My second girlfriend was a Satanist. She was additionally a retailer assistant who taken care of her critically sick mother and father at dwelling, and had a cat. She had no real interest in D&D, however plenty of my native clergy did.
Right here is an article from our native metropolis newspaper, the Derby Night Telegraph. I lower this out of the paper in about 1985, I’d think about – I’d have been 20 on the time, and had been taking part in D&D and studying tarot playing cards for about seven years. I had been initiated right into a Witchcraft coven some two years previous to this text.
My mother and father have been into Yoga and a number of other New Age pursuits, and inspired each my esoteric research and my D&D. My Dad purchased me the Encyclopedia of Tarot for Christmas when it first got here out in 1978, so I used to be 13, and the Holmes Blue E-book for my D&D curiosity.
I believe I obtained the Monster Handbook for my 14th birthday in January 1979 and the remainder of the AD&D rulebooks later that very same yr, shopping for them with a mixture of my allowance and incomes from gardening jobs in the summertime.
So, regardless of a little bit of publicity within the newspaper, there was little affect of the “D&D satanic panic” on our RPG gaming, nor on my listening to Rush and Black Sabbath, nor on my witchcraft and tarot apply. We lived in a fairly sleepy village in Derbyshire, so I suppose we have been a bit within the backwater for such issues.
In truth, even the precise “satanic panic” of the 80’s, regarding youngster abuse carried out with ‘satanic rituals’ didn’t actually affect me, though I do know at the very least three individuals who have been “investigated” by social providers, again within the day.
It turned out that there was no such factor as a wide-scale organised satanic ring of abusers apart from the very critical however fortunately uncommon instances over many many years that an abuser was masquerading as a ‘satanist’.
The precise satanists I knew over that point had practices that have been nothing to do with such ideas – they’d no abusive ideas or practices in any way, as with most individuals. At finest, they have been “noble rebels” and at worse “disempowered elitists” however none of them have been abusers of something, they have been if something too self-centred for many types of engagement with others.
And as we have now sadly come to find increasingly, the precise historic abuse – abuse that has been testified again and again, and confirmed in droves – got here not from ‘satanists’ however from inside the church. In the meantime, the church was busy condemning a recreation, when it maybe ought to have first examined its personal home.