Blog Update: What happened to the podcast?

(Last Updated On: March 21, 2018)

Hey Everybody,

I know it’s been a while since my last post, so I wanted to take a few minutes to give you a quick update.

Over the past 9 months, I’ve had health issues that have prevented me from writing or podcasting. I’m in the process of dealing with these issues as quickly as I can.

The Website

I haven’t always been the best at keeping this website updated, but I’m going to do my best to make sure that my updates are more consistent from now on.

I believe we’ve reached a critical point in the history of religious Satanism. It’s a time in which those of us who are passionate about the Satanic religion need to step up and do what we can to produce quality material that will preserve our religion and its various traditions for future generations.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to live today, live in a time where we no longer must keep our religion a secret for fear of being persecuted, nor do we have to fear being put to death for what we believe. We may occasionally be discriminated against, but it’s nothing compared to what others who came before us had to endure. Religious Satanists should take advantage of the freedoms we have available to us to promote our ideas and share them with anyone interested in learning about them. There’s no reason why religious Satanists shouldn’t be producing scholarly works on religious Satanism.

The practitioners of religious Satanism have always been an incredibly small minority among the world’s religions. For a little over two decades, most people around the world have had unfiltered access to information about religious Satanism thanks to the internet. However, high quality, well researched information on this topic is still difficult to come by. This is ridiculous, considering we live in an age when almost anyone can publish books, magazines, podcasts, and videos with very little start-up costs.

Of all the religions actively practiced in the world today, religious Satanists have yet to take full advantage of the technology available to us. For the first time in history, they can let their voices be heard and have their ideas preserved for posterity.

Content being produced by religious Satanists has increased dramatically in recent years, yet most material on Satanism still comes primarily from atheistic Satanists or Christian conspiracy theorists. While the content may be entertaining, it has no real purpose except to help you understand how other religions think. It certainly isn’t going to help you to grow spiritually as a religious Satanist. The atheistic Satanists and the Christians have one thing in common, a desire to turn people away from spiritual Satanism.

Though the internet can sometimes be a good source of information, books are still the best source for the most accurate information on religious Satanism. That’s not to say that all books are created equal. Just like with anything else, there are good books that are well written and well researched, and there are bad books written by people who don’t know what they’re talking about. If you study long enough, you’ll eventually be able to tell the difference.

Just because a book is popular doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good, and just because a book is old and not well known doesn’t mean it’s bad or obsolete. If anything, older books can be useful because they are not shrouded in political correctness. Because of this, you can sometimes get a much clearer view of what was really going on at certain points in history than you might get from more modern books.

Anytime you do serious research on religion or history, you should always go back to the oldest original sources you can find because the more time that passes, the more likely people are to rewrite history to reflect their own beliefs.

It’s so important for religious Satanists to write more books from their own point of view; otherwise, someone else will do it for us and they may not tell the truth about us when they do. It’s important for people to understand that there are many ways to practice religious Satanism. I also think it’s better for people to learn about religious Satanism from individuals who live it, rather than learning about it from some scholar a hundred years from now who never practiced Satanism a day in their life. Books need to be written by authors who have a genuine love and passion for the Satanic religion.

Atheistic Satanism has been the dominant voice in the Satanic community for decades, and this is largely because of the media coverage atheistic groups have received. It’s only natural that it is going to have an influence on the Satanic religion for many years to come whether we like it or not. The form of Satanism that gets the most media attention will be the most popular, especially since religious Satanists don’t offer much in the way of a serious alternative.

While many religious Satanists do not seem to be as inclined as they once were to join organized groups, they are still looking for books, podcasts, and videos created by sincere individuals to aid them along their spiritual path. Those of us who made a spiritual commitment to serve Satan and to help other Satanists along the path have an obligation to produce content that will help them in their spiritual undertakings.

The Podcast

Once the podcast relaunches, new episodes will be posted bi-monthly on the last Sunday of the month. The podcast will be divided into seasons and each season will consist of six episodes. After each season, I’ll be taking two months off to work on new episodes for the next season. This gives me plenty of time to prepare new episodes and coordinate guest interviews when we have them. The new episodes will be between thirty to sixty minutes long.

If you would like to suggest a possible guest, send me a direct message on Twitter and I’ll see what I can do. Please keep in mind that some people may refuse to come on my show because of the controversial nature of my religious views. Let’s face it, folks, most occultists don’t like religious Satanists, so getting guests who are willing to come on the show can be difficult.

I also reserve the right not to air an interview that I feel is disrespectful to Satan, demons, or religious Satanists. There are already enough people out there disrespecting Satan on a regular basis without me helping to contribute to the problem by inviting someone like that to be on the podcast.

My religious convictions are far more important to me than any potential listeners I would gain from having such a guest on the show. Like any other podcaster, I would like my show to reach as many people as possible, but I’m not willing to allow someone to insult my gods just to grow my audience. The 2nd season of the podcast begins June 24.

Books

A few people have written to ask whether I’m planning on releasing a new book anytime soon. Unfortunately, the answer at the moment is no. However, that could change at any time. As I said earlier, I feel religious Satanists need to produce more content to provide Satanists an alternative view to atheistic Satanism, including myself. In the meantime, an iBook edition of my current book will be available for sale on the site in a few weeks for anyone who’s interested.

The Mailing List

Be sure to sign up for my mailing list if you haven’t done so already. I’ll be posting short articles and other announcements a few weeks before I post them on the blog. I’ll also be giving subscribers a heads up about upcoming giveaways.

Holiday Giveaways

I wanted a way to acknowledge the holidays on my site, and to generate more traffic to expose more people to religious Satanism. I decided to do it through holiday giveaways. Another reason I chose to do this is that I realize many religious Satanists don’t have the benefit of being around other Satanists during the holidays, so I wanted to give them a place where the holidays were acknowledged in some small way. It isn’t much, but it’s my way of sharing a part of my own personal tradition with visitors to my site. I’ll be doing a giveaway on the solstices, equinoxes, and Halloween.

You may wonder why it’s so important to me to connect these giveaways with the religious holidays. It’s because I believe the fundamental building blocks of any serious Satanic tradition starts with the observance of its religious holidays. In my opinion, having specific times set aside for remembering the gods and for coming together with other Satanists is critical for the survival of religious Satanism.

In my experience, when groups or individuals stop observing religious holidays regularly, they tend to start losing their enthusiasm for the religion overall. When someone starts to lose their passion for Satanism, it usually starts with them doing less and less for the holidays until they stop observing them altogether. This is usually followed by a slow and steady decrease in their religious practice until eventually they just stop practicing completely.

Your religious observances should not only honor the gods, they should also include activities that you enjoy. Activities that remind you of why you became a Satanist in the first place. You chose to become a religious Satanist for a reason, and the religious holidays provide the perfect opportunity for you to reaffirm your commitment to Satan and his cause.

Correspondences

If you have questions or comments for me, please feel free to send them to me on Twitter or Facebook. I rarely respond to questions I receive directly. I prefer answering them on the podcast or the website.

I’m sorry, but I’m not very good at responding to email or social media messages in a timely manner. It typically takes me anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to respond.

I try to answer every serious question I receive eventually. The only questions I won’t answer are those by individuals who are clearly trying to be assholes.

Occasionally, I’ll receive messages from people wanting to argue because they disagree with something I’ve said. I don’t usually respond to these messages because I don’t feel like wasting my time arguing with people on the internet. If you don’t like something I’ve said, then you’re more than welcome to listen to someone else.

I find most of the religious debates that happen online to be both childish and a huge waste of time. Neither side is interested in learning anything from the other, nor are they the slightest bit interested in what the other side has to say. So, what’s the point? The way I see it, the time I spend reading stupid comments from internet trolls would be better spent doing something more productive.

Well, I guess that’s about it for now. To those of you who have been following me for years and who appreciate what I do, I just want to say thanks for the support. I apologize for my unexpected absence, but sometimes shit just happens.

Satanic regards,

RJ

Bio

R.J. Womack (Brother Nero) is the author of Satanism: A Beginner’s Guide to the Religious Worship of Satan and Demons and the host of the Dark Illumination Report Podcast. R.J. has been a practicing religious Satanist for more than 35 years. What makes his approach to Satanism unique is his acknowledgment of Satan and demons as sentient preterhuman entities who are deserving of both respect and worship. R.J.’s work focuses on promoting religious Satanism as a serious faith and way of life. When he is not reading, writing, or podcasting about Satanism, R.J. enjoys reading horror/fantasy novels and spending time with his two dogs. Follow R.J. on Facebook, Twitter, or check out his website at rjwomack.com.

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