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Term: satan

DEFINITIONS

Satan: Hebrew for “accuser.” In Jewish tradition, you do not find the word by itself; rather it has the letter for the sound “ha” (meaning the article “the”) before it, clearly indicating that the name represents a position rather than a particular entity. “The Satan” could not do anything by itself, and is more like what would today be called a “devil’s advocate.”

In Christian theology, Satan became a specific entity, the representation of and cause of all that was bad, and the foe of God. Thus Christian theology became more dualistic in having a God of good (Jesus) and a God of evil (Satan) fighting over humans. This is closer to the concepts found in Gnosticism and Zoroastrianism.


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Black Mass
Introduction: The so-called "Black Mass" (possibly, at least initially, a literary invention) was to be performed by an ordained priest—Catholic, Anglican, or Episcopal—(in later descriptions he was supposed to a de-frocked priest). It ...
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Existentialism and Magick
"There is more to the affinity between magic and existentialism than the celebration of a common hero (Satan). The very picture of self-discovery which is painted for us in books on Hermetic Philosophy and the Cabalah can also be found in the ...
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The Work of the Medsen Fey - the Leaf Doctors of Haiti
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