"It is bad enoughto hear of the 'great teachings' of Aleister Crowley-who hypocritically called himsel by the Christian devil's number, yet steadfastly denied any Satani connections, who wrote and had published millions of words of Kabbalisitic mulligatawny, the distilled wisdom of which could have been contained in a single volume of once-popular E. Haldeman Julius' 'Little Blue Books... Strange, how seldom one hears plaudits for Crowley's poetry, worthy of inclusion with the likes of James Thompson, Baudelaire, Clark Ashton Smith, and Robert E. Howard. If Crowley was a magician, it was the beauty of his creative art which made him so, not his drug-befuddled callings-up of Choronzon, et al. Unfortunately, his followers today have taken up his worst, while neglecting his best."--Anton Lavey: On Occultism from the Past
Whatever one thinks of Lavey, I argue there is a larger point being made. It seems to me that much of Modern Satanism appears to have come to a standstill. Some want to blame it on "society" being too accepting and taking away it's "edge."
Some may view it that way, but my anecdotal observation is that people are becoming more and more aware and are embracing real Satanic ideas. This is not reflective in the media, which would caraciture it into something nonthreatening. I am not personally unfulfilled because I enjoy doing my part to hasten the new satanic age on the micro level, which has given me forms of art and personal success that I found personally fulfilling.
It may be that people may require new occultic practices are necessary to break free of commercial appropriation. If isolated it will likely and from what I understand inhibit progress. I don't have that problem because I see it reflected fluidly in my personal world and space, and the edge and joy is still there apart from the commercialization. The question that may need to be asked however as some may need a renewal exercise is whether it is done exclusively for the rush of occultic experiences, or is it alsoc concurrently fueled by a consistent and passionate goal that can keep the engine running? Worldy drives and persuits with a clear vision of the world it is designed to effect is critical. If all you see is Mily Cyrus talking about what a good guy Satan is, then you are only engaged with the construct, and may be a primary problem with occultic success and progress.