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Things You Will Need For the Ceremony: 1) Altar/table/some kind of raised platform (facing North)
2) Athame/sword/pointer of some kind 3) Black clothes (or, if you prefer, you can do the ritual naked) 4) At least one black candle (to be placed on the altar/table) 4) Some kind of image that represents the Prince of Darkness to you, to be placed on the altar/table. (It can be a picture that you hang on the wall above your altar, or a statue, or something that you have made yourself.)
Stages of the Ceremony: 1) Banishing
2) Invocation (General and Aspectual) 3) Act of Worship 4) Sacrificial Offering 5) Recital of Prayers and Requests 6) Giving of Thanks 7) Closing Hymn
This ceremony is best conducted during the night, particularly right at midnight, the Witching Hour. I personally feel that my rituals are somewhat unsuccessful if the sun is still up.
Dress (or undress) for the ritual. It may be helpful if you bathe yourself just before commencing. Make sure everything is in place, then light the black candle and turn off all the lights (the only light in the entire room should be coming from the black candle). You can use more than one black candle if you like.
Stage One - Banishing
Eyes closed, facing North:
I focus my mind and my Will upon the Prince of Darkness.
I focus my mind and my Will upon the Prince of Darkness. I focus my mind and my Will upon the Prince of Darkness. I focus my mind and my Will upon the Prince of Darkness. I focus my mind and my Will upon the Prince of Darkness. I focus my mind and my Will upon the Prince of Darkness. I focus my mind and my Will upon the Prince of Darkness. I focus my mind and my Will upon the Prince of Darkness. I focus my mind and my Will upon the Prince of Darkness.
Another suitable banishing to use for the purposes of this ritual would be my Exorcism of Jehovah. However, I highly suggest that only experienced Satanists use this banishing technique and that novices use the above listed technique instead.
Stage Two - Invocation
Recite the General Invocation:
"Hail unto my Master, the Devil, the Lord of this World and Prince of Darkness! The Red One of darkest brilliance, whose eternal Shadow is the light of my life. Surely I belong to Thee in both body and spirit; I have taken Thy name as a part of myself, and I rejoice in Thy spirit. For in the Shadow of Lucifer there is love and warmth, and in the midst of His darkness there is undying light. O mighty Black Goat of the Wilderness! O mighty Serpent of Eden's Demise! To Thee I give praise forever and ever, Amen."
"Master, I call Thee forth from the bottomless abyss. Master, I call Thee forth from the ends of the earth. Master, I call Thee forth from the nighttime sky. Come forth from within my flesh and my spirit, and greet me as Thy humble servant and friend. I wish to worship and honor Thee, to commune with Thee and to be still and know that Thou art my God."
Take your athame and point it in the air, toward North:
"Oh hear the names of the mighty Prince of Darkness!"
Trace a point-down pentagram in the air as you recite the Aspectual Invocations:
"Hail to Thee, Belial, God of This World! Lord of the Earth and Spirit of the Flesh. He whose strength is in the mountain. Help me to be strong and to embrace the pleasures and pains of earthly existence. All praise unto Thee, Lord Belial! Hail Belial!"
Turn northwest, and trace another point-down pentagram in the air:
"Hail to Thee, Behemoth, Beast of the Earth! Lord of the Waters and the Earth, Great Beast of Revelation! He whose voice is the Call of the Wild. Help me to be the best and most successful animal that I can be. All praise unto Thee, Lord Behemoth! Hail Behemoth!"
Turn west, and trace another point-down pentagram in the air:
"Hail to Thee, Typhon, Beast of the Sea! Lord of the Waters and Creature of the Depths. He who is the heart of the thunderous Hurricane. Help me to understand the deepest regions of my Self, and to be a raging storm against all that would oppress me. All praise unto Thee, Lord Typhon! Hail Typhon!"
Turn southwest, and trace another point-down pentagram in the air:
"Hail to Thee, Set, Great Red Dragon! Lord of the Flame and the Waters, Outsider-God. He who roams the lonely Wilderness. Help me to stay true to my Self, and to overcome all that would infringe upon my Selfhood. All praise unto Thee, Lord Set! Hail Set!"
Turn south, and trace another point-down pentagram in the air:
"Hail to Thee, Shaitan, Adversary! Lord of the Flame and Supreme Enemy of the God of Abraham. He who left the Kingdom of Heaven in flames. Help me to always remain strong in the face of the Tyrant God, and to prevail over my enemies! All praise unto Thee, Lord Shaitan. Hail Shaitan!"
Turn southeast, and trace another point-down pentagram in the air:
"Hail to Thee, Samael, Serpent of Eden! Lord of the Air and the Flame, Venomous One. He who tempted Adam and Eve with the Fruit of Knowledge. Help me to find and maintain the strength to think for myself, and to do what I know in my heart is right. All praise unto Thee, Lord Samael! Hail Samael!"
Turn east, and trace another point-down pentagram in the air:
"Hail to Thee, Lucifer, Bringer of Light! Lord of the Air and Morning Star. He who destroys ignorance with the calling of Dawn. Help me to pierce through my own blindness and to find the light of understanding. All praise unto Thee, Lord Lucifer! Hail Lucifer!"
Turn northeast, and trace another point-down pentagram in the air:
"Hail to Thee, Azazel, Scapegoat! Lord of the Earth and the Air, Dark Horned God. He whose celestial knowledge is drawn to the earth by worldly lust. Help me to achieve knowledge and happiness here on earth and in the flesh. All praise unto Thee, Lord Azazel! Hail Azazel!"
Turn north; put down your athame and raise both your hands into the air in the Sign of the Horns:
"Hail to Thee, Prince of Darkness! Lord of the Elements, beloved Master! He who is of the Darkness, but who brings the Light. Help me to serve You in as many ways that I can. All praise unto Thee, my Prince of Darkness! Hail Satan! Hail Set!"
Stage Three - Act of Worship
This stage is perhaps the most personal, next to the Sacrificial Offering. When it comes to the Act of Worship, I usually get down on my knees and bow my head to the North, remaining silent while I do so. However, other Satanists may not be comfortable with bowing on their knees; to these persons, I would suggest trying another technique. Since this is the only one that really seems to work for me, I'm afraid I can't seem to think of any other good suggestions.
After bowing on my knees, I will usually recite a Declaration of Faith like the one below:
"Master, I believe in Thee. Master, I pass near to Thee! Thou art in my flesh, Thou art in my blood, and Thou art in my very soul. Thy spirit giveth refreshment to me when I am thirsty; Thy spirit healeth me when I am sick. Thou makest me to search for the hidden answers, Thou makest me to be wise. Forever am I indebted to Thee, my Lord and Muse. I live for Thee and I breathe for Thee; I pass into being for Thee. Hail Lucifer, the Lord and Prince of this World!"
Stage Four - Sacrificial Offering
Blood sacrifice, whether it be from an animal or human, is in my (and most Satanists') opinion un-Satanic. It is far better and far more Satanic to sacrifice energy from your own body -- by means of a simple orgasm, rather than by bloodletting -- than to sacrifice the life of any innocent creature. Animal sacrifice may be appropriate in Voudon or some form of reconstructionist paganism (or hell, even reconstructionist Judaism if there is such a thing), but it is not appropriate in Satanism as far as I am concerned.
Another method of sacrifice is to choose an enemy of yours, like someone who has gone out of their way to hurt you or someone you love, and to symbolically sacrifice them by means of sticking a pin into a doll or lighting a photograph of the person on fire. Symbolically killing a deserving victim is fine and dandy, but actually spilling blood in a Satanic ritual is pointless. The Prince wants us to indulge in life and to worship the forces within ourselves that give and create life, not to torture innocent and defenseless little animals. And if you do torture little animals in your rituals, I hope that Lucifer gives you exactly what you deserve -- a slow and painful death!
Some Devil Worshipers like to cut themselves and write prayers to Lucifer in their own blood. Although I personally dislike this method, I don't have any real qualms against it as long as the Satanists in question are knowledgeable enough to do this without accidentally slashing an artery or giving themselves some kind of infection. Be careful, boys and girls!
That said, an acceptable sacrifice is to be made directly after the Act of Worship.
Stage Five - Recital of Prayers and Requests
If you have any particular prayers or requests that you would like to make to the Dark Prince, this is the part of the ritual in which you make them. Unless there is something specific that I want to pray to him about, I usually just say a generic prayer for myself and for all of my loved ones, asking that we all be able to find peace and happiness. I find that this part of the ritual is best improvised, at least for me; but if you like, you may certainly write your prayers down on paper. Some Satanists then like to burn their prayers in the flame of the black candle(s). Whatever works for you is best, but just make sure that you do NOT attempt to "boss" the Master around. Always make sure to word your requests as politely and respectfully as possible.
Stage Six - Giving of Thanks
At this point in the ritual, it is time to give thanks to the Prince of Darkness for all that He has done for you. You may write your own thank-you prayer if you like, and sometimes it is best to improvise; but below is an example of a short and to-the-point thank-you prayer:
"I give thanks unto Thee, Prince Lucifer my Master, for all that Thou hath done for me. I give thanks unto Thee for guiding me, for giving me strength in my hour of darkness, and for never leaving my side. Thou art truly a most noble and loving God, and to Thee I am forever devoted in both spirit and flesh."
Stage Seven - Closing Hymn
After giving thanks to the Prince, it is important to close the ritual with a hymn or hymns. I would suggest reading one of the Hymns to the Prince of Darkness that I provide here on my website, though if you would rather recite one of your own writing, that is even better.