Greetings from the Abyss, my name is James Travil, but my friends call me JT. I am an active member of the Church of Satan.
I'm a lot of other things as well, but people who don't know me most often ask about my religion when they find out what it is. Actually a good deal of people just ASSume they already know about what I believe based on what they may have heard in their local Christian culture and movies, TV, that sort of thing. If that is where you get your information I'm sorry to disappoint you but us Satanists are nothing like that.
First what we are not, devil worshipers who sacrifice babies (or children, virgins, animals, etc). We are atheists. Satan is just a symbol for us. Nothing more. We don't worship Satan, we worship ourselves, our loved ones, and nature. Not some old man in the sky, or a horned imp under the ground. We abor people who harm children and animals. We believe in science and human nature, and rational common sense. We don't do magic or use sorcery (or psychic power) we dabble sometimes in the symbolism of the occult, but that's as far as it goes.
Most of us are solitary people, religiously that is, but I run a Grotto, which is a small gathering of fellow Satanists who get together on various occasions and party like it's the end of the world, Hellfire Club style! Only adults are invited to such hedonistic gatherings, we follow all laws, and respect the police and the laws of our country and civilized society.
I highly recommend www.churchofsatan.com for more background, although I'm quite open to answer any questions about me and my faith, or lack thereof to be more specific. I hope to engage with you all in the future on a variety of topics, so getting this out of the way is important so we can move forward.
All and all I'm quite the "normal" guy (whatever that is) and told I'm good to have as a friend, terrible as an enemy, so let's not go there. Let's instead enjoy existence and share with one another in this amazing journey called life. It's one hell of a ride. Or has been for me so far!
Ava Satanis -JT