FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Even though the traditions and teachings of the Temple of Night are based on the Left Hand Path; the Temple is not a Satanic or Luciferian organization. As such, we are not affiliated with the Church of Satan, the Temple of Set.
The teachings and practices of those organizations have an inherently incompatibility with the Temple of Night. As a result, we do not accept or associate with individuals and members of Satanic or Luciferian Traditions.
The Right Hand Path, which can also be referred to as religion, is an approach to spirituality which places a significant emphasis on the nature of the divine. To be considered Right Hand Path, the system adheres to three core principles. The first principle is absolute faith in the existence of Divinity. This is true whether a religion is monotheistic (as is the case with Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) or polytheistic (as is the case with Asatru, Druidry, Haitian Vodoun, Palo Mayombe, Santeria, Wicca, and any other pagan or neo-pagan religion). The second principle is that Divine Law exists. Divine Law, also referred to as Sacred Morality, is a code of conduct that is believed to have been handed down to humanity directly from the divine which must be obeyed. Examples of this Divine Law are the “Ten Commandments”, “Sharia Law”, The “Threefold Law”, the “Wiccan Rede”, etc. The third principle of the Right Hand Path is that failure to obey Divine Law will enact some sort of Divine Punishment. Examples of Divine Punishment are hell, purgatory, sheol, karma, etc. It is these three principles which constitute theism and also the Right Hand Path.
The Left Hand Path, unlike the Right Hand Path, is best described as a “spiritually atheistic” or “spiritually agnostic” approach to the magickal arts. The terms “atheist” and “agnostic” are used very loosely in these regards and refer explicitly to the disbelief in an “all powerful” god that influences the affairs of humanity. The Left Hand Path also denies the existence of Divine Law and Divine Retribution equating those two concepts to spiritual coercion and spiritual slavery. Instead the Left Hand Path approaches all interactions on the physical, spiritual, and causal planes from a position of ethics. Ethics being the voluntary use and expression of one’s dharma and din, not for fear of divine law or divine retribution, but because one truly knows an action or inaction is the right thing to do. In other words, members of the Temple are adherent to what we see as the lost art of accountability.
The Left Hand Path is best described as a “spiritually atheistic” or “spiritually agnostic” path; in that there is no belief in an all powerful god. Practitioners however do acknowledge the existence of supernatural and spiritual realms; and are able to work with beings that inhabit the spiritual, astral, and causal planes of existence. In layman’s terms, some examples of the classifications of beings that are worked with are often referred to as Powers, Gods, Goddesses, Angels, and Demons. The difference between the Right Hand Path and the Left Hand Path is the manner in which practitioners interact with these beings. The Right Hand Path interacts with these beings in a worshipful manner. They offer prayers, praise, and other forms of devotion and view themselves as subservient or inferior to these beings. The Left Hand Path interacts with the same classes of beings, however in a different manner. Instead of worship, the Left Hand Path works with these beings as Associates during ritual and/or spell work. In essence they are viewed as guides, teachers, mentors, and protectors with the purpose of aiding us in our quest of Mastery of Self.
This is a loaded question with both a short and a long answer. For the sake of time, the short answer will be given here. In order to understand the concept of Mastery of Self, one must first understand the traditional notion of Ascent within the Left Hand Path; as well as the traditional attributes of divinity or what many groups refer to as the “Three God-Like Powers” found within the Right Hand Path. According to the Right Hand Path, gods are perceived to be Omniscient (All Knowing), Omnipotent (All Powerful), and Omnipresent (In All Places).
When a member of the Temple refers to the concept of Mastery of Self, they refer to the process in which one strives to not only obtain these same “Three God-Like Powers”, but to transcend the very meaning of what it is to be human. This creates not only a spiritual change but also results in even greater power, wisdom and discernment. In doing so, one not only learns to master themselves; but also develops the ability to forge their own destiny and to create their own reality.
The use of sexual magick is a time honoured tradition within the magickal arts. As such, it is taught and practiced within the Temple of Night. The use of sexual magick is not a requirement or expectation for study and practice with the Temple. It is merely one of the tools available in attaining Mastery of Self. All sexual magick must be performed by consenting adults who have reached the age of majority (18 in most jurisdictions). Violation of this policy will result in the appropriate authorities being contacted and expulsion from the Temple of Night and its Orders.
Membership in the Temple and its’ Orders is by invitation only and closed to the general public. To be considered for recruitment, all candidates must be at least 18 years of age, complete an extensive background check, as well as complete a rigorous course of study (minimum of 3 years).
Those individuals who are deemed to have the requisite level of proficiency and who embody the values of the Temple will be considered for membership.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TEMPLE DOES NOT ACCEPT ONLINE INQUIRIES FOR MEMBERSHIP.