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Undiluted Gypsy lore regarding the forbidden knowledge of seduction and manipulation.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published February 1st 2003 by Feral House (first published 1970)
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Hunger For Knowledge
Disclaimer: This is an review from a reviewer who has read The Satanic Witch by Anton LaVey, the frightening pink book that shares the secret and forbidden knowledge of the art of seduction and manipulation. This may or may not make the reviewer A Master Manipulator, close relative of Terminator. This review may or may not be the finest form of seduction and manipulation. The reviewer does not take any responsibility of the review's impact on the readers opinions of the book.

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Hannah Eiseman-Renyard
Tired Pervy Unenlightened 1960s Cliches

I read this shortly after finishing The Satanic Bible because I was a teenage prat and still wanted to shock the people sat opposite me on public transport. For these purposes this book doesn't work as well as The Satanic Bible. Though it still has the inverted pentacle on the cover, the friendly pink colour lowers the impact.

As for contents: Ha! Holy shit it's terrible. The 'magic' referred to is all about seduction - this whole book is basically an egot
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Hex
I hope that not too many people read this book. Luckily, given the author, the title, and the symbol on its cover, that's probably the case as it is.
This book contains fantastic insights into human nature.
I loved the section on "divination." Lavey tears into astrology, palmistry, psychic readings and all those things, showing them for what they are. Better yet, he tells you tricks on faking it, and fooling people into believing you can read their fortunes.
Don't read it. :-)
Linda
Taken with a grain of salt (this is Anton LaVey after all, would he want it any other way?) this book does more to empower women than a lot of feminist books out there. ....Hear me out..... Feminist, the first part is feminine. The Satanic Witch not only 'allows' women to be feminine but explains why this aspect is something to be PROUD of and cultivate! Beauty (and every woman has it) is to be celebrated. Society says To appreciate art makes one cultured, hip and smart ; but to appreciate those ...more
The Hermit's
Ignore the stereotypical connotations that run through your mind when your hear the words 'satanism', 'witchcraft' or 'LaVey'. A lot of the so called 'black arts' are simply obscure forms of psychiatry; essentially the study of human behaviour and how to manipulate it to your desire, albeit in a more disturbing and less structured way than what one would expect with a visit to the psych... This is why literature of this sort is considered 'taboo'. LaVey's method might be considered pseudoscienc ...more
Michael
Feb 16, 2014 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Satanists, religious historians, witches
Recommended to Michael by: Serendipity
This book is, in my opinion, of far more value as a study of the psychology of one man, than as what it claims to be: his analysis of the psychology of the mass of people. In this book, Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, stands naked before the world with all of his flaws and his strengths equally visible. For once, LaVey seems to have taken the chance of telling people what he really thought, largely stripped of the usual misanthropic showmanship and devilish trappings. Of course, ...more
Christy Stewart
You'll learn more from this book then you ever will from watching Tyra Banks about catching and manipulating a guy (or girl). I wont say this book is out dated because you can quickly re-apply the hippie jive stuff into modern day examples, but a few things gave me pause...It took me a good long few seconds to realize what a 'fall' was and I still don't know what the hell 'duck soup' means...
Sarah
I personally feel that "The Satanic Witch" should be updated, and revised to go along with today's modern times. I'll start this off by making a brief, yet somewhat thorough criticism of all the things I've read in "The Satanic Witch" by Anton LaVey that I think should be looked over, and revised. If you hate me for this, than oh fucking well. I'm still a witch, and I'm proud of it, that's why I'm doing it! If anyone wants to jump on board with this, I welcome all comments/criticisms. Finally, T ...more
Stefanie
May 05, 2012 Stefanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stefanie by: Daniel Mansury
This book was recommended to me by a sarcastic friend who loved to tweak "bourgeoisie" understanding, so with that perspective flavoring my read of it, I actually enjoyed this thing. Sure, LaVey did occasionally insult my feminist leanings, but I tend to agree with other reviewers in thinking that this book actually was feminist for its time, in its own way. I haven't read any modern "catch a man" equivalent, so I have no idea if some of his recommendations are still out there but many still see ...more
Cassandra
Not bad. It was certainly less over-the-top than the Satanic Bible (which I've admittedly not been able to finish for that reason.) Some of the advice seems sound, though of course it would need to be put to the test. Other advice, however, was rather obvious to me, and the book only briefly touched on the lesbian witch (a few pages.) Also less discussed was how to charm women, though given that LaVey stated early in the book that influencing women wouldn't be a focus and why, that was to be exp ...more
Autumn Christian
I've never been much of a fan of Lavey, as Satanism is too close to Objectivism in multiple ways. I think it's a nice introduction into non-christian based philosophies and moralities, but not the end result. Not to mention the disturbing threads of eugenics that tend to run through his work. Nevertheless, out of curiosity that will probably doom me, I decided to read The Satanic Witch. What I found myself immersed in was a madman's outdated ideas of seduction which included always wearing red l ...more
Jesse
Feb 02, 2014 Jesse rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: trash
In high school, I learned how to make voodoo dolls from socks thanks to this book.
Other than that, it's a tired exercise in pop psychology. Dr. Phil with a pentagram and inverted cross.
Also a bunch of supposedly pro-female 'philosophy' (that word is used lightly here) that, in all actuality, sees the sole power of women as consisting of manipulation and sex appeal.
Mary
Aug 19, 2007 Mary rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: dumb girls who think wearing a used tampon as a necklace will help them control men
I knew a couple girls in high school who had Anton LaVey books and wouldn't let me flip through them. Of course that sparked my curiousity even more. They didn't want me to read it because then I would figure out that they are following the book word for word like they were directions to life. The whole satan thing doesn't even have to do with satan. Boooooring!
Jeff
Hey, what can I say,it was a faze I was going through at the time although I dont think they're satanist as much as they're hedonist
Tom
Book was kind of retarded. I suppose that if you can get into it, you might like it, but I just couldn't take it.
Margot Note
A brilliant book!
Dean Ashton
This is a pretty hard book to review. On one hand it stands as quite forward thinking for its time. On other, it feels a little out of place to be advising women the only way to "get a man" is to wear red lipstick and show a bit of cleavage. It took me ages to read this as I had to keep putting it down (or back in my kindle) and reading it as filler between short train stations one tiny chapter at a time. In all I gave three stars because I found some very insightful and impressive philosophies ...more
Andrew Arbow
As far as readability goes this is Anton LaVey's best book. I found the LaVey Personality Clock to be a very interesting way of sizing people up. It's clear it from him own perspective, but certainly some kind of ground work for someone to formulating their own perspectives. Some of the book I find disagreeable, as a male my ears don't perk up (as LaVey put it) when a woman tells me the scathing details of one of her female peers and is actually more met with a "really....yeah....jeez" when I he ...more
Dru
There was about as much useful in this as there was in The Satanic Bible, which is to say, not much. It plays the same shell game, first hating on the Christian church, and then building up a series of ceremonies which look an awful lot like praying to some power.

When I was young and hating on Christianity myself, books like this gave me a sense of power and belonging, but ultimately they are vacuous nonsense. It gets two stars and not just one for the fact that there are a very few redeeming b
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Billy Thorton
Mar 04, 2014 Billy Thorton added it
Shelves: satanism
This book is essentially applied psychology and how to use it to your advantage. There is, however, a small section in the back of the book on ceremonial or ritual work but that is neither here nor there. Anyone looking into the works of LaVey and psychology might enjoy this book.
♡Patty
I had read both this book & the Satanic Bible. I enjoyed the Satanic Witch far more. After some time, my mom took the books away from me because she's against "the devil". This book broadens your learning methods on how to be a witch
Shea Mastison
Say what you will about Anton LaVey, but the man knew his humans. With his particular blend of misanthropy and insight, LaVey wrote this book that has a fantastic amount of applications. Everything from how to land a temporary sex partner, to increase your personal power can be discovered within these pages.

Don't let the pink cover and feminine title subject discourage you if you are a man; as the tips and tricks described in the book are fully useful to men as well. It would be a serious mista
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Jade
Oct 14, 2013 Jade rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with an open mind
This is book isn't quite what it seems. LaVey was a great observer of people and a lot of that comes into play in this book. It is a look inside the mind of your fellow man. Yes, it guides you on manipulation, but you don't have to use it for that. Personally I love books that give you a look from someone else's view and gives you a bit of understanding. This book definitely does that. It made me look at people a little bit differently. When partnered with How to win Friends and influence people ...more
Colubrina Laticauda
Libro simpaticissimo, rivolto alle signorine streghe... consigli di look e modo di fare, un vero manuale di seduzione, per accalappiare qualunque tipo d'uomo la vera strega desideri... psicologia e un sacco di osservazione del genere umano. Trovato ad un mercatino dell'usato non era certo quello che mi aspettavo.

Non una bibbia, ed anche forse un po' datato, ma non stupido. Alcuni passaggi, come il discorso sull'altezza del tacco (che per la vera strega è di 8 cm, ne più ne meno) hanno persino un
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Sànââ Tàc
it's a religion that i love to éxploréét
Jessica Lynn
Silly as shit but I love Anton's thought process. It all rings true, but only for some.
Strandskata
Hey hey, Mr LaVey presents some chick lit!
Johnmichael P
i want to be a real satanist
Anu Korpinen
Jokseenkin höpsöä teoriaa naisen seksuaalisesta vetovoimasta, ja miten sitä pitäisi käyttää saadakseen haluamansa. Sisältää ohjeita seksuaalimagiaan ja muutamiin lemmenrohtoihinkin. Eräänlainen uusmystillinen self-help teos siis.

En aivan vakuuttunut tällaisesta magiasta, varsinkin kun kirjan on kirjoittanut suurimmaksi osaksi mies, joka neuvoo miten naisten tulisi miehet vietellä. Suosittelen jos Szandor LaVeyn opetukset ja Saatanan kirkko kiinnostavat.





Braden Boardman
A 280 page long Satanic Cosmo article.
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High Priest of the Church of Satan as well as a writer, occultist, musician, and actor.

He was the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a synthesized system of his understanding of human nature and the insights of philosophers who advocated materialism and individualism, for which he claimed no "supernatural inspiration."

LaVey viewed "Satan" not as a literal deity or e
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“NEVER FORGET THAT YOU ARE A WOMAN, AND THE GREATEST POWERS YOU CAN EMPLOY AS A WITCH ARE TOTALLY DEPENDENT UPON YOUR OWN SELF-REALIZATION THAT IN BEING A WOMAN YOU ARE DIFFERENT FROM A MAN AND THAT VERY DIFFERENCE MUST BE EXPLOITED!” 22 likes
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