Unholy Covenant Ritual
(Month of October)
A Ritual of Affirmation, Allegiance, and Reason
Described in the Malleus Maleficarum, the avowal to the Demon/Satan is the act which solidifies allegiance to do “his” work.
“Since it must be believed that there is a diversity among those who renounce the Faith, some doing so by mouth and not by heart, some by mouth and by heart, the Devil wishes to test whether she makes her avowal to him by heart as she does by mouth, assigning a certain number of years, so that in that time he may discover her intention on the basis of her works and behavior. ”
Malleus Maleficarum -1487
With the Baphomet as our inspiration; representing pluralism and balance of perspective, and with science as the ultimate arbiter of truth we invite guests to partake in a ritualized ceremony of the Unholy Covenant when you visit Salem Art Gallery in October.
We pledge our earthly existence to doing the Devil’s work;
*To oppose religious tyranny and privilege
*To oppose those who seek to violate our body inviolability
*To oppose and undermine Othering and witch hunts by donning the mantle of The Other.
Occurs at 2pm, 7pm, and 10pm in October. 20-30 minutes.
Tickets at door.
(Not included in gallery admission)
Metal Yoga with Black Widow Yoga
Come to The Satanic Temple on Oct 7th and experience the dark history of the Ouija board. You’ll see one of the largest talking board exhibits ever to be displayed to the public. Featuring more than 100 pieces from antique boards and planchettes to photographs, advertisements, and ephemera all telling the story of talking boards from 1890 to the present day.
The Witch City in October sets the standard for things spooky and macabre. Known for its dark past and connection to the occult, most know of its Witch trials history but not it’s Witch Board or Ouija history. Witch Boards, Talking Boards, or Devil Boards as they are also known were made in Salem from 1966-1991. In that time they became one of America’s most popular games. At one point outselling Monopoly, the Ouija Board is often a person’s first experience with the occult and available at any toy store. But is it a game? Can you really talk to the dead? “It’s only a game… Isn’t it?”
Join us on Oct 7th at 7pm for an opening reception and lecture lead by Talking Board Historical Society directors John Kozik, Calvin Von Crush and Robert Murch. They will discuss;
The dark history of the Ouija board from its birth as a device to talk to the dead
Its association with evil, murder, and mystery
How it was named and first shown to work to get its patent
How it became known as a tool of the Devil
watch here for updates.
Space is limited, tickets are $20 at Brown Paper Tickets
Exhibit runs through October
Join us at midnight on Saturdays during the month of October for special movie nights featuring special content edited together by Lucien Greaves. Check back to the event page for more details on each night. Tickets $10 at Brown Paper Tickets.
Highlighting the provocative intersections between sex, feminism, and witchy women, authors Jacqueline Frances and Kristen J. Sollee are joining forces for the Sex Witch Book Tour this fall. To mark the release of Striptastic! and Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive, the Brooklyn-based duo will be hosting Sex Witch Slams and Sex Witch Talent Shows around the country, engaging local artists, witches, and sex workers to join them in celebrating sex positive, femme magic in its many incarnations through intimate readings, rituals, and one-of-a-kind performances.
Join Kristen, Jacq and local Salem sex witches for some slammin’ talent.
Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Unleashing The ‘Demon Feminine’ In Art and Activism
The archetype of the witch has been an agent of art and activism for centuries. Tracing her legacy as an icon of female power and persecution from the early modern era, this talk will illuminate the history of the witch as a potent feminist symbol. By juxtaposing leading scholarly research on European and American witch hunts with art and pop occulture artifacts, Kristen J. Sollee will undress the witch-as- wicked-woman mythos, showing that although the ‘Divine Feminine’ has been a tool for spiritual change, it is the ‘Demon Feminine’ that has been the catalyst for political revolution.
Kristen J. Sollee is the author of Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive and is on faculty at The New School.
This is part of The Satanic Temple Salem weekend October lecture series exploring horror archetypes as metaphors for current social topics and discussions. Every weekend in October will feature a guest speaker on a different horror archetype.
Will livestream to our Satanic Temple Salem page. Limited seating available. Doors closed to admittance after lecture begins.
Boston Chapterhead Travis LeSaffre presents a discussion on the importance of ritual and prayer to human psychology even in the absence of supernatural belief.
Join us for an interactive presentation in the halls of The Satanic Temple – Salem.
Check back soon for the ticket URL, admission $10.
Seating is limited. Doors at 7:30. No late admittance.
Join us for a discussion of werewolves as metaphors for marginalized individuals and outcasts who struggle with their own nature against social prescription and conformity. Presented by Ash Astaroth.
What is a Black Mass?
The Black Mass, as an idea, originated with hysterical Catholic propaganda against the afeared other. It was a story told about a horrific, ritualistic affront against all decent Christendom, the narrative of which was used as a justification for killing perceived enemies to society — heretics. Ironically, Roman Pagans accused early Christians of enacting secret nocturnal rituals in which infant sacrifice was said to occur. Christians later demonized Pagans, and made almost identical allegations regarding the Witches Sabbath. Medieval blood libel against the Jews told of rites during which a consecrated host would be defiled in one way or another. These elements came together in a conspiracy theory of imaginary Satanic crimes that eventually became a staple of Satanic mythology: the blasphemous Black Mass.
As sometimes happens with these things, some people found themselves drawn to the idea of this forbidden ritual, and theres some evidence that certain parties worked to enact outrageous rituals inspired by this mythology. French writer Joris-Karl Huysmans, published a book titled La-Bas in the late 19th-century in which he described an eye-witness account of a Black Mass enactment that has served as a detailed blueprint for its actual practice.
Now, the Black Mass, when it is performed, is a repurposing of the mythology into a declaration of personal independence on the part of its participants. Its an act of liberation from stifling and oppressive superstitious precepts that were likely instilled at a young age. Its usually something people feel motivated to do somewhere in the introductory stages of Satanism, when they are just feeling empowered by the fact that they can engage in blasphemy — these forbidden symbolic acts — without consequence.
Admission; $40. Limited space.
No photography or video.
Strictly 18 years or older.
ID required (for waiver verification)
dress code; Black clothes in your best dressed style, bring a plain black hooded cowl or robe.
No press passes available.