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Satanic holidays, as viewed by conservative Christian authors

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Satanic Ritual Days listed in Christian Books:

There have been many dozens of anti-Satanic books written by conservative Christian authors, and sold in Evangelical book stores. In some cases, the authors appear to create information out of thin air. Others seem to copy the works of other conservative Christian writers. Few if any appear to have any direct knowledge of Satanism. We analyzed 14 books and handouts which attack Satanism. All show a general lack of familiarization with the religion.

One example of the lack of credibility of these books is their list of Satanic ritual days of celebration. We have found the following holidays listed; (book codes are listed below):

bulletFixed Ritual Days
bulletJan. 01 No name (SA)
bulletJan. 07 St. Winebald Day (DA, SA, EE)
bulletJan. 13 Satanic New Year (S1; Note 1)
bulletJan. 17 Satanic Revels (DA, SA, EE)
bulletFeb. 01 Olmelc (S2)
bulletFeb. 02 Candlemas, Satanic Revels (HS, DA (Note 2),SA, EE)
bulletFeb. 25 St. Walpurgis Day (DA, SA, EE)
bulletMar. 01 St. Eichatadt (DA, EE)
bulletMar. 20 Equinox Feast Day (DA, EE)
bulletMar. 21 Spring Equinox (S2, DA, SA)
bulletApr. 21 to 26 Preparation for the Sacrifice (DA)
bulletApr. 21 to 29 Preparation time for sacrifice (SA)
bulletApr. 26 Grand Climax (EE)
bulletApr. 30 Beltane (NA, SS, SA, DA)
bulletApr. 30 Walpurgisnacht (SS, S2, NS)
bulletApr. 30 Solstice (UH, TH; Note 3)
bulletMay 01 Grand Climax (DA; Note 2)
bulletMay 01 Initiation Night (AS)
bulletMay 01 Beltane fertility festival (S2)
bulletJun. 20 No name (SA)
bulletJun. 21 Feast Day (DA)
bulletJun. 22 Solstice 1, Summer Solstice (NA, UH, S2, DA, EE)
bulletJun. 23 No name (SA)
bulletJul. 01 Demon Revels (DA, SA, EE)
bulletJul. 25 No name (SA)
bulletJul. 26 No name (SA)
bulletJul. 31 Lammas (HS)
bulletAug. 01 Lammas (SA, DA)
bulletAug. 01 Festival of First Fruits (S2)
bulletAug. 03 Satanic Revels (DA; Note 2, SA, EE)
bulletAug. 24 No name (SA)
bulletSep. 07 Marriage to Beast Satan (DA, SA, RR)
bulletSep. 19 No name (LL)
bulletSep. 20 Midnight Host (DA, SA, EE)
bulletSep. 20 to 23 Autumn Equinox (NS)
bulletSep. 21 Autumn Equinox (DA)
bulletSep. 22 Equinox Feast Day (DA, SA, EE)
bulletSep. 23 Fall Equinox (S2)
bulletOct. 13 Continuous High Holiday (SA; Note 4)
bulletOct. 29 All Hallows Eve (DA, SA; Note 5)
bulletOct. 31 Halloween (NA, SS, HS, HC, SA, S1, S2,DA)
bulletNov. 01 Halloween (EE)
bulletNov. 04 Satanic Revels (DA, EE)
bulletDec. 21 No name (SA)
bulletDec. 22 Solstice 2, Winter Solstice (NA, UH, S2, DA)
bulletDec. 22 Solstice Feast Day (DA, EE)
bulletDec. 24 Demon Revels (DA, SA)
bulletDec. 24 Grand High Climax (EE)
bulletDec. 25 Christmas (HC, MR, NS)

Notes:

  1. 13th day of the year
  2. Listed by Viser (DA) as the most important holidays
  3. No solstice can occur in April
  4. Continues to Nov. 4
  5. Continues to Nov. 1
bulletMovable Ritual Days
bulletEaster Weekend (HC)
bulletEaster Sunday (MR)
bulletGood Friday (SA)
bulletUS Thanksgiving (HC)
bulletAsh Wednesday (MR)
bulletAscension (MR)
bulletPentecost (MR)
bulletCorpus Christi (MR)
bullet1st Sun. of Advent (MR)
bulletPeriodic Meetings
bulletEvery 2nd Saturday at 11 PM (MR)
bulletEvery Friday night(S1)
bulletEvery 3rd Thursday (S2)
bulletAt full moons (TS)
bulletOn the Satanist's birthday (UH, DA, EE) An actual Satanic day
bulletYear 2009; year-long Feast of the Beast (EE)
In the above list, codes have been used to refer to the following books:
bulletDA: The Darkness Among Us by William Viser, (Broadman & Holman 1993), P. 134
bulletEE: The Edge of Evil, by Jerry Johnston, (Word, 1989), P. 211
bulletHC: He Came to Set the Captives Free by Rebecca Brown, (Wittaker House 1992), P. 69
bulletHS: "Halloween and Satanism by Philips and Roibie (Starburst 1987) P. 146
bulletMR: Michelle Remembers by Michelle Smith & Lawrence Pazder, (Simon & Schuster, 1980)
bulletNA: "New Age, The Occult, and Lion Country by Nelson Price (Power Books 1989), Page 76
bulletNS: The New Satanists, by Linda Blood (Warner, 1994) P. 57, 216
bulletS1: Satanism by Ted Schwarz & Duane Empey (Zondervan 1988), Page 41
bulletSA: A handout of unknown origin supplied by a local Sexual Assault Centre
bulletSS: Schemes of Satan by Mike Warnke (Victory House, 1991), P. 132
bulletS2: Satanism by Bob Larson, (Nelson, 1989), P. 107
bulletTH: At the Heart of Darkness by John Parker, (Pan, 1993), P. 256
bulletTS: The Satan Seller by Mike Warnke (Bridge, 1972) P. 35, etc
bulletUH: Undated handout distributed at a seminar given in Dunkirk NY by Detective Paul Hart and quoted in the book In Pursuit of Satan by R.D. Hicks (Prometheus Books, 1990)

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Comments

With reference to Rebecca Brown's book, one wonders what Satanists do in England which has no Thanksgiving holiday, or in Canada which celebrates Thanksgiving on a different day from the US. She states that a Black Mass is celebrated yearly, on Easter Weekend when the moon is full. Because of the way in which Easter is defined, Satanists could not celebrate Mass yearly according to that formula; only about one year in seven. This book has been seriously damaged by an investigation by Personal Freedom Outreach, an Evangelical Christian ministry, which claims that the book is a fraud.

The authors of Michelle Remembers mention that Satanists' ritual days correspond to the Roman Catholic celebrations of the liturgical year. This book has been investigated by three independent investigators; all claim that it is a hoax. The authors had presented the book in countless conferences and to hundreds of thousands of readers as an accurate record of Michelle's childhood abuse experiences.

In his book Satanism, Bob Larson states that the most important Satanic day is the individual member's birthday. Walpurgisnacht (April 30) and Halloween (October 31) are also important. But in his Appendix D, he states that Satanists have copied the seasonal calendar of Wicca.

In her book The New Satanists, Linda Blood stated that there are believed to be four major seasonal events in the Satanic calendar of which the Autumn Equinox was one. She mentioned that another is Walpurgisnacht. Presumably the others would be some combination of the remaining equinox and two solstices.

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Conclusions

The Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult by Mather & Nichols, (Zondervan, 1993), P. 244, quotes The Satanic Bible as listing the main Satanic holidays as: Walpurgisnacht, Halloween, and the member's birthday. These are believed to be accurate.

From the above list we see:
bulletNone of the authors list the correct number (3) of holidays.
bulletNone of the authors list all of the names correctly.
bulletMany authors have simply taken Wiccan holidays and attributed them to Satanists.
bulletMost writers can only agree on Halloween as one of the ritual days.
bulletRoman Catholic writers link Satanic holidays to Roman Catholic holy days; Protestant authors link them to Protestant holy days.
bulletThere is no agreement as to which seasonal celebrations are the most important.
bulletThere is no agreement concerning the day of the week for regular meetings.
bulletMany authors appear to be copying dates from other conservative Protestant or Roman Catholic books or from common sources.

Yet, the authors stress that Satanism is a highly structured, world-wide organization. One would expect that the seasonal days of celebration (and their titles) to be uniform.

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Since none of the authors list the correct celebration days, their knowledge this and of other aspects of Satanism is highly suspect.

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Copyright 1995 to 2005, by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Latest update: 2005-NOV-07
Author: B.A. Robinson

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