Satanic holidays, as viewed
by conservative Christian authors
Satanic Ritual Days listed in Christian Books:
There have been many dozens of anti-Satanic books written by conservative
Christian authors, mainly sold in Evangelical Christian book stores. In some cases, the
authors appear to create information out of thin air. Others seem to copy the
works of other conservative Christian writers. Few if any appear to have any direct
knowledge of Satanism. We analyzed 14 books and handouts which attack
Satanism. All show a general lack of familiarization with the religion.
One example of the lack of credibility of these books is their list of Satanic ritual days of celebration. We have found the following holidays listed; (book codes are listed below):
Fixed Ritual Days
Jan. 01 No name (SA)
Jan. 07 St. Winebald Day (DA, SA, EE)
Jan. 13 Satanic New Year (S1; Note 1)
Jan. 17 Satanic Revels (DA, SA, EE)
Feb. 01 Olmelc (S2)
Feb. 02 Candlemas, Satanic Revels (HS, DA (Note 2),SA, EE)
SA: A handout of unknown origin supplied by a local Sexual Assault Centre
SS: Schemes of Satan by Mike Warnke (Victory House, 1991), P. 132
S2: Satanism by Bob Larson, (Nelson, 1989), P. 107
TH: At the Heart of Darkness by John Parker, (Pan, 1993), P. 256
TS: The Satan Seller by Mike Warnke (Bridge, 1972) P. 35, etc
UH: Undated handout distributed at a seminar given in Dunkirk NY by Detective Paul Hart
and quoted in the book In Pursuit of Satan by R.D. Hicks (Prometheus Books, 1990)
With reference to Rebecca Brown's book, one wonders what Satanists do in England which
has no Thanksgiving holiday, or in Canada which celebrates Thanksgiving on a different day
from the US. She states that a Black Mass is celebrated yearly, on Easter Weekend when the
moon is full. Because of the way in which Easter is defined, Satanists could not celebrate
Mass yearly according to that formula; only about one year in seven. This book has been
seriously damaged by an investigation by Personal Freedom Outreach, an Evangelical
Christian ministry, which claims that the book is a fraud.
The authors of Michelle Remembers mention that Satanists' ritual days correspond
to the Roman Catholic celebrations of the liturgical year. This book has been
investigated by three independent investigators; all claim that it is a hoax. The authors had presented the
book in countless conferences and to hundreds of thousands of readers as an accurate
record of Michelle's childhood abuse experiences.
In his book Satanism, Bob Larson states that the most important Satanic day is
the individual member's birthday. Walpurgisnacht (April 30) and Samhain (Hallowee; October 31) are
also important. But in his Appendix D, he states that Satanists have copied the seasonal
calendar of Wiccan Sabbats (eight seasonal days of celebration per year: solstices, equinoxes, and four major Sabbats approximately half-way between a sostice and equinox.)
In her book The New Satanists, Linda Blood stated that there are believed to be
four major seasonal events in the Satanic calendar of which the Autumn Equinox was one.
She mentioned that another is Walpurgisnacht. Presumably the others would be Halloween and the believer's birthday.
The Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult by Mather &
Nichols, (Zondervan, 1993), P. 244, quotes The Satanic Bible as listing the main
Satanic holidays as: Walpurgisnacht, Halloween, and the member's birthday. These are
believed to be accurate.
From the above list we see:
None of the conservative Christain authors list the correct number (3) of holidays.
None of the authors list all of the names correctly.
Many authors have simply taken Wiccan holidays and attributed them to Satanists.
Most writers can only agree on Halloween as one of the ritual days.
Roman Catholic writers link Satanic holidays to Roman Catholic holy days; Protestant
authors link them to Protestant days of observance.
There is no agreement as to which seasonal celebrations are the most important.
There is no agreement concerning the day of the week for regular meetings.
Many authors appear to be copying dates from other conservative
Protestant or Roman Catholic books or from common sources. Most authors stress that Satanism is a highly structured, world-wide organization.
One would expect that the seasonal days of celebration (and their titles) to be uniform. Since none of the authors list the correct celebration days, their knowledge this and
of other aspects of Satanism is highly suspect.