives into the psychology of music and how music has an influence on the behavior of people.
On the subject of music, LaVey included sheet music for Battle Hymn of the Apocalypse – or what he called, the Hymn of the Satanic Empire. This performance is available on the Church of Satan’s Satanic Mass cd
The Devil’s Notebook is a worthwhile read if you want to get into the mind of Anton LaVey and see the world through his eyes. The Devil’s Notebook includes the typical LaVey wit and witticism mixed in with his pessimism about human nature. Add it to your collection if you enjoyed The Satanic Bible!