Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Satanic Rituals” as Want to Read:
The Satanic Rituals
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Satanic Rituals

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,355 ratings  ·  48 reviews
The Satanic Bible was written by Anton LaVey in 1969. It is a collection of essays, observations and basic Satanic rituals, and outlines LaVey's Satanic ideology. It contains the core principles of LaVeyan Satanism and is considered the foundation of the philosophy and dogma that constitute Satanism. ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 1st 1976 by Avon (first published December 1st 1972)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.54  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,355 ratings  ·  48 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Satanic Rituals
Christy Stewart
A fine book, yadda yadda, my only comment is...I see rituals for the Call of Cthulhu all the time, but why never a Call of Barbie ritual? Cthulhu hasn't been able to help me with my hair nor catch a boyfriend. ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
never did any rituals, because I am not a dork
Brett C
Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: occult
I thought this book was kinda cheesy and lame. The book plays big on the whole psychodrama (explained in The Satanic Bible). This explains the layout of performing ritual, what to wear, the required individuals, etc.

The various rituals are explained and include English, some French, some German, and some transliterated Russian. I was surprised when I came to The Call of Cthulu ritual.

I thought The Satanic Bible was OK but this seemed campy and bad.

I'll never read this again or look through it
Jul 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
One of these rituals was lifted word for word from H.G. Well's Island of Doctor Moreau . ...more
Zeineb Nouira
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"5 stars for a book about worshipping the Devil?!" add to this statement a gratuitous amount of raised eyebrows from my friends and a scared, yet cute, inquisition from my roommate (who is a personification of piety) and all that sums up my experience with this book which was a DELIGHT!!

Now, do not get me wrong! I am not a Satanist and I feel comfortable in my religious beliefs.I just decided to view this book as a means to learn more about shadowy realms that edge the fire pit and not as a tool
Francesca Calarco
Mar 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
So this book was given to me as a (gag) xmas gift from my sister's (non-practicing) Jewish boyfriend, because he heard I was reading the Christian bible. True story. So I read it as unbiased as humanly possible, and it was a pretty terrible hot mess.

I suppose in its defense, "The Satanic Rituals" does set out to denounce how organized religion can be manipulated to create unhealthy dichotomies of 'us' versus 'them.' In response to these socially-derived rifts, much of the ethos of this volume i
Jun 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
I tried to read this, to be fair to all 'religions' in this quest of mine, but this crap (to steal a phrase) reads like stereo instructions. I already know the author is batsh** crazy, but I maybe should have tried the actual Satanic Bible rather than this. I kinda hoped this would give an overview of the Religion before plunging you into the rituals, but he's just a bad writer too. ...more
Bert Z
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
For the satanist highly skilled in satanic rituals I'm sure this book would be very useful, I however am not very skilled so I shall be sticking to simple black mass... Interesting history of satanism in different cultures though. 3 stars. ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The phony Latin was a little off putting. Unfortunately it broke the suspension of disbelief for me in LaVey's personal credibility as an authority of Occult history. He was a known charlatan after all. Nonetheless, the book puts forward a good foundation for modern Satanic ritual. ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: boring-books
Picked this up after having a good time with TSB. At first I thought the word "ritual" was hypothetically used to refer to tasks that we can do to enhance our sense of self. Turns out the author actually DOES believe in magic, and believes that these rituals will enable you to influence people through the power of suggestion to do what you want them to do. Along the way he writes stuff along the lines of "it will not work if you don't believe in it" etc etc to save his own ass. Sorry mate, but t ...more
Jun 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Satanists, Setians, occultists
Recommended to Michael by: Walter Gallo
Shelves: magic, left-hand-path
If the _Satanic Bible_ was an effort to explain the theory of Satanism, this book was intended as a means of disseminating and elaborating its practice. LaVey offers nine ritual scripts, together with introductory passages explaining their mythic and historical significance, to a public that evidently had no idea what to do with them. This book never achieved the popularity of the _Satanic Bible_, and even most Satanists today seem unaware or dismissive of it. This makes sense, given the latter- ...more
Dr. Chad Newton, PhD-HRD
Feb 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
Lavey's writings clearly contradict their literary meanings between the Satanic Bible and this companion to it. For example, Lavey argued in his first book that Satanism is not about God's adversary as deity. In fact, he argued that Satanism is basically a humanistic system with narcissistic indulgences being praised as ultimate values. However, in the Rituals text, Lavey clearly and abundantly cited all referential names of Lucifer in the ceremonial rituals such as Beelzebub, Satan, "The Devil" ...more
Andrew Pixton
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
Well this was... interesting. Of all the religious texts I've perused, I'll say this was one of the most readable, likely because it's the most modern. Except for the alternate/original language sections, of course. I tried with those but on realizing I couldn't understand as much of them as I'd thought I would, I just skipped over them. It's got nice prose and very quotable. I've not tried out the rites themselves though I'd be interested in attending some. In fact, largely because of the influ ...more
Wes Young
Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it
kind of lacks that "umph!' of the first book. Oh wait, neither book has "umph!". This is more of the same. Honestly, not nearly as interesting as LaVey's life itself. Damn! If his parents only had a conceptional calendar they could have planned to birthed him on Halloween instead of LaVey having to forge his birth certificate. Inconsiderate! ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it
I'm thinking 2.5. This isn't the first time I've read the book, but it is the first time I read it and researched all of Anton LaVey's references. I think that overall, I'm disappointed in his "research" because although it can be very interesting to pull ideas from other cultures, he didn't adequately cite all of his sources, nor did he accurately represent other cultures very well. For example, he claims that the Yezidis are a Satanic group of people. It is true that Christian groups and Musli ...more
Scott Holstad
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I first read this after reading The Satanic Bible, which I had viewed as hilarious and not to ever be taken seriously. As I've long told people, it's a college student's party manual.

Unfortunately, I expected this book to be as funny as the previous and it turned out I was wrong. Mr. LaVey really takes himself -- and this rubbish -- seriously, despite the fact that it's occasionally inconsistent and at odds with the original Satanic Bible and despite what must surely have been resorting to rippi
James Robert Clark
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Satanic Rituals expands on the ritual concept outlined in the Satanic Bible and is very interesting. This is not your typical book on Magick the concepts dealt with in this book are more geared towards what could be termed Satanic White Magick in that White Magick is geared towards putting one in touch with one's Holy Guardian Angel/Higher Self The Satanic Rituals is geared towards awakening the beast in man & the establishment of a universal Satanic archetypal aesthetic that transcends race ...more
Ashlie McDiarmid
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
I enjoy reading Lavey's work, but from an angle of philosophy, rather than instruction. I found the context of some of these rituals to be quite fascinating, but I would, nor will ever perform them. For one, I fail to see how his teachings of God As Man can then require submission and obedience. That seems like the complete opposite of what the ritual should be about. I may have missed something in the reading, which took me all of a few days, partly because more than half the text is the way to ...more
Collin Ouellette
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly interesting as "spiritual theater". I personally loved the "Call to Cthulhu", where he literally writes a prayer to a nonexistent deity. This is a tongue and cheek jab at the superstitious nature of religion and as a whole contains some interesting pieces of writing. This book takes no spell, incantation, tarot card, astrology sign or the repeated "Ave Satanas" seriously. Its make believe, like every single other "holy book" except satanism doesn't demand a tithe. ...more
Samantha Wong
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
These rituals are boring. It's just reading from the book, and this book is so small, can't even see the words clearly. Some actions are also ridiculous such as the nun is forced to urine. Also, a lot of compulsion, mandatory to prepare, dress and recite words. I can't see what is the reason of doing these rituals, it's not beneficial at all. ...more
Dina Prinzo
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was well written and quite interesting but I don't have a strong belief in these particular satanic rituals . I appreciate the context but I feel like in this case it should be taken as more of just personal inspiration. I wouldn't take these rituals seriously at all. I strongly believe that actually rituals require deeper more intense research and shouldn't be taken lightly . ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
To be fair it isn't really necessary to read this to understand Satanism. That is made clear if you check out the churches website. However it offers some interest invite to the ritual aspect more in depth than the Satanic Bible does. Not my cup of tea personally but as a means of expanding my understanding and knowledge base it was worth a quick read. ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lhp, satanism
Handy book that is the companion to "The Satanic Bible"... That is for those who are in a coven, and can practice group magick & rituals. Doesn't include any solitary rituals or ceremonies. But it was interesting to see behind-the-curtains... and learn the basics about LaVeyan Satanism. It gave to me some very valued insights. ...more
King Cat
Jun 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
I don't believe that this book is the companion to the Satanic Bible. This book doesn't sound like Lavey at all. It even calls me a stupid, boring deadwood. I burned this book yesterday. I miss the Lavey (in the Satanic Bible), I'm very dissapointed with this book. ...more
Joseph Goulet
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: satire
Would you like some tips about how to scare puritans and accomplish nothing else? Buy this book. This book is nothing more than a book of entries that serve nothing more than to frighten the unread and uneducated.
Oct 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: quit
Even more deranged and disappointing than "The Satanic Bible". He has huge passages in Latin that are untranslated. I'm not even going to read "The Satanic Witch". I've heard even worse things about that. ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Utter rubbish. This is the worst magician I have seen in my whole life. Waste of money, claims that when performed becomes a party "the most boring party ever!" Terrible book! ...more
Benjamin US
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Created by the author to make money.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I like it but, it wasn't as interesting as the Satanic Bible. ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: satanic-bible
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Satanic Scriptures
  • The Necronomicon
  • The Secret Life of a Satanist: The Authorized Biography of Anton LaVey
  • The Devil's Tome: A Book of Modern Satanic Ritual
  • The Book of the Law
  • The Happy Satanist: Finding Self-Empowerment
  • The Long Hard Road Out of Hell
  • The Revolt of the Angels
  • Goetia the Lesser Key of Solomon the King: Lemegeton, Book 1 Clavicula Salomonis Regis
  • Practical Sigil Magic: Creating Personal Symbols for Success
  • The Satanic Warlock
  • The Pseudonomicon
  • A Witches' Bible: The Complete Witches' Handbook
  • Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner
  • Mastering Witchcraft: A Practical Guide for Witches, Warlocks & Covens
  • The Book of Ceremonial Magic
  • The Book of Lies
  • Speak of the Devil: How the Satanic Temple Is Changing the Way We Talk about Religion
See similar books…
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

News & Interviews

  Jenny Lawson is the funniest person you know. And if you don’t know her, just read one of her books and she becomes the funniest person you...
61 likes · 9 comments