From Harvard to heroin and back to wellness: these essays chronicle Lilith Starr's inspiring story of recovery and healing in the face of insurmountable odds. In the philosophy of nontheistic Satanism, she finally found the inner strength needed to beat a lifetime of addiction and depression. Now she shares the secrets she learned on her Satanic journey back to well-being.
Discover the positive, life-changing power of Satanism for yourself! Learn the truth behind the common misconceptions about Satanism, and how to tap into the deep reservoir of personal power we all have inside.
THE HAPPY SATANIST: Finding Self-Empowerment
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Check out Lilith's frequently updated blog for thoughtful, well-written explorations of Satanic ideas. The blog covers a wide variety of topics, from literary analysis of Satanic literature to Satanic reflections on current topics, plus an extensive multi-part series on building Satanic community from the ground up. Articles include a growing collection of interviews with many different Satanic practitioners about various aspects of their Satanic practice ─ learn about building Satanic altars, creating Satanic art, choosing a Satanic pseudonym, coming out as a Satanist to friends and family, and more. READ BLOG >
About the Author:
Lilith Starr writes about Satanic philosophy, practice, and community. Her first book, "The Happy Satanist: Finding Self-Empowerment," is part of The Satanic Temple's Recommended Reading list and has been featured by Satanic book clubs around the globe. In 2020, she received The Satanic Temple's first Anatole France Literary Excellence Award for her writing.
Starr is also a pioneer in Satanic leadership and community-building. In 2014, she founded The Satanic Temple of Seattle, one of The Satanic Temple's first five Chapters, and served as its Chapter Head for five years, building it from a handful of people into a large, vibrant Satanic community. Her writings on community have also helped many other Chapters get their start. Starr holds a B.A. cum laude in English from Harvard University and an M.A. in Journalism from Stanford University.
"I believe that there is much people can learn from these essays; courage, hope, wisdom, and love shine through them. I believe they will offer readers an insightful glimpse into a belief system that is often misunderstood at best and vilified at worst."
- from the Foreword, by Melanie Strong