on 10 January 2004
In my opinion, and in the opinion of many Church of Satan members, this is Anton LaVey's greatest book. All his main ideas and theories are contained in this book, which is a manual for magical manipulation to aid you in your worldly endeavours. Be warned, Wiccans, Neo-Pagans, Druids and assorted New Agers - this book is not for you! This book is truly one of the most exciting works on Satanism, and there is no wafty New Age fluff here. Through his years of careful observations of the human animal, Anton LaVey has formulated the theories and magical formulas of bewitchment - It is the most useful book in the world - IF you are brave enough to use it!
Once again, we are indebted to Anton LaVey for sharing his magic with us.
on 23 January 2010
LaVey's 'The Satanic Witch' was published at a time in the twentieth century when femininity seemed about to be frogmarched off the map and relegated, as something archaic and downright repressed, to the annals of history. Before such a shift occurred, LaVey penned this witty, charming and informative defence in praise of beauty, glamour and 'loose women' the world over. Power, he declares, comes from a recognition and enjoyment of traditional gender roles. Not a message particlarly palatable to bra-burners or to LaVey's contemporary 'good' witches. However, and despite initial misgivings expressed by some of my my fellow reviewers here and elsewhere, this book is remarkably and refreshingly pro-woman. It debunks popular Wiccan texts that suggest certain propensities for magical ability. Hell, in LaVey's world, all women - regardless of star sign, parentage or innate mystique - have the ability to influence the world around them. It is elitist not in the sense that only rare and gifted individuals stand a chance, but in that self-awareness and good old-fashioned guile can get you where you want to be.
So how does it work? LaVey suggests a self-reflexive assessment of one's physical appearance and mental qualities, which he classifies and situates on a so-called Synthesiser Clock. This is key to an understanding of one's self and others. In order to bewitch a man, one must operate as the opposite of his Apparent self, that is, his obvious physical and mental characteristics. A rugged, masculine twelve o'clock will respond most favourably, then, to a feminine, curvaceous six o'clock, with a whole multitude of nuances between. If nothing else, this establishes a deeper understanding of the attributes of self and others. This seems to have been LaVey's intention: if true manipulation depends upon an in-depth knowledge of people, then the Synthesiser Clock establishes a precedent for this. A minor quibble with this ingenious although perhaps outlandish system would be that LaVey depends heavily upon personal experience, and wants his readers to trust his inferences about the different skills, likes, dislikes etc. of people at different positions on the clock. Sticklers for referencing will be furious. I must admit to a few irate moments myself during this section of the book: the advice is to just go with it, and enjoy the ride. If you are prepared to give credit to the author, a valuable dose of self-aggrandisement will be duly delivered.
Once you have established your place on the clock, LaVey teaches the now arcane arts of seduction. He is as meticulous on the perfection of these arts as you might expect an articulate carny with a penchant for the ladies to be! Be prepared for LaVey's characteristically bawdy and punchy rhetoric. An enjoyable experience, and not an homage to the Moon Goddess in sight. LaVey discusses the subtleties of hair colour, posture, dress, voice and attitude. All of these need to be considered in the art of witchery. But here we come to minor quibble number two: LaVey establishes the 1940s woman as the archetype, with her three-inch heels, seamed stockings and figure-hugging dresses. Whilst this is undoubtedly a bewitching and timeless image, it is nonetheless a product of LaVey's own E.C.I. (Erotic Crystallisation Inertia, where erotic tastes become 'fixed' as one's ideal at a relatively young age). As a young man of this era, it is understandable that LaVey saw, desired and preferred this type of woman. However, other generations may just as well have preferred other styles as ideals of their own, regardless of whether or not they conformed to the particular penchants of another person. Fetishes are multifarious!
However, the minor issues I've raised with this text do not detract from this book's overall positivity and influence. Read this, enjoy the tongue-in-cheek sections as just that, and feel instantly empowered! A book that embraces all women for being women, and doesn't beat us up for our inability to act male.
on 15 February 2015
There are some nice ideas in this book and no doubt some useful methods the power hungry female can employ to attain her ends. It's true, men are very stimulated by women and we are sexual creatures, to be honest though the book is kind of depressing. It's depressing because it suggests that the woman must exchange her entire being for an ego role which is probably not going to be in touch with how she might feel inside, (unless how you feel inside is power hungry).
For me i agree that one can employ effective means by which to move up in the world (common sense really) but i would say this book is only going to be good when used in degrees because if your entire life is about manipulating others and modifying yourself to gain sexual gratification or a pay rise over finding activities and practices which bring you genuine joy and contentment then your life is prity shallow
LaVey for some reason claims to be an expert on human character types and psychology though- i don't know why because several times throughout this book he babbles on about nonsense only relevant to the time it was written and he generalizes upon things which can't be generalized upon, but i guess that's inevitable to some degree
Having said this i did find it relatively enjoyable though no doubt a female may find more use for it than a straight man such as myself. But seriously don't expect to find anything more than a means by which to modify yourself to entice men and spend your nights and days playing a role that could very well divorce you from a more authentic version of yourself- not very inspiring in that sense
on 2 March 2012
In the 1970's Anton Szandor LaVey completed an Infernal Trilogy of books (begun with "The Satanic Bible" and "The Satanic Rituals") with something called "The Compleat Witch" - later re-issued and re-titled "The Satanic Witch". This third volume by LaVey departs from the previous two in just about every way: for this is a guide for women everywhere to empower themselves economically, socially and sexually to the utmost degree and get what they want out of life. This by utilizing everything feminine, seductive, attractive - as well as utilizing psychological stratagems to manipulate men to do their bidding. The formula rested on LaVey's assertion that women were really the dominant gender, and that simply by being female they were already possessed of a veritable arsenal of natural weaponry with which to attract, seduce and (therefore) control. As the weaker sex, men were gullible, stupid and were perpetually easy to manipulate because of their slavish devotion/obsession with carnal, sexual matters. Militant feminists (amongst others) at the time of the book's appearance missed the point completely, accusing LaVey of advising women to act like tarts, strumpets, gold-diggers and whores.
In LaVey's analysis, the traditional association of Witchcraft & Sorcery as being singularly connected with women had its origins in the time-honoured, undeniable power of females to attract, seduce, fascinate and manipulate men: a power that the ancient religious, puritan, Christian, misogynistic mindset regarded as a truly Evil, Diabolical and Satanic force. After all, every religious, theological woman-hater knew that the "evidence" for the thoroughly evil, corrupting nature of females was already written in the Book of Genesis. The Christian Empire's mass-extermination of women throughout Europe during the Middle Ages was a direct result of this consensual conviction. For some so called "men", women still pose a dangerous, intimidating threat to their masculine authority and supremacy.
When "The Satanic Witch" was first published, many men discarded it after perusing only a few pages, deciding that LaVey had penned a kind of "Women Only" tome, whose guidelines, tips, subtleties and stratagems were completely useless to them. This large-scale, analysis-free, knee-jerk reaction did nothing whatsoever to rubbish one of the book's primary assertions: that the male of the species were the less intelligent of the genders.
on 17 May 2011
This book is really great! It gets you to think and realise he's right, we all fit into one of the places on the clock and the other information he shares about relationships and everything is sooo interesting! If you're into psychology you will love this. It is just really good and I really suggest getting it. It's not about the devil or anything, I bet he regrets calling it satanism because everyone gets the wrong idea!