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The Satanic Witch

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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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Hannah Eiseman-Renyard
Mar 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: avoid-this
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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Melissa
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Do you want power?

If you are a woman and answered 'Yes!', then I highly advise you to read this book from cover to cover.

First, allow me a bit of background. I considered myself a feminist, a lover a woman- hell, I'm a lesbian! At 17 I stopped wearing make-up, shunned anything remotely feminine. I began to delve more into feminist theory, the rejection of femininity as women's oppression, and began to focus more on my sisters and the benefit of women as a class.

And do you want to know what I l
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Linda
Apr 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Hex
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. :-)
Sarah
Sep 07, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  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
Leah
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2017
whole lot to unpack here: heteronormative, unexpectedly sex positive, anti feminist.. but built upon the premise of manipulating men for one's own purposes. interesting as insight into lavey/survey of laveyen satanusm, but the book in general is self indulgent dreck.
Autumn Christian
May 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: magic
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
Emma-Jayne Saanen
Sep 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish reading this dross. Is LaVey encouraging women to sexually manipulate men, or is he encouraging women to pander to men sexually? Me thinks the latter.

As a feminist killjoy, I'm not the target audience for this book. It's nothing more than insulting, without any of the humour and wit LaVey is known for.
Jesse
Feb 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
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.
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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!” 30 likes
“Virtue is its own punishment—“nice girls” lose—and one of the surest signs of potential proficiency in witchcraft is an inability to get along with other women.” 5 likes
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