Originally posted by Zhenyghi
I did know of LeVey and the schism with Aquino -- both were on "Geraldo" one time back in the late 80's or early 90's. At the time, Aquino was a
Colonel in the Army and was a (Setian) chaplain (wonder what his Chaplain insignia looked like?..).
I didn't know about the philosophical differences between LeVey and Aquino; I had thought they were more personal or related to
This is actually a very fascinating story, especially for those interested in occultism.
In the Satanic Bible, LaVey mentions that the book contains both fact and fantasy, and that man needs both. This was later qualified by saying that
"the ritual is fantasy, but the magic is real".
The Church of Satan were primarily atheistic, and began experimenting with magic for entertainment. For ritual, they used an extremely simplified
version of Crowley's system, replacing Crowley's Egyptian symbolism with diabolic imagery.
However, soon afterward, many of those experimenting met the unexpected: much to their surprise, their magical work seemed to open very real doorways.
They were left at an impasse: the Church of Satan denied the existence of any metaphysical truths, yet they were being confronted by them daily.
This paradox led to the schism. LaVey more or less abandoned the magical aspect, and began using the Church for profiteering purposes. At this time,
Dr. Aquino was the highest ranking field agent in the Satanic Priesthood, holding the degree of Magister, equal to being an archbishop in the
Many of the members turned to him for guidance, feeling betrayed by LaVey for "selling out".
Aquino, not knowing what direction to take, performed a magical ceremony, and invoked the "Prince of Darkness". His answer came not from "Satan",
but from Set, the ancient Egyptian lunar deity, known as the Prince of Darkness not because of "evil", but because of his mystery, and because he is
associated with the moon. The utterances of Set to Aquino are contained within the Book of Coming Forth By Night, which is scriptural to the Temple of
In short, the Temple considers Set a "real" thing, the "Isolate Intelligence" of the Universe. They believe that this Intelligence separated
itself from Nature in aeons past and became self-conscious, eventually conferring that self-consciousness as his gift to us. It was fear of the Self,
says the Setian, that made men turn Set into a devil.
The entire history of Aquino's involvement in Satanism, and his eventually break from it, can be read in his excellent online book "The Church of
Satan". Its companion volume contains the story of the Satanic Priesthood resigning their membership in the Church of Satan and forming the Temple of
Set. The book, of course, is called "The Temple of Set".
Both books can be read on Aquino's homepage here
. Also, "The Church of Satan" has some really
cool photos at the end from Aquino's persoanl collection.
Let me also just say that I have corresponded with Dr. Aquino in the past, and found him to be both a gentleman and a scholar. In my opinion, he is
one of the most honest of modern occult researchers, and is a man of integrity.
I also seem to recall on "Geraldo" that Anton LeVey's daughter, Zena LeVey was a guest as well. I was pretty astonished; she was VERY
LaVey had two daughters, Karla and Zeena. Photos of both can be seen in Aquino's "The Church of Satan". Both are Satanists, and Karla has toured
the university circuit lecturing on the subject.
[edit on 12-4-2007 by Masonic Light]