The Serpents of Antiquity
In these times, there hasn’t been a decent representation of Theistic Satanism or Luciferianism that properly portrays the demonic teachings. And with LaVeyans and other non-theistic groups, it becomes even more difficult for aspiring demonolaters to find a place to belong. Because of this, our current of the Serpents of Antiquity will be accepting additional members, allowing the followers of the demons to be part of our movement. For this, no payment is necessary, just dm me to set your membership up. If you wish for a printable membership card, the price is only $5.
Serpents of Antiquity is a new current, an ideology based upon philosophical principles, spiritual teachings, etc. Our aim is to allow others to be aware that there is much more to Satanism and Luciferianism than what the atheistic groups say, and that we are not an evil-worshipping group either. We follow the Path of Illumination, of spiritual transcendence and freedom from illusions. The demons are the honourable teachers of this, the ones who train us to become stronger and wiser through hardship.
The purpose of this current is to support a viable solution to any Theistic Satanist or Demonolater that wishes to embrace an ideology free from past mistakes with regards to Luciferian or Satanic representation. It is designed to accept all those who are open to change and to the lessons of the spirits, so as to gain empowerment and freedom from the confines of religious dogma and societal guilt-tripping. As a result, there is no gate-keeping, as we aim to embrace diverse social groups and minorities, provided that they do not support or perpetuate hate-related actions and oppression to other seekers of truth. Additionally, no matter if you primarily serve Satan or Leviathan, you are still welcome to join our current, as long as you also value Lucifer and his teachings. Each of the High Kings and Queens of Hell are respected and honoured by us, though Lucifer and Lilith are at the front of our current since Illumination is our primary goal.
Entry is free of charge, with a single cost of $5 if someone wishes to have a printable membership card. You can also pay $5 for a pdf of some of our many teachings that we make available from time-to-time, including unique demonic diagrams for your spiritual practices. No obligations, hidden fees, or rituals necessary for membership. In fact, there are no activities or events that you are compelled to do, because this is not a cult or organization- it is an ideology, a way of looking at things. People who wish to become trained in Luciferian witchcraft, please find on our site the particular service and apply for an interview for the Inner Circle of Fire.
Everyone is welcomed, with regards to ethnic/racial/gender/sexuality. We only actively oppose hate groups, this is not tolerated among us. If you have any questions, we are also open to this and can answer whatever is needed. If anyone wishes to join the Serpents of Antiquity, please either dm me or @Melias-Cimitiere.
FAQ (read below for frequently asked questions):
Question: I spoke with some representatives, but who is your leader?
Answer: Since we are not a cult, church, or a secular organization, we have no physical leader. We have acknowledged Lucifer as our Guide, who takes a very active part in directing this current and its ideology. All the decision-making and the structure of this current is attributed to him.
Question: If you are not a church or a secular organization, what exactly are you?
Answer: SoA is as much a spiritual movement as is a social movement. It deviates from established religions, putting the focus on the individual empowerment and Illumination, and discards the majority of dogmas, wherever they come from. That is the reason why it is open to such a diverse audience, who prove by their own membership that they’re willing to take a stand, morally and spiritually, against the tide of nihilism and entropy that seems to be prevalent in modern times.
Question: I belong to a small gender minority that I didn’t see listed, do you discriminate on the basis of gender identity?
Answer: There is no discrimination whatsoever on any person belonging to the LGBTQ+ or any other affiliation that has to do their own personal choice. We believe in individual freedom and your choice to be the person you want to be, while belonging to a large community with the same spiritual ideology.
Question: A few months ago, I moved away from being part of a monotheistic religion. Is there any blame or stigma attached to ex-members of such religions?
Answer: Not at all. We believe that people attain maturity after several years of soul-seeking, therefore, it is not possible in most cases to find what you are spiritually comfortable with from the start. We also understand that peer pressure and the need to conform to society frequently oppresses sensitive and spiritual individuals, affecting their choices. You are welcome to join us, if you are comfortable with accepting our core values as principles that will guide you and assist you in your future choices.
Question: I was recently fired from my job and I just wanted to ask whether money will be asked of me to become a member?
Answer: There are absolutely no costs involved to become accepted in our community. A membership card with your chosen name and your assigned number can be digitally issued at the cost of $5. There are no other costs involved for membership in the Serpents of Antiquity current. Specific services are available to anyone wishing personal consultation or resolution of particular problems. These services have varying costs and can be found on our webpage, however they are entirely optional and you will never be coerced in any spiritual or financial way.
Question: I am diagnosed with a couple of mental health problems and I face significant challenges as a result in my everyday life. Does this impact upon my membership and what can you possibly offer me?
Answer: We emphasize with this, as many of our member have (or had in the past) issues with mental health. It is an unfortunate truth that the sensitive people and those who are different in any way are often marginalized, oppressed, stigmatized, and blamed. This leads to social isolation, which is an added problem to any of the issues they are facing. We do not discourage anyone from joining us on the basis of such problems. In fact, many people have found support and affirmation of their inner-strength simply by being in a community that does not judge them nor is afraid to be different. To be in a place with like-minded people creates a sense of bonding, even if the members’ life-choices differ in several other fields. It is the common mindset that binds them. Despite a few of our members’ being health professionals, we actively encourage you to seek medical assistance in times of crisis, as we cannot engage in a professional relationship on health-related matters. We also discourage any members currently suffering from psychosis to engage in certain ritual practices, as they could potentially trigger relapses and may not be conducive to the state of one’s mental health due to the challenges they present. Of course, such ritual practices are entirely optional and they are not an obligatory part of membership.
Question: If I become a member and wish to leave, how does this work? Am I under some obligation towards you?
Answer: You’re absolutely free to join or leave at your discretion. We are not a cult, which aim to brainwash people with propaganda or restrict personal freedom. If at any moment you decide that this is not for you, or that your spiritual preferences have changed, you can leave without delay, with our blessings. We would appreciate a message or email just to tell us you are leaving, but this is up to you.
Links to Luciferian Beliefs: Lucifer, The Luciferian Path, Lucifer’s Teaching of Freedom
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Summer Series: The Spectacle of Nature
Mythological Animals in Hebrew Illuminated Manuscripts
Humans have long used animal imagery represent the mysteries of life and death. This is true of the three eschatological animals of the Hebrew Bible. To examine these creatures and other animals in medieval manuscripts we turn to the North French Hebrew Miscellany from the 13th century that is held in the British Library (Add. MS 11639). Here in UWM Special Collections we have a lovely facsimile copy produced by Facsimile Editions of London in 2003 that allows for closer inspection.
The miscellany is a compilation of Hebrew texts, including religious, legal, and poetic writing. It is lavishly illuminated with various scenes from them. There are also depictions of three important mythological animals: the Ziz (a giant bird), Leviathan (a giant sea serpent or fish), and Behemoth (a giant bull).
From the commentary text section “The Decoration of the Miscellany” by Yael Zirlin:
Ziz: “This medallion displays a large, strange bird, with the body and webbed feet of a waterfowl, but with the wing and beak of a bird. Under its tail lies a huge brown egg. This is Ziz or the Bar Yokhani, which is the name inscribed underneath. According to the Midrash, the Bar Yokhani together with the Behemoth and the Leviathan will be served at the feast of the righteous in Gan-Eden, Paradise.
Leviathan: “Depicted here as a big fish with scales and fins, its mouth full of sharp menacing teeth. Its body forms a loop, the tail nearly touching the head. The Midrash considers the Leviathan to be the most important of the three eschatological animals. Like the Ziz it is destined to be eaten by the righteous in paradise after the mortal combat in which it and the Behemoth kill one another, producing the meat for the feast (Leviticus Rabbah 13:3).”
Behemoth: “The third eschatological animal, is also named shor habar, ‘wild bull,’ which is why it is portrayed here as a big bull. Its body is colourless except for a red contour.”
These three important creatures are prominently displayed with full-page illustrations, but there are other animal illustrations peppered throughout the manuscript, especially in the marginal decorations. There are both mythical beasts such as a griffon and dragon, along with real animals such as a monkey, peacock, rabbit, and lion.
Of course, all these illustrations were completed by hand by skilled illuminators. In the “Making of the Miscellany” section of the commentary text, Malachi Beit-Arié explains: “It appears that the production involved five successive stages: (1) copying the main texts in several stages; (2) illuminating the main texts; (3) adding unrelated texts in the margins and on the blank pages at the end of units; (4) decorating the marginal texts; (5) inserting quires of paintings and adding paintings to blank pages.”
Many images achieved an iconographic status because they were copied from other illuminated manuscripts or model books.
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–Sarah, Special Collections Senior Graduate Intern
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