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What does the Star of Azazel think about…
Faith (or belief) is a dangerous tool when used as a guideline for one’s practical life, no matter what the object or what the way of the particular faith is. The Star of Azazel does not require of its members any kind of unquestioned faith; on the contrary, we seriously urge everyone to aspire for a world view as cognitive as possible. From our point of view all things – including mysticism and occultism – are such that they ought to be approached first and foremost rationally, although neither one can be limited to rationalization.
The Star of Azazel endorses neutral intellectual research, the sciences included, as strongly supportable. However, the scientific method has its categorical limitations which people declaring “the scientific world view” do not always acknowledge. It is philosophically obvious that science as such cannot give a sufficient ground for answering many questions in central areas of human experience like morality, art, love or religion.
The Star of Azazel sees it plausible to believe both in the existence of an absolute God and lesser gods. However, we do not believe in the Judeo-Christian Jehovah, in the Islamic Allah, or in any other “personal yet omnipotent” gods.
Satan can mean many different things, and we view many of them as being true. We use this name usually to represent a high-ranking divinity, who/which is connected to lofty spiritual accomplishments, and whom/which we greatly respect. We do not believe in some kind of “absolutely evil” god who would be always in opposition, as we do not consider this kind of an essence being possible in a universe governed by profound meaning and the laws of necessity.
We do not accept violence, and as a community we do not and cannot accept any kind of behavior forbidden by the laws of society. This does not mean, however, that we see modern society as a perfect social context, nor that we see man-made laws as binding in themselves. In our own home country they reflect as accurately as possible nature’s own laws, in order to be followed for the good of both individuals and communities.
Our community is completely a-political, and political addresses are not allowed inside our society (see also the text Politics and the Star of Azazel).
…other Satanic / Occult / Theosophical societies?
If we felt that the essential question of modern times had been completely answered in some already established society, there would have been no need to form our own. On the other hand, as truth in its simplicity is One and unchangeable, and only varies in its forms of manifestation, we uphold and value all esoteric societies established seriously and with the right intention; especially the ones that regard as their authority the great occult re-newer Madame Helena Blavatsky. It is still far too early for all the occult schools to be joined together under one unifying banner. Although we see this kind of development and especially a willingness for this kind of “syncretism” as one of our aims and goals, societies representing different aspects of the same truth should be seen as a necessary thing, for the time being. It is naturally essential to keep the core of diversified and differently characterized societies as pure and unified as possible.