Lilith Starr was born in 1972. She was raised by back-to-the-land hippies in the wilderness of Alaska and northern California, with no phone, plumbing or electricity. She immersed herself in books and writing, and earned a Bachelor’s with Honors in English from Harvard, and a Master’s in Journalism from Stanford University.
Fresh out of graduate school, she got a job in the technology industry and quickly rose up through its ranks. But her lifelong depression still dogged her, and when the technology industry crashed in 2001, she fell into a downward spiral that lasted a decade, eventually losing her marriage, her house, her job and her friends due to an out-of-control addiction to nitrous oxide.
When she met her future husband Uruk Black in 2010, she had given up on life after 15 years of addiction. She had tried for 9 years to get clean and sober in Narcotics Anonymous, but their God-based program actually made her use more, convincing her that she was powerless and that only God could step in and save her─except that she was an atheist with no belief in God.
No matter how many times she did the twelve steps, no matter how hard she tried to quit, the addiction returned, bringing more depression. She had finally resigned herself to a slow suicide with the drugs, hoping to withdraw far enough into isolation that she would minimize the damage to others.
But meeting Uruk changed everything. She fell passionately in love with him, and suddenly she had something to fight for. Starr picked up her husband’s Satanic Bible (by Anton LaVey), and found that the philosophy resonated strongly with her. It was this Satanic philosophy of self-reliance and self-empowerment that gave her the strength to eventually beat the drugs for good and build a new life with no room for addiction.
In gratitude for her sobriety, she dedicated her life to building Satanic community, first by serving as editor-in-chief for the Satanism Facebook page. When she encountered the Satanic Temple, she found their Seven Tenets to be a superior code of ethics and embraced their philosophy of compassion, empathy, reason and justice.
When the Satanic Temple made headlines in 2014 by using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to actually fight for women's reproductive rights, Starr decided she wanted to get more involved and applied to start a Chapter in her hometown. She was chosen to head the Seattle Chapter of the Satanic Temple, which she launched in December 2014. She published "The Happy Satanist: Finding Self-Empowerment," a collection of her essays on Satanism, in June 2015.
Now her life is centered on her organizing work with the Satanic Temple of Seattle, building a tight-knit Satanic community and leading the activist group to multiple victories for religious freedom. She lives with her husband Uruk in Seattle, Washington, and is currently working on a second book of Satanic philosophy.